So last week I promoted my Wrys to 5* in hopes to eventually max merge him. As the week went on I became stumped! How do I take a character like Wrys and make him unique enough where it’s a benefit to max merge him instead of maxing out the highest stat healer? Does max merging a healer even make sense for a character like Wrys?
Honestly… there really isn’t much. When I dissect him, he has great HP and RES. I can use him for Ploys easily, but what is stopping me from using those said skills on say my max merge Jagen? Does having 1 more RES than Jagen make him that much superior in his ability to use Sabotage or Ploy? No. Can I still do ploys with a un-merged Wrys with +RES (39). Yes I can.
Then I started to break down healers in general. There’s three strong builds out there: Razzle/Dazzle offensive build /w Pain+, Absorb+ tank, or Pain+ Tank. I personally have an absorb tank with my Lachesis, and she’s a fun character, but she’s primarily a back up tank or Rokkr tank. Full support healers are usually the “Budget” builds and honestly don’t give any unique buffs that other support units give.
So I started to look at the most recent healers to come out: Brady, Mercedes, Emmeryn, Forrest
Brady and Mercedes are near identical, but are powercrept by Emmeryn. They all can do the Razzle/Dazzle combo very well with “High” attack and speed, but mediocre to average defensive stats. What irks me is the fact they are all the same character. Why would I invest 220,000 feathers on Brady when the better version is about to be available with Emmeryn? Why would I then invest 220,000 feathers on Emmeryn when the next healer with near identical stats but higher BST comes out? The community knows that if there’s a healer on the banner, they are the demote.
Forrest is similar to Wrys in stat layout. Wrys has 1 RES, 3 HP, 3 DEF advantage over Forrest, meanwhile Forrest has 8 ATK, 3 SPD, and Cav movement. To me, Forrest is the clear winner between the two. He has a stat advantage and cavalry movement. Movement type can be debated depending on skills, which by the way healers are screwed again on. Why do we have to spend resources to be able to do full damage with a staff via a skill or a refine?
What am I trying to get at here? Healers without a unique weapon or skill (which they haven’t done yet!) are in a shitty situation. Healers like Veronica and Fjorm are considered vastly superior over other healers because of their weapons. We are seeing all these Gen 1 guys get some love, like Laslow who was a poor man’s Chrom, but healers seem to be forgotten. There was a time where dagger units were just vastly inferior to bow units, but refines and PRFs saved that archetype. Now I run into a max merge 4 person group of Matthews in my last minute Arena Assault!
I guess my TL/DR summary is simply this: Healers need some love either through unique skills or PRF weapons. They feel very outdated and outclassed. Think about poor ol’ Wrys!