Eldigan is one of my favorite characters. The guy has a certain style.
So I’d like to find a way of making him work.
Biggest issue is first Ares, who basicly eliminates the Dark Mystletainn option. Ares’s just a better user of it, simple.
Second is Chrom. Who’s very similair with his Sealed Falchion and statline, trading Hp for Atk/Spd
So what does Eldy have that Chrom doesn’t?
Three main things:
His Hp, and thus his magical bulk anti oneshots. 8 higher hp isn’t a small number.
Second is the fact that Eldigan has all his stats right out the gate, while Chrom only gets it after being damaged. Making Eldigan overall the better choice for tanking straight up. Especially on cav teams where he can boost his stats propperly.
Added to this, healing will aid Eldigan better since he doesn’t have to fear getting max hp.
Lastly Eldigan has a slayer weapon, allowing for better procs of especially skills like Bonfire or Ignis.
To counter this, Chrom does have 5 higher atk, 4 higher speed, dragon effectiveness and no recoil.
So yeah, that’s an issue. But lets still focus on Eldigan.
Do mind that both these builds are meant as cav team builds with a healer on the team. That’s important to set him appart from Chrom: Eldigan can get healed freely and Chrom can’t.
First build is a pure tank build. Reaching 55 def, easily 60+ with support and a guard effect. In ideal situations he’ll be able to proc Ignis on the second counter if he gets doubled. This build isn’t for fighting mages, but he can take on dragons that aren’t build for speed.
Second is the power of bonds. I find enemy phase cavs rather easy to use with bonds. His superboon in speed and a goad/hone cav goes a long way for prefenting doubles.
You can mess around with the combo of bonds, but I’d keep at least one is spd and one in def for optimal effect.
Edit: was brainstorming a bit and thought of something.
Eldigan can run dual brazens while dropping down hp with fury while Chrom can’t.
So how about forgetting the desperation and just face tanking this.
Though it does need some more setup. Brash Assault 4, when?
Any ideas are welcome