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Hector Hard Mode S-Rank Log [no promotion run]

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I finally finished this particular S-Rank run and just want to share the log.
As the title implies this run was done with the restriction that no unit is going to be promoted by using their respective item. Hector is obviously the exception since his is forced.

Some thoughts:
- Obviously I had to skip Karla because it requires a promoted Bartre. To be fair this makes the run easier since Bartre is trash and even eats a Hero Crest.
- I visited Linus' and Kenneth's version of Chapter 24 and 27 respectively. Nobody wants to play Jerme's map and Geitz is a valuable addition for this kind of run.
- Skipped 32x because I didn't need another 0 requirement chapter for Funds and EXP (mostly). I could have done it by that would require warp-skipping which defeats the entire purpose.
- Once you reach the lategame it got really easy aside from Chapter 28x and 29.
- EXP was much harder because I don't have Priscilla & Serra for free extra levels. It doesn't help that this is the most challenging requirement besides Turns for reaching S-Rank.
- Having no promotions meant that I could substitute them for statboosters which are also cheaper. This also allowed me to recruit Farina without endangering the Funds rank too much.
- Maybe I was too paranoid but I only used 1 Angelic Robe and 1 Speedwing, nothing more. I think I could have used more, most importantly a Body Ring and the Boots.

Turns:

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Prologue: 5 Turns
Chapter 1: 5 Turns
Chapter 2: 4 Turns
Chapter 3: 4 Turns
Chapter 4: 8 Turns
Chapter 5: 4 Turns
Chapter 6: 5 Turns
Chapter 7: 4 Turns
Chapter 7x: 7 Turns
Chapter 8: 5 Turns
Chapter 9: 5 Turns
Chapter 10: 15 Turns

Chapter 11: 6 Turns
Chapter 12: 5 Turns
Chapter 13: 10 Turns
Chapter 13x: 8 Turns
Chapter 14: 9 Turns
Chapter 15: 8 Turns
Chapter 16: 9 Turns
Chapter 17: 11 Turns
Chapter 17x: 11 Turns
Chapter 18: 7 Turns
Chapter 19: 8 Turns
Chapter 19x: 16 Turns
Chapter 20: 13 Turns
Chapter 21: 6 Turns
Chapter 22: 9 Turns
Chapter 23: 12 Turns
Chapter 23x: 16 Turns
Chapter 24: 16 Turns
Chapter 25: 9 Turns
Chapter 26: 12 Turns
Chapter 27: 14 Turns
Chapter 28: 16 Turns
Chapter 28x: 22 Turns
Chapter 29: 16 Turns
Chapter 30: 16 Turns
Chapter 31: 12 Turns
Chapter 31x: 6 Turns
Chapter 32: 9 Turns
Finale: 10 Turns

Total: 393 Turns (322 Turns for HHM)

Units:

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Name		LV	HP	STR	SKL	SPD	LUK	DEF	RES	Notes
Hector		20/9	42	25	18	12	11	16	12
Eliwood		20	32	13	13	17	17	10	6
Lyn		20	31	11	18	18	13	7	2
Nils		20	27	0	1	25	25	10	18
Athos		20	Base
Marcus		14.37	42	17	23	16	13	12	12	1x Speedwings
Isadora		11.67	43	18	16	22	16	11	9	1x Angelic Robe
Hawkeye		9.84	52	20	15	13	16	14	11
Geitz		12.47	50	22	17	17	15	14	6
Pent		19.15	42	22	24	22	19	16	21
Harken		15.95	48	25	21	19	13	18	14
Jaffar		17.0	36	19	26	25	11	16	12
Vaida		14.43	49	24	22	16	14	23	8

Matthew		17.70	30	8	10	20	9	7	2
Serra		20	28	11	9	16	16	4	16
Oswin		20	38	19	13	9	6	20	5
Lowen		15.42	34	10	7	10	11	11	4
Rebecca		11.33	24	8	9	12	8	4	3
Dorcas		10.0	35	11	9	7	6	3	3
Bartre		2.0	Base
Guy		16.63	35	12	15	20	8	9	5
Erk		14.11	25	5	12	11	9	7	9
Priscilla	20	23	12	12	17	17	5	17
Sain		18.03	30	19	10	12	11	9	1
Kent		17.66	34	12	13	16	7	8	6
Florina		20	38	15	16	19	17	6	11
Will		2.69	Base
Raven		20	40	17	20	20	8	9	4
Lucius		16.96	24	14	12	14	3	2	15
Canas		20	31	14	13	12	11	10	15
Dart		18.33	39	20	12	15	8	9	3
Fiora		20	32	16	17	17	10	8	12
Legault		20	31	11	19	20	13	12	6
Rath		18.54	34	12	12	14	7	9	6
Heath		20	40	20	18	13	10	14	4
Farina		20	30	14	13	18	15	10	13
Louise		4.0	Base
Nino		10.06	24	11	12	14	14	4	9
Renault		16.28	Base

 

Funds: 894104G

Some fails, just for good measure :
- I ran out of Physics too early because I had no money to buy more from Chapter 22 (I had to keep Farina's recruitment in mind). Instead several iron weapons were just rusting away with Merlinus which were there since Chapter 18. That was a waste of money.
- Never forget Pure Water. Chapter 29 was hell on earth without them.
- I FORGOT TO KILL THE THIEF WITH THE BRAVE LANCE. NOOOOOOOO!
- When I reached the finale I was a few levels short of 5* EXP. I had to feed kills to Eliwood and Lyn during the freaking finale though at least the former hit pretty hard with Durandal to ease the torture. I don't think Athos got any kills during Part 1, he was only there to apply hefty chip damage on the bosses. Heck, even the Fire Dragon was killed by Hector instead of Athos using Luna because I wanted to finish the map in 2 turns.
- Somehow got Dart to LV 18. I have no idea how I managed to do that. Guess, Chapter 24 is a good training ground for him.

Edited by The Priest

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With no promotions, it sounds like you relied heavily on your prepromotes.  Congrats on finishing!

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22 hours ago, eclipse said:

With no promotions, it sounds like you relied heavily on your prepromotes.  Congrats on finishing!

Thank you.

Well, that goes without saying. I'm a bit surprised that Marcus didn't reach a higher level since I had to rely so much on him.
Not to mention the prepromotes in this game are very good. The only one who doesn't do much are Renault who is non-existent and Louise and even she is at worst giving Pent A Support bonuses while 1RKOing Wyverns with her Silver Bow.

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