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With that, Terrador gets Hilda and we're finished drafting!

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tbh prologue is mad easy, I definitely could have done more optimal EXP routing, but nobody's gonna have trouble hitting 5 and nobody's gonna take 4 lol

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Chapter 1: 10/15

This was agonizing, but really rewarding to pull off. Taking the first turn 10 clear instead of trying to squeeze out a ridiculous 9-turn because this map is hellish enough already.

I brought Ferdinand over Linhardt, then positioned to let Byleth take Lorenz and Bernie take Ashe. Next turn I kill Ashe with Ferdinand + Hubert, kill Ignatz with Byleth + Bernadetta (out of range of Lorenz), and have Edelgard Smash Lorenz. The Smash puts him in KO range of Miasma on EP if he doesn't Vulnerary, but.... he will if he's on 3 health, even with a guaranteed kill. I'm not sure what he'll do on 8, especially since the game should know he mostly dies. Anyway, he's easy cleanup, and the main objective is to get Bernadetta and Hubert in position by turn 4 so I don't really care where my melee units are placed on 3 to clean up Lorenz.

Bernadetta swinging at Claude with a Curved Shot (really convenient to hit, but I think I missed it on this clear) is absolutely crucial. Not only does it cause him and Hilda to momentarily split up, but it frees you of the blue lion recipe for death as well: placing any unit within one tile of Dedue's attack range before Claude or Hilda engage stirs up the bees' nest, and we can't have that. On turn 4, Hubert takes Dedue on EP (1 AS short of being doubled at base), then pulled Dimitri and Mercedes on the same turn. To pull Dimitri with a weapon in hand, you need +1 Spe Byleth, +1 Spe or Def Edelgard, Petra, or getting one of two 71% shots to miss with Ferdinand. I think this run it was Edelgard--Ferdinand got that roughly coinflip dodge to help chip as well, since I had other assets whacking Mercedes.

After that, really it's just cleanup. Kills were distributed above all else to ensure that my units moved quickly to kill and aggro the remaining four units and were healed enough to do so quickly, but I was favoring Bernadetta because she's going to be the rock star of this run without a doubt. I believe that to get this, you need no Unlikely Nonsense, plus a way to pull Dimitri without losing a unit (read: slowing down), plus I believe one more favorable event in the second portion--without the cheeky Curved Shot hitting or two units who live through Dimitri (doing the Mercedes + Dimitri pull) I'm not sure you're seeing ten turns with this setup. Thing is, though, fishing for a good event is pretty easy, because after all free no-risk gambles you can often safely fish for an impactful Crest of Seiros proc, Crest of Cichol proc, Smash crit, or even EX Crest of Flames or Crest of Indech procs. You only need a little extra juice, you've just got to be creative looking for it.

I used to hate this map with a burning passion. I'm kind of enjoying it now. What the absolute heck.

 

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Chapter 2: 12/27

Honestly.... kind of a snoozefest. The enemies are only a little stronger than in Chapter 1, but now I have HP+5 on my three main combat units, a pair of Iron Shields to pass around, Tempest Lance on Edelgard, Bernadetta, and Linhardt, Curved Shot!Hubert (I guess lol. I should've just gone for Mire, but I'm still 2RKOing everything so that mistake doesnt matter much). This was my first attempt, but.... how am I gonna speed this up? Every enemy takes two hits to kill for the most part, and the bridge up top is so choked up that I only bother sending three units anyway. Hubert and Byleth fight the entitled stinker squad for self-improvement at the end, but fighting them head-on for sure costs turns so I passed up the 10k. Hoping this doesn't come back to bite me, but who knows! Now, the nonsense part of the run begins: I'm anticipating Vengeance!Bernie for this upcoming map, and you know I'm gonna be rigging burdocks for Byleth to destroy everything later on! The rate legit isn't bad, you can get mad high booster rates really early (ex. iirc, Mixed Herb Seeds with the basic cultivation gives like a 55% shot or so at a burdock, what the hell).

As far as recruitment priorities go... that's gonna be interesting to route. My current plan is to recruit Felix first, since I can do that guaranteed at C+ support and C swords (I can probably feed the lion's share of a skirmish to Bernadetta and Byleth at this point, and Bernadetta gets to Take Classes as well).

E: I am a fool and apparently rigging boosters can't be done after the seed is planted. That sure complicates things, but I can still structure days to be able to rig some of them. Wheeze.

Edited by Terrador
i'm fool

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After a night of struggling with Felix's high standards, I realize that I won't be able to pick Catherine and Cyril up until right up at the timeskip. Why on earth did I pick them so early?? Cyril especially in this route is so bad..... why do I forget. The folly of man. At least this run will be good for building ESOTERIC GAME KNOWLEDGE! and who knows, maybe vengeance!bernie will carry anyway.

Also I was wrong about shit in the earlier post! By a LOT actually! I was mistaking score for booster rate on the flowers--in that example, the booster rate is a much measlier 16%. Also uh. Felix needs C+ swords at C+ support. Ope. Odds are I'll be building supports with Annette and Felix in a more balanced way to recruit next chapter, and I'll pull Leonie off breadcrumbs. 15 STR/C Lance is so extremely convenient, and C support to drop it even lower is not exactly an immense investment.

Also. If I can finish with the three least impressive timeskip joiners, y'all can too. Show me some action, I need M O T I V A T I O N

Oh I forgot about Alois lol. Well, uh. He sure is a character in this game! At least he isn't Gilbert. Alive in one route and still super unimpressive there.

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More yammering

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P 5/5 turns

Yeah. Byleth is female, named ByLass. Took Dimitri's and Claude's items, the iron bow being very important for the C1 strat.

C1 9/14 turns

Deployed Dorothea as a free unit, along with Byleth, Edelgard, Hubert and Ferdinand.

Iron Axe!ByLass tanked Lorenz on EP1. Hubert and Tempest Lance!Ferdinand finished him off on turn 2. Edelgard killed Ashe with Iron Bow on EP1 and Training Sword (w/ chip from Dorothea) on PP2. On PP2, ByLass used Wrath Strike vs. Ignatz, who survived. Dorothea tradeswapped her to Iron Bow while chipping for Edelgard so ByLass can't be killed by Ignatz on EP (as Iron Bow would kill, preventing the follow-up attack). EP2, Dorothea was attacked by Ignatz, taking 20 damage.

Turn 3, Hubert, Bylass and Ferdinand started going left, Ferdinand finishing off Ignatz. Edelgard went to the right, entering the forest, and Dorothea went up. Dorothea, ByLass and Edelgard healed with Vulns.

Turn 4, Hubert parked himself in Hilda's range without attacking. This aggroes her and Claude, who went to the left.

Turn 5, Hubert healed with a Vulnerary and ByLass entered Claude's range, with an Iron Bow equipped. Dorothea moved on a Forest tile in Dedue's range, Edelgard unequipped her weapons and entered Dimitri's range.

Turn 6, Edelgard OHKOed Dimitri with a Smash crit. Dorothea moved onto the Thicket tile and used a Vuln (if Dedue hit her). Hubert finished off Hilda, who is 3HKOed by Miasma. Tempest Lance!Ferdinand and Iron Bow!ByLass defeated Claude.

Turn 7, Dorothea finished off Dedue (who is 3HKOed aswell). Edelgard went next to her and equipped an Iron Bow to bait Mercedes. She also used a Vulnerary to heal up. ByLass entered Manuela's range with Iron Bow equipped.

Turn 8, Edelgard finished off Mercedes with Smash while standing at the end of Hanneman's range. Dorothea tradeswapped her to Iron Bow to let her EP chip Hanneman. Ferdinand and ByLass finished off Manuela.

Turn 9, Edelgard finished Hanneman with Smash.

Forced aux free/14 turns

UNIT        CLASS        LVL HP STR MAG SKL SPD LCK DEF RES CHA Sw Lc Ax Bw Br Re Fa Au Hv Ri Fl
ByLass      Commoner      03 28  14   8  10   8   8   6   7   9 D+ E  E  E  E+ E  E  D  E  E  E
Edelgard    Noble         03 30  15   7   6   9   6   6   4  11 E+ E  D+ E  E  E  E  D  D  E  E
Hubert      Noble         01 22   6  12   6   7   6   4   7   6 E  E  E  E+ E  D  E  D  E  E  E
Ferdinand   Noble         02 28   8   5   6   9   6   6   3   7 E+ D+ E+ E  E  E  E  E+ E  D  E
Petra       Commoner      01 25   9   3   7  10   7   5   2   6 D+ E  E+ D  E  E  E  E  E  E  D
Caspar      Noble         01 26   9   3   5   6   8   6   2   4 E+ E  D  E  E+ E  E  E  E  E  E
Shamir      2b recruited
Raphael     2b recruited
Hanneman    2b recruited
Mercedes    2b recruited
Lysithea    2b recruited
Seteth      2b recruited

C2 11/25 turns

Having 6 units really helped a lot here. Bought Steel Bow for Petra, Steel Lance for Ferdinand and Steel Axe for Edelgard.

This strat is pretty hard to describe and didn't follow a rigid plan because the enemy movement is hard to predict. Made use of ByLass' and Edelgard's gambits to freeze enemies when I couldn't kill them all in one turn. ByLass entered Kostas' range on turn 10, allowing me to finish him off on turn 11.

Hubert picked up the Large Bullion from the chest.

Aux free/25 turns

Primarily trained Ferdinand and ByLass.

C3 9/34 turns

Raphael did Mission Assistance. Lysithea would've probably been a much better choice, but I overwrote the save file. Caspar used the Stride batallion, activating the gambit twice in the boss area. ByLass and Edelgard used Training Gauntlets + Iron Shield without getting weighed down. They led the charge along with Petra and tanked the most enemies. Ferdinand had the Assembly battallion, Edelgard Assault Troop and ByLass Fusillade.

Lonato was killed by Swarm!Hubert, Steel Bow!Petra, Training Bow!ByLass and Smash!Iron Axe!Edelgard on the final turn.

UNIT        CLASS        LVL HP STR MAG SKL SPD LCK DEF RES CHA Sw Lc Ax Bw Br Re Fa Au Hv Ri Fl
ByLass      Fighter       07 36  17  10  12  10   9   7   9  11 D+ E  E  E+ E+ E  E+ D+ E  E  E
Edelgard    Fighter       07 35  17  11   8  11   7   6   7  14 E+ E  C  E  E  E  E  D+ D  E  E
Hubert      Noble         02 27   6  13   7   7   7   4   7   7 E  E  E  E+ E  D+ E  D+ E  E  E
Ferdinand   Noble         06 34  10   5   8  10   8   7   3   9 E+ C  E+ E  E  E  E  D  E  D  E+
Petra       Commoner      04 25  11   3   8  12   9   5   3   8 D+ E  E+ C  E  E  E  E  E  E  D
Caspar      Noble         02 27  10   3   6   6   9   7   2   4 D+ E  D  E  E+ E  E  E  E  E  E
Shamir      2b recruited
Raphael     2b recruited
Hanneman    2b recruited
Mercedes    2b recruited
Lysithea    2b recruited
Seteth      2b recruited

Aux mission free/34 turns

Used Lysithea for Mission Assistance. Focused on ByLass, Petra and Ferdinand.

C4 3/37 turns

Same Batallion assignment as in C3. Turn 1, Fusillade!ByLass and Lysithea (Miasma on PP and EP) killed the Monk right of the start. Ferdinand pulled the Archer to the left down with Assembly and Edelgard finished them off. Petra ended the Death Knight's range and used a Pure Water, surviving his attack just barely. She also just barely avoided getting doubled with 14 Speed.

Turn 2, Edelgard OHKOed the Death Knight with a Steel Axe Smash crit (80 hit, 20 crit). Byleth moved onto the tile the Death Knight stood on previously so Caspar can use her as the center for Stride. Lysithea healed Petra, who then moved up 9 tiles and healed with a Vulnerary. Hubert went 2 tiles below her. Ferdinand also rushed upwards to distract a mage from Petra so it doesn't stand in the way.

Turn 3, Caspar exactly reached Hubert to give the Stride boost to him and Petra. Hubert then attacked the boss with Mire to lower his Def by 5 points. This allowed Petra to ORKO exactly with the Iron Gauntlets.

"Clearing the Way" quest free/37 turns

Trained my units. Lysithea is my mission assistance unit again.

C5 27/64 turns

Turn 1, I used Stride (which is still on Caspar) and killed the two Fighters near the start. Turn 2, Edelgard baited the Monk in the corridor, for Petra and ByLass to kill him on turn 3. Turn 3, Ferdinand and ByLass also baited two of the boss area archers on turn 3. Gilbert was defeated early, I didn't do anything to protect him.

Turn 4, Curved Shot!Petra and Ruptured Heaven!ByLass ganged up on one of the archers. The other one was killed by Training Bow!Edelgard (who doubled) and Mire!Hubert. On EP, the other two archers attacked Edelgard and ByLass.

Turn 5, Ferdinand and Caspar baited the archers further ahead. Meanwhile, I killed some of the reinforcements from behind. Turn 6, I killed those archers aswell, with help from Fusillade!ByLass because some units were busy fighting reinforcements.

Before triggering the reinforcement Thief in the north, I killed the reinforcement group from the south. Then, Edelgard moved into the center of the northern corridor to trigger the Thieves, which were baited by a T-shaped formation, consisting of Ferdinand, ByLass, Petra and Lysithea.

Ferdinand was in range of the upper Thief on both turns. Lysithea was below him, so none of the Thieves can attack her, but   Lysithea was positioned such that the enemies can't reach her, even with Pass. At the same time, she blocked a tile so the lower Thief can't sneak past Ferdinand and attack him aswell. Instead, the Thief had to choose between ByLass and Petra, deciding to attack Petra due to her lower Def.

Edelgard standing in the middle of the corridor caused a Thief from the west and a mage to start moving. She used a Pure Water, which almost neutralizes the mage's damage, and went within range of the Thief to kill him with Training Sword on EP + Iron Gauntlets or Smash!Steel Axe on the next PP.

Once my units had caught up, Edelgard baited the archer from the west, letting me kill him and the remaining armor knight on the following turn.

To tackle the next group of enemies, I used the second stride. ByLass ORKOed the left-most archer with Training Gauntlets. Petra and Hubert ganged up on the right archer. Edelgard used Blaze on the Fighter while standing below him. This chip-damaged the two armor knights, who were then killed by Lysithea and Ferdinand (with a Mace). Petra was positioned such that she pulls the remaining enemies below Miklan on the same EP.

With help from gambits, I killed those enemies over the course of two turns. Ferdinand pulled the Fortress Knight alone and killed him with the Mace, obtaining the accuracy ring. Miklan was killed by a combination of Hubert, ByLass, Lysithea and Petra (in this case, Hubert's help wasn't needed).

The Black Beast was then killed over the course of three turns. First, Ferdinand used Assembly on it to make it attack him and let the others deal damage. On the second turn, I broke the armor entirely to paralyze the beast. Unfortunately, my units didn't deal enough damage to kill it on that turn (although a crit from ByLass would've done the job), so I had to finish off the last health bar on turn 27.

UNIT        CLASS        LVL HP STR MAG SKL SPD LCK DEF RES CHA Sw Lc Ax Bw Br Re Fa Au Hv Ri Fl
ByLass      Commoner      13 39  18  11  16  11  12  11  10  17 D+ E  E  D+ E+ E  D+ C  E+ E  E
Edelgard    Fighter       12 36  19  12  10  15   9   9  11  18 E+ E  C+ E+ E  E  E  C  D  E  E
Hubert      Noble         06 28   8  17   8   9   8   4   8  10 E  E  E  E+ E  C  E+ C  E  E  E
Ferdinand   Cavalier      11 38  13   6  14  10  11  10   3  12 E+ C+ D  E  E  E  E  D+ E  D+ E+
Petra       Commoner      10 32  13   6  14  18  12   6   4  10 D+ D  E+ C+ E  E  E  E  E  E  D+
Caspar      Noble         04 34  12   3   6   8  11   8   2   6 C  E  D  E  E+ E  E  E  E  E  E
Shamir      2b recruited
Raphael     2b recruited
Hanneman    2b recruited
Mercedes    2b recruited
Lysithea    2b recruited
Seteth      2b recruited

Promoted Ferdinand to Cav right after the chapter. I haven't decided on the other certifications yet.

C6 1/65 turns

Recruited Lysithea, Raphael and Shamir thanks to C+, C+ and C support respectively.

Shamir OHKOed the Scytheboi at 4-range with a Steel Bow+ crit. She had Jeralt's Mercenaries and Rally Dex from Ferdinand to boost her critrate to an acceptable level.

Edited by Gradivus.

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