Merry Christmas from Intsys! We have presented to you the opportunity (that will cost you orbs) for boosted BST as the new norm on a banner full or armor units that are not wearing actual armor! Please feel free to comment and give feedback, and please inform me if I made any mistakes. Chrom and his sack HP 51 ATK 40 SPD 19 DEF 35 RES 29 We have yet another axe Chrom (why couldn’t he be a lance so we have a weapon triangle trinity with Chroms), but this one comes out much stronger with a better base kit than spring chrom. If you thought units like Effie, Zephiel and Sophia took a dump on their speed to get stronger in other stats, so does Chrom, dropping it to 19. The easiest comparison is Effie, except he drops his speed even lower to achieve more res unless Effie equips Berkut’s lance, of which there is no equivalent axe option. He has the same atk, while enjoying a marginal bump up in HP and def. Is he good outside the box? Yes he is, this is Green Effie we are talking about with that massive attack stat. What skill investment would he want? He can refine his sack of gifts for more attack or def, and for +atk Chroms, brave axe and Bold fighter (from his sister) can make him a player phase monster much like Effie. As usual for armored units, he can grab vengeful fighter alongside DC or steady breath and opt for enemy phase tanking, which fits in with his sack of gifts. Is he good skill fodder? Brazen is a good skill to inherit, as is giving him the sack to let someone else have the sack haha. Why You Would Want Chrom?: Daddy chrom’s art has been powercreeped alongside his BST and its sexy. I need it to do more Michalis memes. Santa claus, i mean Santacalis has a nice ring to it. Why You Wouldn't Want Chrom?: You have too many green armored units that are already built and can’t find room for him in the team. He ain't no Santa daddy Hector. Lissa not so delicate HP 43 ATK 33 SPD 30 DEF 35 RES 34 Oh dear, looks like we finally have an armored unit with the high def/res stats to give Sheena a run for her money. She’s far from her ahem delicate healer self and is now a tank with a massive bell to ring. Lissa is also the only one who has 175 BST at neutral, beating out Amelia as the new highest BST unit. Robin and Chrom are both 174 BST at neutral but in her presence, i guess they don’t get to claim to be the new high. She also gets to be the 2nd unit after Fjorm to have all stats at 30 and above at neutral and is really balanced on paper, though it’s only her def and res that are much higher than average. Just like how Chrom is green Effie, Lissa is Amelia who traded her HP and SPD for much higher res, which leaves Amelia and Draug holding onto the speedy melee armor niche while Lissa is borderline too slow to attempt it. Is she good outside the box? Yes she is, just looking at her stats, though her weapon conflicts with Bold Fighter since Handbell is a cosmetic change from sack of gifts and do exactly the same thing - buff stats on enemy phase. What skill investment would she want? If you are going with bold fighter, you will want player phase skills, and perhaps a change in weapon. Like Chrom, she can run Brave axe/Bold fighter builds though he does it better than her due to his higher attack, or go for a distant counter/steady breath in A slot to focus on her enemy phase. She does have better res than Chrom to handle mage tanking. Is she good skill fodder? Bold fighter. That is all you need to know. Why You Would Want Lissa?: You want a stronk Lissa to show the world she ain’t delicate. Bold fighter fodder for your chosen tank. And Handbell to complete some stupid meme axe catalogue. Why You Wouldn't Want Lissa?: Same problem with Chrom - too many green armored units competing for spots on your team. Blue Robin HP 45 ATK 35 SPD 34 DEF 34 RES 25 Another comparison incoming, as Robin is essentially Blue Amelia, but he has slightly res. I suppose this means you build him as you would Amelia, but he has the advantage of only competing with Effie and Gwen, instead of Hector, Sheena, Halloween Henry, Amelia herself, and the new Chrom and Lissa. He is probably the one that stands out the least (except being a blue armor) since he doesn’t have an armor-only skill like vengeful and bold fighter, and his stat spread isn’t unique. Is he good outside the box? Yes he’s about as good as Amelia but in a different color and well, there’s Brazen atk/spd. What skill investment would he want? Anything you give Amelia, you give him. He has the flexibility to hold that wood, try a brave lance build, or swap over to berkut’s lance, an option not available to Amelia to play mixed def/res tanking. Is he good skill fodder? Brazen atk/spd. No more fury 6 Eldigan memes, give him Brazen while keeping fury 3 mystletainn upgrade for a furious brazen horseman. There are other candidates, but Eldigan arguably has the most interesting combination with the skill. Why You Would Want Robin?: You can’t have Red Robin but you could have Round Robin. You do want more options in the blue armor department. You desire to have Summer blue Robin devour Winter blue Robin for the lance. Why You Wouldn't Want Robin?: He’s the least outstanding among the christmas units and you are sniping green/red orbs instead. Bikini Armor logic Tharja HP 43 ATK 34 SPD 18 DEF 34 RES 36 We have our 2nd mage armor unit..and its some girl in a red/green bikini and bopping you over the head with candelaBRAA. True to video game logic on the power of armored bikinis, she does have the highest def/res combination (until speedo Arvis shows up) among FEH units. She is the most hyped unit given what vengeful fighter does, and it complements the rest of her kit and her stats well. Red armored slot may have Arden and Black knight, but for you arena tier 20 whales, the only red armor unit who can compete in merges is Draug, so she does somewhat face less competition than the crowded green armor slot. Is she good outside the box? Yes she is, she needs the least investment among the christmas units and you can drop her in as she is. What skill investment would she want? You can run bladetome on her if you have buffs going on, or owltome if you keep the ward armor cube tactic alive. That being said, her default can be refined and will serve her well. Just give her an assist and swap out her C slot for some armor buff skill. Is she good skill fodder? Vengeful fighter of course. It’s totally Quick Riposte 4 had sex with heavy blade for some steady breathing. Red tome valor works for raising your red tome units too. Why You Would Want Tharja?: You are now one unit away from “tharja” emblem with her in your collection. We all know Rhajat is just tharja rearranging her name. Why You Wouldn't Want Tharja?: That bikini armor video game logic hurts your brain. Overall Banner Evaluation This banner has nothing but boosted BST and everyone is good, and its becoming the norm. Unlike spring and Nohrian summer, these holiday weapons are viable and not just meme tier jokes. This banner is worth a pull for those looking to beef up armor emblem and/or have more options, and even for players not interested in armors will find good fodders and memes to pull for. This banner is a nice start for beginners to get armor team going, you can literally build a full team of these 4 and they do work well.