Re: Optimizing and Tiering
I could type out a series of reasons as to why my favourite pairs and favourite units are the best pairs and units and it still doesn’t mean shit because the best pairs and units are your favourites.
For real, I’ve actually caught myself pondering in the past typing up things like ‘why Maribelle is Lucina’s best mom’ and it’s ridiculous. Maribelle is Lucina’s best mom for me because I like Dark Knight Lucina. That’s it. Likewise Sully is Lucina’s worst mom for me because I don’t like Sully’s supports with Chrom very much and I am far too used to Lucina having Galeforce access. That doesn’t mean she’s bad—it’s the only way barring Avatar Lucina will ever pick up Lancebreaker and Swordfaire at once to use as a Great Lord—just she’s not suited to my playstyle.
When it comes down to it, the kids are pretty darn near impossible to screw over since at the very least they will always have better stats than their preset parent. Even if you give them a parent who doesn’t have any additional classes. Maiden!Lucina STILL has +1 over Chrom on everything, and the only time he’s better is on player phase with Aggressor. Even then it’s debatable because Lucina can marry a Galeforce boy, and Chrom x Maiden means he’ll never have an active S-Rank pairup.
Likewise, Avatar is best used wherever the hell you want to put them. I don’t think pairing a male Avatar to a second gen unit and min-maxing Morgan is my thing. I don’t do it. I like picking which kid to give omni-classes to. Female Avatar, slightly more worth it since you’re not getting a second kid out of her unless you’re always marrying Chrom. I like the guy, but I don’t like his hair on Morgan and also Lucina’s just fine with any mom. (Considering Yarne next time, actually. Maybe Virion!Yarne, because Virion x Panne life.)
Also, I completely fucked up on the skill passing in my initial run, and all the kids are still usable. I don’t think it’s possible to have them be unusable, honestly.
All that being said, I still don’t like Donnel. I don’t find him worth it, and it doesn’t help that Aptitude seems to work opposite of intended for me. I’m trying to use him in one of my current runs but it’s not going very well. But that’s me. Forever caught between what’s good, who I like, and hair colours.