Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:46 AM
Eirika is eerily similar to Lyn from FE7 (a lot of FE8 units are like that). Of course, Eirika actually knows what durability means.
She does start off rather unimpressive, though. 9 spd is good, and... rapier. Which will generally face WTD against the enemies it's effective against (it's still good though). And that's about it. 16 HP, 4 str, 3 def, 5 con doesn't do her any favors. Earlygame chapters do tend to have a lot of axe enemies, but she's still getting 2HKO'd at 40ish displayed hit rates, which is not very reliable. She can double them after a couple of levels though, since they hover around 6-7 spd and she has a 60% spd growth. So her offense is pretty good, but her durability is still meh. So she's about average for awhile.
Things change once she gets supports going, though. She has a very fast +3 support with Seth, who was wtfanima, which gives her full att and def, which is basically what she needs. Later, Forde, Innes, and even Saleh and Tana pop up as options, although they're not as good as the Seth support (crappier affinity, start later), but it's certainly better than nothing and make a fine B support. This, on top of her 180% avo growth, gives her pretty good durability. And her high spd growth means she doubles everything (more or less) and the att from supports gives her good pow, making her offense good.
By promotion she becomes scary. It's slightly later than everyone else (end of ch 16, rather than ch 15-16), but she gets good promo bonuses (3 def for starters, with 4 HP and 2 str too, and a frickin horse), and her own personal 30 use, 21 effective att weapon that has triple mt on monsters. And she loses a game breaking 2 AS from it. Oh noes. Still, 30 uses doesn't last forever, but it's a great weapon for tight spots, since usually even stuff like silver swords are enough for Eirika.
So her offense throughout the game ranges from "pretty good" to "lolpwn". Her durability goes from "meh" to acceptable to good. Her only big drawback is mono swords, which have no good 1-2 range options. That combined with her shaky earlygame durability is probably a point taken or so.
Unfortunately, the above only applies to her own route. On Eph route, she takes a huge hit. Since she disapoofs for chapters 9-14, and starts on the opposite side of the map in 15, she becomes much less attractive for supports, and not just that, she has less time to build said supports, and also rejoins underleveled. The supports is probably the biggest hit, since her big str/def gains from them helped make her so good on her own route. And she also loses several chapters of positive utility on top of that.
Still, on Eph route, she's usable. She still has pretty good offense, and gets that ridiculous sword after promotion. Her durability drops though. So she's probably closer to average on Eph route.
Eir route: 9/10
Eph rotue: 5.5/10