I'll be judging on how useful they can be, whether it's simple chipping or rescue-dropping.
Ratings around 5-6 would be considered "average".
!10: Sain (LHM)
9.5: Lyndis (LHM); Kent (LHM)
9: ;Ninian; Priscilla
8.8!: Sain (HHM); Raven
8.5: Kent (HHM); Florina (HHM);Matthew (HHM); Legault
8: Florina (L/HHM); Serra (HHM); Rath (LHM); Lowen; Hector; Pent
7.5: Serra (LHM);Erk (LHM); Lucius (L/HHM); Matthew (LHM); Harken
7: Erk (HHM); Canas; Isadora; Guy
6: Dorcas (LHM)
5.5: Lyndis (HHM)
5: Dorcas (HHM); Karel
4: Wallace (LHM); Farina
3: Rebecca; Rath (HHM)
1.5: Wil (LHM)
1: Wallace (HHM); Wil (HM)
So I'll start with our very first character and Lord:
Our first Lord, and the protagonist of her own during the first ten chapters of the game.
Let's talk about her offense first. Lyndis' offense great until the end of her mode, most because she is swordlocked in an axefest. And then because her amazing 9 base Spd, with only one Spd proc, garantees to double everything, maybe with the exclusion of some boss and Mercenaries. (Hell, there are even Mercs running around 5 AS early, and they won't gain enough AS later on to avoid getting doubled by her). At last, upon finishing Ch 2, she gets the Mani Katti, her personal weapon. Bearing great stats like 8 Mt/20 Crit; it boosts her offense to be one of the best of the team until Sain starts doubling or before Lucius arrives. With two Str procs she is pretty much secured to be 1RKO'ing enemies reliably without the need of a critical.
Lyndis' offense is meh, but not something to whine about either. She bears an unimpressive 70/20% respective HP and Def growths. Kinda lame, but not so bad, considering how much lamer are the enemies in this Mode. She gets 2HKO'd by every Brigand and Cavalier for most of her mode, and the former only in later maps, and aren't usual. The rest of the enemies, like Mercs and lolArchers 3HKO her. And there are even Mercs that 4HKO her, as early as Ch 3 & 4. But she isn't really ever worrying about enemies like Brigands, which despite 2HKO'ing her, bear poor Hit rates against her.
So she is one of the best offensive units in her own Mode for a long time before anyone not-named Lucius start 1RKO'ing, and gets ten chapters for level ups, which really helps her HHM perforamance.
HHM is rough on Lyndis. And I'm just being nice here, by assuming she went through LHM leveling coming out from there at least being lvl 10. It helps her on the offensive end, she is doing very similiar to Guy, except Guy knows what "durability" means.
Once promoted, she isn't outstanding in much. She has insane Spd and Skill, and that's about it. +3/5 Def/5 Res is a nice addition to her horrid durability, but it still doesn't help much. Also gains...bows. It's kind of helpful against the Wyerns at her promoting chapter, but she'll just be missing player phases with bows.
Her fastest and best support is with Florina, it's the fastest and FE7 and it gives her Atk and Crit, something which would come in handy as long as she bears a critical-based weapon. Other supports just aren't worth it, because they have better options as well as having faster options.
Edited by Soul, 20 May 2011 - 07:15 PM.