Welcome back to a new Fire Emblem Heroes post on mTurboGamer and in this post we will be exploring Pheonixmaster1’s review of Karel. I will be talking about how good Karel is and how easy or difficult it is to grind and level him up to level 40. I will also tell you some of the best skill inheritance options that will greatly benefit him and then we will be taking a look at some of his best teammates who can support him so that he can work at his maximum potential. I will be also telling you some of the counters which you should watch out for if you’re using Karel.
Fire Emblem Heroes Karel Review
So I think that Karel is one of the best sword units in the game. He’s on par with units like Ryoma, Lucina and Marth and I think that he heavily outclasses Lyn who has got a similar kit to him but Karel just does it so much more better compared to her.
If you look at his rating he has got a solid rating of 170 that is very respectable for arena usage and he does have three points lower rating compared to Lyn’s. However their raw rating is same and the reason I say raw is because we’re not counting the attack he gets from his weapon. RAW rating is the rating which is going to be used in the new arena update that comes out in April and that will be used for the matchmaking so he will be pretty solid in that format as well.
If we look at his level 40 stats, his HP is actually pretty good allowing him to take couple of hits and it’s not really that bad for an offensive unit. It makes them more bulky compared to Lyn. His attack is quite high and he can definitely hit hard. Not only that, he has got Defiant attack 3 as one of his passives which makes him a lot more stronger when he is below 50% HP. His speed is also one of his main redeeming qualities as he avoids getting doubled by pretty much the whole metagame aside from units like +Speed Linde, +Speed Minerva, +Speed Jaffar and +Speed Lyn. So it’s highly recommended to have a +Speed IV on him since it makes much easier for him to double alot of the units in the metagame and to abuse this desperation skill even more and he also avoids getting doubled but pretty much every unit in the metagame expect for some obscure units like Hana and Lon’qu which you never really see in arena.
His defense is really nice for an offensive unit and this defense is quite enough in my opinion since a lot of the units in the metagame cannot double him as it is so he can definitely take some hits on the physical side and at times he can even take physical hits when he’s at the weapons triangle disadvantage.
His resistance is quite poor and any kind of magical attack will do massive damage to him. The only case where he can take magical hits easily is when he’s got the weapon’s triangle disadvantage otherwise he’s got a tough time taking magical hits. So I’ll just suggest you to keep him out of the attack range of magical units. His weapon is Wo Dao+ which gives him additional 10 damage when he triggers his special and that is actually really nice and many times it can give him the kills which he otherwise wouldn’t be able to get. This weapon doesn’t have any disadvantage or draw back at all and it’s a really solid weapon in general.
Also when you see the fact that you’ve got a special in Reprisal which is a 2 turn cool down move, this weapon makes it quite easy for him to do lots of damage to opponents and like I said his special is Reprisal and this is a really good special since Karel is naturally fast unit so he’s going to be activating this special a lot in an average game.
Now let’s look at his passives. For Slot A he has got Defiant Attack 3 which gives them +7 attack when he’s below 50% HP and this makes Karel a monster allowing him to reach 50 attack and that makes him a scary unit to face because he is so fast as well. He has got desperation 3 for his slot B and this skill is amazing for him and turns Karel into a sweeper as his follow-up attacks will happen instantly. So with the help of his good HP and good defense stat he doesn’t really have a hard time going into the desperation range and become a sword demon.
So overall Karel is an amazing red unit in this meta game and is actually one of the best sword users in the game. He’s a very very solid option for a team’s red unit slot and he becomes a demon when he falls into the desperation and defiant attack range. You will have to play with him in such a way that he falls into the range of those two skills and can wreak havoc. His playstyle is risky but it is just as much rewarding and effective and he’s actually a very fun unit to use.
Now I will be telling you how easy or hard it is to level up Karel. From my experience i would say that leveling him up isn’t really that hard. Just pair him up with a dancer or a singer and a green unit and he can easily get experience without any trouble because he can double a lot of units in the training tower due to his speed and he has bulk to take hits, it makes him quite easy to level up and grind for. So it shouldn’t take you too many hours to grind him to level 40.
Karel’s Best Skill Inheritance Options
Let’s talk about some of these skill inheritance options for Karel. I would say that his Slot A and Slot B passive skills are perfect but still if you want to have some change here are some options for his Slot A passive skill.
Fury from a 4 star Hinata can be given to him. It does make it easier for him to enter his desperation range, however this skill makes his already risky play style even more riskier. I personally wouldn’t run this. Also fury overlaps with his default defiant attack skill which is already really good with his play style. You can also get deathblow 3 from a 4 star Klein to get immediate damage instead of waiting for him to reach below 50%HP to activate his defiant attack. This is also a pretty decent option for him however he does lose one point of attack compared to defiant attack 3 but nonetheless it’s an option and it’s up to player’s convenience.
His Slot B is desperation and PLEASE do not touch that slot. It is already so perfect and there is literally no other skill in Slot B which can help him as much as desperation, it’s absolutely perfect.
So let’s move on to Slot C which is his empty skill slot. Threaten speed 3 from a 4 star Selena is hands down the best skill for him in Slot C. This allows him to get even more mileage out of his already high speed and allows him to double units like +Speed Marth and units who speed tie with him such as Ryoma and Eirika. Threaten speed with the combination of his already high speed and desperation skill is such a good option and if you plan on utilizing Karel to his maximum potential, this skill is highly necessary. In case you do not have a 4 star Selena to sacrifice, you could also give Karel savage blow 3 from a 4 star Camilla. This skill helps him weaken opponents units even more and since he is a sweeper type of unit, this skills does fit his playstyle. Threaten defense is also a good option but I feel like threaten speed and savage blow are just so much better options.
His weapon Wo Dao+ and his special Reprisal are perfect so they do not require any kind of tweaking. However Karel does not come with an assist skill so Ardent sacrifice from 3 star Florina can be given to him and this is also just another skill which works really well with his play style since it helps him come near his desperation range without actually indulging in any kind of combat. It’s a really really useful skill in my opinion for Karel. Not only he can support a tanky teammate with this skill but also support himself directly so this assist skill is recommended on Karel if you want to utilize them to his maximum potential.
Best Team-Mates of Karel In Fire Emblem Heroes
So let’s move on to some of the best teammates for Karel. With his kind of play style, singers and dancers like Ninian,Olivia and Azura are the best teammates for him and help him a lot with sweeping opponent’s team. Azura and Ninian work particularly well with Karel since Karel can cover their bad matchups and weakness was his red color.
Some strong green units like Minerva, Cherche and Julia also help Karel by covering his weakness to blue units. Karel has no way of breaking through tanky lance users like Ephraim so these strong green units can deal with those units and clear Karel’s way so that he can efficiently sweep opponent’s team.
Finally due to Karel’s poor resistance, magic checks like Kagero and Felicia works well with him and can make it easier for him to sweep teams by Debuffing opponents as well with their daggers.
So these are some of the best teammates which can work can really well with Karel and help him out. But Karel himself is such a great unit that he does not require too much support. All you have to do is take care of the blue units and he can do his thing.
Karel’s Counters To Watch Out For
At last let’s take a look at some of his counters. If you are using Karel, you will have to watch out for these counters and if you’re facing him having one of these counters on your team will definitely help you face him.
Karel’s counters basically include Lance users and strong mages. Karel has no way of breaking through the said Lance users and Lance users will take care of him without fail. There is not a whole lot of damage Karel can do back to them. Also because Karel has got too bad resistance, strong mages like Lilina, Linde can do massive damage to him even though they can not one shot him due to his speed.
Reinhardt with his Dire Thunder tome can one round KO Karrel in a blink of an eye so you have to watch out for these counters. Karel’s playstyle is basically to bring him down to 50% HP and abuse his desperation and defiant skill to sweep teams.Like I’ve said before it is risky but it can be very rewarding. You can watch the video below if you prefer a video tutorial of this whole post.
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