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"Fire Emblem": Awakening Units - Libra Info

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Introduction

This article will review Libra, the War Monk you will get in Fire Emblem: Awakening. War Monks are most notable for being the only staff using class that can also use axes. They boast higher HP, Strength and Defense growths as compared to Sages, but it isn't by much (well, at least the HP and Defense growths aren't much better; Strength sees a 15% boost), so they tend to be flimsy unless they've gotten a few good Defense levels. While War Monks are not one of my preferred classes, the fact that they get the ability to apply their Strength while using an axe and their high Resistance growths make them beautiful as caster killers.

Overview

So, who is Libra?

Libra is a War Monk who seeks to protect the exalt Emmeryn as the Mad King Gangrel and his Plegian soldiers seek to execute her. His main character trait is the fact that he appears feminine (and, as a matter of fact, his voice actor in both English and Japanese is actually female) and is mistaken as such by every man he meets (especially Virion; you should check out their C-rank support conversation for a cheap laugh or two). In game terms, and as mentioned in the Introduction, War Monks can use both staves and axes, making them good backup healers and mage killers.

Where can I get Libra?

Libra appears near the southwestern part of the map in Chapter 9. Libra starts as an allied unit, so you have to talk to him with Chrom to recruit him.

Why should I use Libra?

Well, War Monks are a promoted class (they promote off of either Priests/Clerics or Troubadours). This does have the nasty side effect that Libra will only have nineteen levels of growth before hitting the maximum possible cap (and then you have to use Second Seals to get more levels, and that is inefficient). However, Libra starts with a whopping 38 HP, 11 Defense and 16 Resistance (on Normal; this is slightly increased for harder difficulties). This means that Libra will be quite useful if you need a front liner to take some punishment, especially if you pair him up with someone that grants Defense to improve his middling base Defense. I eventually benched him because he started lagging, but he has the growths to be useful for a much longer time than you would expect from a pre-promote.

Should I use a Second Seal on Libra?

Well, he is a pre-promote, which means that you'll eventually have to do so in order to get more levels (or feed him an insane amount of permanent start boosters). However, that's only if you're willing to grind. Otherwise, just bench Libra once the rest of your army starts surpassing him. It happens.

Note: Another issue I foresee is the fact that he's basically a "Priest first, front-liner second". Most of his alternate options involve tomes (I mean, he could become a Sorcerer, but then again there are at least 2 innate Dark Mages in this game, and there are several other options for class changed Dark Mages/Sorcerers, so I wouldn't class change Libra into a Dark Mage). As is usual for choices like this, I'll leave it up to you whether you should class change him into another class or not.

Libra Stat Information at a Glance

ClassHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes

War Monk

90

40

50

55

50

45

35

40

Priest

80

30

50

60

50

45

30

45

Mage/Sage

80

25

55

65

55

45

30

40

Dark Knight

95

40

50

60

50

45

35

35

Dark Mage

95

30

50

60

50

45

35

40

Sorcerer

90

25

55

60

50

45

35

40

Libra, as mentioned before, has all of the makings of a mage killer:

  • He has beautiful Resistance growths.
  • His Strength growth, while not particularly high, is more than enough to pierce through any mage's feeble Defense.
  • He has a decent base HP and has a 9 in 10 chance of getting another HP with each level he gets.

All in all, he has an interesting niche in your army, should you choose to use him.

Libra Skill Information at a Glance

SkillEffectClassLevel

Miracle

Character survives with 1 HP after receiving an attack that would otherwise KO them (must have over 1 HP) (Chance = Luck%)

Priest

1

Healtouch

Restores an extra 5 HP when healing allies

Priest

10

Rally Luck

Luck +8 to all allies within a 3 tile radius for one Turn

War Monk

5

Renewal

Recover 30% HP at the start of the user's Turn

War Monk

15

Libra's skills are those of a War Monk that has been promoted from Priest. So, at the time of recruitment, he has both Miracle and Healtouch and will stand to learn Rally Luck and Renewal. Miracle, while situational, is always good for a unit like Libra who might bite off more than he can chew on a given turn. However, it's not good form to rely on Miracle because of how random it is. Healtouch is a five-point boost to all healing staff effects, which is always useful.

Rally Luck is one of the Rally family of skills, which allows a unit to use their Rally command to boost the stats of all allies by a pre-determined amount. In this case, Rally Luck boosts the luck of all allied units within 3 tiles by a whopping 8. Luck is a rather situational stat, but getting 8 more of it has to be good for something.

The War Monk's second skill is one of my favorite skills in the game. Renewal restores 30% of the unit's HP at the start of each of their turns. No strings attached. As you can imagine, Renewal does wonders for Libra's sustainability, just as long as you can limit the number of enemy units attacking at one time.

Tips and Tricks for Using Libra

  • It has been mentioned to the point of insanity already that Libra makes an awesome mage-killer. Why don't you axe some enemy mages some questions?
  • Pair Libra up with an allied unit that can give him some Defense and Strength and you're golden against most threats.
  • Libra starts with a Killer Axe and isn't afraid to use it. If you want to keep that Axe for later use, make sure you get to him as soon as possible, since Killer Weapons only have 30 uses.
  • Give Libra a Rescue Staff and he can lead a push against enemies and then warp one of your front-liners to his position.

Libra's Possible Supports

Possible WivesOther Possible Supports

Lissa, Sully, Miriel, Maribelle, Panne, Cordelia, Nowi, Tharja, Olivia, Cherche, My Unit [Female]

My Unit [Male], Virion, Gaius

Conclusion

In conclusion, Libra serves as a sort of special category of unit, as he does not fill the usual roles you would expect for your armies. However, if you've ever wanted a healer that doesn't die to those who look at them wrong, you may decide to give Libra a chance. While he does fall off later on, he is quite useful for the phase of the game in which you can recruit him.

Feel free to talk about Libra and things related to him in the comments section. Also, don't hesitate to ask questions if something in this article is unclear!

Until the next time, take care and have fun!

Comments

l on January 29, 2015:

honestly, libra's defense made me fall in love with him as a unit, and then i actually started liking him as a character. i used him for the whole game even though i probably should've benched him, but i just put too much time and love into him. curse me and my love for pretty boys

albert on August 14, 2014:

eh, the war monk/cleric class is a not good promotion whatsoever for a class that spends 100% of their time with magical implements and 90% away from the front lines. I personally prefer the bishops from the old games with their even higher resistance and ability to use a weapon that actually builds off their strengths(or, lack of thereof) like the tome. That being said, Libra is ok for his base class having more defense that Lissa and Maribelle could ever dream of.

DukeKnight on July 19, 2013:

He was useful for a handful of chapters as the defensive healer my team needed, but after those handful of void filling he was only useful to pass Renewal to Owain.