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This article is going to talk about Olivia, the Dancer that you can get in Fire Emblem Awakening. Dancers are a long-existent class in the Fire Emblem series that provide a unique effect: They can dance for an adjacent allied unit and grant them a bonus turn. For this reason alone, one should always have a Dancer in their retinue.
However, a Dancer's sheer utility is countered by the fact that they have low Defense growths and only middling HP growths. Combine this with a low Strength growth (Dancers in Fire Emblem Awakening can use Swords, for what it's worth), and you have a unit that can't fend for themselves most of the time (although those high Skill, Speed and Luck growths do a lot to actually keep Dancers alive).
So, who is Olivia?
Olivia is a Dancer that was saved by Khan Basilio of Regna Ferrox some time before the events of Awakening. She decides to join Chrom's army to aid in the efforts against Plegia and their Mad King. Her main character defining trait is her shyness, which contrasts sharply with her actual dancing abilities (she is generally considered to be one of the best dancers most of the people who can support with her have ever seen). In game terms, she can dance for one of your units that has already taken a turn and give them a bonus turn.
Another curious note is the fact that she is the last attained possible wife for Chrom. In fact, Chrom gets married after the chapter you recruit Olivia. So, if you want Chrom to marry Olivia, you're going to need to have them basically glued together, while also having made sure that Chrom didn't reach at least a C rank support level with any of his other eligible mates.
X had the following to say on this topic: Supposedly you can still have Chrom marry Olivia if you have support levels with other females, you just have to marry whoever you have the support levels with to someone else before chapter 11.
Thank you very much for the information, X!
Where can I get Olivia?
She joins Chrom's army at the start of Chapter 11.
Should I use Olivia?
I don't think anyone can deny that Olivia has her uses. Giving one of your units a bonus turn is one of the best bonuses any ability can give (there's a reason why Galeforce is widely considered the best skill of Fire Emblem Awakening). However, Olivia enters your army at Level 1 with abysmal Defense almost halfway through your Awakening campaign, which is enough for her to get one-shot by just about any enemy unit that appears by then. You will have to do overtime with her if you want her to be viable in your army, especially at the higher difficulties. Considering that she moves at five tiles per turn, and most promoted classes can move faster than that, the decision isn't actually as easy as it would seem.
Case in point, I actually stopped using Olivia about three chapters after I got her. She's useful, but she wasn't cutting it for me.
Should I use a Second Seal on Olivia?
Olivia is actually a very interesting case. You could, in theory, get Olivia up to Level 10 and then class change her to Myrmidon or Pegasus Knight. She actually boasts somewhat higher than average Strength growths for a Pegasus Knight, as well as high growths in the Pegasus Knight trinity of Skill, Speed, and Luck. If you go Myrmidon, she loses 5% Magic growth (pointless for a Myrmidon anyway) and gains 5% Strength as compared to Pegasus Knight. I guess the real question here is: Olivia can work as an alternate class, but does she fit in your army as a member of said alternate class?
The answer in my personal case was no. Your mileage, as usual, may vary.
Note: Although, to be fair, Olivia with Vantage and Astra could be quite hard to finish off thanks to her high Skill (high chance of triggering Astra and Vantage always triggers if the unit with the skill is at half HP or worse).
Olivia Stat Growth Information at a Glance
There's not much to talk about related to Olivia's stat growths as they have already been covered in the previous section. About the only thing I can add that hasn't already been said is that Dancers have low base HP and Strength growths (as evidenced by the gap between Dancer HP/Strength and Olivia's other class choices). The message you should get from this is that you shouldn't have her out in the front lines.
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Olivia Skill Information At A Glance
Strength, Magic, Defence and Resistance +2 for one Turn for the unit who receives the user's Dance
Dancers are curious in that their skills work best for them if they stay in their base class. While no class would complain about having four extra Luck, Dancers are most in need since Luck governs (among other things) the rate at which enemy units land critical hits. The second skill that Dancers get is literally useless outside of the class since it modifies their dance. Special Dance boosts the offensive and defensive stats of the unit that has received the Dancer's dance in a turn.
Basically, a Dancer's skills will always be useful for their particular needs, but they're not anything special.
Tips and Tricks for Using Olivia
- Dancing gives the Dancer experience points, much like Priests/Clerics get experience by using staves. Have Olivia dance on every turn that doing so does not put her in a tight spot, even if it means forcing a unit to wait just so she can dance for them.
- Dancers can use Swords in Fire Emblem Awakening, although Olivia starts at E-Rank. Even so, some clever usage of class changing (should you be willing to grind, a lot) can give you an Olivia that has both Astra and Vantage, and can Dance as well.
- As mentioned in the Introduction, Olivia is Chrom's last possible wife. If you want Olivia to be Chrom's wife, you'll need to Pair them up together during the entirety of Chapter 11 if you want to have a ghost of a chance. It goes without saying that you are completely out of luck that if Chrom has already gotten Support levels with any of the other eligible women.
Olivia's Possible Supports
|Possible Husbands||Other Possible Supports|
Chrom, My Unit [Male], Frederick, Virion, Stahl, Vaike, Kellam, Lon'qu, Ricken, Gaius, Donnel, Gregorr, Libra, Henry
My Unit [Female], Maribelle, Panne
In conclusion, Olivia is Fire Emblem Awakening's Dancer. Giving your best units an extra turn is a great advantage, but it involves keeping around a unit that has sub-par survivability. You'll need to keep Olivia away from the front lines if you want to use her on a consistent basis. However, given that this is a problem that Fire Emblem players have been tackling for the past few years in the West (over two decades in Japan), this probably isn't that big of a problem.
Feel free to talk about Olivia and things related to her 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!
Swordsmaster Olivia on September 11, 2018:
My Olivia destroys as a Myrmidion and then a Swordsmaster. She's an avoid master, crit queen, and she destroyed Walhart without him even touching her wtf.
Declan on January 04, 2017:
Doesn't Olivia start with a D rank in swords? (Not to be nitpicky, I just happened to notice)
Mewmix on January 01, 2017:
My Olivia is kind of a monster now. She has very high skill and speed and luck and she is currently a dark flier (trying to get galeforce) Her strength isn't bad at all but I gave her energy drops to boost it and now she I'd a very capable dark flier.
~Galefo on October 20, 2016:
Olivia should pick up
fdshuf on December 14, 2014:
Will Chrom and Olivia be S Rank automatically after they Marry wil the retain the benefits of the bonus S Stat boasts when they pair up toghther?
Melissa Clason from Fayetteville, NC on October 15, 2014:
Olivia ended up being my most powerful unit when I made her a Dark Flyer, and then a Swordmaster, and then a dancer again. Her stats were ridiculous! It must be quite frustrating for the people that battle me on Streetpass, since they see a dancer and assume she's an easy kill. Not so much if said dancer has every stat capped, and Galeforce and Astra to boot...
MakeItFunnyBro on October 01, 2014:
Lon'qu and olivia make it happen the best otp and fighting duo evaaaaa I might write an epic story about them
Tricycle on January 10, 2014:
Reclass Olivia Recless Olivia RECLASS OLIVIA!! I cannot stress that enough.
Oli as a Myrmidon was - and, in my opinion, IS - a very (very very) good thing to do. They have no weaknesses, unlike Pegasus Knights who are weak against Wind and Bows (given her Defense, she'd be rather fragile), and Speed is a good bonus in the class. She's basically my little Trickster and one of my frontliners C:
Anon on January 05, 2014:
My Olivia turned out pretty good and could actually snag a few kills... I guess I got really lucky with the random stat generator.
Dai on August 02, 2013:
One important thing to note.
I read that as long as Chrom has not actually had the C-Support with anyone, Olivia moves to the top of his "Marriage priority" if she can C-support by the end of the chapter. 18 "support points" (Hearts after action, I assume)
Normal: Sumia - Maribelle - Sully - Olivia - MU
In above case:
Olivia - Sumia - etc.
Zolque on July 13, 2013:
MARRY HER TO LON'QU. Super shy duo, lol.
AquilaVega on July 11, 2013:
Olivia is quiet useful if you let her dance for your healers. This way my defensive line stays healthy, the healer heals 2 times in 1 player turn and Olivia dances and gains EXP. Still... as she levels up as a dancer , she remains pretty weak. I believe you definitely have to reclass her and get some other skills to make her a valuable asset in your army. I haven't gotten that far yet with her, but I strongly believe in her potential.
Also... I have read that Olivia can dance for a character that already killed 2 enemies thx 2 Galeforce. By doing so that character could kill another 2 enemies.
Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on May 20, 2013:
You use a Second Seal on her while she's in another class. Dancer works just like any other special class like that. Now, I'm not sure whether you have to use the Second Seal while Olivia is in a base class or a promoted class, but the option should be there. :)
Steve on May 20, 2013:
How could you make olivia a dancer again is it possible?
Douglas Smith on May 08, 2013:
Have her marry Chrom so both Indigo and Lucina (super high stats) are godly powerful and then turn her into a dark peg to pass down galeforce but also so Chrom has a flying unit to ferry him around also galeforce on her allows her to attack and dance if you want to trade flight for dance
T Shirt on April 27, 2013:
hey i use olibvia
Niernen on March 25, 2013:
You actually should reclass Olivia (temporarily) to get some skills. She should get Galeforce from the Dark Flier line. Picking up Astra, Vantage, and Swordfaire from Swordmaster is also and option if you have the time to train her (or pass and lethality from Assassins). If you bought the DLC that lets gives you the Bride item, it is an option, as their lv15 skill heals allies, complementing her support role (rally love is not bad, but special dance is better)
Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on March 18, 2013:
Hmm, I didn't know that. :o
I'll add that to the hub ASAP. Thanks for the info X! :D
X on March 18, 2013:
Supposedly you can still have Chrom marry Olivia if you have support levels with other females, you just have to marry whoever you have the support levels with to someone else before chapter 11.