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"Fire Emblem Awakening" Child Units - Severa Info

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Introduction

This article is going to talk about Severa, the second of two second generation Mercenaries in Fire Emblem Awakening. Severa is the child of Cordelia, the Pegasus Knight that you recruit in Chapter 7. If you play the Paralogue chapters in order, then Severa will be the sixth child unit you recruit after Lucina.

During the course of this article, I will give my thoughts on details such as the best father for Severa and what skills Severa would most benefit from.

Notable Quote

"Say goodnight!", - Severa, on a critical hit/skill activation.

Overview

So, who is Severa?

Severa is a Mercenary forced to work for a malevolent man to get back her mother's ring, her most treasured possession. Upon meeting her mother in the current timeline, she quickly becomes angry when Cordelia mentions Chrom. It appears that Severa has had to stomach Cordelia's pining over Chrom during her entire childhood (I'd probably be peeved too if I were her, to be honest). Her main character trait is her seriousness, a shell that she has put around herself so as to not show her true feelings.

Where can I get Severa?

Severa joins Chrom's forces in Paralogue 10 once she gets to talk to Holland, the enemy villager. My favorite strategy to keep her alive until then is to have a unit with a Rescue Staff use it on Severa whenever she extends herself too far into a group of enemies, and then have my own units push while she's detained in the back row.

Why should I use Severa?

Well, Severa is basically another Inigo, except that she trades Inigo's superior Luck and Speed growths with her own superior Strength and Defense growths. If you want a tankier Mercenary, you can't go wrong with Severa. Of course, no one said that you couldn't use both of them.

Who is the best father for Severa?

It's time to answer one of the most heated questions in all of my child unit articles. This time, it's Severa's turn. Let's see:

Units whose names are bolded are recommended for reasons listed in their bullet, and will be represented in the table in the next section listing Severa's growths as based on potential fathers.

  • Donnel, Gaius, Male My Unit: This trio of potential fathers is extremely useful for Galeforce optimization due to the fact that they can pass down Pegasus Knight to their daughters. Given that Cordelia already passes down Pegasus Knight to Severa, they would not be good picks to be Severa's father.
  • Ricken, Libra, Henry: This trio of potential fathers is best used for pairings that involve children with high magic growths. Severa is not one such child.
  • Lon'qu: Severa boasts a decently high Defense growth. This clashes with Lon'qu's low Defense growth, which would just cripple her actual Defense growth. Granted, you'd be getting a Speed growth boost for Severa, but Lon'qu is better off being someone else's father.
  • Frederick: Grants Cavalier, Knight, and Wyvern Rider. Actually a relatively strong choice for Severa, since Frederick has both HP and Defense heavy growths, but there's that whole "low-ish stats unless you grind him" issue which weakens him as a pick.
  • Virion: Grants Archer, Wyvern Rider, and Mage. If you haven't already paired up Virion with any other eligible female units, he could be a solid pick. Severa's growths with Virion as a father are actually weaker than with Frederick (with the exception of a slightly stronger Speed growth), for the curious.
  • Stahl: Grants Archer, Myrmidon and Cavalier. Myrmidon is awesome both for Vantage and for Astra. That alone makes Stahl an extremely strong candidate for Cordelia.
  • Vaike: Grants Knight and Thief. Vaike's growths capitalize on what makes Severa a good Mercenary (HP, Strength and Defense). Not the strongest pick since Thief isn't the best class (and you can reach Assassin via Myrmidon if you really want Lethality), but functional.
  • Kellam: Grants Knight, Thief, and Priest. Basically trumps Vaike in bonus class options and Defense growth, except that Severa has terrible Magic growth for those extra class options. It's the rare case indeed where having more bonus class options ends up being detrimental to a pick's viability, but in this case I can't recommend Kellam as a potential father for Severa because of that.
  • Gregor: Grants Myrmidon and Troubadour (Gregor's Barbarian becomes Troubadour for female child units). Myrmidon is nice and all, but Troubadour is bleh. Not recommended as Severa's father.

Severa's Growths as a Mercenary Depending on the Father

ParentHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes

Frederick

96

61

11

65

55

40

50

30

Virion

88

61

18

65

58

40

45

31

Stahl

93

63

11

63

53

43

53

26

Vaike

96

65

11

66

55

41

50

25

Severa's Stat Caps Depending on the Father

ParentHPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes

Frederick [Mercenary]

60

30

18

33

27

30

28

23

Frederick [Hero]

80

46

28

51

43

45

43

36

Virion [Mercenary]

60

28

20

33

31

29

24

23

Virion [Hero]

80

44

30

51

47

44

39

36

Stahl [Mercenary]

60

30

19

32

29

28

28

22

Stahl [Hero]

80

46

29

50

45

43

43

35

Vaike [Mercenary]

60

31

18

32

30

29

26

21

Vaike [Hero]

80

47

28

50

46

44

41

34

Severa's Initial Base Stats

 HPStrMagSklSpdLckDefRes

Severa's Initial Base Stats

8

6

1

7

6

6

6

5

Base Stats of the Mercenary class

18

5

0

8

7

0

5

0

The information in the above table plays into the following formula to determine Severa's true base stats for a specific given playthrough:

[(Mother's current stats - Mother's class base stats) + (Father's current stats - Father's class base stats) + Child's absolute base stats] / 3 + Child's class base stats

Note: Keep in mind that a child unit's base stats are generated when the Paralogue chapter is started. So, you'll want to train Cordelia and her husband up (and place appropriate skills to pass on to Severa in the last active slot of each parent as well) before you enter Severa's chapter.

Should I use a Second Seal on Severa?

To my very own surprise, while writing up this article, I realized that Cordelia passes down Dark Mage (and not Mage) to her daughter. This means that you can have Severa take a trip down Dark Knight avenue and get Lifetaker, which is awesome for someone on the offensive like Severa tends to be. So, this is definitely a good reason to use a Second Seal on Severa.

Of course, you'll want her end class to be Hero because her growths are highly optimal for staying in her base class of Mercenary.

What skills should I use on Severa?

At the risk of sounding like a broken record (for those of you following these child unit hubs and starting to notice a trend in skill selection):

  • Galeforce
  • Armsthrift
  • Lifetaker (if you're willing to take levels in Dark Knight)
  • Vantage (if you decide to go down the path of the Myrmidon)
  • Astra (if you started as a Myrmidon, might as well go all the way)

Alternately, instead of Vantage/Astra, you could go Sol/Axebreaker. I'll let you finish out Severa's five skills with whatever skills you personally like best.

Severa's Possible Supports

Possible Husbands/CompanionsOther Possible Supports

My Unit [Male], Owain, Inigo, Brady, Gerome, Morgan [Male], Yarne, Laurent

Cordelia, [Male Parent], My Unit [Female], Kjelle, Cynthia, Noire

Conclusion

In conclusion, Severa is the second of two second generation Mercenaries that you can recruit in Fire Emblem: Awakening. As compared to Inigo, Severa boasts superior Strength and Defense, but inferior Speed and Luck. If you were to use only one Mercenary, it should probably be Severa (assuming equal base stats on both child units). However, you could use both of them and have them pair up. Now, that would be quite the sight!

Feel free to talk about Severa 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!

-Winterfate

Comments

this guy on August 05, 2015:

I have no idea why Lon'qu is a bad father when speed is a critical difference between a double attack on another unit. Also why wasn't vantage vengeance mentioned at all. Those two skills combined with a brave weapon make severa a unit to be reckoned with, even more so when paired with someone else who has high support (said 2 years later)

Dai on August 02, 2013:

I believe it's because Mages and Sages have the same "class growths" (changes to growth rates based on class), so they're listed as one on the site.

Kellam can become a Sage through Priest, but does not have Mage. Inigo with Lifetaker, Renewal, and Sol, topped by a Healthy Skill stat would be nigh unkillable.

Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on August 01, 2013:

Hmm, Serenes Forest lists his growth rate as a Mage/Sage. Odd. Well, then, I'd better get to editing then.

Thank you for letting me know Dai! :)

Dai on August 01, 2013:

One error I noticed here (and in a few other hubs) regarding Kellam.

From what I can tell, Kellam neither has nor passes the Mage class.

FE11 on July 17, 2013:

Honestly I just passed eown lifetaker from Virion. In my opinion, it was the only useful skill he could give. Thank you, EXPonential Growth!

Ffastyl on July 17, 2013:

I passed down Counter to Severa from MU and it has left her a formidable archer. Ultimately she ends up being highly evasive, nulling Counter's benefit, but I never fear putting her in the middle of the enemy with it active. As a Bow Knight her skills are Armsthrift, Patience, Counter, Galeforce, and Sol. With a sword she cleaves cavities in enemy ranks and with bow gathers the bulk of enemy forces around her for swift dispatch; she takes out the center as the rest sweep the outer ring. Her only weakness is (oddly enough) bows, which seem to still have decent hit rates on her (60~70%), easily patched with BK's Lv15 skill, bowbreaker. Armsthrift makes up for Astra as she can use Brave weapons for a loong time.

Class progressions for parents and child went as such (changed at Lv cap only, not before):

Cordelia

Pegasus Knight » Dark Flier » Sorcerer

MU

Tactician » Grandmaster » Warrior » Swordmaster

Severa

Mercenary » Hero » Bow Knight

She seems to have inherited Str, Spd, and Skill from MU, her Mag aside, all other stats are balanced and decent. I've never had a mind for stat growths so I'll let the stats do the talking and you judge:

Lv11 Bow Knight

HP 80 (capped)

Str 43 (capped)

Mag 16

Skill 50 (capped)

Spd 44 (capped)

Lck 42 (capped)

Def 37

Res 24

There may cause for worry with HP loss using a bow during Enemy Phase but she dodges everything save arrows and Counter returns any melee damage, Sol and Galeforce restoring next turn. This build has worked out extraordinarily for me, as Severa can occupy whole flanks single-handedly.

Joltik on April 30, 2013:

Honestly, I think Lon'Qu is actually one of the better fathers for him. He's able to pass down the Astra skill to her, and for a character with weak defense like her, but high strength, being able to land five hits on an enemy is great. Her high school stat causes it to activate frequently, and she hardly goes a battle without Sol or Astra activating. Combine that with Cordelia's Galeforce, and you have a killing machine that can move twice per battle.

max on April 15, 2013:

thanks! well he isn't my best unit but he isn't bad, i think i like him just because i loved shinnon in the radiant dawn, but he was marksman haha maybe i will stop using him and start using severa instead.

thanks for all your help!

Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on April 15, 2013:

The problem I have with Virion is his class. If you get a Virion with great stat growths, then it is less of a problem. It's just that bows have a blind spot that can be exploited by melee enemies, something no other weapon has. It's a personal preference. If he's working right for you, keep using him. :)

max on April 15, 2013:

so you think i should stop using virion? or reclass him into something else?

Darrin Perez (author) from Puerto Rico on April 15, 2013:

I would look at Sully or Stahl and see if Severa has higher stats than either of them. If she does, replace whoever is weakest. Otherwise, don't use Severa.

With the exception of Virion, you have pretty good units on your team already.

max on April 15, 2013:

i really want severa in my team but i have to take someone out who do you think i should stop training if my team is: great lord lucina and chrom, sorcerer henry and tharja, sage lissa, grandmaster MU, griffon rider cherche, sniper virion, assassin kellam, dark flier cordelia and sumia, paladin sully, warrior donnell, great knight stahl? or do you thknk severa doesn't fit in my team? thanks