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This is a ranking page for the hero Zelgius - Jet-Black General from the game Fire Emblem Heroes (FEH). Read on to learn the best IVs (Individual Values), best builds (Inherit Skill), weapon refinement, stats at Lv 40, and more for Zelgius.

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Zelgius Rating and Basic Information

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Overall Rating 8.5/10
Reroll Ranking (excluding Inherit Skill) A
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Ranking (including Inherit Skill) A
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Zelgius - Jet-Black General: Basic Information

Color / Weapon Type / Move Type
Rarity
What Kind of Character Are They? Can counterattack from any range
・Very powerful exclusive special skill
・Atk increases when the foe initiates combat

Zelgius Skills at 5★


Might: 16  Range: 1
Enables counterattack regardless of distance if this unit is attacked.

Cooldown Count = 3
Treats foe's Def/Res as if reduced by 80% during combat.
(Skill cannot be inherited.)

If foe initiates combat, grants Atk+6 during combat.

If unit’s HP ≥ 80%, unit can move adjacent to any ally within 2 spaces.

At start of turn, converts bonuses on foes in cardinal directions with HP ≤ unit’s HP into penalties through their next actions.

Zelgius Best IVs

Recommended IVs

Stat Superboon/Superbane IV Recommendation
HP (22) Normal HP ★★☆☆☆
Atk (26) No Attack IV ★★★★★
Spd (7) No Spd IV ★★★★☆
Def (10) No Def IV ★★★★☆
Res (6) No Res IV ★★☆☆☆

◯ = Stat gains +4 with a superboon, ✕= Stat goes down by -4 with a superbane, - = No assets or flaws

+Atk/-HP

The best IVs for Zelgius are +Atk and -HP. Zelgius shines best in being an enemy phase counterattacker. A +Atk IV synergizes with his kit to effectively fill this niche. His HP stat is of less importance, so it is safe to take it as a bane.

If you prefer a tankier Zelgius that can frequently execute follow-up attacks, you can take a +Spd IV instead.

+Spd for a +10 Merge

We recommend a +Spd IV when merging Zelgius to 10. At +10 Merges, Zelgius' Atk will reach such high levels that pushing it up higher is a waste, considering he has access to Black Luna, one of the most powerful specials in the game. At this point, it would be better to opt with a +Spd IV instead to help him take less follow-up attacks and allow him to make some follow-up attacks on his own. Follow-up attacks also speed up special activation.

Zelgius Best Builds

Bold Fighter ZelgiusHOT

Weapon Skill IconAlondite
Assist Skill IconPivot

See Explanation and Source Heroes

How to Use, Explanation

This is a dual-phase build that makes use of Zelgius' native Black Luna and Alondite. Bold Fighter 3 takes care of the player phase, and Steady Breath takes care of the enemy phase. If you can afford Threat. Atk/Def 3, you can go for that too. The Sacred Seal slot is flexible, but Quickened Pulse allows you to take out a priority target at the start of battle as only a handful of units can survive a well-invested Black Luna

Source Hero

Skill Hero
Zelgius - Jet-Black General Icon Zelgius - Jet-Black General (5★)
Zelgius - Jet-Black General Icon Zelgius - Jet-Black General (5★)

▶Other information regarding skills can be found here

Special Spiral Zelgius

Assist Skill IconSwap

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How to Use, Explanation

This build is designed for consistent Black Luna activations. This is why Special Spiral 3 and Slaying Blade+ are picked up.

Source Hero

Skill Hero
Zelgius - Jet-Black General Icon Zelgius - Jet-Black General (5★)
Zelgius - Jet-Black General Icon Zelgius - Jet-Black General (5★)

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Refined ZelgiusHOT

Weapon Skill IconAlondite
Assist Skill IconSwap

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How to Use, Explanation

This is a high budget build that will guarantee instant activation of Black Luna due to the stacking effects of Alondite's refine, Special Fighter 3, and Swift Stance 3. You can also opt for Swift Stance 2 as his Sacred Seal to further fix his low Res.

Source Hero

Skill Hero
Zelgius - Jet-Black General Icon Zelgius - Jet-Black General (5★)
Zelgius - Jet-Black General Icon Zelgius - Jet-Black General (5★)

▶Other information regarding skills can be found here

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Zelgius Best Weapon Refine

Effect of Zelgius's Refined Weapon

Exclusive Weapon Effect from Refining (Special Effect Type)
SP: 400
Might: 16 Range: 1 HP: +3
Unit can counterattack regardless of foe's range.
Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). At the start of combat, if unit's HP ≥ 25%, grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+4.
Arena Medal:500 Divine Dew:200

We recommend the Special Effect Refine for Alondite

Alondite's refine gives Zelgius Atk/Spd/Def/Res+4 and also accelerates his Special trigger.

We recommend getting this refine as he will be able to activate Black Luna even faster when paired with other Special acceleration skills like Special Fighter 3.

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Zelgius Stats

Stat Rankings

Neutral Stats at Lv. 40 (5★)
Stat Total 174
174
HP
HP 46 46
Rank: 44/648
Atk
Atk 36 36
Rank: 185/648
Spd
Spd 33 33
Rank: 336/648
Def
Def 38 38
Rank: 33/648
Res
Res 21 21
Rank: 510/648

Stat Values

Lv 40+10 Stats (5★)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
+10 Merges W/ Skill Bonuses 51 57 37 43 25 213
Lv.40 +10 51 41 37 43 25 197

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HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
+HP
Lv.40 +10
53 40 37 42 25 197
+Atk
Lv.40 +10
50 43 37 42 25 197
+Spd
Lv.40 +10
50 40 40 42 25 197
+Def
Lv.40 +10
50 40 37 45 25 197
+Res
Lv.40 +10
50 40 37 42 28 197

Stats at Lv 40

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★- Adjusted for Skills 46 52 33 38 21 190
5★ Lv.40 46 36 33 38 21 174

Initial Stats (with Skills)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★ Lv.1 22 26 7 10 6 71

Stat Comparison of Similar Heroes

Hero
HP
Atk
Spd
Def
Res
Total
47 41 26 39 27 180
48 38 19 38 36 179
Zelgius Icon Zelgius
46 36 33 38 21 174
45 37 38 35 19 174
48 34 34 35 18 169
60 36 16 41 16 169
50 30 32 39 18 169
55 35 16 38 24 168

Note: Stats bonuses from skills are not taken into account.

Zelgius Roles, Strengths, and Weaknesses

Zelgius Roles

Zelgius - Jet-Black General Roles
Close Physical Attack ImageClose-Physical Ranged Physical AttackRanged-Physical Close Magic AttackClose-Magic Ranged MagicRanged-Magic
Physical Wall ImagePhysical Wall Magic WallMagic Wall Effective ImageEffective Weapon Movement Assist ImageMovement Assist
Exclusive Skill ImageExclusive Skill All Range Counterattack ImageAll-Range Counterattack RecoveryRecovery No Refresher ImageRefresher
No Legendary Hero ImageLegendary No Mythic Hero ImageMythic No Duo and Harmonized ImageDuo/Harmonized No Resplendent ImageResplendent

Zelgius Roles

Zelgius - Jet-Black General Roles
Close Physical Attack ImageClose-Physical Ranged Physical AttackRanged-Physical Close Magic AttackClose-Magic Ranged MagicRanged-Magic
Physical Wall ImagePhysical Wall Magic WallMagic Wall Effective ImageEffective Weapon Movement Assist ImageMovement Assist
Exclusive Skill ImageExclusive Skill All Range Counterattack ImageAll-Range Counterattack RecoveryRecovery No Refresher ImageRefresher
No Legendary Hero ImageLegendary No Mythic Hero ImageMythic No Duo and Harmonized ImageDuo/Harmonized No Resplendent ImageResplendent

Zelgius is a close physical attacker (range = 1). Therefore, when not accounting for the Weapon Triangle, the amount of damage he deals will be equivalent to his Atk minus the foe's Def stat.

Zelgius Strengths

Counterattacks Regardless of Range

Alondite allows Zelgius to counterattack regardless of range. This synergizes with his kit making him a very deadly unit in the enemy phase. This somehow patches his low mobility as units cannot kite him around obstacles without getting damaged.

Powerful Special: Black Luna

Black Luna treats foe's Def/Res as if reduced by 80% and only has cooldown counter of 3. It can be considered as one of the most powerful specials in the game because of its sheer power and low cooldown. It is also exclusive to Zelgius, making it an ideal skill to build him around.

Access to a Special effect refine!

He has access to a Special effect refine and you can read more about it in the Weapon Refinement section!!

Zelgius Weaknesses

Weak to Armor Effective Weapons

Zelgius takes 1.5x damage from armor-effective weapons like Armorslayer+, and one blow from this type of weapon is sure to take him down. Make sure you know what weapons you are up against before hopping too far into the line of battle!

Heroes with Effective Skills

Low Res

Zelgius's Res only sits at 18 at Lv.40. This makes it easy for magic users to take him out. Be mindful of Zelgius' positioning in relation to magical units that can easily take him out.

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Zelgius - Jet-Black General Only Appears as a 5 Star Hero!

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Zelgius - List of Skills

Weapons

Skill Name Might Range Effect Learned At
6 1 No Effect 5★
8 1 No Effect 5★
11 1 No Effect 5★
16 1 Enables counterattack regardless of distance if this unit is attacked. 5★

Assists

This Hero has no Assist skills that can be learned.

Specials

Skill Name Effect Learned At
(Cooldown Count = 3) Resolve combat as if foe suffered Def/Res -30%. 5★
(Cooldown Count = 3) Treats foe's Def/Res as if reduced by 50% during combat. 5★
(Cooldown Count = 3) Treats foe's Def/Res as if reduced by 80% during combat.
(Skill cannot be inherited.)
5★

Passives

Skill Name Effect Learned At
If foe initiates combat, grants Atk+2 during combat. 5★
If foe initiates combat, grants Atk+4 during combat. 5★
If foe initiates combat, grants Atk+6 during combat. 5★
If unit’s HP ≥ 80%, unit can move adjacent to any ally within 2 spaces. 5★
At start of turn, converts bonuses on foes in cardinal directions with HP ≤ unit’s HP-5 into penalties through their next actions. 5★
At start of turn, converts bonuses on foes in cardinal directions with HP ≤ unit’s HP-3 into penalties through their next actions. 5★
At start of turn, converts bonuses on foes in cardinal directions with HP ≤ unit’s HP into penalties through their next actions. 5★

Zelgius as a Source Hero

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Value of Skills ★★★★☆

Inheriting Panic Ploy 3

Zelgius can be used to inherit the skill Panic Ploy 3. However, Zelgius is a powerful hero. We recommend training and investing in him instead.

How to Get Zelgius / Illustrations / Voice Actor / Quotes

How to Get Zelgius

Obtain Through Regular Summon

Zelgius is a Hero who can be pulled from any summon.

Note: Not currently a featured hero in any Summon events.

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Voice Actor and Illustrator Information

Voice Actor
(English)
Robert Clotworthy
Illustrator Daisuke Izuka
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Illustration

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Quotes: Special Triggered

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Say your prayers.
Let’s see how you handle this.
No draw. No escape.
One will live. One will die.

Quotes: Castle

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We are in the midst of a war—yet this castle remains at peace. It’s enough to make one lose a sense of purpose.
My own world was also filled with suffering, but we had a guiding light. I vowed my life and honor to that light.
If a man’s convictions are unbending, his mind will break instead.
It’s the job of a general to repair that damage.
Training for battle is admirable. I would be pleased to spar with you, should you wish to go one-on-one.
My name is Zelgius. I once hid my name, but there is no longer need. I have moved on, and so has time.

Lv 40 Dialogue

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Here to check on me, are you? I am surprised you’d spare time for someone like me. How generous.
I have seen the way you cut to the heart of the matter, and deliver even the cruelest order without hesitation…
Your rationality befits the battlefield. But, {Summoner}…
You are still young. Do not rush. Results are not everything, and you will find your own answers in time.
It is sometimes only possible to realize how precious something is until after you’ve lost it.
You may do what you want with this advice. However, if ever you cannot see the road ahead…
I will cleave a path for you with my blade—straight through your enemies.
I vow this on my contract with you, and on my holy sword.

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    • What is a recommended hero merge level for endgame that we should target eg for edelguard? Is M+1 good enough?

    • >>[63]
      Thanks a lot Mike. Yes that’s duo/ninja Lyn. I’ll keep it then.

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