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This is a ranking page for the hero Leo - Sorcerous Prince 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 Leo.

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Leo Rating and Basic Information

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Overall Rating 7.0/10
Reroll Ranking (excluding Inherit Skill) Unranked
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Ranking (including Inherit Skill) C
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Leo - Sorcerous Prince: Basic Information

Color / Weapon Type / Move Type
What Kind of Character Are They? ・Weapon can limit a foe's movement
・Powerful effect obtainable through the Weapon Refinery
・Has the powerful skill Quick Riposte

Leo Skills at 5★

Might: 14  Range: 2
If unit initiates attack, restricts foe’s next-turn movement to 1 space or less.

Cooldown Count = 4
Before combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to 1.5x (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res).

If unit’s HP ≥ 70% and foe initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack.

If unit initiates attack, foes within 2 spaces of target take 7 damage after combat.

Leo Best IVs

Recommended IVs

Stat Superboon/Superbane IV Recommendation
HP (17) HP Superbane ★★☆☆☆
Atk (21) Attack Bane ★★★★☆
Spd (5) No Spd IV ★☆☆☆☆
Def (6) Def Boon ★★★★★
Res (8) Res Bane ★★★☆☆

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


The best IVs for Leo are +Def and -HP. Leo's weapon, the Brynhildr, has a special effect refine that is reliant on Leo's Def. A +Def IV allows him to utilize the refine effect easily. Spd is not important to him and his kit as he can nail follow-up attacks using Quick Riposte 3, so it is safe to take as a bane.

+Def for a +10 Merge

We recommend a +Def IV when merging Leo to 10. With +10 merges, Leo's Def stat will reach 33. This makes it very easy for him to trigger the effects of a specially refined Brynhildr. If you plan on using a different tome, you can go for a +Atk IV instead.

Leo Best Builds

Blade Leo

Assist Skill IconDraw Back
Special Skill IconGlimmer
Passive Skill A IconFury 4
Passive Skill BVantage 3
Sacred Seal IconAttack +3

How to Use, Explanation

When Leo gets hold of a Blade tome, he becomes a solid dual-phase unit instead of purely specializing in the player phase similar to how Tharja is run with a Blade tome. Fury 3 helps in both phases, and if you can afford to do so, grab Fury 4 instead. Vantage 3 gives him some enemy phase bite so make sure to bait enemies into attacking him by using his superior cavalry movement. If you are successfully able to stack lots of buffs onto Leo, he can take out lots of enemies in both phases.

Adept Raven LeoHOT

Assist Skill IconDraw Back
Special Skill IconGlimmer

How to Use, Explanation

This build aims to make Leo a hard counter to colorless units as Rauðrraven+ and Triangle Adept 3 make him extra strong against colorless foes. If they are wielding a bow, Bowbreaker 3 will also kick in and grant Leo a wide window of opportunity to take these kinds of foes out. This makes Leo a great counter to Brave Lyn whose color attribute and weapon type make her susceptible to the strengths of this build. In addition, the colorless bow unit type is one of the most common in the game so this build is more viable than one would think at first glance.

Refined - Distant Def Leo

Weapon Skill IconBrynhildr
Special Skill IconGlacies
Passive Skill C: -

How to Use, Explanation

This build aims to make Leo a ranged kiter. Two copies of Distant Def 3 and Brynhildr's follow-up attack block makes sure that he takes very little damage from the counterattacks he will be receiving when kiting. Quick Riposte 3 is kept so that he has some enemy phase power to make use of his respectable bulk. The C slot is flexible depending on the kind of party you are running. If you are running a cavalry emblem team, you can use a skill such as Hone Cavalry. You can also make use of Wave skills like Odd Atk Wave 3.
If you prefer, you can also keep the Savage Blow 3 C skill if you do not plan to get team buffs.

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Leo Best Weapon Refine

Effect of Leo's Refined Weapon

Exclusive Weapon Effect from Refining (Special Effect Type)
SP: 400
Might: 14 Range: 2 HP:
If unit initiates combat, inflicts status on foe restricting movement to 1 space through its next action.
Reduces damage from magic foe’s first attack by 30%.
If foe uses bow, dagger, magic, or staff and unit’s Def > foe’s Def, foe cannot make a follow-up attack.
Arena Medal:500 Divine Dew:200

We recommend the Special Effect Refine for Brynhildr

The effect prevents ranged enemies from scoring follow-up attacks on Leo if his Def is more than theirs. We recommend getting this refine as it grants Leo a number of favorable match-ups against ranged units. This effect is the reason why we recommend getting a +Def copy of Leo. This skill is discussed in more detail in the Strengths and Weaknesses section.

Weapon Refinery Tier List

About the Weapon Refinery

Leo Stats

Stat Rankings

Neutral Stats at Lv. 40 (5★)
Stat Total 145
HP 39 39
Rank: 400/648
Atk 29 29
Rank: 601/648
Spd 22 22
Rank: 591/648
Def 25 25
Rank: 387/648
Res 30 30
Rank: 162/648

Stat Values

Lv 40+10 Stats (5★)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
+10 Merges W/ Skill Bonuses 44 48 26 29 35 182
Lv.40 +10 44 34 26 29 35 168

See Lv 40 +10 Stats With IVs
HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
Lv.40 +10
46 33 26 29 34 168
Lv.40 +10
43 36 26 29 34 168
Lv.40 +10
43 33 29 29 34 168
Lv.40 +10
43 33 26 33 34 169
Lv.40 +10
43 33 26 29 37 168

Stats at Lv 40

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★- Adjusted for Skills 39 43 22 25 30 159
5★ Lv.40 39 29 22 25 30 145

Initial Stats (with Skills)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★ Lv.1 17 21 5 6 8 57

Stat Comparison of Similar Heroes

39 39 25 30 25 158
41 36 27 20 34 158
39 42 21 16 40 158
39 37 40 24 17 157
38 39 25 17 38 157
38 38 18 16 37 147
Leo Icon Leo
39 29 22 25 30 145
35 30 33 17 30 145
36 31 35 20 22 144

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

Leo Roles, Strengths, and Weaknesses

Leo Roles

Leo - Sorcerous Prince Roles
Close Physical AttackClose-Physical Ranged Physical AttackRanged-Physical Close Magic AttackClose-Magic Ranged Magic ImageRanged-Magic
Physical Wall ImagePhysical Wall Magic WallMagic Wall Effective ImageEffective Weapon Movement Assist ImageMovement Assist
Exclusive Skill ImageExclusive Skill No All Range Counterattack ImageAll-Range Counter RecoveryRecovery No Refresher ImageRefresher
No Legendary Hero ImageLegendary No Mythic Hero ImageMythic No Duo and Harmonized ImageDuo /
No Resplendent ImageResplendent

Leo is a ranged magic attacker (range = 2). Therefore, when not accounting for the Weapon Triangle, the amount of damage he deals will be equivalent to his Atk minus the foe's Res stat.

Leo Strengths

Brynhildr limits enemy movement

Leo's Brynhildr limits units to 1 space of movement if he initiates attacks. If an ally has Draw Back and uses it on Leo to get him away from the inflicted foe, Leo can effectively kite enemies to a certain extent. However, unlike staff users, Leo can not have access to Dazzling Staff so he can not prevent counterattacks from hitting him. Brynhildr, however, can block follow-up attacks from ranged enemies if Leo has greater Def than them. Using Leo as a kiter instead of a Dazzling Staff unit would definitely result in more damage, but he can not do it indefinitely as the counterattacks will eventually wear him down.

If you are planning on running this strategy with Leo, we strongly recommend having is a Savage Blow 3 Sacred Seal on him. It works really well with Blazing Light and Leo's Savage Blow 3 C skill. This allows Leo to deal huge amounts of AoE damage and wear down the other enemies Leo is not currently focusing on.

Block enemy follow-up attacks

As discussed in the Weapon Refine section and in Leo's previous strength, Brynhildr prevents ranged enemies from scoring follow-up attacks on Leo provided that he has a higher Def compared to said unit. The synergy with his kit and sample strategies are discussed above.

Leo's Special deals AoE damage

Special Skill Area of Effect
Blazing Light

Blazing Light deals fixed damage to a certain spots around the target. It is a great special in maps that have clumped up enemies like Rival Domains. It is strong against enemies that have high defenses, as it deals fixed damage regardless of Res or Def (although some skills reduce the damage taken from AoE skills). A lot of strategy can be put into using Leo's Blazing Light. You will be surprised at its true potential when used correctly.

Solid Enemy Phase Capabilities with Quick Riposte

Leo has access to Quick Riposte 3 which means as long as he is at 70% HP or above, he will score a follow-up attack when attacked in the enemy phase. This means he has means of scoring follow-up attacks on both phases.

This somehow patches his weakness of a very low base Spd.

Leo Weaknesses

Low Spd

Because of Leo's low Spd, a lot of enemies can score follow-up attacks on him unless Brynhildr's special refinement effect is in play. Be mindful of foes that can easily take Leo out. Adjust the way you play and position him in relation to these enemies so to keep Leo alive.

Difficult to make use of Brynhildr

Brynhildr is dependent on Leo's defense for it to block follow-up attacks. However, Leo has very low defenses even at +Def +10 merges! He reaches 33 at that point so the range of Brynhildr's effect is quite limited. However, when he can trigger the effects, he can kite the enemy effectively with a repositoning skill from an ally.

Leo Team and Counters

Teammates for Leo

Reyson IconReyson Kaden IconKaden Gunter IconGunter Legendary Edelgard IconLegendary Edelgard
Brave Edelgard IconBrave Edelgard Leanne IconLeanne Louise IconLouise Flayn IconFlayn

Kaden and Kitsune Fang

Kaden is simply a great support unit since he can double Leo's active buffs. If you inherit Drag Back onto him, he can also serve as a perfect kiting buddy for Leo as he is also of the cavalry type. The cherry on top is that Kaden is a green unit and he can take on blue units for Leo. Go read about Kaden's abilities in his character page to learn more about him!

Characters with passive heals and refresher-assist skills: Reyson and Leanne

Reyson and Leanne who both have Sing and passive heals are great partners to Leo. He is a cavalry unit that can move 3 squares per action so Sing makes him extremely mobile. This allows him to move in and out of the danger zone or attack multiple enemies in the same turn. This slows down 2 units at a time which is an advantage that can be creatively utilized.

Flayn and Rescue+

Flayn's Rescue+ allows her to heal and drag Leo 1 space back simultaneously. You can imagine how this synergizes with Leo's kiting abilities as the movement allows him to get off the foe's reach if they are a melee unit.

This skill is inheritable so you can inherit it onto another staff unit of your choice. However, Flayn is extra special because Caduceus Staff grants 30% damage reduction to her allies. It is recommended that you replacer her Deluge Balm+ with Earthfire Balm+ or Earthwater Balm+ as Leo does not need the extra Spd. From that point, all Flayn needs are some skills to buff Leo's Atk or Def further and she is the perfect support unit for Leo.

Characters with cavalry buffs

Since Leo is a cavalry unit, he enjoys buffs like Hone Cavalry and Goad Cavalry! Gunter and Louise are examples of units that have Hone Cavalry by default. Feel free to use your favorite cavalry units to support Leo.

High-powered green units that can cover attribute weaknesses

You should team Leo up with high-powered green units to cover his weakness against blue units. Both Legendary Edelgard and Brave Edelgard are solid choices, but of course you can always go with what units you have. For a green magic unit, two good picks are Legendary Celica and Fallen Lyon.

Leo Counters

Ninja Zihark IconNinja Zihark Micaiah IconMicaiah Reinhardt IconReinhardt Fallen Corrin (M) IconFallen Corrin (M)
Ninja Navarre IconNinja Navarre Guinivere IconGuinivere Ninja Lyn IconNinja Lyn Legendary Alm IconLegendary Alm

Units that can strike twice

Units that can strike twice like Ninja Lyn and the ever-powerful Reinhardt are dreaded foes to Leo as he might not be able to land the shots from Quick Riposte 3 as he will have been already taken out. In addition, Ninja Lyn, Ninja Zihark and Ninja Navarre all have the ability to easily land a quad-attack on Leo and by no means he is survivng 4 attacks from these powerful units.

If that was not enough, Reinhardt posseses an attribute advantage over Leo. For Ninja Navarre and Ninja Zihark, they are melee units that can quad Leo without giving him the chance to counterattack as they are melee units! Leo's only defense against these foes is his superior cavalry mobility. Use it to grant him favorable matchups.

Weapons effective against Leo

Micaiah's Thani is a powerful weapon that is effective against cavalry units. To make things worse she is a solid unit that also has a blue attribute. Stay away from Micaiah as much as possible and have another unit to take her out.

Guinivere's Aureola on the other hand is powerful against tome users. She is also a high-powered blue unit similar to Micaiah. She specializes against mages so Leo is unable to do much to her.

Guinivere landing a fatal hit on a red mage

Guinivere lands a fatal hit on a red mage to say the least. Your Leo surely does not want to deal with that monster of a princess!

An inheritable weapon strong against tome users is Halloween Sakura's Kitty Paddle+

Units with Null Follow-Up 3

Fallen Corrin (M) and Legendary Alm are both high-powered units that have native access to Null Follow-Up 3. They block Leo's ability to make a follow-up attack through Quick Riposte 3 and they can take them out with ease if they are well invested upon.

Fallen Corrin (M) has a color advantage over Leo so stay away from him. Alm on the other hand, is an easy target for Leo if he is running the Adept Raven Leo build that also features Bowbreaker 3.

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Leo - Sorcerous Prince Only Appears as a 5 Star Hero!

Leo - Sorcerous Prince only appears as a 5 Star Hero. We will include whether or not you should Unlock Potential for Leo - Sorcerous Prince if a 4 Star version is released!

Unlock Potential Tier List

Leo - List of Skills


Skill Name Might Range Effect Learned At
4 2 No Effect 5★
6 2 No Effect 5★
9 2 No Effect 5★
14 2 If unit initiates attack, restricts foe’s next-turn movement to 1 space or less. 5★


This Hero has no Assist skills that can be learned.


Skill Name Effect Learned At
(Cooldown Count = 4) Before combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to (unit’s Atk minus foe’s Def or Res). 5★
(Cooldown Count = 4) Before combat this unit initiates, foes in an area near target take damage equal to 1.5x (unit's Atk minus foe's Def or Res). 5★


Skill Name Effect Learned At
If unit’s HP ≥ 90% and foe initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. 5★
If unit’s HP ≥ 80% and foe initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. 5★
If unit’s HP ≥ 70% and foe initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. 5★
If unit initiates attack, foes within 2 spaces of target take 3 damage after combat. 5★
If unit initiates attack, foes within 2 spaces of target take 5 damage after combat. 5★
If unit initiates attack, foes within 2 spaces of target take 7 damage after combat. 5★

Leo as a Source Hero

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Value of Skills ★★★★★

Inheriting Quick Riposte 3

Leo can be used to inherit the skill Quick Riposte 3. This is a powerful skill that helps low Spd characters score follow-up attacks. If you do not plan on using Leo, you can turn him into a Combat Manual instead.

How to Get Leo / Illustrations / Voice Actor / Quotes

How to Get Leo

Obtain Through Regular Summon

Leo 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
Max Mittelman
Illustrator Hino Shinnosuke (日野慎之助)
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