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This is a ranking page for the hero Arden - Strong and Tough 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 Arden.


Arden Rating and Basic Information

FEH Arden Banner

Overall Rating 7.5/10
Reroll Ranking (excluding Inherit Skill) N/A
(▶Reroll Ranking)
Ranking (including Inherit Skill) C
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Arden - Strong and Tough: Basic Information

Color / Weapon Type / Move Type
Rarity
What Kind of Character Are They? Can only be obtained as a reward from Tempest Trials
・Has extremely high stats other than Spd and Res
・Follow-Up Ring gives him guaranteed follow-up attacks

Arden Skills at 5★

Skill Name Might Range Effect
16 1 Inflicts Spd-5. Unit attacks twice. (Even if foe initiates combat, unit attacks twice.)
-
Cooldown = 3
Reduce damage inflicted by attacks from adjacent foes by 50%.
-
Unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack when unit’s HP ≥ 50% at start of combat. (Skill cannot be inherited. )
-
Grants allies within 2 spaces Def +3 during combat.

Arden Best IVs and Stats at Lv. 40

Stats

Lv 40+10 Stats (5★)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
+10 Merges W/ Skill Bonuses 65 49 15 46 20 195
Lv.40 +10 65 41 20 46 20 192

Note: Arden's stats will always have no IVs.

Stats at Lv 40

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★- Adjusted for Skills 60 44 11 41 16 172
5★ Lv.40 60 36 16 41 16 169
4★ Lv.40 57 34 14 39 14 158

Initial Stats (with Skills)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★ Lv.1 25 18 0 13 3 59
4★ Lv.1 24 15 0 13 2 54

Recommended IVs

Stat Superboon/Superbane IV Recommendation
HP (25) Normal HP ★★★☆☆
Atk (18) No Attack IV ★★★★★
Spd (0) Spd Bane ★☆☆☆☆
Def (13) No Def IV ★★★★☆
Res (3) Res Bane ★★☆☆☆

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

Neutral IVs by default!

As a hero obtainable only through Tempest Trials, Arden will always have neutral IVs by default. The only way to access IVs for this unit is through using Trait Fruits.

+Atk/-Spd

The best IVs for Arden are +Atk and -Spd. Arden relies solely on Atk to deal damage as he can already nail two attacks into the opponent with Brave Sword+ or Arden's Blade. Because the two mentioned weapons will send his already low Spd to abysmal levels, it would not hurt him further to take a -Spd IV. Do not worry as it is not that important to Arden.

+Atk for a +10 Merge

We recommend a +Atk IV when merging Arden to 10. This is for the same reasons as above. At this point, he can take out a lot of units in one player phase with Brave Sword+ or Arden's Blade. Even if you are not using these weapons, it is still generally the best IV for Arden. If you prefer Arden to specialize in being a physical wall, take a +Def IV instead! Though you will be definitely be missing out on a lot of damage as he has the potential to score consistent quad-attacks in both phases! Even a small change in Atk means huge damage.

Stat Comparison of Similar Heroes

Hero
HP
Atk
Spd
Def
Res
Total
47 41 26 39 27 180
48 38 19 38 36 179
46 36 33 38 21 174
45 37 38 35 19 174
48 34 34 35 18 169
Arden Icon Arden
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.

Arden Best Builds

Safeguard ArdenHOT

Assist Skill IconPivot
Special Skill IconBonfire

See Explanation and Source Heroes

How to Use, Explanation

This build further enhances Arden’s defensive capability, making him even more tanky. A Fortify Armor bonus from an ally will turn him into a nearly impenetrable fortress who can shield your other allies. With his extremely high HP stat, Panic Ploy is a great C Skill for him as it will effect nearly any enemy.

Source Hero

Skill Hero
Arden - Strong and Tough Icon Arden - Strong and Tough (5★)

▶Other information regarding skills can be found here

Flame Charged Arden

Assist Skill IconSwap
Special Skill IconIgnis

See Explanation and Source Heroes

How to Use, Explanation

Arden’s HP is incredibly high, so giving him Fire Boost will be like always having Atk +6. If you are using him for multi-map battles, the enemies may have HP higher than his, so Death Blow would be a little more reliable in these situations. You could also use Threaten Def in the C slot and instead use the Panic Ploy 3 seal.

Source Hero

Skill Hero
Arden - Strong and Tough Icon Arden - Strong and Tough (5★)
Arden - Strong and Tough Icon Arden - Strong and Tough (5★)

▶Other information regarding skills can be found here

Refined - Distant Foil ArdenHOT

Assist Skill IconSwap
Special Skill IconNoontime

See Explanation and Source Heroes

How to Use, Explanation

An explanation is not yet available.

Source Hero

Skill Hero
Arden - Strong and Tough Icon Arden - Strong and Tough (5★)
Arden - Strong and Tough Icon Arden - Strong and Tough (5★)

▶Other information regarding skills can be found here

Source Heroes for All Skills

Arden Best Weapon Refine

Effect of Arden's Refined Weapon

Exclusive Weapon Effect from Refining (Special Effect Type)
SP: 400
Might: 16 Range: 1 HP: +3
Inflicts Spd-5. Unit attacks twice. (Even if foe initiates combat, unit attacks twice.)
At start of combat, if unit's HP ≥ 50%, grants Atk+4, Def+6 to unit during combat and inflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)
Arena Medal:500 Divine Dew:200

We recommend the Special Effect Refine for Arden's Blade

As long as Arden is at least 50% HP, it grants +4 Atk +6 Def to him, and it also inflicts Special cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack.

The trigger condition is exactly the same as Follow-Up Ring so if you have been running Arden for a while, you do not even have to worry about getting used to running this special effect refine. the +4 Atk bonus might seem lackluster, but remember that Arden has the ability to attack 4 times in both phases so that's effectively a +16 Atk net bonus! The Def bonus is useful too and the special delay is simply amazing as he hits up to four times.

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Arden Roles, Strengths, and Weaknesses

Arden Roles

Arden - Strong and Tough 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
No Exclusive Skill ImageExclusive Skill No 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

Arden is a close ranged physical attack phase unit. 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. Additionally, his extremely high Def stat means that he can act as a physical wall and tank many physical attacks, and he can get guaranteed follow-up attacks thanks to his B Slot skill.

Arden's Strengths

Extremely High HP Stat

Arden is in the top class of all heroes in terms of his HP stat. His Def stat is also very high, so it is nearly impossible to OHKO him with a physical attack.

This can be very useful if you decide to run him in Pawns of Loki as scoring is highly based on the remaining HP of your units.

Can Attack 4 Times With Follow-Up Ring!

His exclusive skill Follow-Up Ring gives him a guaranteed follow-up attack, regardless of the foe's Spd stat or weapon. He also is equipped with a Brave Sword, which means that when he initiates combat, he can strike four times if he has at least 50% HP, dealing devastating damage to his foes.

If you are able to get Arden's Blade on him, you can nail quad-attacks in both phases. This cannot be simply overlooked so make sure to get this weapon if you plan to run Arden consistently

Can Support His Allies' Defense Too

His C Slot skill Drive Def will grant Def +3 to alies within two spaces. This means that he can play a support role in addition to being a tank.

Arden's Weaknesses

Incredibly Slow

Arden may be strong and tough, but boy is he slow. His Spd stat is so low in fact that he will suffer a follow-up attack from nearly every hero. Additonally, Wary Fighter is not of much use because it would cancel out his Follow-Up Ring skill.

Very Weak to Magic Attacks

In addition to his terrible Spd stat, he has very low Resistance as well, so when he gets into battle with a foe who deals magic damage, it is very likely that he will take heavy damage and a follow-up attack, which can quickly finish him off. Be very wary so that Arden stays out of the danger zone of magic foes.

Should you Unlock Potential for Arden?

Should You Unlock Potential for this Hero? B Rank Icon

We Recommend Unlocking Potential for Arden - Strong and Tough!

We recommend that you use Unlock Potential to bring Arden - Strong and Tough from 4 Stars to 5 Stars. Arden - Strong and Tough is very useful as a Armored ace, so you may find using Unlock Potential on Arden - Strong and Tough helpful if your team lacks a party member with this role.

Unlock Potential Tier List

Arden - List of Skills

Weapons

Skill Name Might Range Effect Learned At
6 1 No Effect 4★
8 1 No Effect 4★
5 1 Spd -5. Attck twice when initiating combat. 4★
8 1 Spd -5. Attck twice when initiating combat. 4★
16 1 Inflicts Spd-5. Unit attacks twice. (Even if foe initiates combat, unit attacks twice.) 5★
14 2 Grants Atk+3. Foe cannot counterattack. After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts 【Gravity】on target and foes within 1 space of target.
【Gravity】
Restricts target's movement to 1 space through its next action.
5★

Assists

This Hero has no Assist skills that can be learned.

Specials

Skill Name Effect Learned At
(Cooldown Count = 3) Reduces damage inflicted by attacks from adjacent foes by 30%. 4★
(Cooldown Count = 3) Reduce damage inflicted by attacks from adjacent foes by 50%. 4★

Passives

Skill Name Effect Learned At
Unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack when unit’s HP ≥ 50% at start of combat. (Skill cannot be inherited. ) 5★
Grants adjacent allies Def +2 during combat. 4★
Grants allies within 2 spaces Def +2 during combat. 4★
Grants allies within 2 spaces Def +3 during combat. 4★

Arden as a Source Hero

Arden Avatar

Value of Skills ★★☆☆☆

Develop Arden and Do Not Fodder Him Off!

Because Arden can only be obtained via Tempest Trials, and does not possess any skills that cannot be obtained from other 4-Star heroes, it would be a waste to fodder him off. Therefore, our recommendation is to raise him and use any duplicate that you receive to merge him.

Additionally, he can be used in Pawns of Loki as his HP is very high and said stat is very important in the battle chess-inspired game mode.

Source Heroes for Skills
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How to Get Arden / Illustrations / Voice Actor / Quotes

How to Get Arden

Obtained as a Reward in Tempest Trials

Arden is a limited time Hero who can be obtained as a reward for your score in the Tempest Trials. They do not appear in regular summons. After the event has ended, they can be obtained by using Heroic Grails.

Voice Actor and Illustrator Information

Voice Actor
(English)
Mick Wingert
Illustrator Soeda Ippei (添田一平)
Appears In

Illustration

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Quotes: Special Triggered

See Special Triggered Quotes
I’m strong, and you’re toast.
I’m strong and I’m tough!
Nnn...ngh!
Ain’t no way I’m gonna die!

Quotes: Castle

See Castle Quotes
This castle’s nice and solid. They put me in charge of defending our castle, so you can trust me—I know castles!
Things in my world... Not so good right now. I just stick with Lord Sigurd. I’ll serve him up until the very end.
I just want to get married, have kids, and work hard for my family. Someday...
You wanna try on my armor? That’s funny. You wouldn’t even be able to stand up!
If you need protection, I’m your man.
But do me a favor and call as soon as you can, OK? It’s going to take me a while to get there.

Lv 40 Dialogue

See Lv 40 Dialogue
Why is everybody always leaving me behind? I swear...
No, I get it. My armor’s heavy. It makes me slow, and I can’t keep up with ’em.
The thing is, that’s my job! I’m an armored knight. Take away this thick armor, and I couldn’t protect anybody!
There’s no way I’m gonna stop doing my job, so I’ve made myself square with it.
Listen to me grumble! I guess you just did, now that I mention it. Hey, I feel a lot better now. Thanks!

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