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This is a ranking page for the hero Hardin - Dark Emperor 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 Hardin.

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Overall Rating 8.5/10
Reroll Ranking (excluding Inherit Skill) A
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Hardin - Dark Emperor: Basic Information

Color / Weapon Type / Move Type
Rarity
What Kind of Character Are They? ・An armored unit that can counterattack at any range
・Skill grants a guaranteed follow-up attack
・High base Def and Res stats

Hardin Skills at 5★


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

Cooldown Count = 3
Boosts damage dealt to foe by 50% of damage dealt to unit.

If unit’s HP ≤ 80% at start of combat, grants Def/Res +7 during combat.

If unit initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. Grants Special cooldown charge +1 per attack. (Does not stack. )

Hardin Best IVs

Recommended IVs

Stat Superboon/Superbane IV Recommendation
HP (23) HP Superbane ★★★☆☆
Atk (24) No Attack IV ★★★★☆
Spd (6) Spd Bane ★★★☆☆
Def (10) No Def IV ★★★★☆
Res (8) No Res IV ★★★☆☆

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

+Atk/-Spd

The best IVs for Hardin are +Atk and -Spd. This will increase the amount of damage he deals per attack. Since he can score follow-up attacks through Bold Fighter, Spd is not so much of importance to him.

Take note that his Spd is a superbane—this means that he will suffer a -4 reduction instead of a -3 when taking it as a bane. The first merge on a unit completely cancels out the bane. If you plan to use Hardin as one of your main units, make sure to get that first merge as soon as possible!

+Res for a +10 Merge

We recommend a +Res IV when merging Hardin to 10. At +10 Merges, Hardin's Atk will reach such high levels that pushing it up higher is a waste, considering he has access to Bold Fighter 3. At this point, it would be better to opt with a +Res IV instead. This balances his defenses, and allows him to soak up damage from all kinds of units. You can still go for a +Atk IV if you want maximum damage though. Just make sure that you look out for fast magic attackers that can nail a follow-up attack on him.

Keep in mind that with the release of Trait Fruits, you can freely change Hardin's IVs without pulling for him.

Hardin Best Builds

Refined - Berkut's Lance Hardin

Assist Skill IconSwap
Special Skill IconAether

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How to Use, Explanation

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Budget Hardin

Weapon Skill IconGradivus
Assist Skill IconPivot
Special Skill IconBonfire
Passive Skill C: -

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Source Hero

Skill Hero
Hardin - Dark Emperor Icon Hardin - Dark Emperor (5★)
Hardin - Dark Emperor Icon Hardin - Dark Emperor (5★)
Hardin - Dark Emperor Icon Hardin - Dark Emperor (5★)

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Armor Breath HardinHOT

Weapon Skill IconGradivus
Assist Skill IconPivot
Special Skill IconAether

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Source Hero

Skill Hero
Hardin - Dark Emperor Icon Hardin - Dark Emperor (5★)
Hardin - Dark Emperor Icon Hardin - Dark Emperor (5★)

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Refined HardinHOT

Weapon Skill IconGradivus
Assist Skill IconSwap
Special Skill IconSol

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How to Use, Explanation

This is a high budget build that utilizes Gradivus' refine to boost Hardin0s' firepower while granting him sustain. You can opt for another Special like Bonfire or Noontime, and can also opt to substitute the Mystic Boost 3 seal for Quick Riposte 3. You can also opt for A/R Far Save 3 if you want Hardin to tank ranged physical units as well.

Source Hero

Skill Hero
Hardin - Dark Emperor Icon Hardin - Dark Emperor (5★)
Sol

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Hardin Best Weapon Refine

Effect of Hardin'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.
If foe initiates combat or if foe's HP = 100% at the start of combat, grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+4 to unit during combat, and also, if unit deals damage to foe during combat, restores 7 HP to unit. (Triggers even if 0 damage is dealt.)
Arena Medal:500 Divine Dew:200

We recommend the Special Effect Refine for Gradivus

Gradivus' refine grants Hardin Atk/Sd/Def/Res+4 and will heal him after combat, even if he dealt 0 damage.

This gives him bulkiness and sustain, enabling Hardin to be able to tank more hits.

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Hardin Stats

Stat Rankings

Neutral Stats at Lv. 40 (5★)
Stat Total 175
175
HP
HP 45 45
Rank: 65/648
Atk
Atk 34 34
Rank: 334/648
Spd
Spd 28 28
Rank: 465/648
Def
Def 36 36
Rank: 79/648
Res
Res 32 32
Rank: 122/648

Stat Values

Lv 40+10 Stats (5★)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
+10 Merges W/ Skill Bonuses 50 55 32 41 36 214
Lv.40 +10 50 39 32 41 36 198

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HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
+HP
Lv.40 +10
52 38 32 40 36 198
+Atk
Lv.40 +10
49 41 32 40 36 198
+Spd
Lv.40 +10
49 38 35 40 36 198
+Def
Lv.40 +10
49 38 32 43 36 198
+Res
Lv.40 +10
49 38 32 40 39 198

Stats at Lv 40

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★- Adjusted for Skills 45 50 28 36 32 191
5★ Lv.40 45 34 28 36 32 175

Initial Stats (with Skills)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★ Lv.1 23 24 6 10 8 71

Stat Comparison of Similar Heroes

Hero
HP
Atk
Spd
Def
Res
Total
47 42 17 44 35 185
44 39 38 37 26 184
46 43 21 41 29 180
47 40 20 39 33 179
47 38 32 29 29 175
Hardin Icon Hardin
45 34 28 36 32 175
48 37 22 39 28 174
45 35 34 35 25 174
45 41 23 36 29 174
47 40 22 37 28 174
49 35 25 38 26 173
51 37 21 42 22 173
49 30 24 38 28 169
50 40 22 33 23 168

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

Hardin Roles, Strengths, and Weaknesses

Hardin Roles

Hardin - Dark Emperor 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

Hardin 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.

Hardin Strengths

Gradivus has a built-in Distant Counter

Gradivus allows Hardin to score counterattacks even on ranged units. This makes him a decent enemy phase unit especially when you take into consideration the nature of his full kit! It patches his limited movement by allowing him to damage those who come near him.

With the weapon refine, it will grant Hardin Atk/Spd/Def/Res+4 and will heal him even if he dealt 0 damage during combat. This grants him higher firepower and sustain to tank more hits.

Guaranteed follow-up makes way for consistent Vengeance activation

Hardin has the armor only skill Bold Fighter, which grants him a guaranteed follow-up attack when initiating combat, as well as special cooldown charge +1. This means that when initiating combat, Vengeance will almost always trigger, allowing him to take down most enemies.

The bonus special cooldown charge works in the enemy phase. Considering Gradivus has a built-in Distant Counter effect, Vengeance activations in the enemy phase will be very common too. Brazen Def/Res allows Hardin to go to lower HP levels with reduced risk. At that point, Vengeance will hit very hard.

Powerful Def and Res buff when HP gets low enough

Hardin's A Skill Brazen Def/Res will give him Def/Res+7 when his HP is below 80%. Taking damage increases his defensive stats so that he can tough through combat so make sure that he is always in the frontline soaking up hit for his team. As mentioned, this synergizes well with Vengeance.

If you can afford to do so, equip either a Distant Def 3 or a Close Def 3 Sacred Seal onto Hardin depending on what maps you will be tackling. If he reaches Brazen range with these Seals, he becomes very hard to take down as he will boast huge Def/Res levels. Check out our recommended builds section to learn more!

All these abilities and quirks make Hardin a great dual-phase unit. He lands follow-up attacks in the player phase with Bold Fighter 3 and he can take quite a beating from enemies during the enemy phase whilst dealing respectable amounts of damage himself!

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!!

Hardin Weaknesses

Low Spd

Hardin has a base Spd of 28. This makes it easy for fast units to deal huge amounts of damage to him. If he does not have a skill like Wary Fighter 3 that can protect him from follow-up attacks, make sure that you position him properly in relation to fast units that pose a threat to him. However, if they get Hardin to a HP range that he can exploit with Vengeance, make sure to seize the opportunity as a Vengeance-boosted attack from Hardin hits hard.

Another way to protect Hardin from units that threaten him is to get to them before they get the chance to initiate on Hardin. Equip him with seals or skills like Armor March 3 to make it easy for him to utilize the effects of Bold Fighter 3 when initiating attacks! Armor March is also available as a Sacred Seal.

Weak to Armor Effective Weapons

Hardin takes 1.5x damage from armor-effective weapons like Armorslayer+ or Hammer+, 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!
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Hardin - Dark Emperor Only Appears as a 5 Star Hero!

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Hardin - 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) Boosts damage dealt to foe by 30% of damage dealt to unit. 5★
(Cooldown Count = 3) Boosts damage dealt to foe by 50% of damage dealt to unit. 5★

Passives

Skill Name Effect Learned At
If unit’s HP ≤ 80% at start of combat, grants Def/Res +3 during combat. 5★
If unit’s HP ≤ 80% at start of combat, grants Def/Res +5 during combat. 5★
If unit’s HP ≤ 80% at start of combat, grants Def/Res +7 during combat. 5★
If unit’s HP  = 100% and unit initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. Grants Special cooldown charge +1 per attack. (Does not stack. ) 5★
If unit’s HP ≥ 50% and unit initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. Grants Special cooldown charge +1 per attack. (Does not stack. ) 5★
If unit initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. Grants Special cooldown charge +1 per attack. (Does not stack. ) 5★

Hardin as a Source Hero

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Value of Skills ★★★★★

Inheriting Bold Fighter 3

Hardin can be used to inherit the skill Bold Fighter 3. However, Hector is a pretty powerful unit. Unless you have similar units like Forsyth or Brave Hector, it is best that you do not fodder him off, and we recommend that you build around him instead.

How to Get Hardin / Illustrations / Voice Actor / Quotes

How to Get Hardin

Obtain Through Regular Summon

Hardin 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)
Richard Epcar
Illustrator Daisuke Izuka
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Illustration

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Quotes: Special Triggered

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Don’t be so conceited!
Have you come to die?
You dare oppose me?
I’ll run you through!

Quotes: Castle

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It seems human greed and warmongering are traits that persist across many worlds. Fascinating…
Let me see just what the power of your many Heroes can achieve.
Parading this prince of light as some devoted patriot knight... Nothing but a grand deception.
It will not feed the citizens. If a country is weak, its future holds only decay and inevitable collapse.
Uncommon though your strength may be, it is no match for the Darksphere I hold.
Do not forget your place.
It is my duty to elevate individuals who demonstrate greatness.
If you do so, I will gladly welcome you into the Archanean Imperial Army.
I feel as if I’ve freshly awoken from a nightmare... Yet I long for battle still. The spirit of the Coyote lives on.

Lv 40 Dialogue

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There are countless kings and even more nobles in the world, but most lack the power to back up their status.
Most of them simply rot in the mud of their privilege.
These fools invite war to their doorsteps and then send their own citizens off to die.
What point is there for such a country to exist? Perhaps it would be best for such places to be destroyed outright.
This very world included…
However, through the fog of war I saw a light. Archanea’s true treasure... I swore on my sword to protect her.
It was that purpose which showed me that the country—the world—needed to be cleansed.
I needed to exile the fools and kill all who opposed me.
Even if that meant cutting down someone entrusted with the Fire Emblem itself.
Pardon me, what... What was I saying just now? Right... I must annihilate the rebels. Ready the army!

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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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