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This is a ranking page of the best 4 star source heroes to use for Inherit Skill in the game Fire Emblem Heroes (FEH).

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The Best Fodder Units

Cain IconCain Chrom IconChrom Cordelia IconCordelia Geese IconGeese
Hinata IconHinata Joshua IconJoshua Kaze IconKaze Klein IconKlein
Marisa IconMarisa Masquerade Lachesis IconMasquerade Lachesis Mercedes IconMercedes Merlinus IconMerlinus
Ninja Hana IconNinja Hana Ninja Zihark IconNinja Zihark Oscar IconOscar Plegian Raphael IconPlegian Raphael
Sonia IconSonia Sothe IconSothe Tailtiu IconTailtiu ValentineValentine's Alfonse

The chart above shows 4★ heroes which we gave a perfect rating for usefulness as fodder. They have useful skills that are either only available to them, or available straight away at 4★ rarity. Ensure that you do not send these units home.

Best Red Fodder Units

Red Blue Green Colorless

1st: Joshua

Hero Skills
Joshua ImageJoshua
Weapon Skill IconAudhulma
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconMoonbow
Passive Skill C Icon:-

You can inherit Windsweep 3 from a 4 star Joshua. There are a handful of heroes with a variant of Null Follow-Up on their weapons that would greatly benefit from inheriting Windsweep 3, as it completely changes how those heroes can be played. Joshua is available through heroic grails, making him a very costly acquisition if you need multiple copies.

2nd: Marisa

Hero Skills
Marisa ImageMarisa
Weapon Skill IconShamshir
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconGlimmer
Passive Skill A IconHP/Def 2
Passive Skill B Icon:-

Marisa is one of very few heroes with Infantry Pulse 3 on her kit. This is a very powerful skill when used in teams built around it. Marisa is also available through heroic grails, making her a costly acquisition for Infantry Pulse.

3rd: Cain

Hero Skills
Cain ImageCain
Assist Skill Icon:-
Passive Skill A Icon:-

You can inherit one of the most versatile skills in the game in Wings of Mercy 3 from a 4 star Cain. The only other 4 star heroes to learn this skill are Black Knight (who can only be obtained through heroic grails) and Merlinus. This makes Cain very useful when inheriting this skill. Be sure not to send him home.

4th: Hinata

Hero Skills
Hinata ImageHinata
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconPavise
Passive Skill A IconFury 3
Passive Skill C Icon:-

Hinata is one of the few heroes who can learn the powerful stat boosting skill Fury 3 at a 4 star rank. Fury is an extremely versatile skill that can be of use to practically any unit, so be sure to convert him into a Combat Manual rather than sending him home.

5th: Chrom

Hero Skills
Chrom ImageChrom
Weapon Skill IconFalchion
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconAether
Passive Skill B Icon:-

Chrom is one of very few heroes with an inheritable 500 SP special skill. In Chrom's case, he comes with Aether. If you want to maximize your score in Arena, you need skills with high SP costs, and Aether fits the bill.

Honorable Mention: Ninja Zihark

Hero Skills
Ninja Zihark ImageNinja Zihark
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconAstra
Passive Skill A Icon:-

Ninja Zihark comes with Ninja Katana+, a very powerful variant of the Brave weapons that boosts Spd and reduces Def and Res. While Ninja Zihark's other skills may not be much, Ninja Katana+ alone is strong enough to give Ninja Zihark a high fodder usefulness rating and an honorable mention in this list.

Best Blue Fodder Units

Red Blue Green Colorless

1st: Geese

Hero Skills
Geese ImageGeese
Special Skill Icon:-
Passive Skill B Icon:-

Geese is one of the best heroes to use as fodder. He comes with an amazing lance in Flowing Lance+, one of the most versatile assist skills in Reposition, and a premium skill in Infantry Pulse 3, which is also available at 4 star rarity! A copy of Geese provides a lot of good choices for inheritance, making him the top blue hero in this list.

2nd: Cordelia

Hero Skills
Cordelia ImageCordelia
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconGaleforce
Passive Skill B IconPass 3
Passive Skill C Icon:-

Cordelia is one of very few heroes with an inheritable 500 SP special skill. In Cordelia's case, she comes with Galeforce. Galeforce is a very powerful special skill if utilized properly, allowing teams to quickly clear the map of enemies.

3rd: Sonia

Hero Skills
Sonia ImageSonia
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconGlacies
Passive Skill B Icon:-

Sonia is the only 4 star hero with the skill Fort. Def/Res 2 in the game. While there are other heroes with the upgraded skill Fort. Def/Res 3, Sonia is the only way you can pre-inherit part of the skill tree in order to inherit additional options from the source hero of Fort. Def/Res 3.

4th: Tailtiu

Hero Skills
Tailtiu ImageTailtiu
Special Skill Icon:-
Passive Skill B Icon:-

In addition to having the powerful blue tome weapon Blárblade+, a 4 star Tailtiu can also be used to inherit the skills Rally Spd/Res and Drive Spd 2, both of which have a high value when determining one's Arena score. You can always find a use for them, so no matter how many duplicates you have, do not send them home.

5th: Oscar

Hero Skills
Oscar ImageOscar
Special Skill Icon:-
Passive Skill A Icon:-

Oscar has Lancebreaker 3 available at 4 star rarity. With the abundance of Brave Hectors out there, Lancebreaker 3 is a good way to combat the premiere tank unit in the game. Oscar also has Rally Spd/Def available at 4 star rarity to boost your Arena score.

Best Green Fodder Units

Red Blue Green Colorless

1st: Ninja Hana

Hero Skills
Ninja Hana ImageNinja Hana
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconGlimmer
Passive Skill B IconWrath 3
Passive Skill C Icon:-

Ninja Hana comes with Ninja Masakari+, a variant of the Brave weapons that increases Spd and lowers Def and Res. These weapons are very good in the right hands. Additionally, she also comes with Wrath 3 at 4 star rarity. While Wrath 3 is present on a handful of heroes, Ninja Hana is the only one that has it at 4 star rarity.

2nd: Masquerade Lachesis

Hero Skills
Masquerade Lachesis ImageMasquerade Lachesis
Assist Skill IconDance
Special Skill Icon:-
Passive Skill A Icon:-

Masquerade Lachesis comes with a rare dagger in Courtly Mask+, and a very good mobility skill in Air Orders 3. While Air Orders is also available as a Sacred Seal, having access to it on the C slot may be beneficial for your flier teams should one need to use their seal slot on Flier Formation 3.

3rd: Valentine's Alfonse

Hero Skills
ValentineValentine's Alfonse
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconMoonbow
Passive Skill C Icon:-

Valentine's Alfonse comes with a very good defensive tome in Amity Blooms+ and a powerful skill in Bold Fighter 3. While Bold Fighter 3 is available on quite a lot of units already, Valentine's Alfonse is the only 4 star unit with it in his kit.

4th: Luthier

Hero Skills
Luthier ImageLuthier
Weapon Skill IconGronnfox+
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconGlimmer
Passive Skill B IconGuard 3
Passive Skill C Icon:-

Luthier brings Swift Sparrow 2 to the regular summoning pool as a 4 star unit, even if he needs to be promoted to obtain it. There are other heroes that have Swift Sparrow 2 in their kits and are available as 4 star units, but they are all currently only obtainable via heroic grails.

He also comes with Gronnfox+, a good tome for offensive green mages, and his other skill in Guard 3 is a useful skill and is available right away in a 4 star Luthier's kit. A copy of Luthier brings many options for fodder, and that is why he ranks highly in this list.

5th: Fae

Hero Skills
Fae ImageFae
Assist Skill IconDraw Back
Special Skill Icon:-
Passive Skill A Icon:-
Passive Skill B IconRenewal 3

4 star Fae can be used to inherit the skill Renewal 3, which is extremely useful in Multi-Map Battles. On top of that, she has the ever useful assist skill Draw Back, so be sure not to send her away if you pull her.

Best Colorless Fodder Units

Red Blue Green Colorless

1st: Merlinus

Hero Skills
Merlinus ImageMerlinus
Special Skill Icon:-
Passive Skill A Icon:-

Merlinus is one of the most useful source heroes in the game. He has amazing skills available at 4 star rarity, those being Reposition and Wings of Mercy 3. He also has Distant Guard 3 if you promote him to 5 stars. The ability to inherit Reposition and Wings of Mercy 3 at the same time is what brings Merlinus to the top of this list.

2nd: Klein

Hero Skills
Klein ImageKlein
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconGlacies
Passive Skill C Icon:-

Klein is also one of the most useful source heroes in the game. He is the only 4 star hero who can be used to inherit Death Blow 3, so you should absolutely not send him home. Promoting him to 5 stars will unlock the other highly ranked skills Brave Bow+ and Quick Riposte 3.

3rd: Mercedes

Hero Skills
Mercedes ImageMercedes
Weapon Skill IconGravity+
Assist Skill IconMartyr+
Special Skill IconImbue
Passive Skill B Icon:-

Mercedes may not have much for fodder, but she is the only hero in the 4 star pool with a premium AR-D skill in AR-D Spd/Res 3. AR-D skills give the unit a huge +10 bonus to two stats in Aether Raids defense if the buildings are placed properly, and this one in particular boosts Spd, a very important stat in determining the outcome of battles.

4th: Plegian Raphael

Hero Skills
Plegian Raphael ImagePlegian Raphael
Assist Skill IconSmite
Special Skill Icon:-
Passive Skill A Icon:-

Plegian Raphael comes with a very good bow in Plegian Bow+ which performs very well if the enemy is given debuffs. He also has Odd Follow-Up 3, an armor exclusive skill that works every other turn, and Atk Smoke 3 at 4 star rarity. A copy of Plegian Raphael has many options for fodder, and that makes him valuable in this list.

5th: Kaze

Hero Skills
Kaze ImageKaze
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconIceberg
Passive Skill A Icon:-

Similar to Raphael above, 4 star Kaze can be used to inherit the extremely powerful debuff skill Atk Smoke 3. Additionally, Kaze has the Slaying-type weapon skill Barb Shuriken, and the special Iceberg, which is great for heroes with high Res stats, so be sure and hold on to him until you have a unit that can make use of these skills.

Honorable Mention: Sothe

Hero Skills
Sothe ImageSothe
Weapon Skill IconPeshkatz
Assist Skill Icon:-
Special Skill IconGlimmer
Passive Skill B Icon:-

Sothe is available as a 3/4 star unit and comes with Life and Death 3 at his 4 star rarity. This is a good skill to inherit for offensive units that have no need to invest in their defensive stats.

Criteria for Fodder Unit Rankings

Unit unlocks a very useful skill at 4 stars

The highest priority in ranking source heroes is whether or not they have powerful level 3 skills as a 4 star unit.

Skillset Makeup

Skills other than level 3 ones are factored in as well. Useful assist and special skills and powerful weapons (even if they are not the + versions) were included when considering who the best source heroes are.

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