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This is a ranking page for the hero Medeus - Earth-Dragon King 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 Medeus.

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Medeus Rating and Basic Information

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Overall Rating 9.5/10
Reroll Ranking (excluding Inherit Skill) A
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Ranking (including Inherit Skill) S
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Medeus - Earth-Dragon King: Basic Information

Color / Weapon Type / Move Type
Rarity
What Kind of Character Are They? ・Weapon skill grants Atk/Res bonuses, inflicts Atk/Res penalties, denies follow-up attacks, and neutralizes out-of-combat damage to unit and nearby allies.
・Exclusive B skill grants a guaranteed follow-up attack and substantial damage reduction.
・Hinders enemy Canto mobility with Canto Control 3.

Medeus Skills at 5★


Might: 16  Range: 1
Grants Atk+3. At start of turn, grants Atk/Res+6 and 【En Garde】 to unit and allies within 2 spaces of unit for 1 turn. If foe initiates combat or if foe's HP ≥ 75% at start of combat, inflicts Atk/Res-6 on foe during combat and foe cannot make a follow-up attack. If foe's Range = 2, calculates damage using the lower of foe's Def or Res.
【En Garde】
Neutralizes damage outside of combat (from skills like Poison Strike, structures like Bolt Tower, etc.) except damage dealt by area-of-effect Specials.

Cooldown Count = 4
Boosts damage dealt by 80% of unit’s Res.

At start of combat, if unit's HP = 100% or if 【Bonus】 is active on unit, grants Def/Res+7 to unit during combat. At start of combat, if unit's HP = 100% and 【Bonus】 is active on unit, grants an additional Def/Res+2 to unit during combat.

If unit's Res > foe's Res, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. Reduces damage from attacks during combat and from area-of-effect Specials by percentage = number of staff or dragon allies within 3 spaces of unit x 20, and also, if unit's Res > foe's Res, difference between stats x 4 (max 40%; total max 60%).

If foe within 4 spaces of unit triggers Canto, inflicts 【Canto Control】 on that foe.
【Canto Control】
Limits the number of spaces target can move with Canto through their next action. If target's Range = 1, target can move 1 space when Canto triggers. If target's Range = 2, target's action ends when Canto triggers.

Medeus Best IVs

Recommended IVs

Stat Superboon/Superbane IV Recommendation
HP (18) HP Superbane ★★★☆☆
Atk (11) Attack Bane ★★★★★
Spd (3) No Spd IV ★☆☆☆☆
Def (12) No Def IV ★★★★☆
Res (10) Res Bane ★★★★★

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

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When using an Ascendant Floret, we recommend getting the next superboon if it fits the hero. If not, consider what stat your hero needs most.

+Atk / -Spd

The best IVs for Medeus are +Atk and -Spd. His Atk stat sits at a very high base 44 and boosting it will yield better results.

+Res or +Def may also be used when a tanking strategy is preferred.

His Spd is an unsalvageable dump stat and should be the bane of choice.

+Atk for a +10 Merge

We recommend a +Atk IV when merging Medeus up to +10. His Atk is among the highest in the entire game and boosting it gives him an edge above other heroes.

Medeus Best Builds

Premium Frontline Support Medeus

HOT
Assist Skill IconSwap

How to Use, Explanation

This build aims to have Medeus support the team with Canto Control and act as a frontline tank. Bracing Stance provides defensive stats and a Guard effect. This build functions well in stall and Catria Ball teams.

Budget Support Medeus

Assist Skill IconSwap

How to Use, Explanation

This build also acts as a support, but with budget and/or base kit skills instead. A good option for using Medeus without much investment.

Distant Storm Medeus

HOT
Assist Skill IconSwap
Special Skill IconIceberg

How to Use, Explanation

This build focuses on tanking and defeating foes on retaliation. Distant Storm's recoil is nullified by En Garde, making it superior to Distant Counter. Warding Breath provides Res and Special acceleration to trigger Iceberg immediately. Distant Stance may be used instead if the additional Res is necessary.
Don't forget that Distant Storm's Atk bonus is active on both phases!

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Medeus Stats

Stat Rankings

Neutral Stats at Lv. 40 (5★)
Stat Total 183
183
HP
HP 40 40
Rank: 357/821
Atk
Atk 44 44
Rank: 5/821
Spd
Spd 18 18
Rank: 754/821
Def
Def 38 38
Rank: 51/821
Res
Res 43 43
Rank: 1/821

Stat Values

Lv 40+10 Stats (5★)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
+10 Merges W/ Skill Bonuses 45 68 22 43 47 225
Lv.40 +10 45 49 22 43 47 206

See Lv 40 +10 Stats With IVs
HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
+HP
Lv.40 +10
47 48 22 42 47 206
+Atk
Lv.40 +10
44 51 22 42 47 206
+Spd
Lv.40 +10
44 48 25 42 47 206
+Def
Lv.40 +10
44 48 22 45 47 206
+Res
Lv.40 +10
44 48 22 42 50 206

Stats at Lv 40

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★- Adjusted for Skills 40 63 18 38 43 202
5★ Lv.40 40 44 18 38 43 183

Initial Stats (with Skills)

HP Atk Spd Def Res Total
5★ Lv.1 37 11 3 12 10 73

Stat Comparison of Similar Heroes

Hero
HP
Atk
Spd
Def
Res
Total
46 43 18 40 43 190
46 43 21 43 37 190
Medeus Icon Medeus
40 44 18 38 43 183
41 38 40 34 29 182
45 36 34 37 28 180
40 38 25 40 35 178
43 35 37 31 27 173
41 37 17 40 37 172
40 32 35 30 25 162

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

Medeus Roles, Strengths, and Weaknesses

Medeus Roles

Medeus - Earth-Dragon King Roles
Close Physical AttackClose-Physical Ranged Physical AttackRanged-Physical Close Magic Attack ImageClose-Magic Ranged MagicRanged-Magic
Physical Wall ImagePhysical Wall Magic Wall ImageMagic 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 Mythic Hero ImageMythic No Duo and Harmonized ImageDuo /
Harmonized
No Resplendent ImageResplendent

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

Medeus Strengths

Shadow Breath is a powerful weapon with multiple useful effects

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Medeus comes with his unique Shadow Breath. It has multiple effects that can impact combat heavily, assuming he meets the conditions to trigger these effects.

Below is a summary of these effects:

Condition(s) Effect
Always Grants Atk+3.
At start of turn Grants Atk/Res+6 and 【En Garde】 to unit and allies within 2 spaces of unit for 1 turn.
If foe initiates combat
or
If foe's HP ≥ 75% at start of combat
Inflicts Atk/Res-6 on foe during combat.
If foe initiates combat
or
If foe's HP ≥ 75% at start of combat
Foe cannot make a follow-up attack.
If foe's Range = 2 Calculates damage using the lower of foe's Def or Res.

【En Garde】 neutralizes damage outside of combat (from skills like Poison Strike, structures like Bolt Tower, etc.) except damage dealt by area-of-effect Specials.

This includes self-recoil skills like Push skills, Fury, or even ally damage skills like Valentine's Líf's Þjálfi!

Assured Rebirth grants a follow-up attack and damage reduction

Medeus also comes with an exclusive B skill in Assured Rebirth.

This skill grants Medeus a guaranteed follow-up attack as long as his Res is higher than his foe's.

It also grants damage reduction based on two factors:

  • number of staff or dragon allies within 3 spaces of unit
  • difference between Medeus' Res and his foe's Res

Each factor can grant up to 40% damage reduction, and combined can grant a maximum of 60% damage reduction.

Canto Control protects against post-combat mobility

Medeus also has a new inheritable C skill in Canto Control 3.

This skill reduces the amount of spaces a foe within 4 spaces of Medeus can move post-combat when triggering a Canto effect. Melee foes can move 1 space, while ranged foes cannot move at all.

Canto is very powerful and commonly used in all competitive game modes. Access to Canto Control will heavily disrupt opponents and reduce their number of viable combat options.

Medeus Weaknesses

Weak to Dragon Effective Weapons

Medeus takes 1.5x damage from dragon-effective weapons like Sealed Falchion or Divine Mist, and one round of combat 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 Spd

Medeus is cursed with an abysmal Spd stat of 18. He is reliant on Shadow Breath negating enemy follow-up attacks and Assured Rebirth granting him his own follow-up attack.

Enemies with follow-up negation skills such as Null Follow-Up 3 will take advantage of his poor Spd and attack him twice while only taking one hit in return.

Reliance on conditional effects

Medeus is also dependent on triggering the conditions for both Shadow Breath and Assured Rebirth to maximize his combat potential.

Enemies with damage reduction piercing effects like Deadeye will take full advantage of this and put a heavy dent onto Medeus. Even with his impressive bulk, he will be vulnerable to getting knocked out.

【En Garde】 shuts off low HP strategies

【En Garde】prevents post-combat damage from harming Medeus and his allies.

While beneficial against chip damage compositions that rely on Bolt Tower or Savage Blow effects, this can also impact the team negatively if not careful with teambuilding.

Heroes that rely on self-recoil from skills like Fury 4 will not be able to bring themselves down to Desperation range or become a beacon for Wings of Mercy.

Ensure that your team is not reliant upon these strategies before fielding Medeus.

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Medeus - 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 Grants Atk+3. At start of turn, grants Atk/Res+6 and 【En Garde】 to unit and allies within 2 spaces of unit for 1 turn. If foe initiates combat or if foe's HP ≥ 75% at start of combat, inflicts Atk/Res-6 on foe during combat and foe cannot make a follow-up attack. If foe's Range = 2, calculates damage using the lower of foe's Def or Res.
【En Garde】
Neutralizes damage outside of combat (from skills like Poison Strike, structures like Bolt Tower, etc.) except damage dealt by area-of-effect Specials.
5★

Assists

This Hero has no Assist skills that can be learned.

Specials

Skill Name Effect Learned At
(Cooldown Count = 4) Boosts damage dealt by 50% of unit’s Res. 5★
(Cooldown Count = 4) Boosts damage dealt by 80% of unit’s Res. 5★

Passives

Skill Name Effect Learned At
At start of combat, if unit's HP = 100% or if 【Bonus】 is active on unit, grants Def/Res+3 to unit during combat. 5★
At start of combat, if unit's HP = 100% or if 【Bonus】 is active on unit, grants Def/Res+4 to unit during combat. 5★
At start of combat, if unit's HP = 100% or if 【Bonus】 is active on unit, grants Def/Res+5 to unit during combat. 5★
At start of combat, if unit's HP = 100% or if 【Bonus】 is active on unit, grants Def/Res+7 to unit during combat. At start of combat, if unit's HP = 100% and 【Bonus】 is active on unit, grants an additional Def/Res+2 to unit during combat. 5★
If unit's Res > foe's Res, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. Reduces damage from attacks during combat and from area-of-effect Specials by percentage = number of staff or dragon allies within 3 spaces of unit x 20, and also, if unit's Res > foe's Res, difference between stats x 4 (max 40%; total max 60%). 5★
If foe within 2 spaces of unit triggers Canto, inflicts 【Canto Control】 on that foe.
【Canto Control】
Limits the number of spaces target can move with Canto through their next action. If target's Range = 1, target can move 1 space when Canto triggers. If target's Range = 2, target's action ends when Canto triggers.
5★
If foe within 3 spaces of unit triggers Canto, inflicts 【Canto Control】 on that foe.
【Canto Control】
Limits the number of spaces target can move with Canto through their next action. If target's Range = 1, target can move 1 space when Canto triggers. If target's Range = 2, target's action ends when Canto triggers.
5★
If foe within 4 spaces of unit triggers Canto, inflicts 【Canto Control】 on that foe.
【Canto Control】
Limits the number of spaces target can move with Canto through their next action. If target's Range = 1, target can move 1 space when Canto triggers. If target's Range = 2, target's action ends when Canto triggers.
5★

Medeus as a Source Hero

Medeus Avatar

Value of Skills ★★★★★

Canto Control 3. That is all.

In all seriousness, this skill is enough to warrant a full 5 star rating for Medeus as Skill Inheritance fodder. Canto is very powerful and used in all competitive game modes.

Having access to Canto Control neuters these heroes heavily. A Hit and Run strategy becomes almost obsolete.

Def/Res Ideal 4, while good, should not be the main reason you fodder off a copy of Medeus.

If necessary, use a copy of Valentine's Lissa to inherit Def/Res Ideal 3 first, and then fodder off Medeus for Def/Res Ideal 4 and Canto Control 3 at the same time.

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How to Get Medeus

Obtained through a Special Summoning Event!

Medeus is a limited time Hero who can be pulled from a Mythic Hero Summoning event. They do not appear in regular summons.

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

Voice Actor and Illustrator Information

Voice Actor
(English)
Dennis Hull
Illustrator Daisuke Izuka
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