With the arrival of the Wrath of the Four Gods expansion comes the tools needed for efficient mutli-sphere Files, as well as additional mechanics that turn card subtypes into a force to be feared. We hope to cover more of these fantastic and sometimes obvious, sometimes not, combinations in future installments of this new feature we’re calling Combo Spotlight. Hopefully this will help remind our Iczers of the incredible synergy to be found in places other than what is currently popular in the arenas.
On to the topic at hand. This one is an obvious pairing, both story-wise and card-wise. We are referring to Shield Coat / Fierte and Gunner Girl / Yuni of course. Naturally they are the best of friends. and that camaraderie is clearly shown in Fierte’s Start Skill, “The Bond with Yuni,” in which she gives her gunslinging partner a much-needed boost in the defense department, a whopping +20 in fact. You can almost imagine the two friends side by side in the middle of a fracas with Fierte using Calkul, her protective cloak, to protect Yuni as guns are blazing everywhere.
There’s more to this than the imagery however, as the added 20 DF to Yuni means that she can use her Charge Action Skill by spending nothing other than the SP cost. The 50% of Max HP damage that the Charge would ordinarily do to her is absorbed by the defense bonus. Fierte is basically keeping her good friend from doing anything wild and dangerous, which is what friends are supposed to do, right? And depending on what the field conditions are, it might be wise to place Yuni alongside Fierte in the front row, relying on defense and luck to keep them both alive till Yuni’s Bullet Storm clears out three units within the first two rows.
Naturally, there is more to this combination than those two elements. After all, with an HP of 10 and 30 respectively, Fierte and Yuni aren’t the hardiest of Characters, even behind all that defense. A Fariy dance is almost certainly in order to give them a better chance of surviving heavy attacks from the enemy. Bazgar’s Soul Skill and other HP solutions are always good, but keep in mind there are two units here that need boosting. And a Panther Soul is definitely something that will help Yuni reach her greatest damage potential of 50 AT and 4 Agi for the low cost of 1 SP. Either way, a rankup is necessary to access her Bullet Storm Action Skill. A renewable source of defense would also be something on any Iczer’s wish list, considering every time Fierte uses “Fight to Protect,” she loses 10 DF. Though thankfully, even if she is run down to 0 DF, her friendship with Yuni will always persevere and grant Yuni Calkul’s protection at the beginning of each round.
A Sorcerer Guard might be one way of keeping Calkul going, but with Yuni cleaning up every round for 2 SP, a wise Iczer would do well to conserve SP when needed to finish off what Yuni started. Renally might also be another way of keeping three femme fatales untouchable, though the setup is admittedly probably very difficult to accomplish. Pegasus is another interesting idea, since it would allow you to have a renewable source of defense for Fierte, and also perhaps allow you to put another unit behind the Pegasus to gain some AT. A Rapidshot Magic Archer or Battle Mage of Regus perhaps? This opens the door to many different threats, and taking down any one of them would be difficult and may not necessarily be advantageous. Girl power indeed!
Before all you Iczers proceed to making your Fierte-Yuni Files, keep in mind that there are two things that happen before Start Skills go off, namely Open Skills and Soul Skills. So the combination is a bit fragile when it first comes out, and your opponent will have a window of opportunity to either use a damage Open Skill or Soul Skill to take down Fierte, which would only spell trouble for Yuni. An immediate Fairy Dance should solve most of those issues however, though there are of course other possibilities, so keep an eye out for any other potential ideas.