Fire Emblem Engage: Best Leif Pairings

Leif is one of the 15 Emblems available in Fire Emblem Engage and can be unlocked during Chapter 8: The Kingdom of Might.

Leif’s skills specialize in increasing survivability and providing variety in terms of weapon proficiency. Based on that, Leif can be paired with almost everyone but ideally fits well with tanky characters such as Goldmary and Louis.

For a broader view of pairings, consider checking out our list of the five best pairings in the game.

In this guide, I will list all of Leif’s skills in Fire Emblem Engage and mention the best characters to pair with him.

All Leif Skills in Fire Emblem Engage

Emblem Leif in Fire Emblem Engage.
Emblem Leif in Fire Emblem Engage.

Here are all of Leif’s skills, including inheritable skills, engage skills, attack skills, and weapons as well as their bond level requirements.

  • Lv. 1 – Arms Shield – Inheritable – When the unit has a weapon advantage, it takes three less damage (SP cost 200).
  • Lv. 1 – Adaptable – Engage Skill – If the foe initiates combat, the unit counters with the best available weapon.
  • Lv. 1 – Quadruple Hit – Attack four times, one with each weapon (sword, lance, axe, bow)
  • Lv. 1 – Killer Axe – Weapon – Axe wielded by Leif.
  • Lv. 2 – Axe Prof. – Proficiency with axes.
  • Lv. 3 – Bow Prof. – Proficiency with bows.
  • Lv. 3 – Vantage – Inheritable – If the unit has 25% or less HP and the foe initiates combat, the unit can counter first (SP cost 500).
  • Lv. 4 – Knife Precision 1 – Inheritable – When using a knife, Hit/Avo +3 (SP cost 100).
  • Lv. 4 – Knife Prof. – Proficiency with knives.
  • Lv. 5 – Skill Inheritance – This Emblem’s skills are inheritable.
  • Lv. 6 – Build +4 – Inheritable – Grants Build +4 (SP cost 1,000).
  • Lv. 6 – Staff Prof. – Proficiency with staves.
  • Lv. 7 – Arms Shield+ – Inheritable – When the unit has a weapon advantage, it takes five less damage (SP cost 600).
  • Lv. 7 – Lance Prof. – Proficiency with lances.
  • Lv. 8 – Sword Prof. – Proficiency with swords.
  • Lv. 9 – Knife Precision 2 – Inheritable – When using a knife, Hit/Avo +6 (SP cost 300).
  • Lv. 10 – Master Lance – Weapon – If the unit initiates combat, it attacks twice (ranged and melee).
  • Lv. 11 – Strong Bond – Bond Bonus – Unit stays engaged one extra turn.
  • Lv. 12 – Vantage+ – Inheritable – If the unit has 50% or less HP and the foe initiates combat, the unit can counter first (SP cost 1,000).
  • Lv. 13 – Knife Precision 3 – Inheritable – When using a knife, Hit/Avo +7 (SP cost 700).
  • Lv. 14 – Build +5 – Inheritable – Grants Build +5 (SP cost 2,000).
  • Lv. 15 – Light Brand – Weapon – Grants Luck +10 (ranged and melee).
  • Lv. 16 – Arms Shield++ – Inheritable – When the unit has a weapon advantage, it takes seven less damage (SP cost 1,000).
  • Lv. 17 – Knife Precision 4 – Inheritable – When using a knife, Hit/Avo +10 (SP cost 1,000).
  • Lv. 18 – Vantage++ – Inheritable – If the unit has 75% or less HP and the foe initiates combat, the unit can counter first (SP cost 2,000).
  • Lv. 19 – Knife Precision 5 – Inheritable – When using a knife, Hit/Avo +15 (SP cost 2,000).
  • Lv. 20 – Deep Synergy – Bond Bonus -Shortens engage meter by one step.

Best Characters for Leif in Fire Emblem Engage

Rosado and Leif in Fire Emblem Engage.
Rosado and Leif in Fire Emblem Engage.

Leif offers a bit of everything and is thus considered one of the most versatile Emblems in the game. With six different weapon proficiencies, Leif is an ideal option for characters who would like to reclass.

With skills that reduce damage taken and allow the unit to counter first, Leif combines offensive and defensive attributes to punish enemies for even trying to attack you.

Ideally, you want to pair Leif with high Defense units to make them even more durable. Prime examples are Louis and Goldmary.

However, as one of the most flexible emblems, Leif can be paired with pretty much every character. Here are my top recommendations for Leif’s best pairings:

  1. Goldmary
  2. Louis
  3. Vander
  4. Alear
  5. Saphir

With high defensive stats or high avoidance, these units can take advantage of Leif’s defensive buffs to ensure they’ll stay alive during even the toughest combat.

Wrapping up

To summarize, this is everything you should know about Leif’s best pairings in Fire Emblem Engage.

Try and combine Leif with tanky units to improve their defensive stats even further. This way, you’ll have the strongest frontline units in the game.

Now that you’ve settled on your preferred characters, consider checking out our guide on the best way to farm XP in the game.

Which character have you paired with Leif? What’s your preferred frontline unit in the game? Let us know in the comments below.

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