Str: 50% Lck: 20%
Mag: 30% Def: 45%
Dex: 25% Res: 30%
Spd: 30% Cha: 30%
Strengths: Sword, Axe, Brawling, Faith, Heavy Armor
Weaknesses: Lance, Bow, Flying
Aptitude: Reason: Black Magic Crit +10: Grants Crit +10 when using black magic.
Personal Skill: King of Grappling: Grants Str/Def +6 when HP is ≤ 50%.
Black/Dark Magic Learn List:
- Fire: D
- Bolganone: C
- Ragnarok: A
- Heal: D
- Nosferatu: D+
- Seraphim: B
- Restore: A
- C+: Bane of Monsters: +6 Mt, +10 Crit, 1 range, costs 4 durability. Effective against Monster foes.
- C+: Diamond Axe: +14 Mt, -20 Hit, 1 range, costs 7 durability.
- A: Armored Strike: +3 Mt, +10 Crit, 1 range, costs 4 durability. Might increases based on user's Defense.
- C+: Draining Blow: +5 Mt, +20 Hit, 1 range, costs 3 durability. Restores 50% of the damage dealt as HP to the user.
- A: Mighty Blow: +10 Mt, -5 Hit, +20 Crit, 1 range, costs 3 durability.
- D: Rally Strength: Use Rally to grant Str +4 to an ally.
- B: Battalion Desperation: If unit initiates combat when battalion endurance is ≤ 1/3, unit's follow-up attack (if possible) occurs before foe's counterattack.
To make matters worse, if you want him to put his innate growths to work at where they excel best—axe and gauntlet use—but also keep his ability to use magic, you're stuck with War Monk, the worst of the Cindered Shadows classes. War Monk already compares unfavorably to Warrior and even Grappler, to say nothing of War Master.
Balthus's main asset, honestly, is his personal skill. King of Grappling is utterly ridiculous in the early and midgame. Drop Balthus to half health and suddenly he will shred anything in his path and take no damage from weapon users while he's doing it. Even in late and endgame, +6 Str and +6 Def is still a very good stat boost. If you're wondering why I like King of Grappling while I loathe the Defiant skills, it's because King of Grappling only requires half HP to activate, which is way less dangerous than the Defiant skills' quarter HP requirement.
In summary... Eh. Balthus is perfectly usable, no doubt. He's just not as distinguished from his contemporaries (Caspar and Raphael) as Yuri (Felix and Catherine), Constance (every magic user who isn't Hubert or Lysithea), or Hapi (Hubert and Lysithea).
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