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This page is about the status effect Desperation. For the Tactics Drills map, see Desperation (map). For the Passive skill, see Desperation.

Desperation[1] is a status effect that allows units to preform a follow-up attack before the foe can counterattack.

In essence, an afflicted unit behaves as if it possesses Desperation 3.png Desperation 3 and satisfies its activation requirement. For sources of this status effect, see the category page Sources of Desperation.

Skill Interaction[]

Main article: Skill interaction
  • If unit initiates combat means if the user starts combat on their turn. The unit does not need to deal damage, nor be the first to attack.
    • However, if the effect is applied after combat, the unit must also survive it to fulfill this condition.
  •  Desperation does not guarantee the targeted unit a follow-up attack.
  • If the targeted unit can perform a follow-up attack, either by a speed check or a skill such as Brash Assault 3.png Brash Assault 3, the initial attack and follow-up will occur before the foe can perform a counterattack.
  • Skills such as Vantage 3.png Vantage 3 and the  Vantage status effect have priority over the  Desperation's priority changing effect.
  •  Desperation changes the attack priority, or order of attacks, and therefore can be disabled by Hardy Bearing 3.png Hardy Bearing 3.
When a unit has this status effect, an icon is shown on their sprite on the map.
Icon Type Example Source Description Sound Effect
Status Effect Desperation.png Positive Byleth Fell Stars Duo Face FC.png Byleth: Fell Star's Duo
Catria Azure Wing Pair Face FC.png Catria: Azure Wing Pair
Grants the following effect for 1 turn: "If unit initiates combat, unit can make a follow-up attack before foe can counterattack."

Sources of Desperation[]

List of Weapons

Unrefined weapons related to this keyword

None, currently.

Weapons related to this keyword when refined

None, currently.

Weapons related to this keyword when refined with a certain skill

None, currently.

List of Assists

None, currently.

List of Specials

None, currently.

List of Passives

A passives related to this keyword

None, currently.

B passives related to this keyword

None, currently.

C passives related to this keyword

None, currently.

Sacred seals related to this keyword

None, currently.

List of Captain Skills

None, currently.

List of items

None, currently.

List of structures

None, currently.

List of Duo Skills

Owners Duo Skill
Byleth Fell Stars Duo Face FC.png
Byleth: Fell Star's Duo
Grants【Desperation】to unit and allies within 2 spaces.

At start of every third turn, if Duo Skill has already been used, unit can use Duo Skill again.

【Desperation】
Grants the following effect for 1 turn: "If unit initiates combat, unit can make a follow-up attack before foe can counterattack."

List of Harmonized Skills

Owners Harmonized Skill
Catria Azure Wing Pair Face FC.png
Catria: Azure Wing Pair,Leif Destined Scions Face FC.png
Leif: Destined Scions
Grants the following effects to unit and allies from the same titles as unit for 1 turn: 【Resonance: Blades】,【Desperation】, and "if unit initiates combat, unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack."

【Resonance: Blades】
Grants Atk/Spd+4 during combat for 1 turn.

【Desperation】
Grants the following effect for 1 turn: "If unit initiates combat, unit can make a follow-up attack before foe can counterattack."

In other languages[]

Language Name
English (US) Desperation
Japanese 攻め立て
German Verzweiflung
Spanish (Europe) Arremetida
Spanish (Latin America) Arremetida
French Adrénaline
Italian Disperazione
Traditional Chinese (Taiwan) 猛攻
Portuguese Desespero

References[]

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