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With the introduction of the Weapon Refinery you can now Refine a lot of weapons to make them better and give them new abilities.

I have a Ninian level 40+1 who I love using, and noticed I can refine her Light Breath+.

The new ability seems rather amazing, and the second part seems a little confusing:
Ninian Weapon Refine

"After Combat, grants ATK/SPD/DEF/RES +5 to Ninian and allies within 2 spaces for 1 turn."

"If foe's range = 2, damage is calculated using the lower of the foe's DEF or RES"

The first part I understand, seems pretty good,
The second part I understand as "In combat with a foe 2 spaces away, if their DEF is lower than their RES, use their DEF in damage calculation instead" (as Ninian usually uses their RES stat in calculations)
This confuses me as Light Breath+ is a 1 range weapon, how can I attack enemies 2 spaces away?

I'd like to know if this is the correct meaning of the second part of the ability, and I need something like Distant Counter to make use of it?
Or is there something I am missing?

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    Haven't played in a while so don't know about the new mechanics, but when I read that it looked like it meant if she attacks a ranged unit she would get the bonus, even though her attack is at range 1. That should be something you can easily check by attacking a ranged unit with high res and seeing if the damage equals the amount you'd do against their Def or Res :) – Lunin Nov 29 '17 at 0:57
  • @Lunin ahhh never thought of that! I'll have to try it out once I have enough resources to upgrade the weapon! – hammythepig Nov 29 '17 at 15:36
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I've finally got everything I need to upgrade a weapon, so I have a Refined Light Breath+ to play with.

It looks like Lunin's comment was correct for the part that states:

"If foe's range = 2, damage is calculated using the lower of the foe's DEF or RES"

This means that when a unit with Light Breath+ Refined attacks, if they are attacking a unit who's weapon range is 2, aka a tome user, staff user, dagger user, or bow user, her attack will use the lower of the enemies DEF or RES, which is wonderful for killing mages as they usually have high RES and low DEF!

Here are my screenshots for proof:
Enemy Tailtiu spotted!
Ninian's Stats
Ninian's Weapon
Before battle preview
Damage has been done
After the battle
Ninian died for science today :'(

As we can see from the screen shots, Ninian has 38 ATK. Tailtiu has 17 DEF and 32 RES.

An encounter using the regular Light Breath+ would result with:

38 ATK - 32 RES = 6 Damage to Tailtiu.

However, with Refined Light Breath+, we have:

38 ATK - 17 DEF = 21 Damage to Tailtiu.

That is quite a bit more than what was possible before!

Bonus: praise the sun

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