Celes Chere: Dog Of The Empire

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Celes Chere
Dog of the Empire


Vigor: 36 / Magic: 36 Speed: 36 / Stamina: 36

HP: 120 / MP: 30   BatPwr: 36 / Def: 42 / M.Def: 30 / Blk%: 12 / M.Blk%: 6


Weapons: Swords, Maces, Thrown Weapons
Heavy Shields, Light Shields, Elemental Guards
Head: Helmets, Veils, Crowns, Hats
Body: Heavy Armor, Medium Armor, Dresses, Robes, Vests



Runic - nullify the next black, gray, or white spell cast by any character (friend or foe) and absorb its MP cost
??? - Stamina/HP


Ramuh - Vigor+2  -----------------------------  48 MP: bolt damage (Magic) on all foes
Siren - Magic+1/Speed+1  ----------------  12 MP: sets Bserk on all foes
Shiva - Magic+2  -----------------------------  48 MP: ice damage (Magic) on all foes
Phantom - Vigor+1/Stamina+1  -------  12 MP: sets Vanish on party
Seraph - HP+30/MP+15  ----------------  72 MP: sets Rerise on party
Alexandr - HP+60  ------------------------  80 MP: holy damage (Magic) on all foes
Crusader - Stamina+1/Speed+1  ---  99 MP: massive non-elemental damage (Magic) on all foes


Ice (lv. 6)
Ice 2
Ice 3 (lv. 24)
Bolt 2
Bolt 3 
(lv. 30)
(lv. 18)

(All of Celes's black spells except Demi/Quartr scale with Magic)

Slow (lv. 12)
Safe (lv. 21)

Scan (lv. 9)
(lv. 1) Magic
Cure 2 (lv. 15) Magic
Remedy Stamina
Regen Stamina

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The General & Opera Singer, The Tough Girl & Love Interest, The Heavy Swordsman & Supporting Mage.


  • Very Versatile Magic, Equipment, & Esper Levels, with good all-around base stats
  • Good Weapon Selection; Weapon Selection complementary to Magic (neutral damage vs. weakness sniping)
  • Very Tanky; Incredible HP espers, Heavy Armor, Soul Box
  • Secondary Healer, has Rerise
  • Great Party Support Skillset (Rerise/Seraph esp.)
  • Good mid-game Elemental Control
  • Modest status control (Siren, Sleep, Slow)
  • Very Strong AoE with ???; Good late-game AoE with Quartr
  • Unique ??? provides Cover, Counter, and 100% Accuracy


  • Weak AoE without ???; Quartr comes late
  • Status control is limited
  • Weak / Average Elemental Control in early-game and mid-WoR
  • Superb dps set-ups are niche
  • MP builds slowly (otoh, it is an HP+30 esper)
  • Offensive Abilities require MP (otoh, see above)

Celes is easily one of the best support characters in Brave New World, and also one of (if not the) bulkiest characters. Also boasts some good attack power and potential speed, unlike certain other supporters & healers (Strago, Setzer).



Vigor Celes with lots of HP (Alexander), serving as a solid tank with good support magics & a solid weapon selection. More defensively-focused, while Terra is more offensively-focused. You have a couple of choices here. Ramuh will build pure vigor for raw damage, giving you the Paladin set-up. Phantom will give you some stamina (lots of utility) with your vigor, giving you a Dark Knight set-up. The Dark Knight set-up will greatly appreciate ???, but then again, Paladin likes it too.

Don't discount her support skills - even Knight Celes will spend a good deal of time playing support. She's not as good at it as Cleric Celes (lacks speed), but she's got overall better damage and more raw HP.


Building HP, MP, and speed, with a side of magic and/or stamina (Siren or Crusader), to solidify Celes as possibly the game's best support unit. Her damage is still solid with Ice 2/3, Bolt 2/3, and Holy, but you'll find that she spends most of her time playing Team Mama. Don't neglect Alexander - Circlet & Soul Box will give Celes plenty of MP, so Alexander levels will definitely be appreciated later on.

A Celes built with Shiva & HP/MP, despite the lack of speed levels & slightly more offensive focus, is probably still considered a "Cleric" more than a "Paladin." It's generally recommended to grab some Siren levels even if you're running mostly Shiva, though it's not absolutely required.

Red Mage

Builds a mix of HP, MP, speed, magic, and vigor (Siren, Ramuh, Seraph, Alexander) to give Celes some speed for supporting while still trying to take advantage of her weapon selection for good neutral damage. Alternatively, could swap out Ramuh & Siren for Phantom & Crusader, giving the Red Mage a slight stamina focus. (Again, good for ???).

I have no idea if this at all works as well as hyb Edgar or hyb Sabin. Never played it and most people think this suffers too much from "jack-of-all-trades hybrid syndrome." It's there if you want to try it though, and it's probably not too terrible. After all, the espers in question are sorta doing different things for Celes (damage vs. support).


  • Keep an eye out for when Runic can be used. It's niche compared to other sills, but unlike vanilla, it's actually somewhat useful here.
  • All of Celes' builds want Alexander levels. Her magic build only needs so many MP levels before she hits critical mass with Circlet and Soul Box anyways, plus whatever potential MP support.
Edited by thzfunnymzn

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Celes is versatile, so I decided to make a jack-of-all-trades build taking advantage of her physical and magical damage output, and using also ??? for WoR, and it has showed pretty great results


3 Rahum / 3 Shiva / 7 Siren / 7 Phantom


I'll just need to change Celes' equipment for the require needs of the battle. Life Bell, ??? and gear helps to improve Stamina makes of Celes a great enemy cleaner, it helps against boss battles with multiple targets such as Hidon, Wrexsoul or the Three Dream Stooges for example. Changing the gear with things like Force Armor, Magic Cube/Crystal Orb and similars makes of Celes a good mage. Genji Armor and more physical oriented gear makes Celes great against bosses with no weakness she can exploit at all.


I give her the Illumina, because the bonus and power improves a lot her versatility. As for the 5 EL you can get... Uhh I guess you can use Alexander, Seraph or Crusader, or swap some of the levels of Siren/Phantom to Seraph/Alexander to improve her tankiness in early-game.


Sadly I got this build via respecing, so I can't say at all how to focus Celes in WoB, but I'd say to focus in Siren / Shiva leveling


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