Yeah, I'm not sure about Makalov OR Zihark now. I was using Zihark, but he had two garbage levels in a row (didn't reset, because other characters had great ones) and there are plenty of other good sword options. I'm probably going to give Astrid and Kieran swords once they promote, as well. Might give Kieran bows; not sure.
I'm running and re-running this desert map to try and get all the items and maximize my bonus EXP. Is it worth it to try and beat the map without killing any of the non-boss Laguz? If not I'll just make sure to get the boots and Stefan and waste as little time as possible.
Also, magic users. Soren is pretty good and Ilyana isn't. I'm not sure if I should put some BEXP into Tormod once I get him or not, but I do plan to use the prepromote sage that everyone seems to like. Should I try and use all three of those (future) Sages? Or just Soren and the prepromoted one?