Looks like Intelligent Systems decided to give us a treat this Halloween with a brand new Legendary Hero from my favorite game in the entire Fire Emblem franchise.
While the Brave Redux banner with Loki, Kliff and Owain has been around for a few days now, I haven’t gotten anything particularly special out of it. In fact the only five-star hero it gave me was a Gray — and while I can appreciate the thematic consistency, he’s no Kliff.
After summoning him, something deep down inside me said, “Jason. Save your orbs. It feels like we might be gearing up for a Sacred Stones banner sometime soon.”
So I did start to save my orbs.
We didn’t get a full Sacred Stones banner, but the game’s chief heroine has now arrived in a brand new light to justify my frugality.
But was she worth saving myself for? Well, only one way to find out.
Even though obviously the answer is yes.
Editor’s Note: On the last banner I tried to use shrunken photos to improve my media space consumption, but they were a little too small and came out blurry.
So I’m trying a medium size this time and hopefully it will look better. Again, sorry for the growing pains!
Eirika — Graceful Resolve
- Storm Sieglinde (Might = 16, Range = 1)
- Grants Attack +3. If the numbers of foes within two spaces (excluding target) ≥ the number of allies within two spaces (excluding unit), grants Defense and Resistance +3 and Special Attack cooldown charge +1 per unit’s attack during combat (only highest value applied, does not stack).
- Moonbow (Cooldown = 2)
- Treats foe’s Defense and Resistance as if reduced by 30 percent during combat.
- Attack/Speed Solo (A Skill)
- If unit is not adjacent to an ally, grants Attack and Speed +6 during combat.
- Lunar Brace (B Skill)
- Slows Special Attack trigger (cooldown count +1). Deals damage = 50 percent of foe’s Defense when Special Attack triggers.
- Odd Defense Wave (C Skill)
- At start of odd-numbered turns, grants Defense +6 to unit and adjacent allies for one turn (bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent).
Legendary Eirika has an interesting synergy with her brother’s Legendary Hero variant. A synergy in that, while both are cavalry units (as per their ultimate forms in Sacred Stones), both also thrive when staying way the hell away from each other.
That Solo skill and her weapon’s effect makes her a unit whose primary purpose is to charge into battle on her own, slaying enemies with an accelerated Moonbow trigger that has extra boosted damage on account of the Lunar Brace.
Send her in on turns where she gets a defensive boost thanks to her C skill and Eirika reads like a force to be reckoned with on paper. Personally I even kind of prefer her Brace’s focus on improving damage output over Legendary Ephraim’s Solar Brace improving his vampirism.
Arguably the only real problem harming Eirika’s viability is the fact that sword-wielding cavalier is a field that’s very saturated all things being equal. Eldigan, Sigurd, variant Reinhardt, Brave Roy, Exalt Chrom…
And those are just the ones I own.
Personally I think Legendary Eirika would have been more impactful if they utilized the mage cavalier variant here instead of in her Anamnesis alt from the start of this year. Or honestly anything that could have helped her stand out a bit better.
Though that said, I fricken love Eirika and will sink all my orbs into summoning her no matter what. Hell her OG form is still my token unit and I’ve invested a lot into her, so Legendary girl will fit right in.
I’ll probably regret this decision when Neimi drops in the Sacred Stones exclusive banner next week… But that’s a bridge I’ll cross when I get there.
Also available on Legendary Eirika’s banner are:
- Tana — Noble and Nimble
- Olivia — Sky-High Dancer
- Ephraim — Legendary Lord
- Ninian — Bright-Eyed Bride
- Sumia — Maid of Flowers
- Lyn — Lady of the Wind
- Sanaki — Apostle in White
- Robin — Fell Reincarnation
- Robin — Fell Vessel
- Innes — Regal Strategician
- Genny — Endearing Ally
My preferences for the supplemental summoning units this time around are rather simple.
In red, Olivia. In blue, Ninian. In green, Sanaki. In colorless, Genny.
Those are the four units I have not summoned before, with all the rest having joined my army already. In that respect the banner overall is a bit disappointing, as red is my major focus — with Tana being a sticking point. As much as I love her.
However, if nothing else I do appreciate the themeing. Having both Tana and Ephraim on Eirika’s banner was a smart choice, and both Grima variants being summonable is cool… Even if female Grima is very overplayed.
Now there is one more problem with this banner thus far…
The fact that I’ve blown through the 60 orbs I had already and pretty much summoned nothing.
Hell probably the only ‘useful’ unit I’ve gotten for myself is an extra Soleil, bringing me up to my 8th merge for her.
Should I do a post on my +10 merge project units at some point? I feel like that could be fun.
But that is also a discussion for another day. Because right now I need some extra orbs for my fix… And I think Eirika might have just what I need.
I usually don’t have too much to say about these Legendary Battle maps, and this time is no exception. The reinforcements arriving thing is never a fun mechanic, but otherwise this one seems better than some of the others we’ve seen before.
Plus, Lyn and Grima’s Legendary Battle maps return as well and I haven’t beaten the Infernal difficulty on either. So yay, orbs.
Please game just give me some orbs for Halloween.
So I know this probably isn’t the Halloween post you all would have expected out of me. But don’t fret, as I may just have Halloween things to talk about later today?
I certainly don’t because it’s 12:30 a.m. when I’m writing this. I just think it could be fun to do a ‘costumes I see around campus’ kind of post at the end of the day, as I’ll actually have a Halloween to enjoy this year sans Milo Yiannopoulos.
Which, by the way, it’s crazy that it has been a year since that whole debacle. That’s just also a story for another non-FEH post.
Thus I’ll leave you all with this: Why is Sacred Stones the best Fire Emblem game?
Kidding, you can disagree with that if you want. Just go ahead and think about the usual ‘who do you want to summon?’ and ‘who do you want to see next?’ kind of questions and get back to me if you want.
But honestly you should all just go enjoy Halloween. Do it for all the reporters covering nasty things who can’t this year. Because I certainly will.
P.S. — After I finished writing this and set it to publish, I got her with 15 orbs to spare.
Boy am I going to sleep happy tonight! And build a great Sacred Stones-themed team in the near future to boot~