So I don’t have much of a connection to Roy outside of Super Smash Bros.
Beyond mentioning that his cool Legendary alternate resembles his Smash counterpart, I didn’t have anything considerably flashy to lead this post off with.
That is, until I discovered this introduction page for the character featuring drawings from Princess Sharena.
I just had to share it. Because wow.
If that ain’t the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, I don’t know what is.
Roy — Blazing Lion
- Dragonbind (Might = 16, Range = 1)
- Effective against dragon foes. Unit can counterattack regardless of foe’s range.
- Dragon Fang (Cooldown = 4)
- Boosts damage by 50 percent of unit’s Attack.
- Bonus Doubler (A Skill)
- Grants bonus to Attack, Speed, Defense and Resistance during combat = current bonus on each of unit’s stats independently.
- Renewal (B Skill)
- At the start of every second turn, restored 10 Health.
- Human Virtue (C Skill)
- At the start of the turn, if unit is adjacent to any allies that are not beast or dragon allies, grants Attack and Speed +6 to unit and those allies for one turn.
Here I thought Legendary Marth was the dragon slayer!!
Joking aside, I would actually still consider Marth to be a better dragon slayer. His Exalted Falchion and Binding Shield seriously neuter manaketes.
Roy’s special Human Virtue skill is more focused on changing what team you utilize than it is killing.
However that doesn’t mean Roy’s new Dragonbind sword isn’t inherently broken. It’s a power-crept Falchion with distant counter built-in for Christ’s sake.
Dragons can’t attack from a distance, but the sword gives him duel functionality in killing dragons and countering mages/archers. A true double whammy.
That said… His sword is the one thing that truly sparkles about our boy Roy, in my opinion. The ability to give out doubled buffs to non-beasts is nice, but not particularly special in an era of growing beast representation.
Unfortunately, that ambivalence toward Roy extends to his entourage as well.
Also featured on this banner are:
- Hríd — Icy Blade
- Micaiah — Summer’s Dawn
- Ephraim — Legendary Lord
- Niles — Forbidden Tease
- Corrin — Dream Prince
- Gunnthrá — Voice of Dreams
- Surtr — Ruler of Flame
- Corrin — Dream Princess
- Robin — Fell Vessel
- Xander — Dancing Knight
- Mikoto — Caring Mother
The only units I’m missing here are Legendary Hríd, Halloween Niles and the three Adrift units.
While the first two are units I would like to have… I could care less about the two Corrin alts and Mikoto. So if Roy is one of three units on this whole banner I’m interested in summoning, it really does not seem like my kind of banner.
Though I suppose there is an extra allure to Roy’s potential for growth.
Apparently Intelligent Systems is planning on introducing a new mechanic for all upcoming Legendary Heroes in April that will “provide a play experience that is slightly different from what players are accustomed to.”
Whatever that means.
I can’t tell you whether or not it will be worth summoning Roy to get that vague future benefit, so it’s really up to you how much value is ascribed to intrigue about upcoming events.
For my money, I still won’t be trying to summon Roy too eagerly. I fruitlessly wasted a ton of orbs on the Fates beast banner.
Thus, for me, he will simply serve as a hilarious bit of ironic text in that Legendary Battle Map:
“Humans and dragons should coexist peacefully,” said the man with a dragon-killing sword and an ability that is neutered by teaming up with dragons.
Nice ludonarrative dissonance, Intelligent Systems.
Usually I aim to get these Fire Emblem Heroes posts published the day when banners are released.
However, Pokémon Sword and Shield sucked the oxygen out of the room yesterday and I had to live tweet our SPJ meeting last night.
Was pretty tired after a 6:00 a.m. to 12 a.m. kind of day.
So I figured I could hold off writing about the Legendary Banner until today, when I have nothing going on. It lasts about a week after all.
You know the deal by now. Let me know what you think of Mr. Dragon Slayer — Master of human/dragon unification. Or let me know who else you want to see in the future.