After the last Heroes summoning banner left me feeling so burned, I’m glad we finally have a new one that’s pretty cool to make me throw my orbs against the wall again.
Get it? Burned? Cool?
Because it’s the Fire and Ice banner?
Here let me explain the joke, then it’ll definitely be funnier that way.
Ylgr — Fresh Snowfall
- Sylgr (Might = 14, Range = 2)
- Grants Speed +3. At start of combat, if unit’s Speed > foe’s Speed, grants Attack and Speed +4 during combat. After combat, if unit attacked, inflicts Defense and Resistance -7 on target and foes within two spaces of target through their next actions.
- Glimmer (Cooldown = 2)
- Boosts damage dealt by 50 percent.
- Sorcery Blade (A Skill)
- At start of combat, if unit is adjacent to a magic ally, calculates damage using the lower of foe’s Defense or Resistance.
- Chill Speed (B Skill)
- At start of turn, inflicts Speed -7 on foe on the enemy team with the highest Speed through its next action.
- Speed Tactic (C Skill)
- At start of turn, grants Speed +6 to allies within two spaces for one turn. Granted only if number of ally’s movement type on current team ≤ 2.
Surtr — Ruler of Flame
- Sinmara (Might = 16, Range = 1)
- Grants Defense +3. At start of turn, deals 20 damage to foes within two spaces.
- Bonfire (Cooldown = 3)
- Boosts damage by 50 percent of unit’s Defense.
- Steady Stance (A Skill)
- If foe initiates combat, grants Defense +8 during combat and inflicts Special Attack cooldown charge -1 on foe per attack (only highest value applied, does not stack).
- Wary Fighter (B Skill)
- If unit’s Health ≥ 50 percent, unit and foe cannot make a follow-up attack.
- Surtr’s Menace (C Skill)
- At start of turn, if unit is within two spaces of a foe, grants Attack, Speed, Defense and Resistance +4 for one turn and inflicts Attack, Speed, Defense and Resistance -4 on foes within two spaces through their next actions.
I think this is the first time in the history of Fire Emblem Heroes that we’ve had only two new characters on a banner. The acuteness is intriguing from a historic perspective, but also because it’s that much easier for me to talk about them both together!
First we have Nilf’s youngest royal sibling, Ylgr. Her natural skill set seems to fit well with her character.
Given the girl’s small stature, this makes sense that she’s focused primarily on speed.
Her unique colored dagger, Chill Speed and Speed Tactic all focus on debuffing an opponent’s speed and incurring buffs when she’s faster. She’ll be a perfect candidate for the Flashing Blade Sacred Seal, that way she’ll gain stat buffs and a Special Cooldown charge.
The only strange thing about Ylgr is her unique A Skill, which lets her hit the opponent’s weaker defense stat if she’s with a mage. Seems somewhat impractical?
Perhaps they want us to run her alongside her sister Gunnthrá, who also works on lowering Speed.
King Surtr has skills equally fitting his stature in that he’s large, imposing and overwhelms his enemies. Everyone within two spaces of the guy takes 20 damage and loses 4 points in each stat EVERY turn. It’s kind of nuts, especially considering he gains +4 to each stat at the same time.
That’s like a natural +8. To Attack, Speed, Defense and Resistance.
Arguably Surtr’s only problem is that he would be far better with Distant Counter so he could hit everyone within two spaces that are debuffed. Plus… There are a ton of Distant Counter green armored units that fill his niche.
However, both units are pretty cool. Worth summoning I’d say!
Though, even if I’ve accumulated a small fortune of ~240 orbs in my silent protest against the Adrift banner, I don’t want to spend them all on these two. I’ll keep everything above 200 at least, just in case something better comes around soon.
I really haven’t pulled anything of note just yet. Mainly some fodder for skills to inherit later.
Thus I keep working on orb accumulation. Luckily there’s a whole bunch of extra orbs in story and special maps this time around!
For the first time in a long time, we have a Xenologue. Essentially a continuation of the main story, but framed as a short bridge between the end of Book II and Book III.
Oh, and by short I mean just one map with a bit of dialogue.
The scene opens with Surtr waking up following his death by the hands of the Order of Heroes. He receives word from a mysterious new figure that his powers will posthumously taken on by them. Only for him to be told that they are:
Apparently, Hel assumes that one such group unworthy of a greater reward is… Well…
Soon after the reveal of the next Book’s villain, the Order encounters Loki who talks about how she’s after Hel in some capacity. She wants the power on her side, or some such deal.
Plus she allude to Sharena being important in the next Book’s story, which is nice considering Alfonse wound up having the spotlight in Book II.
That’s essentially that, however. I consider this Xenologue a simple ‘come back in December for more’ tidbit that gave us nine extra orbs.
But wait, there’s more!
Yes we’ve got three separate special maps based on the Book II characters. They don’t have any extra dialogue or anything, just an additional four orbs each.
If I were a suspicious man, I would think Intelligent Systems is fattening us up so we’ll be ready for some big banners coming soon.
But when have I ever ben a suspicious man? Haha.
Anyway, that’s all we’ve got for the day! A quick two units, a quick Xenologue.
Simple and clean.
I think I’m going to take the cue and leave things with a sparse conclusion. Let me know what you think of these new units, and what you’re expecting out of the upcoming Book III!
It’s certainly going to be exciting to cover, if you ask me.