Fire Emblem Heroes has arrived for mobile devices giving players the chance to enjoy Fire Emblem in a more simplified manner without sacrificing all of its depth. For veterans, many of its options and gameplay elements are extremely familiar and they can hop right in. But the game is also attracting those who’ve never played Fire Emblem before and may be feeling a tad overwhelmed about what everything does and what you can do. So we’re here to guide you through every aspect of Fire Emblem Heroes so you can enjoy the game to its fullest. We begin with the Home menu, which is the first screen you’ll see. Here you’ll find a few of the Heroes you’ve collected, and you can tap on them to read some of their dialog as well get a better sense of their personality.
But definitely keep an eye out if one has hearts around them. If they do, tapping on them will grant you an item. At the top left, you’ll see the Notice Board, which contains all the latest updates from Nintendo that you can read through. On the top right, is the Present List. This is where you go to receive gifts from Nintendo or redeem the items you collected through your My Nintendo account. At the bottom left is the Friends List. Here you can see a list of your friends, search for more friends using their ID number, look at the requests you’ve sent, see requests from others to be their friend, and a Delete Friend option.
The bottom right is where you access Quests & Missions which come in several categories. There’s the monthly quests from Nintendo that net you various rewards as well as shards and crystals for completing each chapter in the Story. At the top right is the My Nintendo Platinum Coin symbol. Tap that to access your My Nintendo account. There you can see the various rewards you can redeem with your coins as well as the missions for Fire Emblem Heroes where you can redeem more Platinum coins. Across the top you can see your name, the number of Orbs you currently have, your current Stamina, Dueling Swords, and total Hero Feathers. Tapping the “plus” button next to each will bring up more options. For orbs, it’ll bring up the menu to purchase more of them with real money. For Stamina, it brings up the choice to use a stamina potion and grant 50 more stamina. However, you will regain 1 Stamina every 5 minutes. For the Dueling Swords, you can use a Dueling Crest to restore them. Finally, the castle button allows you to change your castle in exchange for Orb. New ones becomes available with each purchase although the first increases the experience your Heroes earn by 20%.
Alright, let’s move on to the Battle menu which brings up the various Battle options. First are the Special Maps. Here you can take on special challenges in order to unlock a Hero. Each Hero only lasts for a day with a new one replacing it once time is up. There’s a Normal challenge which grants that character with 1 Star while beating the Special Map on Hard grants the character with 2 Stars. However, if any of your Heroes die in these challenges, it’s an automatic game over. You’ll have to try again. Story Maps, obviously, contain the Main Story of Fire Emblem Heroes. As of right now, there are 9 Chapters with 5 missions each.
Completing each one for the first time will reward you with an Orb. If you try to challenge it again though, there will be a different reward. You can’t farm Orbs like that. However, completing a chapter unlocks the option to challenge it on Hard and Lunatic difficulties, which will grant you the chance to earn more Orbs. There are also Paralogues, or side missions, although they are not currently available. The Arena is where you go to challenge other players’ teams to earn points. Winning grants you these points, and you can receive more for beating more difficult opponents. In addition, if you have certain characters in your party, you’ll also earn more points.
And finally if you win multiple Arena battles in a row, you’ll get a chain bonus; up to 7. However losing or reaching a 7-chain will cause it to reset. Challenging the Arena is allowed 3 times a day with the Dueling Swords. These will recharge after a day although a Dueling Crest can be used to refuel them immediately. You can also check your rewards, specifically to see how many points you need to earn the most Hero Feathers, and how well your team has defended itself against other players. After the season is over, which as of right now seems to be about 5 days, your reward of Hero Feathers will be granted based on your point total. Next is the Training Tower where you can train your party outside of the story. There are multiple Stratums, and each one contains enemies of a certain level. The higher the Stratum, the more experience you can potentially earn, providing your Team is tough enough.
Keep in mind though that these battles will cost Stamina just like the Story Battles. Winning in the Training Tower rewards you with shards although the type of Shard changes daily and can even be randomized. Finally there’s the multiplayer where you can challenge friends but this option isn’t available yet so we can’t provide any more details. Next up is the Allies tab. This is where you’ll manage your Heroes, and Edit Teams does exactly that. You can swap out which Heroes will be in your party of 4. However you can have 5 different teams ready to go to better prepare for any situation you may face and a single Hero can be in multiple parties. You can sort your heroes however you like by tapping the Sort button. Selecting a Hero will show their stats and abilities. However, by tapping the “plus” on their portrait or pushing and holding on their square, you can see it in more detail.
Here you can listen to the Hero’s voice clips, see their voice actor, their artist, a list of the skills they can learn, and their stats. By tapping on the stats, you can see what each one does. You can even tap their name to learn more about them and see which Fire Emblem game they came from. By hitting the magnifying glass, you can also look through their 4 art poses; standard, attack, special attack, and damaged.
Then we have Learn Skills, which is where the SP your Hero earns in battle comes in. By tapping a character and pushing Next, you can spend their available SP to have the Hero use better weapons, earn defensive or offensive skills, and learn special abilities for use in battle. SP is earned by attacking, or in the case of healers – healing, in battle and leveling up.
You can even choose which skills to use in the Equip Skills menu. Here you can opt to change the Skills you currently have equipped. Level Up allows you to use the Shards you’ve earned to, well, level up your Heroes without sending them into battle. Red, Blue, Green, and Grey Shards are used for their respective Heroes of that color while Gold is the Universal Shard and can be used for any of them. However, once a Hero is over level 20, Crystals will need to be used instead in order to level them up. Then there’s Send Home, which dismisses a Hero from your Team in exchange for Hero Feathers. Advanced Growth contains two more options.
Unlock Potential is what increases your Hero’s Star level. However, they must be at least level 20 in order for this to occur. And the higher their Star Level the more Badges and Hero Feathers you’ll need. For 1 to 3 star Heroes, you’ll need normal badges of their color. For 4 star Heroes, you’ll need Great badges. Once their Star level increase, they’ll return to level 1, albeit with much better stats. Finally, Merge Allies allows you to combine multiples of Heroes you have. However, they must be the same Hero. This will grant SP for that Hero and potentially increase their stats depending on their Star level. The next tab is Summon, and it’s where you can earn more Heroes to use in Battle. As of right now, there are two focuses where you can get different Heroes. You can tap the Details button to see a full list of the possible Heroes you can pull to decide which Focus you’d like to use.
However, it is highly recommended that you wait until you have 20 Orbs. This is because once you summon, you’ll be given a random assortment of colors in 5 spaces. The 4 colors could each be represented or some might not even be there. It’s completely random. However, each color corresponds to a unit you could possibly receive. But it costs 5 Orbs for that initial summon. The best idea is to wait for 20 to maximize your pulls. So 5 Orbs for the 1st pull, 4 for the 2nd through 4th, and 3 Orbs for the final one. You can also look at Appearance Rates but it really is just the luck of the draw. Then there’s the Shop Tab where you can potentially stock up on various items.
Purchase Orbs does what it says. Here you can pay real money for more Orbs if you so choose. Upgrade Castle is where you can change the design of your castle in order to get bonus affects. Restore Stamina lets you use a Stamina Potion to restore your stamina by 50. Restore Dueling Swords lets you use Dueling Crests so you can challenge the Arena again. And Expand Barracks allows you to spend Orbs in order to expand your maximum Team size.
By default it’s 200 with each Orb increasing it by 5. Finally there’s the Miscellaneous Tab that covers everything else. Inventory lets you look at your current items and tapping on them explains what each does. The only one we haven’t mentioned over the course of this guide is the Light’s Blessing. With this, if your party is wiped out in battle, you can expend it to restore them back to full health and continue the fight. If you have no Blessings, you can also choose to use one of your Orbs.
Settings allows you to change the various options in the game, tailoring it to the experience you want. Account Management is where you can manage your connection to your My Nintendo Account or delete your data if you so choose. Movies allows you to watch the opening movie again or the unique movie that plays when you summon a special Hero. Game Center allows you to access the iPhone’s or Android’s built-in game center. And then the FAQ lets you to look over more of the game as well as change your Nickname or language. And that’s all there is to it. Once you have the hang of things, Fire Emblem Heroes is pretty simple. Now it’s time to get your ideal team ready, send them into battle, and earn more Orbs so you can collect the Heroes you really want.
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