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Heroes: Tempest Trials+: Thunder’s Fist Now Live!

Another Tempest has arrived in Fire Emblem Heroes! Ready your units and prepare to tackle Tempest Trials+: Thunder’s Fist in the Events menu.

“Marth” and Leif, lords of two different but connected worlds, discuss the coming storm. “Marth” is certain of Leif’s success based on Jugrdali historical records, but Leif isn’t so confident…

As the first Tempest Trials+, this event’s structure is a bit different from previous versions. All bonus allies now provide a 40% bonus to your score. The game will also automatically suggest a difficulty level for you based on the strength of your units. The final map features Reinhardt as a boss and is based on Thracia 776‘s chapter 22, the same chapter you actually fight Reinhardt in game.

Additionally, the event will last for only 10 days, and uses the rewards structure of the Mini Tempest Trials, capping at 50,000 points. Here’s a look at the reward highlights:

  • Units: 4★ Finn at 1,000 and 5★ Finn at 15,000.
  • Sacred Seals: Seal Spd 1 at 6,000, Fortress Def 1 at 10,000, and Drive Atk 1 at 20,000.
  • Earth Blessing at 12,500
  • Orbs, Hero Feathers, Sacred Coins, Shards, and Crystals galore!

Tempest Trials+: Thunder’s Fist will fade away into the mists on Tuesday, 1 May.

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Feature: Analysing Fire Emblem’s Numbering System

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the Fire Emblem series!

For this occasion, I’d like to discuss something that many Fire Emblem fans know and take for granted: the Fire Emblem games’ numbering system.

I imagine most of you reading this probably know the numbers like the back of your hand. But just for reference, this is how we usually number the Fire Emblem games:

Number English Title
1 Shadow Dragon and Blade of Light
2 Gaiden
3 Mystery of the Emblem
4 Genealogy of the Holy War
5 Thracia 776
6 Binding Blade
7 Blazing Blade
8 The Sacred Stones
9 Path of Radiance
10 Radiant Dawn
11 Shadow Dragon
12 New Mystery of the Emblem
13 Awakening
14 Fates
15 Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

Note: Only the mainline Fire Emblem games are numbered. Spin-offs like Heroes and Warriors are not given numbers.

For us fans, referring to each game using numbers is very natural. Eg. if I said “FE6”, you probably know that I’m talking about Binding Blade. Yet for those observing from afar, or those new to the series, this system can seem a bit strange.

The main reason for this is of course because, officially, none of the Fire Emblem games are numbered. Unlike, say, Final Fantasy, where the latest Final Fantasy is explicitly titled “Final Fantasy XV [15]”. The numbering system is purely something we fans created.

Birth of the Numbering System

Some may ask: why exactly do Fire Emblem fans refer to the games by number?

The short answer, it seems, is because of a combination of tradition and convenience.

As for the long answer, we’ll need to travel back in time towards the early days of the Fire Emblem series and its then-developing fan community.

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Heroes: Movement Type Quests Now Available!

Prepare your stamina pots and warm up your emblem teams; it’s time for some new quests in Fire Emblem Heroes! Check out the latest Movement Type Quests in the Quests & Missions menu.

These quests require you to complete various objectives using heroes of a certain movement type: Infantry, Armored, Cavalry, or Flier. You can earn up to four Orbs and also Hero Feathers, Great Badges, and more!

The Movement Type Quests will be available for two weeks, ending on 3 May at 6:59am UTC.

Additionally, the first ever Grand Conquests event is now over! Make sure to pick up your final rewards from the event screen.

Finally, the game acknowledged an error with Grand Hero Battle: Saias. The title of the map is listed as “Reward Map” instead of using his title, like other GHBs. The image will not be updated, but Heroes admits that the naming issue was an error.

Cipher Series 13 Introduction & Pre-Orders

With S12’s release a few weeks back, it’s time to turn our attention to the next Fire Emblem Cipher installment. Cipher Series 13 will release in about two months on 28 June. It’s already shaping up to be an exciting set, so let’s take a look at what it has in store!

S13’s main focus is on Blazing Sword. Much of the set, and also a new Structured Deck, will feature characters from this game. The remaining cards will be split between Shadow Dragon and Fire Emblem Heroes. Head down below for a further look at news and art for the set, as well as pre-order links.

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