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Heroes Opinion: Ayra Sets a Dangerous Precedent

This week in Fire Emblem Heroes was like any other. A new summoning event started, this time introducing heroes from the fan-favourite Genealogy of the Holy War–and fans were generally excited to see what was coming next.


Ayra from the story mode.

Today this excitement was mercilessly dashed for many, ironically by a very surprising and unprecedented move. A new Tempest Trials based on Holy War was teased, which was expected. The kicker: the summoning event released alongside it included a brand new and sought-after hero, Ayra: Astra’s Wielder.

Almost immediately, the Heroes community was flooded with disappointed and angry players. Previously, many of these same players openly praised the developers for making Heroes an enjoyable experience that’s friendly to non-spenders, a sentiment I share as well. So how did things end up this way and why the extreme reactions?

First of all, Ayra is a hugely popular character in some circles, being a strong and likable character from a well-liked game. She is essentially the progenitor of the badass and powerful swordswoman character found in later games. That said, although her popularity undeniably had an influence, worryingly, it is the least of the concerns.

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Heroes: Tempest Trials: Genealogy of Light Summoning Focus & Preview!

Get ready for another Tempest Trials in Fire Emblem Heroes! The Tempest Trials: Genealogy of Light Summoning Focus is now live for players to prepare for the upcoming event. As expected, it features characters from Genealogy of the Holy War, including a completely new character: 5★ Ayra! You can also summon 5★ versions of Eldigan and Lachesis.

All three focus characters will be Bonus Allies in the next Tempest Trials, Ayra at 40% and Eldigan and Lachesis at 20%. The remaining three 40% allies are Sigurd, Deirdre, and Tailtiu, all of which are available in the current World of Holy War banner. The other two 20% allies are Arvis, available in the current Grand Hero Battle, and Arden.

With Ayra revealed as a gacha character, it’s no surprise that Arden is the Tempest Trials character reward. You can get a 5★ version of him at 30,000 points, and presumably a 4★ at 6,000. The screenshot also reveals that Sacred Coins will be included as prizes as well.

Tempest Trials: Genealogy of Light begins on 23 October at 7:00am UTC and will run through 6 November.

Heroes: Grand Hero Battle: Arvis Now Available!

The latest Grand Hero Battle is now live in Fire Emblem Heroes! Prepare to face off against the mastermind behind the events of Genealogy of the Holy War in Grand Hero Battle: Arvis. Check out our earlier article for a look at his skills and the map in which you’ll face him.

As usual, you can fight Arvis’s GHB in a total of three difficulty modes: Hard, Lunatic, and Infernal. You can get up to three copies of him by completing all modes, one 3★ and two 4★. Enemy reinforcements will appear in all difficulties, so play carefully!

Grand Hero Battle: Arvis will be available until 26 October at 6:59am UTC. Do your best to add Arvis: Emperor of Flame to your army!

Warriors: Japanese Voice Pack at Launch + DLC Tidbits

Ahead of Fire Emblem Warriors‘s Western release on 20th October 2017, Nintendo of America has dropped a launch trailer including some neat tidbits about the upcoming DLC.

Each of the 3 DLC Packs (Fates, Shadow Dragon and Awakening) will contain the following:

  • Three new playable characters
  • Three new History scenarios
  • New weapons and costumes
  • New support conversations

That’s not all: a free Japanese voice pack will be available to download as soon as the game is released. So they delivered on their promise of dual audio after all!