Cipher S20 Weekly Recap: Daily Reveals & Byleth Magazine Promo Sneak Peek!

Welcome to a new installment of our weekly recap series of Series 20 of Fire Emblem Cipher, the Japanese trading card game. Launching as a new booster dubbed The Guiding Hand of Dawn, this set features characters from Fates, Path of Radiance, and Radiant Dawn.

In the weeks leading up to its March 19th release, the official Twitter account, @FEcipher, is revealing the latest cards each weekday, and we’ll be looking over them together as an overview of what’s to come!

The first day introduced new cards of Forrest, fashioning himself as both a Spear Fighter and Basara. He’s another one of the various Fates characters appearing this set who represents the theme of a unified Hoshido and Nohr.

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Heroes: A Hero Rises 2020 Voting Gauntlet has begun! Winner will be distributed to all players!

Today’s FE Heroes update brings with it the beginning of probably the most important event in Heroes to date, A Hero Rises 2020 Finals Voting Gauntlet, where a copy of the winner will be gifted to every player!

The eight contenders are the top eight of the AHR2020: Mythic Altina, New Year’s Alfonse & Sharena, Mythic Sothis, Legendary Leif, Winter Sothis, Legendary Azura, Legendary Alm, and Edelgard. Also, there is no 1.1x bonus for using the same unit as the army you have joined. So, fight for who you want in your barracks!

The event is already underway and will come to an end on the 5th of March 3:59am UTC. If you’re like me and haven’t felt particularly inspired by Voting Gauntlet events for a while and cared more about the feathers they pump out, maybe these stakes will rekindle that flame.

Also today, there is information on the next version update that lands early March.

The update includes news on the Compile Combat Manual feature, the next batch of Heroes to receive new weapons and/or refines, Aether Raids and Aether Resort updates, additional Heroes added via Heroic Grails, amongst other things. Click on “Read more” below to see what’s coming.

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Heroes: Legendary Chrom banner and Legendary Hero Battle are now live!

Today’s FE Heroes update includes the release of the latest Legendary Hero, Chrom: Crowned Exalt, along with a new Legendary Hero Battle.

You can earn a golden variant of the Wings of Darkness for completing the Abyssal difficulty, so maybe that will push you into making an effort to beat it.

If you want to see what other Heroes are available with this banner, you can read our previous news post here.

The LHB and banner will come to a close on the 5th of March 6:59am UTC.

Heroes: Legendary Hero Chrom video drops, kicks off February 27.

I sure wasn’t expecting to see Chrom in the Legendary Hero bracket, but it looks like he got his chance today, in the next Legendary Hero banner as Chrom: Crowned Exalt.

Chrom himself follows in his Legendary daughter’s footsteps as a Blue Infantry archer, but this time is of the Water blessing, has Pair Up potential and brings the Duel bonus (what the BST rating is, has not yet been confirmed). His skills are definitely geared towards either just dealing immense amounts of damage, not taking too much physical damage, and with his unusual Assist skill, has a combo once-per-turn Reposition/Dance/Rally Atk+ all in one (with a drawback to balance it out). His setup includes the following:

  • Voice: Matt Mercer | Art: Hino Shinnosuke
  • Randgridr
    • 14 Mt | 2 Rng
    • Effective vs Armors
    • Effective vs Fliers
    • Grants Atk +3.
    • If foe’s HP = 100% at start of combat, neutralizes penalties on unit and inflicts Atk/Def -6 on foe during combat.
  • To Change Fate! (Assist)
    • Moves target ally to opposite side of unit and grants another action to unit.
    • Grants Atk +6 to unit and Pair Up cohort (if any) for 1 turn.
    • Inflicts [Isolation] on unit and Pair Up cohort (if any) through their next action.
      • [Isolation] Target cannot use or be the target of Assist skills through its next action (Sing, Dance, Harsh Command+, Restore, etc.)
      • (Does not stack)
  • Close Counter (A)
  • Lull Atk/Def 3 (B)
  • Rouse Def/Res 3 (C)

Of course, Legendary Hero banners always include friends at an 8% focused summoning rate. This time, Chrom’s crew includes:

  • Blue
    • Azura (Legendary)
    • Julia (Legendary
  • Colorless
    • Alm (Legendary)
    • Corrin (Fallen)
    • Duma
  • Green
    • Gerik
    • Gunnthra
    • Lyn (Legendary)
  • Red
    • Eirika (Legendary)
    • Phina
    • Sothis

 

Personally, I’m going to try to use this as a chance to dive into the Colorless pool, because Alm and Corrin are pretty intense units.

This Legendary Heroes banner runs for a week, from February 27 until March 3, so if you’re after any of these Heroes, or want a beefy Blue archer, now’s a great chance!