Echoes: English Official Site Renewal + DLC Plans

Following yesterday’s DLC details for the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the updated English official website has delivered plans for DLC in the West.

First, let’s start with the good news. After the disappointing way that Fates’s DLC “ended”, it appears we’ll be receiving all 22 DLC that Japan is getting. This even extends to the Cipher collaboration DLC, which is very surprising.

(While the North American website hasn’t revealed that the Cipher DLC is coming, the UK/European website is a lot more open about it.)

The bad news is that the DLC isn’t… cheap, but we suspect most of you expected that much. That said, if you want to save money, there will be season pass that costs 44.99 USD/63.49 CAD/39.99 GBP/44.99 EUR, saving you 30%.

Fortunately, there will be weekly free DLC in the form of “Mila’s Bounty”, which provide access to rare and exclusive items.

Anyway, we already covered the DLC in depth not long ago, but if you’re interested to see how it compares to the Japanese DLC, carry on reading!

Note: Individual prices for UK/Europe are not currently available.

DLC Pack 1: Fledgling Warriors (from launch)

Contains three sets of DLCs to give players a helping hand during the early stages of the game. Known as “Fighters’ Journey” in Japan.

Bundle Price: 7.99 USD/11.29 CAD/7.19 GBP/7.99 EUR

The Astral Temple

Reward: Items
Difficulty: Easy
Type: Dungeon
Price: 3.99 USD/5.69 CAD

In this brand new dungeon modeled after the Fane of Raman, you can find a wealth of random items, including rare Star Shards.

Band of Bandages

Reward: Experience
Difficulty: Easy
Type: Map
Price: 2.99 USD/4.29 CAD

The obligatory grinding map that’s full of Revenants and Entombed.

Wretches and Riches

Reward: Gold
Difficulty: Easy
Type: Map
Price: 2.99 USD/4.29 CAD

The “reward” description is a little misleading. In this map, you can farm Silver Marks, which are used for forging weapons.

DLC Pack 2: Undaunted Heroes (from 25th May 2017)

The second pack is geared towards players who have reached the later half of the game. Known as “Heroes’ Challenge” in Japan.

Bundle price: 9.99 USD/14.09 CAD/8.99 GBP/9.99 EUR

Wealth Before Health

Reward: Gold
Difficulty: Hard
Type: Map
Price: 3.99 USD/5.69 CAD

The upgraded version of “Wretches and Riches”. Here, you can find Silver Marks and Golden Marks–the latter are used for advanced forges.

Inner Sanctum

Reward: Items
Difficulty: Hard
Type: Dungeon
Price: 3.99 USD/5.69 CAD

The upgraded version of “The Astral Temple”. The enemies are tougher, but you can find rarer items more easily. If you’re really lucky, you can even bag the Three Regalia and Astral, Sol and Luna!

Also, if you acquire all 12 Star Shards and a Black Pearl, you can make a Starsphere, which boosts all growths by 30% (Res by 5%).

Lords of the Grave

Reward: Experience
Difficulty: Hard
Type: Map
Price: 3.99 USD/5.69 CAD

The final form of “Band of Bandages”. In this map, you can encounter even stronger Terrors that yield a lot more experience.

DLC Pack 3: Lost Altars (from 25th May 2017)

Known as “Sealed Altar” in Japan, the third pack includes 10 new ultimate classes accessible to units who have reached Level 20 in their final class.

Bundle price: 14.99 USD/21.19 CAD/13.49 GBP/14.99 EUR

Reward: Exclusive class
Type: Dungeon
Price: 1.99 USD/2.89 CAD each

(By the way, the “dungeon” is just a small room.)

 

Altar of the Destrier enables access to the Gold Knight’s ultimate class.

Altar of the Titan enables access to the Baron’s ultimate class.

Altar of the Skylord enables access to the Falcon Knight’s ultimate class.

Altar of the Sorceress enables access to the Priestess’s ultimate class.

Altar of the Faerie enables access to the Saint’s ultimate class.

Altar of the Ogre enables access to the Dread Fighters ultimate class.

Altar of the Marksman enables access to the Bow Knight’s ultimate class.

Altar of the Savant enables access to the Sage’s ultimate class.

Altar of the King enables access to Alm’s ultimate class.

 

Altar of the Queen enables access to Celica’s ultimate class.

Like in the Japanese version, the name of the altar doesn’t necessarily correspond to the name of the ultimate class. The trailer confirms that Spartan is the same, but the ultimate Falcon Knight is a Harrier and the ultimate Dread Fighter is (still) a Yaksha.

DLC Pack 4: Rise of the Deliverance (from 1st June 2017)

Four maps that tell the story of the Deliverance before Alm’s adventure begins. Known as “Prelude of the Deliverance” in Japan.

Bundle price: 12.99 USD/18.39 CAD/11.69 GBP/12.99 EUR

Battle of Zofia Harbour

 

Reward: Story
Type: Map
Difficulty: Medium
Price: 3.99 USD/5.69 CAD

The first prologue features Clive and Fernand trying to rescue their allies in Zofia Harbour. Includes two new memory shards and Fernand’s Lance.

Outpost Rescue

  

Reward: Story
Type: Map
Difficulty: Medium
Price: 3.99 USD/5.69 CAD

The second prologue sees Lukas, Forsyth and Python facing a crisis at the Southern Outpost. Includes two new support conversations and Python’s Bow.

Flight from the Ruins

Reward: Story
Type: Map
Difficulty: Medium
Price: 3.99 USD/5.69 CAD

In the third prologue, Clair and Mathilda infiltrate an ancient ruin in search of a magic-nullifying ring. Includes a new support conversation, memory shard and Clair’s Lance.

Siege of Zofia Castle

Reward: Story
Type: Map
Difficulty: Medium
Price: 3.99 USD/5.69 CAD

The final prologue bears witness to Clive and the Deliverance’s decisive battle with Desaix’s troops. Includes two new support conversations, Clive’s Lance and Lukas’s Shield.

DLC Pack 5: Cipher Companions (release TBA)

The final DLC pack includes two pieces of content that lets you recruit new heroes from the Japanese-only Cipher card game. Signs point to the four mascots–Emma, Shade, Yuzu and Lando–being playable. (Ema and Shade are all but confirmed.)

Bundle price: 4.49 GBP/4.99 EUR

To finish off, it’s interesting to see that Japan and the West will be receiving the Sealed/Lost Altars Pack at roughly the same time (24th May versus 25th May).

Of course, the biggest surprise is the Cipher DLC coming westward, especially given the lack of context–and the fact that Fates’s Cipher-related DLC never made it out of Japan.

Although this is hardly a sign that the Cipher card game itself is coming to the West, it’s very promising to see Nintendo of America/Europe embrace Japanese-only content. Plus if we keep pestering them about Cipher, maybe we can make a difference!

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  • MetalGear Lamia

    So the cipher characters ARE coming funny that it was never explained in the NA video but on a Europe site I’m not surprised even though their not bringing the TCG over it make sense that original characters should come playable so I’m happy!

  • Laggalot

    So much DLC, my god. If the season pass is 45 Euro’s and saves 30%, then that means the total of it if it were bought individually is about 64 Euro’s. And indeed, it contains exclusive items, classes, convenience maps and even story and character development. All locked behind paywalls, and the game only just released in Japan, and isn’t even out here yet. I cannot accurately put into words how much I hate what they’re doing here. Of course I have no real proof of this, but I’m convinced much if not all of the DLC was already done by the time the game released in Japan. I said it before and I will keep saying it, I do not trust IS with DLC.

    • Don’t forget the Cipher DLC, which is 2-4 exclusive characters unobtainable otherwise. Admittedly, they probably won’t have anything like Support Conversations, but still.

  • I’ll be getting this. I felt the DLC in Fates was overkill, considering the game was already pretty much three full adventures. I didn’t bother with any DLC or paralogues by the time I hit Revelations. But since Echoes is more compact, I have a feeling this bonus content will be more fun.

    • SomeUser

      Oh it will be <3

  • What the hell even are these prices. Yes, I get that these cost money to make, but this is beyond pushing it.
    Seriously, $45 for a dlc collection is too much for a $40 game, and that’s WITH THE DISCOUNT INCLUDED.

  • CombatMagi

    I’ll see how the game is but im thinking I’ll probably getting only bundle one and the cipher characters…..maybe the Spartan class just for the sheer randomness.

    • Picking and choosing is likely the best way to go here. I’ll get the pass since I’ve got a bunch of eShop credit ready to go, but would buy it even if that weren’t the case. Some dudes spend $45 on a round of golf…I play Fire Emblem. You can bet I wouldn’t be tossing this kind of money at my kids, though, if they wanted all of this.

  • MetalGear Lamia

    I definitely see why people are upset this DLC is very expensive for a remake game too much especially for the ultimate class one together.

    • Kirby 1313

      I really hate that the ultimate classes aren’t a dollar a piece. At least make them more interesting or intricate (I really wanted an elephant)!

      • Ember Hermin

        Um, isn’t it two dollars for ALL the classes? Isn’t that a better deal?

        • Kirby 1313

          Look again, Ember… 14.99 for the bundle.

          • Ember Hermin

            Well this is why I’m wearing glasses
            Yeah I’m not buying that lol

          • Kirby 1313

            It really should be 2-4 total, though. Such a scam.

    • Ember Hermin

      Pointless? Exactly… it’s just extra stuff that you don’t need for the main game that you only have to buy if you want… funny how that works…

  • chris123sm

    Costs way too much, DLC shouldn’t cost more than the actual game itself especially for a reamke.

    • SomeUser

      What. Awakening and Fates’ dlc costed just as much if not more than 40 bucks. This is ridiculous.

      • MetalGear Lamia

        Uh……that was more worth than what Echoes is delivering..

        • Familyplayer

          As this dude says, the pace is causing many to think it’s a cash grab and that it’s content cut out to get money. I wouldn’t be suprised considering the industry these days.

        • SomeUser

          Yet you can buy the shit separately. Every single one of those has full voice acting, there’s backstory, new classes with new original animations, and new characters in pack 5. This is bullshit.

    • Ember Hermin

      Unless there is actually more DLC than the game itself..

      • ReyIvory IV

        plot twist; there isn’t… otherwise we are being lied to about this being a long game

  • Skorm94

    They are going a bit too ham with the dlc… Hope this isn’t a precedent for what’s to come….

    • Unfortunately, it definitely is.

  • Noktis Zariah

    Jesus

  • Buitronthecrazy .

    How does those “ultimate classes” look? Depending of that it may be the only DLC i get.

  • !!!CIPHER!!! PROOF THAT GOD ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS!
    Yes, yes, it’s not an official announcement for the internationalization for the TCG, but it still leads to more hopes, like the Ø4 going to Heroes and/or #WorldWideCipher, plus at this point I’ll take what I can get. However, NoA not mentioning Pack 5 has me a little worried – do they just really not like NoJ or something? They sure seem to skip out on giving us a bunch of stuff that Japan and sometimes even Europe gets an awful lot.
    As for the DLC itself, I don’t really see any reason to buy much of it besides Pack 5 assuming NoA doesn’t just decide to be idiotic and skip out on us. I mean, I’ll probably get maybe two or three of the Final Tier Class DLCs(Like Spartan for the Memes that are no doubt already rampant online) and one set of the Farming DLCs, but really, I’m pretty much mostly in it for da Shade. Besides, holy crap Nintendo, I’m already pumping a fat load of money into importing Cipher because you guys haven’t gotten around to actually giving it to us plus buying Echoes on its own, I ain’t got another $50 to blow on anything less than that Binding Blade remake you guys’ve owed us for freaking years.

  • TheBraveGallade

    Can we still get the festival dlc please? No? Goddamit.
    I mean thats the second best dlc after heirs of fate.