Heroes: Mage Gauntlet Info, Arena Update, & EXP Event in 1.3.0 Update

A new update (1.3.0) is available for Fire Emblem Heroes! It includes some changes to the game, as well as information about the upcoming Voting Gauntlet and an event. Heroes will prompt you to download the update when you open the app.

The first thing you may notice upon logging into the game is a small pop-up featuring Feh, the owl, during loading. These little tips and tricks about the game will now display while loading Heroes.

Once the game has opened, you’ll see that the Hero Fest banners are gone, replaced with two new banners for the upcoming Mage Voting Gauntlet. The two banners feature the eight mages that will be competing in the Gauntlet. Spend your Orbs wisely to try and pull Julia, Linde, Tharja, Sanaki, Henry, Merric, Leo, or Robin!

The Gauntlet itself is scheduled to begin on Friday, 12 May. As previously noted, updates to the Gauntlet rules will give losing heroes a bit of an advantage. Hopefully this will result in more even battles between characters.

Further details about the update can be viewed within the Notification screen. Most importantly, big changes are coming to the Arena. Defensive Terrain maps, originally shown in the recent update video, will be included in the next arena season. Additionally, Bonus Heroes will now double Defense scores, not just Offense scores.

However the biggest changes affect Arena Rewards. Offensive and Defensive scores remain the same, but Rank Rewards will be changing to a tiered system. Click on the image below to view a larger version of the Rewards table.

Rewards will now be awarded based on Tier, rather than rank, and all players will earn a reward. In Tiers 4 and above, you can even earn Orbs in addition to Feathers! At the end of each season, players will be promoted or demoted based on their rank within their specific Tier. You will also only compete with other players in your Tier.

The Arena will re-open with the new rules tomorrow, 9 May at 8:00am UTC. All players will start within whichever Tier they had reached prior to the rule changes. Play your best to earn great rewards and keep moving up the Tiers!

Also within the update are changes to the Eight and Ninth Strata in the Training Tower. Enemy levels and maps at these levels have been adjusted. Additionally, a minor update gives players the capability to sort units by Hero Merit and SP, and also corrects a minor bug regarding “!” not appearing for special maps in certain occasions.

Finally, Heroes is giving players a bit of a boost to celebrate this new update! For a short period of time, players can enjoy earning 1.5x EXP in all battles. The daily Special Log-In Bonus of 2 Orbs has been extended as well.

Both the EXP event and the daily Orbs are scheduled to end on 15 May at 7:59am UTC. This is the same time that the World of Radiance Summoning Event is scheduled to end, so we will likely get a new main banner and events at that time.

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  • Diovani Estivalet

    I do not know if someone else noticed it, but Mae will be one of the new heroes in the next Echoes Banner. So, Celica and Mae confirmed.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/855d8d309d578c16948586321e75252483cf781f583def008600684931c830e6.png

    • O.H. X-1990

      Well, gee, I wonder who the other two guys from Fire Emblem Echoes will it be?

      • Diovani Estivalet

        For now, we have Celica, which is a red unit (but we do not know if she is a sword or a tome user), and Mae is a Mage but she can be a red tome (fire) or a blue tome (thunder) user. I do not think Boey will appear. Maybe Saber, Conrad or Valbar. In my opinion, if we got Faye in Alm banner, we will have Conrad in Celica Banner.

        • Aveyn Knight

          Saber and Valbar are the safest bets. There’s actually a secret pattern that hints at those two specifically, but I won’t mention it in case it’s wrong XD

          If so, we will probably end up with with Red Celica, Blue Mae (Thunder and Aura?), Red Saber and Blue Valbar. Unless they go creative and decide to give Valbar axes.

          • Diovani Estivalet

            Yes… Celica, Mae, Saber and Valbar are a good team for a banner. They could make a colorless unit too, with Leon or Genny.

          • Joseph Rogers

            Another one that could is Celica, Mae, Conrad, and Valbar. I say Conrad specifically because Faye – a unit not in the original Gaiden but in Echoes – was in Alm’s banner, so I think it would be safe to assume that Conrad – a unit not in the original Gaiden but in Echoes – would be in Celica’s banner.

        • MetalGear Lamia

          She very likely swords she has her own sword now for guys Its likely Valbar and Saber.

      • Diovani Estivalet

        Ok, I was wrong… Celica, Boey, Mae and Genny are a the heroes of the new banner. 3 Mages and a healer.

        • O.H. X-1990

          And not to mention “3 girls and one guy”.

  • Familyplayer

    Tharja in the new voting gauntlet? Three guesses on who will win…

    • yop

      Wrys is in the mage gautlet right? I’m sure he will win 😉

      • Familyplayer

        If only. His OP God powers would conquer all. Nintendo will make the winner obvious, but they would never make it as obvious as to put Wrys in.

      • O.H. X-1990

        Uh, mindless kid, this Gauntlet is for the mages, not for healers, so that old coot Wrys is disqualified. Too bad for you, mindless kid, Tharja is sure to win.

        • Familyplayer

          The joke>your head. Not that I blame you really.

        • yop

          lols made me think of those 90’s toys r us commercials cuz u calling me a kid so much. if that 1990 is ur birth year im older than u

          • O.H. X-1990

            You don’t look older than me, you poor misguided childish troll, that’s why you failed this argument. Wrys is disqualified, and you know it. You lose. Ha ha ha.

          • Joseph Rogers

            Wooooow. Dude. The joke that Wrys is OP mega god is a mini meme from Sagemaster15, or Sages. He once upped a Wrys to 5 stars for comedic effect. Also went into Arena matches with 4 Wrys and actually won three matches.

          • Caffeine Stalker

            Wrys gets a free retry actually, we’ll see what’s next.

      • Joseph Rogers

        Nice reference to Sages.

    • Aveyn Knight

      I feel a bit dirty supporting Tharja. In the previous two gauntlets, I always sided with the underdogs.

    • Kazuya

      It’s funny that IS is putting all these fan service sluts up with actual good characters and the horrible ones still win.

    • Paulo Cesar

      More or less is decided, only Robin can have any real chance of winning but that is thanks to the new rules, at least I hope if Robin beat my team #Team Leon.

  • O.H. X-1990

    A new banner and events? Yeah, we all know that it’s going to be Celica, Mae, and probably the other two guys from Fire Emblem Echoes, guaranteed. Well, then I guess I better save those Orbs for that next main banner, and I’m gonna say goodbye to Ike and the others from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. …Goddammit!

  • Kazuya

    Has anyone datamined yet?

  • Laggalot

    Welp, Sanaki is the only one I have at 5 star and level 40 among these.

  • Kaydh

    I really want to support Julia, but i don’t have her. I guess it’s either Robin or Merric.

    • CombatMagi

      Do you get a bonus if you have the unit or something?

      • Aveyn Knight

        Yeah, it’s pretty small though. I didn’t have any bonus units for the Fliers Gauntlet, but I did fine score-wise.