Heroes: Incoming Genealogy of the Holy War Banner and Julius GHB

Surprises await Summoners in this month’s big Fire Emblem Heroes Banner reveal.

The New Heroes (Genealogy) Banner hits the deck, along with the new Hellfire story chapter (and assumed quests for valuable orbs) on May 10th at 12a PT.

These three heroes are going to stick around, much like other non-seasonal Heroes, so if you miss your chance to snag them this time around, you’ll be sure to have another chance in the future. Fans of the Japanese version can enjoy that trailer here.

Of course there’s more news than just this. On May 14, Summoners can expect to engage in a new Grand Hero Battle, featuring Julius: Scion of Darkness. For fans unfamiliar, Julius serves as the primary antagonist of Fire Emblem Genealogy of the Holy War, and wields the Loptyr tome.

For more details on the new summonable units and their skills, click Read More.

Ares: Black Knight, a Sword Cavalry.

  • Dark Mystletainn | 16 Mt | 1 Rng
    • Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1).
    • If Special triggers before or during combat, grants Special cooldown count -2 after combat.
  • Draconic Aura (S)
  • Brazen Atk/Def 3 (A)
    • At start of combat, if unit’s HP <=  80%, grants Atk/Def +7 during combat.
  • Seal Def/Res 2 (B)
    • Inflicts Def/Res -5 on foe through its next action after combat.

Lene, Yearning Dancer, a Sword Infantry [Dancer].

  • Safeguard+ | 14 Mt | 1 Rng
    • If foe initiates combat, grants Def+ 7 during combat.
  • Dance (S)
  • Firestorm Dance 2 (B)
    • If Sing or Dance is used, grants Atk/Spd+ 3 to target.
  • Sword Valor 3 (C)

Ishtar, Thunder Goddess, a Blue Tome Infantry.

  • Mjolnir | 14 Mt | 2 Rng
    • Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1).
    • If unit initiates combat, grants Spd+ 6 during combat.
  • Moonbow (S)
  • Swift Sparrow 2 (A)
  • Vantage 3 (B)
  • Odd Atk Wave 3 (C)
    • At start of odd-numbered turns, grants Atk+6 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn. (Bonus granted to unit even if no allies are adjacent).
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  • speedster

    Lene will probably get dropped. The theme of the banner isn’t special enough to keep them all 5* locked. No alts with super great skills or brave heroes (farfetched are also considered brave heroes according to the paralogue, if you don’t believe me check out the first part of the farfetched paralogue). Sword valor isn’t that precious anymore as we’ve got blessings and double SP weekends

  • Kneekicker

    I would’ve preferred more Jugdral parents rather than children given how recent Leif and Nanna are, but getting more Jugdral characters is always a good occasion so I don’t mind too much.

    Still, I never thought Lene would make it into the game quicker than her mom or even her fellow 2nd gen units given her relative lack of popularity.

    • speedster

      Dancers are probably in high demand. Also, you can’t have Ares without Lene or her substitute, but something tells me they’ll skip the substitutes

      • Zog58

        I think your logic is sound there. Leen’s existence makes up a huge part of Ares role in the plot, as well as recruitment, so it’s no wonder they added her. More Jugdral is always welcome. Just excited to see what they do with Shannan, he better make Ayra look at least somewhat worse lol.

        • Kurono

          Screw Shannan, i want Shannam!

  • Zog58

    Good banner, doesn’t last long but adds cool new skills without the powercreep being excessive. Yes, Ares and Ishtar are good, but there are plenty of other good Sword cavs and Blue infantry mages. Their weapons stay decently faithful, though if Mjolner gives that much speed, wtf will Forseti do lol.

  • Suicunesol

    AWWW YISSS!!! Got 130 orbs ready for dis.

    Love the unit selection this time. Only thing that would make it better is Sety.

  • MetalGear Lamia

    Leen looking so bae love it! Ishtar looks great so far worthy pulls for me!

  • Sentinel

    Honestly, all units look great. I don’t care for Olivia, so having Lene as a sword dancer would be nice. Ares looks like an upgrade over his dad.

    And Ishtar…has a totally broken moveset, as most probably expected. 😀

  • Sisyphe

    Eldigan will get Ares’ upgrade then. Don’t know if that will save him. I’d probably use him as fodder if he had anything worthwhile.

    • Laggalot101

      Well, getting to launch a Bonfire in every combat (or maybe even an Ignis every combat, if you can set it up) after the first trigger, that could be a pretty big deal. That’s essentially -3 to special charge after every combat after triggering the special once.

      • Sisyphe

        Hmm yeah. I guess it would be a matter of activating it first. I use QR and Bonfire on mine, which would have him proc it in the first round of combat, but if ine could make Vantage work, then units would be forced to eat a Bonfire no matter what. That probably won’t kill bulkier units since his ATK stat isn’t great (and mine is -ATK besides). I saw Ignis and Wrath, but Wrath isn’t available for me. Regardless, while all this might make Ares pretty good, I’m not sure it’s going to distinguish Eldigan enough to get him out of the depths of my bench.

  • 3-13 Archer

    OH MY GOD, YES! Now we have all of Arvis’s spawns. But I thougth that Julius would be a summon to make him more powerful and Ishtar would be the GHB. Whatever, I think I’m pulling.

  • 100%B-Type

    Lene looks really good~ Also is that Surtr as Infantry on the map?

  • Big Klingy

    Why no Ced…. (this is still good though)

  • Diovani Estivalet

    I expect Ares to be like his father. Well… at least we now know the true identity of Black Knight.

    Looks like someone can receive a weapon evolution now. Eldigan enter to the list, alongside Chrom and Brave Lyn.

    Lene looks to be a better version of Olivia. Safeguard is a really good weapon, being the DEF version of Berkut Lance. Having Firestorm Dance and Sword Valor makes her very useful for training. This makes me want Olivia to receive Olivia’s Blade as her
    exclusive weapon. Another dance who should receive a exclusive weapon is Azura (Blessed Lance). Also, why we only have
    Sword Valor in the summoning pool?

    Ishtar is a monster! Having, in odd-numbered turns, +10 Atk/Spd during combat is awesome. I believe she will have between 30 and 35 spd. Atk Wave can be useful for Blade Tome users, and because of the name I expect Even Wave skills too.

    It’s hard to say if we will have a unit demoted from this banner. Lene is a possibility, but her base skill set is good. We need to see her stats…

    I don’t know what to expect for Julius. In Genealogy of Holy War, Loptyr “adds a bonus of +5 Res to its user and halves enemy attack
    before defense-related stats are applied”. Loptyr in Heroes can be: “Grants Res+3. Reduces damage from foe’s first attack by 50% (or 30%)”.

    He know Surtr Jr. is a Axe unit. I believe he will be a infantry unit, so he will have something different from his father.

    Also, having skill for odd-numbered and even-numbered turns make beast units like Kaden and Keaton near to reality (Evenhanded, Even Better, Odd Shaped and Better Odds).

    And thanks Naga, we don’t have alternative versions in this banner.

    Edit: Sorry for the text. I am only expressing my thoughts.

    • Technically, Mystletainn already has a special upgrade, so this should be interesting to see.

      • Diovani Estivalet

        That’s right.
        Ephraim’s Siegmund is another weapon that has a refinement (Hone Atk 3 and makes a guaranteed follow-up attack when initiates combat when HP>90%) and a evolution (Grants Atk+3 and makes a guaranteed follow-up attack if there are more foes and allies around him).
        I consider Flame Siegmund better than Normal Siegmund, and I think the same about Dark Mystletainn. I am not a huge fan of Fury, but I know it is good skill, so if IS decide to give Eldigan acess to Dark Mystletainn, I would give him his son’s weapon.

  • Thankfully I have some orbs over from my Spd Tactic endeavour. Will especially focus on Ares here. A bit disappointed there’s no Altenna in sight, though.

    On another note, my Sheema is finally +10. Took long enough, considering she was my second 5*.

  • O.H. X-1990

    Forget it, I refused to get trolled on this new Banner, I’ve suffered enough from the Legendary Hero Banner, and Performing Arts Inigo is where I draw the line (along with that old coot Wrys who ruined everything)!

    As for the new “Hellfire” story chapter? I’m looking forward to kill that evil bastard Surtr once and for all, he will pay for ruining my only chance of getting a free Gunnthra! Surtr, you’re DEAD!

  • mrkisukes

    Looks like another skip for me, I’m sure they’re all going to be great units, but I don’t care much for Genealogy. I’m glad though to see them add another dancer into the normal summon pool, especially with Lene looking to be the obvious 4* demotion choice.

  • ronin4life

    It’s good that all the games are getting reps but in the west most players haven’t experienced these Japan only games and couldn’t care less about these banners. I am one of those people.

    They need more banners and more low level characters in general at this point. A sort of reset of the star pools with new Beast folk units and several 3-4 star additions would have been great a month ago but now everything is getting stretched so thin with this cookie cutter approach to releasing small crumbs of only the most “important” characters from the most obscure games in the series.

    • mrkisukes

      It certainly also doesn’t help that most of the characters from the Shouzou Kaga era of FE didn’t have a lot of characterization if any since support conversations didn’t exist prior to FE6…which even then it took until FE7 for them to hit their stride in that regard.

      I do agree too that we need more characters getting added to the 3/4* pool, perhaps what they could do is go through all the games that didn’t get reps in Vanilla FEH and add in mass a bunch of the less important characters and give them the same BST and skill distributions treatment as characters like Cordelia, Laslow, or Bartre. They can still continue with these big important banners, but they could use these mass addition banners also and promote these units in a similar fashion to the fodder banners.

    • Semi Colon Parenthesis

      I mean no one really cared about Reinhardt, Ayra, etc. till Heroes. Bar of course the people who played FE 4. However, I agree with the fact it’s kinda dumb they’re often making these characters 5*. Also, in a way, it’s sort of a shame their reputation might boil down to “they were op in heroes”. Maybe even “they used to be op in heroes”.

      • nate

        Reinhardt was in 5 not 4

  • Kurono

    I know this is nothing related to this news but… Yato upgrade is kinda… Disappointing, i know, it’s based on his personal skill from fates, but it’s situational at best, i think Marth is still the Drive king here.
    They probably waiting for Legendary Corrin to give us the Omega Yato, but probably L!Corrin will be an F!Corrin alt so… RIP in peperoni corn boy, you have my condolences.

  • Sara Jaye

    I feel very validated that Lene gets a spot in Heroes after being bashed by Laylea fans for so long. 😀 And I have a ton of blue mages but I still want Ishtar badly.