Heroes: Bridal Bloom Banner Brings Three New Brides, And News of a New Marth?!

If you’ve been anticipating news on the incoming Bridal Banner, well you didn’t have to wait for long. We’ve just received the Special Heroes (Bridal Bloom) banner video, to give us the juicy details on the incoming wedding cravers.

The Special Heroes (Bridal Bloom) Banner comes in just a few days, bringing us three new brides (with some fancy never-before-seen skills), a series of Paralogue maps which will all feature some goodies and quests with which to reap rewards from, and news of one other special surprise unit Summoners have been waiting for…

 

That’s right! Marth: Altean Groom finally gets his day, as an Axe-wielding Cavalry unit, available as a reward through the next Tempest Trials+ event, slated to begin on May 25. If you aren’t sure where the inspiration for this variant of Marth comes from, look no further than the DLC for Koei-Tecmo’s Fire Emblem Warriors, which featured Marth in his slick new suit for players to enjoy.

Special Heroes (Bridal Bloom) kicks off on May 21, and will remain active for one month, until June 20, so Summoners, you’ve got plenty of time to save up those orbs and try to get a bride of your own, if you so desire.

For more details on the new summonable units and their skills, click Read More (No details are out on Marth yet, aside from his sprite).

Ninian: Bright-Eyed Beauty, a Blue Tome Flier [Dancer].

  • Fresh Bouquet+ | 12 Mt | 2 Rng
    • At start of turn, if unit is adjacent to an ally, grants Spd+4 to unit and adjacent allies for 1 turn.
  • Dance (Assist)
  • Chill Atk 3 (B)
    • At start of turn, inflicts Atk-7 on foe on the enemy team with the highest Atk through its next action.
  • Drive Spd 2 (C)

Sanaki, Apostle in White, a Green Tome Flier.

  • Nifl Frostflowers | 14 Mt | 2 Rng
    • Grants Atk+3.
    • During combat, boosts unit’s Atk/Spd by number of allies within 2 spaces x 2. (Maximum bonus of +6 to each stat.)
  • Draw Back (Assist)
  • Atk/Res Bond 3 (A)
    • If unit is adjacent to an ally, grants Atk/Res+5 during combat.
  • Def/Res Link 3 (B)
    • If a movement Assist skill (like Reposition, Shove, Pivot, etc.) is used by unit or targets unit, grants Def/Res+6 to unit and target ally or unit and targeting ally for 1 turn.

Tharja, Obsessive Bride, a Red Tome Infantry.

  • Múspell Fireposy | 14 Mt | 2 Rng
    • Grants Spd+3.
    • During combat, boosts unit’s Atk/Spd by number of allies within 2 spaces x 2. (Maximum bonus of +6 to each stat.)
  • Rally Atk/Spd (Assist)
  • Atk/Spd Bond 3 3 (A)
    • If unit is adjacent to an ally, grants Atk/Spd+5 during combat.
  • Spd Feint 3 (B)
    • If a Rally Assist skill is used by unit or targets unit, inflicts Spd-7 on foes in cardinal direction of unit through their next actions.

 

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  • Kenyowa

    Isn’t Sanaki only 13 by Radiant Dawn? Girl you are too young for this

    • 3-13 Archer

      And this version looks like her PoR self, so she’s actually 10. Oh gods…

      • Slixer

        psst you know even within the context of the game she isn’t getting married, she’s just dressing up in a wedding dress for a festival right?

        • MetalGear Lamia

          Unless FE16 is future Tellius a Sanaki returns and is marriagable lol(would S Rank in a heartbeat!)

          • I wouldn’t want current IS to touch anything relating to Tellius, be it remake or sequel. The S Supports need to be scrapped for FE16 as well.

    • Ember Hermin

      She’s also too young to lead an empire and experience combat

  • Morgan Rodgers

    Is there a mistake in Tharja’s skills? Her A skill should be Atk/Spd Bond?

  • Zog58

    Ninian looks pretty good, being able to support Flier Emblem even better than Airzura because she herself can use a bladetome. Her regular weapon also lets her run budget Hone Fliers if she uses Hone Atk in the seal slot, which is a neat alternative. Probably gonna pull for her, but will save some orbs to see who the Legendary Hero is first. I want more TT units, but we do have a month to get these ladies.

    Also, yeah Sanaki being here is kinda awkward. She’s only 13 in RD, I think that’s younger than Elize/Sakura in Fates. Finally, Tharja joins Chrom and Lyn in the multiple seasonals club. Just, please don’t make her a legendary hero IS, 3 versions is absolutely fine. She’s popular, but certainly not “legendary” enough.

    • Semi Colon Parenthesis

      Elise and Sakura’s ages aren’t stated, but I headcanon 14/15 respectively. My headcanon is a lot higher than other’s though.

    • sappybrenton

      don’t forget about Camilla and, Azura, they are part of that club too

      • Zog58

        Yep, you’re right. I prefer to forget Camilla though lol. Those two also probably shouldn’t be legendary, though I suppose Azura would fit better than others.

    • Slixer

      nah 4 of everyone at least, I want the Novelty of running entire teams of one person. Before you say “But Lyn has 5” thats because the first Lyn is pretty much garbage and needed a replacement 😀

  • Marine

    That Tharja is pretty dangerous. +3 Speed, ATK/SPD Bond 3, and clearly the ability to make flaming weapons out of too many different things; first a Candlestick and now a bouquet. I can’t say I can complain, now all three of my f!Robins can have girlfriends!

    Sanaki is only 10 (PoR)/13 (RD), though, so.. uhh, it’s really suspect that she’s in here?
    There’s so many better options if you wanted to rep PoR/RD, seriously. Lucia, Elincia, and Leanne all come to mind, but no, let’s pick the tiny child empress who’s really better off being a flowergirl than a bride.

    • speedster

      She could just be playing dress-up. We should consider all the possibilities before we start having a negative reaction

      • Slixer

        don’t be daft this is the internet and a fire emblem community, better to be as obnoxious and dickish as possible or else how will it finally get the rep of worse fandom going!

        • speedster

          Clearly you haven’t seen RPGmonger videos. Would suggest watching his content as he analyses the worst parts of every fandom. There’s a lot of shit he’s brought to people’s attention

          • Slixer

            he also hasn’t done a video on Fire Emblems racid community to my knowledge. Also he tends to overstate some problematic flaws to communities or just flat of accept anecdotes without actually checking. A good one is I think in one he states someone was given Cookies filled with Razor blades but then does actually check into it.

    • Diovani Estivalet

      Well, none of the last year brides are dressed to get marry. This is just a festival.

    • Ember Hermin

      Sanaki: “I’m just wearing this for the festival so don’t get any weird ideas”
      Everyone watching this: *gets weird ideas*

    • Ember Hermin

      Seriously, if you have a problem with a child wearing dressing up but not with a child being an empress, you’re a hypocrite.

  • Kneekicker

    Tharja isn’t all that special since my regular Tharja already has several merges on her, but that’s honestly not a bad kit on her. Sanaki has some really good player phase potential, so I’ll definitely be attempting to roll her so she can pair up with my Summer Corrin. Ninian’s pretty meh and I don’t see myself using her over NY Azura all that much. Marth is certainly a sight for sore eyes, though it’s a shame we couldn’t get the meme going on for a bit longer.

    Also, Sanaki’s presence isn’t all that disturbing, since the quotes from last year’s brides like Charlotte state that the girls are merely wistful for love and not in the process of actually getting married yet. Marriages arranged far in advance which typically aren’t consummated until both figures are of proper age were pretty common in real life among royals, so you can just assume Sanaki is setting up building blocks for a marriage in the distant future.

    • Marine

      See, I’d want to agree with that statement… but Sanaki not only stands out like a sore thumb from the others because of her age, but also because she doesn’t have any interest in romance whatsoever in her original games or characterization. She gets up to a lot of mischief, including invading a boat and setting her country’s own senators on fire, but never romance.

      The other two here already have pretty obvious interests in it, and along with the original 4 bride characters, all have a crush on someone and/or can end up romantically involved with someone in their potential endings. They’re all also adults or are at least a good bit older than Sanaki.

      It just seems incredibly odd to have Sanaki as a bride character when, if they wanted Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn representation, there are a lot of other options that make far more sense. Sanaki being a bride character is incredibly out of character for her (especially compared to Ninian and Tharja) and seems really suspect given her age.

      • 3-13 Archer

        Yeah, even Elincia would have fit better. Or just put characters that actually are related to marriage, like Pent & Louise, Clive & Mathilda or (no joke, really) Bartre, because he has Karla.

      • Sisyphe

        I think this is an excellent synopsis of why Sanaki’s inclusion raises eyebrows. But, to quote the oh so condescending comment below, it wouldn’t be the Fire Emblem community if they could discuss and process nuance. But I guess a lot of people don’t value characterization or care that including one character naturally excludes another one. There are indeed plenty of PoD/RD characters they might’ve chosen instead, though I personally would’ve loved to see Pent and Louise represented.

    • speedster

      To me it seems like she’s playing dress-up. Though her embarrassment might mean something differebt

      • Slixer

        seems like Lyn from last time she’s been tricked into it.

  • Kurono

    Hey, that’s great! I will still save my orbs!

  • . (Omega)

    Could they really not have made Sanaki look more like a flower girl?

    • Ember Hermin

      … Does whatever a flower girl wear really look that different from what a bride wears? I mean, she IS holding flowers.

      • speedster

        Flower girls hold baskets full of petals

  • Diovani Estivalet

    No Anna or a staff user? Meh.
    After watching the trailer, now I know I can keep my orbs for the Legendary Banner.

    Also, I know who I am gonna support in the next Voting Gauntlet: Altean Groom Marth!

  • Mason Klaus

    You know I don’t comment much on here but I just wanted to put in my two cents. Those saying Sanaki is too young need to remember that FEH is made in Japan where getting married at 13 is nothing out of the ordinary plus since Fire Emblem as a whole is based in fantasy medieval times 10 is no surprise either since back in those days kids were married then too. And I’d honestly say I’ll be going for Airnian and Airnaki though I may try for Tharja just to fodder her off for her good skills.

    • Sisyphe

      This doesn’t really follow though. First, I don’t understand why you’d mention getting married at 13 in Japan, because that certainly does not occur. Second, Fire Emblem is mostly high fantasy, and to that end, has generally avoid challenging modern norms with a more “medieval” interpretation. That are no intentional instances of child marriage in the series that I can think of, and it’s not even completely correct to say that people were married at 10 in our own middle ages. It might not raise eyebrows the way it would now, but it was certainly not commonplace (I concede arrangements may be in place by that age).

      • Mason Klaus

        Well I’ve only read that girls at the very least were married in Japan at 13. I’m no history buff so I might have read it wrong. As for Fire Emblem itself, thats what I meant by it being a medieval fantasy in that its more like our middle ages in real life than modern times, though I too will admit that for kids 10 and under were more likely to have marriages arranged for them than actually being married right away. Take this with a grain of salt but I think there are still some noble families that make arrange marriages between their kids when they’re still a little on the young side in today’s time though truthfully I doubt it but who knows.

        • Marine

          ITT: People defend actual Sanaki being dressed up as a bride by saying that historically, people could get married at 13.

          Just because it may have happened in history, and that “it’s fantasy”, doesn’t make it acceptable today in any sense.

          • Mason Klaus

            I’m not defending her being all dressed up in a wedding dress, just putting my two cents in. Besides its like someone else mentioned in that Sanaki likely got suckered into wearing one like Lyn did in last year’s bride banner, truthfully I think Tethis and Sigrun decided to be rather mischievous for some reason and play “let’s dress up Sanaki”, OOC I’ll admit but it wouldn’t surprise me if they see Sanaki as a kid sister of sorts as well as their boss.

            And you’re right, just cause being possibly married at 13 was acceptable in the medieval days doesn’t make it acceptable today but I never said it was right or acceptable.

          • Ember Hermin

            … It’s fiction.
            Please calm down.
            Child soldiers aren’t acceptable either, yet there are plenty of examples in Fire Emblem, Sanaki included. It’s also not acceptable for someone to become an empress at age 5 either, but that happened to her, too. So many people coming out of nowhere because they all of a sudden decided they aren’t okay with her doing adult things.
            Not to mention that historically, even when people were married this young, it was really just symbolic and went unconsummated for years. They may not have even lived together with their spouse, let alone shared a bedroom. And it’s not like she’s too young for romance, either.
            Plus, there’s nothing to defend. It’s just a damned dress. She’s not getting married. Being dressed up as a bride=/=being a bride. KIDS DRESS UP. IT’S FINE. And considering the clothes she normally wears, it’s not hard to imagine her being interested in trying on a fairy tale wedding dress.
            Who’s getting hurt in this situation? No one. Therefore, it’s perfectly fine. It’s a fictional character, and I’d honest to god prefer pedophiles get a healthy outlet in fiction than have them turn to real children because an oversensitive crowd insists on having all fiction been 100% free of anything that makes them uncomfortable.
            And as I’ve said before, it is really ironic that Sanaki said “don’t get any weird ideas” and that’s exactly what so many people did. It really says more about them then it does about the game developers.

  • MetalGear Lamia

    Now people can shut up about Marth….

    • Splatoo Blemier

      Agreed so much…

      • mrkisukes

        Nah, we needed a banner of all Marth alts to remedy this injustice lol…

      • MetalGear Lamia

        I see a blank spot under you don’t know who it is

  • MetalGear Lamia

    Sanaki and Tharja are my girls definitely going to try for them Ninian too!

    • Splatoo Blemier

      Those 2 are my favs too man of culture I see!

  • mrkisukes

    I want all 3…I didn’t get NY!Azura so BB!Ninian is definitely appealing for my Flyer team, Sanaki looks to have the least potential and it’ll depend entirely on her stat min-maxing, she’s definitely the one I’m least interested in. I can’t help but want Tharja perhaps the most so she can join the ranks of my other 2. At least we all get a free Marth alt out of this and he’ll surprisingly be my first good Axe Cav for me, I’m kind of surprised it took this long for me.

  • Fallen Crow

    Sanaki is a Q-TIP!!! Unfortunate that Sephiran couldn’t see her walk down the aisle when she came of age :[. (At least in some realities.)

  • ashlyn

    I’m honestly so happy that we got Tharja as a bride! She looks gorgeous! I am disappointed though that we didn’t get bridal Anna. But hey, we got groom Marth! That’s something to be happy about!

  • So am I the only one bothered by the fact they decided to go from 4 Focus Units to 3 this year? It’s starting to really bug me that they keep doing only three at a time, especially since the Easter Banner was 4 Focus Units for a second year and the Valentine’s Banner was 4 Focus Units plus a TT Reward, so it’s not like they couldn’t repeat the idea of either Banner. Also does anyone know if we’re getting a rerun of the old Bridal Banner in similar fashion to the Easter Banner? I’ll take Bridelia over any of these three.

    • superdawge

      Well now that free Tempest units are a thing, they want to keep that going, and having 5 units for a banner might be too much to ask for. I’m almost certain they’re do a rerun of last year’s banner, I’d be shocked if they didn’t in some compacity

      • The difficulty here is that we just got 5 new Units for the Valentine’s Event, 4 Banner Units and Valentine’s Eliwood. Honestly, there’s no reason for the Tempest Trials freebie to match up with the Banner if you can just put that Unit on the Banner itself. They couldn’t do that with Eliwood because bar the Legendary and 4S Focus Banners they refuse to put more than 4 Focus Units on a Banner, and the Valentine’s Banner already had 4 Focus Units so that would’ve gone against their current formula for Focus Units, but here they could easily have either made another Bride Alt(I mean, we already have official art of Bride Eirika thanks to Awakening DLC) or added Groom Marth to the Banner and made the freebie, say, Merth, who most newer players can’t get and no older player will use seriously due to lack of available merges.

    • speedster

      they did it for the VG

  • 100%B-Type

    Is this Sanaki from Path of Radiance?
    Anyway now we have Marth, there is only 1 question open: will people even use him?

  • Sara Jaye

    I only wish I had a Bride!Caeda to go with Groom!Marth. Otherwise, the one I want most is Ninian because she’ll look perfect with my Devoted Love!Eliwood.

  • superdawge

    It’s a shame Sanaki’s alt is such a controversy right now, I’m just happy Sanaki is getting an alt at all because she deserves it, she’s a brilliant character in PoR AND RD, and yeah I think she looks surprisingly adorable in her little wedding dress, not that I want to seriously marry her, but it’s a cute change considering how stern she is.