Heroes: Preview Trailer for Gifts of Winter & Tempest Trials Details!

More Christmas Armors are coming to ring in the holidays in Fire Emblem Heroes! Check out the Preview Trailer for Gifts of Winter, the latest Special Heroes banner, below.

Three new heroes are joining us this banner: Christmas versions of Fae, Ephraim, and Eirika. As expected, all three of them are armoured units, including Eirika as our first armoured Staff wielder. Each of them also comes with a new weapon and another new skill. Scroll on down below for a text breakdown.

These three new heroes will be featured in a new Paralogue story as well, also titled “Gifts of Winter“. Furthermore, they’ll also appear in the upcoming Tempest Trials+: Life Is But Fleeting!

Eirika, Ephraim, and Fae will be bonus allies for the event, along with last year’s Christmas heroes: Chrom, M!Robin, Lissa, and Tharja. The final bonus ally is a new Christmas Cecilia, who will be the bonus unit for this TT.

You’ll also be able to earn a Water Blessing and two new Sacred Seals this event: Fierce Stance 1 and Drive Res 1. Additionally, we’ll get a new Log-In Bonus and there will likely be a rerun of last year’s Christmas banner, too.

The Gifts of Winter banner and the new Tempest Trials will both begin this Tuesday, 18 December. Good luck pulling some new festive heroes for your team and also in the upcoming event!

Fae: Holiday Dear:
  • Glittering Breath+ (Green Breath, Mt 14): During combat, boosts unit’s Def/Res by number of allies within 2 spaces x 2. (Maximum bonus of +6 to each stat.) If foe’s Range = 2, calculates damage using the lower of foe’s Def or Res.
  • Luna (Special): Treats foe’s Def/Res as if reduced by 50% during combat.
  • Def/Res Bond 3 (A slot): If unit is adjacent to an ally, grants Def/Res+5 during combat.
  • Vengeful Fighter 3 (B slot): If unit’s HP ≥ 50% and foe initiates combat, grants Special cooldown charge +1 per unit’s attack, and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. (Does not stack.)
  • Armor March 3 (C slot): At start of turn, if unit is adjacent to an armored ally, unit and adjacent armored allies can move 1 extra space. (That turn only. Does not stack.)
Ephraim: Sparkling Gallantly:
  • Festive Siegmund (Lance, Mt 16): Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count-1). If unit is not adjacent to an ally, grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res+4 during combat.
  • Dragon Fang (Special): Boosts damage by 50% of unit’s Atk.
  • Atk/Def Solo 3 (A slot): If unit is not adjacent to an ally, grants Atk/Def+6 during combat.
  • Bold Fighter (B slot): If unit initiates combat, grants Special cooldown charge +1 per unit’s attack, and unit makes a guaranteed follow-up attack. (Does not stack.)
  • Close Guard 3 (C slot): Allies within 2 spaces gain: “If foe uses sword, lance, axe, or dragonstone, grants Def/Res+4 during combat.”
Eirika: Gentle as Snow:
  • Joyous Lantern+ (Staff, Mt 12): At start of turn, grants Def/Res+5 to ally with the highest Atk for 1 turn. (Excludes unit.)
  • Restore+ (Assist): Restores HP = 50% of Atk. (Minimum of 8 HP.) Neutralizes ally’s penalties (from skills like Panic, Threaten, etc.) and negative status effects (preventing counterattacks, restricting movement, etc.) that last through ally’s next action.
  • Heavenly Light (Special): When healing an ally with a staff, restores 10 HP to all allies.
  • Dazzling Staff 3 (B slot): Foe cannot counterattack.
  • Atk Opening 3 (C slot): At start of turn, grants Atk+6 to ally with the highest Atk for 1 turn. (Excludes unit.)
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  • Vaximillian

    https://twitter.com/FE_Heroes_JP/status/1074197936374898688
    Cecilia is so beautiful oh my gods I’m crying aaaaaaaaaah

    • Diovani Estivalet

      She is so beautiful in this costume, but her weapon is… weird… She could had some candy canes as daggers, but nope!
      “Here, foes! Take some boots!”

      • Kl1

        “And to you I bequeath…a boot to the head.”

    • Bongo Beans

      Best of the bunch and free to boot!

      • Vaximillian

        >to boot
        I already made this pun elsewhere, haha.

        • Bongo Beans

          Has to be done – its our solemn duty to humanity.

  • 3-13 Archer

    Ephraim and Eirika are dangerously approaching the Camilla/Lucina line. And that Cecilia is my saviour, since I don’t have nor I want any of the bonus units.

    • Mason Klaus

      Eh, while that may be true I’d take the Renais twins over Camilla and Lucina any day. I for one am happy that IS is finally using different characters rather than constantly reusing Awakening and Fates characters cause I’m quite honestly tired of seeing characters from those games, especially Camilla.

      • Reuska

        But two Eirika in two months…Do we really need this? I’m sick of seeing her face now and it’s a shame because her art is so nice.

        • Mason Klaus

          Well the feelings mutual for me towards Camilla, minus the “good art”. I’d rather cute face Erika over “Lol boobs” Camilla any day. And I can bet you anything that if Camilla were in place of Erika, NO ONE would be whining near as much about her as they are with Erika, cause Camilla just had ANOTHER alt about the same time as Erika.

          • Reuska

            Camilla came a bit later but I was just as salty about her third 2018 appearance as I am about Eirika’s. I really believed Ike and Soren would make it this time… As a parallel to Chrom and Robin. I don’t need neither more Camilla, neither alter Camilla (read: Kagero), Lyn, Lucina or Eirika… I’m tired of them.

          • Mason Klaus

            Well while I don’t mind another Ike alt, he’s already got three alts as is and no doubt some will be bitching about him getting another alt, and though I don’t care for him cause of his personality and attitude towards everyone not named Ike or Greil, I wouldn’t mind Soren getting his first alt. Lyn I can understand no one wants more alts for her, and though I’m a fan of her and her game as well as Hector, those two can take a backseat for a little while and let poor Eliwood take the spotlight for once (yes I’m aware he already has an alt in the Valentines version but even his son has more alts than him and thats just sad).

          • Reuska

            Ike has only two alts but yeah. I just thought a Tellius Santa banner seemed very plausible and he would be getting only second alt this year which is still one less than Ephraim this year :/ I’d love more Eliwood but Seliph or Sigurd or Alm should get priority 🙂

          • Mason Klaus

            Well the reason I say Ike has three alts is cause I’m counting his regular self as well as his Legendary and Brave selves, so while yes he technically has two alts his normal version is imo an alt too. I mean look at Lyn, she has her regular self, Bridal, Brave, Legendary and Valentines so she technically has 5 alts. See where I’m going with this? Cause the originals are in the game as well as the other alts but everyone seems to forget about the originals and don’t bother to count them amongst the alts for a certain character.

          • Reuska

            Sure, I understand. I am just using different wording, is all. When I say he has 2 alts, it also means 3 instances 🙂

          • Mason Klaus

            Eh, whatever floats your boat I suppose. Also I apologize if I came off as rude as that honestly wasn’t my intention. But then again this is the internet and its rather hard NOT to possibly sound rude and whatnot.

          • Reuska

            Don’t worry, that was a perfectly okay opinion exchange, it didn’t even cross my mind 🙂

          • Mason Klaus

            Glad to hear. ^_^

      • Diovani Estivalet

        I am also happy to see a special banner without Fates/Awakening units, but Ephraim and Eirika again? Ephraim is just like Hector: both have a normal version, a legendary version with a different form of their main weapons, a seasonal version with, again, a different form of their main weapon, and a Brave form but with their weapon types swapped. And Eirika just got her Legendary Version. This is like Lyn and Robin again, which we got LA!Lyn and Male Grima in february, and then 1-2 months later we got Legendary Lyn and Female Grima.

        I am still shocked we got the results of CYL 2 in february, telling we would get Alts for Ephraim, Hector and Celica, and in the same month we got Alts for Ephraim (legendary), Hector (love abounds) and Celica (fallen).

        • Mason Klaus

          Well I’m not gonna complain. Yes Erika just had an alt not too long ago but so did Camilla. And let me ask you this: who would you rather have more of? Camilla for like the billionth time (I’m exaggerating yes I know) or Erika who has less alts and none that are seasonals?

          I for one would rather a seasonal Erika over like the fourth or fifth seasonal Camilla.

          • Vaximillian

            I’d rather have neither.

          • Diovani Estivalet

            None of them is welcomed from me. Even Marth, which is a character that I love, I wouldn’t like to have a 4th Alt.

      • 3-13 Archer

        You’re right, while not an actual fan of the twins, I still prefer them over Awakening-Fates. That’s why I don’t desire their overusing, though. Every character deserves their chance to shine, and since main characters are Legendary/Mythical material, these alts should focus on more secondary characters.

        • Mason Klaus

          True. Hopefully IS will realize that and not constantly overuse Awakening and Fates characters. Honestly I hope for some Tellius characters for New Years in preparation for the RD banner coming out next month.

    • MetalGear Lamia

      So? More popular characters will reach it this isn’t new for gacha games or did you not realize that already….

  • mrkisukes

    More alts for those with enough? More seasonal armors? And here I thought IS would try something new…jokes on me.

    • Kneekicker

      You gotta wonder what’s in those Santa outfits that make them so bulky to be considered armour.

      Perhaps this is actually a running gag on IS’ part and all Christmas heroes are only ever gonna be armours.

      • mrkisukes

        Perhaps, but it is a shame since it would be nice to see heroes riding into battle on a reindeer. But then again, as the meta stands, horse units are pretty much worthless in the arena and fliers have very niche utility.

      • kneekicker easy