Heroes: Beyond Darkness brings Binding Blade units, coming March 7

Website dataminers uncovered some interesting bits of character data recently, and it’s nice to see that they were correct, proving to us that right around the corner is a Binding Blade banner, which had its video dropped just a short while ago.

Highlighted in the upcoming Beyond Darkness banner includes Fire Emblem Binding Blade’s Lugh, Sue, Thea and Idunn. Along with the four, come a handful of new skills (inheritable ones, too), and what looks to be a fearsome dragon unit.

Included in this batch is the second X-Serpent tome, as well as a Wo Dao equivalent bow (Bo Dao?), a Safeguard equivalent Lance (Lukas lovers, rejoice), yet another level-4 skill in Hone Spd 4, and another dual-Seal skill.

Wait, I thought good guys always faced right…

This comes with the next story chapter sequence, A Father’s Legacy, in which it looks like Gustav plays quite an important role in the plot.

Beyond Darkness and its chapters kick of on March 7 at 11p PT, so Summoners, if you’re interested in picking up a few long-awaited Binding Blade battles, enjoy the upcoming chance!

View the Japanese Trailer here. Artwork cited from 4Gamer.net.

For more details on the unit skill breakdown, click Read More.

Lugh: Anima Child, a Green Mage Infantry

Artwork | Standing : Attacking : Special : Damaged

  • Gronnserpent+
    • 12 Mt | 2 Rng
    • If foe initiates combat and foe uses bow, dagger, magic or staff, grants Def/Res +6 during combat.
  • Rally Up Res+ (Assist)
  • Mirror Stance 2 (A)
  • Atk Feint 3 (B)

Sue: Doe of the Plains, a Green Bow Cavalry

Artwork | Standing : Attacking : Special : Damaged

  • Short Bow+
    • 12 Mt | 2 Rng
    • Effective against flying foes. Deals +10 damage when Special triggers.
  • Moonbow [2] (Sp.)
  • Swift Sparrow 2 (A)
  • Chill Def 3 (B)
  • Hone Spd 4 (C)
  • At start of turn, grants Spd +7 to adjacent allies for 1 turn.

Thea: Stormy Flier, a Blue Lance Flier

Artwork | Standing : Attacking : Special : Damaged

  • Vanguard+
    • 14 Mt | 1 Rng
    • If foe initiates combat, grants Def +7 during combat
  • Ignis [4] (Sp.)
  • Steady Posture 2 (A)
  • Seal Spd/Def 2 (B)
    • Inflicts Spd/Def -5 on foe through its next action after combat.

Idunn: Dark Priestess, a Red Armor Dragon

Artwork | Standing : Attacking : Special : Damaged

  • Demonic Breath
    • 16 Mt | 1 Rng
    • Grants Def +3. Effective against armored foes. At start of combat, if a negative status effect is active on unit, or if unit’s HP < 100%, neutralizes penalties on unit and grants Atk/Spd/Def/Res +4 during combat. If foe’s Range = 2, calculates damage using the lower of foe’s Def and Res.
  • Bonfire [3] (Sp.)
  • Fort. Def/Res 3 (A)
  • Vengeful Fighter 3 (B)
  • Ward Dragons (C)
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  • Brave Lady Lyn

    Definitely Idunn is obviously the best choice to pull!

  • Big Klingy

    Oh hey, it’s the character no-one knew what to call back in the day. Tate? Thite? Thito? Teeto? Tite? (The Japanese is ティト, for those wondering)

    This should put all that discussion to rest, at least. (I know her name was localizaed during the CYL polls, but this is probably the first time it’s been highly publicised)

    • Why would it be put to rest? I’ll still continue to call her Tate, since that’s the closest translation from her Japanese name. Dropping an entire syllable in order to form Thea is an unnecessary change.

      • mrkisukes

        I don’t get why it was ever translated as Tate though…the ティ makes a distinctly “tee” sound, or could be “thee,” but not “tay.” But still, none of that should translate as Thea. Seems they just did to her as they did Gwendolyn.

        • It was for the sake of making her name more natural sounding through English phonetics and also to: 1. Not give her the name of a certain political leader, 2. Avoid turning it into literally “tit”, and 3. Making sure it makes sense as Tate is an actual name. Also, ティ does not extend the final vowel. The full name is “Tito” and again, that doesn’t work. Granted, a more 1/1 conversion would’ve made her original name be テート, but Tate fits and is not really a stretch by any means.

          • mrkisukes

            That’s why I figure a better fan translation would’ve been Thito instead of Tate as it keeps the same ィ from the original and since テ has been associated with the “th” sounds in translations as is the case with the Japan pronunciation of the English word theme as テーマ (te-e-ma). Japanese is a screwy language.

            But this aint the first time English localization has changed names, and honestly, Thea’s a good name. It’s the name of a Greek titaness who mothered Helios, Selene, and Eos (the sun, moon, and dawn).

          • Look, I don’t mind the name Thea. I just prefer Tate because it’s an actual name and something I’ve already connected to the character. Just like how your previous mention of Gwendolyn is someone I’ll always refer to as Wendy.

            And if you name a character Thito for western viewers, that character instantly goes in the trash. No one will ever remember that name. I’m all for keeping the name sounding like the katakana spelling, and when you have the name ルトガー, then cool, you know the name is Rutger. But ティト in itself doesn’t really have a proper English equivalent. That’s why I think Tate is a good name since it actually exists in the language

            Also, the point of translating is not to give a lingustic lesson to the viewers, but to turn media from one base of viewers into another. Especially translated Japanese is oftenmost just a lot of stuff that the translator made up because languages are not transferable. It’s not entertaining and it doesn’t draw people in.

  • VanguardRaven

    If you don’t particularly care about who you summon but just want to potentially bulk out your 5* pool, go green with your free pull and ticket summons. Highest 5* chance.

  • 3-13 Archer

    So, if Rutger is still coming he’ll be free… Please, don’t be mediocre.
    Yamada Kotaro’s artworks never interested me, but that Idunn is amazing.

  • life sucks man. I was expecting at least one of Tate, Idoun, and Sue, but not all three of them. don’t think my 270 orbs will be enough. rip

    • Sisyphe

      Same, I was really counting on being able to skip this banner, but then they dropped Idunn on me. I’m at 315, and I still don’t feel good about it.

      • You’ve still collected a fair bit since the RD one, if she’s the only one you want I have no doubts you’ll manage. I spent close to 200 and managed to nab two copies each of Velour and Kinu just recently, so I’m hoping for similar luck once more.

        • Sisyphe

          The rate is about 100-120 orbs for a 50% chance at a normal focus hero, so I’d say the odds are slightly in my favor, but not so much that I won’t stress about it. Especially since I like to have some sort of reserve in case of surprises. There are other FE6 characters I like, but Idunn is the only one of this batch I’m really into (Sue and Lugh don’t work out for me on about half my playthroughs and Tate, err, Thea, has never worked out for me, I don’t think.) Kind of bummed I went for the Ike alt though, since Idunn seems to be in that niche.

          • Yeah, I never pull for seasonals so that’s something that I don’t need to worry about. I was hoping for Perceval though and it’s rather surprising that he’s not in. Personally Tate is probably my favourite FE6 character, so I’m really happy she’s finally here considering the next heroes from this game might be a long way off. With HM bonuses she is really good, which ironically makes her worse on NM.

            Sue is a bit of a toss up. I gave her a Roy support in my recent playthrough and it improved her early strength quite a bit. Lugh is nice as well but I usually ditch him for Lilina since it’s easy to train her up in the gaiden chapter after she joins.

  • Bongo Beans

    Thank goodness the free unit is not another sword infantry unit… oh.

  • Jack walters

    But why Thea and not Milady?

    • Cuz Tate’s better.

      In reality it’s probably because units like Jill and Altenna who fill Miledy’s role are more popular and probably will make their way into the game soon.

  • CombatMagi

    Going for Idunn because the other 3 have a decent chance to drop to 4 star, especially Lugh

  • 100%B-Type

    Idunn looks cute~