Heroes: Regarding the Absence of a 4-star Focus Hero in the “Dark Burdens” Summoning Event

This information was shared earlier, alongside the release of the “Dark Burdens” summoning event, but we wanted to point it out separately.

You may have noticed that “Dark Burdens” doesn’t have a 4-star Focus Hero. As fans have pointed out, this contradicts what Fehnix said in an earlier Feh Channel, where it seemed all “New” and “Special” Hero banners would have at least one Hero with a 4-star focus rate.

Likely prompted by messages from confused fans, the Fire Emblem Heroes team posted a response via the in-game Notifications.

In short, 4-star Focus Heroes will be returning for future banners, but there may be exceptions. Most notably the current “Dark Burdens” banner, plus an upcoming banner in August, which would align with this year’s Brave Heroes–winners of Choose Your Legends 4.

The rationale provided was due to “game balance and character attributes”. We’ll just leave it at that…

In any case, it’s reassuring to know 4-star Focus Heroes aren’t completely off the table. So far, we’ve had Young Marth, Forrest, Spring Narcian, Ferdinand, Rath and Valentine’s Conrad. Perhaps their biggest contribution is allowing Summoners to easily obtain (and power up) a seasonal unit.

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  • Zog58

    Personally, I think it’s fine that they aren’t demoting every banner as long as they acknowledge it like this.

    All 4 of these characters are very strong and none needed to be demoted. Now, if they suddenly decided to remove the gacha ceiling in New Hero banners, THAT would be a notable problem in my eyes.

  • mrkisukes

    I don’t mind they not demote anyone, what I do mind is the reasoning they gave. They don’t care about the game’s balance, the powercreep in this game is the worse out of all the gachas I’ve played by a long shot. With the exception of a handful of refinements, the devs have not done enough to fix the issue and seemingly don’t care enough to either. And this isn’t even getting into the scummy practice of making players pay to give certain heroes stat buffs with their Resplendent attires.

    • While I agree in theory, you make it sound much worse than it actually plays out since there is no strict PvP. I’m competing at the top of all modes using mostly my favourites and Gen 1 units for instance. With patience and freebies taken into consideration everyone can build anyone into a powerhouse.

      • mrkisukes

        It’s more possible in AR since there are no BST limitations and due to you being able to choose which a different team from your presets, but in Arena, even with optimal lucky you’re might barely make the top of Tier 21 with all Gen 1 due to all the whales using 185 BST scoring units like Duos and Christmas Sothis and we still don’t have all Dual skills. I never said it was impossible, but that it’s awful powercreep because it never stops and is so much faster than other gachas. Within the next year, there’s gonna be another BST powercreep and a new skills that makes Y!Ceada look like a chump.

        • Hebleh

          Y!Ceada is practically already a chump if you’re building your favorite units with kits to combat issues like that. I have a Kempf that works alongside my Gen1 Niles to completely trivialize any fight against her in a single round of combat, and still have enough time to clear out an entire Raid map no problem. You can do just fine in this game if you focus on building up your favorite units alone, powercreep only makes it slightly more difficult for older units, but it is never impossible.

          I agree with Elci on this.