Heroes: Fairies and Beasts Bring Good Fortune in “New Year: ω Special Heroes”!

Keeping with tradition, to celebrate the coming New Year, more Kimono-clad Special Heroes will be arriving soon to Fire Emblem Heroes! The New Year: ω Special Heroes banner will be running from 1st January to 1st February 2021 (UTC).

Note: You can check out the Japanese version of this trailer here.

Similar to previous years, the Special Heroes include some of the original characters from the just-finished Book IV, in addition to some lucky Beast characters. The line up is: Plumeria, Velouria, Kaden and Duo Peony (and Triandra).

To mix things up, the banner will also feature 4 Special Heroes from last year’s Renewed Spirits banner: Anna, Selkie, Lethe and Duo Alfonse. The combined focus 5-star rate will be set to 6%, while the non-focus 5-star rate is 2%. Also, Kaden can be summoned as a 4-star focus Hero.

On top of that, Keaton: Resolved Wolfskin will be available via the upcoming Tempest Trials++ event.

Update: Hot off the presses, there will be a gift of 5 First Summon Tickets applicable for this banner. More details will be shared later on.

Please continue for a breakdown of the new Special Heroes!

Plumeria: Temptation Anew

Type: Colorless Bow Flier
Voice: Nicole Gose
Artist: teffish

Weapon: First-Dream Bow – Effective against flying foes. Grants Res +3. Grants Atk +4 to allies within 3 spaces during combat. Inflicts Atk -4 on any foe within 3 spaces during combat.
Assist: Sweet Dreams
A: Close Ward – If magic, staff or dragonstone foe initiates combat, unit can counterattack regardless of foe’s range, disables foe’s skills that “calculate damage using the lower of foe’s Def or Res” and grants Atk/Res +5 to unit during combat.
B: Quick Riposte 3
C: Atk/Def Rein 3

Velouria: Renewed Wolfpup

Type: Blue Beast Infantry
Voice: Angela Marie Volpe
Artist: Fuzichocho

Weapon: Renewed Fang – Accelerates Special trigger (cooldown count -1). If unit is within 2 spaces of support partner, inflicts Atk/Spd -6 on foe and grants Special cooldown charge +1 to unit per attack during combat. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.) Grants Special cooldown charge +1 per attack to support partners within 2 spaces. (Only highest value applied. Does not stack.)

At start of turn, if unit is adjacent to only beast or dragon allies or if unit is not adjacent to any ally, unit transforms (otherwise, unit reverts). If unit transforms, grants Atk +2 and deals +10 damage when Special triggers.

Special: Sol
A: Distant Counter
B: Null Follow-Up 3

Kaden: Refreshed Kitsune

Type: Red Beast Cavalry
Voice: Max Mittelman
Artist: Yakiniku

Weapon: Refreshed Fang – Grants Spd +3. At start of combat, if foe’s HP >= 75%, grants Spd +5 to unit, inflicts Spd -5 on foe during combat, and then, if unit’s Spd > foe’s Spd, deals damage = 70% of difference between stats. (Maximum bonus of +7 damage. Combos with Phantom Spd.)

At start of turn, if unit is adjacent to only beast or dragon allies or if unit is not adjacent to any ally, unit transforms (otherwise, unit reverts). If unit transforms, grants Atk +2 and also, if unit initiates combat, inflicts Atk/Def -4 on foe during combat and foe cannot make a follow-up attack.

Assist: Swap
B: Atk/Def Snag 3 – If a movement Assist skill (like Reposition, Shove, Pivot, etc.) is used by unit or targets unit, inflicts Atk/Def -6 on nearest foes within 4 spaces of both unit and target through their next actions.
C: Even Spd Wave 3

* Also available as part of the 4-star focus.

Peony: Álfar Dream Duo

Type: Green Tome Flier
Voice: Ryan Bartley + Lexi Klein
Artist: Kippu

Weapon: Bond of the Álfar – Grants Spd +3. Grants Atk +6 to any ally in cardinal directions of unit during that ally’s combat
Assist: Gentle Dream
A: Atk/Spd Bond 4
B: Res Cantrip 3 – If Sing or Dance is used, inflicts Res -7 on nearest foes within 4 spaces of unit through their next actions.
C: Join Drive Atk

Duo Skill: Grants another action, Atk/Spd/Def/Res +3, and the “unit can move to a space adjacent to any ally within 2 spaces” status to adjacent ally with the highest HP for 1 turn. (Allies with Sing or Dance can be granted this effect as well. If multiple units meet the conditions, effect will not trigger.)

(Duo Skills can be used once per map by tapping the Duo button. Duo Skills cannot be used by units deployed using Pair Up.)

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