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Echoes: Cipher Collaboration DLC Explained!

Today, the Fire Emblem Cipher team held the Spring 2017 livestream. Among the card-related news, we finally got a look at the Cipher DLC coming to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Firstly, those who buy the Series 9 Starter Pack will receive a download code for four in-game items, which are accessories based off the four Cipher mascots: Emma, Shade, Yuzu and Lando.

These include Emma’s “Hard Worker’s Ribbon” (pictured above), Shade’s “Black Crescent Moon”, Yuzu’s “Warrior’s Warding Bell” and Lando’s “Vagabond’s Hairclip”.

By the way, icons for all four items already exist in the game code, but were overlooked until now. Amusingly, Lando’s accessory is found at the very end of the icon sheet, suggesting it was a last-minute addition.

Of course, Cipher is not available in the West so it’s unknown if players in the West will get these items. If we’re fortunate, maybe they will be bundled with the character DLC, which we’ll discuss now.

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Echoes: This Week’s Pre-release Videos

In just over a week, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is set to arrive in the West. To keep you occupied for a bit, here’s a recap of this week’s videos and trailers in case you missed them.

Firstly, GameXplain has uploaded two new videos of the English version, including 45 minutes of gameplay from Act 2–the start of Celica’s journey.

We see Celica leaving the Priory on her journey to the Temple of Mila, along with her close friends Mae and Boey (and Genny if you choose to drag her along), and the footage ends after the first sea battle.

Of note, Dracozombies have apparently been renamed to “Necrodragons”, which is neat, although the timing is a bit odd. Similarly, the villainous Dach who’s seized control of Zofia’s seas is now “Barth” (not to be confused Barthe from Binding Blade).

Note: Past here, there are some mild lore spoilers.

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Echoes: Limited Edition Unboxing + Pre-order Bonuses

Less than two weeks remain until Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia launches in the West. Just in case you missed it, here’s a recap of some merchandise-related news that’s been floating about lately.

In the latest Nintendo Minute video, hosts Kit and Krysta do the honours of unboxing the North American Limited Edition. Interesting if you can’t wait to see the contents of your own; a bit melancholic if you wanted one, but they all sold out.

We didn’t want to spoil the surprise too much, so we skipped ahead to see if there was an answer to the big question some fans have been wondering about–indeed, the reversible cover features the original cover artwork from Fire Emblem Gaiden!

Moving on, for those of you in North America or Canada, Gamestop and EB Games are giving away a spectacular-looking “Warring Gods” chrome print if you purchase the standard edition and any DLC pack.

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Echoes: English Official Site Renewal + DLC Plans

Following yesterday’s DLC details for the Japanese version of Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, the updated English official website has delivered plans for DLC in the West.

First, let’s start with the good news. After the disappointing way that Fates’s DLC “ended”, it appears we’ll be receiving all 22 DLC that Japan is getting. This even extends to the Cipher collaboration DLC, which is very surprising.

(While the North American website hasn’t revealed that the Cipher DLC is coming, the UK/European website is a lot more open about it.)

The bad news is that the DLC isn’t… cheap, but we suspect most of you expected that much. That said, if you want to save money, there will be season pass that costs 44.99 USD/63.49 CAD/39.99 GBP/44.99 EUR, saving you 30%.

Fortunately, there will be weekly free DLC in the form of “Mila’s Bounty”, which provide access to rare and exclusive items.

Anyway, we already covered the DLC in depth not long ago, but if you’re interested to see how it compares to the Japanese DLC, carry on reading!

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