Fire Emblem Echoes Launches in North America & Europe

The time has come: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia is officially out in North America and Europe!

We hope you’re enjoying the game if you have it! Otherwise, if your copy has yet to arrive (or if you’re still waiting for the Australian launch tomorrow), we hope the wait isn’t long!

By the way, if you need any help with the game, do feel free to peruse our Echoes game section (which is being rapidly updated to reflect the Western release) or ask on our forums!

Finally, it goes without saying, but if you like Echoes, don’t forget to recommend it to your fellow RPG or gaming fans. Although the Fire Emblem series is bigger than it used to be, it still need our help to continue growing!

Hopefully if Echoes performs well, we may start seeing more remakes of its calibre further down the line.

Heroes: Lloyd Grand Hero Battle & Banner + Mage Gauntlet Rewards!

It’s time for the next Grand Hero Battle in Fire Emblem Heroes! The star of the newest battle is Lloyd, one of the Four Fangs from Blazing Sword.

Like previous battles, you can play both a Hard and a Lunatic difficulty map to earn yourself a 3★ or 4★ version of the White Wolf, respectively. At 5★, Lloyd gains access to a new weapon, the Regal Sword, which gives him an Atk/Spd boost if he’s fighting a foe at full health. He also comes with Iceberg, Pass, and Threaten Atk.

If you’re having trouble completing Lloyd’s map, there’s a new Summon Focus available to help you out! The Battling Lloyd banner contains four 5★ focus units: Ninian, Raven, Klein, and Hinoka. Hopefully summoning one of these units can give you the boost you need to win the day!

Both the Grand Hero Battle and the matching banner will be available until 26 May at 7:59am UTC.

Interestingly enough, Lloyd is the final scheduled Grand Hero Battle. While it’s likely that there will be more in the future, the heroes of these battles are still unknown. Either we’ll learn them in an upcoming announcement or datamine, or they’ll remain a mystery until shortly before arrival.

Rewards from the Mage Gauntlet are now also available to all players! Visit Feh the owl on the home screen to pick up your 20 Orbs, 5 of each Great Badge, and 5,000 Universal Crystals.

Echoes: More Details on Cipher Collab. + Character Introductions

Last week, we finally got some concrete details about the mysterious Cipher collaboration DLC coming to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia.

Note: Artwork is from Cipher.

A few days later, on 15th May, the Japanese website updated with some additional details about this DLC. Similar information can be found on the North America website.

Firstly, it has been confirmed that the two pieces of DLC are battle maps, as indicated by the DLC being 2-star (Medium) difficulty. After completion of each map, you will recruit the corresponding pair of mascots.

On top of that, each DLC includes brand new support conversations between the corresponding pairs and base conversations for each mascot. Most likely these conversations will be fully voiced just like the ones already found in-game.

To round off the deal, there are new exclusive items that can be earned during the first completion: Trainee’s Lance (Emma), Whimsical Lance (Lando) and Warrior’s Sword (Yuzu). Not to mention the data-mined exclusive arts and spells.

Full details can be found below. Finally, for those unacquainted with the Cipher mascots and interested to learn about them, we’ve put together an introduction just for you!

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Heroes: Mage Gauntlet Results, Echoes Bonus, and Lloyd GHB Teaser!

The Mage Gauntlet in Fire Emblem Heroes has officially ended! Robin put up a good fight, but, as expected, Tharja emerged as the final victor.

The final tally of all votes was a whopping 131,700,378,446! We utterly smashed the 10 billion vote goal, which means all players can look forward to the following rewards: 20 Orbs, 5 of each Great Badge, and 5,000 Universal Crystals. These gifts will be rewarded in the near future.

Additionally, Heroes is offering a Celebration Bonus for the upcoming release of Fire Emblem Echoes! All players will get a special one-time Log-In Bonus of 5 Orbs. You can pick up these free Orbs starting today, and they’ll be available until 2 June.

Lastly, @FE_Heroes_JP has posted up a teaser image for the next Grand Hero Battle featuring Lloyd from Blazing Sword! The battle will open up tomorrow, Friday May 19th, at 8:00 UTC. As usual, a new focus banner to aid you in the battle will start at the same time.