Its only been 2 days since Nintendo and Intelligent Systems released Fire Emblem Heroes on iOS and Android, and while its success cannot be compared to that of Pokemon Go, it remains quite popular. The tactical RPG featuring heroes from various of the franchise’s representatives, such as Awakening, Fates, Conquest, and more, is indeed quite fun and challenging, with various modes, and more updates to come. This guide will help you get started in the game with a strong 5 stars hero (or more depending on your luck and effort).
Step 1 – Obtaining your first 20 Orbs
If Fire Emblem Heroes is a full-fledged Tactical RPG like the other episodes of the license, it borrows some of the mechanics of the mobile market, because let’s face it, the main goal of F2P games is to make money through micro-transactions. One of its mechanics is of course its system that randomly summons heroes from a large pool. It goes without saying that in addition to being random, each draw is not free and that is why we will explain how to optimize the first 5 heroes you summon as much as possible.
First of all, you have to know that to summon a hero, you need to spend 5 Orbs. The Orbs are earned by playing through the story, by connecting regularly, participating in events, or by completing certain missions. And of course, orbs can also be bought with a swipe of your credit card. That being said, Orbs are pretty easy to get at the beginning of the game (but much harder later on) since when you finish the tutorial of Fire Emblem Heroes, you will have as much as 15 free Orbs on hand. It is strongly recommended, however, that you do not summon heroes immediately.
Fire Emblem Heroes offers players a sort of summoning discount when summoning 5 heroes in succession. The first summon costs 5 Orbs, the next 3 each cost 4 Orbs each, and the fifth and last one only costs 3 Orbs. In sum, with 20 Orbs, it is possible to summon 5 heroes. If you leave the summon menu, the initial price will revert to 5 Orbs again, and so on. So again, it is strongly recommended that you play until you have 20 Orbs before you start summoning.
Once these 20 Orbs in hand, you can finally get started.
Step 2 – Summoning and Rerolling
Basically, if you use up your 20 Orbs and aren’t satisfied with the heroes you got, simply delete all your data and start over. You will have to go through the tutorial again and earn the 20 orbs required, but at least you’ll have a second chance at obtaining rare 5 star heroes. And having finished the first 9 chapters of the game, I can already tell that after a while, it will get awfully hard to obtain Orbs. This is why you should not link the game to your Nintendo account before performing the first set of summons.
Let’s also point out that while 5 stars is the maximum rank of heroes you can summon, it is also possible increase the number stars of heroes with a lower rarity, assuming you invest a lot of playing time. Clearly, it is better to get heroes with 5 stars, but having a hero that you like with only 4 or even 3 stars is nothing dramatic.
At the moment it is possible to summon heroes from two different Focus pools, Legendary Heroes and Deep Devotion (note that these will expire on February 15, 2017, which limits your chances of getting the rare heroes).
The Legendary Heroes pool has Marth, Lucina, Tiki and Robin as rare summons, while Deep Devotion boasts Lyn, Roy, Camilla and Takumi.
As a personal tip, I would suggest going with Legendary Heroes for your first set of summons and try to get Robin. Aside from being an extremely powerful mage with good defensive stats, Robin also has an ability that grants his attacks an advantage over colorless units.