Rite of Shadows Hero Review

celica_caring_princess Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn2_red ★★★★★

Celica: Caring Princess

 Ragnarok is comparable to Blade Tomes
 One shots most top tier non-blue units
 Well-rounded role in battle
 Another red unit

Before anything, here’s a small gallery of my Celica blowing up some top tier heroes in Arena:

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Celica is another red lord unit among the already large count of red lord units. She will be competing with an already solid cast of red heroes for a spot on your team and everything will come down to what your team needs or what playstyle you want. She has her pros and cons, and she will differ from the other heroes. For instance, let’s say your current team is already using the best red mage, Tharja, and has a team built around her but you want some tricks in case you face a situation where your support will need to separate from Tharja, this is where you could consider using Celica. Celica can fire big numbers with her legendary weapon without the need of buffs. Ragnarok, the tome unique to only her, gives her +5 ATK and SPD when her HP is full but receives 5 damage after this no matter if she is initiating the attack or getting attacked. This means she gets more fire power, chance for a follow-up or denies foe for a second attack when her Ragnarok’s passive is active. It also works well with her good stats of 39/32/33/22/22 on neutral spread.

Her other skills are Blazing Light as Special, Spur Def on C and a new skill, Distant Def on A. Her Special should be changed since Rising Light and skills similar to it will proc Vantage. It does it’s damage before and outside of combat so the target will be entering the battle with low HP, the condition for Vantage to activate. Spur Def on the other hand is good enough to keep but can be changed to flex on what your team needs. I have to note that with the new seals we got, Spur Def on C and Spur Def on S will stack and is recommended to be combo’d since they are in-combat buffs. That would be a total of +6 DEF and it will save your allies sometimes. Last on her default set is Distant Def, this skill gives Celica +6 to both DEF and RES when attacked by a ranged enemy. With this, Celica on full HP with Ragnarok gets +5 ATK, +5 SPD, +6 DEF, and +6 RES which great for defending. This makes Celica a well-rounded hero, she can be built offensively or defensively or a balanced of both.

Here is my build for Celica:


This is an example of an offense build for Celica. It’s a glasscannon type with ATK boon and HP bane, and the addition of Life and Death. Death Blow can be a substitute on A so she won’t suffer that much on defenses. There’s a ton of possibilities. I’d be happy to hear yours.

boey_skillfull_survivor Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn2_green ★★★

Boey: Skillful Survivor

 High DEF and Earth Boost (+6 DEF in combat
➤ Owl Tome!
➤ Similar to Robin (female) with a bit of difference

Boey is very similar to Robin (female) with just a small difference in their base stats. He has high DEF to deal with ninjas and archer and he also has Ignis as his Special, just like Robin (female). Because of this, we can say Boey’s and Robin’s (female) role in battle is similar with some small differences. Boey gets a new tome, Gronnowl. He gets buffs to all his combat stats for each ally who is beside him. For an ally, he gets +2; for 2 allies, he gets +4; for 3, he gets +6 ATK, SPD, DEF and RES during combat. This gives him a bit more durability but it isn’t enough to deal with top tier mages including Linde and fully buffed Reinhardt in Arena. He would still need Triangle Adept to deal with them and G Tomebreaker for Nino, just like Robin’s (female) build. This means that you have to sacrifice his 2 default passive skill, one being a new to the game. His A is Earth Boost that gives him +6 DEF when his HP is higher by 3 points compared to his foe. His other passive is Renewal for sustain.

mae_bundle_of_energy Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn2_blue ★★★

Mae: Bundle of Energy

 Gets some essential mage skills by default
➤ Owl Tome

Compared to Boey, Mae is better in dealing with mages with her higher RES and SPD. She also gets some cookie cutter skills for mages, Draw Back as Assist and Desperation on B. Mae holds the blue version of an Owl Tome, Blárowl. It gives her some pros compared to other blue mages defensively but owl tomes can be harder to pull off if you are going for offense.

Mae also gets B Tome Exp. for leveling blue tome units faster. Not good if you want to do slow leveling for SP.

mae_endearing_ally Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn_colorless3 ★★★★

Genny: Endearing Ally

 Highest ATK among staff units
 Wrathful Staff
 Slow SPD

Finally, healers can get more useful with the addition of Wrathful Staff in the game. This skills removed the -50% damage penalty of healers, meaning, it is possible for them to do extra damage and help with cleaning up. This would also mean it is possible for them to chip more HP on their target while applying certain debuffs depending on what staff they are using. They can also use Absorb that has lifesteal. Genny’s ATK stat is high and will benefit in using Wrathful Staff, but she lacks SPD which means she will get doubled by most heroes in Arena. She has high RES and being colorless which means she can check mages safely.

Genny also gets a number of default healing skills she can choose from to what your team needs.

Elise can benefit more in using Wrathful Staff with Horse Emblem but it’s all up to you.

World of Radiance Hero Review

ike_young_mercenary Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn1_sword ★★★★★

Ike: Young Mercenary

 It's Ike!
 Distant counter built-in weapon
 Heavy Blade charges his Special faster
 Naturally high ATK and DEF stats
 Mediocre SPD

Distant Counter and Close Counter are the best skills in the game currently, and having it built-in passive to a weapon opens up more possibility for ways to adapt to the meta, this passive can be found in Ike’s Ragnel. He gets a brand new passive on his A skill slot called Heavy Blade that if Ike has higher ATK than his foe which he benefits well with his naturally high ATK stat. He also get Swordbreaker that fixes his match-up with other sword units (even the faster ones) as long as this sword unit isn’t equipped with Swordbreaker too.

Ike’s playstyle is very similar to Ryoma except he has slower SPD with the difference that Ike has to get sustain to keep going while Ryoma wants to get to critical HP to take advantage of his common set. He can learn Aether as Special and this would sustain him in battle by getting faster charges with Heavy Blade.

soren_skrewd_strategist Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn2_green ★★★

Soren: Shrewd Strategist

➤ Balanced stats

Soren is equipped with a new passive skill called Watersweep which is the magical counterpart of Windsweep. This skill can prevent the target enemy that uses tomes, staffs or dragonstones from retaliating if the user’s SPD is higher than the target’s but it will also prevent the user from making any follow-up attack on its target. Soren’s SPD will have trouble exceeding the SPD of the current common mages but other than that, he can utilize this skill on them. Like Windsweep, this still is good to supress skills like Vantage, Quick Riposte, etc.

mist_helpful_sister Type Weapon Score
type_inf wpn_colorless3 ★★★

Mist: Helpful Sister

 High RES
 Miracle on Special
 Spur Def Res grants buff for both DEF and RES
 Will have trouble with melee enemy with her low SPD and DEF

Mist seems to be a product of IS trying to make a healer that is enticing to use. She is better than other healers but not good enough for the people wanting to use her. They gave her the best skills among the staff units and also gave her a new passive C, Spur Def Res. It is a Spur skill that gives your allies +3 DEF and +3 RES. That’s a total of 6 buff value compared to normal Spur skills that has 4.

titania_mighty_mercenary Type Weapon Score
type_cav wpn1_axe ★★★★

Titania: Mighty Mercenary

 Cavalry movement
 New passive removes enemy's Special charge

Titania blusters high SPD, DEF and RES and will soar with a Horse Emblem setup. She will be an upgrade to your team if you had a Gunter or Frederick and switch them out for her. Titania gets a new passive B, Guard, that decrease enemy’s Special charge at the start of the combat. She virtually won’t be hit by any Special in combat as long as the enemy doesn’t double or her HP is above 80%. Her set makes her a good tank.