Arfanias is the June 2022 Empires and Puzzles Hero Of The Month (HotM), and he looks like a decent role player, but he’s not the Star.
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Caveat: This post contains game-play speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain comedy and sarcasm. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Arfanias’ Stats and Special Skills (Dagger of Shadows)
Element: Dark (Purple)
Mana Speed: Fast
Family Bonus: Legends 2022 (Not activated yet)
Special Skills (Dagger of Shadows): 1. Deals 360% damage to the target. 2. The more mana the enemies have, the more damage they will receive, up to 550%. 3.The caster gets +75% chance to dodge Special Skills that deal damage for 3 turns. 4. [Element Link] All Dark allies get 10% defense for 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled.
Passive: 1. Resist Health Steal Ailments 2. Status Effect on Mana Reduction (gets +30% attack for 3 turns when mana reduced)
Talent: EVADE ~ +20% chance to dodge direct damage from offensive Special skills.
How Good is Arfanias? (Empires and Puzzles)
Arfanias is cool.
But like everything else in 2022; you get a little bit of brilliance, followed by a stipulation designed to frustrate the living
The result is a decent hero who’s never gonna be the star of the show. He’s more the trusted sidekick, the B-side, or wind beneath somebody else’s wings.
How Hard does Arfanias Hit? (Empires and Puzzles)
Let’s see what Arfanias actually hits for.
The following table compares Arfanias with some elite, and some not-so-elite, E&P heroes.
|Arfanias||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 360% damage to the target (up to 550% under the right circumstances)||Caster gets +75% chance to dodge Special Skills that deal damage for 3 turns|
|Fenrir||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 320% damage to the target (up to 640% under the right circumstances)||Caster gains mana for each enemy and minion killed. Caster heals for 50% of the damage|
|Iris||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 325% damage to the target & minor to NB||Dispels buffs from the target and NB at the end of each turn for 3 turns|
|Quenell||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 320% damage to the target & NB||Gains a +40% power boost for her next Special, with a possible top-end hit of 520% damage to 3 targets (1,560% total)|
|Mr. Pengi||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 450% damage to the target||Will potentially hit another 15 times -up to 1,498% damage|
|Lianna||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 512% damage to target||Nope|
|Joon||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 468% damage to target||Target gets -40% accuracy|
|Magni||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 420% damage to target||Caster and NB allies get +63% defense for 4 turns|
When I first saw Arfanias, I immediately thought of Fenrir because they’re so similar:
One focuses on mana, while the other focuses on health.
Fenrir’s base hit is for 320% damage, however, Arfanias manages to one-up him with 360%.
And the top end? Fenrir goes full OT (over-the-top) at 640%, versus Arfanias’ 550%.
Both of these heroes also have self-preservation in mind, with Arfanias employing Dodge, while Fenrir gets to healing himself.
Arfanias Versus the Rest of E&P
I imagine, on average, Arfanias will hit somewhere in the region of 400%-500%. Which is great for a Fast sniper.
It’s easily in range of the best Snipers in the game (Arfanias’ top-end, that is)
But snipers aren’t exactly ruling the roost anymore, because they just don’t do enough.
Is Arfanias a Team Player?
As a younger man, I used to hang out with this guy who was in my class at college.
One day we’re walking to the canteen to get a coffee. -It was like a solid 5 minutes across campus.
So, on route, we got to talking, as you do. He asks me what I’m getting from the canteen. So I tell him, “a Belgian bun” -my favourite.
Once we get to the canteen, it just so happens that this guy, my “friend”, is in front of me in the queue.
Go on, guess what he picks up to go with his coffee?
Yep, you got it, a Belgian bun.
That is, until I reach the cake section and realise, the greedy f*#kers taken the last one.
So, you’re probably wondering, what does my cake-stealing friend have to do with the current HotM? Well, I’ll tell you:
They’re both selfish b#st*rds!
And you know what? He ate that Belgian bun right in front of me, -no qualms whatsoever.
Meanwhile, Arfanias will flex a +75% Dodge for 3 long turns, and give zero f#*ks about his unprotected teammates.
Arfanias’ +75% Solo Dodge…
+75% Dodge offers a really high chance of avoiding danger.
- C. Kadilen offers a +45% chance to Dodge for all allies,
- with Inari, it’s a +56% chance to Dodge for all allies,
- with Jade (Ninja 2), it’s a +50% chance to Dodge for 3 allies, and
- with Margaret, it’s a +30% to +90% chance to Dodge for 3 allies.
So, +75% certainly represents a good chance of getting outa… Dodge.
His Other Skills: Arfanias (June Hero Of The Month)
First, we have Arfanias’ Talent, EVADE. Meaning, he has a +20% chance to Dodge, as a passive.
For the record, this Talent shouldn’t stack with his own Dodge Special, it should be one or the other considered in isolation.
Next, we have two so-so passives: A resistance to Health theft, and an increase in Attack when mana is reduced.
And finally, we have a decent +10% increase in Defense associated with his Element Link.
While initially only benefiting Dark heroes, when the 2022 HotM Family Bonus goes live, this should aid all allies (with another 22 HotM in the lineup).
Arfanias – Empires and Puzzles HotM June 2022
My final thoughts:
The best case you can make for Arfanias, is that he has the potential of being a real menace; dancing on his toes on the outside, jabbing away, and then unexpectedly landing a heavy-handed bomb right on your chin, taking you totally by surprise.
You rub your eyes and zero in on the little scallywag, but you can’t seem to catch him. He’s just out of reach, dodging and weaving, and making you look the fool.
Soon enough, this annoying little prat has become the center of your attention. Forsaking all else, you vow to smack the smug look right off his face.
But before you know it, you’ve wasted one too many turns, and the Real Game Changers are now ready to remind you of their existence.
You might seek repentance but to no avail. It’s too late. Is that you Congalach?…
As fun as that all might sound, Arfanias is more valuable to a F2P/C2P player, who might not have better.
And, with a decent team around him, he should be able to contribute to both the Defense and Offense.
For me, the 550% hit as the ‘prize’ is a bit of a red herring.
The real value is found in his +75% Dodge. Because at Fast, he stands a good chance of charging again and again.
Giving him the ability to hit while moving, thus keeping him out of trouble until the next opportunity comes around.
Hero Grade for Arfanias (Empires and Puzzles)
So for my grading, the question is:
Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle? No.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? Yes -just.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
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I was the guy who took the last Belgian bun. It’s true, it was all me. I love those cakes. He was all talking them up, then when I saw one in the canteen, that cherry sitting on top, I didn’t need to think twice, I was like, “Snap!”. I didn’t even think to offer it to him. My sweet tooth took over. I was sipping sweet coffee and enjoying that sticky bun within seconds of paying, lost in a beautiful moment all of my own. If you’re reading this and think it sounds eerily familiar, please accept my sincere apologies. I grew up with 6 siblings, -Attenborough could’ve narrated our meal times.
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