Celidana is Empires and Puzzles’ October 2022 Hero Of The Month (HotM), and I suspect she’s gonna be really popular for 3 reasons…
- She’s got a super cute Anime-style card
- Her Special looks full of potential on paper
- She will shine like a sniper’s lens in some parts of the game
Caveat: This post contains gameplay speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain adult comedy, sarcasm, and Human error. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Celidana’s Stats and Special Skills (Hero Of The Month)
Key Facts: Holy (Yellow), Slow, Cleric, Legends 2022
Special Skills (Sacrament of Salvation): 1. Boosts health of the caster and nearby allies by 800 (can exceed max HP). 2. The caster and nearby get +50% Defense as long as the caster has Boosted health (can not be dispelled). 3. The caster and nearby allies resist max health reduction for 5 turns. 4. [Element Link] All Holy allies are immune to new Fiends for 4 turns (can not be dispelled).
Passive: 1. BOOST HEALTH ON ENEMY SPECIAL ~ When an enemy casts their Special Skill, this character has a 50% chance to boost this character’s health by 100. 2. RESIST MAX HEALTH REDUCTION ~ Innate resistance against max health reduction.
Talent: MANASHIELD ~ +35% chance to resist any negative mana status effects or effects that prevent the use of Special Skills.
Legends 2022 Family Bonus: 1/2/3 Heroes: +10%/+15%/+20% attack. Bonus for 2+ Heroes: Element Link affects all allies.
Celidana Vs. Empires & Puzzles Boosted Healers (Overhealers)
Before we get to the review, I think this time it’s worth checking out the table because it really does tell a story:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Boosted Healing||*Approx. Total HP|
|Celidana||Slow (12 tiles)||Boosts health by 800 HP for caster and NB||800 HP|
|Esme||Average (10 tiles)||Boosts health by 650 HP for all allies||650 HP|
|C. Ariel||Average (10 tiles)||Boosts health by 520 HP for all allies||520 HP|
|Pro. Lidenbrock||Slow (12 tiles)||Boosts health by 200 HP for all allies, then 600 HP Boosted over 4 turns (looping)||800 HP (staggered)|
|C2 Vivica||Slow (12 tiles)||Boosts health by 670 HP for all allies||670 HP|
|Heimdall||Slow (12 tiles)||Boosts health by 500 HP for all allies||500 HP|
|Wang Yuanji||Slow (12 tiles)||Boosts health by 625 HP for all allies||625 HP|
|Diaochan||Fast (8 tiles)||Recovers 35% health for all allies||670 HP|
|Hulda||Average (10 tiles)||Minions recover 11% health for owner (x3)||720 HP (with 3)|
|Arco||Average (10 tiles)||Boosts health by 75 HP per Minion for all allies||1330 HP (with all)|
*Approximate average in-game results.
This table illustrates just how much Boosted Health Celidana will render: all of it.
And anytime a hero has the ability to do something this badass, the potential for synergy looping trouble is there.
-That’s the same amount of juice as Pro. Lidenbrock (both Slow), but it’s direct to the vein.
However, it’s only for the caster and nearby heroes.
And now when we consider the second part of her Special:
- ‘The caster and nearby get +50% Defense as long as the caster has Boosted health (can not be dispelled).’
It gets you thinking about your roster and how you can get her there.
How Good is Celidana? (Empires and Puzzles Testing)
When I first got hold of Celidana in Beta all I wanted to do was secure that +50%, can’t be f#*ked with, Defense-Up.
Just imagine how awesome that would be.
My plan was to field a defensive team which included an Overhealer in hopes of keeping Celidana above the barrier (’cause that’s all that’s needed once triggered for that +50% D).
This was before Esme’s Buff tho, so I roped in old Gullinbursti, who quickly got to moaning about his aching back. I think his words were, “I’m too Slow, young man. I think you should consult with C. Kashhrek over there, his Average Speed might be what you’re looking for. Just don’t approach him from behind; you know how he gets spooked easily”.
And we did enjoy some success. I remember the first time we got Celidana into the Boosted Health territory and she was shielding the two nearby heroes with +50% Defense. She was shouting, “I’m in the Zone man! I’m in the f#*king Zone!”.
Not what you’d expect from a cute little Anime character.
Problem was, every time I thought we’d nailed it, it all crumbled to the ground.
Then it dawned on me; with Celidana you’re not just trying to win a battle…
You’re trying to not go Negative on your health bar – While – winning the battle.
Well, that’s a hell of a tall order.
Is Celidana Good Enough for Raids/Defense?
No, not really.
That said, if I were to play her it would be in a Double Formation, with Celidana in the 3 spot.
There, she would be able to support both Tanks with undispellable +50% Defense, -well, in an ideal world.
She also has that resistance to Max Health Reduction, which could be useful against some invaders.
Celidana’s Passive (50% chance to Boost health by 100 when the enemy fires a Special) will also assist, helping her stay relevant, when she’s not taking a bucket load of damage.
And finally, the Element Link Fiend Immunity will be great next year (when there’s a chance for it to protect all allies, along with another 2022 HotM).
But for me, Celidana won’t be a star on either Offense or Defense, however, she will reach near-celebrity status in two other significant areas of the game…
Where Celidana Will Shine (October 2022 HotM)
That brings us onto where Celidana’s really valuable; Rush Wars/Tournaments and Map/Event Stages.
See, anything that speeds her up makes her giddy; like a kid on candy or a banker on an ’emergency fund’. Same thing.
And this isn’t just another, ‘oh, that Slow hero will be good at Rush’, like you’d say of a tall kid and basketball.
This is a formidable hero made too Slow to be effective in the normal universe, but I’m betting that at Warp-9, she’ll be able to nudge her way onto an elite team or two.
And that goes for Map/Event Stages too, where you have time to build up the double Boosted Health of your heroes, and maybe also shield them with a Minion or two.
Celidana’s got a lot going for her in these areas and can offer hope in others, enough to make her a hero I’d want to own myself.
Celidana Empires and Puzzles – Hero of the Month October 2022
My final thoughts:
Celidana is a mixed bag; on one hand, she’s full of potential that she never really meets, while on the other, she’s a genuine top-tier asset.
Holy HotMs are uniquely important because average players venturing into the upper echelons will undoubtedly find themselves facing Dark monsters, -most likely sitting as Tank.
For that reason, Celidana will find herself being called up to stand shoulder to shoulder, in a Holy Stack, bonded by Element in this momentous war against the forces of darkness.
And in such circumstances, she will be able to help. In fact, some onlookers might even hail her as pivotal when events conspire in her favour.
Though in her solitude, she will know what we all do; that she was not born with the power to bring down the living terrors that exist in this domain. -She can but give aid to those who were.
Still, when away from the fray (Raids/Defense), Celidana will likely be a delight to own. A real asset for completing even the hardest of Map and Event Stages.
And, she’ll likely be feared in Rush Wars and Tournaments as she quickly Overheals for ridiculous numbers at Very Fast… Then, sets up a barricade to keep those closest to her safe.
What are your thoughts on Celidana?
Hero Grade for Celidana (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? Only in support.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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