How Good is Costumed Francine? Empires and Puzzles Review

Screenshot of Costume Francine's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Costumed Francine is a crazy buff on Standard Francine, so there’s a lot to be excited about. Francine is, of course, part of the Empires and Puzzles Halloween event (Return to Morlovia), and in this review, I’ll be comparing her with her non-costumed counterpart and a few others.

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Caveat: This post contains gameplay speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain comedy and sarcasm. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.

Costumed Francine’s Element, Class, Special Skills, & Talents

Here’s her info:

Element: Nature (Green)

Class: Sorcerer

Mana Speed: Fast

Special Skills (Electric Stab) 1. Deals 225% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. Cleanses status ailments from all allies at the end of each turn for 3 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled. 3. All Ice enemies get -54% defense against Nature for 3 turns.

Talent: DELAY ~ +15% chance to drop the mana generation of the enemy by -50% for 2 turns after dealing damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.

Family Bonus (Morlovia): 2/3 Halloween heroes on the same team benefit from a 5%/12% mana generation.

Costumed Francine – Empires and Puzzles

Is Costumed Francine worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)

Yes. She’s a monster.

A couple of days ago, I reviewed Costumed Vanda, explaining that she was my favourite Halloween hero. But I missed something key -Something that elevates Francine to Diety status.

What’s worst than facing Vanda’s Status Ailment Immunity? Facing Francine’s Status Ailment Cleansing. Why? Because you can’t Dispelled Francine’s.

And if you rely on Status Aliments, then facing Francine is going to be problematic.

Let’s compare her to her non-costumed counterpart and a few other heroes:

HeroMana SpeedBag Of Tricks
Costumed FrancineFastDeals 225% damage to target and NB, Cleanses status ailments from allies for 3 turns (can’t be dispelled), & Ice enemies get -54% defense against Nature for 3 turns
FrancineFastDeals 225% damage to target and NB, Cleanses status ailments from allies for 3 turns, Deals extra damage against Ice.
Costume VandaVery FastDeals 115% damage to all, caster steals 51% of all healing for 3 turns, & all allies are immune for 3 turns
GrazulVery FastRecovers 15% health for all allies & All allies are immune to new status ailments for 2 turns
GarnetNinja x1 Charge180 HP for all allies (over-healing if already maxed) & all allies are immune for 2 turns
Costume KadilenFastDeals 170% damage to all, all allies get +45% chance to dodge Specials for 3 turns, & each dodge summons a Minion (15% HP / 15% Attack)
MorelFastDeals 180% damage to all & all enemies get -34% defense for 3 turns
Costume Francine compared to similar heroes

Note: While reviewing these heroes, it’s important to know what order their Special skills occur. To learn more about Hero Cards, see this post.

Costumed Francine’s Electric Stab

Costumed Francine is clearly an improvement on her non-costumed counterpart. While they share near-identical Specials, the costume is supercharged. The main difference is that C.Francine’s Cleanse is Undispellable (which is no small buff). Also, she actually casts Defense-down for Ice against Nature (but we’ll come back to that).

Next, we have her Halloween partner in crime; Vanda. Defense-down aside, I liked Costumed Vanda’s strike against all enemies and her Very Fast mana speed. But the matter of Immunity is key for me, as neither of them is going to flatten the opposition with their strikes. And an Undispellable Cleanse, surely has to take priority over a Dispellable Immunity?

Still, we have to acknowledge a small window of opportunity presented by Francine, but all things being equal, I’d take Costumed Francine’s Cleansing over Vanda’s Immunity.

Against the others on the list, Costume Francine more than holds her own. She is one of the best heroes in the game.

Finally, we return to the -54% Defense-down for Ice, against Nature. And this makes Costume Francine even more formidable against Titans, and when in a Nature stacked team.

This version of Francine is epic and does a lot for a Fast mana charge.

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My final thoughts:

Costumed Francine offers a lot for a Fast charge, and my fear would be seeing her paired with a good mana-booster like Xnolphod. Imagine the loop these two could create.

Now, Francine doesn’t need to be any quicker than Fast. I’m actually concerned with the time after she first fires off because there’s an opportunity to have her charge her mana while protected by her own Cleansing. The goal being, to have her fire off again -ASAP. Ideally, keeping the entire team protected by her Cleanse for as long as the battle rages.

And that would be my tip for best utilising her; teaming her with a Mana booster and a solid healer. Because she doesn’t create any healing herself, and lord knows if I see her, I’m gunning for her.

Also, let’s not forget about her Family bonus, which would also help in making her quicker.

I actually think Francine’s non-dispellable Cleansing is OP because managing Status Effects is how a player like me competes with the Top tier. If I can’t make them miss, silence them, or stop them from casting Status Effects, well, I’m in for a long night.

Congrats to anyone who pulled her!

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐⭐

What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. Definitely a really good hero. I agree she’s better than Vanda. Francine was good before but now she’s great.

  2. How does Victor compare with Francine and Vanda since Victor was one of the original Morlovia heroes? I noticed both Vanda and Francine have 812 as their power but Victor has a respectable 790 for being an older hero. So far with 30 of 40 hero tokens used I have pulled 2 Victors, Vanda and Frank (although I already had Frank albeit without the costume) and already had Valeria, Jack and Vlad, too.

    1. I actually like Victor and if he were part of another family, he’d really stand out. He does a lot for Very Fast, and has a chance of healing. His stackable ailment looks great on Raids (as you can manage it better), and the defence down at V.Fast is akin to Morel (-34% defense) -making him an option on defense in my mind. That said, sounds like you have 5 better options, but he’d be awesome for many! I do plan to review him but have an eye on the Clash of Knights around the corner… Thanks for stopping by!

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