How Good is Cristobal? Empires and Puzzles Interview

Screenshot of Cristobal's Hero Card from Empires and Puzzles

Cristobal is a 5-Star hero from the Empires and Puzzles event, Tower Of Magic. I interviewed him for this review, and he explained that he’s tired of people sleeping on this skillset, just because he doesn’t look like a traditional fighter.

In his own words, “They scoff at the mere mention of my name. Yes, I’m a gentleman. I will always remove my jabot and earrings before battle, but I have earnt my victories in the streets and even the old colosseum. I shan’t be denied”.

If you want to read the full interview, stick around.

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Cristobal’s Troubled Past

Question (OC): Cristobal, please tell us a little about yourself.

Cristobal: I was a poor and sickly child, but always loved Magic, nature, and fashion. It was as a teen that I sought out my mentor, seˈɲor Alejandro, an emerald Sorcerer. And it was he, who saw fit for me to learn the lance, alongside my traditional studies into the mystical Arts. Well, the rest is history, as they say. You need not know more, for it was my victories which led me to your beloved, Empires and Puzzles. And it shall be my victories here, which will be imprinted into your memories. Here is my card, Sir:

Element: Nature (Green)

Class: Sorcerer

Mana Speed: Magic

Special Skills Tier-1: 1) Deals 235% damage to the target. 2) Deals 470% damage if the target has less than 50% health remaining.

Special Skills Tier-2: 1) Deals 200% damage to all enemies. 2) Deals 400% damage if the target has more than 50% health remaining.

Passive: STATUS EFFECT ON FULL CHARGE ~ On a fully charged Special Skill this Hero has a 50% chance to give -20% attack for 3 turns to all enemies that are not of Nature element.

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.

Graphic: Tower Of Magic Cristobal Empires and Puzzles

Should you level Cristobal? (Empires and Puzzles)

Question (OC): Cristobal, should our readers invest their time and resources into your development?

Cristobal: I am but a man, with yet only two hands. You see, One can not claim to be mightier than another, for we are all but flesh.

Old Cynic: Well dear reader, I’ll give you my opinion: Cristobal is one of the best “come-back” heroes in Empires and Puzzle. Here’s my review:

If you’ve read my earlier post about the new Tower Of Magic, you’ll already know that these new heroes enjoy 2 separate Specials. The first is at a near equivalent to VERY FAST mana speed, while the second is close to SLOW.

Cristobal’s Tier-1 Special (Very Fast): Charmed Dual Blade

Cristobal’s first Special sees him behave like a Sniper, hitting a single threat for 235% damage. There is a possibility of more damage (470%), but the target needs to have less than 50% health remaining for that to happen.

The goal here is to get that 470% strike, otherwise you’re leaving a lot on the table. And that might be easier than expected.

For example, if you’ve been tapping the Tank with tiles, they might be under 50% health at (or near) the time of Cristobal’s Charge.

Or, maybe it’s later in the game. Then, you might have lots of options.

Either way, this first Special could be surprisingly useable on Offense. Although admittedly, not so great on a CPU Defense.

Let’s get a chart out and compare Cristobal with some other quick snipers:

HeroMana SpeedDamage/OtherSecondary
CristobalVery Fast235% damage to target… Maybe 470% if less than 50% HPnill puntos
MalosiVery Fast300% damage to the targetTarget can not cast new status effects or stacks on anyone for 3 turns (E&P royalty)
MagniFast420% damage to the targetCaster and NB get +63% Defense for 4 turns
Bai YeongFast320% damage to the targetTarget gets -75% Accuracy for 2 turns
CobaltNinja 1290% damage to the target, with a 60% chance to bypass buffsnill puntos
Cristobal compared to similar heroes

Cristobal looks strong on this chart, if you can get that 470%.

Related: How good is Motega?

Cristobal’s Tier-2 Special (Slow): Charmed Dual Blade

When you look at Cristobal’s second Special, you quickly realise that he doesn’t believe in defeat. When all hope is lost and the crows are circling, when the ref’s count reaches 9 and he’s waving fingers in your face, when you turn 40 and your metabolism gives up…

That’s when Cristobal is grinning like a psychotic Wrestler, shaking his fist in the air, as life slaps him, again and again… “Cristobal! Cristobal! Cristobal!” go the voices in his head.

Cristobal is capable of unleashing all manor of hell upon the dancing pixels on your screen. He is the Phoenix, and will annihilate the enemy team with 400% damage across the board, if they have over 50% health remaining. And that 400% is the most devastating force in the whole of Empires and Puzzles.

Let’s compare:

HeroMana SpeedDamageSecondary
Cristobal
Tier-2
SlowDeals 200% damage to all enemies… or 400% if more than 50% HP50% chance to give -20% attack to all enemies that are not Nature (green)
Milena
Tier-2
SlowDeals 390% damage to all enemiesDispels buffs from all enemies. 50% chance to give 25% mana to all allies that are not Ice (blue)
KillhareAverageDeals 300% damage to all enemiesAll allies get -20% defense
Cobalt
Ninja-3
SlowDeals 360% damage to all enemies100% chance to bypass defensive buffs (including counterattack)
Onyx
Ninja-3
SlowDeals 350% damage to all enemies All enemies are immune to new buffs for 5 turns. Dispels all buffs from all enemies
BoboSlowDeals 320% damage to all enemiesEnemy with the highest base defense gets -60% defense for 4 turns. Enemy with the highest base attack gets -60% attack for 4 turns. These can not be cleansed.
Cristobal compared to similar heroes

If Cristobal manages to hit for 400% to all, then obviously it’s awesome. Just imagine casting Defense-down before he slaps the senses out of them…

However, in order to get that 400% you need your opposition to have more than 50% HP. So late in the battle, you might be better off hitting Cristobal’s Tier-1 repeatedly.

Either way, you have 2 great options on your hands.

Cristobal – Empires and Puzzles Tower Of Magic

Question (OC): Cristobal, do you have any final words for your adoring fans?

Cristobal: Now I see that you respect my abilities, I can be on my way. And to your readers I say: I have only one stipulation, before I will join your roster; free access to dry-cleaning. For I should not have to pay to wash your enemies blood out of my fine silks and fabrics. ‘Til we meet again!

Well there you have it folks…. Cristobal has left the building.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity

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

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4 Comments

  1. Haha, funny interview 🙂

    I wish I got this guy. I don’t have a 5-star green except Horghall (whom I won’t spent ascension mats on) and his damage is nice. It would be great if he did something extra like defense down, silence for a turn, or whatever, but with very fast attack and a slow 400% attack he’s already strong.

    1. Thanks byzanthia! I think the developers are cautious about pushing up the top-end damage, and this time balanced it by limiting his secondaries. That said…. Milena.

      Thanks for stopping by

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