Cupido is busting outta the Empires and Puzzles Season of Love portal with the rest of the Cupid Family right behind him, and he’s about to cause a shift in the Mindless Attack metric, -Slapping 3 targets at a relatively zippy, Average Speed.
Yesterday, I mentioned Cupido in my Empires and Puzzles Museum roundup post, and sure enough, he’s emerged unchanged from his second stint in Beta.
And as a result, this shouldn’t take too long, so let’s crack on!
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.
Cupido’s Stats and Special Skills (Love Conquers All)
Element: Fire (Red) Class: Ranger Mana Speed: Average
Cupid Family Bonus: Supports other families and realms. Solo Heroes (Heroes with no family or realm members in the team) get +20% increase for any healing received.
Passive Skill: RESIST SPECIAL SKILL BLOCKING ~ This character has innate resistance against Status Ailments that block Special Skills.
Special Skill (Love Conquers All): 1. Deals 295% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. The target and nearby enemies automatically cast Healing Gift when Mana is full at the start of a turn during 3 turns. Healing Gift: Recovers 20% health for the enemy with the lowest remaining HP in proportion to their max health.
Talent: PIERCE ~ +25% chance to bypass defensive buffs when attacking. This includes counterattacks.
How good is Cupido? (Empires and Puzzles)
It’s Valentine’s Day! Booooooo!
I swear, I was just sitting in front of the window looking out at a tree, and these 2 birds were sitting on a branch, all fluttering and playing with each other.
It was proper sickening.
I’m joking, I love romance…
Remember back in the day, when people used to send roses to their sweetheart’s office or workplace? Then they’d come back from lunch and see them on their desk, all surprised and whatnot. Ahhhhh! 💗
I’d love to do that job; go ’round delivering roses so I could see the look on people’s faces as they secretly hoped I was there for them.
And then their faces when they realised I’m not. 😁
That said, it’s been a good few years since I’ve seen something like that first-hand. Back in the 80s and 90s, the movies were stuffed with grand gestures of love.
Then Titanic came out and made it clear; I’ve gotta be willing to pluck your stiffened fingers from the liferaft and set you adrift.
Never let go… right. Gotya.
I kid, I kid!
OK, on to Cupido, the new master of Mindless Attack… AKA, Healing Gift.
Cupido’s Special Skill (Empires and Puzzles)
I’ve reworded the Special Skill slightly in my description, mainly because I think it can be hard to understand what’s going on here.
As explained yesterday and as you’ve no doubt seen from playing the Season of Love Event, “Healing Gift” is effectively Mindless Attack, but instead of slapping an Ally on charged Mana, the victim will heal an Enemy for 20%.
The main thing with Cupido, from my point of view, is that he moves the metric forward for what you can expect from a Mindless Attack Hero (targeting 3 enemies on an Average charge for the first time).
Additionally, he changes the mechanism; by no longer causing the victim to hit out at one of their own allies, and instead causing them to heal one of their foes.
Of course, the most important element of the Mindless Attack/Healing Gift is that it uses up the victim’s Mana, stopping them from using their own Special Skill when fully charged.
Cupido Vs. The Mindless Attackers (Empires and Puzzles)
Let’s line up the Mindless Attackers side by side:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Damage||Mindless Attack (MA)||MA Turns||Other|
|Cupido||Average (10 tiles)||295% to the target and nearby enemies||Target & NB (3)||3||Instead of hitting ally, target heals enemy for 20%|
|Costumed Misandra||Fast (8 tiles)||280% to the target||Target & 42% chance of up to +3 random enemies (up to 4)||3||Additional hits deal minor damage (140%)|
|Hohenwerf||Fast (8 tiles)||450% to the target||Target (1)||*4||Fiend stealing 30% max-health/|
|Bubbles||Fast (8 tiles)||480% to the target||Target and shift to another enemy if triggered within the 4 turns, resetting the duration||4||The target gets -44% Defense for 4 turns.|
|Waddles (4-Star)||Fast (8 tiles)||365% to the target||Target and shift to another enemy if triggered within the 3 turns, resetting the duration||3|
|Kullervo||Average (10 tiles)||300% to the target & 470% to a random enemy||Target and random hit enemy (2)||3||MA is uncleansable and lasts 2 turns longer against Dark Heroes|
|Zocc||Average (10 tiles)||300% to the target||Target (1)||3||Increases the mana of target by 50%|
|Quintus Cx2||Slow (12 tiles)||300% to target & NB||Target & NB (3)||4|
|Alfrike||V. Slow (13.5 tiles)||200% to hit targets||5 random enemies||3||Reduces max health of hit enemies by 224 (up to a min. 30% health)|
Cupido and C2 Quintus…
Cupido’s offering near everything C2. Quintus is, -just quicker (Ave Vs. Slow).
For those keeping count, C2. Quintus has a base-stat Att of 753, while Cupido enjoys 826.
Although, looking at C2. Quintus in-game, he also gets a Costume Bonus of +15% Att.
The main difference is that Quintus will run Mindless Attack for 4 turns, while Cupido is only flexing for 3 turns.
And on the side, these Cupid Heroes share a strong Passive; an innate resistance against Status Ailments that block Special Skills.
If I’m honest, I expect Mindless Attack will continue to be attached to faster and faster Heroes, so I make no apologies for it leaving me nowhere to go grading-wise…
Cupido, and any that arrive after him, will be graded highly until I have time to review all Heroes and rebalance them based on this significant change (which is unlikely given the resources available to me).
T-3 is meant to delineate the OP monsters from the rest, and I’m only too happy to list them here as and when they arrive!
Cupido, Himeros, & Phthonus (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
There’s not really much to add, we all know how strong Cupido is.
On the subject, I also like Himeros, a real big hitter (460%) at Very Fast. It’s cool the way she dispels Buffs from the target before sticking the boot in. -Plus a +40% Buff for herself and nearby allies.
For reference, Erebus does 520% damage at a similar speed (first charge).
Himeros looks like a great Hero for stacking on Offence. Of course, snipers always struggle in my grading system, but that doesn’t change how effective they can be.
Phthonus is another solid Hero, although he’s not really designed to be effective. I mean, hitting all for 360% and then dispelling Status Effects, isn’t great.
And then, he recovers health based on each Effect removed… What, after Counterattack catches him?
Still, when the stars align he’ll look fantastic. Plus, compare him with the old guard, and he’s a decent hitter for Slow. And with all the Status Effects currently being used, he’ll probably get in some decent healing, too.
Anyway, for me, this portal is all about Cupido. And to imagine, he was first introduced to Beta at Fast!
As always, thank you for reading, and please feel free to have your say in the comments below.
💕 Happy Valentine’s Day! And yes, send the flowers! 💕
Hero Grade for Cupido
So for my grading, the question is:
Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle? Yes.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? N/a.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐⭐⭐
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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