The Best 3-Star Heroes in Empires and Puzzles (Top 10)

There are some amazing 3-Star heroes in Empires and Puzzles, one of which I recently reviewed (Bertulf). With little happening in the game, I thought it would be fun to compile a list of the Best 3-Star heroes in all of Empires and Puzzles.

It wasn’t easy, because the selection pool is massive and ridiculous. And, the 3-Starers are really benefiting from all the new heroes we’re seeing.

You’ve got all the 3-Star heroes from Season 1, 2, 3, & 4. Plus, all the 3-Star heroes from all of the events… That’s a crazy amount to sort through.

So, if your favourite hero isn’t on the list, feel free to make an argument for them in the comments below.

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Caveat: This post represents game-play speculation and personal opinion. It is not advice.

Empires and Puzzles Best 3-Star Heroes

My criteria – I was looking for heroes that are:

  • great for new players (who might actually need them for Raids and Stages)
  • great for completing Quest Stages quickly
  • great for standard Tournaments
  • great for Very Fast Tournaments
  • and great against Titans

I wasn’t too interested in Power stats. So, a Season 4 hero couldn’t beat-out a Season 1 hero, just based on Power stats alone. This list is all about abilities and usefulness.

Finally, if I included a summoner, it was less likely that I would include another summoner elsewhere. That was to reduce inclusion based on my personal preference towards a particular skillset.

Anyway, here we go….

#10 Kvasir (Best 3-Star Hero Review)

Special Skills (Bee Bravado): 1. Summons a Bee Minion for each ally. The Bee Minion inherits 15% HP and 17% attack from the caster. 2. Each hit from the Bee Minion gives the target the following status ailments: 3. The target receives 32 Poison damage over 2 turns. 4. The target can’t receive new Minions for 4 turns.

Kvasir's Empires and Puzzles  Hero Card

Kvasir is a Season 3 hero, who is actually the reason why I became so fond of 3-Star heroes.

Yes, he looks like he’s on a bit of a sugar-high. Or, is it the bee-venom, passing through the Blood-Brain Barrier?

Either way, Kvasir looks … Unstable, and unkempt. But it’s cool, because apparently the bees obey the whiff of his odour, and at the outstretching of his arm, will line-up in a defensive formation in front of his friends.

Not only that, but the bees actually have the ability to stop the enemy from making their own Minions.

And that simple skillset makes Kvasir great for Stages and Tournaments -As long as you’re not against the clock.

It’s fair to say, Kvasir’s getting on in age, and in truth, he barely made this list. Season 3 was a lifetime ago in Game-years, but for now, he holds onto the 10th spot.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

#9 Chick Jr. (Empires and Puzzles Review)

Special Skills (Compact Lance): 1. Deals 180% damage to all enemies. 2. The caster gets -20% attack for 3 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled.

Chick Jr.'s Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Chick Jr., Son of Chick Snr., is a Springvale hero.

Dealing 180% to all enemies is a powerful trick for such a small chicken. But like the other Springvale heroes, life has penalised him for his efforts, with -20% attack for 3 turns.

It’s not the end of the world though, because at Average speed, he has more than enough time to recharge and go again.

Chick Jr. makes this list because of the guaranteed damage he can inflict on all enemies.

However, looking at a fully levelled Chick Jr., I’d be a bit concerned about his longevity.

Impressed? Puns not used: Cooked, Roasted, Fried, Soup, Sandwich, Skinned, Lunch… Breast.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

#8 Bauchan (Knights of Avalon Empires and Puzzles Review)

Special Skills (Goblin Fury): 1. Deals 105% damage to all enemies. 2. Reduces the mana of all enemies by 20%. 3. All allies get +24% mana generation for 4 turns.

Bauchan's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Bauchan is a Knights of Avalon hero, who really isn’t as scary as he thinks he is.

But before that, Knights of Avalon anyone? It feels like a long time since we’ve seen that event.

Anyway, I was bouncing between Bauchan and Ei-Dunn for this spot. Bauchan took it because he reduces the mana of all enemies, and increases mana generation for all of his allies.

I own Bauchan. In fact, that’s mine in the pic aside. And I have to say, mana control in a 3-Star battle isn’t earth shattering. -These small guys scrap like my dog and his bunny; before you know it, it’s all over.

That said, Bauchan does speed the team up, and at Average speed himself, you won’t have to wait too long for it. He also hits all enemies, which can be useful when against the clock.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

#7 Poppy (Best 3-Star Hero in Empires and Puzzles)

Special Skills (Ricocheting Bolt): 1. Deals 300% damage to the target. 2. Has a 42% chance for additional hits on random enemies up to 3 times. 3. Additional hits deal minor damage.

Poppy's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Poppy’s got quite the reputation, and for good reason.

She’s a new Season 4 hero, so her stats are stronger than her peers, and looking at her strike, 300% is formidable.

Her ‘additional’ hits, should they happen, equate to 150% each (thanks Guvnor), which is awesome.

The best case scenario is that Poppy hits off 4 times, totalling 750% damage -Huge.

And while there’s only a 42% chance to make those extra hits, in my experience, fortune does seem to favour her.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

#6 Gunnar (3 Star Hero Empires and Puzzles Review)

Special Skills (Spirit Link): 1. All allies share received damage with each other for 5 turns. All allies get +63% defense for 5 turns.

Gunnar's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Gunnar was around before the dawn of time. Before the beginnings of the World. Before the formation of the Planets. He is the oldest hero in Empires and Puzzles, and yet still, he appears in the best 3-Star Defenses.

I really like Dolgoon, and while his first tier Shared-Damage Special only lasts for 2 turns, Gunnar’s will last for 5 turns.

He’s a hero more than capable of winning a battle.

And while others may copy him, he remains the Gold standard.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity

Top 5, 3-Star Heroes in Empires and Puzzles

#5 Grevle (Best 3 Star in Empires and Puzzles Review)

Special Skills (Traveler’s Snack): 1. Boosts health of all allies by 250 HP. 2. If health exceeds max HP, it is added as temporary HP. 3. Max temporary HP is 100% of max HP. 4. Boosted health counters max HP reduction. 5. All allies get +30% attack for 4 turns.

Grevle's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Grevle is a Season 3, 3-Star hero. And if you don’t have Gullinbursti, he can do the job for you.

I’ve used him for:

– Stages, to create double-health for the entire team, before the Boss

– Wars, to clean up teams which might be missing a Tank

– And of course, 3-Star Tournaments

Also, it’s worth noting that Grevle has a cheeky +30% Attack-up for all allies. Nothing crazy, but a nice little boost nonetheless.

So, while the recent influx of new heroes may have diminished his value some-what, Grevle still remains top tier.

It’s his value across the game, which has secured him a spot on my list.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity

#4 Frosty (Underwild Empires and Puzzles Review)

Special Skills (Joyful Backup): 1. Recovers 32% Health for all Allies. 2. Summons an Elf Minion for each ally with 10% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.

Frosty's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Frosty is the best 3-Star healer in Empires and Puzzles. He shook up the world!

Frosty knows he’s a badass. Just check the pose.

This guy’s a super healer with a sting in his tail.

Yes, his healing is standard (for 3-Star healers) at 32%, but that’s between 350-400HP for my 3-Stars.

On top of that, he creates Minions worth 109 HP each. For the record, Kvasir produces Minions worth 142 each.

Frosty’s useful in every part of the game, aside from Time-trial events and Titans. For Stages, you can have 3 Minions in front of every hero before meeting the Boss. In Wars, he’s perfectly capable of assisting with a clean-up and offering good support on the battlefield.

Frosty’s main issue is his Element; Ice (Blue). Because there are so many other Ice heroes vying for a spot on the team -Gunnar, Nordri, and Chick Jr., to name but a few.

There are some really great 3-Star healers in the game, like Helo and C.Hawkmoon, but the difference maker for me, is the fact that he has those awesome Minions.

Because when an enemy is holding onto life by the skin-of-their-teeth, a tap from a Minion could ease their suffering.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity

#3 Maeve (Slayers of Fell Shadows Empires and Puzzles Review)

Special Skills (Stalling Assassin’s Blades): 1. Deals 260% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. The target and nearby enemies get -44% defense for 3 turns. 3. Stack (Max 10): The caster gets +5% mana generation. 4. Stack (Max 10): The caster recovers 5 HP each turn.

Maeve's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Maeve is a 3-Star hero from the Slayers Of Fell Shadows event. She looks fantastic and that’s because she hits like a truck, and leaves her victims with their defenses down.

At one point, I was actually considering Costumed Isshtak, precisely because of his Defense-down skill. -It’s a powerful ability which is hard to come by in the 3-Star realm.

But Maeve is the best choice. While she is Slow (compared to C.Isshtak who’s Average), she is devastating.

260% to all three targets is a shuddering thought, and then to leave them defenseless, is shocking treatment.

All you need is for another heavy hitter to follow in her wake, and it should be Game Over.

And, we’ve not even touched on Very Fast Tournaments.

Memoirs are full of the sorrow Maeve’s left behind: ‘It was Maeve, who first took my soul. But, it was my own foolishness which caused me to be reckless in her presence. I rue the day I met that woman.’

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity

#2 Shrubbear (Best 3-Star Hero in Empires and Puzzles Review)

Special Skills (Camouflage Foliage): 1. The caster gets Taunt that prevents enemies from using Special Skills on the caster’s allies for 4 turns. 2. The caster gets +63% defense for 4 turns. 3. The caster gets +74% defense against Special Skills for 4 turns.

Shrubbear's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Shrubbear is from the Riddles of Wonderland event, and he’s the only 3-Star hero in the game who can cast Taunt.

When he starts to appear in Tournaments, I know it’s time to start prepping my losing speech, and working out what I’ll do with all my free time tomorrow.

He does everything a good Taunt’er should do.

+63% Defense-up against normal damage is substantial, and +74% against Specials is awesome.

Shrubbear’s a solid favourite for Tournament Defenses, recently appearing in 5 out of the top 10.

When this list was first published, Shrubbear appeared at #1. But, someone else was more deserving…

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity

#1 Bertulf (3-Star Review Empires and Puzzles)

Special Skills (Magnificent Meal): 1. All allies get +100% normal attack for 4 turns. 2. This effect can be active in addition to effects that alter attack in general. 3. Normal attacks can have a total maximum of +160% increased power while this effect is active.

Bertulf's Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Bertulf is a hero from the Clash Of Knights event.

I recently reviewed Bertulf, highlighting his greatness, because he’s simply epic.

To get the full picture, please read that review. Because whatever I say here, won’t do him justice.

The fact is, this 3-Star hero can boost normal attack by 100%. And he will stack for up to 160% damage.

If you don’t have another significant Attack-up option, or if you’re tired of missing with Wu Kong, then Bertulf’s your guy.

He’s obviously amazing against Titans, but he also does a solid job on Map/Quest Stages, where he can speed up a round by slicing through the opposition, like a hot knife through jelly (you wanted butter, right?).

I recently included Bertulf as part of my Raid team in a 4-Star Tournament. And it’s that action, which has prompted me to revise this list. Because I couldn’t, in good conscience, leave him at #2.

No other 3-Star has his ability. There is no competition. He is a 4-Star hero, masquerading as a 3-Star.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity

Empires and Puzzles, the Best 3-Star Heroes

That was even harder than anticipated -The list even changed a few times, with the number 1 spot changing hands a few times.

And yes, there are so many missing heroes. I personally had high-hopes for Vollermork, but he’s proving to be a bit of a dud on my squad. But what about Nordri, Sudri, Gramps, Bjorn, and even Melia?

I had to simmer it down to 10, and also tried to limit repeat/similar abilities for varieties sake. So forgive me if your favourite hero is missing.

But before you go, what does your top 10 look like?

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  1. Thanks for the analysis. I do sorta feel like a top 10 is almost a bit too exclusive, I’d like to see a few more heroes, although I do understand the amount of time and effort it takes just to get to the point of narrowing down a top 10, so don’t hate me for wanting some more.

    What I’d really like to see, however, is a top 10 of the 4* heroes. Do you plan on doing that one anytime soon? Cheers.

    1. Hi MC, it’s a difficult thing to narrow it down 10, but it’s also an opportunity to have a bit of fun. I will be doing more of these post, so a 4-Star list will materialise. But first, there are a few reviews I have to write.

      Thanks for visiting and reading!

  2. I like combining Maeve an Noril for the family bonus, along with Gunnar-clone Kailani to keep them alive. Especially on the three star rush tournaments.

    Poppy is another one I’ve wanted to level but just have been busy leveling other heroes.

    1. Sounds like a solid team, and Poppy is definitely a superstar. I always look forward to 3-Star tournaments, but the stronger your team going in, the harder the battle! Still fun tho.

      Thanks for sharing your team!

      1. I use Maeve,Kvasir,Bjorn,poppy..and it depends,sometimes arman,sometimes Volermork,sometimes Gramps as fifth…and it works perfectly…after Maeve and Bjorn, battle is practicly over

  3. Nice analysis!.
    I always thought the lower tier tournaments were the foremost pinnacle of use, atleast for the 3* bracket.
    Everything else (events) i tend to forcefeed with damage sharers like Gunnar, or 4* Wilbur and lots of perishables like arrows, axes, bombs and dragon attacks to get good rating.

    That being said: In the PVP-tournaments 3*/rush i have recently found a bit of a goto fav hero, and that is Oberon.C.. i even went full throttle on him just to explore his usefulness, i.e Limitbroken, Full talent, and close to max troop, and i can say he is an absolute monster.
    647’631’1281 out in the field and does a 510 poisondamage over 3 turns.. uncleansable.
    in the lineup with jahanghir, arman, oberon they pump out 266damage/turn.. that is an annoying feature to meet in rush tournaments 😉
    (last two spots is Gunnar and Gramps for def/rebounce)

    1. Cheers Cougar. I love 3-Stars Tournaments too, though they rarely end well. Playing today’s round got me thinking about this list….. I could revise it 10 times and still think… What about him/her!

      Good luck with your Tournament!

  4. Hi,

    I’ve built my roster from the ground up, so I must have at least 20 of the 3* at +20 and quite a few limit broken. I also think I have all 3* heroes, including all costumes. In last weeks tournament I ended in place 101, so just outside the leaderboard list. The point I’m trying to make is that I’m more focused on 3* and 4* than on 5* and at a competitive level.

    In this context, I’m asking my question.

    Just what are you doing with Shrubbear to find him the 2nd best 3* hero? The only use case I’ve ever found for him was to use him as a green tank in extra fast tournaments where red heroes are not allowed.

    I have since stripped him of emblems and never use him anymore. When I meet him in tournaments, I colour stack + bring Edd who stops his buff and/or a dispeller and bar a terrible board Shrubbear is toast. Since the rest of all your 3* heroes listed are some of the best ones, I must be missing something.

    What do you do with Shrubbear in attack that makes him so useful? Or any other situation where he adds such high value?



  5. Hi OldCynic,

    what if you had to choose S1 heroes only (apart for Gunnar, he’s already in)?

    I cannot decide between Karil and Valen (i have both costumes) and if Jahangir is worth maxing (for 3 stars tournaments only).

    Again, thx!

    1. As with everything else, the newer heroes definitely overpower the older ones. I have Karil with his Costume, but haven’t bothered with Valen. But I have Defense-down with C.Isshtak.

      At my stage, with x2 – x5 3-Star options, I won’t level S1 3-Stars. Maybe with Costumes.

      I have C.Jahangir & he is cool for tournaments, but not as powerful as I remember when on the receiving end!

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