Guan Yu Review – Empires and Puzzles

Guan Yu Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Guan Yu is an Empires and Puzzle 5-Star hero, and part of the War Of The Three Kingdoms family. I didn’t mean to overlook him, there was just a lot going on. But now’s a great time to sit back and reflect on this true master of destruction.

Don’t forget to check out my guide for the War Of The Three Kingdoms, which also includes a look at all the new heroes.

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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.

Guan Yu’s Stats and Special Skills (Green Dragon Crescent Blade)

Element: Nature (Green)

Class: Paladin

Mana Speed: Average

Family Bonus (for 1/2/3 Kingdom Heroes): 1. 2/4/6% 3/6/10% 2/4/6% mana each time a minion is summoned for the Hero. 2. 2/3/4% 4/6/8% 3/5/7% heal each time a minion is summoned for the Hero.

[This Family Bonus was buffed/nerfed after this review – Details updated, although the review remains the same.]

Special Skills (Green Dragon Crescent Blade): 1. Deals 390% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. Damage bypasses minions. 3. Target and nearby get -25% defense and a further -3% for each minion owned by enemies for 3 turns… Up to -70% defense. This effect can not be cleansed.

Talent: PROTECT ~ +25% chance to get +25% defense for 2 turns after receiving and damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.

[This hero was buffed – Details updated.]

Guan Yu – Empires and Puzzles

Guan Yu and his Awesome Special

Here’s what he does…

First, he slaps 3 enemies for 390% each, ignoring any minions in his path.

Next, he inflicts between -25% and -70% defense to the same 3 targets, depending on how many minions the team has.

Finally, even after he fires off, the -defense can increase to as much as -70%, if the opposition increases the number of minions they have.

Is Guan Yu worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)

We often forget how brave these minion summoners are. They come into our realm, from beyond the digital wall, and immediately face adversity.

There’s a long list of villains to watch out for, all itching for the opportunity to get in a little beat-down.

And for what? -Not everybody knows Mr. Pengi. All that most of them do, is create new life…

Heck, the tax implications alone would make our government giddy.

But not so much, Guan Yu.

Here he comes, with only one mind, -to scare the bouncing jellybeans out of these cute flying fluffballs.

Now, you could level this guy, and let him go on his sadistic reign of terror. Or… Or…

You could write to SG and ask them to send him to my account, and I promise (I promise!), summoners across the globe will be safe from his carnage… 👍?

How Good is Guan Yu? (Old Cynic Review)

If you find yourself facing Guan Yu, you’ll quickly realise, he’s a master of mind games; before you know it, he’ll have you doubting your own summoners, -like a waiter with a soggy plaster on his finger…

“Should I take this burger and fries from this suspect waiter with the water-logged plaster, or should I speak to the manager?”

Then it dawns on you… that badge on his chest… he is the manager! -Sorry, Assistant Manager. –Always, Assistant Manager.

I don’t have nothing against that guy, we all need a job, but I ask you:

Did he need to brush your fries with his soggy plaster?

Just asking. For a friend.

My point is, Guan Yu will have you doubting yourself, -wondering, do I fire off Bera or not?

What are the pros and cons?

It’s a real dilemma.

-To take the fries, and get some ketchup to mask the flavour? Or to leave the fries, and have the tough conversation?

A funny GIF of Jeff Goldblum in the fly
Graphic with Guan Yu's from Empires and Puzzles, name.

Guan Yu – Empires & Puzzles: A Nice Table

OK, let’s stop playing around and examine his punching power.

This table compares Guan Yu with some of the best hitters in the game:

HeroMana SpeedDamageSecondary
Guan YuAverage (10 tiles)Deals 390% damage to the target & NBTarget and nearby get between -25% and -70% defense based on minions.
SaoirseSlow (12 tiles)Deals 315% damage to the target & NBTarget and nearby get -54% defense.
PenoliteAverage (10 tiles)Deals 245% damage to allDeals 490% damage against Minion and Fiend summoners. All enemies get -50% decrease for any healing.
EloiseAverage (10 tiles)Deals 270% damage to allDestroys all Minions from all enemies and they can’t get new ones.
TopazNinja-2 (10 tiles)Deals 350% damage to the target & NBDestroys all Minions from the target and nearby enemies. All allies get a small amount of mana for each destroyed Minion.
QuenellFast (8 tiles)Deals 320% damage to the target & NBGains a +40% power boost for her next Special, with a possible top-end hit of 520% damage to 3 targets (1,560% total)
Mr. PengiFast (8 tiles)Deals 450% damage to the targetWill potentially hit another 15 times -up to 1,498% damage
OldCynic.com – Guan Yu compared with similar heroes

As you can see, Guan Yu inflicts a tremendous amount of damage, certainly worthy of the Average charge it takes to get there.

I find the comparison with Saoirse partially interesting.

And what about his -defense? (Empires and Puzzles)

I suspect -70% defense is the best (non-elemental) defense-down in Empires and Puzzles, however, in this instance, it’s based entirely on enemy minions, which is somewhat limiting.

Here’s how it works:

MinionsDefense
0-25%
5-40%
10-55%
15-70%
OldCynic.com – Guan Yu’s Reduced Defense Status Effect

The great thing is, it’s a variable which will shift in response to the number of minions the enemy has.

So, if Reuben fires off after Guan Yu’s slapped everyone, the new minions are only gonna add to your enemy’s woes.

And even better, Guan Yu’s defense ailment is uncleansable:

Screenshot of Guan Yu Defense Ailment in Empires and Puzzles
Guan Yu’s Uncleansable Defense Status Effect

So, Rigard can’t touch it, nor can Freya reverse it.

Think about the control that gives you… The opposition can not raise shields while Guan Yu is flexing…

And we haven’t even discussed the fact that Guan Yu stands opposed to Mr. Pengi… opposed to his minions, and his element.

See, while Guan Yu won’t directly attack the build-up of minions which generally surround Mr. Pengi, he could use that build-up against him.

Want help against Guan Yu’s -Defense?

A few points:

  • Passive Resistance will protect your heroes against it.

-Heroes like Malosi have a Passive Resistance against defense, and all Monk Class heroes have a +30% chance to resist negative status effects (including defense).

  • Also, heroes who can stop Status Effects should protect your team against this Effect.
  • As your team takes damage, and as minions are killed off, so will your defense increase.
  • And finally, most of the time Guan Yu’s not gonna be slapping a team with 15 minions laid out in front of them. So there’s a clear barrier against him meeting his full potential.

Still, for the record, I’d consider anything better than -34% defense, decent.

-44% is top end.

While -70%, is simply ridiculous.

Guan Yu Review (Empires and Puzzles)

My final thoughts:

A reader wanted me to swing back around to the War Of The Three Kingdoms, and left to my own devices, I had to go with Guan Yu.

The fact is, with all the summoners in the game, his special makes him a terrorizing one-man army.

His strike is stunning, completely ignoring any minions, while his defense-down, could easily spell the beginning of the end.

He’s awesome because he specialises in two pivotal parts of the game.

And remember, he bypasses minions, allowing for greater reduced defense, which lucky teammates could capitalise on.

Guan Yu’s introduction to E&P is another piece of devastating news for all summoners; at home and abroad.

Congrats, if you got him.

And, thank you so much for reading!

Hero Grade for Guan Yu (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? Yes.

If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? N/a.

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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8 Comments

  1. He is a scary powerhouse. The hit alone would make him good.
    I am wondering, I guess that his effect takes the same place as def down/ continued def down (Athena etc), so will overwrite those if present.

    What happens if an uncleansable def down is hit by an uncleansable def up? I am guessing the one that was there first will prevail? So krampus will (despite his colour) be a good defence (dont have him, sob sob)

    The next thing we need is a reverse Diaochan, that can give away ailments with each hit of their minions

  2. Getting hit by Guan Yu is not a fun experience. Of course of all pulls I did for WO3K, I got the lame one (Zhuge Liang), and two of him too.

    Recent undead horde wars, I spotted him a lot in left wing defenses and that hit to 3 he gave out hurts a lot. I think after some time, he may even challange for a spot in top 100 defenses.

    1. Hahaha! That’s a crazy question. Both are amazing.

      It really depends on what you need. El-Naddaha’s speed is a factor (Fast) and her buff control is so beneficial in the current game.

      But Pain through Minions with Defense-Down might be the right ticket.

      I would probably personally go for speed (El-Naddaha). But I’d also get them both levelled as priorities.

      Of course, this is not advice, just my opinion. Please speak with others and weigh it up! Thanks for visiting!

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