While Empires and Puzzles is closer to the WWE than the UFC, it’s fair to say, injuries are commonplace. And when it comes to recovery, Hulda has quickly become the popular choice, with 7 out of 10 heroes preferring her bedside manner*.
[*According to our independent survey, carried out in April 2022, sampling a pool of at least 50 participants.]
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Hulda’s Stats and Special Skills (Empires and Puzzles)
Element: Dark (Purple)
Mana Speed: Average
Family Bonus (for 1/2/3/4/5 Underwild Heroes): Between 25% to 45% chance to spawn an Underwild Gem on the board when this hero casts Special Skill. The Underwild Gem deals 50 damage to a random enemy each turn.
Special Skills (Pet Larva): 1. Summons a Larva Minion for each ally with 31% HP inherited from Caster. 2. The Minion recovers 11% health for its owner at the end of each turn. 3. The Minion gives its owner +24% mana generation and +54% defense, as long as the owner has the minion. These effects can not be dispelled.
Passive: Duration of first 3 buffs received from Special is increased by 1 turn.
Talent: MANASHIELD ~ +35% chance to resist any negative mana status effects or effects that prevent the use of Special Skills.
Is Hulda worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
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Hulda’s the physician we all wish we had; A health professional capable of delivering quick diagnosis and a sensible treatment plan.
Plus, she’s got that homely smile and compassionate approach.
Meanwhile, my Doctor’s pushing me out the door just as I arrived.
But Hulda’s not like that. -She takes her time, making sure that every hero under her watch gets a big, plump minion, tending to them.
And these oversized, hovering, caregivers offer 11% healing, +54% Defense (which can’t be dispelled), and +24% mana generation (which can’t be dispelled).
Of course, we gotta acknowledge the doubters…
Hulda’s Unconventional Methods… (Old Cynic Review)
There’s been a lot of talk within the medical community about Hudla’s unconventional methods.
One Professor (who asked not to be named), directly refuted Hulda’s results, stating:
“It’s simply not possible to treat a patient with a pail of blood and unsterilized Larva secretion. I’ve never seen anything quite like it! She should be barred from practice, is how I see it. Else, someone could be seriously hurt.”Anonymous Professor of medicine
Hulda’s certainly a polarising figure, as evidenced by her staunch supporters, none more prominent than the renowned Director Zuri, of the World Gaming Health Institute (WGHI) in Zurich.
“I have dedicated my life to medicine, and what I see in Hulda’s approach is nothing new. Hirudo [a leech] has long been used in medicine, as far back as 200 BC! Hulda is clearly a learned individual and should be respected for the scholar she is.”
“And, let me add this. It strikes me, that Hulda is a breath of fresh air, and I’d be more than happy to work alongside somebody as knowledgeable as her.”Director Zuri – Head of the World Gaming Health Institute… in Zurich
Hulda has chosen to remain silent on the matter, turning down my request for an interview.
How Good is Hulda? (Empires and Puzzles)
I suppose we oughta get a table out?
Let’s go Healing first. This is incredible stuff, right here.
How much is the 11% healing these minions manage to squeeze out every turn, worth?
Answer: About 240 HP for an average 5-Star, Emblemed, hero.
And, you can multiply that by 3, if they’re loaded up with 3 minions.
That’s 720 HP… per turn!
Check out the column on the right (Healing in HP):
|Hero||Mana Speed||Healing||Healing in HP*|
|Hulda||Average (10 tiles)||Minions recover 11% health for owner (x2)||480 per turn|
|Hulda||Average (10 tiles)||Minions recover 11% health for owner (x3)||720 per turn|
|Diaochan||Fast (8 tiles)||Recovers 35% health for all allies||670 per Special|
|Ratatoskr||Average (10 tiles)||Recovers 44% health for all allies||800 per Special|
|Xnolphod||Average (10 tiles)||Recovers 32% health for all allies||630 per Special|
That’s a lot of healing going on, and all the while, your heroes get +54% Defense and +24% mana gen.
And, Hulda makes some chunky minions, too:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Number of Minions||BMI (minion)|
|Hulda||Average (10 tiles)||5||31%|
|Diaochan||Fast (8 tiles)||3||16%|
|Director Zuri||Average (10 tiles)||5||15%|
|Motega||Tier-1 (5.6 tiles)||5||14%|
|Bera||Fast (8 tiles)||5||20%|
|Freya||Fast (8 tiles)||5||20%|
That’s the equivalent of 2 minions! These ones don’t skip meals…
I checked out their HP in battle and discovered it was 571. That’s not far off having a useful Morris sitting in front of all your heroes!
Hulda Review – Empires and Puzzles
My final thoughts:
Hulda’s been with us a little while now, and we all know how super strong she is (or super annoying, depending on your viewpoint).
Once her minions get going, it can be hard stopping them.
She’s a fantastic hero, who sits near the top of my personal Wish List.
What do you think? Is she your favourite healer?
Hero Grade for Hulda (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 ⭐⭐★
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