Ithar is Empires and Puzzles’ August 2023 Hero of the Month (HotM) and in this post, I wanna find out if this box of pixels is worth the time and effort it takes to level her.
I’ll be making some changes to the blog which I hope will work for both you and me, so be on the lookout for that post in the coming week.
But for now, DJ put on my song! And Security, clear the Dance Floor, ’cause I’m about to get my Old Man Jig on!
Let’s see if I still got the moves…
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.
Ithar’s Stats and Special Skills (Hero Of The Month)
Key Facts: Holy (Yellow), Very Fast, Rogue, Legends 2023 (Not activated yet)
Special Skills (Stupendous Break In): 1. Steals all dispellable Buffs from the target and randomly distributes them on allies. 2. Steals 35% Mana from the target and distributes it to allies. 3. All allies get +30% Attack for 2 turns. 4. [Element Link] Gives +10% Mana generation to all Holy allies for 4 turns (can not be dispelled).
Passive: 1. DODGE SPECIAL DAMAGE ~ This character has a 10% chance to dodge Special Skills that deal damage. 2. RESIST STATUS AILMENTS FROM MINIONS ~ This character has an innate resistance against Status Ailments that are from Minions.
Talent: EVADE ~ +20% chance to dodge direct damage from offensive Special skills.
Aether Power: ATTACK UP ~ +20% Attack for 6 turns.
Is Ithar Worth It? (Empires and Puzzles)
Ithar looks great on paper, I mean, imagine stealing a great Buffers’ bag of tricks! And, at Very Fast! All your mates are gonna be going crazy;
~Patting you on the back, calling you a T2, and flipping off the sorry bugger that you just shafted.
But what about the rest of the time? -When there’s nothing to steal, or when you keep missing your moment?
“Sorry guys, I’ll catch Furdinand next time round”.
Meanwhile, your roomies are gonna be slapped silly waiting for “next time round”. Pixy dust flying everywhere. Little squeaks of pain coming outta my phone speakers. I don’t need that sort of pressure!
“But, But, But I steal Mana, too”.
Alright, alright, let’s take the bass outta our voices and have a sensible discussion here.
Because Mana theft is something that really interests me…
Ithar Vs. Empires & Puzzles (Mana makes the World go round)
I have no doubt that you’ll remember these words from another Hero’s Special:
“Steals 35% Mana from the target and distributes it to allies.”
Simply take out the ‘35%’ and insert ‘50%’ and you have Roughian & Nurgib.
And for me, when testing Ithar, I found this part of her Special to be the most universally useful, because it wasn’t situational.
I mean, just look at the rest of her complete Special, and imagine there’s no buff to steal.
-Then there’s nothing doing; The Empress is naked!
And even if there is something to steal, it’s only from the target.
I get it. Ithar could steal the crown jewels and that may be reason alone to level her. But as someone who rarely gets a new 5-Star Hero, I really need my new Heroes to be versatile.
But going back to the Mana Theft, I could feel the difference between the 35% and 50% in Beta and didn’t find it enough to make Ithar compelling.
In fact, I asked for a Buff, as did many others.
I’ve also seen the Margaret comparisons and agree. -Let’s start the calls for the Buff now and save some time!
Ithar can’t compare to R&N in my eyes. R&N is Fast and will slap the snot outta her target. And the more health they have, the more embarrassed they’ll be.
Meanwhile, Ithar’s flexing a knife, has 904 Atk, and has ATTACK UP as her Aether Power, but has absolutely no intention of actually harming anyone!
She ain’t looking for a fight.
She’s just a first-class s#*t-stirrer. Talking ’bout, “they dissed your mum, but I got your back; here’s +30% Atk. -Go conk that fool!”.
Meanwhile, she ain’t doing much but sitting in the background screaming “BINGO!” every time she charges.
The 6-Star Agenda (Empires and Puzzles)
*Somebody commented recently;
-The Devs have started to release 6-Star Heroes, but simply didn’t tell us…
I make that observation very astute. It’s a perfectly reasonable way of describing the current Power Creep.
The Ithar I tested in Beta had 825 Power. That’s:
Atk: 865 Def: 741 HP: 1359
Compare that to the Ithar that’s at the portal (867):
Atk: 904 Def: 780 HP: 1481
And again, compare that to an ‘elite Hero’ (936):
Atk: 887 Def: 859 HP: 1858
That’s a world away from an uncostumed Season 3 Hero, which was in the 787 Power area (Norns):
Atk: 770 Def: 718 HP: 1369
But that should give you some idea of just how powerful and chunky these new HotMs are becoming. And this is why we have to take each one so seriously.
That said, Ithar’s power leans heavily towards Atk, -of which she doesn’t utilise in her own Special Skill!
*Good point, Henrik!
Ithar Empires and Puzzles – Hero of the Month August 23
My final thoughts:
I don’t wanna be the bad guy here. I know people are gonna love Ithar on sheer speed alone.
Her Special Skill could read, “Randomly sprinkles petals on all allies for 2 turns”, and folk would love her at that speed. [It’s a joke, I’m playing!]
And I do concede;
- She’s Holy (perfect in any E&P Meta)
- She’s closer to a 6-Star Hero than a 5-Star Hero (Power Stats)
- And yes, she’s Very Fast!
It’s just, while other Very Fast Heroes are doing the Tango, Ithar is doing the Waltz.
Ithar does offer an element of Control, taking 35% of the Mana from the target. And in certain situations (the ideal targets), she’s gonna look fantastic as she charges and waits for her moment to shine.
But overall, I didn’t find her to be very effective.
Still, new Heroes represent an unbreakable Wall of HP that the average player will soon find too challenging to manage (if not already).
And that’s why every new HotM is so important. Because while not ‘fully Made up’, they are at least part way there. They too are from Krypton.
So we can’t discount them on Special ability alone.
There is some use here, but she’s just not a game-changer or a superstar (well, besides when all the stars align).
Of course, as always, I could be wrong.
Ladies and gentlemen, until we meet again…
Peace & Love!
[-Insert complementary caveat that subject will be better on Offence than in Defense. Is worth consideration for specific tasks, Stacking, and Raids. And if a God-Buff is released, Ithar could steal it and share the light of divinity with all her pixel buddies.]
Hero Grade for Ithar (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? No.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? No.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Warrior
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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