No sooner had Kalo arrived in Empires and Puzzles, as part of the Sanctuary Of Gargoyles, had the Bookies begun taking bets on his eventual nerf.
While I’m not normally much of a betting man, on this occasion I’m willing to take a small punt. Because as Ferant and Azmia have now taught us, if a solid 4-Star hero draws too much attention, they’ll get neutered like my childhood dog.
And, I’m telling you, he was never the same after that. The spark was gone, if you know what I mean?
Sometimes, I’d catch him in a thousand-yard stare, but I never knew what to say. It was all redundant.
Still, we did try to cheer him up.
One thing we did was to let the fur grow in that area, you know, pretend he was… you know.
Anyway, Ferant and Azmia are currently licking their own wounds, and I fear the same for Kalo.
And, it’s not just me who’s concerned.
Have you seen Kalo? He’s got that crazy Joker look in his eyes.
He’s been so worried about the nerf hammer coming down, that he’s been running around town in a proper frantic state…
Like how I get, if I take my meds too close together…
Why all the early speculation that Kalo, is for the KO?
Is he really that good?
Let’s find out…
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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.
Kalo‘s Stats and Special Skills (Epic Hero)
[Kalo was nerfed! I’ve updated his details, however, my review remains the same. His hero grade may change in future.]
Element: Nature (Green)
Average Very Slow
Family Bonus (for 1/2/3 heroes) Immune to Poison damage / Immune to Poison and Burn damage / Immune to Poison, Burn and Water damage.
Special Skills (Resurrection of the Fallen): 1. Deals
135% 70% damage to all. 2. If no allies have fallen, deals 270% 140% damage to all. 3. Casts the Special Skills of all fallen allies.
[This hero was nerfed after this review – Details updated]
Passive: Every time this Gargoyle casts a Special Skill, their Stoneskin hardens. The next
3 5 times (unconfirmed) they receive damage, it is dropped to 1. This effect can’t be dispelled.
Talent: DELAY ~ +15% chance to drop the mana generation of the enemy by -50% for 2 turns after dealing damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.
How Good is Kalo? (Empires and Puzzles)
First, let’s qualify just how good Kalo is.
We all like tables, so here’s a damning table comparing Kalo with all the other 4-Star heroes who carry a similar payload:
|Kalo||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 135% damage to all. If no allies have fallen, deals 270% damage to all.||Casts the Special Skills of all fallen allies.|
It’s clear from the table that Kalo’s definitely the quickest of the bunch, and also happens to be the most powerful.
To be clear, here’s what Kalo actually does:
Let’s say you have a Defense Team consisting of,
First, let’s say all of them are alive and living their Best lives.
In that case, Kalo would hit all enemies for 135% + 270% damage.
Next, let’s pretend Mother North and Alfrike both died (rip) 🥺.
In that scenario, Kalo would fire off his own lesser Special (135% to all enemies), then Mother North’s Special, and then Alfrike’s Special.
And finally, what if he’s the last hero standing?
Well, in that case he’ll fire off his own lesser Special (135%), plus the Special Skills of all his fallen allies.
This guy’s a walking cheat code!
…a cheat code which is more powerful in a P2P lineup, than in a F2P lineup, -because, he’s only as good as the fallen allies next to him.
Is Kalo in hiding? (Empires and Puzzles)
Life has a way of putting you Front-and-Centre, waging a war you never intended to fight.
It’s all too easy to let circumstances distract you from your chosen path.
Sadly for Kalo, he was always destined to walk that tight rope, between nerf and OP.
And I have to admit, it may be the bitterness of Azima’s demise talking a little, but how can my heavenly Azima be considered OP, while the Shadow Taker himself, Kalo, is Cool?
Just watch this YouTube video that u2371 (E&P forum) sent me.
It boils down to this:
If you can find Kalo, and convince him he’s not going to the Vets, he’ll be an absolute monster for you!
He’ll be the End of Ends, the bringer of peace, and the 4 horsemen, all rolled into 1.
What’s his Actual Special Worth?
Kalo hits all enemies for 135% + 270% (405%) if no allies have fallen, and 135% if someone’s gone.
Of course, when he hits for 135%, he’s also playing dress-up of a dead ally.
So, what does 405% damage to all, on an Average charge, amount to?
C.Tiburtus does 175% damage to all, Frank (Slow) does 200% to all, and Ametrine (Ninja x3) does 300% to all.
For an Averaged speed 4-Star hero, Kalo carries a completely ridiculous slap.
Kalo Review (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you how fantastic Kalo is.
At the end of battle, should any fallen allies linger in the Shadow Realm, waiting for their final resolution, Kalo will dip in and drag their weary souls back to the land of the living.
Where, in a fit of rage and bleaching bellowing screams, he’ll demand their powers for his own.
Some call him a Channeler of unclean Spirits, some say he’s possessed. But the doctrine is irrelevant to the outcome.
Is he OP & Will he be nerfed?
I really don’t know.
I hope not, but some of those videos are real shocking!
If you pulled him, Congrats! It’s time to play around with your Defense to see where he fits in.
If I had him and Mother North, I’d play them both on opposite wings.
Or, play him on the wing with a Tank who’d cause utter devastation, but would normally die before going off (Alfrike).
There are loads to try out in hope of discovering the ultimate situation.
Who would you team him with?
Hero Grade for Kalo (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 ⭐⭐⭐
[I’m hurting a little from my Azmia nerf… can you tell?]
This hero was subsequently Buffed or Nerfed by the developers. Details have been updated to reflect the changes.
Link to the nerf statement: Here.
What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.
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