Quartz is a new 5-Star hero from the Empires and Puzzles Ninja Tower. While he doesn’t live up to Ruby’s hype, he is a powerful and versatile healer.
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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.
Quartz’s Element, Class, Special Skills, & Talents
Quartz’s core data:
Element: Dark (Purple)
Mana Speed: Ninja
Family Bonus: For 2/3 Heroes: 5% / 10% chance to dodge. 5% / 10% chance to counterattack with 60% / 90% damage
Special Skills (Incite Ki):
First Mana Charge: 1. All allies regenerates 164 HP over 2 turns. 2. All allies get +34% attack for 2 turns. 3. Cleanses status ailments from all allies.
Second Mana Charge: 1. All allies regenerates 564 HP over 3 turns. 2. All allies get +44% attack for 3 turns. 3. Cleanses status ailments from all allies.
Third Mana Charge: 1. All allies regenerates 860 HP over 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled. 2. All allies get +54% attack for 4 turns. 3. Cleanses status ailments from all allies.
Talent: MANASHIELD ~ +35% chance to resist any negative mana status effects or effects that prevent the use of Special Skills.
Is Quartz worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
Yes. He’s a useful and powerful healer, although he’s not perfect.
When I first saw Quartz, I immediately thought, C.Rigard mark-2.
In fact, he has exactly the same flaw as Rigard; he Cleanses after applying the regenerative healing and bonus attack. That means, on rare occasions, Status Ailments might affect his ability to buff his team.
Now, that’s not a massive flaw -just a niggling, what could have been, type of flaw.
As for the Rigard comparisons: Quartz is the Bigger Brother, who interestingly, is Cleric Class too. Handy, for when replacing him!
But Quartz is more than that because he offers in-game versatility that Rigard could only dream of.
Quartz’s Special Skills (Incite Ki)
Quartz isn’t a crazy OTT healer. But, he’s the healer many of us have wanted for a while.
A healer who can deliver everything Rigard can, but in a 5-Star shell…
Ninja Mana Charge 1 (Incite Ki) – Quartz Empires & Puzzles
Quartz’s first charge, sees him give all allies 164 HP and +34% attack over 2 turns. And then, he Cleanses them.
For me, this first-tier Special Skill is where Quartz really shines.
In just 5 tiles, he’ll wipe off a nagging Ailment.
And we all know, as soon as the battle begins, Frigg & Morel are trying to get your Defenses down.
But Quartz is a nice quick response to that. And, he’ll also heal your team for some of the damage they took.
Here’s a quick chart comparing a few quick healers.
|Quartz||Ninja 1||164 HP over 2 turns||+34% attack-up & Cleanses status ailments from all allies|
|Very Fast||Recovers 20% health for all allies||Cleanses status ailments from all allies|
|Garnet||Ninja 1||Boosts health of all allies by 180, which can be added as extra HP if already full||All allies are immune to new status ailments for 2 turns|
|Grazul||Very Fast||Recovers 15% health for all allies||All allies are immune to new status ailments for 2 turns|
|Toxicandra||Fast||Recovers 24% health for all allies||All allies regenerate a small amount of mana over 3 turns and Cleanses all status ailments|
I think Quartz looks great among this company. That +34% attack boost, so early on in the battle, is a nice touch -Especially if you play one or two quick heroes who are capable of capitalising on it.
Ninja Mana Charge 2 (Incite Ki) – Quartz Empires & Puzzles
This middle-tier Special is his weakest (when compared with other heroes).
Ninja X2, takes 10 tiles to charge. -The same as an Average speed hero.
So like for like, Rigard actually does more than Quartz on the same charge.
Rigard regenerates 609 HP, buffs attack by +48%, and Cleanses.
Quartz regenerates 564 HP, buffs attack by +44%, and Cleanses.
Yes, it’s weaker than Rigard, but it’s 1 of 3 options available. And the other 2 choices blow Rigard out of the water.
We don’t need a chart, because Rigard’s the standard-bearer. However, for reference:
- Garnet gives you boosted health of 400 HP (at Ninja 2)
- Zulag gives you 612 HP (at Average)
- and, other Average healers give you between 30-42%
Ninja Mana Charge 3 (Incite Ki) – Quartz Empires & Puzzles
On Ninja x3, Quartz will regenerate 860 HP over 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled. He’ll also buff team attack by +54%, and Cleanse everybody.
The +54% attack-up is notable and should put some weight behind your punches.
Looking at the healing, the only question is, How much are we getting for our money? What’s 860 HP worth?
- Zircon, another new Ninja, gives you 980 HP on his x3 Charge
- Prof. Lidenbrock gives you 800 HP at Slow speed
- Garnet gives you 720 HP on her x3 Charge
- Lughaidh gives you 720 HP at Slow speed
- Wolfgang gives you 600 HP at Average speed
- And, a 40-44% type 5-Star healer will give you around 700-750 HP per go
860 HP isn’t too shabby at all.
Quartz – Empires and Puzzles Ninja Tower
My final thoughts:
Quartz doesn’t blow the barn doors off with any of his Special tiers, but he does do a solid job of healing.
He also lets you choose when to utilise his Special:
- If you’re in need of a Cleanse, Quartz will do it in just 5 tiles (half the time of Rigard)
- If you’re in need of something more substantial, he can hook you up in 10 tiles
- If you’re in need of top-tier (undispellable) healing, he’s got you in 15 tiles
And those three options will be great for Raids, and in Defense.
Add to that, the Attack-up, and you have a nicely rounded hero on your hands.
While he’s not in the same league as some of the insane heroes we’ve seen recently, he will help you deal with them.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
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