How Good is Quartz? Empires and Puzzles Review

Quartz Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

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)

Class: Cleric

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.

Quartz Empires and Puzzles Hero Card Zoom

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.

HeroMana SpeedHealingSecondary
QuartzNinja 1164 HP over 2 turns+34% attack-up & Cleanses status ailments from all allies
Very FastRecovers 20% health for all alliesCleanses status ailments from all allies
GarnetNinja 1Boosts health of all allies by 180, which can be added as extra HP if already fullAll allies are immune to new status ailments for 2 turns
Grazul Very FastRecovers 15% health for all allies All allies are immune to new status ailments for 2 turns
ToxicandraFastRecovers 24% health for all alliesAll allies regenerate a small amount of mana over 3 turns and Cleanses all status ailments – Quartz compared to similar heroes

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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  2. This hero is the reason the purple aether event got “missplaced” this month. Why would anyone try to pull him if we can get a bunch of LB costume rigards instead.

      1. Good review and generally spot on.

        I do think you are underestimating his utility in raid/war offense. Cleanse at 5 tiles is crazy helpful, and when coupled with his attack boost and minor heal, makes him my #1 healer in that role. I put him in before Prof, frankly, and would rank him as a Deity in that role.

        In PVE, raid war defense and titan attack, I agree there are better healers.

  3. I pulled Zircon. I’m new to this game. Could you tell me, immune to buff dispell means +attack, +defence and boost health wont be dispel by enemy?

    1. You know, I’m planning on doing a Zircon review, so I’ll go into more detail there. But yes, Zircon will Boost health (which normally means Over-heal), he will ‘buff’ all allies by +defense%, and he will make all allies immune to buff-dispells (that means you can’t take the +defense, or any other positive buff, away).

      Be sure to subscribe to get a note when I release that review!

  4. I think most players really underestimate Quartz. His very fast buff to attack coupled with very fast attacking heroes gets you to kill off enemies faster than they can charge their first charge on when you are on offense. What other hero give you that advantage in the game? Costume Rigard requires 4 matches to do the same effect, which is close to mid to end game, not at the beginning of the fight. Quartz does it in two matches.

  5. If you have them both you could flank CR and Quartz around a big yellow tank with fast strikers on the wings. Fire Q first, then CR to let Q build to level 3.

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