Roc is a 5-Star Legendary hero from the Empires and Puzzles’ Sand Empire Event, and he just got his own costume, which is totally badass. But, I’m declaring a complete conflict of interest on this one…
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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.
Full Disclosure (the Roc files):
I’ll be honest, when the Sand Event started I checked out Roc and even called him a star, but I didn’t plan on reviewing him. Mainly because I was still finessing that Defense Team guide, and was also coming off the back of two nerfs.
That’s right. I was purposely, or by sheer ignorance, highlighting these heroes for SG to spay!
I was told to keep my observations to 5-Star heroes so that F2P/C2P players might continue to enjoy their 4-Star demigods.
Well, even though it was all completely tongue-in-cheek, it got me questioning my entire existence.
Then, Dynasty of Dunes swung around, and I clocked Horus.
I saw all those esoteric symbols and was like, “yeah, I’m gonna blow this one wide open!”.
I even created the post.
But as soon as I started writing, I could feel the old Egyptian God looming over me… his All-Seeing Eye was everywhere, watching my oversized stubby fingers smash these keys and judging my every word.
I was like, “dude, you can not tell jokes about no Gods”.
So yeah, I backed off.
Then yesterday, on a single free pull from grinding the Normal levels of the Sand Empire Event, I got Costumed Roc.
What are the chances of that?! [1.6%]
And, Roc is a Holy hero and I roc… with Holy heroes!
Anyway, why is C.Roc such a badass? Let’s find out.
Costumed Roc‘s Old Cynic Review
Costumed Roc is a new elite hero in Empires & Puzzles, and that’s not the type of hero I’m used to getting my hands on.
Just check out his Special, on Average speed:
Beach Party: 1. All enemies receive 660 Sand damage over 4 turns, 2. All enemies get -44% Defense for 3 turns, 3. Dispels buffs from all enemies.
Tell me that’s not Badassery.
- 660 Sand damage is a decent amount of damage
- -44% Defense is a Slow Legendary trick (Isarnia)
- Dispelling buffs on top?
But don’t take my word for it, gimme a sec and I’ll get out the tables.
Roc Vs Costumed Roc (Empires and Puzzles)
Let’s start by comparing the original Roc to his Costumed counterpart:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Ailment I||Ailment II||And…||Class|
|Roc||Average (10 tiles)||All enemies receive 315 Sand damage over 3 turns||All enemies get -50% decrease healing for 2 turns (can not be cleansed)||Cleanses status ailments from all allies||Barbarian|
|Costumed Roc||Average (10 tiles)||All enemies receive 660 Sand damage over 4 turns||All enemies get -44% Defense for 3 turns||Dispels buffs from all enemies||Fighter|
I’m not here for plain old Roc, but we have to at least go through the motions:
315 Sand damage is OK. -50% healing, cool, cool. Cleanse, yeah -showers are good.
Barbarian? That’s a +30% chance to apply bleeding from any normal attack.
And Fighter Class? a +30% chance to revive with 1 HP…. Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a Winner!
Costumed Roc is soo much better than his shadow.
In fact, don’t even look at it.
Don’t be rude, tho.
Costumed Roc Vs. Empires and Puzzles!
When it comes to Defense-Down, Roc levies enough pressure for it to be of real concern:
- Costumed Santa Claus: -54% on a Slow (4 turns)
- Costumed Vivica: -44% on a Slow (4 turns)
- Isarnia: -44% on a Slow (6 turns)
- Costumed Roc: -44% on an Average (3 turns)
- Frigg: -8% to -44% on a Fast (3 turns)
- Morel: -34% on a Fast (3 turns)
- Guan Yu: -25% to -70% (for target and NB) on an Average (3 turns)
- Costumed Finley: -56% (for targets hit) on a Fast (3 turns)
Well, we know he does double the Sand damage of his non-costumed counterpart.
But there are some really dreadful infections going around in E&P:
|Hero||Mana Speed||Damage over time|
|Costumed Roc||Average (10 tiles)||All enemies receive 660 Sand damage over 4 turns|
|Costumed Gravemaker||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||All enemies receive 274 Burn damage over 2 turns|
|Emilio||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||All enemies receive 415 Burn damage over 5 turns|
|Jean Francois||Fast (8 tiles)||All enemies receive 302 Burn damage over 2 turns|
|Dark Lord||Fast (8 tiles)||The target and NB receive 64 Poison damage for 4 turns|
|Vela||Fast (8 tiles)||All enemies receive 156 Water damage over 3 turns|
|Rana||Average (10 tiles)||The target and NB receive 584 Water damage over 4 turns|
|Rayne||Average (10 tiles)||The target receive 1300 Poison damage over 5 turns (contagious)|
|Yunan||Slow (12 tiles)||All enemies receive 600 Sand damage over 5 turns|
660 Sand damage over 4 turns is about half what Rayne does, not bad at all.
Of course, all of these heroes have their own unique skill sets which contribute to their overall value.
Roc, in all his glory
Costumed Roc: An unbiased assessment
I’m loving the shades, the bandana, and the drinks carton. This guy’s living the dream!
He’s so Care-Free.
And that’s just what I need in my life. I’m turning over a new leaf and Roc’s leading the way.
But before I do, let me highlight a few more positives:
- You can’t hurt him with Counterattack, coz he ain’t hitting you,
- He has a Costume Bonus of 3% Attack, 3% Defense, 6% Health, and 1% Mana, and
- He took that drinks carton off a kid who’s crying now. -Looking at his empty hand and crying real tears. Like you’ll be crying, when I come and take all your Cups with my new Roc!
Costumed Roc’s Hero Grade (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
Roc’s far from the best hero in the game, but he’s definitely worth levelling.
-44% Defense, attached to your enemies’ foreheads, is bound to have a significant impact on the outcome of a battle.
Of course, there’s a lot of Sand damage going on as well, and a very handy Dispel to boot.
I hope you’ll excuse my overzealous tone today, but you must appreciate, it’s rare for me to obtain such a fine hero.
Oh, and to all you folk who saw fit to steal all my cups following Azmia’s nerf…
Please prepare to restore them to their rightful owner 😁
So for my grading, the question is:
Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle?
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities?
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐★★
As for the original? I think he’s a Warrior.
What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong, or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.
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