Sun Quan: WotTK Empires and Puzzles

Sun Quan Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Sun Quan has popped his head out of the Empires and Puzzles War Of The Three Kingdoms Portal, and on first inspection, there don’t seem to be anything nefarious about him. But, I’m telling you, him and his chummies are up to something. And I’m gonna blow the whistle on the lot of them!

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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.

Sun Quan’s Stats and Special Skills (Command to Advance)

Key Facts: Fire (Red), Average, Ranger, WotTK

Family Bonus (for 1/2/3 Kingdom Heroes): 1. 2/4/6% 3/6/10% 2/4/6% mana each time a minion is summoned for the Hero. 2. 2/3/4% 4/6/8% 3/5/7% heal each time a minion is summoned for the Hero.

[This Family Bonus was buffed/nerfed after this review – Details updated, although the review remains the same.]

Special Skills (Command to Advance): 1. Deals 340% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. Summons a Wu Soldier Minion for each ally with 10% HP and 18% attack inherited from the caster. 3. Each hit from a Wu Soldier Minion gives the target the following status ailments: The target receives 255 Burn damage over 3 turns.

Talent: PIERCE ~ +25% chance to bypass defensive buffs when attacking. This includes counterattacks.

Sun Quan Empires and Puzzles Hero Card Feature Image
Sun Quan – Empires and Puzzles

Is Sun Quan worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)

Yes, very much so.

If you’re anything like me, you might evaluate the Special Skills of a new hero, mutter something under your breath, and consider the matter resolved.

But these War of the Three Kingdom heroes ain’t behaving normally.

If Sun Quan were to get all uppity right now, you might well reasonably think you’re gonna just slap him back into place.

But I’m telling you, it’s not that easy.

Before you know it, all his mates are gonna be making noise, summoning Minions, patting your pockets, and encircling you.

By the time you realise what’s up, Sun Quan’s gonna be smirking, now with a whole flock of Minions protecting him.

But what happened?

The Family Bonus probably had something to do with it… that little buff these guys got back in June changed everything, and Sun Quan is now a primary benefactor.

War of the Three Kingdoms Family Bonus (Old Cynic Review)

Let’s be honest, the Three Kingdoms heroes should be done for insider trading or something.

Now, this has nothing to do with the reports I lodged against Diaochan, back in March.

Fact is, this entire Family is acting like a cartel: You pay a premium for Mana and Health while they siphon off all the cream from the top.

But I caught them in the act!

Look.

Here’s Liu Bei, Diaochan, and Zhang Fei, just going about their business, acting all coy and nonchalant.

This photo was taken at the very beginning of the battle:

Screenshot of Liu Bei, Diaochan, and Zhang Fei (Empires and Puzzles)

And, this is just before Diaochan fired off:

Screenshot of Liu Bei, Diaochan, and Zhang Fei (Empires and Puzzles)

Now, I must admit, as soon as Diaochan gets to rustling up her Minions, I get to checking my pockets.

But that’s what they want you to do! I was busy looking down and they were busy with their fingers all deep in that pie!

But not me.

I took another photo after they were done so I could expose them:

Screenshot of Liu Bei, Diaochan, and Zhang Fei (Empires and Puzzles)

Boom! Ev-i-den-ce… Do not pass go! Do not collect $200!

I’ve even layered these two images to catch the infrared:

Next thing I knew, Lie Bei was fixing to fire off, then Zhang Fei in kind.

Then it dawned on me; these mischievous f#*kers are having away with more Mana than Lord f*#king X-O-Pod himself!

He only gives you a 20% Mana Boost, meanwhile, this little syndicate of rascals are quietly costing the Internal Revenue up to 30%!

How has this all happened outside of the public’s gaze?

Minions. It’s all being smuggled in by the Minions.

I got the videotapes. If you slow it down, you can see it happening yourself.

And once they get going, it’s easy to come over all baffled and confused. What with all the feathers floating about in the air.

Sun Quan Vs a Select Few

HeroMana SpeedDamageSecondary
Sun QuanAverage (10 tiles)Deals 340% damage to the target & NBSummons a Minion that inflicts burn for 255 over 3 turns
Guan YuAverage (10 tiles)Deals 390% damage to the target & NBTarget and nearby get between -25% and -70% defense based on minions.
Liu BeiAverage (10 tiles)Deals 340% damage to the target & NBSummons a Minion that gives counterattack for 65% of damage received
TopazNinja-2 (10 tiles)Deals 350% damage to the target & NBDestroys all Minions from the target and nearby enemies. All allies get a small amount of mana for each destroyed Minion.
QuenellFast (8 tiles)Deals 320% damage to the target & NBGains a +40% power boost for her next Special, with a possible top-end hit of 520% damage to 3 targets (1,560% total)
FalineFast (8 tiles)Deals 330% damage to the target & NB-64% Mana Gen for one sad hero
KlaernSlow (12 tiles)Deals 240% damage to all enemiesIce Bucket Challenge
OldCynic.com – Sun Quan compared with some similar heroes

Sun Quan Review (Empires and Puzzles)

My final thoughts:

I’ve used this post as an opportunity to highlight the Three Kingdoms Family Bonus because I do think it’s pretty powerful stuff.

In isolation, Sun Quan is a great hero, but not stellar.

To no one’s surprise, he’s not the most effective of the Three Kingdoms heroes.

By himself, he stands to gain 3% Mana and 4% Health every time a Minion is Summoned for him (as per his Family Bonus).

But with two other Family Members present, those numbers increase to 10% and 8%. And with all three firing (if they were all Summoners), it would amount to 30% Mana and 24% Health.

Also, any Summoner can trigger this Family Bonus, so there are lots of options on the table.

Sun Quan’s weakness is the limited health of his Minions, at only 10% HP. But as long as they appear, the deed is done and the Family Bonus is his.

His speed (Average) is also a concern when compared to the game’s elite hitters.

As we can only measure him against the game’s absolute monsters, he falls short. But for most F2P/C2P players, he’s a fantastic catch. (Or, if you have some other WotTK heroes).

At the end of the day, Sun Quan is part of a new wave of heroes who offer synergy in bundles, and when all the cogs align, will appear to be much greater than the sum of his parts.

Hero Grade for Sun Quan (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? Not quite.

If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? Yes.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

There is more commentary on Sun Quan here.

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2 Comments

  1. Nice post!
    I was inspired by your post on reaching number 1, and after a couple of tries did manage that some weeks ago.

    By far the hardest teams to meet at the top were not the Xnolphod/Alasie ones (the are also hard of course) but the W3K teams, often with Costumed Freya along. That really got my eyes up for the minion bonus, and pushed Cao Cao to the top of my blue level list.

    I think we will see a new meta for these after this W3K wars, but hopefully not toooooo many of them, as they are hard to get.

    This aspect alone made me prioritize Bera for LB after the dark aether quest.

    1. Congrats on the #1 Tobov 🎉

      It’s as you say, they are now part of the mix and I think that Family Bonus buff is a big reason for their success. When I first saw Sun Quan, I wasn’t too impressed (beyond the clear damage he’d inflict). But you just know he’s gonna be a problem when you face him. So, just like you, I had to take a second look at these guys and see what’s up.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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