Zekena is a new 5-Star hero from Underwild, Season 4 of Empires and Puzzles. And it’s fair to say, this guy looks incredible. In short, he’s a 5-Star Bjorn, but with a serious sting in his tail.
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Caveat: This post represents game-play speculation and personal opinion. It is not advice.
Zekena’s Special Skills & Core Data
Family Bonus (for 1/2/3/4/5 Underwild Heroes): 25% / 30% / 35% / 40% / 45% chance to spawn an Underwild Gem on board when this hero casts Special Skill. The Underwild Gem deals 50 damage to a random enemy each turn.
Passive: Duration of the first 3 buffs is increased by 1 turn.
Special Skills (Swift Stingers): 1. Deals 300% damage to the target. 2. Deals 450% damage to a random different enemy. 3. Deals extra damage if the target is Dark. 4. The target of the second hit gets -56% defense for 3 turns.
Talent: WOUND ~ +30% chance to apply bleeding from any normal attack.
Is Zekena Worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
I can confirm your suspicious; Zekena’s another All-Star.
What I like about him, is his core damage stats. The developers could’ve held back a bit, or slowed down his mana speed, but they didn’t. The result, is a stone-cold-killer.
His first hit is for 300% damage, and the second for 450%.
And just like Bjorn, if there’s only one target left, he’ll slap ’em both-sides for 750% damage.
So, as the battle rages on, and as heroes are dismissed, Zekena becomes more and more dangerous -as his list of potential victims decreases.
And the Stinger? He leaves the second target with -56% Defense-down.
Let’s get into the comparisons
This is gonna be a bit of a numbers game. Here’s what I’m thinking:
- Fast Hitters
- Powerful Snipers
- Heroes who hit the wings
- and, Quenell – Because she’s the current Gold standard
I’m also going to add another Column to measure Max possible total output.
|Hero||Mana Speed||Damage||Secondary||Total Damage|
|Zekena||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 300% damage to the target & 450% to a random target||Second target gets -56% defense for 3 turns||750%|
|Jabberwock||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 300% damage to the enemies on the edges. If there’s only one enemy alive, the damage is doubled||Enemies on the edges receive 258 Poison damage over 3 turns.||600%|
|Zenobia||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 320% damage to the enemies on the edges. If there’s only one enemy alive, the damage is doubled.||Alters the power of Fire shields on the board…||640%|
|Captain Nemo||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 300% damage to the target||Deals 600% if the caster has a status ailment||600%|
|Quenell||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 320% damage to the target & NB||Damage increases by +40% power every turn -up to +200% in total||1,560%|
|Cobalt||Ninja x2 (10 tiles)||Deals 325% damage to the target & NB||85% chance the attack will bypass buffs||975%|
750% damage isn’t earth shattering, but it is impressive when you consider Zekena’s speed -Fast.
As more of these heavy hitters are released, we either continue to rate them highly based on damage output Vs. Speed, or we say, Damage alone does not = Superstar. -A hard argument to make.
Especially when these new, fresh out the box, heroes continue to wipe the floor with your sorry bunch of “peacefully protesting”, in-bed-by-nine, cucumber sandwich eating, introverted part-timers.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all of those things, but still… I expect more from my heroes.
Zekena Vs Titans (Empires and Puzzles)
It’s obvious to everyone, even those who just started playing E&P, that Zekena will do quite well against Titans.
The good folk at E&P leaned into his Element and gave us a little extra bonus damage against Dark, which will make his inclusion into any Titan team, a certainty.
That’s because both of Zekena’s attacks will fire and hit the Titan, causing severe discomfort, general anxiety, and a loss of Zen. And it’s expected, the -56% Defense-down which accompanies the hurt, will also cause untold hypersensitivity around its fragile parts.
But Zekena will also do well in the normal world. After all, his Defense-down is not Elemental.
At the end of the day, he’s a top-end hitter. No doubt.
Zekena – Empires and Puzzles Grade
My final thoughts:
I remember pulling Bjorn and thinking how cool he was. Bjorn is clearly the base model -without the Defense-down. He hits the first target for 200% damage and the second for 350%, at Average speed.
Zekena is in a completely different league, of course. With so much to like:
- Speed: Fast
- Concentrated damage: Substantial
- Defense-down: High Level
- Bonus against Element: Don’t Forget To Hit The Titan
I hope to never see one of my heroes standing alone, across the battlefield from Zekena.
With no hope left and only a solitary skull to offer, to serve as a living sacrifice and to bear witness, to his awesome destructive nature.
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?
Yes. He is very close to a Deity and I’m sure he’ll be a fantastic asset for anyone who pulls him.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong, or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.
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