How Good is Zenobia? Empires and Puzzles Review

A screenshot of Zenobia from Empires and Puzzles

Zenobia appeared at the Summoning Gate yesterday, as part of the season 4 (Underwild) event & update. And when you see her Special skills, you’ll immediately think of that big purple dragon. But is she better?

In this post, I’ll compare Zenobia with Jabberwock (big purple dragon or BPD), and will also look at Zenobia in isolation, to find out how she measures up as a stand-alone hero.

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Caveat: This post represents game-play speculation and personal opinion. It is not advice.

Zenobia’s Element, Class, Special Skills, Passives & Talents

Here are her key stats & facts.

Element: Fire (Red)

Class: Cleric

Mana Speed: Average

Special Skills: 1) Deals 320% damage to the enemies on the edges of the enemy formation. If there is only one enemy alive, the damage is doubled. 2) Alters the power of Fire shields on the board. When an attacking hero casts the special, shields are enhanced with +64% attack. When a defending hero casts the special, shields are weakened with -57% attack.

Passive: INCREASE BUFF DURATION ~ Duration of the first 3 buffs this hero receives from Special Skills is increased by 1 turn.

Talent: MANASHIELD ~ +35% chance to resist any negative mana status effects or effects that prevent the use of Special Skills.

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.

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Zenobia – Empires and Puzzles

Is Zenobia worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)

Yes. Zenobia is a solid hero who will excel in the Titan Arena. And, we’ve all faced Jabberwock enough to know, you have to protect your love-handles, or this type will chop them off.

As for Raids and Defense? That depends on your roster; while I don’t expect to see Zenobia in many top Defense teams, she does fill the role of 5-star Red hero quite adequately.

The truth is, she’s not a show stopper in my eyes, not like we’ve seen recently -with heroes who will destroy the Earth and all that inhabit her, on a FAST charge.

But, Zenobia does have a role to play on the right team, and if you’re C2P or F2P, then you have to make-the-most of heroes like her.

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Zenobia Compared to Jabberwock & Other heroes (Dual Sting)

Here they are together, the lovely Zenobia, and the big purple dragon guy…

Note: Jabberwock has 20 emblems attached in this screenshot

And the detail…

HeroMana SpeedDamageSecondary
ZenobiaAverageDeals 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. When an attacking hero casts the special, shields are enhanced with +64% attack. When a defending hero casts the special, shields are weakened with -57% attack.
JabberwockFastDeals 300% damage to the enemies on the edges. If there’s only one enemy alive, the damage is doubled.The enemies on the edges receive 258 Poison damage over 3 turns.
DevanaAverage Deals 255% damage to the target and nearby enemies.Summons a Lynx Minion with 35% HP and 35% attack inherited from the caster. Before the Lynx Minion hits the target, it destroys all Minions from the target. Also Dispels buffs from the target and nearby enemies.
KillhareAverage300% to all enemies.All other allies receive -20% defense for 3 turns.
_Mid Ninja
Average325% to Target and nearby85% chance to bypass defensive buffs.
Zenobia compared to similar heroes

She’s not as strong as the others on this list. And looking at Jabberwock specifically, I’d prefer him over Zenobia. And that’s because his damage is more direct, he’s not reliant on tiles, and he’s FAST.

As far as direct damage goes, Zenobia only hits the outer two heroes, while the competition on this list (excluding BPD) hit three, or all of them.

Zenobia does face stiff competition here, but how likely are you to get any of them? Jabberwock’s from Wonderland and is only available once every five months. Killhare is Springvale, and Cobalt is from the Ninga Tower.

They are all very rare.

Zenobia is here, hits for 320% (640% for a Titan or a single victim), and is much more available. Let’s take a look at her Enhanced Shields:

Zenobia’s Enhanced Shields

On Attack, Zenobia will enhance Red Shields for +64% attack. A significant advantage if you’re playing more than one Fire hero.

This enhancement, along with her primary (which will do double the damage to a solitary enemy), is what makes Zenobia such a devastating Titan hunter.

On Defense, Zenobia will weaken shields by -57% attack. A useful skill to pair with a Green tank, maybe?

I think you can make a good go of Zenobia, but it will take some experimentation (assuming you want more than a bit of Titan bashing, and the occasional Raid/Map level).

Zenobia, Empires and Puzzles Underwild Hero

My final thoughts:

An average player should welcome Zenobia as a valued addition to the squad. As it happens, I would take her over my other options (Elena, Reuben, & Yang Mai), any day of the week.

It’s a quandary really; I like her AVERAGE mana speed for what she does (her Special skills). I just don’t like her mana speed when compared to others in her class.

But it doesn’t matter, because Zenobia was born to sneak into Titan’s lairs and steal their souls. If they made her any quicker, they’d have to Buff a whole bunch of Titans to balance it out…

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel

What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong, or did I miss something? Let me know in the comments below.

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  1. I suspect she would be great flank for a green tank in a traditional V formation. That said, I don’t think either green tanks or traditional V formations have much relevance to raids anymore.

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