Good evening and welcome to Gamepress’ very first installment of “Should You Pull?”, a soon-to-be series that analyzes new banners to give summoners an idea of the contents of these banners, how new units and skills relate to gameplay and meta, percentage odds of getting each individual unit, and of course, an idea of whether or not you should use your hard-earned orbs on them.
With this series, we hope to accurately represent the pros and cons of each new banner, as well as offering our own opinions on how worthwhile the banner may be. Everyone has different priorities and different affinities for certain characters or installments of the Fire Emblem franchise however, so our word is not law- we simply aim to give our readers a complete picture of what each part of a new banner entails. With that in mind, let's get started!
This is a table explaining the odds of pulling a specific unit on the Doorway To Destiny Banner- for Red, we're looking for Silvia, for Blue, we're looking for Quan, for Green we're looking for Lewyn. Off-focus five stars ("pitybreakers") are included in these calculations, however, our numerical values are not for getting any five star unit, but rather these specific five star units.
The table above is the result of 10,000 summoning simulations and should be read as your percentage chance for pulling a specific unit when color sniping in X amount of orbs, where X is the number in the Red, Blue, or Green column.
Quan: Luminous Lancer
With a large Attack stat of 37, reasonable Defense of 31, and unfortunate Speed of 29, Quan joins a somewhat-bloated blue cavalry Lance pool with a relatively untapped niche of high Attack and Defense with a unique weapon.
Compared with the free Camus
Compared with the free Finn
Compared with the 3 star Oscar
Compared with the Exclusive Legendary Ephraim
As far as skills go, Quan has an excellent weapon in his Gae Bolg, which adds +5 Attack and Defense in any combat as long as he is not facing a flier type unit. He also possesses the updated version of Rally Spd/Def, meaning that he's ideal fodder for score hunting. In addition, he's the first unit with Steady Posture available, which is a skill that increases his Speed and Defense by 4 when attacked.
If you combine his weapon's effects with Steady Posture, he will have an Attack/Defense of 59/40, along with a Speed stat of 33. When combined with a skill like Quick Riposte, he can function well as an offensive tank, though his lack of Speed makes him a liability in Player Phase and will generally result in him being doubled in Enemy Phase.
Quan appears to be one of the better blue Lance cavalry units simply due to having a slightly more optimized stat spread--his legendary weapon and his higher Attack, HP, and Defense allows him a more brawling playstyle than units like Oscar, Peri, and Finn. Additionally, he can run a Brave Lance set and do more damage than any of the others, though doing so requires a complete overhaul of his default kit.
Still, Quan isn't exactly anything revolutionary, and his skills and stats do little to make him stand head and shoulders above his peers- sure, he's a little better than average, with slightly more Attack, a slightly better weapon, and slightly more optimized bulk, but at the end of the day, he has difficulty distinguishing himself markedly above other blue Lance cavalry, particularly when units like Oscar are so easy to merge and find proper IVs for.
Should You Pull?
Here are some reasons to try your luck on blue orbs:
- You need Rally+ skills for scoring purposes
- You don't have Legendary Ephraim
- You want a solid melee Lance cavalry
- He will naturally score highly for a cavalry unit in the Arena mode
Here are a few reasons you may want to stay away from blue orbs:
- There is a likelihood that Quan may drop in rarity
- He is not extremely different or significantly better than others of his class and weapon type
- His base kit is not entirely synergistic and skills will need to be replaced for optimal performance
Silvia: Traveling Dancer
Silvia's main attributes are her high Speed of 36, decent Resistance of 30, high HP at 40, and her ability to Dance. For this, she trades a low Attack stat of 27 and a low Defense of 17.
Compared with Olivia, a free unit
Compared with Lene, a 5 star exclusive
Compared with Azura, a lance-wielding 5 star exclusive
Skillwise, Silvia comes with an inheritable Barrier Blade, which grants Res +7 during the Enemy Phase. She also has Mirror Stance, a skill shared by Female Morgan which grants Atk/Res +4 during Enemy Phase. Lastly, she has Deluge dance, which grants an ally +3 Spd/+4 Res after she uses her Dance ability on them.
From this, it's very clear that Silvia is intended to be a unit who prefers to Dance during Player Phase and enter combat in Enemy Phase as a strictly anti-mage unit. Her base weapon and skills will grant her 41 Resistance and 45 Attack when attacked by an enemy. Due to her lack of Distant Counter, this basically amounts to her being able to counter manakete attacks, however her own Attack stat is so low that it's unlikely that she would be able to significantly pierce the Defenses of units like Myrrh or Kana.
All of this culminates into a very frail dancer who will be afraid to take more than one hit. She takes 10 more melee damage than the free Olivia and she lacks the Attack and double-WTA that Azura has to make up for her defensive weakness.
Even so, it's possible to inherit Ploy skills onto her and use her to debuff her opponent as a form of team support. In addition, her Speed is higher than her main competition, allowing her to easily reach over 40 Speed with the right skills and IVs. This can serve to protect her further from doubles and reduce the risk of dying in a single engagement.
Should you Pull?
You might want to give red orbs a shot if:
- You want to inherit Barrier Blade into another unit
- You don't have a 5 star dancer
- You are willing to invest expensive skills, such as Distant Counter or Ploy skills into her to fully take advantage of her Resistance
- You need a dancer who can simultaneously buff other units, such as bladetome mages
Conversely, here are a few reasons to leave the red orbs alone:
- You already have a 5 star (or 4 star) dancer
- It is possible that she will demote to a 4 star unit
- You want to maintain a higher arena score
- You would rather have a dancer with better melee capabilities
Lewyn: Guiding Breeze
Lewyn is rightly considered the prize unit of this banner. As an infantry green mage, he has quite a bit of competition--however, he rises easily to the challenge with an above-average stat spread and great skills.
His Speed is the most notable thing about him. While many male mages are rather slow, Lewyn has an impressive Speed stat of 37, rivaled only by his Attack stat of 34. His other stats do suffer for this however, with very little in the way of defensive bulk.
Compared with the 3 star Nino
Compared with the 3 star Soren
Compared with the 5 star exclusive Nino (SF)
As far as skills go, Lewyn has quite a few reasons to choose him instead of another green mage. Firstly is his legendary Forseti, a tome which allows him to attack twice before his opponent can retaliate, as long as his HP is above 50% and he can naturally double. This tome also grants him Spd +3 to help with the aforementioned doubling. Essentially, this tome is 14 mt weapon which grants him an inverse Desperation- or you can consider it a Brave weapon above 50% HP, so long as he has the Speed to double.
On top of this is his new and powerful Special Spiral B skill, which can be inherited to other infantry or armor units. This skill allows Special cooldown of -2 after combat, provided it triggers during combat.
And finally, Lewyn marks the return of both the rare Swift Sparrow A slot and the Odd Atk Wave C slot, both very sought after when it comes to building other units, and both of which function very well on Lewyn himself.
While Lewyn's stats are fairly average among the upper tiers of green mages, the number of impressive abilities he brings to the table are jaw-dropping. Whether summoners want him to inherit any of his 3 amazing passive skills to another unit or for his powerful legendary tome, he is unquestionably the most desired unit in this banner.
Should you Pull?
The following are the reasons you should consider pulling green orbs for Lewyn:
- You want a very powerful green mage who needs virtually 0 skill inheritance
- You want to inherit Swift Sparrow to another unit
- You want to inherit Special Spiral to another (infantry or armor) unit
- You want to inherit Odd Atk Wave to another unit
- You like using player phase units
- He will almost certainly remain 5 star exclusive, making him difficult to obtain later on
And here are a few reasons you might want to stay your hand from Lewyn:
- You prefer Enemy Phase style combat
- You want to minmax your arena score and therefore shouldn't use mages
- You already have strong Player Phase green mages (Nino/SF Nino/Spring Sharena/WT Owen)
- You use armors who already have Fighter B skills