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Rarity

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A 4★ Lilina, her rarity is shown above her title, Delightful Noble.

Rarity is an aspect of all units appearing in Fire Emblem Heroes. It denotes both their, as the name suggests, rarity, and an approximation of how powerful the unit is. A unit's rarity is represented by a number of ★ on their stat screen and elsewhere during gameplay.

Overview

The different color borders given to characters of different rarity.

A unit's rarity, despite what its name may imply to some, is specific to individual units, and not every instance of the character. A unit's rarity can value from 1★ to up to 5★. A 5★ unit is going to be much more powerful than a 1★ unit at the same level, even if the two units are the same character.

The exact calculations for these statistical differences are currently unknown. Several characters also have specific skills that can only be unlocked once they meet the ★ requirement (often 5★) as well.

A character's rarity also alters several graphical elements, such as the border around their portrait. 5★ units will also have golden sparkles on their map icon and in their stat screen. 4★ units have silver sparkles in their stat screen, but not their map icon.

Generic enemies can also have rarity values. Generic enemies of higher rarity are seen in higher difficulties, and are more powerful than their less-rare brethren. The also have higher stats and more skills.

Rarity and summoning

A 4★ Nino on the summoning screen.

The lowest possible rarity of characters obtained through summoning is 3★. 1★ and 2★ units are generally obtained from special maps that give out characters. Some characters can be summoned at any star amount between 3★ and 5★, and some characters, such as Lucina, can only be summoned as 5★, making them quite rare. Lower rarity versions of characters that can only be summoned as 5★ do appear as enemies on lower difficulties in the story mode.

A unit's rarity is shown immediately on the summoning screen under their map icon, making their rarity one of the first things known to the player. Aside from being stronger, units summoned at higher rarities also benefit from having more skills unlocked from the start. For example, s 3★ Henry will have Ruin, while a 4★ Henry will start with Rauðrraven, a more powerful spell.

Unlock Potential

Attempting to unlock Lilina's potential, though the Hero Feather requirement is not yet met.

Through a process known as Unlocking Potential (Japanese: 覚醒 Awakening), a character's rarity can be increased--for a cost. The character's rarity can be increased by one ★ once that character is level 20 or above. Once the character is at the required level the player can spend both Badges and Hero Feathers to unlock that character's potential. Upgrading a character from 1★ to 2★ is relatively trivial, though upgrading a character from 4★ to 5★ is quite expensive. When a character's rarity is upgraded their level is reset to level 1 and their stats are reduced to that of a level 1 unit, with the exception of SP and that unit's learned skills, which are retained. It is currently unknown if, for instance, taking a 1★ character to 5★ provides any particular bonuses.

The Badge used must match that unit's color. Red units use Scarlet Badges, blue units use Azure Badges, green units use Verdant Badges, and gray units use Transparent Badges.

Unlocking costs
★ increase Badges needed Hero Feathers needed
1★ to 2★ Is feh scarlet badge.png/Is feh azure badge.png/Is feh verdant badge.png/Is feh transparent badge.png 5 Is feh hero feather.png 20
2★ to 3★ Is feh scarlet badge.png/Is feh azure badge.png/Is feh verdant badge.png/Is feh transparent badge.png 10 Is feh hero feather.png 200
3★ to 4★ Is feh scarlet badge.png/Is feh azure badge.png/Is feh verdant badge.png/Is feh transparent badge.png 20 Is feh hero feather.png 2000
4★ to 5★ Is feh scarlet great badge.png/Is feh azure great badge.png/Is feh verdant great badge.png/Is feh transparent great badge.png 20 Is feh hero feather.png 20000

Shards and crystals are not involved in the potential unlocking process.

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Fire Emblem Heroes
Characters Heroes AlfonseAnnaBrunoFehFjormGunnthráGustavLaegjarnLaevateinLokiSharenaSummonerSurtrVeronica
Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light Wrys
Mystery of the Emblem AbelBarstCaedaCainCamusCatriaDraugEstGordinHardinJagenJeorgeLindeMarthMariaMerricMichalisMinervaNavarreOgmaPallaSheenaTiki
Genealogy of the Holy War ArdenArvisAyraDeirdreEldiganJuliaLachesisSeliphSigurdTailtiu
Thracia 776 FinnLeifNannaOlwenReinhardtSaias
The Binding Blade BartreCeciliaClarineFaeFirGwendolynKleinLilinaNarcianRaighRoyShannaSophiaZephiel
The Blazing Blade DorcasEliwoodFlorinaHawkeyeHectorJaffarKarelLloydLuciusLynMatthewNinianNinoPriscillaRavenRebeccaSerraUrsula
The Sacred Stones AmeliaEirikaEphraimInnesJoshuaL'ArachelLuteLyonMarisaMyrrhSethTanaValter
Path of Radiance Black KnightElinciaIkeMiaMistNepheneeOscarSorenTitania
Radiant Dawn MicaiahOliverSanakiSotheZelgius
New Mystery of the Emblem AthenaClarisseKatarinaLegionLukeRoderick
Awakening ChercheChromCordeliaDonnelFrederickGaiusHenryInigoLissaLon'quLucina"Marth"MorganNowiOliviaRobinStahlSullyTharjaTikiVirion
Fates ArthurAzamaAzuraBerukaCamillaCharlotteCorrinEffieEliseFeliciaGunterHanaHinataHinokaJakobKageroKanaLaslowLeoNilesOboroOdinPeriRhajatRyomaSakuraSaizoSetsunaSelenaShigureShiroSiegbertSoleilSubakiTakumiXander
Shadows of Valentia AlmBerkutBoeyCelicaClairCliveDeltheaFayeGennyGrayLeonLukasMaeMathildaSaberSonyaTobin
Story Maps Book I PrefaceP: World of Zenith • 1: World of Mystery • 2: World of Conquest • 3: World of Binding • 4: World of Awakening • 5: Back to Mystery • 6: World of Birthright • 7: World of Blazing • 8: Back to Awakening • 9: Heroes Invade • 10: World of Radiance • 11: Rite of Shadows • 12: Bitter Enemies • 13: Diabolical BloodlineI: A Power AwakensI: The Rite of Blades
Book II 1: The Flame • 2: Princess of Ice • 3: Guided by a Dream • 4: Fiery Resolve • 5: Blood and Snow • 6: The True Quarry • 7: Snow and Ash • 8: Rite of Frost
Paralogues 1: Family Bonds • 2: Sibling Bonds • 3: Blazing Shadows • 4: Spring Festival • 5: World of Shadows • 6: Bridal Blessings • 7: Echoes of Mystery • 8: Ylissean Summer • 9: Nohrian Summer • 10: The Sacred World • 11: Brave Heroes • 12: Performing Arts • 13: World of Holy War • 14: Trick or Defeat! • 15: Farfetched Heroes • 16: Winter's Envoy • 17: Happy New Year! • 18: Love Abounds • 19: Hares at the Fair
Xenologues 1: Detached Princess • 2: The Brink of Chaos • 3: The People's Hero
Locations The Sacred WorldWorld of AwakeningWorld of BindingWorld of BirthrightWorld of BlazingWorld of ConquestWorld of DawnWorld of Holy WarWorld of MysteryWorld of RadianceWorld of ShadowsWorld of Zenith (Askran KingdomEmblian EmpireMúspellNifl)
Groups, objects, and concepts Blessed GardensBreidablikChain ChallengeGrand ConquestsOrbOrder of HeroesRaritySummoning (summoning events) • Special Maps (Bound Hero BattlesEvent MapsGrand Hero BattlesHero BattlesLegendary Hero BattlesRival DomainsSpecial Training MapsTrial Maps) • Squad AssaultTap BattleTempest TrialsVoting Gauntlet
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