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Rarity

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A 4★ Lilina; her rarity is shown above her epithet, 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, being given both higher stats and more powerful 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 rarity between 3★ and 5★, while some characters, such as Lucina, can only be summoned at 5★ rarity, making them quite rare. Lower rarity versions of characters that can only be summoned as 5★ only appear as enemies.

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, a Henry summoned at 3★ rarity will start with only the Ruin weapon skill, while one summoned at 4★ rarity will start with the more powerful Rauðrraven weapon skill as well as the special skill Glowing Ember.

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 unit's rarity can be increased by one ★ at a time by spending both Badges and Hero Feathers. While originally a unit's rarity could only be increased at level 20 or above, the version 2.9.0 update removed the level requirement. Upgrading a character from 1★ to 2★ is relatively trivial, though upgrading a character from 4★ to 5★ is quite expensive. When a unit's rarity is increased, their level, stats, and merges will be reset to their base values for a unit of that rarity, while their SP, learned skills, and Dragonflower enhancements are retained.

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

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References

Fire Emblem Heroes
Characters Heroes AlfonseAnnaBrunoDagrEirEitriFáfnirFehFehnixFjormFreyjaFreyrGunnthráGustavHelHelbindiHenrietteHrídLaegjarnLaevateinLífLokiMirabilisNiflNóttÓtrPeonyPlumeriaReginnSharenaSummonerSurtrThórrThrasirTriandraVeronicaYlgr
SDatBoL, MotE, NMotE AbelAstramAthenaBantuBarstCaedaCainCamusCatriaClarisseDarrosDraugEliceEremiyaEstGharnefGordinHardinJagenJeorgeJulianKatarinaKrisLegionLenaLindeLukeMarthMariaMerricMichalisMinervaNagaNagiNavarreNorneOgmaPallaPhinaRoderickSheenaSiriusTikiWrysXane
Shadows of Valentia AlmBerkutBoeyCatriaCelicaClairCliveConradDeltheaDumaFayeFernandForsythGennyGrayKliffLeonLukasLuthierMaeMathildaMilaPallaPythonRineaRudolfSaberSilqueSonyaTatianaTobinValbarZeke
Genealogy of the Holy War AltenaAnnandArdenAresArvisAyraAzelleBrigidCedDeirdreDíthorbaEldiganErinysEthlynIshtarJamkeJuliaJuliusLachesisLarceiLeneLewynLexQuanSeliphShannanSigurdSilviaTailtiuTravant
Thracia 776 AsbelEyvelFinnKempfLeifMareetaMirandaNannaOlwenOsianReinhardtRonanSaiasSaraTanyaVeld
The Binding Blade BartreBrunnyaCeciliaChadClarineDieckEchidnaFaeFirGalleGeeseGuinivereGwendolynIdunnIgreneJunoKleinLarumLilinaLughMeladyMerlinusNarcianPercevalRaighRoyRutgerSaulShannaSophiaSueTheaWoltZelotZephiel
The Blazing Blade BramimondCanasDorcasEliwoodErkFarinaFioraFlorinaHawkeyeHeathHectorJaffarKarelKarlaLegaultLeilaLinusLloydLouiseLuciusLynMatthewNilsNinianNinoPentPriscillaRathRavenRebeccaSerraSoniaUrsulaZephiel
The Sacred Stones AmeliaCaellachCormagDozlaDuesselEirikaEphraimEwanGerikInnesJoshuaKnollL'ArachelLuteLyonMarisaMyrrhNatashaOrsonRossSalehSelenaSethTanaTethysValter
Path of Radiance AshnardBlack KnightElinciaGatrieGreilIkeIlyanaJillMiaMistNepheneeOscarPetrineRolfSanakiSephiranShinonSigrunSorenTanithTitaniaZihark
Radiant Dawn AltinaAsheraCaineghisDheginseaElinciaEnaHaarIkeJorgeLeanneLetheMiaMicaiahMordecaiNaesalaNailahOliverRafielRanulfReysonRhysSanakiSotheTibarnYuneZelgius
Awakening AnnaAversaBradyChercheChromCordeliaCynthiaDonnelEmmerynFrederickGaiusGangrelGeromeHenryInigoKjelleLibraLissaLon'quLucinaMaribelle"Marth"MorganMustafaNagaNahNoireNowiOliviaOwainPanneRobinSay'riSeveraStahlSullySumiaTharjaTikiVirionWalhartYarne
Fates AreteArthurAzamaAzuraBennyBerukaCamillaCharlotteCorrinEffieEliseFeliciaFloraForrestGaronGunterHanaHinataHinokaIagoJakobKadenKageroKanaKazeKeatonLaslowLeoLilithMidoriMikotoNilesNinaNyxOboroOdinOpheliaOrochiPeriRhajatRinkahRyomaSakuraSaizoSelenaSelkieSetsunaShigureShiroSiegbertSilasSoleilSubakiTakumiVelouriaXander
Three Houses AnnetteAsheBernadettaBylethCasparCatherineClaudeDeath KnightDedueDimitriDorotheaEdelgardFelixFerdinandFlame EmperorFlaynHildaHubertIngridKronyaLeonieLinhardtLorenzLysitheaMarianneMercedesNemesisPetraRaphaelRheaSeirosSetethShamirSolonSothisSylvain
Tokyo Mirage Sessions ♯FE Encore EleonoraItsukiKiriaMamoriTsubasa
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 • 9: Hellfire • 10: The King's Demise • 11: Prince of Ice • 12: Seeping Poison • 13: A Way Home
Book III 1: Death • 2: The Dread Gate • 3: Countdown • 4: A King's Worth • 5: A Father's Legacy • 6: Realm of the Dead • 7: A Home Unknown • 8: Truth of a Name • 9: Cohort of the Dead • 10: Omnicidal Witch • 11: Where It Began • 12: Lethal Swordsman • 13: Marvelous Dream
Book IV 1: The Dream • 2: Missing You • 3: Gullinkambi • 4: On Dark Wings • 5: Twisted Reality • 6: Dreaming Reality • 7: Steeped in Twilight • 8: Wallowing in Love • 9: Violent Fantasies • 10: Lack • 11: Plumeria's Dream • 12: Triandra's Dream • 13: Reality
Book V 1: Machine Dominion • 2: Kingsbrother • 3: Forest of the Sage • 4: The Vital Blade • 5: Night and Day • 6: Treachery • 7: Bound Elsewhere • 8: Serpent's Whispers • 9: Echoes of Truth
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 • 20: Bridal Bloom • 21: Summer's Arrival • 22: A Sketchy Summer • 23: Festival in Hoshido • 24: Arrival of the Brave • 25: The Land's Bounty • 26: Brave Redux • 27: Adrift • 28: Gifts of Winter • 29: New Year's Wish • 30: Hostile Springs • 31: Greil's Devoted • 32: Regal Rabbits • 33: A Season for Picnics • 34: Bridal Belonging • 35: Summer Returns • 36: Summer Refreshes • 37: Brave Echoes • 38: A Splendid Soiree • 39: Treat Fiends • 40: Glorious Gifts • 41: Renewed Spirit • 42: A Star Is Born • 43: Lovely Gifts • 44: Familial Festivities • 45: The Start of It All • 46: Bridal Beloveds • 47: Summer Passing • 48: Overseas Memories • 49: Pirate's Pride • 50: To Stay Dreaming • 51: Dragons Harvest • 52: In the Moment • 53: A Festival Miracle • 54: Beyond Dreaming • 55: Dark Desert Rituals • 56: Love of a King • 57: Willful Rabbits • 58: Childhood Encounter • 59: Bridal Grace • 60: Summer Vibrance • 61: Summer's Dream
Xenologues 1: Detached Princess • 2: The Brink of Chaos • 3: The People's Hero • 4: Whispers of Death • 5: Heavenly Witness
Locations The Sacred WorldWorld of AwakeningWorld of BindingWorld of BirthrightWorld of BlazingWorld of ConquestWorld of CrestsWorld of DawnWorld of Holy WarWorld of MysteryWorld of Mystery RenewedWorld of OriginWorld of RadianceWorld of ShadowsWorld of Thracia • World of Zenith (Askran KingdomDökkálfheimrEmblian EmpireHelLjósálfheimrMúspellNiflNiðavellirJötunheimr)
Groups, objects, and concepts Aether RaidsBlessed GardensBreidablikChain ChallengeColiseum (Allegiance BattleArena AssaultArena DuelsResonant Battle) • Forging BondsFrontline PhalanxGrand ConquestsHall of FormsHeroic OrdealsLost LoreMjölnir's StrikeOrbOrder of HeroesPawns of LokiRarityRøkkr SiegesSummoning (summoning events) • Special Maps (Bound Hero BattlesEvent MapsGrand Hero BattlesHero BattlesLegendary Hero BattlesLimited Hero BattlesMythic Hero BattlesRelay DefenseRival DomainsSpecial Training MapsTrial Maps) • Squad AssaultTactics DrillsTap BattleTempest TrialsTraining TowerVoting Gauntlet
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