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Summoner Duel

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Summoner Duel (Japanese: 英雄決闘 Hero Battle) is a game mode in Fire Emblem Heroes, one of the modes of the game's Coliseum. It is a competitive game mode where players face each other on large maps in real time seeking to outlast the opponent.

Two additional variations of the mode, Summoner Duels R and Summoner Duels S, are held among the game's event categories. Both allow players to attempt to gain as high a score as possible before losing a certain number of total matches during the event; Summoner Duels R leave all team choice to each individual player, while Summoner Duels S require players to build multiple teams and give players influence over their opponent's options.

Overview

Preparation

Players build teams of five for use specifically in this mode, with the first slot being designated for the team's captain. Teambuilding in Summoner Duels has a few restrictions, in that Summoner Duel teams disallow duplicates (such as two of Legion: Masked Maniac) entirely, and restricts performing units (such as those to Sing or Dance) and units with the Savior effect (primarily those with the Save family of skills, such as D/R Near Save) to one unit each. Unique to teambuilding in Summoner Duels is the Captain Skill, a selection of effects that apply whenever the captain meets certain criteria. Players can choose to set one of three available Captain Skills, which rotate each season. Teams are singular in the Coliseum and in Summoner Duels R (and in fact carry over between the two), whereas Summoner Duels S have players build four teams to a single bank, with the teambuilding restrictions applying to the entire bank.

Available Captain Skills to date
Captain Skill Effect
Earth Rendering Earth Rendering The Capture Area moves one space closer to the team should the captain be in the Capture Area at the start of turns 2–4 (red moves up, blue moves down)
Adroit Captain Adroit Captain Boosts captain's Speed by +5 during combat. Captain and allies within two spaces of captain nullify effects guaranteeing their target or denying themselves a follow-up strike should they be faster than their target.
Secret Maneuver Secret Maneuver Disables all skills of all enemies except target during captain's combat. Subtracts 1 from the special skill cooldown count to all allies at the start of turns 2–5.
Quick Draw Quick Draw User's team is given the first action each turn. Reduces the number of opponent's actions by 1 at the start of turns 2–4.
Eminence Eminence When an ally moves through a space the captain is occupying, that space is counted as zero spaces moved instead of one space. Reduces Defense and Resistance of all foes within 3 spaces of captain by -3 each during combat.
Erosion Erosion If a foe's skill with the Savior effect activates, reduces Defense and Resistance of that foe by -4 each and prevents that foe from counterattacking during combat.
Turmoil Turmoil Captain gains +1 to Movement for user's turn. If the captain is within the Capture Area, they are counted as two Heroes.
Effulgence Effulgence Allies within 2 spaces of captain gain +4 each to Attack and Speed and have their penalties neutralized during combat.
Flash of Steel Flash of Steel If captain initiates combat, captain's follow-up strike precedes target's counterstrike
Captain and allies within two spaces of captain neutralize effects that increases enemy's or decreases user's special skill cooldown counts
Rallying Cry Rallying Cry At start of turns 2-5, boosts the Attack, Speed, Defense, and Resistance of captain and allies within two spaces of captain by +6 each for the turn
Mass Confusion Mass Confusion Boosts captain's Attack by +5 during combat, drops the Attack, Speed, Defense, and Resistance of enemies adjacent to other enemies by -7 each through their following actions at the start of turns 2-5

An option termed "Matchmaking Settings" available only in the Coliseum version of the mode allows players to narrow character pools. At present, there are two settings; "No restrictions" allows all characters, while "Book III and prior" limits players to units released in the Book I, II, and III eras (ex. Igrene: Nabata's Protector is allowed as a Book III unit, whereas Osian: Scolded Soldier is disallowed as a Book IV unit).

Different ways to battle

There are five different ways to battle in Summoner Duel, three in the Coliseum version of the mode as well as the Summoner Duels R and Summoner Duels S events.

The primary method in the Coliseum is Favor Battles, which disallows custom rules, battles on one map for an entire season, and allows players to build up toward rewards. Free Duel allows players to play competitively using custom rules, but do not allow building up toward rewards; players can only be matched up either by setting the same custom rule settings or by designating that the opponent chooses the custom rules. Practice Duel pits players against computer-controlled teams, allowing custom rules but does not allow building up toward rewards.

The custom rules are as follows:

  • Time Limit: Defaults to 30 seconds for an action. Also available: 60 seconds, off, randomly-selected. Note that there are ways within the gameplay to extend an action's time limit.
  • Map: Defaults to randomly-selected. Also available: Long River, Walls and Trees, Enclosed, Bridges, Enclosed Ruins.
  • Lv. 40, No Support: Defaults to off. Also available: On, randomly-selected. If active, ignores merge counts and supports on the combatants.

Summoner Duels R events generally play in the same fashion as Favor Battles, but without matchmaking restrictions.

Summoner Duels S events have an additional phase after matchmaking, in that a player is allowed to look over their opponent's teams and veto two of them. Once both sides have made their selections, players then select one of the remaining teams not vetoed by their opponent for use in the battle. Once this phase is finished, a match plays in the same fashion as in Summoner Duels R.

The gameplay

Gameplay alternates between the players between individual actions; for example, the blue team can make an action, followed by the red team, followed by the blue team again. For the first turn, the blue team goes first; for subsequent turns, the team that moves first is determined by whomever had more actions remaining at the end of the previous turn, not changing from the prior turn if both teams had the same number of remaining actions at the end of a turn.

Players are given six actions to perform during their turn; in a Summoner Duel, the usage of a Duo or Harmonized Hero's special skill, normally an action that can be used independently of a unit's normal action, counts toward this limit and are further limited to one per turn. Should a player run out of actions, either by hitting the six-action limit or being unable to execute an action, their turn automatically ends. Additionally, a unit with a 1-range weapon skill fights against one with a 2-range weapon skill, that unit gets +7 bonuses to their Defense and Resistance during combat.

There are two ways players accumulate score in a Summoner Duel. The first consists of defeating the opposing team's units, in which doing so awards the player two points at base, with one-point bonuses should either unit in the combat be the opposing team's captain; the highest-scoring single play thus consists of one player's captain defeating the other team's captain, worth four points. The other method of scoring involves the Capture Area, a 6×4 grid denoted with gridlines; if a player has two or more of their team more than the other player does, that player scores two points.

Gameplay lasts for either five turns or until one player's team has routed the other's. If a player's team routs the other's, that player wins; should all five turns be completed in full, the player with the higher score wins. At the end of a Favor Battle, players earn Favor equal to their score up to a maximum of 10 as Favor, with winning players earning an additional 10 Favor; at the end of a battle in Summoner Duels R or Summoner Duels S, players either gain or lose Glory based on overall battle results.

Rewards

In the Coliseum

Rewards are given in relation to whichever captain of the player's has the highest Favor at any given time; unlike other Coliseum modes, these rewards are paid out once a unit reaches a Favor plateau.

Favor rewards
Favor Reward
1,000 Dragonflower (F) ×100
900 Dragonflower (C) ×100
800 Dragonflower (A) ×100
700 Dragonflower (I) ×100
600 Divine Code: Part 2 ×200
500 Heroic Grail ×200
400 Is feh divine dew.png ×400
350 Is feh sacred coin.png ×200
300 Dragonflower (F) ×100
250 Dragonflower (F) ×100
200 Dragonflower (F) ×100
150 Dragonflower (I) ×100
100 Forma Soul ×1
80 Duelist's Badge
60 Divine Code: Part 2 ×200
40 Heroic Grail ×200
20 Is feh divine dew.png ×400
10 Is feh sacred coin.png ×200

In Summoner Duels R and Summoner Duels S

There are two types of rewards, rank rewards and tier rewards.

Dragonflowers in both types of rewards are consistent across a single event and vary between events. Duplicate Duelist Medals will be automatically exchanged for Hero Feathers ×300.

Rank rewards
Rank Divine Code: Part 2 Dragonflower (I) Is feh refining stone.pngIs feh sacred coin.png Is feh hero feather.png
1–1,000 50 120 30 5,500
1,001–3,000 40 100 25 4,500
3,001–6,000 36 90 22 3,500
6,001–10,000 32 80 19 3,000
10,001–20,000 28 70 17 2,400
20,001–30,000 24 60 15 2,000
30,001–50,000 20 50 14 1,500
50,001–70,000 18 40 13 1,200
70,001–100,000 16 30 12 1,000
100,001–300,000 14 20 11 800
300,001+ 12 10 10 600
Tier rewards
Tier Glory Medals Divine Code: Part 2 Dragonflower (I)
24 7,300+ Gold Duelist MedalSilver Duelist MedalBronze Duelist Medal 50 80
23 7,000–7,299 Silver Duelist MedalBronze Duelist Medal 48 76
22 6,700–6,999 Silver Duelist MedalBronze Duelist Medal 46 72
21 6,500–6,699 Silver Duelist MedalBronze Duelist Medal 44 68
20 6,000–6,499 Bronze Duelist Medal 42 64
19 5,500–5,999 Bronze Duelist Medal 40 60
18 5,000–5,499 Bronze Duelist Medal 38 56
17 4,600–4,999 Bronze Duelist Medal 36 52
16 4,300–4,599 34 48
15 4,000–4,299 32 44
14 3,700–3,999 30 40
13 3,400–3,699 28 36
12 3,100–3,399 24 32
11 2,800–3,099 24 32
10 2,500–2,799 24 32
9 2,200–2,499 20 28
8 1,900–2,199 20 28
7 1,600–1,899 20 28
6 1,400–1,599 16 24
5 1,200–1,399 16 24
4 1,000–1,199 16 24
3 600–999 12 20
2 300–599 12 20
1 0–299 12 20

List of Summoner Duel seasons

Unlike other Coliseum modes, Summoner Duel seasons last multiple weeks instead of one; their lengths have been somewhat inconsistent.

Note: All date ranges begin at 7:00 AM UTC on the first listed date and end at 6:59 AM UTC on the second listed date unless otherwise noted.
List of Summoner Duels seasons
Map Dates Notes
Season 1 Long River December 6, 2021 (3:00 AM UTC) – December 21, 2021 Two-week plus 28 hour season
Season 2 Bridges December 21, 2021 – January 11, 2022 Three-week season
Season 3 On Slopes January 11, 2021 – January 25, 2022 Two-week season
Season 4 Walls and Trees January 25, 2021 – February 8, 2022 Two-week season
Season 5 Narrow Detour February 8, 2021 – February 22, 2022 Two-week season
Season 6 Small Chamber February 22, 2021 – March 8, 2022 Two-week season
Season 7 Open Plain March 8, 2022 – March 22, 2022 Two-week season
Season 8 Underwater March 22, 2022 – April 12, 2022 Three-week season
Season 9 Shifting Sands April 12, 2022 – April 26, 2022 Two-week season
Season 10 Mountain Pass April 26, 2022 – May 10, 2022 Two-week season
Season 11 Towering Walls May 10, 2022 – May 24, 2022 Two-week season

List of Summoner Duels R events

Note: All date ranges begin at 7:00 AM UTC on the first listed date and end at 6:59 AM UTC on the second listed date unless otherwise noted.
List of Summoner Duels R events
Map Dates Notes
Event 1 On Slopes January 20, 2022 – January 24, 2022
Event 2 Walls and Trees February 3, 2022 – February 7, 2022
Event 3 Small Chamber March 3, 2022 – March 7, 2022
Event 4 Underwater March 31, 2022 – April 4, 2022
Event 5 Mountain Pass May 5, 2022 – May 9, 2022

List of Summoner Duels S events

Note: All date ranges begin at 7:00 AM UTC on the first listed date and end at 6:59 AM UTC on the second listed date unless otherwise noted.
List of Summoner Duels S events
Map Dates Notes
Event 1 Narrow Detour February 17, 2022 – February 21, 2022 Paid out Rank 1-1000 and Tier 24 rewards other than accessories to all participants regardless of their actual Rank and Tier
Event 2 Open Plain March 17, 2022 – March 20, 2022
Event 3 Shifting Sands April 21, 2022 – April 25, 2022
Event 4 May 19, 2022 – May 23, 2022

Trivia

  • A promotional video for the mode that debuted at 3:00 AM UTC on December 10, 2021 showed Fehnix's Hector: Dressed-Up Duo equipped with D/R Far Save 3.[1] That skill did not exist in Heroes at the time of that promotional video; it would not be added to the game until the subsequent Winter Dreamland update on December 16.

Etymology and other languages

Summoner Duel

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

Summoner Duels

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Japanese

英雄決闘

Hero duels

Spanish

Duelos de invocador

Summoner's duels; abbreviated as Duelos de invoc.

French

Duels d'invocateur

Summoner's duels; abbreviated as Duels d'invoc.

German

Beschwörerduelle

Summoner Duels

Italian

Duelli Evocatore

Summoner duels; abbreviated as Duelli Evocat.

Portuguese
(Brazil)

Duelos de invocador

Summoner's duels; abbreviated as Duelos de invoc.

Traditional Chinese

英雄決鬥

Hero duels

Summoner Duels R

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

Summoner Duels R

Summoner Duels S

Names, etymology and in other regions
Language Name Definition, etymology and notes
English

Summoner Duels S

Gallery

References

  1. Nintendo (channel), Fire Emblem Heroes - Summoner Duels - Matthew vs. Fehnix, YouTube, Published: December 9, 2021, Retrieved: December 15, 2021
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