Fire Emblem Heroes Fans Are Deleting And Reinstalling The Game For Better Characters

Fire Emblem Heroes, Nintendo's free mobile strategy game, was released recently. Instead of actually playing the game, many are finding themselves repeating the opening sections over and over again, in the hopes of cheating the system a little.

You see, Heroes is a Gacha game, meaning it is full of random potential Fire Emblem characters that can be added to your party. "Summoning" heroes into your game requires "Orbs," an in-game currency. You can earn Orbs by playing through the game normally, or you can purchase them. The more Orbs you have, the more you can summon, and the more you summon, the less the next summon costs — so there's incentive to summon a bunch of heroes in one go.

Fire Emblem Heroes grants you free orbs at the start of the game, allowing you to pull a handful of characters from the get-go. This is where things get messy. People don't want to recruit whatever characters they can get. People want good characters, with noteworthy stats. Like the RPGs before it, Heroes assigns characteristics such as Attack, Defence, and Speed, but these numbers are totally random — you can get two of the exact same heroes, at the same level, with different stats.

Heroes also come packed with differing degrees of potential growth, equipment, and abilities, all denoted by stars: a one-star Tharja is not the same as a five star Tharja, basically.

Over the years, fans have grown fond of specific Fire Emblem personalities, which they will want to pull during summoning in Heroes. And it makes sense, really: nobody is about to get psyched about a random character from a game they have never played. If all of this sounds exploitative, it kinda is. The system is designed to entice you into spending more Orbs for the characters you want, but the chances of getting a desired character are low enough that many will be tempted to spend money just to improve the odds.

Fire Emblem fans are a resourceful bunch, however, and instead of dropping cash, they're taking advantage of the system meant to hook them. Many are electing to "reroll" until they get something decent, as is tradition in gacha games. The method involves starting the game, going through the tutorial, redeeming your orbs, and summoning immediately.

If you get what you want, you keep going. If you don't, you delete your data, uninstall the game, and then re-download and go through the entire process once again. Despite being a time-consuming practice, it is a very common ritual right now, judging by social media:

A player with the handle mrhappyismissing even started speedrunning the whole thing:

I for one didn't realise this was possible, and am too far into my current game to try it — but admittedly, I would have been tempted. Momma needs Camilla!


    Wow, people who need to cheat an online game with a multilayer arena mode.
    They will kill the game off.

      Ummm.... what part of this is "cheating"? You can call it gaming the system but it's not "cheating". Creating and recreating a starter account to reroll starter gachas has been around since gacha was made on F2P games

      This only affects your *starting* team. Yes you get a heads up at the start but that's the only reroll you will ever get if you keep playing. So when you roll for the next batch of characters your stuck if they all end up being 1-3stars there are no rerolls for those unless you reaaaallly want to start all over again.

    This sounds like my old man trying to explain to me what youtube is. Gatcha players have been rerolling accounts for these types of games for years, nothing new. This is the only moment of control you get over your account without needing to pay, why not be savvy and get the hero you want as a foundation and build up your account from there?

    I honestly don't get how this is big news...

    Rerolling for gachas/stats has always been part of a lot of games that involves min/maxing stats. Heck it's not even that big of a deal because it's a one of thing for FE. It just affects your starter team. You can't reroll anymore gachas after you continue playing the game proper.

    Why would you delete the game data, then uninstall the whole game and reinstall it again? That makes no sense at all.

      Its to reroll your starter team via gacha. The game gives you free orbs (ie. The F2P currency for rolling the gacha) to roll a starter team at the start. Each character is rated by stars so a 1 star Marth would be weaker than a 5star Marth (you can evolve them IIRC though to a higher star)

      So if you roll a team you dont like then you start all over by deleting everything and then rerolling your starter team. Its your standard save scumming technique =P it only works for your STARTER team though so its not really game breaking as your going to rely on RNGesus to be nice with any other rolls you do later on.

        It's the uninstall that doesn't make since, unless you're on iOS. On Android you can just go into app settings and "clear data" without needing to uninstall/reinstall.

    Oh no, I totally understand that. I just don't understand why the article states that you have to delete your save and uninstall and reinstall the game.

      I guess replies are broken again? They really should fix that

    Rolled Camilla, Nowi, Stahl and Donnel on my first go. No wai am I rerolling.

    Nowi and Camilla can solo a map.

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