Erlang Shen - 5* Holy / Yellow from Journey family

New Journey hero is released: Erlang Shen

This thread is for discussing strategy related to Erlang Shen, as well as your thoughts on Erlang Shen.

Erlang Shen

Rarity Element Class Mana Speed
Level Attack Defense Health

4/85 910 859 1673
4/90 1041 982 1915
Origin Family
War of the Three Kingdoms Journey
Image Aether Power Description
attack-up Attack Up At the start of each battle, this Hero gets +20% attack for 6 turns.
In battles with multiple waves, the effect is refreshed at the beginning of each wave.
:dizzy: Special Skill: Deteriorating Morale
  • Deals 475% damage to the target and minor damage to nearby enemies.
  • The target and nearby enemies get -48% attack for 3 turns. If the effect is removed before the duration ends, the target with the effect suffers 502 damage.

All-in-one still under construction. Card image to be added when available.

:hugs: Journey Family Bonus

Journey Family:

Heroes become stronger when teamed with other unique Heroes of the same family.

Bonus for 1 / 2 / 3 Heroes:
50% / 75% / 100% chance to increase the duration of each status effect that is cast by the hero by 1 / 2 / 3 turns.

Morale Boost

Heroes belonging to this family as well as Heroes fighting alongside them receive the following perks in War of the Three Kingdoms:

  • +10% attack, +3% defense, +7% health

:balance_scale: Balance Changes

Jun 2023 (Big Balance Update)

:test_tube: Changes from Beta

There appear to be no changes to Erlang Shen from last-seen Beta stats, skill, and design.

Beta Information: 🧪 Early Information on new Journey Hero - Erlang Shen [Part of The Beta Beat v53]

:thought_balloon: What do you think of Erlang Shen ?

This thread is for thoughts and discussion on Erlang Shen.

Based on preferences Forum members have expressed, please try to stick mainly to Erlang Shen and not wander off topic too much to other heroes.

Some Popular Questions for Discussion

  • Is Erlang Shen worth summoning for?

  • Would you use Erlang Shen on Defense? Offense? War? Quests/Events? Titans?

  • Which heroes on your Roster best pair with Erlang Shen ?

  • What heroes would you take when facing Erlang Shen as an opponent?

  • Would you give Erlang Shen Fighter Emblems? Which Talent Grid path will you choose?

  • What do you think of special?

  • What do you think of Erlang Shen’s character design?

  • If you Summoned Erlang Shen and would like to post your results, please include some thoughts on why you Summoned Erlang Shen, and whether/how you plan to make use of them.*

*NOTE: Summon Results posted without any commentary/feedback at all should be flagged as Off Topic and removed, based on preferences expressed by the Forum community. Please include some comments about what you think of Erlang Shen when posting Summon Results. In addition to opinions about Erlang Shen, you are also encouraged to include how many Summons it took before receiving Erlang Shen (or how many Summons you’ve done without receiving Erlang Shen), so other players are presented with realistic experiences of the rarity of Legendary Event Hero.

:money_with_wings: Avoiding Overspending & Heartache :broken_heart:

More Insights & Reading

I highly recommend reading these three threads for more information and context on summoning odds:

If you’ve read them a million times before, you may consider reading them again before deciding on your budget for summoning. A little time spent deciding on how much money you want to risk on summoning goes a long way to avoiding disappointment, frustration, and regret later. :slight_smile:

:thinking: Wondering About Your Personal Situation?

Feel free to discuss your team and roster here, and ask for advice from other Forum members.

If you’d like more extensive advice on sorting out your particular roster, I recommend creating a new thread in Gameplay Help & Tactics, and posting screenshots of your hero roster, along with your questions.

:link: Related Threads You May Be Interested In


Feedback Poll - Erlang Shen (post release)

:question: Is Erlang Shen worth Summoning For?

  • Yes, absolutely
  • Only if you’re P2P
  • Yes, but only when featured.
  • Not really
  • Not at all

0 voters

:question: How many copies of Erlang Shen would be useful to keep & Level?

Note - this is roster space dependent & isn’t the same for everyone!

  • Zero
  • Just one
  • 2
  • 3
  • All of them

0 voters

:question: What do you think Erlang Shen’s Primary Purpose is?

  • Damage Dealer (Immediate)
  • Attack Debuffer (with potentional damage)

0 voters

:question: What do you think of Erlang Shen compared to other Heroes?

  • Over Powered (OP)
  • Little stronger than Most
  • On Par with Most
  • Little Weaker than Most
  • Completely Broken (Under Powered)

0 voters

:question: How does Erlang Shen’s Special Skill and Intended Purpose match Erlang Shen’s Base Stats?

Note this means Erlang Shen’s Class, Attack, Defence & HP Stat

  • Perfectly
  • Better than Most
  • On Par with Most
  • Worse than Most
  • Terribly

0 voters

:question: Is Erlang Shen worth giving Fighter Emblems to?

  • Yes absolutely
  • Depends on who else you got
  • Hmmmm, not sure yet
  • No I don’t think so
  • No… Not at all.

0 voters

:question: In Defence, where do you think Erlang Shen is best used?

  • Left Wing
  • Left Flank
  • Tank
  • Right Flank
  • Right Wing
  • Not on defence at all.

0 voters

:question: How do you think Erlang Shen is best used?

  • PvP Raids/ War attack
  • Normal Defence
  • War Defence
  • Titans
  • Farming
  • Tournaments
  • Event Teams

0 voters

Choose up to 3 options

:question: What do you think is Erlang Shen worth Limit Breaking ?

  • Yes
  • No

0 voters

:question: If you would emblem Erlang Shen then which Emblem Path would you select ?

  • Sword path
    (Selecting Attack talent nodes when possible)
  • Shield path
    (Selecting Health and Shield talent nodes when possible)

0 voters


Looking for a needle in a haystack time. Lol


Every time I see this guy’s name i read it as ed sheeran


Not a WO3K character. It’s like lumping Avalon into LOTR. Or worse, starwars into star trek


This hero is way too powerful in equalizer wars


Don’t think Zynga/SGG cares an iota. Impetus is money as usual.


There’s literally hundreds of WO3K characters they can choose from. Heck there’s even an e&p rip off that’s based on WO3K I’ve played before


Yes, but Zynga/SGG has decided on ELS. They do what they want to do, as usual.

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There’s no regard for anything, SMH.
Especially when Otis is like 牛魔王 and goretooth is 猪八戒

:joy::joy::joy::rofl: can’t read Chinese. Didn’t study much of that language. You need to translate for me. :joy::rofl:


牛魔王 is the bull demon king, one of the antagonists of sun wukong
猪八戒 is pigsy, one of the travelling companions of sun wukong
And then 二郎神, which is this guy is also one of the antagonist of sun wukong. Which is btw very random to begin with as in why this guy?


It’s obvious that Zynga/SGG wasn’t focusing on or expecting much from the Asian market when they launched this game. If they did, they would have planned ahead.

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I think someone even said the hero card for Erlang Shen don’t even look like him in JTTW

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I did comment that the hero card did not depict him accurately with regard to religious/traditional/conventional images: missing his Third Eye.

If he’s supposed to be part of W3K, his W3K name is different. And he looks fully mortal.

If he’s supposed to be a Journey hero, then he’s a deity and he should have his Third Eye.

There’s no in-between usually but what do Zynga/SGG care?! They only want money, and more of it.


He has to change his name, like Max, formerly known as Toto. But then he has his own family bonus…this could no longer be called WO3K, but Chinese clash I guess. As in the clash of all Chinese literature into one great war
Wukong may have to change his name after 5 years. Because ain’t no way one of the strongest gods in JTTW is reduced to become a 4* gamble hero


Let’s see what Zynga/SGG does in 2023.

Chinese folklore does have other monkey characters.

seriously? this is a journey to the west character pls !

Omg that is literally julius’ stance but mirrored. I knew his design looked so basic from the get go. And that black outline on his helm…eww :face_vomiting:

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But he is really good if you have g cham. Fire him before cham and then cham can finally damage enemies with his skill