February 2022 Balance Update - Details & Release Notes

Welcome to the February 2022 Balance Update!

Over the past year, we’ve bolstered our efforts to foster healthy Hero diversity at all tiers of play; some of our more recent moves include creating new Legends Families (October) and applying varnish to our Villains’ vices (December). This month, we are making tweaks to the Winter, Starfall, and Magic Families.

As always, we will keep an eye on live metrics following the update to determine whether further adjustments will be necessary. Please refer to our FAQ entry on Hero Balancing for more details on why we occasionally make post-release balance adjustments.

Alongside these balance changes, we are also making adjustments to certain Season IV stages, including the final faceoff against Dr. Moreau, in response to player feedback! We hope these recalibrations help more voyagers complete their journey through the Underwild.

All changes in this update will go live at 2022-02-08T09:00:00Z.

Winter Family

We’ve been closely monitoring the power of the Winter Family over the holidays and throughout January. Our data chillingly indicates that these Heroes are increasingly becoming an oppressive force in PvP battles, particularly when used as a group on Defense Teams.

We try to avoid nerfing things when we can, but we believe it’s best to take quick decisive action when a specific set of Heroes starts to completely take over the meta — having to play against the same Heroes over and over again simply doesn’t make for a great experience. Minion health is being trimmed across the Family, and the main outlier, Costume Krampus, is receiving additional targeted adjustments.

  • Elf Minions

    • 10% HP → 7% HP inherited from the caster
    • Heroes affected: Buddy, Frosty, Krampus, Krampus (Costume), Mother North, Mother North (Costume), Rudolph, Santa Claus, Santa Claus (Costume), Mr. Pengi
  • Family Bonus

    • +5%/10% → +2%/3% health for Minions inherited from their summoner
  • Costume Krampus

    • Attack: 651 → 766
    • Defense: 880 → 799
    • Health: 1558 → 1451
    • Class: Rogue → Barbarian
    • Caster gets Taunt for 4 turns → 3 turns
    • Caster gets +50% defense for 4 turns → +30% defense for 3 turns
    • All allies get +45% attack and a further +20% increase every time they are hit for 4 turns → 3 turns

Starfall & Magic Families

In contrast to the Winter Family, these two groups have not been faring too well in recent weather. To let them perform wonders on stage a bit more often, we’re giving them both the Villains treatment — making adjustments to not only individual Heroes but also their Family Bonuses so that the group as a whole can become more relevant and versatile.

Starfall Family

  • Family Bonus

    • 40%/60% chance for 2/3 Heroes → 50%/75%/100% chance for 1/2/3 Heroes
  • Director Zuri

    • Heal for ally with lowest remaining HP: 60% → 65%
    • Heal for all other allies: 37% → 42%
    • Clown Minion inherits 13% HP and 20% attack → 15% HP and 22% attack
  • Eiora & Fluffy

    • Direct damage to target: 530% → 600%
    • Max health reduction for all enemies with Minions: 304 → 404
  • Emilio

    • Attack: 745 → 751
    • Burn damage over 5 turns when any enemy has Burn: 410 → 415
    • Burn damage over 5 turns when no enemies have Burn: 320 → 365
  • Theobald

    • Direct damage to enemy with highest HP: 375% → 405%
    • Direct damage to all other enemies: 230% → 260%
    • All allies get for 4 turns +50% attack → +45% attack and a further +20% increase every time they are hit

Magic Family

  • Family Bonus

    • 25%/50% chance for 2/3 Heroes → 50%/75%/100% chance for 1/2/3 Heroes
  • Passives

    • Now affects all targets regardless of their element
  • Agrafena

    • x1 Mana Charge
      • All enemies get for 3 turns -15% attack → -20% attack
      • All enemies get for 3 turns -15% defense → -20% defense
    • x2 Mana Charge
      • All allies get for 6 turns +50% attack → +45% attack and a further +20% increase every time they are hit
      • All allies get for 6 turns +63% defense → +54% defense and a further +5% increase every time they are hit
      • All allies regenerate over 6 turns 1218 HP → 1428 HP
  • Anastasia

    • x1 Mana Charge
      • Grimoire Minion inherits 8% HP and 17% attack → 13% HP and 20% attack
    • x2 Mana Charge
      • Added 235% direct damage to all enemies
  • Anton

    • x1 Mana Charge
      • Direct damage to all enemies: 185% → 250%
      • Each hit has 50% accuracy → 60% accuracy
    • x2 Mana Charge
      • Chance of revival for each fallen ally: 34% → 44%
      • Allies revive with 30% HP → 40% HP
  • Cristóbal

    • x1 Mana Charge
      • Direct damage to target: 235% → 250%
      • Damage if target has less than 50% health remaining: 470% → 500%
    • x2 Mana Charge
      • Direct damage to all enemies: 200% → 215%
      • Damage if target has more than 50% health remaining: 400% → 430%
  • Dölgöön

    • x1 Mana Charge
      • All allies share received damage with each other for 2 turns → 3 turns
      • All allies get +63% defense for 2 turns → 3 turns
  • Milena

    • x1 Mana Charge
      • Heal for all allies: 20% → 25%
    • x2 Mana Charge
      • Direct damage to all enemies: 390% → 420%
  • Motega

    • Attack: 766 → 756
    • Defense: 782 → 793
    • x1 Mana Charge
      • Butterfly Minion inherits 8% HP and 17% attack → 14% HP and 20% attack
      • Targets hit by a Butterfly Minion receive +20% increased damage for 2 turns → 3 turns
    • x2 Mana Charge
      • Butterfly Fiend disappears after absorbing healing equal to 30% → 50% of owner’s max health
  • Nadezhda

    • x2 Mana Charge
      • Chance of revival for each fallen ally: 34% → 44%
      • Allies revive with 30% HP → 40% HP
      • HP regeneration over 3 turns for all allies: 609 → 714

Season IV

  • Province 36-10

    • Boss and enemy stats slightly reduced across all phases
    • Protector Crystal HP reduced
      • Phase 2: 2000 → 1500
      • Phase 3: 3000 → 2500
    • Remnant Shade Fiend accuracy debuff reduced
      • Phase 2: -26% → -24%
      • Phase 3: -29% → -24%
    • Devouring Depths Biome Effect removed
      • Enemies no longer innately resist status ailments and negative stacks
      • Dark Heroes no longer receive +50% attack
      • Holy Heroes no longer receive -50% accuracy
  • Boss and enemy attack stats reduced in the following stages:

    • Province 33-8
    • Province 34-2, 34-7
    • Province 35-5, 35-7
    • Province 36-2
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February 2022 Balance Update - Discussion
Nerf Costume Krampus
:male_detective: End of an Era (Part 3) -- Season 4 Completion Thread
Season 4, Province 31, Stage 3 Normal with Hard enemies?
:male_detective: Missions – Season 4 (Voyagers of the Underwild)
:circus_tent: Whacker – 3* Nature/ Green from Starfall Circus
:circus_tent: Eiora & Fluffy – 5* Nature/ Green from Starfall Circus
:santa: Mother North -- 5* Nature/ Green from Santa's Challenge (Winter)
:santa: Santa Claus -- 5* Fire/ Red from Santa's Challenge (Winter)
:santa: Carol -- 4* Fire/ Red from Santa's Challenge (Winter) (NEW)
:santa: Buddy -- 4* Nature/ Green from Santa's Challenge (Winter)
:santa: Rudolph - 3* Fire/ Red from Santa's Challenge (Winter)
:circus_tent: Director Zuri – 5* Holy/ Yellow from Starfall Circus
:circus_tent: Eichbelborg – 4* Fire/ Red from Starfall Circus
:santa: Frosty - 3* Ice/ Blue from Santa's Challenge (Winter) (NEW)
:circus_tent: Theobald – 5* Ice/ Blue from Starfall Circus
:mage: Anton – 4* Nature / Green from Tower of Magic
:mage: Cristóbal – 5* Nature / Green from Tower of Magic
:santa: Costumed Mother North -- 5* Nature/ Green from Santa's Challenge (Winter)
:circus_tent: Marcel – 4* Nature/ Green from Starfall Circus
:circus_tent: Candy – 3* Holy/ Yellow from Starfall Circus
:circus_tent: Bobo – 5* Ice/ Blue from Starfall Circus
:mage: Sergei – 4* Dark / Purple from Tower of Magic
:mage: Kornel – 3* Fire / Red from Tower of Magic
:mage: Dölgöön – 3* Nature / Green from Tower of Magic
:mage: Anastasia – 4* Holy / Yellow from Tower of Magic
:mage: Agrafena – 5* Dark / Purple from Tower of Magic
:mage: Nadezhda – 5* Fire / Red from Tower of Magic
:mage: Milena – 5* Ice / Blue from Tower of Magic
:mage: Motega – 5* Holy / Yellow from Tower of Magic
:santa: Costumed Santa Claus -- 5* Fire/ Red from Santa's Challenge (Winter)
List of 2022 Improvements
:santa: Costumed Krampus -- 5* Ice/ Blue from Santa's Challenge (Winter)
Season 4 Normal with same stars as Hard (again)
Wild enemy stat inconsistency between S4 stages
:santa: Mr. Pengi -- 5* Ice / Blue from Santa's Challenge (Winter)
February 2022 Balance Update – Follow-up
:mage: Motega – 5* Holy / Yellow from Tower of Magic
:male_detective: End of an Era (Part 3) -- Season 4 Completion Thread
February 2022 Balance Update - Discussion
Buffs/ Nerfs
A Healthy Approach to Hero Diversity & Balance
:circus_tent: Emilio – 5* Fire/ Red from Starfall Circus
:circus_tent: Faline – 5* Holy/ Yellow from Starfall Circus
:circus_tent: D'Andre – 4* Holy/ Yellow from Starfall Circus

As always, please do not hesitate to share your opinions on these upcoming Balance Changes on the following topic:

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The announcement has been edited to include Mr. Pengi in the list of affected Heroes.

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The announcement has been edited to correct some errors in the pre-update values for Emilio and Christóbal, and to amend the description of the Magic Family Passives changes from “Now affects all enemies” to “Now affects all targets”. Please note that these are text edits, not additional updates.

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