🌑 Xiaotu - 5* Fire / Red from Lunar New Year

New Lunar New Year hero is released: Xiaotu

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


Rarity Element Class Mana Speed
Level Attack Defense Health

4/85 921 883 1613
4/90 1054 1010 1846
Origin Family
Lunar New Year Lunar Year
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.
:hourglass: Ability: Disable Minion Abilities
Attacks and abilities of all Minions owned by enemies are disabled.
:dizzy: Special Skill: Reverse Recovery
  • Deals 655% damage to the target.
  • The target and nearby enemies resist healing and receive 250 damage per resisted healing for 4 turns.

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

:hugs: Lunar Year Family Bonus

:balance_scale: Balance Changes

Jun 2023 (Big Balance Update)

:test_tube: Changes from Beta

  • Damage on attempted healing is reduced to 250 from 500.

Beta Information: 🧪 Early Information on New Lunar New Year Heroes [Part of The Beta Beat v54]

:thought_balloon: What do you think of Xiaotu ?

This thread is for thoughts and discussion on Xiaotu.

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

Some Popular Questions for Discussion

  • Is Xiaotu worth summoning for?

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

  • Which heroes on your Roster best pair with Xiaotu ?

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

  • Would you give Xiaotu Druid Emblems? Which Talent Grid path will you choose?

  • What do you think of special?

  • What do you think of Xiaotu’s character design?

  • If you Summoned Xiaotu and would like to post your results, please include some thoughts on why you Summoned Xiaotu, 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 Xiaotu when posting Summon Results. In addition to opinions about Xiaotu, you are also encouraged to include how many Summons it took before receiving Xiaotu (or how many Summons you’ve done without receiving Xiaotu), 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 - Xiaotu (post release)

:question: Is Xiaotu 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 Xiaotu 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 Xiaotu’s Primary Purpose is?

  • Damage Dealer (Immediate)
  • Healing Debuffer (with damage on attempted healing)

0 voters

:question: What do you think of Xiaotu 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 Xiaotu’s Special Skill and Intended Purpose match Xiaotu’s Base Stats?

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

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

0 voters

:question: Is Xiaotu worth giving Druid 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 Xiaotu is best used?

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

0 voters

:question: How do you think Xiaotu 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 Xiaotu worth Limit Breaking ?

  • Yes
  • No

0 voters

:question: If you would emblem Xiaotu 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


It’s strange to have a bunny at average. Bunnies are usually fast.


Is this the highest percentage of damage we have seen so far? Or is there a hero that deals more than 655% damage?

Killhare would like to have a word with you :crazy_face:

Nemesis does 680% at x3 charge, and Goseck can do up to 700% if his health is low enough


I feel like we should add “minion disabler” to one of Xiaotu’s purposes


That’s the thing. Killhare did. She is still upset that Lepus is Fast and she’s average. To her mind: all bunnies should be max Fast. With most at VF and some at VVF.


I think nobody really wants these heroes. These heroes are just the ones that hard counters waterpipe and M&M. Especially this rabbit that completely destroys M&M

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Of course this bunny is wanted. I can picture the top 5 alliance members pacing and pacing to try for them. First choice is tiger cos he’s fast. Failing which bunny will do. :laughing:


In all honestly, I really hate the passive. It’s a lazy, in your face way to say ‘look we solve the waterpipe/M&M problem. Just gotta pull in our 0.5% portal’


Agree. But that’s Zynga for you. Money in with minimal effort.

This makes me sad, I have mained xiahou dun for quite a while. The one dispeller that’s fun and interesting they just nerfed like that. :roll_eyes:
Not to mention that new hero Sorrow. Looks like the rabbit/tiger is their answer to those minion summoners
Be rich or get rekt


Zynga sets the meta going forward. They made a lot from minion summoners released to date.

Now they want players to spend on brand new heroes to counter the OP minion heroes to come.

Step 1: release OP minion hero. Rejoice at the reception (good or bad, all good; money coming in)

Step 2: release counter to OP minion hero. Rejoice again at the reception.

Repeat Step 1 and 2, to keep money flowing in.

They should be releasing minion heroes with a passive that resist being silenced by Tiger & Bunny. That’s how they will continue to milk players who spend.


100% @BlackZed. A tried and true method

  1. Create problematic hero everyone must have
  2. Act sympathetic for its overpoweredness and create counters
  3. Do all of this for a price.

The shampoo method, rinse and repeat.


Well to be fair, this wouldn’t keep happening if the player base had zero tolerance for nonsense like this. There was a huge backlash when Telluria and Vela got nerfed into oblivion, but then a month or two later it was business as usual.

While not absolving SG of any blame, aren’t we the player base equally as much to blame for the current situation we find ourselves in?


Getting a small sample of the player base motivated to do something meaningful is near impossible. Lowering our expectations is the only way to curb disappointment. Then again, if we are expecting this to happen over and over, why are we even playing?

My lawyer said don’t you dare to write what you’re thinking about this hero.


I did about 20 saved EHT pulls … and just as I thought okay now I’ll save for Easter portal … on a whim I did a 10 pull with the bunny coming as the first hero to appear …lucky lucky lucky …blessed

Edit: today 1/28 added the tiger also …still blessed


The special has been changed. Instead of 500 damage, it’s 250 now. @PlayForFun


Team Power for a +20 LB Xiaotu is 997. We are getting extremely close to a hero that will have a Team Power over 1000. Sheesh…

I will say that the special skill animation for this hero is pretty awesome.