Raffaele - June 2020 Hero of the Month - HOTM Review and Grading

Raffaele is a healing specialist, and was the June 2020 Hero of the Month for Empires & Puzzles. I am ranking Raffaele as as decent tank and healer.  Certainly not a Kunchen, but respectable nevertheless.

Raffaele's Stats:
  • Attack: 650
  • Defense: 803
  • Health: 1402
  • Speed: Slow
  • Level: Legendary 5*
  • Class Monk
  • Resist Attack Ailments:  innate resistance against status ailments that affect attack.
 Special Skill: Ice Treatment
  • Heals all allies who have less than 50% HP left to 50% health.
  • All allies regenerate 812 HP over 4 turns.
  • Dispels status ailments from all allies.
  • Element Link gives all Ice allies +30% defense against Special Skills for 4 turns. This effect can’t be dispelled.
Raffaele HOTM Review:
Raffaele is bound to be disappointing to people who are accustomed to great super-powerful HOTMs like Telluria or Vela, but he has is place in the Empires & Puzzles game meta, IMHO.  His stats are beefy making him suitable as a tank, and his special skill is a powerful heal - the strongest heal in the game.  The benefit of the heal is offset by his slow speed, but still he has some good use as a healer in raids and wars.  For healing aid wars or raid tournaments, Raffaele will really shine. Vivica and Costume Vivica also are slow, and serve quite well in such situations as a healer.  He also will shine in Rush tourneys, where his slow speed no longer is a liability.

Cleanse is another great benefit of Raffaele's special skill.  Many consider cleansing status ailments, i.e. removing them all, to be among the most powerful special skill, and for raids, it sure is.
Likewise, the healing over time will serve to counter the growing commonality of damage over time heroes, like Jean-Francois and Vela, as well as minion dealers like Telly, and Noor, the expected July 2020 HOTM.

Against Titans, Raffaele is relatively undesirable.  His low attack stat, and special does not bring all that much benefit.  On balance, leave him on the bench for titans, unless you do not have any other higher attack heroes.

Raffaele Emblem / Skill Path:

Raffaele's principal value is in being able to last long enough to fire his special.  So I recommend the Defense-Health path in the monk none Talent Grid.

Raffaele Raking / Grading:
  • Attack: B
  • Overall Defense: B+
    • Tank: A-
    • Flank: B-
    • Wing: C
  • Titans: C
  • Raid Tournaments:
    • Rush: A+
    • Buff Booster: B
    • Bloody Battle: D
Overall Raffaele Rating: B

NOTE:  A lot of people hate Raffaele and would grade him lower than a "B".  I went with "B" because he shines in Empires & Puzzles' Rush tourneys and is still fairly good as a tank.  How would you grade Raffaele?
Next HOTM: Noor 


Mad1802 said…
Between Raffaelle and Glenda , which one u would ascend ?
I have only one blue 5star ascended - Thorne and gave him emblems til level 17
I have many 4 stars ascended to the max- Kiril , Kiril costume, Grimm , Sonya, Sinya costume, etc
Telly said…
@Mad1802 Generally speaking, I'd say Glenda is a better all-round hero than Raf. However, if you need a 5* tank, or a 5* healer, go with Raf. Thorne is a decent tank, so probably you do not need another blue tank.