Hero Feathers are one of the most valuable resources in Fire Emblem Heroes. With them, you can upgrade a unit’s rarity, up to 5 stars, meaning that your hero will get stronger and also unlock some extra skills by doing so.
But since they are one of the bests items on the game, they are also one of the rarest ones — there sure are multiple ways to earn Feathers, but most of them don’t give you enough to upgrade a unit since upgrading from 4 to 5 stars costs 20,000 Feathers. That being said, this guide will teach you how to not miss a single Hero Feather ever, as well as some of the best methods to farm them more easily.
Checking Your Castle
One of the easiest, effortless methods of getting yourself some free Hero Feathers is to check your Castle daily, by clicking the “Home” button. Every day, the Leader unit of one of your friends will visit your Castle to greet you (it will be the bottommost unit with floating hearts on their heads), granting you 5 Hero Feathers when you tap on them.
Your units are also sent automatically to some of your friends, and if they greet you back by clicking your unit, you will receive 1 Hero Feather, up to 5 per day. These Feathers are also gathered when you greet your friend’s unit that is visiting your Castle.
And while you are at it, you will also want to check for heroes of your own with hearts floating over them. You can also talk to them for an easy 5 Hero Feather gift every day.
These daily actions may yield low amounts of Feathers, but they are free, simple and pretty much effortless since you will probably be checking your Castle for free daily items anyway. Speaking of which, you can get 100 Hero Feathers every Monday and Thursday from the Daily Log-in Bonus, so be sure to not miss these ones too!
You may have noticed that when you finish a map, some white numbers appear on your surviving heroes. These are Hero Merit points, a feature in the game that lets you farm Hero Feathers through battles.
Hero Merit is achieved by putting your hero in a battle of any kind — Training Tower, Story Maps, Arena Duels, etc.. If your character survives until the map is complete, it will be granted some “HM” (or “Hero Merit”) based on your enemies levels and stars as well as yours, and once it hits 500 points, you can get 500 Feathers from it.
This can be done up to 4 times, meaning that you can get a maximum of 2,000 Feathers for each hero. Keep in mind that Hero Merit is shared between duplicate units, for example, all of your Donnels will have the same amount of HM, and thus you can only get 2,000 Feathers from the character even though you have multiple Donnels.
The quickest way to farm Hero Merit is through battles in the Tenth Stratum, but be aware that it may be quite hard to finish the map without letting anyone die. Every surviving unit will get 4.60 HM, assuming you fought 4 enemies, which is the most efficient in terms of Stamina cost.
If you really need some Feathers as soon as possible, you can always build a team of many hero duplicates and battle with them, granting you up to 4 times the usual amount of points for that unit.
You can check how much Hero Merit your units have by selecting “Hero Merit List” in the “Misc.” section. Once your hero has achieved 500 points, you can check your Castle to claim your Hero Feathers by tapping that character, which will also be indicated by some floating feathers all over it.
Sending Heroes Home
Another way to earn some quick Hero Feathers is by sending unwanted units away by selecting “Send Home” in the “Allies” menu, clicking on their portraits and confirming. Units with more stars wield you more Feathers, as seen in the table below, and merged units will count as multiple units of the same rarity when sending home.
Rarity (Number of Stars)
Be aware though that there are many weak and often unwanted units that are still worth keeping around just because of the Skill Inheritance system. You can always check some of our guides to be sure what units have skills that are important enough to keep and what heroes you can send home without having to worry about it.
The Voting Gauntlets are special monthly events where hordes of fans fight for their favorite heroes on the tournament. Besides proving your love for your character, Voting Gauntlets are also an amazing way to earn Hero Feathers.
Every Gauntlet has eight characters to choose from, based on a specific theme (e.g., Flier Units) and separated on two groups of four. You may pick one of these heroes at any time to fight in their name, but you can’t change your option unless your army loses.
The event is split into three rounds of 45 hours each, and the results are decided by what team has the most points by the end of the round. Once you have picked a hero, you can fight on a 3v3 battle with your Leader unit (your leftmost hero the current team), a friend’s unit and a random person’s unit of the same army as yours every 30 minutes.
If you manage to win, you can use up your Battle Flags, which are obtained by completing quests during the event (these quests reset every round), in order to boost the number of points you give to your army. You can also earn bonus points by having lots of friends and by having the hero you are defending on the Gauntlet being your Leader.
However, it’s a good practice to not put that specific character on the leftmost spot of your first team, since that is the unit you are going to lend for other people. Instead, try to leave a unit that can counter your opponents as your Leader, for example, during the Flying Units Voting Gauntlet, having an archer on your team was pretty much perfect.
There are three ways to earn Hero Feathers during the Voting Gauntlet. First of all, you can get 500 Feathers every round just by being on the winning army, and depending on how well you place on your team rankings based on your personal score, you can earn a certain number of Hero Feathers as well.
Current Round Rank
99,999 ~ 70,001
70,000 ~ 50,001
50,000 ~ 30,001
30,000 ~ 10,001
10,000 ~ 5,001
5,000 ~ 1,001
1,000 ~ 1
Additionally, once the Gauntlet is over, you will also receive some Hero Feathers based on your overall ranking throughout the whole event, which takes into account your cumulative score of all three rounds. You can always check what rewards you are going to receive clicking the “Check Rewards” option on the Voting Gauntlet screen.
|99,999 ~ 70,001|
|70,000 ~ 50,001|
|50,000 ~ 30,001|
|30,000 ~ 10,001|
|10,000 ~ 5,001|
|5,000 ~ 1,001|
|1,000 ~ 1|
Fire Emblem Heroes’ has a ranked PvP system called “The Arena”, where you can fight with your selected team against a random person’s defending team at the cost of your “Duelling Swords”. Since there are three ways of getting Hero Feathers weekly by ranking in the Arena, this is the best and most consistent mode to achieve these items.
You should always try to bring your strongest team to your Arena Duels since your score gets higher depending on your heroes’ stats, rarities, and skills but keep in mind that having a Bonus Hero on your team doubles your score, so you will also always want to have one of them. There are 10 Bonus Heroes every season, you can see who they are by tapping them on the Arena Duels screen.
The best rewards on the Arena are given to those who can get high scores, which you can do by picking strong teams to fight with and against (it’s a good idea to always choose the “Advanced” enemies for your duels since they will give you much more points), trying to keep all your units alive during battle and, most importantly, winning a bunch of games without losing in between. Try to get a winning chain streak of seven matches in a row to maximize your score, and keep in mind that you can always try to get a better high score until the end of the week.
The first kind of reward does not take into account other players’ rankings, only your offensive high score. Try to get at least a score of 4,000 or higher, which can be done with some max level units and a Bonus Hero, in order to get the maximum number of Feathers possible.
1 ~ 200
201 ~ 400
401 ~ 600
601 ~ 800
801 ~ 1000
1,001 ~ 1,200
1,201 ~ 1,400
1,401 ~ 1,600
1,601 ~ 1,800
1,801 ~ 2,000
2,001 ~ 2,200
2,201 ~ 2,400
2,401 ~ 2,600
2,601 ~ 2,800
2,801 ~ 3,000
3,001 ~ 3,200
3,201 ~ 3,400
3,401 ~ 3,600
3,601 ~ 3,800
3,801 ~ 4,000
The second way of earning Feathers is by achieving good scores at “Defense”, which you can get if your heroes manage to win against a player who challenges your defending team, which is your first, leftmost party on the “Edit Teams” screen on the Allies menu. Since you do not have control over who challenges you and how your team fights, this can be a little tricky to get, to the point that sometimes you can finish a season without even scoring on defense, so be sure to build a strong defending team (you do not need to have a Bonus Hero on your team) in order to win at least some battles.
1 ~ 100
101 ~ 150
151 ~ 200
201 ~ 250
The last reward is based on your global ranking, which you can see on the “Check Rewards” menu on the Arena by changing the Score Type to “Rank” if you are placed on the first 100,000 players. Since this reward is pretty much based around other people scores, it’s a bit harder to get high amounts of Feathers then through the offensive score, so you shouldn’t worry so much about trying to get better rankings if you think you can’t do much better — as long as you have over 4,000 points, you should be good to go.
100,000 ~ 50,001
50,000 ~ 30,001
30,000 ~ 10,001
10,000 ~ 5,001
5,000 ~ 1,001
1,000 ~ 101
100 ~ 11
10 ~ 2
The Arena seasons last one week each, and you will receive your rewards only after they end. You can always check what rewards you will earn by clicking on the “Check Rewards” option on the Arena screen.
Being a fairly new game from a big company, Fire Emblem Heroes is constantly receiving events inside and outside of the game. These will usually end up with a big reward for the whole community, including lots and lots of Hero Feathers.
Most of these events include a community effort, which means that even though you probably won’t need to do anything by yourself, you could always try and contribute to help everyone by completing simple tasks. Recently, the official Japanese Fire Emblem Heroes Twitter account held a quiz to their followers with some questions about the series, and as reward for getting every question right, all the players received 20 orbs and 10,000 Hero Feathers.
While that was a quiz made on a Japanese Twitter, some of these events are easier for western users to contribute to, like the “Early-Bird Michalis Grand Hero Battle”, which was a special event before the real Michalis Grand Hero Battle where players had just 45 minutes to find good strategies and complete the battle. Again, since a lot of people struggled to finish the battle in less than one hour, every player was awarded with 5 orbs and 5,000 Feathers.
With that being said, even though they aren’t a very consistent way of getting Hero Feathers, try to keep an eye out for these kind of events since they always bring a lot of amazing rewards and are also usually very fun to participate in. Be sure to check our news and stay tuned!