'Fire Emblem Heroes' Unlock Potential: How to give your characters a boost

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If you've been playing Nintendo's newest mobile game, the free-to-play Fire Emblem Heroes, you probably have a few questions about some of its lesser-explained menus and late-game content. For example, the "Unlock Potential" menu is a great way to upgrade your heroes, but it's a little confusing to wrap your head around. 

Here's what you need to know.

How to unlock potential in Fire Emblem Heroes

As you play through battles, your characters will level up, giving them better stats and so on — but once they reach level 20, you can upgrade them even more according to the help menu within Fire Emblem Heroes.

Upon hitting level 20, you can use the Unlock Potential menu — which you can find by tapping "Allies," then "Advanced Growth" — to upgrade a character's star rating. This will give them access to better stats and skills. The tradeoff, however, is that upgrading their star rating will reset their level back to one. So, in theory, you will be leveling your characters up to 20 multiple times, upgrading their star rating and starting the whole process over again.

As a character's star rating increases, you'll need more items to increase their star rating further. For example, between star ratings of one and three, you'll need Hero Feathers, which you can get from playing the game normally — and Badges, which you can get in the Training Tower. But once you get a character to four stars, you'll need Hero Feathers and Great Badges, which you can get from "the Sixth Stratum or higher in the Training Tower."

One other thing to note about unlocking a character's potential: Any stat increases a character has received through merging with any duplicate characters in the "Merge Allies" menu will be lost, so hold off on merging any characters if you're on the verge of upgrading their star rating.

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