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Appearances Advance Wars, Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising, Advance Wars: Dual Strike.
Specialty High Luck
Affiliation Orange Star
CO power Lucky Star
Super CO power Lady Luck
Power Meter AdWar-Sml.pngAdWar-Sml.pngAdWar-Sml.pngAdWar-Med.pngAdWar-Med.pngAdWar-Med.png
Hits Willful Students
Misses Olaf (AW1), Downtime (AW2 and AWDS)

Nell (Japanese: キャサリン Catherine) is an Orange Star CO. She is also the player's instructor in field training and assists the player in Campaign by giving hints and strategical advice. Her little sister Rachel takes Nell's place as the player's advisor in Advance Wars: Dual Strike. Nell attended military school with Grit and Max.

Physical Appearance

Nell looks like a typical womanly businesswoman. She has wavy blonde hair, violet eyes, pink lips and pale peach skin. She wears a bright purple business suit and bright purple heels. She also has a mole on the left side of her face, near her left eye.

Nell also has another outfit which is unlockable in Advance Wars: Dual Strike. Instead of wavy hair, her hair appears straighter. She wears a bright purple headband, gold earrings, a gold necklace and gold-colored strappy sandals. Also, instead of a bright purple business suit, she wears a bright purple dress with layered frills at the bottom. Despite all these changes, her facial features and skin color remain the same. (See gallery below for an image of this outfit).

CO abilities

Nell was born under a lucky star, giving her units a Luck bonus of 15% instead of the standard 10%.

CO power

Lucky Star - Increase Nell's Luck to 60%. All of her units also get a 10% boost in defence, and in Advance Wars: Dual Strike they also get 10% boost in offence. Interestingly, in Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising her units are stated to damage multiple foes, though nothing of this sort ever actually happens.

Super CO power

Lady Luck - Raises Nell's Luck to 100%. All of her units also get a 10% boost in defence, and in Advance Wars: Dual Strike they also get 10% boost in offence. Interestingly, the in-game info of Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising states her units to damage multiple foes, though nothing of this sort ever happens.

Fair Warning: Bear in mind, luck is still luck. That damage counter may actually be right, and that could spell the end of your brave little recon.


To use Nell outside of Field Training in Advance Wars, complete the Advance Campaign. You can then buy her for 80 coins.

To unlock Nell in Advance Wars 2, complete any campaign with an A rank average or better. You can then buy her for 3500 points.

To unlock Nell in Advance Wars: Dual Strike, complete the Campaign and buy her for 2000 points.

Tag Breaks

Nell has Tag Breaks with the following COs:

  • Rachel, 130%, "Windfall" (3 stars) Absurd levels of luck coupled with free missiles... a very scary tag indeed.
  • Andy, 105%
  • Max, 105%
  • Sami, 105%
  • Von Bolt, 90%

Tactics... Sort of.

Since Nell is one of the 3 pure luck COs, there is really no skillful strategy. Just pray you get lucky on your shots.

Of the 3 luck-based CO's (herself, Jugger and Flak), Nell is the best because she doesn't suffer the additional bad luck dice roll. Keep in mind that this a damage buff and not firepower buff, so regardless of the enemy unit's defense, your unit can still damage it.

The issue with CO Powers that are based on combat is that they are situational. If your Super CO Power becomes active during a turn when there's not many enemy units to attack at the moment, you'll get a mediocre outcome if you use it immediately and your opponent will be a turn ahead of you (in terms of charging their power meter). The fact that her powers are luck-based, makes them even less reliable.

Dual Strike's mechanics can either help or hurt Nell as well. Additional luck can be given to other COs due to other factors like Tag Affinity and the Luck Skill.

When fighting Nell, many players have deemed her a powerful CO due to her ability to possibly kill a Megatank with an Infantry during her SCOP. However, this all depends on consistency. In short, heavily relying on your SCOP and spam infantry in hopes of destroying the common units like tanks and anti-air is a huge gamble to take. To avoid an infantry from destroying your Megatank, it is best not to overproduce expensive units and balance it out. Additionally, the luck values cut in percentage versus when units are in full health, so a 1 HP Infantry isn't going to damage a Megatank in an HQ base.


Dual Strike


"Don't hate me just because I'm lucky!"

"Pull together, everyone!"

"Everything will work out!"

"This will bring me luck!"


Ha! Too bad for you!

...And that's how it's done.

(With Rachel)

Rachel: "Not bad, huh, Sis? Whooo! Yeah! We rule! Yeah!"
Nell: "Excitable, aren't you?"

Nell: "Huh. We won. Lucky us."
Rachel: "Don't be such a downer, Nell. Smiling won't kill you!"




Nell's Theme - Advance Wars Dual Strike

  • It is implied in Advance Wars that Nell and Grit (before he left Orange Star for Blue Moon) had something going on, it is also implied that Max used to have feelings for her at this time too.

COs of Wars World
Orange Star: AndyMaxSamiNellHachiJakeRachel
Blue Moon: OlafGritColinSasha
Green Earth: EagleDrakeJessJavier
Yellow Comet: KanbeiSonjaSenseiGrimm
Black Hole: FlakLashAdderHawkeSturm
JuggerKoalKindleVon Bolt
Orange Star
COs: Andy | Hachi | Jake | Max | Nell | Rachel | Sami
Former COs: Grit | Olaf