Welcome to Borderpolar's AFK Arena hero tier list in 2021. The first infographic is a top heroes list I made on Tiermaker, a great site for creating tier lists! I made this page to give you an idea of what works in AFK Arena's long run. There are many top heroes in this game, but you will notice that the majority of those heroes are Celestials and Hypogeans. So we cannot focus on each and everyone on them. For instance, I would suggest that you focus on the S+ tier characters. First, they will be useful in most modes throughout the game. And if you want a personal opinion, Talene is probably the best character in AFK Arena.
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I will also compile an individual list of the top heroes in each class, such as:
- Best support class heroes: Talene, Rowan, Twins, Tasi, Rosaline
- Best tank class heroes: Lucius, Albedo, Arthur, Daimon, Grezhul
- Best mage class heroes: Ainz, Mehira, Zaphrael, Belinda, Skriath
- Best ranger class heroes: Eironn, Ferael, Lyca, Lucretia, Gwyneth
- Best warrior class heroes: Alna, Nara, Wu Kong, Saurus
Please look at my overall AFK Arena tier list for 2021, and bear with me until I fully explain why I think these characters are the best characters of each class.
This AFK Arena Tier List gives players a rough idea of the best Heroes you should focus on during different stages of the game: Early, Mid, and Late Game.
Hero ratings for different game modes are also included: PvP, PvE, Labyrinth Arcane, Twisted Realm and Guild Bosses (Wrizz & Soren).
Last Update: Patch 1.62 (April 23, 2021) – Morael Released
Early Game Tier List
From the beginning to Campaign Chapter 30.
Before level 160, it’s recommended to use either as your main carry while slowly working on Daimon, Eironn, or Saurus as they should be your main carry afterward. Select Ezizh from the challenger store and use lab coins for Arthur except when a dimensional exchange is ongoing. More details here!
After level 240, Legendary Tier Heroes will no get any additional skill upgrades, they will fall off in power, losing the viability. It’s safe to sacrifice the following Heroes immediately for upgrading the others.
Mid Game Tier List
From the beginning to Chapter 30 to Chapter 35. This is where you start maxing out Signatures and Furniture of the core heroes in the formations.
End Game Tier List
Character Ranking Legend
|S+||The strongest, game-changing AFK Arena heroes|
|S||The most powerful Heroes have game-changing abilities when they are in the right teams.|
|A||These are very good Heroes that own solid skills and utilities.|
|B||Great Heroes that provide decent abilities and game-changing qualities.|
|C||These are average Heroes who have some decent utilities but lack game-changing qualities.|
|D||Situational Heroes that lack utilities. Or it would be best if you spent a huge investment for them to work.|
|F||Typically useless Heroes in most team compositions. Better not to use them in most cases.|
Overall AFK Arena Hero Tier List by Cyberfunk
This is a more coarse-grained tier list, closer to my personal liking, compiled by me.
Below you will find an endgame AFK Arena's best hero list, where you can see the individual performances of characters in PvE, PvP, Arcane Labyrinth, and Boss fights. You will find some personal favorites in this list, which I have bolded out.
Keep in mind the all these best heroes, and tier lists can be very objective. At the end of the day, you should find the best synergy in your 5-character lineup and focus on that. What works for someone may not work for someone else.
So, use these recommendations and stay tuned as I will be adding insights on some of the best characters in AFK Arena in 2021.
The 5 Best Support Heroes in AFK Arena
Talene is arguably the best character in AFK Arena. The main reason for that is the fact that her Phoenix Rising ability makes her “immortal” as long as another hero is alive. While her recovery rate reduces you can definitely watch her revive 2-3 times per battle. What makes her a completely broken character is her Signature Item, as at +30 her Attack Rating increases by 20% and her Defense Rating increases by 40% every time she revives, and she recovers 400 energy points. Which will probably bring her very close to casting Fire Born. In many cases, Talene will outlast everyone in the fight as she eventually becomes by far the strongest character on the battlefield. Let's not forget that she also heals her allies. An amazing unit overall.
It is recommended that you get her SI to +30, but the only disadvantage she has is that as a Celestial she is very hard to get and reach “Mythic” Ascension level. As a matter of fact, my Talene is still Elite after 7 months of playing AFK Arena”. Getting her to 3/3 Exclusive Mythic Furniture is a great idea, even if you cannot afford to go for 9/9.
Fire Born (Ultimate): Talene goes into ‘Phoenix’ form that lasts until death and converts 90% of her current health into a permanent shield of equal value, plus an additional extra permanent shield on top that is equal to 20% of her max health. Talene’s normal attacks will turn into close-range area attacks that deal 150% damage while in Phoenix form.
Level 81: Talene’s normal attacks deal additional damage that is equal to 20% of her ‘Fire Born’ shields’ remaining values.
Level 161: Additional shield is equal to 25% of Talene’s max health.
Meteor Shower: Talene calls down a fiery meteorite that deals 200% damage to a single enemy target. When Talene is in Phoenix form, meteorites will continually fall randomly every 0.5 seconds upon random enemy targets for a certain duration of time.
Level 21: Damage increased by up to 240%.
Level 101: 30% of arrow damage is converted into health.
Level 181: Damage increased by up to 280%.
Phoenix Rising: Every time Talene dies she transforms into a fireball. While in this state, Talene recovers 7% of her max health every second and cannot be targeted by her enemies but will still receive the positive effects of her allies’ abilities. Once Talene’s health reaches 50%, she is reborn, resulting in a brilliant explosion that deals 200% area damage to enemies. Talene’s Recovery Rate is reduced by 20% every subsequent time that she transforms into a fireball.
Level 121: Damage increased by up to 250%.
Level 201: Damage increased by up to 300%.
Afterglow: A passive ability that allows for Talene’s 2 weakest allies to respectively recover 150% of Talene’s Attack Rating as health each time Talene cumulatively loses 10% of her max health.
Level 141: Health recovery increased by up to 200% of Attack Rating.
Level 221: Health recovery increased by up to 250% of Attack Rating.
Signature Item Skill: Resurgence
Talene’s Attack Rating is increased by 10% and her Defense Rating is increased by 20% every time she is reborn using her ‘Phoenix Rising’ ability.
- [+10 Unlocks] Talene’s Attack Rating is increased by 20% and her Defense Rating is increased by 40% every time she is reborn using her ‘Phoenix Rising’ ability.
- [+20 Unlocks] Talene immediately recovers 120 energy points each time she is reborn.
- [+30 Unlocks] Talene immediately recovers 400 energy points each time she is reborn.
- [3/9 Mythic Pieces] Talene deals 110% AoE damage per second to nearby enemies while in her Fireball state. 60% of the damage dealt to enemies is converted into Talene’s health.
- [9/9 Mythic Pieces] When there are any allies on the battlefield with a lower percentage of health than that of Talene’s own, she actively converts 15% of her current HP into a permanent shield of equal value for herself. If the value converted exceeds 10% of Talene’s max health, a meteorite with the same effect as the ability “Meteor Shower” will be summoned against a random enemy. This ability can only be triggered once every 5 seconds.
If Talene is the best character in AFK Arena, then Rowan is the second best and the best non-Celepogean hero. He also has the best Signature Item Skill in the game which you should prioritize getting to +30. Rowan was my first hero with SI +30 too. Rowan is a constant energy generator and healer for you team.
At +30 his SI all but guarantees an ultimate as the character that reaches 600 energy points while his potion stall is still available will restore 400 energy points, reaching 1,000 points which trigger their Ultimate. Simultaneously, his Damage Control ability makes him a great tank in late-game even though he is a support hero. It's not surprising that we haven't seen another OP hero after Rowan, Lilith did not repeat their mistake.
As for his furniture, 3/3 Exclusive Mythic is good to have but not mandatory.
Dazzle: Rowan throws copious amounts of gold coins onto the battlefield which 3 random targets will receive every 0.5 seconds. If the coins are collected by any allies, they will recover 50 energy points and their attack rating will be increased by 30% for 8 seconds. If the coins are received by any enemies, they will be stunned for 4 seconds.
Level 81: Allies recover 60 energy points.
Level 161: Allies recover 70 energy points.
Avian Assault: Rowan’s duck attacks the nearest enemy multiple times for 60% damage each, causing the enemy’s accuracy to drop by 120 points for 10 seconds while also allowing Rowan to steal 80 of the enemy’s energy points Lv.2: Damage increased by up to 70%.
Level 21: Damage increased by up to 70%.
Level 101: Steals 120 energy points.
Level 181: Damage increased by up to 80%.
Healthy Supplies: After entering the battlefield, Rowan sets up a supply stall and places 3 health potions upon it. When a nearby ally’s health drops below 50% a potion will be used to restore 30% of their max health. Each hero may use a potion once every 5 seconds.
Level 121: After all health potions have been consumed, Rowan will call in more supplies.
Level 201: Restores 40% of max health.
Damage Control: When Rowan receives damage that exceeds 10% of his max health, he will use his energy to mitigate the damage, causing him to lose energy instead of health. This ability can be used once every 3 seconds. Energy lost when using this ability is determined by the damage which is mitigated. A maximum of 80 energy points can be used to mitigate damage.
Level 141: Rowan recovers 20 energy per second.
Level 221: Energy lost when using ability reduced to 50 energy points.
Rowans Signature Item Skill – Thirsty Work
After entering the battle Rowan will set up a stall that now includes an energy potion. When an ally’s energy is above 600 points they will drink a potion, replenishing 60 energy points. The energy potion will be replenished each time the stall is set up.
- [+10 Unlocks] Energy restored increased to 120 points.
- [+20 Unlocks] Energy restored increased to 200 points.
- [+30 Unlocks] Energy restored increased to 400 points.
Rowan's Furniture Skills – New Commodities
- [3/9 Mythic Pieces] When using the health potions from the ability “Healthy Supplies”, allied heroes will additionally regenerate 1% of their own max health per second over 10 seconds. This ability cannot be stacked.
- [9/9 Mythic Pieces] When using the health potions from the ability “Healthy Supplies”, allied heroes will additionally regenerate 1.2% of their own max health per second over 15 seconds. This ability cannot be stacked.
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