|Intelligence||Support (CC)||Mage||Legendary+||Back||Dura’s Call||Yes|
Arden is a support hero with an extremely powerful CC called “Entangling Roots”. This skill will root up to 3 enemies at a time, stopping them from moving, dodging or attacking. Not only does this effectively remove them from the battle for a brief period, but it also prevents them from generating energy via attacks.
As crowd control is incredibly powerful in AFK Arena, Arden is a top tier hero and currently the only Legendary+ hero that is viable at endgame.
- Entangling Roots is one of the best CCs in the game. It can completely disable up to 3 enemies.
- Unlike most other heroes with strong CC, his is not tied to an ultimate and so he can cast is very early into the battle.
- Damage output is very low outside of his ultimate skill Force of Nature.
- Very fragile, will die easily to heroes like Silvina that can one-shot him in the opener.
Arden works really well in a 3-hero Wilders team consisting of Arden, Lyca & Nemora.
Entangling roots cannot hit enemies in the opposite corner of his position. This can be very useful when you want to root a specific enemy.
Force of Nature
|Arden calls forth the full force of mother nature to hit all enemies successively. Each hit deals 150% magic damage. Maximum amount of hits limited to 5 per time.||Level 61: Hits a single target multiple times. |
Level 121: Each successive hit increases attack damage by 10%.
|Arden raises tree roots from the ground that entrap 1 enemy targets, dealing 70% damage to them. The entangling roots cause damage over time and prevent enemies from moving, dodging or attacking while entangled.||Level 21: Damage increased by up to 80%. |
Level 81: Randomly entangles 2 enemies.
Level 141: Randomly entangles 3 enemies.
Shield of Thorns
|Arden creates a protective shield made of thorns around an ally that is able to deflect 80% magic damage back at the aggressing enemy. Deflected damage is based upon Arden's Attack Rating. This ability can be activated every 0.13 seconds.||Level 101: Enemies that receive deflected damage have their Haste temporarily reduced.|
Arden has lived a very long life and has accumulated a peerless pool of wisdom. The old sage is held in the highest regard among the Wilders, with many looking on him with something akin to reverence. As an Oak Sage, Arden is also in the highest order of the forest’s conjurers. They are nature’s will incarnate, the voice of the trees, the hand of the living world. Needless to say, his words carry considerable weight.
Though all Wilders call the forest their home and feel at ease among the towering trunks and swooping boughs, Arden feels the life of the place deep in his bones. He knows that the forest has a soul. He listens hears its joy in the sun’s nourishing warmth, its sorrow at the axe’s fall, its hunger and pain and overwhelming desire to propagate. It was in this way that Arden sensed the approach of the Hypogeans.
From the moment the Gate was broken, a looming unease began to grow like a parasitic weed. There was a sudden darkening of the forest’s gestalt consciousness. Animals returned to their burrows or huddled in their nests. Flowers ready to bloom remained closed, afraid to open their petals to the world outside. Seeds in the ground refused to take root, afraid of what they would meet above ground.
Arden couldn’t quite say what the threat was at the very beginning, but he knew that dark times were coming, and that his people would need to be ready. The first step was to create the Dusk Watch. Someone would need to be posted along the woodland’s perimeter if they were to ascertain exactly what was the source of this unease. He began speaking to the brambles and brush around the forest edge and the areas surrounding the villages of the Wilders, gently coaxing it to grow in tightly-knit walls of thorn and vine.
The aged conjurer knew, however, that in the coming times, the vast stores of knowledge he held would need to be shown to all. Not without a little trepidation, he opted to break with long-held traditions and share his wisdom in earnest. He began to teach the most talented of the younger generation many of the secrets he had uncovered over his years, encouraging them to bring this knowledge to their friends and families. If they were going to make it through this, they would need everyone operating to their fullest potential. Unity would be paramount. Evil was spreading in all directions, and like a corrupted river, one branch was coming for them. The Wilders would need guidance and an experienced hand in the time to come. Arden felt his new responsibility come to rest heavily on his shoulders. He didn’t ask for this duty, but he didn’t trust anyone else to do it. He would lead the fight. He would lead the resistance.
“Listen to the wind. Words ride on its every breath.”