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Fodder Heroes

In AFK Arena, “Fodder” heroes are the ones that you’ll mainly consume to ascend other heroes to a higher tier.

The general rule of thumb is to not use “Ascended” tier heroes as fodder. The main reason being is that they have a much higher level cap, and at endgame each hero you have at the maximum ascension level will increase your overall level cap by 5.

Ascended heroes are also much harder to obtain in general, as their base ascension tier is Elite, which has a 4.61% drop rate chance from summoning.

The best heroes to use as fodder are “Legendary” tier ones. These heroes have a maximum level cap of 160, and so they’re generally worthless (except Arden) at endgame.

They’re also just much easier to obtain as their base ascension level is Rare, which has a 43.70% drop rate chance from summoning. You’ll acquire A LOT of rare tier heroes while playing, probably a bit too many of them in fact!

If you go to the “Heroes” tab in-game and click on “Portraits” you can see a list of Ascended, Legendary and Common heroes.

The problem is some legendary heroes are actually pretty good at their respective level, so which ones do you choose?

Below is an ordered list of fodder priority, 1 = Fodder first, 2 = Fodder 2nd etc.

Important Note

Keep in mind, ALL heroes can be useful at some point. Yes, even Angelo. The whole point of this page is to compare them to their faction counterparts because you HAVE to use at least one of them for fodder at some point if you want to progress through the game.

Lightbearer Fodder Heroes

1.) Angelo

This hero is terrible, you should always use him as fodder.

2.) Morvus

Pretty subpar DPS hero, not worth using over his ascended counterparts. Use as fodder when necessary.

3.) Hogan

He’s a good solid tank, if you don’t have anything else to go in the frontline you might want to hold onto him until you do. Easily replaced with other heroes such as Lucius.

4.) Mirael

She can be a good DPS, not amazing, not terrible. Capable of fitting into most teams fairly easily, but can easily be replaced with ascended heroes such as Belinda.

Lightbearers Unions

All of these heroes are in a union, however, it’s only really Mirael’s union that should be relevant, as the other 3 are in the same one and you probably don’t want to be using any of them really, aside from maybe Hogan.

Mirael can be quite rare to get at legendary+ for the union, so if you’re planning on using Raine/Fawkes you might want to hold on to her for this.

Mauler Fodder Heroes

1.) Ankhira

She’s a pretty bad hero, an easy fodder pick.

2.) Golus

The maulers version of Hogan. A solid tank that can be useful if you don’t have anything else to use in the frontline. There’s better options though.

3.) Saveas

The infamous Saveas can be an absolute beast of a hero. Probably one of the best for the 1-160 grind. I would be wary of using him as fodder unless you’re sure that you won’t use him at all.

Maulers Unions

Ankhira is in a union with the new hero Safiya. From my experience both of these heroes are rare to get from friends/guild members. Ankhira is so bad though that I don’t really recommend keeping her just for the union unless you really love Safiya.

Saveas has a very strong union with Vurk and Numisu. However, As he’s a popular hero you can usually find an abundance of players that have him as a mercenary.

Graveborn Fodder Heroes

1.) Niru

A very niche hero, he needs a good team setup that has burst heroes to reach his full potential. Overall, not worth using really. Easy fodder choice.

2.) Silvina

She’s a good hero early on, but there are better choices from the ascended pool of heroes nowadays.

3.) Vedan

Vedan can be a very strong hero that can carry you through the early parts of the game. However, he has to be overleveled, well geared and preferably have the union buff maxed out. If you’re not planning on using him as a solo carry hero then there are better DPS choices.

Graveborn Unions

Vedan & Silvina are in the same union together, along with Isabella. As they’re both popular heroes, you shouldn’t really have any problem getting them from friends/guild members. Isabella is much rarer though.

Wilders Fodder Heroes

1.) Ogi

A subpar tank that can be “okay” on some stages, but overall he is not worth using. Easy fodder choice.

2.) Ira

Can be a very good DPS if you’ve got her union maxed and have other certain criteria checked, but that’s probably not doable for most newer players and isn’t worth the hassle overall.

3.) Arden

Arden can be extremely useful, even after level 160. I recommend that you don’t use him as fodder unless you’re desperate or you can make another legendary copy of him relatively soon.

Wilders Unions

Ogi and Arden are in the same union with Nemora.

Ira is in a union with Kaz and Lyca.

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Kyrosera
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Kyrosera

Foddering Arden in the late-game doesn’t really matter all that much, since you’ll eventually get to a point where even an L+ Arden gets deleted by any sort of damage at all. A normal old Rare or Rare+ copy can get the job done just as well in those cases, since his only real contribution is the root.

Perish
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Perish

Any chance to repost the ascended fodder heroes list?

Chaos
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Chaos

NEVER fodder ascended heros

Kapoopy
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Kapoopy

ascended fodder heroes list removed?

Delion ill
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Delion ill

is Thoran really good? because I’m really tired of waiting, can’t get enough leg tier fooder for my shemira. At leg+ above, the fooder requirement only leg+ to ascend? so if my shemira at mythic now, there’s no point buying her from the store?

Kapoopy
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Kapoopy

you’ll need extra copies of shemira to give her stars when she’s fully ascended. but it’ll take awhile to get there, unless your super lucky with fodder summons.
also about thoran as food, it really depends on your current team setup. while overall he’s not worth investment compared to other frontliners, it may be important to keep him around if your going full graveborn team. that 25% damage boost will do shemira some goods.

i’d say feed him if ye don’t use him. i fed my nemora with seirus and yeah no real regrets

Orglash
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Orglash

There is no real reason to use any ascended tier hero as fodder. No matter what your impatience tells you or if you dont use the hero. When you get your whole main team to lvl 240, you start levelling the resonating crystal for all heroes, and each hero you get to ascended increases its lvl cap by 5 levels. So no matter what you do, if you really want to get to the endgame, you gonna need to collect all heroes and ascend them. So NEVER, NO MATTER THE REASON, use any ascended tier hero as fodder. The only… Read more »

Dj
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Dj

Oh my God thank you I’ve been searching reddit and this site for about 2 hour so looking for an answer like this. Everyone says NEVER use ascended but heroes like skreg to me are useless. This is the reason not to. you are the real OP <3

vongola
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vongola

what do you think about grezhul?

Hyfigh
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Hyfigh

He’s a reasonable hero for fighting Wrizz and/or Soren. The minions help soak some damage and abilities. I’ve been using Baden, Grezhul, and Lucius to pretty great effect.

Kapoopy
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Kapoopy

decent

AtrujanoX
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AtrujanoX

Now I’ll have to carry the sin of feedding an Ulmus+ to an Arden for the rest of my life sad

Voyaging
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Voyaging

That’s funny, I did literally the exact same thing.

bupk1s
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bupk1s

Problem with this game is that as a free2play player, you get stuck for weeks without being able to progress because to improve you need specific dupes and fodders to ascend to increase stats and be able level them up higher. And even though you get quite a bunch of diamonds for free daily, it still takes quite a while to stack up enough and even after waiting 2 weeks and spending 5400 diamonds on 2×10 summons plus another 10 from friends hearts, those 30 summons did nothing for me. I didnt get any Lightbringer fodders to improve my Belinda… Read more »

Irena Słoma
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Irena Słoma

Now that’s a slight exaggeration I’m mostly f2p barring spending 5 bucks and I was never stuck for weeks on a stage. The longest break I had was two weeks probably. Now I did use some ascended tier heroes for ascencion though because I didnt read any guides and I didnt know what I was doing but I know better know. Dont know your level or anything but if you’re still in 1-160 level Focus on ascending leg tier heroes. It’s way easier than waiting for 4 copies of Brutus which you might never open. Or use heroes that are… Read more »

Artur Hawkwing
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Artur Hawkwing

I agree he is exaggerating but you can also really get stuck for a few weeks. If that happens you should start to prioritize leveling up a hero you can obtain from the item store to use as your carry. Shemira for a common example. I have however also use an Isabelle as fodder. No regrets. She was however useful to me in the lower levels

vesperluz
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vesperluz

Since path 1.17, they silently adjusted the stats of each heroes. If ranked by “the power number” (the number by the fist sign) of the hero portrait, Brutus is ranked quite low now, 363K. Of course the top 1 is Athalia with 375K. I don’t fully understand the impact of this adjustment, but I did notice the change. Can someone elaborate this?

Kapoopy
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Kapoopy

can someone PLEASE explain to me why thoran sucks? everyone keeps saying it. is there ANY good stuff about him? if i don’t have brutus or lucius, are there any better options for tanks? or do i have to keep on sucking at this game until i get a lion boi

Evangel
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Evangel

prolly the latter. I was in a rut until I got Mufasa boi. He’s currently my lowest ascension in my top 5 at only Elite+. However, with 10 legendaries in my roster, he still is in my top 5. Says a lot about just how good a hero he is.

Kapoopy
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Kapoopy

Ye he sure is superior, he’s just impossible to get XP
i’ll just have to run with mah old evil graveborn man until i get anything else. i’m just confused why thoran is said to be like, worst graveborn hero according to everyone. i wan’t to believe that there’s atleast something good to him

Daenethil
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Daenethil

thoran’s main problem is if he died before he can use his ultimate, he would loose aggro and open your backlane to angry kitten. Furthermore, he doesn’t have much cc, nor self-heal and has no buff for your team. Compared to Lucius (who has all of that), he is clearly below.

That being said, I’m a user of Thoran, I like how he can tempo ennemis but I’ll replace him as soon as I got my Lucius leg+

Kapoopy
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Kapoopy

oof thanks for the info. i suppose the only thing i can do is to replace him with my leg hogan😂
gosh this game aint my friend when it comes to summons

Telstar
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Telstar

Thoran is really not that bad up to 161+ when Lucius starts to shine again. Thanks to his res ability it lasts much longer than Lucius or Hendrik with the same gear, level and L-tier. I fed one to Shem and do not regret it at all.

Dark
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Dark

Its only because Thoran ultimate is slow, and short range

Red Brick
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Red Brick

Thoran is awesome. He has 2 lives, and he can really help you get the first kill. He’s one of my favorites and continues to be useful even when he’s overpowered. Put him where he can get the most damage.

Vincilios
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Vincilios

He is not that bad, with the last uptade he is like Silvina, works to kill the opponent’s mage (so annoying)

Logan
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Logan

Sylvina until 160 is a must have if u use graveborns. Obviously, after no, but until 160 is only behind Shemira in graveborn faction (and the 2 tanks sucks!).

Syl Waifu
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Syl Waifu

True, and she can make some hard/impossible level much more easier with right team setup and bit of luck

Her ult is the only ult that have chance to instant kill a higher level unit, even a tanky Lucius

Petros Kavaliotis
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Petros Kavaliotis

I just wish the legendary heroes, get ascended one day. Even if they release a 2.0 version that requires ranking up from epic again. I mean they have so nice animations and voiceovers, it is a shame….

Petros Kavaliotis
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Petros Kavaliotis

Or even better, they could make an event where you fight using legendary+ only heroes, and the one with most usage or wins from all player, gains an ascended version.

FreaKaZoiD
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FreaKaZoiD

Angelo is so nice I love his ulti he is my main support until my Tasi is ready for 160 🤦‍♂️. Bad guide because 2 Objetktiv not build on Facts and the fact is many legendary in this guide are great and some suckz…..

VV
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VV

Ankhira is not bad at all. Her damage is not high but her strong point is her skill benefit for other heroes. Her coccoon is as good as Tasi Banish in my opinion, not only shield can’t block her web but her web also reduce energy from target over time. As same as corrosion, decrese enemy armor rating 35% make Damage dealer in back line can deal heavy blow and kill target more easier and with energy lose effect overtime as her coccoon Ankgira can prevent front line tank she face from using It strongest skill and most of time… Read more »

pollingclouds
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pollingclouds

The point is that almost every hero in this game is usable, especially at levels 100-160, but at some point you have to sacrifice some heroes in sake of others to progress your best heroes ascension. Thats the moment when you have to choose, and that’s when overall usability and rarity of your heroes kicks in. If the matter is like “sacrifice Ankhira, sacrifice Numisu or sacrifice Khasos” when you need to ascend your Brutus it is almost a no-brainer, but it is not that obviuous for newer players.

curtain
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curtain

It’s important to note that legendary tier heroes have rare and rare+ versions that are relatively easy to acquire. The lowest version of ascended tier heroes is as purple elite with a 4% droprate.

JC
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JC

you cant be seirus? you were right for the most part but Seirus is a good sync for Tasi Nemora combos especially for defense. good tank + good cc

Yours, Itchy
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Yours, Itchy

I fed Saveas to Golus in order to have a legendary front line when I could not get any more Lucius who’s still Elite. Now I am stucked at 10-36 and I am regret to do so. I did not know a hero can exceed his/her level cap by putting him/her into the reasonating crystal. Now the Legendary Golus is useless at all unless Soren and my Elite Lucius can still fight. But I do not have any more Saveas to help advance the stage… Thought Thane could overpower Saveas with luckily enough crits but that’s NOT TRUE.

Mirilion
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Mirilion

Thane needs 141 level to be really strong, if you’re not at that point yet you’re doing something wrong probably

EnyerForest
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EnyerForest

unless he’s low level which means he did something right to reach that stage at low level,

Alcyone
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Alcyone

The Legendary fodder is pretty straight forward, but I want to know more about ascended fodder. Is that all the D and E tier ascended are fodder? Other tips?

PxM
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PxM

Jesus! I wish you made this post much sooner. I food too many ascended heroes sad

Reggie
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Reggie

Haha and then they add skreg and seirus at arcane lab. Lol

EnyerForest
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EnyerForest

me too, I fed my nimusu to my saveas because I got bored waiting, now my good mauler line up is no more, I’m stuck with golus, vurk and Saveas, I’m in luck though, tasi and arden can fill the gap but the factional dmg decrease really hurt Saveas’s DPS