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 ascended tier 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.
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
This hero is terrible, you should always use him as fodder.
Pretty subpar DPS hero, not worth using over his ascended counterparts. Use as fodder when necessary.
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.
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.
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
She’s a pretty bad hero, an easy fodder pick.
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.
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.
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
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.
She’s a good hero early on, but there are better choices from the ascended pool of heroes nowadays.
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.
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
A subpar tank that can be “okay” on some stages, but overall he is not worth using. Easy fodder choice.
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.
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.
Ogi and Arden are in the same union with Nemora.
Ira is in a union with Kaz and Lyca.
Ascended Fodder Heroes
I don’t recommend that you ever use ascended heroes as fodder.
In fact, just close the page now because there’s no point reading this part.
Well, okay if you insist… If you’re really desperate, here’s a (subjective) list of the worst ascended heroes for each faction. It’s based on their performance at late game (240+).
I’m going put these 2 heroes together because they’re both tanks.
The problem with many tanks is that you’re probably always going to be fighting teams that are much higher level than you. That means that any hero in the frontline is likely going to die fast.
They need to either:
A: Be able to survive for a long time via skills, such as Brutus.
B: Provide some sort of useful utility for their team, like Lucius for example. This does not include CC that takes time to ramp up because as previously mentioned, they will likely die too quickly.
Both of these heroes just don’t have good enough survivabilty or utility. Now I’m sure they can be good at some point at lower levels when the enemy damage is low enough, but not at late game.
They also don’t have any union, so there’s no point keeping them just for that either unless they introduce new ones.
She’s the worst lightbearers hero at late game, she might be overall more useful than Raine though. She isn’t bad, and is actually really good in full lightbearer teams and has great synergy with certain heroes. Don’t fodder her unless you like to sin.
They only have 5 ascended heroes currently (2 more on the way). It’s a really tough choice to say which is the worst of them. It’s probably between Isabella or Thoran.