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Tips & Tricks

These are some quick and easy tips that can be really useful when you’re just starting out in the game.

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Link Your Account

Linking your account to Facebook or Google should be one of the first things you do in-game. This will prevent you from losing your account and game progress.

To link an account, tap on your player avatar and press the “Account” button on the main page, then press “Link”.

Join a Guild

(One important thing to note about guilds is the fact that you can join a guild from ANY server, not just your own).

Joining a guild gives you access to guild bosses which reward currency that can then be spent on gear at the guild store. It’s basically free gear with no downside.

It can even stock legendary & mythic items if you have high enough campaign progress. The gear can also have a faction bonus, but it’s semi-rare and random

Max out your Friends List

Not only will you get free heroes from it via the companion points, but you can also use their heroes for team bounty missions and union buffs in the library.

Don’t be afraid to remove inactive people because you will be missing out if the people on the list aren’t active.

Collect AFK Rewards Regularly

AFK Rewards can only accumulate for a maximum of 12 hours. After that time period you won’t earn anymore rewards at all. Make sure to collect them regularly or you’ll slow down your progress quite significantly.

Stuck on a Level? Keep Trying!

Every single attempt at a level is different due to the AI and the random nature of stats such as crit and dodge. Some of them can just take a bit of luck to complete.

Unless your team is severely underpowered, there’s always a chance that you can just randomly get past a level by continually attempting it.

Enhance Your Heroes Gear

Enhancing a heroes gear early on is quite cheap, and it will boost your team’s stats. Boots are the best thing to upgrade. You can enhance it by clicking on a piece of gear on the heroes profile page. There will be a blue “Enhance” button there.

Don’t use Ascended Heroes as Fodder

Ascended heroes are generally more useful and much harder to obtain. Never use them as fodder. See our Fodder Guide for more info.

Arcane Labyrinth Trick

If you know you’re going to lose a battle in the Arcane Labyrinth, you can exit the battle before your heroes die and they will not be lost.

Do all Daily & Weekly Quests

It might go without saying, but this is an important thing to do. Not just for yourself, but also for your guild.

Complete all Bounty Quests

This is another “obvious” thing to do, but it is worth mentioning. The rewards are a nice bonus, especially for diamonds.

The bounty board can also be upgraded, but you need to complete a certain amount quests to unlock each level. This is basically time-gated, so it’s important that you do it every day because there is currently no other way to add more bounty quests per day to catch up if you miss out.

Buy “Hero’s Essence” for Gold from the Store Every Day

You might not need it now, but eventually hero’s essence will become a large barrier to progress as you need A LOT of it to level up all of your heroes past certain thresholds.

You need 118,100 hero’s essence to level a hero to 240. That also means you’ll need a total of 590,500 to level a team of 5 heroes.

However, this may not be possible for everyone, as it does cost quite a bit of gold to purchase from the store. If you’re low on gold, then you might want to skip this.

Don’t Buy Gear with Diamonds Early on

Heroes are much more valuable and harder to obtain.

IF you do want to buy gear, there is a vendor that shows up in the arcane labyrinth that has gear available to buy at a 40% discount. This can include legendary and mythic gear if you have high enough campaign progress.

Retire Common Heroes (Green)

These heroes are extremely weak and basically useless. Retiring them will reward you with hero’s essence, which is used to level up heroes past certain points and is very important for progression.

If you don’t have a lot of heroes yet, then you can also use commons for bounties instead.

Complete 100% of Each Peaks of Time Adventure

Five powerful artifacts that can be found inside treasure chests found within the Peaks of Time mini-adventures. These are unique items that cannot be obtained from anywhere else. If you don’t have them, you’re missing out.

You can’t just go and complete every adventure instantly though. Each one has campaign progress requirements and a certain amount of chests must be obtained from the previous adventure.

Lots of other rewards are available from the treasure chests, so make sure to do 100% of each adventure as soon as you unlock them.

Buy the Epic Hero Soulstones Frst with Hero Coins

When you retire heroes, you’ll be compensated with Hero Coins which can be spent at the Barracks store. It’s best to save up enough of these to buy the Epic Soulstones first. The Rare Soulstones are too random and your chances of obtaining enough of the same hero to make one epic is not really worth it.

Use a Team That has At least One of Each Class

There’s 3 different “classes” in AFK Arena, although they aren’t really listed as classes.

They are: Strength, Agility and Intelligence.

Heroes of each class can only wear gear made for that class. So Brutus for example can only use Plate Armor and Heavy Weapons, where as Vurk can use Leather Armor and Light Weapons.

If you have none or too many of a certain class it can hinder your progress as you won’t be splitting the gear you obtain evenly. If you have none of a certain class in your team, any gear you receive of that type is basically sitting in your bag wasted aside from using it as fodder for enhancing.

There isn’t a varied selection of gear with different stats either, all heroes of the same class will use the exact same gear if the rarity is the same.

Don’t use Fast Rewards Until You’re Stuck for That Day

The rewards you gain from Fast Rewards are connected to your campaign progress. The higher you are, the more rewards you get.

It might be tempting to instantly use Fast Rewards when you first login, but it’s better to wait until you’ve done everything else and tried the stage again for the chance of passing it and increasing the gains from Fast Rewards.

This isn’t going to make a huge difference, but it’s good if you want to min-max your EXP/Gold/Essence gain.

Save Your Hourglasses until You’re Hard Stuck at a Stage

Same principle as the Fast Rewards. Hourglasses scale with your campaign progress. You want to save them until you’re hard stuck at a stage, so that you maximize your gains.

You can Manually use a Hero’s “Ultimate” Skill

During a battle, hero’s “ultimate” skills can be manually activated. This can be useful to utilize, as timing can be very important. The other skills are passive and handled by the AI.

Heroes of the Same Faction Receive a Buff When Paired Together

The minimum requirement for the faction bonus is 3 heroes of the same faction. See below for more details:

Factions are Stronger & Weaker Against Other Specific Factions

It’s basically Rock, Paper, Scissors. Keep note of the enemies team faction, because it could be important knowledge to beat them. See below for more details:

You Don’t Have to Collect the Chests in Guild Boss Battles

They’re all automatically collected at the end of the battle. You won’t miss out on anything.

Mythic Gear can Drop from AFK Rewards Eventually

It’s fairly rare, but once you complete Chapter 16 – Stage 12, Mythic gear can start dropping from AFK Rewards. This is a good source of gear for basically doing nothing.

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Dark

I would like to add something to the list. Add Focus on heroes you already have.
I feel that you will progress much faster that way

eddward
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eddward

IF I HAVE 2 heroes from one faction and 2 from other + athalia i take duble bonus ? for The minimum requirement for the faction bonus is 3 heroes of the same faction

d3me
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d3me

It’ll be 3+2 bonus. Athalia counts as hero of one of two factions

Ra Ra
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Ra Ra

Can somebody tell me what the best combo is?

Ira epic+, thoran epic, Raine epic,vedan epic+, shemira epic+, estrilda epic,hogan epic,lyca epic, and saveas epic.

Can somebody tell out of these heroes which formation would be best please?

PrussiaBall
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PrussiaBall

Go to the afk arena reddit and ask there

japiza
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japiza

at what stages are u starting to find more powerfull gear??

Rikudo
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Rikudo

Hi everyone, I have a question! What the mercenary heroes’ levels are based on?

Thorin
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Thorin

I’m pretty sure its the average level of your 5 highest level heroes

Kevin Spy
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Kevin Spy

Nah it’s the level of your lowest hero from your 5 best heroes

Nymphe
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Nymphe

Hello ! I have a question, should I buy (from the lab store) Nemora or Shamira ? I already have Shamira but only in elite so she would become elite + i’m not sure which is the best choice ?

Kalrakh
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Kalrakh

Nemora ist the strongest healer, so kind of a must have it feels.

But depends on your team in general.

TA JEN DARREN LI
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TA JEN DARREN LI

Both are very good heroes to keep.
As Kalrakh said, Nemora is the best healer and I always use her with other wilder heroes to start the Arcane Lab. and the Perks of Time.
Shamira can heal herself and she alone can beat the whole team by herself at a higher level.
So if you have more Graveborn heroes, go for Shemira. If you have more Wilder heroes, then go for Nemora.

MMB
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MMB

I am in the same situation and will buy Nemora and this is my rationale: Shemira is super strong after 100lvl (and naturally after 161) so I can wait. Nemora is very strong also mid game and, being support, I don’t need to level her too high not equip her with strong gear

J
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J

Are there any heroes who aren’t worth keeping at all? As in, are there any non-common heroes who I should actively use to ascend other heroes? I’m thinking about heroes like Ankhira, etc.

K
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K

Ankhira gets niche-good at higher levels. energy drain, cc, and haste drain. Often used to bypass certain King’s Tower and Boss levels. Every champ has a use, even if just for fodder ascending others

K
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K

I suggest checking your local ladder to see what comps work, what pushes well, and what does what type of content well (group comps being different for campaign vs pvp vs KT)

James Connor III
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James Connor III

This honestly depends on if you are F2P, or P2W player. But if you have a good number of possible ascended heroes for rares to use as fodder I suggest: Angelo, Ankhira, Niru, Ogi, Morvus.

Once you get mid game I suggest pretty much every rare EXCEPT Vedan, Saveas, and Arden be used as fodder.

If your at the point where you have a lot of GOOD ascended tier heroes (Nemora, Brutus, Tasi, Lucius etc) ascended tier heroes I suggest as fodder include: Isabella, Vurk, Skreg, Seirus, Warek, Estrilda, Numisu, Kaz, and maybe Thoran for a few.

Raphuna
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Raphuna

How does the daily login reward work? Logged in for my second day and now reward

James Connor III
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James Connor III

It’s done via actual time. You can only get the daily login every 24 hours of REAL TIME. So if you login at 7 pm, you can’t get the next day’s login till 7 pm the next day no matter when server reset is for your time zone.

Phillip Brückner
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Phillip Brückner

What is the best pick from the labyrinth store Nemora or Shemira?

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Shemira is literally one of the best heroes in the game and once she is in your party you will never take her out unless you’re doing something specific.. i made the mistake and bought Nemora, although it wasnt a mistake she saves me from death a ton with her heals. but im pretty positive with the pure DPS output of shemira can compensate by killing enemies faster. but the choices are pretty straight forward depending on your play style.

but to be honest id probably pick shemira.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Shemira can also solo carry like brutus meaning, she can pretty much survive and kill the opposing squad herself because of the massive damage she can output. she really shines late game though. not as powerful early game. but shes nice to have

Violet
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Violet

How do i unlock the heros arena

Aangelllicx
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Aangelllicx

Is there any way to delete a character that you don’t need? Because I have over ten Steixius characters that I do NOT need, and it’s taking up a large amount of storage along with seven Seiz’s, and I really need to clear up some of them before I run out of room sad

BlorbBlorb
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BlorbBlorb

Hello, I have enough to get a hero from the labyrinth store and was wondering if I would be better off getting Nemora or Shemira first? My current team is Lucian, Hogan, Kaz, Mirael, and Ira.

Vasya Pupkin
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Vasya Pupkin

Rip off Ira, take Nemora

PHiFrCn
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PHiFrCn

Hi, I have a question
if I have 4 heroes of same fraction ,the rest one with different fraction from them can get fraction buff or not?

Karl Pahl-Duffy
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Karl Pahl-Duffy

Yes, you will still get a buff but it will be a little smaller.
4 heroes of the same faction buff = +20% health, +15% attack
5 heroes of the same faction buff = +25% health, +25% attack

Demi'an
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Demi'an

May be a question was when he had 4 heroes of same faction would the rest one get faction (+20% health, +15% attack) buff like these 4 heroes? In other words does the 3 or 4 faction buff affects the other heroes of the team

Brandon quackenbush
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Brandon quackenbush

Hello, I’m slightly confused on how the skill system works exactly,I have Lucius the purple healing tank, and leveled him up to 11 for his second skill, but in battle he only uses the level 1 ability, is it that all the abilities work together or do you select what he uses.

Arfetalia's Rage
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Arfetalia's Rage

What is the level cap of the labyrent? Im hit 3rd floor and it ended. Just want to comfirm it.

Terpentin
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Terpentin

It will end after the 3rd floor. Little tip: Remove the equipment of your 5 arena heroes and then enter the Labyrinth. After that, give the equipment back to your heroes. Reason is, that you loose some Power Rating and the Labyrinth gets more easier. Saw that on a youtube video.

Chlor
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Chlor

Yesss, this is perfect advice.

Darth Sion
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Darth Sion

you shoul remove all gear for the lowest lvl possible

sansa
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sansa

wait so, if u change the heroes for arena that will also lower your pwer rating, so willl that help?

Vasya Pupkin
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Vasya Pupkin

Yeppp…some champions distracting opponents showing weak purple team, and equip all their legendaries only before battle )

Howlingbear
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Howlingbear

When ascending a character, does it benefit you more to Max out the characters that you’re sacrificing?

Thermidor
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Thermidor

Hiya, loving the website and the guides.

Would just like to point out that in this particular guide, it mentions that AFK rewards cap out at 8 hours, but you can actually gather up to 12 hours worth of resources!

iDo
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iDo

I have a question about Hero Skills. Obviously the first skill is a Hero’s ‘ultimate’, which can be used when the hero reaches full Energy. They then usually have a passive or two, and a second attack Skill. It isn’t obvious to me how this skill is used? In battle they seem to just use it randomly, it doesn’t seem linked an energy level or a number of attacks. So when and how exactly is this Skill used?
Can anyone shed some light on this?

Thermidor
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Thermidor

From my experience, the secondary skills have an internal cooldown, and a small shared cooldown, and the heroes will just use these as soon as they are available. They also seem to have a set order of priority. For example, Estrilda will wlays start fight with a regular attack, then will use Ridicule. Then attack, followed by Inspire, and then attack again followed by Royal Charge. She will then continue to use these abilities as they come of cooldown. Ability casts can be interupted by other heroes’ skills or from staggering due to take a large hit of damage in… Read more »

Diabolus
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Diabolus

In the Labyrinth shop, better exchanged for Purple heroes with 45k Coins. Store > Lab Store

Yuri
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Yuri

Thank you a lot for the information!
Just one question, what about the labyrinth coins? Where do you spend them?

DM
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DM

You can spend them on shop, at last page. u can buy mythical heroes there

CERCEE
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CERCEE

Can you sell old equipment?

Lazerwolf
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Lazerwolf

I don’t know about sell, but I wouldn’t. It’s best to use old equipment to enhance better equipment.