Beasts are the latest addition to AFK Arena and in this guide I want to give you an overview how the mechanics work and also give you a ranking of all the beasts in AFK Arena that should help you run the right ones.
Please mind, as beasts are only available on a very limited number on the test server until they get released (very likely Sptember 13th), this guide will stick to the basics and I will enhance it quite frequently and remove this statement here as soon as the guide is final enough.
Beast Baiting (Summoning) – The Basics
You will find the new Beast Grounds in Ranhorn:
Bait is the new ‘currency’ that you will need to summon (or in the language of the game ‘Bait’) new beasts. You can get that from quests, AFK rewards and other parts in the game just like any other resource as well.
Upgrading Beast in AFK Arena
To upgrade the different skill levels of your beasts in AFK Arena, you will need additional copies – while this is quite easy to get for the rare ones, the beasts with the higher rarities are harder to obtain and therefore take a lot longer to upgrade.
The ‘good’ news here is, you will not have to merge or cross-plan your beasts to max them out as you will need exactly that copy of a beast to upgrade them without exception.
How to run beasts in combat
You will notice the little icon on the top left side where you can place your beast and during combat, you see it running a cooldown bar as soon as you upgraded it to at least Level 6 to unlock the first skill. Once the cooldown bar is full, you can use the skill (or let the auto-battle feature do that):
In total there will be 39 beasts but only 6 have been available on the test server so far:
Please mind! The ranking is about the skill as well, so if you haven’t unlocked a skill on a beast the ones with the unlocked skill is better no matter what!
The Polar Beast is right now the best beast to run in AFK Arena, not just dealing damage to multiple enemies but also using it to reduce haste and defense of the enemies. There’s no weird targeting limitations like the other beasts have and probably the one you want to run from the beasts available so far.
Tufty Ears is actually better than the rarity might make it seem. Away from the additional base stats it heals all allies and overhead is converted into a shield. When maxed, even removes debuffs. Easy to max out, easy to obtain and helpful pretty much in all situations.
Dreary Ball will basically do the same as Polar Beast but less effectively when it comes to the raw numbers. Still, with a debuff, damage to all enemies and the way how easy it is to obtain and level up a great beast in AFK Arena right now.
Blade Ridge will deal additional beast damage to a target and, at higher levels, increase the damage done by your hero with the highest ATK with his/her ultimate. Quite basic and not game-changing but you’ll have additional damage and some buffs that are nice.
Grassy Orb will flat buff all allies’ attack and critical strikes for all allies. Not too exciting and fanzy, but really helpful and useful for pretty much everything.
Fire Breather will give your hero that deal the highest damage so far a lava ring that will deal additional damage to close enemies. On higher levels has some shielding as well for the damage dealt but overall not too much and you need to run with a melee hero that deals a lot of damage as the lava ring on backline won’t be much effective after all.
I hope this guide gave you some insights and a direction where to start with beasts in AFK Arena. Of course, I will frequently update this guide here with every new additions and strategies that will come up in the next weeks.