I wanted to write a full tier list for AFK Arena for a reason – most lists I saw either used old data and didn’t really include the latest balancing changes or they simply listed some heroes.
For me, a tier list also includes some explanation of why a hero is S+ or why another hero isn’t.
Also, many tier lists do make different tier lists for mid-game (Level 160 and lower) and late game (Level 160+). This doesn’t make much sense to me, why do I want to recommend a hero for someone at Level 120 when this hero won’t be useful in late-game?!
This is why I wanted to make a full list for the heroes that you should go after and that you want to have and ascend/level up in AFK Arena. Still, I also have several heroes in there that are worth using in mid-game and extremely helpful so having them is not a waste of time 🙂
Update! Updated with all heroes from 1.48 update as well as updated the tier list layout for better readability.
Overall Tier List
Here are heroes that perform well in all game modes and that you should always aim for and ascend and level up. Please mind that this list assumes the same ascension level for the heroes so you will see Hypogeans and Celestial heroes quite high although they are really hard to ascend.
- Overall rating is calculated with different weights of early/mid/end game PvE that also includes Lab, Peaks of Time and Voyage of Wonders events. PvP and Guild Hunting/Twisted Realm have a separate rating as you can see in the table. If you do weight PvP more, please don’t refer to the total tier and look int he column
- Early Game means below Chapter 20, Mid Game is Chapter 20-26 and End Game is Chapter 27 and higher
- Hero combinations are not rated here, I tried to rate the heroes on their own performance and how to play along with other heroes.
- Below the table you find some more info why a hero is ranked like it is.
Hero Tier List Details
Here I have some more details for the ranking of the heroes, inc ase you’re interested. They didn’t fit the table above but I still found it useful to give them instead of throwing in “yeah hero is this tier because I say so” 🙂
List is alphabetically ordered, NOT ordered by tier ranking!
Anoki – Finally the cc hero that the Mauler faction really needed and with his throwback and initial shield that can be really useful to defend against enemy sniping heroes like Athalia or Silvina he’s working really solid and give your Mauler team setup a nice boost
Arden – Arden is very underrated by many players and looked as a folder hero but he can be really powerful with his silencing and rooting effect to make him a tough hero to battle, especially in PvP
Athalia – Athalia is also really strong here. She not only deals massive damage, she will also teleport directly after the start to the enemy on the opposite side and deal massive burst damage and also prevent them from generating energy for a short period of time. This is really effective to take out a healer or dangerous caster in the enemy team at the beginning, well, except the fact that she deals massive damage during the whole battle 😉 Also getting her from the Challenger Store makes it a good option to ascend over time without having to rely on luck.
Baden – Baden is nice in guild hunting as his summoned shadows will get behind the guild boss and stack up dealing damage. Other than that he will die really quick and won’t get that much impact, but for having him on boss fights worth ascending him
Belinda – Belinda can pull off huge burst damage waves and also buff two allied heroes. She is also really strong against Wrizz in team hunting and also in mid-game a huge game-changer when she can build synergies with a hero like Raine and take out half of an enemy team with a single crit aoe ultimate. The only hero that you very likely be using from start to end in AFK Arena.
Cecilia – She has really solid damage but her primary thing is that she is a mage killer with silencing. It’s a niche role but you will run into setup where you really need her and in PvP she is a very solid hero.
Celestial Twins – They will boost your team insanely. You have healing, extra energy and this crazy haste from the ultimate that will make your team simply fly and kill and the enemy is hardly able to manage that. The only downside, they can go down very fast so make sure to keep them protected!
Daimon – Daimon is the versatile Graveborn we needed and he is really good at standing ground and keeping alive with stealing health as shield from his opponent so the opponent will basically hurt himself while his doll can deal some good damage. Not the overpowered wonder hero but long-term a good support for your lineup
Drez – Drez is a raw ambush damage dealer that is useful if you need to take out a certain hero. There’s no splash damage or anything else other than his damage buff but he has useful moments when you face teams with certain backline heroes or a boss fight.
Eironn – Eironn is an excellent damage dealer later in the game and will become one of your main carry heroes when combined right. He dies too fast earlier in the game but don’t neglect him, he will become a beast that can single-carry a chapter for you.
Estrilda – She is considered as a tank in AFK Arena but she’s not the best tank, to be honest, and more like a tanky support hero. What makes her really great is her inspire that helps to build energy faster in PvP where she can actually make a difference.
Ezio – Although Ezio makes fights pretty squishy, he doesn’t need to be the main damage dealer to still be able to execute half the enemy team with his ultimate and his invincibility effect can really slay the enemy team with only Ezio left. Strong, yes, but squishy as f…
Ezizh – He (or it) also belongs in the S Tier in AFK Arena simply because he is a solid tank and has great crowd control with are damage and can also prevent enemy heroes to use their ultimates – especially in PvP this is great but also useful in Arcana Labyrinth paired with a good healer. Combined with Rosaline or Twins you can even silence the enemy team to not even get their ultimate off, making him incredibly powerful in PvP.
Fawkes – Also belong in this tier not only because he deals very solid damage – his main priority is clearing away enemy buffs, especially ones like Brutus shield (and you know how hard this one can be) or banishing single enemy heroes for a moment. Performs really well in teams where you need some damage and support as well. Banish doesn’t work against bosses so forget him in Guild Hunting.
Ferael – Along with Fawkes this is also a really strong supportive hero with great damage dealing. His ghouls will prevent enemy heroes from building energy and he can also stun an enemy hero and take him off the battle for 3 seconds.
Flora – On paper she seems really strong, especially when ascended with Signature Item at +20 and her synergy with Talene and Eironn in the current meta, she has the potential to be an insane DPS AoE carry here, but only a handful of people have her ascended so I didn’t want to put her that high on the list before we know if she’s really that strong.
Grezhul – Is not that great as a tank but has some nice additional skills that make him pretty strong in my opinion. He will cast a shield and his summoned skeletons will confuse enemy heroes at times. His main role although is dealing a ton of damage against bosses, so getting him long-term, also for the Faction Tower, is really recommended
Gwyneth – Opinions are different on her but I really favor Gwyneth here in this tier list for the fact that she can deal such massive damage and even one-shot enemies when her flaming arrow proccs (and you can also put her face-to-face with the enemy you want her to attack with it). Her debuff is also really strong.
Hendrik – Early in the game you can use him as a tank but I don’t think that he brings enough to the table and is not worth the space in your team and you have plenty of alternatives above that you can use
Isabella – Isabella is early in the game stronger for the fact that she can target the backline heroes and give you a lot of power with that, however she is not that strong later in the game because she’s not very durable and her damage output is simply not strong enough to keep up with other meta heroes.
Izold – Izold should have been a self-healing tank but he is not that durable and also not bringing much other benefits to the table to make him a viable option in the frontline. Still he has great survivability
Kaz – In most game modes you will see Kaz being really squishy as her survivability depends on having that dodge pop in the right situations but she kann be really useful against bosses, especially Wrizz in the Arcana Lab with the right relics to stack up damage. Also in the Faction Tower you will use here effectively.
Kelthur – Kalthur is, compared to the other Graveborn heroes here, really weak and squishy. He can be useful as addition in the Faction Tower to throw into a Safiya’s debuff but that’s only a small niche and doesn’t give him any reasonable place in the tier list.
Khasos – Early in the game he can be a real nice carrier hero but that declines later in the game and the damage output is not nearly high enough to make him a decent PvP or guild hunting hero.
Khazard – This guy is like Shemira with crazy crowd control. His Ultimate works similar like Shemira’s ultimate but he gets enemies frozen and debuffs them with his other skills and takes them out of the battle that any enemy teams will have a really hard time dealing with him.
Lorsan – Lorsan is great when putting his mark on a hero that will supper more damage from other heroes ultimate attacks and that’s great for PvP but also for all kind of guild bosses where you can elevate the damage drastically.
Lucius – The first real tank on the list and also a really well-working one. He can tank some good damage and his ultimate will cast a shield around your whole team that will help them healing back up until he can use his ultimate again. It does not only sound really helpful, it really is – especially if you combine him with Brutus as frontline heroes. The best tank in this tier list.
Lyca – In general, I’d put her rather in the A Tier but the fact that she will make your team have the ultimate ready faster at the beginning of a fight makes her such a vital help in PvP that I placed her here in the S Tier – and if you do PvP she is absolutely mandatory to have in your team.
Mehira – Mehira is really annoying to deal with and her debuffing is really hard, also when she makes the complete other team stop attacking you and attack each other for several seconds. With her Minions, she has basically 3 lifes because she will sacrifice them when she get dealt fatal damage.
Mezoth – A crazy hero for sure. He has a lot of hitpoints, can take enemy heroes out of the battle and hits like a truck. Even players in end-game having him ascended to Elite+ get crazy well results using him so he might even get ranked higher in the future.
Mirael – A nice carrier hero early in the game with great aoe damage, but gets useless later in the game. Still a must-have early and useful when ascended to be a fooder hero later so don’t hesitate to ascend and using her.
Nakoruru – Very solid crowd control and decent damage output make her viable, for sure, especially looking at PvP. Her main objective will be getting a problematic backline hero under control, similar to Athalia, Nara or Orthos.
Nara – Nara is not the best but a great addition to your team to deal with heroes that will give you a hard time, like a Brutus. She can basically drag them and then simply execute them with 6 times damage while ignoring any shield in invincible effects. Use her to snip certain heroes if you are stuck and you will understand why she is still a hero you should have somewhere in your roaster.
Nemora – Yes, Nemora doesn’t look like much but her healing will give your team such a boost in durability with her strong heals and you might have seen this in teams that have Nemora – it’s almost impossible to take them out unless you can take Nemora out. Her charming skill is also really useful and can turn the strongest enemy heroes against the enemy team and even use their ultimate against them.
Numisu – Provides some great healing and buffs attack speed so can help the right team setup out (paired with a hero that has a strong auto-attack especially). The damage is not that great and also no crowd control.
Oden – Oden has the purpose of draining other heroes energy while still dealing damage – and I don#t have the feeling that this makes him really powerful. You can counter certain heroes but it’s hard to actually target a specific hero with him so it can be squishy using him.
Orthos – Orthos is overall working well in most setups and his stopped time is nice but shines in PvP where you can really disrupt the enemy team with his ultimate. Doesn’t really work in Guild Hunting but if you’re into PvP he is one of the top choices if you manage to ascend him.
Oscar – Oscar is designed to snip out enemies and targeting the weakest enemy helps with that but I found that you should rather use him in addition to another DPS hero to really be fast enough and he seems to lack that last bit of damage spike to carry the whole team damage wise.
Raine – Raine is a controversial thing and she can be nice in certain team setups but overall she’s not a hero that stands out
Rigby – Alright, how helpful can a drunk dwarf be in reality? Not really and in AFK Arena it’s similar with Rigby. On paper Rigby should be a tank that deals AoE damage but in reality his damage is not really making an impact and he will die far too early to make it worth ascending him. Can be used as tank early in the game, but nothing more.
Rosaline – Super helpful by filling your strongest hero energy bar up so your strongest ATK hero will have basically double the energy and can use ultimate twice as much plus some decent damage output herself. A nice addition to get a rael big bang that puts the enemy team into trouble.
Rowan – Amazing support hero that can also heal. The buffs are great to increase your whole team damage and the heals he provides are instant and don’t energy to build up (other than Nemora) so you can be sure that it will heal every single time when a hero needs it. With the artifact also free energy for your whole team, use him as much as you can! The best support hero in the tier list, for sure. I forgot, his potions also work after he died.
Safiya – Looking for a support hero that deals incredible AoE damage? Look no further, you found Safiya. She’s incredible at buffing your team, supporting your primary tank and dealing great damage to the enemy team that will carry you in the later stages of the game and also in PvP a lot.
Satrana – Satrana was supposed to be a wilder alternative to Belinda dealing massive AoE damage but she is in fact not able to survive long enough against many setups and her damage is not that superior to make up for that. Sounded well that she leaves a last blast when when she dies but in reality she will die so early in a fight that she is not worth using right now.
Saurus – He’s a beast, especially with his maxed Signature Item where he can stack up damage like crazy as well as keeping the team alive. Especially when fighting bosses he is one of the new meta heroes and long-term absolutely worth ascending and maxing.
Saveas – The low- and mid-game carrier hero that will get you far there with insane damage output and his life leech. Later in the game he will be useless and also not that great in PvP, but easy to ascend and can be a fooder hero for ascension later so a must-have early in the game in the Mauler faction.
Seirus – With Seirus you can start horrible discussions. The thing here is, he is not that well of a tank but if you use him as control hero as well you can make good use with him in the right situations. I find him quite squishy to play but with the right setup he is not useless.
Shemira – There are no two opinions that Shemira is extremely strong – for me, she is the best hero to carry through mid-game! She deals insane damage and her life leech also gives her some good durability. As a bonus she can also silence enemy caster and prevent them from casting any heals, cc or aeo affects on your team. If you have her you will really love her role in your team, no matter what game mode you’re playing her in – plus as a bonus you can get copies from the Labyrinth Store so ascending her is also not that hard.
Skreg – Skreg can be a nice carry hero in the later stages of the campaign but he really sucks at guild hunt and PvP because his ability is too slow to keep up with the fast-paced PvP battles or he’s not useful against guild hunt bosses as they are immune to any control skill.
Skriath – Skriath was supposed to be really strong when released with his sand storm but it turned out that he is dying so fast that he is not the best option as the support hero in your team. useful in the Faction Tower but other than that not a great pick.
Solise – Solise has nice crowd control and AoE damage but she can be squishy to play and sometimes hard to keep alive so I only see her shine in PvP right now. Also a nice option in the Faction Tower
Talene – Hands down, Talene is the strongest hero in all game modes and all stages in AFK Arena right now. It’s very hard to get her and to ascend her. She will deal massive damage, has the ability to resurrect when died and can even heal allies. This makes her top of the tier list here and even at epic or legendary ascension really powerful (run her at epic at Chapter 21-23 is no problem at all).
Tasi – I know this will be a controversial one but Tasi is just really strong with her silencing and sleeping heroes. I don’t think there’s a more powerful crowd control hero and you can use her in most game modes except team hunting. Only downside, you can’t use that on guild hunt bosses.
Thane – I know many here will disagree and give examples when a maxed Thane will one-shot ultimate a whole team, but the reality is that there are enough ways to control Thane and counter him and this makes him not a viable option in most cases for me and there are more better options above.
Thoran – Has the ability to take out an entire team out of nowhere when he’s the last survivor. This is squishy in lower levels and also useless in Guild Hunting but in the end-game PvE you will find this really useful. Not reliable in PvP that much but a nice option you still have.
Tidus – Another poor Mauler hero that is simply not strong enough. Actually okay to use in Faction Tower but other than that simply dies too fast to make a great spot in your team.
Torne – Super interesting with dealing solid damage and also taking one enemy out of the fight. A really good combination for Graveborne but not that overpowered.
Ukyo – Deals massive damage but not in relations that are completely off the chart. His interrupting is useful but for the fact how expensive he is I can’t put him higher here in the tier list.
Ulmus – The only real useful thing about Ulmus is his strong crowd control that makes him decent for PvP but he really sucks at all other game modes big time
Vurk – Away from the fact that Vurk can be squishy to play with high chances to die early, he can also deal great damage and pierce to backline heroes with his shots, especially combining him with heroes that drag enemy heroes together. He starts getting better in end-game rather than early or mid game.
Warek – not that much of a tank on the objective to stay alive very long, but with his throwing around enemies can be a nice backline tank that helps interrupting certain heroes.
Wu Kong – Wu Kong is an amazing support hero slowing down the enemy heroes’ attack speed so much while being durable on his own with clones and also his protective layers from his Signature Item. Especially in PvP it’s so hard to take him out and his debuff will ruin the whole enemy team entirely.
Zaphrael – pretty much a glass hero that doesn#t survive that long and can make your fights squishy. He can be strong with good RNG but also die off really fast.
Zolrath – Resetting the battle is pretty useless in most cases with Zolrath but can be devastating in PvP where you will dominate with him, for sure.
I hope you liked my tier list and I’d appreciate some feedback. If you disagree or want a different approach you can let me know in the comments 🙂