Once your heroes reach Mythic Tier in the ascension you will be able to unlock and level up their Signature Item. Their Signature item is an individual boost item only available for that hero and can, for some heroes, really boost their effectiveness.
The problem is you will need a good amount of emblems to level them up and they are quite rare in AFK Arena – that’s the reason why I wanted to write this guide here to give you some sort of recommendation which heroes you should invest your emblems in first.
The main reason of this guide is to help you not waste any emblems! Once you have spent your emblems on a Signature Item, there’s NO way to get them back and it can take weeks to recover from any mistakes! Choose your Signature Items wisely!
All Signature Items Ranked List
So you will find in the first row how important that hero is when looking at it from the perspective of end-game (and with no Signature Items refund you need to look from the end-game perspective) and how much the Signature Item will contribute to the hero strength.
Why are all heroes ranked for end-game?
There’s no way to get any emblems back that you invested in a hero. Investing in a Signature item for a hero (popular example is Shemira) that will become obsolete later in the game is wasted and you will regret it later, especially with how rare faction emblems are.
How are the heroes ranked?
The heroes are ranked by priority tier (S+ to D where S+ is the highest priority you should invest in). Inside a priority tier the heroes are also ranked. This means, a hero on top of the A tier should be invested before a hero that is lower in the A tier. Main ranking factor is how important a hero will get later in the game (see here). and also how much the Signature Item will boost the hero.
How should I use the list, I can’t get all Signature Items!
Yes, that’s the reason for this priority list. You can get a priority what heroes to work on. Let’s say you have Rown not +30, yet but some more purple and yellow emblems so you can see what hero is next on the list.
Why isn’t every hero +30?
Sure, a +30 Signature Item is always stronger than a +20 Signature Item. But the time you need to get a Signature Item from +20 to +30 should reflect in the strength a hero will gain from it and that’s not the case for every hero. For that reason I recommend some heroes with +20 or even +10 to give you “the biggest bang for your buck”.
To clarify, see here how much emblems you need for a hero to get a +30 Signature Item:
- Activation: 20x Primordial Emblems
- Level 10: 200x Primordial Emblems
- Level 10->20: 240x Amplifying Emblems
- Level 20->30: 300x Faction Emblems
Please mind that heroes within a priority are sorted by priority as well, so the higher a hero position in the table the higher the priority to invest in the Signature Item. That’s especially important for the mid-tiers.
|Priority Tier||Hero||SI Level||Info|
|S+||Rowan||+30||his Signature Item will give a ton of extra energy to your whole team and will boost every setup, not just himself and is really strong. He’s so meta that you should get his SI +30 first, no discussion|
|Thoran||+30||Hands down, this is such an overpowered Signature Item giving him extra survivability and his Retaliation can wipe out a whole team at once when he’s the last survivor and the situation favors it. If you use him (and you should), get it!|
|Lucretia||+30||Her Signature Item will buff her for every enemy hero that will die, so this is what you want her to get and this will make her extremely strong later in the game.|
|S||Daimon||+20||Daimon is already strong and his Signature Item just makes what makes him strong even stronger. A must-take Signature Item.|
|Raku||+30||Just insane. The haste reduction keeps basically active on the enemies and the extra damage burst is also super strong.|
|Khazard||+30||with his Signature Item Khazard will turn into a freezing machine and freeze enemies with every critical strike and even increases the duration of all debuffs your have on your enemies when this happens. This will skyrocket your team.|
|Silas||+30||Just crazy what his SIgnature Item does! It simply blocks health regeneration of the enemy team automatically for every percent of health they lose. No-brainer to invest in!|
|Ferael||+20||One of the strongest Signature Items and it will simply cripple the enemy team and prevent them from regenerating and also debuffing their attack rating a lot. Beast.|
|Kren||+20||Simply makes Kren’s ability stronger at the very basic so super strong. Also the stun of the +20 Signature Items is great. The +30 isn’t that neccessary.|
|Oden||+30||Really useful skill from his Signature Item and the +20 makes it really burn. With the full effect you will give him a strong position in many meta teams.|
|A||Lyca||+20||Crazy buff for the whole team and makes your whole team so much better. Still, +30 effect is not that much impact that you should do it, rather invest the emblems into other heroes.|
|Mehira||+30||this Signature Item is also insane and gives mehira health whenever a teammate loses health and give 20% to her. She will be really hard to kill now and with a maxed Signature Item she even will gain additional energy when her health is full. This one is really sick!|
|Albedo||+30||If you use Albedo along with Ainz, her Signature Item will literally make both of them so hard to kill that they will wipe out enemy teams just like that.|
|Ainz||+30||Simply crazy how powerful he will get when his chanting phase will get omitted, making his ultimate so much more deadly and him one of the scariest heroes in AFK Arena. Only small downside, it scales him and doesn’t add any more viability.|
|Eironn||+30||in late game Eironn is a hero that many players like to use and his viability is really high. His Signature Item will plain increase the effect of his freezing by adding a debuff on them and adding more time they are frozen, making him a really deadly hero to use.|
|Zaphrael||+10||Nice damage boost but wouldn’t recommend going higher than +10 as the other unlocks higher than that aren’t that much more.|
|Arthur||+30||Just a crazy buff for all enemies standing behind Arthur. No doubt about taking it!|
|Brutus||+20||Long story short, get his +20 as fast as possible because Brutus will become a nice niche role hero later in the game. The +30 SI isn’t worth it but with the +20 he will gain a lot of survivability in his niche (big burst survivor) role.|
|Leofric||+20||Adding the additional damage debuff is useful and maxing his Signature Item out will extend the time and also the extra damage enemies receive.|
|Pippa||+20||For me Pippa has the most interesting additions from her Signature Item and every 10 levels will add another special ability. +20 is enough and will give her teleported ally a nice immune effect.|
|Titus||+10||The additional AoE is a nice addition but the scaling of this Signature Item isn’t well so wouldn’t invest too many emblems here. The higher SI levels give a little more AoE damage and the full +30 reduces the cooldown by 2 seconds. Not the best Signature Item here for sure…|
|Izold||+30||Really useful buff that helps him survive and makes him more durable and the +30 benefit of becoming immune to control abilities makes a lot of sense.|
|Tasi||+20||decreasing enemies attack ratings for a huge additional amount is useful and if you use Tasi, you will really appreciate this. Still, the above Signature items should be higher on your list|
|Talene||+30||Her Signature Item will make her stronger each time she will turn into Phoenix form and this happens a couple of times each battle, buffing her stats to a new high. She’s already doing fine with it but she’s really viable in many setups so having that will pay off in the long run.|
|Merlin||+30||His Signature Item makes his abilities stronger where they work so it’s absolutely an invest to recommend. Especially the +30 will be a boost that will not only half the health loss for Merlin but also give 2 allies the benefit.|
|Alna||+30||her Signature Item just makes her a lot harder to kill so she will be super sustainable during a battle and deals her damage and debuff over and over again. One of the best Signature Items you will find in AFK Arena.|
|Raine||+10||Her +10 bonus for the additional health and energy recovery is nice, but everything higher than that with the shield is non-sense, don’t waste emblems for that.|
|B||Desira||+30||What’s really nice is that she will leave her mist on the battlefield when she dies and you will gain a lot of extra buffs when you take her SI to +30 that’s worth it.|
|Grezhul||+20||Make his skeletons more versatile and is useful primarily in boss fights. Not bad but also not that versatile that I would put his Signature item higher on the list.|
|Ezio||+20||Really helpful giving the fact how you use Ezio in most team compositions and adds nice durability to him. Signature Item +30 is useless in my opinion but +20 should be your priority if you have him.|
|Orthros||+30||his Signature Item adds freeze and also reduces enemy haste a lot and this makes him survive longer and a more durable hero to use when he can be squishy at times without a Signature Item.|
|Prince of Persia||+20||His Signature Item skill with the re-positioning is really nice, but everything after that is just raising it by a few percent and seconds and not really worth the invest.|
|Mezoth||+30||Getting his Signature Item to +20 is mandatory for the energy gain at the start. Even +30 is useful if you use Mezoth frequently.|
|Athalia||+30||her Signature Item will give her a lot of durability during battles and also give Life Leech. If you’re using her it’s worth investing|
|Mortas||+20||His Signature Item is not that outstanding, however, getting it to +20 for the AoE effect added to his Greed ability is absolutely worth it|
|Ezizh||+20||Ezizh already has insane power and can silence a whole team during the whole battle and his Signature Item makes his burning fire a lot more dangerous as well, so a really nice pick if you use him frequently.|
|Skriath||+30||Getting his Signature Item is nothing we need to discuss about. He’s a really strong hero end-game so his SI will bring some advantages to the table. The only reason I have it ranked that low here in the section is that it won’t trigger much and has many dependencies. The damage over time from +30 is solid when it procs and happens during sandstorms.|
|Celestial Twins||+20||the amount of support and buffs they bring to your team is already pretty strong but with the Signature Item, they will start buffing each other as well for a huge amount making it worth upgrading their Signature Item if you use them without any doubt.|
|Zolrath||+30||Not the craziest Signature Item on the list but the damage buff and benefit you will get for Zolrath is absolutely worth getting.|
|QUEEN||+10||The shield is useful, no doubt, but the stats are lacking and the shield is too far gone again to make the stats buff from +30 really stand out.|
|Numisu||+10||The additional totems are really useful, but don’t invest a single emblem into buffing the health of the emblems and stick to SI +10|
|Tidus||+30||Makes him a lot more durable and neglecting all control abilities also makes it harder to counter Tidus. Actually a strong Signature Item.|
|Morael||+20||Morael’s Signature skill will give more additional stats and is really nice. The +30 is debatable but it means more energy and let her cycle through to her ultimate faster so I think it’s worth it.|
|Nara||+20||when first looking at her Signature Item you will think this won’t make a big boost, but in reality, she will become an automatic assassin to take out enemies very effectively and her skill will become a lot more deadly.|
|Kaz||+30||Nice extra boost of stats at the beginning. She’s squishy and will get even more squishy with that but also stronger.|
|JOKER||+20||A nice buff in stats and the full bonus also extends it to 15 seconds making it a really strong Signature Item overall for JOKER.|
|Flora||+20||Nice extra buff for Flora and getting +20 let her skill cycle rolling a lot quicker and giving her a nice buff. Wouldn’t neccessarily go towards +30 because the benefit compared to +10 isn’t that much.|
|Thali||+10||Getting the extra damage for her +10 is nice and the investment is also something that makes sense for that buff. But taking her higher than +10 isn’t that great in proportion of the investment you have to make.|
|Safiya||+20||When first reading about her stacking buff you think this will be crazy strong… but in reality, this buff isn’t stacking up that fast. Getting her Signature Item to +20 is a good choice, no doubt, but only to +20 as the +30 effect is pretty useless because almost never triggered.|
|Eluard||+20||The extra shield is really valuable so worth getting. If you use heroes in the frontline that deal damage or you use heroes that go behind the enemy lines, the extra damage is also really worth getting.|
|Saurus||+30||his Signature Item makes him so powerful with adding healing when fully stacked for himself and when maxed out at +30 even for the full team. You will turn Saurus into a beast against boss fights who starts also healing your team as well as insane damage in the right team.|
|Gorvo||+20||Absolutely solid Signature Item, especially the +20 SI that will convert the remaining shield into energy. The +30 is debatable, I’d say not necessary but can also be something to think about.|
|Skreg||+30||Really nice Signature Item that will make his ultimate cycles a lot faster. You need to get +30 through to get that initial 300 Energy ultimate which helps a lot.|
|Wu Kong||+20||His Signature Item adds protective barriers making him survive better until he can use his ultimate and also adds more additional protective barriers to him and his clones. With this Signatur Item, he gets really strong.|
|Hendrik||+10||Getting his Signature Item +10 is absolutely worth it, the buff is nice and purple emblems are worth investing in. But don’t do more, the +20 is pretty much useless, and unless you’re swimming in emblems (what you obv. don’t), his +30 far too expensive for the return value.|
|Kelthur||+30||The problem I have with his Signature Item is that 20 level range to get the benefit which gets harder and harder later in AFK Arena. The only useful thing is the +30 bonus but if you really want to invest that many emblems for that is questionable|
|Satrana||+30||Her Signature Item makes Satrana really painful for the enemies. Still, you need to get it to +30 to actually get the full power of it all.|
|Theowyn||+30||Great to debuff the enemy team but not that outstanding. Still, a useful and also linear increase of Theowyn in general.|
|Respen||+30||The buffs that buff itself and makes Respen a lot better. The additional haste for the whole team from his +30 SI is also really great.|
|Nemora||+10||similar to Tasi, the additional healing is nice and if you use her frequently also useful but shouldn’t be that high on your list of Signature Items.|
|Isabella||+30||Additional damage triggered by skills. Absolutely fine but not outstanding.|
|Nakoruru||+30||Her stun effect is useful, no doubt. I personally think the +10 and +20 effects are a little wasted on normal attacks and fine and you need to go for +30 to get the extended stun.|
|Rosaline||+20||if you use Rosaline in a great combination with the right hero they can already deal a ton of deadly things to the enemy, with her Signature Item it will buff the hero she’s following again for a lot more.|
|C||Antandra||+30||Great Signature Item that really gives Antandra a boost. If you use her, absolutely worth getting with the higher stats buff and the energy restoration for your allies.|
|Ukyo||+30||Simply scales his stats without adding versatility or viability to him. The stats make sense if you use him a lot but shouldn’t be that high on the priority list for you.|
|Anoki||+20||The buffs are alright and make him more versatile, no doubt, but nothing too crazy here. Also, his +30 bonus is not worth investing that many faction emblems|
|Lorsan||+20||Well, we all know how useful Lorsan is. His Signature Item sounds powerful but the reality is it won’t give that much of a boost to rank it higher here. Still on the higher prio. Only go to +20 as the +30 skill won’t happen that often.|
|Torne||+30||Actually a useful Signature item effect but it takes too long to actually stack up for a good buff on his base stats. The immunity to control from +30 is worth using, but too expensive when you think about the amount of emblems you need to invest.|
|Solise||+30||Getting additional enemies to be attacked by her plant is great. The +10 and +20 isn’t that useful though.|
|Estrilda||+30||Great buffs for your backline heroes and absolutely worth using.|
|Cecilia||+10||Improve what she does best. Still, her Signature Item above +10 is not worth it for the role she plays in AFK Arena.|
|Fawkes||+30||Although not the strongest hero in the current meta, his Signature Item adds some nice benefits so if you use him frequently it’s a good idea to also invest into his Signature Item.|
|Seirus||+10||The additional health is helpful but don’t go further than +10 with his Signature Item, the additional buff won’t give that much extra.|
|Gwyneth||+20||if you use Gwyneth with Arthur, this is a really strong Signature Item, especially the +20 that adds the additional arrows whenever an ally uses their ultimate. Along with plain attack stat buff, this is really worth the usage.|
|Thane||+30||The damage increase is quite alright but you need to go to +30 here so it will get triggered when his target won’t hit him. Otherwise, any AoE damage can prevent him triggering his SI|
|Vurk||+30||The additional bolts will make him deal significantly more damage, so worth getting if you use Vurk for sure.|
|Khasos||+30||Solid Signature Item and one that should be on your list if you use Khasos frequently! More axes throwing and recovering health.|
|Rigby||+30||Nice extra damage and the knocked down effect is really powerful.|
|D||Peggy||+30||The extra stat buff for the guards make them more nasty to deal with for enemies, but her role is so below average that you shouldn’t invest in her at all right now.|
|Oscar||+30||No doubt that his Signature item ability is useful to have here and there, but it’s simply too expensive to build looking at the rare use cases when you even have an enemy hero that can go behind your backline.|
|Drez||+20||His shield is nice and getting it 4 times in a battle worth getting. Nothing to criticize here but no need to get +30!|
|Walker||+30||Walker is underwhelming and plain scaling his bad performance won’t make him any better. His SI on plain paper is nice but with the current mechanics has no place.|
|Belinda||+10||Another horrible Signature Item. The +30 effect for 40 energy is a bad joke and also the additional effect on Divine Retribution raised is bad as it only will deal 40% of the original damage.|
|Lucius||+10||Not only is Lucius not important in end game (yes, sad but true), his SIgnature Item also only adds a small bonus that won#t even make much of a difference. +10 is alright in my opinion as purple emblems are alright to get and if you still use him frequently it’s worth it.|
|Warek||+10||The additional health restoration of +1% for getting the Signature item from +10 to +20 is scandalous. His +30 is also too slow to actually give a huge benefit, so only take SI +10 for Warek.|
|Shemira||+30||I understand this is intended to make Shemira a decent damage dealer for bosses, but in reality, it’s not even close to give her enough versatility for that. Don’t invest the emblems to be honest, you won’t use her later in the game anymore.|
|Ulmus||+10||Only average and the +20 effect is a joke and the +30 even more. If you use Ulmus frequently only go for the +10 Signature Item!|
|Baden||+10||Horribly designed. The additional health for the phantoms doesn’t help at all because they simply don’t have much health and still die fast. His +30 effect is a joke.|