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Stargazer Guide (January 2022)

Is the Stargazer Room better to summon in AFK Arena? How to get the Stargazer Room unlocked?

There’s a huge discussion going on about the right time and strategy to use Stargazing at in AFK Arena and there are several aspects that I want to look deeper into in this guide to help you find the perfect point when you should use the Stargazing Room.

Big Update! Since there have been so many changes in the meta (see the hero tier list here) and new Celestial/Hypogean heroes released recently, I completely reworked this list to fit into 2022

What’s The Stargazer & How To Unlock?

The Stargazer Room is a different way to summon heroes and it will unlock as soon as you have cleared Chapter 15 in the story missions. You can find it in your Tavern at the very bottom.

The main reason to use Stargazer is getting Celestial and Hypogean heroes. They are the strongest in the game but the chance to get them from regular summons are incredibly low. You have about 4-5% chance to even get an Elite hero from regular summons and only 2% of that will be celestial or hypogean.

Translating that into numbers means you need 5,400 Diamonds on average per Elite Hero from summons and, again, on average you will get one Celestial or Hypogean hero every 250,000 Diamonds spend there. And this could not be the one you need or want.

In the Stargazer Room, you have a flat 2% chance for getting a hero of your choice, but each pull costs 500 Diamonds. Still, this gives you on average 25,000 Diamonds per copy of a Celestial or Hypogean her.

The downside is, you will get booster and only a few heroes on your way so you will lack fodder heroes to ascend your other faction heroes and slow down the process.

This is the main struggle between the Tavern Summons and the Stargazing Room.

In this article, I will show you several strategies to give you the best time when you should start Stargazing.

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Best Point To Start Stargazer

As I said, Stargazing will slow down your progress ascending heroes a lot so starting too early can slow down your progress dramatically as you won’t get enough epics and fodder heroes to use to ascend and build your teams.

Attention! When getting your first 10x Stargazer Cards, you’re almost guaranteed to get an epic hero, use it wisely and see below which one you should go for!

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There are some points that are possible so let me outline your choices:

Chapter 16 (Very Early, Money Spender Only)

This is the earliest possible option and you will have the best chances to get a strong end-game team lineup by focusing on those heroes. To do this in a way that makes sense, you need to be willing to spend money on the game, other wise you will hit a wall for quite some time (and I’m talking months here).

5 Ascended Heroes (Early But Possible)

This is the earliest reasonable point when not spending money but it’s quite dangerous. As soon as you have your core team of heroes ascended you can start the Stargazer. This will also slow down your progress, but not as drastically as starting at Chapter 16.

I personally think this is also a little bit early as you have a really inflexible team and very likely need mercenaries to progress. Also Faction Tower progress is almost impossible (and that’s where you get a good amount of Stargazing Cards!)

10 Ascended Heroes (Best F2P Option)

At this point, you have a lineup that will perform well in Faction Tower and campaign as well. At this point you can slow down the progress of fodder heroes but you will see that many other players at this point have their first Celestial or Hypogean hero finished. In general I think that this is still the best point to switch over to Stargazing! I started with 7 Asceded Heroes and have now my Talene at Mythic and work on the Twins (bit lucky).

15+ Ascended Heroes (Bit Late)

You made good progress with the heroes you have but in my opinion it’s quite late. No matter what, you will lose progress by daily farming Guild Hunting and Twisted Realm and should start earlier. You will also hit a wall here because you need the Celestial and Hypogean heroes for the last chapters of the campaign, no matter how well your normal faction heroes are ascended so start earlier with getting them.

Best Stargazing Strategy

There are different opinions when it comes to the perfect strategy which heroes you want to stargaze in AFK Arena, but here’s my take of what I think will help most players in general most:

Hero Ascension Info
Epic+ Celestial Twins, Mortas & Mehira to Epic+. This should be your first task to have these three heroes available if you need to fit them in a team. It’s not about them making a difference or being ascended and invested in, it’s just to have them ready in case you need them in a team, especially in Guild Hunting, Twisted Realm and also events are a lot easier to manage if you have them and their ultimate in your team.
Ascended Lucretia has become one of the most important heroes you want to have in your team and one of the strongest end-game teams resolves around having her. She’s the one beating the highest level deficits long-term and you will not regret building her early.

NO STARGAZING!!! Do NOT Stargaze Athalia, Ezizh, Orthros & Flora!!! Do them in this order in the Challenger Store where you can easily pick the copies up for free. Stargazing is really expensive and you will waste a lot of time when you get their copies in the Stargazer!
Ascended Alna is, next to Lucretia, the strongest and most useful hero that you should Stargaze Early in AFK Arena so once you’re done getting Lucretia to ascended you should to the same with Alna. Amazing support hero that will fit in so many different end-game setups later.
Mythic Khazard will become more important later but having him, just for the cause of having him, only at lower ascension tier than mythic doesn’t make sense as you will need his Signature Item. Get him to mythic.
Mythic You already have Mehira at Epic+ right now, which was fine. maybe you have been lucky and picked up one or two more copies of her in the meantime but getting her now to mythic is important to unlock her Signature Item. Now you also need that if you want to use her.
Epic+ Not so long ago Talene was top of the top in this list and every player did whatever it takes to get her ascended. As time changed, meta changed as well and she’s still a useful and valuable hero but nothing close to former times. Getting her to Epic+ here is fine, she will do fine at that ascension tier and you can use her whenever you need and she still has some spots in some places where you really want to have her.
Ascended Lucretia is a beast and you will run into her more and more and the only hard counter you can play against her is Zaphrael. You should ascend him now once you’ve done the heroes above to have a chance whenever you run into setups with Lucretia (and I promise you, you will!).
Ascended Zolrath will become needed more and more for the reason of enemy setups running Flora heavily and Zolrath is the release that you need to deal with that. If you start running into setups with Flora that will become unbeatable for you, you need to complete this step.

By the way, if you do also get some copies from the Challenger Store, you can progress this step. Especially if you’re F2P or a very low spender, this can speed up your progress and the other heroes from the Challenger Store are primarily PvP heroes so as F2P you’re not interested in that anyway…

Mythic

Ascended

Depending on how much and heavily you run them, now it’s the time to get the Twins to either Mythic or Ascended. They are still a valuable part of several setups in realms, bosses and events but you now need at least their Signature Item to make them do what they should do. If you run them only for Twisted Realm and Guild Bosses, mythic is absolutely fine.
1-Star As meta as Lucretia is, getting her to 1-Star ascended at this point is smart. It’s “just” 2 cards and you will unlock the full potential of Eternal Engravings for her that will make her even stronger.
Mythic Now it’s time to get Mortas up as he will get more and more important the further your progress and Mythic allows you to unlock his Signature Item that will boost his viability pretty well.
Ascended Then I’d ascend the leftover heroes in this order. There’s not much use in making them E+ first as you can’t use them at this state if they’re not ascended. This is the area of the game where you probably won’t get to as F2P but long-term this is the route you should go.

I update this priority list with every release of a new Celestial/Hypogean hero and also if there are significant changes in the meta.

 

 

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