When building a team in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, you often want to include heroes that can apply specific status effects. Buff removal is particularly popular in PvP, because many PvP teams try to build up massive buffs and then pulverize the enemy. Without this removal, heroes like Hulk simply dominate the format. It is less handy in PvE, though can be useful against specific enemies that like to quickly apply buffs. The following guide to the best buff removal heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance will help you choose the character that will best help your team.
Deadpool – Deadpool has some limitations. He can only remove buffs if he is OP and only against one enemy at a time. Usually this requires a round to build up since he gains the OP buff by attacking with Sharp Pointy Things, but he can potentially be able to remove buffs on the first round of combat if he is equipped with the Savory Empowered ISO-8 and he counterattacks an enemy before he acts. The main reason that Deadpool is so good at removing buffs is that he not only removes the buffs, but he also inflicts buff blocker, which prevents the enemy from gaining new buffs as well. This is a nearly unparalleled benefit and definitely worth it if enemy buffs are making the game difficult for you.
Gambit – Gambit is the absolute star of the game if you need to remove buffs from all enemies every single round. Usually you won’t need to do this every round, but there are some boss battles, for example, where the enemy constantly buffs every round. Royal Flush hits all enemies, removes buffs, and has no cooldown. You can’t get better than that for buff removal and no other hero in the game even gets close to matching that.
Horseman of Famine – It is only appropriate that Gambit’s constant love interest is one of the few heroes in the game that is even vaguely competitive in the realm of buff removal. The reason she is competitive is because her ability to remove buffs is passive. At the start of every enemy’s turn, that enemy loses one positive status effect. This passive doesn’t strip them all, but it also doesn’t require an action on her part, functions while she is stunned, and doesn’t have a chance to miss. This is better used against enemies that commonly gain one buff a turn, but not multiple.
Anti-Venom – The main advantage of Anti-Venom is that he can strip buffs with every attack he makes. His Cleansing Touch power automatically removes all status effects from a single enemy, both positive and negative. Removing negative status effects may seem like a complete waste, but it can actually be useful against enemies like Satana or when you have previously put the doom status effect on an enemy. More importantly, though, every other attack that Anti-Venom makes has a 30% to remove a single buff. Finally, when an enemy attacks Anti-Venom, he has a chance to preemptively remove a single positive status effect from the enemy. This makes him the only hero in the game that can remove a quick action buff after it has been applied and before the character can actually benefit from it.
Thane – Thane can inflict the nanoplague status effect on an enemy as a quick action. This status effect removes and prevents future positive status effects, just like buff blocker. It isn’t as effective because it can be removed by any form of healing or by resting, though that usually doesn’t matter against most PvE enemies. Thane can only use this attack every other round, but since it is a quick action, he can also use another attack in the same round, unlike Deadpool who is forced to constantly use Bang Bang Bang if he wants to strip positive status effects.