When building a team in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, you often want to include heroes that can apply specific status effects. Focused is an underappreciated status effect, because it isn’t fully understood by most players. Focused increases the accuracy of a hero by 25%. Obviously this makes a hero more likely to hit. The subtle thing about this power is that it also increases the chance that the hero will score a critical hit. Additionally, the buff fully negates dizzy, which can be one of the most frustrating debuffs in the game. The following guide to the best heroes that apply focused in Marvel: Avengers Alliance will help you choose the character that will best help your team.
Heimdall – Bruisers are very good at granting the strengthened buff. In fact, the majority of heroes that apply that buff are bruisers. But, only one bruiser can also grant focused to the entire team. Heimdall has a single power, Gjallarhorn, which grants both bonuses to all team members. It requires a full action and doesn’t deal any damage, but if your goal is to massively increase the damage output of your team with just a single action, this hero for the job. Every hero will hit more, score more critical hits, and deal more damage. The one downside of Heimdall is that Gjallarhorn can only be used every three rounds, so if an enemy inflicts dizzy after this power is used, you will need to wait to reverse that effect.
Omega Sentinel – Omega Sentinel doesn’t just grant focused to her entire team, she also doubles down by applying targeted to a single enemy with the same action. Targeted essentially makes focused meaningless, but only in regards to the enemy that is targeted. The focused buff still helps against other enemies and last three rounds as opposed to the one round that targeted lasts. Regardless, in terms of assuring that your allies hit with attacks, Omega Sentinel is one of the best in the game at fulfilling the purpose for which you want to grant focused. She is a great hero to team up with hard hitting, low accuracy allies.
Fantomex – Fantomex is a rather weak character, but he does one thing very well. He is particularly good at granting focused in a way that is highly efficient. His Diabolique attack deals modest damage, grants focused to the entire team, and causes the target of the attack to take extra damage from the next single target attack. Effectively, he puts a target on an enemy and gives every ally a sniper rifle. Because he is a tactician, it is even possible for him to act again after doing this, which means against a blaster this is effectively a quick action.
Phoenix – The main benefit to using Phoenix to grant focused is that she can do it as a quick action. On the downside, Mind Link can only be used once every three rounds. Additionally, it has the added effect of turning one of your heroes into a bodyguard. If you want this, it is a good side effect. If you don’t, it is a flaw to the power. Since Mind Link is a quick action and not an attack, you can effectively grant focused with any of her attack powers, which means she is more flexible than other heroes that grant focused to the entire team. Finally, as a blaster, she best takes advantage of being focused, because she is designed primarily to deal damage. Phoenix is the only blaster in Marvel: Avengers Alliance that can assuredly grant this buff.
Spiral – Spiral can’t directly grant focused, but she can indirectly grant it with a power that grants rising up. When rising up is applied, each ally has a random chance of gaining focused. Assuming Spiral is equipped with the Rhythmic Empowered ISO-8, she can use Macabre Fandango to grant rising up every other round. Additionally, she has a chance to use it randomly when she is attacked. More importantly, Spiral is basically the queen of critical hits. She has a different power that can put weak point on all enemies and another power that can give epiphany to all allies. If your goal in applying focused is to increase the number of critical hits your team makes, between these three powers, Spiral is the hero you should choose.