When building a team in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, you often want to include heroes that can apply specific status effects. While status effects are generally helpful, some heroes have special abilities that can take advantage of specific status effects. Paragon exploiter is such an ability that increases damage for each of weakened, stunned, exposed, slowed, combo setup, and dizzy that is affecting the targeted hero. With the right team, you can potentially devastate enemies with a single attack using paragon exploiter. The following guide to the best paragon exploiter heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance will help you choose the character that will best help your team.
Mockingbird – Most heroes with a paragon exploiter attack rely on allies to inflict some or all of the exploitable debuffs. Mockingbird does not. Between Twin Strike and Pole Vault, she can inflict every single paragon debuff. And she can even potentially inflict all those status effects and use her paragon exploiter attack, Mocking Blow, in a single round if she is lucky and attacking a blaster. Even without that perfect storm of luck, she can set up her own attack and is almost always the best class possible for inflicting maximum damage.
Punisher – Punisher is not a particularly good hero, but he has an advantage that no other hero in the game has. He is the only hero in the game that has a paragon exploiter attack that targets more than one enemy. It is almost impossible for him to set himself up, despite the fact that he can inflict most of the paragon debuffs. The reason is that he inflicts them with separate attacks and only on one target at a time. But team him with an ally like Spiral or Havok who can apply pressure points to all enemies and you have a chance of a massive damage area attack that few other heroes can equal. Additionally, since Battle Van can be used in any of his costumes, Punisher will always be the optimal class when making this attack.
Cable – Similar to Mockingbird, Cable has the ability to inflict most of the paragon status effects on a single enemy. He can’t change his class, so he isn’t quite as specialized, but he does have a different benefit that makes him a solid choice. His paragon exploiter attack has true strike and he has the ability to put targeted on an enemy. This means that he basically never misses with Plasma Rifle, which is very important when using a finishing attack. Paragon exploiter attacks take a few rounds to set up and if you miss with the attack, often part of the set up has worn off before the next round, so a sure thing hit is very important. Daredevil also has this benefit, but he doesn’t get Manrikigusari until level 9, where as Cable gets Plasma Rifle at level 1.
Domino – Domino’s edge with her paragon exploiter attack, Spinal Scratch, is based on how she applies the paragon status effects to the enemies. Her Around the World attack targets all enemies with pressure points. While pressure points is random, when attacking multiple enemies, you are almost assured that at least one enemy will gain three or four of the status effects. In comparison, Cable and Mockingbird usually require multiple rounds to set up a single enemy. Additionally, Around the World grants rising up to Domino and her team. This means there is also a chance that Domino will gain strengthened, focused, or both, which further increases the damage she deals with Spinal Scratch.
Deadpool – Happy to See You is a monstrous attack unlike any other in the game. It usually takes three rounds to set up, but once set up, it is the perfect paragon exploiter attack. It is stealthy, so you can always hit your preferred target, it has true strike, and it is guaranteed to score a critical hit. Not only can Deadpool set up the target with paragon debuffs, but he is actually required to do so in order to properly set up Happy to See You. Just being stealthy gives this attack an edge that no other similar attack has, with the exception of Daredevil using Radar Sense, but the rest simply makes Daredevil, appropriately enough, totally broken.