Alternate costumes in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance provide new special abilities, alternate classes, and sometimes even new powers to a specific hero. Some of these outfits, like Future Foundation Mr. Fantastic, are barely improvements, while others, like Phoenix Five Emma Frost, are significantly better than the base outfit. Similar to the Phoenix Five outfits, the Horseman of the Apocalypse outfits are themed outfits for specific heroes: Beast, X-23, Rogue, and Iceman. If you are considering purchasing some or all of them, the following guide will help you decide which ones are good for your team.
How to Acquire: With the exception of Iceman’s alternate costume, all the costumes can be purchased for 60 command points during Special Operation 16. Both of Iceman’s alternate costumes can be acquired by completing the mini-task during Special Operation 16. If you failed to acquire these costumes during the special operation, they will likely be available for sale for gold at some future point.
Horseman of Famine (Rogue) – Horseman of Famine does not change Rogue’s class, but does give her the special ability of either an infiltrator or a blaster, depending on which one you choose, for the first two rounds of a battle. Offering both stealthy attacks and counterattacks, the infiltrator version is the superior choice of the two. Additionally, the Horseman of Famine costume adds additional debuffs to all of Rogue’s attacks. These added debuffs all lower the stats of the enemy or limit the enemy’s actions. These boosts are nice, but not particularly impressive. The one ability that may be worth spending command points on is Rogue’s new ability that strips one buff from each enemy every round. This is brutal in PvP, though less impressive in PvE, except against a few specific enemies. Rogue was already a solid PvP choice and this costume is the way to go if you like to use her in that venue.
Horseman of Pestilence (Beast) – Horseman of Pestilence changes Beasts class to either infiltrator or tactician. Additionally, it grants him new special abilities and significantly changes his power set. The most obvious change is his third power which changes from being a team buff to an enemy debuff that puts contagion on all enemies. His second power also has a significant change, now affecting all enemies with mind control and fumbling. His other two powers received only slight improvements. Unfortunately, the change to the third power is actually more of a downgrade than an upgrade. He has one fewer non-attack action with which to take advantage of Catch-22 and the contagion is hard to control. This is particularly dangerous given that while Horseman of Pestilence is in a battle, no combatant can prevent or remove debuffs. This is slightly mitigated by the fact that most debuffs on allies get transferred to enemies while this Horseman is in a battle, but the combination of abilities and powers is just too likely to cause your heroes to be infected without any means of removing those debuffs. This hero is high risk for potentially high reward. If you like that, buy this costume, but otherwise it is a good choice to pass up.
Horseman of War (X-23) – Horseman of War allows X-23 to be either a scrapper or a bruiser. Her tendency to open battles with an area attack may cause you to lean towards bruiser, but neither choice is bad. The biggest benefit of this costume is that it provides the Warbringer buff to your team. This is one of the best buffs in the game, especially for PvP, and if you don’t have either World War II Hulk or a weapon that provides it, you should almost certainly buy this costume. This costume mostly only adds subtle benefits to X-23, with the exception of the blind rage debuff on her basic attack. This debuff prevents the use of defensive and buff actions, making it a serious game changer in PvP. It is one of the rare abilities that can stop the Scroll of Angolob or all but one of Rescue’s powers. Horseman of War is a top PvP option and pretty much should be purchased by anyone who cares about PvP results.
Horseman of Death (Iceman) – Horseman of Death is pretty much a pure upgrade for Iceman. He loses his defensive power, but gains an attack that adds doom and despair, which is essentially a death sentence for anyone hit by it. More importantly, he gains bonus attacks against chilled enemies. Iceman is not a particularly good hero in general, but since this costume is free if you finish the tasks, it is simply a good deal to get. It isn’t good enough to be worth spending gold to bypass tasks, but only because Iceman isn’t one of the least effective heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance and an increase in effectiveness still only brings him to the middle of the pack.