The Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance has dozens of negative status effects, colloquially called debuffs. Almost every hero in the game can inflict at least one, and there are some heroes that can inflict almost every debuff in the game. Not all debuffs are made equally and some are unarguably better than others. The following guide reveals the best debuffs in Marvel: Avengers Alliance and suggests the best heroes for applying them.
Depowered – Depowered is a debuff that was first released in 2014. It is very rare, which makes sense given that it is one of the most powerful status effects in the game. A character that has been afflicted with depowered can’t apply any status effects when using powers. This not only prevents powers from applying buffs and debuffs, but also prevents healing powers from functioning. Essentially, if a power doesn’t deal damage, it is meaningless. Only three heroes can apply this status effect. Fandral is usually the best choice because he can preemptively apply it to an attacking enemy as a counter attack. Of course, if the opponents have stealthy attacks, this doesn’t work. Spiral can inflict depowered with a single target stealthy attack, which makes her useful against enemies that counter attack. Finally, Anti-Venom can apply it to all enemies with a single attack, but it only has a 60% chance of activating.
Hexed – Only Scarlet Witch can apply this debuff, but that doesn’t detract from its value. Hexed is similar to cower, but better. It has a 20% chance of negating an attack completely and when it does prevent an attack, the attacker takes damage. The only notable flaw of this status effect is that it is magic and a few enemies and heroes are immune to magic status effects.
Generalized – Class buffs are some of the most devastating in the game, because with two exceptions, it is impossible to completely negate them. Neutralized will remove enraged and exhausted will remove tactical maneuvers, but the other three class buffs remain and grant partial benefits, even when an enemy is hit with disadvantage. Generalized, on the other hand, completely removes and prevents the buff. Furthermore, if a character can change class, like Mockingbird, generalized will prevent multiple class buffs at the same time. Very few heroes can apply this debuff, and Beast, in the Horseman of Pestilence costume, is probably the best of the lot. Constrictor is your other main choice and he is a rather weak hero.
Rebuff Buffs – Like Hexed, this is another unique debuff. It not only removes all positive status effects, but it prevents any new ones from being applied. Nanoplague is almost equally good, except that it can be removed by any healing effect or by resting, while this effect actually prevents removal. Only Deadpool can apply this effect and only to one enemy at a time, but that still makes him one of the kings of PvP.
Mangle – Only Gamora can inflict this nasty status effect. It prevents an enemy from activating buff or healing abilities. This rarely matters in PvE, but is absolutely devastating in PvP. Horseman of War can apply a nearly identical status effect, blind rage, but that status effect doesn’t work against enemies that are immune to psychic effects, while mangle does.