Phoenix may be the master of death and rebirth, but she is also apparently very good at adaptation as well. In Marvel: Avengers Alliance this is apparent based on her versatile alternate costumes. She is one of the few heroes who have two alternate costumes and three potential classes. With all these choices, you may find it difficult to choose which alternate to use at any given time. The following guide to Phoenix alternate costumes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance provides the information you need to always successfully return from the flames.
Phoenix Five Phoenix – Blaster, 50CP / Tactician, 59CP
Limited Availability – Phoenix Five Phoenix was only available for purchase during Special Operation 3. She has gone on sale at least once since then and will likely become permanently available, much like the Avengers alternate costumes eventually became permanently available, at some later date.
Special Ability: Phoenix Potential: Fires of Truth – This ability has a chance to activate on any ally at the beginning of that ally’s turns. When it activates, all attacks made by that ally during that round become psychic energy and automatically hit. This is particularly effective in PvP where evasion effects are incredibly common as well as in fights against Baron Mordo who spends most of the fight phased.
Team-Ups – Phoenix Five Phoenix teams well with heroes that attack multiple times in a turn, allowing those heroes to better take advantage of Phoenix Potential when it activates. Ares is a good choice for this reason as is Tigra. Heroes that get multiple turns each round, like Omega Sentinel and Quicksilver, are more likely to gain the benefit, but won’t get the benefits on multiple attacks normally.
Overall – The main advantage of this alternate costume is that you can use it to change Phoenix into a tactician. This is terrible during the heroic battle against Selene, but otherwise generally useful, especially if you intend to use Phoenix in PvP. The cost of the tactician option is only trivially higher than the blaster option, which means you should always buy it first, if you intend to buy both. She may not be top tier, even with this outfit, but she is rarely a liability.
White Crown Phoenix – Blaster, 32CP / Infiltrator, 45CP
Special Ability: The Phoenix Force – This ability is useful if you intend to engage in protracted battles with Phoenix where you are legitimately concerned about characters dying. With this ability, when you use the Phoenix Fire power, Phoenix regains the Death and Rebirth ability. It is possible for this special ability to revive your characters infinitely, though more than twice in a battle is extremely unlikely.
Team-Ups – Resurrection effects do stack in this game, though only one can activate on a hero per round. That means that you have an even greater chance of taking advantage of this special ability if you team Phoenix with a hero like Wolverine, X-23, or Uncanny Cyclops. Also, unlike with normal Phoenix, you don’t lose Death and Rebirth with no benefit when a hero like Nico Minoru or Sabretooth automatically resurrects, which makes them better choices than normal.
Overall – White Crown Phoenix is best used in long battles that are legitimately challenging. She is great for tackling the boss rush battles in chapter 12 of season 1, especially on challenge mode. In fact, she is a good choice for just about any challenge mode boss battle. She used to be devastating in PvP, but the prevalence of despair in the format strips her of the only advantage she gives you over normal Phoenix. The two versions are so cheap that you might as well buy them both if you want to have options for boss battles.