When building a team in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, you often want to include heroes that can apply specific status effects. Burning is one of the most common attrition effects in the game, but also generally useful. In fact, some enemies, like the group boss Hybrid, are notably weak to the burning status effect. Since burning heroes are more common than chilled heroes this effect is usually the easier of the two to use. More heroes tend to take advantage of it as well, so you can build good synergies with heroes that apply burning. The following guide to the best burning heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance will help you choose the character that will best help your team.
Human Torch – The master of all things burning is Human Torch. He inflicts the status effect on enemies as a counter whenever he is attacked and his power Fireball, automatically scores a critical hit against any enemy that is burning. Even if enemies aren’t attacking him, he can use Flame Stream to inflict the status effect on a single enemy. Since the attack makes five accuracy checks, it is almost certain to hit at least once, which is about as close as you get to never missing.
Red Hulk – If you want to apply burning to multiple enemies, Red Hulk is a great choice for two reasons. First, he is the only tactician in the game that can apply burning and second, he can do it either offensively or defensively. None of his powers innately inflict burning, but as soon as he reaches 40% heat, all of his powers apply it and pyrophoric, which causes an enemy to take additional damage when your allies use fire attacks. Once Red Hulk reaches 40% heat, you can apply burning to all enemies with Gamma Bomb or one at a time with other attack powers. Additionally, you can activate Bulwark which causes Red Hulk to protect allies from all attacks. When he protects, he also inflicts burning on enemies. As should be obvious, this hero is a perfect ally for Human Torch or any other hero that uses fire attacks or exploits burning.
Omega Sentinel – Omega Sentinel is the only scrapper in the game that can apply burning to enemies and she applies it to every enemy with a single attack. The fact that she uses an area attack can either be an advantage or a disadvantage, depending whether or not there are any bruisers among the enemies. She doesn’t otherwise synergize with burning powers, but if you need to apply the status effect quickly, the only other heroes that can match her are Ironman and Sunfire, which may not be optimal if the enemies include any tacticians.
Sunfire – It isn’t particularly surprising that a hero named Sunfire is good with fire attacks. He can apply burning to all enemies, though when he does so, he loses all stacks of heated plasma, which increases his damage. Generally you want to use this as his first action to avoid losing damage later in the fight. Additionally, he is one of the heroes that take advantage of burning enemies. Whenever a burning enemy makes an attack, he gains a stack of heated plasma. Pair him with any other hero that is good at inflicting burning and you have a beautiful synergy of massive damage.
Agent Venom – While Agent Venom is not a particularly good character in general, he does have a few mild advantages when it comes to applying the burning status effect. First, he is one of only two infiltrators in the game that can do it and the other one, Kitty Pryde, only has a 50% chance of actually inflicting the status effect when she uses Call Lockheed. Additionally, he has another power that can exploit attrition, so he can potentially deal extra damage against burning enemies. As noted, he isn’t a very good character and his control of which powers he can use is rough, so this combination is harder to use than it sounds. Additionally, he can apply this status effect to only a single enemy. He can only inflict it with Hail Mary which targets one enemy and then puts burning and bleeding on all other enemies.