When building a team in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, you often want to include heroes that can apply specific status effects. Some of the more useful status effects in the game are those that reduce stats. The paragon status effects reduce individual stats, but they can’t stack with each other. Some heroes, though, can apply status effects that reduce stats in other ways and these do stack, sometimes even with themselves. These types of effects are particularly good when fighting bosses in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. The following guide to the best stat reducing heroes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance will help you choose the character that will best help your team.
Dr. Doom – The number of ways that Dr. Doom can reduce enemy stats is nearly ridiculous. First, he can inflict drained energy every other round with Steal Essence. This reduces all stats from an enemy and stacks up to three times. Additionally, he can attack all enemies with Summon Servo Driller. This applies pummeled, which reduces evasion, stacks with itself, and gains another stack each time the enemy is attacked. Furthermore, he can inflict various ongoing damage types on enemies, including burning, poisoned, and chilled. These effects all reduce one stat. Finally, his basic attack, Arc Lightning, inflicts both weakened, which reduces attack. And since he can attack twice per turn, he can inflict these status effects quickly.
Black Cat – Black Cat is notable because her Unlucky Strike attack inflicts a completely unique status effect. The unlucky status effect greatly reduces attack and accuracy and lasts for three rounds. More importantly, it stacks with every other stat reducing effect in the game, specifically because it is unique. It is a shame she can’t be on a team with Dr. Doom, because the two paired would be able to reduce the attack of an enemy to practically zero.
Horseman of Famine – Horseman of Famine also has the ability to inflict drained energy. But, unlike Dr. Doom, she can use an attack that inflicts this status effect as often as five out of every six rounds. She also occasionally counterattacks with a power that inflicts drained energy. This lets her reduce the stats of enemies very quickly. To add to this stat drain, one of these two powers, Steal Essence, also inflicts the weakened debuff. Overall, she is excellent at reducing stats and her passive ability Scarcity synergistically supports this by stripping enemy buffs used to counter this reduction.
Spider-Woman – The main advantage of Spider-Woman over the previous heroes is that she can apply a stat reduction to all enemies with a single attack. Fear Pheromones can be used every round and inflicts a two round debuff to attack, accuracy, and evasion. It is catastrophic, which means it can’t miss or be protected against. Usually you only need to reduce stats from a single enemy in PvE battles, but there are some rare situations where all enemies are particularly tough and nearly immune to other debilitating effects. In these situations, Spider-Woman is exactly the hero you want for reducing enemy stats quickly.