Team costumes were first introduced to Marvel: Avengers Alliance when the Avengers alternate costumes were released in conjunction with the Avengers movie. The second team costume to be released for the game was the Future Foundation costumes. Continuing the theme, Marvel: Avengers Alliance introduced the X-Force team costumes on June 25, 2014. These costumes each grant different advantages to teammates, but only if those teammates are also wearing an X-Force team costume. The following guide to X-Force costumes in Marvel: Avengers Alliance will help you determine whether they are worth adding to your collection.
Fantomex (135 CP) – Despite the fact that Fantomex costs 135 command points to purchase, his costume is actually the least expensive to get if you don’t already own the hero. The reason is because he is automatically wearing his X-Force costume. The benefit of this costume is complex. He normally grants all allies a 20% chance of avoiding any attacks with his Misdirection special ability. With this costume, the chance to evade increases for an X-Force ally each time the ally is hit and drops back to 20% when the ally is missed by an attack. The effective increase in evasion is useful, especially when teamed with either the X-Force heroes that regenerate. But, while it is useful, it doesn’t make up for the terrible power set of Fantomex. If you already own this hero, you just got a free upgrade, but if you don’t, he isn’t worth spending command points just for this benefit.
Psylocke (Infiltrator, 60 CP / Tactician, 75 CP) – Psylocke easily has the best of the X-Force costume benefits. All attacks of all X-Force members on her team become stealthy and gain true strike. This is sure to catapult her to the top of the PvP charts, likely teamed with either Wolverine or Deadpool. Even if you don’t own any other X-Force members, this costume is worth it just to make Telekinetic Katana stealthy and add true strike to both her attacks. If you do own Fantomex, this costume makes the Heroic Battle with Fantomex, Psylocke, and Spiral a lot easier.
Archangel (Blaster, 90 CP / Scrapper, 90 CP) – Archangel is a rather terrible character and the benefit that this costume offers is also rather tepid. All X-Force members gain the fatal blow special ability on their level 9 attacks. This isn’t even a new benefit for Archangel and the benefit is only mediocre on most of the other team members. Most of the heroes don’t deal enough damage with those attacks to likely be able to take advantage of fatal blow and Deadpool deals so much damage with Happy to See You that he probably doesn’t need this benefit to defeat an enemy. Only Wolverine really takes advantage of this and only because his level 9 attack power is stealthy.
Deadpool (Blaster, 75 CP / Scrapper, 60 CP) – The potential to change Deadpool into a blaster isn’t that exciting and his new X-Force ability doesn’t impress much either. It grants boon buster to all single target attacks of all X-Force allies. Only Fantomex naturally has a multi-target attack among X-Force members, though Archangel can equip an Augmented ISO to change Pestilence to a multiple target attack. The limitation to single target attacks thus only hurts the two worst heroes in this set. This benefit will probably make Rescue and Heimdall much less popular in PvP, but other than that effect, extra damage against enemies that are buffed is usually the least effective of all of the exploiter abilities in the game.