Hercules had a stint as being one of the more popular heroes in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance and then lost steam as new, better heroes were released. He has since returned to the limelight as new E-ISOs and A-ISOs have once again made him not only viable, but dominant. If, like many players in the game, you are losing to him more often than you are winning, the following strategy guide will teach you how to defeat Hercules in PvP in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
Gift of the Gods – The Gifted Augmented ISO is primarily what makes Hercules viable in PvP. It changes his Gift of Battle to a quick action, which means he can protect and attack in the same turn, while gaining two of the four buffs he needs for Blessing of Olympus. Exhaustion will stop this, but the cornered debuff is still the best way to reign in Hercules. It keeps him from protecting and from counterattacking when he protects. Off-balance will at least stop the second, more dangerous part of that if you can’t apply cornered and stealthy attacks, as usual, will ignore his Gift of Battle completely.
Avoid Area Attacks – Almost every Hercules in PvP has the E-ISO that allows him to counter area attacks with Column Down. This means that an area attack against him can potentially strengthen him and stun your entire team. That is not a good trade off. If he is off-balance or the area attack is stealthy, you are safe, but otherwise you simply can’t afford to take that risk. Take special note of this if you are using a blaster. Many blasters, like Havok or Scarlet Witch, don’t have particularly good options that aren’t area attacks. It is better to take advantage of the free critical hit with a weaker single target power than to get pulverized in return with a better area power. If Hercules is very prevalent in your metagame, you should probably remove such characters from your lineup.
Blessing of Olympus – The AI will do everything it can to get Blessing of Olympus for Hercules. You can fight an uphill battle of stripping away buffs, but you are likely to eventually lose. It is much easier to save a major buff removal items or power and let him get the Blessing. Then strip it away and force him to start from scratch. If you screw this up and let him get and keep Blessing of Olympus for a round or more, he will regenerate health, probably to full, and absolutely devastate your team with attacks.
Neutralized – Very few heroes can apply this debuff, but if you have a hero that can, this is your primary target for it. There is a greater likelihood than normal that you can apply this because Hercules is a bruiser and disadvantage applies neutralized to bruisers. So, if you have Cyclops on your team, forget about Optic Blast and use Exploit Weakness on him first thing. Once he has been neutralized, you can ignore him completely and focus all your attacks on the hero on the team or on the agent, depending which one is more dangerous.