Ever since they were first released in chapter 1 of season 2 of Marvel: Avengers Alliance, heroic battles have gotten increasingly more difficult. Chapter 5 changes that pattern completely. The battles in chapter 5 almost all use multiple heroes and require strategic play, but rarely rely on luck. This is a nice change from past heroic battles. The heroes that are required are not the greatest and winning almost always requires a higher level hero, so you will have to spend a lot of command points and time raising bad heroes to higher levels. But, if you have the patience, each of these battles can be won without too much frustration. The following strategy guide will help you easily defeat each of the heroic battles in chapter 5 of season 2 of Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
She-Hulk, Thundra, and Tigra vs. Bulldozer, Thunderball, Wrecker, and Piledriver – Despite the fact that all three of these heroes range from second string to awful, this is a rather easy battle, assuming Tigra is at least level 9 and Thundra is at least level 6. She-Hulk only needs to be level 2, which says a lot about how useless her last two powers are. In the first wave, focus all attacks on Thunderball, with Tigra using Frenzy in the first round. In general, Thundra should use Rolling Thunder most rounds of this battle, unless she isn’t weakened, in which case she should use Lightning Round. She-Hulk is even simpler to use. She uses Burst of Speed any round she can and only attacks with Punch. The first round is very easy. Only the second round is dangerous, because Wrecker can attack twice each round and can follow-up against Tigra. Have Tigra avoid attacking Wrecker while your other two heroes focus all attacks on him. If he falls before Tigra, you will win easily.
Kitty Pryde vs. X-23 – If you want to win this battle incredibly easily, equip a Recovering Empowered ISO on Kitty Pryde. You should have been given one for free, so you should have one. If you own Shadowcat variant of Kitty Pryde, switch to her normal outfit. The reason you want the main outfit is because, every once in a while X-23 will warn you that she is about to use a big attack. You need to phase before that attack. If you start phased, your timing will be off. You don’t need to defeat X-23 to win this battle. You just need to survive until her rage wears off. This makes the fight really easy. Recharge every round, until you see the warning and then use Phased Attack to become phased. Repeat until the fight ends. Recharging will heal you due to Recovering E-ISO, which will counter the bleeding. This fight is easier if you have high evasion, but even that isn’t absolutely necessary.
Human Torch, Invisible Woman, and Thing vs. Vapor, X-Ray, Ironclad, and Vector – If there is ever a battle where you want to own the Future Foundation alternate costumes, this is that battle, though you are arguably better off with everyone as their original class, with Human Torch as the possible exception. Even if you don’t own them, you can win this battle as long as Invisible Woman is at least level 9. Vapor is weak to fire, X-Ray is weak to Force Cage, and Ironclad is weak to Cobberin’ Time, though the best way to take advantage of this is for Thing to use Stone Wall every round. Have each hero focus on their preferred enemy and you should have plenty of health for the second wave. If Invisible Woman has spare time, she should put shields on everyone before that wave. But once the battle is three on one, just go full throttle and you should win easily enough.
Havok & Bishop vs. Living Pharoah – This battle is quite easy as long as you don’t make the mistake of using Plasma Wave or Plasma Sphere and Bishop is at least level 9. Just have Havok use Shattering Punch each round. This effectively depowers Living Pharoah and effectively removes one of his actions each round, since he will almost always waste an action trying to put his shield back up. Living Pharoah will use an energy attack each round, which Bishop will generally intercept when it is aimed at Havok. He can then use this energy to activate Inner Force and Accelerated Healing as necessary. Once he has built up enough power, just unleash damage with his technology attacks. As long as Bishop doesn’t use energy attacks and Havok only uses Shattering Punch, Bishop basically can’t die and the Pharoah basically can’t win. The fight takes a while, but it is easy.
Psylocke, Spiral, and Fantomex vs. Sugar Man – Sugar Man is flanked by two infiltrator minions, which means Fantomex is at a disadvantage against all enemies in the battle. Despite this, you want him to stay alive because his Misdirection special ability will help a lot over a prolonged battle. Between that and Spiral’s Dancing Queen, she is nearly indestructible. This is important because she is the core of your battle strategy. She needs to use Flash Bolt and Dance Magic Dance and basically nothing else. When she gains an extra action and uses Macabre Fandago, take advantage of the action to recharge. Psylocke should be using Mental Coordination every other round and Kinetic Shield to keep Fantomex alive. Fantomex can only attack with Fantome, because it is his only stealthy attack. Psylock will occasionally be forced to attack with a non-stealthy attack. When this happens, try to target an enemy that is about to die or that isn’t counterattacking. Keep this pattern going and you should win the war of attrition.
Red Hulk vs. Hulk – This battle is incredibly difficult unless you have Red Hulk equipped with the Relentless E-ISO. If you do, he is immune to stun and the battle is quite easy. If not, increase his evasion as much as possible with ISOs. Use Bulwark every single round. This will reduce the damage he takes, heal him, and hurt Hulk without activating Hulk Up. Assuming Hulk’s health is low enough, Meltdown will kill him. If it isn’t, use Bunker Buster to reduce heat. You should be able to survive a round of attacks without Bulwark and that should be enough damage to make the difference. This is easily the hardest battle of this chapter because it requires the most luck in order to win, especially if you don’t have the Relentless ISO.