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Marvel Strike Force Beginner’s Guide
Last Updated: August 2020




Section 1 - Introduction

Hi everyone. I’m Voltagesauce and I have been playing Marvel Strike Force for about 4 months. I just hit level 70 and my total collection power just reached 1M. I am regularly in the top 10 for my Arena shard. My alliance mates thought I was doing pretty well in my first few months, and they told me I should take a crack at putting together a guide for new members since it is fresh in my mind.


EDIT: I also decided to create a discord server for beginners (or anyone) that wants to ask questions or talk about the game. I'd love for you to stop by:


APRIL EDIT: I have now been playing almost a year and I'm coming up on 4M collection power. I am still a regular top 10 or 20 in arena daily.


AUGUST EDIT: I just hit 5M TCP and have finished Dark Dimension 3. A lot of the same principles in this guide allowed me to complete DD3 at a low TCP.

Section 2 - Why Another Beginner’s Guide?

There are a few reasons I thought it might be worth the time to write up a guide.

  • Many available guides are outdated.
  • There are many popular content creators with awesome information, but they have been playing for so long that they haven’t gone through the beginning part of this game recently. The game has changed quite a bit since they first started playing.
  • I wanted to come at it from a bit of a math perspective, to highlight why I think certain options are the most efficient methods.

Section 3 - Disclaimers

Before we get too far, I want to throw out some disclaimers:

  • I am still new to MSF and even this type of mobile game. This is just my perspective, primarily focused on ranking well in Arena, and using those resources to improve my overall roster.
  • I don’t have many crazy unique strategies for this beginner’s guide. I am going to recommend a lot of the same stuff you see around the internet. I just want to present something organized and up to date.
  • One of the best parts about this game is that it is all about prioritizing and choosing the way you want to play. I want to share some ways I think are effective, but there’s no wrong way to play!
  • I can’t stress this enough: get into a solid alliance when you can. Most people are able to find an alliance that is suitable for them on the MSF discord page. There are a ton of resources available in an alliance (both in game resources from Raids and Alliance Wars, but also for advice and strategy). Or if you need help finding any alliance, there is a recruiting channel on the beginners discord i started recently: https://discord.gg/bKAFnJn
  • APRIL EDIT: If you purchase Asgardians or are lucky enough to get Asgardians early from orbs then they likely can be used in place of the defenders. This guide assumes that most players will not have early access to Loki or Hela's nodes.
  • AUGUST EDIT: Hopefully this guide gives you a high level overview of how to be efficient in this game. This edit emphasizes the need to go after SL/Mags/Fury first. A lot of powerful teams and characters have been introduced to the game, so they aren't necessarily the best options anymore.

Section 4 - Game Basics

The most important and basic resource in Marvel Strike Force is the Campaign Energy. This allows for you to farm most of the other resources and provides commander experience. Commander experience is extremely important early on because it allows you to level up and unlock different aspects of the game. Everyone is going to be able to play the game a different amount, but if you want to be as efficient as possible when playing the game, you want to try to level up as fast as possible.

There are a few ways to do this. 

First, you can use all of your Campaign Energy. You get one energy every 5 minutes and the amount of energy you can store increases as you level up. If your energy is full, then you are essentially wasting resources. 

You get extra energy refreshes three times a day at preset times. You must log in within two hours of the preset time and claim the energy. These are your main ways of collecting free energy. You can also use cores to refresh your energy and most people recommend using the 50 core energy refreshes daily.

The other way to level up is to complete the daily objectives. Some of my alliance members wish that they had taken objectives more seriously early on.. They feel that they are falling  behind some of the players that started at the same time as them.

So why is leveling up so important? 

First, it allows you to level and power up your characters higher. Second, many aspects of the game are level dependent. Some will take hours or days to unlock, while some will take months. The following are some of those aspects:

  • Challenges
  • Blitz
  • Alliances
  • Raids
  • Arena
  • Campaigns
  • Alliance War
  • Red Stars
  • Dark Dimension

Some of these things have more impact on your progress than others, but overall you want to unlock these modes as soon as possible. Most of the modes have rewards that you are not receiving before reaching those levels. Red stars, for example, change your 7 day calendar so that you start receiving 5 red star orbs once a week. The sooner you get there, the sooner you can start getting red stars for your characters and boosting their power.

Section 5 - Alliances

Finding a good alliance as soon as you unlock alliances is so important. As mentioned in the disclaimers, having an alliance can really set you up. It’s important to find an alliance that has a similar mentality to yours. If you want to be free to play, then find a free to play alliance. If you want to be casual, then find an alliance that isn’t going to ask you to go above and beyond. My alliance is casual but active, and it has been perfect for where I’m at. If you have read this far, you’re probably looking for an active alliance. I would look for an alliance on the MSF discord or on one of the content creators discords. And when you are looking for an alliance you will want one that is actively participating in Raids. 

You don’t have to find an alliance that always 100% clears the top Raids, but there are a ton of resources rewarded from Raids that can help you catch up. There are many alliances that are willing to take on new players whoare willing to be active and committed to the alliance. It won’t always feel like it at first, but new players can contribute to Raids sooner than expected if they are getting decent rewards. I wouldn’t be where I am at in the game without my alliance taking me in.

Section 6 - Prioritizing

I like to call this game a “macro level” game. What i mean is that progress is primarily measured in weeks and months, not hours and days. This game is all about choosing which modes and characters to focus on and how long to focus on them. Sometimes, this could mean farming the same characters or gear for months to achieve some goal. I am sure there are a few exceptions, but almost no players are able to power up all of their characters to a competitive level.

I call my approach to prioritizing in this game my Funnel System. 

The first funnel is game modes. I think an effective way to play this game is to essentially rank the game modes you want to focus on. Some of the options are Alliance War, Arena, Blitz, Campaigns, Challenges, Dark Dimension 1 (DD1), Dark Dimension 2 (DD2), Flash Events, and Raids. There are also special events that show up, but they are hard to plan for. Additionally, not all of these game modes are available when you first start playing.

My top priorities as a beginner have been Arena, Raids and DD1/DD2. I’ll go into why in a bit.

The other funnel I see are the characters and/or teams. At the beginning, I think an effective strategy is to choose a team to focus on and pour all of your resources into them until they are ready for the next level resource. An example would be to use all of your blue ability mats on the defenders until they are all maxed out. Then you choose another team that you are ready to give blue mats to.

For me, this turns into one overall funnel, pour all of a certain level of resource (like ability mats and gear) into my Arena team, and when they are maxed out I can move onto my Raid teams.

AUGUST EDIT: I chose to leave my example of Defenders into Starlord in this guide. That is just an example of how I played this game when I was starting out and not necessarily my recommendation of what new players should do now. I chose defenders because they were easy to farm, were competitive in multiple modes, and don't require a legendary to function properly. There are others options available now to newer players. I hope my example shows how I applied the prioritization principles to my game and helps you understand how you can apply it to whichever characters/teams you focus on first.

Section 7 - Arena

Now I’ll get into why I choose to prioritize the modes the way I did: starting with Arena.

The way Arena works is you are placed in an Arena “shard” with people that start playing the game at the same time as you. So essentially it is an evenly matched race to the top. If you are able to get to the top you can snowball by generating more resources than your competition. Let’s look at how the rewards for Arena work. Each day at a specific time you get rewards based on your finish:




Arena Credits











































And in graph form:




As you can see, both charts are exponential shaped - meaning the rewards are WAY better the closer to the top you get. Comparing rank 1 versus 51 is 350 cores and 500 Arena credits difference. We will get into what you can use resources for later, but anytime you can generate way more resources than your opponent it’s going to help you. That’s why, for me, it’s important to be as close to the top of Arena as possible.

Now with Arena being my top focus I want to choose a beginner team that can dominate. This is no surprise if you’ve done any searching or read any other guide - the defenders are typically the team that dominates Arena early on. There are currently four defenders: Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Daredevil, and Jessica Jones. The 5th team member is typically Ms. Marvel or Punisher. Punisher synergizes extremely well with Daredevil and has a farmable node way earlier than Ms. Marvel, so that would be my recommendation. 

So,  why are the defenders so formidable in Arena? (See Edits below about other beginner teams that are now available)

First , they are all “easily farmable.” This means their character shards are available to all players early in the game. Punisher, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist all have nodes early on in the Campaigns. Daredevil is in the Arena store and Luke Cage is in the Blitz store. Second, these characters have a ton of synergy between them. Here are some of the basics that make them strong:

  • Daredevil - Great damage with ult and basic, and special is an “anti AOE” because enemies who use AOE abilities will pretty much kill themselves from all the counters
  • Iron Fist - Main benefit is sustainability. With his passive, he can heal defenders and city heroes at the start of his turn. His special heals his teammates as well. This makes the defenders hard to kill if you don’t burst them down.
  • Jessica Jones - She offers a lot of utility. She provides energy to defenders with her basic and special, which is essential in fights. She also clears negative effects from allies and clears positive effects from enemies.
  • Punisher - Insane damage. Has a massive AOE and can counter everytime Daredevil is attacked.
  • Luke Cage - He protects the rest of the defenders with taunt and defense up. It took me a while to really understand how powerful some of the buffs and debuffs are. Defense up cuts the incoming damage in half and Luke Cage’s ult last for two turns. His taunt also lasts two turns and allows time for Iron Fist to heal everyone back up.

To reiterate the funnel system I used:I poured anything and everything I could into the defenders. Before anyone else got a blue ability mat, I made sure all my defenders were maxed. I focused all of my blue gear on the defenders until they started needing purple gear. This was to allow me to maximize my rewards from Arena.

A common beginner question is how long to farm defenders. There are many different answers, but I have seen three main philosophies that I will try to explain:

  1. Since the defenders fall off later in the game it is just worth farming them to about 5* each, getting them to 6664 and getting to a team power level between 120k-150k. This will allow players to get a good start in Arena and start doing some decent Raids.

NOTE: When people say 6664, they mean the basic, special and ultimate abilities are level 6 and the passive is level 4. This is when the purple abilities are maxed out and orange are required.

        2. Take all of the defenders to 6* and invest some t4 (orange) ability mats for power levels between 150k-180kish. The main purpose of getting the defenders to 6* is to be able to start DD1.

        3. Farm the defenders completely to 7*. Depending on gear levels and how many T4 ability mats a player uses the defenders can be anywhere between 180k and 300k. The main purpose of                        farming to 7* is to be able to complete the 7th tier of Block Party. I’ll talk about these modes (DD1 and Block Party) more in depth later. 

Ultimately, I chose option 2. I wanted to be able to start DD1 as fast as possible, but wanted to focus on some other areas of my roster instead of taking them all the way to 7*. My defenders are about 175k.


Once I was happy with where my defenders were at for Arena, I decided to choose my next team. My thought process was to choose a legendary that would be my key character for my next Arena team. The three main options for new players are Nick Fury, Magneto and Starlord. Because legendary events are sporadic, my recommendation would be to choose one of these legendaries and farm them even if I don’t know when the event will come back. Ultimately, I decided to go straight for Starlord. I thought his requirements were pretty easy and liked that I could use him for a lot of other game modes. I made sure I had the requirements completed as soon as I could and the event ended up coming 2-3 months earlier than “predicted”, which worked out  well for me. I think a lot of people in my Arena shard missed him on this go because they were waiting until later to farm for him. I am still using my Starlord team in Arena and they can punch up at least 80-90k on the defenders in my shard.

APRIL EDIT: Defenders can still work, but there are some other potential options that work similar or better. Asgardians are a great option for people to have lucked into hela and loki, or people that have purchased Asgardians. The supernatural is a similar scenario. AIM is a 4th option that are not too hard for newer players to obtain. Common denominators that make these teams great are that they are good for arena, raids, and dark dimension and they don't require a legendary.

AUGUST EDIT: With the additions of new teams and characters, Starlord/Magneto/Fury (especially Fury) are not as important for progressing as they used to be. They are still great characters and potential options depending on your roster, but many players are focusing on legendaries like Shuri, Invisible Women, Black Bolt. The main principles of this section still remain - if you want to be competitive in this game, arena is the most important mode to focus on.

Section 8 - Raids

 The next mode I chose to focus on was Raids. The great part about focusing on the defenders first for Arena is that they are also one of the best Raid teams in the game.  It’s basically two birds with one stone (and maybe more). Raids are important because you earn rewards for completing nodes.  Depending on how far your alliance gets into the Raid, you get Raid credits, gear, ability mats, gold, character shards, and more. Similar to the defenders, I liked using a Starlord team for Raids because with the right characters they are the best Raid team in the game. I was able to get Minnerva and Vision (no Thanos yet) and I can pretty much complete a whole U6 Raid lane at about 175k power.

APRIL EDIT: As mentioned above, the defenders still work for Ultimus 6 raids, but Asgardians, Supernatural and AIM all work as well.

Section 9 - Dark Dimension (DD1 and DD2)

The last of my main priorities have been DD1 and DD2. These are called “end game” content, but I think with some planning can be completed earlier on. DD1 requires 5 characters at 6* yellow stars or higher. I decided to farm my defenders straight to 6* so that I could start this mode as soon as possible. There are no downsides to play this mode everyday, but it may take a while. As I am writing this, I am still finishing up my first run of DD1. The benefits of DD2 are some gold and mega orbs, but when you complete it you get a ton of orange gear, which helps set you up for DD2. 


DD2 requires 5 characters at gear level 13. There are a ton of resources about which characters to use for DD2, but I think it makes sense to choose characters that you are already working on. I am planning on using at least Minnerva, Groot and Starlord because it will allow me to do DD2, but also benefit my Arena and Raid teams. If you choose to focus on Magneto for your Arena team then Magneto, Jugg or Pyro could make sense for DD2. Similarly, if you focus on Nick Fury on your team then Fury and SS would make sense. And the main reason for rushing to complete DD2 is Ultron. You don’t have to look hard to find everyone calling Ultron the best character in the game. Here are a few quotes from my alliance mates about Ultron:

“Ultron is always like F your synergy enemy team” in regards to reliability beating any team in Blitz with a non-synergy Ultron team
“You can literally put any 4 characters on to a team with Ultron and win”
“His Ultron won us that last war”
“I can’t wait for you guys to unlock Ultron. His impact to your roster is just so impressive”
“Minnerva is the best character in the game (aside from Ultron)”

I think you get the point: people love Ultron, and he can contribute in all modes of the game. That is why I am trying to focus on DD1 and then DD2, so I can use Ultron in my Arena team.

One of the main things to consider with DD2 is that to get characters to gear level 13 you need 12 specific Superior Unique items (for example Minnerva uses Superior Gamma Radiation). They can be found in the Main Supplies, War Supplies and Orange War Orbs. They are very hard to farm and don’t show up in the stores until level 65. I would recommend buying uniques you might want as soon as you start hitting level 65. It is very heavily RNG reliant and can cause a lot of frustration looking for the specific uniques you need.

APRIL EDIT: I still recommend trying to complete DD1 and DD2 as fast as possible. Ultron is still formidable even though he does not have red stars. It can be tough to get legendaries to 6* for DD1, so I still defenders are a good option. The other option that is relatively easy to farm for newer players is AIM. They are another team that does not have a legendary that is DD1 and even DD2. Also, depending on your roster you may have better options for DD2 then the traditional starlord/minn, groot/JJ, Fury/SS or Mags/Jugg combos. I recommend stopping by the discord for specific advice, or talking to other people. Characters like Shuri, Invisible Women, Scientist Supreme, Sinister, Symbiote Spiderman, Hela all are good options as well.

Section 10 - Campaigns

The Campaigns are probably my next focus. The nice thing about the Campaigns is that the Heroes and Nexus can be completed by a solid defenders team and the Cosmic can be completed with a Guardians team. I still have not completed the Villains Campaign and just started focusing on the mystic Campaign. Sometimes you have to put a little bit into your teams so that you can get to a node with specific character shards or gear, but overall I don’t feel these are as important as Arena or Raids.

Section 11 - Flash Events

As of now there are three flash events that show up sporadically, but more often than legendary events:
Block Party - Requires 5 City Heroes and earns ability materials. The main reason for getting defenders up to 7* is to complete the last tier of block party. That gives you 150 T4 (orange) ability mats each time the event runs.
Payday - Requires 5 Mercenary characters and earns gold.
Relic Hunt - Requires 5 Hand characters and earns Advanced Basic Catalysts (required with purple gear).

I will probably prioritize getting 5 city heroes up to 7* to start earning the T4 abilities. I don’t have many teams that are leveled high enough for T4 abilities, so I decided it would be okay to wait and focus on farming for DD2 and other things.

The other two modes I have been viewing more as secondary priorities and I will only invest resources when I am close to the next tier level. . Some of my alliance members think it would be worth putting more resources into mercenary characters for the gold. Gold is one of the most scarce resources in the game, so that may be something I choose to focus on soon.

APRIL EDIT: There is now a 4th flash event starting that requires wakandans and earns red star promo credits. They have also announced a scheduled rotation for these flash events. All of them except block party will be offered once a month (block party every other month). It may be worth prioritizing these flash events more now that they are more frequent and scheduled.

Section 12 - Blitz

These next three game modes could pretty much be in any order. As of now, I mostly just use whatever characters I have to Blitz. The same teams that are good in Arena and Raids are good for Blitz. I just focus on hitting the milestones for every character since I would be unable to grind for a top 1500 spot with my roster anyway. The reason I choose to list Blitz first is because it is important to keep character power levels as close as possible.  There are times I have powered up a character to make them fit with a new Blitz squad.

There are some really good Blitz guides out there that I would recommend checking out that explain how to Blitz effectively. The rewards from this game mode are very important to roster progression.

Section 13 - Alliance War

I don’t think I have ever put a resource into a character specifically for alliance war. Although I am planning to get Invisible Women when her first event comes around, so that may change in the future. Similar to Blitz, a lot of the teams that are good for Arena and Raids work well in war. I typically put my Raid teams on defense since they have sustain and use everyone else for attack.

A general rule of thumb is that teams that have short cooldowns and healing can be decent on defense. Teams with long cooldowns and quick burst are better on attack.

Section 14 - Challenges

Similar to war, I just use whatever characters are my highest power and see if I can complete the next tier. There is no downside to trying the next tier and losing, so I just try them when I think I might have the chance. The difference in most tier levels seems small enough to me to not make them a priority.

Section 15 - Special Events

These are typically Campaign Events for a new character and require certain traits to progress in the Campaign. They seem to be announced a week or two in advance so they are hard to plan for. New characters don’t normally become farmable for a few months (or indefinitely), so these events can be very helpful. It may be worth using some resources to get through the Campaigns if necessary. They also have helpful resources as a reward for beating each “Hard” Campaign node for the first time. An example of an event coming up is a Campaign for Graviton that requires Hero Controller characters.

Section 16 - Game Resources

Now I want to get into what to do with all the resources generated from the game modes. Each mode rewards you with different resources, so I will go through each one.

Cores - We talk about this in the Arena game mode. My recommendation would be to use cores for energy refreshes, and sometimes node refreshes. A common recommendation you will see on the internet is to use all of your 50 core energy refreshes every day. Depending where I finish in Arena I will sometimes even do some 100 core energy refreshes. If I am farming a character and want to speed up the process I will also sometimes refresh the node for 50 cores. This can be useful to finish a farm for a legendary event or for a character to enter DD1. The last thing I would recommend (if you have to) is to refresh the main store looking for the orange superior unique gear that you need for DD2.

Arena Credits - With Arena credits you have to choose specific toons to farm. There is no character orb. My recommendation would be to start with Daredevil and work him to wherever you want to stop the defenders. Next, would be to focus on a toon that can help you get your first legendary. For me, that was getting Drax to 5*. But this could also be Jugg. This is really going to vary for each player, but I would choose a character that is going to help you meet your next goal and just focus on them. I just finished up getting Vulture to 5* for the Invisible Women event. To give you an example of a prioritization choice I have to make - I am choosing my next farm between Mordo for Phoenix, Shield Security for DD2 and Ironman event, or Deadpool for the Mercenary Flash Event.
AUGUST EDIT: Daredevil would only be my recommendation if you are using defenders are your main team. In general, I recommend farming someone from the arena store that matches what you are farming from your campaign nodes and other stores. If you are farming Green Goblin and Shocker from campaign nodes, then maybe Vulture would be a good idea. If you are farming for AIM, then maybe AIM researcher is a good idea.


Raid Credits - To maintain a well balanced roster I highly recommend using Raid credits for Raid orbs (900 credits) instead of specific character shards (1400 credits). An important distinction to make is that Raid orbs provide 9 character shards, while specific characters are just 5 shards. Some other people argue to use Raid credits on purple gear, but so far I have focused primarily on character shards. 

Let’s get a little into the math on the orbs versus shards. Since this is a beginners guide we will talk about taking a character from 0 shards to 5*. 5* is a good number to focus on because that’s when legendaries can be unlocked. To get from 0 to 5* requires 310 character shards. So for example, to get rocket raccoon from 0 to 310 shards by only buying his character shards would cost 86800 Raid credits. For that same amount of Raid credits we can open 96 Raid orbs. And with 96 Raid orbs we would be getting 864 shards, or 554 MORE shards than buying specific character shards. 

You may be thinking, what if you just want a few characters? With 14 characters currently in the Raid store, every Raid orb should net us approximately 0.643 shards per character on average. So by opening 96 Raid orbs, we get a little over 60 shards per character instead of 310 for one. Ultimately, that is your decision. It is clearly faster to farm directly for one character. However, you are putting yourself behind on farming all the other characters. As of now Hand Sentry, Killmonger, Kree Oracle, Mercenary Soldier (not very good), Mysterio, Ravager Stitcher (not very good), Rocket Raccoon, Ronan, Sabretooth, Shield Trooper can all be used for the unlocking legendaries or in the flash events. Also, war machine is on one of the top war teams called Power Armor and is found in the orbs.

Overall, you get much, much more value out of the Raid orbs if you don’t mind slower farms. There may be times that you want to farm specific characters, but I would highly recommend Raid orbs for having a well rounded team with access to many of the legendaries and flash events.

AUGUST EDIT: The characters in the raid store have changed, but I still highly recommend orbs. The math has changed slightly, but there are a lot of valuable characters in this store and you get a lot more shards overall through buying orbs.


Blitz Credits - My philosophy here is very similar for the Raid orbs, but  I will run through the math so you have the context to make your own decision. Again let’s talk about taking a character from 0 shards to 5*. We can buy Blitz orbs (350 credits) or specific character shards (500 credits). Unlike Raid credits, instead of 4 additional character shards the Blitz orbs give gold. So to get a character to 5* from 0 shards would cost 31000 Blitz credits. For that same amount of Blitz credits we can open 88 Blitz orbs. With 88 Blitz orbs we would be getting 440 shards, or 120 more shards than buying specific character shards. It is also worth mentioning that you would get on average about 400k gold from the 88 Blitz orbs.

It comes down to a similar decision as the Raid credits. You can get to a character faster by going straight there, but you are missing out on shards and gold by not buying orbs. Take a look at who is in this store. As of now, Gamora, Kree Royal Guard, Luke Cage, Mantis, Mercenary Riot Guard, Ravager Boomer, Rhino, Spiderman, and Spiderman Miles all can contribute to unlocking a legendary or in a flash event.

AUGUST EDIT: More characters have been added to the blitz store, so the math has changed slightly. I still recommend orbs because many of them are useful for legendary unlocks or flash events.


War Credits - War credits are more similar to the Arena credits. There is no orbs with character shards at this time. I farmed Pyro to 5* and then focused the rest of my credits on orange superior unique items. I would just recommend choosing a goal and sticking with it here.
AUGUST EDIT: More characters like Sif, Graviton, and Sinister have been added to the war store. Prioritizing your war currency has become extremely important. Sif is probably the most important since she unlocks Black Bolt.

Elite War Credits - Because the orange superior unique items are tough to find and the holdup for many players starting DD2, I would recommend saving up 1000 elite war credits for the Orange Gear War Orbs.

Elite Red Star Credits - Another aspect of the game I haven’t talked about are Red Stars. They are a controversial topic, and I am just going to stick with the math between Elite 4 Star Orbs (5000 credits) versus Promotion Credits (1,000). I will compare this by looking at the upgrade between 3RS and 4RS. To upgrade a character to 4RS with promotion credits you need to already have the character at 3RS and then the cost is 50 promotion credits or 50,000 elite red star credits. With those 50,000 elite red star credits we could have gotten 10 Elite 4 star orbs, which guarantee a 4RS or higher. So, for the price of getting one 3RS character to 4RS, we could have gotten 10 characters (could be duplicates) up to 4RS. Additionally, they could have gotten up to 4RS from any star level below.

This is a prioritization question. If there is a character that you use in every game mode every day then maybe it is worth it to you, but I just wanted to show some of the numbers so you can make the decision.

Section 17 - Community Resources

This game can be really fun because there is no right way to play the game. It also means that there are a lot of different opinions, and luckily, people are willing to share their thoughts. Here are some helpful ideas for different resources I have used:

  • Reddit - Lots of different opinions and frequented by the devs
  • Discord - There is an MSF discord that has a ton of different topics.
  • Content Creators - Primarily on youtube, twitch, or discord. I’m happy to share some of my favorites if you are interested.
  • Infographics - These seem to be really popular for this game as an easy to read and use tool. There are great ones for the uniques, DD2 recommended teams, and essential T4 abilities for different teams as some examples.
  • Msf.gg - Has a ton of different information about characters and gear.
  • Your alliance - Self explanatory, but my alliance uses discord and pins a lot of helpful information in the channel

Section 18 - Conclusions

This game is all about prioritizing and planning ahead. My recommendation to new players is to  focus on Arena. If you do well in Arena then you can use the cores you earn from that mode to help you out in all other aspects of the game. (See Edits Below) The easiest team to do well with in Arena is  the Defenders (with punisher AKA Punfenders) and then switch gears to a Shield Team with Fury, Brotherhood team with Magneto, or Guardians/Minnerva Tech team with Starlord. I think Starlord is the easiest legendary to farm for because 3 of the required characters are in the Blitz store. Speaking of the Blitz store, if you want to have a well rounded roster then I highly recommend buying the Blitz and Raid orbs. They provide much more value than buying individual character shards. This will allow you to obtain more legendaries and progress further into flash events and special events.

Ultimately, this game is fun because everyone plays it differently. This guide is aimed towards beginners hoping to get themselves off to a good start by having a well rounded roster. I am sure there are other approaches to playing this game efficiently, but I feel that I have set myself up well, and I have a lot of choices of what I can focus on next.

EDIT: If you enjoyed the guide, have questions, or just want to talk about the game more come stop by a new discord server for beginners:


APRIL EDIT: I think most of the basics in this guide hold up after a few months. I still recommend prioritizing arena, but you don't necessarily need to use defenders anymore. It depends on who you have unlocked. Asgardians, Supernatural and AIM are all potential other options that can be useful for arena and raids. To rush towards DD1, defenders and AIM are probably the most viable options for newer players since they are relatively easy to farm and don't have legendaries.

AUGUST EDIT: I hope this guide helps give you the principles to be competitive as a new player in Marvel Strike Force. I list examples of how I was able to stay competitive in arena, but the game is very different from when I started. The characters/teams have changed, but I still recommend a similar mentality about the game and how to prioritize your resources. If you have questions or want specific advice, please stop by the beginner discord: https://discord.gg/bKAFnJn

tldr (see edit below)

  • Focus on Arena
  • Get Defenders
  • Put all resources into defenders and stop at 5*, 6* or 7* depending on preference
  • Choose first legendary - Fury, Magneto or SL (SL seems easiest and best to me)
  • Put all resources into legendary focused team - Shield, Brotherhood, or Guardians/Technerva
  • Do Raids
  • Farm superior uniques for gear level 13
  • Beat FtD and get Ultron

April Edit tldr


  • Focus on Arena
  • Get Defenders/Asgardians/Supernatural/AIM
  • Put all resources into that team and consider taking them to 6* for DD1 (Asgardians and Supernatural are tough to 6* without spending)
  • Think about potential DD2 teams and make sure you are farming for the legendaries you will need
  • Do Raids
  • Farm superior uniques for gear level 13
  • Beat DD2 and get Ultron

MSF Beginner Legendary Farming Guide
Last Updated: June 2020

Section 1 - Introduction

Hi everyone, I'm Voltagesauce. You might have seen my beginners guide I posted last week. If not, and you're a beginner looking for a guide, here is the link:


One of the topics that came up in Reddit comments was wanting more details on how to go get legendaries. The legendaries can be confusing for new players since it is not clearly explained how they work in the game. This guide will cover some of the basics of legendaries and how to farm for them.

EDIT: I also decided to create a discord server for beginners (or anyone) that wants to ask questions or talk about the game. I'd love for you to stop by:


Section 2 - Disclaimers

  • I only have two legendaries - Starlord and Invisible Women. This guide is just supposed to be the basics. For how to use the legendaries, I want to give a shout out to u/FullMetalCos because he has some really solid guides on Reddit for using each legendary. UPDATE: I now have all the legendaries available currently.
  • This guide is mostly focused on farming for legendary requirements and not power level. Even if you have the required characters at the right level, you still have to win the fight to unlock the legendary. There are really good graphics with minimum power levels you need for each legendary. For example, Khasino has good ones.
  • There is a datamine that Ironman will be introduced as a permanent event in the Events section, and will be able to be unlocked at 3* instead of 5. Datamines are subject to change, so we will assume 5* unlock for the purpose of this guide.

Section 3 - Intro to Legendaries

Legendaries are characters that are only available during their specific event and require 5 characters with certain tags at 5* (with the exception of Phoenix who requires 5 characters at 6*). I will go over each of the legendaries requirements and where to farm them.

It is unknown when these events will be available, so it is best to plan ahead. Each event is normally announced a week or two before it begins, which is generally not enough time to farm the characters you need. In general, the events for each character are 2-4 months apart. My recommendation is to farm on your schedule for the legendary you want and not try to farm based on the estimated game schedule. You may be pleasantly surprised when the character you want and have farmed for comes earlier than expected. There are times it might make sense to finish a farm to meet the games schedule as well, but in general I think it's a good idea to farm for the legendary you want next.

With a few exceptions (like defenders), teams really need a legendary character to enable them to go from mediocre non-meta teams to the top meta teams in the game.

In general, legendaries have powerful abilities and stats, but a main reason they make the teams so powerful is because they have what are called "leadership abilities". These abilities are typically in their passive and significantly boost their allies. I will cover these in each of the legendaries individual sections.

Section 4 - Legendary Farming Basics

The requirements for each legendary are different, so the difficulty to farm for each character varies a lot. This section covers the different ways characters can be farmed and the difficulty associated with that farming method.

Blitz - Mostly people consider characters in the blitz store to be the easiest to get. There are the most blitz credits available compared to other modes, all the toons are available in the store at any given time, and they are the cheapest. All the characters available in the blitz store that are requirements for legendaries are good targets.

Campaign - Other characters are only available in campaign nodes. So the main resource to farm these characters is energy, but it's a slow farm because you are limited 5 attempts each day (or use cores for more attempts). Some characters have multiple nodes, which can speed up the farming. The numbers i have seen thrown around the internet as generally accepted farming numbers are 2.5 shards per 5 attempts (2.5 per node per day).

Arena - It depends on how you are doing in arena whether farming arena or nodes is a faster farm. In my experience arena is a faster farm. If you just complete your daily objectives then you can get 5 shards every day. Any more than that and you are farming faster than a node. However, you can only farm one character at a time and you can farm a bunch of nodes at a time.

Raid - Characters in the raid store can be fairly hard to farm. They are more expensive than blitz and arena and only 3 characters show in the store at one time. This can be a major hold up for certain legendary requirements. I prefer to avoid relying on these characters if possible.

Alliance War - I believe most people agree that the war store is the hardest to farm. This may change with the most recent update when all since war league's start. It sounds like more resources will be available. Only 3 characters are available at anytime and they are more expensive than blitz or arena shards.

Section 5 - Ironman


Requirements - Shield Characters

  • Shield Security (Arena Store or Heroes 3-6)
  • Captain America (Heroes 6-9 or Nexus 5-9)
  • Shield Trooper (Raid Store or Villains 4-3)
  • Shield Operative (War Store or Heroes Assemble)
  • Shield Medic (Heroes 2-3 or Villains 1-6)
  • Shield Assault (Nexus 2-3)
  • Hawkeye (Heroes 6-6 or Villains 1-9)
  • Quake (Arena Store)
  • Black Widow (Unfarmable)
  • Nick Fury (Legendary Event)
  • Agent Coulson (Milestone Orbs Only)

Primary Modes: Alliance War Offense, Blitz

Primary team: Power Armor

Leadership Ability: None except for a little added synergy with War Machine

Farming Advice: There are more good options than bad options for this event. I would recommend avoiding Shield Assault because of only one node, and Shield Operative because you probably do not want to be spending your war credits on her. However, at this point in the game, the shield minions see the most play, so it could make sense to prioritize some of them if possible.

Ironman has a lot of characters that fulfill the requirements to unlock him. Who you choose to farm may come down to who you pull from your random orbs. Ironman is considered one of the weakest legendaries and doesn't provide much value outside of alliance war at this time. However, when you unlock Nick Fury you will want to use him with shield minions so you may be able to unlock IM while powering then up. As mentioned in the disclaimer, this event may become a permanent event and Ironman will be able to be unlocked with five 3* shield characters instead of five 5* shield characters. This would make him the easiest legendary to farm. UPDATE: Ironman's event has become a permanent event and the requirements were made easier as expected. I left him in the guide, but he is not really considered a legendary anymore.

Section 6 - Starlord


Requirements - Five 5* Guardians or Ravager Characters

  • Groot (Nexus 2-9)
  • Rocket Racoon (Raid Store)
  • Drax (Arena Store)
  • Gamora (Blitz Store)
  • Mantis (Blitz Store)
  • Ravager Boomer (Blitz Store)
  • Yondu (Heroes 1-9)
  • Ravager Stitcher (Raid Store)
  • Ravager Bruiser (Heroes 4-6)

Primary Modes: Arena, Raids, Fear the Darkness (DD2), Alliance War, Blitz

AUGUST UPDATE: U6 Raids, DD1, Alliance War, Blitz

Primary team: Guardians or Technerva

Leadership Ability: Guardian Allies gain +30% damage and +20% speed. Also, generate 1-2 ability energy to guardian allies

Farming Advice: Similar to Ironman there are a lot of potential options for Starlord, but most are not farmable in multiple locations. However, a great place to farm for starlord is through the Blitz Orb. Mantis, Gamora and Ravager Boomer are all available in the Blitz store. Groot is a fairly difficult farm with only one node, but he is one of the top characters in the game. Drax is a good option in the arena store. Rocket is a pretty RNG reliant character to farm because he is in the Raid store, but if possible he is one of the best blasters in the game. The nice thing about farming for Starlord is you can “passively” farm many of these characters while farming the Defenders nodes.

Starlord is one of the most useful characters in the game and enables some of the Guardians (mostly Groot and Rocket) to become some of the best characters in the game. With three of the required characters in the Blitz store it is fairly easy to get them all to 5* over a short amount of time. It is also pretty easy to farm for other purposes while farming for Starlord because only Groot or Yondu are farmed from campaign nodes. For example, farming for the Defenders and Starlord do not overlap. One of the best parts about the requirements for Starlord is that you use many of the same team members with Starlord as you use to unlock him. He is the only legendary with that benefit.

AUGUST EDIT: Starlord is still a very good character, but many players are finding trouble finding places to use him because of all the newer stronger characters that have been introduced to the game. He is no longer one of the most useful characters in the game. He can be a good option with the other guardians for Dark Dimension 1. He can also be a good option with Minnerva for Dark Dimension 2, but he is not "essential" like he used to be.


Section 7 - Nick Fury


Requirements - Five 5* Kree Minions

  • Kree Noble (Cosmic 1-6) UPDATE: Noble's 2nd node was removed recently
  • Kree Cyborg (Nexus 3-6 and Cosmic 2-3)
  • Kree Reaper (Heroes 5-6 and Cosmic 2-6)
  • Kree Royal Guard (Blitz Store)
  • Kree Oracle (Raid Store)

Primary Modes: Arena, Raids, Fear the Darkness (DD2), Alliance War, Blitz

AUGUST UPDATE: Alliance War, Blitz

Primary team: Fury Shield

Leadership Ability: On Spawn, grant Speed Up to all shield minions. On Turn, 50% to grant Speed Up to Shield minions. Grant offense up to shield minions on assists. Shield minions gain +10% armor and +30% resistance.

Farming Advice: There are only five available characters for unlocking Fury. It is important to remember that it is only the kree minions and not any kree that can be used for the unlock. Kree Noble is a little harder than the others because you have to make progress into the Mystic Campaign. Kree Oracle is the other tough farm because of the RNG of the raid store.

Similar to Starlord, Fury is a very versatile character and makes the Fury Shield team one of the best in all modes of the game. A lot of people recommend farming for Nick Fury after the Defenders because they will help you progress in the Villains and Cosmic Campaigns. One downside of farming for Fury is that you also have to farm the shield minions for Fury to be super useful after you unlock him. So you essentially have to farm two teams instead of one (shield and kree), which can be difficult because they both require farming lots of campaign nodes.

AUGUST UPDATE: Fury and the shield team have become fairly one dimensional. They are primarily only used on war defense with Nick Fury and Coulson. He is still a strong character and makes the shield team much better, but overall has become less of a priority to farm for.


Section 8 - Magneto


Requirements - Five 5* Brotherhood or X-Men Characters

  • Pyro (War Store)
  • Sabretooth (Raid Store)
  • Juggernaut (Arena Store)
  • Mystique (Villains 5-6)
  • Storm (Mystic 2-3)
  • Wolverine (Daily Objectives)
  • Colossus (Unfarmable)
  • Psylocke (Cosmic 3-6) UPDATE: Psylocke got added to a node recently
  • Phoenix (Legendary Event)
  • Toad (Blitz Store)
  • Blob (Arena Store)

Primary Modes: Arena, Fear the Darkness (with Jugg), Alliance War Attack, Blitz

Primary team: Brotherhood/Brotherhood 2.0

Leadership Ability: On enemy Crit, apply Speed Up to all Brotherhood allies. Brotherhood allies gain +50% Focus and +30% Max Health. Also, when Juggernaut is an ally, Juggernaut gets +20% speed bar whenever he is attacked.

Farming Advice: There are currently only six options for farming Magneto. Wolverine is considered a “gimme” because he is the daily login calendar and most people’s most farmed character. Juggernaut is the only other easy farm because he is in the arena store. Storm is a hard farm because her node is almost half through the Mystic Campaign.

Currently, Magneto is a hard unlock because there are only 6 options and 4 of them are hard farms. Pyro is essential to the Brotherhood team, so it might be worth using War Credits on him. Magneto can pair with Juggernaut and be used in many teams, and together make up one of the best attacking teams in the game for Arena or War. The Brotherhood team does not have much healing/sustain, so it is not recommended to farm for Magneto if you are looking for a better raid team.

AUGUST EDIT: Of the first 3 legendaries (SL, Fury, Mags), Magneto has become the one with the most uses. Primarily because the Brotherhood 2.0 was introduced with Blob and Toad. They are considered one of the top Alliance War Attack teams and can also be useful in early Arena shards. Magneto is also pretty easy to unlock now because there are a lot of options for the unlock.


Section 9 - Shuri


Requirements - Five 5* Spiderverse Characters

  • Spiderman (Blitz Store)
  • Spiderman (Miles) (Blitz Store)
  • Venom (Nexus 6-9)
  • Carnage (War Store)
  • Rhino (Blitz Store)
  • Mysterio (Raid Store)
  • Green Goblin (Nexus 5-6)
  • Shocker (Cosmic 1-9)
  • Vulture (Arena Store)
  • Symbiote Spiderman (unfarmable)

Primary Modes: Raids, Alliance War, Blitz

AUGUST UPDATE: Raids, Alliance War, Dark Dimension 2/3, Blitz

Primary team: Wakandan, Tech Hybrid

Leadership Ability: On Spawn, apply Speed Up to all Wakandan Allies. In Raids, all Wakandan allies gain +40% Max Health and +20% Armor. In Raids, when any Wakandan ally drops below 50% health, gain 3 Deflect.

Farming Advice: With the addition of the Sinister Six characters to the game, there are many options that are fairly easy to farm. Carnage is the only character that I would recommend to avoid farming for this event. Additionally, the Sinister Six make a really good option for efficiency because Invisible Women requires five 5* Sinister Six characters. So you can unlock two legendaries with the same five characters.

Shuri has a really powerful kit that works well on lots of different teams, but she has not made her way into many top meta teams yet. For most people, Shuri is not a priority legendary to farm compared to Starlord, Nick Fury, Magneto and Phoenix. Farming for her got a lot easier with the addition of the Sinister Six characters, so as more people unlock her I would expect more theorycrafting to occur. UPDATE: Shuri has become a highly recommended character for U7 raids because of her defense up and heal.

AUGUST UPDATE: Shuri is now considering one of the most vital characters for U7 raids. She is also very useful for Dark Dimension 3. Most people use her outside of the Wakandan team. She should now be considered a priority legendary to farm for.

Section 10 - Phoenix


Requirements - Five 6* Villain Mystic Controller Characters

  • Nobu (Villains 6-3)
  • Ronan (Raid Store)
  • Mordo (Arena Store)
  • Loki (Mystic 3-6)
  • Hand Assassin (Nexus 7-6)
  • Hela (Villains 7-6)

Primary Modes: Arena, Alliance War Attack, Blitz, Raids (highly debated)
AUGUST EDIT: Arena, Alliance War Attack, Blitz, Raids (highly debated), Dark Dimension 3

Primary team: X-Men

Leadership Ability: X-Men allies gain +30% Damage and +30% Max Health. Also, when Colossus is an ally - On Spawn, Colossus gains Defense Up for 2 turns and all X-Men allies gain Defense Up.

Farming Advice: This is by far the hardest legendary event to farm for. Mordo is the only easy farm, but still takes commitment to get to 6*. Loki is toward the end of the Mystic Campaign and one of the hardest campaign nodes to 3*. Additionally, Nobu and Hand Assassin and not used in many other game modes at this time.

Phoenix is being called one of the best characters in the game not named Ultron, but she is very hard for new players to farm towards. She is pretty much a requirement to be competitive in older arena shards and is part of the best attacking team in Alliance War. As a beginner, this is a legendary to keep in the back of your mind, but not likely one that you could unlock early on. UPDATE: Phoenix is popular as a option for hard U7 nodes.

AUGUST EDIT: Phoenix is also considered almost essential for Dark Dimension 3. She is still considered one of the top characters in the game.

Section 11 - Invisible Women


Requirements - Five 5* Sinister Six Characters

  • Rhino (Blitz Store)
  • Mysterio (Raid Store)
  • Green Goblin (Nexus 5-6)
  • Shocker (Cosmic 1-9)
  • Vulture (Arena Store)

Primary Modes: Unsure because she is brand new to the game, but most likely Alliance War Attack and Blitz. UPDATE: She also sees play in Arena and Raids

Primary team: Fantastic Four

Leadership Ability: When an enemy attacks a Fantastic Four ally with Barrier, attack that enemy for +250% Damage. Fantastic Four and Namor allies gain +20% Max Health.

Farming Advice: As I mentioned in the Shuri section, these five characters can be used to unlock two legendary characters. Mysterio, Green Goblin, and Shocker are not the easiest farms, but it is efficient to farm them for the double legendary unlock.

We don’t know much about Invisible Women yet since she just got released to the game this week. She is being advertised as being a part of one of the top Alliance War attack teams. It is tough to say how to prioritize unlocking her until she gets more play. The Fantastic Four are also being advertised as a versatile team, so they may be able to see play in other games modes by replacing Namor with other characters. I plan to add more information here later. UPDATE: IW has seen a lot of play since being released. She has made it into a lot of high level arena teams and she is highly recommended for U7 raids. Her ability to cleanse and apply offense down to all the enemies is extremely powerful.

AUGUST EDIT: Invisible Women has a ton of utility and can be useful in many different modes. She is not essential for any modes, but can be a great option to have.

Section 12 - Black Bolt


Requirements - Five 5* Asgardian Characters

  • Loki (Mystic 3-6)
  • Thor (Raid Store)
  • Sif (War Store)
  • Hela (Villains 7-6)
  • Heimdall (Arena Store)

Primary Modes: Unsure because he is brand new to the game, but it sounds like he will be an amazing overall character. FoxNext is saying he will be used in Arena. They also said they will be a strong attacking team in war. Players have also been having success with him in U7 raids.

Primary team: Inhumans

Leadership Ability: Inhuman allies gain +40% Resistance and +50% Max Health.

Farming Advice: Black Bolt is not currently attainable by farming. He is only possible through purchasing offers. UPDATE: All the Asgardians are now farmable. Hela's node is hard to get to because of the node restrictions. First, players must beat Heroes 7-1 with a Hero City team. Then, players must be Villains 7-1 to 7-3 with Hydra, S6, or AIM (Hydra with Red Skull or AIM is recommended). Finally, VIllains 7-4 to 7-6 requires Villain Mystics.

Black Bolt is still new, but he appears to be one of the strongest characters in the game. He is a direct counter to some of the other top characters in the game (Ultron and Minnerva). The Inhumans are expected to be one of the top arena teams, but this has not been confirmed. Crystal and Karnak have not be released at the time of writing this update. UPDATE: With Yo-yo, Black Bolt appears to be one of the most useful characters in the game. The duo is used heavily in Arena and U7.

AUGUST EDIT: Black Bolt is arguably the most useful character in the game and I highly recommend working toward unlocking him as soon as possible.

Section 13 - Ebony Maw

UPDATE: Adding maw to the guide


Requirements - 5* Black Bolt and 4 other Inhumans at 5*

  • Black Bolt (Legendary Event)
  • Crystal (Arena Store)
  • Quake (Arena Store)
  • Karnak (Nexus 8-6)
  • Yoyo (Premium Orbs Exclusive)
  • Ms Marvel (Mystic 2-6)

Primary Modes: Maw is still the newest legendary, but appears to be awesome in a bunch of modes. He is pretty much an arena staple and has some use in Ultimus 7 raids. Black Order is also one of the top alliance war teams.
AUGUST EDIT: Arena, Raids, Dark Dimension 3, Alliance War, Blitz

Primary Team: Black Order

Leadership Ability: Maw completes Thanos being empowered at the start of a match. The whole team gets bonuses to stats from each of their passives.

Farming Advice: Black Bolt is required for the Maw unlock, so read section 12 for obtaining Black Bolt. Also, yoyo is a premium orb exclusive character, so she is hard to farm to 5* without spending. For most players they will be using Crystal, Quake, Karnak and Ms Marvel to unlock maw.

AUGUST EDIT: Maw has lived up to the hype and is considered a top character in the game. He has uses outside of the full Black Order Team and is extremely powerful for Dark Dimension 3. He is a very powerful character for arena, raids, dark dimension and war.

Section 14 - Doctor Octopus

AUGUST EDIT: Doctor Octopus has been introduced as the next legendary coming to the game. He will require 5 X-Force members at 5* to unlock. Only Cable and Deadpool are currently farmable and there is no information on when the other three will be farmable. See the dev blog for the latest info: https://www.marvelstrikeforce.com/en/updates/blog-update-7-24

Information about his kit or what modes he will be useful for is not available at this time.

Section 15 - Farming Math

AUGUST EDIT: Some of the stores have changed, so the math is slightly different. For update numbers, please visit the beginner discord: https://discord.gg/bKAFnJn

Similar to my first beginner’s guide post, I want to throw out some math so you have some context when you make decisions about farming for legendaries. Some people want to collect all of the legendaries and some might just want to focus on specific characters they’re interested in. This section will cover each resource and the different options for how to use it.

Blitz Credits - For farming characters, the options are the Blitz orb for 350 credits or individual character shards for 500 credits (minions are 400). You would be able to generate more Blitz credits than this, but I am going to estimate that players can generate about 8,180 credits a week or about 1,170 credits a day from completing all of the milestones. With those assumptions, you could farm an individual blitz character 2.34 times a day or 11.7 shards a day. If you were focused on farming for a certain legendary you could get an individual character from the Blitz Store from 0 shards to 5* in about 27 days. To get all 15 characters to 5* would take approximately 405 days.

If you were to use those same credits for buying blitz orbs you would expect to buy 3.34 orbs per day or average about 1.1 shards of each character per day (assuming 15 characters). So to get all Blitz Store characters from 0 shards to 5* would take about 278 days. This is about 45% faster than through individual character shard purchases.

Overall, I think there are a few takeaways from this math. Buying orbs is by far the best value over the long term and this is the approach I have taken because we don’t know which characters will be useful later (different events or buffs). On the other hand, it is significantly faster to farm for individual characters if you are really looking to get one legendary at a certain star level. One simple way to look at it would be to decide how many characters in the blitz store are useful to you. If it is 10 or more then buy orbs. If it is 9 or less, buying the individual character shards would be faster.

Two final comments I want to make about farming Blitz: First, I want to reiterate that these numbers are very conservative. You will be earning more Blitz Orbs and Blitz Credits by playing Blitz and earning the character shards from other orbs. I have been playing for around 135 days and have all the Blitz characters except Rescue (just added) at 5 stars. A few are at or close to 6*. Which brings me to my next point - these numbers are all just averages. RNG will make it so all your characters are not equal.

Campaign - There is not too much to say about farming character shards from Campaign nodes. A general rule of thumb I have seen is 2.5 shards per day, per node (5 attempts). Additionally, it seems generally accepted that it is the same drop rate no matter what the energy cost is. So the higher the energy cost, the harder the node is to farm. Something to keep in mind, is that some characters have 2 nodes to farm, so this could be seen as approximately 5 shards per day (10 attempts). One benefit of farming campaign nodes is that you can farm many characters at any given period. Also, you can use cores to refresh the nodes if you really want to farm certain characters. The other resources are not like this. If you don’t have Blitz/Arena/Raid Credits then you farm the characters.

Arena Credits - As of now, the only way to use Arena credits is to buy individual character shards or buy Kingpin’s Vault orbs. Kingpin’s Vault orbs do not help unlock any legendary characters, so the best way to farm for legendary characters is to prioritize which characters to farm. As I mentioned above, my recommendation would be to farm for the characters you want and not by the expected order of the events. A potential farming path from the arena store could be Daredevil (for Defenders) -> Drax (for Starlord) -> Juggernaut (for Magneto) -> Quake and/or Shield Security (for Ironman) -> Mordo (for Phoenix). Depending on how Invisible Women and the Fantastic Four develop than Vulture should be included in this order. For example, I farmed Vulture after Juggernaut . It is hard to estimate how fast a farm the Arena store will be because it depends on where you are finishing in Arena. But it should be at least 2.5 shards a day at a bare minimum if you are doing the daily objectives. If you are doing well in arena, this could be between 10-15 shards a day.

Raid Credits - The math for Raid is going to be similar to Blitz. There are currently two ways to farm characters in the raid store - 900 for Raid Orbs or 1400 for individual character shards. It is challenging to come up with an estimation for the amount of raid credits a beginner would have. It really depends on what raids your alliance is running and how many nodes you can complete. To keep it fairly simple, I am going to choose 10,000 raid credits a week or 1429 credits a day. This would be from the raid rewards, completing a few nodes each raid, and the Raid Milestones. I think this will seem a lot to some people and not enough for others, but hopefully it is a decent middle ground to get a feel for the numbers.

One thing to remember about buying individual character shards from the Raid Store is that only 3 characters show up at any given time, so it can significantly slow down the farm if RNG is not in your favor. With 14 characters in the Raid Store it is estimated that a particular character would show up in the store between 4 to 5 times a week.

With the assumption that 1429 credits are generated a day, that is about 5.1 shards a day. But when we factor in the RNG of the store this is lowered to approximately 3.2 shards per day. So, to farm a character from 0 shards to 5* would take about 96 days. With 14 characters in the raid store, that would be 1,344 days to get all the characters to 5*. One thing to keep in mind is that you would not be able to use all of your raid credits for this one character, so buying a different character or Raid Orbs would be an option. This would speed up the total time to farm all the characters.

With 14 characters the number of shards of each individual character per Raid Orb is about .64. Using the 1429 Raid credits to buy orbs would generate about 1.02 shards per day for each character. So to take all the characters from 0 shards to 5* would take about 304 days. This is about 23% as fast than if you buy individual character shards for all the characters.

I think the takeaways are similar to the Blitz Orb except that there are 4 more character shards per orb, so there is some difference. A general rule of thumb for Raid orbs would be that if you are interested in 3 or more characters then buy orbs. If you are only interested in 2 or 1 characters then buy them individually.

War Credits - As I am writing this, the new alliance war leagues are coming into the game, so it will be hard to gauge how many war credits each person will generate a week. Using the old system, 4500 credits a week is reasonable (50% War win rate). This would be a little over 3 purchases a week or 2.33 a day. With this old reward system, this is a very hard farm. However, Pyro is currently the main character to be farming from the store for a legendary, so it is not a major bottleneck for unlocking legendaries. UPDATE: Alliance War Leagues were added to the game and the rewards were dramatically increased for alliances that are able to get promoted. It is hard to estimate the number of credits being generated now since it depends on the alliance league rank. The old rewards are the same as the lowest tier in the new system, so the rewards have gotten a lot better.

Section 16 - Conclusions

Hopefully this guide gives you the basics for farming all the available legendary characters. As expected, legendaries make up some of the top characters in the game, and make their teams competitive, so it is absolutely worth prioritizing farming for them. I would recommend focusing on Starlord, Nick Fury, and/or Magneto first. Although, if the datamine is true, then Ironman will likely be people’s first legendary. At some point, Phoenix will likely be essential to be competitive in Arena. People are still learning a lot about Shuri, and we will be learning a lot about Invisible Women in the next few weeks, but as a beginner it is good to focus on the characters that are known to be game-changing.

It is unknown when each legendary event will be available. My recommendation would be to farm for the legendary you know you want to get first, and not just farm based on an estimated legendary rotation. The legendary events schedule is unpredictable on purpose to keep players guessing and to get them to “panic spend” money on the game. Planning ahead is the best way to avoid that scenario.

Last, the goal with showing off some of the math is to give beginner’s an idea of how long it will take to get to 5*, and to help give context to the decisions to farm individual character shards or buy the orbs. There is definitely a trade off between speed and value, and that is everyone’s own decision to make. As I said in my first beginner’s guide, there is no right way to play this game. Have fun and play the way you want to.

AUGUST EDIT: With the introduction of new teams and new legendaries, I don't necessarily recommend working toward Starlord, Nick Fury, and/or Magneto first. They aren't as game changing in arena, raids and dark dimensions as they used to be. Shuri, Invisible Women, and Black Bolt have a lot more usefulness in the current game meta.


If you have any follow-up questions or just want to talk about the guide, come stop by the new discord server for beginners. We also keep a channel for Estimated Legendary Events:



MSF Gear Level 14 Stat Increase
Last Updated: February 2020

Section 1 - Introduction

My name is Voltagesauce and last month I wrote a guide on where to stop powering up teams (http://dadshideout.com/IPS/index.php?/blogs/entry/33-msf-beginners-guide-where-to-stop-powering-up-teams/). As part of that guide I introduced a graph that showed the stat increase for each gear level. I have changed the numbers slightly for this, but it looked similar to this:



Some of the feedback (shoutout to Khasino and Vrondius) was to add gear level 14 to the graph even though beginner’s aren't going to be taking characters to GL14. The results are pretty crazy:


The rest of this article will cover how I generated this chart and how I have been working on verifying this data.

Section 2 - Disclaimers

  • I have no gear level 14 characters myself, so all of the screenshots are provided by others
  • All of the stat information is taken from msf.gg, which they say is not 100% accurate since they do not have access to the developer’s equations
  • This is just a quick article to get a discussion going. Feel free to let me know if you have any other information to provide, or if you notice mistakes.
  • Come join my discord channel if you want to talk about this or my guides:  https://discord.gg/bKAFnJn

Section 3 - Generating Data

To generate these charts I chose 3 different characters, mapped out the stats (health, damage, amor, focus, and resistance) for each gear level and the percent increase. Then, I averaged all the stats percentage increases together for the chart. The stats are based on the characters being at Level 75, 7 Yellow and 7 Red Stars with 25% Stark Tech. The three characters I chose were Mister Sinister, Black Bolt, and Hand Sentry. One legendary, one minion, one protector, one blaster, one support, etc. Basically three completely different characters. What I found is that all the characters have the same percent increases for each gear level. Each of the chart’s is below:




Additionally, another interesting thing I found is that even for each individual stat the percentage changes are approximately the same. Here are charts for the three characters stat increases for health and resistance:



Section 4 - Verifying Data

Up until this point I relied solely on msf.gg data. I felt confident about the gear level 1 to gear level 13 percent increases because they seem logical and there is a lot more data about GL13 characters. I didn’t even believe the msf.gg information about GL14 at first because it is so much higher than the rest. Now that people are getting characters to GL14 I was able to compare screenshots to the numbers to msf.gg. I was able to get screenshots for 7RS GL14 Mister Sinister and Black Bolt. The only differences in the numbers is that in the screenshots the 6 gear pieces for the gear level are already completed, while switching from GL13 to GL14 would be upgrading the tier and adding the 6 pieces. And slight differences in the stark tech upgrades. Here are the screenshots:



Here is a quick table showing the differences between the stat increases on the screenshots and msf.gg:


As you can see the numbers are fairly similar and either way they are extremely big jumps compared to the earlier gear tier upgrades.

Section 5 - Conclusions

  • The stat increase is absolutely insane from gear level 13 to gear level 14. It is approximately the equivalent amount of stats increase of going from gear level 7 to gear level 13!
  • Power Level is overrated. As you can see from the screenshots. The stats of the characters are increasing by approximately 26% and their power level is only increasing by about 3%. 
  • If you want to talk more about this more or if you are a beginner looking for advice or a place to chat come check out my discord channel:  https://discord.gg/bKAFnJn



MSF Beginner's Guide: Where to Stop Powering Up Teams
Last Updated: January 2020

Section 1 - Introduction

My name is Voltagesauce and I’m back with another guide written primarily for beginners. A common question that people ask is when to stop powering up a particular team. A common sentiment on online forums is to just get teams to 6664 (this shorthand is discussed more in Section 4), which is purple ability mats into all abilities, and then decide what to do from there. Unfortunately, that is not realistic for beginners or even mid-game players. I wrote this guide to help give some general guidance, and to share some of the strategies I have been using to develop a well rounded roster with limited resources.

The goal of this guide is to provide a foundation for powering up teams. It isn't meant to be strictly followed and it can vary from team to team. Some characters might have more valuable abilities upgrades than others. It can be worth it to upgrade some characters past the stopping point or not upgrade a certain character as much. For example, maybe upgrading a basic attack on a healer isn’t as crucial to you as upgrading an AOE ability on your damage dealer.

This game is a resource management game, so it’s important to understand that you can’t just fully power up every team. Beginners, especially, have to prioritize their resources. Powering up teams has a very logical structure: it requires more resources to boost characters to higher power levels. If you are using a lot of resources on one character or one team, then those become resources you are not using on other teams. This is why it is important to know where to cut teams off, so you can have a well balanced roster that can generate lots of resources from different game modes.

If you have any questions/feedback about the guide or just want to come chat with other MSF players, I started a discord geared towards beginners: https://discord.gg/bKAFnJn. You can also find my previous guides on the server.

Section 2 - Disclaimers

  • There are a lot of philosophies on how to manage your resources and teams. My approach is more focused on ability mats than on gear levels. This approach is a little harder on your gold. Another other approach is to level up just when you are ready for the next gear piece, but I find that to really slow down your progress on teams. For example, you could be at Gear Level (GL) 11 at lvl60, but my recommendation is only GL10. It takes approximately twice as much purple gear to go from GL8 to GL11 versus from GL8 to GL10, so this would allow you to get your character’s abilities to 6664 quicker.
  • I try to give some examples of where I think teams fit in the current meta. This can drastically change depending on your situation. If you pull really good red stars on teams that can be a good reason to change their stopping point. Or, if you are in an alliance that wants you to build up certain teams for war or raids, then that might change these recommendations.
  • I am going to use the abbreviation #### to simply the ability mats of characters. The first number is a character’s basic ability. Second number is the special. Third is the ultimate. And fourth is the passive. For example, 6664 means that basic, special, and ultimate are at level 6 and the passive is at level 4. This is a common phrase because 6664 is when purple abilities are maxed out on a character. (As a side note, minions only have 3 abilities, but I won’t always highlight that.)
  • Edit: The data used to create the graphs is from msf.gg should be taken as approximations.

Section 3 - Philosophy

My overall philosophy in the game is to be focused on investing resources into characters that are going to give me the most resources in return. In my opinion, the cores rewarded from Arena are some of the most valuable resources, so an Arena team is a top priority for investment. After focusing my attention on Arena, I focus on my Raid teams because there is a lot of room to gain important resources. When I’m not working on those modes, I’m typically making sure my legendary unlock teams are powered up enough - both to unlock legendaries and rank them up. Lastly, I focus on meta War and teams. I just make my Blitz teams based on who I have powered up. I don’t invest resources specifically for Blitz.

An important aspect of this game is that most modes are extremely team oriented. There are times to work on individual characters, but primarily I recommend focusing on working on full teams and keeping them fairly even in power. Teams will generally be most effective when they are balanced, especially in modes like War and Blitz. One, because their abilities tend to combo well together if they are powered up equally. Two, because you will find yourself in a lot of matchups outnumbered (1v4 or 2v5)  if you have one or two characters significantly higher than the others. It can be hard to keep teams balanced if you pull a good red star, but you can try to balance levels, gear, and ability levels.

Many of the stopping points are transition points between different color gear or ability mats. A common strategy of mine is to work on one character that needs purple gear and ability mats while working on one whole team that needs blue gear and ability mats.

Other reasons for stopping points are big jumps in cost or big jumps in benefits. I tried to choose places to stop where you get the “most bang for your buck”. So, this is either stopping right before you have to make a big investment, or pushing teams a bit further to gain a big benefit.

For each stopping point there will be a few examples of teams using this general philosophy. The examples are also going to be based on the current meta, so some of these examples could quickly change if new characters are added or if counter teams are introduced. As mentioned above, this is just a guideline - your experience may vary based on your red stars, the needs of your alliance, or just your personal preference on teams that are more fun.

The stopping points are also not meant to be where you take these teams immediately after unlocking them. As a beginner, you will not have the resources to build up all teams. You will have to leave teams at lower stopping points until you have the time and resources to build them up to my recommended points.

Section 4 - Resources

In the introduction I talked about this being a resource management game. There are a few resources I want to cover in this guide that are primary for powering up teams before I jump into the stopping points.


Gold is the most important resource when it comes to powering up teams. Both gear level and ability levels are restricted by characters level, which cost gold. At the beginning of the game, gold doesn’t seem like too much of a bottleneck, but that is because the cost to level up characters has exponential characteristics (i.e. really expensive to level up toons to higher levels). Here is a chart to visualize the cost:


On this chart you can see that level up costs start to increase steadily between levels 37-43 until approximately 60-64. And then starts to skyrocket beyond that point. The max level currently is 75, so there are about 15 levels where it is a huge investment to level characters.

Ability Mats

Ability mats are probably the most fun resource in the game because they make your abilities in fights noticeably stronger. A warning about ability mats is that they can “inflate” your characters’ power, which will make them less effective. For example, upgrading a big AOE damage ability is awesome and might increase the character’s power by a lot, but their health did not change at all. So they still die just as easily as before even though they are at a higher power. It is important to increase gear level at a similar pace to level and ability level even though it might not appear to have as much impact on a character’s power.

Similar to gold, ability mats cost a higher amount as you upgrade your characters’ abilities. Each level of an ability is unlocked when the character reaches a certain level and it is the same for all characters. Here is a chart showing the cost of abilities available at each level:


Again, there is a somewhat slow growing curve until you get close to  level 40. The rest of the abilities start to increase in cost quickly as your characters are leveled beyond 40. In addition to the increased amount required, the difficulty of obtaining the ability mat resources gets harder depending on the color. Green is easiest and orange is hardest. Purple and orange mats are very important to prioritize. To give a baseline, I have been playing almost 9 months and have upgraded around 16 orange abilities total, so not quite 2 abilities a month! This can vary depending on your alliance, but the point is that they are hard to acquire and should be used on important abilities.


Gear level is an extremely important aspect of powering up your characters, but it can often get overlooked because it isn’t as flashy as upgrading ability levels or as easy as leveling up. It can be tedious and frustrating, but it is a core part of upgrading characters because it upgrades their stats. Like the other resources, it becomes increasingly harder to upgrade the gear levels of characters. This chart shows an approximate amount of gear pieces (a few characters averaged together) needed for each gear level:


The amount of gear a character needs starts to increase pretty drastically after GL5. It is important to find stopping points because not many characters can get taken to GL12 on a beginner’s roster. In particular, purple gear is a significant investment because it is harder to obtain than green or blue gear.

There is also orange gear, but that is a different animal because it is not farmable. I would only recommend using orange gear on characters you plan to use in Dark Dimension II to obtain Ultron.

Another interesting aspect of gear I found is that characters’ stats increase by the same percentage per gear level. This chart shows the percentage increases for each gear level:


There are a few things that jumped out to me about this information. First, is that there is a large increase from GL7 to GL8. This will be one of my recommended stopping points for certain teams. Second, there is a significant dropoff after GL11, so I do not recommend taking many teams passed GL11.

Training Modules

Another resource used to power up teams is training modules. In my experience, and in talking to others, not many players have issues with lack of training modules if they use their energy and do the “Training Day” challenge. Because of that, I will not be covering it in this guide.

Character Shards/Star Level

The last primary resources to power up teams are character shards/star level. For beginners, I think these should be treated differently than the other resources, so I will not be covering them here. Instead of farming just to improve teams, the primary goal early on should be farming characters to unlock legendaries and to start Dark Dimension I (requires 5 characters at 6*). I don’t think it was until after I unlocked Ultron that I started farming characters specifically to increase their stats and make my teams stronger. If you read my other guides you’ll notice that I recommend primarily buying character orbs from the Blitz and Raid stores. This will increase the star level of many characters “passively”, which will help you when you want to use them later.

There are also red stars, which can significantly increase the power of individual characters. These are not farmable, so players have very little control over the characters they have at high red stars. Pulling a high red star (probably 5RS or higher) may be a reason to focus on a particular toon. But overall, I will not be including red stars in the stopping points for teams since it is out of players’ control.

Section 5 - Stopping Point 1: The Useless Toons

Level 1, Gear Level 1, 1111

This first stopping point may sound silly at first, but some teams are really just not worth investing in at all. As a beginner, even green and blue gear and ability mats have to be prioritized, so it is better to put those resources into characters and teams that you will use later. There are so many characters in the game that when you’ve unlocked the majority of them you will have too many to use them all, even in Blitz and War.

If you are still in your first 30 days of the game, and in your beginner Blitz shard, then it may be worth pushing some characters to Stopping Point 2, even if they are not super useful. It is important to take advantage of your beginner Blitz because you can get a lot of shards for characters that you won’t be able to once you join the normal Blitz.

Potential Recommendations:

  • Hydra - The hydra minions are some of the worst characters in the game. This may change in the future if they are reworked with a Red Skull release
  • Ravagers - There aren’t even enough of them to make a full team right now. The only reason to put resources into them would be if you were using them for the Starlord Legendary Event.
  • Mercenaries - You will want to invest in 5 mercs for the Payday Flash event, but the others could be left behind.
  • Hand - You will want to invest in 5 hand members for the Catalyst Flash Event, but the others could be left here.
  • Random characters - Nebula, Night Nurse, Antman, Wasp. These aren’t necessarily all bad characters, but they don’t have any obvious meta teams.

Section 6 - Stopping Point 2: New Unlocks & the Homeless

Level 25, Gear Level 4, 3221

After playing the game for a little while you start to have essentially unlimited green gear pieces and ability mats. This stopping point allows you to max out the green gear and abilities on all characters. This became my stopping point for all new characters that I unlocked. The only real downside was spending a little bit of gold to get them to this point. I enjoyed taking toons up to this stopping point because GL4 is when all of their abilities are unlocked. This gave me a chance to play around with the characters a little bit in Blitz and see their full kits in action.

Potential Recommendations:

  • All the same teams listed above: Once I got a little deeper in the game I moved everyone from Stopping Point 1 to Stopping Point 2.
  • Any new character unlocks: anytime I unlock a character I push them at least here immediately. The characters which I don’t have the rest of their team unlocked generally stay here. For example, I still have some of the new Inhumans sitting here.
  • Homeless characters: This is a team oriented game. There can be pretty good characters that don’t see much play because they are lacking a good team. This is a common place to leave those characters that just don’t have a team to call home.

Section 7 - Stopping Point 3: Default Shield Teams

Level 38, Gear Level 5, 4,4,3,2

Especially at first there is a lot of gear levels that need blue gear, so you can’t push a lot of teams higher than this. I like this stopping point because it is only a little bit of a blue gear investment that allows you to upgrade a few of your blue abilities. It provides teams will a big enough boost that they can start contributing in war. I called this section “Default Shield Teams” because this is the stopping point I liked to take some teams so I could contribute in Alliance War. A full team of characters at this tier can typically beat a default shield team on Attack, or replace a default shield team on Defense.

There is a big jump between stopping points 3 and 4 because there isn’t much value in having teams between them. This means that A LOT of your roster will be here at first. For the first few months, only my defenders and Starlord unlock team were above this stopping point.

Potential Teams:

As I mentioned, I think this is a really good stopping point for most teams at the start of your game. Pretty much every team that isn’t the defenders and your first legendary unlock team could stay here for a while. I will also give you some examples of teams I have had stopped here for a while.

  • Hero Brawlers: They are a decent meta team, but they don’t unlock anyone or help in most other game modes.
  • Wakandans: Shuri is awesome, but as a team they are just okay. I will bump them up when I get a chance, but at this point they don’t contribute outside of war and blitz.
  • Teams without their legendary: This was a common spot for me to leave teams before I unlocked their legendary: Brotherhood without magento, or X-Men without Phoenix. Legendaries complete their teams, so I generally didn’t push teams much further past this until I unlocked them.

Section 8 - Stopping Point 4: War Meta Sweet Spot

Level 50, Gear Level 8, 5553

This has recently become my favorite stopping point (Especially after unlocking Ultron and working on war teams.) I call this my war meta sweet-spot because it allows me to finish off all blue gear and abilities, plus three cheap purple abilities. This stopping point allows a lot of teams to start building their chemistry and synergies, but without the heavy resource investment into pushing further.

GL8 is also a great place to get characters to because it provides a significant stat boost increases compared to the earlier gear levels. At the same time you don’t have to start investing purple gear yet, which is great because you probably need purple gear for you arena and raid teams.

At this point, I started to notice my teams being more successful in war - both on attack and on defense. It also allowed me to get more meta teams to a useable level without investing all the way to stopping point 5, which takes a lot longer. Comparing the cost of the purple ability mats, it takes approximately 60% longer to go to 6664 then it does to go to 5553. The purple gear slows it down even more than this since you are going for blue gear to a lot of purple gear.

This is also a comfortable power level to unlock legendaries. You don’t necessarily have to have teams at this power level, but you can generally feel confident if you have your unlock teams at this stopping point. Depending on the legendary and your red stars, this might even be close for the 6* level. (Some are much easier than others.)

Potential Teams:

This will primarily be the meta war teams that you haven’t had a chance to push higher, and teams that aren’t used to unlock legendaries.

  • Kree: Decent team and has a lot of flexibility. Doesn’t really need to go past here until you need more power for a higher star level Fury. They don’t provide much outside of War except for a bit of Greek nodes.
  • Sinister Six: Really solid team and used for both Shuri and Invisible Women. This is a good stopping point until you are ready to 7* those legendaries.
  • Marauders: Fairly new team, but doesn’t have a 5th member yet. Most of them don’t get used too much outside of war, so I think this is a good stopping point until you have more resources.
  • AIM: This has become a really solid war team, and could move up to the next tier - especially if you want to use them in raids. If you are just using them in war, then I think there are still some higher priority teams. And at this point they aren’t used for any legendary or flash event.

Section 9 - Stopping Point 5: Full Synergy

Level 60, Gear Level 10, 6664

I would guess that this is the most commonly recommended stopping point for most teams. And for good reason. Many teams don’t work “properly” until you get them to this stopping point. What I mean by this is that their abilities don’t necessarily combo well together until they get their purple abilities maxed out. For example, Rescue gets her ultimate one turn earlier at ability level 6, which allows the Power Armor team to start their combo one turn earlier. If you look through other level 6 abilities you can find lots of abilities that really become their own and define the character’s kit at this level. Because of this, I could understand people that choose to skip Stopping Point 4 and push straight to Stopping Point 5. It would really push a team to the next level. Once I got Ultron and built my U7 team, I took a more broad approach so that I could have more meta teams for War.

This is also a good stopping place because it is the last one before significant resource investment. As mentioned in the resource section, level up starts to cost a lot of gold, orange abilities are extremely hard to come by, and you need a ton of purple gear to increase gear levels.

This is a great place to leave meta war teams that you aren’t ready to make orange ability mat investment into.

Potential Teams:

  • Supernatural: Awesome war team and can be used to breeze through the Mystic Campaign.
  • Asgardians: One of the top defense war teams. Especially when/if they become farmable they would be one of the top meta teams to take to the next stopping point.
  • Coulson Shield: One of the top defense war teams.
  • Fantastic Four: Awesome war attack team.
  • Power Armor: Another awesome war attack team.
  • Brotherhood: This team could easily move up to stopping point 6, or past it, if they are your primary arena team. They are a strong attack team for war.

Section 10 - Stopping Point 6: Last Call & T4s

Level 65, Gear Level 11, 6664 or higher

This is the last stopping point in this guide because it is primarily focused on beginners. I wouldn’t recommend taking any teams passed this except potentially Arena, Dark Dimension II, and Raid teams (mostly for U7). Exceptions could be made for certain characters to get specific orange abilities (T4s).

This stopping point works out well for a few reasons. First, it allows you to put T4s into character’s passive abilities. An overwhelming amount of the best orange abilities are character’s passives. Another reason is that GL11 is the most rewarding gear level in terms of the percentage of stat increases. As shown in the resources section, there is a significant dropoff after GL11, so there is not as much reason to push past this stopping point.

Potential Teams:

  • Defenders: I recommend new players use Defenders to start the game. But this is also where I recommend that players stop powering them up. My opinion is that when you get them here it is about time to be unlocking your first legendary. They are a great early game team, but they get left behind by a lot of the other meta teams in almost every game mode.
  • X-Men: Top team in the game right now. They can beat any team in War and contribute in many other game modes
  • BKT: One of the best teams for U6 raids. Also, great for war. They can also replace Thanos with Vision and be a very strong arena team. They can move past this stopping point if they are the arena team. It is also common to use many members of this team for DD2.

Section 11 - Conclusion

If you made it this far, thanks for reading. I hope this helps some people figure out how to prioritize different resources, and where to stop powering up different teams. As I’ve said before, these are loose guidelines that have worked for me that will hopefully give you some idea of where to take your teams. If you have specific questions then come chat with me at the discord for beginners: https://discord.gg/bKAFnJn

One of the biggest pieces of advice I’d give to newer players is to not over invest in the Defenders. They are awesome and feel unstoppable at the beginning, but you can quickly fall behind when others start unlocking legendaries and other meta teams. If you invest too much into the defenders, those become resources you can’t put into better teams. Defenders are a great team for completing Dark Dimension I, but from what others have told me are not very good for Dark Dimension II. Ride the Defenders wave and figure out when you want to jump off.

And as usual, my final reminder is that MSF is a game, and there is no right way to play. I write these guides for people who want to be efficient with their resources and compete at a high level in many different game modes. If you enjoy certain teams more than others and don’t care about the meta, invest in them and have fun.






Marvel Strike Force Beginner’s Guide - Buffs/Debuffs
Last Updated: January 2020

Section 1 - Introduction

Hey everyone. I am Voltagesauce and I am back with another guide for beginner players. My last two guides (see bottom of page for links) have been about the game at a high level especially focused on resources and farming. In this guide, I will discuss some game mechanics and primarily focus on buffs and debuffs during battles. 

Some of these status effects are easy to understand, but many have complexity to them. When I first started playing I didn’t pay too much attention to them because I didn’t understand how crucial they were. This guide will cover how all the effects work and tips/tricks to exploit them. I appreciate you taking the time to read!

EDIT: I also decided to create a discord server for beginners (or anyone) that wants to ask questions or talk about the game. I'd love for you to stop by:


Section 2 - Disclaimers

  • This guide will not be an exhaustive list of all of the tips/tricks that are possible with all of the status effects. I’d love to hear your thoughts on other ways to strategize around these buff and debuffs.
  • There are certain character abilities that do not follow the typical game mechanic rules. These skills typically mention this in their ability description. For example, Spiderman’s special ability (Web Slinger) says that it cannot be countered. It’s important to learn about these “exceptions” as you continue playing the game.
  • I try to use lots of examples in this guide and I primarily focused on characters that newer players may have so you can get familiar with the characters and their kits.
  • The most important disclaimer and the biggest takeaway from the guide is to read and try to understand all of the abilities. This sounds silly to many of you, but it’s really easy to skim over details in the game, especially as a beginner. Most abilities do multiple things and it’s easy to miss some of the small nuisances when you first start playing.

Section 3 - Turn Meter

Before I cover the buffs and debuffs, I think it is essential to understand that turn meter is the most important in-game mechanic. MSF is a turn based game, so if you can take advantage of your turns better than your opponent or take more turns than your opponent than you have a good chance to win. The turn meter is the blue bar that can be seen above your characters and the closer the bar is to being full, the closer to their turn the character is. Looking at my defenders team below, you can estimate that the order my characters will go is Daredevil, Iron Fist, Jessica Jones, Punisher, Luke Cage.


I say estimate because each character generates turn meter at a different value based on their Speed. Each character has a defined Speed characteristic that you can see in the individual character screens. For example, Daredevil’s speed is 119(see below). Characters’ speed bar fills up based on this value and whichever character fills up to 1000 units first goes next. This Speed value can be altered by certain buffs, debuffs, and abilities.

NOTE: When characters are the same speed and reach the 1000 unit threshold at the same time it is a coin flip for which character will get to move first.

Most buffs and debuffs end at the start or end of your characters turn, so this will be very important to follow during your matches because it influences the amount of time that characters will have buffs and debuffs applied to them.. I will go over how/when each status effect ends in the later sections of this guide, but it is important to understand that turn meter plays a huge factor in the effectiveness of buffs and debuffs.

Section 4 - Buffs

This section will cover all of the available buffs currently in the game. When these status effects are currently applied to your character they show up as green icons above their health bars. Buffs are also called positive status effects because they are designed to provide benefits to the character. However, one small caveat to understand as you learn the game is that buffs are not always a good thing. There are always exceptions and I will mention some specific examples later.

Also, some abilities apply multiple instances of buffs. For example, a buff may last two turns instead of one.



  • This ability ends after the character counterattacks once.
  • Each character has their own Assist/Counter Info. Counterattack damage scales based on the character’s Basic ability level. Some characters can also apply special effects (like bleed). MSF.gg is a great resource for seeing individual character’s information. For example, Daredevil’s page:
  • Counterattack ends most chain attacks, so you have to be careful about which enemies you use chain attacks on. Also, it may be a good idea to position a character that gains counter next to your tank to end enemy chains.
  • Counter is important when it comes to AOE abilities. An AOE played into counters can kill the attacking character easily. For example, Punisher and Rocket ultimates can get them killed very easily. You can take advantage of the A.I. by applying counters before they use their ultimates.




  • This ability ends after the character should have been killed
  • This effect is very powerful because it forces an additional move to be used to kill a character that could have already been dead. Or this leaves time for the character to use a powerful move or be healed.
  • One exception to deathproof is percentage based damage like Minnerva's Ultimate ability. A character with Deathproof will still die from this type of attack.
  • Abilities that deal damage and clear buffs will deal damage and then clear the buff. So this will not kill characters like you may expect.
  • Characters that deal multiple attacks can be useful against characters with Deathproof because they can proc the Deathproof buff and then kill them. For example, Crossbones Basic ability has a chance of a Bonus attack.

Defense Up



  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • Being able to reduce damage by 50% is one of the strongest buffs in the game. Luke Cage and Vision are both effective characters because they can give multiple allies (and themselves) defense up for two turns. Taking only half the damage for two turns is insane especially when many matches only take a few turns to be completed.
  • It is best to apply Defense Up to characters with less of their turn meter filled because then they will have the buff applied for longer. It is ineffective to you use it on a character that is about to take their turn because it will just end after their turn.
  • This is one of the most important buffs to look for on enemies when you are choosing a target to attack. 
  • This ability also increases resistance, which is the character’s ability to resist effects (like bleeds or defense down).
  • Getting stuck behind a character with Defense Up and Taunt can be game losing. Depending on the matchup it can be a good idea to kill, slow, or stun an enemy before they can use Defense Up abilities.



  • This ability ends after the character blocks an attack.
  • Each character has a Block Amount that lowers the amount of damage of the attack by a fixed percentage. These can be seen in the individual character stat screens. Most characters have 25% Block Amount, but some characters have higher. For example, see Captain America has 30%:
  • This status effect is commonly seen in Alliance War when rooms are boosted and makes the defensive team take reduced damage for three instances.
  • It is important to understand the distinctions between Deflect and Defense Up. They both reduce the incoming damage, but Deflect will only last one instance. Defense Up will last until that character ends their next turn and can block damage from many attacks. On the other hand, a benefit of Deflect is that it remains applied until the character is attacked. Defense Up can be “wasted” if that character is not attacked before their next turn.




  • This ability ends after the character dodges an attack.
  • The character is guaranteed to dodge the next attack unless the attacker’s ability says otherwise (unavoidable)
  • Evade can be removed off multiple characters by using AOE abilities. For example, Rocket’s Basic ability will remove the buff off the primary and secondary targets. On the other hand, using Rocket’s Ultimate ability may not be the best approach to removing multiple Evade buffs because that is a huge damage ability with a 4 turn cooldown.
  • Overall, you just want to be careful which moves you are using on targets with Evade because you may waste an important ability.




  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • Immunity is pretty straight forward. You don’t want to use abilities that are primarily designed to put debuffs on a character with immunity like bleeds or heal block.
  • One caveat with Immunity is that abilities that flip effects still work (positive into negative). I will talk about flipping effects at the end of this guide.

Offense Up



  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • This buff becomes insane on AOE abilities like Punisher, Rocket, Crossbones Ultimate abilities. Applying 50% extra damage is pretty good, but dealing 50% extra damage to all enemies is incredible.
  • Because this buff typically only lasts one turn it is important to time abilities that grant Offense Up before their ally will use their AOE abilities. For example, Kingpin might only want to use his Ultimate ability when Crossbones is ready to use his Ultimate ability.
  • On the other hand, if you are able to swap the order of enemies move order then you can potentially delay or prevent their massive AOE attacks.
  • This ability also increases Focus, which increases the attackers capability to apply effects to the target.




  • This ability ends at the start of the character’s turn.
  • It is important to understand that the healing is based on the character that provides the Regeneration buff. For example, Luke Cage provides the Regeneration buffs to Defenders.
  • Regeneration is a percentage so it scales based on the source character’s health. So increases their yellow and red stars can have a major impact on the usefulness of the buffs.
  • This buff can “stack” meaning one character can have multiple Regeneration buffs that will be applied at the beginning of their turn. They could each heal different amounts if they were applied by different source characters.
  • I will talk about Bleed below in the Debuff section, but it is the only other effect that ends at the start of characters’ turns. The damage from Bleeds occur before the healing from Regenerations. A character could die before the heals are applied.
  • It could be a good idea to finish off a lower health enemy if they have many a few stacks of Regeneration on them.

Speed Up



  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • As I mentioned at the beginning of this guide, taking more turns than the opponent is a major advantage, so this can be an extremely strong buff when used properly.
  • The less a character's turn meter is full, the more value that a character will get from a Speed Up buff. I mentioned earlier that Daredevil’s speed was 119. So if his turn meter is almost full he may only gain 59.5 extra units of Speed from the buff. However, if Daredevil’s turn meter is almost empty then he may gain approximately 300 extra units of Speed (50% of 119 5 times) before his next turn. This could lead him to take an extra turn before the opponent’s characters.
  • One reminder is that characters generate ability energy whenever they take their turn, so the more turns they take the faster and more often that they will get to use their abilities.
  • Fun Fact: This ability used to get so abused that the Devs publicly talked about nerfing it to 30%, and they decided against it when the player base criticized the decision.




  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • Stealth targets can still be damaged by AOE abilities.
  • Chained attacks will not chain to Stealthed targets though and it will break the chain attack. This makes characters that Stealth a good choice to be positioned next to Tanks and break chains. Also, you have to be aware when choosing your attack target because you may not get full value out of your attack if you choose a target with a stealthed enemy next to them.
  • I mentioned in the beginner that buffs are not always positive. One small aspect of this effect is that if all of the characters on a team are Stealth then the opponent can choose their attack target. The characters are not protected like you would hope when in Stealth.




  • This ability ends at the start of the character’s turn.
  • Taunt has to be used carefully because they will be the primary attack target of the opponent. If you taunt with someone who is low health they can die very easily.
  • On most teams it is a good idea to position characters that can taunt on either end. This way AOE abilities do not damage as many of your characters. A downside to this is that chains can hit all of the characters. To counteract this, it can be worthwhile to place characters that gain Counter, have high dodge chances, or can Stealth next to the Tank. For example, Daredevil gains counter and has high dodge chances so you will typically see him next to Luke Cage.
  • Taunt is another positive effect that can sometimes be a negative effect. There are certain character abilities that allow the opponent to give taunt to their target. This can force a critical target to gain the Taunt buff and be focused down by the opponent.

Section 5 - Debuffs

This section will cover all of the available debuffs currently in the game. When these status effects are currently applied to your character they show up as red icons above their health bars. Debuffs are also called negative status effects because they are designed to provide inhibit the character. Similar to Buffs, some Debuff abilities apply multiple instances of debuffs. For example, a debuff may last two turns instead of one. 

Ability Block



  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • This is one of the tougher abilities to use properly because you have to understand the characters and matchup to decide who and when to this debuff on. It doesn’t provide any benefit if you use it on someone who is going to use their basic next turn.
  • It takes practice to figure out who the best target in each matchup, but I generally prioritize characters that provide defense up like Luke Cage.




  • This ability ends at the start of the character’s turn.
  • Bleed has some of the more complex mechanics of any of the buffs or debuffs in the game, so I am primarily going to cover the basics.
  • Similar to Regeneration, Bleed is based on the stats of the character that applied the Bleed debuff.
  • The damage scales based on the damage stat of the source character. So increasing the amount of yellow or red stars on characters that apply bleed is extremely effective.
  • As I mentioned in the Regeneration section, it is important to remember that Bleed will proc before Regeneration at the start of a character's turn.
  • This debuff can “stack” meaning one charcater can have multiple bleed debuffs and will take multiple instances of damage at the start of their turn. Each instance could be for different amounts if they were applied by different source characters.
  • When bleeds are spread they do not spread the original source. The percentage of damage on the new bleeds is from the character who spread the debuffs. For example, Venom would be the source of the new bleeds when he uses his Ultimate ability to spread Bleeds.




  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • Similar to ability block, this debuff requires knowledge of the enemies' abilities to maximize its usefulness. You can really take advantage of the A.I. by blinding a character that will use an AOE or large damage ability move on their turn. Even though they are blinded, they will use it anyways and miss their target(s). On the other hand, if you use blind on a character that is going to taunt or use another defensive move then it provides no value.
  • Some characters are not affected or affected less by blind because their base accuracy is higher than 100%. For example, Daredevil has 200% accuracy, so blinding him does not affect his chances to deal damage.


  • In a lot of ways, Blind is better than Stun against the A.I. because the character will use their ability instead of saving it for the next turn.

Defense Down



  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • I think there may be some nuisances with the way they are coded that make them different, but overall this debuff shares a lot of similarities to Offense Up.
  • This debuff significantly increases the burst potential on any targets affected.
  • If practical based on the matchup, I think focusing any characters with Defense Down is a good strategy.
  • It is best to apply Defense Down to characters with less of their turn meter filled because then they will have the debuff applied for longer. It is ineffective to you use it on a character that is about to take their turn because it will just end after their turn.
  • If possible, it is good to synergize abilities that provide AOE Defense Down with AOE damage dealing abilities for massive increases in damage.
  • Loki isn’t an early game character for most players, but his Special ability is a good example of a powerful Defense Down ability. Using him is becoming a popular strategy to burst down an important character at the beginning of a match like Luke Cage or Ultron.




  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • This debuff is another effect that can be abused against the A.I. because you can make character’s waste an important move. Disrupting a character that will Taunt on their next turn comes to mind. The A.I. will use the ability anyways and it will not apply Taunt to the character.
  • One entertaining interaction is a Disrupted Crossbones using his Ultimate ability and killing himself because the Deathproof could not be applied to Crossbones.

Heal Block



  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • This effect can be a huge nuisance on teams that rely on being able to heal their characters and outlasting opponents. For example, this can be very annoying for a Defenders team that relies on healing from Iron Fist.
  • This also is a huge problem for teams that have a healer that “heal the most injured ally” because they can try to heal an ally with Heal Block and it will fail and waste the ability. Minnerva is an example of a character that will keep healing the lowest health ally, even if they have Heal Block applied and the healing is wasted.
  • This debuff is particularly difficult to deal with in raids and dark dimension because these teams typically heal a lot to continue progressing through the nodes.

Offense Down



  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • This effect compares similarly to the target having Defense Up. It can be one of the strongest effects if applied to the correct character at the right time.
  • Applying this to a character that is about to use their big AOE ability can make it just tickle your entire team.
  • On the other hand, it may be worth delaying using your own AOE ability a turn if your character is affected by Offense Down.
  • Targeting characters that also applying debuffs is a good idea because they will be less likely to apply debuffs to your characters. Pyro is a good example of a character that does AOE damage and applies Bleed. With Offense Down he will do a lot less damage and be less likely to inflict Bleed.




  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • This effect has most of the same mechanics as Speed Up. Affecting the turn order is one of the most powerful effects in the game.
  • Similar to Speed Up, Slow is most effective when applied to a character that has less of their turn meter filled (slowed for longer).
  • Slowing a tank down is a common strategy because it will inhibit them from protecting their team in a timely manner. For example, slowing Luke Cage at the beginning of a match will keep him from giving his allies Defense Up.
  • Slow can also be used to mess up the turn order of a team. Some characters rely on an ally to “setup” their attack and slowing the “setup” character down can ruin the combo.




  • This ability ends after the character’s turn.
  • Stun is pretty self explanatory. Any time you can force a character to lose a turn is pretty powerful.
  • Similar to what I mentioned in the Buffs section, there are times where applying a Debuff to an opponent can actually be a bad thing. For example, if you stun a character with Taunt. They will Taunt for an extra turn, which could keep you from attacking their damage dealers or healers.    

Section 6 - Flipping Status Effects

One other game mechanic that is involved with buffs and debuffs is abilities that “Flip effects”. For example, Doctor Strange can “flip all positive effects on each enemy”. So any buff that an enemy has will become a debuff. There are also moves that flip negative effects on allies. And this flip is not just random. Each buff has an “opposite” debuff and vice versa. This can be a massive swing from just one ability. Here is a table for the opposite effects:



Flips to

Ability Block










Defense Down

Defense Up

Defense Up

Defense Down





Heal Block




Offense Down

Offense Up

Offense Up

Offense Down




Speed Up

Speed Up








Section 7 - Conclusions

Thanks for reading this far. I feel like I learned a bunch by writing this guide and I hope it helps you too. There are a lot of really neat mechanics in this game and there is a lot to think about. I hope this covered some of the basics and gave you an appreciation for the complexity of the combat. The more I explore the game mechanics the less I autoplay and the more I enjoy each fight.

Overall, to really understand when to use abilities and who to target with them you really have to understand the win condition of your team versus how the opponent wins. In most matchups you can disrupt the opponent’s win condition by killing the correct target or applying debuffs on particular characters.

There is a lot more that could be added about each of these status effects, so feel free to let me know your tips, tricks, and exceptions.

EDIT: If you enjoyed this guide, have questions, or just want to chat about the game, stop by a new discord server for beginners:


Section 8 - Previous Guides

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Tips for Firewall Zero Hour: Operation Nightfall, Part Seven

     Here we go with the week 6 operations for Operation: Nightfall, season 1. Let’s jump in.

Free Operation – Week 6


1.)    Eliminate 4 players with a headshot using the holo sight attachment – must be done in the public contracts. The holo sight attachment is the primary sight 2 attachment. Unlocked at level 16. Just remember to equip this sight attachment and play some public contracts.

2.)    Eliminate 2 players by blind-firing – must be done in the public contracts. This task is not very sensitive because I was not even purposely doing blind fires and I got credited for this. Blind fire should be when you hold your weapon out, away from you and fire down a hall, out a door or out of a window.

3.)    Get 8 mutli-eliminations by killing more than one player at a time using any SMG – must be done in public contracts. I find most of my multi-eliminations is when you get kills without reloading. Helps when you happen around the corner and find two people. Down them both and then toss a grenade in there quick. It’s tough to get but as long as you have an SMG equipped, you will eventually get this. Much easier on smaller maps too, like Shoothouse.

4.)    Eliminate 4 players with a headshot, using any SMG – must be done in public contracts. Just have to get headshots with SMG, and you should be aiming for a headshot anyway.

5.)    Eliminate 16 players as Meiko (Contractor) – must be done in public contracts. Remember to use Meiko. Meiko has the Ninja perk which makes her quiet while sprinting, not showing up on enemy radar.

     For completing the Free Operation for week 6, you will unlock the Raptor SMG.

Premium Operation – Week 6


1.)    Eliminate 8 players using C4 – must be done in public contracts. Difficult to get. Definitely will help if you purchased the Node contractor who has the Afterlife skill allowing him to detonate C4 after death. Easiest on defense, and if you have the door blocker. You have to time it correctly and remember you have to hold that L1 button for a few seconds to detonate your C4. You must eliminate them, this will not count if you place C4 by a downed opponent.

2.)    Execute 4 downed players using explosives -  must be done in public contracts. Down enemies and then just throw a grenade. You just have to kill enemies that are downed. You can use C4 or any grenades.

3.)    Get 4 multi-eliminations by eliminating more than one player at a time with explosions – must be done in public contracts. You can use any grenade or C4 or grenade launcher. Impact grenades are the weakest grenades, so best to try your luck with regular frag grenades or sticky. Remember that the contractor Red can get one extra frag grenade or you can equip the Bang Bang skill on your favorite contractor.

4.)    Eliminate 4 players using frag grenades – must be done in public contracts. You could easily work on this while attempting the third task using frag grenades.

5.)    Eliminate 4 players using impact grenades – must be done in public contracts. Impact grenades are the weakest grenades, so it is easier if you get a few bullets into your target first and then hit them with an impact grenade. Unless you hit someone right on, you will not kill an enemy with an impact grenade if they are at 100% health and it just hits near them.

     For completing the Premium Operation for week 6 and having the Ops Pass purchased, you will unlock the Falling Star trinket across all contractors and all guns.

Bonus Operation – Week 6

Coming soon - I haven't unlocked this operation yet.




 Tips for Firewall Zero Hour: Operation Nightfall, Part Six


    Here we go with the week 5 operations for Operation: Nightfall, season 1. Let’s jump in.

Free Operation – Week 5


1.)    Initiate 16 laptop hacks – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. You do not have to finish the laptop hack and win the game, just be the person who initiates the hack. Obviously much easier in solo but if you communicate and your team is nice, can be easily done in public contracts as well.

2.)    Locate and acquire 16 intel folders – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. I will post my grind video again at the end of this article. Easier to do in solo, but can be done in public contracts. Remember, there are 3 crypto and 1 intel folder pickup per map.

3.)    Eliminate 16 players while wearing the skull face paint – must be done in public contracts. You do not unlock the skull face paint until level 42. Get the face paint, remember to equip it, and then seek out the enemy to complete this task.

4.)    Use a signal modifier to speed up or jam 4 laptops – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. Very easy to do, you just have to remember to set it, or be alive at the end when on offense.

     For completing the week 5 Free operation, you will unlock the lock-pick (wink-wink) trinket for all weapons across all contractors.


Premium Operation – Week 5


1.)    As Okoro, eliminate 16 players using the Volkov HZ (AK-47) – must be done in public contracts. You unlock the Volkov at level 15. The silencer and Iceman perk (reduced recoil) will help with the Volkov. Firing in bursts will also help as the Volkov is very inaccurate, especially on full auto. Play enough however, and you will eventually complete this task.

2.)    As Okoro, survive 16 enemy explosions – this can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contracts. I am actually working on this during the grind video I made for intel and hacks on solo. Much easier in solo since the AI is pretty dumb. They regularly throw grenades as well as place proximity mines. Okoro’s permanent perk is received reduced damage from explosions. This makes it more likely for you to survive an explosion. You will still die if you hover directly over a grenade or mine, but you can survive more damage than any other contractor without this perk. Taking any amount of damage from an explosion and living will count towards this task.

3.)    As Okoro, initiate 16 laptop hacks – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contracts. At this point, you should be an expert. You only have to initiate it, not finish. Will overlap with the same task for the Free operation. My grind video will be posted at the end of this article.

4.)    As Okoro, earn 8,192 crypto – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contracts. Very easy to do, you just need to play. Even if you lose in public or solo, you will earn some crypto. Easier to get in public contracts since you tend to earn more crypto for your time in public.

5.)    Eliminate 8 players using frag grenades – must be done in public contracts. You have to completely blow up an enemy and it cannot be done to downed opponents. Must also be frag grenades. Will not count with impact or sticky grenades. Remember that the contractor Red gets an extra frag grenade, or you can equip this perk on your favorite contractor if you wish to use someone else and need some extra grenades to get this. Play enough however, and you will certainly complete this task.

     For completing the Premium Operation week 5, and if you have the Ops Pass purchased, you will unlock the Lion Tooth trinket for all weapons.

Bonus Operation – Week 5


1.)    Block 8 doors wearing the crow face paint – can be done in Terrorists Hunt solo or in public contracts. You unlock the door blocker at level 42. That is really the only hold up for this one. Very easy to do.

2.)    Eliminate 8 players while wearing raven face paint – must be done in public contracts. Just remember to equip this face paint on your contractor while playing multiplayer.

3.)    Earn 8,292 crypto – can be done in Terrorists Hunt solo or in public contracts. Likely easier to earn in public contracts as you are going to earn more money, but it can be done solo and you can find up to three 50 crypto pickups in each map.

4.)    Eliminate 32 players while wearing any face paint – must be done in public contracts. Just remember to equip a face pain, especially if you change your contractor. Easy to earn as you play public contracts.

     For finishing the Bonus Operation week 5, you will get the Pixel face paint unlocked across all contractors. Remember, you must have the Ops Pass purchased in order to unlock this skin.




Tips for Firewall Zero Hour: Operation Nightfall, Part Five


Here we go with the week 4 operations for Operation: Nightfall, season 1. Let’s just jump in.

Free Operation – Week 4


1.)    Eliminate 4 players using any sidearm with the reflex sight attached – must be done in public contracts. As I previously went over in task 3 of the free operation for week 1, it is very hard to get kills with the pistol. Higher level players with access to the high damage sidearms will have an easier time, but this is still a very difficult challenge. You can find my blog for week 1 here.

2.)    Eliminate 16 players with a headshot, using the Spitfire – must be done in public contracts. You will unlock the Spitfire SMG at level 15. Be sure you aim for the head as that last bullet to down them must be in the head.

3.)    Get 4 player headshots using any sidearm, with a laser attached – must be done in public contracts. Hopefully while you are working on the first task for 4 kills with a sidearm, you maximize your damage you do with headshots and get this one as well. Just have to have the laser attachment on your pistol and does not have to be turned on. Very difficult to do.

4.)    Eliminate 8 players with a headshot, using any sidearm – must be done in public contracts. Basically you are just adding 4 more headshots to your third task. Thankfully they are counted together and not individually. I don’t know why you wouldn’t have a laser on your pistol if you purchased it since there is no other option for this attachment. Better to have it and not need it.


     For finishing the 4th week’s Free operation, you will get the Sarge pistol unlocked. This is a very good pistol with moderate damage and a high fire rate.


Premium Operation – Week 4


1.)    Execute 4 downed players using the knife – must be done in public contracts. You simply must go up and stab an enemy contractor when they are in the “downed” position. Sometimes it takes two stabs, but most time it is just a quick stab if you are the correct distance. You do not have to be the one to down them, just stab them.

2.)    Execute 8 downed players using explosives – must be done in public contracts. This can be done with any explosion from grenades to C4. They must be “downed” however. If you outright kill an enemy with an explosion, it will not count towards this task. Impacts and sticky count as well.

3.)    Locate and acquire 8 intel folders – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. If you haven’t read my previous strategy on these for solo, you can find it in my part 4, week 3 guide under the Free Operation outline, or at the bottom of this guide.

4.)    Use a signal modifier to jam 16 laptops – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. Very easy to get as you just have to play enough games in defense. As soon as the game starts, deploy your signal modifier. Preferably behind something or on top. The signal modifier was previously unlocked at level 21, but FCE has announced they lowered the required level, never stating the new level. I would guess you can now get this gadget around level 18 or so.

5.)    Bypass 16 access points – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. Very easy to do in solo. The access point is the first unlock you must hit on offense before getting to the laptop to reveal its’ location. Playing solo ensures you get it each time.

     For finishing the Premium Operation with Ops Pass purchased, you will unlock the glowstick trinket for all guns across all contractors.

Bonus Operation – Week 4


1.)    Locate and acquire 32 intel folders – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. Again, see my guide for part 4, week 3 in the Free operation for strategies to get these. Must quicker and more efficient doing this solo.

2.)    Complete 16 contracts wearing any face paint – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. If you have no face paint purchased, I can tell you that you will need the Crane, Zebra, Skull, Oni and Kaolin for later contracts. You should have the “glow” face paint unlocked at this point though.

3.)    Eliminate 32 players wearing any face paint – must be done in public contracts. Just have to get kills with any face paint. Remember to put it on, especially if you change contractors.

4.)    Dismantle 16 door blockers – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. In my grind video, going solo on Hotel will almost always have at least one door blocker that you can dismantle. You are never guaranteed it in public contracts and it is almost always rigged with C4. See my guide for part 4, week 3 in the Free operation guide for my grind video, or at the bottom of this guide.

     For completing the Bonus operation with Ops Pass purchased, you will unlock the Starstruck face paint across all contractors.





Tips for Firewall Zero Hour: Operation Nightfall, Part Four

Here we go with the week 3 operations for Operation: Nightfall, season 1. Let’s just jump in.

Free Operation – Week 3


1.)    Locate 8 intel folders – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. I find it much easier to do this in solo as these folders are rarely placed in high traffic areas. They are general off the beaten path on maps, there is only one per map, and good luck being the one of eight finding it. I will post a video I made for grinding these and crypto pickups at the end of this section. For each map, there are 3 crypto pickups and 1 intel folder that you can find.

2.)    Execute 8 downed players – must be done in public contracts. Luckily with the latest update, the kill is awarded to the person who downs the opponent, not the person that finishes them off. No regret for killing someone else’s downed opponent now. They will get all the credit. You don’t have to down the, and it doesn’t matter how they are killed, just that you are the one to eliminate them.

3.)    Eliminate 32 players using suppressed weapons – must be done in public contracts. The suppressor allows you to shoot without popping up on the enemy’s radar, and for there to be less of a chance of them hearing you. It does reduce your damage and range however. I find them best on SMG’s due to the weapons high output of bullets, but you can use them on assault rifles or SMG’s. Pistols too, but I would strongly urge against this unless you are just a glutton for punishment.

4.)    Acquire 8 crypto pickups – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contracts. Again, see task one. You will come across them more frequently during your playing of public contracts, but again with the competition from other players and not seeking them out, this is easily done in solo mode.

     For finishing this operation, you will unlock the Tiger skin for all guns across all contractors.

     Here is the video I made for grinding intel and crypto. I prefer the Hotel map because I can do a search room to room, leaving the doors open so I know which rooms I have gone. I do not find the intel folder on this run, but if you count my crypto pickups, I do end up with four, so I think the game just happened to glitch on this run.



Premium Operation – Week 3


1.)    Eliminate 4 players with a headshot, using the green laser attachment – must be done in public contracts. The good thing about this is that you do NOT have to have your laser on for this task. It just needs to be equipped on your weapon, and of course, you must get a headshot. The green laser unlocks at level 18.

2.)    Eliminate 4 players with a headshot, using the red laser attachment – must be done in public contracts. Again, just like the first task, you simply have to have the red laser attachment equipped on your gun and do NOT have to have it on. The red laser unlocks at level 5.

3.)    Shine a beam from your laser attachment into 64 different spectate cameras – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. Obviously much easier to do in solo, but on some maps, as you run to the laptop and access point, you can sometimes see spectate cameras on the wall and shine your laser in them really quick. The spectate cameras are security cameras, and these are what you are switching between on every map if you die and your teammates are still alive. They look like little black discs on the wall.



4.)    Shine a beam from your laser attachment into 4 different laptop cameras – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. The laptop camera is on top of the laptop screen, and if you shine your beam anywhere around it, you will get credit. Pretty easy in solo or multiplayer, but many times I would forget, or the hack would happen too fast.


     When you finish the premium operation and have the season pass purchased, you will get the drone trinket for all guns, across all contractors.


Bonus Operation – Week 3


1.)    Block 8 doors while wearing the zebra face paint – Can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contracts. You simply must place the door blocker (unlocked at level 42) on a door while wearing the zebra face paint on your contractor.

2.)    Block 8 doors while wearing the crane face paint – Can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contracts. Same as the first task, you just need to purchase the face paint it and wear it while deploying door blockers.

3.)    Revive 16 downed friendly players using the revive pistol – Has to be done in public contracts. Like it states, simply revive teammates with the revive pistol. As stated previously, aim with your primary weapon, switch to the pistol, and fire without moving your gun and you will hit where you were aiming with your primary weapon. Revive pistol is unlocked at level 26.

4.)    Eliminate 1 player using the revive pistol – must be done in public contracts. This should be listed as “impossible”. OK, if you thought it was hard to get 4 kills with the pistol like me, then good luck on this one. The revive pistol does an extremely low level of damage to enemies. Not only that, but it is basically a tranquilizer dart. That means that it’s velocity is extremely low. You could fire it, and someone will literally be 4 feet from where they were by the time it reaches them. You must down them with the shot, and it cannot be simply eliminating a downed opponent. Should you wish to take on this challenge, much like my previous strategy for week 1 with the pistol, I’m going to have to recommend that you pop out of cover to shoot someone with a large burst. Then switch to the revive to hopefully finish them off. If you are close to them, this will work HUGELY in your favor. This is basically a Hail Mary pass from your end zone to their’s, and your team is down by 8. It could happen, but I seriously doubt it. Yes, FCE got my money and I just used a hack key right off the back. This is the reason hack keys were made.

5.)    Eliminate 32 players using any shotgun with the teabag trinket attached – must be done in public contracts. As I previously wrote in the Free Operations of Week 2 with shotgun kills, learn the perimeter. Try to outflank. Hide and wait. Listen. Remember that most players travel in pairs too, so try not to just run out and kill the first guy that runs past you if you are ambushing. Wait two seconds before you chase them down because you might very well end up with two quick kills. You just need to have the teabag trinket equipped on your shotgun.

     For completing the Bonus Operation for Week 3, and having all the previous weeks’ bonus operations complete along with the season pass, you will be awarded the galaxy face paint for all contractors




Tips for Firewall Zero Hour: Operation Nightfall, Part Three

Here we go with the week 2 operations for Operation: Nightfall, season 1. Let’s just jump in.

Free Operation – Week 2


1.)    Eliminate 16 players using any shotgun – must be done in public contracts. You must down the person with a shotgun, and as long as they are killed when you down them (doesn’t matter who finishes them off or how), you will get credit for the kill. The Toro shotgun is worth the purchase when going after this task, or simply choose the default CQB class to save currency. The default shotgun that is unlocked, the Richardson, is a pump action shotgun and unforgiving. Shotguns are easiest on the map Shoothouse, but you also have to be aware that a high number of players are also switching to shotguns for that map. On other maps, you want to set up an ambush in an obscure location. Try to position yourself away from the laptop, but not by an access point. Use cover and wait. Listen. On Docks, I was notorious for setting up on the perimeter and waiting. When someone was coming, I would inch closer to the edge of the conex box and shoot a contractor as soon as they round the corner. Many times they were just running right past me, eager to just get to the laptop. Same for Warehouse. Wait until you hear them engage with your teammates in the middle, and then flank. Get close. One shot, one kill is very easy.

2.)    Eliminate 8 players with headshots using any shotgun – must be done in public contracts. This task is much more difficult than it sounds. None of your shotgun pellets can hit the opponent’s chest. It must be a clean headshot which means you need to aim high. Think of that opponent as wearing a baseball hat. You want to aim right where that middle, top button would be, or just a wee bit higher. Sometimes, from aiming so high, you will not immediately down the person. Be ready to fire two quick shots and don’t assume it will be “one and done”. I had quite a few matches where I outflanked someone, they had no idea I was next to them. I was able to walk right up to them, basically stick my shotgun to the side of their dome and pull the trigger. Guess what? No headshot. I didn’t think I had to aim high that close. You do. This took me longer than any other challenge I think because of that. It is hard. You have to train yourself to shoot over the person’s head, and be ready to fire multiple shots because only some of the spread will hit them.

3.)    Fulfill 16 contracts – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contracts. Very easy to do either way. You must win the game either by hacking the laptop on offense, or successfully defending the laptop on defense.

4.)    Complete 4 contracts in Hanger – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contracts. The entire FZH community right now is sick and tired of playing Hanger. Whenever FCE puts out a new map, they make that map on heavy rotation. That means you will pretty much play this map every third match in public contracts, if not more. Of course you can do it solo if you don’t want to chance that when it does come around, your team loses. I would simply play the game and if this is the latest task you need to finish the operation, then switch to solo and finish it out.

5.)    Tap on 16 different doors – can be done on Terrorist Hunt solo or public matches. See my guide for the Free operation in week 1. Very easy.


     Your reward for finishing this operation is the Richardson SG12 shotgun. It is a very good shotgun to have. Powerful, semi-auto, with a deep magazine.

Premium Operation – Week 2


1.)    Eliminate 4 players with a headshot, using the reflex attachment – must be done in public contracts. The reflex site is affectionately known as “site 1”. You can use any weapon, and just must have this site attached. Again, just have to down the person. Does not matter who or how they are killed after that.

2.)    Eliminate 4 players with a headshot, using any assault rifle – must be done in public contracts. You can easily equip an assault rifle with a reflex scope and tackle both the first task and this task all at once. Assault rifles in FZH are: Taylor X-75 (unlocked at level 1), Taylor X-75 CQB (unlocked at level 7), Kruger (unlocked at level 7) Volkov HZ (AK-47, unlocked at level 15), G6-Commando (unlocked at level 30), Reg K8 (unlocked at level 35), JA-300 (unlocked at level 42), & H5 Hornet (unlocked at level 50).

3.)    Eliminate 4 players with a headshot, using any shotgun – must be done in public contracts. See above in Free Operation – week 2, task 2, for tactics. You will automatically be able to work on this task, as well as the Free Operation simultaneously.

4.)    Blind 16 players using a flash grenade – must be done in public contracts. When you are able to effectively blind another player, you will actually get a “hit” sound. The same sound you get when a bullet connects with another player. This lets you know that you have blinded someone, but for this challenge, it lets you know that you have gotten closer to finishing your task.

5.)    Eliminate 1 player while you are blinded – must be done in public contracts. The great thing about this is that you can use your own flash bang. Find a moment when you see someone that doesn’t see you. Quickly throw the flashbang to where you are both blind and shoot blindly. You can also kill someone just as you are coming out of a flashbang blindness for it to count. This is what happened to me. I blinded myself with my own flash bang, and as soon as I could see, I rushed the room and was able to kill the other enemy. Even though the effects had basically worn off to where I could see, I was given credit. I am not complaining.

     For completing the Premium operation, you will be awarded with the stealth camo. Once again, you must have the season pass purchased to get this. You can still earn individual crypto and experience for each completed task, but you cannot get the stealth skin unless you have the season pass. The stealth skin is unlocked across all contractors and all weapons.

Bonus Operation – Week 2


1.)    Fulfill 4 contracts while your entire team is still alive – must be done in public contracts. If you play this game enough, hopefully, you get this contract. By that, I mean hopefully you end up with a good enough team that no one dies. Statistically, you have to get this eventually. You should end up with good players at some point.

2.)    Revive 16 downed players – must be done in public contracts. Be a good teammate and revive your squad mates. If you have the revive pistol, it will be much easier. You can also do what Battlefield DHO dads have affectionately termed, “Magma someone”. This is when you revive someone without killing the person who downed them to begin with. As soon as the person is revived, they get shot right back now. Thankfully FZH limits your revives to two and you only have two bullets in the revive pistol (unless you use the character perk to have three), so this is limited. However, if you double revive someone in a match 8 times, you are done with this mission. Very easy.

3.)    Revive a downed player using the revive pistol (eight times) – you must complete this contract in public contracts. You unlock the revive pistol at level 26. The best way to shoot this is to aim your reticle or laser of your primary weapon on your down teammate, and then switch to the revive without moving your gun. If you shoot and did not move, your revive will hit exactly where your primary weapon was aimed.

4.)    Destroy 4 signal modifiers – can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contracts. The enemy in solo regularly places signal modifiers on defense, so this is very easy to get. Listen for the beeps as it will quickly get quieter once you take a step or two in the wrong direction. Look up, down, and behind objects in multiplayer. Players love to place these on top of items, in other rooms away from the PC and best of all on another floor completely.

     For completing the bonus mission and having the season pass, you will get the Go-Nades trinket for all guns. I thought this was a dumb trinket I would never use, but I actually like it. It is big and obnoxious.


Tips for Firewall Zero Hour: Operation Nightfall, Part Two

Now that I’ve laid out the meat and potatoes of the new features available in Operation Nightfall, let’s get to the main ingredients: the operations. One of the main reasons I have given this assignment to myself is because I could not find any information on the internet about how to go about completing these operations. No guides. No videos. No helpful tips. Therefore, I’m going to write up Aftr’s guide to the operations because no one else is doing it, and we are a very small community,,,,,,,so far.

Free Operation – Week 1


1.)    Eliminate 8 players using any assault rifle – very straight forward. Assault rifles in FZH are: Taylor X-75 (unlocked at level 1), Taylor X-75 CQB (unlocked at level 7), Kruger (unlocked at level 7) Volkov HZ (AK-47, unlocked at level 15), G6-Commando (unlocked at level 30), Reg K8 (unlocked at level 35), JA-300 (unlocked at level 42), & H5 Hornet (unlocked at level 50). Equip any one of these in public contracts and kill 8 players.

2.)    Eliminate 8 players using any SMG – again, straight forward. SMG’s in FZH are: ZS (unlocked at level 1), Stalker (unlocked at level 11), Spitfire (unlocked at level 15), Stinger (unlocked at level 20), HZU (unlocked at level 25), XM-R90 (P90, unlocked at level 30), Manta Ray (unlocked at level 45). Equip any one of these in public contracts and kill 8 players.

3.)    Eliminate 8 players using any sidearm – this is a very hard operation. Sidearms are separate to equip so there can be no confusion in what weapon you need to use, or which are classified as sidearms unlike the assault rifles and SMG’s. So with that said, let’s go over strategy. I tried running around with just my pistol out and could not get a single kill. Even if you outflank someone and they don’t see you, they will have more than enough time to turn and kill you once you start to shoot (even with headshots). So what I suggest is that you have to be very disciplined to do this on your own. You must hit someone with a burst from your main gun, and then switch to your pistol and finish them off. YOU CAN NOT JUST SHOOT A DOWNED OPPONENT WITH A SIDEARM FOR THIS TO COUNT. You must down them with the pistol and they must be killed. If they are revived, and subsequently killed by a bullet or grenade, it will not count towards your task. If someone else kills them while they are downed, it will count. If you kill them with another gun or grenade, it will count. Shooting around corners is good. Fire on them, retreat back around the corner, switch to a sidearm, come out and finish them off. Higher level players will have access to higher damage sidearms like the DH 44 (level 30) or Thunder (level 50) which will greatly help. Make no mistake, this is not an easy task, and if you look at my screenshot, you will see that I used a hack key in order to bypass this one as well as number 4 because I could just not get it done.

4.)    Eliminate 4 players using the knife – if you click in the right thumbstick, look stick, or rear stick on the AIM controller, you will stab with your knife. Although it sounds difficult at first, it is much easier than your third task. The best strategy for completing this task is corners and flanking. Once you start to learn the maps from playing, you can start to hug the outside perimeter of the map. This will give you opportunities to out flank your opponents, especially if your team engages them in firefights. You have to be selective on this. This cannot be something you seek out every match. It just has to be something you are aware of that you need, and should the opportunity appear, you seize it. Going around the enemy, and then coming up behind them, you may find you get the chance to stab them. Hiding in rooms until you you’re your team engage in a firefight with the enemy and then see what direction they are shooting. You can sometimes pop out of a room and stab them. Listen. These players move like a herd of elephants running. You can hide in a room, wait for them to run by, jump out and stab them. Hide in a corner. On a big map with big rooms like Warehouse, Hanger or Containment, you can sometimes hide in a corner and watch them run right by. They are looking for movement, and particularly if you are far from any objective (access point or laptop), they won’t be searching for you. Wait for them to pass, then follow and stab. What is hard is resisting the urge to shoot them as you are pre-programmed to do. You will miss many opportunities at stabs for your overzealousness for a kill. You will miss kills from chasing after knife kills only to have them turn at the last second to see you and shoot. It happens to everyone. The knife is a bit finicky too. You have to be the correct distance, and sometimes it will take two stabs, so be ready. Don’t just stab once and assume he will be dead. Stab, and stab again. Kill the oxygen between the two of you because dead air is better than dead you. Practice on solo play if you must to gauge that distance correctly and see the mistakes you can make when attempting a knife kill.

     For finishing the Free operation of week 1, you will be awarded the Nightfall trinket. Remember, everyone can earn this trinket. You do not have to own the season pass in order to unlock this cosmetic.

Premium Operation – Week 1


1.)    Bypass 16 access points – Access points are the first objective you must hit when attacking before you can unlock the laptop. These yellow diamonds show up on your map once you hit a certain checkpoint on the map. If you don’t go in the right direction, or are too far away, they will not show up. Be wary if you have traveled more than a minute and they are not revealed. This means you are heading in the wrong direction and are more likely to run into the enemy team around the laptop. You must be the one decrypt the access point. This task can be done in the Terrorist Hunt mode solo or public contracts match. It is easier to do this alone as you can guarantee you will be the one to decrypt it every match.

2.)    Initiate 16 laptop hacks – like the first task, this one can be completed in Terrorist Hunt solo or public contract matches. Again, you must be the one to initiate the laptop hack, not someone on your team. You do not have to be successful in your hack, just start it.

3.)    Successfully fulfill 32 contracts – once again, this can be done in Terrorist Hunt solo or in public contract matches. For this, you must win the round and complete the laptop hack. If you simply play multiplayer games, you will eventually complete this task. It is just a matter of playing the game enough times.

4.)    Tap on 128 different doors with any weapon – this just entails you bumping into a closed door, with your gun, which makes a “clang” sound and can alert the enemy to your presence/position. The key wording on this task is “different”. You cannot just run into the same door 128 times. It must be different doors each time. New matches are new doors, so if you want to replay Embassy 60 times, hitting the same 3 doors each time, you can do that. This can be completed in Terrorist Hunt solo, or in public matches. It is really just about remembering the task at hand and purposely bumping into doors each time.

5.)    Scout 32 enemy players on your wrist tablet as Raha – for this task, you must play public contracts and select Raha as your contractor. Raha’s permanent ability is to detect enemies better on the wrist tablet. For this, you simply must be close enough to enemy players for them to appear on your wrist tablet. Easily done, but it does take quite a few matches as you rarely catch all 4 of them on your tablet. Usually you can get 2 per match, so it will take around 16 matches to finish this task.

     For finishing the premium operation for week 1, you will unlock the pink jammies, but only if you have purchased the Operation: Nightfall season pass for $10. If you did not purchase the pass, you may earn the bonus crypto and experience for each task, but you cannot earn the pink jammies. Should you purchase the season pass after finishing all the tasks, your progress is saved and the pink jammies will instantly unlock. The pink jammies are unlocked across all contractors, every article of clothing, and every gun.

Bonus Operation – Week 1


     Once you complete both the free and premium operations, you will decrypt the bonus mission. Only once the operation is decrypted, will progress begin to be tracked towards completing your tasks. In other words, if you got any kills with the Omni face paint before having the bonus operation decrypted, they did not count. You may do these tasks for the bonus experience and crypto, but like the premium operation, you can only unlock the face paint for the completed operation once you have the Ops Pass purchased.

1.)    Eliminate 8 players while wearing the Omni face paint – pretty straight forward task. You must purchase the omni face paint for 1500 crypto and wear it as you eliminate other players in public contract mode. Be sure if you switch contractors while attempting this task, that you remember to equip this on the contractor you change to.

2.)    Eliminate 8 players while wearing the Kaolin face paint – same as the first task, just a different face paint. Again, you must purchase it for 1500 crypto, and remember to equip it as you kill enemy players. Must be done in public contracts mode.

3.)    Eliminate 16 players with headshots, using any assault rifle – refer to the first task of the free operation for which weapons are classified as assault rifles. You must kill with a headshot, so for this, aside from being sure to aim for the head (brought to you by Captain Obvious), you will have an easier time if you select a gun with a high accuracy like the Taylor CQB, K8, or G6. Pairing that with the iceman perk for your contractor which reduces weapon recoil will also help. If you hold down the trigger, remember that the spread of your bullets will open up, and you will find that many times the last bullet to hit your opponent that downs them will be the one that ended up in their chest. Once again, they must be downed with a headshot from an assault rifle and killed. They do not have to be killed while downed with an assault rifle for it to count, but they cannot be revived. If you down them with a headshot and then finish them off with a grenade, it will count. Many times I felt that I had downed an opponent with a headshot only to see that it did not count. When you down an opponent with a headshot, it makes a unique in-game sound as well to let you know you got a headshot. Listen for this, but it’s not completely necessary. Many times opponents are actually helping you when they are behind cover because the only thing you can shoot is their head. Thank you.

4.)    Eliminate 32 players using any assault rifle – no different than the first task of the free operation. See that task for which weapons classify as assault rifles. Must be completed in public contracts mode.

     When you complete the bonus operation for week 1, you will unlock the glow face paint for all contractors.


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Tips for Firewall Zero Hour: Operation Nightfall, Part One

With the latest dashboard update to Firewall Zero Hour (FZH), First Contact Entertainment (FCE) has added a lot of new features that many gamers are not aware of, or are bypassing altogether. Have no fear, I am here to help you make sense of the new dashboard and features.

Daily Tasks


     The biggest change you are going to notice is that FCE has changed how challenges are played. Before they were hidden only on the main menu, and they were simply a constant that you could do to gain additional XP and crypto (FZH’s in-game currency). You now you have two ways to earn additional XP and crypto, and the old challenge system has been completely eliminated. The first is from your daily missions. Located in the upper left corner of the dash, you can click on this to display up to three missions. You will acquire one new mission a day and retain three at a time. There is no time limit for you to complete these missions. Most important however is that in the bottom right of the daily mission screen is a “refresh” button. You can click on this button, once a day, to rotate out your oldest mission for a new one (e.g. you are level 5 and you have a daily mission you never completed for kills with a G6. A long range assault rifle which you won’t unlock until you are level 36. You can click the “refresh” button and this mission will get deleted, being replaced on the bottom with a brand new mission). Your oldest mission will be the top most one, and your newest will be the bottom. You cannot choose which mission will be recycled so be sure that the top most mission is one that you cannot complete and want to skip. If not, you will have to wait to skip your hardest mission until it is on the top. So don’t get a new mission and immediately click the “refresh” button as you may accidentally delete a mission you could have completed. Should you have three daily tasks stored up and you finish one, you will find that you immediately get a new daily task. You can then use the refresh button if your new oldest task is impossible and you have not yet used it for that day.



     Next is the operations tab. This can be found as the fourth tab over from the left on the dashboard. As of the time of writing this article, we are in week four of the operations with a planned twelve week season. Although a new operation is out each week, you have an unlimited time to finish them. A new operation week is unveiled every Tuesday. To finish an operation, you must simply complete the task described. You may have to get so many headshots with a certain weapon or with certain attachments. You may have to complete so many contracts, or find so many intel folders. Each weekly operation has three types: Free, Premium, & Bonus. Each operation generally has four to six tasks to complete in order to finish the entire operation. Once you finish an individual task, you will get a bonus of crypto and experience points. If you complete the entire operation, you will be given a reward that may be a new skin, weapon, or trinket. To get the free operation unlock, you simply must complete the operation. However, in order to get the premium operation reward, you must have purchased the FZH season pass for ten dollars ($10) from the Playstation Store. Without purchasing the season pass, you can still earn the crypto and experience points for each completed task, you just cannot earn the final premium operation reward.  You also will not be able to decrypt the final bonus operation. At the start, every free and premium operation is unveiled to the player. You can simultaneously work on the free week one operation while working on the premium week three operation. You cannot work on multiple bonus operations at once. In order to decrypt the bonus operation, you must have completed both the free and premium operation, as well as the previous week’s bonus operation. So for week one, you simply must have the free and premium operations completed. For week two however, you must have week two’s free and premium operation completed, AS WELL AS, week one’s bonus operation. So each week’s previous bonus operation must be completed before moving on to the next week’s. If you complete the operations and then choose to purchase the season pass, rest assured that all your progress is stored and you will immediately get the unlocks you have earned from completing operations such as skins and weapons.

Hack keys


     A bundle of five hack keys may be purchased from the Playstation Store for five dollars ($5), or you may purchase the season pass as well as twenty-five hack keys for thirty dollars ($30). You can only purchase hack keys, and there is no way to earn hack keys in-game. A single hack key will complete an entire operation, not just a single task. When you use a hack key, you will get the crypto currency for each mission you did not previously complete on your own, but you will not get the experience. Some people may prefer to do the tasks they feel they can complete before using a hack key to get the extra experience, and some may feel that they would not want to waste time on tasks they are going to bypass anyway with a hack key. The choice is yours, I am just here to make you aware of the consequences. You will get the reward of a completed operation when you use a hack key.

New contractor: Ruby

     If you choose to purchase the season pass, you will also be awarded with a new contractor, Ruby, and her skill, thief. The thief skill allows you to take crypto currency from deceased enemy players. This skill is permanently assigned to Ruby and may be assigned to another contractor as their elective skill. With thief, you will randomly get an amount of crypto from enemy corpses, and depending on the amount, is how long it will take you to collect the amount. If you stop pushing “X” during collection, your contractor will end the collection process with a partial amount and you cannot go back to loot the corpse again. I have found that one corpse will give you around two hundred fifty crypto, while another will give you around one hundred eighty and they will take very long to acquire. The other two will generally give you a combined one hundred fifty and is very quick to steal from. This skill is best used when you do not have a lot of crypto as you can see that the amounts can quickly add some substance to your dwindling bank account. It is also a skill best used as attacker because if two or more of your team remain alive, you can easily run around to rob corpses while the rest of your team takes care of the laptop hack. This is a valuable skill to acquire all the expensive gear, but it is also a difficult one to remember to do in the heat of battles. It took me many attempts of going into a game with this skill before I remembered to rob the deceased. Be aware that this skill cannot be used in single player games, only public contracts.

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