Marvel Heroics: Six leveling tips for Marvel Heroes

Welcome to Marvel Heroics, my look at the superhero exploits of Marvel Heroes! Just about half of Massively OP has gotten hooked on this title, so it felt right to devote some space to talking about this OARPG. And what better place to begin than grappling with the leveling game?

While dealing with around 50 heroes, legendary items, omega levels, and prestiging (re-level those characters for added benefits), there is no shortage of leveling to be done here. It might seem like a herculean task at the start — even with one character — but the game is designed to accelerate the process so that subsequent trips up the level ladder go faster and faster.

Here are six tips that I’ve discovered and others have shared with me to make the most of my efforts in leveling my roster of comic book wonders!

1. Put off the story mode — at least until later

Probably the biggest mistake that I made in Marvel Heroes for my initial few months was exclusively dabbling in the story mode with my first character. Now don’t get me wrong: There’s nothing wrong with story mode. It’s a great tour through many of the iconic Marvel locations and a decent tale in and of itself, not to mention that the rewards (including power points and useful buffs) are worth going through it on all three difficulty levels.

But if you’re looking at the game through the lens of pure leveling, then story mode is the slowest path you could take. I’ve since found that by putting off story mode until I had leveled my character up, I ended up enjoying myself a lot more. There’s no rush to doing the story, other than getting those power points, and no reason you can’t enjoy some of the other modes that offer faster leveling.

2. Legendary quests are your best friends

The community seems to strongly agree on this. Once you hit level 20 and unlock them, legendary quests are your biggest ally in the leveling war. Personally, I love them to pieces for so many reasons.

The game will assign you a random legendary quest that can take place in your story mode, a terminal, or one of the challenges (such as Midtown or Industry City). None of them is too difficult to do, and once you finish up, you get huge globes of XP and Odin Marks (which are needed for your legendary item purchases). The best part is that for a small chunk of credits, you can reroll the current active legendary quest if you don’t like the current one.

Once I got onto the legendary quest train, I’ve been doing them almost non-stop when I’m playing. They really do give you a substantial boost in your leveling, because you’re getting bonus XP on top of what you’d normally get for participating in those activities.

3. Assemble your roster!

Probably the most important thing that I came to understand about Marvel Heroes is that the game isn’t about one of your characters, but all of them combined. Your account is your main, and only by utilizing as much of it as possible will you find that heroes end up helping each other level more quickly.

First of all, realize that every character you get to certain level milestones will contribute to an account-wide XP boost. Level 30 adds 1%, level 50 adds 3%, and level 60 adds a percentage based on how many heroes you’ve gotten to the cap (the first hero is 30%, the second 20%, and down to a steady 5% for the fifth on). The cap for your account is 200% XP gain, although that is on top of other forms of bonus XP (potions, etc.).

I also want to mention Cyclops here because he’s an invaluable tool for leveling others. At level 50, Scott activates a 10% XP bonus synergy that any other hero can activate (and that is separate from the bonus synergy pool). Once I found that out, I made it a priority to get Cyclops in my roster and leveled up ASAP. I do not regret doing so.

4. Don’t be afraid to use your potions

Like most experienced RPG gamers, I’ve always been reluctant to use potions and instead have consistently squirreled them away for a rainy day that usually never comes. I had to break out of this hoarding habit in Marvel Heroes because potions are very much meant to be used, especially if you desire added wind to your back when leveling.

Getting more potions isn’t terribly difficult, either. I’ve gathered a majority of mine from story missions, buying fortune cards from Clea (which usually turn into pots), from the daily login gift, and from special event presents. And when I get them, I use them.

Pro-tip: When you’re in one of the hubs, such as the Avenger’s Tower, the timer on your buffs stops ticking. That makes heading back to base for inventory management and the like a good strategy to save as much time for when you’ll be pulling in XP.

5. Grab a couple key runewords

Don’t be throwing out runes when you find them! Those weird objects may just be your ticket to a faster leveling path.

The enchanter, especially when leveled up, gives you the option to equip “runewords” onto your character. Two of these, Seer’s Brilliance and Brigand’s Fortune, offer bonus XP per kill. It’s not a huge amount, granted, but I firmly believe that every little bit helps. Many thanks to Blutspitze and his extensive video guide for this tip!

6. Keep tabs on the current events

I’ve always loved the feeling of accomplishing more than one task at a time, especially if I don’t have to spend any extra effort. Marvel Heroes is my kind of game because a smart strategizer can take advantage of overlapping goals and synergies to great effect.

I seriously recommend paying attention to whatever big event is going on in the game at the time. That’s where bonus loot and often bonus XP will be found, which makes it a no-brainer to play. Now, stack on top of that legendary quests that take place around that event (and remember, you can reroll until you get the one you want), potion buffs, and shared quests, and you could find yourself in the fast lane to the level cap instead of puttering along.

Doing this means that you have to stay flexible and go where the action is, adjusting your play session accordingly. I think it’s worth it, unless the activity is either beyond your reach or too grating.

Anyway, those six tips have served me quite well so far. What others would you recommend to newer players?

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TheHiveLeader
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TheHiveLeader

dirtyklingon Nreff I’m always here… watching… *wink*

Laolunsi
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Laolunsi

I just love how one of the tips was to play one of the most fun ranged heroes in the game lol

RobertKarst
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RobertKarst

xstortionist I do buy fortune cards, don’t get me wrong, but it is really hard to take advice from someone with the username “Xstortionist”. lol

BryanJohnSauriol
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BryanJohnSauriol

ArchDevi By the time you can even equip the Ziggurat, you’re in the 50s. Not the most useful advice for levelling.

Braxwolf
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Braxwolf

Awesome, a Marvel Heroes column! Excited to learn more about this game!

SexyKingJesus
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SexyKingJesus

xstortionist lol you are evil

SixSixTrample
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SixSixTrample

I did not know that the buff timer stopped in base!

Wow is that nice.

I started last week and just hit 50 on Cyclops…super nice to know I wasn’t wasting time while reading the 200000 items I picked up in MM!

mbbrazen
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mbbrazen

I wish I could like MH more… Every one on MassivelyOP is so excited about it… I don’t know…. I did the story up to Dr. Doom, wherever that is in the whole chain, but the whole Midtown Madness thing, running around killing stuff for loot you probably take to vendor anyway.. hard for me to enjoy that. But, I’m glad people like it. I want gazillions to do well so they will keep the kid version going.

xstortionist
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xstortionist

i recommend pulling out your checkbook and buying fortune cards.

Kanbe
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Kanbe

http://digitalcapes.libsyn.com/size/2
There’s a Marvel Hero’s podcast I’ve been listening to and one of the things they started doing a few episodes back is giving out some new player tips each episode.