Marvel Heroics: Ten Marvel Heroes resources to bring you from zero to hero

Before a few months ago, the time that I spent in Marvel Heroes was largely uninformed and aimless. I figured it was just a Diablo click-fest that required very little knowledge other than how to work my index finger. That led me to meandering through the story mode and experiencing leveling that was so painfully slow that it almost drove me away from the game.

This all changed when I decided to buckle down and do some actual research into how Marvel Heroes was set up and its different systems functioned. After a few days of this, everything started to “click” for me, and I found my excitement and enjoyment of subsequent game sessions skyrocket.

Since I ended up bookmarking half of the internet in this journey to get my Marvel Heroes diploma (I imagine that Mr. Fantastic is the one who gives it to me), I wanted to share those resources with you in the hopes of passing along some great information that could take you from zero to hero in no time at all.

1. New player’s guide for Marvel Heroes 2015 (simplified)

Anyone who’s spent any good amount of time in the game could skip this guide, but I’m including it because it’s a quick primer that could be quite useful to the true neophyte. Most of the points that he lists require a lot more explanation — think of them as topic headers — but it’s a starting point to wrap your head around the layers of this game.

2. “Should I keep this gear?” database

One of the big recurring questions that players have — especially new ones feeling overwhelmed by loot drops and inventory limitations — is “What gear should I keep and what should I sell/donate?” There’s really nothing worse than discovering long after the fact that you trashed an incredibly rare unique or artifact without knowing it at the time.

This database is a terrific resource to cross-reference gear with how important it is for various characters, giving you a rough idea of what’s valuable and what’s vendor trash. Trust me, your STASH space will thank you for using it.

3. Marvel Heroes Item Base

To go along with the last entry, here’s an exhaustive database of pretty much everything you’ll find in the game. It’s invaluable to use when you want to cross-reference gear to builds or to see if you’ve rolled the best numbers on an item.

4. A Mostly Comprehensive Guide for New Players

The above video is what I used to help break down the walls of my Marvel Heroes ignorance. It’s quite long (3.5 hours!), but he breaks it down into topics that makes it easy to devour in smaller sessions. If you can stand how many times he says “essentially,” then you’ll come out of his course feeling ready to tackle the game entire. Highly recommended.

5. Marvel Heroes Compendium

Like the Marvel Heroes Item Base, the Compendium is an insanely deep resource designed for those researching builds or specific pieces of gear. It’s the spreadsheet to end all spreadsheets. I don’t use it a lot, but I’m glad to have it there when I do need it.

6. I’m level 60! Now what?

Leveling is one of the easier to understand parts of Marvel Heroes. But what do you do when you reach that final ding? A lot, as it turns out, but the game isn’t always the best at clearly pointing you at what to do. This guide is. It takes you step-by-step through gearing up your character at the endgame and provides some options for fun with your newfound powerhouse.

7. Introduction to Marvel Heroes 2015

This is (at the time of this writing) a seven-video series designed to get players in the game and give them solid footing. I really liked his three quick tips videos (one, two, three), even though some of the information is a little outdated.

8. Orcz Promo Codes

I mentioned this last time, but it belongs here too. Orcz has an ongoing updated list of promo codes that you can use to get free stuff in the game. Check it regularly because there always seems to be new codes every few weeks!

9. What the tutorial doesn’t tell you

Another short and sweet guide touching on some subjects that the game isn’t as great about explaining.

10. New player advice

This collaborative thread is full of extremely useful (if disorganized) tips and tricks for those just getting into Marvel Heroes. My favorite piece of advice? “Savor the gameplay. Slow down and smell the explosions.”

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Tithian
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Tithian

The best advice I can give you, is search youtube for https://www.youtube.com/user/wilfridwong. He does mostly Marvel Heroes videos and has reviews and builds for characters, does theorycrafting, has guides for new players and veterans… the man’s a beast.
His ingame name is Lace and apparently he’s pretty well known in the community.

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BalsBigBrother

xyzzysqrl BiS is simply the piece of gear that has the highest possible rolls for the most beneficial stats for a given build.  There can be some variance to which the item is depending on the build you are using for whichever hero.  BiS gear for MH is nice to have but not mandatory by any means.  Just getting the items can be very time consuming and then trying to get perfect stat rolls can be very expensive credits wise.

It’s always best to use your own judgement and that is something that will improve over time.  My own philosophy for such things is as long as I am not dying and I can finish whatever the content is I am doing then my gear is good enough.  if I get BiS gear then great but I am not going to be overly concerned that I don’t have it for every slot.

xyzzysqrl
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xyzzysqrl

Okay, I have to admit: I don’t really understand “Best In Slot”. How is it calculated? Should I just blindly follow it or use my own judgement on these things?

Armsbend
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Armsbend

DamnDirtyApe I’ll need to revisit then.  thanks ~~

DamnDirtyApe
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DamnDirtyApe

Armsbend DamnDirtyApe You don’t have to drop stuff on the ground.  They added a trade interface a while ago.

DJjazzy
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DJjazzy

Armsbend DJjazzy BalsBigBrother 
Perhaps it is just the really narrow field of view. I don’t have an issue with most of the other ARPGs I’ve played. I’ll give another try eventually, just something always seems to be off for me when I play it.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

DJjazzy BalsBigBrother Armsbend top down?  The camera seems pretty standard for arpgs.  I personally like Path for the grim, deth-metal world (without being a joke like Brutal Legend or KISS) and I really like the no-holds-barred trading.  Trading makes the game a bit sandboxy to me.

DJjazzy
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DJjazzy

BalsBigBrother Armsbend 
I just cannot get into Path of Exile, no matter how many times I try. Part of it is the camera I think.

ApathyCurve
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ApathyCurve

That Compendium spreadsheet is… stunning.  Gonna save that one to desktop when I get home this evening.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

DamnDirtyApe  Trading is pretty confusing in this game imo.  dropping stuff on the ground is just bad.