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.

BalsBigBrother
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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.

Enikuo
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Enikuo

I really needed this article. Thanks Justin!

DJjazzy
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DJjazzy

my general rule for gear and leveling is to select the item with the best DR. This is just for slots 1-5 though

Armsbend
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Armsbend

BalsBigBrother The fix for desynch will be a big deal.

DamnDirtyApe
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DamnDirtyApe

Another tip is to watch the trade channels and don’t be afraid to trade for what you want.  If you are tried of farming the same boss/level over and over for an item, go somewhere else.  It will mix things up a bit, maybe allow you to get some extra rewards for completing a legendary quest or something, and if you get lucky and get a rare you may be able to trade it for what you want.

Also, for those who are into the trading game, I personally know people who have almost completely geared up their characters that way.  Some people will pay a kings ransom for that one item they need to finally complete a character.

DamnDirtyApe
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DamnDirtyApe

A good collection of advice, thanks for the article.  I noticed a few articles have some advice from the old team-up system, so keep that in mind (for instance one recommended Domino due to her old passive bonus).

DamnDirtyApe
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DamnDirtyApe

KenAddeh Credits are mostly used up rerolling costume affixes and rare artifacts (like a Gem of the Kursed for instance).  An odd thing about MH is that credits don’t really seem important at all until you are at ‘end game’ at which point they become very important.

Whenever I am at cap I try to reroll an artifact a few times so I don’t ‘waste’ any credits I collect.

Syppi
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Syppi

Kanbe Nice! I did not know that, thanks!

Kanbe
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Kanbe

Justin, for #3 for checking the rolls on your gear they recently added that into the game itself. If you hold down alt and hover over any gear it will show the min-max values for each stat

Kanbe
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Kanbe

Grrr I just read the opening and now I’m going to habe that Hercules “zero to hero” song in my head the rest of the day. Now i’ll go read the article that I complained about that xD

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Armsbend funnily enough I have been playing Path of Exile more recently in the effort to reacquaint myself with that game in the run up to the Awakening launch in a couple of days.  :-)

KenAddeh
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KenAddeh

Solid info! Thanks MOP!
I’ve been asking stuff in game about what to do at 60 and with my credits since I’m about to hit the 3mil cap and have been left with one or two vague answers. Good to have this info about.

Armsbend
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Armsbend

Against all personal odds I’ve been playing this a lot lately.  This is a helpful article to me thanks.

BalsBigBrother
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BalsBigBrother

Looked at quite a few of the things mentioned in this article at one time or another in my own Marvel Heroes journey and there is certainly a lot of good information contained in the links.
Oh yeah while I think on, remember that small giveaway that Gazillion are running with the $25, 000 prize fund. I just wanted to point people to this thread:  https://forums.marvelheroes.com/discussion/216432/official-vibranium-ticket-thread
Quote from Doomsaw:
“Some countries do not participate in contests like this for legal
reasons. Nothing we can do about that, but most of the playerbase is
covered. (If someone from one of those countries wins, we’ll see what we
can legally give to them, if anything, to make them as happy as
possible)”
While I imagine most would like the $5,000 prize for finding a ticket that is simply not possible for reasons.  However,  Gazillion are at least going to investigate what they can do for anyone who happens to find a ticket regardless of whether they are in one of the countries covered in the official rules or not.  I applaud them for their honesty and for trying to do the right thing for their fans regardless :-)

IamTaemys
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IamTaemys

Thanks, Justin. I’ve been playing MH for awhile but hadn’t seen most of this stuff.

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