Here’s our META AFK Arena Tier List containing the best heroes for mid to end-game content.
As always with any tier list of sorts, please don’t take things too literally. Some of these heroes will do better or worse, depending on where you are in the game, and what levels they are.
In general though, this AFK Arena tier list was made more specifically for late to end-game PvE and PvP content and also assuming that every hero is ascended and has their signature weapons and pretty much all the best gear that you can get.
AFK Arena Tier List Ranking Explanation:
S+ Tier – These heroes are literally very OP (overpowered), in every sense of the imagination. They have great abilities that can single-handedly change the outcome of a fight. You should always prioritize to level up and invest in these heroes.
S Tier – Not as overpowered as the S+ heroes, but they still perform better than A tier heroes in every single way.
A Tier – These are the normally powered tier heroes, not that bad and not that great either, they are still good to use situationally. It’s good to have a few of these leveled up, you never know when a certain fight requires a certain composition, and some of these A tier heroes might save the day for you.
B Tier – These heroes are not that good to use in general game content (especially not in end-game), but for example, some heroes like Saveas can greatly carry you to the late game, so he becomes an S+ tier hero up until level 161.
C Tier – Sorry but, literally trash… avoid at all costs and only use these heroes as fodder to level up the much better heroes on this list.
How Did We Come Up With This AFK Arena Tier List?
We created this meta tier list by carefully analyzing the experiences and feedback of hardcore players in the AFK Arena community but also from our own gameplay experiences.
This AFK Arena tier list will always be updated, according to the game meta and latest patches. Sometimes though, we might miss some things, or misplace a hero and if that happens please leave a comment below to inform us.
Please keep in mind that this is a list only for the heroes that are able to perform extremely well in the late (levels 161-240) and end-game (level 240+) meta of the game.
For example, Saveas is S+ up until level 160, but after that, his performance gradually goes down and he becomes easily outmatched by more powerful heroes.
The same goes with Shemira, she is not that good up until level 160, but then she becomes a beast at level 161+ and even Shemira might start seeing some performance dips when trying to push the most hardcore end-game content PvE and PvP wise.
You will find many tier lists online for different levels for example heroes that you need to use from Lvl 1 to 60 or 60 to 160, etc. We think that’s wrong, as many players don’t have enough resources to level up different heroes for different levels of the game, and it might even take you longer to progress that way.
So we think that’s better to focus on S and S+ tier heroes from an early start and invest in them when you can so that you can bring them quicker to 160+ when they will start to shine even more.
Plus, you level up and progress through the early stages of the game pretty quickly, so it doesn’t really matter what heroes you choose, so yeah, go for S and S+ tiers from the get-go, if you have them of course.
Certain heroes will perform differently if they are in the lower / beginner stages of the game.
What’s more important to know is that, even though you might have all these S and S+ heroes in your team, they might not perform as well as you thought in certain aspects of the game.
For example in the main PvE campaign, sometimes even if you have a team full of S+ heroes, you might not be able to advance further, unless you take into mind hero classes, faction, and synergy.
You will find that making slight changes to your team, putting certain heroes to play with others will perform better or worse, than just simply using a team full of S+ meta tier list heroes.
AFK Arena Best Heroes
Look, when it comes to the best heroes in AFK Arena, certain names will immediately come into your mind, and sometimes you’re right because you see these names in almost every player’s team at higher levels in the game.
Taking insight from our tier list and the meta of the game right now, we think that heroes such as Brutus, Tasi, Nemora, Lucius, Rowan, Rosaline, Athalia, and Shemira are the best in the current meta.
Of course, all these heroes will fill different slots since they are all of different classes and factions, so for example Lucius is considered to be the best tank in the game and almost any meta team composition should have him.
The same goes with Brutus, he’s not only a great tank but also a very good damage dealer and can be used alongside Lucius or on his own with another damage dealer instead of a secondary tank. Some might even consider Brutus to be the best hero in the game all things considered.
Nemora and Rowan are great hero healers, and Rosaline, Tasi, and Elijah & Lailah are great support classes that will be a good fit in every team composition. Sometimes you might see players using 2 support classes or more in the same team, For example, Rosaline & Rowan, or Rosaline & Nemora.
Even though we listed here almost exclusively S+ tier heroes, don’t get discouraged of using S and A Tier hero also, when it might make for a better team synergy or when fighting certain factions in the game.
All the S Tier heroes are great in their respective classes, for example, Mehira, Ezizh, Fawkes, Eironn, and Talene are amazing heroes that might sometimes even carry you to a victory when some of the S+ heroes might not be able to.
Best AFK Arena Teams
Usually, this deserves another full article all on its own, and we will do one in the near future, showcasing exact team composition and positions for some of the best meta teams in the AFK arena game.
But for now, we’ll keep things simple and just talk about general team composition and strategies.
Normally you will want to have two tanks in the frontline (positions 1 and 2), and then on the backline (positions 3,4, and 5) fill it up with great damage dealers and support classes.
Sometimes you can switch it up and use a damage dealer like Shemira for example in the frontline, substituting for a tank, and then add an extra support class, damage dealer, and even a second tank in the backline.
You might not have the best S+ or S tier heroes right away, but when reaching the late to end-game content, most players have enough of these heroes to form great teams, while also keeping in mind the team synergies and faction advantages while fighting and progressing through different aspects of the game.
In fact, it’s recommended you have a few different team formations so that you can quickly switch back and forth when needed.
Here are some examples of the best most optimal heroes in team composition in AFK Arena:
Brutus/Lucius + Shemira + Tasi, Nemora, Lyca
Brutus Tasi Lyca Ferael Nemora
You can substitute some of these heroes with other great names such as Lucius, Rosaline, Rowan, Mehira, Ezizh, Thalene.
So there you have it, we hope this meta AFK Arena tier list will help you progress further and improve your rankings in-game.
Don’t take this list as 100% bulletproof though, as we said earlier, some things might change all the time, and depending on how you use these heroes they might not perform optimally, but with all things considered and if all heroes are ascended and 240+ with their signature items, then this list is a pretty good reference point on what heroes to invest into and create your best AFK Arena team.
What is AFK Arena?
If you somehow stumbled upon this page without knowing what this is all about, well here’s a short review and intro for the lovely game called AFK Arena.
Fair warning, this is a gacha game (you can only acquire new heroes by summoning them from scrolls or soulstones), and if you don’t like that, then this might not be the game for you, although to be honest, it’s a pretty well-made gacha game that’s also very friendly to free to play players.
You have different hero types, roles, and factions, and so this also makes it a strategy game.
All the factions (Wilders, Maulers, Lightbearers, Graveborns, Celestials, Hypogeans, and Dimensionals) have a synergy between their heroes. So putting a few of the same faction heroes together in a team will give you a synergy bonus which will raise your stats in battle (such as more attack, defense, crit rate, etc).
The whole gameplay is all about your team, you have to gather and level up the best possible heroes to create the ultimate meta formation to be able to destroy people in PvP and progress further through the PvE campaign.
Each hero has their own special set of abilities that are unique to them and also an ultimate skill that can change the course of a match if you trigger it at the right time.
The game has a lot of content both PvE and PvP, there are many things to enjoy such as Guild Boss battles, various PvP arenas and ladders, Arcane Labyrinth, King’s Tower, Peaks of time, Bounties, and much more.
You will earn coins and various currencies from playing through all of this content, and you can spend them in the store, where you can find anything you want such as new heroes, armor, weapons soulstones, dust, and various chests (such as gold and exp chests).
The whole game is pretty friendly to free to play players and is also rewarding for those who chose to spend money, it’s probably one of the best idle gacha games on the market today.
So if you never tried it before, you could give it a try and see for yourself how much fun you can have.
Don’t forget to also check out AFK Arena Codes & Redemption page, if you want to get some extra rewards in-game.