Aion: Legions of War – Guide to Hero Progression and Upgrades
Aion: Legions of War is, without a doubt, one of the most complex tactical RPGs you can play on your mobile device. Despite its intricate and, at times, intimidating progression system, this guide will help understand every single thing you need to know in order to upgrade your heroes to 5 and then 6 stars without having to commit real-life money.
This guide works well with our BlueStacks best hero guide, because most of the heroes you’ll save for are mentioned there. In addition, acquiring those endgame 6-star heroes is quite simple if you follow our list of things you can do to make the most of your playtime every single time you log on (hyperlink to: “Aion: Legions of War – Playtime Optimization Guide”).
Everything you need to get there is a bit of patience and consistency!
Which Heroes to Upgrade
If few or none of your heroes are among the best you can get in the game, don’t despair – there’s still a chance that they can be useful to your team until you get better ones. For one, look at their natural star rank. Most, but not all 4- and 5-star characters are good. There are even a few 3-star ones that you ought to keep (i.e. Tanku, Viper, or Praedo).
If you have to discern between multiple heroes of the same kind, but with different affinities, take the one with the higher talent, since this is the stat that commands all others. The leader ability can also be very useful, but this might not always apply. For example, Astria gives 10% increased HP to everyone at all times, while Gullin’s 30% increased party damage only applies to dungeons.
Whenever you get a dark or a light affinity hero, they are keepers. These are quite rare and they are always stronger in this version than when you get them with other elements, such as fire or wood.
How to Evolve Heroes
You might think that evolving heroes in Aion: Legions of War is as straightforward as selecting one hero and then using others to enhance/evolve them. After several weeks of playtime, we found out that this is a terrible way to go about it. So, what do you do when you reach that evolution plateau and there’s nothing available to increase your star rank?
Before anything else, go to your main heroes and press the lock button on the right side of their name. This will ensure that they are protected from mistakenly being used to evolve others. Make sure to also lock all synthesis and blitz heroes. The first have a yellow button with three connected dots on the right hand side of their talent and you’ll be using them to obtain better heroes later on. Blitz heroes have a lightning next to the lock which means you can use them to instantly run dungeons.
In order to guarantee a smooth and steady progression for your heroes, it’s important to keep all of your evolution ginsengs and use silver-starred heroes to evolve the latter instead. One thing you might notice about these little fellas is that they require fewer slots to level up, which means you’ll have to spend less resources to get them evolved. As the ginsengs get bigger, you can use them to improve your main heroes. When you run out of ginsengs, just use lower-tiered silver heroes to upgrade higher-tiered golden ones.
Another crucial aspect of hero upgrade is skill enhancement. If and when you get identical heroes, keep them! These can be used on one another in order to improve their skills, while also gaining a bit of experience. Some of these upgrades can be quite overpowered when they are maxed out, but, more importantly, you won’t get duplicates that often, which is why you should keep them and use them wisely.
Getting 5-Star Heroes
The first 800 gems deal in the hero portal has a guaranteed 4-star hero. Afterwards, this is no longer the case, so you should only use this trade-off once. Aion has a karma system whereby if you pull enough 3-stars you’ll eventually land a 5-star, but the amount of gems necessary to fill up the karma bar again makes it a bad deal. Since gold is easy to come by, you’re better off saving these gems and buying rare or elemental confinites in the general store using gold only.
Aside from doing your dailies and racking up hero shards, synthesis is a sure-fire way to get a 5-star hero. This is the reason why you want to lock smaller synthesis heroes. Out of the bunch, Regis seems to be the best, so we’re better off trying to get her.
Since we have Asylla, it’s best to go and lock her in order to prevent trading her off through enhancements or evolutions. She can be quite good in the beginning, but once you get better heroes, feel free to trade her off into the synth scheme. In addition, quite a few of the synthesis heroes on that list can be farmed in elemental dungeons, so don’t be afraid to spend a couple of gems retrying the last boss once or twice. Completing all floors here will give you a ton of hero shards, not to mention achievements that also come with goodies.
Lastly, don’t forget to send all your fodder heroes on expeditions. If you can check your game from time to time, put every single expedition on two hours, as this will maximize the chance of an incursion and bonus loot. Otherwise, you might benefit more from sending your core heroes on 8 hour expeditions because this will help max them out quickly.
If you follow the Bluestacks hero progression guide closely, you’ll also be able to make your way through the story at lightning speed, not to mention that you’ll always have materials to upgrade your core team. A versatile and well improved legion will ensure that the adventure, the dungeons, the tower, or the arena will be out of your reach.