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"Archero" Ability Tier List and Descriptions

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This article includes a useful list of ability descriptions.

This article includes a useful list of ability descriptions.

Abilities in Archero

Most players of Archero have gathered the basics of which abilities make for a good run. The simple idea of having an extra arrow fire with your attack is obvious. However, the benefits and exact impact of all of the various abilities is often unclear. This list will help you make informed decisions on how to build an ideal run.

For a full list and description, scroll to the bottom of the page.

Changes in Update 1.3.6

In February, 2020, Archero received some new abilities as well as some changes to existing ones. These are as follows.

Changed Abilities

  • Meteor: Now fires towards target
  • Stars: Now fire towards target, no longer shoots out horizontal and vertical projectiles upon impact.

New Abilities

  • Dark Touch: A new elemental that causes an area-of-effect explosion 1 second after hitting the enemy with it. The explosion detonates for 90% current damage. There is also a circle version of this ability, but no other types such as the rotating swords.
  • Plus Abilities: After completing a room with no damage taken, you will permanently gain a small buff to the associated stat. There are Plus abilities for Health, Attack, Crit, and Attack Speed.
  • Aura: Every 10 seconds your character will gain a significant buff to the associated stat lasting 2 seconds. There are abilities for Crit and Attack Speed. Buffs partially stack in that they cannot occur at the same time, but will not trigger independent delays of time. Meaning, you will not wait 8 seconds for Attack Speed, then afterwards another 8 seconds for Crit. Both buffs will be received during the same 10 second window.

God Tier

These are the must-pick options in any scenario:

  • Multishot
  • Extra Life

S Tier

Most likely, you should pick these depending on your strategy, build, and other options.

  • Ricochet (Not with Tornado)
  • Front Arrow
  • Bouncy Arrow
  • Piercing (Not with Tornado)
  • Wingman
  • Diagonal Arrows
  • Rage (And any offensive ability boosted by low health)
  • Invincibility Star
  • Attack Boost
  • Dark Touch
  • Freeze

A Tier

These are good options.

  • Side Arrows (S tier for Stalker Staff)
  • Attack Speed Boost
  • Crit Master
  • HP Boost
  • Shield Guard
  • Fire Strike
  • Frost Strike
  • Bloodthirst
  • Wingman
  • Giant
  • Dwarf
  • Blaze
  • Plus Abilities (take on 50 round chapters)
  • Aura Abilities

B Tier

These abilities are at least useful, and they're potentially good choices in the right circumstances.

  • Rear Arrow
  • Headshot
  • Spirit-Multishot
  • Spirit-Front Arrow
  • Poisoned Touch
  • Fire Circle
  • Frost Circle
  • Obsidian Circle
  • Dodge Master
  • Through the Wall
  • Bolt

C Tier

It's unlikely you'll be happy with having to pick any of these, but they aren't useless.

  • Spirit Crit Boost
  • Spirit Attack Boost
  • Spirit Attack Speed Boost
  • Spirit Diagonal Arrows
  • Poison Circle
  • Bolt Circle
  • Bolt Strike
  • Summon One-Eyed Bat
  • Shadow Clone
  • Meteors
  • Stars

D Tier

These abilities are borderline useless or problematic in some way.

  • Holy Touch
  • Strong Heart
  • Frost Sword
  • Poison Swords
  • Bolt Swords
  • Fire Swords
  • Poison Strike
  • Water Walker

E Tier

These are generally very underwhelming options.

  • Death Bomb
  • Death Nova

Never Pick

Finally, this ability is simply a dumb choice.

  • Smart (Except maybe in the first Stage of Chapter 7 . . . )

"Archero" Ability List and Descriptions

Abililty NameDescription

Attack Boost

Increase base attack by 30% for major, 15% for minor. Attack boost buffs are significantly bugged and may not work as you expect. Sometimes it will even reduce your attack.

Attack Plus

Upon clearing a room without taking damage, grants additional attack.

Attack Speed Boost

Increases attack speed

Blaze

Starts enemies on fire, causing a damage-over-time effect dealing 15% of your attack ticking 7 times over roughly a second and a half.

Blazing Meteor

On attack, summons a large meteor to target location dealing damage on contact. Triggers blaze effect.

Blazing Star

On attack, summons rapid small stars towards target location dealing damage on contact. Triggers blaze effect.

Bloodthirst

Restores 1.5% maximum hp upon killing an enemy

Bolt

Deals lightning damage that jumps to nearby enemies and deals 25% of your attack.

Bolt Circle

Surrounds player with rotating balls that cause Bolt effect when hitting enemies. Balls deal 75% attack damage on hit.

Bolt Meteor

On attack, summons a large meteor to target location dealing damage on contact. Triggers bolt effect.

Bolt Star

On attack, summons rapid small stars towards target location dealing damage on contact. Triggers bolt effect.

Bolt Strike

Frequently automatically spawns a blade that will fire towards enemies both while standing still and moving. Hit triggers Bolt effect. Blade deals 130% attack damage on hit.

Bolt Swords

Surrounds player with rotating swords that cause Bolt effect when hitting enemies. Blades deal 100% attack damage on hit.

Bouncy Arrow

Causes your projectiles to bounce off walls one time or one additional time if using the Tornado weapon

Crit Aura

Grants 2 seconds of increased crit rate every 10 seconds.

Crit Master

Increases critical chance and damage

Crit Plus

Upon clearing a room without taking damage, grants additional crit rate.

Dark Touch

Hitting an enemy will trigger an AoE explosion dealing 90% hit damage after a 1 second delay

Death Bomb

Causes enemies to detonate on death

Death Nova

Causes enemies to detonate into multiple projectiles on death

Diagonal Arrows

Causes 2 arrows to fire diagonally forward on attack

Dodge Master

Adds a chance to dodge incoming attacks

Dwarf

Reduces character size.

Fire Circle

Surrounds player with rotating balls that cause Blaze effect when hitting enemies. Balls deal 75% attack damage on hit.

Fire Strike

Frequently automatically spawns a blade that will fire towards enemies both while standing still and moving. Hit triggers Blaze effect. Blade deals 130% attack damage on hit.

Fire Swords

Surrounds player with rotating swords that cause Blaze effect when hitting enemies. Blades deal 100% attack damage on hit.

Freeze

Chance to freeze enemies on hitting, can stop attacks in action

Front Arrow

Adds a second front arrow to player shot but reduces base hit damage by 25%

Frost Circle

Surrounds player with rotating balls that cause Freeze effect when hitting enemies. Balls deal 75% attack damage on hit.

Frost Meteor

On attack, summons a large meteor to target location dealing damage on contact. Triggers freeze effect.

Frost Star

On attack, summons rapid small stars towards target location dealing damage on contact. Triggers freeze effect.

Frost Strike

Frequently automatically spawns a blade that will fire towards enemies both while standing still and moving. Hit triggers Freeze effect. Blade deals 130% attack damage on hit.

Frost Sword

Surrounds player with rotating swords that cause Freeze effect when hitting enemies. Blades deal 100% attack damage on hit.

Giant

Increases character size, but also increases damage significantly.

Headshot

Adds a chance to instantly kill enemies on hit. Can be proc'd by spirits.

Holy Touch

Causes 2 projectiles to fire perpendicularly off enemies on hit

HP Boost

Increases maximum HP by 20%

HP Plus

Upon clearing a room without taking damage, grants 2.2% additional health.

Invincibility Star

Causes 2 seconds of invulnerability every 10 seconds. Will stop projectiles.

Life +1

Causes player to respawn with maximum health upon dying. Maximum health includes any reductions or boosts from other abilities.

Multishot

Causes a second wave of projectiles to fire from player's shot, including any additional projectile abilities. Base hit damage is reduced by 10% and attack speed is reduced by 15%.

Obsidian Circle

Surrounds player with rotating balls that cause Dark Touch effect when hitting enemies. Balls deal 75% attack damage on hit.

Piercing

Causes projectiles to pierce through enemies, dealing reduced damage for every enemy it passes through

Poison Circle

Surrounds player with rotating balls that cause Poison effect when hitting enemies. Balls deal 75% attack damage on hit.

Poison Strike

Frequently automatically spawns a blade that will fire towards enemies both while standing still and moving. Hit triggers Poison effect. Blade deals 130% attack damage on hit.

Poison Swords

Surrounds player with rotating swords that cause Poison effect when hitting enemies. Blades deal 100% attack damage on hit.

Poisoned Touch

Causes enemies to become poisoned, taking 30% of your attack in damage every second until death

Rage

Increases damage by 1% for each 1% missing health (some bonus below half hp, mabye 50%?)

Rear Arrow

Causes a projectile to fire behind the player when attacking

Ricochet

Shots bounce to nearby enemies, but deal reduced damage

Shadow Clone

Chance on enemy death to spawn a Shadow clone of the player to fight for you for several seconds. Fires a basic arrow shot dealing 100% attack.

Shield Guard

Two shields rotate around the player blocking enemie projectiles

Side Arrows

One arrow fires from each side when attacking

Slow Projectile

Slows down enemy projectiles

Smart

Player levels up faster, unclear exactly by how much

Speed Aura

Grants 2 seconds of increased attack speed every 10 seconds.

Speed Plus

Upon clearing a room without taking damage, grants additional attack speed.

Spirit Attack Boost

Increases damage dealt by Spirits

Spirit Attack Speed Boost

Increases attack speed of Spirits

Spirit Crit Boost

Increase critical hit chance and damage of Spirits

Spirit Diagonal Arrows

Adds 2 diagonal projectiles to Spirit attacks

Spirit-Front Arrow

Adds an additional front projectile to Spirit attacks

Spirit-Multishot

Causes Spirit attacks to fire an additional wave of projectiles

Strong Heart

Increases healing gained from dropped red hearts by 20%. Does not impact healing from Bloodthirst or Heal abilities.

Summon One-Eyed Bat

Chance on enemy death to summon a One-Eyed bat to fight for your for several seconds

Through the Wall

Allows player to walk through walls

Toxic Meteor

On attack, summons a large meteor to target location dealing damage on contact. Triggers poison effect.

Toxic Star

On attack, summons rapid small stars towards target location dealing damage on contact. Triggers poison effect.

Water Walker

Allows player to walk over water

Wingman

Spirits block enemy projectiles

The Perfect Setup

The perfect setup is rare to come by, but generally, with how Archero has tuned the game, most abilities don't scale. Selecting those that do is the ideal way to have a strong run. Obviously, this means taking Multishot and Double Front Arrow, but Attack Speed and Attack Damage buffs are also very meaningful as they'll scale as you stack them all together. One-off abilities often become lower priority because they won't be impacted by things like Multishot or stack together with your various attack buffs.

Be sure to stick to things that compound and work well together, and avoid things that just don't synergize. You won't always land the perfect build, but as long as you make complementary selections, you'll do just fine.

Comments

Darius on February 06, 2020:

I think that Extra Life should be A or S at best because the devil takes a huge chunk of hp for it.

sigbog (author) from USA on January 28, 2020:

ya I think it's certainly better than D after spending some time with it. I'm going to move it up, thanks!

Lance on January 22, 2020:

Dwarf is at least an A tier ability.

Rabo on November 20, 2019:

Nice!