New Player FAQs – 9/25/2017

Greetings everyone! Are you new to the game or know someone that needs some help with certain basic aspects of the game? Check out a list of some questions asked by various players new to Arena of Valor. This will be updated weekly!

  • Basic Attributes

What are some of the attributes shown with my heroes and equipment?

Max HP Amount of damage a hero can take before dying. Also affects certain abilities.
Max Mana Amount of mana available to a hero, used for abilities.
Attack Damage Increases your hero’s basic attack damage and increases the damage of some hero abilities (usually abilities that cause physical damage).
Ability Power Increases the damage of some hero abilities (usually abilities that cause magic damage).
Armor Reduces physical damage taken.
Armor Pierce Causes a target to take damage as if they had less Armor.
Magic Defense Reduces magic damage taken.
Magic Pierce Causes a target to take magic damage as if their Magic Defense was reduced.
Critical Chance The chance that one of your attacks will trigger a critical.
Critical Damage The base amount for Critical Damage is 200%. This can be increased with equipment and Arcana.
Movement Speed This increases your base movement speed by a set percentage.
Life Steal A percentage of your basic attacks will recover your HP. This applies to damage done after a target’s damage reduction (Armor) is calculated.
Magic Life Steal A percentage of damage generated by your abilities will recover your HP. This applies to damage done after a target’s damage reduction (Magic Defense) is calculated.
HP/5 sec The amount of HP your hero naturally recovers every 5 seconds.
Mana/5 sec The amount of mana you hero naturally recovers every 5 seconds.


  • How do I add new friends?

From the main menu, tap on the icon with two people on the bottom right then tap the Add Friend button. First enter your friend’s in-game username as it EXACTLY appears then tap the search button. If the player is found, you can then send a friend request.


  • How do I get more heroes to use?

Besides using Gold or Vouchers to obtain new heroes, the easiest and most effective way of increasing your roster is through the Road to Glory! Road to Glory is our daily quest mechanic that basically gets you a free hero each time you complete 3 matches. Only Standard (casual) or Ranked Match that are fought normally (without excessive AFKers) count towards this quest.


  • How do I get awesome skins?

Skins are a great way of setting your hero apart from other heroes while helping support the devs! Since a skin can only be equipped on a hero you already own, the main things you need to use skins are:

1) Vouchers

2) Own the actual hero you want the skin for

If you don’t own the hero and you want to purchase the skin, the game will prompt you to first purchase the hero using either Gold or Vouchers. We also sometimes have other ways to get skins such as promotional hero packs and Lucky Draw.


  • What kind of Arcana should I buy for my heroes?

It’s good to buy Arcana based on the hero you use the most or the class you use the most (Warrior, Assassin, Mage, etc.).


To see exact recommendations on Arcana, from the main menu, go to Arcana -> Recommended -> Change (to the hero you primarily use). The recommended Arcana changes based on the level of Arcana you choose, so if you’re new or low on Gold, we recommend you look at Arcana Level I or II recommended Arcana.


  • What are Gold, Gems and Vouchers used for?

Gold: Used to purchase Arcana and heroes. These can be directly found under the Heroes and Arcana buttons from the main menu. Gems: Used in the Gem Shop (main menu -> Shop -> Gem Shop) and can currently get you a Gildur Value Pack (buy Gildur using Gems), Double EXP and Gold Cards, Magic Crystals (used for the random Lucky Draw), and Lvl 2 Arcana Pack. Vouchers: These are used to purchase Heroes, Skins, Rename Cards, certain hero value packs, Sonika (for in-game chat), Magic Crystals (for randomized Lucky Draws), Double EXP and Gold Cards and more!


  • Why does the game choose items for me to buy in the middle of battle? How do I change this?

In Arena of Valor, each one of your heroes has a preset build that can be changed in Armory. To access this, from the main menu, go to Armory -> Change -> select the hero you want to set the build for.


On the left, you can select between Attack, Magic, Defense, Movement and Jungling (for heroes with the Punish talent that want to specialize in jungling). Basic items are listed on the left, advanced items in the middle and end items on the right. Advanced and end items require a combination of basic items to be available for purchase. If you want to change your current build, tap on Change, remove the items you don’t want and select the items you want from the items listed below.


If you don’t want to deal with this, the EASIEST way to get a good build is through the Pro Builds options. Simply tap Pro Builds and select a build. The builds listed here are based on the highest total number of wins made in games where that hero selected the build. It’s a great way to start.


  • Which class should I play?

Based on your playstyle and the needs of your team, you can either select a hero you think is extremely fun, or you could select one you think that most teams you’re in is generally lacking. If you are completely unsure of the heroes you’d like to try, from the main menu, tap Heroes -> Suggested (at the bottom) and try our Hero Finder. Based on your answers, we’ll help select a good starting class to play. As you play a few matches, you’ll then have a better idea of where you’d like to branch off.


  • Have more questions?

Do you have a question you’d like to see listed here or want to make friends, find a guild and chat with the community? Join our official Arena of Valor Discord:

Stay tuned until next week when we have an updated set of newbie FAQs!