AFK Arena Artifacts Guide

by SilentBobUS

It looks like Lilith is adding new class specific artifacts. So far I’m very bullish on the new Waistband of Resilience. It looks like a more aggressive version of the Chalice of Vitality, with stronger base stats, and the potential for shields and damage. It looks like it should be swapped in for Chalice of Vitality on any Tank hero with their own CC effects, and on any teams with a lot of CC effects. It feels like it is going to be insane on tanks like Gorvo whose whole kit is built around CC.

Looks like there is a new class specific artifact on the block, Carnage. It certainly seems interesting, since it seems like the opposite of a win-more (win-less?) in that it will help you more in situations where you might already be struggling. Based on the stat gains, it seems like it would be best on heroes with strong normal attacks, and on frontline heroes that need the life leech to survive. However, I’m not bullish on it, since it is in direct competition with Chaos, and I don’t see it outperforming Chaos after the first Ult, and certainly not after the second.

Dura’s Artifacts

NameStats at 4 StarsAbilities at 2 StarsAbilities at 5 Stars
Dura’s Blade10% ATK, 25 ACCIncrease ATK by 1% and ACC by 2 every 3 secondsIncreases ATK by 1.5% and ACC by 2 every 3 seconds
Dura’s Call15 Haste, 10 MRRestores 14 energy per second (reduced by 15% for each other Call)Restores 16 energy per second. If slain, energy is shared between remaining allies
Dura’s Chalice of Vitality15% HP, 10% DEFRestores 1% health per second for the first 45 secondsRestores 1.5% health per second for the first 45 seconds
Dura’s Conviction8 CRIT, 25 ACCAttack rating +7% when no enemies are nearbyAttack rating +7% when no enemies are nearby and emits knockback shockwaves every 15 seconds
Dura’s Drape15% DEFHealth Recovery +15%Health Recovery +15% and increases to +30% as health falls to 0
Dura’s Eye10 CRIT, 10 PRGrants 20 Haste points for 3 seconds after a critical hitGrants 20 Haste points and critical hits deal 30% more damage
Dura’s Grace15% HP, 20 DodgeActivates a shield that offsets 170% damage over 5 seconds when hero ultsShield increased to 220% and prevents mind control for 3 seconds

Class Specific Artifacts

NameClass (#1’s)Stats at 3 StarsStats at 4 StarsAbilities at 3 Stars
The BarricadeTank (1)21% HP, 10 CR23% HP, 11 CREvery 15 seconds, when the ally with the highest combat rating suffers fatal damage it is ignored, and 40% of this hero’s current health is converted into a shield for that ally
Chaos BringerWarrior (12)15% ATK, 30 ACC16% ATK, 35 ACCDuring the first 2 ults, deals 220% AoE damage in a wedge and raises haste by 15 and life leech by 12
CarnageWarrior (0)8.3% ATK, 19.6 AS9.1% ATK, 21.5 ASEvery 18 seconds, when the wielder’s health falls below 50%, grants 20 haste and 40 life leech for 8 seconds
Shroud of VerdureRanger (6)14.3% HP, 9.5 CRIT15.8% HP, 10.5 CRITAt combat start, grants a shield worth 60% max HP for 8 seconds that increases ATK by 25%
TidebearerSupport (3)14.2% HP, 15.3 CR16% HP, 16.2 CREvery 15 seconds, grants a shield worth 40% max HP for 5 seconds. Every remaining 2% of the shield is converted to 12 energy, not to exceed 120
Waistband of ResilienceTank (10)21.3% HP, 16.7% DEF23.4% HP, 18.3% DEFWhen a non-summoned enemy is effected by a control ability, deals 130% to the enemy and grants the wearer a 10% shield for 9 seconds. Cannot trigger off the same enemy for than once every 12 seconds
WindbinderMage (12)9.2% HP, 16.7 CA, 10% ATK10.1% HP, 18.3 CA, 11% ATKAt combat start, grants 300 energy. Wielder loses 40 energy a second for 5 seconds after their first Ult

Class Specific Star Priority

Since the Windbinder has the most heroes that consider it their number one artifact, and because raising it from 3 stars to 4 and 5 stars yields the best stat gains out of all of the class specific artifacts, it seems like an obvious candidate for the first class specific artifact to push above 3 stars.

After that Chaos or Waistband would be next, both have a large number of heroes that count it their best artifact, and both give solid stat gains for pushing it above 3 stars. I think which one to pick will probably come down to which hero class you use the most often.

Next is the Shroud which seems extremely good on a few heroes, and raises crit which is a very strong stat. After that I’d say Tidebearer, since it doesn’t go down in utility like the Call and is used by a lot of the heroes that are in the same formation with Calls.

Next is The Barricade, since only a few heroes can really use it well, and it isn’t a lot better than their next best artifact. Last is Carnage, since it is in direct competition, but appears to be worse in most situations compared to Chaos. Since the Carnage ability can only activate 8 seconds every 18, the best case scenario is that it gives an average of 9 haste and 18 life leech. (Carnage is new, so its assessment is still evolving)

General Artifact Equip Priority By Class

ClassFirstSecondThird
MageWindbinderEyeCall
RangerEyeShroudBlade
SupportCallTidebearerGrace
TankWaistbandChaliceBarricade
WarriorChaosEyeCarnage

Artifact Equip Priority By Hero

Please note that these priorities are based on 5 star Dura artifacts and 4 star class specific artifacts. Prior to 5 starring the Eye, Blade comes out ahead of it for most Warriors.

HeroClassFirstSecondThird
AinzMageWindbinderEyeCall
AlbedoTankWaistbandChaliceBarricade
AlnaWarriorChaosEyeCall
AnokiTankWaistbandChaliceBarricade
AntandraWarriorChaosCarnageGrace
ArthurTankBarricadeChaliceWaistband
AthaliaRangerEyeShroudSword
BadenWarriorChaosEyeCarnage
BelindaMageWindbinderEyeBlade
BrutusTankBladeBarricadeWaistband
CeciliaRangerShroudEyeBlade
DaimonTankCallWaistbandDrape
DrezRangerEyeBladeShroud
EironnRangerShroud (PvE)Call (PvP)Eye
EstrildaWarriorChaosCarnageChalice
EzioRangerBladeEyeShroud
EzizhSupportTidebearerCallGrace
FawkesRangerEyeBladeShroud
FeraelRangerEyeBladeShroud
FloraMageEyeWindbinderConviction
GorvoTankWaistbandGraceChalice
GrezhulTankChaliceEyeBlade
GwynethRangerShroudEyeBlade
HendrikTankWaistbandBarricadeChalice
IsabellaMageEyeWindbinderBlade
JokerRangerShroudEyeBlade
IzoldWarriorChaosDrapeCarnage
KazRangerGraceShroudEye
KelthurRangerShroudEyeGrace
KhasosWarriorChaosEyeBlade
KhazardMageWindbinderEyeCall
LorsanMageWindbinderEyeCall
LuciusTankWaistbandBarricadeChalice
LucretiaRangerEyeBladeShroud
LycaRangerShroudEyeGrace
MehiraMageWindbinderDrapeBlade
MezothTankWaistbandBarricadeChalice
MortasSupportTidebearerEyeGrace
NakoruruRangerEyeGraceShroud
NaraWarriorChaosEyeCarnage
NemoraSupportTidebearerCallDrape
NumisuSupportCallTidebearerGrace
OdenMageWindbinderEyeGrace
OrthrosTankWaistbandChaliceDrape
OscarRangerEyeShroudBlade
PippaMageCallWindbinderGrace
QueenWarriorEyeChaosCarnage
RaineSupportCallTidebearerGrace
RigbyWarriorChaliceGraceCarnage
RosalineSupportEyeCallTidebearer
RowanSupportCallTidebearerChalice
SafiyaMageWindbinderEyeCall
SatranaMageWindbinderEyeGrace
SaurusWarriorChaosBlade (Boss)Eye
SeirusWarriorChaliceCallCarnage
ShemiraMageWindbinderEyeCall
SilasSupportBladeDrapeTidebearer
SkregTankWaistbandChaliceCall
SkriathMageWindbinderEyeCall
SoliseMageWindbinderEyeGrace
TaleneSupportBladeCallEye
TasiSupportEyeTidebearerCall
ThaneRangerEyeGraceShroud
TheowynRangerEyeCallShroud
ThoranTankCallWaistbandChalice
TidusRangerShroudGraceEye
TorneTankWaistbandChaliceBlade
TwinsSupportCallTidebearerEye
UkyoWarriorChaosEyeCarnage
UlmusTankWaistbandDrapeChalice
VurkRangerEyeBladeShroud
WarekWarriorChaosEyeCarnage
Wu KongWarriorChaosEyeCarnage
ZaphraelMageWindbinderEyeCall
ZolrathWarriorChaosEyeCarnage

Eye v Blade Comparison

As someone mentioned in the comments below, Eye v Blade for heroes with low crit rates (which includes all heroes with heavy armor) isn’t so clear cut. Here is a chart that outlines the comparison for Saurus, who is a good representative hero for all heroes with heavy armor:

SaurusEyeBlade
Haste1.141.21.14
CritRate0.140.240.14
Attack111.1
CritDmg11.31
Boost000.005
Seconds
01.29961.57441.42956
31.29961.57441.449054
61.29961.57441.468548
91.29961.57441.488042
121.29961.57441.507536
151.29961.57441.52703
181.29961.57441.546524
211.29961.57441.566018
241.29961.57441.585512
271.29961.57441.605006
301.29961.57441.6245
331.29961.57441.643994
361.29961.57441.663488
391.29961.57441.682982
421.29961.57441.702476
451.29961.57441.72197
481.29961.57441.741464
511.29961.57441.760958
541.29961.57441.780452
571.29961.57441.799946
601.29961.57441.81944
631.29961.57441.838934
661.29961.57441.858428
691.29961.57441.877922
721.29961.57441.897416
751.29961.57441.91691
781.29961.57441.936404
811.29961.57441.955898
841.29961.57441.975392
871.29961.57441.994886
901.29961.57442.01438

From this we see that it only takes 24 seconds for the Blade’s DPS to exceed the DPS for Eye on Saurus, and thus it would only require Saurus(Blade) to last for 45 seconds to out-damage Saurus(Eye). However, the real comparison isn’t so clean cut, because there is a chance that before 45 seconds, Saurus(Eye) may have been able to assist in a kill because of the extra damage, or save himself due to the extra damage converted to HP via life leech. In either of these situations Saurus(Eye) would have significantly out-performed Saurus(Blade). I think a general rule would be Eye > Blade except for fights that you know will last past 45 seconds where you know that the number of heroes surviving on either side would not change in the first 45 seconds based on whether you used the Eye or the Blade. Which is likely true for most boss fights.

I used Lyca and Safiya as my comparisons for Medium and Light Armored units, and for both of those it was clean cut. It took 48 and 57 seconds respectively for Blade to outperform Eye. Since both are over 45 seconds, Eye is always better. Please note that in all of these comparisons, we are looking at a 5 star Eye vs a 5 Star Blade. For units that already have a high Crit rating, a lot of the utility in Eye comes from the 30% crit damage boost and the more consistent speed boost.

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