🐙 Basil – 3* Fire / Red from Abyss Hunters

New Abyss Hunter Hero is released: Basil

This thread is for discussing strategy related to Basil, as well as your thoughts on Basil.


Rarity Element Class Mana Speed
Level Attack Defense Health

3/55 522 610 886
3/60 645 754 1095
Origin Family
Covenant of Champions Abyss Hunter
Image Aether Power Description
dmg-reduction Damage Reduction At the start of each battle, all damage received by this hero is reduced by 10% for 6 turns.
In battles with multiple waves, the effect is refreshed at the beginning of each wave.
:hourglass: Ability: Damage Over Time on Special
When this character casts their Special Skill, they give a Hunter’s Mark on a random enemy. The target receives 150 damage over 3 turns. If a target already has this effect, the duration will be refreshed and the damage will be increased with 150, up to 1500 damage in total.
:hourglass: Ability: Hunter’s Sense
When this character casts their Special Skill, they have 100% chance to transfer the newest status ailment from themself to the target. If the Special Skill cannot target an enemy, a random enemy is chosen instead. If this character has no status ailments, they recover 12% health.
:dizzy: Special Skill: Squeak of Protection
  • The caster and nearby allies share received damage with each other for 4 turns.
  • The caster and nearby allies get +35% defense for 4 turns. The defense increases by 10% each turn up to 65%.
  • The caster and nearby allies counterattack with 70% of the damage received for 4 turns. The counterattack damage increases by +10% each turn, up to +100%.

All-in-one still under construction. Card image to be added when available.

:hugs: Family Bonus

Heroes become stronger when teamed with other unique Heroes of the same family.

Abyss Hunter Family
Bonus for 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 Heroes:

+5% / +10% / +15% / +20% defense,

Monster Island Bonus
Heroes belonging to the Plains Hunter and Abyss Hunter family receive the following perks on Monster Island:

  • +20% attack, +20% defense, +20% health
  • 50% less permanent damage taken.
  • Stack (Max 10): When this character casts their Special Skill, all enemies get -3% defense

:test_tube: Changes from Beta

There appear to be no changes to Basil from last-seen Beta stats, skill, and design.

Beta Information: 🧪 Early Information on New Abyss Hunter Heroes [Part of The Beta Beat v53]

:thought_balloon: What do you think of Basil ?

This thread is for thoughts and discussion on Basil.

Based on preferences Forum members have expressed, please try to stick mainly to Basil and not wander off topic too much to other heroes.

Some Popular Questions for Discussion

  • Is Basil worth summoning for?

  • Would you use Basil on Defense? Offense? War? Quests/Events? Titans?

  • Which heroes on your Roster best pair with Basil ?

  • What heroes would you take when facing Basil as an opponent?

  • Would you give Basil Druid Emblems? Which Talent Grid path will you choose?

  • What do you think of special?

  • What do you think of Basil’s character design?

  • If you Summoned Basil and would like to post your results, please include some thoughts on why you Summoned Basil, and whether/how you plan to make use of them.*

*NOTE: Summon Results posted without any commentary/feedback at all should be flagged as Off Topic and removed, based on preferences expressed by the Forum community. Please include some comments about what you think of Basil when posting Summon Results. In addition to opinions about Basil, you are also encouraged to include how many Summons it took before receiving Basil (or how many Summons you’ve done without receiving Basil), so other players are presented with realistic experiences of the rarity of Rare Event Hero.

:money_with_wings: Avoiding Overspending & Heartache :broken_heart:

More Insights & Reading

I highly recommend reading these three threads for more information and context on summoning odds:

If you’ve read them a million times before, you may consider reading them again before deciding on your budget for summoning. A little time spent deciding on how much money you want to risk on summoning goes a long way to avoiding disappointment, frustration, and regret later. :slight_smile:

:thinking: Wondering About Your Personal Situation?

Feel free to discuss your team and roster here, and ask for advice from other Forum members.

If you’d like more extensive advice on sorting out your particular roster, I recommend creating a new thread in Gameplay Help & Tactics, and posting screenshots of your hero roster, along with your questions.

:link: Related Threads You May Be Interested In


Feedback Poll - Basil (post release)

:question: Is Basil worth Summoning For?

  • Yes, absolutely
  • Only if you’re P2P
  • Yes, but only when featured.
  • Not really
  • Not at all

0 voters

:question: How many copies of Basil would be useful to keep & Level?

Note - this is roster space dependent & isn’t the same for everyone!

  • Zero
  • Just one
  • 2
  • 3
  • All of them

0 voters

:question: What do you think Basil’s Primary Purpose is?

  • Damage Share (Allies)
  • Defense Buff
  • Riposte (Counterattack)

0 voters

:question: What do you think of Basil compared to other 3* Heroes?

  • Over Powered (OP)
  • Little stronger than Most
  • On Par with Most
  • Little Weaker than Most
  • Completely Broken (Under Powered)

0 voters

:question: How does Basil’s Special Skill and Intended Purpose match Basil’s Base Stats?

Note this means Basil’s Class, Attack, Defence & HP Stat

  • Perfectly
  • Better than Most
  • On Par with Most
  • Worse than Most
  • Terribly

0 voters

:question: Is Basil worth giving Druid Emblems to?

  • Yes absolutely
  • Depends on who else you got
  • Hmmmm, not sure yet
  • No I don’t think so
  • No… Not at all.

0 voters

:question: Where do you think Dawn is best suited on defence (in a 3* arena)?

  • Left Wing
  • Left Flank
  • Tank
  • Right Flank
  • Right Wing
  • Not on defence at all.

0 voters

:question: How do you think Basil is best used?

  • PvP Raids/ War attack
  • Normal Defence
  • War Defence
  • Titans
  • Farming
  • Tournaments
  • Event Teams

0 voters

Choose up to 3 options

:question: What do you think is Basil worth Limit Breaking ?

  • Yes
  • No

0 voters

:question: If you would emblem Basil then which Emblem Path would you select ?

  • Sword path
    (Selecting Attack talent nodes when possible)
  • Shield path
    (Selecting Health and Shield talent nodes when possible)

0 voters

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First I saw red and slow and was going to stop reading lol… But since I was already there I figured alright let´s see that skill, I have to say I was even less excited.
Well one hero I won´t care if I never get him…

Slow might be OK since it is the first counterattack hero in 3 star world (if we ignore Jing). But combining Counterattack and damage share??? It doesn´t work that way unless they change how the game works for this hero. Def buff and spirit link together will result in close to zero counterattack damage.
I think this hero can be called a tile dump. His counterattack won´t be a threat and neither is anything else.

best comparison may be Gunnar, a slow hero with def buff and spirit link. No counterattack, but the Super-Paladin healing seems more useful than a super-low counterattack. Anyway Gunnar is no use as a tank anymore these days either…

Not the worst hero in the game, but if one already has a well developed 3 star roster, not good enough to spend resources on either.


I’m sorry this is a failure from Beta. They reworked the hero from nearby to all allies which is better, but the order needed to be reversed also. Counter attack first then damage share and defense boost. In the current order, it’s totally counterproductive.

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I agree, this skill is very badly thought. Damage-share and defense increase are okay, though there are two other S1 3* heroes that do something similar. However the counter-attack is a miss, because counter gets mitigated by 1) damage share 2) defense increase, so it might as well be not there. Basil does have upper hand in passives (not really family bonus so far as there is only one Abyss Hunter hero) but that’s it.

Counter first, then damage mitigation shenanigans.


This combination of skills seems entirely useless. I am not going to max this hero just to try it out. Spirit link AND def-up? both reduce counterattack damage, which is a rather low percentage to start with. So I don´t think there´ll be a lot of damage coming out of this hero. And the damage is the only thing distinguishing this hero from Gunnar, which is nothing but a tiledump.
A mana stealing counterattack like Ferant instead of the damage would have been more interesting or well anything else really.

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Only potential use case I see in the rat’s current form is for no blue rush tourneys. But even there it’s almost better to just tank Treevil anyway (especially if you have multiple of them). So yeah a fairly underwhelming 3*.

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I agree: Definitely treevil!

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How odd that Basil’s skill is like this - but maybe counterattack in three star tournaments would be too difficult to deal with in it’s ‘normal’ state.

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I did get this hero undecided to keep and level or consume for food. Have plenty of other reds to work on.


I´d keep him! He seems unique, no? Congratulations :tada:


Yea he is unigue but i tend to keep my roster low ish with heros i will likely use.

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In his current form I see no point in this hero, I will definitely not max him. However he seems a good candidate for an adjustment sometime, so I will keep mine for a half year or so to see what happens. If no buff comes around I will feed him away then. In my roster he got the spot from Li (who I kept for the same reason, but finally gave up this time around :slight_smile: )

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Right, that is a good point - hopefully he´ll get reworked a bit! Until then, he helps with survival in some challenge events, possibly :pray: :fire: :slight_smile:

Did this dude just retire Gunnar? Not cGunnar but base Gunnar. I faced a team with him at tank in the raid tourney. The shared damage kept the opponent, but the counterattack made me want to hold off on attacking. Maybe I’ll need to try a team of Basil, cGunnar, Treevil, Zarel, and the new ninja in the 3* rush tourney.

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Agreed. I faced him as a tank and when his skill went off I was toast. Very difficult in tournies!


Just got him (didn’t know he existed before getting him) and this was my first reaction: why doing shared damage + riposte? I never bring a riposte here when bringing Wilbur into battle…

Has anyone spoke to the devs?? This HAS to be a mistake, surely ?? Yeah, sure, it’s happened the other way round, counter attack then damage reduced by 50%, Bennu, Sif, which benefits the defending counter-attacker but doing it this way round the damage going back is in the attackers favour??? Me no understandy ??? I cud understand if there was some other skill, like Treevils bunch so they needed to temper it down or the damage wud be astronomical but this…….really ??? Very strange & I wud LOVE to hear the excuse as to why it was released like this !!
‘We use extensive testing & data parameters to ascertain the optimal stats & skills for a particular hero before release & as such feel that any released hero is, at that point, balanced & will add to the enjoyment of the game’
Beta testers informed them & I know this for a fact !!! Sorry about the length I’m just shocked it was released like this at slow too !!! Quick dispel & it’s all irrelevant anyway !!!

Just thinking about it, after the farce of Erebus & everything else that’s been going on I’m actually not shocked, in fact I’m not shocked 1 tiny little bit & I think more like ‘yet another anecdote of hilarious shenanigans regarding this game’ !!! Such a shame things like this happen & are becoming very frequent !!

Basil, I’m sorry.

I laughed at your face, I played you down.

When I read in Beta Beat that your special skill was shared damage, defense and counterattack I thought it was a joke

But you’re so good. You shared damage and counterattack carried me to a 5-0 today.

Forgive me.