Champion Spotlight - Vision (Aarkus)



About VISION (AARKUS):
Vision, whose true name is Aarkus, is an alien law enforcement officer from a dimension known as Smokeworld. After being accidentally contacted by a scientist from Earth, Aarkus came to our dimension to fight crime. He has the ability to control gasses, smoke and cold, even teleporting to the far side of the world using little more than a smouldering cigar.

VISION’s (AARKUS) Mechanics:

    Aarkus starts every fight with a Power Gain Buff and gains more over time. As long as he has at least one of these Buffs, he can inflict Armor Break Debuffs onto his Opponent just by staying near them. While under the effect of an Armor Break, Opponents also take Coldsnap damage over time. To end a fight, Aarkus can convert his Armor Breaks into a very long Armor Shattered Debuff, which shuts down Robot systems and lets him deal bursts of bonus Energy damage with his Special 1 Attack and Special 2 Attack.

BASE STATS & ABILITIES
* All stats based on 4-Star, Rank 5, Level 50, Signature Level 99
HEALTH: 15660
ATTACK: 1148
MAX PI:
WITHOUT SIGNATURE: 3879

WITH SIGNATURE (99): 4756
* All stats based on 5-Star, Rank 5, Level 65, Signature Level 200
HEALTH: 31398
ATTACK: 2301
MAX PI:
WITHOUT SIGNATURE: 7807

WITH SIGNATURE (200): 10580

Character Class: Cosmic
Basic Abilities: Power Gain, Armor Break, Coldsnap, Fury

STRENGTHS
  • Power Gain
  • Aarkus starts each fight with a pretty strong Power Gain Buff, and gains an additional one every 10 seconds. Once he has a few of these, they more than compensate for his decreased base Power Rate, and he’s able to use Special Attacks way more frequently than the average Champion.

  • Anti-Power Control
  • Aarkus has a few abilities which punish Champions who try to control his Power. He reduces the strength of Power Drain effects and the duration of Power Lock against him. He also gains an additional Power Gain buff whenever he receives a Power Drain or Lock.

  • Armor Break and Armor Shattered
  • While he has at least one Power Gain Buff, Aarkus applies an Armor Break Debuff every 2.3 seconds, just by being near them. These Armor Breaks are also Paused while close to Aarkus, so he’s able to build up quite a few, and deal progressively more damage to the Opponent. Finally, he can convert all these Armor Breaks into a very long Armor Shattered Debuff, which has a higher overall potency and shuts down Robot systems for its duration.
WEAKNESSES
  • Consistent Nullify - Doctor Strange, Symbiote Supreme
  • Aarkus needs Power Gain Buffs before he has access to any of his other abilities. He gains one of these every 10 seconds, but if an Opponent is able to consistently remove them with a Nullify effect, they’ll keep Aarkus under control.

  • Coldsnap and Armor Break Immunity - Mephisto, Human Torch, Thing
  • Aarkus’ other major threat is that while Opponents have an Armor Break or are Armor Shattered, he deals Coldsnap damage to them just by being near them. But if the Opponent is Immune to any of those effects, they can just ignore this damage entirely.

Abilities:
Passive:
  • Aarkus reduces the potency of Power Drain effects by 80%, and the duration of Power Lock effects by 50%.
  • Aarkus gains 15% less Power from landing and receiving Hits.
Power of Smokeworld - Buff - Max: 5
  • Aarkus draws strength from the Smokeworld dimension at all times. He starts the fight with a Power Gain Buff, and gains 1 every 10 second(s).
  • These Buffs last indefinitely. The first one grants Aarkus 4% of a Bar of Power every 1 second(s), and every subsequent Power Gain Buff is 33.33% less effective.
  • He also gains one whenever his Power is Drained or he receives a Power Lock Debuff.
Developer’s Note: If one of the Power Gain Buffs is nullified, but some are left over, the next Power Gain Buff he receives will replace the one that was nullified, rather than being less effective than the ones that were left over.


Frozen Air:
  • While Aarkus has a Power Gain Buff, he freezes the area near him. Every 2.30 second(s) the Opponent spends near Aarkus, they gain an Armor Break Debuff, decreasing Armor Rating by 222.22 for 5 second(s). These Armor Breaks are capped at 10.
  • Armor Break Debuffs on the Opponent are Paused while they are near Aarkus.
  • While the Opponent is near Aarkus and they have an Armor Break or Armor Shattered Debuff, they also gain a Coldsnap Debuff, dealing 126.28 Energy damage every 0.50 second(s). Opponents under a Coldsnap cannot Evade attacks.
Developer’s Note: If the Opponent moves away from Aarkus, the 2.3 second Armor Break timer is entirely reset. So Opponents can prevent the Armor Break by backing away from Aarkus right before the timer expires. As soon as the Armor Break activates, or the Opponent comes close when they already have one, they’ll start taking damage.



SPECIAL ATTACKS
Hits from Special Attacks Pause all Armor Break Debuffs on the Opponent until the end of the Special Attack.
Developer’s Note: The main reason for this is so Aarkus doesn’t have to worry about getting too far from the Opponent during his Special Attacks.

Special 1 Attack - Spiral of Smoke
  • Aarkus rises up on a tornado of smoke and vapor, then slams into his Opponent, knocking them back with the force of a gale.
  • Each hit refreshes all Armor Break Debuffs on the Opponent.
  • If the Opponent is Armor Shattered, this Attack deals 2066.4 bonus Energy damage.
Developer’s Note: Aarkus is most effective when he can get 10 Armor Breaks on the Opponent before converting them into Armor Shattered.The refresh on The Vision’s Special 1 Attack makes it easier for him to get those 10 Armor Breaks.

Special 2 Attack - Blizzard Blast
  • Aarkus conjures a blast of frozen energy, snow, and ice, chilling his Opponents to the core.
  • Replace all Armor Break Debuffs on the Opponent with one Armor Shattered Debuff. For each Armor Break removed, this Debuff lasts 5 second(s) and reduces Armor Rating by 352.94.
  • While Armor Shattered is active, Opponents cannot suffer from further Armor Break Debuffs nor activate their Armor Buffs. Additionally, this Debuff shatters Robot Champion's systems, reducing their Ability Accuracy and Power Gain by 100%.
  • If the Opponent was already Armor Shattered, instead this Attack deals 2066.4 bonus Energy damage.
Developer’s Note: This is the Special Attack that Aarkus wants to work towards in the initial stages of the fight. In addition to Armor Shattered being potent against Robots, it has a stronger Armor reduction than his individual Armor Breaks, and is used to trigger bonus effects on his other Special Attacks.

Special 3 Attack - Talk to the Hand
  • Aarkus vanishes into the ground in a puff of smoke, then uses the energy of Smokeworld to grow his hand to gargantuan size. He toys with the Opponent for a brief time, before picking them up and slamming them into the wall.
  • Aarkus increases the area his abilities affect to cover the entire field for 20 second(s).
  • If the Opponent is Armor Shattered when this Attack is activated, gain a Fury Buff increasing Attack Rating by 2066.4 for 20 second(s).
Developer’s Note: For 20 seconds Aarkus doesn’t have to worry about keeping the Opponent in-range to apply Armor Break and Coldsnap to them. And if they’re affected by Armor Shattered, he gets a nice long Fury buff which increases the damage of both his regular hits, and his Coldsnap. This attack is great when you just want to let loose on the Opponent.

Signature Ability - Smoke and Mirrors: Like smoke slipping through your fingers, this Signature Ability makes Aarkus even harder to pin down.
  • Passive:
  • Whenever Aarkus gains a non-Damaging Debuff, he has a 80.08% chance to Purify one of each non-Damaging Debuff on him. This cannot trigger more than once every 9.50 second(s).
Developer’s Note: Important to note that it purifies one of each type of non-Damaging Debuff on him, so triggering this can have consequences for more than just the Debuff that triggered it.


SYNERGY BONUSES
FIRST OF HIS NAME - Unique - 5 Star and up - With Vision, Vision (Age of Ultron)
  • Vision (Aarkus): Armor Shattered also decreases Ability Accuracy and Power Gain of Tech Champions who rely on #Metal.
  • Vision, Vision (Age of Ultron): Power Burn effects also grant a Fury Buff for 6 second(s). The Fury potency increases with the amount of Power Burned.
  • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.

DRY ICE - Unique - 4 Star and up - With Iceman, Mysterio
  • Vision (Aarkus): Increase the duration of Armor Break Debuffs by 2 second(s) flat.
  • Iceman: Increase the duration of Frostbite Passives by 4 second(s) flat.
  • Mysterio: Increase the duration of Reflection and Frenzy gas by 3 second(s) flat.
  • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.

SENIOR'S DISCOUNT - Unique - 3 Star and up - With Black Widow (Claire Voyant), Old Man Logan, Captain America
  • Synergy Members: Special Attacks cost 15% less Power.
  • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.

TEAMMATES - Unique - 2 Star and up - With Doctor Strange, Winter Soldier, Captain America (WW2), Namor
  • All Champions gain +5% Perfect Block Chance.
  • Unique Synergy: Does not stack with duplicate Synergies.

RECOMMENDED MASTERIES
Enhanced Fury
  • The Fury on Aarkus’ Special Attack 3 is already quite strong, but it can be improved even more with the Enhanced Fury mastery. And as mentioned above, this will also increase the damage he deals with Coldsnap.

Despair
  • Aarkus has a very easy time putting lots of Armor Break Debuffs on the Opponent. While he can only stack up to 10 of them, that’s more than enough to fully suppress the Opponent’s regeneration effects via the Despair mastery.
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Comments

  • RotellyRotelly Posts: 406 ★★★
    "Aarkus draws strength from the Smokeworld dimension at all times." sounds like Hood or GR to me
  • WardenZeroWardenZero Posts: 709 ★★★
    “Senior’s Discount”

    Haha
    Poor Cap.

    Honestly though, he seems like he’ll be a pain on defense. Not a bad champ at all.

    Warden out ~
  • CliffordcanCliffordcan Posts: 941 ★★★
    I'm now confused on why Medusa is changing with her Armor Shattered description. Aarkus doesn't seem to have that description, so does that mean his Armor Shatter will not also act as Armor Break?
  • Lvernon15Lvernon15 Posts: 4,231 ★★★★★

    I'm now confused on why Medusa is changing with her Armor Shattered description. Aarkus doesn't seem to have that description, so does that mean his Armor Shatter will not also act as Armor Break?

    It won’t, beezy’s ccp video was mostly about that, wont shut down reverb and other things like that
  • CliffordcanCliffordcan Posts: 941 ★★★
    Okay, I think that's dumb. Only because you can't get Armor Break while Armor Shatter is active. I assume it's for balancing reasons.
  • Ctleath_013Ctleath_013 Posts: 418 ★★
    This guy is quite annoying to fight. When you cant nullify the power gains, you gotta dash it, hit him 3 times, then dash back out! Also I keep trying to dex his sp2 but get absolutely destroyed, That being said I’ve found that archangel works pretty well, especially since his sp1 is ranged.
  • XxLoganTDCxXXxLoganTDCxX Posts: 2,519 ★★★★
    So Medusa gets armour shattered from sp1 and can do lots of damage from an sp2.
    Looks like Aarkus gets armour shatter from sp2 and can do lots of damage from an sp1
  • XxLoganTDCxXXxLoganTDCxX Posts: 2,519 ★★★★
    edited September 10
    Etjama said:

    It's amazingly stupid that he doesn't have the #Dimensional Being tag. You literally just said that he came to our dimension to fight crime...

    After being accidentally contacted by a scientist from Earth, Aarkus came to our dimension to fight crime.

    They should add the tag.
  • Haji_SaabHaji_Saab Posts: 3,258 ★★★★★
    #WheresTheTag 😂
  • CoatHang3rCoatHang3r Posts: 2,855 ★★★★
    The synergy first of his name, is the value of the ability accuracy/power reduction 100% just like robots or is it a different value?

    FIRST OF HIS NAME - Unique - 5 Star and up - With Vision, Vision (Age of Ultron)
    Vision (Aarkus): Armor Shattered also decreases Ability Accuracy and Power Gain of Tech Champions who rely on #Metal.
  • The synergy first of his name, is the value of the ability accuracy/power reduction 100% just like robots or is it a different value?

    FIRST OF HIS NAME - Unique - 5 Star and up - With Vision, Vision (Age of Ultron)
    Vision (Aarkus): Armor Shattered also decreases Ability Accuracy and Power Gain of Tech Champions who rely on #Metal.

    Yep, it would be the same potency that it would normally be for Robots.
  • Mathking13Mathking13 Posts: 785 ★★★
    edited September 11
    didn't you forget about that ability of his that makes him laggy to fight?
    but hey despite that he does look like quite a cool (pun not intended, but definitely noticed) champion. Quite a nice bit of power gain, an Armor Shatter effect that can work on a slightly wider group of champions, quite a decent amount of damage, and more. I'd like to get him, but I'll just wait for him to get added to the basic pool like all the other f2p peeps.

    EDIT: and oh yeah he's got power manipulation resistance. That'll be nice. Basically the best counter for stuff like Languor (damage when your power drops to 0) (you'd only need to make sure you don't use a sp3)
  • Hector_1475Hector_1475 Posts: 457 ★★
    And just like that, The Thing becomes even more valuable in the game.
  • psp742psp742 Posts: 209
    edited September 14
    is vision Aarkus a solid or gaseous form champion? If he is from a dimension called smoke world.. shouldn’t he be a dimensional champion... just saying.. shouldn’t he be naturally immune to poison or something? If he phases from solid to gaseous form, wouldn’t he have some similar dynamics as ghost, who phases out and removes debuffs.
  • Savio444Savio444 Posts: 1,712 ★★★★
    His animations lag the game.
  • NojokejaymNojokejaym Posts: 1,844 ★★★★
    morningstar crushes him, he's perfect for her
  • Mathking13Mathking13 Posts: 785 ★★★
    Savio444 said:

    His animations lag the game.

    yeah I think it's the smoke that comes off of him that's causing most of the lag.
  • ContestOfNoobsContestOfNoobs Posts: 1,362 ★★★★




    here some suicide aarkus but he really is NOT suicide friendly,

    his damage is also sub par without it and UNLIKE omega, he loses armor shatter and has NO way to keep it up when u deash back u ALWAYS loses his armor break debuff, and can ONLY be extended by doing SP3 WHILE he is armor shatter to get the fury + extending his cold aura.

    i really think he needs a rework, he has no defensive utilities,immunities and requires a good amount of ramp up.

    @Kabam Zibiit
  • GNASTYGNASTY Posts: 161
    edited September 23
    Without suicides at R3 I just took WS down in 188 hits. Not too shabby.
  • Mobius360Mobius360 Posts: 54


    here some suicide aarkus but he really is NOT suicide friendly,

    his damage is also sub par without it and UNLIKE omega, he loses armor shatter and has NO way to keep it up when u deash back u ALWAYS loses his armor break debuff, and can ONLY be extended by doing SP3 WHILE he is armor shatter to get the fury + extending his cold aura.

    i really think he needs a rework, he has no defensive utilities,immunities and requires a good amount of ramp up.

    Have to agree. Just a couple things that could make a big impact, his signature abilities could give him either some resistance to damaging rebuffs or a % to shrug them off.

    Feel like a pretty neat counter part to OG Vision would be if this version of Vision was maybe immune to Incinerate (given Aarkus’s cold abilities) or something along those lines. Poison immunity really though feels like the one thing that’s surprisingly missing to me.

    Quick search on Fandom I found these interesting items on Aarkus:
    Intake Immunity: As of yet there is no toxin or atmosphere known to harm him, he can virtually breath in anything allowing him to survive throughout dimensions.

    Superhuman Durability: Aarkus extra-dimensional body makes him impervious to close range gun shots but he has been knocked unconscious by a deathly blow to the head, a minute later recovering with no visible marks or pain.

    Mind Control: Can take temporary control of any person.
  • _Reef_Reef Posts: 51
    He has all the powers that Storm should have, please redo her, she needs more than just lightning
  • Why is the First of His Name synergy locked to the 5* and above? This is a very frustrating trend.
  • culturalreference1culturalreference1 Posts: 12
    edited September 27

    Why is the First of His Name synergy locked to the 5* and above? This is a very frustrating trend.

    This is what makes the 5* more valuable.
  • cookiedealercookiedealer Posts: 101
    How come Aarkus' armor shatter is a weaker version of Medusa's?

    Why doesn't Aarkus have any immunities?
  • psp742psp742 Posts: 209
    Is Aarkus solid, liquid or neither.. he seems to disappear in his sp3 and becomes a rather gigantic hand that grips his foe and toss them around.. as gas isn’t he supposed to be immune to poison? or wouldn’t Aarkus become gaseous to avoid getting struck with heavy dealing attacks? almost same as ghost phasing.. and able to remove negative debuff.
  • EffexxiiEffexxii Posts: 6
    I try it, I think is a good champ for long fight! Using the sequence sp2 sp3 sp2 last sp 2 deal 78.000 damage.

    with suicide masteries 120.000 damage

    But tell me about non-damaging debuff.... witch are?
    Armor break
    Stifle
    And with are the other?
    Stun and parry doesn’t deal damage but Aarkus is unable to purify them...

    I think if Aarkus can be a very great Champ if he purify stun and parry
  • EffexxiiEffexxii Posts: 6
    Other question: do you think in a very useful synergy with some coming champ?
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