Overview – Thundra is the perfect hero for dealing with normal or epic bosses in challenge mode in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. Her entire design paradigm is to build up for one immensely powerful attack that can easily defeat even the toughest boss in the game. She is a rare character because all of her powers synergize both to protect her from reprisal strikes while building up and to set up her ultimate attack. Her biggest flaw is that she has no area attacks and is reliant on the buildup mechanism, both of which make her weak in PvP. Team her up with heroes that buff her, like Omega Sentinel, or ones that debuff enemies, like Mockingbird, and she is a major force to be reckoned with.
How to Obtain – Thundra can be purchased for 90 command points.
Special Abilities – Bastion / Wallbreaker – Bastion supports this character’s already high defense by occasionally reducing the damage from attacks and preventing critical hits. This is particularly useful because it reduces her penalty against blasters. On the other hand, wallbreaker is an offensive ability that causes her to make a second attack against enemies that are shielded or protecting. This basically negates shield effects and allows her to quickly disable protecting heroes in order to get to more important targets.
Lightning Round (Level 1) – Lightning Round is a high damage melee attack with a very high stamina cost. The enemy hit by this attack is subject to random negative status effects, while Thundra automatically scores a critical hit on the next attack she hits with. This is a solid opener for debuffing a specific enemy, though Rolling Thunder is usually a better opener and this attack is usually best saved until there are fewer enemies remaining.
Rolling Thunder (Level 2) – This attack deals very high melee damage to a single target for a high stamina cost. Additionally, Rolling Thunder gives random buffs to this character and reduces the damage of the target’s future attacks. The lower stamina cost, higher damage, and buffing makes this attack preferable to Lightning Round unless a specific enemy needs to be debuffed.
Perfect Storm (Level 6) – Perfect Storm is the closer attack that potentially deals some of the highest damage in the game. The base damage is only high, despite the very high stamina cost, but it deals additional damage for each buff this character has, additional damage for each debuff the target has, and has a high chance of scoring a critical hit. Because the buffs and debuffs from Rolling Thunder and Lightning Round only last one round, it can be hard to fully set this attack up with out assistance from another character. But, Rolling Thunder used against a protecting or shielded target will be followed up by Lightning Round which is the perfect setup for finishing off with this attack.
Cyclone Smash (Level 9) – This attack deals moderately high damage for an incredibly high stamina cost. Compared to the other attacks of this character, Cyclone Smash is a poor deal. The only time it is worth using is when an enemy needs to be stunned. This attack has a 60% chance to stun and will intimidate even if it doesn’t. It also causes Thundra’s next attack to deal higher damage, but this is really just compensation for not using a normally high damage attack.
Unlocks – Thundra is not currently required to unlock any game content in Marvel: Avengers Alliance, but will probably be required for a future special operation or missions in season 2.
PvP – Unfortunately, Thundra is a relatively poor choice in PvP. She is a little too reliant on debuffing enemies and buffing herself and the prevalence of powers that remove positive and negative status effects prevents her from living up to her potential. She isn’t entirely worthless due to her high resiliency and ability to follow up attacks against shielded and protecting enemies. This last benefit makes her particularly effective against popular characters like Rescue, Wolverine, Captain America, Magneto, and the IM3 versions of Iron Man and War Machine. Paired with a buffing hero like Omega Sentinel, she could make an unexpected spoiler on defense that may net more wins than she should just due to the novelty of her appearance.
Variant Uniforms – Thundra does not currently have any variant uniforms.