Overview – Constrictor is a very complicated character to use effectively in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. He is a tactician, but plays more like a scrapper. Unlike most tacticians, he does not build himself up for a powerful attack. Instead he sets up an enemy for a powerful finishing blow. Additionally, he is rather unique because he has an attack that can only be used once per combat. This limits his effective options, making him hard to use in longer battles. You are best using him in boss battles that require a character that the boss is the counter class of or against blasters. Beyond those uses, he doesn’t particularly stand out.
How to Obtain – You can earn this character by obtaining eight comic book covers from coiled lockboxes.
Special Abilities – Quartermaster – This unique ability is one of the best special abilities in the game. At the start of each of this character’s turns, he uses a random item. At worst this will boost one of his attributes and often this will give him some special benefit like follow-up or counter attacks. The random element is the only thing that keeps this ability from making him one of the best characters in the game.
Crackdown (Level 1) – The Crackdown power allows you to deal moderately high melee damage to a single target for a low stamina cost. Additionally, the target is generalized and the next power the target used becomes locked out for two rounds. This is particularly useful against bosses or other characters with multiple actions and almost completely nullifies Omega Sentinel. The main reason for you to use this power is to generalize an enemy that is a counter class to one of your characters. If you don’t need, though, you are generally better off using Lightning Lash.
Lightning Lash (Level 2) – Lightning Lash deals almost exactly the same damage as Crackdown for roughly five times the stamina cost. The big advantage of this attack is that it adds the incapacitated status and, more importantly, assures the next attack against the target will be a critical hit. This is a perfect set up for low accuracy, high damage heroes like the Hulk and you should use this attack basically whenever it is available.
Snake Eater (Level 6) – Snake Eater is Constrictor’s big damage attack. The base damage is very high, though so is the stamina cost. Additionally, it deals additional damage on a critical hit and against foes that are stunned or incapacitated. Against a blaster, it is possible to use this attack immediately after Lightning Lash and deal massively high damage, usually enough to defeat the enemy. Even without the proper setup, the base damage is so high you should keep an eye on enemy health and always be ready to use this as a finishing blow.
Distress Call (Level 9) – Distress Call is a single use power. It has a number of advantages that almost entirely make up for this. First, it is subtle, which means it won’t activate enemy counter abilities. Second, it is a quick action. Finally, Distress Call doesn’t have a stamina cost. When you use this power, you summon Magneto who uses his most powerful attack. This is especially effective if you happen to have a team with Magneto in it. There are two main ways to use this. You can either open a fight with it or you can hold off until there is a round you can use it to finish off an opponent. Which approach you take basically depends on whether your enemies can heal the damage dealt by this power.
Unlocks – This character is not currently required to unlock any Marvel: Avengers Alliance game content and is unlikely to ever be required.
PvP – Constrictor is a wild card in PvP. His ability to generalize opponents can put you on an even playing field even when the enemies are stacked against you, but he doesn’t have the variety of special abilities that usually makes for a top tier PvP character. If you are going to use him, teaming him with Magneto is best because Magneto can stun enemies, which means he synergizes well with both Snake Eater and Distress Call. Even with this combination, you are basically relying on lucky results from the Quartermaster special ability. If you get good results, you will get easy victories. If not, it is hard to win with this character.
Variant Uniforms – No variant uniforms currently exist for this character in Marvel: Avengers Alliance.