There are currently 7 hero factions in AFK Arena. Each hero belongs to a faction and enjoys formation buffs and factional advantages. The factional advantage consists of a 25% damage boost against the heroes of a given faction.
List of factions
Lightbearers have a factional advantage over Maulers. There are a total of 22 playable Lightbearer heroes in the game.
Maulers are heroes who believe strength is everything. Their society only believes in might and usability. It is unconfirmed if some of the Mauler heroes sided with Dura. According to some Peaks of Time stories, the Mauler military served the Hypogeans.
Maulers have a factional advantage over Wilders. There are a total of 22 playable Mauler heroes in the game.
Wilders are heroes who serve Nature and have sworn to protect it. They have no visible allegiances with Dura and the Lightbearers, but it is revealed that they are also fighting Hypogeans for the cause of driving them away from the homeland and Yggdrasil.
Wilders have a factional advantage over Graveborns. There are a total of 19 playable Wilder heroes in the game.
Graveborns are heroes who serve Death, are revived as the Undead, and who seek immortality through dark arts and necromancy. It is not confirmed however if Graveborns serve Hypogeans. The heroes' lore focused on their own conflicts and problems. They are enemies even against the Hypogeans.
Graveborns have a factional advantage over Lightbearers. There are a total of 22 playable Graveborn heroes.
Celestials are heroes who directly serve under Dura. They fought against the Hypogeans with Dura. It is shown that the Celestial heroes have specific roles the same as any mythology.
Celestial heroes have a factional advantage over Hypogeans. There are a total of 10 playable Celestial heroes in the game.
Hypogeans are the main villains of AFK Arena. Their main goal is to destroy any of Dura's creation by spreading evil all across Esperia.
Hypogean heroes have a factional advantage over Celestials. There are a total of 9 playable Hypogean heroes in the game.
Dimensionals are heroes who came to Esperia through a rift in space. These heroes are unique in that they can be fused with the highest hero in the player's team and obtain their same ascension and level.
Unlike other factions, Dimensional heroes neither deal extra damage to other factions nor do they take extra damage from other factions. There are a total of 11 playable Dimensional heroes in the game.
Team Faction Bonuses
During a battle, the faction of heroes in a team is used to determine bonuses. Both the player and the enemy can benefit from their own team bonuses.
The faction bonuses can be check anytime during a battle by clicking on the top left icon (for the player) or top-right icon (for the enemy) next to the attack rating. Active bonuses are displayed green.
Combining heroes of the same faction can activate the following bonuses :
|Number of same faction heroes in team||Faction bonus|
+10% attack, +10% HP
|3 of a faction + 2 of another faction||+15% attack, +15% HP|
|4||+15% attack, +20% HP|
|5||+25% attack, +25% HP|
Celestials and Hypogeans have a different behavior than the 4 other factions for determining bonuses.
Celestials can be seen as any faction when determining faction bonus, resulting in the following behaviour:
- 2 heroes of the same faction + a celestial will unlock the 3 bonus
- 3 heroes of the same faction + a celestial unlocks the 4 bonus
- 2 heroes of the same faction + 2 heroes of another faction + a celestial unlocks the 3+2 bonus
- 4 heroes of the same faction + a celestial unlocks the 5 bonus
The same principle applies if the team has two Celestials heroes.
Hypogeans have their own bonus ladder:
|Number of Hypogeans in team||Faction bonus|
|2||+25% energy recovery when injured|
|3||+15% critical rating|
|4||+30% critical damage|
These bonuses stack with other faction bonuses. For example, if a lineup consists of 3 Hypogeans, the faction bonus would provide a benefit of 30% more defense, 25% more energy recovery when injured, and 15% more critical rating. As of Patch 1.34, it is possible to have 5 Hypogeans in your lineup, which unlocks +15% haste.