Bullseyes in the Sky
January 28, 2022

Kate Bishop

Joining Echo and the Young Avengers for Helicarrier guard duty will be the sharpshooter Kate Bishop. As we mentioned in last week's blog, America Chavez, Ms. Marvel, and (the unbeatable) Squirrel Girl create a tenacious 5-person War Defense team that is sure to make Nick Fury proud during Alliance War. Now, let's dig into Kate Bishop's role and the updates coming to her teammates.


Kate Bishop grew up in a wealthy Manhattan family to a father who was a powerful publishing magnate. Her relationship with her father became permanently torn when she discovered that he was working with Super Villains and the criminal underworld. But when Kate's life was saved by Hawkeye and the Avengers, she became inspired by Hawkeye's heroics as he was a hero with no superpowers and armed only with natural talent, skill, and reflexes. After a traumatizing attack in Central Park, Kate dedicated herself to learning several forms of combat fighting and self-defense. She quickly became proficient in swordplay, archery, and martial arts. Kate got her chance to test her growing abilities when the Young Avengers failed to stop an attack on the wedding of Kate's sister. Kate saved the Young Avengers and then found their secret hideout with the help of Cassie Lang (Ant-Man's daughter and the hero Stature). She joined the Young Avengers and took up the mantle of “Hawkeye” while the original Hawkeye was missing. Through more training (including with Clint Barton), Kate became one of the world's greatest sharpshooters. She's fought with her fellow Young Avengers against Hydra, Madame Masque, and even the powerful Kang the Conqueror.


For the Young Avengers team, Kate Bishop is a Controller with high Focus and 200% Accuracy, making her immune to Blind. She empowers the Young Avengers and makes the team incredibly powerful on War Defense with multiple ways to both remove positive effects from enemies and apply negative effects to them. Kate Bishop also has a powerful Charged mechanic that has additional potency on War Defense. Similar to Heroes for Hire, she gains 5 Charged on Spawn (once per War) and then on turn, if Charged, grants Ability Energy to all Young Avengers allies, allowing them to use their Special and Ultimate abilities more often. The updates coming to America Chavez, Ms. Marvel, and Squirrel Girl will boost their base stats, give them better survivability, and enhanced team synergy on War Defense. 


To learn more and see Kate Bishop and the rest of the Young Avengers in action, make sure you check out the latest episode of S.T.R.I.K.E. Time.



Take aim at Helicarrier intruders with Kate Bishop and the Young Avengers:


KATE BISHOP

Traits: Hero, Global, Tech, Controller, Young Avenger


Basic - Acrobatic Archer

  • Attack primary target for 225% Piercing + clear 2 random positive effects.
  • On Crit, Chain to 1 adjacent enemy for 225% Piercing + clear 2 random positive effects.
  • On WAR DEFENSE, apply Taunt to each target.
  • If this character has Charged, gain +25% Crit Chance for this attack.
  • This attack cannot be blocked or dodged.


Special - Trick Arrows

  • Energy Cost: 3/3
  • Attack primary and adjacent targets for 275% damage.
  • Flip 3 positive effects on each target to negative effects.
  • If this character has Charged, apply Offense Up for 2 turns to self and all YOUNG AVENGER allies.
  • If this character does not have Charged, fill Speed Bar by 75% + gain Charged.
  • This attack cannot be dodged.


Ultimate - Empty the Quiver

  • Energy Cost: 2/5
  • Attack all enemies for 300% Piercing.
  • If this character has Charged, apply Blind for 2 turns to the enemy with the highest Damage and 2 random negative effects for 2 turns to all other enemy from this list: Defense Down, Disrupted, Offense Down, Slow
  • Lose Charged.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Don't lose Charged.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Gain +100% Extra Focus for this attack.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Apply Speed Up for 2 turns to self and all YOUNG AVENGERS allies.
  • This attack cannot be dodged or counterattacked.


Passive - Stubborn Defiance

  • On Spawn, apply Offense Up for 2 turns to self and all YOUNG AVENGER allies.
  • On Death of a YOUNG AVENGER or when a YOUNG AVENGER ally drops below 50% Health, attack a random enemy for 200% Piercing + apply Blind and Slow.
  • When this character drops below 50% Health, gain 2 Evade.
  • Gain +25% Resistance. YOUNG AVENGER allies gain +25% Resistance.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Gain 5 Charged on Spawn of their initial match. This action occurs only once per WAR.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: On Turn, if Charged, grant 1 Ability Energy to self and all YOUNG AVENGER allies, then lose 1 Charged.

AMERICA CHAVEZ UPDATES

Base Stat Increases:

  • Health +33%
  • Damage +25%
  • Armor +20%
  • Focus +25%
  • Resist +36%


Special - Shooting Star

Old:

  • Attack primary target for 300% damage + 75% damage per YOUNG AVENGER or HERO BRAWLER ally.

New:

  • Attack primary target for 300% damage + 75% damage per YOUNG AVENGER or HERO BRAWLER ally.
  • If Kate Bishop is an ally, this attack always Crits.


Ultimate - Starling Highway

Old:

  • Clear 3 positive effects.
  • Attack primary target for 430% damage.

New:

  • Clear 3 positive effects.
  • Attack primary target for 430% damage.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Target the enemy with the least Speed Bar.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Flip 3 positive effects into negative effects instead of clearing them.


Passive - America's Starling

Old:

  • Gain +20% Max Health.
  • YOUNG AVENGER and HERO BRAWLER allies gain +20% Max Health.


New:

  • Gain +25% Max Health.
  • YOUNG AVENGER and HERO BRAWLER allies gain +25% Max Health.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: On Spawn, fill Speed Bar by 25% for adjacent allies.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Reduce enemy Drain by 100%.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: If this character has 3 or more YOUNG AVENGER allies, reduce enemy Damage by 20%.

MS. MARVEL UPDATES

Base Stat Increases:

  • Health +17%
  • Damage +14%
  • Armor +20%
  • Focus +60%
  • Resist +48%


Basic - Big Bash

Old:

  • Attack primary target for 200% damage.
  • Gain Deflect.

New:

  • Attack primary target for 200% damage.
  • Gain 2 Deflect.


Special - Rejuvenate

Old:

  • Heal self for 20,000 Health + 50% of this character's Max Health.
  • If Health started below 50%, also gain Slow.

New:

  • Heal self for 23,000 Health + 50% of this character's Max Health.
  • If Health started below 50%, also gain Slow.
  • On WAR DEFENSE, gain Taunt.


Passive - Fangirl

Old:

  • Gain Assist Now on each YOUNG AVENGER or HERO BRAWLER ally's turn. On Turn, grant Assist Now to a random YOUNG AVENGER or HERO BRAWLER ally.
  • When a HERO ally drops below 50% Health, gain Taunt. If that ally is a YOUNG AVENGER or BRAWLER, also gain 2 Deflect.


New:

  • Gain Assist Now on each YOUNG AVENGER or HERO BRAWLER ally's turn. On Turn, grant Assist Now to a random YOUNG AVENGER or HERO BRAWLER ally.
  • When a HERO ally drops below 50% Health, gain Taunt. If that ally is a YOUNG AVENGER or BRAWLER, also gain 2 Deflect.
  • When this character drops below 50% Health, clear Taunt.
  • Gain +25% Armor. YOUNG AVENGER allies gain +25% Armor.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Gain an additional +25% Armor.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: YOUNG AVENGER allies gain an additional +25% Armor.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: YOUNG AVENGER allies gain +25% Max Health.

SQUIRREL GIRL UPDATES

  • Health +20%
  • Damage +25%
  • Armor +114%
  • Focus +14%
  • Resist +17%


Special - Eat Nuts

Old:

  • Heal all YOUNG AVENGER allies that are under 50% Health for 15% of this character's Max Health. Heal all allies for an additional 15% of this character's Max Health.
  • Clear all negative effects from all allies.
  • Call the ally with the highest Damage to attack the primary target.

New:

  • Heal all YOUNG AVENGER allies that are under 50% Health for 15% of this character's Max Health. Heal all allies for an additional 15% of this character's Max Health.
  • Clear all negative effects from all allies.
  • Call the ally with the highest Damage to attack the primary target.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: If Health started above 90%, gain 1 Ability Energy.
  • On WAR DEFENSE: Clear negative effects before healing.


Ultimate - Squirrel Army

Old:

  • Attack all enemies for 260% damage + apply Bleed and Offense Down.
  • This attack cannot miss.

New:

  • Attack all enemies for 260% damage + apply Heal Block for 2 turns and Offense Down.
  • Fill Speed Bar by 10% for each YOUNG AVENGER ally.
  • This attack cannot miss and cannot be Counterattacked.


Passive - Unbeatable

Old:

  • When a YOUNG AVENGER ally drops below 50% Health, apply Defense Up to that ally and fill this character's Speed Bar by 30%.
  • Gain +20% Drain. YOUNG AVENGER allies gain +20% Drain.
  • Gain +20% Max Health. YOUNG AVENGER allies gain +20% Max Health.

New:

  • When a YOUNG AVENGER ally drops below 75% Health, apply 2 Deflect to that ally.
  • When a YOUNG AVENGER ally drops below 50% Health, apply Defense Up to that ally and fill this character's Speed Bar by 30%.
  • When a YOUNG AVENGER ally drops below 25% Health, apply 2 Deathproof to that ally.
  • Gain +25% Drain. YOUNG AVENGER allies gain +25% Drain.
  • Gain +25% Max Health. YOUNG AVENGER allies gain +25% Max Health.

Mirror Image Event

One of your first opportunities to recruit the new Young Avenger, Echo, is heading your way soon with the Mirror Image Event. Upgrade your roster and bolster this new War team with this limited-time event:


Imprint Currency & Event Store

Earn limited-time Imprint currency via the Fighting Spirit Milestone and from the Daily Objectives for Raid, Arena, and Real-Time Arena. You can then spend your Imprints in the Event Store.


Fighting Spirit Milestone

Earn progress toward a 3-day milestone that repeats 5 times during the event by winning in Blitz. Each milestone threshold rewards Imprints that can be spent in the Event Store.


Mirror Image Milestone

Rack up points toward a 15-day milestone by spending Imprints, Campaign Energy, and Iso-8 Campaign Energy. Milestone rewards include Echo character shards, Elite 4 Credits, T4 Ability Materials, and Teal, Orange, and Purple Gear and much more!


Ranked Leaderboard

Leave your mark by earning as many Mirror Image Milestone points as possible to climb the Mirror Image leaderboard and earn exclusive rewards such as Teal Uniques.


Bonus Events

Be on the lookout for the following Bonus Events that'll begin at various times during the event:

Ionized - When refreshing your Isotope-8 Campaign Energy, earn 2x the amount.

Train & Gain - 2x Training Modules from Campaign nodes.

Raid Frenzy - 20% cost reduction for Raid Energy, Heals, and Revives in Raids.

Energy Overload - When refreshing your Campaign Energy, earn 2x the amount.


Character Availability

We're pulling back the curtain (and the cape) on the upcoming character moves. If you're looking to bolster Cloak, head over to the Raid Store on February 1st at 4:00PM (PST), where you can purchase his shards for 1400 Raid Credits. Then starting on February 3rd at 4:00PM (PST), you'll find Scarlet Spider shards in the Supplies Store, as well as the Premium, Basic, Mega, and Ultimus Orbs. And speaking of the Mega Orb, if you wanted to try and grab shards for Heimdall from the Mega Orb, make sure you give it a shot before February 3rd at 4:00PM (PST), as the Keeper of the Bifrost will be removed to make room for Scarlet Spider.


Weekly Events

Take advantage of the upcoming slate of events and avoid pondering "What if…?" For all Bonus Events, filter your roster using the featured trait to find all eligible characters and their corresponding nodes.


Malicious Manipulators Bonus Event

  • Start Date: January 30th at 4:00PM (PST)
  • Rewards: 2x character shards for Villain Mystic Controller characters from Campaigns
  • Prep for Phoenix Legendary Event, "Phoenix Rising"


Phoenix Rising Repeating Legendary Event

  • Start Date: January 31st at 4:00PM (PST)
  • Prepare with the Malicious Manipulators Event and an upcoming inbox with 3 shards for up to 7 of the required characters
  • Reward: Phoenix character shards
  • Requirements: 5 Villain, Mystic, Controller characters. Character must be a minimum of 5 Stars to unlock Phoenix


Rival King Blitz

  • Start Date: January 31st at 4:00PM (PST)
  • Rewards: Killmonger character shards


S.T.R.I.K.E. Pass - Season 12

  • Start Date: February 1st (PST)
  • Featured Reward: Deathpool character shards
  • How it works: Complete your Daily Objectives to earn featured and recurring rewards.


Red Star Featuring

  • Start Date: February 1st (date/time subject to change with version 5.10 release date)
  • Featured character: Echo
  • How it works: Limited-time increased drop rate in all Red Star Orbs


Wakanda Nation Bonus Event

  • Start Date: February 4th at 4:00PM (PST)
  • Rewards: 2x character shards for Wakandan characters from Campaigns
  • Prep for: Chaos Theory Bonus Event (Gold & Silver Promotion Credits)


Mistaken Identity Blitz

  • Start Date: February 3rd at 4:00PM (PST)
  • Rewards: Star-Lord (T'Challa)
  • Star-Lord (T'Challa), Yondu, and the Ravagers are a new, powerful War Offense Team. Don't miss his second run in Blitz!


Until next time…


Good luck, Commanders!



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