The Red Onslaught
March 13, 2020

Greetings Commanders,

Today's the first Friday the Thirteenth of 2020, so avoid walking under ladders, crossing paths with black cats, and deserted summer campgrounds. But there's plenty of good fortune to go around in MARVEL Strike Force! Fitting for Friday the 13th, we're welcoming in one of the most vile and wretched villains in the history of Marvel. We've also got new node details for the upcoming Villains Chapter 7 campaign to dive into, a Fantastic Bonus event, and lucky festivities. But before you get the green, you’ll be seeing red...


Red Skull

Hydra shall once again strike fear in the hearts of all who face them for Red Skull has arrived! A high-ranking member of Hydra, Red Skull has been a longtime foe of Captain America and the world at large. He's a Controller for the Hydra team who can summon minions, revive non-summoned minions with stacks of Charge, and orchestrate an all-Hydra Assist Ultimate attack, which also includes Winter Soldier and Crossbones. On War Defense, Red Skull is a terrifying force (even for Captain America): Red Skull applies Taunt with his Basic attack and has 100% Damage Reduction with 4 Hydra minions in battle -- making him impervious to attacks while his full team is in play. When you combine Red Skull's Damage Reduction and his ability to Revive minions with his 8 stacks of Charge, Hydra's motto becomes apt: If a head is cut off, two more shall take its place. 

Hail Hydra!

Traits: Villain, Global, Bio, Controller, Hydra


Basic - Hydra-99 Pistol

  • Attack primary target for Piercing damage and apply Defense Down. 
  • On WAR DEFENSE, apply Taunt.
  • Chain to 1 adjacent target for Piercing and apply Defense Down.

Special - Elite Guard

  • Energy Cost: 4/4
  • Summon 3 HYDRA MINIONS at normal damage and of normal Health.
  • Fill Speed Bar of self and all allies
  • On WAR DEFENSE, generate 2 Ability Energy for self.
  • Possible Summons:
  • Hydra Scientist
  • Hydra Rifle Trooper

Ultimate - Storm Assault

  • Energy Cost: 3/6
  • Apply Offense Up to all allies and self.
  • Attack primary target for damage.
  • Gain assist at Damage from 5 HYDRA allies.

Passive - Hail Hydra

  • On Spawn, if Health is full, this character has 1 or more HYDRA MINION allies, and no Charged, gain 8 Charged.
  • On non-Summoned HYDRA MINION ally death, if Charged, Revive that ally and apply 2 Deathproof and lose 1 Charged.
  • Gain Speed and Damage. HYDRA MINION allies gain Speed and Damage.
  • On WAR DEFENSE:
  • Gain Damage Reduction per HYDRA ally.
  • Gain Resistance against Defense Down and Bleed.

To meet the high standards expected by Red Skull, the Hydra minions have all undergone improvements. For a full breakdown of the Hydra minion updates, check out the 3.9 Release Notes.

Four Leaf Blitz & Massive Mutant Blitz

Celebrate by driving the snakes out of Ireland with the Four Leaf Blitz! For this 3-day Blitz, earn Clover Orb Fragments via battle drops, Milestone rewards, and Rank rewards. There will not be a Top 2,000 for this Blitz as rewards will only pay out according to your percent rank. If you haven't guessed already, the Clover Orb will contain select characters that have either Green skin or clothes -- excluding Hulk -- and will drop 4 shards for those characters and 40K Gold.

Next up, Blob bounces back for his second stint in Blitz. Crush the competition and absorb Blob shards in Massive Mutant Blitz.


Villains Chapter 7

The newest chapter in the Villains campaign is almost here and just in case you need more reasons to send your elite team of Villains on this new adventure, here they are: Hela, Rescue, and Superior Basic Catalysts. Power up your Villains for a chance to grab gear and character shards in the following nodes:

Superior Basic Catalysts: Villains 7-3

Hela: Villains 7-6

Rescue: Villains 7-9

As we mentioned in a previous blog, the new Villains chapter will have additional trait requirements to add an extra challenge element. Here are the necessary traits:


Missions 1-3: Sinister Six, Hydra, or A.I.M.

Missions 4-6: Mystic

Missions 7-9: Villains, no other trait requirement


We recommend the following team stats for these missions: Level 75, 6 Gold Stars, 4 Red Stars, Gear Tier 12, Ability levels 6/6/6/4, Stark Tech 20%.


Infinity Gauntlet Form of Thanos

It's time to prepare for Thanos and his team, The Black Order! The power of the Black Order will be overwhelming and they're set to dominate Arena. You do not want to miss out on recruiting them. Here’s the rundown:

All four members of the Black Order each grant Infinity Stones during battle for

Thanos's gauntlet. When he has all of the Infinity Stones -- requiring all 4 Black Order members -- Thanos becomes "Empowered," which unlocks a new set of powerful abilities. The four members of the Black Order are Proxima Midnight, Corvus Glaive, Cull Obsidian, and Ebony Maw who will be released within the next two updates.


Ebony Maw

The newest Legendary member of the Black Order is Thanos's right-hand general, Ebony Maw. To recruit him, you'll need Black Bolt and 4 other Inhumans at 5-Stars. Inhumans will be on their way to the Store or Campaign nodes to help in your recruitment efforts. The Ebony Maw Legendary Event is currently scheduled for mid-May, so start preparing now.

Black Bolt

To recruit Black Bolt, you'll need a 5-Star Asgardian team. To help build your Asgardian team, You will soon be able to recruit Hela in Villains 7-6. The next Black Bolt Legendary Event is currently scheduled for mid-April, so continue powering up your Asgardian team!

Fantastic Bonus Event

This week, our celebration continues for Dark Dimension III's first finisher, 只野マックJAPAN (Tadano Mac JAPAN)!

For 24 hours, you'll get to enjoy 2x Mister Fantastic character shards in his Nexus 5-9 Campaign node. Stretch your Campaign Energy to the limits and grab as many shards as possible in the name of science!


Anniversary Alert

It's almost birthday time! The MARVEL Strike Force anniversary is on the way, and we've got a lot of fun events and giveaways planned to help us blow out the candles. We'll have more information soon, so be on the lookout for a future blog and inbox message with all the details.

Until next time…


Good luck, Commanders!