Marvel’s Avengers is the newest game from developer Crystal Dynamics and it allows players top step in the shoes of iconic comic book characters like Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow. Combining beat em’ up style gameplay with a loot system similar to Destiny 2 or The Division 2, Avengers is all about growing your own personal version of these superheroes and beating down waves of villainous minions. All of this helps you gain more power and abilities, which can open up high-level content. This then rewards better gear, repeating the cycle until you hit the Power Level cap or figure out the right build for you.
However, if you’re new to the looter shooter genre, the power system may seem confusing. Here’s what you need to know about raising your power and some tips for hitting the cap.
How to Raise Your Power Level
Your Power Level is directly tied to the gear that your character is currently wearing. Every armor piece has a number valued associated with it and your power is the average of all those armor pieces combined. Keep in mind, the Power Level for each hero can be different since the armor and artifacts aren’t shared. So its completely possible to have an Iron man at 150 power and a Hulk at 75. To raise your power, you need to either slot in higher power gear or upgrade your gear to increase its power. Doing so will impact your gear’s power adverage, causing that lovely number to go up.
This will also impact your core stats which includes melee attacks, ranged attacks, heroic abilites, and your damage resistance. You can get a deeper look at these stats by putting your cursor over each one in the Gear sub-menu. As you play through the campaign I recommend not worrying too much about your Power. While you always want to increase it, there’s no reason to hang onto any pieces of gear that have a lower number. The resources they convert into will be much more useful, especially when you reach the endgame and attempt to hit 150.
Once you actually complete the story, your next tasks should be to hit Level 50 and 150 power. There are two ways to do this, both of which will take a bit of time. The first is to just keep grinding away through missions and naturally acquire higher level gear. I’ve found that Epic tier items you earn after successfully completing a level will usually be a few Power Levels higher than what you have.
Your second method will be a bit more taxing on your resources, but it can speed up the process if you’ve been saving throughout the campaign. Every armor piece can be upgraded a total of ten times, each of which will boost that gear’s Power Level by one. So if you have an item at 44 power and fully upgrade it, that armor piece will hit a max power of 54. You can keep doing this everytime you earn a new piece of gear to drastically speed up the process of reaching the cap. Just remember to always, always break open resource crates when you are on missions. This will give you a steady supply of materials to upgrade your armor, so you don’t have to rely entirely on world drops. I do recommend doing this if you have the materials to spare!