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35 Best Rare Champions in RAID: Shadow Legends

Most rare heroes in RAID are usually deemed useless or suitable only for the earliest stages of the game. However, hidden among them are genuinely useful champions that can be utilized even in the late game. With my three years of experience playing RAID, I have curated a compilation of the best rare champions that offer valuable skills and abilities. I have also subjectively evaluated them based on their usefulness for beginners and their effectiveness in the late game. By providing these ratings, I hope to make it easier for you to determine whether a hero is worth your attention.

Apothecary

Apothecary

Apothecary is undoubtedly one of the most well-known and popular rare heroes in the game. He possesses the ability to fill ally turn meters by 15% while simultaneously applying a 30% Increase Speed buff to them. Additionally, he can heal a single target, and there’s even a rare mechanic where YouTubers have discovered a way to use Apothecary as a damage dealer through the Ironclad’s passive skill, which attacks enemies by receiving excess healing.

Usefulness for a beginner: 8/10. Usefulness in late game: 4/10.

Anointed

The hero Anointed may seem fairly mediocre in terms of game mechanics, but they have three main applications. Anointed is useful in battles with the Fire Knight due to their triple hit basic skill. They are also valuable in progressing through the Magic Keep, as they can steal buffs with their second skill. Moreover, in arena battles, Anointed acts as a turn meter filler for allies and applies a 30% Increase Crit. Rate buff to the team. However, it is recommended to level up Anointed only if there are no other good heroes available.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 1/10.

Metalshaper

Metalshaper

Metalshaper may seem limited, but they have a specific use – battles with Scarab King in the Doom Tower. Metalshaper is one of the few heroes in the game who can apply a Shield buff to the team for the same number of turns as the cooldown of this skill takes. This unique ability allows Metalshaper to constantly keep the team under shields, preventing the boss from counterattacking. It is recommended to level up Metalshaper only if you clearly understand their purpose.

Usefulness for a beginner: 1/10. Usefulness in late game: 6/10.

Assassin

Assassin

Assassin may not be particularly useful to a beginner unless there are no other options available. Their only notable feature is the extension of debuffs with their second skill, making them suitable for battles with the Demon Lord clan boss. However, personally, I believe that leveling up Assassin is pointless since there is an uncommon Outlaw Monk who can be purchased on the market and would be much more useful.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 1/10.

Seducer + Temptress

These heroes are worth using only together, as individually, they don’t contribute anything special. However, as a pair, Seducer and Temptress unlock additional possibilities, making them useful for battles against the Demon Lord clan boss and in lower leagues of the Classic Arena. I would not recommend leveling them up without a specific need.

Usefulness for a beginner: 7/10. Usefulness in late game: 2/10.

Paragon

Paragon

Paragon confidently earns the title of one of the best rare champions in RAID: Shadow Legends. Unlike other heroes, Paragon is useful at any stage of the game and doesn’t need to be leveled up to level 60. Paragon’s strength lies in their A2 skill, which applies an Unkillable buff to themselves for 2 turns. Remarkably, the skill’s cooldown also lasts 2 turns, allowing Paragon to indefinitely maintain the Unkillable buff unless it is removed or the hero is affected by control effects.

Paragon becomes the perfect invincible tank as the game’s AI tends to target the hero with the lowest health. They can be utilized for clearing the Spider’s Den or tackling tough floors of the Doom Tower with multiple Mortu-Macaabs. Leveling up Paragon to level 60 is not necessary for this purpose.

Usefulness for a beginner: 10/10. Usefulness in late game: 8/10.

Kael

Kael

Kael stands out as the best among the starting heroes in RAID. Firstly, their AoE (Area of Effect) attack rivals the damage dealt by many epic damage dealers. Secondly, Kael can apply numerous poison effects to the enemy, making them extremely useful in the early stages of the game. Poison damage is based on the maximum health of the boss, making Kael especially effective against the Dragon and Demon Lord clan boss. If you are a beginner who chose another starting hero but then acquired Kael, I highly recommend leveling them up to 6 stars.

Usefulness for a beginner: 9/10. Usefulness in late game: 4/10.

Diabolist

Diabolist

Diabolist can be obtained with a small chance by completing the 12th chapter of the campaign. They are mainly interesting for battles in the Classic Arena, as they can fill ally turn meters and have a base speed of 110. I have already explained how a beginner can form a team for arena battles featuring Diabolist, so you can check out the guide through the link. However, in other locations, Diabolist is less effective.

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Usefulness for a beginner: 8/10. Usefulness in late game: 3/10.

Frozen Banshee

Frozen Banshee

Frozen Banshee will prove very useful in the early and even mid-game, as they can quickly apply a significant number of poisons and a 25% Poison Sensitivity debuff to the target, further amplifying poison damage. Frozen Banshee excels in battles against the Dragon and Demon Lord clan boss. Some players even successfully employ them in the late game in Unkillable teams to defeat the Demon Lord.

Usefulness for a beginner: 8/10. Usefulness in late game: 6/10.

Judge

Judge

Judge is an exemplary rare damage dealer, and that’s about it. Their main advantages lie in high damage with their basic skill, the application of random debuffs with any hit, and an aura that increases Accuracy by 30 in all battles. As a damage dealer, Judge performs quite well, but personally, I would only level them up if there are no other good damage dealers available (which is a rare occurrence).

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 3/10.

Warmaiden

Warmaiden

Every player has a small chance of acquiring the beauty known as Warmaiden from battles in the 9th chapter of the campaign. Their main feature is the application of a 60% Decrease DEF debuff for 2 turns on the entire enemy team with a 100% chance. This skill makes Warmaiden an irreplaceable heroine for beginners. Reducing the target’s defense significantly increases the damage dealt to them. You can find more information about this in the guide on how defense works (there is even a calculator for clarity). Warmaiden will prove useful in almost any PvE location in the game, and, of course, in battles on the Classic Arena.

Usefulness for a beginner: 9/10. Usefulness in late game: 3/10.

Heiress

Heiress

Heiress has only one use in the late game – specific unkillable teams for battles with the Demon Lord clan boss. In all other respects, Heiress is almost completely useless, as there are dozens (if not hundreds) of damage dealers in the game who can easily replace her.

Usefulness for a beginner: 1/10. Usefulness in late game: 5/10.

Ruffstone

Ruffstone

Ruffstone stands out because of their powerful AOE attack on their basic skill, which is why they made it to this list of the best rares in RAID: Shadow Legends. With their third skill, “Slobbering Rush,” Ruffstone can ignore 50% of the enemy’s defense when attacking and has a 50% chance to gain an extra turn. Since the hero does not apply any debuffs or negative effects to opponents, they do not require accuracy. This makes Ruffstone a decent damage dealer for battles on the Classic Arena and in PvE dungeons like the Dragon’s Lair.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 3/10.

Fellhound

Fellhound

Fellhound excels at quickly completing the 12-3 campaign level, where players usually level up food. With their fast skill animations, Fellhound can complete the level in just 5-6 seconds! In other locations, the hero is mediocre and is unlikely to surprise you.

Usefulness for a beginner: 10/10. Usefulness in late game: 10/10.

Athel

Athel

Athel is one of the four starting heroes in RAID. If a beginner does not have good heroes for battles with the Demon Lord clan boss and the Fire Knight, Athel can be confidently leveled up. In these locations, the heroine exhibits impressive results. I recently published a detailed guide on Athel, which you can find at the link. There, you will find thorough explanations of all her skills and applications in the game.

Usefulness for a beginner: 4/10. Usefulness in late game: 6/10.

Hyria

Hyria

Hyria, the cute elf, is interesting because they can summon two allies to attack with their third skill. Hyria also possesses a multi-hit on their second skill, can apply 5 Poison debuffs to the enemy, and has an increased critical hit chance with their basic skill. These features make them useful in battles against the Demon Lord clan boss and the Fire Knight. Beginners can also utilize them on the Classic Arena.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 3/10.

Spirithost

Spirithost

Spirithost can also be obtained in the campaign. They are interesting as they can apply a 50% Increase Attack buff to the team and have an aura that gives a 10% Speed boost in all battles. More often than not, beginners will have to level up this heroine in some way or another, as the 50% Increase Attack buff is needed almost everywhere, from dungeons to arenas. Spirithost will also come in handy in Faction Wars.

Usefulness for a beginner: 9/10. Usefulness in late game: 4/10.

Panthera

Panthera

Panthera is a good heroine for fights with the Fire Knight, as they possess multi-hits on both of their attacking skills. They can also apply a 30% Reflect Damage buff to themselves, which weakens Fire Knight’s shield. An additional advantage is the aura that provides a 40-point Accuracy boost in dungeons. Panthera can be useful in the early stages of the game but is less significant for experienced players.

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Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 2/10.

Corpulent Cadaver

Corpulent Cadaver

Corpulent Cadaver is a very situational hero and only holds value in the late game, specifically within one team against the Demon Lord clan boss. This unique team relies on members who extend buffs on the team, and thanks to Brogni’s unique ability, the team’s shield buff multiplies its strength. This allows Corpulent Cadaver to deal massive damage, as their basic skill deals an additional 30% of the shield’s size on this hero. The world’s damage records against the Demon Lord clan boss have been set precisely using Corpulent Cadaver. In all other situations, the hero is of no use and is not recommended for leveling up.

Usefulness for a beginner: 1/10. Usefulness in late game: 7/10.

Mycolus

Mycolus

Mycolus is a decent support for beginner teams. They can apply defensive buffs to the team, heal allies, and passively absorb 5% of the damage they receive. Mycolus is useful in battles against the Demon Lord clan boss and in certain dungeons, but they are most suitable for Faction Wars.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 3/10.

Dilgol

Dilgol

Despite being the only hero in RAID with a firearm, Dilgol doesn’t particularly stand out in terms of game mechanics. However, thanks to a mass 50% Decrease Accuracy debuff, it becomes much easier to pass Spider’s Den with Dilgol. Some players even manage to use them in the Iron Twins Fortress. Due to their multi-attack ability, Dilgol is also quite effective against the Fire Knight. However, they perform best in Faction Wars.

Usefulness for a beginner: 7/10. Usefulness in late game: 4/10.

Coldheart

Coldheart

Coldheart can be considered one of the most sought-after heroes in the game. Firstly, they attack the enemy four times with their basic skill, making them an ideal hero for completing Fire Knight’s Castle. Secondly, with their third skill, Coldheart deals damage based on the target’s maximum health. With high critical damage stats, this hero can remove a third of a boss’s HP with one hit, making them a real find for beginners. Coldheart will be useful in most dungeons, and I highly recommend upgrading them to 6 stars. Some players even have multiple copies of this hero and successfully use them in speed teams. However, with the release of hard-mode dungeons, Coldheart’s relevance in the late game has somewhat diminished.

Usefulness for a beginner: 10/10. Usefulness in late game: 9/10.

Renegade

Renegade

Renegade can be considered the younger brother of the hero Seeker. They are perfect for any teams where the damage dealer relies on defense. Renegade can fill allies’ turn meters by 30% and simultaneously apply a 60% Increase Defense buff to them. Thanks to this skill, the champion is useful in arenas, dungeons, and even battles with the Demon Lord. In the late game, they will only find use in Faction Wars.

Usefulness for a beginner: 2/10. Usefulness in late game: 8/10.

Pain Keeper

Pain Keeper

Similar to Renegade, Pain Keeper is useful in many locations due to their skill that reduces allies’ skill cooldowns. Thanks to this mechanic, Pain Keeper is often used in Unkillable teams against the Demon Lord clan boss and Iron Twins. The heroine can also heal allies and does not require Accuracy leveling, making them useful almost everywhere in the early stages of the game.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 8/10.

Reliquary Tender

Reliquary Tender

Reliquary Tender is a decent support hero with a resurrection skill. Their inclusion in the list of best rare champions in RAID: Shadow Legends is mainly due to this skill. Beginners often struggle to get through high-level dungeons, but thanks to Reliquary Tender’s revive and regeneration, you can significantly speed up your progress. In the late game, their applications become limited outside of Faction Wars. However, they can still be useful in battles with the venomous spider in the Doom Tower, even on hard mode.

Usefulness for a beginner: 8/10. Usefulness in late game: 5/10.

Berserker

Berserker

Berserker may be useful to beginners but is unlikely to surprise experienced players. They are simply a good damage dealer who ignores 20% of defense in a mass attack. If Berserker kills an enemy with their A2, they gain an extra turn. Berserker does not require Accuracy, as they do not apply any effects to the enemy. They will be useful almost everywhere in the early game and only in Faction Wars in the late game.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 1/10.

Bellower

Bellower

Bellower is another excellent hero for leveling food on the 12-3 level of the campaign. They complete this task in just 7-8 seconds, slightly slower than Fellhound due to longer animations. I have been using Bellower for 2 years now, and I am quite satisfied. To be honest, leveling up Fellhound just to decrease the level passage time by 2 seconds seems a bit unnecessary.

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Usefulness for a beginner: 9/10. Usefulness in late game: 9/10.

Kurzad Deepheart

Kurzad Deepheart

Kurzad Deepheart is a hero worth paying close attention to. They have two mass attacks with a cooldown of 3 turns. Kurzad can apply a 50% Increase Accuracy buff to the allied team and a 30% Decrease Defense debuff to the enemy team. Additionally, they possess a double strike with the application of a 30% Decrease Speed debuff on their basic skill. Such a combination of abilities makes Kurzad Deepheart useful in almost all PvE locations in RAID: Shadow Legends. However, it’s important to remember that the hero is still rare, so expectations should be kept realistic.

Usefulness for a beginner: 8/10. Usefulness in late game: 5/10.

Coffin Smasher

Coffin Smasher

Coffin Smasher will only be useful for beginners in battles against the Demon Lord clan boss. Thanks to the triple attack on their basic skill, they deal decent damage to the boss while applying a 50% Decrease Attack debuff. As a constant Decrease Attack debuff is essential for classic teams against the Demon Lord, Coffin Smasher’s additional 5% damage reduction from mass attacks weakens the clan boss further.

Usefulness for a beginner: 8/10. Usefulness in late game: 2/10.

Muckstalker

Muckstalker

Until recently, Muckstalker was just another ordinary rare hero. However, with the release of Sand Devil’s Necropolis, Muckstalker gained new life. Their key skill, A2, applies a Sleep debuff to the enemy for 2 turns with a cooldown of 2 turns. This rare feature makes them valuable in classic teams against Al-Naemeh. However, for beginners, it’s best to avoid using them unless you prefer an easier way to defeat Sand Devil.

Usefulness for a beginner: 1/10. Usefulness in late game: 6/10.

Lifetaker

Lifetaker

Lifetaker is added to the list of best rare champions in RAID: Shadow Legends because they will be useful to beginners in battles with the Fire Knight. Lifetaker possesses multi-attacks, can apply a 30% Decrease Speed debuff to the boss, and a 30% Reflect Damage buff to themselves. Having Lifetaker on your team can simplify the passage of the Fire Knight’s Castle for beginners. However, they will be useless in later stages of the game.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 1/10.

Bloodpainter

Bloodpainter

The main value of this hero lies in filling the turn meter of allies by 20% and simultaneously applying a 25% Increase Attack buff to them. For example, Arbiter has a similar but stronger skill. It is thanks to their A3 that Bloodpainter can be effectively used in arenas. However, one should note their low base speed of 102 and the absence of a speed aura, which eventually requires them to be replaced by someone more powerful. The hero is less effective in PvE but will be useful to beginners in various scenarios.

Usefulness for a beginner: 7/10. Usefulness in late game: 2/10.

Master Butcher

Master Butcher

Master Butcher is an underrated tank hero who significantly increases your team’s survivability in arenas. To achieve this, they need to be placed in the last slot. After receiving mass damage, they will heal allies in previous slots by the amount of received damage, preventing the heroes from dying if the sum of their health and the received healing exceeds the incoming damage. This healing mechanism works similarly to Vogoth, for example. In the late game, the hero is only used in the secret rooms of the Doom Tower, Faction Wars, and occasionally against the Doom Tower’s Bommal boss. The best gear for Master Butcher is a Frenzy artifact set. It is not recommended for beginners to level them up.

Usefulness for a beginner: 6/10. Usefulness in late game: 4/10.

Runic Warder

Runic Warder

Runic Warder is somewhat worthwhile for battles with the Fire Knight. Thanks to their multi-hits and a 30% Reflect Damage buff applied to the entire team, the strength of Fire Knight’s shield will rapidly decrease, significantly simplifying the passage of the battle. At one point, I used this hero in the early stages of the game and was satisfied. In the future, they will only be useful in Faction Wars, as their skills lack effectiveness in other game locations.

Usefulness for a beginner: 8/10. Usefulness in late game: 3/10.

Doomscreech

Doomscreech

Our list concludes with Doomscreech, who can be considered the younger brother of the hero Seeker. Doomscreech is perfect for any team where the damage dealer relies on defense. They can fill allies’ turn meters by 30% and simultaneously apply a 60% Increase Defense buff to them. Thanks to this skill, the champion is useful in arenas, dungeons, and even battles with the Demon Lord. In the late game, they will only find use in Faction Wars.

Usefulness for a beginner: 8/10. Usefulness in late game: 5/10.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, all the other rare heroes in RAID are completely useless. Although some of them may have certain situational uses for beginners, it simply doesn’t make sense to level them up to level 60. If you believe there are other heroes worthy of being included in the selection of best rare champions in RAID: Shadow Legends, feel free to share them in the comments. Good luck! 😉

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