Elsa Bloodstone is a Speed (Green) character that was released in the Marvel Future Fight – 2015 Halloween patch. A lot of players are still feeling her out but most believe she was either the best or second best character released during that patch (the other two being Warwolf and Lash). Elsa is often considered a Speed version of Star-Lord, as she mostly attacks at range and her attacks make her move around the battlefield. Most of her attacks are multi-hit. Overall, she has a very unique play style that can be heavily influenced by the person playing her.
• Most attacks have a natural dodge (movement) component to them
• Most attacks are multi-hit
• Can become very powerful in the hands of a skilled player
• Has a six star, or fifth button ability
• No uniform
• Weak “natural” defense
• Heavily relies on proper timing and skill sequence
• Poor team bonuses
• Difficult to farm biometrics
*** UPDATE 11/20/15 – Elsa’s biometrics are now available for purchase in the Token Shop through the use of Chaos Tokens *** During the 2015 Halloween patch, it was very easy to farm Elsa’s biometrics through a special mission. However, that mission is no longer available and currently the only way of gaining her biometrics is through purchasing them from the market.
Her leadership ability, Never Mess with a Bloodstone, applies to all team members and increases physical attack by +30% at the six star level. This is good if you have a team that primarily relies on physical attacks, like Elsa does, but other than that it seems to be somewhat lackluster compared to the top-tier leaderships. Its usefulness will drastically depend on the team of characters that you combine it with. The best thing about her leadership is it really boosts her own natural skills and abilities.
The standard gear selections provide bonuses to physical attack, critical attack, physical defense, critical rate, attack speed, movement speed, hit points, and defense penetration. Overall her default setup is solid. On many characters, movement speed is a waste but it actually comes in handy for her since she moves around the battlefield a lot. Like nearly all characters, I recommend the Dodge Booster for the fifth gear slot until it is no longer a broken game mechanic. That dodge boost coupled with her natural dodge movements make up her primary defense.
All of Elsa’s skills operate somewhat similarly. Bloodstone Training, Filled with Hate, Nowhere to Hide, No Mercy, and No Escape are mostly physical damage attacks that usually are multi-hit and include some sort of natural dodging component. When you spam her skills, Elsa moves around the battlefield and does physical damage to a lot of opponents.
Her passive, Monster Hunter, activates when she is attacking super villains with a 30% rate. It activates a 3-second guard break with an 8-second cool down timer. So this makes her more effective at fighting super villains.
For the top-level ISO-8 sets, I prefer sets that activate while attacking and increase her offensive skills. The three primary ones for this are Hawk’s Eye, Power of Angry Hulk, and Overdrive. This makes Elsa’s solid offensive power even better. If you felt her defenses were lacking, you could choose Drastic Density Enhancement to give her a hit point shield or Prince of Lie to increase her Dodge rate. However, I believe the first three make better choices as you are really going to focus on making sure she doesn’t get hit in the first place.
Elsa doesn’t currently have a uniform. However, she’s a hero with kind of a monster hunter Halloween vibe, so who knows down the road. I don’t anticipate her being in any of the upcoming Marvel movies or television shows so one can only hope that she’ll eventually randomly get one from the game developers.
One of the biggest disappointments for Elsa Bloodstone is her team bonuses. She really doesn’t have very many but honestly that is to be expected. She isn’t currently in any of the Marvel movies and is a second-tier character (at best) right now. As mentioned earlier, she does have a monster hunter Halloween shtick going so maybe she’ll get more bonuses as those types of characters are added to the game.
Initially, Elsa Bloodstone was thought to be a bust as a character. I contribute that to a couple very loud naysayers on the internet. But as I got her to a six star character and started moving her towards level 60, I realized that a lot of the hate was misplaced. She really is one of the first characters that a skilled player can make a difference with. When her skills are chained and timed correctly, she becomes a formidable character.
Her natural defense is a bit lacking, she doesn’t have good burst damage, and she’s got no uniform, poor team bonuses and difficult to farm biometrics (now that her event is over). However, her attacks are visually appealing to watch and she does really well in areas that have a lot of opponents (like Alliance Battle). Elsa is definitely not a character for every Marvel Future Fight player, but if you enjoy taking the game off auto-play she just might be the character for you.