The deadliest woman in the galaxy gets a ‘Puzzle Quest’ upgrade!

Looking to add more cosmic Marvel heroes to your “Marvel Puzzle Quest” roster? Well Gamora’s rounding out the 4-Star Guardians of the Galaxy team, sword in hand, ready to slice and dice anyone unlucky enough to get in her way.

D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin gave us the rundown of the deadliest woman in the galaxy’s new variation and all her awesome abilities.

Marvel.com: A new 4-Star Gamora is slashing her way into the game. What kind of upgrades are we looking at for one of the toughest fighters in the known universe?

Josh Austin: Gamora (Awesome Mix Volume 2) is the only character in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” that can instantly down any character! That and her first ability delivers good damage for a 4-Star character that first deals damage to a target opponent and creates a Countdown tile that continues to deal damage each turn to the targeted opponent.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about her kit. What is this new Gamora all about?

Josh Austin: Gamora’s first ability is called Deadly Strike and it costs 10 Red AP. Gamora uses her sword to swiftly strike the enemy landing a deadly blow. This power deals damage to [the] targeted character and creates a Red Countdown tile that deals damage each turn to the targeted character.

The second power is called The Most Dangerous Woman and it costs nine Black AP. Here is the power where Gamora uses her sword to take out her opponents permanently! This power creates Purple Attack or Strike tiles and has a Passive that at the start of the turn, if all the Purple tiles are friendly specials tiles, Gamora removes them and downs the target.

Gamora’s last power is called Incapacitate and it costs six Blue AP. Gamora knocks out the enemy, giving her allies an opening. This power stuns a target opponent and has a Passive that whenever an enemy is Stunned, creates a Purple Attack or Strike tile.

Marvel.com: So she can literally take out any enemy, with any amount of health, with The Most Dangerous Woman? And filling every Purple tile, just how easy is that to pull off in a match?

Josh Austin: Gamora can take down any character in MPQ! The fun of this power is finding teammates that will help the player initiate this power. The Most Dangerous Woman power that the player uses AP to initiate already brings out at level one, four Purple Attack or Strike tiles or six, at level five. Team her up with people that remove enemy Special Tiles and/or help stun the enemy when getting the board ready for The Most Dangerous Woman and you have a great chance of destroying the enemy.

Marvel.com: What kind of teammates is Gamora looking for? Obviously her Guardians buddies, but who else makes the cut? I’m thinking she wants people who bring stuns on her side…

Josh Austin: Definitely want people that will help contribute to the events that can trigger The Most Dangerous Woman’s passive. This includes Ant-Man (Scott Lang) with his Pym Particles. There are also characters that remove enemy Special Tiles like Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) and Quake (Daisy Johnson) either separately or even together since they use both Purple and Blue to eradicate Purple basic tiles.

Marvel.com: And how are we building her? Where are you putting the points in her covers?

Josh Austin: For me, I’m still building my other characters, so I’d probably go with 3/5/5 so I could get the most out of creating Purple tiles and that stun with her third power. However, if I had more decked out characters I would go with 5/5/3 so I could rely on other characters for the stun and have that damage that comes from Deadly Strike since it delivers a good amount of damage!

Marvel.com: Is there anything else we need to know about the baddest swordswoman out there?

Josh Austin: Gamora (Awesome Mix Volume 2) goes live on Thursday and is a placement reward for the Hearts of Darkness event. She will be available in the Vault for The Hunt that runs between May 21-26. She will also [helps] conclude the three part Guardians story event called Plan C that will run between May 25 and 30. And finally, her Versus Tournament is called Sworded Affairs and runs between May 25 and May 29.

Unleash your inner Gamora here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The Guardians' dynamite duo reloads for another run!

The next characters to receive a “Marvel Puzzle Quest” upgrade bring bombs, bullets, and rocket fuel to the party.

Prepare yourself for Rocket and Groot reloaded as 4-Star brawlers to celebrate the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” We talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the pint-size pair and how they fit into the “Puzzle Quest” universe.

Marvel.com: Following close on the heels of Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) we have a revamped Rocket and Groot! How do they differ from their 3-Star incarnation?

Josh Austin: The most obvious difference is the size of Groot! Other than that obvious size difference, this 4-star Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) is more atomic, focusing on their last power, where an Atomic Bomb Countdown tile is created and will damage the enemy team, or if it’s matched before it resolves, it will damage both the opposing team and the players team.

Marvel.com: Thinking about Rocket and Groot’s dynamic as inseparable pals, what’s it like creating different abilities for two characters who work as one?

Josh Austin: Actually for these two it’s a lot of fun. Their characteristics from the trailer sparked the final animation sequence and power change. The “Don’t Push this Button” part of the trailer was fun and found its way into the game. Since Rocket and Groot are so inseparable, it makes it fun to combine them. Though, I have heard the community would like a 5-star “baby” Groot.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about Rocket and Groot’s kit. What kind of trouble will these two be stirring up?

Josh Austin: Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2)’s first power is called Rocket’s Pack and it costs 12 Blue AP. For this power, Rocket zips around the battlefield with his new Aero Rig, blasting any poor schmo that gets in his way. If a Blue Countdown tile hasn’t been created for this power already, this power creates one that deals damage and creates a Black Attack tile each turn.

Their second power is called Welcome to the Team and it’s a Yellow Passive, which means it costs 0 AP. At the start of the battle, this creates a bunch of Strike tiles. If there is another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy on their team, this creates stronger Strike tiles instead. Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy.

The final power is the most involved! The last power is called Don’t Push This Button and costs 10 Green AP. Rocket yells at Groot to not push that button [because] it will kill everyone! Using this ability first creates a 3-Turn Atomic Bomb countdown tile that deals damage to the enemy team. If it’s matched away, it deals slightly less damage then if the bomb went off to the enemy team and about 1/4th the damage to the players team.

While the Atomic Bomb countdown tile is on screen, this power becomes “I Aaaaaaam Grooooot!” which is a Green AP Passive. At the start of each turn, Groot makes a match for you. This clears lines and creates critical tiles as normal, but no extra turns. When the Atomic Bomb Countdown tile is matched or goes off, this power becomes Don’t Push This Button again.

Marvel.com: Welcome to the Team is really interesting. There aren’t too many abilities in the game that change depending on your team composition. Is this something the team is looking into exploring for other characters?

Josh Austin: We hope to be adding a lot of these before the end of the year; there isn’t much we can talk about yet, but we are hoping this becomes more of a thing very, very soon.

Marvel.com: And with I Aaaaaaaam Grooooooot!, does Groot make a move before, or after the player makes a move?

Josh Austin: Groot makes a move before the player does, which gives the player AP. This basically gives the player a few rounds of extra AP generation which is nice!

Marvel.com: Who fits best fighting beside the tree and space rodent? Obviously the Guardians work awesome together, anyone else?

Josh Austin: Because the Don’t Push This Button power is so strong, the player may want to focus on characters that fortify the player’s Countdown tiles like Green Goblin, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), or Hawkeye (Clint Barton). The player could also select someone that enhances or is enhanced by special tiles including Medusa, Punisher (Max), Mr. Fantastic, and Professor X.

Marvel.com: And when do we get a shot at these two troublemakers?

Josh Austin: Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) are available starting on Thursday, May 4. They can be found as placement rewards in the Meet Rocket and Groot event that is running from May 4 through May 8 and features their new art. Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) will be featured and available in the Vault for Thick as Thieves that runs May 7 through May 12.

Their special Guardians of the Galaxy story tie-in event is called Backup Plan, which continues the journey in the I Have a Plan event featuring Star-Lord. This event runs May 11 through May 16 and features Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) and grants the player covers in mission rewards. Their Versus Tournament is called Best Buds and runs May 11 through May 15.

Pick up the new 4-Star Rocket and Groot here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Prepare yourself for the big screen sequel with cosmic adventure across five Marvel games!

Before the Guardians of the Galaxy blast into theaters next week, the rag-tag band of cosmic rebels will bring their unique blend of action, laughs, and wild visuals to Marvel games in an out of this world event of galactic proportions!

Starting April 25, content inspired by “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be appearing throughout five Marvel games: “Marvel Avengers Academy,” “Marvel Contest of Champions,” “Marvel Future Fight,” “Marvel Heroes Omega,” and “Marvel Puzzle Quest. Players should strap in their jet packs and prepare for a celestial storm of new characters, costumes, battles, and story content influenced by the blockbuster film.

“Just as the Guardians themselves are a family, the Marvel Games team and each of our partners have forged a tightly knit family of True Believers who are obsessed with delivering all the excitement, humor and action of our greatest characters to the gamers that love them,” says Bill Rosemann, Marvel Games Executive Creative Director. “No matter which Guardian, ally or enemy is your favorite – and no matter what type of gameplay experience you crave – our friends at Netmarble, Kabam, Tiny Co, D3Go, and Gazillion are bringing all of their collective firepower to the universe’s coolest crew of galactic misfits.”

“With each new movie inspired Marvel Games event we always aim to top the last one, yet somehow we’re still each blown away each time by the incredible ideas our partners come up with,” adds Tim Hernandez, Director of Game Production. “We know our players are going to dig the unique spin each game has put on their own Guardians event, along with awesome new characters, features and other fun surprises!”

Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” arrives in theaters May 5, 2017.

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Peter Quill gets two new variations in to rock your world with!

Are you pumped for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” dropping in theaters just two short weeks from now? Well D3 Go! wants to prep you for all the awesome cosmic madness coming up by introducing “Marvel Puzzle Quest” players to new 3 and 5-Star Peter Quill variations!

We talked to Senior Producer Josh Austin about Peter’s new upgrades and what they bring to the board.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk Star-Lord! We have 3 and 5-Star versions of the dashing cosmic outlaw blasting into “Marvel Puzzle Quest” to coincide with his return to the silver screen in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on May 5. Are these versions more closely tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Peter Quill?

Josh Austin: With the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming out, we decided to focus more on the MCU version of Peter Quill, Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) for the 5-Star; [the] 3-Star Star-Lord (Peter Quill) sports a look [artist] Kris Anka gave him for the [recent STAR-LORD] comic.

Marvel.com: And what about this Star-Lord makes him different from his 4-Star variant? What did the team choose to focus on to make these variants feel unique?

Josh Austin: The new 5-Star and 3-Star Star-Lord variations are more heroic for one. Instead of trying to sucker punch and steal from the bad guys, now he heals and steals! He swoops in heroically, uses the Milano to unleash blasters on the battlefield, and while everyone’s distracted by the chaos he quietly pockets some loot.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about his kit. What’s going on under his hood?

Josh Austin: Star-Lord’s first power is called Something Good. Star-Lord swoops in with a last-minute rescue, looking surprisingly heroic in the process of course! For 10 Yellow AP, Star-Lord converts tiles of the enemy’s strongest color to Green Charged tiles. If one of Star-Lord’s teammates has less than 50% health, Star-Lord burst heals the team. The difference between the 3-Star and 5-Star is the amount this power boost heals; the 3-Star heals less than the 5-Star.

The next power is called Something Bad and it costs eight Purple AP. As mentioned above, here’s where Peter pockets some loot. Star-Lord steals random enemy Strike, Attack, or Protect tiles and if there aren’t any, Peter steals random enemy AP instead. The difference between 3-Star and 5-Star is the amount of tiles/AP being stolen.

The third power for both versions of Star-Lord is called Bit of Both and costs 12 Green AP. Star-Lord cranks up the volume in the Milano to complement its blasters as they unleash devastation on the battlefield. It destroys three random columns of tiles, leaving any friendly tiles and deals damage to the enemy team. Destroyed tiles do not generate AP or deal damage. The difference between 3-Star and 5-Star versions is the amount of damage that is dealt to the enemy team.

Marvel.com: Sounds like he’s going to be an awesome Green AP battery and force teams to rethink when and how they put special tiles on the board. That being said, when does Star-Lord really shine?

Josh Austin: Star-Lord is great against players that create Attack, Protect and/or Strike tiles; these variations really focus on changing the state of the board to change the tide of battle.

Marvel.com: And I can’t think of a better character to pair him with than Thor (Goddess of Thunder). Green Charged tiles help pump up her Smite, they both can dish out team damage, maybe throw in Cyclops (Uncanny) to keep her Smite up and let loose with the occasional Full Blast…who are you thinking for teammates?

Josh Austin: Star-Lord (Peter Quill) and Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) with The Hulk (Totally Awesome) as he creates green—or blue—charged tiles to complement Star-Lord’s Charged tile ability. Iron Fist (Danny Rand) with his ability to generate Green AP and fortify friendly tiles. Also Hawkeye (Hawkguy) is a good choice with his ability to create Strike tiles and remove them.

Marvel.com: When do we get to add Star-Lord to our rosters?

Josh Austin: Both versions of Star-Lord are going to be available on Thursday, April 27 and will be featured in the event Come and Get Me that debuts that day. Come and Get Me is a new Thanos boss event similar to Galactus and Ultron and the final progression rewards a token to a 5-Star cover store featuring Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2).

There is also a new three-part Guardians themed event starting on Sunday, April 30 that features Peter Quill that runs until May 5 and puts the Guardians hot on the trail of a powerful relic. Star-Lord’s Versus Tournament is called Hooked on a Feeling and starts on May 4.

Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know about? Any cool new characters coming down the pipeline?

Josh Austin: In such a short amount of time after Star-Lord launches we will be sharing more info about our new 4-Star Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Vol. 2) coming to the game that pairs awesomely with the fun of the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” so yes we have tiny Groot! Rocket & Groot are part two of the Guardians themed event and our new 4-Star Gamora (Awesome Mix Vol.2) will be part three. The events are written by Marvel writer Alex Irvine and each part of the event ties with the launch of a new character starting with Star-Lord this week and concluding with Gamora later in May.

And before I forget I wanted to mention some cool things about the Come and Get Me event featuring Thanos, just to give players a taste of what they’ll be up against and can prepare accordingly. At the start of the battle in Come and Get Me, Thanos creates six Infinity gem Countdown tiles that do different things when they are matched, like heal the player’s team or disable the powers of the player’s team depending on the color of the gem. Thanos can also create Infinity Gauntlet Countdown tiles that can’t be matched and won’t fall; the player will have to destroy them via abilities or match four otherwise the player will receive massive damage if the Countdown ends. There’s more for players to discover but needless to say Thanos is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Marvel.com: And last but not least, has the team prepared any cool promotions for Marvel Insiders?

Josh Austin: Yes, fans should also join or check out Marvel Insider in the coming days for ways to rack up points doing “Marvel Puzzle Quest” related activities! Then, use all points to redeem an awesome in-game reward.

Pick up Star-Lord and take on Thanos here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The forces of darkness and light converge on the Marvel mobile game!

Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen prove that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. The dynamic duo, known in super hero circles as Cloak and Dagger, bring both crippling darkness and purifying light to the villains of New York City’s seedy streets.

We talked with D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about Cloak and Dagger’s abilities and the new mechanics they bring to “Marvel Puzzle Quest.”

Marvel.com: Cloak and Dagger are a really interesting choice for our next playable characters. And when I say characters, they actually fight as one, like Rocket and Groot right?

Josh Austin: Correct, Cloak and Dagger do fight as one in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” like Rocket and Groot but for this duo the player can flip between the two in battle!

Marvel.com: They actually switch positions during fights? What exactly do you mean by that?

Josh Austin: Cloak and Dagger actually swap places when using one of their abilities. The other two powers that don’t involve switching characters change depending on who is in the foreground, making the background character’s power a Passive. Cloak has a new power that reduces the power levels of one target opponent! Cloak and Dagger are also the first character that the player can swap between powers to see the unlisted powers in the roster. More characters will get this new roster treatment, but for now, Cloak and Dagger are the first character you don’t have to go into game to see the alternate power!

Marvel.com: Ok these two are introducing some cool new mechanics here. Let’s talk about their kit. Can you break it down for us?

Josh Austin: The first ability when Dagger is in front is called Light-Knives and it costs eight Yellow AP. Dagger fires several light-knives from her fingertips, cleansing the enemy of evil and darkness. She deals damage to the target and removes enemy Strike, Protect, or Attack tiles. If no such tiles exist, the damage is dealt to the enemy team instead.

When Dagger is in front, the second power is called Child of Darkness and it’s a Black Passive that doesn’t cost any AP. For this power, Cloak emanates darkness from within his pocket dimension, instilling the field with a cold sense of dread. At the start of the turn, if there are Black tiles on the board, this ability creates a Red Attack tile. If not, this power will convert basic tiles to Black.

The last ability with Dagger in front is called Pocket Dimension and it costs six Purple AP. Cloak and Dagger retreat into Cloak’s pocket dimension to launch a sneak attack. Deals damage and replaces Cloak and Dagger’s powers with new powers. If there are Black tiles on the board, this power costs three AP less, to a minimum of three.

The first ability with Cloak in front is called Child of Light and it’s a Yellow PASSIVE for zero AP. For this ability, Dagger emanates an aura of Living Light, cleansing the battlefield and fending off Cloak’s hunger. At the start of the turn, if there are Yellow tiles on the board, restore health to Cloak and Dagger, otherwise converts basic tiles to Yellow.

The second ability with Cloak in front is called The Darkness Hungers and it costs eight Black AP. Cloak creates a Black Countdown tile that targets the front enemy. While this tile is on the board, that enemy loses all levels in all powers, to a minimum of one.

The third ability with Cloak in front is called Pocket Dimension and it costs six Purple AP. For Cloak’s version, Cloak and Dagger retreat into Cloak’s pocket dimension to launch a sneak attack. Deals damage and replaces Cloak and Dagger’s powers with new powers. If there are Black tiles on the board, this power costs three AP less, to a minimum of three.

Marvel.com: Man these two sound like two of the most complex characters yet! But there’s tons of potential here for really cool interactions. What are the best times to have Cloak in front? And Dagger?

Josh Austin: Both stances benefit each other with AP generation. Having Dagger in front is better for removing enemy special tiles, but having Cloak in front not only gives access to his level lowering power, but the ability to heal Cloak and Dagger making the second stance great for players that need to heal during the fight.

Marvel.com: And it seems like Pocket Dimension was designed specifically to ensure the two can switch out fairly easily when needed. That feels like it’s going to be central to their play style.

Josh Austin: Definitely, the player can utilize both to build up the right AP for the board before swapping, or to change the tide of the battle in the player’s favor.

Marvel.com: While we know Cloak and Dagger don’t need anyone else to get by, who might be able to help them out best in a scrap?

Josh Austin: The best characters to team Cloak and Dagger up with would be anyone that benefits from friendly power activation. One of the best combinations [has] been Carnage (Cletus Kasady) and Medusa (Inhuman Queen). This offers a very high rate of special tile placement from Carnage maxed with Medusa’s healing when matching special tiles. Anytime too many enemy special tiles are placed from Carnage, Cloak and Dagger’s Light-Knives can remove most, if not all with ease.

Marvel.com: When can we play them for ourselves?

Josh Austin: Cloak and Dagger will be available on Thursday, April 6. They will debut in the Hearts of Darkness event running from April 6-10. The dynamic duo will also be available in their Vault for The Hunt that is running from April 9-14.  Cloak and Dagger’s Versus Tournament is called Double Jeopardy and runs from April 13–16.

Pick up Cloak and Dagger when they drop April 6 here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The Immortal Weapon of K’un-Lun dons his Netflix attire!

Celebrating Danny Rand’s big jump to Netflix, “Marvel Puzzle Quest” unleashes a new 4-Star Iron Fist, bringing some seriously powerful martial arts abilities to bear.

We talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the Hero for Hire’s upgrades and the best ways to dish out righteous kung fu fury to the bad guys. Read on for the breakdown!

Marvel.com: In my humble opinion Iron Fist (Immortal Weapon) is one of the best 3-Star characters in the game. His Black AP generation is top notch and Iron Fist of K’un-Lun hits like a truck for cheap. What does this Danny Rand do differently?

Josh Austin: 3-Star Iron Fist definitely is one of the best characters in 3-Star land! This 4-Star Iron Fist (Danny Rand) is also powerful after you build up his chi, which in the game, translates to strike tiles that his abilities can generate. Basically the new Iron Fist’s abilities were designed to chain into each other—kind of like 2-Star and 3-Star Thor—so the player can gain AP.

Marvel.com: I noticed that just like 4-Star Luke Cage (Power Man), who has a unique interaction with Iron Fist, this 4-Star Iron Fist has a special interaction with Luke. How do the designers decide who gets these unique interaction? They’re fairly rare in “MPQ.”

Josh Austin: Iron Fist (Danny Rand) and Luke Cage have a history together with their Heroes for Hire partnership in the comic world, where they take assignments. A lot of characters have a synergy together in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” that’s not as apparent, but both Luke Cage and Iron Fist have been designed to work together and their power lists this out. This new Iron Fist (Danny Rand) brings either Luke Cage 3-Star or 4-Star—depending on which variant you have on your team—into the animation when using Danny’s second power and Luke Cage is on the team, which is a fun reinforcement of the upgrades the power contains.

Marvel.com: Care to tell our readers all about Danny’s kung fu? No doubt he’ll make the Thunderer proud.

Josh Austin: Iron Fist (Danny Rand)’s first power is called Chi Focus and costs six Blue AP. For this power, Danny concentrates his energy to augment his physical power. What that means in the game is this power creates a Purple Strike tile. Then, if there are any additional friendly Strike tiles on the board, it Fortifies them and the team gains Green AP.

Danny’s second power is called Crowd Control for eight Green AP. Danny rushes into the fray, making quick work of his enemies. This power deals damage, then if there is more than one enemy remaining, the team gains two Black AP. Otherwise, he deals extra damage.

Danny’s third power is called Like Unto Iron and costs 12 Black AP. Danny channels all his chi into his fist to deliver a devastating punch. It converts up to two friendly Protect tiles to Strike tiles, then deals damage.

Marvel.com: Like Unto Iron packs a seriously painful punch! And just to confirm I read that right, Danny changes Protect tiles to Strike tiles before he does direct damage? So he’ll get the added power of the Strike tiles behind his fists?

Josh Austin: That is correct for Like Unto Iron; the fist attack animation plays, then if the player has a Protect tile it converts to a Strike tile, and the enemy receives the more devastating hit.

Marvel.com: When we’re thinking about teammates, obviously Luke Cage enters the equation, but who else? Who makes Strike tiles quickly so Iron Fist can get right to fortifying them? And Sam Wilson, Falcon or Captain America, would make sure that there are plenty of Protect tiles to turn.

Josh Austin: Here are a couple examples of team-ups [that came up] during development! One team-up to make Iron Fist (Danny Rand) a strong damage dealer is to have Luke Cage (Power Man) and Wasp (Janet Van Dyne). Wasp works well as a means of strengthening whatever tiles Luke Cage and Iron Fist pump out. Luke Cage will be throwing down strong Protect tiles whenever an enemy activates a power and he will also slowly remove enemy special tiles with his Defender power.

Another option is to have Moon Knight and Medusa to put Iron Fist (Danny Rand) into a battery role. Using Iron Fist (Danny Rand)’s AP generation for Moon Knight to soak up and activate Moonsilver Blades and Fist of Khonshu while Medusa generates health and additional Green AP from matching any special tiles.

Marvel.com: And how are you building his covers? Honestly I feel like all of his abilities are worth having five points in them, but I’m thinking I would roll 3/5/5 making sure he’s capable of doing as much damage as possible. What do you think?

Josh Austin: That breakdown definitely makes sense. Definitely the Crowd Control fueling Like Unto Iron is a dependable way to generate AP since the cost of Crowd Control and the relatively easy condition of having more than one enemy remaining makes Crowd Control his go to Power.

Marvel.com: And when do we get to unleash the power of Shou-Lao the Undying on our foes?

Josh Austin: Iron Fist (Danny Rand) will be available this Thursday, March 23 and can be found in Venom Bomb that runs Thursday, March 23 through Tuesday, March 28. He will also be in the Juggernaut: Heroic Vault from Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31. His versus tournament will be Last Defender and it starts March 30th and lasts until April 3.

Also, I wanted to mention that we’re running a 30% bonus currency sale right now through March 27 to celebrate Puzzle Quest’s 10th Anniversary. Players can use this currency boost to recruit or level up Iron Fist (Danny Rand)! Finally, we’re working with Marvel Insider on some upcoming promotions, so please stay tuned!

Pick up the all-new Iron Fist here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Bring the action from the small screen to your gaming experience!

Last week, we introduced you to the various versions of Iron Fist across the world of Marvel Games. Today, as “Marvel’s Iron Fist” hits Netflix, we take a look at how this new iteration of the character has inspired additions to several of those games.

Suit up as this new Iron Fist and battle the villainous Hand ninjas!

Iron Fist in Marvel Puzzle Quest

MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST
“Iron Fist (Danny Rand) has been designed to utilize his ability to knock out characters in style. Each power builds up like the character’s chi to unleash more damage later in the match and he even has a power that deals more damage when there is only one more enemy left, allowing the player to finish off their prey with a devastating punch!” – Josh Austin, Senior Producer on “Marvel Puzzle Quest” at D3 Go!

Iron Fist in Marvel Heroes 2016

MARVEL HEROES 2016
“A master of mystical martial arts, Iron Fist lives up to the title ‘Immortal Weapon of K’un-L’un’ and channels his chi to achieve states of near invulnerability while pummeling foes with a flurry of unrelenting attacks. There’s never been a better time to revisit this fan favorite Hero and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for Danny Rand in the [show] on Netflix!” – Ben Gilbert, Lead Game Designer on “Marvel Heroes 2016” at Gazillion Entertainment

Iron Fist and friends in Marvel Future Fight

MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT
“Our top priority [in this week’s update] was the release of the new ‘Iron First’ show. Like we did when ‘Daredevil’ was first released, we wanted to be able to bring the excitement from the TV show into the game. It’s appealing even for us as the developers to bring the skills from the show into the game. To go along with this, we have introduced a Marvel TV related uniform bundle.” – Minkyun Kim, Dev Director on “Marvel Future Fight” at Netmarble

Catch the adventures of Danny Rand in “Marvel’s Iron Fist” out now on Netflix!

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The Immortal Weapon cuts loose across the world of Marvel Games!

With over 75 years of rich history, the Marvel Universe has produced countless memorable heroes and villains. On a regular basis, Marvel Games Presents will highlight these characters’ histories as well as shine a spotlight on their current gaming appearances.

Today, the spotlight falls on the upcoming star of his own Netflix series, Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist!

MEET IRON FIST
Betrayed by his business partner, Wendell Rand and his wife Heather lost their lives while searching for the mystical city of K’un-L’un, orphaning their son Danny in the process. The denizens of K’un-L’un would take the boy in and train him in the martial arts; upon adulthood, he passed the trials to become the city’s representative as an Immortal Weapon: Iron Fist! Returning to New York, Iron Fist became a super hero and partnered with Luke Cage as the Heroes for Hire.

MARVEL AVENGERS ACADEMY
“How can you not love a hero who got his powers by punching an undying dragon in the heart?! For my money, he and Luke Cage are the coolest duo in all of Marvel, and his relationship with Misty Knight is one of the most important in comics history. In the world of ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’, he’s still figuring out how to use his nunchucks, but he’s already an expert in everything ‘chill.’ He’s the type of hero you want by your side whether you’re just hanging out at home or fighting for your life in an extra-dimensional Kung Fu tournament. Did I mention he punched a train and a Helicarrier?!”- Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer on “Marvel Avengers Academy”

MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS
“Iron Fist was part of the original roster of ‘Contest of Champions,’ and a natural fit for a fighting game like ours. He represents a very interesting time when the west became fascinated by Asian culture, and this east/west dichotomy is pure Marvel gold: he’s a very skilled warrior, but a pacifist. An industrialist, but also a very simple man, raised as a monk. We love Danny Rand, and can’t wait for the [‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’] Netflix show!” – Gabe Frizzera, Art Director on “Marvel Contest of Champions”

MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT
“Iron Fist gathers ki in his body not only to defend, but also to heal. To really bring out this aspect, we designed him to become invincible when his HP is low and recover a small amount of HP. The most unique and appealing aspect of Iron Fist is that he is able to attack by summoning Shou-Lao in an energy form. The moment this skill is activated, Shou-Lao envelops Iron Fist and deals powerful damage to enemies around him. Not only will you be able to marvel at the amazing graphic effects, but you’ll be able to see Iron Fist’s unique trait.” – Minkyun Kim, Dev Director on “Marvel Future Fight”

 

MARVEL HEROES 2016
“Iron Fist offers full immersion in the mystical martial arts of K’un-L’un. Danny Rand uses flying kicks, lightning-fast punches, and explosions of mystical energy to defend the innocent. Channel your chi into the ancient fighting forms, masterfully blending them into an alloy Like Unto Iron.” – Ben Gilbert, Lead Game Designer on “Marvel Heroes 2016”

MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST
“Iron Fist (Immortal Weapon) is the complete package in ‘Marvel Puzzle Quest.’ He’s able to take on an onslaught of opponents either with mind or muscle. He is truly a living weapon–one of the best characters in his tier–that opposing enemies need to watch out for in either our Versus Tournament or Story Events.” – Josh Austin, D3 Go! Producer on “Marvel Puzzle Quest”


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Follow Danny Rand into the pages of IRON FIST #1, coming March 22!

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Two new versions of the Avenging Archer make their mark!

Need more Hawkeye in your life? What kind of question is that? Of course you do, and the team at D3 Go! has you covered with new Hawkeye variations ready to put the bullseye on bad guys in “Marvel Puzzle Quest.”

We talked to Senior Producer Josh Austin about the couple of new Clints hitting the game this week and all their arrow-y awesomeness.

Marvel.com: Like Thanos and Dr. Strange before him, Clint Barton’s getting a 3 and a 5-Star variation this week. What can you tell us about the all-new Hawkeye hitting “MPQ”?

Josh Austin: This was the first character I’ve worked on while managing “Marvel Puzzle Quest” that actually made me laugh! The 3-Star Hawkguy variation and his No Good News power, which we’ll get to later, was an awkward thing to submit to Marvel. I’m glad they laughed when they saw it and I hope players do too. Overall the team has done a great job with both 5-Star Hawkeye (Clint Barton) and 3-Star Hawkeye (Hawkguy) to make him stand out from the ones already in the game.

Marvel.com: No doubt players are quivering at the chance to poke holes in their foes, but where in Marvel history did you pull this Hawkeye from?

Josh Austin: 5-Star Hawkeye (Clint Barton) is from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and we made sure to use his latest look as reference. For the 3-Star Hawkeye (Hawkguy) we used his [recent solo series] comic version as inspiration, but made sure to make him still very heroic. As mentioned above, we definitely squeezed in the very funny scene where he’s caught in bed and has to dodge fire…

Marvel.com: I’d be willing to bet we can expect trick arrows galore from the ace archer. Would you mind telling us how we’re going to be turning baddies into pincushions?

Josh Austin: This going to be a long one…

For 5-Star Hawkeye (Clint Barton), his first power is called Can’t Seem to Miss and it’s a Purple AP Passive, so it costs 0 AP. For this power, Hawkeye stays cool under pressure and hits his targets. Whenever a friendly Countdown tile reaches 0, gain Blue and Red AP and at the start of each turn fortify friendly Countdown tiles.

His second power is called Full Quiver and costs five Blue AP. This power has seven arrows that all do different things:

Bola Arrow: Hawkeye’s arrow bursts in mid-air, deploying bolas which wrap around his target, incapacitating them. Creates a Blue Countdown tile that stuns target for a few turns.

Explosive Arrow: Hawkeye’s arrow hits the target, letting out an ominous beeping before it explodes. Creates a Blue Countdown tile that deals damage to the target.

Electric Arrow: Hawkeye’s arrow hits the battlefield and releases an immense electric charge. Creates a Blue Countdown tile that creates Charged tiles.

Sonic Arrow: Hawkeye’s sonic arrow lets loose an ear-piercing scream as it flies towards its target, disorienting his enemies. Creates a Blue Countdown tile that creates Red Strike tiles.

Ant-Man Arrow: “Okay…I’m good! I’m good, Arrow Guy, let’s go!” Creates a Blue Countdown tile that steals enemy AP of a random color.

Acid Arrow: Hawkeye lets loose an acid arrow, which breaks open at his target, melting metal and burning enemies. Creates a Blue Countdown tile that creates Purple attack tiles.

Smoke Bomb Arrow: Hawkeye’s smoke arrow floods the battlefield with cover for him and his allies. Creates a Blue Countdown tile that grants Hawkeye and his teammates invisibility for two turns.

Shrapnel Arrow: Hawkeye fires his final arrow, which breaks apart in mid-air, firing explosive shrapnel which hits each of his targets. Creates a Blue Countdown tile that deals damage to the enemy team.

Finally, this power becomes Out of Arrows after firing his last arrow, now having used all of his ammo, Hawkeye has to improvise hand-to-hand. This deals damage to the target.

5-Star Hawkeye’s last ability is called Deep Breath and it costs five Red AP. Hawkeye takes a deep breath and draws his bow, taking careful aim at his prey. Places a fortified blue Countdown tile. When it reaches 0, if you have enough Red AP, spend it and deal damage, otherwise deal a little more than a fifth of the damage. At level three for me, this was 5,657 damage if you have 10 Red AP, otherwise it deals 1,561 damage.

For 3-Star Hawkeye (Hawkguy), Hawkguy’s first ability is called Because…Boomerangs and it costs 10 Purple AP. This power creates Red Strike tiles and a Purple Countdown tile that removes friendly Strike tiles and deals damage.

Full Quiver costs five Blue AP. For this power, the arrows are the same as I mentioned earlier but with a reduction of damage because he’s a 3-Star!

No Good News is Hawkguy’s final power and it costs 10 Black AP. For this power, Hawkeye is caught in bed and dodges an attack rather unexpectedly. This power heals Hawkeye and creates two random enemy protect, strike or attack tiles. It also has a Passive that whenever you match an enemy special tile, your team gains Blue and Purple AP.

Marvel.com: Ok so I really like the idea of Full Quiver, but what are the chances players will actually be able to fire off the Shrapnel Arrow? Maybe not in PvP but some of the longer PvE nodes?

Josh Austin: Both the 5 and 3-Star versions of Hawkeye have AP generating abilities that feed the Blue needed for Full Quiver, so if the player makes a Countdown tile generating team then they will be feeding the Blue needed. And since the power only costs five AP it’s pretty easy to get enough to exhaust all seven arrows. It may still be hard to get through the full quiver of arrows with 5-Star Hawkeye because enemies in PVE were dying so quickly when I was testing him!

Marvel.com: And that actually leads me to another question: How much does the team think about character abilities as PvP viable as opposed to PvE? Is that something that factors into ability creation?

Josh Austin: A lot does go into the creation of a character; the designer has to weigh in other character abilities to both find synergy with the new character and what that new character is strong or weak at. Obviously with both Hawkeyes he’s strong when used with characters that play off Countdown tiles and are Red/Blue AP users.

3-Star Hawkguy’s Because…Boomerangs power is actually the same power as Kate Bishop since that is an established moment for them both in their comic together. And of course over time, we end up having to revisit characters from time to time based on player feedback and make appropriate tweaks to make everything fit together.

Marvel.com: Can I just say, with 5-Star Hawkeye’s passive I can’t wait to team him up with Kingpin or…Sentry? The AP gain would be insane! Who else would you suggest?

Josh Austin: Definitely anyone that creates Countdown tiles and manipulates them, like Agent Coulson (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Star-Lord, and Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers).

Marvel.com: Ok, When can we put Hawkeye and Hawkguy to work?

Josh Austin: Both Hawkeye and Hawkguy are available on March 9 during the Avengers vs. Ultron Event that goes live that day. In addition, Hawkguy will have a Versus Tournament called No Good News that will start on March 16.

Snatch up Hawkeye and Hawkguy here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The ace agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. stands side-by-side with super heroes!

Want to work for the world’s premiere spy agency, save the world on a weekly basis, and look great doing it? Sorry, but there’s only room for one Phil Coulson in “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” but good news—we can all play his wingman.

We talked to D3 Go! Publisher Josh Austin about Agent Coulson’s abilities and everything he brings to the game.

Marvel.com: What’s so cool about Coulson?

Josh Austin: Agent Coulson may be a human with a robotic hand, but he definitely fits in and can hold his own in a world of super heroes. Phil definitely adds a lot to “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” with how he calmly leads his team, even in the [direst] situations, dishing out a healthy amount of sarcasm and giving fans an average joe role model that everyone can relate to.

Marvel.com: I think we can all agree that Phil’s a swell guy and a great agent, but what makes him “Puzzle Quest” material?

Josh Austin: We took a strategic approach with his design. He is a four-star character and his abilities are mostly surveying the battlefield and calling in the right type of backup while helping his team shine with advanced tech to gain more AP and utilize Countdown Tiles. This makes him a great fit for “Marvel Puzzle Quest” as a utility character who can help strengthen a team of heroes that do not share the same colors.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about this abilities: what’s Coulson got going on?

Josh Austin: Agent Coulson’s first ability is called Call the Cavalry and costs 12 Yellow AP. With this ability Coulson surveys the situation and makes calls for backup. What this means for the player is at a low level he creates a one-turn Commander Countdown Tile that creates one Strength Tile. For higher levels he starts calling in more Countdown Tiles like a Sniper Tile that deals damage, a Spy Tile that deals damage to all enemies and at level five he creates two Commander Countdown Tiles. But wait, that’s not all! This ability has a Passive that gives the player one AP when any friendly Countdown Tile reaches zero and two AP for the same reason at level four.

Phil’s second power is Best-Laid Plans for eight Purple AP. This ability is designed around Agent Coulson’s ability to stay calm even when surrounded and things look horrible. The player gets to choose two red and/or green Basic Tiles to become Charged Tiles and then swap them. Increasing this power will give the player more Basic Tile colors to choose from and reducing the Countdown timer by two for any friendly Countdown Tiles. This ability also has a Passive that triggers if you make a match while you have six or more team-up AP. It spends two team-up AP to reduce a random friendly Countdown timer by one.

His last power is Super Secret S.H.I.E.L.D. Tech for 11 Blue AP. Based on another Agent Coulson characteristic, Coulson unleashes an advanced piece of tech, raising an eyebrow in mild surprise at its effectiveness. This ability steals random AP for each friendly Countdown Tile on the board. This power has a Passive as well that triggers whenever an ally player activates a power, which creates a two-turn Countdown Tile that deals damage. Increasing this ability’s level will give this ability more damage, reduce the two-turn Countdown for the passive to one-turn, and add more AP per friendly Countdown Tile.

Marvel.com: Coulson has a lot of interesting things going on in his kit. It seems like he’s really focused on AP manipulation and playing with countdown timers. And he could give Kingpin a run for his money calling in backup!

Josh Austin: Definitely, there is a lot of Countdown Tile manipulation and all of his powers feed into each other in a fun interesting way.

Marvel.com: Who does he fight best alongside? Thor (Goddess of Thunder) seems an easy comrade, making use of Coulson’s charged to power her Smite. Who else fits into Coulson’s crew?

Josh Austin: Good suggestion! Agent Coulson is a good character to team up with anyone that doesn’t have color overlap. Some characters that our side has found fun to play with are Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) with his Hellfire Power to crate the Countdown Tile that refreshes every 2 turns which in turn will trigger Call the Cavalry every 2 turns.

Also War Machine (James Rhodes)’s Gatling Gun which creates Countdown Tiles that deal damage and destroy tiles around them. Green Goblin (Norman Osborn)’s Goblin Glider creates a Countdown Tile and Trick or Treat creates three Countdown timers while passively fortifying Countdown Tiles so they survive.

Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know about the hard-hitting S.H.I.E.L.D. agent?

Josh Austin: Agent Coulson will be debuting in Deadpool vs. MPQ starting on Thursday, February 23. He will also be in the Vault for Venom Heroic, which starts on February 27 and there will be a Versus Tournament called Right Hand Man which will be happening on March 2.

Take Agent Coulson for a spin here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews!

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