Aranea Queen of the Mercenaries

Aranea Gets Dark World Mercenary Boosts

Aranea Highwind

Aranea
Commodore Aranea

Commodore of the Imperial Airborne Division, Aranea is a mercenary that helps us on our journey through Eos. Ever since her release, Aranea has always had a way with Mercenary troops, and in the Dark World, this hasn’t changed.  

Aranea Hero Skills

Obviously, the first part we see is the monster-hunting skills that we can’t get enough of. Really, anything that increases Hero MP is a plus in my book. Then, we get a Dark Dungeon Bonus that goes with her new Dungeon abilities Dragoon Shield Bash, and Highwind Surge. 

Hero Skills Tree

Aranea Hero Skills
Hero Skills Tree

Max MP II: Increases-

  • Max Aranea MP Multiplier Bonus up to a max of 300%.

Unlocks at hero level 351.

Hero Attack II: Increases-

  • Hero Attack Bonus up to a max of 5,000%.

Unlocks at hero level 353.

MP Recovery II: Increases-

  • MP Recovery up to a max of 150,000%.

Unlocks at hero level 352.

Hero Critical Hit II: Increases-

  • Hero Critical Hit up to a max of 5%.
    • Don’t worry about this stat unless you need it to unlock something else in Hero Skills. Chances are, your Critical Hit is already at or above 100%!

Unlocks at hero level 355.

Hero Streak II: Increases-

  • Hero Attack Streak up to a max of 2.
    • Every little bit counts!

Unlocks at hero level 354.

Hero Critical Damage II: Increases-

  • Hero Critical Damage up to a max of 50%.

Unlocks at hero level 356.

Dungeon Dark Bonus: Increases-

  • Dungeon HP Bonus up to a max of 850,000%.
  • Dungeon Physical Damage Bonus up to a max of 2.5M%.
  • Dungeon Healing Bonus up to a max of 15,000%.

Unlocks at hero level 357.

Dark Core Troop Attack: Increases-

  • Dark Troop attack up to a max of 2.5B%.

Unlocks at hero level 358.

Dark Core Troop HP: Increases-

  • Dark Troop HP up to a max of 625M%.

Unlocks at hero level 359.

Dark Core Troop Armor: Increases-

  • Dark Troop Armor up to a max of 1.88B%.

Unlocks at hero level 360.

Dark Mercenary Attack: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenary Attack up to a max of 2.5B%.

Unlocks at hero level 361.

Dark Mercenary HP: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenary HP up to a max of 625M%.

Unlocks at hero level 362.

Dark Mercenary Armor: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenary Armor up to a max of 1.88B%.

Unlocks at hero level 363.

Dark Astral Attack: Increases-

  • Dark Astral Attack Bonus up to a max of 200M%.

Unlocks at hero level 367.

Dark Elemental Troop Attack: Increases-

  • Dark Elemental Attack up to a max of 1B%.

Unlocks at hero level 364.

Dark Elemental Troop HP: Increases-

  • Dark Elemental HP up to a max of 250M%.

Unlocks at hero level 365.

Dark Elemental Troop Armor: Increases-

  • Dark Elemental Armor up to a max of 750M%.

Unlocks at hero level 366.

Dark Mount Attack: Increases-

  • Mount Attack Bonus up to a max of 750M%.

Unlocks at hero level 368.

Dark Cavalry II: Increases-

  • Dark Cavalry Attack up to a max of 3.13B%.
  • Dark Cavalry HP up to a max of 781M%.
  • Dark Cavalry Armor up to a max of 2.34B%.

Unlocks at hero level 369.

Dark Merc w/Hero: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenary Attack with Hero up to a max of 3.13B%.
  • Dark Mercenary HP with Hero up to a max of 781M%.
  • Dark Mercenary Armor with Hero up to a max of 2.34B%.

Unlocks at hero level 370.

Dark Fire: Increases-

  • Dark Fire Troop Attack up to a max of 938M%.
  • Dark Fire Troop HP up to a max of 234M%.
  • Dark Fire Troop Armor up to a max of 703M%.

Unlocks at hero level 371.

Dark Titan Attack: Increases-

  • Titan Attack Bonus up to a max of 250M%.

Unlocks at hero level 372.

Mysteries of the Hero Skills

Even though Aranea doesn’t have a particular Dark Mercenary focus, she still gives some good boosts to them. She does, however, focus on Dark Fire, Dark Cavalry, and the Astral Titan. All while still providing increases to the stats of Dark Core, Dark Elemental, Dark Astrals, AND Dark Mounts.

***Take note: When comparing Heroes and their boosts, be sure to look at the exact wording of the stat. If one hero has a 3B% “Dark Mercenary Attack” boost, and the other one has 5B “Dark Mercenary Attack with Hero” boost. Which one is actually better? While it might seem the 5B% Attack stat would be better, you have to take into consideration your MULTIPLIERS that you might have. If the first is multiplied by 150% and the second by only 30%, then you’ll do better by selecting the hero with the 3B% attack.***

Aranea Mastery Skills

If you find her Hero Skills lacking, you would still do good in leveling her up just to take advantage of her Mastery Skills. The Dark Mercenary and Titan Synergies are nice little bonuses to the good stats that you already have for them. But, her Mastery Skills require a few levels before you can take advantage of them, with the lowest starting at Aranea hero level 448. Except for one, which seems to be unlockable and fully maxed out right off the bat. HELLO 25B% Dark City Assault Attack!

Mastery Skills Tree

Aranea Mastery
Mastery Skills Tree

Dark Core Troop Attack: Increases-

  • Dark Troop Attack up to a max of 2.75B%.

Unlocks at hero level 452.

Dark Core Troop HP: Increases-

  • Dark Troop HP up to a max of 688M%.

Unlocks at hero level 450.

Dark Core Troop Armor: Increases-

  • Dark Troop Armor up to a max of 2.06B%.

Unlocks at hero level 454.

Aranea + Mercenary Overdrive: Increases-

  • Aranea Synergy*: Dark Mercenary Attack up to a max of 3.44B%.
  • Aranea Synergy*: Dark Mercenary HP up to a max of 1.72B%.
  • Aranea Synergy*: Dark Mercenary Armor up to a max of 5.16B%.

Unlocks at hero level 456.

Dark Mercenary Attack II: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenary Attack up to a max of 2.75B%.

Unlocks at hero level 451.

Merc Training: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenaries Resplendent Training Speed up to a max of 50%.

Unlocks at hero level 452.

Dark Mercenary HP II: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenary HP up to a max of 688M%.

Unlocks at hero level 449.

Dark City Assault II: Increases-

  • Dark City Assault Attack up to a max of 25B%.

Unlocks at hero level *FREEBIE* (Get your burn on!)

Dark Mercenary Armor II: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenary Armor up to a max of 2.06B%.

Unlocks at hero level 453.

Dark Elemental Troop Attack: Increases-

  • Dark Elemental Attack up to a max of 1.1B%.

Unlocks at hero level 450.

Dark Elemental Troop HP: Increases-

  • Dark Elemental HP up to a max of 275M%.

Unlocks at hero level 448.

Mage Debuff: Increases-

  • Dark Mage Attack Resistance** up to a max of 3.02B%.
  • Dark Mage Cripple HP** up to a max of 1.51B%.
  • Dark Mage Armor Piercing** up to a max of 4.54B%.

Unlocks at hero level 457.

Dark Elemental Troop Armor: Increases-

  • Dark Elemental Armor up to a max of 825B%.

Unlocks at hero level 455.

Dark Titan Attack: Increases-

  • Titan Attack Bonus up to a max of 275M%.

Unlocks at hero level 466.

Dark Astral Attack: Increases-

  • Dark Astral Attack bonus up to a max of 220M%.

Unlocks at hero level 452.

Aranea + Titan Overdrive: Increases-

  • Aranea Synergy*: Titan Attack up to a max of 275M%.

Unlocks at hero level 456.

Dark Mount Attack: Increases-

  • Mount Attack Bonus up to a max of 825M%.

Unlocks at hero level 453.

Dark Cavalry II: Increases-

  • Dark Cavalry Attack up to a max of 3.44B%.
  • Dark Cavalry HP up to a max of 1.72B%.
  • Dark Cavalry Armor up to a max of 5.16B%.

Unlocks at hero level 454.

Dark Merc w/Hero: Increases-

  • Dark Mercenary Attack with Hero up to a max of 3.44B%.
  • Dark Mercenary HP with Hero up to a max of 1.72B%.
  • Dark Mercenary Armor with Hero up to a max of 5.16B%.

Unlocks at hero level 455.

Dark Fire: Increases-

  • Dark Fire Troop Attack up to a max of 1.03B%.
  • Dark Fire Troop HP up to a max of 516M%.
  • Dark Fire Troop Armor up to a max of 1.55B%.

Unlocks at hero level 456.

Mirror Hero Aranea: Airship: Increases-

  • Mirror Hero Aranea: Dark Airships Bonus up to a max of 3.44B%.

Unlocks at hero level 454.

Mirror Hero Aranea: Cavalry: Increases-

  • Mirror Hero Aranea Dark Cavalry bonus up to a max of 3.44B%.

Unlocks at hero level 456.

Boost Definitions

*Synergy: An added boost that only applies to a particular hero or Astral when the other is present in battle.*

**Attack Resistance, Cripple HP, and Armor Piercing: Debuffs that are taken away from your opponent’s stats. These are subtracted and not a percentage of their stats. For example, if you have 2,000% Attack Resistance and your opponent has 25,000% Attack, after the debuff, they will only have 23,000% Attack left. **

Dealing Damage in the Dungeon

Aranea gains new abilities in the Guild Adventure Hall with her most recent update. Her first ability Dragoon Shield Bash deals 1500 Physical Damage while Highwind Surge deals 4750 damage and can boost guild damage by 10%! 

Pro-Tip: Don’t forget to renew your weapon enchantment for your Dungeon gear if more than 90 days has passed!

Another Tip: For even more attack, activate the Gilgamesh’s Blade Fragment Core before going into the Dungeon!

Compiling Information

Since Aranea boosts Dark Mercenary Attack by over 12B%, and that’s not even including the focus on Dark Airship mercs, she can give your empire the added oomph it needs to demolish your foes. One of the greatest things about her skills is that sweet 25B% Dark City Assault attack, and since it’s a Mastery Skill, it will apply no matter which hero you have active. Don’t forget to add an Aranea Mirror Hero to your march if you’re using Dark Airships or Dark Cavalry. Those enemy Dark Guardians never even stood a chance!

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