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Andromeda, the Gravitic Warmaster

Quantum Tempest from Zelem's Nexus.

Andromeda is a Quantum Tempest with a variety of long-ranged attacks, consisting mostly of AoEs. She is the first Quantum Tempest unlocked in the game, and one of the few heroes that have "crowd-control" capabilities.



General InformationEdit

Andromeda is a very AoE focused hero, with only one ability that deals non-AoE damage, two if you count her Beta variant ability. And surprisingly, she deals mostly physical damage.

Despite her being AoE focused and dealing mostly physical damage, she won't necessarily have a difficult time with 'Shifted' or 'Ghostly' enemies, because she can deal "free" non-AoE Energy damage with her basic attack.

Even though the best defense can be a good offense, Andromeda doesn't take damage well, so if she runs into too many enemies or an enemy she can't kill fast enough, she becomes very vulnerable.

Supportive heroes and tanks would help her survive longer though, and she's ideally used in Co-op anyway. Her crowd-control AoEs and her passive would be of more benefit to other players than herself.

Heroes that could pair especially well with Andromeda, either in a squad or in co-op, are Arakna and/or Krel: All of Krel's and most of Arakna's abilities will be affected by Andromeda's passive, making them faster and more powerful. Combined with Andromeda's attacks, they'll be able to mow-down large groups of enemies very quickly. In addition, Andromeda's crowd-control abilities will help keep tougher enemies at bay, but not out reach of the heroes' attacks.


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Official Hero SpotlightEdit

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Darkspore Helden Spotlight Andromeda

"Darkspore Systems Designer Paul Sottosanti takes us through a new Hero Spotlight Video, showcasing the abilities of the Gravitic War Master, Andromeda, a Tempest Class hero and one of the more than 25 characters that gamers will be able to collect, upgrade and customize."DarksporeGame



Base Stats & Unlock LevelsEdit

NOTE: The following stats are Andromeda's unmodified primary stats: Green are the highest stats, Red are the lowest.

Stats Alpha Beta Gamma Delta
Crogenitor Level Unlocked 14 32 43 50
Health 180 165 170 155
Power 147 149 146 150
Strength 16 13 14 11
Dexterity 12 13 15 14
Mind 22 24 21 25
Critical Rating 98 102 110 106
Dodge Rating 122 128 140 134
Resist Rating 282 294 276 300



AbilitiesEdit

NOTE: Due to varying primary stats, in this case Mind, the special abilities of hero variants' are slightly different. Any of these differences are separated by a Forward Slash (/) in Alpha-to-Delta order.

Icon ability Abilities flux dps range basic Force Pulse - (basic attack)Edit


Instant Cast
30 meter range
0.8 second cooldown
Launches a projectile that deals 10-16 energy damage that knocks back the target. Individual enemies can only be knocked back once every 10 seconds.


A nifty ability, Force Pulse deals fairly high damage for a basic attack, and is one of the few ways to knock-back enemies. Enemies that explode on close range like Novas and Exploder Scarabs can be inturupted before they even explode, giving more time to defeat them.

It can be used strategically to keep enemies in an AoE, such as Andromeda Gamma's Time Bubble or Sage's Strangling Briars. It can also be used to keep enemies away from an ally if they're getting low on health.


Icon ability Abilities flux dps range active Gravity Storm - (unique ability)Edit


Channeled
27 power cost
50 meter range
24 second cooldown
Raises enemies in a targeted 5m radius area into the air, immobilizing them with the force of gravity. After 2 seconds they are slammed into the ground, dealing 27-41 / 29-44 / 26-40 / XX-XX physical damage to each enemy.

This is an amazing ability for pvp especially. You raise them up while your burst damage partner destroys them. Additionally, the damage is also quite nice. Use it wisely though, as it has a 24 second cooldown.


Icon ability Abilities flux repulsionField Repulsion Sphere - (squad ability)Edit


Instant Cast
11 power cost
6 second cooldown
Emits a strong gravity pulse in a 8m radius area around Andromeda. Any enemy projectiles caught in the blast are redirected away from Andromeda and any enemies are knocked back.

This is more of a utility/panic abillity. When combined with certain hereos, this becomes amazing. Honestly, think of this ability like an anti-projectile shield that you can use every six seconds. Pretty good. Keep in mind though that this is useless against melee enemies in PvE, and other players' heroes in PvP.

Repulsion Sphere can even deflect homing projectiles that will home in on the very enemies that launched them! That way, you can really save yourself should a Repression Mechanoid or Annihilation Mechanoid fire its stunning homing missile at you.


ModifiersEdit

The modifiers for Andromeda's Repulsion Sphere are featured below, along with a few comments on them.

  • Andromeda's Repulsion Sphere: Knocked Back Enemies are Slowed for 4 seconds. (Ananke's affix)

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  • Andromeda's Repulsion Sphere: Knocked Back Enemies take Damage. (Hybris' affix)

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Icon ability Abilities flux dps range passive Gravitic Field - (passive)Edit


Bends gravity to Andromeda's will, increasing Projectile Speed by 25% and Projectile Damage by 10% for allies within 15m. Overdrive: Projectile Speed is now increased by 100% and Projectile Damage is now increased by 25%.


This Passive ability is pretty useful especially if you are in Co-Op with other Ranged Heroes. Quantum Heroes with Shooting Star will benefit from the increased damage from the increased speed of the comet, and the projectile itself will have its damage increased as well!



Variant AbilitiesEdit

Celectial comet2Celestial Comet - (Alpha)Edit


Andromeda Alpha
Instant Cast
18 power cost
35 meter range
8 second cooldown
Warps a nearby comet down to the planet's surface, causing 20-34 physical damage in a 4m radius and knocking affected enemies back.

Celestial Comet is a pretty useful and powerful ability. Considering Andromeda having a lot of Crowd-Control abilities and attacks already, there shouldn't be a difference choosing another variant over Andromeda Alpha.

Gear that increases physical damage and AoE effects are a good setup for Andromeda Alpha.

Shooting star2Shooting Star - (Beta)Edit


Andromeda Beta
Instant Cast
13 power cost
35 meter range
8 second cooldown
Launches an accelerating miniature asteroid that deals 18 physical damage damage plus additional damage based on its current speed.

Shooting Star is a difficult ability to master, but can be somewhat effective if used right. It is best used over a large distance, but this increases the chance of the target moving out of the way. In Co-op, one player can use Virulent Vines (or any other snare) to keep the target still, while the other can launch the Shooting Star. In Solo, it is much more complicated. A Temporal Siphon and Strangling Briars can slow an enemy down dramatically, hopefully keeping them in one place long enough.


Projectile Speed and Andromenda's Gravitic Field gives her the best advantage when using this ability, because not only will it help Andromenda to actually hit the target before it moves, but it will also deal more damage. This combination can make the shooting star an instantaneous shot to enemies and make it zip trough the battlefield like super-fast dart. It will also be augmented by increases to physical damage.


Time bubble2Time Bubble - (Gamma)Edit


Andromeda Gamma
Instant Cast
20 power cost
30 second cooldown
Creates a spacetime distortion bubble in an your location for 12 seconds. Enemies and enemy projectiles within the bubble are slowed by 60% while in the bubble.

Andromeda Gamma can use ths ability to slow down a large barrage of enemy projectiles. That way, you can use Repulsion Sphere to deflect them all, especially if they were homing. For a more offensive use, Andromeda Gamma can use Time Bubble near a group of enemies, and they will really suffer a slowdown.

Dimensional rift2Dimensional Rift - (Delta)Edit


Andromeda Delta
Instant cast
[x] power cost
20 meter range
15 second cooldown
Banishes all enemies in a 6m area into an alternate dimension for 8 seconds. Those enemies can't act but are immune to damage and further status effects.

Andromeda Delta is the last hero available for activation, being available at Crogenitor Level 50 along with Savage Delta (and Meditron Delta?). At that point, you should have at least 50 of all the heroes in the game, but that is completely optional to you.

Anyway, Andromeda Delta is powerful in her own right. If her abilities are still needing to cool down, she can banish enemies while she waits for her cooldows to finish.

Cooldown Reduction gear will allow for almost permanent banishment. But then you wouldn't need that much CDR unless you are being really offensive in tactics.



Most Recommended StatsEdit

See Character Abilities & Stats For More Information

Aside from the usual stats you'd want for Andromeda, (e.g. Health, Power, Mind, etc.), other stats that would be best for her would be +AoE Radius, +Cooldown Reducion, and +Attack Speed. Anything that would increase her damage would also be ideal, because she has mostly offense-based attacks.


Relevant StatsEdit

Desired stats vary on play-style, so here's a list of relevant stats, which means any stat that would affect Andromeda's abilities. Next to the stat is a description showing which ability it affects and how. Not all of these stats are necessary, though, but they are things you might want to keep an eye out for.

-xx% Damage for Quantum Attacks Increases the damage of Andromeda's abilities by a percentage.
-xx% Damage from [Genesis] Attacks Reduces the amount of damaged received from the listed genesis by a percentage, especially the Quantum resistance due to same-Genesis Vulnerability.
+xx% Cooldown Reduction Shortens the cooldown time on Andromeda' abilities by a percentage.
+xx% Attack Speed Increases the speed at which Andromeda's attacks. (Maximum Cap is 150%, equaling 2.5x normal attacks speed.)
+xx% Projectile Speed Increases the speed that Andromeda's projectiles travel by a percentage. (Affects: Force Pulse basic attack; Andromeda Alpha's Celestial Comet; Andromeda Beta's Shooting Star.)
+xx% Channeling Speed Increases the speed of channeled abilities, thus reducing their duration. (Affects: Gravity Storm unique ability.)
+xx% Movement Speed Increases how fast Andromeda can move by a percentage.
+xx% Increased Range Increases the maximum range of Andromeda's abilities.
+xx% Area Effect Damage (Affects: Gravity Storm unique ability; Repulsions Sphere squad ability [with Hybris' modifier]; Andromeda Alpha's Celestial Comet.)
+xx% Area Effect Radius (Affects: Gravity Storm unique ability; Repulsions Sphere squad ability; Andromeda Alpha's Celestial Comet; Andromeda Gamma's Time Bubble; Andromeda Delta's Dimensional Rift.)
+xx% Area Effect Duration. (Affects: Gravity Storm unique ability? [lift]; Repulsions Sphere squad ability? [slow]; Andromeda Gamma's Time Bubble; Andromeda Delta's Dimensional Rift? [banish].)
+xx Weapon Max Damage (and/or) +xx% Weapon Max Damage Increases that maximum damage of Andromeda's basic attack. (Affects: Force Pulse basic attack).
+xx Weapon Min Damage (and/or) +xx% Weapon Min Damage Increases that minimum damage of Andromeda's basic attack. (Affects: Force Pulse basic attack).
+xx Energy Damage (and/or) +xx% Energy Damage (Affects: Force Pulse basic attack; Repulsion Sphere squad ability [with Hybris' modifier].)
+xx Physical Damage (and/or) +xx% Physical Damage Affects (Affects: Gravity Storm unique ability; Andromeda Alpha's Celestial Comet; Andromeda Beta's Shooting Star.)
+xx% Health Leech Restores an amount of Andromeda's health when she deals damage, based on a percentage of damage dealt.
+xx% Power Leech Restores an amount of Andromeda's power when she deals damage, based on a percentage of damage dealt.
+xx% Duration of Harmful Statuses Inflicted (Affects: Gravity Storm unique ability? [lift]; Repulsion Shpere squad ability [with Ananke's modifier]; Andromeda Delta's Dimensional Rift [banish].)
Immune to being [debuff] by Darkspore Grants full immunity to receiving a certain kind of debuff.
+xx% Threat Decrease Decreases Andromeda's threat to Darkspore. (Optional but helpful, depending on play-style.)
+xx% Threat Increase Increase Andromeda's threat to Darkspore. (Optional but helpful, depending on play-style.)
Andromeda's Squad Ability Modifiers (see Modifiers)
Any sorts of Boons from certain Loot (Optional, but helpful.)



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