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Chess Rush Best Heroes Guide: Strengths and Weaknesses of Each Character

Tencent Games certainly put a whole lot of content for you to play with in Chess Rush. You have the various modes, strategies, and placement of pieces to consider when you are playing this exciting new mobile game. Even with just the game modes, you have to think about it first! Just one wrong move is all it takes for you to lose a match and possibly your current ranking.

No, it’s not always easy to regain that ranking. The fun part is that even up against much higher ranked opponents, you can still win. It was a matter of knowing the Combos and how the pieces work together. In this Chess Rush best heroes guide, we will share with you a bunch of details on each character. In general, we are revealing all the pros and cons of each hero. Note that any mention of attack speed in “( )” is in seconds.

1. Human

The Humans of Chess Rush can build up mana quickly. Note the “chance” in the Humans description. You might instantly regain all mana points to have abilities ready to use again. The problem is that it doesn’t always happen for all pieces. A Human piece might activate its ability repeatedly. Another might only get an instant 100% mana points regen.

Frost Lotus

frost lotus chess rush

Pros: AoE ability great against grouped opponent pieces. Sorcerer class magic resistance reduction against opponent’s pieces.
Cons: Slow attack speed (1.7). Has low defense. Slower ability cool down
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Related: Chess Rush Beginner’s Guide: Tips, Cheats & Strategies to Score Wins and Dominate the Board Arena

Flamecaller

Pros: Devastating hitter. Sorcerer class magic resistance reduction against opponent’s pieces. Good ability cool down speed.
Cons: Average attack speed (1.4). Has low defense.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Templar Knight

Pros: Strong attacker. Very high survival rate (Rider). Heals itself/allies and damages opponents.
Cons: Short ranged heal might not hit allies. Average attack speed (1.4). Slow ability cool down.
Recommended Item(s): Forbidden Tome, Spellbane Staff, Piercing Dagger (optional), Resistance Cloak (optional)

Werewolf

werewolf chess rush

Pros: Fast attack speed (1.1). Good hitter. It can summon. It’s dual race.
Cons: Very long ability cool down (60 seconds). A little slow to summon.
Recommended Item(s): Forbidden Tome (optional), Piercing Dagger (optional), Defensive Armor (maxed)

Lightbringer

Pros: Heavy duty nuking skill. Sorcerer class magic resistance reduction against opponent’s pieces. Great mix piece with Frost Lotus and Flamecaller for a 4 (or more) piece Human set.
Cons: Slow attack speed (1.7). Ability charging slows ability firing. Has low defense.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

General of War

Pros: Heavy attacker. Ability can stun. Good survival rate.
Cons: Average attack speed (1.4). A little slow to cast ability. Can be difficult to obtain.
Recommended Item(s): Forbidden Tome, Piercing Dagger (optional), Defensive Armor (optional (maxed))

Dragoon

dragoon chess rush

Pros: Very good attacker due to its ability. It’s dual race. Can nuke grouped opponent pieces in Dragon Form (splash damage). It’s a fast attacker (1.2). Very high survival rate (Rider).
Cons: Needs 3 Dragon race pieces for the best effect. Its ability is 1 shot only deal.
Recommended Item(s): Piercing Dagger (optional), Defensive Armor (optional (maxed)

2. Elf

The Elves of Chess Rush can be nasty pieces to play with. They can branch to other races/classes fairly easily. But when you have all 6 Elf race pieces; that dodge they gain really cranks up their survival rate! Mixing the passive abilities of Elves with the Goblins makes them even faster attackers.

Nightingale

nightingale chess rush

Pros: Great ability blocker (passive ability). Good attack speed (1.2). It’s a heavy hitter due to passive ability.
Cons: Has low defense. It’s part of the currently basically bugged class (Punisher).
Recommended Item(s): Piercing Dagger, Defensive Armor (maxed), Resistance Cloak

Everbloom

Pros: Can summon repeatedly. It’s easily upgraded (Druid).
Cons: Has low defense. Average attack speed (1.4). The summons are “ok only”. They’re not great but helpful.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Related: Chess Rush Advanced Guide: Tactics, Strategies, Super Combos & Best Teams

Moonlight Dragon

Pros: Good attacker. It’s dual race. Good survival rate (dodge). It adds nicely to the Sorcerer class.
Cons: Slow attack speed (1.7). Opponent pieces have to be inside the firing line for its ability to cause heavy damage.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff, Piercing Dagger (optional)

Evergreen

evergreen chess rush

Pros: Good survival rate (dodge). It’s easily upgraded (Druid). Good healing over time ability. Better than average tanker.
Cons: Healing only works on allies near the random target of ability. Very slow attack speed (2.0). Little slow on the casting speed.
Recommended Item(s): Forbidden Tome, Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak, Piercing Dagger

Unicorn Cavalier

Pros: Great attacker. Average attack speed (1.3). Good survival rate (Rider).
Cons: Relies on items and/or Goblins to be a great piece.
Recommended Item(s): Piercing Dagger, Critical Greatsword

Stinger

Pros: Fast attacker (1.2). Good survival rate (dodge). It can be a very nasty hitter (critical rate).
Cons: Relies on items and/or Goblins to be great.
Recommended Item(s): Piercing Dagger, Critical Greatsword

Forest’s Breath

forest's breath chess rush

Pros: Fastest attacker in the game (0.9). Good attacker. Good survival rate (dodge).
Cons: Needs 3 Hunter pieces to be a great attacker.
Recommended Item(s): Piercing Dagger (optional), Spellbane Staff, Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak

Sword Dancer

Pros: Great attacker. It’s a fast attacker (1.0). Good survival rate (dodge).
Cons: Not too easy to gain/upgrade.
Recommended Item(s): Forbidden Tome, Spellbane Staff, Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak, Critical Greatsword

3. Beast

The Beast pieces of Chess Rush provide an easily gained damage boost for all your pieces. This damage boost also applies to summoned units. They’re easy to gain which is why they’re the most commonly used pieces in the game.

Icetusk

icetusk chess rush

Pros: Good Tanker. Good Attacker. Fast attack speed (1.2). It’s fairly easy to gain.
Cons: Its stun from the ability doesn’t show much at all.
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor (optional), Resistance Cloak (optional), Critical Greatsword

Witch Doctor

Pros: Easily obtained and upgraded (Druid). It can summon healing totems!
Cons: Healing totems range isn’t great. Average attack speed (1.5). Has low defense.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Marsh Lord

Pros: Very useful summon ability. Slows target’s attack speed (summon). It can repeatedly summon. Fast attack speed (1.2). Beast race increases summon attack damage! It’s a good start for the Warlock class.
Cons: Has low defense. “Ok only” attacker until ability is used.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Horned Menace

horned menace chess rush

Pros: Very cool ability! Good attacker. Its ability aims for furthest enemy piece attempting to hit many enemies on the way.
Cons: It can still be hit while using its ability especially by ranged attackers. It might be an empty space between it and the target of its ability. Average attack speed (1.4).
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor, Forbidden Tome, Resistance Cloak, Piercing Dagger (optional)

Venom

Pros: Its dual race. It’s a fast attacker (1.0). Has brutal ability. It’s a great attacker. Its ability slows the attack speed of the target.
Cons: Its ability might hit a target which already has low HP.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Nightowl

nightowl chess rush

Pros: It can summon a very nice attacker. Good attacker. Good attack speed (1.3). It’s easily upgraded (Druid).
Cons: It’s not always easy to obtain. Very long ability cool down. Summoned stats are “fixed price”.
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak

4. Cyborg

The Cyborgs of Chess Rush can be tough to defeat. Most Cyborg pieces are also Engineer class so gaining both buffs takes a total of 3 pieces. They’re all around good attackers and defenders. Cyborgs, most of the time, are easily obtained and easy to upgrade pieces.

Bionic Ninja

bionic ninja chess rush

Pros: Fast attacker (1.2). Good hitter. Good survival rate.
Cons: Ability could hit another target besides the current target.
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak, Critical Greatsword

Miss Supersonic

Pros: Great ability damage. Good attacker. Has fairly low ability cool down.
Cons: Average attack speed (1.5). Ability can spread to multiple targets which reduces full damage compared to hitting a single target.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Steel Fist

Pros: Great tanker (one of the best front pieces). Good attacker. Has a very useful ability. Good survival rate.
Cons: Average attack speed (1.5). Ability might hit multiple targets.
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor, Piercing Dagger, Forbidden Tome, Resistance Cloak

Groundsmasher

groundsmasher chess rush

Pros: Good attacker. Good ability damage when surrounded. Good survival rate.
Cons: Ability range says the most damage will come when surrounded. When surrounded, the most damage will come too! Average attack speed (1.4)
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor, Piercing Dagger, Forbidden Tome, Resistance Cloak

Stalker Drone S90

Pros: Great nuking attacker. Best ranged attacker. Good attack speed (1.2). Targets don’t have to be closely grouped. Has passive ability.
Cons: Not always easy to obtain. Has seemingly “squishy” defense.
Recommended Item(s): Piercing Dagger, Critical Greatsword

Joey

Pros: Devastating attacker. Good survival rate. Has a great ability range.
Cons: Ability can be avoided if killed or by ranged attackers. Not so easy to obtain. Average attack speed (1.5).
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Terminater T3000

terminater t3000 chess rush

Pros: Good attacker. Faster attack speed (1.1). Has great ability range. Good survival rate.
Cons: Not easy to obtain. Has a delayed ability casting.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

5. Furry

The Furry race of Chess Rush provides a fairly easy to gain set of tankers. Unfortunately, it takes all 4 Furry pieces to make them great tankers with an extra 2,000 HP at the start of all battles.

Bangar

bangar chess rush

Pros: Good Tanker. Good survival rate.
Cons: Average attack speed (1.5). Taunted targets won’t stop attacking it even though armor boost has expired. It needs to be mixed with Warrior and Furry pieces to improve survival rate.
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak

Firefur

Pros: Good attacker. Fast attack speed (1.1). Very cool ability!
Cons: Ability won’t damage target(s) upon return.
Recommended Item(s): Critical Greatsword, Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak, Forbidden Tome

Wukong

Pros: Good attacker. Fast attack speed (1.1). Ability hits multiple targets.
Cons: Ability “seems bugged” so it appears there’s no damage done. Not as good a tanker as you’d expect.
Recommended Item(s): Critical Greatsword, Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak, Forbidden Tome

Starhorn

starhorn chess rush

Pros: Its ability can be useful. It’s needed to complete the 4 piece set of Furry pieces.
Cons: Ok only survival rate. Average attack speed (1.5). It could use its ability in a fairly empty location.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

6. Goblin

The Goblins of Chess Rush make for great attack speed boosters. Their abilities can be very potent stuff!

Hog Rider

hog rider chess rush

Pros: Fun to use. Fast attack speed (1.2). Good attacker. Dual raced.
Cons: Doesn’t always get attacked so it can get killed and use its ability. Surprising survival rate!
Recommended Item(s): Never equip items on this piece.

Totemface

Pros: Has a very fun and useful ability. It can definitely change battle results in your favor.
Cons: Has low defense. Slow attack speed (1.6) until mixed with other Goblin pieces.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff, Piercing Dagger

Voodoo Elder

Pros: Good attacker. Has a useful, possibly devastating ability.
Cons: If its ability hits more than 2 targets, it’s less devastating but still useful. Average attack speed (1.5) until mixed with other Goblin pieces.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Berserker

berserker chess rush

Pros: Good attacker. High attack speed (1.1 and decreases) even without other Goblin pieces.
Cons: Not always easy to obtain. If it targets a piece which already has low HP, its passive stacks will reduce faster.
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak, Critical Greatsword

7. Undead

The Undead pieces of Chess Rush are a nasty trick to use against your opponents! They’ll instantly drop all the armor of your opponent’s pieces at the start of the battles. This armor drop lasts for the entire battle! It’s when you have Apocalypse mixed into your Undead pieces, you opponent’s pieces start to melt awfully quick!

Famine

famine chess rush

Pros: Fast attack speed (1.1). Good attacker. Basic attack increases as it kills opponent pieces.
Cons: If this piece doesn’t kill opponent pieces, no matter how much damage it did to a piece, it won’t get an increase in damage. Surprisingly not as heavy hitting as you’d think even mixed with other Hunter and Undead pieces. Has seemingly “squishy” defense.
Recommended Item(s): Critical Greatsword, Defensive Armor (optional)

Calamity

Pros: Good attacker. Good attack speed (1.3). It’s an excellent front piece. Has a great survival rate.
Cons: Its ability might be used on a Hog Rider or another piece you’re not concerned with at the time.
Recommended Item(s): Forbidden Tome, Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak

Misfortune

Pros: Good attacker. Fast attack speed (1.2). It heals itself and allies while causing damage with its ability. It’s fairly easy to obtain.
Cons: It might be standing alone so there’d be no one to heal (ranged attacker)! It also might not hit enemy pieces because of it standing alone.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Apocalypse

the dark mage apocalypse chess rush

Pros: Devastating attacker. It can be a devastating attacker even without upgrading. Its ability slows attack speeds of opponent pieces. Its ability can hit all 10 opponent pieces if they’re within range.
Cons: It needs to have 2 or more opponent pieces to be a devastating attacker. Average attack speed (1.5). Not easy to obtain.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff, Piercing Dagger (optional)

8. Demon

The Demons of Chess Rush are among some of the naturally heaviest hitters in the game. The trick is to use only 1 unless you have the set of Punishers mixed into your pieces. Having more than 1 Demon piece in your lineup without the Punisher Combo will negate the extra damage done by Demon pieces.

Lilith

lilith chess rush

Pros: Strong attacker. Fast attack speed (1.2). It’s a ranged attacker. Good ability damage.
Cons: Somehow ends up behind enemies at the start of the battles which isn’t always a good idea.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Scourge

Pros: Good attacker. Fast attack speed (1.3). Good survival rate (Rider). Its ability either does more damage to a target or stuns it for a longer duration.
Cons: Not as great a front piece as you’d hope for.
Recommended Item(s): Defensive Armor, Critical Greatsword, Piercing Dagger, Resistance Cloak, Forbidden Tome

Nether Prince

Pros: Great attacker. Fast attack speed (1.1). Its ability can hit many targets at decent range. Nice mix piece with Marsh Lord for Warlock.
Cons: Its ability might not hit anything! Not as easy to obtain.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

The Devourer

the devourer chess rush

Pros: Great attacker. Its ability can instantly half a target’s HP. Becomes a stronger and faster attacker when its ability is used.
Cons: One time ability use. Average attack speed (1.4). It’s a bit slow on the casting speed.
Recommended Item(s): Forbidden Tome, Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak, Piercing Dagger

The Executioner

Pros: Devastating attacker. Fast attack speed (1.3). Good survival rate (Warrior).
Cons: Not so easy to obtain. It might use its ability on a nearly dead target.
Recommended Item(s): It’s all of them because you want this piece on the attack and able to use its ability as much as possible.

9. Oceanborn

The Oceanborn pieces of Chess Rush are tough to work with. It’s their Combo effect that basically discourages their use. However, you should pay attention to their abilities more than their Combo.

General Puffer

general puffer chess rush

Pros: Fast attacker (1.3). It’s a great ability with fastest cool down (3). Potentially devastating results from its ability. The ability is meaner when mixed with Undead pieces. Good survival rate (Warrior).
Cons: Might hit a nearly dead target with its ability (wasted armor reduction).
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff, Forbidden Tome, Defensive Armor, Resistance Cloak

Siren

Pros: Fast attacker (1.0). Fun ability (not fun for opponent)!
Cons: Its ability duration is a bit short until you get it to 2 star or above.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff, Forbidden Tome, Defensive Armor

Kraken

Pros: Fast attacker (1.0). It’s a great attacker (ability + Hunter).
Cons: Its ability doesn’t go after multiple targets.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

King of the Sea Shakaraka

king of the sea shakaraka chess rush

Pros: Devastating attacker (ability + Hunter). Its ability can stun all hit targets. Its ability has good range.
Cons: Slow attack speed (1.7). It needs to be mixed with Goblin pieces for more attack speed.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff, Forbidden Tome, Defensive Armor, Piercing Dagger, Resistance Cloak

10. Void

The Void pieces of Chess Rush are very potent on the attack. But once you have the set, the battle result won’t be hated! The battle results are usually determined very quickly too! Yes, they’re in your favor!

Void: Destruction

void destruction chess rush

Pros: 2 piece set and this set can be painful for an opponent’s piece. It’s a devastating attacker. It’s a fast attacker (1.1). Its ability can hit many or all opponent pieces.
Cons: Its ability can be avoided by ranged attackers.
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff

Void Doom Nebula

Pros: Devastating attacker. Has an extremely destructive ability. 2piece set same as Void: Destruction. Potentially great survival rate (Warlock).
Cons: Not easy to obtain. Average attack speed (1.5).
Recommended Item(s): Spellbane Staff, Piercing Dagger

11. Dragon

moonlight dragon chess rush

The Dragon pieces of Chess Rush are usually great to have. The trick is that if you obtain 1 of them, you should go for all 3. You’d really want that advantage of using their abilities at the start of every battle. This holds especially true for Venom. Venom’s ability constantly damages its target until it is dead. The ability cool down of Venom’s ability isn’t lengthy so you could kill off a couple pieces in very little time.

All dragon pieces were included in the sections Human, Elf, and Beast. These pieces include Moonlight Dragon, Dragoon, and Venom.

12. Jelly

Gurru

gurru chess rush

It’s only used to upgrade a piece to 2star. Gurru replaces second (Druid) or third (all others) piece requirements to upgrade another piece. This comes in very handy when the piece you’re trying so hard to upgrade simply doesn’t show up. Don’t forget the very random nature of the pieces being offered in the Shop during matches. That randomness is what gives everyone the chance to win a match. Never equip items on this piece.

And this ends our detailed heroes guide for Chess Rush. If you happen to know additional information about the game’s characters, then feel free to leave us a message in the comments below!

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