As of now, we get to choose from a total of 100 Heroes in Mobile Legends. Since new Heroes get introduced every couple of weeks, knowing Hero counters especially against Meta picks becomes increasingly important in Mobile Legends.
What are counters?
When talking about counters, players usually refer to certain Heroes with outstanding abilities to disable, hamper and disrupt specific picks. This concept, however, can also be transferred to Items and in-game decisions. For this Mobile Legends guide, we’ll solely focus on Hero counters though.
Counters to Hero properties
Especially considering the recent Hero releases, Mobility has risen to one of the most valuable characteristics of Heroes. The ability to dash, jump or blick not only allows massive outplay potential but lets you escape ganks and disadvantageous situations with ease.
While a lack of Mobility makes you a juicy target, the ability to disrupt Mobility spells has incredible value. Therefore it shouldn’t come by surprise that Khufra remains the most valuable yet painful tank to deal with. Aside from Minsitthar he is still the only Hero with an ability that blocks any form of Mobility.
Projectiles, DPS & AoE
When it comes to projectiles of any shape and form, Lolita is your #1 choice. Her 2nd ability will block ranged basic attacks and the majority of things your enemies may throw at you. Especially painful for most Marksmen and Mages, a good Lolita will shield her teammates from any harm whether it’s Granger’s bullets or Chang’e’s star shower.
Nonetheless, there are countless abilities that deal massive damage without the need for projectiles. In those cases, Estes probably provides your team with the best survivability available. His ultimate ability can sustain his whole team and with the right Items, you’ll be able to cast it frequently enough to make your team immortal.
When it comes to DPS (damage per second), Belerick will make the enemy’s life hell. His passive causes Marksmen like Claude to literally suicide if they ever decide to target you – or your teammates while you ult.
While every Hero can build Items that cut through the enemy’s resistances and health, some Heroes naturally melt through Tanks within seconds. There are 2 main sources of damage that work very efficiently against beefy targets:
True Damage will ignore any defense built by your opponents and straight burn down their HP without any mitigation. Undoubtedly the best Tank killer in the game, Karrie can burst down a frontline without batting an eye. Stacking Health definitely helps with damage control though.
Aside from True Damage, however, damage calculated depending on the enemy’s maximum HP is nearly as effective. Resistances will reduce the amount of damage in this case; nonetheless, Heroes like Lunox, Wanwan or Valir have an easier time dealing with tanky enemies than most of their rivals.
Crowd Control wins games. Therefore let’s talk about Heroes that have ways to escape or avoid CC without the need of equipping Purify. Kagura and Wanwan both have skills that act just like Purify. Also, Masha will have short Immunity frames whenever one of her healthbars breaks. Chou gains short Immunity while using his 2nd skill, the same is true for Ling‘s ultimate.
However, they stand no chance against Diggie, whom’s ultimate ability grants all nearby allies CC immunity for a short period.
Lots of Heroes have some form of sustain, many use shields or healing abilities to stay topped off. Ever since the release of Baxia, we can actually counter regeneration effects with a Hero rather than Items. The fact that his 2nd ability also gets a huge Cooldown refund upon hitting enemy Heroes makes him a real nightmare to face.
Specific Hero counters
Now that we’ve covered the most important “generic” Hero counters in Mobile Legends, let’s take a look at concrete Heroes. Picking the right counter can definitely help to swing the game in your favour. Below you’ll find a table with the overall strongest counters to several Heroes that aren’t simply covered by the generic Mobile Legend Hero counters.
Table of Hero Counters in Mobile Legends
|Aldous||Grock||Well-timed wall will cancel his ultimate|
|Belerick’s passive only triggers once upon taking damage, no matter whether it’s 200 or 2000|
|Enough burst helps to kill targets before Estes can heal them up since he heals over time|
Baxia cuts down his healing
|Khufra’s 2nd ability cockblocks her cable movement|
Franco’s hook and his point-click ultimate lock her down
Ruby’s amount of CC also disrupts Fanny heavily
|His hook is also coded as projectile|
When Grock is charged, the hook of Franco doesn’t work
|Esmeralda absorbs his shields|
Khufra denies his jumps
|Diggie’s ultimate denies engage|
Grock’s wall disrupts Johnson’s ultimate
|Both Akai and Martis can push him away from their team while he uses his 2nd skill, also good disruptive abilities to deny his combo|
Valir’s knockback does the job as well
|His jump will kick Ling off walls, his silence will keep Ling from using other abilities|
|Lolita||Esmeralda||She absorbs her shields|
|Chou has enough follow-up CC on his own to burst her down while she is locked down, but layering CC does the job as well|
|Rafaela’s 1st ability makes Natalia visible|
Lesley’s ultimate makes Natalia visible
Aldous’s ultimate makes Natalia visible
|Odette||any CC||CC cancels her ultimate which is her main source of damage|
|Diggie to purify her 2nd skill|
Khufra to prevent her from jumping in
Lolita to block her 2nd skill
|X-Borg||Chang’e||She can melt him from afar, destroying his Firaga Armor and denying his ultimate|
|Claude’s ultimate one-shots Zhask’s spawns|
Estes outheals Zhask’s DPS unless far behind
|Tigreal||Any stuns||Any stuns can counter Tigreal’s ult and second abilty|
|Any ultimate based hero like Hayabusa can counter Bruno easily|
|Nana’s Molina can stop Atlas’s stun|
Divine Judgement of Kaja can stop Atlas
|Popol & Kupa||Badang|
|Badang’s Fist Break and Fist Crack combo can counter Popol & Kupa easily|
Zhask’s ultimate can counter easily
|Helcurt’s Shadow Transition stops Luo Yi’s abilities|
Harley’s Deadly Magic and Poker Trick combo can counter Luo Yi
|Cecilion||Dash based Heroes||Any hero that can reach out to Cecilion can kill him easily as Cecilion’s is a ranged hero|
|Hanzo’s ultimate can kill Pharsa easily|
Natalia’s passive can silence Pharsa
For the sake of clarity, we forwent to name every single counter and instead focused on picks that heavily hinder the specific Heroes rather than just doing well in a 1v1 scenario.
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