iOS/Android Injustice: Darkseid Challenge Stage Walkthrough (with new concept art from Antonio Hordista)

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The Challenge Stage for March has brought the seventh otherworldly, or alien character into the Injustice: Gods Among Us arena. While Martian Manhunter hails from Mars and Superman was sent to Earth from Krypton (also, Sinestro and Lobo and Hawkgirl and Zod are aliens), Darkseid is the ruler of Apokolips. He is the first unique character (he is NOT a playable console character) to the iOS/Android version of the game, and his Empower Minions ability adds a 300% boost to both the damage and health of any Bronze level character on his team.

What do players need in order to add Darkseid to their decks?

Battle 1: Only Bronze Characters Are Allowed On Your Team

Battle 1

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Building a good Bronze team is a huge problem for most players. The Darkseid Challenge Stage begins with lower leveled Bronze card-fighters which, as the above picture shows, are below level 20. However, once the first play through ends, the Expert and Nightmare versions of the Challenge add both maxed out Bronze cards as well as Silver level characters. Since Gold level cards are the most powerful, a lot of players have not bothered to level-up either their Bronze or Silver characters. So, what does one do?

The best Bronze support cards are Lex Luthor and Green Arrow. They combine to give a 20% damage boost and their first special attack can also power drain. Team them with Nightwing, whose Hand-to-Hand Combatant passive reduces the damage he takes by 25%, and you have a pretty awesome team that will dominate the first two play-throughs of Darkseid’s Battles. If gamers find themselves losing close matches, then consider switching out Nightwing or Green Arrow for Deathstroke or Solomon Grundy. Deathstroke is the statistically strongest Bronze character, and Solomon Grundy must be killed twice, meaning that he can turn the tables of a close brawl.

Battle 2: Cyborg or Regime Cyborg Must On Your Team

Battle 2

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Players want to like Cyborg, but he does not add much to teams. His Bronze skin regenerates health more quickly when he is tagged out, and his Silver skin regenerates power at 150% the normal rate. If they are teamed with a freezer like “Prime” Superman or Silver Green Arrow, then Cyborg’s passive abilities can be very useful. In normal rounds, Cyborg should only be used as a last resort once their power bars are filled.

However, be sure to build teams using strong Gold level characters. The computer’s teams will primarily consist of Bronze and Silver card-fighters, so a one-two punch of Arkham Origins Batman and “Prime” Batman will be more than enough to send all the foes to Arkham. Other great one-two punches are Regime Wonder Woman and Red Son Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Arkham Origins Batman, or Red Son Superman and Red Son Deathstroke. Such teams will dominate every round of this Challenge Stage.

 Battle 3: Only Bronze Or Silver Characters Are Allowed On Your Team

Battle 3

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Similar to Battle 1, this Battle, especially on the Nightmare version, can seem impossible. As a result, choose your cards wisely. Wonder Woman’s Olympian Strength can add up to 150% damage to any special attack. Therefore, teaming her with Insurgency Harley Quinn and “Prime” Lex Luthor can make her a TANK by adding 25% to her overall damage.

If normal TANKs like Wonder Woman or Doomsday wilt under Darkseid’s anti-life equation, then add the best Silver cards in the game to your teams. Silver Green Arrow’s Freezing Arrow attack will immobilize foes indefinitely. If you can freeze an opponent, then DO NOT attack them. Simply let your power bars fill and then tag in your fighters to release their unblockables one by one. The best Silver team is, perhaps, Green Arrow, Regime Green Lantern (25% to power generation), and Insurgency Lex Luthor (25% to health).

 Battle 4: Catwoman Or Regime Catwoman Must Be On Your Team

Battle 4

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Yes, a clear pattern has been established, because the same theories for finishing Battle 2, where Cyborg must be on your team, are applicable here as well. Catwoman is one of the weakest cards in the game, and she will be a huge detractor to your team during the Nightmare Battles. Therefore, keep a two-person team in mind for this stage. Catwoman should only enter the fight out of desperation. Doomsday is very useful, as he regenerates 50% of his health with each kill, and Martian Manhunter can stun, power drain, and cause long-term damage to eliminate multiple enemies. Choose wisely!

Battle 5: Black Adam Must Be On Your Team

darkseid final match chuck seeger

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Darkseid, considered an evil god, wants to face-off against one of Earth’s former gods and the emperor of Teth: Black Adam. Injustice player Chuck Seeger used a team of Regime Black Adam, Red Son Deathstroke, and Arkham Origins Batman to defeat Nightwing and Darkseid. Players should be very careful during this Nightmare team-up. Darkseid’s first level special attack strikes multiple times and it is hard to block, as he gives no warning before it’s use. In addition, Nightwing takes 25% less damage from you, and his damage and health are increased by 300% thanks to Darkseid’s use of him as a minion. IF you add Darkseid to your deck, then you won’t be disappointed. Darkseid lives up to his reputation as one of the most powerful characters in the DC Universe!

Don’t forget to buy your support cards:

Granny Goodness

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Big Barda

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Finally, the console characters Zatanna, Killer Frost, Ares and Shazam still remain as future mobile Challenge Stages. Also, 600 Wonder Woman, Containment Doomsday and Boss Solomon Grundy are lingering, so DC/NetherRealms has given players at least another 6 months of playable Challenges. Whether or not future unique characters, which were once support cards like Darkseid and J’onn were, will be added to the iOS/Android version of Injustice is the current elephant in the room. Hopefully, DC/NetherRealms won’t let fans down. The following characters are all currently used as support cards and the Injustice faithful deserve to fight alongside them all:

Alfred, Oracle, Natas, Black Canary, Sinestro Corps, Poison Ivy, Zeus, Guardians, Lantern Corps, Isis, Sensei Dragoncat, James Gordon, Birds of Prey, Ursa, Non, Lor-Zod (aka Nightwing), Arella, Trigon, Kilowog, Hanzo Hasashi (from Mortal Kombat), Granny Goodness, Lashina, Big Barda, Bizarro, Power Girl, Supergirl, Riddler, Gorilla Grodd, Dr. Fate, Brainiac, Ra’s Al Ghul, Spectre, Swamp Thing, Parallax, Talia Al Ghul, Black Mantis, Starfire, Ravager, Hawkman, and Tim Drake (aka Robin).

Contingently, we may see something like this wonderful fan art from Antonio Hordista. Do you want to see a cross-over with Marvel characters, similar to how Scorpion crossed-over from Mortal Kombat? Check it!


Art by the phenomenal Antonio Hordista


Art by the phenomenal Antonio Hordista

she hulk

Art by the phenomenal Antonio Hordista


Art by the phenomenal Antonio Hordista


Art by the phenomenal Antonio Hordista


Art by the phenomenal Antonio Hordista


998537_182486728593536_1752994517_n Chris Patton provides unparalleled coverage of iOS/Android Injustice: Gods Among Us. To read more articles about Injustice strategies, such as counting down who the best card-fighters in the game are, click here. Have a tip? Email him at, leave a message below, or troll him on Facebook.

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