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Rarity Base Stats Price Unlock
Gold 1,050/1,200 274,000 Challenge Mode, Challenge Booster Pack, Alien Invasion Pack, Apokolips Darkseid Challenge Pack, Red Lantern Challenge Pack
PassiveEmpower Minions: All BRONZE characters on Darkseid's team gain +300% HEALTH and DAMAGE.

Darkseid is the first mobile-exclusive character in Injustice: Gods Among Us Mobile. He can be unlocked during his challenge. Otherwise, he can be randomly obtained from a Challenge Booster Pack or the newly-added Apokolips Darkseid Challenge Pack, and as 1 of the 3 guaranteed cards in the Alien Invasion Pack, or also as a random reward during other challenges, but these will not unlock him for direct promotions.

Darkseid is a unique character who inspires strength into bronze teams. Darkseid also at one point had the highest damage stats in the game. However, Darkseid has base stats at 1050 and 1200, a combined total of 2250, which is surpassed by Shazam with 2300 (950, 1350), and now currently he has been surpassed by Batman/Arkham Knight (1200, 1300), Wonder Woman/Justice League (1300, 1200), and the new version of himself, Darkseid/Apokolips (1100, 1400), along with the Dawn of Justice, 2.10 and the Suicide Squad characters.

Strategy

Darkseid's value is highly situational. With his passive abilities and special attacks, Darkseid opens up a wide opportunity of team combinations. While his base stats used to be very high, he has since been overshadowed by newer characters with stats rivaling his and with more practical passives.

Darkseid is commonly teamed with strong bronze characters such as Lex Luthor/Prime, The Flash/Prime, Deathstroke/Insurgency or Nightwing/Prime. While his passive doesn't quite bring them up to gold level, this combination can be seen fairly often in multiplayer, and as maxed bronze cards tend to have relatively more damage than health, they can inflict surprising amounts of damage. These teams were also very popular prior to the introduction of gear and still sees some use as it is one of the cheapest possible combinations to successfully complete Bonus Battle 6 for its high amount of Power Credits.

An elite VII bronze character boosted by Darkseid's passive is generally comparable to an Elite II medium-cost gold character, but an elite III gold character can easily beat every bronze character in Darkseid's team, so Darkseid's passive is useful only for beginners, before they can afford eliting more gold characters.

Another use for his passive is for challenge mode character requirements, particularly nightmare stage. For example, if the challenge requires Green Arrow, Darkseid can boost Green Arrow/Insurgency (bronze) to higher stats than Green Arrow/Prime (silver) without requiring the large investment into Green Arrow/Arrow (gold).

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The visual effect on bronze characters teamed with Darkseid.

Alternatively, add Catwoman/Batman Returns for 100% more damage to your damage-over-time effects (although due to complications in stacking, the burn of a Fires of Apokolips that hits 200% on the rapid tap would do about 311% damage instead of 300% or 400%). Additionally, Catwoman's special 1, Cat Claws, can cause the opponent to bleed for 10 seconds, and the burn damage will also be increased by a multiplicatively stacking 20% per bleed (stacking additively with itself).

Fires of Apokolips does slightly more main minimum damage than stated, equivalent to upgrading it once more than you had actually upgraded it. When maxed, this gives 5% more base damage, or 3% more overall. Note that the fire damage is not affected at all by upgrading. Additionally, the second regular hit of the special deals flat damage regardless of how much you hit on the rapid tap.

Overall, at 200% on both parts, the maximum damage of Fires of Apokolips is 145% of Darkseid's damage stat provided that his opponent does not tag out, and 95% if they do. In comparison, a regular special 2 does 120%. However, the fire pit hit will be negated if the opponent is blocking, reducing the base damage (prior to reduction by block) to only 51% of his damage stat and not apply the burn, making it a particularly risky move.

Darkseid, along with Shazam and Superman/Godfall, were often used together as an online defense team. While their passives are not very useful for online defense and they have almost no synergy with each other, their very high base stats will attract many attacking teams, as the matching system will try to match players against stronger defense teams, allowing you to gain more battle rating. This has since been mostly become obsolete due to the 2.6 update that introduced 3 new characters whose base stats surpass even Shazam and 2 more that tie with him.

Interactions

Please note that battles are highly situational: this section only mentions cards that have mechanics that, for any reason, are particularly effective with/against, or particularly ineffective against Darkseid. Having a card that "counters" Darkseid does not mean it is always a good choice.

Good with

  • Bronze character as stated in his passive.

Good against

Countered by

Abilities

Here are Darkseid's abilities.

Ability Classification Description Usage
Omega Blast First Special Darkseid uses telekinesis to shove the opponent away before unleashing an Omega Blast from his hands. Swipe, target
Fires of Apokolips Second Special Darkseid calls upon an Apokolips crater to burn his opponent. BURNS. Quick tap, rapid tap
I Am Many Things Super Move Darkseid transports his victim to Apokolips for a furious beatdown. UNBLOCKABLE. Tap

Support Cards and Gear

Here are Darkseid's support cards and gear.

Card Classification Description Cost
Granny Goodness Health 10% HEALTH BOOST. 3,000
Big Barda Damage 10% DAMAGE BOOST. 4,000
Lashina Energy 10% ENERGY REGENERATION. 5,000
Chestplate (Omega Battleplate) Gear

BLOCKING stops X% more damage

[Darkseid] X% chance to reflect Special 1 while blocking

[EVOLVED] X% CRIT chance on Special 1

25,000 - 1,000,000 (upgrading)

Stats

These stats are the final damage and health levels at level 50, per Elite rank, with ALL support cards, and without any augmentations. With the 2.13 update, Elite 8, 9, and 10 have been added. The Elite 10 damage and health levels are for level 60 characters.

Tier Damage Health
Normal 8,221 17,496
Elite I 12,331 26,244
Elite II 16,442 34,992
Elite III 24,663 52,488
Elite IV 28,773 62,985
Elite V 32,884 69,984
Elite VI 36,994 78,732
Elite VII 41,107 87,480

Trivia

  • Previously, in a mirror match (such as the first match in Bonus Battle 6), your bronze characters (but not the AI's ones) will gain the damage bonus of both Darkseids, allowing them to do 16 times as much damage as normal. This has since been fixed.
  • If the second hit of Darkseid's SP2 KOs the opponent, the rapid tap section will not appear, similar to Wonder Woman/Dawn of Justice.
    • Additionally, the crater will still appear for a limited time which does not inflict damage
  • He was re-released as a challenge thrice: in June 2014, September 2015 and February 2017.
  • Darkseid/Prime, Batman/Arkham Knight, The Joker Unhinged/Suicide Squad, Superman/Injustice 2 and Batman/Flashpoint are the only five characters in the game to have two completely different animations for when the opponent blocks.
  • His passive is the only one that explicitly mentions or revolves around a specific class of cards (Bronze, Silver, Gold).
    • Additionally, his passive is the same as Shaolin Master Kung Lao's passive from Mortal Kombat X Mobile.
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