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ShazamPrime
Rarity Base Stats Price Unlock
Gold 950/1,350 Gold Booster Pack and Most Wanted Pack N/A
Passive Lightning Fury: Upon Super Move activation, Shazam deals 300% more damage with basic attacks, takes 50% less damage, and can use special moves without power cost for 12 seconds.

Shazam is one of the most classic and rarest powerhouses in the game. In addition to his long stretch of health, Shazam packs a powerful punch, and can easily decimate entire teams. He also used to have the highest health stats for the longest time, before being surpassed by Green Lantern/Red Lantern Hal Jordan (1400) in the 2.6 update.

StrategyEdit

He is most notorious for his passive, which allows him to use Bolt of Zeus and/or Roaring Strike for 12 seconds (up to 4 times) without using his power, (although his super move only does 20% of the normal damage), which can deal over 300,000 free damage if you use it right even prior to modifiers such as gear and teammates.

For 12 seconds after using his super, Shazam will retain two bars of power even after using a special, and he is not affected by most power drain effects. If Raven/Rebirth tags in with less than two bars, she can only steal one bar of his power instead of all (likely due to his 50% damage reduction).

It is possible to gain further power in this state (at a greatly reduced rate), possibly even using another super (which refreshes the passive duration), but this has little point as his super only does 20% of the normal damage. All power will be removed after the buff wears off - including any power he gains during the passive.

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Shazam using his Supermove!

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Shazam's passive is activated after using his Supermove.

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Shazam unleashing his full might on his opponent.

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Shazam is immune to POWER DRAIN effect while using his effect!

His basic damage potential with his passive is often understated, in a small part because of the inaccuracy of the description - it actually increases his basic damage by 400% (i.e. his basic attacks will deal 5 times as much damage as normal barring other effects). While this stacks additively with other boosts and diminishes comparatively when stacking basic damage gear, this can still more than double his basic damage at near max gear scores, allowing his heavy combos to have a damage output rivaling his special 2.

Additionally, since his special 2 becomes unblockable if used right after his heavy combo, it could be used to great effect during his passive.

Shazam used to have the highest health in the game, until Doomsday/Containment surpassed him with 1500 effective health (600 base). He was then the character with the highest maximum health in the game in a single bar (since healing Containment Doomsday scales with his base maximum health, 600), until he was surpassed by Scorpion/Mortal Kombat X. He was still the character with the highest base health (as MKX Scorpion's health is tied to his passive and requires promotions) until surpassed by Red Lantern Hal Jordan. However, since Red Lantern Hal's passive causes him to take percentage max health damage to use specials or supers and he cannot be healed, it can be argued Shazam was not truly surpassed until the release of Darkseid/Apokolips (1400). For a very long time, he also has the highest total base stats, until surpassed by Batman/Arkham Knight and The Flash/Metahuman.

His popularity gradually declined as more and more new and powerful characters are released with less avoidable damage. The changes to blue lantern ring also affected him, as it could now only heal himself rather than the whole team by spamming Roaring Strike.

OffenseEdit

Getting to three bars is often a pain, as his light basic combos are rather awkward, and while his heavy combo is fast and easier to use, it also only deals 2 hits so he gains power much slower. Killing Joke Joker, Batgirl/Prime and Ra's Al Ghul's Scimitar can help with this issue. As for power generation gear, The Ibistick gives some of the highest power generation of any gear (recently surpassed by the League of Assassins Adept Knives and Heart of Darkness), as well as giving him a large damage boost to both specials. If you don't have it (or if you want to stack more power generation) try Raven or Shazam's own specific gear, the former offers crit on s2 while the latter has stun on s2, both of which can be useful (the latter also has Area Effect on s1, although that is not quite as useful).

As his super allows him to do his s2 4 times in a row, Superman, Cyborg or Martian Manhunter's specific gear (increased max health and heal on s2) is very useful, allowing you to almost completely recover health with one super.

DefenseEdit

In order to counter Shazam, power drain is recommended to handle him, draining him before he can reach 3 bars. However, when you are on offense, it is very unlikely for Shazam to build up to three bars of power (watch out for Killing Joke Joker however, who is a classic combination with Shazam), and dealing with him is usually fairly straightforward, with the only problem being his very high base health, so he would heal quite a lot repeatedly with heal on s1 gear.

If he does use his super move, block gear would be very useful in mitigating the incoming damage, as he has no trick to get around block, and block gear can reduce his special damage to just 10% of the normal value. Be very careful when dealing with him during his passive; his personal gear grants him stun chance on special 2, so it might leave you open to yet another special.

Shazam, along with Darkseid/Prime and Superman/Godfall, were often used together as an online defence team. While their passives are not very useful for online defence 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 defence teams, allowing you to gain more battle rating. This has since become mostly 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.

InteractionsEdit

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 Shazam. Having a card that "counters" Shazam does not mean it is always a good choice.

Good withEdit

Countered byEdit

  • Power Drain characters like Nightwing, Lex Luthor, Martian Manhunter, or Green Arrow. Note that during Shazam's passive, he is immune to most forms of power drain; however, Ra's Al Ghul's Dagger, Sinestro/Antimatter, and Black Adam/Kahndaq will drain his power, causing him to fall below the otherwise unmovable two bars of power. However, be warned that trying to basic attack him during his passive will leave you wide open for his specials.
  • Aquaman/Regime: Upon using his Super Move, he drains the entire enemy team of all power. It is currently unknown whether this works during Shazam's passive.
  • Raven/PrimeShazam entirely lacks a one-hit nuke required to deal with Raven's extraordinarily powerful health swap passive as his super only does 20% damage, and the rapid-fire indiscriminate damage of the subsequent Roaring Strikes is exactly what Raven preys upon.
  • Green Lantern/John Stewart: Similar to Raven, except less devastating but extends the effect to his whole team; the four-second invulnerability for each character stops Shazam dead in his tracks and wastes at least a third of his passive.
  • Hawkgirl/Regime: She disables specials upon tagging in, preventing Shazam from using his specials or super at all for 5 seconds.
  • Zod/Man of Steel : His passive allows him to take a fairly large amount of damage off of Shazam's special 2, so you have to use more to knock him out, resulting in you having less time to use your special 2 on other opponents.
  • Batman/Dawn of Justice, The Flash/Wally West Rebirth : Their passives allow them to "dodge" Shazam's special attacks, thus wasting away his precious power.
  • Black Adam/Kahndaq : Although Shazam won't be powerdrained by Black Adam's specials while his passive is active, Black Adam can also power drain his opponents upon using his easy to access combo-ender, thus, it can limit Shazam's effectiveness.
  • Raven/Rebirth: Her passive takes his power, keeping him from activating his super. " If his passive is activated and Raven tags in, Raven will instantly reach 2 bars of power. Although Shazam can still make use of his enhanced basic attacks and durability.

AbilitiesEdit

Here are Shazam's abilities.

Ability Classification Description Usage
Bolt of Zeus First Special Shazam summons and hurls the bolt of Zeus at his opponent. Swipe
Roaring Strike Second Special A series of quick strikes is accented by a shocking end. Quick tap, rapid tap
The Power of SHAZAM Super Move Shazam charges a powerful lightning punch, sending his opponent into the clouds where he inflicts multiple, powerful blows before flinging them back to the ground. UNBLOCKABLE. Tap

Support Cards and GearEdit

Here are Shazam's support cards and gear.

Card Classification Description Cost
Tawny Health 10% HEALTH BOOST. 6,000
Jebediah of Canaan Damage 10% DAMAGE BOOST. 8,000
Rock of Eternity Energy 10% ENERGY REGENERATION. 10,000
White Cloak (Lightning Cloak) Gear

X% increase to Power Generation

[Shazam] % damage to team with Special 1

[EVOLVED] X% chance to stun on Special 2

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

StatsEdit

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 7,438 19,683
Elite I 11,157 29,524
Elite II 14,877 39,366
Elite III 22,315 59,049
Elite IV 26,034 70,858
Elite V 29,754 78,732
Elite VI 33,473 88,573
Elite VII 37,192 98,415
Elite VIII 40,911 108,256
Elite IX 44,631 118,098
Elite X 52,518 151,632

TriviaEdit

  • The animation of the last hit of Roaring Strike (a bolt of lightning from above) is very similar to Solomon Grundy/Regime and Solomon Grundy/Prime's passive revival animation.
  • After using his super, it is actually possible to use another super before his passive wears off. This has no practical uses however, as the bonuses do not stack, his super does only 20% damage and power generation is greatly reduced after using his super (and using 2 supers in rapid succession will stop it entirely).
  • There was previously a bug that causes the flowing lightning effect to spread from the lighting bolt on his chest to his entire model, and it was fixed by the 2.6 update; despite this, it may still occur if you're playing on older devices.
  • When using his heavy combo, the last hit will be different depending on if the opponent will be KO'ed or not. If the opponent will be KO'ed on the last hit, he kicks up and outward, but, if the opponent will not be KO'ed, instead the last hit would only stomp them down to the ground.

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