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Heroes are the heart of Clicker Heroes and the main source of DPS (damage per second) in the game. They are the game's characters that can be hired with a certain amount of Gold Gold earned from defeating monsters (this cost can be decreased by hiring and leveling up the correct Ancient, in occurrence Dogcog Dogcog). Heroes automatically deal damage over time (except for Cid-Summer Cid, the Helpful Adventurer, who only upgrades base click damage). Currently, there are 54 Heroes in the game.

Mechanics

Leveling Heroes

The player can level a hero up by clicking the "LVL UP" button next to the hero's name after hiring it. Shift+Click levels them by a max of 10, Z+Click levels up in increments of 25, Ctrl+Click levels them in increments of 100, and Q+Click levels up in the maximum increment actually purchasable with the player's current amount of Gold Gold up to 10,000 levels. Pressing T will toggle between the levels. Leveling up a hero increases the amount of DPS it does. Leveling up a hero will also increase the cost of the next level up by almost 7%. (The exact increase is 6.975%.) This will result in a near doubling of cost for every 10 levels. The four Ace Scouts, added in patch 1.0e11, have a 22% increase in cost per level, resulting in over double the levelling cost every 5 levels.

To find the cost of levelling a hero in the future use: Floor(Floor(BaseCost × 1.07CurrentLevel) × CostReduction)
e.g. To level 2treebeast Treebeast from level 114 to 115 it would cost Floor(50 × 1.07114) = 111,871. But with Dogcog Dogcog at level 7 for a 6.69% hero cost reduction, it would be Floor(111,871 × 0.9331) = 104,386.

To find the cost for one of the Ace Scouts (added in patch 1.0e11) use: Floor(Floor(BaseCost × 1.22CurrentLevel) × CostReduction)

Each hero comes with a series of upgrades that become available when they're levelled up. These upgrades allow the player to multiply the hero's DPS, multiply the amount of Gold Gold gained, increase DPS of all heroes, click damage, and obtain new skills. The hero Wepwawet Wepwawet does have 2 upgrades that each multiplies another hero's DPS, namely 6betty Betty Clicker & 15kingmidas King Midas. Also, Cadu Cadu, Tomb Guardian and Ceus Ceus, Tomb Guardian have upgrades that improve each other.

Level Bonuses

Every hero except Cid-Summer Cid, the Helpful Adventurer gets a 4× damage multiplier every 25 levels from level 200 upwards, and a 10x multiplier every 1000 levels until 8000. This makes the earlier heroes viable in the late game, but the cap means that later heroes will ultimately get the player further. but the cost of the heroes is about 5x more expensive (1.0725=~5.427) so they become slightly less effective the farther you go

There is another exception to these rules: all heroes after Frostleaf nogild Frostleaf have a 5× damage multiplier every 25 levels from 525 to 725, instead of a 4× damage multiplier for other heroes.

In patch 1.0e10, however, 5 new heroes were added, starting with Xavira Xavira. These heroes gain a ×4.5 damage multiplier every 25 levels, starting from level 200, but do not gain the ×10 damage multipliers every 1000 levels from level 1000 to level 8000. This makes them more effective then the ones before them.

In patch 1.0e11, 4 new heroes were also added. These heroes have a cost increase of 22% per level rather than 7%, but instead of a 4× or 4.5× damage mutiplier, these heroes have a huge 1000× damage mutiplier every 25 levels.

DPS Bonuses

There are some heroes that give you a multiplicative global DPS bonus. The final DPS multiplier is ~80.677 (80.67699371337890625 to be exact).

The following heroes have DPS bonuses, in order of appearance:

Gilded Heroes

Gildview

Detailed Gilded Heroes Screen.

Gilded Heroes receive a stackable +50% damage bonus each time they receive a gild. Gilding a hero will also change their appearance. A detailed view of the Gilded Heroes can be accessed by clicking on the "Gilded" button at the bottom of the Hero list.
Argaiv Argaiv increases the damage bonus from gilds. Even though she has a gilded sprite, Cid-Summer Cid, the Helpful Adventurer cannot be gilded by conventional means. Gilding her, however, is useless since her DPS is 0.

Acquiring Gilds

A random gild is awarded for beating level 100, and for every 10 levels thereafter. These random gilds are awarded only once per 10 levels and will not be given again after ascending, yet will after a transcendence. After an ascension, rewards continue as normal once reaching the previous ascension's Highest Zone Ever.

In the Shop, 3 random hero gilds can be purchased at any time for 30 Ruby Rubies. For mobile, the cost is 200 Ruby Rubies. The detailed view screen can also be accessed from here by clicking the "?" button. Since they may have been paid using real money, these "Paid Gilds" are given back after Transcendence, by a small number every time the player receives a normal gild every 10 zones. By level 300, all purchased gilds have been returned to the player.

Reassigning Gilds

Gilds can also be moved from hero to hero for HeroSoul Hero Souls in the detailed view.
Clicking a gilded hero will remove 1 gild from that hero and randomly reassign it to another for 2 HeroSoul Hero Souls. Ctrl+Click will bypass the confirmation popup and instantly proceed to said transfer.
Shift+Clicking on a hero will move a gild from a random hero to the one selected for 80 HeroSoul Hero Souls. There's no actual way to transfer a gild from a precise hero to another precise hero: at least one of the two must be randomly chosen.

Holding 'Q'+Clicking on a hero will move all gilds that a player currently has to the selected hero. The cost of doing this is equal to 80 HeroSoul Hero Souls times the amount of gilds currently owned that are not on the selected hero.

List of Heroes

Hero Name Sprite(s) Base Cost Base DPS Upgrade Bonuses
Normal Gilded Personal Damage Global DPS Click Damage From DPS Critical Click Chance Critical Click DPS Multiplier Gold Found Unlock Skill
Cid, the Helpful Adventurer
Cid-Summer
- 5 - +20,900% - - - - - Clickstorm
Treebeast
2treebeast
2treebeast gilded
50 5 +1,900% - +0.5% - - - -
Ivan, the Drunken Brawler
3ivan
Ivan-1
250 22 +1,900% - +0.5% - - - Powersurge
Brittany, Beach Princess
Brittany nogild
4brittany
1,000 74 +1,900% - - - - - -
The Wandering Fisherman
5fisherman
Fisherman-0
4,000 245 +700% +25% +0.5% - - - -
Betty Clicker
6betty
Betty-0
20,000 976 none (+500,000,000% from Wepwawet) +107.36% +0.5% - - - -
The Masked Samurai
7samurai
Samurai
1.000e5 3,725 +1,900% - - - - - -
Leon
Leon nogild
8leon
4.000e5 10,859 +700% +25% - - - - -
The Great Forest Seer
9forestseer
Forest Seer
2.500e6 47,143 +1,900% - - - - - -
Alexa, Assassin
Alexa-Summer
Alexa-0
1.500e7 1.869e5 +406.25% - - +3% ×5 - Lucky Strikes
Natalia, Ice Apprentice
10natalia
Natalia-0
1.000e8 7.820e5 +1,900% - - - - - -
Mercedes, Duchess of Blades
11mercedes
Mercedes-0
8.000e8 3.721e6 +1,900% - +0.5% - - - -
Bobby, Bounty Hunter
12bobby
Bobby-0
6.500e9 1.701e7 +1,900% - - +3% - - -
Broyle Lindeoven, Fire Mage
13broyle
Broyle-0
5.000e10 6.948e7 +900% +25% - - - - Metal Detector
Sir George II, King's Guard
14sirgeorge
Sir George
4.500e11 4.607e8 +1,900% - +0.5% - - - -
King Midas
15kingmidas
Midas-0
4.000e12 3.017e9 none (+10,000,000,000% from Wepwawet) - - +3% - +193% Golden Clicks
Referi Jerator, Ice Wizard
16referi
Referi Jerator(G-2)
3.600e13 2.000e10 +1,900% - - - ×3 - -
Abaddon
17abbadon
Abaddon
3.200e14 1.310e11 +1,039.0625% - - - - - Dark Ritual
Ma Zhu
18mazhu
Ma Zhu
2.700e15 8.147e11 +1,900% - - - - - -
Amenhotep
19amenhotep
Amenhotep-0
2.400e16 5.335e12 +100% +44% - - - - -
Beastlord
20beastlord
Beastlord-0
3.000e17 4.914e13 +700% +10% - - - - Super Clicks
Athena, Goddess of War
Athena nogild
21athena
9.000e18 1.086e15 +1,500% - - - - - -
Aphrodite, Goddess of Love
22aphrodite
Aphrodite-0
3.500e20 3.112e16 +1,500% - - - - - Energize
Shinatobe, Wind Deity
Shinatobe.
Shinatobe-0
1.400e22 9.173e17 +700% +10% - - - - Reload
Grant, the General
Grant
Grant-0
4.200e24 2.027e20 +300% +56.25% - - - - -
Frostleaf
Frostleaf nogild
Frostleaf
2.100e27 7.469e22 +300% +25% +0.5% - - - -
Dread Knight
Dread Knight-2
Dread Knight Gild
1.000e40 1.310e32 +1,900% - - - - - -
Atlas
Atlas2
Atlas Gild2-0
1.000e55 9.655e44 +1,900% - - - - - -
Terra
Terra
Terra gild
1.000e70 7.113e57 +1,900% - - - - - -
Phthalo
Phthalo2-0
Phthalo Gild
1.000e85 5.241e70 +1,900% - - - - - -
Orntchya Gladeye, Didensy Banana
Didensy
Orntchya-Summer
1.000e100 3.861e83 +1,900% - - - - - -
Lilin
Lilin
Lilin Gild
1.000e115 2.845e96 +1,900% - - - - - -
Cadmia
Cadmia
Cadmia Gild
1.000e130 2.096e109 +1,900% - - - - - -
Alabaster
Alabaster
Alabaster gild
1.000e145 1.544e122 +1,900% - - - - - -
Astraea
Astraea
Astraea Gild
1.000e160 1.138e135 +1,900% - - - - - -
Chiron
Chiron
Chiron Gild
1.000e175 8.386e147 +1,900% - - - - - -
Moloch
Moloch
Moloch Gild
1.000e190 6.178e160 +1,900% - - - - - -
Bomber Max
Bomber Max
Bomber Max Gild
1.000e205 4.552e173 +1,300% - - - - +50% -
Gog
Gog
Gog Gild
1.000e220 3.354e186 +1,300% +50% - - - - -
Wepwawet
Wepwawet
Wepwawet Gild
1.000e235 2.471e199 +950% - - - - - -
Tsuchi
Tsuchi
Tsuchi Gild
1.000e500 1.820e425 +1,300% - - - - +300% -
Skogur
Skogur
Skogur Gild
1.000e1,000 1.341e846 +1,900% - - - - - -
Moeru
Moeru
Moeru Gild
1.000e2,000 9.885e1,678 +1,400% +50% - - - - -
Zilar
Zilar
Zilar Gild
1.000e4,000 7.283e3,333 +1,000% +134.375% - - - - -
Madzi
Madzi
Madzi Gild
1.000e8,000 5.366e6,630 +5,150% - - - - - -
Xavira
Xavira
Xavira Gold
1.000e14,000 3.954e11,681 +1e3,667% - - - - - -
Cadu, Tomb Guardian
Cadu
Cadu Gold
1.000e25,500 2.913e26,444 none (+1e10794% from Ceus) - - - - - -
Ceus, Tomb Guardian
Ceus
Ceus Gold
1.000e25,500 2.146e26,444 none (+1e9094% from Cadu) - - - - - -
The Maw
The Maw
The Maw Gold
1.000e45,500 1.581e61,730 +1e13,490% - - - - - -
Yachiyl, The Primordial Soul
Yachiyl
Yachiyl Gold
1.000e72,000 1.165e98,692 +1e18,290% +11% - - - - -
Ace Scout Rose
Ace Scout Rose
Ace Scout Rose Gold
1.000e108,000 8.586e148,592 +1e28,992% - - - - - -
Ace Scout Sophia
Ace Scout Sophia
Ace Scout Sophia Gold
1.000e114,500 6.326e158,831 +1e28,992% - - - - - -
Ace Scout Blanche
Ace Scout Blanche
Ace Scout Blanche Gold
1.000e127,500 4.661e178,104 +1e28,992% - - - - - -
Ace Scout Dorothy
Ace Scout Dorothy
Ace Scout Dorothy Gold
1.000e142,200 3.434e199,738 +1e28,992% - - - - - -

Unused Heroes

With Steam releases of the game, in the game's directory, the sprites of all heroes can be found. Along with the normal heroes, there are several unused sprites in the game. There is no known way as of yet to make them appear in-game. Note: All of the unused sprites have a gilded sprite file, but is exactly the same as the normal sprite. Also, when viewing the large hero sprites, all unused sprites still have files that show their name but contain Cid-Summer Cid, the Helpful Adventurer's current sprite. 

Looking at these sprites, we can see:
  • The "Dark Monk " sprite is very similar to Alexa-Summer Alexa, Assassin's original sprite, but with different weapons, and so may have been the original planned sprite for her.
  • The "Warrior" sprite is the sprite used for gilded Cid-Summer Cid, the Helpful Adventurer (only seen through a bug), which suggests that originally it was going to be possible for Cid to be gilded.
  • The "Town Drunk" sprite may have been planned as a sprite for 3ivan Ivan, the Drunken Brawler, since it has a name featuring "drunk".
  • The "Bandit" sprite shares features with 18mazhu Ma Zhu.

Coolmath Heroes

On Cool Math, some heroes were changed to make them more kid-friendly:

Brittany nogild Brittany, Beach Princess is called Brittany, World Traveller.

3ivan Ivan, the Drunken Brawler is called Ivan, the Caffeinated Brawler.

Alexa-Summer Alexa, Assassin is called Alexa, Ninja Master.

Achievements

Achievement Name Icon Description
Guide
Guide
Level up heroes 100 times.
Coach
Coach
Level up heroes 500 times.
Teacher
Teacher
Level up heroes 2,000 times.
Mentor
Mentor
Level up heroes 10,000 times.
Levelupper
Mentor
Level up heroes 25,000 times.
Super Levelupper
Mentor
Level up heroes 50K times.
Considerate
Considerate
Get 25 hero upgrades.
Generous
Generous
Get 50 hero upgrades.
Benevolent
Benevolent
Get 100 hero upgrades.
Magnanimous
Magnanimous
Get 200 hero upgrades.

Trivia

  • Heroes from 20beastlord Beastlord to Shinatobe. Shinatobe, Wind Deity were added in Patch 0.02.
  • Grant Grant, The General and Frostleaf nogild Frostleaf were added in Patch 0.06.
  • Gilding mechanism was introduced in Patch 0.10. This patch also introduced the ×4 and ×10 multipliers.
  • Patch 0.11 added a "Gilded" info button at the bottom of heroes list.
  • The Rangers (all heroes from Dread Knight-2 Dread Knight to Astraea Astraea) were added in Patch 0.17. This patch also made it so that Heroes who haven't been unlocked, can't get Gilded.
  • Prior to patch 0.22, 4× and 10× damage multipliers were not given after level 4150.
  • Heroes from Chiron Chiron to Wepwawet Wepwawet were added in Patch 0.24.
  • Heroes from Tsuchi Tsuchi to Madzi Madzi were added in Patch 1.0e3. Unlike the other heroes, their sprites face left, according to the player.
  • Heroes from Xavira Xavira to Yachiyl Yachiyl were added in Patch 1.0e10.
  • Heroes from Ace Scout Rose Ace Scout Rose to Ace Scout Dorothy Ace Scout Dorothy were added in Patch 1.0e11.
Heroes
Cid-Summer

2treebeast 3ivan Brittany nogild 5fisherman 6betty 7samurai Leon nogild 9forestseer Alexa-Summer 10natalia 11mercedes 12bobby 13broyle 14sirgeorge 15kingmidas 16referi 17abbadon 18mazhu 19amenhotep 20beastlord Athena nogild 22aphrodite Shinatobe. Grant Frostleaf nogild Dread Knight-2 Atlas2 Terra Phthalo2-0 Didensy Lilin Cadmia Alabaster Astraea Chiron Moloch Bomber Max Gog Wepwawet Tsuchi Skogur Moeru Zilar Madzi Xavira Cadu Ceus The Maw Yachiyl Ace Scout Rose Ace Scout Sophia Ace Scout Blanche Ace Scout Dorothy