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658129_largerInjustice: Gods Among Us, from Mortal Kombat developers NetherRealm Studios, really ripped it up on consoles when it released earlier this year. Like a previous Warner Bros. release, Batman: Arkham City, Injustice came with its own iOS companion game. While that game, Batman: Arkham City Lockdown [$5.99], was a fun Infinity Blade clone, the iOS counterpart of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] is something a bit different.

It's not exactly a straight-up one-on-one fighter like its big brother, nor is it a strategic card game like one might guess from the App Store description. It's also a free game, albeit with many opportunities to spend your cash on IAPs. I've played the game quite a lot, and with its recent update bringing it back into the spotlight a bit, I thought it might be good to share with you some advice on how to get the most out of the game without breaking your piggy bank.

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In the Beginning

  • The first thing you'll want to do, if you can, is to link your iOS game with the console version. You do this by creating a WB ID and using it on both versions. If you don't have the console version, don't worry. Since linking the versions is a mutually beneficial arrangement, go to any message board on the internet where the console game is discussed, and you'll be sure to find some folks who want to share a login with an iOS player. You'll then want whoever is on the console version to clear the main story mode. If it's already been done (chances are good), you'll get the main goodie you're looking for out of this deal: a valuable gold Prison Superman card.
  • The reason why you want this Prison Superman is not because he's one of the best cards in the game (he's not) nor is it because of his fashionable orange jumpsuit. Simply, it's that in Injustice, the tier of the card triumphs over (nearly) all. That sucks if you're a fan of the Flash, but that's the way it is. Prison Superman is one of the weaker gold cards, but he's leagues stronger than most of the opponents you'll face in the first half of the game. He's often capable of handling entire teams of enemies by himself. With him in hand, you'll have an easy time getting to the point where you can earn better rewards.
  • If you can't get him for whatever reason, you'll want to start saving up for either Regime Nightwing or Insurgency Lex, both silver tier characters. Nightwing will cost you 42,000 coins and Lex will run you 46,000 coins. While it's cheaper to get a silver booster pack, you have a very low chance of ending up with a character that will be useful in the long run, while Lex and Nightwing can almost hang with the gold tier. Both of them have the very useful ability to drain their opponent's special meter with their level one special attack. Nightwing's speed makes it very easy for him to build up his meter and keep his opponent locked out, while Lex offers a passive health boost to his teammates. If you need to go silver, these are the guys you want to do it with.
  • mzl.npbwvnlhWith one of these three guys as your team anchor, you're all set. You can fill in the rest of the ranks with whatever guys are available, but your anchor will probably do most of the heavy lifting for now. Try to focus on one team for now, only replacing members if you have a higher tier available. If you have three silver characters, stick with them until you can replace them with golds. Spreading your experience points around won't do you any favors in the long run.

Go for the Gold

  • Generally, aside from progressing through the stages, your goal is going to be to save up to buy gold booster packs. You can get one per day at the cost of 75,000 coins. When you start off, it's a crazy amount of money, but as you play, it'll come within reach. It's not a bad idea to have a couple of teams, so that you can alternate between them when you run out of energy. Do not waste any coins on silver or bronze boosters. They might seem like a good idea at the time, but you're basically throwing away your money if you buy them. There's only a couple other things you should be spending your coins on, but we'll get to that a little later.
  • Once you have enough for a gold pack, you could leave things up to Lady Luck as to which gold character you receive. Yeah, you could, but we're looking to game the odds a bit here, aren't we? With that in mind, you might want to use something like iFunbox to back up your save file before you buy your gold pack. If you don't get the card you want, overwrite your save with your old one and try again. For your first set of gold characters, it's not really so important, but once you've got your team set, you'll be looking to get extra cards for each to up their rank, and that's where backing up your save file will make things a lot easier for you. The best characters in the game are the non-Prison Supermen and the non-Beyond Batmen, but most of the gold tier won't steer you wrong. Black Adam is great because one of his abilities can drain special meter, so you might want to use him.
  • Don't invest too heavily in your first anchors, whether it's Prison Superman, Lex, or Nightwing. What you will want to do is to unlock each of their specials as they reach the appropriate level. It won't cost you much, and having access to the final special increases your power exponentially. In fact, you're going to need level three specials once you reach a certain point in the game. Don't bother putting extra money into boosting the specials, though. Save it for gold packs. Once you have your three proper gold characters, then you can start boosting their special abilities. It varies from character to character which ones you should invest in, but it's generally a pretty good idea to boost the level three special first, as that's going to be your game-breaker.

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Spend Wisely

  • As far as spending your coins goes, then, it should follow this kind of pattern. First priority, getting a gold character. Second, unlocking his or her specials. Do these two steps until you have three gold characters. Then, buy their passive power/energy/experience boost cards. Finally, boost their special moves. After that, you can focus on getting extra cards to promote your main team, and picking up extra characters to create a second or third team.
  • Generally, the best bang for your buck battle-wise is going to either be the bonus battle of the last set of stages you completed, or the first battle of the set of stages you're presently working through. Once you make it to the last set of stages, the first battle there provides good coin for the difficulty and is a pretty comfortable place to farm.

Focus on Specials

  • Now, once you're in a fight, you'll want to be doing a few things. First off, fights basically revolve around firing off specials. If you hit your opponent with more specials than he hits you with, you'll probably win. With that in mind, you should be watching both meters at all times. The computer cannot use level three specials, but it's not shy about popping the other two types off. It especially likes to use a special after being knocked down, so you'll want to block if the computer has any specials stocked after a knockdown. Attack the opponent to build your meter, generally shooting for firing off the most powerful special attack you have available. In the long run, this means you're going to be working towards filling your bar for your level three attack. Once you have your meter built, let fly, but try not to waste it on an opponent with low life.

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  • If your opponent has a special move that drains your energy (Lex, Nightwing, Black Adam, Green Arrow, Sinestro, Cyborg), you'll need to use a slightly different strategy. Designate one of your characters as a decoy. Use that character to pop off level one specials and wear down the opponent, while your other two characters build meter waiting. Once one of the other two team members has a full meter, wait until the opponent empties his bar, then tag them in and let the level three special fly immediately. No matter which character you're fighting, be very cautious when they have meter. They might say the best defense is a good offense, but in Injustice, that's not the case. You earn more special meter energy from taking hits than delivering them, generally speaking, and an unblocked special attack can be absolutely devastating, especially from someone like Superman, Batman, or Doomsday.
  • With your gold team all powered up, you'll be able to handle tougher matches, which will earn more coins. At this point, feel free to fill out your roster with some of your favorite non-gold characters. At the very least, they're useful for the new challenge matches introduced in the latest update. Eventually, you'll want to aim to have at least two teams of gold characters, which will allow you to play longer during each session.
  • Finally, some general tips. Make sure you log in every day if you can to collect the rewards. Don't sweat if you miss a day. The rewards aren't contingent on consecutive logins. You won't earn much in the way of coins until you've logged in for 60 or more days, and the Harley cards are appropriately a joke, but the energy refill items you'll earn every second day are quite useful. Try not to waste those during the earlier stages that only require one energy point per fight. You'll find them far more useful later in the game when you'll need three energy points per fight.

I've played Injustice quite a bit since it was released, and although it sometimes feels like a grind, I've enjoyed it a lot, and haven't paid a cent. I made some mistakes on the way, like buying silver or bronze packs, or sinking a bit too many coins into Prison Superman, but I can now justify those mistakes by saying I made them all for the sake of giving you, dear reader, some sound advice on this day. Have fun, and when you see Regime Superman, give that jerk a punch in the face for me.

  • LabyrinthZ

    This game looks fun but doesn't work on iPod 4g -_-

  • hourglass

    This whole damn game looks like crap to me. I've never been a fan of IAP.

    • Eseres

      This IOS version IS crap too.

  • nonstickron

    More specific details about message boards to start looking for a buddy to link with, for those of us who don't spend any time on message boards, would be much appreciated.

  • nonstickron

    Looks like crap until you compare it to Avengers Alliance, its direct competition. ;) If you gotta get your superhero collecting fix, this is the game.

    • IceMan7

      People might mistake it for a shallow swipe fighting game but its very deep with each of the characters unique abilities and powers complementing each other. This is the most fun I've had with a IOS title.

  • defunct32

    Love and enjoy this game so much lol!

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    Very good and has many improvements and exciting new.

  • nizy

    I didn't think to look on message boards to find a partner for the console game, but now I don't care. I have a couple of level 3 gold characters and several more at levels 2 and 3 and 1. Plus almost all bronze and many silver characters.

    I didn't go for gold characters straight away like you seemed to do. I bought the starter character pack which gave me silver Flash. I put lots of coins into him and built out a roster of bronze/silver teams whilst completing the various series of battles. In fact I didn't get a gold character until about the 4th series (I think it was the prison superman boss that beat me). That was a mistake.

    1 other tip that wasn't mentioned is to play the new challenge mode. You seem to unlock lots of goodies at each tier and eventually get a new character. The first challenge wasn't very challenging even with a single low level gold character. I used these battles to level up lots of my lesser characters. I seem to earn 3 challenge energy for every standard battle I win. Over the last few weeks I've amassed almost 500.

  • BlueNicko99

    What's your opinion on the red son characters? I am almost done maxing them out completely. They helped me to almost beat the game.

  • Jake7905

    I heard that the original name of this game was, 'Injustice: Freemium Among Us', they should have kept it.

    • defunct32

      No, I heard it was actually really: Injustice: Pay To Win.

      • AlexMilo

        Then it should be Injustice: Pay If You Suck.

      • Boris Nguetie

        Guys.......guys actually freemium is the evolution of ios gaming. its a touch of realism on our platform. take injustice for example, its normal that after a bunch of fights your characters need some rest, unless you provide them a motivation ( real money for more realism - you feel the game)!! and with RR3 if your break your car of course you'll have to pay for reparations! why would we skip that part?? this is reality and this is the purpose of freemium. Now making a freakin' huge amount of money out of it is just a side effect!

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Why not call your post, "Self-Rightous: Fighting freemium games for no reason except I think it makes me hardcore"?

  • mgood2

    Before the latest update I would have agreed with you about saving up for gold booster packs only. For anyone who has been playing for awhile and have upgraded most of their bronzes to elite 5 than bronze packs are a relatively inexpensive way to boost chararacters special abilitys. With the ability to sell back cards an 8K bronze booster pack rarely costs me 4K and I also usually end up getting and saving on a L1 or L2 special ability power up.

    Also, while I'm not a fan of the "freemium" it's ridiculous how some people respond to them. Other that the $5 starter pack I have not spent a penny on this game and spent many (too many) hours of playing this game.

    Sorry about the triple post! Had an issue with my disqus account posting.

  • mgood2

    Before the latest update I would have agreed with you about saving up for gold booster packs only. For anyone who has been playing for awhile and have upgraded most of their bronzes to elite 5 than bronze packs are a relatively inexpensive way to boost chararacters special abilitys. With the ability to sell back cards an 8K bronze booster pack rarely costs me 4K and I also usually end up getting and saving on a L1 or L2 special ability power up.

    Also, while I'm not a fan of the "freemium" it's ridiculous how some people respond to them. Other that the $5 starter pack I have not spent a penny on this game and spent many (too many) hours of playing this game.

  • MonkeyChunks

    Ill actually find it useful since I do play the console version.

  • Like a Boss

    It's actually pretty fun. My main motivation are the console unlocks (I've almost unlocked the not-so-worth it Hidden Reward), but it's major flaw is the intentional grinding. They want you to give in and pay. If you just started this game, I'd recommended cheating with iFunbox. Download that app to your PC, then download an infinite credits save off the Internet and you can buy and elite every card off the bat. You still have to level them all up, and if you're already far like me, don't do this as it'll wipe your save. I never advocate cheating, but in a game that decreases the cash payout and makes enemies STRONGER with every update, cheat all you want.

  • WhiteHadal

    I have a lot of Golden characters already and I haven't spend a single cent (;3)

  • Eseres

    In my opinion, this game is MORE than terrible...
    That two fingers touch straight out sucks. Sometimes it does NOT work at all. I made it to the second last guy on the first level of battle collections. It was a single dude and i think it was Green Lanthern or something, and i had like the Flash, Cyborg and Harley Quinn. All of them was lvl.9, but still, didn't even get half way on beating that lanthern guy. And this is how they make money on this IAP crap.
    They make the game kind of simple at first, but then they'll force you to buy stuff by making the game waaaaay to difficult. I don't mind that a game gets difficult, but when they make a game impossible so that you're forced to spend money on it, THATS when i say STOP!! And this is why i DON'T like IAP featured games at all. I just know that somewhere in there you WILL have to spend money. Some more than others, and that is wrong. Not everybody possess the same gaming skills as some hardcore gamers do, and it takes the fun away from the game for most people.

    Someone commented that they made it this and that far in this game without spending as much as a cent? To you, I don't belive you at all. You've might have gotten further than i did, but i don't belive that you made it that far without spending money. This game is MADE for you to spend every cent you've got.
    The game looks good on consol, but as a mobile app with IAP, well... It sucks!

    Nuff said.

    • blackguy76

      Maybe it's the fact that I grew up back when the Atari 2600 was the best system out or just personal commitment to gaming but I find that Injustice has been as enjoyable as any game that I've played on my iPad and i play a little of everything including PC games and and XBOX360. I get frustrated about IAPs as much as the next person but I don't find it too overbearing when it comes to gameplay. I have all of the gold characters and most all but two are maxed out at Lvl 40 (except Batgirl and Lobo). I have yet to spend a single cent and I don't plan on since I find the gameplay engaging enough to continue playing. Definitely worth a shot if you also have the console version but I like it as a stand alone game.

    • darkdaxter7

      I know this is a post from five months ago, but it sounds more like your having problems understanding the mechanics of the game. Because yes this game is possible to beat without cheating, spending money, and even without connecting it to the console version of the game.

  • SirP

    I play in my iPad, if anybody wants to use my account in console to help each other.
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  • spike

    do you know what the "bug fixes" are on the 1.5.2 update?

  • spike

    anyone here knows what the changes/bug fixes are on the update 1.5.2?

  • Lars Mårten Rikard Nilsson

    I am on battle 40 and I keep getting my ass handed to me, I almost won but for some reason the enemy is able to not take ANY damage from my fully upgraded tier 3 power attacks...wtf? even my Elite 5 Batman which I've used to level up WW and Flash with gets almost two-shotted by bane even when blocking, Flash gets taken out in one hit and so does wonder woman, something is very very wrong with those random opponent fights... And yeah the blocking sucks.

    • natlee75

      Generally speaking Bronze and Silver cards are worthless in the last set of battles. The only Silver card that's really of any value at that point in the game is Regime Green Lantern as his special ability increases super meter generation rates. Pair him up with Regime Wonder Woman for quite a formidable duo -- Regime Superman is my third character which makes for a nearly unstoppable team where I'm only facing a challenge in the second half of the last battle ladder in the game.

  • harued

    Doomsday for life!!

  • AquaMadMan

    I only play on iPad, does anyone play on console and want to link accounts to get the console rewards I have earned?

  • Kevin McCarty

    I use an hack for Injustice: Gods Among Us that gave me unlimited energy, power credits, boosters, heroes and others. Here it is: http://bit. ly/1czzs06 (Delete the space)