Medusa – Queen of the Inhumans

Champion Breakdown

About Medusa

Character Class: Cosmic

Brief Overview: Medusa, the Queen of the Inhumans, wields her tougher-than-steel hair as a formidable weapon, showcasing abilities like Armor Break, Armor Shattered, and Bleed. Her capacity to inflict massive damage while maintaining Poison Immunity makes her a unique and valuable asset in Marvel Contest of Champions.

Medusa Origin: Hailing from the Inhuman Royal Family in Marvel Comics, Medusa’s powers were unlocked when she was exposed to the mutagenic Terrigen Mists as an infant. This pivotal transformation not only endowed her with extraordinary hair but also set her destiny as a key leader and warrior.

Lore Background

Medusa History: Growing up as a member of the Inhuman Royal Family, Medusa's life was marked by significant events and battles, including her marriage to Black Bolt and their joint reign over Attilan. Her strength, intelligence, and leadership abilities are reflected in her in-game persona, emphasizing her complex character and powerful abilities.

Personality Traits: Medusa is known for her fierce leadership, unwavering loyalty, and strategic mind. These traits manifest in her combat style, where she utilizes her hair for both offensive and defensive maneuvers, showing resilience and tactical foresight.

Medusa's Gameplay Mechanics

Basic Abilities: Armor Break, Armor Shattered, Bleed, Poison Immunity

  • Light Attacks: These quick strikes can chip away at an opponent’s health and set up for heavier hits.
  • Medium Attacks: Powerful hair slashes that break the opponent’s Armor and reduce their Armor Rating.
  • Heavy Attacks: Critical hits that inflict Bleed if the opponent has Armor Shattered, causing ongoing damage.

Passive and Active Abilities:

  • Poison Immunity: Full immunity to Poisons, making her especially useful against Poison-wielding foes.
  • Armor Break: Medium attacks inflict Armor Break, reducing the opponent’s Armor Rating.
  • Armor Shattered: After six Armor Break Debuffs, transforms into an Armor Shattered Debuff, severely reducing Armor Rating and preventing further Armor Buffs or Breaks.
  • Bleed: Critical light and all heavy attacks have a 100% chance to inflict Bleed if Armor Shattered is active.

Special Attacks:

  1. Special 1: Split Ends - Medusa uses her hair to deliver a 4-hit combo, each hit breaking the opponent’s Armor and reducing their Armor Rating.
  2. Special 2: Swinging Strands - A 10-hit combo combining sword and hair attacks. These hits have a 60% chance to inflict Bleed and stun the opponent if Armor Shattered is inactive.
  3. Special 3: Rite of Royalty - An ultimate attack where Medusa uses blades in her hands and hair, inflicting Armor Shattered and massively reducing the opponent’s Armor Rating.

Signature Ability: Living Strands

  • How it's activated: This ability grants Medusa precise control over her hair, enabling her to Auto Block incoming attacks.
  • Effects: Gains a Fury Buff every 3 seconds, significantly boosting attack power. Auto Block can trigger Parry, providing strategic defensive advantages.
  • Impact: Awakening Medusa’s signature ability enhances her overall survivability and offensive potential, making her far more formidable in battles.

Strategy and Playstyle

General Strategy: Focus on using Medusa’s Medium Attacks to quickly accumulate Armor Breaks and transition those into Armor Shattered status. Leveraging her Bleed abilities can drain opponents' health effectively, making her a high-damage dealer in prolonged combats.

Advanced Techniques: Utilize Medusa's Heavy Attacks when the opponent’s Armor is Shattered to maximize Bleed damage. Time her Special Attacks, especially Special 2, to benefit from Bleed effects and stuns, giving you control over the fight’s flow.

Mastery Tips

Skill Mastery:

  • Deep Wounds: Enhances the damage from Bleed effects, significantly increasing Medusa's overall damage output.
  • Extended and Enhanced Fury: Boosts the effectiveness and duration of Fury Buffs, amplifying her damage potential.
  • Parry: Combined with her Auto-Block ability, Parry allows Medusa to stun opponents and safely begin her own combos.

Team Composition: Medusa excels in teams that can complement her abilities and cover her weaknesses. Synergies with fellow Inhumans or heroes like Black Bolt and Karnak enhance her combat prowess.

Synergy Bonuses:

  1. Inhuman Royal Family:

    • With Karnak: Heavy Attacks inflict up to 4 permanent Armor Breaks. Enhances Karnak’s Focus and True Strike duration.
    • With Black Bolt: Living Strands generates up to 6 Fury Buffs. Black Bolt gains permanent Buffs through Provocation.
    • Team Bonus (+25% Attack): Activated when Medusa, Black Bolt, and Karnak are in the same team.
  2. Enemies:

    • With Wolverine and Iron Man: All team members gain +155 Critical Rating.
  3. Rivals:

    • With Quake: All team members gain +115 Critical Damage Rating.

Countering Medusa

Counter Tactics: Utilize champions who can nullify Buffs or are immune to Bleed to effectively counter Medusa. Timed blocks and intercepts can mitigate her dangerous attacks, especially when she is using her Special Attacks.

Medusa Counters:

  1. Doctor Strange: Passively nullifies Fury Buffs and has a class advantage, weakening Medusa significantly.
  2. Colossus: Immune to Bleed, Colossus can negate a large portion of Medusa’s attacks.
  3. Ghost Rider: Another Bleed-immune champion who can curtail Medusa's damage output and turn the tide in battle.


Final Thoughts: Medusa stands as a powerful and versatile champion, capable of delivering high damage while maintaining solid defenses. Her unique abilities and synergies make her a valuable addition to any player’s roster.

Encouragement to Experiment: Explore different strategies and team compositions to uncover the full potential of Medusa, aligning her abilities with your playstyle for maximum effectiveness.