Ronin – The Versatile Blade Master

Champion Breakdown

About Ronin

Character Class: Skill

Brief Overview: Ronin, the deadly alias Clint Barton adopts post-Avengers: Infinity War, is an offensive juggernaut specializing in bleeds and critical hits. His gameplay shines with his ability to switch between three unique Stances that conditionally improve his blocking, offensive prowess, or bleed damage. This versatile Skill-class Champion can expertly evade attacks and deal massive damage, making him a formidable opponent in any battle.

Ronin Origin: Originating from Marvel Comics, Ronin adds a deeply narrative-driven and tactical experience to MCoC, reflecting the dark and relentless phase Clint Barton undergoes in his quest for vengeance.

Lore Background

Ronin History: Initially known as Hawkeye, Clint Barton adopts the darker persona of Ronin following the tragic events of Avengers: Infinity War. As Ronin, he becomes a rogue assassin who ruthlessly fights against criminal syndicates. This shift in identity is critical, capturing the character's transformation from a hopeful hero to a relentless enforcer of justice.

Personality Traits: Ronin’s character is defined by determination, precision, and a newfound brutality. His fighting style in the game mirrors this, focusing on calculated strikes, strategic stances, and relentless bleed damage that overwhelms his foes.

Ronin's Gameplay Mechanics

Basic Abilities: Bleed, Cruelty, Precision, Disorient, Evade. Ronin's gameplay mechanics revolve around his sword attacks and stance switching which add layers of complexity and strategy.

Basic Attacks: Ronin's light and medium attacks are swift and ideal for preparing stances, while his heavy attack delivers more significant damage and debuff opportunities.

  • Light Attacks: Use these to prepare stances—Light 1 prepares Guard Stance, Light 2 for Wraith Stance, and Light 3 for Demon Stance.
  • Medium Attacks: Effective in general combos and for inflicting bleed.
  • Heavy Attack: Deals considerable damage and can trigger additional effects based on active stances.

Passive and Active Abilities:

  • Always Active: Gains Cruelty Passive, increasing Critical Damage when missing an attack or being evaded.
  • Sword Attacks: 15% chance to inflict Bleed dealing 1414.7 damage over 3.5 seconds.
  • Stance Preparation: Prepares stances with light attacks and gains Cruelty Passives.

Special Attacks:

  1. Special 1: Ambush from the Mists - Disorients the opponent, reducing their Defensive Ability Accuracy and Block Proficiency for 9 seconds, and enters a prepared stance.
  2. Special 2: Split the River - Inflicts Bleed per Cruelty Passive, capable of placing multiple bleed effects. Removes all Cruelty Passives.
  3. Special 3: Marksman’s Revenge - Gains a Fury Passive increasing Attack Rating, boosted further by each active Cruelty Passive. Removes all Cruelty Passives.

Signature Ability: Unrelenting Agility Activated when Ronin holds 7 Cruelty Passives. He gains Evasion on the next incoming hit, removing 3 Cruelty Passives in the process. This ability significantly enhances his survivability and potential damage output by granting Fury Passives upon successful evades. The signature ability greatly impacts Ronin’s playstyle, making him more versatile in dodging attacks and boosting his offensive capabilities.

Strategy and Playstyle

General Strategy: Leverage Ronin’s stances effectively by preparing them through light attacks and using them at the right moments. Switching stances helps in dealing with different kinds of opponents while maximizing damage output through bleed and critical hits.

Advanced Techniques: Chain stance preparations with Ronin’s special attacks for maximum synergy. Combine Wraith Stance with Special 1 to lower opponent's defensive abilities and use Demon Stance with Special 2 to inflict multiple bleeds even on blocking opponents.

Mastery Tips

Skill Mastery: Mastering Ronin involves learning the timing of stance switches and coordinating them with his special attacks. Advanced players should focus on maximizing his Cruelty effects and timing evades to gain the Fury Passive.

Team Composition: Ronin fits well into teams with champions that have utility and defensive abilities. His synergy bonuses can further elevate team performance.

Synergy Bonuses:

  1. Last Hope: Captain Marvel
    • Ronin: Increases Bleed Debuffs duration.
    • Captain Marvel: Increases Critical Rating on intercepts.
  2. Unlikely Combination: Ant-Man
    • Ronin: Gains Block Proficiency in Guard Stance.
    • Ant-Man: Inflicts Fatigue Debuff and boosts Poison potency.
  3. Live and Die by the Sword: Nightcrawler, Guillotine
    • Ronin: Bleeds on blocked attacks.
    • Nightcrawler: Increases Critical Damage Rating.
    • Guillotine: Chance to gain a Soul on the fourth light attack.
  4. Masterless: Moon Knight
    • Ronin: Gains Fury Buff when switching stances.
    • Moon Knight: 30% chance for instant regeneration when struck.
  5. Romance Lv. 3: Black Widow
    • All Champions gain 5% Power Gain.

Countering Ronin

Counter Tactics: Avoid encountering Ronin's bleed and stance switching by using bleed-immune champions or those that can purify debuffs. Champions with high debuff resistance or those who can interrupt his stance preparations will fare better.

Ronin Counters:

  1. Colossus: Immune to bleed and can sustain high amounts of damage.
  2. Kingpin: Purifies debuffs, negating Ronin’s bleed effects.
  3. Ghost: Can phase to avoid attacks and counter effectively.


Final Thoughts: Ronin stands out as a versatile and powerful addition to any player’s roster. His ability to switch stances and strategic use of bleeds and evasion make him a dynamic and unpredictable champion that can swing the tides of battle.

Encouragement to Experiment: Explore Ronin’s vast potential by integrating him into various team compositions and experimenting with his stance mechanics. Mastering Ronin’s gameplay will not only make you a more skilled player but also add a thrilling and strategic edge to your MCoC experience.