Getting Started in Raid: Shadow Legends

Published On: December 5, 2020

Getting Started in Raid: Shadow Legends


If you are new to Raid: Shadow Legends then it can be daunting to be confronted with the different elements of the game to start with.

We put together this New Player Introduction Guide to help you out with getting started in Raid: Shadow Legends and get your account rolling in the right direction.

Get started the right way

Raid Shadow legends is a fantastic game for the casual player who is looking to kill some time on their mobile device, or for the more hardcore player who is looking to try and build an epic team to take on the most difficult content in the game.

Raid Shadow Legends is a turn based RPG game originally designed for mobile, however, after the popularity for the game grew it was expanded to have a client available on PC and Mac.

Whilst many people are drawn in to Raid: Shadow Legends by it’s impressive graphics initially, most players stay because of the engaging and challenging game play.

Raid: Shadow Legends also has one of the most supportive and pleasant online communities in the online gaming world.

Why should you play Raid Shadow Legends?

Raid Shadow Legends is an extremely tactical turn based RPG game that will challenge you to build teams that are able to take on challenging bosses and even pit your champions against other players in the arena.

Many people have seen the amount of advertising that the developer (Plarium) push out on social channels such as Twitch and YouTube. A a result of this Raid: Shadow Legends has become almost a meme in certain situations that can discourage people from getting into the grass roots of the game.

How to get the best start in the game?

When you start out on the game you get to select one of the 4 starter champions (Kael, Galek, Athel and Elhain)to help you on your journey. 

While all 4 of these champions are viable in certain areas of the game, like many champions in the game they are not created equal. 

The best overall champion to start with is Kael. Kael is the ranged mage type champion that offers excellent versatility throughout the early game but also offers a kit diverse enough to carry you through later dungeons in Raid: Shadow Legends. 

Why is Kael the best choice for your 1st champion?

Kael is the best choice for your first champion because of how diverse his abilities are depending on how you build him and the equipment sets that you use for him in the game. Kael has 2 abilities that poison your opponent with ticking damage over time on the enemy champion. Poison is one of the most effective ways to get damage into clan boss and the later stages of dungeons where you will farm gear for your champions.

Kael also has an extremely potent AOE ability that will nuke down entire waves for you and 1 shot entire arena teams when pared with an AOE decrease defence champion. 

Who is the 2nd best option?

If you are completely opposed to picking Kael as your starter champion you can opt for one of the other champions without hindering your progress in the game too much. 

Athel is most likely the 2nd best option for starting players. Like Kael, Athel offers an extremely powerful AOE nuke along with a multi-hit base attack that can devastate the opposing champions.

No matter what champion you pick when you start out the most important thing is that you focus on getting your first 6 star champion. By getting a rank 6 champion you will open up possibilities to move through the game more effectively and increase the speed that you are able to get more 6 star champions in the future.

We have plenty of guides and tools on this website and on YouTube to get you started in Raid: Shadow Legends. Make sure that you look around the site and check out the YouTube to help answer any questions that you may have. 



  1. WotansFar July 13, 2021 at 6:59 am

    Really helpful as I am new to RAID. Thanks for taking the time!

  2. PhillyPhonka September 2, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    *EXTREMELY HELPFUL* Thank you so, so much for doing this. Just to hear that I need to focus on level 60 6 star champions helps – I have just been kind of leveling everyone up equally. Many other good points you made – thanks again.

  3. truthscaler October 2, 2021 at 2:33 am

    i was nevergiventhe chnce to pick Kael or any one at the first iwas given

  4. johnl December 31, 2021 at 1:32 pm

    do you have a referral code to get extra items

  5. Skullcllcter February 8, 2022 at 8:23 pm

    This is the BEST site for Guides and Info. Thank you Hell Hades.

  6. Day155_NoLEGGOz February 11, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Hell hades, I am genuinely curious if Kael is that much stronger than Athel in the current state of raid. Kael’s A3 has a chance of landing 4 x 5% poisons (which I don’t argue is very strong), but it is RnG based and you often only get 1 or 2 on a 4 turn cooldown. I feel like Athel’s 3hit a1, with giant slayer and self-sustained increase attack would do just as much damage? she also provides a fairly consistent weaken, which is a much harder debuff to get access to in early game compared to poison. I am about to start a new FTP with the Rector drath reward code and feel like her support, with athel’s skills, warmaiden defense down and outlaw monk for poisons will get me farther in clan boss faster. the thing I am wondering is if the team will be able to clear dragon 13, or is this the place that makes kael the #1? what do you think?

    • SS2020user April 25, 2022 at 12:18 pm

      Kael just provides a greatb AOE combined with posions, witch is why hhe’s still no.1. Athel is good, but not at all as good in CB thanks to Kaels A1.

    • GamerGeekNL October 29, 2022 at 11:44 am

      kael will get you further in CB than athel because of his 2,5% poison a1. if you build enough accuracy and speed on him with lifesteal gear than he can constantly heal after every attack and do a lot of damage with his a1 and a3. if you are gonna use kael for CB though, dont use his a2 ever cause thats an AoE attack and doesnt do as much damage as his other skills

  7. pcsolutionsofgb February 20, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Your website is great! A play question, though. I’m a new F2P player in Raid. I’ve been following your new F2P progress, but how/where do you get so many 5 and 6 level artifacts? I’m only getting 1, 2, 3, and an occasional 4…

    • SS2020user April 25, 2022 at 12:20 pm

      By missions, campaign and a bit of dragon. He doesn’t have many 6-star artifacts, just a few 5 stars. 4 stars are easy to get by farming campaign or dragon 13. I still have most of my champs in 5-star gear 200 days in.

  8. Ughbash April 24, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    One feature that would be nice, the ability to put comments on individual champions.

    I know I often have a question about how something works on certain champions but if you go to the Champions page, there is no comment section to ask in.

    • SS2020user April 25, 2022 at 12:18 pm

      You can ask on the HH discord.

  9. Ditannia July 22, 2022 at 5:14 am

    Great starter advice, thanks for making the video.

  10. sn4keplissken August 5, 2022 at 1:17 am

    Regarding campaign, I’ve been trying to beat NM with 2 champs, I win with not any death yet I only get 2 stars instead of 3 stars. I’ve had this happen on many NM with different champions I win but still get 2 stars not 3, it’s been happening for about a month or so. Very frustrating not being able to get the 3 stars so I can move on, any advice? Please help. thank you in advance I’m sure you get many requests.

    • SS2020user September 13, 2022 at 12:33 pm

      You need to beat it in less than 10 minutes.

  11. ZaccariaAzdinHalantarRichardErnstLuna Fornallierdù October 6, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    A1 Multiplier: (3.5*ATK)+100
    A2 Multiplier: 4.65*ATK
    A3 Multiplier: 1.5*ATK (X4 = 6 IF ON SINGLE TARGE ONLY)

    A1 Multiplier: 1.3*ATK + 30 X3 = 3.9 + Weaken 25% + Increse Attck 25% = 50% x3 0 150% more damage (and if under 50% Increase Attack is 75% more damage x3 = 225_% more damage)
    A2 Multiplier: 4.1*ATK

    A1 Multiplier: 1.5*ATK + 50 X2 = 3
    A2 Multiplier: 4.5*ATK
    A3 Multiplier: 1.6*ATK (X4 = 6.4 IF ON SINGLE TARGE ONLY)

    A1 Multiplier: 2.2*ATK + 100 X2 = 4.4
    A2 4*ATK (Single Target) 2.2 * ATK (AoE) = 6.2 ON INITIAL TARGET
    A3 Multiplier: 2.2*ATK X2 = 4-4


  12. ZaccariaAzdinHalantarRichardErnstLuna Fornallierdù October 6, 2022 at 2:52 pm


  13. Dustin Potts November 10, 2022 at 3:38 am

    As someone who has gone toe to toe with the nsa I can say that bippity boopity bam bang eat your weed

  14. Jim Van December 22, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    I cannot find what I need. After an arena battle you get a summary screen showing each champion with the lines below them in red, green and blue. I’m trying to find out what these numbers represent. Can anyone help?

  15. Patricia Casey January 2, 2023 at 3:40 am

    Thank you very much for taking the time to do these videos, I find they are very helpful

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