Marvel’s Avengers: Iron Man Best Build Skill Upgrades and How to Use Guide

Need to know Tony Stark’s best moves and the options of the skill trees that you should upgrade? Check out this Iron Man guide.


By the time that you get to play as Kamala Khan in Marvel’s Avengers, you will have already experienced the power of the five core Avengers.

Shooting forward in time, to avenge the events of ‘A-Day,’ you’ll seek Tony Stark and the scraps of Iron Man prototypes that he has lying around, unlocking his suit’s powerful energy blasts, repulsor rays, and the ability of flight.


While the basic controls for using Iron Man are mostly the same as with the other superheroes of Marvel’s Avengers, his moves and special abilities differ significantly.

Here, we’re looking into his starting moves, strengths and weaknesses, available skill upgrades, and the best Iron Man build upgrades in Marvel’s Avengers.

Using Iron Man’s basic moves

Before using your skill points in Character Menu to upgrade your Iron Man build, Tony Stark already has a tremendous set of attacks and special abilities for you to use.

Iron Man’s primary asset is his ability to fly. By holding X/A, you’ll start to hover, then being able to ascend (X/A), descend (O/B), or fly at speed (L3).

While several enemies can attack at range and meet you in the air, hovering around and timing dodges (O/B) can put you at a tremendous advantage in battle.

Hand-to-hand combat isn’t Iron Man’s specialty, with the light attacks being fairly weak. Tony Stark’s ranged ‘Repulsor Shot,’ ‘Power Blast,’ and heavy ‘Hand Cannon’ moves, however, are powerful from the start.

Iron Man also has one of the best ultimate heroic abilities, too, with L1+R1/LB+RB summoning the Hulkbuster armour, which absorbs damage when worn and can be deployed for any team member to use.

Iron Man’s strengths and weaknesses

Iron Man has two main weaknesses, one of which you can work your way past through playing as Tony Stark more often.

It can be challenging to get the hang of hovering and flying while trying to shoot enemies and evade attacks, but eventually, this weakness fades as you get the hang of using Iron Man in the air.

Light attacks (Square/X) aren’t particularly fast, are rather weak, and the melee upgrades tree doesn’t offer much improvement to the Iron Man build.

As for strengths, Iron Man is incredibly agile thanks to his flying ability and is powerful from a distance – via both his heavy and ranged attacks.

Furthermore, his support heroic ability, ‘Arc Overload,’ is very useful to the team if the right upgrades are selected, and the assault heroic ability ‘Unibeam’ is very powerful.

Once you’ve got the hang of using Iron Man’s flight controls, you’ll find Tony Stark to be a mighty superhero who suits just about any combat situation.

Best Iron Man Primary Skills upgrades

Iron Man has five potential melee upgrades, seven repulsors upgrades, eight lasers upgrades, and six rockets upgrades within the Primary tab of the Skills menu.

Playing as Tony Stark in Marvel’s Avengers gives you a great many number of ways to battle and build the superhero, but it’s best to pick a preference and then upgrade accordingly.

As such, the best Iron Man Primary Skills build upgrades are based on what is generally the most effective way to use the superhero.

Primary SkillUpgradeRequirementDescriptionInfo
RepulsorsSlingshotNonePress Triangle/Y while dodging to perform an evasive spin that fires back-to-back repulsor blasts at the target.Damage: medium
Impact: low
Stun: medium
Reaction: stagger
Energy Cost: low
LasersLaser BeamNoneWith lasers equipped, hold L2/LT and hold R2/RT to fire a laser that does more damage over time. Press Left or Right on the d-pad to switch to lasers.Damage: increases over time
Impact: low
Stun: low
Reaction: normal
Energy Cost: low
LasersEnergy LanceLaser BeamWith lasers equipped, hold L2/LT and hold R2/RT to power-up the laser and make it pierce through enemy targets for additional damage.Guard: breaks block
Damage: increases over time
Impact: medium
Stun: high
Reaction: stagger
Energy Cost: medium
LasersPhoton SamuraiLaser BeamWith Lasers equipped, press Triangle/Y to activate a sweeping beam that cuts through enemies to inflict stun damage.Damage: low
Impact: low
Stun: high
Reaction: normal
Energy cost: low, medium
LasersLaser ScythePhoton SamuraiWith Lasers equipped, press Triangle/Y in midair to pull enemies up and then attack them with a three-hit heavy combo. The last move slams enemies to the ground.Guard: breaks block
Damage: low
Impact: low
Stun: high
Reactions: launch, stagger, slam
Energy Cost: low, medium
LasersMagnetronLaser ScytheWith Lasers equipped, hold Triangle/Y in midair to fire both lasers forward.Guard: breaks block
Damage: medium
Impact: medium
Stun: high
Reaction: knockback
Energy Cost: high
RocketsJavelinScorched EarthWith Rockets equipped, hold Triangle/Y to fire sticky rockets that attach to nearby targets and detonate. Hold the button for longer to fire more rockets.Guard: breaks block
Damage: high
Impact: medium
Stun: low
Reaction: launch
Energy Cost: medium

Best Iron Man Specialty Skills upgrades

Iron Man’s Specialty Skills upgrades menu offers 12 options to upgrade the support heroic ability, 11 assault heroic ability upgrades, 12 ultimate heroic ability upgrades, and 14 defence upgrades – eight of which are already unlocked.

Each heroic ability upgrade tree features two branches where you use a skill point to select one of three upgrades. This section is where many Iron Man builds will start to branch out from one another.

These are the best Iron Man Specialty Skills upgrades to unlock for your build with some skill points.

Specialty SkillUpgradeRequirementDescription
Support Heroic AbilityArc FieldArc Overload Specialisation IArc Overload generates a one-directional protective bubble which allows ranged attacks from within to pass through the Arc Field.
Support Heroic AbilityDefensive FieldArc Overload Specialisation II, Arc FieldArc Field frequency modifications reflect projectiles back at the enemy who launched them.
Assault Heroic AbilityOmega BeamUnibeam Specialisation IA concentrated beam that combines both Repulsor and Unibeam firepower into a single, massive energy blast. Breaks blocks, is high damage, high stun, high impact, and causes flyback.
Ultimate Heroic AbilityHyper CoilsHulkbuster Specialisation IIAllows the Hulkbuster to be deployed for five extra seconds.
DefenceEnergy BarrierEnergy PulseHold R2/RT to create an Energy Barrier that blocks all incoming projectiles until it takes enough damage to be destroyed.
DefenceStrongholdEnergy BarrierIncreases Energy Barrier duration by two seconds.

Best Iron Man Mastery Skills upgrades

The Iron Man Mastery Skills selection features three selectable upgrades in combat, ranged, intrinsic ability, and utility.

Each heroic ability upgrade tree features three branches where you use a skill point to select one of three upgrades, allowing you to further customise your Iron Man build.

These are the best Iron Man build Mastery Skills upgrades to unlock on Marvel’s Avengers.

Mastery SkillUpgradeRequirementDescription
CombatWeapon EfficiencyRanged Attack Mastery15% reduction to intrinsic energy metre cost for all ranged attacks and weapons.
RangedLaser EfficiencyRanged Weapon EfficiencyDecreases the intrinsic energy cost for laser attacks by 10%.
Intrinsic AbilityStun Intrinsic BoostArc Reactor AdvancementStunning an enemy instantly boosts intrinsic energy by 25 points.
UtilityAir SuperiorityFlight MasteryIncreases the damage of ranged attacks while flying by 15%.

Each time you level-up Tony Stark in Marvel’s Avengers, see if the best Iron Man build upgrades suit your preferred style of play.

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Ben Chopping

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