Heroes are the protagonists in Etheria, defending the Eternia crystals from the Old Ones. Each hero is a playable character, with different strengths and weaknesses. You must use a combination of heroes to successfully beat maps, grow stronger, and accumulate more loot and gold.
Each hero comes with 5 Defenses and 3 skills that are unique to that hero.
Heroes have different Stats that can be increased by leveling up or equipping armor.
All four heroes in your deck will receive xp at the same rate, having less wont funnel that into a specific hero. This means that you should always run with 4 heroes!
You can have 4 heroes in your deck at any given time. Something you may not know is that you can right click and click swap on any of them, this allows for more than the 4 slots in your deck and can be quite useful if you plan to try different builds with different selections of heroes.
You can swap out a builder with another hero and your defenses will remain. One thing to note about this is that as with not having your builder as your active hero, you will lose the 33% damage bonus from those defenses.
The heroes of Etheria are equipped with some cosmetics, earned through different methods.
Golden Skins are a Kickstarter exclusive, for backing and supporting Chromatic Games' Dungeon Defenders: Awakened project. $25+ rewarded Squire's, $50+ rewarded Apprentice's, $150+ rewarded Huntress's, and $300+ rewarded Monk's (collectively).
Rifted Robes shall be rewarded to anyone who is receiving the "The Prestigious Edition" pre-order bundle.
Crystalline Skins shall be rewarded to anyone who is receiving the "Defender Deluxe Edition" (or higher) pre-order bundle.
Shadow Skins were rewarded to anyone who has purchased the game before its 1.0 launch, May 28th, 2020. Only available on the 4 main heroes.
Default and Crystalline have 3 separate color channels to manipulate, however Crystalline's is less obvious.
Currently there is a multiplayer bug that can either remove your currently equipped skin, or other player's characters will randomly have another's skins equipped. This can persist in between games, however it does not officially "unlock" the skin.