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Best Teams & Party Compositions in AFK Journey (May 2024)

As a mobile gacha RPG, AFK Journey is all about summoning fun characters and putting together strong team compositions with what you have. To help you out, here are the best teams and party compositions in AFK Journey.

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Best Meta Team Composition in AFK Journey

Generally speaking, you’ll want your AFK Journey team to at least comprise of one tank, one healer or support character, and one damage dealer or DPS character. Depending on what you’re going for, you may opt to have two supports and two DPS, or you may even forego one of those for an extra tank.

At the time of writing, however, there is one clear-cut meta team composition in AFK Journey, as listed below:

CharacterRoleFormation/Position
ThoranTankFront
CeciaDPS – MarksmanMid
RowanSupportBack
Smokey and MeerkySupportBack
OdieDPS – MarksmanMid

There are substitutions you can make here, of course. For instance, you could swap out Vala for Antandra if you need a second tank, or swap out Rowan for Koko if you decide you don’t really need Rowan’s energy battery capabilities in favor of more support and healing. However, you’ll generally want to keep the core of Thoran, Cecia, and Smokey and Meerky.

These three characters are the best-in-class for their respective roles in AFK Journey as a tank, DPS, and support, and are considered irreplaceable in the meta lineup right now. Thoran, in particular, is widely regarded as hands down the strongest hero in the game thanks to his fantastic defensive capabilities and ability to self-revive once in battle.

I’ve also since replaced Vala with Odie in this composition, as the latter has proven to be extremely versatile in both PvP and PvE modes, including Dream Realm. Odie may seem lackluster at first, but his poison DoT and buildup really adds up very quickly, making him one of the deadliest DPS characters in the game.

Best PvP Team Composition

For folks wanting to dive into the PvP modes in AFK Journey, there are a few other things to consider as well. Generally, you’ll want to get your Haste and attack speed up as much as possible, and you’ll also want to take your enemy down fast.

Here’s the best PvP composition I’ve found so far:

CharacterRoleFormation/Position
ThoranTankFront
EironnDPS – RogueMid
DamienSupportBack
ArdenMageBack
CarolinaTankMid

The PvP meta has very quickly shifted from Lyca and Vala to the Eironn/Carolina core. While Haste and attack speed are still great, as you get to the upper tiers of the Arena, you’ll find that lots of players are starting to fall back on big crowd control abilities. And that’s where Eironn and Carolina come in. Keep in mind that you want to get them to Mythic+ for this to be viable.

In addition to that, you may want to consider putting Damien and Arden on your wishlist as well. While these are just A-class heroes, they also need to be brought up to Mythic+ for viability. This composition really only works well for PvP and is considered subpar for most other PvE modes, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do.

Unfortunately, Thoran seems to be a mainstay for PvP modes, at least from my own experience in Elite III so far. Most teams have him as their main tank, and if you’re missing Thoran, it’s very unlikely that your tank will be able to outlast the enemy team.

With all that said, it’s worth noting that as of May 2024, Alsa has also been added to the roster and she pretty much fills the same role as Carolina, but requires much less investment to build. Assuming you already have Eironn at Mythic+, Alsa is able to capitalize on his control abilities to deal extra damage. You just need to get her to Legendary+ for that extra Haste boost, but getting there is much easier than having to build her up to Mythic+.

Best Dream Realm Team Composition

Dream Realm pits you against a different elemental-type boss each day, so your party composition will change depending on the element and what you need to exploit it. However, there are some mainstays that you want to hold on to no matter who the boss is: Thoran, Odie, and Smokey and Meerky.

Thoran and Smokey and Meerky should be no-brainers at this point. However, Odie is a sneaky DPS pick that most players are probably sleeping on right now. His poison attacks are extremely deadly, and he’s absolutely worth ascending and investing in until Mythic+ for his increased attack speed and ability to insta-kill poisoned enemies once their HP’s low enough. This can come in very handy for both story battles and Dream Realm.

And those are our picks for the best party and team compositions in AFK Journey right now.


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Zhiqing Wan
Zhiqing is a History undergrad from the National University of Singapore. She started playing video games in 1996 when her dad introduced her to Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, and Resident Evil -- and the rest, as they say, is history. When she's not obsessing over Elden Ring and Dark Souls lore theories, you can find her singing along loudly and badly to Taylor Swift's latest bops. Formerly the Reviews Editor at Twinfinite, she joined the Escapist team in 2024. You can reach her at [email protected].