WizKids starts off the previews for their upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh Series 3 HeroClix set in a big way. Right out of the gate is a new fusion mini, the B. Skull Dragon. This figure can either be part of your force from the beginning, or, if you field the Red-Eyes B. Dragon and Summoned Skull, you can fuse them together after they hit an opposing character and make the B. Skull Dragon. Doing so may be a little more difficult, but you get a +1 bonus to all the model’s combat stats. So you might just want to take that route.
From the preview:
Greetings HeroClix Fans!
It’s Time to Duel! Welcome to the first preview of the upcoming Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three set! We are starting today off with a bang as we look at the supreme fusion monster, B. Skull Dragon!
What a start it is! B. Skull Dragon can be played at 350 or 200 points. Let’s take a look at B. Skull Dragon’s trait, “Avoiding the Labyrinth.” This powerful trait allows B. Skull Dragon to, once per game, take a free action and switch places with a friendly character that has not been given an action this turn. This can be used as a strong offensive maneuver to shift B. Skull Dragon into battle and start attacking quickly. It can also be a useful defensive tactic to swap B. Skull Dragon with a character that is likely to be attacked on the next turn or one that has already been attacked and is in need of healing from Support. Remember to think twice before using this trait to ensure that you don’t leave B. Skull Dragon vulnerable. However, if you use the trait at exactly the right moment you will be able to benefit from a well-timed switch and keep opponents on their toes!
For movement, B. Skull Dragon has the Flight speed symbol, which grants the use of the Flight and Carry abilities. It also starts with Running Shot at both of its point values to get into the action. Running Shot changes to Sidestep later in its dial to let B. Skull Dragon position itself, and of course B. Skull Dragon has its “Avoiding the Labyrinth” trait to get around as well. In terms of attacking, B. Skull Dragon has a fantastic 9 range with two targets. Additionally, at both point values, it starts with a special attack power called “Molten Fireballs,” which allows B. Skull Dragon to use a special Energy Explosion that gives opposing characters a “Burning” token when it hits them.. This “Burning” token then deals the hit character 1 penetrating damage when it begins a turn until that character is given a power action to remove the token. This power is useful to slow opponents down by forcing them to remove the token, and by dealing some penetrating damage before moving on to Penetrating/Psychic Blast in the middle of the dial. At the end of its dial, B. Skull Dragon picks up Ranged Combat Expert to get in extra damage or to bolster its attack and make key hits. Finally, on defense, B. Skull Dragon has Indomitable which grants Willpower to prevent pushing damage, and plenty of damage reducers including Invincible, Impervious, and Invulnerability throughout its entire dial.
Last but not least, Red-Eyes B. Dragon and Summoned Skull from Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series One can fuse together to form B. Skull Dragon! When Red-Eyes B. Dragon and Summoned Skull are adjacent to each other and one of them hits an opposing character with an attack, the attacking character can be given a free action to replace both of them with B. Skull Dragon! When B. Skull Dragon is brought into the game this way, it gets +1 to its combat values and is ready to go to town!
With expansive keywords including “Yugi Muto,” “Joey Wheeler,” and Dark, you can also make some great themed teams. B. Skull Dragon can benefit from some previously released Yu-Gi-Oh! characters like Yugi Muto’s Mystical Elf for Support, Joey Wheeler’s Time Wizard for Telekinesis and the “Time Magic” trait, and the Dark keyword for figures such as Thousand-Eyes Idol for Outwit. Red-Eyes B. Dragon and Summoned Skull can also be used together on a Dark themed team using figures such as Cannon Soldier to help get them into combat and fused as quickly as possible! With lots of options for team building and gameplay, B. Skull Dragon will be a great piece to add to your collection!
Be sure to join us next week for another Yu-Gi-Oh! HeroClix: Series Three preview where we are going to get a little slimy!