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Kraven the Spider

Reviewed 05.19.2006

Average Rating: 4

Ratings are based on a 1 to 5 scale
1 being the worst. 3 ... average.
5 is the highest rating




Today we'll be reviewing Kraven the Spider from Sinister


This is the LE of Kraven and has recently garnered a lot of positive feedback about being not just the best LE in the set, but one of the best LE’s of ALL time.  Let’s see if that’s true.



LE:  39 points, No Team



MOVEMENT:  Leap/climb to start and end.  Stealth in the middle.  He is definitely a Pounce Candidate.


ATTACK:  10 is a fabulous attack for the point cost and 9 for the next two clicks is pretty good too.


DEFENSE:  Here is what people like him for.  From up close he is a 19 to hit or more accurately 18 if you Pounce up there.  The Willpower mid-dial is fantastic and really high for his third click.  Even Toughness is nice for the points. 


DAMAGE:  Okay, it’s 2, but that helps for Pounce.  Battle Fury, pretty much means that Pounce or Telekinesis is the only option.  Close Combat Expert is what really makes him good.


SCULPT:  This is a really lame sculpt for Kraven the Hunter.  It’s like the Metrosexual version of Kraven.  But he does look well groomed and dashing.


Feats:  Pounce could really help, but there are better characters with Super Strength options.  Protected will make him a MUCH better tie up piece and is probably worth the points.  But if you only do one thing I would Incontact him, he needs to do enough damage to make him really effective.  Or with Incontact you can up his defense to an un-hittable 20.  Nanobots is fantastic on him as well and may be worth the points.



*       7 clicks is pretty long for the points

*       Great Defense

*       Fantastic Attack

*       Battle Fury makes him not as useful

*       Feating him up too much will make him too expensive.

*       A unique and well designed character

*       Nanobots is amazing on a character like him



Is he worth all the hype?  Probably not, a character like this must have a fair comparison to truly understand if he is playable.  Rookie Iron Fist comes to mind and has a lot of similar stats and is also really good.  If you compare Kraven to the Sinister Set he looks like a more powerful Galactus.  Overall he is good, but he reminds me most of Ghost.  Ghost is a similar tie up piece with mediocre damage, but Ghost was never really used.  However, Kraven does have a lot better movement and attack stats.  He is fantastic, but currently not fantastic enough to see REALLY competitive play, but will definitely by a tier 2 piece.  When more things rotate out, I bet he’ll be much better.




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