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HK-50 Assassin Droid
Jedi Academy

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2009

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

100 pt: 2.00
200 pt: 4.33


HK-50 Assassin Droid - 27 points
Faction: Fringe
HP: 70
Defense: 18
Attack: 10
Damage: 30

Abilities: Droid, Opportunist

Certainly an interesting uncommon from Jedi Academy, we take a break from the Force-users of the set to focus on one of the "filler pieces". This filler piece could find its way into squads, however. While his stats are not too spectacular for 27 points... 70 HP is pretty frail, 18 defense is good but not too great. 10 attack hits things usually, too. It's real selling point is the fact that it has both 30 damage and Opportunist. This gives him 14 attack and 40 damage when attacking a unit that has already activated. Wow.

This piece's best friend is Grievous Droid Army Commander. A squad that utilizes this piece could be great. While this piece won't replace IG-86 assassin droids, they could prove to be another viable option. With both Grievous DAC and a Battle Droid Officer, this thing could be hitting at +22 for 40 with Twin Attack... holy bananas! Throw him into low-activation squads or with some iniative control (San Hill, maybe?) and you will be able to get Oppurtunist off more often than not against the thing you want to get it off on. In this kind of Seperatist squad, these things are worth their 27 points for sure (and then some!).

This piece is really a tribute to how great JA really is. Almost everything in the set is playable, and this piece is no exception. Great new toy for Grievous squads.

100 points: 2/5, Can't do much with Grievous DAC squads here, and you probably won't be able to throw in enough support to really take full use of HK-50s.

200 points: 4/5, That's better! I think these will find their way into many DAC squads due to their large damage output potential. This should be a fun one, boys!

Sculpt: 3/5, Nothing special but looks good, just like most of the rest of the set.

HK-50 Assassin Droid (33/40, Uncommon—Jedi Academy; HP 70, ATT 10, DEF 18, DAM 30, DEP 27)

            Since the Clone Wars expansion gave us a comparable assassin droid, this review is going to be comparing and contrasting these two robotic engines of destruction. The generic HK is 10 points more expensive than his generic IG-series compatriot. However, for those ten extra points, it picks up ten extra hit points, an extra plus one on attack bonus and can deal ten more points of damage. Both of them have Opportunist and in HK’s case then he can become a +14 to hit for 40 points of damage. Add in that he’s a perfect candidate for General Grievous, Droid Army Commander’s nasty Commander Effect and you have one really nasty droid.

100 POINTS: In this build, to be honest, he might just be a little too expensive to run effectively. The IG-86 Assassin Droid is a much cheaper model that can do everything the HK-50 can only slightly weaker. In 100 point builds where activations can be just as important as your choice of beat stick, the IG-86 is probably the wiser investment. SCORE: 2

200 POINTS: This format has points to burn and here you’ll be much better served running the HK-50 just because it’s a cheap, base 30 damage character not restricted by Heavy Weapon. Opportunist makes him even more dangerous with the chance for 40 points of damage in a single turn. Here, the best build for him is the Grievous, Droid Army Commander for Twin Attack and a +4 bonus to attack and defense (raising him to a +14 to hit and 22 defense without cover and mind you with Opportunist it becomes a +18 to hit). SCORE: 4

Gunnar "Darth
Malstrom" Malstrom
HK-50 Assassin Droid (Fringe-UC)
Cost: 27
HP: 70
DEF: 18
ATT: 10
DAM: 30

Special Abilities:
Droid (Immune to critical hits; not subject to commander effects)
Opportunist (+4 Attack and +10 Damage against an enemy who has activated this round)

Hey guys… I'm back with a review of the new HK-50 Droid from Jedi Academy. This guys is an absolute beast. When adding General Grievous, DAC and The Battle Droid Officer this guy can twin @ +22 for 40 while being 26 defense in cover. And for only 27 (26 w/ Gha Nachkt) points why wouldn't you put him in your squad? The reason might lie in his IG cousin.

Compared to IG-86 he is 10 points more, and for those 10 points you gain +1 Attack, +10 Hit Points (moving him up to 70 which we know what that means by now) and +10 Damage. All of which are valid reasons, but when you do the math, you might want to rethink running HK. For 54 points you can run 2 HK droids, and for 3 points less you can run 3 IG droids. For 54 points you get a combined 140 HP and the ability (if they all hit) to do 160 damage a round at +22, and two activations. Now for 3 less points you get a combined 180 HP and the ability to do 180 damage while attacking at +21 with three activations. I think I would save the 3 points.

I think they missed a great opportunity with this piece. IG-88 BH has opportunist and so does IG-86. HK-47 has cunning, I think HK-50 should as well. If HK had cunning and IG had opportunist I think every squad would run a combination of both, but for my money I would save the 10 points.

Now of course he is fringe and doesn't have to be in Seps, but an extra +8 Attack, +4 Defense, and Twin is huge,

Onto the ratings:

100pts 2/5: For this guy to be all that he can be… he needs to be in GGDAC's Army. And after adding the BDO you get 6 points. My first thought was not at all, but with Grievous being able to draw the Melee pieces HK could sit back and unload. It is not top tier or anything, but it might win you a game or two.

150pts 3/5: In this format you might be able to add two more HK droids. Once again not top tier, but not bad.

200pts 5/5: Sure I would rather run IG, but for only 27 points this piece is by far the best ranged piece in JA, and one of the best shooting droids in the game. Sure there are better options, but as a single piece review I have to say he is great.

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