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Dungeon Dice Masters Talk
Dungeon Dice Monster of the Week: Gator Dragon.
by TheDungeonMaster
04.22.05  

Dungeon Dice Monster of the Week: .

Well this is the winner of who wanted me to review. Also, Otaku has joined my team. His review is under mine. Anyway, on to the review.

Gator Dragon one because of one reason: people wanted me to review the guys who are not in the cards yet. He’s a “decent” piece, but not the best. His stats are pretty weak, only HP: 30/ATK: 10/DEF: 10, he’s easy bait. His is effect will not protect him for long. Sometime –10 damage is good, but it won’t protect you for long. Thankfully, he’s a LV 2 summoning. He’ll also power up Buster Blader when he attack this, and most likely will be destroyed, even if he won’t get 10 extra points or not. His effect only works when your opponent attack you, and it won’t work against items. It also takes a Defense Crest to use his effect, so if you don’t have a Defense Crest, (but I’m sure you will); he’s just sitting bait. Maybe you can use him to lure him towards Thunder Ball, if you want to waste the crests to use it…

Ratings:
Trad: 3.5/5
ADV: 2/5

Otaku:
Name: Gator Dragon
Set: Series 1
ID: B1-08
Level: 2
Tribe: Dragon
HP: 30 ATK: 10 DEF: 10
Effect: (D) This monster reduces the damage it receives by 10 points. The effect can only be used when an opposing Monster is attacking it; the effect does not work against damage from items.

Stats: Being a Level 2 Monster makes Gator Dragon fairly easy to summon. Specifically, there is a 50% chance each time you roll 3 Level 2 Dice. Being a Dragon is good in that Dragons are probably the second best developed Tribe in the English game (Warrior being the best developed). Unfortunately, they are also one of the few types with a specific counter available against them (Lord of D, who can take control of opposing Dragons).

Gator Dragon has the top HP of the 20 Level 2 Monsters (though it ties with four others). However, its ATK of 10 is almost as low as it gets (only one Level 2 Monster has less), and a DEF of 10 is as low as any other Level 2 Monster gets. So right now, it appears to be little more than a “meat shield”, a Monster designed to take hits, hopefully instead of your other, better creatures.

Effect: Gator Dragon has one effect: reducing the damage done to it by 10 at the price of a Defense Crest. Based on the wording, it would appear you can only reduce the damage once, which is unfortunate, as it makes the piece rather sub-par: two Defense Crests to block 20 points of damage. This card is definitely designed to be a meat shield. There is a slight chance that it is just worded poorly: on the GBA game (which has several altered pieces that do not match American or Japanese counterparts), you can spend up to as many Defense Crests as you have, allowing you to block large amounts of damage. If you treat it that way for the English piece, then the effect is expensive, but a potential lifesaver. Personally, I would caution against this, as it will no doubt lead to confusion.

Uses and Combinations: This card is mainly to be used as “filler”. There are 11 Dragons in the game, so if you want to run a Dragon dice pool, you get to drop one of them. However, there are several higher-level Dragons that are rather poor, so I’d keep this one in. Summon it early to take lumps and make your opponent burn their Attack Crests.

Ratings

Basic: 3/5-I don’t think you’re supposed to use pieces not included in the Starter for this version of the game, but if you do, Gator Dragon is a good choice for Dragon or Defense oriented dice pools. Taking hits with a low level Monster is more important here given that your opponent is so much closer.

Advanced: 2/5-Save it for Dragon dice pools and maybe highly Defensive ones (the latter I do not recommend running).

Summary
Unless you are looking for a Dragon or something to take lumps and do little else, look elsewhere.

-Otaku


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