Since the primary goal of the books isn't really collections, it's to mix up combat mechanics, I thought I'd start some discussion on some of the books. Here's my first: the best attackers in Dragons. For this first part, I'm just looking at basic damage output; not factoring in runes or damage modifiers. And I'm only looking at legendaries.
In looking strictly at the stats, the BEST attackers, when using an AoE skill (if you happen to be running the skill that deals the highest damage, of course) are, in order:
- Darmith's Pet
- General Darmith
- Greedy Dragon
- M-2 WYVERN
The Dragons with the best single attacks are, in order:
- M-2 WYVERN
- Darmith's Pet
- Greedy Dragon
- General Darmith
Of course, just because one monster can do higher damage in a single attack does not necessarily mean it'll be the best. We've also got to take into consideration damage modifiers, traits, other skills, and other stats. While I will mention speed here, the speed stat is not likely (in my opinion) to make or break your damage dealer. His job is to kill things. Others on your team are there to immobilize the enemies long enough for your attacker to kill things. References to where monsters rank are only comparing the other legendary Dragons, not all monsters. These are not necessarily in some ranking order (except for maybe my top 3), but more in 'tier' order.
My top tier starts with:
It's no surprise to see Megaosteum hang toward the top of each list. He's an amazing attacker. His prehistoric power skill refills half his energy, gives precision, and most importantly, double damage. His trait is extremely helpful against fellow Dragons and fire-types: immune to burning (just about every Dragon burns enemies). Compared to the other Dragons, he's got middle of the road life and speed. He's got a single stun skill, which is always nice to have just in case and, of course, he burns things. With some good strength runes and double damage, he's going to one-hit KO any of the enemies. Personally, I think Megaosteum should be your top Dragon pick.
Of course the fire general would be toward the top. General Darmith's life is right in the middle and he's the second fastest Dragon. His Tough trait is also one of the best traits in the game. Naturally, he can burn things, but the skills that shine here are his Dragon Soul and Dragon Berserker skills. Dragon Soul gives damage boost and precision to all allies while Dragon Berserker gives himself double damage AND reduces his incoming damage by 50% (both for 2 turns!). General Darmith is a must-have.
You'll notice that Greedy Dragon is the middle of both lists for base damage, but there's a couple good reasons you shouldn't keep him there. Firstly, his "The Magnificent" skill gives him damage boost and immediate extra turn. Most others have to wait another go 'round before taking advantage of a boost, but his is straight away. When that boost is factored in, Greedy Dragon deals both the highest AoE and single target attacks of the Dragons (until they get theirs, but by then, Greedy Dragon may have already killed them!). Additionally, he burns, stuns, and steals life. His trait (energized) is probably the worst trait in my opinion. His life is in the middle and he's tied for 3rd in speed.
I begin my second-tier picks with:
Dracontium has some decent qualities going for him. He's immune to burn, burns enemies, stuns, can give himself precision, and most importantly, gives himself double damage (while dealing damage to an enemy). However, neither his life or speed are particularly good.
Trilops seems more like one of those ancient horseshoe crabs all beefed up than a dragon to me, but whatever. He's immune to stun and he has multiple stun skills. He can give shields, but I'm not a big fan of them, personally. He's not bad, but he doesn't really have anything that makes him shine, to me.
Darmith's Pet is another heavy hitter. He also has a skill that deals damage and grants him a damage boost. His trait is the standard, and wonderful, General trait: Tough. Unfortunately, he has the worst life out of all the Dragons and he doesn't really do anything other than burn enemies. Unless you've got him paired with a decent denier (or two) Darmith's Pet may not live long enough to do real damage to the enemy.
Killeraptor stays in the top half for AoE damage but is second for single target damage. While dealing damage, he can give himself double damage, but doesn't really do much else with his attacks (he has a shield skill, but whoopee...). His trait is Hardened, which is nice and has decent life. His speed is middle of the road. Given that so many others will, mostly likely, be using fire-based Dragons, it's nice to have a high damage dealer of another type.
Yndra doesn't impress much on the stats front, but has some great skills. After dealing damage, he can give himself one more turn (I LOVE extra turns). He can also ignore all incoming damage for two turns. Lastly, he has a skill to give himself precision and double damage, but at the cost of 1/4 of his life. Of course, if you used Waves and Particles to avoid attacks, you won't have to worry about the enemy hurting you any worse. If his stats were better or he didn't require so many turns to deal enough damage, I'd rank him higher.
I consider these guys third-tier:
While Tryon does deal decent damage, he cannot boost his own damage, relying on another monster to do so. If you couldn't tell at this point, I favor a damage dealer being able to increase his own damage output (because you don't have a guarantee of what other monsters you can choose from). He's immune to burning, does a lot of burning, and can stun. His life is on the lower end and he's the absolute slowest of all the Dragons.
Blockheart can deal some good AoE damage, can give himself damage boost when attacking, and has the benefit of not being a fire-type. The rest of his skills, though are why he's where I've ranked him: daze, remove debuffs, damage reduction; unimpressive to me.
Learnean has the benefit of status effects that help him. He burns, poisons, stuns, and removes stamina. His hardened trait is nice and his speed is decent. If you can boost his damage output with another monster, his single target attacks can deal some damage, but so many others can already do the same or more.
Honorable mention to M-2 Wyvern who blows everyone else out of the water with the highest (by far) single target attack (80 special damage), although he doesn't impress with his base AoE attack. While he can burn enemies, stun a single target and drain 50% stamina from all enemies, he can't increase his own damage output. You'll have to pair him with a supportive monster who can increase his damage if you want him to be useful.
If you're using Goran, Frostwrath, Eggeater, or Drekk for damage, you're using them wrong. Goran's a tank, Frostwrath and Eggeater are best as deniers, and Drekk is a healer (a class of monster I find wholly useless).
What do y'all think? Am I overestimating or underestimating anyone? Who are your picks?