Hello everyone and welcome to my discussion on the newest Nemesis, Lucifire, and the comparison between her 3 forms.
General Analysis: As with Hydratila, Lucifire is a very powerful monster, so much so that her two more expensive forms can be considered outright overpowered. She has great stats in all of her forms, with each form sharing the powerful AOE Burn+Ignite, Fire protection and the AOE Blind+Dmg Reduction that removes all positive effects. Her trait prevents Burn and Freeze effects, two powerful effects commonly used by other monsters. Lifemelter is the cheaper choice and is almost completely outclassed by Hopefreezer and Helltaser, so get Lifemelter if you don't want to pay too much.
Comparison Between Hopefreezer and Helltaser: Previously this was an obvious win for Hopefreezer due to her 0 CD 75 Base Power Freeze move, but now that that's changed, Helltaser can stand on equal ground with Hopefreezer. The decision is based on whether you want Lucifire to be powerful vs. Fire monsters or Water monsters since the Life and Attack stats are very similar on both. However, Helltaser possesses one crucial advantage over Hopefreezer: being the fastest Fire monster, tied with General Darmith, Shallinar and Tulekahju. This can prove very effective since you can quickly use your Fire protection skill to render the enemy Fire monster weak. Still, Hopefreezer's power versus other Fire monsters can't be denied since she will most likely one shot any Fire monster with her 75 Base Power skill.
Conclusion: In my opinion, Helltaser is the better choice out of the two because being faster means almost everything in this game. Plus, Lucifire has the potential to become a support monster since she has AOE Blind+Damage Reduction and her 45 Base Power AOE applies both Ignite and Burn, so even without Strength runes, Lucifire can do a lot of damage. Hopefreezer can't do it as effectively as Helltaser because she falls agonizingly short on Speed. Although, you can still get Hopefreezer since she is still fast enough to speed tie with Greedy Dragon, another important Fire monster, and she can deal with almost any Fire monster without problem. As I said before, both forms are very powerful.