Mr. Pengi is the only brand-spanking-new hero in this year’s Santa’s Challenge, -Empires and Puzzles Christmas Event.
As expected, he’s strong. And if you’re already playing Minion makers, Mr. Pengi should be on your Christmas Wishlist.
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Caveat: This post contains game-play speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain comedy and sarcasm. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Mr. Pengi’s Old Cynic Review
Family Bonus: Winter 2/3 Heroes = 1. +2%/+3% health for minions inherited from their summoner. 2. +5%/+10% attack for minions inherited from their summoner.)
Special Skills (Herring Blaster): 1. Deals 450% damage to the target. 2. Deals an additional 130% damage to as many random enemies as there are Minions owned by allies. The damage is reduced on each consecutive hits. 3. All hit targets receive 132 Frost damage over 3 turns. 4. Summons an Elf minion for the caster and nearby allies with 7% HP and 10% attack inherited from the caster.
Talent: COMPANION ~ +15% chance to summon a Thorn Minion after receiving any damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.
Is Mr. Pengi worth Levelling? (Empires and Puzzles)
Yes. Even if you don’t play a Minion summoner, he’s still a powerful sniper with a couple of decent tricks up his sleeve.
Mr. Pengi’s Special Skills Explained
Mr. Pengi has four distinct Skills, which when viewed as a whole, makes him seem a bit OP. But in today’s Empires and Puzzles, he not completely ridiculous.
First, we have his sniping, dishing out 450% damage to a single target.
After that initial hit, things get a little messy.
Mr. Pengi will randomly hit an enemy, for every Minion owned by an ally.
The first random hit is worth 130%, and over the consecutive strikes, the damage is reduced, until finally, it’s only worth around 20%.
So, if you have 5 allies with 3 Minions each, he could hit another 15 times!
And based on some initial Beta information, combined with some general guesswork, I make it that Mr. Pengi will do near 1,498% total damage (and that may be a lowball estimate).
But Mr. Pengi isn’t done yet.
Mr. Prengi will now Cast a Frost damage worth 132, for all the enemies he managed to catch.
And still not satisfied, this Fast hero will summons a Minion worth 10% HP and 10% Att, for himself and nearby allies.
Minions, by-the-way, which will increase the damage he’s able to shell out next time around!
Finally, on the seventh day, he rested.
Likelihood of hitting 15 times?
Let’s say 5×3 Minions isn’t very likely, at least not until the end of battle. What about 5×2?
For arguments sake, let’s say three heroes have a single Minion, while the other two heroes have two Minions each: That would mean an additional 7 hits for Mr. Pengi.
That’s about 1,070% damage.
-Not a bad return for a Fast hero, especially when the necessary triggers is so easily attainable (Minions).
Mr. Pengi Comparisons (Empires and Puzzles)
I’d like to start with his Minions. 7% HP/ 10% Att is a solid effort.
-It’s the same Minion as the other 5-Star heroes from Santa’s Challenge provide. And, how does that compare game-wide? …
|Hero||Mana Speed||Minion Health||Minion Attack|
|Very Fast||8% (137HP)||17%|
Next we have his strike. I worked out that his top-end potential was near 1,500% damage. Are there any other Fast heroes able to come close to that? Let me know in the comments below.
|Mr. Pengi||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 450% damage to the target||Will potentially hit another 15 times -up to 1,498% damage|
|Finley||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 385% damage to the target||Will hit another 4 times, if target(s) has/have a buff + targets get -34% defense|
|Quenell||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 320% damage to the target & NB||Gains a +40% power boost for her next Special, with a possible top-end hit of 520% damage to 3 targets (1,560% total)|
|Captain Nemo||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 300% damage to the target||Deals 600% if the caster has a status ailment|
|Russell||Average (10 tiles)||Deals 350% damage to the target||Won’t miss, can’t miss|
|Phileas Fogg||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 420% damage to the target||Dispells buffs from the target, and target gets -58% defence against Nature|
|Onyx||Ninja-1 (5 tiles)||Deals 270% damage to the target||Target is immune to new buffs and dispells buffs from target|
|Gaillard||Fast (8 tiles)||Deals 490% damage to the target||Protects against Fiends|
Comparing Mr. Pengi with other Fast hitters isn’t really fair, because he’s highly likely to cause a lot more damage.
Mr. Pengi? Hero Grade (Empires and Puzzles)
My final thoughts:
Mr. Pengi is a great all rounder; helping both the offence and defence at the same time. He’s like a one man army.
Synergy comes into it again, because if you don’t prioritise Minions in your strategy, Mr. Pengi will lose-out-on a lot of his potential.
However, Minions are commonplace in Empires and Puzzles. And that means, Mr. Pengi’s barrier to greatness is easily overcome, should the player so wish.
Finally, Mr. Pengi isn’t a one trick pony, he’s a busy hero masquerading as a sniper.
So for my grading, the question is:
Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle?
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities?
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity
What are your thoughts? Did I get it wrong, or miss something? Let me know in the comments below.
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