Staintongue: Abyss Hunter Family (Empires & Puzzles)

Staintongue Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

Staintongue is the latest Abyss Hunter to swagger outta the Empires and Puzzles Covenant Portal, and his core skills will bring a lot to the party, not to mention a couple of decent Passives to boot.

This will be the first Hero review in my new shorter, more concise, format. Let’s go!

Caveat: This post contains gameplay speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain adult comedy and sarcasm. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.

Staintongue’s Stats and Special Skills (Mallet Swing of the Beast)

Element: Nature (Green) Class: Paladin Mana Speed: Fast

Abyss Hunter Family Bonus for 2/3/4/5 Heroes: +5%/+10%/+15%/+20% Defense.

Passive Skills: 1. DAMAGE OVER TIME ON SPECIAL ~ When this character casts their Special Skill, they give a Hunter’s Mark on a random enemy. The target receives 150 damage over 3 turns. If the target already has this effect, the duration will be refreshed and the damage will be increased by 150, up to 1500 damage in total. 2. HUNTER’S SENSE ~ When this character casts their Special Skill, they transfer the newest Status Ailment from themself to the target. If the Special Skill can not target an enemy, a random enemy is chosen instead. If this character has no Status Ailments, they recover 5% health.

Special Skill (Mallet Swing of the Beast): 1. Deals 330% damage to the target and nearby enemies. 2. The target and nearby enemies get -30% accuracy for 3 turns. The accuracy decreases by -10% each turn, up to -50%. 3. The target and nearby enemies receive 342 Poison damage over 3 turns.

Talent: PROTECT ~ +25% chance to get +25% defense for 2 turns after receiving and damage. The effect is applied at the end of the turn.

Staintongue Empires and Puzzles Hero Card Detail
Staintongue – Empires and Puzzles

Staintongue … (Empires and Puzzles)

The “Hit-3” Fast attack Hero is well-established in Empires and Puzzles, and Staintongue follows closely in their wake.

There’s an elite group of this type of Hero, -the Quenells, the El Naddahas, the Tinsels, and the Falines, of the world, and Staintongue can now be counted amoung them.

HeroMana SpeedDamageSecondaryOC’s Grade
StaintongueFast (8 tiles)Deals 330% damage to the target & NBPoisons and inflicts reduced accuracy (-30% to -50%)?
El NaddahaFast (8 tiles)Deals 305% damage to the target & NBNo Status Effects permitted for 3 turnsT2
QuenellFast (8 tiles)Deals 320% damage to the target & NBGains a +40% power boost for her next Special, with a possible top-end hit of 520% damage to 3 targets (1,560% total)T2
FalineFast (8 tiles)Deals 330% damage to the target & NB-64% mana generation to the quickest of the heroes hit (all 3 if the same)T1
TinselFast (8 tiles)Deals 340% damage to the target & NBSummons Minion for 3 and inflicts reduced Defence (-14% to -54%) and accuracy (-10% to -50%)T2
OldCynic.com – Staintongue compared with similar Heroes

Thankfully, we now have a solid selection of primed 3-Hitters to compare with, and it’s clear to me that Staintongue is right up there with the best of them.

Interestingly, his base attack stat is 850. Let’s compare that to the rest:

  • El Naddaha = 821
  • Quenell = 795
  • Faline = 784
  • Tinsel = 838

So, of this group, he’s definitely gonna bang the most.

That said, if I had to pick one, I’d probably go for El Naddaha for that Status Effect blocker. But it’s a tough call, coz they’re all great.

El Naddaha Empires and Puzzles Hero Card

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Staintongue (Empires and Puzzles)

My final thoughts:

Staintongue has even more plus points, like that Hunter’s Mark Passive and the Hunter’s Sense Ailment removal (or Healing).

However, to ascertain his value beyond the doggy breath, we really need to understand the Ailments he inflicts (-accuracy and Poison damage).

~Tinsel can help here because she has a similar setup. And as you can see from the table above, her reduced accuracy starts at -10% and increases according to the number of tiles on the board.

Whereas Staintongue’s will automatically increase by 10% per turn. ~So, his top end of -50% accuracy is locked in.

He also has a good, solid, amount of Poison damage (342) that he inflicts on 3 targets [which could Stack quite nicely with Viselus, btw].

But first and foremost, at his core, Staintongue is a quick hitter. And with the bells and whistles, and a very useful defensive measure (-accuracy), in my view he does more than enough to earn a second star.

He’s an elite Hero for sure.

“Who’s a good boy?”

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Hero Grade for Staintongue

So for my grading, the question is:

Is this hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle? Yes.

If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? N/a.

Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Deity ⭐⭐

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5 Comments

  1. Have him now at 4/30-ish and simply love him! Have none of the others mentioned so I do like his special. His hit is already hard, and the accuracy drop is just perfect! And the passive… só fun.
    Not sure if Paladin is the best class for this one, though.

    Conclusion:
    He is not so strong that a nerf is imminent, but he is clearly strong enough to outshine many others.

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