Uthragan is Empires and Puzzles’ October 2023 Hero of the Month (HotM) and he was a lot of fun to test in Beta. But “fun” doesn’t necessarily equate to “good”.
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Caveat: This post contains gameplay speculation and personal opinion. It may also contain adult comedy, sarcasm, and Human error. It is not advice and is solely for entertainment and informational purposes.
Uthragan’s Stats and Special Skills (Hero Of The Month)
Key Facts: Dark (Purple), Very Fast, Barbarian, Legends 2023 (Not activated yet)
Special Skills (Venomous Claws): 1. Deals 150% damage to the target. 2. The target and nearby enemies receive 573 Poison damage over 3 turns. The caster absorbs 100% of dealt Poison damage as health. 3. [Element Link] Gives +10% Mana generation to all Dark allies for 4 turns (can’t be dispelled).
Passive Skills: 1. RESIST POISON ~ This character has an innate resistance against Poison. 2. RESIST MANA STOPPING ~ This character has an innate resistance against Ailments that stop Mana generation.
Talent: WOUND ~ +30% chance to apply bleeding from any normal attack.
Aether Power: DEFENSE UP ~ +20% Defense for 6 turns.
Faster Than The Speed Of Light: Uthragan (Empires and Puzzles)
When I first saw Uthragan I was excited to test him out. It’s not the hit; it’s the Poison damage and healing combo that will grant him everlasting life.
I’ve always wanted that!
∞ for the price of 6.5 tiles. Surely it’s not that easy?
But it very nearly is, and it’s marvellous to behold!
Uthragan is a healing machine. Exactly as advertised.
And when facing Last-Gen Heroes, he really can excel.
It’s true that he only hits one for 150%, but that’s just a quick slap to get their attention or to push them over the edge when they’re teetering.
It’s the 573 Poison damage that’s the real pain inflictor here. And fully Limit Broken, it goes up to 753 damage over 3 turns.
To put that into perspective, a basic levelled Hurricane will inflict 916 Burn damage over 4 turns at Average (1268 fully Limit Broken).
When Uthragan drops his Poison the toxicity eats away at his victims like the guilt of scoffing too many chocolates when dieting.
You can almost see the anguish on their faces as their stomachs begin to turn and knot.
Putting the entire sequence together (Hit-Poison-Healing), you actually have a very durable Hero on your hands.
Uthragan Vs. Empires and Puzzles
Let’s get the table out, may as well.
|Uthragan||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 150% damage to target||Target and nearby get 573 Poison damage over 3 turns which caster absorbs as health|
|Clarissa||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 155% damage to target and nearby||Target and nearby get 284 Poison damage over 2 turns|
|Turgruk||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 400% damage to target||Target gets +5% damage (Stack)|
|Victor||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 250% damage to target||Target gets 355 damage over 5 turns which goes up, and caster steals 75% of any healing|
|Gravemaker||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 135% damage to target and nearby||Target and nearby get 312 damage over 2 turns|
|Ithar||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Steals all dispellable buffs and 35% mana from target||Causes division|
|Malosi||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 300% damage to the target and blocks Status Effects||The People’s Champ|
|Kai||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 435% damage to the target||Bone Fiend and Dispels and decreased healing|
|C. Kageburado||Very Fast (6.5 tiles)||Deals 320% damage to the target||Target is immune to new buffs and gets -34% Defense for 2 turns|
|Serandite||Ninja x1 (5 tiles)||Deals 160% damage to all enemies||All enemies get 256 Burn damage and decreased healing for 2 turns|
When I needed to know how many tiles Serandite required to charge, I used the Old Cynic Mana Guide.
Old Cynic’s Mana Guide; for when Very Fast just isn’t Fast enough.
Reflecting On The Table…
In all seriousness, I added Serandite because the Ninjas with their first charge, the Styx with their first charge, and Magic with their first charge, all come under the 6.5 tiles that represent, Very Fast.
So while not the focus here, they should be part of the conversation.
Back to the table and Uthragan looks good value for money. And, he’s a new Hero with some pretty beefy Power Stats when all done up (ATK1220/DEF950/HP2209).
But Uthragan clearly outshines some others here.
It’s great to see Gravemaker, the old but highly regarded Hall of Famer. I’m reliably informed that you can still catch him on the 2023 Legends Tour (also known as the Local Leaderboard).
Is Uthragan Worth It? (Passives/Element Link/Aether Breakdown)
Uthragan has a couple of strong Passives:
- Resists Poison, and
- Resists Mana Generation Ailments
Both of them are handy, but neither is massively impactful.
It’s the Element Link that’s the most useful, the +10% mana generation for all Dark allies for 4 turns.
It actually represents the first time Uthragan does anything for anyone other than himself, but it’s not enough to bump his value.
I do like Uthragan’s Aether Power; +20% Defense for 6 turns. Because at his Speed, with his self-healing Special, he’s gonna be a pain to kill off.
Overall, Uthragan’s a solid unit with some decent extras. But what are his weaknesses?
Uthragan is exposed when facing super-elite Squads. That’s when you notice he’s punching above his weight.
Lots of the top Defenses are simply avoiding Ailments like my dog avoids the showerhead.
That’s when Uthragan can become a moot point.
Now Uthragan’s swaying back and forth, trying to reassure you that he’ll get ’em as soon as the embargo lifts.
But the battle quickly progresses and just like an immortal, he’s destined to live out the rest of his existence watching on as his companions wither and die.
Then he finds himself standing alone, waiting for the final conk to come swinging down, to smash open his dome…
…and to ultimately put him out of his misery.
Uthragan Empires and Puzzles – Hero of the Month October 23
My final thoughts:
The great thing about Uthragan is that once you fire off his Special you feel like you can leave him to fend for himself.
~Like having a child who you can finally trust with the stove; a great relief.
But like many before him, he’s a little selfish and won’t do anything that doesn’t directly benefit him.
And when your business is taking out super-squads, you either need to be a true monster, or you need to be a great communicator.
That said, an inadvertent strategy comes about from fielding Uthragan; hoping that he takes the hit.
See, Uthragan can and will soak up damage that would otherwise kill another member of the team.
To be clear, in Beta, my fully Limit Broken Uthragan was healing himself for 843 HP Per Turn! And he was weaker back then with only 501 Poison damage (vs. the 573 now).
For me, Uthragan is an energetic and fun Hero who could easily Stack and could be an irritation to the opposition.
If I pulled him I would conduct more testing (at 3/70) on account of his speed and self-healing. -Because there are lots of areas where he could really shine.
He also has modern Power Stats on his side.
However, this is not a one-button wonder and will most likely be a bench Hero for many rosters.
Hero Grade for Uthragan (Empires and Puzzles)
So for my grading, the question is:
Is this Hero’s Special capable of/likely to change the outcome of a battle? No.
If not, do they still bring enough to the party to help defeat the deities? Yes.
Old Cynic’s Hero Grade: Archangel
[Please always check in-game Hero Cards to confirm details and never chase Heroes]
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