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Dinosaur of the Day #107 - Scaphognathus

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Scaphognathus was a pterosaur, a type of flying reptile. It was not a dinosaur, though it lived during the same period. Scaphognathus lived during the Late Jurassic and resided in Europe.

If any dinosaur relative deserves to be called “cute”, perhaps it should be this late Jurassic pterosaur or “flying lizard” with a name meaning “boat-shaped jaw”, which it acquired in 1861. It’s certainly tiny in comparison with most of its kind. It lived and preyed on small game in the same Solnhofen limestone area where the Archaeopteryx was found.

But the pterosaur evolved into a warm-blooded flier without feathers. Like modern bats, its wings were made of skin. Unlike Archaeopteryx, Scaphgnathus was an aerobatic performer. Only three specimens are known, of which one is a half-grown form with a wingspan of less than two feet. Experts think the long tail acted to stabilise the creature in flight. The body was lightly furred, and each wing was a skin, held in place by a very long fourth finger.

The pterosaur family began in the Triassic, with long tails and plenty of teeth. By the time they were wiped out 63 million years ago, tails were shorter and beaks tended to be toothless. What did Scaphoghathus eat? Scientists speculate that he skimmed the water and seized small fish near the surface in his long, narrow jaws. This is assumed to be a common feeding pattern, with flying insects as a supplementary form of food.

Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Alpha.
Health: 3480.
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 128
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Pinning Strike.
Regeneration.
Swoop.
Swap-in Wound

So, thoughts on this pterosaur? Is it worth including on a team? Tactics and suggestions? What changes would you make and anything else you can think of?`

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#2

Scaphognathus is a pterosaur that is a little more useful than it’s larger cousins on the account of having two potential bleed actions including a swap-in bleed. Is it an Alpha tier animal? No. Not at all. While it has nice health but it still has no defence and anything big and chompy will chew through it in no time even if suffering bleed.

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#3

I have never used it in the Arena. I am not a huge fan of the Bleed. Good for strike towers but in regular battles I trade one for one when someone uses it against me, they gain no advantage. If they swoop, their next in is going to take a whallop and if slower then mine, going to die without firing a hit. And like Draco, if they show it is in their deck, I can come out faster or with an immune.

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#4

I agree. Bleed is overrated in regular Arena battles. It’s good for strike towers though.

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#5

Haven’t got around to using this ptero yet, haven’t even got this one to level 10. Cute, but I wouldn’t consider that an alpha at all.

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#6

Absolutely garbage imo, just because low health. That, and I live in Zone 1, so of course I hate it for unfairly replacing dimetrodon. That was just unacceptable.

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#7

Another dinosaur that will never be used.
He might be useful in some ways, but unless you see him as much as Diplocaulus, hes pretty useless. I have him myself, hes just underrated for my team.

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#8

L1 needed a nerf, you guys still have Kentrosaurus, Sinoceratops, Dilophosaurus, Megalosaurus…

What again L4 has…?

And now L2 has two useful rares (Dimetrodon and Tuojiangosaurus) , same amount as L1.

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#9

Yeah but now l3 has the ingredients to make postimetro. Plus, sino barely shows, almost never see postimetro, all I ever see is stupid majung. L1 is pretty much the counterattack zone if you think about it. L4 has bleeders which are much more useful than the counterattackers in L1 with the exception of meg.

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#10

I completely forgot Postosuchus, not gonna lie.

Nah L4 is trash. I live there. Suchomimus, Spinosaurus, Parasaurolophus and Rajasaurus are valuable… And that is all.

We have Giraffatitan, Wohoosaurus, Koolasuchus Gen 2, Koolasuchus, Gryposuchus… All suck. You know what.

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#11

Incoming drawing

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#12

Thank you for doing these posts. This was an informative read. I’ve just been darting them in my home local ever since they hit the map with 1.6, but seriously don’t think I’ve ever looked at the stats/kit. Just been backpocketing the DNA in the event that a great pterosaur hybrid ever becomes a thin.

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#13

My pleasure. I’m glad that it gives everyone some idea of what these animals were in addition to discussing them in game.

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#15

The 1.7 update reduced her damage down to 950. Perhaps this was to compensate for having two bleed attacks?