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Dinosaur of the Day #12 - Arambourgiania

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In the 1940s a strange fossil bone was discovered by chance weathering out of Upper Cretaceous rocks near a railway in Jordan. The bone was about 62 cm long (24 inches), skinny, cylindrical, and thin-walled. After its discovery it was owned by a mine director and was eventually described by Camille Arambourg in Paris in 1959 as Titanopteryx philadelphiae. He considered the bone to be part of the wing finger metacarpal of a giant pterosaur.

Years later, it was discovered that the name Titanopteryx was already taken by a fly, so the pterosaur needed a new generic name. This was provided by Lev Nesov and colleagues in 1987, who named the pterosaur after Arambourg himself. The specimen was considered lost for many years after Arambourg’s initial description, but was rediscovered in the collections of the University of Jordan in 1996, having been donated in 1973.

More recent research has pointed out that the single known bone of Arambourgiania is actually part of a neck vertebra and not a bone from the hand at all. Although incomplete, the vertebra is clearly an azhdarchid. Comparisons to other azhdarchids show that Armbourgiania was one of the largest of all pterosaurs, with a wingspan that was at least 7 meters (23 feet), and may have been as much as 13 meters (43 feet). Azhdarchids are now known to have shorter wings than previously thought, so it’s likely that the smaller estimate is more accurate.

Azharchids are known from Cretaceous rocks from around the world, and include some of the largest, as well as last pterosaurs known. They had a lifestyle that focused on hunting prey on the ground including amphibians, lizards, and baby dinosaurs. This is similar to large predatory birds like marabou storks and shoebills of today. Although the remains of Arambourgiania are incomplete, it is assumed to have hunted in a similar fashion.

Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Omega.
Health: 4500.
Damage: 900.
Speed: 112.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Impact and Run.
Short Defence.
Superiority Strike.
Swap-In Invincibility.

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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Not an animal I am impressed with - even with my downer on pterosaurs. Just feels like a purely defensive creature. Another speed bump that doesn’t really do anything.

It’s another Azdharchid pterosaur that was added just because. I mean, they already had Quetzalcoatlus, Alanqa, and Hatzegopteryx, so - hey, why not?

Imo, Quetzalcoatlus should have been given epic status, as it was by far the largest of its family.

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It has been nearly a year since the Dinosaur of the Day discussions started and I thought it might be nice to slowly revisit them and see how things have changed.

Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Alpha Low.
Health: 4740
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 115.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Superiority Strike.
Impact and Run.
Short Defence.
Swap-In Invincibility.

Armabourgiana has seen quite a boost since release last year. Health, damage and speed have increased although abilities have remained the same. I still think that pterosaurs are purely support options and little more than speed bumps to the opponent. Arambourgiana, even with those upgraded stats, remains exactly this sort of option.

Anyone have different experiences? Have you found a use for this animal?

Sadly no good option will probably be found for this bird unless in arena 1.

That is the problem with pterosaurs I think. Unless they have a decent hybrid, they are of little use to anyone, and even then, only the hybrid gets used,


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Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Alpha Low.
Health: 4500
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 115.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Resilient Strike.
Group Taunting Shields Strike.
Rampage and Run.
Swap in Invincibility.

I would say that under 2.0 Arambourgiania has become slightly more useful but only just. Superiority strike now being a resilient attack means that she can deal with those pesky dodgers but a reduced health she won’t last long against most things. I think she’ll remain a potential support option for lower level players but after that she’ll be a DNA farm for her hybrid.

Despite having a group shield ability she isn’t suitable for Raids as they currently stand. If low level bosses appear then maybe she might be an option for lower players but it’s doubtful.

What are your thoughts on the changes to Arambourgiania under 2.0 and how will she be best played now?

More of a fall guy than anything else, or when your opponent is low enough you can swap to it and kill

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I do wish pterosaurs that don’t bleed could be more useful in the Arena.