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Dinosaur of the Day #135 - Tupandactylus

Tupandactylus (meaning “Tupan Finger”), a large tapejarid from Brazil’s Crato Formation of 112 million years ago, got a small cameo role in the critically acclaimed 1999 BBC miniseries Walking with Dinosaurs but under a different name. At the time, a member of its species, named Tupandactylus navigans, was described as a species of Tapejara. So was the other known Tupandactylus species, T. imperator. The species T. navigans was not even described until 2003, thereby adding to the slight confusion that ensued. On the show the genus is clearly shown with a tall keratinous crest, a feature which is correct enough.

The type species T. imperator was named by Campos and Kellner in 1997 as a species of Tapejara, on the basis of a holotype skull and partial lower jaw. Tapejara navigans on the other hand was renamed in 2007 by David Unwin and colleagues.

They called it Ingridia, but the name did not work since they called the animal Ingridia imperator rather than Ingridia navigans and there were further complications down the road for the publishers. It was only four years later that it was reclassified as a member of the genus Tupandactylus.

We know that Tupandactylus had a keratinous crest thanks to the bony extensions at the back of the skull. Also, a small beak of keratin occurred at the front of the jaws while pycnofibers covered the rest of the face and body.

As for its habits, it lived alongside other pterosaurs like Arthurdactylus and Brasileodactylus in the lagoon environment of the Crato Formation. It could have been a fruit-eater, using its short, deep jaws to pluck and crush the fruits of plants such as cycads (which are toxic, but we haven’t a clue of the animals’ resistance so this is speculation) and perhaps flowering plants. On the other hand, it might have had a generalized diet, adding small animals to supplement its diet. They may have used their crest as identifying markers within the species and also between other kinds of pterosaur. A big Tupandactylus would have had a wingspan up to 5 meters across.

Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Survivour.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 820.
Speed: 126
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

DNA can be used to create: Dimodactylus.

Defence Shattering Strike.
Impact and Run.
Short Defence.
Armour Piercing Counter.

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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Like most pterosaurs in JWA Tupandactylus isn’t very good. While it has an okay speed and health, it suffers from a lack of defence and damage output.

Well, 2 things
1: in finally going to keep on drawing
2: it isn’t great UNLESS it is with boots!

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But is it worth spending boosts on though?

Just like with Pteranodon, probably

Well, Dimodactylus is a good swap in bleeder,but otherwise, useless.

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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: Survivour.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 820.
Speed: 126
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Defence Shattering Strike.
Short Defence.
Impact and Run.
Swap in Ferocity.
Armour Piercing Counter.

The only change to Tupandactylus presently is an addition of Swap in Ferocity. This helps it briefly but after two turns the damage drops back to it’s original lowness. I suppose coupled with Impact and Run, she has more usefulness than when she was first introduced to the game but does it make her worthwhile including her on a team?

What are your thoughts on this pterosaur in the current game?

I don’t use it any more than I use its hybrid. It has a nice moveset for a rare, but the pitiful damage and health just holds it back.

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Health seems okay but the damage is way too low to be worth considering. Sadly, she is another creature that has been relegated to being a DNA farm for a hybrid.

The Pterosaurs need buffs. The only Pterosaur thing that’s really good is Quetzorion since it has Pteraquetzal in it.

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Artist Unknown

Rarity: Rare.
Tier: TBA.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 950.
Speed: 126
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Defence Shattering Strike.
Short Defence.
Impact and Run.
Swap in Ferocity.
Armour Piercing Counter.

Tupandactlus has gained a small amount of damage but otherwise her stats remain unchanged. Her abilities have not changed either. Personally I feel that Tupandactlus needs a decent buff, mainly in damage which is way too low. Right now I find her unusable even as other pterosaurs are getting some use, weak as they are. Tupandactlus is unfortunately just a DNA farm for Dimodactylus.

Tupandactlus has no role in Raids or tournaments as far a I can see.

What are your thoughts on Tupandactlus after recent updates and how would you use her now?

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I can’t recall a time when I actually used her for anything… Which is sad, since she has a good kit.

I think ALL the pterosaurs need buffing in this game.

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Agreed but the question is how do you buff them? They are meant to be a support creature after all not a front line. How do you make them worthwhile while keeping them in that role?

Rarity: Rare.
Tier: Survivour.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 950.
Speed: 126
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Defence Shattering Strike.
Short Defence.
Impact and Run.
Swap in Ferocity.
Armour Piercing Counter.

Tupandactlus has not changed since the last time I updated her entry. Unfortunately she continues to need a stat buff, at least up to 1000. It’s a small updated but it would help. Right now Tupandactlus is not playable or at the very least, there are better options. Tupandactlus remains a DNA farm, but now at least, she has two hybrids to create.

What are your thoughts on Tupandactlus after the recent update?

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oh boy, what a mess most of the counter attacker pteros are, but i’ll fix them. Slow immunity will make them 100% better with a slight attack buff to 1150 and hp to 3750. Counter attack becomes defense shattering counter attack, some sorta of shielding/buffing move that does dmg 1x instead of short defense. overall, this give tupa much needed attack, health, and stats to do anything

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Artist: Sergey Krasovskiy

Rarity: Rare.
Tier: Survivour.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 950.
Speed: 126
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Defence Shattering Strike.
Short Defence.
Impact and Run.
Swap in Ferocity.
Armour Piercing Counter.

Resistance to vulnerable (25%).

The 2.9 update has given Tupandactylus a small resistance to vulnerable attacks. I don’t think it’s high enough to make any real difference to her usefulness though.