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Dinosaur of the Day #171 - Kelenken

Although not certain,‭ ‬Kelenken is a strong contender for the tallest‭ ‘‬terror bird‭’ (‬phorusrhacid‭) ‬known.‭ ‬This has seen Kelenken firmly placed within the Phorusrhacinae sub group of terror birds,‭ ‬and its remains suggest that it had a more gracile build when compared to the Brontornithinae group that contains large but more robust members such as Brontornis and Paraphysornis.

Not much material is known for Kelenken and much of its reconstruction depends upon comparison with other phorusrhacids of similar size and build,‭ ‬something that has resulted in a great variation of size quotations for this bird.‭ ‬Kelenken does however have quite a well preserved skull that at seventy-one centimetres long is currently the largest known skull for a terror bird,‭ ‬something that is seen to suggest a comparatively large body size.‭ ‬The tarsometatarsus is forty-five centimetres long.‭ ‬This bone was part of the modified foot that would have given the terror bird a digitigrade stance which would have increased the length of the lower leg.

Kelenken has a variety of killing techniques attributed to it,‭ ‬and these included using the hook tip of its large beak to inflict penetrating strikes against critical areas of its prey,‭ ‬to violently shaking small prey in its beak to even throwing it against the ground to kill and break its bones before swallowing.‭ ‬Kelenken probably also scavenged carcasses when able,‭ ‬but the phorusrhacids in general seem to have been visually orientated animals with underdeveloped senses of smell.‭ ‬This leans more towards a trend of active predation rather than a reliance upon scavenging.‭ ‬The more gracile build of Kelenken also suggests a greater reliance of speed over power when tackling prey and it seems that Phorusrhacinae phorusrhacids like Kelenken were capable of higher and prolonged speeds over their more heavily built brethren.

The first Kelenken remains were discovered in‭ ‬1999‭ ‬by Guillermo Aguirrezabala near the village of Comallo.‭ ‬After the recovery the remains went on display in a museum in the city of Bariloche,‭ ‬but it was not until several years later that they were realised to be a completely new genus.‭ ‬The new genus was named after a god in local mythology while the species name was in honour of the discoverer of the remains.‭

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Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: TBA.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1500.
Speed: 131.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Sidestep.
Raking Claws.
Evasive Strike.
Swap in Dodge.
Immune to Deceleration.

So, thoughts on this megafauna? 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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Thanks to my Alliance, I have finally managed to collect this bird but haven’t had chance to field her yet. Looks good though.

I still don’t have it, nor have I seen it. But I’m sure it’ll get a hybrid soon.

I have found about 5 of these in the wild but it’s so far from team level, can’t wait for a static level tournament to try it in. As a non hybrid it seems pretty good but like most creatures not quite good enough to boost

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I’ve found a few of these in the wild. Like Creative_Screen_name, I’m just waiting for the right tournament to try it.

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I think it will get a Unique Hybrid combining with Phorusaura.

That’s what I was thinking, it would be a cool way to introduce a Unique flightless bird.

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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: 2700.
Damage: 1230.
Speed: 131.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Sidestep.
Raking Claws.
Evasive Stance.
Swap in Dodge.
Immune to Deceleration.

Kelenken has seen a drop in both health and damage since her appearance but otherwise remains the same. Immediately obvious that she is a huge improvement over Phorosracos. Although better I don’t find her all that great. Having played both birds I find them wanting something extra, that little extra punch. I think most will feel the same. Maybe she is better in lower levels of the Arena but now after the 1.14 update I think she’ll end up a DNA farm for her new hybrid, Grylenken.

What are your thoughts on this giant cenozoic bird in the current game?


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Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Alpha Low.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1500.
Speed: 131.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Sidestep.
Raking Claws.
Evasive Strike.
Swap in Dodge.

Resistance to damage over time (100%)

Kelenken has received an increase in health and damage. Everything remains the same, including her abilities. Even with those stat increases I still find that Kelenken needs something else to make her useful. She probably remains good at lower levels of the Arena but she is a little bit of a disappointment. She’ll remain a DNA farm for her hybrid instead I think.

I can’t see Kelenken being much use in Raid battles. She just doesn’t have the abilities suitable for such battles. She may be fair enough in appropriate tournaments though.

What are your thoughts on Kelenken after 2.0 and how would you use her now?

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Got a really nice buff. 1700 attack is pretty terrifying. Especially with 131 speed. Set up with it and a large majority of creatures are dead when they come in (smilodon, stigymoloch, erlidom, and so on)

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Thinking the same thing. Kelenken is going to be a big threat in eligible tournaments.

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When i have played her following 2.0 she just did not perform well, which is why I kinda feel that why.

Tournaments I think are a different thing and she’ll do good there.