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Dinosaur of the Day #44 - Einiosaurus

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Einiosaurus (“Buffalo Lizard”) was a member of the Ceratopsian family, highly successful plant-eating animals from the Late Cretaceous. While many members of this family are known for having hard neck frills, spikes, and horns, the Einiosaurus was one of the most remarkable of the ceratopsians with its nose horn that looked like a giant can opener.

Looking at an Einiosaurus from the front, the most impressive feature would have been the horn growing on its short snout. This horn was long and narrow, and curved down and directly ahead of the animal. Behind the head was a bone frill that contained two large spikes sticking up from the top. This would present a formidable appearance for any predators approaching Einiosaurus.

Bone-bed evidence indicates that Ceratopsae moved in single-species herds, unlike other herbivorous dinosaurs who appear to have traveled in mixed herds. This may mean that Einiosaurus had defensive herd behavior, shielding the young inside the herd by forming a circle whenever danger threatened.

The major controversy concerning the Ceratopsae is the way in which they stood. It is not clear if they had an upright posture like elephants, or a sprawling posture like lizards. The more upright posture would indicate greater speed in relation to predator dinosaurs, but would require the Ceratopsae to have narrow rib cages. A sprawling posture would allow for a bigger rib cage that was more common among herbivores, but would make the animals slower and more vulnerable to attack. The horns and spikes were not of much use as defensive weapons.

Rarity: Common.
Tier: Scavenger.
Health: 4500.
Damage: 1400.
Speed: 114.
Defence: 15%
Critical chance: 5%

DNA can be used for: Einiasuchus.

Greater Stunning Impact.
Strike.

So, thoughts on this dinosaur? 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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Einiosaurus is one of the starting dinosaurs and while it will do you good to start with it doesn’t hold up later on. In my opinion, you’ll want to use it’s DNA to create the hybrid Einiosuchus rather than continue to level Einiosaurus.

Is this still one of the three starting dinosaurs?

I used it very early on (I think most people did, didn’t they?) but as soon as I reached level 5, I used the DNA for Einia. I believe Einio is my lowest levelled dinosaur these days.

As a starting dinosaur, she is good at least. But as anything else, her hybrid works better.

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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: Common.
Tier: Hatchling.
Health: 4200.
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 111.
Defence: 15%
Critical chance: 5%

Decelerating Strike.
Regeneration.
Swap in Stunning Strike.

Since launch Einiosaurus has had a slight downturn in her stats but a great overhaul in abilities. I think she has improved a lot. However, I find it odd that every other ceratopsian received Dig In but poor Einiosaurus didn’t.

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Artist: Anthony James Huntchings

Rarity: Common.
Tier: Hatchling.
Health: 3600.
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 110.
Defence: 15%
Critical chance: 5%

Resilient Strike.
Heal.
Swap-In Stunning Strike.

Einiosaurus has seen an unfortunate and hefty decrease in health otherwise she is mostly the same stat wise. The health drop seems necessary but probably brings her in line with other Common rarity dinosaurs. Her abilities have not really changed following the 2.0 update. She has improved through by becoming a resilient creature as she can now remove dodge effects. Einisosaurus is a nice starter dinosaur but ultimately a DNA farm for Einiasuchus.

Einiosaurus is not Raid material in the slightest.

What are your thoughts on Einiosaurus after the 2.0 update and how would you use her now?

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Underrated common. Not a bottom tier creature in the slightest. Anything with swap-in stunning strike should never be in a bottom tier

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I agree. She certainly isn’t that low even for a Common rarity creature. Her damage may be low to average but with that healing as well, she should do okay.

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