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Dinosaur of the Day #70 - Maiasaura

Maiasaura is a large, herbivore that lived 65 to 80 million years ago during the late Cretaceous Period. This dinosaur was first discovered in 1979 by Jack Horner and Robert Makela in Montana. They then named it Maiasaura—a name which means “caring mother lizard.” They gave this dinosaur that name because they found its fossils in the same area as large fossilized nests.

Maiasaura was approximately 30 feet long, 8 feet tall and probably weighed around 4 tons. It was a duck-billed dinosaur that had a flattened skull and bony crests positioned in front of its eyes. Its beak didn’t have any teeth, but this dinosaur did have cheek teeth—and many sharp ones at that. This would have allowed it to process plant material at a pretty fast pace. Plant material that probably consisted of seed ferns, conifers, gingko and berries. Which is a good thing it could process these plants quickly, because scientists estimate that it took approximately 200 to 250 pounds of plant material daily to keep this dinosaur healthy.

Since this dinosaur was found in what is now known as ‘egg mountain’, paleontologists have concluded that it probably cared for its young. They have also concluded that this mountain was a giant maternity ward because all of the nests were approximately 7 feet apart. If this is true, then this would mean the dinosaurs flocked to this mountain to take care of all of their young at once.

An interesting fact about Maiasaura, is that even though these dinosaurs walked on all fours, it was not as slow as some other herbivores at the same. Some paleontologists have stated that they believe this dinosaur to have been capable of moving at a speed of about 25 miles per hour. This would have allowed it to escape carnivores. It may have also been able to butt predators, much like a rhinoceros, if it got cornered.

Rarity: Epic.
Metahub Tier: Alpha.
Health: 4800.
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 117.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 20%

Impact and Run.
Instant Rampage.
Superiority Strike.
Swap in Stun.

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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Was an interesting read :slight_smile:

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Thank you. :slight_smile:

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I haven’t had this dino long enough to use her, but I do like what I’ve seen. Instant Rampage is pretty rad.

I still haven’t found one of these yet, which is frustrating.

I don’t have this one yet, hopefully I can get it out of this weeks epic incubator.

If you don’t mind me asking, what’s a Rhinoceros?

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Thank you for the write up.

I’ve gotten one but it’s not high enough to use yet. But her moves have alot of potential especially the instant rampage.

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“Muma Maia” GamingBeaver 2015

The 1.7 update reduced Maiasura’s health from 4800 to 4500.

Quite a considerable drop really.


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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: Epic.
Metahub Tier: Alpha High.
Health: 4500.
Damage: 1050.
Speed: 117.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Superiority Strike.
Instant Rampage.
Impact and Run.
Swap in Stun.

Maiasura has seen a huge drop in health and crit chance since she first appeared in the game. Although hard to find originally, there have been plenty opportunities to get her DNA since then. I have yet to use her myself but have on rare occasions faced one in the Arena. I find Maiasura more of a nuisance opponent than actual threat.

I think these days though, Maiasura is more sought after to create her hybrid Phorusaura which is arguably a much better option.

What are your thoughts on this dinosaur?

Did it really had a bigger critical chance?

To be honest when I came to update, I had it down (as you can see) as 20% but no one corrected me on that I don’t remember if that was the case or not. Now it is listed as 5%. It could have been a mistype by me but if so I’m surprised no one commented on it.

Weird, I guess because I got Maia a bunch of updates later explains why I asked that

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Artist: Phil Wilson

Rarity: Epic.
Tier: Alpha High.
Health: 3000.
Damage: 1300.
Speed: 122.
Defence: 0%
Critical chance: 5%

Group Cleansing Strike.
Lesser Group Heal.
Instant Rampage.

Maiasaura has had an unfortunately drop in health but her damage and speed have increased. As for her abilities, she has lost superiority strike in favour of a cleansing attack. She has also lost her swap in stun, which is a little bit of a shame. Although when I use her it is more for the instant rampage which has been buffed under 2,0. I don’t think she has much of a use these days other than a DNA farm for her hybrid, Phorusaura.

I can see her being an entry level Raid healer for lower level players but one soon to be replaced.

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

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She’s great in epic tournaments. But I agree, she’s mostly best used for Phoru leveling, especially since that chicken could get a hybrid anytime soon.

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