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Dinosaur of the Day #98 - Purussaurus

Purussaurus is an extinct prehistoric crocodile which lived approximately 8 million years ago during the Late Miocene Period. It was first discovered during the late 19th century and was named in 1892 by João Barbosa Rodrigues. This prehistoric caiman was named after the Purus River in Brazil – which is where it was first discovered.

If you’ve seen Purussaurus pictures, then you probably know this is a crocodile you wouldn’t want to meet. It was about 35 feet long – twice as long as a saltwater crocodile and it weighed around 3 tons, making it about twice as heavy as one as well. It had a large tail which it could swat animals with and had loads of razor-sharp teeth in its 5-foot long skull. It not only looked like a larger version of modern crocodiles but it also probably moved as fast as one. It has been estimated that Purussaurus probably could have moved at a speed of about 16 miles per hour in the water.

While it was a ferocious predator and was fairly large, it was pretty small as compared to the truly giant crocodiles that have lived on this planet. Both Sarcosuchus and Deinosuchus would have made these crocodiles look small by comparison. Of course, those 2 crocodiles each lived in different areas and during different periods of time, so they wouldn’t have met. Sarcosuchus lived in Africa during the Early Cretaceous Period and Deinosuchus lived in North America during the Late Cretaceous Period. Purussaurus lived in South America – particularly the Amazon area – during the Late Miocene Period. None of these crocodiles would have come into contact with each other.

One of the most interesting facts about Purussaurus, however, is that it probably didn’t just live off of fish and land animals. It probably had a very rounded omnivorous diet. Sure, it ate fish and shellfish that existed in the area, but it also lived off of carrion and may have even eaten vegetation that grew around the rivers and creeks it inhabited.

Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Survivour.
Health: 4200.
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 112.
Defence: 10%
Critical chance: 5%

Ferocious Impact.
Lockdown Impact.
Vulnerability 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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I don’t think I have ever faced this in the Arena. It just isn’t very good and as there is no hybrid for it, it’s pointless to bother leveling up (although I do have mine to 14th for some reason).

Component is hard to find,considered as trash by metahub even if i would like to face some just for the variety…
But this is the actual game sickness.
I overleveled his gen 2 brother and well…this family is useless

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I’ve seen this dino in the arena before… When people are dropping. Really isn’t that great, to say the least.

I’m surprised the game added the prehistoric Peruvian caiman to the game, I’m proud of it

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I did fight it a couple of times in Badlands

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Crocodiles need a buff overall and a new passive could be added something like trap or other name who fits it better ( automatically pin down the enemy no escape unless the crocodile dies

The 1.7 updated increased her damage from 1000 to 1140. A big hefty boost really.

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I think I’ve seen a full skeleton of a Purussaurus in a natural museum nearby my house

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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: Beta.
Health: 4500.
Damage: 1170.
Speed: 112.
Defence: 10%
Critical chance: 5%

Vulnerability Strike.
Lockdown Impact.
Ferocious Impact.
No Escape.

Originally not considered that great, Purussaurus has seen an increase in both health and damage. The addition of a very good hybrid, Purutaurus, and the No Escape ability have made it more desirable but is it still worth it outside of that hybrid? Personally, I say no. She is a one trick pony, designed to be a permanent lockdown but frequently when you are not that fast nor that damaging, lockdown can often be a detriment.

What are your thoughts on this giant crocodile in the current game? :crocodile:

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Rarity: Rare.
Metahub Tier: Beta.
Health: 4500.
Damage: 1000.
Speed: 111.
Defence: 15%
Critical chance: 5%

Vulnerability Strike.
Binding Impact.
Ferocious Impact.
No Escape.

Purussaurus has lost some health and a point of speed but gained a small defence increase. Her abilities have not changed that much - I don’t remember the deference between binding and lockdown. Unfortunately I still think she is lacking something when compared to other Rare creatures. I cannot see why you would field Purussaurus. Instead she’ll most likely remain a DNA farm for Purutaurus.

I cannot see anyone playing Purussaurus in a Raid battle. Maybe in tournaments but not Raids,

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

I liked it as a newbie because it could counter t rex, which it still can, and yes I thought T-Rex was way OP at one point.

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Yes, like anything, they are good for starting players but like so many, they get left to the wayside when better are discovered.