So since the rise of immunities in 1.9, Tenontorex has started to fade a bit. I really love this dino and I think it needs a buff. Ludia has been quite kind to uniques like Mammolania, Smilonemys, Geminititan and dare I say even Quetzorion. These uniques all have an immunity that makes no sense if you look at their genetic makeup! Mammotherium and Meiolania aren’t immune to distraction. Mammolania is. Smiloceph and Carbonemys aren’t immune to deceleration. Smilonemys is. Koolabourgiana and Diplodocus have zero (0) immunities, yet Geminititan is fully immune. I realize Quetzorion just got a major nerf but I don’t care. It has no reason to be immune to distractions. Also, many of the uniques have at least a passive of some kind, like a counter, swap in move or on escape ability. The only 4 without any of these are Diloracheirus, Utarinex, Thor and Tenontorex. The other 3 aren’t as bad as Tenonoto’s situation.
So as you can see, based on its ancestry, Tenontorex should have an immunity and a swap in move. But it doesn’t. I don’t think this would even change that much in the game. Due to its low speed, Tenontorex can’t do much against immunes now. The addition of immunity to distraction and swap in stun wouldn’t change that.
And if y’all want to complain that a distraction-free dsr would “break the game,” go ahead. It’s not like we have Mammolania dealing 4500 damage with no way to escape it.
Tenontorex is still good, but this addition would make it much better. Some revisions would have to happen still. I’d nerf the damage a bit and superiority strike would just become decelerating strike since there wouldn’t be any need to cleanse distractions. So yeah. Tenontorex can be better, and Ludia for some reason still hasn’t done anything to change that.