Despite many talk about powercreep, I wanted to talk about a certain group of creatures that have gotten barely any recognition whatsoever, and are complete garbage for no reason. And these creatures are Nodopatosaurus and all of its hybrids. These guys have really good potential as flock destroyers, and could save the meta if ludia felt like buffing them. However, ludia doesn’t.
Nodopatosaurus: This creature has amazing bulk, being 4800 health with 30% armor. This is a total bulk of about 6857, which is amazing. However, this creature hasn’t been given the right moves to make it useful, and its moveset hasn’t been changed in a very long time despite its flaws. Group Decelerating Strike and Taunting Rampage are some of the worst moves in the game, and Nodopato could’ve easily been given Group Decelerating Impact, Decelerating Rampage, Resilient Impact/Rampage, or something along those lines. However, this creature’s current damage output causes it to lose to even Cunning creatures, which is embarrassing.
Nodopatotitan: Overall, this creature is pretty mediocre. Its two biggest flaws are lack of group damage and lack of a rampage attack. There is absolutely no excuse as to why Nodotitan shouldn’t have these, and it would make this creature miles better.
Stegodeus: This creature seems pretty good, having great bulk and a decent moveset. So why is it lacking? Well, this thing has NO RESISTANCES WHATSOEVER. This creature would benefit greatly from immunity to speed decrease and vulnerability, as well as some distract resistance, but this “stegosaur god” gets absolutely nothing.
Gigaspikasaur: Gigaspika is by far the worst of the Nodopato hybrids. Why exactly? Well first, this creature’s ingredients have 4800 health and 5250 health. Gigaspika has 4350! This gives it even worse bulk than Nodopato. If its bulk isn’t that good compared to Nodopato, it should have some good resistances and abilities, right? Nope. Its moveset is very similar, but only slightly better than Nodopato’s, and it has absolutely no resistances whatsoever.
Ludia really needs to focus on buffing these guys rather than giving slight nerfs to flocks until they’re balanced. It’s both an easier solution and something new to make the stale meta interesting.