We continue our series of previews from the DC HeroClix: Superman/Wonder Woman set with another look at an Olympian god who is a recurring antagonist of Wonder Woman. Please welcome the lord of the Underworld, Hades!
Hades has a hefty point cost of 235 points but comes packed with powers, abilities and traits that make him a force to be reckoned with. Hades can shoot a single target up to 10 squares away and has an Improved Targeting ability called There Is No Hiding From Me, which lets him ignore hindering terrain when he draws a line of fire. Hades also has the Indomitable combat symbol, which lets him use Willpower to ignore pushing damage, and has the Mystics team ability to dish out some damage to an opponent who manages to hurt him.
Hades’ shares the same Divine Aura trait found on other godly characters in the Superman/Wonder Woman set which was first previewed on Hermes. Divine Aura prevents opposing players from targeting Hades with Outwit or Probability Control unless that opponent has a higher point value than Hades or has the Deity keyword. Hades has a second trait called Defy Me At Your Peril which messes with opposing characters that have a “stop click” special power. When a special power that would stop the dial from turning is revealed on an opposing character’s dial, its controller must choose to either deal 1 unavoidable damage to the character or modify Hades’ combat values by +1 for the rest of the game.
The last of Hades’ traits is called Doom’s Doorway Swings Both Ways and comes into play when a non-bystander character is KO’d. If the KO’d character was 100 points or less, a Suffering Soul bystander is placed adjacent to Hades. If the character is over 100 points, a Heroic Soul bystander is placed instead. Here’s a closer look at both bystanders:
Hades has a strong set of combat values, with attack numbers that never drop below 10 and damage values that never fall below 3. Hades also has an appropriate mix of standard powers that includes Phasing/Teleport, Pulse Wave, Impervious, and Probability Control on his top two clicks. He then switches to Running Shot, Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Invulnerability and Outwit on his next two clicks. Hades’ next two clicks feature Sidestep, Steal Energy, and more Invulnerability and Outwit. Finally, Hades ends his dial with two clicks of Phasing/Teleport, Steal Energy, Regeneration, and Probability Control.
At 235 points, Hades would make up most of your force in lower-point matches but leaves plenty of room for a resource and/or a low-cost teammate or two. On his own, Hades has enough tricks up his sleeves to make a match engaging. For theme team building purposes, Hades has the Deity, Mystical and Ruler keywords.
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