Thanks for joining us again as we bring you another exciting preview from our upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron Storyline Organized Play series! Today we take a look at another of Hank Pym’s costumed identities, this one following his stint as Giant-Man. Please welcome Goliath!
Goliath can be played at 140, 100 or 50 points and has the Morph: Many Identities trait that both Hank Pym and Ant-Man possess. You’ll want to note that Goliath’s version of Morph: Many Identities has an additional sentence which requires you to use his blue click numbers for the trait.
Here’s Goliath’s character card and dial:
Now, let’s take a closer look at Goliath’s second trait, Enhanced Growth Potential, and his special power, Trample.
The first sentence of Enhanced Growth Potential reads, “Give Goliath a free action and until your next turn he has .” Goliath normally has the damage combat symbol, which lets him use the Giant Reach and Great Size abilities. For newer HeroClix players, Giant Reach lets Goliath use the Carry ability and it adds 1 to its d6 roll when breaking away. Additionally, when Goliath is given an action that includes a close combat attack, all squares within line of fire and a range of 2 are considered adjacent.
With Enhanced Growth Potential, Goliath can replace his damage combat symbol with the damage symbol, which drops Giant Reach and adds the Colossal Stamina ability. With Colossal Stamina, Goliath automatically breaks away and can make ranged combat attacks against any opposing characters within range and line of fire, even if those characters are in adjacent squares. Additionally, when Goliath has two action tokens Colossal Stamina allows him to still be given a non-free action; however, after actions resolve he’ll be dealt 1 unavoidable damage and does not clear action tokens at the end of the turn.
The second sentence of Enhanced Growth Potential reads, “When he does and he makes a close combat attack, he considers all squares within 3 squares and line of fire as adjacent.” This improves upon the condition in Giant Reach that allows Goliath to treat all squares within line of fire and a range of 2 as adjacent when making close combat attacks by extending the effect to 3 squares. This addition to Enhanced Growth Potential will come in handy as we move to our breakdown of Goliath’s Trample special power.
Trample appears in the speed slot on clicks 1, 3 and 4 of Goliath’s dial. The first sentence reads, “Goliath can use Charge.” On Goliath’s Trample clicks, his speed value is either 10 or 9, so his Charge movement will be five squares. If you give Goliath a free action through Enhanced Growth Potential to replace his damage combat symbol to the damage symbol prior to using Charge, after he halves his movement he may then make a close combat attack and treat all squares within 3 squares and line of fire as adjacent.
But wait, there’s more with Trample! The second sentence reads, “When he does and moves in a direct line, after actions resolve, he may make an additional close combat attack targeting all opposing characters whose square he moved through but didn’t already target with an attack this turn.” The Great Size ability, which is granted by the and damage combat symbols, lets characters ignore opposing characters’ Plasticity. It also lets them ignore elevated terrain, hindering terrain, outdoor blocking terrain when moving, and they may move through squares adjacent to or occupied by opposing characters. With Trample, if Goliath moves in a direct line and there were opposing characters in his path, after actions resolve he may make an additional close combat attack targeting all those characters if he didn’t already target them with an attack this turn.
Finally, the last line of Trample reads, “For this attack, each hit character is dealt 3 damage.” Super Strength is paired with Trample on Goliath’s dial so the main target of your Charge attack can eat some extra damage if you hit with an object. However, the opposing characters in Goliath’s Trample path will only be dealt 3 damage, which is still enough to get through most damage-reducing powers.
Goliath is included in the first wave of Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron tournament boosters and should be a welcome addition to any force, particularly those that are built around the Avengers and/or Scientist keywords. Goliath is a nice option for players who wish to take advantage of the Morph: Many Identities trait and should knock around plenty of opponents with his Enhanced Growth Potential trait and Trample special power.
That’s all for this sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Age of Ultron SLOP set! Stay tuned as we reveal more exciting characters in the days and weeks to come!