Galactic Guardians Heroclix Preview

Oathbrother to Thor: Beta Ray Bill

Greetings, HeroClix fans!

For today’s Marvel HeroClix: Galactic Guardians Annihilators Fast Forces pack preview, we visit with a warrior who is among an elite group to have wielded Thor’s enchanted hammer, Mjolnir. Please welcome Thor’s oath brother, Beta Ray Bill!

Beta Ray Bill can be played at either 150 points or 100 points. If Beta Ray Bill is played at 100 points, he begins his dial on click three.

When Beta Ray Bill begins play at his 150-point level, he starts with a special power in his damage slot called Cosmic Storm and Eclipse.  This special power, which only appears on his first two clicks, lowers the speed and attack values of opposing characters by -1 if they possess the Wing speed symbol and are within six squares of Beta Ray Bill.  For friendly characters within six squares that can use Stealth, this power also blocks lines of fire that are drawn to them when it is not your turn!

Beta Ray Bill has the combination of Charge and Super Strength on his first click, which allows him to pick up an object as he closes in for a melee attack and use it to deal extra damage! Defensively, Beta Ray Bill was empowered by Odin and therefore uses Impervious on his first two clicks. As a cyborg, he also has the Indomitable combat ability and can use Willpower to ignore pushing damage. The third and fourth clicks of Beta Ray Bill’s dial are almost identical in their powers, with the exception of Impervious leaving in favor of Invulnerability and Cosmic Storm and Eclipse disappearing altogether.

As we begin the back half of Beta Ray Bill’s dial, we see that Charge is gone and the hammer Stormbreaker takes over in the form of two clicks of Phasing/Teleport. Defensively, Beta Ray Bill’s cyborg body protects him via Toughness for the remainder of his dial.  Beta Ray Bill also gains a special power in his attack slot called Chain Lightning! When Beta Ray Bill uses his range of six to make a ranged combat attack, he can also attack an additional opposing character within three squares and line of fire of his first target. If Beta Ray Bill hits both targets in this manner, the first character is dealt three damage and the second is dealt two damage! You’ll want to note that when using Chain Lightning, the second target doesn’t need to be within Beta Ray Bill’s range or line of fire.

Chain Lightning appears on Beta Ray Bill’s dial for three clicks. On his last two clicks, Phasing/Teleport disappears in favor of Force Blast. You can assign the Whirlwind feat (available under the Print and Play link) to use Force Blast on multiple adjacent enemies!

With a handful of useful keywords (Annihilators, Asgardian, Cosmic, Robot, and Warrior) and two point levels of play, Beta Ray Bill makes a fun and versatile addition to any force!

Thanks for reading! Join us on Wednesday for our next Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Movie sneak peek as we visit with another character with ties to the mighty Thor!