Greeting HeroClix Fans!
Today we preview another character from the upcoming DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super Heroes set, Validus! Let’s see if he’s a validating experience!
Validus is another villain from the 30th century who plagues the Legion of Super Heroes with fellow members of the Fatal Five and the Legion of Super Villains. Validus has two point values, 249 and 175 respectively; we’ll start at his 249-point value.
Validus has the trait Monstrous Body that states Validus can use Super Strength and can’t be targeted by Penetrating/Psychic Blast. At the beginning of your turn, roll a d6, and on a result of 4-6, Validus can immediately use Pulse Wave as a free action with a locked damage value of 2, ignoring friendly characters. That’s an amazing trait, the only thing missing is free parking validation! If Validus does roll the 4-6, with his 8 range halved to 4, that gives him a 9 x 9 area to deal 2 damage from Pulse Wave to opposing characters.
Validus starts with Charge, Quake, and Impervious on his top click. With the Giant combat symbol, he can Charge up to 6 squares, and make a close combat action within another 2 squares using Quake or an object using Super Strength. He has just the one click of Charge at his top 3 clicks at 249 points, and doesn’t gain it again until clicks 7 and 8. He transitions to Flurry for clicks 2 and 3.
Click 4, or Validus’ starting 175-point click, shows he is not tied down for options as he is dangerous for close or range attacks. He starts this click with Running Shot, Invulnerable, and the special power Brain Bolts that says Validus can use Penetrating/Psychic Blast. When an opposing character with an action token takes damage from Validus’s attack, give that character an action token. Notice the second part of that power, it says from his attack. If you roll a 4-6 for his trait and attack with Pulse Wave, give those characters an action token if they have one already, and any close or ranged attack as well.
Validus has Indomitable, so don’t worry about pushing him, and once again, with his trait, he may potentially attack with Pulse Wave as a free action even with 2 tokens on him. He has the Calculator team ability as well, so make sure you have some other characters to copy team abilities from. Alternatively, you can use the Legion Lost Additional Team Ability (ATA) that allows once at the beginning of the game, if no character on your force possesses a team ability that isn’t a wild card team ability, choose any one DC team ability other than an additional team ability, a wild card team ability, or a team ability that can’t be used by wild cards. Characters using this team ability are not wild cards and can use the chosen team ability if they can’t already.
We hope it was a validating experience for you, and we hope you’re around for next week’s preview of DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super Heroes!