Greetings HeroClix Fans!
We are pleased to begin our official previews of the upcoming release of DC HeroClix: Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes with none other than the Lord of Apokolips himself! Long hailed as the embodiment of evil, this despotic ruler has challenged not only the Man of Steel throughout his career, but has also plagued the Legion of Super-Heroes more than one thousand years later! We are of course speaking of Darkseid!
Darkseid is powerful enough to shake even the mightiest of heroes’ resolve, and this figure certainly delivers on that threat! The first thing we can see is that Darkseid possesses the Improved Targeting ability, and can ignore hindering terrain, outdoor blocking terrain, and characters for line of fire purposes, and may even make ranged attacks when adjacent to an opposing character! The Omega Beams are one of the most feared weapons in Darkseid’s arsenal and this definitely represents their versatility!
Darkseid also possesses two traits: the first, For Darkseid! allows friendly characters (not named Darkseid) with the Apokolips keyword to modify their attack and damage by +1 if they have one action token. The second trait, Lord of Apokolips, allows Darkseid to reduce penetrating damage! If that weren’t enough, Lord of Apokolips also makes Darkseid’s powers uncounterable provided he did not use Outwit during his last turn!
As we look at Darkseid’s combat dial, we can see that he is playable at three different point values: 350 points, 300 points, and 200 points. At the top if his dial, and at the 350 point value, Darkseid begins play with the Boom Tube Technology special power: if Darkseid has no action tokens he can use Running Shot and the Improved Movement ability (ignoring characters). But if Darkseid happens to have one action token, he can instead use Phasing/ Teleport and then make a ranged combat attack as a free action once his initial action resolves!
Darkseid alternates between Super Strength and Penetrating/Psychic Blast for almost his entire dial, allowing the Lord of Apokolips the option of dirtying his fists upon his foes or blasting them for penetrating damage. Outwit rounds out Darkseid’s early-dial (but remember, if you don’t use Outwit, Darkseid’s powers cannot be countered!)
Early- to mid-dial, Darkseid’s 300 point starting line introduces the Bow Before Darkseid special power. Bow Before Darkseid grants Darkseid the use of both Outwit and Leadership. However, when Darkseid uses Leadership, he may remove up to two tokens from an adjacent friendly figure , but if he does that figure is dealt one unavoidable damage at the end of the turn!
Mid- to late-dial, we see Darkseid’s final starting line. Despite this being his lowest starting value, Darkseid loses very little potency at 200 points as brings his Boom Tube Technology and Bow Before Darkseid special powers, as well as a great mix of Penetrating/Psychic Blast, Super Strength, Outwit and Phasing/Teleport to the board.
Defensively, Darkseid alternates throughout most of his dial between Impervious and Invulnerability, while late-dial some Toughness and then finally Regeneration round out the dial.
Darkseid possesses the Apokolips, Ruler, and Warrior keywords and while this may limit his theme team potential somewhat, Darkseid is sure to bring the pain to any force he is included on thanks to his aggressive combat values and power selection. After all, Darkseid IS.
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