Greetings HeroClix Fans!
We head to the Neutral Zone for today’s bonus preview from the Star Trek HeroClix: Tactics II and board a Romulan vessel whose commander attempted to defect to the United Federation of Planets in order to avert a war. We are pleased to bring you the R.I.S. Vo!
Commanded by the legendary Admiral Alidar Jarok, the R.I.S. Vo comes in at 50 points and has the Romulan Star Empire team ability, which reads: “Before the beginning of the first turn, choose a keyword possessed by an opposing ship for all friendly ships with this team ability; damage dealt by ships using this team ability to ships with the chosen keyword cannot be reduced to less than 1.” The Romulan Star Empire team ability can’t be copied (but works great with the I.R.W. N’Ventnar from the Star Trek Tactics II Starter set!).
Like many Romulan spacecraft, the R.I.S. Vo has a cloaking device (represented as Stealth on its opening click) to travel unseen past opposing ships. Even when cloaked, the R.I.S. Vo is a deadly enemy and can attack with a disruptor strike (Penetrating/Psychic Blast) from six squares away. If an opposing ship manages to fire at the R.I.S. Vo, it may find its attack evaded thanks to Super Senses on the Romulan ship’s first two clicks.
Once the R.I.S. Vo is off its top click, it drops Stealth in favor of a special power that showcases the ship’s speed and maneuverability. With Agile Scout, when the R.I.S. Vo makes a ranged combat attack, after actions resolve it may immediately be given a move action as a free action. Agile Scout appears for the remainder of the R.I.S. Vo’s dial.
Mid-dial, the R.I.S. Vo switches defensively from being a mere cloaked target to being a ship that’s simply difficult to attack, thanks to the defensive boost granted by Energy Shield/Explosion. Energy Shield/Explosion occupies the R.I.S. Vo’s defense slot for its last three clicks.
Finally, Penetrating/Psychic Blast reappears on the last two clicks of the R.I.S. Vo’s dial allowing it to bypass its target’s shields with precision shots.
At only 50 points, he R.I.S. Vo makes a viable choice as a secondary or tertiary attacker and has the Romulan and Spy keywords to aid in theme team building. And like all the ships found in the initial Star Trek Tactics HeroClix release, the R.I.S. Vo is fully 100% HeroClix PAC and Rules compatible!
Thanks for reading! Please join us again soon as we reveal more secrets from the Star Trek HeroClix: Tactics II set, due out in stores everywhere January 2013!