Greetings HeroClix Fans, and welcome back as we bring you another exciting preview from the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble set! Today we bring you a character whose identity has been adopted by multiple heroes for times when secrecy was needed. Please welcome the mysterious Ronin!
A Super Rare in the Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble set, Ronin has a point value of 109 points. Ronin’s power set makes him ideal for close combat situations but his printed range of 4 squares and 1 target will come in handy against unwary opponents. Ronin hits the battlefield with an Improved Movement ability called Masterless Samurai, which lets him ignore hindering terrain when he moves.
Ronin also comes into play with a trait called Need to be Someone Else For a While, which plays off the character’s multiple identities. Need to be Someone Else For a While makes Ronin a wild card, which means he can use any team ability possessed by any friendly character on the battlefield. Additionally, if you give Ronin a Free action you may replace him with any character named Blade, Echo, Hawkeye, Moon Knight or Red Guardian. The replacement character must be of equal or lesser points than Ronin and enters play on the same click number as Ronin.
Moving on to Ronin’s dial, we see that his first two clicks feature the same layout of powers. Blades/Claws/Fangs is in his attack slot and Exploit Weakness is in his damage slot.
Ronin’s speed slot features one of his two special powers, Ninja Training. Ninja Training lets Ronin use Charge, Flurry and Stealth. Charge and Flurry are a popular combination in HeroClix and work together with Blades/Claws/Fangs, giving Ronin the potential to dish out a lot of damage from using all three powers. Stealth makes for a handy power for Ronin since you’ll want to get close to an opponent for attacks while keeping hindered lines of fire to him blocked – and don’t forget that Ronin’s Masterless Samurai Improved Movement ability means he won’t be slowed when he moves through hindering terrain.
Ronin’s second special power, Multi-faceted Hero, appears in his defense slot and lets him use Toughness and Willpower.
Mid-dial, Ronin drops Blades/Claws/Fangs in favor of a three-click run of Precision Strike, and Exploit Weakness steps aside for Outwit. Blades/Claws/Fangs returns on Ronin’s last two clicks. In his speed slot, Ronin ends his dial with Leap/Climb while defensively he uses Super Senses to protect himself before resuming the use of Multi-faceted Hero.
To aid you in themed team-building, Ronin has the Avengers and Martial Artist keywords but makes for a viable addition to many teams with his aggressive power set and combat values. The key to Ronin’s Need to be Someone Else For a While trait is in knowing when to pull the trigger to replace him with Blade, Echo, Hawkeye, Moon Knight or Red Guardian.
That’s all for this sneak peek at the upcoming Marvel HeroClix: Avengers Assemble set! Stay tuned as we reveal more exciting characters in the days and weeks to come!