By EX standards, he is a mediocre Melee Fighter, albeit one with a powerful Main Ability and Cover, which not many EX Fighters have access to.
Lastly, his Special Move is teachable to Shallot at Friendship Level 2 so if nothing else, he’s worth the grind for that.
Ki Restore Main Ability
While his stats are now outdated, one thing has remained certain – his Main Ability is still an incredibly powerful tempo play. The instant Ki Restore can not only help him chain Combos longer than average Combos but can directly assist his Teammates as well.
Bad Ability Priorities
The biggest problem with this Fighter is his lack of Focus. His stats, held Arts Cards, Unique Ability, and Extra Move point towards Melee but his Z-Ability and Special Move specifically Buff Blast.
And while his Strike stat is in the lead, overall his stats are pretty uniform. To add insult to injury, his Z-Ability is locked to Red Fighters, even though EX Android #17 RED would otherwise be much better suited to an Android Tagged Team.
Cover is really great for Tanks or Offensive Fighters who can take a few hits, but EX Android #17 RED is neither.
Since this Ability adds 3 timer counts onto his substitution timer, it also creates an active discouragement not to use him for a cover change.
The Android Tag has found itself in and out of Meta relevance with sky-high Team bonuses and Fighters with synergetic, and sometimes anti-Meta kits.
EX Android #17 RED is hard to fit on the Team though, as his color-locked Z-ability means eschewing stronger Android Z-Ability support, which Androids have no shortage of.
Red Color Counter
This is likely where he Synergizes best due to his Z-Ability. The Red Element has a lot of powerful Fighters, but too many are Defense Style, so adding in another Melee Fighter would certainly be beneficial.