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Manticore (Protocol Assimilation)

Article by Soulmuse

Stats

Non-Ringleader stats are determined by Rarity and Growth Factor. The stat range from XS to XL will be shown below. 

Manticores do not gain Dummy Links From Peak Value Analysis, they instead gain stats. All Stats here are at maximum analysis value. 

Level 100 5★ XS -> Level 100 5★ XL

HP 1525→1677 Evasion 74→82
Damage 722→792 Rate of Fire 89→97
Accuracy 109→119 Armor 42→46
Critical Rate 20% Critical Damage 150%
Armor Pen 180 Move Speed 8

Rank Up Cost

Level Petri Dish Rarity
30 100 ★★★
70 150 ★★★★
90 300 ★★★★★

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Skills

Vicious Assault
ICD: 3 Seconds
Next attack will strafe a column centered on target, dealing 2.5x Damage to all enemies hit. (Cooldown: 6 Seconds)
Adaptive Suppression
ICD: 0 Seconds
Release a wave that applies a debuff to enemies. If any enemy is attacking they will not be affected by this wave. Enemies affected cannot be affected again during Skill Cooldown. If in Guard Stance: knock back the enemy and reduce Movement Speed and Rate of Fire 30% for 3 Seconds; if not in Guard Stance, stun enemies for 2.5 Seconds. (Cooldown: 10 Seconds)

Analysis

Let’s get this out of the way first and foremost. You want to raise Manticores. At least two, but extra pairs are a good idea. While EN will never get to experience the glory of Manticores on launch, they are nonetheless an amazingly powerful asset to every single player. The 10 Cost (matching that of almost all Ringleaders) is well worth the price. From the start, Manticores have powerful stats, comparable to Ringleaders, in base Damage, and HP, with additional Armor making them good frontline tanks, as well as Damage dealers and supporters.

You have probably heard about Beach Fairy by now, that elusive Shattered Connexion Ranking reward that provides Knockback and Slow in the form of a Fairy? Imagine then, that instead of a Fairy, this was a deployable unit, that also hits like a truck. You have a Manticore. While they do not knockback as aggressively as the Beach Fairy does, a pair of Manticores can significantly delay the enemy's first shot, with a stronger Movement and Rate of Fire alongside. Further, they will knock back enemies repeatedly over longer battles, provided the enemy is not attacking. This quirk limits the value of follow-up knockback or stuns on the second wave, but doesn’t completely hamstring Manticores' effectiveness. The Stun component of their S2 is less important being a Stun, and Manticore's S1 is a simple, effect AoE attack in a column instead of a radius like most AoEs.

Manticores have a few other odd advantages. Unlike the majority of Coalition units, they are not Linked Based. Instead, Manticores operate more like Ringleaders, a single Unit with an extremely large pool of HP. Without links to lose, Manticores are as effective at Damage dealing at 1 HP as they are at full, as well as taking comparatively less Damage from link-based attacks.

Skill Priority

Vicious Assault
ICD: 3 seconds

Medium-Low Priority

While increasing the Damage Manticore's do is hard to argue with, thanks to an already high Damage stat, this Skill should always be raised second, due to the overwhelming value of Strain Suppression
Adaptive Suppression
ICD: 0 seconds

HIGH Priority

The vale of this Skill is hard to overstate, due to utility of Knockback in various situations. The increased Rate of Fire and Move Speed debuffs are an icing on the cake. While SL5 only nets you a 2 second reduction in cooldown, that is none the less valuable to apply the debuffs just that much faster.

Peak Value Analysis

Dummy Link Effect
1 Damage +60, Accuracy +35, HP +100
2 HP +100, Evasion, +25, Armor +6
3 Damage +120, HP + 100
4 HP + 100, Armor +6, Rate of Fire +20
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