Penelope and… Um. Penelope. - Should You Pull?

GBGW Gunpla Penelope

Pilots!

Today we've got another edition of Should You Pull, brought to you by AetherRose on our discord server at https://discord.gg/JTsv8gX. Check out my assessment of this week's banner below!

 

 

Hey folks! Welcome to the next edition of Should You Pull, by yours truly, everybody except AetherRose! I’m excited to bring this one forward because I’m going to be bundling it with another, admittedly very requested, article, due to it being only one gunpla! In addition, a change is being made: all skills are now being considered at LEVEL 1 (ONE), not Level 10 (Ten), as they previously were! So let’s hop right in and judge poor Penelope for both her looks and her performance, like the terrible boss that I am!

Last week we got 1,100 Haro Chips, and here’s how: 

  • 100 - Login Bonus
  • 350 - Daily Achievements
  • 150 - Event Login
  • 330 - Mission Completion
  • 170 - Arena Participation

Let’s set up some ground rules so you know exactly what to expect and how you should be treating this!

This is entirely my opinion, but I will do my best to justify my opinion and explain to you why I feel a certain way. If at all possible, I’ll use real numbers as well and present an objective outlook before my opinion.

Do not pull on the banner hoping for a single Part. It’s 0.2% for a single Part, which is 50x 10-pulls or 500 pulls. In terms of real money, that’s 5,400 USD. 

SS is considered meta defining, S is meta, A is great, B is average, C is below average, D is considered well below average, and F is awful. Parts are compared to all other Parts as a whole and on how well they synergize with other Parts. This means a 4* and a 3* would be compared to everything as low as a 1* to as high as other 4*s.

There are some notations which aren’t immediately obvious:

An EX Skill with D/B at 21/6 CD means it has a D in Piercing, B in Power, a 21 second cooldown, and it’s available for use 6 seconds after the match starts.

All stats are at Max Value, but all EX Skills and Part Traits will be considered at Level 1 (One).

With all of that out of the way, let’s get right into the new banner and what we’re looking at this week!

This week is a limited banner, which means it will not be going to Standard Gunpla Parts Capsule when the week is up.

Banner Grade: B+

Summary: This banner has a 1.64% (5.12%) chance of drawing something above average, and a 0.41% (1.28%) chance of drawing something of great value or higher.

If you’re looking to break into the ranged meta, this may just be how you do it. Although this set is not particularly strong in the context of Arena, because the Chest prevents the use of XBone, Damage Reduction isn’t for Arena, and funnels shine most in more drawn out missions. That being said, if you need Arena Parts, save for the next banner and hope it’s more focused on what you need, but if you need to bolster your gunpla for more general content like Multi Missions, this is an excellent banner.

I would skip if you’re looking for Arena or Melee Parts, I would not skip if you’re looking for Mission Parts or anything else.

Prime Pool percentages are in parenthesis

Penelope

Gunpla Penelope Box Art

Majestic. Like a meteor.

Head: S

With a whopping 3,309 S.Atk and a 17% reduction to Enemy Shooting Power with a Rifle, Penelope right off the bat proves she is not only a one woman show, but ROCKS IT OUT. I'm hopeful for the rest of the Parts, as this is insanely good and once again bolsters the upcoming 100% reduction meta! Additionally, this comes with the mighty Ace Excel, perfect for a lot of XBone builds.

Chest: A+

While the Chest does bolster only average stats, it is special in another way. Size! No, I mean yes, this thing sticks out like a sword, but no. It also boosts Shooting power by 17% when you have Ace Excl., which is amazingly useful as most people are OCD about getting their favorite Word Tag on anyways, and this Part comes with Ace Excl.! So convenient.

Arms: A+

Again with lame stats, but it’s a powerful shooting Arm that provides a ranged Hissatsu on a Part that typically doesn’t benefit ranged fighters. The EX Skill provides D/A at 120/30s and buffs the M.Atk of the Squad by 20%. Not the best Hissatsu ever, but very good for its Part placement.

Legs: A-

These Legs have average stats but come paired with one of my favorites (not really): FUNNELS. I’m told these funnels could be good because they’re a lot faster than normal, so I’ll rate it a little higher since this source is very believable. The EX Skill gives A-/D at 90/9s.

Backpack: B

Untitled Goose Back. Standard stats, only gives 10% EX Skill Piercing while Speed. Definitely the worst Part here, but still far from the worst purple out there.

Aesthetics: D

Big girls need lovin’ too, but this one ugly af m8 smh fr ngl fam. It’s just really really big and bulky and weirdly shaped and the color palette isn’t even good...I just think this would ruin whatever gunpla any of these Parts were put on. It’s weird man. Hey, if you can make it work, more power to you.

Pilots Domon Kasshu (4*) and Rey Za Burrel (3*)

GBGW Pilots Domon and Rey

Banner Grade: A

While Domon isn’t the best In Fighter I was hoping for and Rey isn’t the most directly strong Pilot in the world, they’re both rather great and pulling on this banner will surely net you a fantastic Pilot one way or another in no time!.

Domon Kasshu: A

Take this! My love, my anger, and all of my M.ATK! 1,753 M.ATK?! WHAT?! With the highest M.Atk in the game, you probably expected a higher rating, but his Part Trait, which boosts CRIT rate by 5% with Power attribute, doesn’t fit well into the Arena meta and In Fighters are not very good in Missions. Still, while I wouldn’t suggest pulling specifically for Domon unless you love him, I’d still be happy to randomly pull him.

Rey Za Burrel: B

Face value, a mere 893 S.Atk and boosting Ranged Weapon Magazine by 5% seems like nothing, but his AI Type is specifically geared for spamming Magazine EX Skills when All Rounder is set, so he has that niche for new players. Bandai is a sneaky sneaky boi and I like it!

TAKE THIS! MY LOVE, MY ANGER, AND ALL OF MY SORROW!

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