TL;DR: Should You Pull?
What Does It Do?
Defensive version of Phoebe and Dusknoir, with a stronger focus on supporting the team defensively in a similar fashion to Drake and Salamence. DeNA has seen fit to adjust SS Blue’s Sync Grid in an unprecedented move. The new Sync Grid nodes have allowed SS Blue to step out from mediocrity and rise in utility as one of the game’s best healers. Team Fist Bump 2 and Team Triage Tank 2 give (Mega) Blastoise a moderate chance of restoring the HP of ALL allied Sync Pairs when attacking and getting attacked respectively. Team Shout 9 further accentuates (Mega) Blastoise’s efficiency as the team’s primary tank, and it is an invaluable asset on teams with strikers that cannot maximize their Attack and/or Special Attack.
As one of the bulkiest units to be released, SS Blue works best in drawn-out stages like Full Force Battles and Legendary Arena. In these formats, (Mega) Blastoise is a very solid main regenerative main tank that keeps the whole team alive. It also works well in the Battle Villa, where the sustainability afforded to it by the changes to its grid let it easily churn through the Halls.
How Do I Use It? (Grid, Lucky Skills, And Comps):
Team Fist Bump 2 and Team Triage Tank 2 are the absolute necessities, especially since they are easy to access. Likewise, Adrenaline 1’s ease of access on the other side of the Sync Grid makes it a good investment for hastening the next Sync Move. The next Energy investment is directed towards Wise Entry 2 and To The Top nodes. Wise Entry 2 helps Blastoise take Special hits better, while To The Top Pep Rally helps to team buff Speed. Usage of the remaining 5 Energy is up to the player’s discretion.
Defense Crush 2 works well as a Lucky Skill if players intend to pair SS Blue with physical strikers like Kris or SS Grimsley. Kris particularly benefits from Team Shout 9 to maximize its Attack without having to spend precious points in Feraligatr’s Sync Grid. For a mono Water build, players could run Misty in the last slot, whose Evasiveness and Passive Healing support extend SS Blue’s longevity.
Is It Worth Pulling?
Yes. Sygna Suit Blue’s Sync Grid adjustment turns him into one of the best Support units in the game. While he does not heal as much or as reliably as dedicated Potion Master Healers, he does so without exhausting Move Points. It is a great asset that is mainly for Battle Villa, though it also helps nullify queuing lag altogether.
NOTE: Since Sygna Suit Blue is released alongside his Kantonian rivals, both of which are highly metagame influential, players might find themselves short on Gems to pursue all three. This would likely result in some prioritization that would see the pursuit of SS Blue delayed in favor of his Kantonian rivals.