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Week #19: Changewing

Before the egg hatching bug/glitch arrived (at the time of writing, it's still in effect; hopefully it gets resolved quickly), I wanted to get rid of some eggs; why not use one of those eggs for a review?

 

Changewing

Overall Opinion: The Changewing is currently one of, if not the most requested dragon to get a Titan stage (though not as "bad" as the Scauldron or Sand Wraith). You won't see many wandering around the Archipelago outside of battle events but that doesn't mean this dragon isn't worth investing in.

 

Likes

  • Various skins to act as the dragon's camouflage

Dislikes

  • Said camouflage skins has low quality textures

Changes I'd Make

  • Give it unique animations - I know the Changewing has a somewhat wide body and it doesn't look bad with the Thunderdrum's animations but I think it should have it's own animations. Maybe it can look around and tilt its head, similar to the Stormcutter, since they're describe as inquistive dragons.
  • Improve the quality of the camouflage skins

Recommended?: Only if you don't have dragons like the Prickleboggle or Scauldron on you and/or you're a Changewing lover. This dragon's strong suit is battling but it's bested by the aforementioned dragons.

 

Rating

Utility: 6 Happy Papas out of 10

The Changewing's excellent turn and solid speed means it can make for a formidable racer if there aren't too many expert Sand Wraith, Razorwhip, or Windwalker riders around. Otherwise, speed boosts are your friend. It's pretty useless when it comes to stable missions. It's a solid dragon to use in battle events, with an above-average shot limit of 10. It's not the easiest to aim from the recharge station, though it's not impossible and it's very long range means you can go longer without having to aim it. In Dragon Tactics, it can boost its dodge, which is good since it has to be pretty close to the enemies to deal any damage (ironic considering they attack from afar). It's primary attack is a mid-ranged attack that has a chance of poisoning enemies; similar to the Triple Stryke, it can only be one space away from enemies to use this attack. Its secondary attack is close-ranged and can inflict the Injured condition on your target. A pretty great combat dragon, though there's other dragons that can perform better.

 

Color Options: 9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Changewing's color options are nice, though I wish the dragon was more vibrant. Especially the section you can color on its back; that area is duller than any other part you can color and belly is the brightest customizable area.

 

Animations: 8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Changewing uses the Thunderdrum's animations. These animations don't look bad on the dragon and the flying animation continues to be my favorite. But it could definitely use it's own animations to show off its aggressive, inquisitive nature instead of the Thunderdrum's aquatic nature.

 

FIreball: 8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Changewing's fireball looks like layers of acid. Like the Razorwhip, it doesn't look bad by any means but I'd like it to look more like the Snaptrapper's fireball.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

As usual, SoD has made the Changewing look like what we've seen in the show. If anything, I think it's just a little wider.

 

Final Score: 8.2 Happy Papas out of 10

The Changewing is a good dragon for combat and has some potential in racing but it falls flat in stable missions and other dragons are better options for battle events and Dragon Tactics. While not as vibrant as the Changewings in the shows and shorts, you can still customize all of it and give it one of its camouflage skins to make it disappear into its surroundings (even if said skins are low quality).

 

Not much to say for the Changewing this time around. Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #20: Stormcutter

Oh, does it break my heart that I can't hatch my favorite dragon. . .because of a bug that has yet to be fixed. Here's to hoping it gets fixed real soon. *crosses fingers* That being out of the way, we're 20 weeks in this. . .this. . .thing. The recent weeks have been a bit slow because I'm not sure what Titan I want to do next and I haven't been hatching many dragons that can become Titans (well, Titans that I haven't covered yet anyway) but at least the standard dragon reviews have been flowing (*cough* slowly *cough*). So, to celebrate the 20th week of reviews, why not go back to the first Titan reviewed and do its regular stage? Please put your hands together for my personal favorite:

 

Stormcutter

Overall Opinion: The Stormcutter continues to be a spectacular dragon and its color options are actually a bit better than its Titan stage (more on that later). While it's still disappointingly small, I recommend at least two Stormcutters for every dragon rider; you usually need more than one of a dragon for the species to be really useful and the Stormcutter's no exception. . .plus, they're just awesome. Who doesn't want to ride one of these four-winged, owl-like beauties?

 

Likes

  • Color Options
  • No paint issues
  • Excellent turn rate
  • Animations

Dislikes

  • No side-gliding animations; this makes the dragon glitch when you try to fire while side-gliding
  • Underwhelming size

Changes I'd Make

  • Increase the size - As I mentioned in the Titan Stormcutter review, I know this dragon can't be too big or the game will lag but I think it can at least be made bigger than Toothless. Right now, it's almost the same size as him and Cloudjumper was much bigger than Toothless in the movie. If anything, it kind of look like its in its Short-Wing stage; you know, that stage where you can sit on the dragon but the best it can do is glide. So it'd be really cool if the Short-Wing was this size and then when it became a Broad Wing, it could be made noticeably bigger. Now, I'm not asking for Cloudjumper big (I mean, I would but game-limitations won't let me) but big enough to the point where it surpasses Toothless more than it does now (if it does at all).
  • Add side-gliding animations - In the midst of dragons getting FiFA and sitting-idle animations, I'm both surprised and not surprised that this hasn't got the side-gliding animations it deserves.
  • Change the fireball (more on that later)
  • Improve the speed slightly - Reason described in the Titan Stormcutter review
  • Remove the Cloudjumper Skin and rename the Hero Skin - The Cloudjumper and Hero skins are the exact same skin and the latter can be bought with coins. Ergo, there's no reason why both skins should be there, let alone one costing gems. And since the Hero Skin is essentially the affordable skin, the Cloudjumper skin should be removed and the Hero Skin can be renamed the Cloudjumper skin instead.

Recommended?: Of course! Even though it's not as useful as its Titan stage, the Stormcutter is still a useful dragon to have and you're missing out if you don't have at least one.

 

Rating

Utility: 8 Happy Papas out of 10

With an amazing turn rate and access to the Rider's Saddle, the Stormcutter has the potential to be a great racer. However, its speed is lackluster compared to dragons like the Dramillion and Windwalker so unless you have speed boosts or are going against un-saddled and/or un-armored racers, you won't be getting first place all that often. With a shot limit of 8, the Stormcutter is a slightly above-average battler but with dragons like the Prickleboggle and Scauldron around, you're better off using a different dragon. It's difficult to aim from the recharge station too, making it less viable to use in battle. In stable missions, it preforms well in missions that require "Tough" dragons but because it's not a Titan, it doesn't get access to the Cavern Hunt mission or give a boost in Nest Mess. Finally, in Dragon Tactics, it has a close-ranged primary attack that reduces the enemy's attack, a long-ranged secondary attack that can burn an enemy (and said burn damage can knock an enemy out in 1-2 turns because the attack already does a high amount of damage), and it can heal itself, increasing its longevity.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Stormcutter has excellent color options and like its Titan stage, there's no limitations on what you can color or how vibrant or dark you can make the dragon. However, what makes the regular Stormcutter's color options just a smidge better is the wings; the blending on the wings are just stunning and colors just look better on these wings than the Titan Stormcutter's (and those wings don't even look bad at all!).

 

Animations: 9.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Stormcutter and Titan Stormcutter share the same animations and same animation problems so they share the same score for the same reason.

 

Fireball: 5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Stormcutter's fireball is pretty lackluster compared to the other fireballs. While dragons like the Whispering Death and Thunderdrum had their fireballs updated at some point, the Stormcutter was left with this relatively small but bright fireball. It doesn't look bad but the only trait this fireball shares with the Stormcutter's real fireball is the orange color. If the Stormcutter's "blazing torus of fire" can't be replicated in the game, it should at least be bigger and retain its bright colors. . .in fact, the Titan's fireball could be applied to this dragon and the Titan could get an improved fireball. Just something needs to be done with this outdated fireball; coincedentally, the Typhoomerang--another dragon whose fire twirls around--has a very similar fireball to the Stormcutter.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

Even though it's too small, the Stormcutter still looks great and looks like Cloudjumper. . .so much so, all Stormcutter retain one of his facial scars. But for some reason, instead of just removing the scar (like they did with the smaller scar), it was just "copied" onto the other horn. I mean. . .I guess it makes it look more natural? I'm not sure but I found it weird that they did that. Actually, every Stormcutter after Cloudjumper for some reason has that same large scar on their horns, I never understood why. . .oh well. I guess the Stormcutters at the School got pretty roughed up!

 

Final Score: 8.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The [mini] Stormcutter is an excellent dragon and a must-have for any dragon rider, especially if they're obssessed with Stormcutters like myself. While not the swiftest fighter around, this dragon packs quite the punch and can reel in gems through stable missions. Its Titan stage also makes the Stormcutter worth investing in.

 

And that's it for the Stormcutter! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #20: Groncicle

Up next is the dragon who's expansion pack was the first to go from costing gems to costing coins!

 

Groncicle

Overall Opinion: The Groncicle is the Gronckle's frozen cousin. . .and even though it's supposed to be docile, it looks a lot angrier than the Gronckle. Nevertheless, even though it's a very common sight and not on everyone's "Top 10 Dragon" lists (maybe not even Top 20), it's still a pretty neat dragon to have.

 

Likes

  • Color options
  • Fireball
  • Paint and Saddles - They both came out of nowhere and I like that.
  • Ease of Access

Dislikes

  • Ease of Access - Like the Whispering Death and the starter dragons, the fact that it's so easy to acquire this dragon is both great and bad. Because it's easy to obtain, it definitely loses that special touch it had when you had to play through the expansion to get it.

Changes I'd Make

  • Improve the turn rate - I was surprised to see this dragon's turn rate was worse than the Gronckle's. Much worst. I know the Groncicle's faster than them but does that really mean it has to be bad at turning? I think it's turn rate should be improved to still be worse than the Gronckle's but better than it is now (maybe as good as the Sand Wraith or Windwalker).
  • Enable "Gronckle Fishing" - This dragon has the same build as the Gronckle and hovers around just like it and yet, if I try to go out to sea with it, I can't fish with it. Why is that the case? I get it makes the Gronckle more unique but a dragon that looks similar to a Gronckle and flies like a Gronckle means you should be able to fish with it like a Gronckle.

Recommended?: Only if you're in need of some new battle dragons. There are a few things the Groncicle does better than the Gronckle but outside of those few things, the Gronckle's the superior option.

 

Rating

Utility: 5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Groncicle is faster than the Gronckle and has access to the Master's and Rider's saddle (and doesn't receive a negative boost from the latter) but its turn rate isn't as good, nor does it surpass the more common racing dragons with its speed. There's two missions this dragon is great for--Blizzard Buzzard and Blast Chiller--but other neither of those missions get you gems, runes, or mystery egg chests so it's not a good stable mission dragon. With a shot limit of 10, the Groncicle is a more versatile battler than the Gronckle. It'll have an above average performance outside of the recharge station and it's easier to aim from the recharge station than the Gronckle. However, it does fire a bit slower. Finally, the Groncicle has yet to be made available in Dragon Tactics. . .ironic, given the first wave of DT levels that allowed us to use our own dragons and weapons was Icestorm Island. Definitely got the short-end of the stick there.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Groncicle can look like a living jewel or stick to being a flying ice cube. There's nothing you can't color on this dragon, nor are there any overlays that effect the dragon's colors.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

As mentioned before, the Groncicle is the Gronckle's frosty cousin so it's no surprise that they share the same animations. Fortunately, since they have a similar build, the animations look good.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Groncicle creates a frosty blast with bits of ice following it and when it hits something, it creates a smokebomb-like explosion. . .made out of snow. So more like a "snow-bomb". If I had to make one change to it, it'd just be to make it a little bigger or brighter.

 

Design: 9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Groncicle looks similar to the Gronckle but its textures make it look like an ice sculpture or gem. It truly earns the "icle" part of its name! My only complaint is how angry it looks all the time. I think it'd be nice if its mouth was more like what we see in Rise of Berk; the Groncicles over there just look a lot more approachable than the ones here.

 

Final Score: 8.8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Groncicle is an extremely common dragon but it can be viable addition to the flock if you lack other battle dragons. However, because they're so easy to get, buying one isn't recommended; if you want more than one, battle events will surely give you a few somewhere down the line.

 

And that's it for the Goncicle! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #20: Titan Terrible Terror

Up next is the tiniest Titan in the game (at the time of writing):

 

Titan Terrible Terror

Overall Opinion: The Titan Terrible Terror is cute but an incredibly rare sight because of how expensive--and ultimately overpriced--the Terrible Terror's egg is: 800/1000 gems. Add the fact that it's not as useful as some other Stoker Titans like the Monstrous Nightmare and you have a dragon that isn't really worth getting unless you want to look funny riding a super tiny dragon (and even then, the newly introduced Smitten Hobgobbler fulfills that requirement pretty well).

Update: While the Flightmare was a total flop, at least the SoD team heeded our pleas in another department: The Terrible Terror, along with many other dragons, were made cheaper in April 2020! How long this will last, we'll never know, but it's looking to be permanent at the moment (as of May 2020). Thank goodness!

 

Likes

  • Animations
  • Red racing paint doesn't reduce the texture's quality on mobile (the paint does this to the regular Terrible Terror)

Dislikes

  • Color options
  • A little too expensive - The much needed price drop happened but I still find 600/750 gems a little pricey for a dragon you can't ride until you Titan it up--another 500 gems (or 50 runes if you decide to get it to rank 20 somehow) down the drain.

Changed I'd Make

  • Reduce the price of the dragon to 400/500 gems - Like the Hobgobbler, this dragon isn't worth its current price, especially when you can't even ride the dragon outside of its Titan stage. That being said, it should be the same price as the much more useful Razorwhip. If that's too steep, it could be the same price as a majority of the other dragons (600/750 gems) but I still find that too expensive for this particular species.
    Update: You may notice rather than removing an entire statement or editing it, I merely put an update beneath most of them; this is because I think it's nice to look back on how things have changed for a dragon. ^^ Anywho, while I greatly appreciate the dragon now being 600-750 gems, I continue to believe this is too much for a dragon you can't ride until it's a Titan. 400-500, if not lower, would've been better.

Recommended?: Not really. The Titan Terrible Terror is cute and has some battle potential but aside from that, you're better off getting a few Titan Monstrous Nightmares and Scauldrons.

 

Rating

Utility: 4 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Terrible Terror excels in the same missions a Titan Monstrous Nightmare would and only surpasses it in one mission; said mission's highest success rate is only 60% when using this dragon (30% each; no level 30 and up bonus either) and this mission is only accessible if you have a Membership (trial or paid). According to SilverWillowWing's video on racing dragons (the most recent one anyways), the Titan Terrible Terror is the slowest dragon in the game, a title once held by the Prickleoggle. Your best bet to win with this little guy is speed boosts but even then, overtaking one wouldn't be too difficult. In battle events, there's hope for it; it has a shot limit of 10 and fires faster than the Monstrous Nightmare. The reintroduction of FiFA has made this dragon difficult to aim from the recharge station though so it loses its versatility. And like quite a few dragons, this has yet to be implemented into Dragon Tactics.

 

Color Options: 5.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Terrible Terror's color options are a huge downgrade from the regular Terrible Terror. You can color in the same areas and the main color of the dragon is fine. But the other areas you can color are no longer as vibrant as they were on the regular Terrible Terror. The main color of the dragon can really make or break those sections because they're so "dependent" on it; it's pretty much like the Hideous Zippleback except on a bigger scale (well, bigger for this little dragon's body). I would've loved for it to remain the same as the Terrible Terror's; I get that it's older but does that mean it should lose its lovely vivid colors?

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

Fortunately, the this dragon has its own animations; would've been a shame if shared same animations as the Smothering Smokebreath, who uses Toothless' animations. I love how bouncy the Titan Terrible Terror is while flying; you can really see it working hard trying to keep both you and itself in the air.

 

Fireball: 9 Happy Papas out of 10

Now, the Titan Terrible Terror has the unique distinction that its fireball doesn't change between its non-Titan stages and the Titan stage; since you can't ride it prior to the Titan stage, it makes sense why it doesn't change. So this rating applies both to the regular and Titan Terrible Terror. That all being said, I'd honestly like to see it just be a smiiiiiiidge brighter or look a little more like what we've seen in the movies and shows in terms of color. It'd make it stand out more!

 

Design: 8.5 Happy Papas out of 10

Not too much changes about the Titan Terrible Terror. It does get substantially bigger though, something that should've happened with the Titan Dramillion. While its duller color options take away from it, it doesn't look bad; less is more in this case. Still, nothing to run home about (I'm not sure what I'd change about it either).

 

Final Score: 7.4 Happy Papas out of 10

The most over-priced Titan in the game until the Hobgobbler gets a Titan stage (assuming it ever does; you'll always see the "Titan Coming Soon" when you bring it and other non-Titanable dragons to Titan Island but will they ever actually get Titans? Only time will tell)! While this may add a pinch of cuteness to any dragon flock, it's definitely not worth the gems and is the "Tuesday movie" of dragons (in other words, wait until they do a sale for it or throw it in a bundle).

Update: While the Titan Terrible Terror is no more useful than before (if anything, it's probably a little less useful now with the removal of gem stable quests), the much needed price drop means it can at least be considered a bit more. Still, if there's a sale that makes it even cheaper--maybe even coming with a Titan Age Up--go for that instead.

 

And that's it for the Titan Terrible Terror! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week 21: Snafflefang

Welp, so much for being consistent. xD A little break was pretty nice though. Now I'm ready to do more reviews and in the time I didn't post, I got more images for dragons I haven't covered and a new Titan was released! With that being said, the dragon in line is one of the many introduced in the second HTTYD film and became Spitelout's steed in the third movie:

 

Snafflefang

Overall Opinion: The Snafflefang is a dragon I wish got more love. They didn't get much attention in the films but the little we did see in the film, especially Lump? Adorable. Fortunately, the Snafflefang's cuteness is retained and they're easier to get than some of the other dragons of its class.

 

Likes

  • Color options
  • Ease of Access - While not as easy to acquire as a Gronckle or Whispering Death, the Snafflefang is easier to obtain than a good chunk of the dragons in the game because it's cheaper than most of them for some reason (not that I'm complaining), being 650/520 gems. On top of that, it's available in battle event chests and mystery egg chests (the latter of which is now only available through stable missions at this time), and bundles.

Dislikes

  • Lackluster fireball
  • Babies have blurry textures on mobile; not as bad as the paints of some dragons but it's noticeable in the eyes.

Changes I'd Make

  • Change the fireball - Make it bigger and more detailed. The Snafflefang's fireball is said to have shards in them so why not make it look somewhat similar to the Grim Gnasher's fireball? Instead of teeth, it could be flaming shards!
  • Fix the blurry textures on mobile (for the baby Snafflefang)

Recommended?: As much as I love the Snafflefang, it's primarily a trophy dragon so if you're not in need of a dragon that excels at anything, this is a solid choice.

 

Rating

Utility: 5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Snafflefang isn't the best racer around but it does have access to saddles and, as with most slow dragons, a speed boost or two can go a long way. There's no stable mission this dragon really excels in; if there is, other dragons that are easier to acquire and/or have a Titan stage tend to give higher success rates. It's a decent battler at best thanks to its shot limit of 6 and [that] it's difficult to aim from the recharge station with it. Dragon Tactics is where this dragon has the most potential: It has a primary mid-ranged attack that has a 50% to burn the enemy and a secondary close ranged attack with a guaranteed stun. On top of that, it can boost the damage of its primary attack! So while not the best at anything else, this is an excellent Dragon Tactics option.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Snafflefang has excellent color options, though the spots are kinda dark so if you're trying to make them a pale color, they won't turn out so. . .pale. But they're not as dark as the Dramillion so they'll still appear pretty vibrant. There isn't an area you can't color on this dragon either!

 

Animations: 6 Happy Papas out of 10

The Snafflefang is one of the few dragons that share animations with the Skrill. These animations don't look bad on the Snafflefang but they don't represent the dragon in the slightest; I think the hovering animation in Dragon Tactics should be used instead of the Skrill's animation (I can't tell if that the flying position it has now or if it's a unique animation; either way, I feel like it suits this dragon better). In fact, I think an animation "overhaul" is needed for this lovable flying reptile; I would love to see this dragon's curious, friendly nature come out through its animations, not the intimidating stance of the Skrill. The only animation I can tolerate is the flying animation (they really did a good job on the Skrill's flying animation) but even then, I'd like to see something similar to what we see in the third movie or the Shovelhelm's flying animations.

 

Fireball: 3.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Snafflefang's fireball is as disappointing as the Stormcutter or Typhoomerang's fireball, if not a little more so since it doesn't have multiple colors to spice it up. Now, I'm not saying it needs said multiple colors but I definitely think it should be bigger and/or have little shards of crystals following it or around it. It'd definitely look a lot cooler!

 

Design: 9.5 Happy Papas out of 10

While it doesn't look an cuter here than it does in the films (in fact, it's a lot cuter in the films), the Snafflefang still looks good. The only drawback is the glossy skin present on the PC and Steam versions of the game; it doesn't look as bad on it as it does on the Eruptodon but it doesn't suit it either. Hopefully that gets removed at some point in the future.

 

Final Score: 6.8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Snafflefang is a little rough around the edges (heh) but that shouldn't deter you from adding one to your flock at some point! It has a lot of potential in Dragon Tactics and unlike some of the "recent" dragons (like the Dramillion and Grim Gnasher), it's fully customizable like the Stormcutter and [standard] Sentinel.

 

That's a wrap for the Snafflefang!

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Week #22: Death Song

Its Titan might've not been the best but surely its Broad Wing (and below) stage has been done justice, right?

 

Death Song

Overall Opinion: Ahh, the Death Song: Face of Call of the Death Song and a dragon that was cuter in SoD until Garf became a thing. He's a lot more adorable. Sadly, the Death Song doesn't get much love from the game, aside from the aforementioned Titan stage (which didn't turn out so great) and the orange racing paint. It has a lot of potential but said potential needs to be utilized more so at the moment, it's more of a trophy dragon. A goregous trophy dragon with so much untapped potential!

 

Likes

  • Design
  • Color options
  • Fireball

Dislikes

  • Lack of saddles
  • Orange/coral racing paint gives this dragon weird eye textures (only on the PC version unless this finally got fixed)

Changes I'd Make

  • Add more paints for the dragon - The red racing stripes and even a Hero Skin would be awesome.
  • Give it some saddles - It's pretty decent in racing and honestly, it deserves a saddle more than the Buffalord (sorry Buffalords).
  • Add to Dragon Tactics - If it's racing potential won't be built upon, I think it should at least be put in Dragon Tactics.
  • Reduce the price of the egg in the store - Thankfully, it's not as expensive as the Hobgobbler. But I don't see why it's as expensive as a Screaming Death when the other dragon in its expansion is much cheaper. I think it should be the price of the other dragons: 600/750 gems. At least until they make it more versatile.

 

Recommended?: Yes! Granted, it's a little on the pricey side but this dragon is worth investing in at some point if you don't want to play through the expansion pack or just want another one to add to the flock.

 

Rating

Utility: 5.5 Happy Papas out of 10

Like the Razorwhip, the Death Song has the speed and the turn rate to be a viable racer but without saddles, it struggles to keep up with the common racing dragons. In stable missions, it can help reel in gems but it's not as versatile as the Whispering Death in that sense. For battle events, it has a shot limit of 8 so if there aren't too many high-shot limit dragons or dragons firing from the recharge station, you'll get gold. It could be used from the recharge station but it's not the easiest dragon to aim and just isn't worth the trouble, especially if you happen to fall in a packed server. Finally, this dragon has yet to be made available in Dragon Tactics so that's one less opportunity for it to shine. This dragon has a lot of potential to be very useful but sadly, such potential hasn't been tapped into entirely yet.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Death Song has excellent color options; perfect for a dragon as vibrant and deadly as this one! It can be a flying rainbow and rely on its bright colors to draw in prey or make like a Light Fury and rely on stealth. There isn't an area you can't color on this dragon, and that's always a plus in my book.

 

Animations: 8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Death Song has a mix of its own animations and the Skrill's animations. The animations don't look bad but I would love for it to have more unique animations instead of using the Skrill's.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Death Song's amber shot looks excellent. So excellent, this is one of the few instances where I would've been fine if they didn't change the fireball for the Titan stage. I like how it starts out small and when it hits its target, it becomes a giant blob of amber before disappearing.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

. . .need I say more? It looks like a Death Song and for a while, it looked cuter than what we saw in Race to the Edge. . .then Garf stepped in and showed us that these deadly dragons are a lot cuter than we thought! Especially when they're little babies; I kinda wish SoD's baby Death Song was updated to look more like it but I don't have too many qualms with the current design.

 

Final Score: 8.7 Happy Papas out of 10

The Death Song is a dragon that has great racing and Dragon Tactics potential but with a lack of saddles and no integration into the minigame (at the moment), it's best reserved for a few stable missions and not-so-packed battles. It does make for a great trophy dragon though!

 

And that's it for the Death Song! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #23: Prickleboggle

Up next is a personal favorite of mine, straight out of the Mystery Class!

 

Prickleboggle

Overall Opinion: The Prickleboggle is one of the book dragons in the game. . .well, name-wise at least. But quite frankly, I love this Prickleboggle more than the one from the books (sorry Book Prickleboggles) and I like that it comes in two sizes: Big enough to ride and small enough to fit in your pocket (even if we never get to see the tiny one in action). So far, this is the only dragon that I'm genuinely excited for to get a Titan stage.

 

Likes

  • Fireball
  • Color options
  • Design
  • Stubby arms - Need I say more?

Dislikes

  • The orange/coral race paint reduces the Prickleboggle's textures on mobile; said paint also disappeared from the store for some reason and it hasn't shown up since 2018 (not as bad some other items randomly removed but still a while).
  • No saddles

Changes I'd Make

  • Give it more paints - If the orange/coral one had to be removed, I think a hero skin or the red racing paint should've replaced it.
  • Give it saddles - This is by no means a good racing dragon but if the Deathgripper and Buffalord can have saddles, why can't the Prickleboggle join the club?
  • Fix the texture issues on mobile with the orange/coral paint

Recommended?: Yes! A flock without at least one of these is missing out on a great battle dragon.

 

Rating

Utility: 6 Happy Papas out of 10

The Prickleboggle is one of the slowest dragons in the game but maybe, just maybe, a dozen speed boosts might help it on the track; a lack of saddles doesn't make anything better. It's not very viable in stable missions either, with it being good in one stable mission: Protect the Future. And even then, there are other dragons that increase the success rate more like the Tide Glider. Like the Scauldron, this dragon shines brightest in the combat aspects of the game: Battle events and Dragon Tactics. It's one of the best battle event dragons in the game and can even best the Scauldron if the latter isn't firing from the recharge station; the reason for this is it doesn't fire as fast the Scauldron but it does recharge much faster, getting in 4-6 (maybe even more) extra shots in before needing to recharge. Add those extra shots to its "base" limit of 12 and you have a dragon that can do more damage in one go! In Dragon Tactics, the Prickleboggle doesn't attack at all; instead, it heals its allies and can use Camouflage to boost its evasion. Its primary healing move heals multiple allies while its secondary healing move heals a single target but gives said target health regeneration; one is mid-ranged and the other is long-ranged. Had it not been so slow and just a little bit more useful in stable missions, it would've scored as much as the Scauldron.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Prickleboggle has excellent color options; like many who have a perfect score in this category, you can color all parts of this dragon in any way you want. However, the belly color can be a bit hard to see depending on the main color of the dragon.

 

Animations: 9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Prickleboggle shares animations with quite a few dragons and while it doesn't look bad, I wish it'd stand out more. I just think "land Scauldron" when I see this dragon's animations. I would love for its animations to show the Prickleboggle's docile nature. The closest thing to a "unique" animation I've seen for it is the Prickleboggle on Dark Deep. . .and it's sad. Maybe it can sniff around and nudge something like its trying to study a fellow dragon or Viking. Or it can move its arms. . .not in a particular way, just so they're not stiff like they are on all the other dragons with the same animations.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Prickleboggle's "fireball" looks pretty cool! And it's definitely been improved on over the years; you can tell by mounting the [sad] Prickleboggle on Dark Deep and firing with it, then doing the same thing with a Prickleboggle on your own. There's a lot more detail to it nowadays and it has a more prominent trail! Now I only wish I knew what to call it. . .slime? Goop? Sludge? I'll never know.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

I just love the Prickleboggle's design. It's like the giraffe of the dragon world! If there was one complaint I had to make, maybe it'd be the eyes? The eyes are super tiny. . .I think it'd be nice for them to be a bit bigger.

 

Final Score: 9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Prickleboggle may have gotten the short end of the stick when it comes to stable missions and racing but it makes for an excellent battle dragon and a great healer in Dragon Tactics. It has superb color options and while it's animations don't represent this dragon very good, it at least has an excellent design. Overall, this is a worthy dragon to add to your flock.

 

And that's it for the Prickleboggle! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #24: Titan Grim Gnasher

Oh yes, honey: A Titan Wing review to kick off the spoopy season! And our next Titan is the vulture of the dragon world!

 

Titan Grim Gnasher

Overall Opinion: The Titan Grim Gnasher, like the Titan Deathgripper and Crismon Goregutter, came out not too long after the dragon's initial release. . .at least compared to dragons like the Woolly Howl and Scauldron (especially the Scauldron). And unfortunately, it came during the "era" of dragons having large sections you can't customize and relatively tiny portions you can customize to somehow compensate (White/Red Scale Syndrome). Still, it looks pretty neat.

 

Likes

  • Animations
  • Fireball

Dislikes

  • White Scale Syndrome - There's already some red/hot pink scales you can't color on this dragon (regardless of whether its a Titan or not) but to make matters worst, there's a lot of silver/white parts on this dragon you can change the color of, namely the various spikes and the belly. The red scales make the Titan look like it has acne for crying out loud! Therefore, I would've liked for the Titan's belly to be customizeable; the spikes get a pass because, well, they're bones.

Recommended?: While the Titan Grim Gnasher looks pretty solid, you're better off sticking with your handy Titan Razorwhip or Deadly Nadder; they're both a lot more useful. So I recommend this Titan to those willing to throw around a few gems and/or just really love these dragons.

 

Rating

Utility: Happy Papas out of 10

While it definitely has the speed to be a good racer, it doesn't have the best turn and lacks saddles to help it in that department.In battle events, it has a below average shot limit of 5 so it doesn't fare too well outside of the recharge station; even then, it's difficult to aim because the reintroduction of FiFA gave it a really low like the Hotburple, making it tedious to aim. For stable missions, it's like a worse Titan Deadly Nadder; if it had come out sooner (or if it as a main case dragon), it'd probably be just as, if not more viable than the Deadly Nadder but sadly, that isn't the case. Finally, in Dragon Tactics, it has a primary mid-ranged attack that can reduce the enemy's damage output and a secondary close-ranged attack that has a chance to inflict the Injured status on the enemy. Additionally, it can boost its speed (which in DT, translates to increasing how far you can move across the board) and evasion.

 

Color Options: 7 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Grim Gnasher's color options could be better. Aside from the section that covers the scales running along the wings and back, the dragon is fairly dark, even if you choose a bright color (I think a good way to put it is a somewhat brighter version of the Dramillion). The belly becomes a very pale version of whatever you choose the main color to be but aside from that, it's uncustomizeable. On top of that, there's the reddish-pink scales on the face that, if you opt for a color other than red or pink, looks like acne and the numerous spikes and silver scales scattered around the body take away from the colors due to being so prominent; the latter can be good or bad depending on who you ask.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The animations for the Titan Grim Gnasher are awesome! More specifically, the running animations are aweome; it moves like a horse! It's idle animations are pretty nice too; it'll get on its hind legs a little and roar, kinda like how bears will get on their hind legs to make themselves look bigger. A very nice touch indeed!

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Grim Gnasher's fireball consists of a huge barrage of teeth that apparently bring their own rocks because you can fire at anything that isn't a rock, and it'll still have rocks flying around when the fireball hits something. Jokes aside, this Titan's fireball is pretty cool and while I do prefer the Grim Gnasher's fireball just a smidge more because of the fireball in the middle of its teeth barrage, this one is much more accurate (since they're not really fire-breathers).

 

Design: 8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Grim Gnasher definitely doesn't look the worst but it has its downfalls. For one, there's the red scales on its face that make it look like it has acne (I know I've brought it up a lot but it's prominent and it's the worst part about this Titan). There's also these. . .weird tendril thingies on the sides of its face that I have no idea why they're there. And considering something similar isn't even on the regular Grim Gnasher, I don't see why it needed to be made so prominent. Still, it won't stop me from getting a few in the future.

 

Final Score: 8.2 Happy Papas out of 10

While it got the short end of the stick in terms of utility, the Titan Grim Gnasher is still a fearsome addition to any dragon flock. Sure, it looks like it's still recovering from the worst parts of its teen years but that doesn't mean it should be passed up; it has potential to be a great racer and it can be a pretty great dragon to use in Dragon Tactics!

 

And that's it for the Titan Grim Gnasher! Feel free to leave your opinons and suggestions!

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Week #24: Grim Gnasher

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Grim Gnasher

Overall Opinion: The Grim Gnasher's an interesting little fella; it played a huge role in the Wrath of Stormheart expansion (at least in the Dragon Tactics levels) and anticipated its release shortly after the Sentinel, if not in the same expansion alongside the Elder Sentinel (similar to Call of the Death Song or Return to Dragon Island; I can't be the only one who wants another expansion that distributes 2 dragons again, given how expensive they're getting and how short they are). But nope! It was released out of the blues maybe a month or so later. . .and boy, was it awesome!

 

Likes

  • Animations
  • Fireball
  • Color options

Dislikes

  • No. . .anything for this poor dragon. No paints, no skins, not even a basic saddle. Q-Q

Recommended?: If you're looking for the a trophy dragon, sure; like its Titan stage, it's outclassed by the Razorwhip and the Deadly Nadder because they're both more useful and much easier to acquire.

 

Rating

Utility: 5.5 Happy Papas out of 10

When it comes to utility, the Grim Gnasher isn't very different from its Titan stage. With a lackluster turn rate and no saddles to help it out, the Grim Gnasher doesn't fare well in racing. The Deadly Nadder and Razorwhip--again, much easier dragons to acquire--best it in stable missions by a landslide and its below average shot limit, in conjunction with how tedious it is to aim, make it a poor choice for battle events. Finally, it performs no differently in DT from the Titan stage. In fact, the only reason the Titan stage has a higher score is simply because it's a Titan, which have a higher success rate in ome stable missions and (supposedly) perform better in racing.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

Unlike its Titan stage, the Grim Gnasher has great color options. The only things you can't color are the horns and spikes; everything else, including the belly, is fair game!

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Grim Gnasher has excellent animations; they're the same as the Titan Grim Gnasher's of course so there's no much to say here.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Grim Gnasher has a solid fireball; it consists of a bright orange fireball with teeth surrounding it. While I do prefer this to the Titan's fireball (again, the Titan's fireball is an excellent upgrade from this relatively small one, I just like the fire in the center of it), there is a fireball that is much better than either of these fireballs: When the Grim Gnasher became available to everyone (just a few hours after the fact, in. . .fact), it had a combination of the Razorwhip's signature blue fireball with the "impact sparks" from the Devillish Dervish's fireball. Now considering this dragon doesn't even produce fire (according to Race to the Edge anyways), the fact that there's any fire involved period should be good enough but I can't help but forever be a little saddle that the Grim Gnasher didn't get such a cool fireball; it wasn't a unique fireball lke the one we have now but it will forever be an awesome unique combination of two pre-existing fireballs.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

. . .it's essentially a version of what the show has shown us. Usually I'm not too fond of the size being downgraded but in this case, I'm fine with it; with its animations, it's like riding a small pony. A scaly, tooth-spitting, dragon eating pony.

 

Final Score: 9.1 Happy Papas out of 10

The Grim Gnasher may be outclassed by a starter and expansion dragon but that doesn't mean it's a bad dragon. Sure, you might not find yourself sending it on stable missions or racing with it too often but it makes for an excellent trophy dragon.

 

And that's it for our vulture dragon, the Grim Gnasher! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #25: Gronckle

I intentionally took a week off to dedicate a lot of time to the *cough* broken *cough* Dreadfall event this year; I am proud to say I recently got the Skrillknapper so I look forward to reviewing that hybrid soon. ^^ Quite a few other things happened this week too, hence why this is coming out so late in the week (not even the week anymore, it's the weekend). But wihout further a-do, as requested by Lady Fighter, our next dragon is one I've already covered the Titan version for long ago: The Gronckle!

 

Gronckle

Overall Opinion: The Gronckle is one of the more underrated starter dragons but that just makes starting your journey with one just a little bit better: You'll stand out more! And once you get your hands on one, you'll realize this dragon has a lot more to it than you may think.

 

Likes

  • Animations
  • Racing performance
  • Ease of Access - I forgot to include this in the Titan review but, like the other starters, there's quite a few ways to get this dragon. Perfect for saving gems!

Dislikes

  • Defender's Saddle - Still looks too big for this chubby dragon.

Changes I'd Make

  • Remove the Turn Rate reduction from the Rider's Saddle - I've elaborated on this in the Titan review so I'll make this short and sweet: This is a dragon built for turning. There's no reason the turn rate should be touched, given that it has a 10 in that department.

Recommended?: Yes! While not as useful as its Titan stage, this is still a solid dragon to have in your flock. Though, it's still not the best racer so don't invest in this dragon if you're in need of a swift dragon.

 

Rating

Utility: 6.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Gronckle has an excellent turn rate and acceleration, meaning even Toothless will have a little bit of trouble catching up to this dragon in the beginning of a race. However, it's still not the fastest dragon around and that acceleration will only get you so far. Fortunately, this dragon has access to a variety of saddles and its turn rate means it can use Speed Boosts with less risk than a Sand Wraith, who's turn is good but not as good as the Gronckle's. It's pretty "meh" when it comes to Stable Missions; there's no good Gronckle quests (yet) and only the Titan stage can be used for the Nest Mess quest. Then there's battle events, the main activity that lets this dragon have the same score as its Titan stage: It performs the same as its Titan stage for the most part: Of course it deals less damage (15 damage per shot, 30 for critical hits), has less health, and has the same shot limit--6. But what sets it apart from its Titan stage is the range of its fireball. In short, the Gronckle can successfully hit battle event ships from any range, something most dragons can't do (their fireballs disappear after it reaches a certain point; the Gronckle's doesn't do that). This means you can fire from the recharge station at the start of the battle event and score points wihout moving! Finally, there's Dragon Tactics. The Gronckle has a primary mid-ranged attack with no additional effects and a secondary close-ranged attack that will stun the enemy. It can also boost its defenses and dodge. In short: What they lack in speed, they make up for in brute force.

 

Color Options: 9.5 Happy Papas out of 10

Now, the Gronckle doesn't have the worst color options; in fact, they're pretty great if we're going by my criteria of "if you can color all of it however you want, it's an automatic 10." But they're definitely not as cool as the Titan's color options; the bumps can easily be overshadowed or overpower the main the color of the Gronckle.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Gronckle has great animations. . .and my favorite is still its walking animation. Who doesn't like a dragon that's a little sassy?

 

Fireball: 8.5 Happy Papas out of 10

I prefer the regular Gronckle's fireball to the Titan's just a little bit more but I still see lost potential every time I lay my eyes on it. Still, at least it didn't a generic fireball. That's always a plus in my book!

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

It's one of the first dragons we get to see in the franchise; I don't think they'd want to mess this one up. xD Jokes aside, while it doesn't look cuter here than it does anywhere else (and they only made Fishmeat look extra adorbs in the game; other baby Gronckles remain unaltered), its animations help make it look like the sassiest of the starter dragons, a title that probably should've gone to the Monstrous Nightmare. . .yet here we are.

 

Final Score: 8.9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Gronckle isn't picked often by riders just starting out but don't let that deter you from getting one! It may not be as swift as a Nadder but it can hit like a catapult and turn like a brand new lock being turned by an equally new key. It makes for a solid battle dragon and if you know what you're doing--as with just about any dragon--you could possibly take on even the most experienced racers with this Boulder Class dragon.

 

Now before we continue, a moment of silence for our girl Meatlug, who was non-existent in the the Hidden World and will probably be even more non-existent in Homecoming. v-v

 

. . .mini rant here, can we just talk about how the final [theatrical] film in the franchise would've practically been the same without the other riders, whereas they actually had some importance in the previous films? Seriously, take out everyone but Ruffnut (because while Tuffnut was hilarious, he ultimately didn't contribute anything meaningful to the plot), and the movie would've barely changed, if changed at all, because of their miniscule appearances. I know it was intended to be the final chapter in Hiccup and Toothless' story but consider their story kinda means the end for everyone else. . .yeah, woulda loved to see more of them. . .*cough* okay, rant over, I've had that in my mind so long and it rustles my jimmies every time I think about it. xD

 

That does it for the lovable Gronckle! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Sure! But for future reference (and apologies for not saying this from the start of this thread), please don't directly reply to reviews. ^^; It's rare but sometimes I'll need to update them, and updating them usually alters the score so I like to have all the numbers in one place for calculating (plus, it keeps things a little neater). ^^

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Week #26: Monstrous Nightmare

Another dragon who's Titan form was covered long ago in the past, our next dragon was request by Lady Fighter: The Monstrous Nightmare!

 

Monstrous Nightmare

Overall Opinion: Ah, the Monstrous Nightmare. . .remember when we thought this was the most aggressive dragon around and then Toothless, the Red Death, the Bewilderbeast, [Grimmel's] Deathgrippers, even Drago Bludvist (just to name a few) came in and said, "Hey. . .let's ruin this dragon's whole career." Poor dragon. xD Still, as with any dragon, you shouldn't underestimate this literal hot head! Lately, more and more of them have been popping up around the Archipelago and with solid color options and decent utility, it's not hard to see why.

 

Likes

  • Color options
  • Fireball
  • Ease of access

Dislikes

  • Horrible Animations - This was covered in the Titan review; long story short, this dragon has the worst animations in the game.

Changes I'd Make

  • Update the animations - An animation update is long overdue for the Monstrous Nightmare and many other dragons. If sitting idle animations can be implemented, a whole overhaul can be done too (albeit, it'd take a lot longer but with how wonky this thing looks when it's moving, I'd be fine with the wait).

Recommended?: Yes. . .mostly. The animations are horrid but it has some utility to it and the model itself doesn't look bad.

 

Rating

Utility: 6 Happy Papas out of 10

While it is the fastest of the primary starter dragons (not including the member primaries), the Monstrous Nightmare's access to saddles doesn't enable it to outspeed much swifter options like the Windwalker, Skrill, and of course, the Sand Wraith. But, as mentioned earlier, it can at least earn you a few trophies if you didn't get the Shockjaw, Flightmare, or Sand Wraith as your secondary starter. Like the Gronckle, the Monstrous Nightmare has "infinite range" in the Training Grounds but unlike the former, it's a pain to aim from the recharge station and thus, the trait is useless. It's above-average shot limit of 10 should, at the very least, net you silver and if there aren't too many (or any at all) Scauldrons, Prickleboggles, or dragons firing from the recharge station, you should be able to get gold. It has its uses when it comes to stable missions; the only reason its score is lower than its Titan stage is because Titans usually give a bigger boost than their Broad Wing stage and Titans can do missions Broad Wings can't. Finally in Dragon Tactics, it has a close ranged primary attack, a mid-ranged secondary attack that hits mulitple enemies, and a teritary close-rnaged attack that also hits multiple enemies. Great for dishing out damage but make sure you don't leave your Nightmare along too long; because it can't heal or boost anything, it'll be left vulernable, especially if it isn't able to pick up the KO on its target[s].

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan and Broad Wing Monstrous Nightmare share the same color options so they share the same score.

 

Animations: 1 Happy Papa out of 10

Between the Zippleback and the Nightmare, the Nightmare has the worst animations of the starters. They're stiff, they look weird, just plain outdated, and the only redeeming quality about any of it is the sitting idle animation, which looks fantastic. If it weren't for that animation, it would have a 0 in this category.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

It's not often a Broad Wing's fireball is better than its Titan stage but this is one of the most infamous cases. An update came along a while ago that touched up the Monstrous Nightmare's fireball and that touch up pretty much gave this Broad Wing the Titan treatment: It was brighter, maybe a smidge bigger, and it even had an awesome impact explosion to go with it. It's very rare fireballs are touched up and almost every time they are, the fireball looks fantastic. A job well done, SoD developers. Job well done.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

Because the animations look so wonky, the Monstrous Nightmare doesn't look as good as it should. But when you're able to get a good glimpse of it--maybe while it's gliding--one can see that they did an excellent job on this dragon. The tiny scale detail is always a detail I'll greatly appreciate, even if I have to zoom in to see it; it's something that didn't have to be done but it was done anyways. It's the little things that count!

 

Final Score: 7.4 Happy Papas out of 10

The Monstrous Nightmare may have the worst animations this game has to offer but don't let that deter you from the potential this common dragon holds. It can earn you at least a few trophies until you can get a hold of a faster dragon and two of its three offensive moves can hit multiple enemies in Dragon Tactics. Not to mention, if you look past the bad animations, this dragon looks true to what we've seen else where.

 

And that's it for the Monstrous Nightmare! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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can you do a titan boneknapper please? i knows its probably not that much diffrent from a normal boneknapper. but im curious to hear what you think! (also even though the titan bonaknapper is one of my favorite titans, i personally think its kinda usless in battles and racing and mostly a just for show titan)

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Week #26: Sweet Death

With Halloween just around the corner, why no do some of the more mysterious, spooky dragons?

 

Sweet Death

Overall Opinion: The Sweet Death is like a Pug. . .or perhaps more accurately, a Bloodhound: It's so wrinkly (well, it kinda looks like it), it looks cute. Unfortunately, it got the short end of the stick when it comes to utility and animations but if you manage to get one, give it some love. It's an underappreciated dragon and it can surely use a hug.

 

Likes

  • Design
  • Color options

Dislikes

  • Animations

Changes I'd Make

  • Update the animations - The Sweet Death came from a time when Toothless' animations were used on just about every dragon that wasn't a wyvern like the Skrill. And just like quite a few of those dragons, just because they're the animations of a beloved character of the franchise, doesn't mean they'll look good on it. The Sweet Death could really use its own animations. It could have a stealthy walk like the Deathgripper and run like a. . .I'm not sure. We don't know too much about the dragon outside of this game and Rise of Berk (movement wise), the latter of which primarily shows them flying (and while we're on flying, it could use much smoother flying animations). The only animation I'm fine with is the idle animation (for some reason, this thing don't sit); it shakes around like a wet dog, and while that might not seem like a Sweet Death thing, one could say it's shaking off any dirt on its scales after waiting around in the dirt for some food.

Recommended?: Ehh. . .it's an interesting line with this one. It's not really useful and the reused animations make it look kind of stiff but it also looks really good. Sooo. . .if you're looking for an interesting dragon to make itself at home in your stables, by all means consider these guys.

 

Rating

Utility: Happy Papas out of 10

The Sweet Death is surprisingly fast in racing and its turn rate, while it could use some work, definitely isn't the worst. Still, it won't be able to keep up with the more common racing dragons or even the rare ones like the Razorwhip and Windwalker. For the Dreadfall event, the Sweet Death has actually become quite useful some of the candy quests but because that's gonna go away sometime in November, I'm not putting it towards the score. Stick to your Zipplebacks. With a shot limit of 5 and the difficulty of aiming it, this dragon is not good for battle events. And since this dragon isn't available in Dragon Tactics yet. . .yeah. That's even less points.

 

Color Options: 9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Sweet Death doesn't have bad color options; you can color the entire dragon and you can make it as dark or as light as you please. But like the Gronckle, the many spots on this dragon can easily overpower or be overshadowed by the dragon's main color.

 

Animations: 3 Happy Papas out of 10

The Sweet Death has Toothless' old animations, minus the the idle animation where it shakes around. And by "old" animations, I mean when it's hovering, its tail doesn't go down like Toothless' or the Stormcutter does. Toothless' animations are outdated and kinda stiff and putting them on the Sweet Death doesn't change that fact. Furthermore, it hardly represents this elusive dragon. Now I'm not asking for this thing to look majestic but something more suited for the Sweet Death would do it some justice.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

I'm not a huge fan of the Sweet Death's acidic blast but because it looks so unique from the other acid blasts we've seen, I can't help but give it a good score. It's hard to see--which is the main reason I don't like it that much--but unlike the other acid spitters, it's thin and not primarily green. It has some green on it, yes, but it has a brown base. For some reason, I get breakfast vibes when I see the Sweet Death fire so I'm going to say it looks like acidic maple syrup. . .maybe it's diet maple syrup but maple syrup nonetheless.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Sweet Death looks like what we see in Rise of Berk, though there was a comic that showed off this dragon's tree-like tongue. . .and I'd love to see that part of its design implemented here. Nevertheless, it's still a pretty cool looking dragon.

 

Final Score: 6.8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Sweet Death isn't the most useful dragon around and its animations leave much to be desired but those who look past its faults will obtain a spooky companion indeed. . .okay, the only thing spooky about it is its name but. . .like. . .it looks huggable in this game. It looks like if you give it a big squeeze, the worst it would do is let out gas from either end. Give your Sweet Death a hug today and flaunt it off as a Dreadfall-esque trophy dragon.

 

And that's it for the Sweet Death! Feel free to leave your opinons and suggestions!

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Week #27: Titan Boneknapper

Happy Halloween Dreadfall everyone! . . .okay, it doesn't technically start until tomorrow (at least in my area) but I'm not entirely sure if I'll get a review up for the occasion so might as well say it early, right? Now, up next is the Titan stage of Gobber's ex-nemesis and perhaps the most widely known Dreadfall Titan alongside the Flightmare!

 

Titan Boneknapper

Overall Opinion: The Titan Boneknapper made its grand appearance in the Archiepelago with the 2016 Dreadfall update (the same update that introduced secondary starters, one of which literally made Dreadfall a thing on Berk: The Flightmare!) and with good reason; a dragon like the Boneknapper--ya know, the one that wears dragon bones its entire life--is perfect for the season and the Titan only takes it up a notch! But like real-life decorations, it's nice to show off but it's not exactly the most useful otherwise.

 

Likes

  • Design
  • Fireball
  • Animations

Dislikes

  • Low utility - Sadly, this doesn't change with the Titan stage.

Changes I'd Make

  • Make it more useful - I didn't know how I'd make the Boneknapper useful when I first did its review so I didn't put anything in this section for the dragon. But with the Dreadfall event quests, some dragons that weren't all that useful suddenly had a spotlight on them and the Boneknapper's one of them! So I would for it to be more viable in stable missions. The Titan stage specifically can have quests made specifically for the species, similar to the Titan Skrill, Titan Thunderdrum, and Titan Stormcutter.

Recommended?: Of course I recommend it! For Dreadfall. Otherwise, you might wanna save your gems (or runes) because it isn't as great as it is terrifying.

 

Rating

Utility: 4 Happy Papas out of 10

Not much has changed from the regular Boneknapper: The Titan Boneknapper is still outclassed in every aspect of this category by the Titan Thunderdrum. It's saddles don't help with its poor speed, its low shot limit and near-inability to aim means it's not good for battle events, and its small movement in conjunction with moves that have no secondary effects means it probably won't do as much as damage as other members of your team. However, it does take hits pretty well. It only became useful in stable missions when the Dreadfall event rolled around, and even then, you're in the clear if you have [Titan] Thunderdrums. Like most Titans, the only reason the Titan Boneknapper has a higher score than the regular Boneknapper is because as a Titan, it has access to more quests.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Boneknapper has excellent color options; in fact, they're the same as the regular Boneknapper's (like the Monstrous Nightmare)!

 

Animations: 9.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Boneknapper has nice animations but it doesn't look any less silly when its running and the Nadder animations still don't suit it.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Boneknapper's fire is everything a Titan's fireball should be: Bigger and brighter! And to make it even better, it has some blue in it! But, imagine this: What if it had the Dramillion's fire (like I recommended for the regular Boneknapper) but on a much bigger scale and with that same blue flame at the front of the fireball like the current Titan Boneknapper's fireball? That'd be a dream. . .in fact, it'd probably break the Papa scale.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Boneknapper's design is great! It even looks better than the one in Rise of Berk if you ask me, and it's rare SoD surpasses that game with Titan designs. The best part of this Titan is the skull; those razor sharp teeth and large horns? Sign me up! The Boneknapper looks cuter here than in any other form of media and Titan Boneknapper decided to make live up to this species' ominous nature.

 

Final Score: 8.7 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Boneknapper isn't the most useful dragon you'll add to your flock but it's definitely a spectacular Dreadfall addition if you're looking for one. But not even the return of Dreadfall has made this a common sight around the Archipelago so it never hurts to add another rare sight to your collection!

 

And that's it for the Titan Boneknapper! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #27: Deathgripper

Up next is another scary dragon that made its debut in the Hidden World (to bad it didn't go very well for the big fellas)!

 

Deathgripper

Overall Opinon: If witnessing Grimmel's Deathgrippers in actions wasn't enough to make you want one of these (be it because of their injustice or just how awesome they were), School of Dragons will certainly sway you. If the movie did make you want one, SoD will make you want to have a dozen. Is it useful? Eeehhh. . .it could be better. But look at it: IT'S CUTE. And its baby stage? Move over other baby dragons because the baby Deathgripper gets to wear the cuteness crown for a minute.

 

Likes

  • Animations
  • Color options
  • Design

Dislikes

  • Lackluster speed

Changes I'd Make

  • Improve its speed - I love that it has access to saddles nowadays but it still can't keep up with quite a few dragons; in fact, most dragons surpass it. And considering these things are capable of successfully hunting Night Furies (and presumably Light Furies), I think they should be faster. Now, as always, I'm not asking for it to be as fast as the Furies (even though I'd love for that to happen) but it should definitely give them a run for their money like the Sand Wraith does.

Recommended?: Yes, only because it's such a great looking dragon and SoD helped give it a little justice by making it cute(r). But like the Titan stage, it's not recommended if you're in need of a useful dragon.

 

Rating

Utility: 4.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Deathgripper doesn't have much going for it outside of Dragon Tactics: It's too slow to be viable in racing, it's hard to aim and it has an average shot limit so it can't compete with dragons like the Gronckle or Hobgobbler, and there isn't any stable missions this dragon thrives in that older, much easier to obtain dragons can't do just as good, if not better. And it could use some work in Dragon Tactics; it's certainly not bad but I'd love for some changes to be made. Maybe it can have a better range or its attacks can hit multiple enemies.

 

Color Options: 8.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Deathgripper has great color options. The only reason it scored lower than the Titan Deathgripper is because its wings can't be colored seperately like on the aforementioned Titan. I never understood why this was done but it doesn't look bad by any means; in fact, as you move down the wing, I think it gets a little brighter, which is a very nice touch.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Deathgripper's animations are stunning; need I say more?

 

Fireball: 8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Deathgripper has a really nice, bright green acidic blast for its fireball. But it looks so small and a bit lackluster compared to what we see in the movie; now, I'm not asking for a whole overhaul like the Titan Deathgripper's fireball (which was super awesome by the way) but I'd love for it to have an orange trail or maybe even have a little fire when it reaches its target (similar to the sparks of the Devillish Dervish's fireball).

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Deathgripper looks fantastic already. But somehow, in this game, they took the cuteness meter and smashed. They made it looks utterly adorable! Maybe the fact that it has free will and was essentially granted a new life (well. . .the latter primarily applies to the expansion Deathgripper) has something to do with it. . .anyways. School of Dragons did an excellent job with this Strike Class dragon and gave it the justice it deserved.

 

Final Score: 8.2 Happy Papas out of 10

While the Deathgripper may never be granted a peaceful life and pleasant rider on the big screen or any other form of media out of the games for that matter, veteran and potential Deathgripper trainers alike can be at peace knowing that these dragons can at least live the good life on SoD. Sure, they aren't fast and they're not good battle dragons but they're not the worse DT dragon out there and they make for stellar trophy dragons otherwise. A must have for any dragon rider wondering what dragon they'd like to take on next.

 

Before we continue, a moment of silence for Grimmel's Deathgrippers. Gone but certainly not forgotten (but not given a second chance either in the film). . .

 

Moment of silence over. That's it for the Deathgripper! Feel free to leave your opinons and suggestions!

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Week #27: Skrillknapper

Happy Dreadfall/Halloween everybody! Looks like I will be able to get in a review today. ^^ And what better dragon to cover than our first Dreadfall exclusive?

 

Skrillknapper

Overall Opinion: Remember when we all thought the Hobgobbler was overpriced? This dragon takes it to the next level. But unlike the Hobgobbler, the Skrillknapper can't be bought with gems (well, not directly anyways); as of now, the only way to obtain it is by earning 15,000 candy during the 2019 Dreadfall event, which had a very buggy start and even now, it still isn't fully functional (but hey, what is in this game?). Now, like the Scavenger Hunt, this was a great idea with a poor execution. I could go on and on about what I don't like about this event but that's a story for another day; for now, we'll focus on one reason, which is the Skrillknapper isn't worth how much time and effort (and/or money) you have to put into it. Is it cool? Yes. Is it anything other than that? Only in Dragon Tactics.

 

Likes

  • Fireball
  • Dragon Tactics performance
  • Color options
  • Design
  • Animations

Dislikes

  • Acquisition process
  • Poor racing performance
  • Low utility

Changes I'd Make

  • Make the egg available in the store - I guess this wouldn't be a Dreadfall exclusive if you could just buy it in the store whenever you want now is it? To remedy this, it could only be available in October. This dragon just isn't worth the grind (again, this is all my opinion) and I'd rather just get it from the store. And you can't get more than one (at this time) so putting it in the store, even if it's only for a month, would be much better than spending days, possibly weeks, getting just one dragon egg.
  • Increase the speed - I understand the lore reason as to why this dragon isn't as fast as its Skrill parent; it's hauling around all that skeleton armor. But it's slower than both of its parents. I would've loved for it to be faster than the Boneknapper but slower than the Skrill.

Recommended?: Nnnnoo? Like I said, the only way to earn the Skrillknapper is by earning 15k candies through the 2019 Dreadfall event so I'm not sure if it makes sense to recommend it. So instead, I'll ask this: Is it worth it? No, not really.

 

Rating

Utility: 5 Happy Papas out of 10

With low speed and not the best turn and acceleration, the Skrillknapper isn't a good choice for racing. Being a recent dragon, the Skrillknapper isn't very viable in stable missions; stick to your handy dandy Skrills. In battle, it's pretty difficult to aim because, like the Deathgripper, it's very bouncy while hovering. And with an average shot limit of 6, it won't succeed otherwise. Finally, there's Dragon Tactics; this is where the hybrid part actually matters. It takes the best moves of each parent and sticks it on one dragon! Its long-ranged primary attack reduces how much your enemy can move across the board for a turn and its secondary close range attack stuns the enemy! It can also boost its dodge and recover a little bit of health over a few turns.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

Thankfully, the Skrillknapper has the great color options of its parents; other than the skeleton armor, you can color all of this dragon in any way you please.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

Another thing I'm thankful for about the Skrillknapper: It has its own animations instead of "hybrid animations" like the Woolly Howl and Sand Wraith. It's kinda funny. . .a hybrid dragon has its own animations but the aforementioned dragons have hybrid animations. XD Jokes aside, the Skrillknapper has excellent animations and they're incredibly lively; from how floppy the wing tips are when the dragon flaps its wings in flight to the way it breathes while sitting down, the developers really did a good job on this dragon's animations and makes me look forward to any potential dragons we get in the future (assuming anymore will be added).

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Skrillknapper is an awesome fireball; fire mixed with lightning! But the fire looks a bit more like the Dramillion fire than the Boneknapper (or Titan Boneknapper's fire); I guess I'm not the only one who thought it would be fitting for the dragon. You'll be able to spot this fireball from a mile away because of how bright and vibrant it is.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Skrillknapper looks like what it's supposed to: A combination of the Skrill and Boneknapper. But the unusually large frill is a bit weird. Otherwise, I think they did a great job on this dragon. The best part is the attentioned paid to its skin; it was done so well, I can imagine how this thing would feel!

 

Final Score: 9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Skrillknapper is a difficult dragon to obtain and once you get it, you'll at least have an excellent dragon to use in Dragon Tactics. Still, if only you could get more than one; it's not a special variant of a species like the Elder Sentinel or the Smitten Hobgobbler, it's a hybrid dragon that you're unable to obtain otherwise (at the time of writing).

 

That's it for the Skrillknapper! Once again, happy Dreadfall/Halloween and feel free to leave your suggestions and opinons!

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Week #28: Titan Woolly Howl

Greetings everyone! Sorry for the sudden and lengethy halt to the reviews. A lot happened last month and I needed time to just recover. Now I'm feeling a lot better and up for some reviews! So I decided to kick off my return, I'm going to do a Titan I've been holding off for the wintery holidays:

 

Titan Woolly Howl

Overall Opinion: The Titan Woolly Howl was one of the most highly requested Titans, alongside dragons like the Sand Wraith and Speed Stinger, and boy did they deliver. The Titan Woolly Howl looks fantastic and has some utility to it.

 

Likes

  • Design
  • Dragon Tactics performance
  • Color options
  • Size

Dislikes

  • Teeth are the same color as the main color of the dragon - This isn't the only dragon with this problem but it bugs me a little more on this Titan because the original Woolly Howl doesn't have this problem.
  • Poor turn rate

Changes I'd Make

  • Fix the teeth
  • Improve the turn rate - Maybe not a substantial increase but I feel like such a swift dragon should be able to make turns a little better. The Titan Woolly turns better than the Skrill at least but a little improvement would be nice.

Recommended?: Yes! It's not a better choice over the Sand Wraith in racing or a good choice in battle but it's phenomenal in Dragon Tactics and you'd be missing out on the majesty that is this Titan.

 

Rating

Utility: 6.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Woolly Howl is a fast dragon but it doesn't outspeed the Sand Wraith and it may have trouble keeping up with the faster (but not as agile) Skrill. However, it does have access to the Master Saddle but contrary to the name, it's not as good as the Rider's Saddle. Still, it's nothing to scoff at and worth investing in for this fan favorite. Right now, the Titan Woolly Howl is great for the Snoggletog 2019 Stable Quests but otherwise, it's not the best dragon to use for stable missions and because the Snoggletog quests are temporary, I'm not contributing its utility in these quests. In battle events, it has an average shot limit of 6 and deals 15 damage. It's difficult to aim from the recharge station and fires just as, if not a little slower, than the Gronckle so it's not the best choice. Finally, there's Dragon Tactics: Both of its attacks are long ranged. The primary attack has a chance of making your enemy vulnerable, meaning you'll always hit the target, and the secondary attack reduces how much your oppononent can move across the board. It can also boost its damage output; all-in-all, a fantastic choice for DT.

 

Color Options: 8 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Woolly Howl has great color options but the main color of the dragon plays a huge role in how the other colors show up on the dragon. That being said, the dragon can be made as bright or as dark as you want it to be but if you choose a dark color as the main color and choose bright colors for the secondary or teritary colors, the latter two might not show up as bright as you'd like, and vice versa. But once you find a good color combination, it looks fantastic on this dragon; it's essentially another Titan Deadly Nadder situation.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Woolly Howl shares the same combination of animations as the Titan Sand Wraith, minus the fact it doesn't stick its tongue out during its sitting idle animations. They still look good and I think its best the tongue stays in its mouth so it gets a perfect score here.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Woolly Howl's fireball follows the criteria I have set for most Titan fireballs: It's bigger, brighter, and easy to distinguish from the regulr Woolly Howl's. However, I wish it kept the swirling effect the regular Woolly Howl's fireball has; it's the only reason I prefer its fireball over the Titan's. Otherwise, its a fantastic fireball.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Woolly Howl looks amazing. It's on the same level of majesty as the Titan Stormcutter and is pretty big (in fact, it's almost, if not just as big as the Titan Stormcutter). It looks like a dragon you'd see reigning over a massive snow-covered region and one look would be enough to make you not set foot in it. The only drawback is the teeth are the same color as the main color of the dragon but it's not enough to take away from the score.

 

Final Score: 8.9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Woolly Howl is a nicely designed dragon that would make any great flock of dragons become even greater. While it's lackluster in stable missions and battle events and struggles a little in racing, it thrives in Dragon Tactics. A worthy addition to any flock indeed, especially if you're in need of long ranged attacker of the Ice element.

 

And that's it for the Titan Woolly Howl! I really missed doing these reviews so I'll be trying to get more out before the year ends. ^^ Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #29: Night Fury (Toothless)

. . .so may or may not have accidentally forgot to do some reviews in the midst of the holiday season. ^^; What with potato dragons and the Night Lights comin' to SoD. . .heh. And since the Furies were the highlight of the 2019 holiday season, I thought we should kick off the new decade with the first premium dragon of the game, one of the oldest dragons in the game in fact. The dragon that is the face of the franchise, the King of most Dragons:

 

Toothless

Overall Opinion: Ah, the legend himself: Toothless, the King of most Dragons and the last surviving Night Fury. How does the game treat'im? Well, as mentioned earlier, he was the first premium dragon introduced in the game; you either have to spend 300 gems weekly or get a 3-month or longer membership in order to use him. While lacking in the customization department (not including paints and skins), he's certainly a great dragon to have on standby.

 

Likes

  • Whenever a new paint or skin is released, you can bet your bottom dollar Toothless will get a version of it.
  • Design - You can't really mess up with Toothless so it's no surprise he looks good
  • "Alpha" fireball

Dislikes

  • Outdated animations
  • Lack of customization - Of course, Toothless' color can't be changed, I'm not upset about that. But in the series, we've seen him go through various tail fins, yet he's been stuck with the same red tail fin from the second movie.
  • You need an active membership to use him; if you don't rewnew, Toothless will sit in your stables but won't be useable. There is an exception to this; those who got Toothless before October 2014 (or 2013, I can't remember) get permanent access to Toothless. . .whether or not renewing it tampers with this is unknown (to me at least).

Changes I'd Make

  • Update the animations - Toothless' animations definitely aren't the worst but they're very stiff compared to the Light Fury's. He's definitely overdue for some new animations.
  • Make the tail fin customizeable - Toothless has had many tail fins in the franchise, from the famous red fin in the first movie to the final automatic black fin in the third film. So it's honestly a bit surprising you can't change his tail fins; you're always stuck with the red tail fin from the second movie. On top of that, there's quite a few moments in the game where Toothless flies on his own with the red tail fin. That's why it'd be great if his other tail fins were introduced as accessories (instead of hideout decor like right now. . .), to add a little more incentive to get the Night Fury and making yours a little more distinct from the hundreds of other Toothless' flying around. Some will argue that people will pretend that Toothless is a wild Night Fury, especially with the black tail fin, but to that I say. . .well, sorry to sound rude, but who cares? This is a game where you can slap a hero skin on a dragon and call it Meatlug or Cloudjumper; someone pretending Toothless isn't, well, Toothless, shouldn't even be the least of your problems, especially if they're not stirring up any trouble! *ahem* Mini rant over. . .so yeah, changing out Toothless' tail fins would be great and giving the NPC Toothless the black tail fin from the third would be awesome too (at the very least, he could have this fin in Hidden World). Alternatively, just changing the color of his tail would be nice; since it's just the tail fin, maybe it can cost 5 gems to change its colors?
  • Don't let Toothless take up stable space - Someone else recommended this and I couldn't agree more; since Toothless is only good for as long as your membership lasts, I don't think he should take up stable space. I'd like to see a system similar to Titan Uprising implemented for him and the Light Fury. In the aforementioned game, event dragons require a certain amount of trust points to be useable; if you don't have enough space, the dragon will show up in your roster but it won't count towards your roster count. Example: I have 114 slots with 10 event dragons and 111 useable dragons. Even though there's techincally 121 dragons in the roster, those 10 event dragons don't count so long as you don't acquire the necessary trust points; it's only after you get enough points that they take up space. Maybe the premimum Furies can have a special stable that's accessible as long as your membership is active. It's much better than having two dragons take up space that could be used by forever dragons.
  • Improve Toothless' recharge rate - Not by a lot but I think he should fire just a little faster in the game. He launched some powerful shots at all the Alpha dragons he's challenged at a relatively rapid rate, hence why I think it'd be nice to see the rate improved.

Recommended?: Yes; even someone who doesn't take Toothless out often (like myself) will find him to be useful in some shape or form.

 

Rating

Utility: 8.5 Happy Papas out of 10

Since he's a Night Fury--and a membership dragon--it's no surprise Toothless is the best racing dragon in the game. His already spectacular stats are only improved further with all the saddles he has access to and is easy to maneuver once you get used to his speed. For stable missions, he has his own gem quest: Long Night Flight. However, that quest only has a maximum success rate of 65%, and that's only when he reaches rank 30 or higher. He's also great for quests like Lab Assistant and Ancient Stones; there's some quests where he exclusively gets a bit of a boost whereas others wouldn't. In Dragon Tactics, he can improve his dodge, speed (movement), and his firepower all at once for three turns (it used to be 7 or 8 turns but it got nerfed) and both of his attacks are long ranged. The only thing Toothless falls short in is battle events; with a slow recharge rate and average shot limit of 6, he's lackluster. He's also difficult to aim so the recharge station can't save him; stick to your Gronckles and Titan Thunderderums.

 

Color Options:  Happy Papas out of 10

You can't customize Toothless outside of paints and skins.

 

Animations: 7 Happy Papas out of 10

Toothless doesn't have bad animations; in fact, they were once considered so good, quite a few dragons have his animations. But when you compare him to his lady friend, he's stiff. I'd love for him to have his animations updated or at least made smoother. The way he moves when he's "climbing" (flying upward) is the most offputting to me; if he wasn't moving so fast or bobbing so much, it'd probably look a lot better. That said, the soaring animation should be left untouched; he looks phenomenal when he's soaring through the sky.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

Toothless is one of the few dragons with different fireballs without the need of a Titan upgrade: Default Toothless has a pretty nice fireball, similar to what we've seen in the franchise while most of his skins give him his Alpha fireball, which is a huge, bright fireball with a massive explosion; it's very similar to the huge blasts he was firing at Drago's Bewilderbeast in the second film. In other words, he essentially got a Titan upgrade to his fireball and it looks fantastic, even alongside the more recent Titan fireballs!

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

It's Toothless; he's gotta look great and he does! His paints improve the texture of his scales, which already look solid. Again, the only drawback is his tail fin, which wouldn't be as bad as it is if there weren't so many recent instances where he flies with the red tail fin but without Hiccup controlling it.

 

Final Score: 7.1 Happy Papas out of 10

The developers certainly made Toothless a worthy premium dragon; he's got great speed, he's awesome in Dragon Tactics, and he's a solid canidate for stable missions. However, he's a good as a sitting duck if you don't renew your membership and he'll continue to take up stable space. While changeable tail fins would be nice, he's still a great addition to any flock.

 

And that's it for the beloved Night Fury! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Eeeee, I was wondering when you'd get around to Toothie :3 

 

Well done as always, Kas! :D 

 

Not sure if this has been done already... but maybe a titan Buffalord? 

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Yep, that one's been done (unfortunately, I don't know how to link specific posts). ^^ That being said, I have yet to do the standard Buffalord so you can look forward to that in the future!

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Week #30: Light Fury

Might as well do the rest of the Fury family! Some people love this dragon, some hate it, others are neutral. Give a warm welcome to our next elusive dragon!

 

Light Fury

Overall Opinion: Ah, the Light Fury; it should be worth noting that Rise of Berk, Titans Uprising, and SoD don't have any Light Furies besides Toothless' girlfriend, despite there being multiple Light Furies in the Hidden World. Very unfortunate but what can ya do? "Luckily" (not sure if it's really lucky), she's just called "Light Fury" so it's easier to let your imagination run wild than it is with Toothless. Anyways. . .like Toothless, the Light Fury is a membership exclusive dragon and while not as great as the Night Fury, she's great to have on standby.

 

Likes

  • Animations
  • Fireball

Dislikes

  • No saddles
  • No paints
  • You need to have an active membership to use the Light Fury, just like Toothless. That means if you can't renew, you'll have two useless dragons sitting in your stables.
  • It's Toothless' girlfriend - Okay, okay, I know you've all heard this a lot so I'll try to keep it short. When we first heard the Light Fury was coming to SoD, I was hoping it wouldn't follow in Rise of Berk's footsteps and only give us Toothless' mate; there were multiple Light Furies in the third film after all! But sadly, we were given the most notable Light Fury of the franchise. Now before everyone says it, I know why this was done: Money. More incentive to buy a membership, more money in JumpStart and DreamWork's pockets; that's not a bad thing! More money means more improvements to the game, possibly improve the game's longevity before the inevitable shut down. . .*ahem* back on track. But just because I understand why things are the way they are, doesn't mean I'm gonna be happy with it. So in a nutshell, I will forever be bummed out that we'll never have our own customizeable, nameable Light Furies in the game but it is what it is.

Changes I'd Make

  • Give the Light Fury access to paints and saddles - I'm putting these together because I think they're not available for the same reason: This is Toothless' girlfriend after all. Dean DeBlois has made it quite clear that she's a wild dragon, hence her lack of a name. I imagine that comes into play here; I mean, we're already riding her! Not that SoD follows canon all the time. . .but yeah, that could be why she has no access to such things. However, that doesn't change the fact that she could definitely use a saddle. The Light Fury's strong point is racing but you're better off using Toothlesss since he'll outspeed her with his saddles. Paints are more like the cherry on top; I just love being able to put paints and skins on my dragon.
  • Don't let the Light Fury take up stable space - I describe this in my Toothless review. Basically, make a special space for the Alpha couple so they don't take up space that could be used by dragons you have permanent access to (I know two stable slots might not seem like much but every space counts!)

Recommended?: No. The Light Fury is as fast as Toothless but because Toothless has saddles, he's the better choice; the Light Fury is as good as Toothless in everything else, if not slightly worse.

 

Rating

Utility: 5.5 Happy Papas out of 10

The Light Fury is as fast and easy to race with as Toothless but without saddles, even she will struggle to surpass her fellow Fury. She isn't very useful in stable missions--something most new dragons struggle with--and performs as well as Toothless in battle events, having the same shot limit, recharge rate, and damage per shot (28; assuming Toothless isn't wearing a skin that is). In Dragon Tactics, she can boost her dodge and both of her attacks are mid-ranged. Her primary attack reduces your target's damage while her secondary attack has a chance to burn the enemy. In a nutshell, she's a downgraded Toothless (outside of Dragon Tactics at least; I personally find her worse than Toothless in DT but some may consider her just as good or better), which wouldn't be so bad if she wasn't a premium dragon.

 

Color Options:  Happy Papas out of 10

Like Toothless, you can't customize the Light Fury.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Light Fury's animations are wonderful and so smooth compared to Toothless' animations. As always, the flying animation is my favorite, especially when she's going up. It's just so smooth compared to Toothless and I can't get over it! Also her idle animation is perfect; she's pawing at the air the same way she smacked Toothless in the movie. XD

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

They really outdid themselves with this one. Light Fury's fireball is amazing! It might not look like much at first but wait until it hits something; on impact, it creates a large, purple ring, very similar to the one in the movie! It makes Toothless' normal plasma blast (not to be confused with the "Alpha" plasma blast) look incredibly mediocre, which has a much less impressive explosion.

 

Design: 9.5 Happy Papas out of 10

Not only is this a premium dragon but it's also the mate to the most important dragon in the franchise; of course the Light Fury's going to look great! But her face looks a little. . .weird. She doesn't appear to have as much expression as Toothless, hence the lower score.

 

Final Score: 7 Happy Papas out of 10

The Light Fury is unfortunately inferior to Toothless in most aspects but in the few places she isn't--animations and fireball--she excels in by a landslide. Her lack of saddles is her greatest weakness but she can at least take over for Toothless if he happens to run out of energy from racing or stable missions.

 

And that's it for the Light Fury! Feel free to leave your opinons and suggestions!

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Week #31: Night Lights

Time to finish up the Fury Family! Snoggletog introduced to these adorable little dragons and the Friendship Festival put them in the Great Hall with their parents. Now, although there's three different individuals, I'm going to rate them all as one dragon since they're all the same species.

 

Also on the side note, instead of putting the zero for the Happy Papa ratings, I'll be using "O"; for some reason, putting zero without anything else with it (like for 10 or 20) makes it disappear.

 

Night Lights

Overall Opinion: The Night Lights were around during the Snoggletog 2019 event; while Dart was available in the store, you had to earn cookies to get her brothers. A substantial improvement from the Dreadfall 2019 event. . .anywho, these little dragons are rideable and are great racers like their parents. Unsurprisingly, you can't rename or customize them but hey, that's what the wonderful imagination is for! All-in-all, the Night Lights make for cute, speedy additions to the flock.

 

Likes

  • Animations
  • Design
  • Racing performance

Dislikes

  • The're stuck as babies forever; the closest we'll ever get to an adult Night Light is the measurements listed in one of the books released for the third film (I think it was World of Dragons). I mean, I wasn't expecting to ever get adult Night Lights--DreamWorks hasn't given the green light and probably never will--but it's kinda weird flying around on baby dragons.

Changes I'd Make: N/A

Recommended?: Yes! The Night Lights are the only Furies you can get without a membership and while they're still bested by Toothless, they can give the Light Fury a run for her money. Plus, they're super cute!

 

Rating

Utility: 4 Happy Papas out of 10

As is the case with more recent dragons, the Night Lights aren't useful in Stable Missions. In battle, they all have a shot limit of 6 but they deal between 12 to 14 damage (24 - 28 critical damage); Dart deals 14 damage, Ruffrunner deals 13, and Pouncer does 12  Aside from the differences in damage, they all perform the same; they have the same rate of fire and recharge rate as their parents and they're seemingly just a smidge easier to aim. Despite that, I wouldn't recommend using them. Like many dragons, they aren't available in Dragon Tactics but what's interesting is they don't show up in the listing at all, more than likely due to them being babies (there's the issue of grown Vikings riding baby dragons, I don't think SoD could get away with making said babies fight). Finally, there's racing. Like the Light Fury, the Night Lights have excellent racing potential but no saddles means they'll always be struggling to catch up with their father. Similar to their firepower, each Night Light has slightly differing racing stats, though not enough for me to say one Night Light is better than the others; they seem to have the same speed but their turn and pitch rates are a little different between each other.

 

Color Options: O Happy Papas out of 10

You can't customize the Night Lights.

 

Animations: 9.5 Happy Papas out of 10

Each Night Light has a unique idle animation while they all have the same sleeping animation; for example, Ruffrunner frequently yawns and stretches while Pouncer nips at his tail. All of the Night Lights have the Light Fury's flying and running animations and Toothless' swimming animations; aka, they took the best animations of both parents and used'em for the babies. Everything but the sleeping animation looks great; the sleeping animation makes these dragons too human in my book, not to mention it makes the paw holding up their head look weird.

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Nights Lights share the same fireball and said fireball looks great! It looks like Toothless' fireball in the third film when he was trying to cloak like the Light Fury. An awesome fireball is a great way to end 2019!

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Night Lights look incredibly adorable! Dare I say, maybe even cuter than they were in Homecoming! Like other small dragons turned rideable, the Night Lights were made bigger but it doesn't take away from their cuteness in the slightest.

 

Final Score: 6.7 Happy Papas out of 10

The Night Lights were difficult dragons to earn (Dart was 2500/2000 gems while Ruffrunner and Poucer required the rarer cookies) but once you got your hands on one, you'll have 1-3 excellent additions to your flock. Their strong suit is racing; no surprise since they're the offspring of two of the fastest dragons in the series. If racing isn't your cup of tea, take a look at them; they're so cute, it's difficult to pass them up!

 

And that's it for the Night Lights! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #32: Titan Timberjack

Heya everybody! It's certainly been a minute. . .sorry to keep y'all hanging. It's been difficult to find the drive to do quite a bit of things lately and sadly, this was one of those things. Hopefully now, I'll finally get into the drive and actually stick to it. ^^; So to kick off my potential return, I finally bring another Titan review!

 

Titan Timberjack

Overall Opinion: The Titan Timberjack is very reminscent of Axewing the Second from Titans Uprising, not that I have a problem with it. This thing looks awesome and I know it was a Titan quite a few people wanted (granted, I didn't see a demand for it as high as the Scauldron or the Speed Stinger but it was there regardless).

 

Likes

  • Design
  • Fireball
  • Color options
  • Size

Dislikes

  • Poor pitch and turn rate - I know the Timberjack is a massive dragon that's more wing than dragon but I thought it would dive and turn better than it does. In fact, I think the Typhoomerang dives a bit better than it, and that dragon risks serious injury doing it due to not being able to pull up quick enough.
  • No saddles

Changes I'd Make

  • Improve the pitch and/or rate- I'm not saying this needs to be as nimble as a Night Fury but I would love for either one to be improved.
  • Give it some saddles - If a Buffalord can have a saddle, why can't a Timberjack?

Recommended?: This is a must for Timberjack lovers. But if you're in need of a more useful Sharp Class Titan, I would lean towards the Razorwhip and/or Stormcutter.

 

Rating

Utility: 6.5 Happy Papas out of 10

Due to its poor turn and pitch rate, the Titan Timberjack can be difficult to race with. Add on the fact that it has no saddles and you have yourself a dragon not exactly fit for racing. With a shot limit of 8 and dealing 12 damage per shot (24 for critical hits), the Titan Timberjack makes more a slightly above average battler. It isn't an idea dragon to aim from the recharge station. With the removal of stable missions, there's even less areas for this Titan to shine and the areas it can--namely getting Titan runes--can be done better by the Titan Razorwhip or Nadder. Finally, there's Dragon Tactics. It has a close-ranged primary attack that hits multiple enemies and a mid-ranged secondary attack that reduces an enemy's attack for a few turns. It can also heal itself.

 

Color Options: 9 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Timberjack has excellent color options. Unfortunately, its belly can't colored in like the regular Timberjack, which is the only thing keeping it from a perfect score. You can make it as vibrant or as dark as you please.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Timberjack has its own unique, stellar animations, although watching them makes me wonder how it must feel to constantly drag around its body when it walks. Aside from that, this dragon moves as majestically as you'd expect it to and when it slumbers, it becomes a tent. How cute!

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

When this Titan first came out, its fireball was completely green, which could've been a nod to Axewing the Second in Titans Uprising, who--alongside other green dragons--produced green fireballs. That, or it was just a cool idea. Either way, now it looks like a bunch of green bubbles with a streak of reddish-orange fire streaking behind it. In terms of colors, it's kinda similar to the Titan Deathgripper! And it looks really cool; not as magical as the green fireball but substantially cooler.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

Like I keep mentioning a thousand times, the Titan Timberjack is pretty much Axewing the Second. He looks awesome, and so do the Titans here! I think the best part is the fiery pattern on the wings. Plus it's huge! I love my huge dragons.

 

Final Score: 9.1 Happy Papas out of 10

The Titan Timberjack is an excellent addition to any flock. Sure, it's not as useful as some other Sharp class Titans but it at least makes for a huge, phenomenal trophy dragon! Definitely consider adding one of these big beauties to your collection at some point.

 

And that's it for the Titan Timberjack! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!

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Week #32: Silver Phantom

Up next is perhaps one of, if not my top favorite Stoker Class dragon, both in the Books (mainly thanks to Vahallarama) and the Franchise/games:

 

Silver Phantom

Overall Opinion: The Silver Phantom is a rare sight that is very slowly becoming more common. Very. While on the lower end of the utility spectrum, this dragon is quite the beauty and makes for an excellent trophy dragon.

 

Likes

  • Design
  • Color options
  • Fireball
  • Animations

Dislikes

  • Low utility
  • No saddles

Changes I'd Make

  • Improve the turn rate and speed - With a supposed speed stat of 9.2 (something along those lines), you'd think this dragon would be faster but I've had shorter times with Stormcutters than the Silver Phantom (though my experience may be different from yours!). I'd love for this to fly faster and have a better turn rate so it can be viable in racing.
  • Give it saddles - All dragons deserve a saddle and the Silver Phantom's no different!
  • Add it to Dragon Tactics - If its racing performance can't be improved, the Silver Phantom should be added to Dragon Tactics.

Recommended?: Yes! It's not the most useful but it just looks so good.

 

Rating

Utility: 2 Happy Papas out of 10

The Silver Phantom isn't the best racer mainly because of its turn rate. If its turn rate was improved and it was given some saddles, I'm sure it could make a decent racer. As is the case with most recent dragons, the Silver Phantom isn't very useful in stable missions and no gem quests--again, as with all dragons--hinders its viablity. There are a few quests it can thrive in--mainly Fireworm Runes--but the Titan Monstrous Nightmare is the substantially better option. For battle events, it's no better than say Toothless; it has a shot limit of 6 and a rather slow recharge rate; it also has a slow rate of fire, meaning it's not a good choice to use from the recharge station. Then there's Dragon Tactics. . .it's not in the minigame yet.

 

Color Options: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Silver Phantom has amazing color options; you can color the whole dragon with all the colors of the spectrum! Perhaps the best part you're able to color are the wing edges; like the Stormcutter, this section was exectued perfectly.

 

Animations: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Silver Phantom has amazing animations. They defnitely contribute to this dragon's majesty and elegance. While I really love the flying animations--as I do with a good chunk of the dragons--I'm especially fond of how it sits. It just looks oh so regal. . .more so than the Fireworm Queen!

 

Fireball: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Silve Phantom has a nice blue fireball with an explosion that's a little delayed but looks, well, nice nonethless. As you know, I love seeing dragons with blue fire and the Silver Phantom was the first dragon I ever got with such a trait (Toothless is weird because his fireball always bounces between blue and purple and I'm not counting dragons like the Woolly Howl or Scauldron because they don't produce fireballs), meaning it holds an extra special spot in my heart when it comes to blue fire spitters. It's a rather simple fireball but it's still really appealing to the eye.

 

Design: 10 Happy Papas out of 10

The Silver Phantom, like the other Book dragons, was done justice here in SoD. If I had one bad thing to say about it, is how small the wings actually are. . .well, smallish. The giant holes long the wings make them seem bigger than they really are. At the same time, the holes make the wings look really cool when flying. So overall, a very well designed, elegant dragon for such a great dragon in the books.

 

Final Score: 8.4 Happy Papas out of 10

Is the Silver Phantom a useful dragon? Far from it. But is it a beautiful trophy dragon? Absolutely! While your Silver Phantom might not be off helping your dragons with tasks or defending the School Grounds when enemies stop by, it's still a gorgeous dragon to add to the flock and take to the skies with.

 

That's it for the Silver Phantom! Feel free to leave your opinions and suggestions!