The Monsterpocalypse rampages on when Privateer Press releases the first expansion set, I Chomp NY, in late March. Here’s an in-depth first look at Tharsis-5, a bizarre new Martian menace monster who appears fully prepared to trod upon Times Square. We’ve got full stats for Tharsis and his ultra form.
Tharsis-5 takes his name from a massive volcanic plateau on the planet Mars. It’s easy to imagine the harsh conditions there leading to the evolution of a massive creature like this. Tharsis-5 himself (itself?) is 50 feet of WTF – basically a mutant worm with giant clawed arms and some kind of metal helmet, all floating around on a huge green levitation beam. I don’t even want to imagine the ensuing panic when this thing rises out of the East River and starts blasting pieces off the Brooklyn Bridge. Click here to check out the full-size image, but BEWARE! It is not for the faint of heart!
Let’s check out the stats for Tharsis-5:
Brawl Boost: 2
Blast Boost: 1
Power Boost: 2
Abilities: Flight, Armored, Super Rampage, Energy Cycle (Blue)
Fairly middle of the road stats, with a notable exception – that’s a pretty good Brawl number. The Super Rampage and Armored abilities give Tharsis a lot of resilience. Armored is a new ability that prevents all damage caused by collisions, so he can smash through some buildings and go toe-to-toe with another monster without having to worry too much about getting thrown around. But Tharsis-5’s blue Energy Cycle can be a real game changer. It grants all Martian Menace units on your team the ability to recycle action dice, vastly increasing your flexibility when it comes to managing unit actions.
If Tharsis-5 goes down (or you want to spend four P-Dice), there’s always
Brawl Boost: 3
Blast Boost: 2
Power Boost: 3
Abilities: Flight, Crunch, Super Rampage, Energy Drain, Beat Back
The Ultra form is more of a pure assault monster. Slightly improved stats overall, and swaps the support oriented Energy Cycle for the “screw your opponent” Energy Drain. Then you combine Beat Back with Rampage…when military strategists talk about “shaping the battlefield,” I don’t think this is quite what they have in mind.
Someone is bound to say it, so let me get this out of the way. “I, for one, welcome our new giant floating legless claw-armed Martian overlords.” I do, honestly. This guy is going straight into my Martian Menace force come March.
Stay tuned next week – we have an awesome interview lined up with the man responsible for the city-stomping fun of I Chomp NY, Monsterpocalypse designer Erik Yaple.