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New article about the Kihraxz — Lightning Reflexes

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It's here: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2015/6/22/lightning-reflexes/  [EDIT] Page has gone down. Probably because they talked about putting various EPTs onto Graz, who has no EPT slot.

 

[EDIT 2] Article is back up, with the paragraph about Lightning Reflexes transferred from Grax to Talonbane Cobra, heh.

 

 

 

These changes can lead to serious distinctions on the battlefield. While the Kihraxz can't benefit from the resilience the X-wing gains through Astromechs like R2-D2 and R5-P9 , it can sucker punch enemy ships with a "Hot Shot" Blaster , or its pilots might use Glitterstim for an instant of profound clarity, both while attacking and defending, before the rush wears off and leaves them stressed.

Of course, there are also notable differences between torpedoes and missiles. Currently, all four types of torpedoes in X-Wing require you to acquire and spend a target lock, as well as discard the torpedo upgrade, in order to take your shot. While these shots can be as devastating as a five-hit blast from an advanced torpedo or kick your opponents when they're down by assigning stress or ion tokens to them, they all require you to spend that target lock. On the other hand, there are three types of missiles that you can fire without spending the tokens you'd like to use to modify their attacks: Ion Pulse Missiles , Proton Rockets , and Homing Missiles . Equipping any of these aboard your Kihraxz fighter makes it a bit more of a quick-trigger gunship than the X-wing.

Still, the most important distinction between these two versatile starfighters is revealed through a comparison of their maneuver dials.

 

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Both ships share the same total of fifteen maneuvers, but the Kihraxz trades away its speed "3" turns for a pair of speed "1" turns, then gains an extra speed "5" Koiogran turn, as well as two green speed "2" bank maneuvers. Without a straight speed "1" maneuver, the Kihraxz appears to be designed for pilots who are happy to abandon head-to-head, squad-based approaches in favor of more self-serving and predatory maneuvers. The Kihraxz isn't built like the game's traditional "arc dodgers," but it's great for ace pilots who can anticipate their opponents and turn sharply in tight quarters to lay pursuit.

This means that the Kihraxz isn't meant to be flown in tight formation like the X-wing, a ship whose pilots benefit from their ability to close in upon their targets slowly and deliberately while concentrating their firepower. Instead, its pilots are better served by utilizing flanking maneuvers and pincer tactics, dividing their opponents' attentions between two or more significant targets.

 

 

 

The Kihraxz in Action

In the end, though some fighters may be faster, tougher, or harder-hitting than others, every ship is limited or pushed to its limits by the pilot who flies it. In X-Wing, the Kihraxz benefits from some of the best and most aggressive pilots the Black Sun and the galaxy's other criminal organizations can hire.

 

The first of these are your Cartel Marauders , who cost you a mere twenty squad points each, meaning that you can build a squad of five. Though it may not benefit from the synergies provided by a talented leader like "Howlrunner" or Biggs Darklighter , such a squad would still boast an impressive total of fifteen attack dice and twenty-five points divided between hull and shields. Those are the sort of numbers that should give pause to any opponent.

Going to battle with five Cartel Marauders may be a good option for any Scum squad leader who's willing to abandon all the tricks that become available with higher pilot skill, elite pilot talents, illicit upgrades, and other upgrade options. Still, the Scum and

 

Villainy faction is so full of tricks to employ that sending unmodified ships almost feels criminal, especially when you can field a Black Sun Ace , boost your pilot skill value to "5" and gain an elite pilot talent upgrade slot for just two squad points more. This is particularly handy when you consider that the Kihraxz Fighter Expansion Pack comes with a copy of the powerful Predator upgrade, as well as Glitterstim. Outfitted with the two upgrades, your Black Sun Ace gains all sorts of tricks, including the ability to K-turn into a fully modified shot with a reroll and built-in focus token on both attack and defense.

 

Meanwhile, the first of the expansion's two unique aces, Graz the Hunter , highlight's the ship's aggressive maneuver dial with an ability that gives him an edge in the all-important opening volley. As he races at your foes, so long as he keeps his enemies within sight, Graz the Hunter gains an extra defense die. At Range "3," it's relatively easy to keep most enemy ships within arc, and that allows him to roll four defense dice. Then, as he flies into Range "1," he'll want to isolate his target, lock on, and take his Glitterstim, making sure he doesn't leave himself exposed to anyone outside of his firing arc. So long as he's not under fire from other sources, Graz can reliably count on getting the better of his foe, relying upon his four modified attack dice and three modified defense dice.

 

Finally, you have Talonbane Cobra , the first Scum and Villainy pilot with a pilot skill value of "9." His ability reads:

"When attacking or defending, double the effect of your range combat bonuses."

This means that Talonbane Cobra rolls four defense dice during any opening volley at Range "3," and then continues to benefit as he closes on his prey. When Talonbane Cobra races into Range "1," he shifts his priority from defense to offense, firing as many as five attack dice, which he can modify with a target lock and Glitterstim.

 

Moreover, even after the initial pass, Talonbane Cobra can joust with the best of them, gaining another edge from his Lightning Reflexes . If his Glitterstim leaves him stressed, Talonbane can simply execute a green, speed "1" bank maneuver, discard his Lightning Reflexes to rotate his ship 180 degrees, as with a Koiogran turn, and then, finally, take a stress token. All that stress may eventually catch up with him, but not before he gets in two or more punishing shots at close range.

 

 

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Blast Your Way to Profit

Some days, it's just good to be a part of the Black Sun criminal enterprise. There's always a market for illicit substances like Glitterstim, and many of the galaxy's most talented pilots are happy to help you protect your margins, at a reasonable rate, of course. Who will you hire to lead your Scum squadron?

 

Head to your local retailer and pre-order your copy of the Kihraxz Fighter Expansion Pack today!

 

 

I'm glad the PS2 only costs 20 (the way the X-Wing should be!). Lightning Reflexes is nice for just 1 point ... basically gives you kind of a Segnor's Loop plus an action. Not having a 1 straight hurts on that dial, though.

Edited by Danthrax

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ONE HARD, BABY! (wooooooo!)

 

20 points!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

(2k turns :o)

 

well I said I'll try it, and now I have to :P

 

 

also, I just noticed talonbane's killing a scyk. prophetic?

 

I'd do wish they'd stop if with all the extra green dice abilities on the PS 6 and the defensive portion of the PS 9. ****'s not reliable <_<

 

Oh look, the "rogue squadron pilot" has an ept without paying for r2-d6

 

 

 

breathe a sigh of relief, boys. FFG has learned!

 

 

...except that the PS 6 doesn't have an EPT and yet is taking reflexes...

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Looks like a better version of the X-wing. I really like the PS5 EPT.

 

like... REALLY like.

Like... Enough to turn me scum.

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This is amazing! If this is a test for an x-wing fix (as some have speculated) then I can't wait for the future of this game. That illicit slot is going to make a 4 Kraaaswazaa a thing. Glitterstim, and then a crazy 1 hard segnor's loop on the PS5? I like it.... Mmmmmmhmmm.

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FFG just took the page down. Not sure why.

They had a whole article about putting an EPT on Graz, who doesn't actually have an open slot for one....

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Maybe they uploaded the wrong picture? Didn't that happen with the Hounds Tooth a while back? Where the hull value on the card and the base were different?

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So the higher generic gets the EPT, but the other named doesn't? :(

That'll be the 3rd time they've done that with scum. Mandolorian mercenary is PS 5 with EPT, Azameen is PS 6 without. Tansarii veterans are 5 with EPT, A'shera is 6 without. Now this.

That said, I don't know if Graz will ever get taken. +2 points and no EPT for +1 PS and an okay-at-best ability. Bit I can see the generics and Cobra commander being used frequently.

Kinda odd, though, that it's dial is nearly identical to the Scyk (4 K instead of 3, and the Scyk has one more green) and it's point costs directly compete with the Scyk too. 20 points is a heavy Scyk with a mangler, and 23 is a heavy with an HLC. I think the Scyk has just been replaced.

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So the higher generic gets the EPT, but the other named doesn't? :(

That'll be the 3rd time they've done that with scum. Mandolorian mercenary is PS 5 with EPT, Azameen is PS 6 without. Tansarii veterans are 5 with EPT, A'shera is 6 without. Now this.

That said, I don't know if Graz will ever get taken. +2 points and no EPT for +1 PS and an okay-at-best ability. Bit I can see the generics and Cobra commander being used frequently.

Kinda odd, though, that it's dial is nearly identical to the Scyk (4 K instead of 3, and the Scyk has one more green) and it's point costs directly compete with the Scyk too. 20 points is a heavy Scyk with a mangler, and 23 is a heavy with an HLC. I think the Scyk has just been replaced.

 

 

I know I personally will never use Graz

 

 

I wonder why <_<

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FFG just took the page down. Not sure why.

They had a whole article about putting an EPT on Graz, who doesn't actually have an open slot for one....

 

 

Haha, you're right. That must have been the problem. Oh FFG, if only you'd just put EPTs on every named pilot, things like this wouldn't happen...

 

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Something about lightning reflex just occured to me: it is not an action nor does it say after pulling off a move successfully.  Does this mean that you can use it even if you bump?

 

I would say yes. Interesting to see if that's true.

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Well there goes the rest of the room in my spacious scum box. Gotta get 5.

 

Yeah, I might actually run a squad of 5 of the PS2's myself.  That's a pretty good dial and a decent amount of hull for your opponent to have to chew through.

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Oooh, I sense fun things for lightning reflex on A wings.  I'm not a huge fan though of 1 time use EPTs.  But this one looks really fun!  Actually, screw the A wing - this could greatly help X wings, at least those with an EPT slot.  3 turn S turn anyone?  All of a sudden the lumbering X wing can be nimble with this EPT.  And since most of the pilots that have an EPT are high PS, they can make good use of it.  

 

Heh, you could do a 4K followed by a 1K.  And (if I'm interpreting this correctly) you only end with 1 stress, and you still get an action after the 1K.

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