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Mini-Boss
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Which key word abilities does everyone think are just terrible and would never take on their ninjas?


August 23rd, 2016, 6:03 am
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Off the top of my head, Expert Climber is absolutely worthless. Not because it, it's self, is specifically useless. But, because another key, which is also a general keyword (so everyone can take either of them) that is better in nearly any situation also exists. I believe it's Leap (though I'm going from memory). Expert climber reduces the cost to go from ground level to elevated by 1 movement (3 to 2). Leap reduces the cost to go from ground to elevated by 2 once per movement (3 to 1). So, in the case of climbing once (which is by far the majority of cases), leap is always better. In the case of climbing twice (rare, but has happened) the overall movement cost is the same. 1+3 or 2+2. The only case where expert climber becomes better is in the case of a turn with 3 moves from round to elevated in a single movement (or move and run). This is something I have literally never seen happen. And even in that totally theoretical case the movement saves is only 1 (1+3+3 vs. 2+2+2). So, outside of a theoretical situation I have personally never witnessed or heard of, one keyword is always better or equal to the lesser keyword.

That's the one that stood out to me the most as genuinely useless. There are others of dubious usefulness or very case specific usefulness. I would have to look in a book to remember those, and discuss their finer points though. :P


August 23rd, 2016, 7:38 am
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I think wind of blades is pretty bad as well. Wind of blades would be fine if it effected ranged attacks but just melee attacks makes it worthless to just about everyone except the oni and maybe a windwalking madoushi.


August 23rd, 2016, 1:16 pm
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