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    Friday, June 3, 2016

    The Smark Henry Guide to Using El Dragon in Battleborn

    As some of you guys might know by now, the newest game from the creators of the successful Borderlands franchise as well as from the publisher for the WWE 2K series, Battleborn, came out a few weeks ago. The first-person MOBA (or multiplayer online battle arena) hybrid has proven to be an enjoyable experience all throughout, blending strategic and competitive gameplay with the offbeat story and humor that Borderlands is known for. This game, for all intents and purposes, has something for everyone, whether you are a guy that loves to shoot from afar, a mushroom that is meant to support people, or a guy who just loves punching people in the face.

    And truly, there really is something for everyone, even for the wrestling fan in all of us. Looking at the (currently) 26-man roster, one particular individual stands out, especially if you are into the spectacle that is pro wrestling: the cybernetic, hybrid wrestler by the name of Francesco Drake, more popularly known as El Dragon.

    We previously covered El Dragon some time ago leading up to the release of the game, and now that we finally have some time playing the character, looking over his abilities and gameplay style in the process, we can now officially say that this character is just the right kind of craziness that wrestling fans can get behind. Allow us to give you a point-by-point analysis on the overall experience that is using one of the best melee characters in the entire game, and why other players should appreciate his presence in any five-man team.

    Note: Battleborn requires a network connection to play, so it is highly recommended that you have a connection with satisfactory speed for the best possible experience.

    The first thing you'll notice is that he is not immediately accessible in the initial roster. That is because you'll have to unlock him first before being able to use him. But don't worry, unlike having to go through three tiring hours of RAW, it's actually easy to unlock El Dragon, and there are two ways to do so:

    1.) Achieve Command Rank 20 (a.k.a. earn enough experience to rank your character level to 20) or the faster route...

    2.) Win any five matches (Player vs. CPU or Player vs. Player) as an LLC character. These characters include Marquis (available at the start of the game and an awesome sniper), ISIC (unlockable in story mode), Phoebe, and Kleese. So if you see a character categorized under "LLC" just like the picture above, that's the character you want to use.

    Now that you've unlocked what is possibly the futuristic equivalent of a wrestler with a crazy origin story in Lucha Underground, it's time to give this character a try in your games. And trust me, your allies will appreciate your contributions not only as a beefed up tank that can sustain yourself in tough situations, but also as a damage-dealing beefcake that can obliterate as many enemies as possible. Think Roman Reigns, except they'll actually like your character.

    Here are some things to look over:

    1.) As the holder of the CWF Championship Belt and a pair of cybernetic arms, your moves and abilities are designed to be full-on melee, meaning you not only deal massive damage face to face, but you can also absorb more damage than other characters. Keep this in mind since you have talents that will help improve your shield and health regeneration. Speaking of talents...

    2.) Battleborn encourages you to mix and match your skills per game with the Helix level system, wherein you'll choose which bonuses you'll get per level up. It is highly recommended to focus on health and shield regeneration while getting the Power Fist skill, which replaces your melee finishing combo with one huge ass punch that can deal massive damage. Told you that your character will be more beloved that Roman Reigns.

    3.) JBL might have the Clothesline From Hell, but El Dragon has a much better clothesline that can make you run faster while damaging multiple enemies along the way. It may be tempting to just wreck everything while running, but I would suggest that you use that move only if you need to run away as your other skill will be more sufficient in dealing with multiple enemies, or if you need to regain health (which is a bonus you can use while leveling up in your game).

    4.) Every good wrestler needs a go-to move that you can spam, like how Brock Lesnar keeps spamming his German Suplexes like there is no tomorrow. El Dragon is no different with a move as good as the Dragon Splash, with him jumping to the air and splashing to the ground like how Val Venis would do his Money Shot, stunning enemies in the process for effective crowd control. This skill can be improved further, as you can leave a surge of electricity behind, allowing you to deal damage over time. You will find yourself spamming this move more often than not, mixing melee combos in between cooldowns.

    5.) And just like how Hulk Hogan manages to Hulk Up before his inevitable wins against his opponents (both physically and legally), El Dragon has his own ultimate move called En Fuego. The move not only damages nearby enemies with a surge of explosion, but also greatly increases your combat capacities in the process. Your skills will deal greater damage, and you'll be able to sustain yourself better in the heat of the battle. Not only that, but you can also improve the use of your En Fuego by adding the bonus known as Title Fight, creating a wrestling ring that can deal damage to those who are inside its coverage.

    6.) Every good wrestler needs good accessories, like Godfather's pimp cane and Charlotte's Ric Flair. And you'll definitely want El Dragon to have some good equipment that will improve his stats even more. It's recommended to focus on his shield regeneration and damage output since you'll be taking more damage anyway as a melee character.

    Once you get the hang of El Dragon, expect your damage to soar significantly, as per the results below:

    So there you have it, the basics on using El Dragon for Henrinites! I still highly encourage you to try out all the available characters out there, as each of them have their own unique flavor and play style that can freshen up any game. But hey, at least your wrestling fix will be satisfied. So go out there and wreck as much as you can, young wrestling fan! And don't forget to be kind to people you meet online and have fun!

    And don't worry if by chance your character dies during the game. At least he will have died as spectacularly as possible.

    Battleborn is now available for the PS4, XBox One, and PC (through Steam), and is being sold through gaming retailers everywhere in the country.

    Images are from the official Battleborn website as well as from actual gameplay footage


    Lance Tan Ong has been a banking guy for the past few years but a wrestling guy for most of his life. And after checking out matches of Mitsuharu Misawa and Shinya Hashimoto at an early age, he's also pretty much a puro guy as well. Currently checking out WWE (mostly NXT), NJPW, DDT, and other promotions that catch and demand attention. He currently handles NJPW news and coverage for Smark Henry.
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