Few video game gambles have paid off like Skylander’s Giants. If the stars hadn’t aligned for the successful release of its 2011 predecessor, Activision would have suffered a blow far worse than THQ and its uDraw failure. Gamers have been snapping up these figures in the millions and the recently released sequel shows no signs of the momentum slowing anytime soon.
If you find yourself light on cash but dying to expand your Skylanders collection, you might want to take the time to find out what each champion is capable of. You can pick up a Skylander for between $8-$10 or a three pack for roughly $21. If you find yourself unsure of who to invest in, look no further. This time we’ll be taking a look at a Water Skylander. Does Warnado tear across the landscape like a cyclone or skip across lakes like a stone?
If Dino-Rang is the Skylander equivalent of Godzilla, then Warnado is, undeniably, the Gamera. This spinning turtle Skylander swiftly racks up damage while safely engaging enemies with cyclones. Warnado is among the most popular Skylanders- not because he’s particularly powerful or has some leg-up on the competition, but because his design is so charming. It’s unfortunate that he was released in such a late wave last time around, but Skylanders Giants owners will certainly have a blast with him.
The figure itself is extremely detailed with Warnado currently in mid-whirlwind. The texture of the figure features all the bumps and spikes that are perfectly emulated in-game. The cyclone itself is very nicely done- it carries a smoothness and attention to detail not seen in most Skylanders. If you’re collecting Skylanders with quality above function, Warnado is for a prime candidate.
So, Warnado looks great- but does he play great? I can confidently say that Warnado is very fun to play as. Speed is the key to Warnado as dashes around the screen quickly leaving tornadoes behind to decimate smaller enemies. The cyclone turtle performs just as excellently in the Nintendo 3DS version where he’s great at traversing difficult stages and overcoming battle royale levels.
As a very evasive champion, Warnado is great at surviving boss battles, but less impressive at finishing them. He can make quick work of hordes of smaller enemies, but struggles against overwhelming force. Warnado does become an unstoppable maelstrom if you take him down the Eye of the Storm upgrade path. The ability to summon Flying Mini-Turtles is a godsend for a Skylander that sorely needs a boss killer skill.
Warnado works very well with just about anyone, but benefits most from projectile users and heavy damage dealers. If you’ve got someone like Fright Rider, Sonic Boom, Crusher, or Dino-Rang handy- you’ll be all set. If you’re unsure of what hat to adorn Warnado with, I’d recommend the Jester’s Cap!