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Saturday, October 25th, 2014
Blame Game here, submitting my "Blarg!  Lash is not underpowered! >;c" rant.
Lash is NOT underpowered!

This issue has been brought up time and time again at the big AW sites like AWBunker, and AWNet, and although it really hasn't much of a big deal here at WWN, I figured it would be a good idea for it to go here anyway.

For those of you who don't know, Lash's original stats were 100/100 for all units, with +10% firepower for each defensive terrain that any of her units had. For example, in a forested area, Lash would have 120/120, while any other CO would have 100/120. Now, this bonus has been lowered to 5% per terrain star, which means that she would have 110/120 stats in a forested area.

Now, let's start with AW2 Lash, and why she was almost overpowered to the point of being completely broken.

First of all, 95% of the time, Lash will have at LEAST 110/110 stats on land. On Roads, she is on equal footing with other COs, and even her air force, which gains absolutely no bonuses of any sort, has absolutely no weaknesses whatsoever. In other words, unlike most of the new COs for AWDS, she is a CO that has absolutely no weaknesses, but along with that, has a potentially huge bonus with no downsides, while they have a relatively small bonus that doesn't really stand out until they get their powers.

I think you all know this stuff, though. The real thing that seems to make you justify Lash's incredibly broken day-to-day stats is her lack of a truly effective, at least for its price, COP. 4 stars just for 1 move across all terrain? Weak. Right? No. Situationally weak, yes, but not weak. In a densely forested area, Lash totally owns with this power, and it can be quite useful in other maps, as well, as it allows her to easily gain access to any terrain she wants, gaining some pretty nice benefits. Besides, her slightly overpriced COP isn't a big deal when you take into account her insane day-to-day stats and, of course, her incredible SCOP. Her Super gives her exactly what Terrain Tactics gives her, but doubles terrain stars for a turn. On plains, she is 120/130. That's right, almost Kanbei stats for a turn, and that's with the second worst (and most abundant) terrain type in the game. I don't think I have to spell things out for you, but I'll just leave you knowing that Lash can get up to 180/190 stats, which is, if you didn't realize, near invulnerability for a turn.

Now, the other weaknesses (which I have already slightly covered) are her totally bland air units and her navy, which only has an extremely rare terrain bonus to take advantage of. Now, like I said, she has absolutely no weaknesses here or anywhere. Second, what COs gain bonuses in the Navy day-to-day? Drake does, but he's king of the seas, so he had better. Max does, but his B-ships aren't very hot. Hawke and Kanbei do, but that's because that is the way that they (Hawke and Kanbei) are built. Grit gets it with his B-ships only, and that's it (besides Sturm). So that leaves Lash with being 1 of 6 COs that gain bonuses day-to-day in the sea. Now, which of these COs have downsides in the navy? Max, Kanbei, and Grit. So that leaves Lash as 1 out of 3 COs that have a bonus to their navy and no downsides to it whatsoever. She may be the worst of the three in the navy, but really, 1 out of 3? That's pretty nice.

Now, you'll notice that I said that Lash is incredibly overpowered, but not quite broken. Well, this is because Lash CAN be a bit situational. Like, for instance, if there are hardly any forests and cities, or there are a whole lot of roads. In these cases, Lash can be disadvantaged. Then again, she has no weaknesses, either, so it could still go either way.

So there you have it. AW2 Lash is one overpowered piece of crap. But is only a 5% bonus per terrain star too weak? Is her overpriced COP too much of a burden for her to handle? Short answer: No. Long Answer:

Think about it this way. Jake is a CO with no weaknesses but a small strength. Same goes with Lash, but with a bigger strength, and arguably worse COPs. Sure, on plains, she gets 5% while he gets 10%, but does he get a firepower bonus on forests? Cities? Mountains? Nope. Nuh-uh. Sorry, no. And remember, this is a bonus that Lash is getting for doing something that any CO should do in the first place. She isn't going out of her way, and she isn't putting herself in a disadvantageous situation. She is getting something for nothing. And, once again, on roads, with planes, or with boats, she has absolutely no weaknesses.

Now, as for her COP. This, I admit, is the only real weakness that Lash now has, if only because her day-to-day stats aren't horribly overpowered anymore. So, is it useless? No. Actually, in some cases it is MORE powerful than the AW2 version. Terrain Tactics is exactly the same as it was in AW2, with one difference that can really make a difference: it gives 10% firepower like all other powers. While this may not seem too great, as every single power in the game gives this, it can have quite an impact. As a matter of fact, at 2 stars or less, AWDS Lash is at least as powerful as AW2 Lash. Considering the fact that 3 and 4 star terrain are the least likely to come across, that isn't bad at all. So, while being perhaps 1 star too expensive, Lash's COP can be quite effective. Not the greatest COP when you look at its price, but not bad either.

Then comes her Super. This obviously took a pretty big hit, as she now only gets 5% firepower per terrain star, and this means that she can only get a maximum of 150% firepower. However, the defense, which was arguably the most important part of her Super, still can get up to a disgustingly high 190%. Another thing about the firepower is that, with the terrain cost being set to 1, she is going to be able to get a lot of first strikes, and won't take very much damage in return anyway. There really isn't that great of a need for such firepower; just ask Adder or AW2 Drake.

Now, are there any changes that I would like to be made? Actually, yes. Her COP is a bit overpriced, so losing a star on that wouldn't be bad. As a result, her SCOP should probably get a star added to it, though. Other than that, Lash is a perfectly balanced CO that has a good strength day-to-day with no real weaknesses.

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So yeah. Take it if you want. Or reject it and pelt me with rocks. Doesn't really matter either way.

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Giant Fishball/ I Blame Video Games/ I'm Hungry

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