Nayser wrote:Well, here goes...
If predaliens were to be ever added i see it like this:
Simple larva (covered in green blood) with fancier sprite and double health.
Your classic hunter with ability to run off of pounced marines when he wishes and ability to keep his tail ready even after pounce, along with it halved pounce cooldown and much more health and a small damage buff. He'd also be resistant to explosions but not like crusher who simply ignores them.
Despite being drone he would be way more combat oriented, he'd have a hunter's pounce that has lower range (3-4 tiles) and all the drone abilities along with way more health, plasma and damage with tackle chance compared to drone, he'd also inherit hunter's running speed and ofcourse the famous ability to infect without huggers. Infecting would work simmiliarly to how queen gut ability works. You'd have to grab the poor bugger, stand on him and click the button to start infecting, ofcourse he may get up and run away if he is not tackled. However this ability would cost 250 plasma and work faster than gut. Drone pred would also have only slightly less plasma regen without weeds.
Slightly slower than hunter, with boiler's ability to toggle range and praetorean's plasma capacity and regen. This sniper would have his acidic spits hurt like praetorean's (wouldn't be able to spit as fast as prae still) and hit with much bigger chance while also avoiding friendly xenos. Neurotoxin would have unlimited range and slightly longer stun. He'd be able to regen plasma without weeds but still slowly.
Only drone predalien may evolve into stage 3 and only if queen is dead (No drone predalien won't be killing queen). A predalien queen would have speed of ancient queen and all queen's usual abilities. Now biggest differences: Independancy on weeds, queen would always maintain high plasma regen. Queen will have about 50% more health and plasma pool. and immunity to explosion damage (but not stun). Also a slightly shorter screech cooldown and ravager's damage.
Now the predator changes, yep.
Predators can now be nested but they can ressist out of nest twice as fast compared to marines. Starting the suicide explosion will require predator to stand up and stand still for 3 seconds after activation, only then explosion count will start (much like suiciding by putting gun in mouth).
Before ya'll yell op and throw rotten eggs at me, remember predators will go full ham on predalien and it ain't gonna feel like a joke and everything can be tweaked too.
Phew, this will probably take a lot of time to code, but i'd say no need to code all at once, or even just code only one thing and forget the rest. Not saying it will be coded just as i said, but one can dream... Hopefully it will at least give inspiration to devs.
Lore-Wise, predaliens are predaliens, they don't have castes. If I ever saw them in the game it would be something liiiike.Predalien:
25% higher deflection chance than a Elite Queen
10% More damage with claws than a Matire Ravager.
Speed of a Elite/Anicent Hunter
Pounce of an Elite Hunter
Has the power to take trophies from Humans and Xenos alike.
Big thing is, they'd be independent from the Hive, while having access to the Hivemind, they are free to attack other Xenos.