Many thanks to Liopleurodon for writing the battling portion of our newest feature, Pet of the Month. Here are some additional points on Lil' Bling that she wanted to share!How Do You Use Your Lil' Bling?
Lil' Bling is a favorite of mine, and not just for his sparkly disposition. If you've read past Pet of the Months, you know I have a soft spot for pets with heavy damage over time abilities, especially the ones like Swarm
Lil' Bling is toward the top of my list for pets like this, because we see single-pet Beasts fairly frequently. Inflation
is both multi-hitting and Mechanical so I frequently prefer Make It Rain
for the additional DoT. When I use Inflation, I usually like to stack buffs and debuffs to buff it, and those buffs tend to play nicely with Make It Rain as well. Lil' Bling with Inflation and a Call Lightning
buff or Expose Woundbuff and a Make It Rain to close out the combo is my choice for most single-pet Beasts. I pull him out every week for Zao in the Celestial Tournament.
Because of Inflation's associated debuff it is always going to be preferred over SMCKTHAT.EXE
unless there's an encounter where you need to time things reactively. Inflation is harder to control but gives a lot more potential throughput. If you're in a situation where your opponent has a per-hit shield both abilities are fairly useless and Lil' Bling is at a severe disadvantage regardless, but if you have few other mechanical options, Bling can still use Launch Rocket
to break through them.
Launch Rocket also makes an excellent combo with Inflation, though it does require that your Lil' Bling (or another pet with Launch Rocket) lives long enough to activate it. This works out pretty well when your opponent has a dodge or shield. You can use downtime to prime the rocket, then begin your Inflation, and you can usually let off the rocket after the fact without worrying that it'll be blocked again.
That said, if my opponent has a straight-up dodge move like Deflection
or avoid move like Burrow
, I like to use my Blingtron Gift Package
as a heal. It's a little deceptive just reading the tooltip, but the Gift Package heals any time it misses, so if you force it to miss you still get that decent heal. I use this daily against Gargra's dodge-happy second pet. For that fight, I use a Tranquil Mechanical Yeti
as my partner for that Call Lightning synergy we talked about earlier.
There are a lot of really easy ways to counter Lil' Bling, so I don't like to use him in PVP all that much. He's pretty much shut down with a per-hit shield or a swap just as Inflation ends. Extra Plating
is preferable in most cases, but that also makes for an easy counter, when you can do swaps and use some heals while it's up. Launch Rocket is harder to counter, unless your opponent has a dodge or a sweep-type ability like Tidal Wave
. Then, Lil' Bling can pretty much just lie down and wait to die.
So, how do you use your Lil' Bling?
Written by: Liopleurodon
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