Be sure to check out this month's feature on Doom Bloom
!How Do You Use Your Doom Bloom?
My personal favorite use for the Doom Bloom
is against the robot trio in the Menagerie. Because ol Doomie is Elemental their Mechanical moves do less damage, but Bite
makes that weird Critter buff they have a liability for them.
The stun from the Stun Seed
can also help avoid the big Ion Cannon
damage they all bring to the table, but the timing on that can be a bit tough to find. Unfortunately, other than this, there aren't a ton of encounters tailor-made for Doom Bloom. The Elemental bonuses in general don't see a ton of play solely because of the relative scarcity of Mechanical pets in the wild.
One thing to be aware of when you do use your Doom Bloom: Stun Seed can act a little goofy if your opponent swaps out after you use it. The debuff disappears, but it'll still erupt on the front pet after those prescribed 3 rounds are over. I'm honestly not sure it's intended that way, or if it's meant to stick to the pet you cast it on like other DoTs. It is similar to the mechanic Entangling Roots
brings to the table though, so it may be intentional, but with a messed up debuff display. However, just keep in mind when you're building for combos that this is how it works.
Luckily, Doom Bloom itself only comes with one breed, making things easy for collectors. What you see is what you get.
There are no other pets with moves exactly like it, but there are a couple to consider that are similar. The Teldrassil Sproutling
have off-family damage, but less healing and fewer options for support-type moves. The Sproutling and Withers' damage is Critter rather than Beast, so they don't quite fill the same niche. Since there aren't a lot of situations where you'll see Undead pets with Mechanical at this point, Doom Bloom is still the way to go. The Crimson Lasher
has both the stuns and healing in similar slots, but without the off-family damage.
So, where do you use your Doom Bloom? Other than your herb garden, of course. Gotta keep those aphids at bay. Let's talk!