Character Spotlight – Raiden – Thunder God

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Raiden – Thunder God
Gold Tier
Faction: Elder God
Passive: Storm God – When Raiden tags in, lightning strikes the opponent removing 20% of their current health
1 – Electric Fly
2 – Heavenly Hands
X – Shock Therapy

900 Attack
900 Health
300 Toughness
100 Recovery
100% Power Gen

Cost: 285,000 Koins
Found In: Raiden Challenge


What’s it all mean?
When Raiden tags in, he’ll remove 20% of his opponents remaining health. I can’t stress how important a detail that is, since he’ll do very little damage to someone who is almost dead.

Electric Fly is the classic Raiden corkscrew towards his opponent maneuver and it’s quite effective. Heavenly Hands not only shocks for high damage but also drains power. When Raiden performs his X-Ray attack he’ll actually generate power!

What’s good about him?
Attack and health are quite high and Raiden is fast! I’m not sure he’s the fastest character in the game but he is up there. Combine that with hard hitting attacks and hard hitting specials and he’s the type of character I personally love. All offense. Plus, I’ll never be unhappy about a power draining attack, assuming the target survives the intense shock of Heavenly Hands. Once unlocked, Raiden can be purchased with Koins instead of souls.

What’s the downside?
His Toughness and Recovery stats are indeed correct. While his health may be high, Raiden takes almost the full brunt of attacks against him. I wanted to believe that maybe this was an error in his stats, but it appears correct as Raiden takes a lot of damage per hit.

Despite his weak toughness and recovery stats, Raiden is hard not to love. He’s one of my favorite classic characters and I’m always up for someone better on offense than defense. His high speed really helps in bringing the pain, but you have to balance it out with not being able to let your opponent beat on you much. His specials hit for good damage and while it’s almost a shame you have to charge up the second special to do a power drain it almost doesn’t matter because of how effective he is unleashing his specials.