Blast Zone – Character Review

Blast Zone Character Review
Regular Blast Zone

Blast Zone is a new Swappable Fire Skylander for Skylanders Swap Force. He is a Furnace Knight with the Rocket movement ability. His back story indicates that he swallowed 100 bombs thrown down his chimney by some trolls and then belched jet fire back at his enemies. As a result his body is now made entirely of flame. You can see this in his character as the parts that are not covered by his armor, his helmet, mid section and one of his knees, looks like flames. His black and copper colored armor covers most of his body and looks like he could be a walking furnace. He holds two lit bombs, one in each hand and is ready to use them. Even his stance indicates he is moving and is ready to jump into battle. Overall, he is a very powerful looking figure. Blast Zone also has an alternate version called Dark Blast Zone. Dark Blast Zone looks identical to Blast Zone in pose, but has a darker black armor highlighted in silver rather than bronze. I think this makes him look even more dangerous. Dark Blast Zone also starts with slightly different stats according to his card.

Dark Blast Zone - Character Review
Dark Blast Zone

Blast Zone starts of with some abilities that seem to be slightly above average. He can throw bombs which gives him a bit of a decent ranged attack, and he is able to throw them fairly rapidly one after another. He also starts off with a dash move, which gives him that little extra burst of speed that allows him to get out of trouble quickly. Once you start throwing upgrades on to Blast Zone he becomes a very powerful Skylander in your collection. One early upgrade adds the ability to create a wall of fire to damage enemies. Then that can be upgraded to be able to fully surround Blast Zone. Other upgrades will also make your bombs more powerful and adds an attack to his dash.

As a swappable character there are two different upgrade paths to choose, one for his body and one for his legs. The body paths let you focus either on stronger bomb attacks or a stronger ring of fire. The leg paths both affect dashing, where you can either add a powerful heat wave when finished, or to create a momentary fire shield that damages enemies around it. Any of these upgrades are extremely powerful and useful in battle, making Blast Zone one of our most used characters.

Also as a swappable character he has two soul gem abilities. One doubles the amount of bombs thrown at one time, and the other further enhances the dash attack by leaving a trail of fire behind. Neither is a flashy upgrade, but both add even more attack power to what was already one of the strongest attacking Skylanders available.

It was surprising to see a character that came with the game become this powerful but Blast Zone is probably one of the best and easiest swappable Skylanders to use.

9 out of 10

 

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Blast Zone’s Stats

    Card Stats
In Game Stats
Attack:180  Max Health290
Defense: 50  Speed43
Speed:150  Armor24
Luck:70  Critical Hit6
  Elemental Power25

Dark Blast Zone’s Stats

    Card Stats
In Game Stats
Attack:190  Max Health290
Defense: 90  Speed43
Speed:130  Armor24
Luck:50  Critical Hit6
  Elemental Power25

Blast Zone’s Attacks

Body Attacks
Bomb ThrowPress Attack 1 to throw a bomb at enemies.Free
Flame BreathHold Attack 3 while turning to create a wall of fire that damages nearby enemies.300 Gold
Power BombsPress Attack 1 to throw bombs that do increased damage.800 Gold
Sticky BombsHold Attack 1 to charge a Bomb, release to throw a timed sticky bomb.1000 Gold
Ignition Path
Flaming BombsBombs catch fire when they pass through the fire wall created by Flame Breath, dealing increased damage in an area.1500 Gold
Fired Up!Flaming Bombs do even more damage in a larger area.2000 Gold
Reaction Satisfaction Path
Ring of FireCreating a full circle with Flame Breath causes a massive explosion.1500 Gold
Ring BlastRing of Fire does increased damage in a larger area.2000 Gold
Soul Gem Ability
Bomb PartyNew armor enhancements allow two bombs to be thrown at once!3500 Gold
Leg Attacks
Rocket DashHold Attack 2 to dash around with rocket boots.Free
Ready for Blast OffHold Attack 2 to charge a rocket dash and deal damage to nearby enemies.300 Gold
Armor PlatingArmor is increased. 800 Gold
Fuel for the FireHold Attack 2 to dash, dashing now lasts for as long as Attack 2 is held.1000 Gold
Fuel Injected Path
Heat WaveA rocket-fueled fireball is shot out at the end of a dash.1500 Gold
Tempered FireA more powerful Heat Wave is shot out at the end of dashing.2000 Gold
Temperatures Rising Path
FlamedA fiery aura appears after dashing, which damages any nearby enemy.1500 Gold
Too Hot to HandleAn even more powerful fire aura appears at the end of dashing.2000 Gold
Soul Gem Ability
Hot FeetA fire trail is left behind while dashing that damages enemies.3500 Gold

 

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