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The Rodent Tier List (Feat. RealLifeLore)

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Sep 01, 2018

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  • This episode was sponsored by Squarespace.
  • The Cretaceous balance patch nerfed a lot of the top builds,
  • but one of the builds that managed to get through unscathed was the Rodent.
  • They survived by using a weak but versatile and intelligent Generalist playstyle.
  • But, with the Dinosaurs out of the way, they began to diversify into a bunch of different niches
  • and incorporate a wide variety of different strategies into their playstyles.
  • Some of them were kind of janky, to be honest,
  • but many of them have stood the test of time to become a mainstay of the current meta.
  • Rodents all have one attribute in common: their signature Incisor Teeth,
  • Which, while not very useful in combat, can deal severe damage to structures.
  • Making the most of this ability is a core component of rodent gameplay.
  • Rodents are on the weaker side when it comes to combat, and most
  • stick to the "Evasive Generalist" strategy,
  • relying on their Intelligence stat and special abilities to remain competitive.
  • Mastering this type of gameplay is difficult,
  • but luckily, their relatively short spawn time helps mitigate this challenge.
  • Even though their bread-and-butter moveset is pretty consistent,
  • there are several unique builds that stand out as particularly viable.
  • So, let's get into the tier list now.
  • So, bottom of the tier list is ____________,
  • So, bottom of the tier list is the Lemming,
  • but NOT for the reason you might think.
  • It's a common misconception that Lemmings have such a low Intelligence stat
  • that the only thing they're good at is getting a big group together, jumping off the stage, and uninstalling.
  • This isn't true— although, to be honest, if you're maining the Lemming, you might be better off uninstalling—
  • but anyways, those Twitch clips are fake. Don't be fooled!
  • The actual lemming playstyle is only slightly more effective though.
  • It revolves entirely around hoping that the "Blizzard" world event happens and creates the Deep Snow biome.
  • If it happens, Lemmings can use it as cover and build extensive tunnel networks through the snow.
  • But, if not...
  • ...Lemmings have zero defensive options and end up getting bodied left and right,
  • to the point where their playerbase drops hard until the next big snowfall.
  • As we all know, rising global temperatures are making snow biomes disappear across many servers.
  • And so, this already pretty unviable strategy is becoming even less viable
  • as the meta progresses towards getting wetter and more tropical.
  • Moving on up the tier list, we have the Capybara.
  • The Capybara is at an awkward place in the meta,
  • in that it hasn't quite spent enough Evolution Points to actually get much use out of its bulkiness.
  • This is because, unfortunately, their home server is the Amazon rainforest,
  • which is also the home server of many of the most powerful S-tier predators in the game,
  • such as the Harpy Eagle, ______ and ______,
  • such as the Harpy Eagle, Caiman and ______,
  • such as the Harpy Eagle, Caiman and Jaguar,
  • all of which have no problem dealing enough damage to bring down a Capybara.
  • Their main method of defense is hiding underwater,
  • which works against aerial builds like the Harpy Eagle
  • but is a pretty terrible strategy against the vast majority of predators in the rainforest.
  • Anacondas, Jaguars and Caimans all thrive in the Aquatic biome,
  • and hiding underwater won't do you any good against them.
  • To move up in viability, I recommend boosting your defensive stats even further
  • or spend some Evolution Points unlocking at least some sort of solid damage-dealing ability.
  • Also in D-Tier, I'm placing the _______________.
  • Also in D-Tier, I'm placing the Naked Mole-rat.
  • The Naked Mole-rat is unique in that it's the only mammal to ever unlock the Eusocial ability.
  • But, to be honest, as cool as that is, the Naked Mole-rat uses it quite poorly and
  • doesn't really benefit much from implementing RTS tactics into its gameplay.
  • Yes, Naked Mole-rats have a queen, workers and drones,
  • just like Eusocial insects,
  • but the only thing that makes Eusociality such an unbelievably strong strategy
  • is that it enables a group of individuals to achieve things
  • that would be impossible alone,
  • like taking down a huge boss,
  • traversing a huge barrier, or
  • surviving a catastrophe.
  • You never see Naked Mole-rats doing something like this.
  • It kind of makes sense why while other Eusocial creatures live on almost every single terrestrial server,
  • Naked Mole-rats are confined to just a small area in Africa.
  • Sure, they do have the coveted Cancer Resistance ability,
  • but spending Points to unlock an extremely rare power that benefits the individual
  • makes no sense when playing as a Eusocial colony.
  • Your abilities should serve the colony, not the colony's units.
  • The one impressive thing they do achieve is creating a large base,
  • but there are other rodents who do this better, like the next contender on this list.
  • Jumping up to C-Tier, we have the ______,
  • Jumping up to C-Tier, we have the Beaver,
  • one of the most well known Builder classes in the entire game.
  • This is where it becomes important that a rodent's teeth deal high damage to the environment.
  • Beavers have iron-reinforced teeth that can be used to bring down trees—
  • this isn't optional, by the way.
  • Like all rodents, their teeth have a passive regeneration ability
  • that mitigates loss of durability.
  • But, this also means that if they don't continuously use them,
  • they'll eventually become overgrown and deal damage to the user.
  • Anyways, the resources they gather are used to construct dams in rivers.
  • This serves as their home base and main method of defense.
  • Once fully completed, it works great,
  • but the strategy does have its drawbacks that keep the Beaver out of the higher tiers.
  • For one, Beavers are very vulnerable while their dam is still under construction.
  • They have no good method of defense if they're caught in the open.
  • Even their iron teeth don't deal enough damage to truly deter a predator,
  • and carrying large amounts of mass through the woods makes Stealth very difficult to maintain.
  • Beavers also don't have much recourse if their river their base is located in freezes and becomes uninhabitable,
  • as they only get a Mobility bonus in liquid water.
  • In B-Tier, we've got the ___________,
  • In B-Tier, we've got the Prairie Dog,
  • the rodent that does Social Play the right way.
  • Like Lemmings, they create elaborate tunnel systems,
  • but unlike Lemmings, they do it in the ground, which is permanent,
  • instead of the snow, which is transitory.
  • They aren't Eusocial: each Prairie Dog is an individual player with free control,
  • but they do all work together to protect each other
  • [ ! ] but they do all work together to protect each other
  • by keeping watch and using Team Chat to warn each other when a Carnivore player is nearby.
  • They have no other defensive abilities, but somehow this strategy makes the matchup nearly impossible
  • for builds like the Coyote and Hawk to actually catch them.
  • It doesn't do the greatest job against Stealth, though,
  • so Owls and Snakes can still be problematic for them.
  • Also in B-Tier, we have the ultimate jack-of-all-trades for the low weight class meta: _______.
  • Also in B-Tier, we have the ultimate jack-of-all-trades for the low weight class meta: the Rat.
  • Rats don't have any single oppressive moves or abilities,
  • but their high Intelligence stat makes them extremely adaptable
  • and has let them establish a foothold in basically every single server in the game.
  • Their ability to function in a wide variety of diverse situations
  • [Rat squeaking in Japanese] makes them a nightmare for new players to deal with,
  • and their rodent teeth allow them to bypass barriers that would be impassable for most builds.
  • Rats rose to popularity in the meta because of their ability to stow away on the ships Humans used for fast travel...
  • ...and then wreak havoc on islands that they stopped at.
  • Island metas are always more casual,
  • and the players there tend to have a lot less matchup experience than mainland builds.
  • And so, they are easily defeated by experienced and adaptable invasive builds, like Rats.
  • Rats are a solid choice for any experienced player,
  • because while they have no downright overpowered abilities,
  • their highly versatile playstyle can be a nightmare in the right hands.
  • This is why you see so many Rat mains in the Outside Hall of Fame.
  • In A-Tier, we have a build very similar to the Rat...
  • ...but with higher mobility and better resource-gathering skills: ____________
  • ...but with higher mobility and better resource-gathering skills: the Squirrel.
  • Squirrels are some of the best Arboreal builds in the game,
  • having the highest Arboreal Movement bonus of all time.
  • This enables them to evade attacks with ease and
  • lets them access loot that's normally tough to reach without the Flight ability.
  • But beyond that, they also have a uniquely strong matchup against Humans.
  • I've got Outside's best "Lore" specialist here to tell you about it.
  • — [RealLifeLore] Hey guys!
  • So, whether you expected it or not, Squirrels are one of modern Man's greatest enemies.
  • They can chew through electrical wires and cables with ease, and they love doing it,
  • which makes Squirrels the most frequent cause of power outages in America.
  • They are capable of infiltrating power stations by tunneling beneath them,
  • and then they'll bypass plastic animal guards with ease,
  • squeeze through small spaces, and chew through whatever wire insulation they come across.
  • Just one single Squirrel in 2015 knocked out a substation in San Francisco
  • that shut down power to 45,000 homes!
  • So, if you want to learn more about what these ferocious little creatures are capable of,
  • come and check out my video next after this one.
  • — Now, the top tier rodent is unique
  • in that it's the only Purely Defensive-based build I have ever rated as top tier: _____________,
  • in that it's the only Purely Defensive-based build I have ever rated as top tier: the Porcupine,
  • a build with such a high Defense level that even the most powerful predators in the game have terrible matchups against it.
  • The Quill ability deals damage to any player whose attacks make contact.
  • This is just hilariously effective against builds that rely on the move Bite or Swipe to deal damage.
  • While the initial damage from quills isn't terribly high,
  • every subsequent Bite or Swipe attempt while the quills are still embedded deals higher and higher damage,
  • meaning that unless you have a support class that can remove the quills...
  • ...they can be a death sentence.
  • They have a remarkably high lifespans because of this.
  • So, if you're looking to play as a class that can do basically whatever it wants
  • without worrying about attacks from most of the cast,
  • Porcupine is your best bet.
  • The only things that can really pose a threat to them are disjointed weapons and projectiles,
  • but overall, Porcupines are one of the most well-protected builds of all time.
  • Normally, I'd recommend maybe relocating some of their defensive stats towards Intelligence,
  • but in this case, it seems that their mid-level Intelligence, low Mobility, and low Stealth do the job just fine.
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