Marvel Finally Explains The Secret of ROGUE’s Power

Warning: SPOILERS for Mr. and Mrs. X #9

After all these years, the X-Men comics have finally revealed how Rogue’s mutant powers really work. Created by the legendary comic book writer Chris Claremont, for years Rogue has struggled to control her ability–absorbing the powers and memories of anyone she touches. As X-Men movie fans also know, her powers were activated when she was just a teenager, and shared her first kiss with her boyfriend. She left him in a coma.

Rogue has occasionally succeeded in mastering her powers, but it’s always been fleeting. Worse still, they’ve recently expanded to the extent that they no longer require her to touch someone to drain the life from those around her. That makes her a deadly threat to anyone around her, and Rogue’s been forced to wear an inhibitor collar to keep her abilities in check.

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This week’s Mr and Mrs X #9 finally reveals just how Rogue’s powers really work. The mutant teleporter Spiral believes that something in Rogue’s past holds the key to controlling her abilities. She takes Rogue on a whistle-stop tour of her own memories, reliving key moments when she’s used her powers. To her surprise, Rogue identifies a similarity between every one of those moments: her own fear. When she kissed Cody Robbins, she was feeling the normal mix of excitement and fear any teenager experiences when sharing their first kiss. That horrific experience primed Rogue to fear her own abilities, and that fear is the reason control has eluded her all these years.

Matters were made worse by her experiences in the “X-Tinction Agenda” event. A major 1990 crossover, that saw Rogue stripped of her powers by the Magistrates of Genosha. As a text box noted, “All they did was touch her. Rude hands, ruder glances–taunting promises of worse to come. She couldn’t stop them. For so long, she dreamed of being able to touch another person, without her power absorbing his/her psyche. To hold, to caress, to kiss, just like any other normal teenage girl. In those dreams, it was the most beautiful of moments. She never imagined being handled against her will.

It seems this experience left Rogue traumatized and conflicted, with a part of her subconscious fearful of intimacy. The closer she got to someone, the more afraid she became, and the less control she had of her powers. That’s why Rogue’s love life has been such a mess. According to Mr and Mrs X #9, all Rogue needs to do to finally gain control of her abilities is face her fears. Of course, that’s easier said than done; it will mean confronting her fears every single day, and at times it will no doubt prove exhausting. But at those moments, Rogue will simply slip on an inhibitor collar for relief.

For now, though, realizing the truth about her abilities allows Rogue to master her powers, and she takes to the skies to fight alongside Gambit once again. And a comic book mystery that’s been running since 1981 has finally been answered.

Mr and Mrs X #9 is on sale now from Marvel Comics.

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2019-03-29 11:03:35

Thomas Bacon

Power Rangers’ Rotten Tomatoes Score Is Better Than Justice League’s

Power Rangers may not have beaten Justice League at the box-office but the film still managed to score higher on Rotten Tomatoes. Power Rangers was the big screen comeback for the iconic franchise, with the previous movie being 1997’s Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie. The new film starred Elizabeth Banks and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and took a more grounded tone to the somewhat cheesy source material.

The movie also came out in 2017, the same year as Justice League. Zack Snyder’s film went through a famously troubled production, with the studio concerned over the film’s tone following the polarising response to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Snyder stepped away from the project due to a family tragedy, with Joss Whedon jumping onboard to oversee extensive reshoots and re-edits. The results were far from seamless, with most reviews pointing out the clash of styles between Snyder and his replacement.

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The response to both high-profile blockbusters was very mixed, but Power Rangers Rotten Tomatoes score shows the film had a warmer critical reception than Justice League. Power Rangers currently sits at 49% based on 162 reviews. While the film was criticized for its strange tonal shifts and product placement, the casting was well received and the film was noted for being the first to feature an LGBTQ superhero in Becky G’s Yellow Ranger.

Justice League, on the other hand, sits at 40% based on 362 reviews. The film received a litany of bad reviews based on the clash of tones between Snyder and Whedon’s footage, the uninspired story and villain and the quality of the CGI, particularly with regard to Henry Cavill’s upper lip. Cavill was shooting Mission: Impossible – Fallout during the reshoot period for Justice League but was unable to shave off his mustache for the additional filming, leading to it being badly airbrushed over in the final product.

While Power Rangers Rotten Tomatoes score is higher, it should be noted Justice League received a 73% audience score, compared to Power Rangers 66% score. Justice League also received 200 more reviews than Power Rangers and was the definite champion at the box-office. Justice League grossed over $650 million worldwide, compared to Power Rangers modest $142 million haul.

Justice League was supposed to be the movie that cemented the DCEU, but the critical and commercial response has seen them move away from it. There’s no sign of a sequel, Ben Affleck has since departed the franchise and Aquaman was a much bigger hit. Power Rangers Rotten Tomatoes score aside, the movie was a definite a box-office letdown, though the merchandise sales mean that while a sequel is still possible, a total reboot is the more likely option.

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2019-03-28 08:03:53

Padraig Cotter

All Of The Terminator Models, Ranked By Power

The Terminator was released way back in 1984. At the time, it was all quite far-fetched, but with our reliance on technology these days, real-life Skynet is probably only a couple of years away. As such, you could say that the Terminator movies have that unique quality of getting a little more relevant and frightening each time you watch them.

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Not that they needed too much help in that regard. In the liquid-metal T-1000 and the terminator of Terminators that is the T-X, we’re looking at some truly iconic movie villains here. But which is the strongest Terminator? Let’s try ranking every model from the main movie series.

10 The T-800 (Prototype)

Now, granted, this is a prototype. Even the all-knowing Skynet needs a little practice, so let’s not judge too harshly. After all, your grandma could be a world-champion knitter now, but how many sweaters with uneven sleeves did she make before getting the whole process down? Let’s just give people a break.

The prototype of the classic T-800 model appeared in Terminator Salvation, in which Arnold Schwarzenegger was too busy to appear. It’s the least powerful model of all because of its complete lack of gravitas. They tried to shoehorn Schwarzenegger in via digital trickery, and the few seconds of footage of (what’s supposed to be) his face just did not cut the mustard.

9 The T-1

Following on from the prototype of the classic T-800, we’ve got another primitive model. The T-1, as the name implies, was the first Terminator class machine Skynet created, and wasn’t nearly as refined as the cyborg models that would come later.

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The T-1 is a heavily armed and armored tank, making appearances in both Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator Salvation. While it’s certainly a formidable enemy, it also completely lacks in character and gravitas. Bipedal robots were beyond Cyberdyne at first, hence the tank treads that propel this guy alone. Its movement is versatile as a result, yes, but it’s far from agile, and they’re great, lumbering targets.

8 Marcus Wright (Terminator Salvation)

Now, we feel all kinds of conflicted over this one. One of the reasons that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s characters in the franchise are so beloved is how deftly they blend characteristics of man and machine (much of this is due to Schwarzenegger’s naturally monotone performance and delivery, but we won’t dwell on that). What was the deal with Marcus Wright of Terminator Salvation, then?

While the T-800 and T-850 always seem more machine than man (because they are), the opposite was true here. Wright knew nothing of the fact that he was a cyborg. Neither did the audience or most of his fellows. After the revelation, though, his abilities amount to the fairly standard-issue enhanced strength and wiring himself into the enemy’s systems stuff.

7 The T-1000 (Terminator Genisys)

Hey, now. Whoa, whoa, whoa there. Don’t panic. We aren’t putting the iconic and beloved T-1000 of Terminator 2: Judgment Day this low on the list. We’re talking about Lee Byung-hun’s T-1000, as featured in Terminator Genisys.

The issue here was that classic ‘bot returned purely as a moment of fanservice. It was introduced and then disposed of far too quickly. As Screen Crush put it, Byung-hun is: “relegated to a single extended action scene in the film’s first half, only has a few lines of dialogue, and then goes out like a total chump… the liquid metal robot brought to life in 2015 isn’t even as impressive as his 1991 counterpart.”

6 The T-800 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)

Ah, yes. That’s right, friends, it’s good old Uncle Bob. Back in 1991, the scene where we discover that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 is actually on John Connor’s side this time (“get down!”) must’ve been quite a thing. Over the course of the movie, Uncle Bob underwent a good chunk of character development (for a Terminator). That’s power of a completely different kind, right there.

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In battle, the T-800 lacks the newfangled shapeshifting abilities of later models, but it does its best to make up for that in its raw resilience and physical strength. Unable to best its more advanced opponents hand-to-hand, it still had a deep knowledge of tactics and weaponry, which allowed it to (eventually) defeat and destroy the T-1000.

5 The T-850 (Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines)

Now, of course, you can’t reminisce about dear old Uncle Bob without bringing up his counterpart in the next movie, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines. Here, again, Schwarzenegger played a cyborg assassin, which had been reprogrammed by the human resistance and sent back in time to protect John Connor (and his future wife, Kate Brewster, who sent the cyborg herself). This Terminator model, however, is slightly different: it’s a T-850.

It possesses a few minor differences and enhancements over the T-800, including a more aged appearance (convenient for Arnold, that, isn’t it?) and a deeper understanding of human psychology. In the end, though, it’s the same old shtick: the T-850 doesn’t have any fancy liquid metal abilities, but relies on its brute strength, endurance, and competence with a range of advanced weaponry to defeat its enemy. Its foe was the T-X, which it manages to destroy –along with itself—by thrusting one of its own volatile power cells into the T-X’s mouth, causing a huge explosion.

4 The T-3000 (Terminator Genisys)

As any fan of the movies will tell you, Terminator Genisys was a bit of a misfire. After Salvation and the whole Arnold Schwarzenegger is back except he isn’t at all thing it pulled, it was great to see the main man himself return properly, but that was about all that Genisys got right.

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The T-3000 was unexpected, though, you’ve got to give them that. This new Terminator model was created after Skynet infected an alternate John Connor with nanomachines and pulled some time travel shenanigans. Its abilities are a cut above those of even the T-1000, with its shape-shifting, regenerative capabilities, and adoption of behavioral characteristics being much more sophisticated. Nevertheless, it’s very vulnerable to magnetic attacks (its abilities are reliant on the magnetic field that sustains it).

3 The T-800 (The Terminator)

Technically, yes, we’ve already covered the T-800 model with Uncle Bob. The unit from the original movie, however, is a completely different entity to deal with. In the original movie, Schwarzenegger played the role of the villain, a Terminator sent back through time to bring an end to Sarah Connor before she gives birth to John, the future leader of the resistance.

Her protector is a human being this time: Kyle Reese (John’s father), who destroyed the T-800 but lost his own life in the process. Before this happened, though, this Terminator showed even more resilience than in the later movies. It lost its living tissue, but continued to pursue Sarah and Kyle. It then lost its legs and crawled on after her; only stopping when its entire body was crushed in a hydraulic press (except that famous arm, with which it was trying to strangle Sarah at the time). Very high points for malevolence and screen presence, and even higher points for persistence.

2 The T-1000 (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)

Now, this was a Terminator, right here. When it comes to excellent performances as a cyborg in the series, Schwarzenegger (quite rightly) gets huge praise, but let’s not downplay everything Robert Patrick did as the T-1000.

This advanced Terminator model had every trick in the book. Shapeshifting, almost instant repairing of any damage, forming sharp metallic weapons… it was the robo-assassin. Patrick effortlessly exuded menace in every scene he featured in, and those special effects still hold up remarkably well. With all of these things combined, you can see how the T-1000 (of Judgment Day) is one of the most memorable and powerful Terminators in the series.

1 The T-X

As is often the case when the subject of strongest Terminators comes up, it’s tough to call between the T-1000 and the T-X. In terms of advanced abilities, the T-3000 might technically have it, but we’re talking about the big picture here. What’s iconic about the T-3000? Not a whole lot.

In this case, we’re going to give the top spot to the T-X. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines presented this model as the most fearsome yet: one of Skynet’s most advanced creations, a terminator of Terminators. It has several built-in weapons like a buzzsaw and plasma cannon (which no other Terminator up to this point has had) and could hack and take control of other machines.

Again, the T-850 was only able to finally destroy it with most desperate of measures (destroying them both with one of its volatile power cells). Was the Terminatrix the strongest of all? Quite possibly.

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2019-03-09 05:03:00

Chris Littlechild

Ragnarok Revealed The Real Reason Odin Stripped Thor Of His Power

Hela and Odin

Thor: Ragnarok explained the real reason why Odin stripped Thor of his powers in the first film. In Thor, the God of Thunder earned the All-Father’s ire when he foolishly launched a strike against Laufey and the Frost Giants of Jotunheim. Thor’s reckless, impulsive actions risked triggering a new war between Asgard and Jotunheim, one that could potentially spill over to the rest of the Nine Realms and cost millions of lives.

Odin rescued his son, and then reacted in fury. He stripped Thor of both his honor and his power, declaring him to be unworthy of his title, unworthy of the loved ones he had betrayed. Odin bound Thor’s power to Mjolnir, declaring that he could only truly become Thor once again when he had proven himself worthy. It was a strong, albeit extreme reaction – one that even Loki was surprised by. Thor: Ragnarok cast a whole new light upon it, explaining just why Odin’s reaction was so harsh.

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According to Thor: The Dark World, Odin’s father Bor battled against the Dark Elves and won a hard-fought war to render them almost extinct. He then ushered in thousands of years of peace. Thor: Ragnarok revealed that this peace was actually ended by Odin himself, whose imperial ambitions led Asgardian forces to plunder the rest of the Nine Realms. Hela was his Executioner, leading his forces to battle and slaughtering all who dared oppose Asgard. Finally, though, Hela’s ambition for conquest and her lust for blood outstripped Odin’s. The All-Father was forced to banish Hela, albeit at a terrible cost, and he committed himself to the cause of peace. Asgard became the defender of the Nine Realms, striking uneasy armistices with races like the Frost Giants – armistices that were occasionally broken, with Frost Giants invading Midgard in 1,000AD.

Odin and Hela Painting in Thor Ragnarok

This subtly rewrites Odin’s motives in Thor. He saw too much of himself in his son; a brash and reckless man whose imperialistic ways would plunge the Nine Realms into chaos and launch Asgard into an age of conquest. No wonder Odin was so angry; when he judged Thor as unworthy, he was also casting judgment upon the man he used to be. In order to earn his hammer and become worthy, Thor would have to learn that his responsibility was to act as champion and protector of the Nine Realms – not its conqueror. It was a lesson that Odin himself had to learn in the past, but at a terrible cost.

Given the events of Thor: Ragnarok, it’s no surprise that Thor’s attack on Jotunheim was viewed by Laufey as an act of war. He, too, would have realized that history was repeating himself; and Laufey would have no doubt remembered that Thor was on the verge of being crowned new King of Asgard before the coronation was interrupted by Frost Giant infiltrators. The King of the Frost Giants would have believed that Thor’s taking the throne would have been the beginning of a new Asgardian Empire, and that the Frost Giants had to act now to prevent it.

Thor: Ragnarok rewrote the history of Asgard – but in doing so it subtly rewrites the previous Thor films as well. In this case, it adds a whole new depth to Thor’s origin story, suggesting the reason Odin viewed Thor as unworthy is because he was about to repeat the All-Father’s old mistakes.

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2019-01-20 01:01:58

Power Rangers: 10 Strongest Red Rangers (And 10 Laughably Weak), Ranked

Usually the leader of the Power Rangers, the Red Ranger has a history of being the strongest, most capable member of the team. The Red Ranger is one of only two colors of Rangers to be included in every season and is often perceived as being the most important member of the team. Even when dubbed the red-hot rookie, the Red Ranger is often bestowed with the most powerful weapons of any Power Ranger, whether it’s the traditional sword or more contemporary blaster. The Battlitzer Armor, which is almost the Power Ranger version of the Mario super star, is even usually given to the Red Ranger. In short, the Red Ranger is often a capable, powerful leader who is able to go up against villains alone and whom many fans admire.

Some incarnations of the Red Ranger, however, have missed the mark, giving us Rangers who are not only weak to the point of embarrassment, but who even faded into the background. Some of these Rangers were obvious plot devices, and others were developed to change things up a bit. Too many awesome Red Rangers can make things dull and predictable, so while it’s understandable that there are almost as many weak Red Power Rangers as there are strong ones, that doesn’t stop some of the weak ones from being disappointing, especially after having witnessed the power and capabilities of previous Red Rangers.

Whether due to their attitudes or actions, their physical prowess (or lack thereof) or leadership skills, here are Power Rangers: 10 Strongest Red Rangers (And 10 Laughably Weak), Ranked.

20 Weak: Andros – Space Rangers

From telekinesis to masking his own voice to hand-to-hand combat, there’s not much that Power Rangers in Space’s Andros can’t do. His treatment of the Turbo Rangers, however, points at his greatest weakness as a leader: his inability to trust others. The Turbo Rangers, including his beloved Ashley, might not have ever become Space Rangers at all had Alpha 6 not convinced Andros to fork over the Astro Morphers.

Then there’s the fact that a lot of Andros’ supposed victories are pretty much flukes. When he took out Rita Repulsa, Lord Zedd, Divatox, and Astronema, it was simply by destroying his energy rube, which was, again, a decision he had to be pushed into making. With his great powers, Andros could be an excellent leader if he could make better decisions.

19 Strong: Wes – Time Force

Wesley Collins of Power Rangers Time Force played his role as second in command brilliantly. Although he was the Red Ranger, the real leader was the Pink Ranger, Jen. Wes was happy to take on the role during battle as a field commander, but it’s Jen who serves as leader of the group.

Wes has the qualities of a good leader, and they’re not limited to working well with Jen. He’s strong, brave, and self-sacrificing; willing to send his teammates back to the future in order to save their lives even if it risks his own. When he remains a Red Ranger in order to command the Silver Guardians, he even acknowledges his need to work with capable teammates, requesting Quantum Ranger Eric at his side. Leaders know when to ask for help.

18 Weak: Jack – Power Rangers SPD

Walking through walls and saving everybody from an incoming meteor are pretty cool bragging rights for a Red Ranger, but Jack Landors of Power Rangers SPD just isn’t leader material at the end of the day. Not only does Jack really lack the experience that most of the best Red Rangers have had, but he also lacks the desire to lead, which is just as crucial.

Fans also point out that Jack shouldn’t have been made a Red Ranger in the first place, especially given how the Blue Ranger was much more adept for the role during Power Rangers SPD. Jack seems to have existed to prove that no matter how brave, kind, and caring a person is, that doesn’t mean that he or she is cut from leadership cloth.

17 Strong: Leo – Lost Galaxy

Like several other Red Rangers, Leo Corbett wasn’t even supposed to be the leader of the team. His brother ensured that Leo took on the Red Ranger sword during his final moments in Power Rangers Lost Galaxy. He’s definitely not the perfect leader and he even finds himself a damsel in distress at times, but he’s a powerful and capable Red Ranger at the end of the day. What’s more, he demonstrates significant character growth throughout the season that makes him one of the most learned leaders who is willing to change.

Leo adapts to leadership quite well, becoming adept at creating and carrying out plans. He is even able to take out a major villain with his Battlizer before his time in red is through.

16 Weak: Scott – RPM

Power Rangers RPM‘s Scott Truman isn’t all bad, but he does exemplify some of the worst qualities in a bad leader. Not only is he cocky and unforgiving, especially when it comes to disobedience, but he’s also obsessed with a lot of things that shouldn’t matter, like his dad’s approval and his vehicles. While most siblings have to live up to their older brothers and sisters, Scott has the opposite issue.

If Scott could focus on being an authoritative yet compassionate leader instead of one-upping his little brother who passed away, he could be a great leader. Some of Scott’s better moments, which include exhibitions of bravery worthy enough of one of his father’s medals, only serve to highlight that fact.

15 Strong: Mack – Operation Overdrive

If we judged Mackenzie Hartford of Power Rangers Operation Overdrive by first sight, he’d seem like one of the weakest Red Rangers. He stole his own father’s morpher to obtain the title, after all, which isn’t a particularly noble move.

Mack’s not an ordinary Power Ranger, though. As an android, Mack faces a lot of conflict about who he is and what he should be, but ultimately, his choices and actions make him one of the strongest Red Rangers. His ultimate sacrifice for the greater good proves that he’s willing to put others before himself, making him a brave and strong leader, even if he’s a bit boring at times.

14 Weak: Tyler – Dino Charge

While we can’t blame Dino Charge’s Tyler Navarro for wanting to search for his missing father, he should have followed this pursuit in his own time rather than during his job as a Power Ranger. Not only did he endanger his teammates by not being mindfully present as a leader, but he even unwittingly sabotaged a mission to take down Sludge through his own selfish actions.

It’s really too bad that Tyler was so focused on the recovery and avenging of his father rather than his job as the team leader. As a good fighter with a keen mind, he could have been an excellent leader.

13 Strong: Carter – Lightspeed Rescue

While he may not be the physically strongest or the number one Red Ranger, Carter Grayson has the most heart of any Red Ranger. Anyone who doubts that the Power Rangers are superheroes should look no further than Carter, whose heroism was inspired by his own hero; a firefighter who saved his life when he was a child. Carter’s ethics are of the admirable Superman variety, and he puts saving people’s lives first in his own life as a result.

Carter’s not without his faults, though. He’s not very good at dealing with teammates who don’t want to follow his orders, and his character is a little stagnant. He’s also lacking in creativity, but he’s still one of the strongest leaders the show has seen.

12 Weak: Casey – Jungle Fury

Casey Rhodes has spirit. He stands up to bullies, which is why he became the Red Ranger above more qualified students at Phi Zhua Academy. Unfortunately, his “cub” status is what makes him one of the weakest team leaders, as he was still very wet behind the ears when he took on the mantle. The fact that he failed his Master Stripes test because he followed what other students were doing, and the fact that he was the only student who failed for that very reason, proves that he’s just not leader material.

As a teacher, Casey spreads the philosophy of never asking questions and blindly following your Master, which is also disheartening.

11 Strong: Lauren – Super Samurai

Although we didn’t get to see Lauren Shiba as the rightful leader of the Super Samurai team at first, once she comes out of hiding and gives Jayden the boot, she proves that she’ll be a strong and capable leader. The first female Red Ranger (who didn’t turn evil), Lauren unfortunately doesn’t hold the position for long.

She is an accomplished fighter who is easily much more skilled than her brother was, and sacrificed her time in order to master the Sending Seal, wanting to be the leader the team needed that season. Upon witnessing Lauren’s skills, many fans felt cheated, especially as the first woman leader on the team was only there for a few episodes after her brother covered for her.

10 Weak: Rocky – MMPR

To be fair to Rocky DeSantos, replacing Jason after the first season of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers wasn’t going to be an easy task for any Ranger. Even so, it was a huge letdown, as not only was Tommy the leader of the team at the time, rendering the Red Ranger less important, but Rocky was just not a great Power Ranger.

He neglected his duties, had major self-esteem issues throughout his time on the show, and even sent in a 12-year-old kid to fight in his place after he’d injured himself. Rocky’s the only Red Ranger who wasn’t ever a leader on the team, and he was so weak that his 12-year-old stand-in took his place on the team for good.

9 Strong: Cole – Wild Force

Wild Force Red Ranger Cole Evans already had strong leadership skills from being raised in the jungle. He’s got cool powers like being able to communicate with Wild Zords, incredible agility, and almost superhuman senses. He’s physically one the strongest leaders, and he’s an adult, rather than the teen we’ve come to expect with Red Rangers.

Cole’s only drawback is that he wasn’t willing to take the advice of teammate, Taylor Earhardt, whom many believe should have been the actual Red Ranger. Cole brings an emotional awareness to the team, but he does lack the balance it takes to be the number one Red Ranger.

8 Weak: Jassssson – Meower Rangers

While not a canonical member of the actual Power Rangers, Jassssson, The Red Meower Ranger, was in the official web series cat parody of the show. When it’s Meowphin Time, Jassssson leads his team about as well as a cat can, and performs so admirably that he’s not even the weakest Red Ranger in the history of Red Rangers. Going up against Akita Rrrepulsa and Goldar Retrievar is no simple feat and with the help of his fellow Meower Rangers Billllly, Trrrini, Zzzzack, Kimpuuurly, and Tommmmy, Jassssson manages to pull through– or to do so as well as we’d expect a cat to do.

Played by both Franki and Maru the cats, Jassssson never looks all that comfortable in his uniform, so he gets points for being a trooper as well as for mastering the perfect cat glare.

7 Strong: Shane – Ninja Storm

Shane Clarke has trouble working with a team. He’s a strong and capable Power Ranger who has to learn to work as a unit rather than a lone wolf, but he serves the team well with more skills than many other Red Rangers have brought to the table. Shane’s resistance to mental attacks and manipulation coupled with his super speed, ability to control air, and array of other abilities learned at the Wind Ninja Academy make him a true force to be reckoned with.

One of Shane’s biggest weaknesses is his inability to trust, but his caution has helped to protect his team. He eventually earned his Battlizer armor, but retired from the team in order to teach at the Academy, still serving humankind.

6 Weak: Troy – Megaforce

Power Rangers Megaforce and its sequel, Power Rangers Super Megaforce, were interesting enough, but there were a few things that weighed both series down– including a pretty weak Red Ranger in Troy Burrows. He’s as basic as a Power Ranger can get. While he’s not particularly powerful physically, it’s his milquetoast personality and lack of character development that make him so weak.

Not only does Troy get all angsty for no apparent reason, he really has no driving force behind him. While he’s kind and caring, he doesn’t go anywhere or really take the team toward any higher level. Troy is what would happen if the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles stuck with the 1980s cartoon version of Leonardo forever.

5 Strong: Tommy – Zeo/Turbo

One of the most popular Power Rangers of all time, Tommy Oliver is among the best leaders a team has ever seen, even when he’s not the Red Ranger. He’s self-sacrificing without being stupid about it, he’s one of the best fighters, and when he struggles with the Red Battlezord he seeks wisdom within himself through a spiritual quest, rather than abandon ship or give up like we’ve seen other Red Rangers do.

Given that Tommy was a better leader when he was a Green, Black, and White Ranger, he’s not the number one Red Ranger, but he sure is close.

4 Weak: Nick – Mystic Force

What good is being the most powerful wizard if you’re just going to keep giving up, doubting yourself, and becoming such a trite, overused character that viewers get sick of you? That’s what happened to Power Rangers Mystic Force’s Red Ranger Nick Russell. When you’re the leader, you’re supposed to be a commanding and encouraging force behind your team. Seeing Nick’s team have to be his cheerleaders only made him appear weak.

From being a pooor leader who doesn’t think things through to going to the dark side for a while, Nick is everything we don’t want to see in a Red Ranger– and then some.

3 Strong: T.J. – Turbo

One of the strongest Red Rangers in history, T.J., or Theodore Jay Jarvis Johnson, was selected by Tommy to succeed the former Red Ranger. Not only is T.J. strong and brave, but he’s also got one of the best hearts of any Red Ranger.

T.J. is known to advocate for and rescue anyone, no matter what they’ve done to others, as was the case with Bulk and Skull. The self-sacrificing Ranger was given the short end of the stick, only serving as the Red Ranger for half a season before his demotion to Blue Ranger. He could have done a lot more good had he been kept in the leadership role.

2 Weak: Jayden – Samurai

Jayden Shiba’s heart is usually in the right place, but he just can’t seem to get things right a lot of the time. The Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Super Samurai: Rise of the Bullzooka Red Ranger comes off as aloof and even cruel at times, particularly when he refuses to let the Gold Ranger, Antonio, on the team.

What makes Jayden the weakest Red Ranger isn’t just poor leadership skills, but the fact that he’s not even supposed to be the Red Ranger. Once Lauren returns, Jayden just tosses his hands in the air. He’s just not that impressive in terms of Red Rangers, especially given the standards the strongest Ranger first set.

1 Strong: Jason – MMPR

He’s the original Red Ranger from the groundbreaking Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and he gave every subsequent Ranger enormous shoes to fill. Jason Lee Scott was such a popular Power Ranger that he returned as the Gold Ranger in Zeo Rangers. Ever since the accomplished martial artist said, “Zordon said these Power Morphers would give us power! Let’s do it!Power Rangers fans have been hooked.

Jason is an excellent leader, correcting problems and working to create the best team. He’s also a teacher who both enjoys and excels at his job. The only thing that could make Jason weak is how deeply he cares, as he often feels as if he is to blame for anything and everything that goes wrong. Jason’s indomitable spirit and quest to be the best leader make him the most powerful Red Ranger.

Who’s your favorite Red Ranger in Power Rangers? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-12-25 01:12:54

Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

Related: Black Ops 4 Blackout Guide: Pro Tips For Battle Royale Beginners

Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

More: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Trophy List Completely Revealed

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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon

20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them)

James Gunn may be off the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 project after being fired by Disney for some controversial tweets surfaced from long ago, but not only has he apologized and insisted that he’s a much different person than he was at that period in his life; he’s reportedly also getting another stab at creating a comic adaptation with the next Suicide Squad film.

While Marvel fans mourn the loss of the man behind some of the best movies in the MCU, it’s quite possible that Gunn will give the DC universe the boost it desperately needs to really compete with Marvel.

While we’ll have to wait and see what the actual film brings to the party, we have plenty of time to speculate about what its plot might be, what kind of tone to expect and above all, which characters might be included and who might be cast in those roles. While many of us are hoping to see some members of the Squad from the first film return, we’re also crossing our fingers, wishing for a chance to meet more members who weren’t included in the first movie. There’s really an endless amount of speculation to enjoy here and many fans have already photoshopped their choices for the best portrayals of characters audiences have loved for decades.

Casting for these iconic personalities won’t be an easy task, but here are 20 DC Characters Who Can Be In James Gunn’s Suicide Squad (And Who Should Play Them).

20 Christina Ricci As Harley Quinn

Let’s be honest: Margot Robbie is a sure-in for Harley Quinn at this point. The star surprised many fans while proving others right with her incredible performance as the psychiatrist turned psychopath. Ensuring that Quinn not only shone as the premiere talent in a film with its problems, but that she would endure for her own film afterward, Robbie is a fan favorite, through and through.

We could definitely see this version of Harley in a Gunn movie.

If for some reason Robbie had to back out of the project, as much as it would pain fans, some have taken to casting other ideas for actresses who could play Harleen Quinzel. Artist D3SIGNMILTIA’s piece depicts an interesting version of the character that might work well with Christina Ricci.

19 Joaquin Phoenix As The Joker

We’ve seen so many incarnations of The Joker over the years that it’s getting more and more difficult to choose the perfect person to play an updated version of Batman’s most notorious foe. Whether or not he’ll be in the next Suicide Squad film is unclear. Who can measure up to Jack Nicholson’s chilling Joker and Heath Ledger’s perfect monster?

Joaquin Phoenix, currently starring in Todd Phillips’ solo Joker, is certainly one candidate. Phoenix, who’s also utilized some unorthodox acting methods in the past, might give us a bit more grave swagger as the criminal mastermind. His ongoing presence in the DCEU will likely depend on the success of Joker, due out in October 2019.

18 Neil Patrick Harris As The Riddler

Everyone’s favorite child doctor has grown up to become a much beloved singer, showman, and nemesis of the Baudelaire children. Neil Patrick Harris shines in just about everything he’s in, so including him in the next installment of Suicide Squad makes perfect sense.

Harris as the Riddler is pure gold.

He’s got the chops to bring the perfect blend of humor and intelligence that the Riddler needs to truly succeed, which might hopefully replace the slapstick Riddler we got in Batman Forever years ago. Harris isn’t everyone’s favorite for the Riddler, though; stay tuned for more artist manipulations involving the Riddler later.

17 Manu Bennett As Deathstroke

Given the fact that the Arrowverse and TV adaptations of DC stories have proven so successful, it makes sense to borrow from that character pool to not only connect the universe but to help ensure the success of Suicide Squad 2. If Gunn and company are planning on including Deathstroke in the sequel, we think Manu Bennet would be a clear choice for the character.

While some fans speculate that Joe Manganiello will play the part, since he is Mr. Wilson in Justice League and has announced that he’s working on three more films featuring the character, his involvement in Suicide Squad 2 remains speculation at this point. Many believe that Deathstroke will indeed be a primary villain in the film, and Bennet has already proven that he would do the character justice.

16 Sophie Turner As Oracle

Lots of fans are imagining Marvel actors in DC roles, which is pretty delightful for those of us who Make Ours Marvel and DC. Sophie Turner, who gave us the Jean Grey that we were waiting for in X-Men: Apocalypse and is set to reprise the role in Dark Phoenix, would also make an excellent Oracle.

Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle has included a gig as tech support for the Suicide Squad.

With Ruby Rose’s debut as Batwoman and a Batgirl movie announced, the inclusion of Oracle could provide some timeline intrigue. Plus, after decades of Batman saturation, this much Bat-women power would be so much fun.

15 Oprah Winfrey As Amanda Waller

Viola Davis was a pretty stellar Amanda Waller, which comes as no surprise to anyone who has ever seen Viola Davis in anything. Davis could read a grocery list and deserve an Oscar. That said, Kode Logic has imagined what Oprah might bring to the role and we have to say that it looks impressive. Firm, ruthless and beautiful, Oprah’s Waller seems to give the character a bit more experience points, which are conveyed in that hard gaze.

Davis has said that she loved playing Amanda Waller, who is aligned so well with her character Annalise Keating in the hit TV drama How to Get Away with Murder in many ways, but how much fun would it be to see Oprah bend the rules?

14 Will Smith As Deadshot

You don’t mess with what works, and Will Smith certainly worked as Deadshot in the original Suicide Squad. He did so well, in fact, that plenty of people thought that he deserved his own film and said that they’d have watched Suicide Squad again if it only starred Smith. This really isn’t a surprise, given Smith’s star power, and it’s been announced that he’s returning to the franchise in the role again.

It’s a good thing that we have some time before the movie’s released, too, since Smith is set to star in Bad Boys for Life and Bright 2 around the same time. Smith’s got three films releasing in 2019 alone, and while one is only a vocal role, he’s definitely going to be busy for the next couple of years.

13 Jeffrey Dean Morgan As Batman

Utter the words “Jeffrey Dean Morgan” in the same sentence as “The Batman” and you’re bound to get a room full of excited fans. He’s absolutely perfect for Wayne in an adaptation of something like Batman Beyond, but we could definitely see him as the Batman in just about any adaptation of the series, and DeviantArt user evelius has given us some visual art to really picture the idea.

Morgan has the darkness and the voice necessary for Batman to match this ragtag team of violent convicts.

While Bale and Affleck had their time in the cowl, it’s time for a new man behind the mask. Why not Negan?

12 Rila Fukushima As Katana

While Katana was featured in the first Suicide Squad film, most people believe her role was too small to really critique or appreciate. Japanese-American actress Karen Fukuhara wasn’t bad in the role; she just didn’t get much to do.

Adding Rila Fukushima in the second movie might lend Katana some traction given that she already portrays the character in the Arrowverse.

While Fukuhara, who is set to play Glimmer in the new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power TV series, is rumored to be reprising the role, Fukushima, star of last year’s Ghost in the Shell, was also fantastic as Yukio in The Wolverine, which would give us another fun link between the DC and Marvel universes.

11 Emma Stone As Poison Ivy

Who doesn’t love quirky, smart, and funny Emma Stone? The actress would be perfect for an updated role as Poison Ivy following Uma Thurman’s beautiful but wonky portrayal of Pamela Isley. One of BossLogic’s many creative manipulations, this artwork features Stone as the iconic plant-loving villain and it’s pretty impressive.

We already know that Ivy will be a big part of the upcoming Gotham City Sirens film, which will also feature Harley Quinn and Catwoman at its heart, so why not include her in the Suicide Squad movie as well? There are several other cool artist manipulations of actresses who might be great in the role, such as Jessica Chastain, so it’s going to be a tough one to cast.

10 Kristen Wiig As Cheetah

Many of us can’t stop celebrating Kristen Wiig being cast as Cheetah in Wonder Woman 1984. The strongest thing the DC movies have going for it right now is all the incredible female characters, most notably Harley Quinn and Wonder Woman, and we can’t wait to see where Aquaman takes us. If all goes well it would make perfect sense to include Wiig in Suicide Squad 2, especially since weaving in characters from multiple films would help provide better continuity for the DCEU.

Wiig is funny, smart, and beautiful, and we think she’s going to make an excellent foe for Wonder Woman.

In that case, her inclusion in another movie would also be fantastic to see.

9 Nathalie Emmanuelle As Vixen

DeviantArt artist farrou has created some truly amazing fanart of DC characters, and one of them, which features Nathalie Emmanuelle as Vixen, makes us believers. While we’re not sure if Emmanuelle has a Tantu Totem, we’re pretty sure she could make it work if Gunn and co. gave her one. The actress, best known for her role as Missandei on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is definitely ready for a a super suit and action in a big movie like this.

Then again, Jada Pinkett Smith has expressed interest in the role of Vixen, which would not only be interesting due to her husband’s presence in the movie but also due to her previous DC role as Fish Mooney in the TV series Gotham. Both actresses would be well-cast for the movie.

8 Jake Gyllenhaal As The Riddler

Do we really need the Riddler to come out and play in Suicide Squad 2? After the weirdness of Batman Forever and the sinister developments of Gotham, perhaps it’s time to reinvent the villain. Jake Gyllenhaal makes sense to play the villain not only because he was David Goyer’s original choice to play Batman in the Christopher Nolan movies, but because this fanart made by Vaskoho is something to behold.

While there are several people who could pull off the role, we think Donnie Darko has a fighting chance.

Fans point out that there were some Riddler Easter eggs in the Batman v Superman movie, so it’s possible that we’ll see The Riddler on film someday.

7 Dave Bautista As Bane

Can we all agree that, no matter the context, Dave Bautista must appear in Suicide Squad 2? Not only has the Drax actor delighted us all with his hilarious yet poignant portrayal in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, but he’s also publicly stated that he supports Gunn and wants to be involved in his next project.

We’re pretty sure any role could be molded to make room for such a beloved actor, but as as BossLogic has pointed out, he’d make an excellent Bane. After having two Banes that didn’t work so well in the Batman universe, we could definitely use a fresh face for the role. If he’s not Bane, Bautista would make a fantastic Solomon Grundy, too. We’re not too picky on this one.

6 Michael K. Williams As Black Manta

Could Black Manta make an appearance in Suicide Squad 2? It’s too early to rule anything out and many fans think he’d make a good inclusion, particularly following the Aquaman movie. While the majority of his screen time might simply have his head shrouded in a big bubble, his casting would be nonetheless important. Artist diamondking13 suggests actor Michael K. Williams for the job and we love the idea.

It would be cool to see how Gunn and co, would update the suit for a more modern, movie-friendly look.

Famous for his critically acclaimed roles in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, Williams was just cast in Jordan Peele and Misha Green’s Lovecraft Country, but Suicide Squad 2 is far enough in the future to give him time for both gigs.

5 Bill Skarsgård As The Joker

This one is a no-brainer. Many of us just don’t care to see Jared Leto return as The Joker and it’s quite possible that The Joker won’t even see a second of footage in the second film. While we’d all probably be okay with that, if a new Joker is cast, Bill Skarsgård is a fantastic choice.

Skarsgård is hot right now following his success as Pennywise in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It. He also played a less troubling character in Castle Rock over the summer, proving his mettle yet again in King’s world. Considered one of the good things to come out of Netfix’s Hemlock Grove, Skarsgård could probably do the Joker justice, as artist aikoaiham has shown.

4 Teresa Palmer As Killer Frost

After witnessing Killer Frost in the Arrowverse, many fans are calling for her inclusion in Suicide Squad 2. DeviantArt creator farrou has imagined what it might look like if Teresa Palmer played the villain and it’s a pretty spot-on representation.

The Australian actress is no stranger to action movies and could do well in the role.

Kristin Bauer van Straten has already voiced Killer Frost in the animated Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay, while Danica McKellar voices her in Lego DC Superhero Girls. She’s also been in 2009’s Public Enemies animated feature between Batman and Superman, but she’s never been in a live action movie before. Danielle Panabaker portrays the character in The Flash, but she hasn’t made a film in a few years.

3 Jon Bernthal as Rick Flag

Jon Bernthal is another actor already present in the MCU, portraying the most accurate and adept version of the Punisher we could ever hope for, so tossing the talented actor into the DC mix would just be plain fun. It’s not that Joel Kinneman was terrible as Rick Flag, and he’s done a great job standing up for the original film and its purpose, but Jon Bernthal would just be better.

The skill Bernthal has in striking that tricky sweet spot between ruthlessness and gravitas while still being a compelling, empathetic human being isn’t something anyone can do. Artist Riku7kun shows us what Bernthal as Flag might look like. It’s a little bare in comparison to Kinneman’s look, but that might actually work with Bernthal.

2 Josh Gad As The Penguin

It’s no secret that Josh Gad wants the role of The Penguin, having pushed for it himself in social media, and fans are clamoring for the opportunity to see the voice of the snowman, Olaf, and Gaston’s buddy LaFou in a much more sinister role.

Whether or not Gad will show up in The Batman remains to be seen but he definitely has the flippers to play the beloved villain.

BossLogic has given us some art imagining what he might look like in the role and it can only get better from here. In March, Gad started hilariously trolling Matt Reeves on Twitter, sending him animated penguin GIFs and hinting at what he could bring to the Batman franchise.

1 Margot Robbie As Harley Quinn

It’s an obvious inclusion, but it’s necessary. While the original Suicide Squad, hyped up to be the most incredible DC movie of all time, had plenty of problems, most fans and critics agree that the shining star of the whole production was Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie’s portrayal was everything we hoped for– brutal, nuanced, and a delicate balance between her joker obsession and Harley coming into her own person without being too over-the-top.

Who isn’t excited to see Robbie return as Harley in theBirds Of Prey adaptation featuring the awesome women of DC, which is so ardently anticipated that it pushed Suicide 2 to the back burner? After this much love, Robbie has to be in this universe.

Who do you most want to see in a new Suicide Squad movie? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-11 02:10:45 – Sara Schmidt

Wonder Woman Does The Unthinkable To Save DC’s Magic

Warning: SPOILERS For Wonder Woman #56

The latest chapter of The Witching Hour crossover has seen Wonder Woman and her allies in Justice League Dark joining forces with her most powerful enemy – the sorceress Circe. Given Circe’s long-standing grudge against the Amazons and Diana, it would take extraordinary circumstances for her to put aside her legendary spite for a common goal.  Of course with magic itself dying in DC’s Universe, describing the current circumstances as “extraordinary” is putting things lightly.

Based on the character from Greek mythology, the DC Comics version of Circe first appeared in Wonder Woman #37 in 1949. The precise reasons for Circe’s hatred of The Amazons and Wonder Woman have changed several times over the years, but the most common reasons are that The Amazons were responsible for imprisoning Circe for her crimes against humanity and that a prophecy predicted that Circe’s doom would be brought about by the Amazon princess. Though she first appeared during the Golden Age of Comics, it was not until George Perez’s revamp of Wonder Woman in 1987 that Circe was redeveloped into a major player in Princess Diana’s Rogues’ Gallery. It is a position of dishonor she has held ever since.

Related: Wonder Woman Unlocks New Powers of Witchcraft

The first chapter of The Witching Hour revealed that Wonder Woman was a conduit for hereto unknown magic powers – the result of her having been branded as a child by followers of Hectate, the Ancient Greek goddess of Magic. With Zatanna having discovered the meaning of the magical brand, Justice League Dark was able to start seeking answers as to what was happening to Wonder Woman and why.

This led them to Aeaea – the island home of Circe, according to The Odyssey. It was hoped that Circe, who drew her powers from a connection to Hectate, might know something of what was going on and be willing to bargain for that knowledge.

Though she was hostile at first, Circe was mollified the moment she saw what she called “the witchmark” on Diana’s forehead. Circe went on to explain the history of Hectate and how she was truly a power far older than the Olympian gods. The first wizards tried to tap Hectate’s power for their own uses unsuccessfully, caging a far more evil source of power that would come to slowly infect the world, and Hectate herself, with darkness.

This led Hectate to take the majority of her power and split it among five mortal vessels, The Witchmarked, who would hold Hectate’s pure and unsullied essence until a time when the magic of the rising darkness had begun to fade. Then Hectate would reclaim her power to defeat it, once and for all. As each of The Witchmarked died, the followers of Hectate would find another woman to hold Hectate’s power, passing her energy down from generation to generation.

The problem, Circe reveals, is that the passing years have corrupted Hectate’s mind and she is now a being born of spite and hatred rather than love and light and it was that desire for revenge that made Circe into a perfect avatar for Hectate’s power. The practical upshot is that while Hectate may be capable of fighting the rising darkness, she will forever destroy magic as it is known on Earth, with no magical power but her’s existing. This leaves Justice League Dark with few good options, as Wonder Woman seems doomed to die no matter what and the best option involves all magic being under the control of a single vengeful goddess. Of course all this assumes that Circe is telling the truth and this isn’t part of her own plan for revenge on Diana.

Wonder Woman #56 is now available from DC Comics.

More: Say Goodbye To Magic in DC’s Comic Universe

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2018-10-11 01:10:54 – Matt Morrison

Harry Potter: 20 Crazy Details Only True Potterheads Knew About Wormtail

For a lot of reasons, Peter Pettigrew, AKA “Wormtail”, may be one of the creepiest characters in all of the Harry Potter series. First and foremost, is the rather strange decision on the part of author J.K. Rowlings, to make Pettigrew’s animagus form hang around so closely with a preteen Ronald Weasley. With that particularly large elephant out of the room, we can get into some of the more unnerving, crazy, and interesting facts about this Voldemort supporter.

Everyone knows Wormtail to be the man who betrayed Lily and James Potter’s location to Voldemort, who sought to destroy them and their newborn son after finding out that Harry may one day defeat him. Although Voldemort’s attempt on Harry’s life backfired (quite literally), this moment it did cement Wormtail as one of Tom Riddle’s most famous supporters. In addition to this, Wormtail also got away with it all by blaming Sirius Black for that horrible night.

In many ways, Wormtail was the most unlikely member of Voldemort’s inner circle. He didn’t have the dedication to Voldemort’s evil agenda that Lucius Malfoy did. Nor did he have the obsessive nature of the deranged Bellatrix Lestrange. At the end of the day, Wormtail was a coward, and that why he let betrayed his friends to become part of one of the darkest cults of all time. Despite all he has done, Wormtail was still a far more engaging character than most fans may recall.

Without further ado, here are 20 Crazy Facts About Wormtail.

20 He Was Almost Not Sorted Into Gryffindor

When Peter Pettigrew arrived at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, he lined up with the rest of the First Years to await The Sorting Hat’s decision on which House he would join. While in line, he met both Sirius Black, who uttered his contempt for Slytherin House, and James Potter. Immediately, Pettigrew took a liking to these boys and longed to be Sorted with them.

When he finally was placed under The Sorting Hat, Pettigrew waited a whole five minutes to be placed in Gryffindor.

This is what was called a “Hatstall.” The Sorting Hat clearly saw that this character was suitable for more than one house. Although Slytherin would be the obvious alternative choice, Hufflepuff was one as well.

19 He Was A Member Of The Order Of The Phoenix

Due to Peter Pettigrew’s friendship with James, Remus, and Sirius, he joined The Order of the Phoenix after his time at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

The Order of the Phoenix was a secret society founded by Albus Dumbledore to combat Voldemort and his sycophantic followers during the First Wizarding War. This was the time when Voldemort returned from traveling abroad and sought to overthrow the Ministry of Magic and persecute Muggles and Muggle-born magical folk. Although Pettigrew wasn’t a fan of Voldemort’s ideology, he was part of the Order purely because his friends were. It was a community for him. He did not have the same passion for the cause as the other members did.

18 He Wasn’t A True Believer In Voldemort

Much like Peter Pettigrew wasn’t a true believer in the Order of the Phoenix, he wasn’t one of Voldemort’s dedicated followers either. He did not share the same lust for dominance over the Wizarding World, nor the same level of intolerance.

When Pettigrew became a spy for Voldemort, it was purely out of fear.

Wormtail, at the end of the day, is an opportunist. He is someone who will do just about anything to survive, and that included betraying his best friends in order to remain on the powerful dark wizard’s good side. In many instances, especially in the books, Wormtail even couldn’t bear Voldemort’s violence and occasionally attempted to suggest alternative measures to achieve his dark desire.

17 McGonagall Didn’t Like Him, even as a kid

If there’s one thing that Minerva McGonagall has never done, it’s mince words. First and foremost, this Transfiguration professor and Gryffindor Head of House is brutally honest. In the books, she was honest about how she felt about Peter Pettigrew during his time at Hogwarts.

Of course, McGonagall taught him Transfiguration as well as watched over him as the H.O.H. She claimed that Pettigrew “hero-worshipped” both James Potter and Sirius Black. In fact, she even described him as a “lump of a boy” who constantly followed Sirius around like his lap-dog. She even claimed that Peter was “stupid” as well as “foolish.” However, Minerva clearly grew to have some respect for him once he joined the Order. She even spoke sadly about him before she learned that he was the one responsible for the betrayal and not Sirius.

16 He Lived As A Rat For 12 Years

As most fans know, Peter Pettigrew was one of the Mauraders, the small group of friends that consisted of James Potter, Sirius Black, and Remus Lupin. Peter even decided to become an animagus in order to make Remus feel more comfortable with the fact that he was tragically turned into a werewolf. The fact that Pettigrew could turn into a rat at will was something that came in handy after he was forced to fake his own demise in order to properly frame Sirius Black.

Due to his fear of being caught, Pettigrew lived as a rat for a solid 12 years.

He was eventually discovered by Sirius and Remus in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

15 He Chose The Weasleys As Owners To Avoid The Death Eaters

After Pettigrew faked his demise, he chose to live as a rat in order to both keep up his lie as well as to avoid the Death Eaters. At this stage, many of Voldemort’s followers were unknown to the authorities and lived amongst the common-folk. Due to the fact that Voldemort’s apparent demise happened due to Pettigrew’s information, the Death Eaters believed that Pettigrew was a traitor and therefore sought to destroy him.

Wormtail knew that he stood a better chance at staying alive if he picked a “good” family to stay with. Eventually, he came to be Percy Weasley’s possession and was handed down to Ron. Presumably, Wormtail (as “Scabbers”) stayed with the Weasleys because he knew that the family would treat him right as well as shield him from Voldemort’s secret followers.

14 He Almost Ruined Ron And Hermione’s Relationship

Although Wormtail didn’t mean to, he almost completely ruined Hermione and Ron’s friendship in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Throughout the book and the film (to a lesser extent), Ron was constantly trying to save Scabbers (AKA Wormtail) from Hermione’s carnivorous new cat, Crookshanks. When Wormtail heard that Sirius Black had escaped from Azkaban and was poking around the Hogwarts grounds, he decided to flee, faking his demise a second time.

In the book, he bit himself in order to leave blood that suggested that Crookshanks had finally taken him out.

It completely convinced Ron, and the pair’s relationship nearly ended until the truth was revealed. This is just another instance of Peter Pettigrew doing anything necessary to remain alive.

13 Rats helped him find Voldemort

A lot of fans of Harry Potter who haven’t paid close enough detail to the books wonder how Wormtail and Voldemort were reunited before the events of The Goblet of Fire. Well, the truth is Wormtail learned from fellow rats that a dark force was living in a forest in Albania. This force ended up being Voldemort himself, who was living off the animals in the forest. However, Voldemort was just clinging to life in his shriveled-up form.

Wormtail lured a prominent ministry witch, who was on vacation in Albania, into the forest and then proceeded to force information out of her that helped persuade Voldemort to take him back into his good graces.

12 He Fed Voldemort Nagini’s Milk to Save Him

Aside from finding Lord Voldemort in a forest in Albania and giving him some vital information about the upcoming Triwizard Tournament from the ministry official he lured into the forest, Wormtail also stayed in Voldemort’s good graces due to the fact that he kept him alive. At this point, Voldemort was simply a shriveled up humanoid creature who barely had any power at all.

With Wormtail’s help, he managed to stay strong enough to last until the end of The Goblet of Fire when he was “reborn.”

Wormtail was able to do this because he milked the venom out of Nagini, Voldemort’s giant snake who will appear in human form in Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This venom provided Voldemort with the rudimentary body we see in Goblet of Fire.

11 He Helped Capture Mad-Eye

When Wormtail traveled to Albania to seek Voldemort, he ran into a ministry official who he forced into telling him legitimate information about the goings on at Hogwarts. This included the upcoming Triwizard Tournament that they would get Harry Potter to take part in, as well as the fact that Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody would be the next Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher.

Another piece of information this ministry official gave was that there was a Voldemort supporter hiding out in England. This ended up being Barty Crouch Jr., who, with the help of Wormtail, tracked down Mad-Eye Moody and captured him. Crouch then famously continued to take locks of Mad-Eye’s hair in order to brew a Polyjuice Potion that turned him into Mad-Eye.

10 Snape Got His Revenge On Pettigrew

As we found out through various flashbacks during Harry’s time learning legilimency from Severus Snape, Severus was teased and pushed around by Harry’s father, Lupin, Sirius, and Peter Pettigrew as a child. Pettigrew probably wouldn’t have been the one to instigate this, but he was happy to play along with what the “cool kids” were doing. That, after all, was sort of his M.O. However, in their later years, Snape got his revenge on Wormtail after Voldemort ordered Wormtail to live with Snape at Spinner’s End in order to help him with various things.

Wormtail ended up being Snape’s punching bag and personal servant.

In fact, Snape treated him quite poorly, which, without a doubt had more to do with Wormtail betraying Lily Potter than anything else.

9 Voldemort Loathed Him

Lord Voldemort may not have had the ability to love anything except for himself, and even that is arguable, but he certainly had some appreciation and respect for certain members of his cult. At one time, he had immense respect for Lucius Malfoy, but that went away after Lucius continued to fail him. Bellatrix and Snape seem to be in his good graces constantly as they appeared to be his most ardent supporters. Snape, specifically, was the one he thought was infiltrating Dumbledore and the Order.

Wormtail is a different story entirely. Voldemort never liked Wormtail at all. He put up with him because Wormtail helped to keep him alive. But even before Voldemort’s first downfall, the villain knew that Wormtail was only around out of fear, not out of duty or respect.

8 He Wasn’t Skilled At Magic

Throughout the course of the Harry Potter series, two very different powerful magical folk made comments on Wormtail’s lack of power. The first was Wormtail’s old Transfiguration teacher, Minerva McGonagall, who claimed that he was far less talented than his friends when it came to magic. Then there’s Voldemort, who always regarded his servant as particularly weak. The truth is, they were mostly right about him.

He was a hopeless dueler, only besting opponents when catching them off-guard.

However, there are a couple of instances where he’s shown more potential than even he believed. One of these moments was when he caused an explosion that ended the lives of twelve Muggles and allowed him to get away from Sirius Black.

7 He Was Surprisingly Intelligent And An Opportunist

You can say a lot about Peter Pettigrew, including his cowardly demeanor, but one thing you can’t say is that he was dumb. On the contrary, Wormtail was actually pretty intelligent. This cunning helped him frame Sirius for the crime that he committed, as well as search out Voldemort.

Wormtail’s intelligence also allowed him to be quite the opportunist. This trait perhaps sums him up the most, as from the start of things he knew how to get in with the “right” crowd. When the tides changed and there was a better group to be associated with, that’s exactly where Wormtail would end up. A fool wouldn’t be able to navigate situations like this, let alone stay on Voldemort’s good side.

6 The Other Death Eaters Didn’t Like Him

Being an opportunist didn’t quite go over well when it came to Voldemort’s closest servants. First of all, many of them, including Bellatrix Lestrange, were there because they either believed in Voldemort’s cause or Voldemort himself.

Many of these Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a clinger; someone who was merely there to survive and never truly fought for what they believed in.

Another major source of the dislike the Death Eaters had for Wormtail had to do with Voldemort’s first downfall. This event happened on Wormtail’s information. When Voldemort was seemingly annihilated after attacking Harry Potter, many Death Eaters saw Wormtail as a traitor who purposefully led Voldemort to his grave.

5 His Hand Was Cursed

Although the filmmakers behind the Harry Potter movies didn’t explore Wormtail’s silver hand, it was certainly talked about in detail in J.K. Rowling’s novels. Wormtail first got this magical silver hand after he severed it from his body while resurrecting Voldemort in The Goblet of Fire. However, it came with a catch.

The catch with Wormtail’s replacement hand was that it was cursed. Sure, the hand had magical properties, including being impervious to certain jinxes, but it also led to his downfall. Though Wormtail didn’t receive a proper final scene in the films, his demise in the books occurred when he was planning to do good on his “life debt” to Harry. Wormtail’s magical hand turned on him, wrapped around his neck, and took his life.

4 He was insecure about his body

Every single person on the planet has their own set of insecurities. This is true of all of the characters within J.K. Rowling’s masterful series. For Wormtail, it was his stature. Not only was his short height an issue for him, but his weight and shape particularly bothered him. He no doubt compared himself to the more traditionally handsome James Potter and Sirius Black while growing up.

Due to actor Timothy Spall’s height, Wormtail was portrayed a taller than he was in the books.

However, when he first appeared in Prisoner of Azkaban, he was around the same height as a 13 and 14-year-old Harry and Hermione. Both Harry and Hermione would grow to be taller, while Pettigrew remained the same height.

3 He Was Made More Rat-Like For The Films

J.K. Rowlings described Peter Pettigrew has had some of the qualities of a rat, especially after living as one for a solid twelve years. These traits included watery eyes, grubby skin, a pointed nose, and even a squeaky voice that followed him after he revealed himself in The Prisoner of Azkaban.

Azkaban director Alfonso Cuaron wanted to make sure audiences absolutely knew that Pettigrew would have maintained some of his rat-like qualities after his twelve-year stint. These added details included extra nostril hair, knuckle hair, two big teeth, and a consistency between Scabbers’ fur and Wormtail’s locks. Hiding his neck with the right coat also made Wormtail’s rat-like look more believable. These details also came in handy for Wormtail’s visual transition back into his animagus form as he escaped.

2 He Took Voldemort’s Wand

Wormtail didn’t keep his distance the day after Voldemort’s downfall in Godric’s Hollow. He made sure he was nearby as he hoped his information would be useful. Voldemort, of course, wanted to take out a young Harry Potter due to the prophecy that stated that the boy could lead to his demise. Unfortunately for Voldemort, his attempt on Harry’s life backfired and he was practically disintegrated.

Wormtail deduced this once he came across the rubble of the house. He then found Voldemort’s iconic phoenix-feathered wand and took it for safe keeping.

He later gave it back to Voldemort once he was strong enough to use it once more.

There’s no telling where exactly Wormtail stored the wand while living as a rat for twelve years.

1 His Demise Was Connected To The Marauders

Wormtail’s connection to the Marauders, Lupin (Mooney), Sirius (Padfoot), and James (Prongs) was fully realized the day that he met his end. This is because Wormtail’s demise (at least in the book) was very similar to those of his three classmates.

All four of them, in one way or another, passed away while trying to protect or save Harry.

James met his end at the hands of Lord Voldemort that day in Godric’s Hollow. Sirius was protecting Harry when he was struck by Bellatrix’s curse. Lupin fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, giving Harry a moment to escape from Dolohov, who was later revealed to have taken Lupin out. Finally, Wormtail’s cursed hand turned on him the moment he was about to let Harry go, honoring his life-debt.

What do you think is the craziest fact about Wormtail in Harry Potter? Let us know in the comments below!

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2018-10-10 06:10:32 – Dylan Parker

10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Completely Worthless)

The multi-platform game Fortnite has taken the world by storm. Upon its release in 2017, it quickly became the most popular game across the masses. The game is free to play, though additional “skins” can be purchased, using the game’s currency “V-bucks,” which of course, must be purchased using real money. The weapons in the game, however, are 100% free.

Fortnite boasts a vast number of weapons that can all be found throughout the game’s various locations. Players can search chests and vending machines, inside of which loot can be found. Amongst this loot, players will find weapons, healing jugs, and other items. The contents of loot chests are a surprise each time. The location of these chests are fixed, however, and only a certain number will appear at a time.

There is yet another way to acquire items, however, which will cause other players to growl in frustration. In the game , players battle against each other, and the victor can gain all of the loot from those they defeat. Loot only lasts for that existing game, as each player starts over at zero after each match. Players also keep their eyes out for floor loot, llamas, and supply drops. The llamas look like a pinata from a birthday party. Destroying these will also produce various sought-after items. Supply drops contain a large amount of loot, and float in via a hot air balloon box.

While some loot chests include powerful items and weapons, others should be ignored, as they might contain some of these utterly useless weapons.

Here’s a list of the 10 Most Powerful Weapons In Fortnite (And 10 That Are Worthless).

21 Powerful: SCAR (Legendary)

Most Fortnite players know this Legendary Assault Rifle as SCAR and are eager to obtain it. SCAR stands for Special Combat Assault Rifle. This variant of the assault rifle packs a punch, as it rakes out 198 damage per second and has a 30-round magazine. It is the perfect weapon for medium range battles.

This assault rifle has great precision and can fire 5.5 rounds per second. Because of this, it is the main choice for every player’s arsenal.

This favorite weapon can be found in vending machines, floor loot, chests, and supply drops. Players have a 30.8% chance of getting it in a supply drop. It is based on the Belgian assault/battle rifle Fabrique Nationale SCAR, which was introduced in 2009.

20 Worthless: Guided Missile (Epic)

The guided missile was vaulted in season 3 following complaints of being too overpowered. However, it was re-released in the season 5.10 update with some changes. These alterations included reduced movement skill, reduced turn radius, and reduced damage. Using it makes players vulnerable to attacks from opponents, as you must be out in the open to fire it.

It delivers 74 damage to health and 400 damage to structures. We’re not saying that this weapon doesn’t get the job done, it just isn’t amongst the best weapons. The Epic Guided Missile is fun to use to destroy structures but that’s about it, as it is a risky weapon to use. Guided missiles can be found in chests and supply drops.

19 Powerful: Heavy Shotgun (Legendary)

The Legendary Heavy Shotgun is a heavier version of the Tactical Shotgun. It also has a longer range and an increased firing rate, with its overall damage per second being 77. With a higher range, it is great for mid to late gameplay when players are moving away from close-quarter contact. If you come across a Legendary Heavy Shotgun, you should definitely pick it up, as its powerful punch can help lead to victory.

This shotgun has a slight resemblance to the Franchi SPAS-12, which is an Italian manufactured shotgun. The Legendary Heavy Shotgun can be found in chests and supply drops. Players have a 50% chance of finding it in supply drops and only a 12.4% chance of finding it in chests.

18 Worthless: Pistol

This small firearm has two variants: Common and Uncommon. Most players will pass up this gun when they come across it or replace it quickly with something stronger. The damage it delivers is not the greatest, with 23-24 health and 23-24 structural damage. It does, however, have a 16-round magazine and a firing rate of 6.75 per second.

In close combat, it will get the job done, but be careful if you decide to go up against an opponent with a shotgun.

Using this firearm over long distances is a bad idea and a waste of time.  Starting out the match with this weapon gives players at least some fighting ability. Pistols are only found in floor loot.

17 Powerful: Compact SMG (Legendary)

While there are multiple versions of submachine guns in Fortnite, the Legendary Compact Submachine Gun delivers the most damage to structures and opponents at 22 and 21, respectively. It has a fire rate of 10 rounds per second and a magazine size of 40, with a reload time of 2.97 seconds. It also boasts 210 damage per second.

The Legendary Compact Submachine Gun is definitely a weapon that players want in their arsenal, so be sure not to pass it up. This Fortnite weapon was inspired by the FN P90, a Belgium made submachine gun that was created in 1990. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

16 Worthless: Scoped Assault Rifle

The Scoped Assault Rifle in Fortnite has two different variations: Rare and Epic. This weapon delivers a mere 23-24 health damage and 25-26 structural damage, respectively. One good thing that the Scoped Assault Rifle has going for it, though, is its pinpoint accuracy, which makes it easier to use than some other weapons.

The rifle has a 3.5 round per-second firing rate. We’re not saying that this rifle is not worth picking up, but it should be replaced by a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. This Fortnite weapon is loosely inspired by the AK-12, H&K 416, and the H&K G36C, combining an assault rifle with a sniper rifle.

15 Powerful: Grenade Launcher (Legendary)

The Legendary Grenade Launcher is the perfect choice for destroying structures, as it has a whopping 410 damage. It fires rockets from its 6 round magazine and has a reload time of 2.17 seconds. Damage to opponents is 110. This weapon is great to use against another players’ structures, which can lead to their elimination if they happen to be located nearby.

To use it efficiently, players must aim higher than their target to compensate for the arc trajectory.

Players should also avoid using in small areas, as the grenades can bounce back off of a surface before exploding. This weapon is inspired by the Mikor MGL that originated in South Africa in 1981. It can be found in chests and supply drops.

14 Worthless: Burst Assault Rifle (Common)

The Burst Assault Rifle has five different variations: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, and Legendary. The Common Burst Assault Rifle deals out 27 health damage and 81 structural damage. It does have a 30-round magazine with a 1.75 rounds per second firing rate, however.

Bullets are fired in bursts of 3 at a time. The rifle has a 2.9 second reload time. The Burst Assault Rifle is best used in medium range combat. It’s better to avoid using this rifle against far opponents, as it is not very effective. It can be found in chests, and floor loot.  The legendary version of this rifle can also be found in supply drops, as well as in chests and floor loot.

13 Powerful: Heavy Sniper (Legendary)

Delivering 51.81 damage per second to health and 1100 to structures, the Legendary Heavy Sniper Rifle is a devastating weapon. The only downside is the long reload time, as it takes 4.05 seconds each time. Compared to other sniper rifles in the game, it has less of a bullet drop. So it’s important to take this into account when aiming at targets.

Its long range ability makes it the perfect weapon to use against unsuspecting opponents at far distances. With the Legendary Heavy Sniper, players should find a location with a great vantage point like a tower. However, be sure to have good cover, since reloading takes a while. This weapon closely resembles the Barrett M82 Anti-Material Rifle, which was standardized by the U.S. military as the M107. It can be found in floor loot, chests, supply drops, and vending machines.

12 Worthless: Minigun

The Minigun may look like a firearm that packs a punch, but looks can be deceiving. The Minigun has two variations: Epic and Legendary. However, it the gun is often overlooked since it lacks power. Its health damage comes in at 18-19, while its structural damage is 32-33. It has a high fire rate at 12-rounds per second, which makes it good for destroying structures. Upon pulling the trigger of this machine gun, there is a short delay before it begins to fire.

This delay can be dangerous, however, especially if you’re facing off against opponents whose weapons aren’t as delayed.

Because of this, it’s better to replace it with a more powerful weapon the first chance you get. The Minigun can be found in chests and supply drops.

11  6. Powerful: RPG (Legendary)

This explosive weapon deals out a devastating amount of damage. It can deal out 413 damage to structures and 121 to opponents. The Legendary RPG also has a very large range, which makes it a great choice for taking out bases.

Surprisingly, players can also ride on the rockets and some have even used them to cross the entire map. In order to do this, multiple rockets must be fired for the continuous ride. This, however, is not the easiest thing to do. The Legendary RPG can be found in chests and supply drops. The real-life inspiration for this Fortnite weapon is the RPG-7. RPG is commonly known to stand for Rocket-Propelled Grenade.

10 Worthless: Dual Pistols

The Dual Pistols comes in two variations: Rare and Epic. Considered a step above the Pistol, the Dual Pistols is considered as a 2 round burst weapon. Players should make sure that they take time to aim when using the Dual Pistols, however, as this isn’t always the easiest thing to do.

The Dual Pistols deliver a health damage of 41 for the Rare variation and 43 for the Epic variation. Because of this, it is one of the most powerful pistols. However, it doesn’t stand up against many other weapons. Like other pistols, if this is the only weapon available, you should definitely pick it up, as it will deliver more damage than the pickaxe. The Dual Pistols can be found in chests and floor loot, though players are most likely to find it in chests.

9 Powerful: Double Barrel Shotgun (Legendary)

This Fortnite weapon comes as both Epic and Legendary variants. However, the Legendary version is much better. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is great for close range battle, as it delivers 228 damage per second to health and 90 to structures.

Though it is not ideal for long range use, it packs a punch in close quarters. 

If opponents put some distance between themselves and the business end of this shotgun, it will yield very little damage. It is, however, capable of delivering two shots rapidly. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun is sure to take down any enemies who are unlucky enough to come face-to-face against it. The Legendary Double Barrel Shotgun can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops.

8 Worthless: Stink Bomb

This nose hair-burning explosive releases a stinky gas cloud upon detonation. The gas appears as a yellow cloud and lasts about nine seconds. The Stink Bomb deals out 5 health damage every half-second and it can even bypass shields. Players that throw this unpleasant explosive must be careful, though, as they can also take damage from it. Teammates, however, will not suffer any damage from the Stink Bomb.

The Stink Bomb resembles real-life mustard gas or tear gas. It can be found in chests, floor loot, supply drops, and llamas. Though it can be dangerous, the Stink Bomb isn’t as threatening as many players assume. Because of this, it should be replaced as soon as players find a more powerful weapon.

7 Powerful: Damage Trap

Unlike other items on this list, the Damage Trap is a trap, and therefore is not a firearm. The Damage Trap can be placed on any surface that accepts traps. Players are able to place it on ceilings, floors, and even walls. It delivers 150 of damage to players’ health.

The Damage Trap is typically set and then left for unsuspecting and unfortunate players to come across. However, it can also be used by placing it down after trapping a player, so that they have no way to avoid it. Fortnite has had other traps in the past, but most of those have been vaulted. This uncommon weapon can be found in floor loot and supply llamas.

6 Worthless: Hand Cannon

Another pistol to make our list is the Hand Cannon, which has two variations: Epic and Legendary. While it can be useful against medium and long range targets, it is difficult to use in close range combat.

It also has a low fire rate of 0.8 rounds per second and, unfortunately, it isn’t very accurate.

However, if a player is lucky enough to land a shot on their target at close range, it will most likely get the job done. While it does deal out 60-62.4 health damage and 79-83 structural damage, it’s definitely worth replacing with a more powerful weapon later in the game. The Hand Cannon can be found in chests and floor loot.

5 Powerful: Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle (Legendary)

The Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle packs a heavy punch with its 15-round magazine. It has a 2.07 second reload time, which could be worse. It can also deliver 66.6 damage per second.

With the thermal scope, players have the ability to see chests, supply drops, llamas, and even enemy heat signatures. This makes the Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle a great scouting tool. Players would be crazy to pass this up if they came across it. Even without its thermal abilities, it is still a great weapon to have in any arsenal. It can be found in chests, supply drops, and floor loot. However, players have the highest chance at finding this weapon in a supply drop. It was inspired by an AR15 assault rifle.

4 Worthless: Tactical Shotgun

Fortnite has three variations of the Tactical Shotgun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. The Common version has the worst reload time of the three at 6.3 seconds. It delivers only 67 health damage and 50 structural damage.

In close quarters, it can be useful to suppress an enemy. However, it does not have the quickest of fire rates, with its rate stuck at 1.5 rounds per second. Out of all of the shotguns available in the game, the Tactical deals out the least amount of damage. However, it is better than some of the other weapons at close range, like the pistol or suppressed pistol. The Tactical Shotgun can be found primarily in floor loot.

3 Powerful: Heavy Sniper Rifle (Epic)

A tier down from its Legendary counterpart, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle deals 150 damage to health and 1050 damage to structures. Its reload time is a little long at 4.275 seconds, but it makes up for it in destruction.

Released during August 15th’s update, the Epic Heavy Sniper Rifle quickly became a fan-favorite with players who quickly began to experiment with the best situations for its use. Many players choose to carry two of these at once so that they can quickly switch between the two to deliver the most damage. While it may not have a quick fire rate at 0.33 rounds per second, it makes up for it in damage. It can be found in chests, floor loot, and supply drops. Like the Legendary version, it resembles the real-life Barrett M82.

2 Worthless: Submachine Gun

Fortnite offers three variations of a Submachine Gun: Common, Uncommon, and Rare. However, none of these are very powerful weapons. Both the health and structural damage of the three different types ranges from 17-19.  It does have a fire rate of 12 rounds per second, though, making it good for close to medium range combat.

Its magazine has a capacity of 30 rounds, which makes up for the low amount of damage that it deals out. It can get the job done, but overall, it is less powerful than a large number of the weapons offered in the game. It may look awesome, but it is definitely lacking. The Submachine Guns can be found in chests, floor loot, and sometimes in supply drops.

1 BONUS: Quad Launcher (Coming Soon)

According to an in-game notification, this long-awaited weapon will be making its debut in Fortnite very soon. In the notification, this weapon is said to “quickly fire up to 4 rockets to blanket an area with explosive damage.”

The Quad Launcher is a shoulder mounted rocket launcher and it is already building up a reputation, as many fans are excited for its introduction into the game. Players will have to wait to find out exactly how much health and structure damage this new weapon will deliver, though, as many details are still unknown. One thing is for sure, though: this anticipated rocket launcher will definitely be something to write home about.

Are there any other powerful or worthless Fortnite weapons that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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2018-10-10 02:10:05 – Karis James