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Bossk Bolsters Bounty Hunters

2018-01-27
Electronic Arts

Bounty Hunters come in many forms, and few are as feared as the Trandoshan, Bossk. As featured in Star Wars™: The Empire Strikes Back™ and Star Wars: Rebels™, Bossk is a member of the Bounty Hunters' Guild and specializes in hunting down Wookiees.

One of young Boba Fett's mentors after the demise of Jango Fett, Bossk furthered his training in the art of hunting bounties. The duo was incarcerated after the attempted murder of Mace Windu, and subsequently were able to escape the prison during a riot.

While Bossk tends to work alone, he will also partner with associates if the situation warrants it. After all, five bounty hunters are stronger than one.

BOSSK

Bossk is one of the most versatile Bounty Hunters to date, able to confront a variety of threats and protect his allies. His target should usually be the weakest enemy character, as he gains a multitude of bonuses when he attacks them and if they are impaired.

Bossk is also the best Tank in a squad consisting of all Bounty Hunters. He has high durability and can distract the enemy long enough to let allies like IG-88 and Boba Fett concentrate on heavy firepower.

He also comes with the brand-new Contract mechanic, which will grant a specific Reward should you expedite the necessary task.

Basic Ability: Prey On The Weak
FINAL TEXT: Deal Physical damage to target enemy. This attack is guaranteed to Critically Hit and deals double damage if the target is the weakest enemy.

DEVELOPER'S NOTE: This ability was designed to reflect Bossk's ruthless efficiency, and rewards an almost single-minded focus on eliminating priority targets.

Special Ability 1: Hunting Party
FINAL TEXT: Deal Physical damage to target enemy and stun them for 1 turn. Call all other Bounty Hunter allies to Assist, dealing 30% less damage. If target is the weakest enemy, reduce all assisting Bounty Hunter allies' cooldowns by 1.

Special Ability 2: Predator Insticts
FINAL TEXT: Bossk dispels all debuffs on himself, recovers 50% Health, then gains Frenzy and Taunt for 3 turns.All Bounty Hunter allies gain Offense Up for 3 turns.

DEVELOPER'S NOTE: Knowing that we wanted Bossk to fill the Tank role in a more aggressive way, it felt appropriate to give him the ability to put himself in harm's way and block enemy attacks while still maintaining the offensive, relying on sheer grit to turn the tide. With a combination of Taunt, self-Dispel, Healing, and the rarely-used Frenzy effect, Bossk's enemies will find him to be an unyielding foe, even as he dishes out heavy damage.

Leader Ability: On The Hunt
FINAL TEXT: All Bounty Hunters gain +50% Max Protection and +50% Tenacity. All Bounty Hunter allies gain +100% Defense while at full Health. Whenever an enemy suffers a debuff or Resists, all Bounty Hunter allies recover 3% Health and Protection.

Contract: Deal damage to the enemy with the lowest Health 10 times. Reward: All Bounty Hunter allies gain +50 Speed for the rest of the battle.

DEVELOPER'S NOTE: Bossk is a tenacious, relentless fighter, and that's reflected in any team he leads. Likewise, his Leader ability gives his team the survivability needed to keep up with Bossk's aggression. If the team can focus on weaker targets long enough to complete his Contract, the Speed bonus can allow the team to overwhelm the enemy in an all-out assault.

Unique Ability: Trandoshan Rage
FINAL TEXT: Bossk has +50% Defense and +50% Max Health while he has Taunt and gains +50% Offense and +50% Health Steal while attacking buffed enemies. When Bossk loses Taunt, he gains Taunt for 1 turn if the weakest enemy has Protection.

Payout Ability: Bossk's Payout
FINAL TEXT: Whenever Bossk receives Rewards from a Contract, he also gains the following Payout. (Contracts are granted by certain Bounty Hunter Leader Abilities.)

Payout: Bossk Recovers 5% Health and 5% Protection at the start of his turn, and half that much whenever another Bounty Hunter ally starts their turn.

General Strategy, Synergy and Utilization
Bossk is a survivable tank with a near-constant source of Taunt, who specializes in bolstering the Bounty Hunter squad significantly. Bossk reduces the Bounty Hunters' cooldowns which enables him to trigger Frenzy more frequently. The result is a positive feedback loop that makes fulfilling Contracts much easier. Bossk also offers the faction a powerful Assist call, Offense Up to boost their damage, along with Protection and Speed gains. Bossk also treats himself with a good array of tricks that dispels debuffs and adds sustainability during the fight.

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