May 17, 2013

Breed Review - Dustdevil Grendels

Created by Ghosthande and released for the CCSF 2012 last year, the Dustdevil Grendels also come with pack of their own agents to help expand the somewhat barren desert terrarium. Read on to find out what I think of them!

Sprites - 10/10

In all honesty, there aren't that many Grendel, or Ettin breeds for that matter, for C3/DS that use custom sprites. Many that do are somewhat disappointing (the Yeren Grendels that ship with Ostrova suffer from black around the edges of their sprites), but this is definitely not the case with these Grendels! The Dustdevil sprites are all perfectly rendered, and fit in very well with the C3/DS graphics style.

Unfortunately during development Ghosthande had problems with the adult head sprites for the Grendels, and had to resort to using the Youth ones instead. This actually makes the Grendels appear more unique, and actually suits them very well.

Genome - 7/10

The Dustdevils have a pretty similar genome to that of the original Jungle Grendels, but it would have been nice to see a brand new genome created for these Grendels, such as one that prefers warmer climates or can survive for a long time without eating. Still, this is a great breed nevertheless!

Difficulty - Very Easy

Dustdevil Grendels are not at all difficult to keep, and their agent pack provides them with enough food to keep them from starving in the desert's harsh climate. They also aren't picky about where they live, and can even be kept with regular Grendels.

Overall rating - 9/10

The Dustdevil Grendels are an exceptional breed, much like all of Ghosthande's creations. The only area I felt the breed was let down was the lack of a unique genome, which made the breed less challenging to raise than, say, a Sabertooth Norn, but they are otherwise an essential breed for all Grendel fans everywhere, and I highly recommend them!

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