Hero Rating & Base Stats

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Skills

Gravity Smash
Icon kof rugal ssr type01 skill 01.png Rank 1 Skillicon damage.png Inflicts Pierce damage equal to 100% of Attack on all enemies.
Rank 2 Skillicon damage.png Inflicts Pierce damage equal to 150% of Attack on all enemies.
Rank 3 Skillicon damage.png Inflicts Pierce damage equal to 250% of Attack on all enemies.


Genocide Cutter
Icon kof rugal ssr type01 skill 02.png Rank 1

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Inflicts damage equal to 180% of Attack on one enemy. Decreases Attack-related stats by 20% for 1 turn.
Rank 2

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Inflicts damage equal to 180% of Attack on one enemy. Decreases Attack-related stats by 30% for 1 turn.
Rank 3

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Inflicts damage equal to 300% of Attack on one enemy. Decreases Attack-related stats by 40% for 2 turns.


Ultimate

Gigantic Pressure

Icon kof rugal ssr type01 special 01.png Inflicts Charge damage equal to 700 / 770 / 840 / 910 / 980 / 1050% of Attack on one enemy.


Unique

Grounded Confidence
Icon exclusive skill 1874501.png Removes the hero's Debuffs, fully heals their HP, and increases all stats by 15% when the hero survives with 50% HP or less. (Limit once).


Hero Guide

[KOF '98] Omega Rugal or more commonly known as Green Rugal is an exclusive unit drawn from the 7DS x KOF’98 event. Many have found his niche in PVP Pierce comps and PVE Boss Battle teams. With his high Pierce Rate stats, he can clear waves effortlessly using his “Gravity Smash” skill. He also adds utility by decreasing the enemy’s attack-related stats.

Pierce comps are highly relevant even in high-rank PVP battles. You want to have as much Pierce as you can possibly get on Green Rugal, so Pierce Rate is always the desired substat to have on your Bracelet, Ring, and Costumes. Pairing him with Blue Lillia is also ideal, as she boosts the pierce damage inflicted towards enemies.

Green Rugal is also one of the best heroes for PVE farming, notably Boss Battles, Free Stages, and Knighthood Boss.

Although his base Defense is below average, it is compensated by high values in HP, Attack, and Lifesteal.


Pros

  • Excels in both PVP and PVE
  • High Pierce Rate stat which boosts the damage of his “Gravity Smash” skill
  • High Attack, HP, and Lifesteal stat, allowing him to recover HP with his attacks
  • Has one of the best unique abilities in the game, allowing him to survive an outburst of attacks

Cons

  • Only available via 7DS x KOF’98 draw (Limited-timed draw)
  • Low base Defense
  • Countered by heroes with strong single-target burst damage


Skill Review

Gravity Smash - An AOE skill with Pierce effect, inflicting 3x Pierce Rate increase to your damage output. This skill is similar to that of Red Howzer’s and Blue Demon Meliodas’ Pierce skill cards, having the same attack multipliers of up to 250%. The difference is that Green Rugal can potentially inflict more damage because he has the highest Pierce base stats compared to the two.

Genocide Cutter - A single-target skill with an additional debuff effect decreasing the enemy’s Attack-related stats (Attack, Pierce Rate, Crit Chance, and Crit Damage). It is mainly used to reduce the effectiveness of the enemy’s damage dealer, giving Green Rugal a good chance to activate his Unique ability in case he is targeted.

Ultimate: Gigantic Pressure - Inflicts immense single-target damage that can one-shot most enemies. With his high Attack and Pierce stats, the Charge effect further increases your damage output by ignoring the enemy’s Defense. This skill also has a relatively high attack multiplier even at level 1 with 700%.

Unique: Grounded Confidence - Green Rugal has above-average HP and Defense-related stats which makes it hard for the enemy to one-shot him. So when his HP falls below 50%, it basically allows him to reset by removing all debuffs and healing back at max HP. Moreover, he will additionally get a 15% stat boost, making him even more powerful than before. This unique ability will inflict doubt on your opponent whether attacking Green Rugal with basic skill cards is a good decision. Usually, only strong ultimates and rank 3 (gold) skill cards can confidently one-shot Green Rugal from above 50% HP.


Usage

Equipment Set - Onslaught (Attack) / Iron Wall (Defense).

Substats are as follows:
Bracer/Ring - Pierce Rate
Necklace/Earring - Defense
Belt/Rune - HP

PVP - Widely used in both Ungeared (Normal) and Geared (Elite) PVP to complete a Pierce team with Blue Lillia and Blue Demon Meliodas. Together, they create a good combination of strong AOE attacks and sustain.

PVE - Used extensively to farm materials, especially in Boss Stages. With Blue Lillia and Red Howzer, they can clear the waves faster than most teams because of their strong AOE Pierce attacks. You can fill the sub-slot with a hero that gives benefit to your main team using their unique abilities such as Green Deathpierce as he increases your chance of inflicting more damage from critical hits.

Knighthood Boss (Akumu) - Akumu has a shield that redirects all attacks away from the boss to avoid damage, hence, an AOE attacker is needed. Using a Pierce team comp is one way to counter this mechanic. Green Rugal, Blue Demon Meliodas, and Red Howzer are three of the best heroes with strong AOE pierce attacks. Adding in Blue Lillia to amplify Pierce damage makes it easier to defeat the boss.

Training Grotto - He is mainly used to counter Speed-type (Blue) Illusion Ambers, especially against Level 3 stages.


Gallery

Story

Rugal Bernstein is a recurring boss in SNK's The King of Fighters fighting game series, and is often considered one of the most difficult bosses in the entire series.

Feared throughout the political and fighting world, Rugal was an influential arms dealer who operated aboard his aircraft carrier Black Noah. To those who would oppose him, he would defeat them and later preserve their bodies in liquid metal to add to his grisly trophy room. He used to work with his younger brother, but they separated over conflicting interests. When Rugal was about 25 years old, an 18 year old Goenitz took out his eye with one strike and gave him a small portion of Orochi's power for surviving the attack. Since then, he has a bionic eye to replace the one he lost.

Source: https://snk.fandom.com/wiki/Rugal_Bernstein

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