It cannot go unstated: Plink is a child. What this boy is doing the the Crater competition this year is beyond us, but according to Rocket Arena lore, he is also a RocketBot repairman (boy). If he’s savvy enough to do that, it’s not too big a leap to consider he could be a competitor as well. And what a competitor he is! Plink is a great character to play, especially for people just getting into the action. He’s easy to pick up and be effective with, but has a surprising amount of depth as well.
Peak Plink performance
Plink is mostly designed for close range combat—his arsenal can quickly close the distance and wreak some havoc. He can still do some damage from a ways away, but you’re going to want to get in and out with Plink and dish out damage in a short amount of time and then get out of there before he gets knocked out. He’s a great character to play offense with while still surviving most skirmishes. It helps that he has the tools to do so.
- Scrap Rockets
- Plink’s primary rockets. They travel accurately and have a homing feature so you might be tempted to use them from a distance, but they do move slowly. They are, however, exceptionally good when up in someone else’s face. You have fifteen rounds per clip and can fire them rapidly. From close distance, this can quickly do a whole lot of damage and since they do have a homing feature, you’re foes will have a hard time escaping.
- Skeddadle Ball
- Plink’s special ability. Here is where Plink really shines. The Skeddadle Ball is a projectile that Plink can throw at folks to do a little bit of damage, but it’s better used for its teleportation abilities. So long as you haven’t thrown the ball off the arena, you have 15 seconds to teleport to the ball after you’ve thrown it. If the ball is near an enemy, it will catch them with a big hit and do a good bit of damage. You can also easily use the Skeddadle Ball to disorient your enemies, put yourself in a better position, or get out of a hairy situation when you need to.
- Plink’s secondary ability. It doesn’t have the longest range, but the Boomerang makes up for this drawback by being able to do a good chunk of damage and by having a quick cool down (only about four seconds). You can also use the Boomerang to hit opponents twice if you fire it from the right distance, as it can connect again on the way back. To do this, though, you’ll want to be firing it from a medium range.
Strategies for Knockout/RocketBot Attack
Plink is a great offensive character. Despite his evident boyhood, he can be very effective in these modes, especially with his ability to do damage and get away. You want to get knockouts, but you also don’t want to be sacrificing yourself and giving your opponents points. Use the Skeddadle Ball for both offense and defense and Plink can turn the tide in a Knockout round.
Strategies for Rocketball
Plink can’t teleport when he has the ball, but he is a quick enough character that he can be an effective ball carrier in this mode if no one else is available. He excels, however, at defense. He can easily get around enemies and prevent them from scoring with his teleportation ability. Use him to disorient your opponents and distract while the rest of your team carries the ball to the goal and you’ll be golden.
Strategies for Mega Rocket
Plink is arguably your best choice for a round of Mega Rocket. He can hold his own on offense while still staying alive and can move around the map quickly with his Skeddadle Ball. The Skeddadle Ball can be especially great when your opponents are bunching up in the missile zone and you want to both get there quick and cause some good damage.
Strategies for Treasure Hunt
Plink can do just fine in a round of Treasure Hunt, but the mode doesn’t play into all his strengths the most effectively. Holding the treasure chest eliminates his Skeddadle Ball ability, and matches move around so chaotically, it can be hard to keep up and teleport effectively. If you can, though, he can be great to use as a body guard. Teleportation, sadly, doesn’t really help with picking up coins, though, and might disorient you more than anyone else.
Nevertheless, Plink is an exceptional character to play as. If you find yourself dying left and right, Plink is a great character to switch to. He is a resilient little child and has got a great arsenal to boot.