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Slitherfang
Poisonous Protection
Wave 6: World|Strike (ver 1.2)
Number: 30
Common
6★
Boxart cleanup by itnick.fyi, art by billmoo
Useable Stratagems:
Brutal Conditioning
Nebulous Spotlight
Kakistocracy
Bot Mode
3   9   1   Quintesson Battle Master Beast Melee
When this attacks 🠪 Do 1 damage to the defender after the battle.
UD-04 Globo Guard
Upgrade - Armor
+2   Quintesson Battle Master
At the start of your turn 🠪 Do 1 damage to the upgraded character unless it is a Quintesson Quintesson.

When the upgraded character defends 🠪 Do 1 damage to the attacker after the battle.

If this would leave the battlefield 🠪 Put it into your KO area instead.
Relevant Rulings
Would Cornered work on a Battle Master causing it to flip to its upgrade side? If yes, what would happen to the upgrade?

No, you can’t flip a Battle Master while it’s on the battlefield.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-08-09)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Cornered!, Battle Master
Can you use I Still Function to replay a Battle Master?

Hard no.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-05-10)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: I Still Function!, Battle Master
Once a Battle Master is in the KO pile does it still count as a character while in it's upgrade mode? Can I bring it back to the field with ISF? Is it forced back into bot mode to take the damage if it can? If not does it automatically equip? if it can equip, is it forced to ko pile at the end of the turn?

No, no, not applicable, not applicable, not applicable.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-07-29)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: I Still Function!, Battle Master
Do you have to attach the Battle Master's Upgrade side? My Wife pulled 2 Lionizers in Turbo Sealed but pull no Orange. When I KO'd Lionizer, would she be forced to scrap EM24 IR Laser Launcher, or could she choose not to attach Lionizer?

Yes, you must attach the Battle Master's Upgrade side. When you attach the Battle Master, you must scrap the older upgrade; in this case, EM24 IR Laser Launcher.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-07-12)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
Do Battle Masters in Upgrade mode count towards Stars in the KO area for Emergency Maintenance?

No. When in Upgrade mode, Battle Masters do not count as characters, so they would not be counted by Emergency Maintenance on the battlefield or in the KO area.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-07-29)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
Can I KO a Battle Master with Involuntary Promotion if I have no bots in my KO area?

Yes. If you have no characters in KO or the characters in your KO area have too many stars, you can use Involuntary Promotion to KO one of your characters.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-11-09)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
What are Battle Masters?

Battle Masters are characters that start in bot mode and can be played in their upgrade mode
after they are KO’d. Battle Masters don’t have an alt mode and can’t flip while they are on the
battlefield. There are both Autobot and Decepticon Battle Masters.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-03-01)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
Battle Masters are the same size as battle cards! What does that mean?

The size of the card doesn’t change how they play. While in bot mode, Battle Masters are
just like other characters. They can attack and be attacked, they can be damaged, they can be
upgraded, and so on.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-03-01)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
If Battle Masters don’t have an alt mode, how do they start the game?

They start on the battlefield in bot mode.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-03-01)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
If a card tells me to flip a Battle Master, what happens?

It doesn’t flip. It just stays in bot mode. If the card has additional instructions, those are still
followed if possible.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-03-01)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
So how do I access the upgrade mode?

If a Battle Master in bot mode is KO’d, you can immediately flip the card and play its other
mode.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-03-01)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
Most of the time, characters are KO’d on their opponent’s turn. If that happens to my Battle
Master, can I still play the upgrade?


Yes. This may cause some abilities to trigger that normally don’t during your opponent’s turn.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-03-01)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
When I play the Battle Master in upgrade mode, does it count as my upgrade play for the
turn?


No. If you played an upgrade earlier in the turn, you can still play the Battle Master in its
upgrade mode after it’s KO’d in bot mode.
In some unusual situations, your Battle Master in bot mode is KO’d during your turn before you
attack. Playing the upgrade mode in those situations doesn’t stop you from then playing an
upgrade from your hand before you attack.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-03-01)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
What happens if the Battle Master upgrade would leave the battlefield?

If that happens, the card is put into your KO area with its upgrade mode face up. This can
happen if the upgrade would be returned to your hand, returned to your deck, directly
scrapped, or if the character that had it is KO’d.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-03-01)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master
Regarding when Battle Masters go to the KO area when they're removed from the battlefield in upgrade mode: Do they switch to bot mode when they go there or do they stay in upgrade mode? And if they do stay in upgrade mode, how does this interact with Emergency Maintenance?

They stay on their Upgrade side and it does not interact with Emergency Maintenance because upgrades are not counted as characters.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-04-12)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master, KO
So, when a Battle Master is KO'd, does it count as a KO since they are technically not sent to the KO pile? Or is the instance of "KO" simply contingent on reaching your HP total?

It is a KO and they go to the KO Area, before flipping to its Upgrade side.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-04-12)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Battle Master, KO
What are Battle Masters & Weaponizers?

Battle Masters and Weaponizers are characters that start in bot mode and can be played in their Upgrade mode after they are KO’d. They don’t have alt modes and can’t flip while they are on the battlefield.
In Siege 2 (Wave 4), there are two Weaponizers, each made up of two cards. They start assembled together in bot mode. When one of these Weaponizers is KO’d, it splits into two different Upgrades that you can then play. These Upgrades can be played on separate characters or onto the same character.
After a Battle Master or Weaponizer Upgrade would leave the battlefield, it’s put into your KO area instead.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-11-08)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Weaponizer, Battle Master
If a Battle Master or Weaponizer is in the KO Pile, and the match runs to time and damage on all characters is assessed, should they count their damage for that total, or are they simply an upgrade with no damage on them?

They are an upgrade with no damage on them.This FAQ item refers to a form of tie-breaker from November 2019 tournament rules prior to November 2019. It is no longer relevant.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2019-08-09)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Weaponizer, Battle Master, KO, Tie-Break
Can I have more than one of the same Upgrade on the battlefield?

Yes. Upgrades aren’t unique. You could have two characters each with the same Weapon, for
example.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2018-10-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Upgrade
Some Upgrades say "Put on [something] only." How does that work?

These abilities describe what kind of character the Upgrade can be put on. This is usually a trait such
as Melee, Plane, or Insecticon. An Upgrade can be put on a character only if that character matches the
listed requirement.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2018-10-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Upgrade
Let’s say I have an Upgrade that says "Put on Planes only" and I put it on a Plane. But then next turn I
flip the Plane to its other mode, and it’s no longer a Plane. What happens?


The Upgrade stays with the character it’s on. That ability limits only what the Upgrade can initially be
put on. Once that happens, the Upgrade doesn’t check again.
Source: Wizards of the Coast (2018-10-11)    【Link to Ruling】
Tags: Upgrade
Recent Decks Using This Card
*Spins Menacingly*
Deck Traits: Decepticon Battle Master Specialist Helicopter Ranged Melee
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 5🂠 6★ Added by EvilGem096 Modified on Feb 9, '24

Characters
Raider Nightstick 6★
Ground Force • Weapons
Raider Spinister 11★
Infantry • Aerial Assault
Decepticon Doublecrosser 7★
Shield Brothers

Stratagems
Arm the Lonely 1★
Raider Spinister, Infantry • Aerial Assault
Sideboard
Slitherfang 6★
Poisonous Protection
2 Battlefield Scan
2 Spy Satellite Uplink
1 Shard of the Divine Light 1★
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Supercharge
1 Escape Route
3 Quartermaster
3 Fight For Position
2 Wedge Formation
1 Disassemble
3 Magnetic Dysfunction Ray
3 Precision Fire
Rolling Actions
3 Take the Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
3 Static Laser of Ironhide
3 Power Punch
3 Combat Dagger
Armor
3 Improvised Shield
1 Bashing Shield
Utilities
1 Metal Detector
1 Pocket Processor
Deck Stats
22 action cards
  19 regular action cards
  0 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
18 upgrade cards
  12 weapon cards
  4 armor cards
  2 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
39 icons on 33 cards (83%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
7 icons on 7 cards (18%)
16 icons on 16 cards (40%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
18%
9%
9%
8%
8%
7%
5%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 19%
Bashing Shield: 6%
Escape Route: 6%
Metal Detector: 6%
Pocket Processor: 6%
Wedge Formation: 13%
Disassemble: 7%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 12 cards
Wave 2: 5 cards
Wave 3: 10 cards
Wave 4: 7 cards
Wave 5: 9 cards
Wave 6: 2 cards
Wave 8: 4 cards
Wave 9: 1 cards
Poisonous Edge
Deck Traits: Decepticon Motorcycle Specialist Tank Ranged Melee Quintesson Battle Master Beast
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 10🂠 6★ Added by EvilGem096 Modified on Mar 31, '23

Characters
Flamewar 5★
Veteran Decepticon
Bludgeon 11★
Electric Warrior
Slitherfang 6★
Poisonous Protection

Stratagems
Brutal Conditioning 2★
Melee Characters
Sideboard
High Bailiff Bollag 6★
Court Knight
2 Drill Arms
2 Espionage
2 Counterespionage
2 Open Agenda
2 Razor Wings
Actions
Regular Actions
2 Pep Talk
3 Quartermaster
3 Steady Shot
3 Angolmois Surge
2 CNA-Encoded Armory
3 Throttle
Secret Actions
2 Lose The Battle...
Rolling Actions
3 Lie in Wait
Upgrades
Weapons
2 Energon Axe
3 Handheld Blaster
1 Energon Slingshot
Armor
2 Reinforced Plating
3 Force Field
Utilities
2 Point Position
2 Polydermal Graft
2 Rage
1 Custom Junkion Saddle
1 Shard of the Divine Light 1★
Deck Stats
21 action cards
  16 regular action cards
  2 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
19 upgrade cards
  6 weapon cards
  5 armor cards
  8 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
6 icons on 6 cards (15%)
30 icons on 24 cards (60%)
10 icons on 10 cards (25%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
5 icons on 5 cards (13%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
10%
10%
9%
7%
4%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 45%
Lose The Battle...: 14%
Custom Junkion Saddle: 7%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 10 cards
Wave 2: 5 cards
Wave 3: 9 cards
Wave 4: 2 cards
Wave 5: 3 cards
Wave 6: 13 cards
Wave 7: 2 cards
Wave 8: 11 cards
Gators (World|Strike)
Deck Traits: Quintesson Allicon Beast Melee Leader Ranged Battle Master
Deck: 40🂠 27★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by JediPapa Modified on Nov 14, '22

Characters
Allicon Eyuk 5★
Bog Scavenger
General Ghyrik 11★
Grievous Executioner
Slitherfang 6★
Poisonous Protection

Stratagems
Buried Banquet 1★
Allicon Eyuk, Bog Scavenger
Nebulous Spotlight 1★
Quintessons
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
3 Angolmois Surge
2 Occupation
3 Open Agenda
3 Scrounging For Energon
Secret Actions
3 Aquatic Maneuvers
1 Lose The Battle...
1 Manipulate Time
1 The Dweller Awakens
1 Touch of Quintessa 1★
3 Turnabout Snare
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Energon Axe
3 Maceration Laser
2 Photon Charge
1 Sidecar Artillery
2 Vorpal Fangs
Armor
1 Aspect of Death 1★
1 Aspect of Rage 1★
Utilities
3 Secret Missive
2 Sharkticon Matrix
1 Unsavory Leftovers
Deck Stats
21 action cards
  11 regular action cards
  10 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
19 upgrade cards
  11 weapon cards
  2 armor cards
  6 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
8 icons on 8 cards (20%)
16 icons on 16 cards (40%)
8 icons on 8 cards (20%)
19 icons on 19 cards (48%)
12 icons on 12 cards (30%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
10%
9%
7%
7%
6%
4%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 36%
Aspect of Death: 7%
Aspect of Rage: 7%
Lose The Battle...: 7%
Maceration Laser: 21%
Manipulate Time: 7%
Occupation: 13%
Scrounging For Energon: 21%
Sharkticon Matrix: 14%
The Dweller Awakens: 7%
Touch of Quintessa: 6%
Unsavory Leftovers: 7%
Vorpal Fangs: 13%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 3 cards
Wave 6: 42 cards
Gromlick wit a shield
Deck Traits: Autobot Leader Dinobot Melee Quintesson Battle Master Beast Allicon
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 4🂠 0★ Added by Tankhunter48 Modified on Jul 19, '22

Characters
Grimlock 10★
Dinobot Leader
Slitherfang 6★
Poisonous Protection
High Bailiff Bollag 6★
Court Knight

Stratagems
Brutal Conditioning 2★
Melee Characters
Me Grimlock King! 1★
Grimlock, Dinobot Leader
Sideboard
1 Counterespionage
1 Disassemble
2 Escapology
Actions
Regular Actions
2 Supercharge
1 Escape Route
1 Espionage
3 New Orders
3 Camien Crash
3 Universal Greeting
Secret Actions
3 Whipped Into Shape
2 Recon Reissue
Rolling Actions
3 Take the Shot
Upgrades
Weapons
3 Grenade Launcher
1 Backup Beam
1 Noble's Blaster
3 Power Punch
1 Maceration Laser
Armor
1 Bashing Shield
3 Improvised Shield
Utilities
1 Pocket Processor
3 Polydermal Graft
2 Sharkticon Matrix
Deck Stats
21 action cards
  13 regular action cards
  5 secret action cards
  3 rolling action cards
19 upgrade cards
  9 weapon cards
  4 armor cards
  6 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
32 icons on 26 cards (65%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
4 icons on 4 cards (10%)
9 icons on 9 cards (23%)
8 icons on 8 cards (20%)
0 icons on 0 cards (0%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
18%
13%
13%
7%
5%
4%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 19%
Backup Beam: 6%
Bashing Shield: 6%
Escape Route: 6%
Espionage: 6%
Noble's Blaster: 5%
Pocket Processor: 6%
Maceration Laser: 6%
Sharkticon Matrix: 12%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 1: 6 cards
Wave 2: 11 cards
Wave 4: 4 cards
Wave 5: 5 cards
Wave 6: 14 cards
Wave 8: 9 cards
Devour, Enforce, Obey
Deck Traits: Quintesson Allicon Beast Melee Sharkticon Battle Master
Deck: 40🂠 25★ | Sideboard: 0🂠 0★ Added by g3holliday Modified on Jun 7, '22

Characters
Allicon Aronik 5★
Killer Croc
Allicon Eyuk 5★
Bog Scavenger
Sharkticon Gnaw 4★
Gluttonous Gourmand
Sharkticon Peck 4★
Protoform Pup
Slitherfang 6★
Poisonous Protection

Stratagems
Indigestion 1★
Sharkticon Gnaw, Gluttonous Gourmand
Sideboard
None
Actions
Regular Actions
2 Belligerence
2 Angolmois Surge
3 Guilty or Innocent
1 Occupation
1 Cooling of Tensions
Secret Actions
1 Battlefield Report
1 Dampening Field
2 Hidden Fortification
2 Sabotaged Armaments
2 Stable Cover
1 End Hostilities
1 Aquatic Maneuvers
1 Manipulate Time
2 Reroute Enemy Vectors
1 Head Case
1 Recon Reissue
1 The Power to Bite
Upgrades
Weapons
2 Soldier's Blaster
2 Maceration Laser
3 Masher Mace
2 Vorpal Fangs
Armor
1 Terrifying Resilience
Utilities
3 Insurance Write-Off
2 Unsavory Leftovers
Deck Stats
25 action cards
  9 regular action cards
  16 secret action cards
  0 rolling action cards
15 upgrade cards
  9 weapon cards
  1 armor cards
  5 utility cards

Battle Icons in Deck
11 icons on 11 cards (28%)
15 icons on 15 cards (38%)
5 icons on 5 cards (13%)
16 icons on 16 cards (40%)
15 icons on 12 cards (30%)
3 icons on 3 cards (8%)
Battle Simulator
Set Tough/Bold:
7%
5%
4%
4%
4%
3%
3%
Likelihood of Flipping
+2 Bonus Flip: 23%
Soldier's Blaster: 12%
Insurance Write-Off: 18%
Maceration Laser: 12%
Manipulate Time: 6%
Masher Mace: 18%
Occupation: 6%
Unsavory Leftovers: 12%
Vorpal Fangs: 12%
Sets Used In Deck
Wave 3: 2 cards
Wave 4: 9 cards
Wave 5: 3 cards
Wave 6: 28 cards
Wave 8: 4 cards