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    Vanguard Bandits ATAC Comparison Guide
    
    
    by c_s_tadsen
    Version: 1.0
    
    To-do List:
    Make a section for Stones, Weapons, and Accessories
    
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    FOREWARD
    There's a lot of misconceptions, I've noticed, about the various ATACS in the
    game. A lot of people have put forth theories as to which is the strongest,
    most useful,or whatever, but they always have a bias that isn't strictly
    fact-based. I've compiled this guide to give a straight, unbiased look at the
    ATACs, and compare them with a standard rating system. Then I stuck my opinion
    at the end of it, lol. It's clearly labeled as such, though, so feel free to
    skip that part.
    
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    RATING SYSTEM
    The rating system I'll be using is fairly complex. It sort of has to be, given
    how many things must go into comparing the various ATACs in the game.
    Basically, each ATAC scores points based on how much of a bonus it gives you
    to stats, how much HP it has, what its movement range is, and what attacks
    it can use.
    
    Stat boosts, range, and HP are on a straight 1-for-1 basis; e.g. if an ATAC
    gives +40 HP, +2 BAS, and has a movement of 5, it will get 47 points based
    upon those factors.
    
    However, that's not all there is to an ATAC. The attacks and support skills it
    can use must also be taken into account. I have to rate those as well, and
    that's a bit more complex. There's a complex scoring system I use for each
    attack an  ATAC can attack an ATAC with (yes, I DID have to do that, thank you
    very much)  and for each support skill as well. Here's how they are scored:
    
    Attacks
    +1 per point of range
    +1 per 0.10 damage (rounded off)
    +1 per +10 to hit rating (rounded off)
    +1 for being Collision type
    +1 for being Knockdown type
    +1 if it inflicts a status effect
    -1 for every 10 AP needed to use it
    -1 for every 10 FP it generates
    -1 for every -10 to hit rating
    
    Support Skills
    +1 barely useful
    +2 fairly useful
    +3 very useful
    
    Note that I won't rate anything in the negative. An attack or support skill
    may not be very useful, but it doesn't make the ATAC less useful; it just
    doesn't make it any better either, and hence no negatives. All attacks and
    support skills will score at least a 1, simply because they give you another
    option to choose from in battle. It might not be one you'll use, but it's
    still an option.
    
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    ENTRY FORMAT
    Entries will be in the following format:
    
    (ATAC Name)
    HP (HP Bonus)
    MOVE (Movement Range)
    BAS (Base Bonus)
    POW (Power Bonus)
    DEX (Dexterity Bonus)
    AGL (Agility Bonus)
    DEF (Defense Bonus)
    WEP (Weapon Bonus)
    SB (Stone Bonus)- This is only if the ATAC has only one Stone it can use
                       in the game.
    WB (Weapon Bonus)- This is only if the ATAC has only one weapon it can
                       use in the game.
    
    Attacks
    
    Support Skills
    
    Other
    
    Overall Score
    
    My Opinion
    
    
    I have further broken the list down into five tiers based on this scoring
    system; Tier 1 is the weakest, and Tier 5 is the strongest. I've put this
    section at the end, and I think you'll be suprised where some of the ATACs
    fall out once you get a look.
    
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    ALBA
    HP...40
    MOVE...5
    BAS...3
    POW...1
    DEX...1
    AGL...1
    DEF...1
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 87
    
    My Opinion:
    One of the better ATACs in the game. Not tier 5 material, but it's one of the
    best of the non-excavated ATACS. (If you don't understand the reference, you
    might want to read the manual that came with the game.) If you could stick
    everyone in your party into an Alba, you could probably sleep-walk through the
    game.
    
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    ALTAGRAVE
    HP...60
    MOVE...5
    BAS...3
    POW...0
    DEX...3
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...14
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    Ice Shards...5
    Ice Storm...4
    Mirage Mist...4
    Blizzard Break...15
    
    Support Skills:
    Cooling Mist...3
    Pouring Rain...1
    
    Overall: 164
    
    My Opinion:
    A very cool ATAC. You should get nothing less from one of the excavated models.
     I think the colors are a bit gaudy, but it looks pretty sweet. The moves are
    good, but Blizzard Break uses a lot of AP, and the Water Stone attacks other
    than Blizzard Break are almost worthless. Still, This is one mean ATAC, and
    you'll
    be glad it's on your side.
    
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    AMPHISIA
    HP...60
    MOVE...5
    BAS...3
    POW...0
    DEX...3
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Thrust...8
    Long Thrust...7
    Strong Thrust...9
    
    Overall: 95
    
    My Opinion:
    A decent ATAC, but I have little to no love for the ones like Amphisia that
    can only use spears. The attacks they get are severely limited, and that limits
    their usefulness. Still, Amphisia can hold its own with most of the ATACs in
    the game. A Fire stone really helps it out, adding Fireball and Flare Bomb to
    the Amphisia's aresenal- which can be a big help.It really is a shame that you
    get to use it so little in the course of the game.
    
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    ANDORAS
    HP...15
    MOVE...4
    BAS...0
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Strike...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    *note: I would guess, based on the other attacks it gets, that the Andoras
    also gets Kick. However, as I've never seen it used, I can't add it here.
    
    Overall: 50
    
    My Opinion:
    The Andoras is Tier 1 all the way. It only appears as an enemy early in the
    game, and for good reason. Its very weak, and even the best pilot can't it help
    it much. I've used a Gameshark to put people in it before, but it sucked so
    badly
    that I never went farther than the first two missions with it.
    
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    BAHAMUT
    HP...60
    MOVE...4
    BAS...8
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...14
    
    Attacks:
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Long Thrust...7
    Strong Thrust...9
    Quicksand...1
    Earthquake...11
    Terra Shock...15
    
    Support Skills:
    Turn Quake...1
    Gaia Protect...2
    Earth Heal...3
    
    Overall: 153
    
    My Opinion:
    The Bahamut is a beastly tank of an ATAC. It might not deal out a lot of damage,
    but it makes a great support ATAC because it can heal, it can buff your DEF, it
    has some ranged attacks that can be used to soften up enemies and build up their
    FP, and it can take a beating. As an excavated model, though, I think it could
    have been better, if only by giving it a different weapon so it had a better
    array of attacks- as I said before, I have little to no love for spear ATACs.
    
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    BARAZAPH
    HP...15
    MOVE...4
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 54
    
    My Opinion:
    Another Tier 1 ATAC, no question about it. One of the lower end ones, too.
    Kamorge
    makes it seem a lot better than it really is in the early missions, but it's
    mostly
    because Kamorge is a beast compared to most of the enemies you'll run up against
    then. Calling the Barazaph mediocre would be gross overstatement.
    
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    BARBATOS
    HP...20
    MOVE...4
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 59
    
    My Opinion:
    It's a Barazaph with five more HP. Nothing more, nothing less. It's a
    mediocre ATAC, and it shows simply in how many of them you slaughter
    throughout the game.
    
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    CRIMSON
    HP...60
    MOVE...5
    BAS...1
    POW...5
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...16
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    Fireball...11
    Melting Flare...1
    Flare Bomb...12
    Raging Heat...24
    
    Support Skills:
    Searing Flame...2
    Blazing Phoenix...1
    
    Overall: 177
    
    My Opinion:
    The Crimson is one of the most deadly machines in the game, and it's almost
    entirely because of the Raging Heat attack. It deals massive damage, has a
    bonus to hit, is of the Knockdown type, uses fairly low AP (40), and generates
    almost no FP (only 5!!!). It can drop almost any ATAC in the game within
    three hits. Added to that is the big boost to POW that comes with this ATAC-
    five from the ATAC and another four from its stone, for a total +9 to POW.
    Ouch! The Crimson is easily in the running for my favorite ATAC in the game.
    Too bad the only way you get to pilot it is if you use a Gameshark or other
    cheat device.
    
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    DANTARIUS
    HP...15
    MOVE...5
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Strong Slash...9
    Strong Thrust...9
    
    Overall: 54
    
    My Opinion:
    Although it's a Tier 1 ATAC, and looks silly to boot, I kind of like the
    Dantarius. It is one of the very few ATACs that use the lighter style of
    swords, and they all seem to get lucky with the critical hits. But overall.
    it's still a Tier 1 ATAC, and you'll take them down like what they are most
    of the times you fight them.
    
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    EINLAGER
    HP...25
    MOVE...5
    BAS...1
    POW...2
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 68
    
    My Opinion:
    The Einlager always seems a lot tougher than it's stats would make it look
    for some reason. They certainly manage to hang in there through most of the
    game. A lot of that is the pilots though. You'll be fighting these things
    throughout the entire game, so get used to it. I don't care much for the color
    scheme of these, except for Claire's blue one. Other than that, I have no
    complaints. The Einlager is a tough call as to which Tier it falls into, but
    I have to put it in Tier 2. It's just a bit too tough to go in with
    the Tier 1 ATACs, although it's only average with the Tier 2 ATACs at best.
    Not bad, but not great.
    
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    FLAROS
    HP...30
    MOVE...5
    BAS...1
    POW...1
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 72
    
    My Opinion:
    I really like the Flaros. It's one of my favorite ATACS, despite only being
    Tier 2. It really seems to suit Devlin, for me at least. I like the way that
    it gets snuck into your ATAC inventory without anything ever letting you know,
    too- the first time I got it, I didn't know until the third-to-last mission,
    lol. The Flaros can hold its own as well as any Tier 2, and better than some.
    You'll not regret sticking someone into it, I guarantee that.
    
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    GLAIVE
    HP...20
    MOVE...4
    BAS...1
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 60
    
    My Opinion:
    The Glaive is a Barbatos that gets a point added to your BAS score. Not a big
    deal, really. It is a Tier 1 ATAC and plays like it. It's just mediocre at
    best; the only way it could distinguish itself would be if the pilot had a
    special technique (Reyna and her Reyna's Trick, or Devlin and his Burning
    Soul). As these are always piloted by generic NPC pilots, they are just fodder.
    
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    HAIZURON
    HP...25
    MOVE...5
    BAS...2
    POW...1
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 68
    
    My Opinion:
    The Haizuron is very similar to the Einlager. If you swapped a point from
    it's BAS to it's POW, you'd have an Einlager. IT's a good ATAC, for what it
    is, but the Kingdom pilots that use them never seem to be smart enough to
    use it to it's fullest. I've used cheat devices to put my entire party into
    them, and still managed to beat the game. I like the look of them, too; The
    general design reminds me of the Tallgeese gundam, which I always thought
    was pretty cool.
    
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    HAUROL
    HP...15
    MOVE...4
    BAS...0
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Thrust...8
    Long Thrust...7
    Strong Thrust...9
    
    Overall: 53
    
    My Opinon:
    This is just about the worst ATAC in the game. Luckily, there's only one of
    them. Unluckily, one of your pilots starts in it. I usually pull Reyna out
    of it at the first opportunity and throw her into Ione's Barazaph; while the
    Barazaph isn't much better, it at least gets a decent selection of attacks.
    Since Ione will leave part way through the game, she might as well be taking
    the crappier ATAC with her when she goes, right?
    
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    KORBELAN
    HP...25
    MOVE...6
    BAS...1
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Other:
    +1 for being a Flying type, which reduces all movement costs to 10 AP per
    square.
    
    Overall: 68
    
    My Opinion:
    An average Tier 2 ATAC. The Korbelan looks kind of cool, with it's wings and
    all.
    It is a well-rounded ATAC, capable of surviving through the end of the game
    (although just barely on some of the final missions). The biggest thing in it's
    favor is that it is of the flying type, meaning that it costs less AP to move it
    over difficult terrain. Man, what I wouldn't have given for a few of these
    things
    during the missions in the desert...
    
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    No. 69
    HP...150
    MOVE...7
    BAS...15
    POW...0
    DEX...15
    AGL...15
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...23
    
    Attacks:
    Jab...12
    Uppercut...14
    Knockout...18
    
    Overall: 273
    
    My Opinion:
    On a scale of one to ten, ten being best, I give the No. 69 a negative five for
    looks, a eighteen for bad ass-ness, and a fifty for humor factor. It's a Tier 5
    ATAC all the way, and once you get to the last mission of the Ruins branch
    you'll
    see why. These silly looking little things will knock your team on it's butt a
    lot.
    And the dialogue of Faulkner and the rest of the people who pilot them will have
    you in stiches- especially Zakov, lol. As a side note, all of the official
    documentation I've seen, including the strategy guide put out by the designers,
    refers to this ATAC as "No. 86". I would guess that "No. 69" was a last-minute
    change, or they thought it might be noticed by parents if it was in print and
    objected to.
    
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    RAHABOR
    HP...20
    MOVE...5
    BAS...0
    POW...0
    DEX...1
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Strike...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    
    Overall: 57
    
    My Opinion:
    This is another tough one when it comes time to put them into Tiers...
    They seem a lot tougher than this when they are fighting against you.
    This shows just how much of that is the pilot, though. This is an average
    Tier 1 ATAC, at best.
    
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    RATATOSK
    HP...20
    MOVE...4
    BAS...0
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 59
    
    My Opinion:
    Just another Tier 1 ATAC. Average with the other Tier 1's in pretty much
    every respect. I like the color scheme, but the head looks funny, coming
    to a point the way it does. You'll be using these for a long time, so you'd
    best get used to them, unfortunately. About half way through the game you'll
    be moving your people out of them and into better ATACs though.
    
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    ROARING LION
    HP...60
    MOVE...4
    BAS...2
    POW...5
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...16
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Strike...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Fireball...11
    Melting Flare...1
    Flare Bomb...12
    Bursting Fire...24
    
    Support Skills:
    Searing Flame...2
    Blazing Phoenix...1
    
    Overall: 173
    
    My Opinion:
    The Roaring Lion is, simple put, bad ass. It looks cool, has a decent
    move selection, some support skills, and it comes with the single strongest
    attack in the game, Bursting Fire. It has a massive 3.15 damage rating- not
    even the bosses in the game can touch that!!! This is a Tier 4 ATAC, although
    it comes close to being Tier 5 just because of Bursting fire.
    
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    SARBELAS
    HP...60
    MOVE...6
    BAS...0
    POW...0
    DEX...3
    AGL...3
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...15
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Strong Slash...9
    Quicksand...1
    Earthquake...11
    Gaia Blade...11
    
    Support Skills:
    Turn Quake...1
    Gaia Protect...2
    Earth Heal...3
    
    Overall: 137
    
    My Opinion:
    For an excavated ATAC, the Sarbelas sure sucks. It's tougher than the majority
    of the ATACs you'll face in the game, for sure, but it barely makes Tier 4.
    It has a crappy selection of attacks, as do most with the Earth Stone move set.
    It also has the crappy attack selection of the axe/hammer move set, as well.
    These combine to drop the score quite a bit. If you could just give it a sword
    and a Fire stone, you'd have it scoring well over 150 like most of the Tier 4
    ATACS. Lucky for you it DOES score so low, since you never get to pilot it
    without cheating.
    
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    SERATA
    HP...40
    MOVE...5
    BAS...3
    POW...1
    DEX...1
    AGL...1
    DEF...1
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 87
    
    My Opinion:
    Well... Same as the Alba, really. It's the same ATAC in every way except looks.
    I will admit I like the color scheme of the Serata better though.
    
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    SHARKING
    HP...120
    MOVE...5
    BAS...0
    POW...6
    DEX...0
    AGL...3
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...3
    WB...20
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...13
    Strong Slash...13
    Cutting Wheel...18
    
    Overall: 201
    
    My Opinion:
    The Sharking is a mean, nasty opponent. The computer doesn't hesitate to
    retaliate with the ATAC slaughering Wheel o' Doom, which not only hurts
    but knocks you on your butt to further humiliate you. For those that are
    wondering, the Slash and Strong Slash are rated differently for the Sharking
    because they are actaully different than the ones available to other ATACs.
    I think this was done to show that, as Sadira says, the Sharking was designed
    to kill the pilots of enemy ATACs, and so even its normal attacks are more
    damaging and deadly. This beast of a Tier 5 ATAC would be nice in your squad.
    Too bad it never gets there.
    
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    SOLARUS
    HP...40
    MOVE...5
    BAS...4
    POW...2
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 86
    
    My Opinion:
    The Solarus is on par with the Alba and Serata, which lumps it squarely into
    Tier 3. It's a solid ATAC, which Faulkner uses through a big part of the game.
    Too bad you never get your grubby little hands on the controls. Well, I guess
    that's not so bad, really... I know that if I had to stare at that silly stance,
    with its arms straight out at its sides, for more than a few maps I'd swap the
    pilot into something else. It's a decent ATAC though, and you'll dislike it
    early in the game because Faulkner will use it to put a hurting on most of your
    squad if they encounter him in battle.
    
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    SYLPHEED
    HP...60
    MOVE...7
    BAS...3
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...3
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...14
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Strong Slash...9
    Strong Thrust...9
    Tornado...3
    Turbulence...11
    Wind Strike...13
    Spiral Dive...19
    
    Support Skills:
    Roaring Wind...1
    
    Other:
    +1 for being a flying type
    
    Overall: 173
    
    My Opinion:
    I like the Sylpheed. I'd like it a lot more if someone other than Sadira
    could pilot it. It has a nice array of attacks, with excellent ranges,
    and it's flying to boot. It sits nicely amid the other Tier 4 ATACs, and
    you'll get a lot of use from it once you have access to it.
    
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    TIC-TAC
    HP...120
    MOVE...6
    BAS...8
    POW...3
    DEX...3
    AGL...3
    DEF...3
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...16
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Ice Shards...5
    Strong Slash...9
    Strong Thrust...9
    Ice Storm...4
    Mirage Mist...4
    Tidal Wave...27
    
    Support Skills:
    Cooling Mist...3
    Pouring Rain...1
    
    Overall: 250
    
    My Opinion:
    The TIC-TAC is a Tier 5 ATAC, without question. I'd have to say it is also
    my favorite. It gets a nice variety of attacks, the useful Cooling Mist
    support skill, and Tidal Wave is just awesome for its ability ot take out
    foes. TIC-TAC is statistically stronger than the Ultragunner, despite what
    people might tell you, and the fact that it isn't relegated to the role of
    standing  still and healing for a good quarter of the game is just icing on
    the cake.
    
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    TOREADORE
    HP...60
    MOVE...7
    BAS...5
    POW...1
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...2
    WEP...0
    SB...4
    WB...23
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Strong Thrust...9
    Tornado...3
    Turbulence...11
    Wind Strike...13
    Sonic Blade...17
    
    Support Skills:
    Roaring Wind...1
    
    Other:
    -1 for being a Cavalry type: The AP cost for movement is higher than
    every other ATAC type, unless you are on a road or plains type of terrain.
    
    Overall: 186
    
    My Opinion:
    The Toreadore is a tough ATAC with a good selection of attacks. The down
    side is that you'll rarely get to use some of them unless the enemies are
    right in your face, because it costs the Toreadore an average of 5 AP more
    than other ATACs per square to move. This ATAC almost makes up for the
    stupid AI of the game when the computer controls Zeira. Almost. Either way,
    I do like the Toreadore, and it belongs right where it is, in the middle of
    Tier 4.
    
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    ULTRAGUNNER
    HP...80
    MOVE...6
    BAS...5
    POW...2
    DEX...2
    AGL...2
    DEF...2
    WEP...0
    SB...6
    WB...22
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Long Thrust...7
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Flashing Fang...7
    Blinding Light...1
    Lightning Strike...13
    Splitting Smash...14
    Soaring Dance...18
    
    Support Skills:
    Holy Light...3
    
    Overall: 221
    
    My Opinion:
    A great ATAC, and once you get it you'll be kicking butt with it for
    most of the rest of the game. The down side is that as the missions
    get harder, you'll find more and more that you're relying on Bastion
    to spam Holy Light to heal your friends, not fight enemies. That
    reduces the overall usefulness of the ATAC, in my opinion. Regardless,
    the Ultragunner is a sweet machine that sits pretty in Tier 5.
    
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    VEDOCORBAN
    HP...20
    MOVE...6
    BAS...1
    POW...0
    DEX...2
    AGL...6
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Strong Slash...9
    Strong Thrust...9
    
    Other:
    If you have either Cecilia or Andrew piloting the Vedocorban, and you
    have a Wind 4 stone equipped, the Vedocorban gets the Somersault attack,
    which is unique to those two pilots when in this ATAC. That adds Roaring
    Wind (+1) to the support skills list, and the following to the attack list:
    Tornado...1
    Turbulence...11
    Wind Strike...13
    Somersault...16
    
    Overall: 69 / 108
    
    My Opinion:
    The Vedocorban is an odd ATAC to rate. I put it in Tier 3, because if you
    DON'T put Andrew or Cecilia in it, and DON'T give it a Wind stone, then
    it's a piece of junk and will get owned by most enemies in the game. It
    looks sweet, and it's got a cool animation when it moves that is different
    from every other ATACs simple walking animation. Plus, it's a Ninja type,
    and everyone knows Ninjas are just plain cool.
    
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    WAIBAN
    HP...40
    MOVE...6
    BAS...2
    POW...0
    DEX...1
    AGL...2
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...10
    
    Attacks:
    Thrust...8
    Long Thrust...7
    Strong Thrust...9
    
    Other:
    +1 for being a Flying type
    
    Overall: 86
    
    My Opinion:
    The Waiban can be a great ATAC, depending on which stone you give it.
    An Earth stone will make it into a great support ATAC, as will a Wind
    stone. A Fire stone will make a pretty good attacker out of it. A Water
    stone will not help it much at all; the only real benefit of that would
    be Cooling Mist, which isn't worth what you'll lose by not putting a
    different stone in it. I like the looks of the Waiban, but I'd remove a
    few things if I could- starting with the wierd-ass blades on top of its feet.
    What the hell are they all about, anyway? The thing doesn't even have Kick
    as an attack option!
    
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    YURANGOL
    HP...20
    MOVE...4
    BAS...1
    POW...0
    DEX...0
    AGL...0
    DEF...0
    WEP...0
    SB...0
    WB...0
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Strike...8
    Tackle...6
    Strong Slash...9
    Kick...4
    
    Overall: 60
    
    My Opinion:
    A Tier 1 ATAC. The only reason it seems better than it is would be because
    it comes equipped with the ability Desert Motion, which allows it to move
    over sand terrain for less AP. Since you fight them in a desert, where your
    ATACs have to use up all their AP just to move, and the Yurangol ATACs can
    easily get behind you with AP left to spare for strong attacks, they seem
    stronger than they truly are.
    
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    ZULWARN
    HP...480
    MOVE...5
    BAS...10
    POW...8
    DEX...8
    AGL...5
    DEF...5
    WEP...0
    SB...6
    WB...20
    
    Attacks:
    Slash...8
    Thrust...8
    Long Thrust...7
    Strong Slash...9
    Strong Thrust...9
    Shadow Binding...4
    Dark Thunder...20
    Shadow Blade...29
    Heaven's Gate...32
    
    Overall: 673 (Yes, that's right. 673.)
    
    My Opinion:
    An unholy, evil beast of a machine that desires nothing but your
    destruction... Unless you're in the Ruins Branch, in which case
    Puck is at the controls instead of Faulkner, and he will beat the
    living crap out of anything within reach. The Zulwarn is the single
    strongest ATAC in the game, bar none. It's tough enough to take on
    any two other ATACs and probably spank them, with the AI at the controls
    and you controlling the two enemies. I like the Zulwarn, unless
    it's on the opposite side of the battle, then I hate the damn thing, lol.
    
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    TIER RANKINGS
    These Tier Rankings are based on the Overall points of each ATAC. Tier 1
    is the lowest, and Tier 5 is the highest.
    
    
    TIER 1
    Andoras
    Barazaph
    Barbatos
    Dantarius
    Eigol
    Glaive
    Haurol
    Rahabor
    Ratatosk
    Yurangol
    
    
    TIER 2
    Einlager
    Flaros
    Haizuron
    Korbelan
    Vedocorban
    
    
    TIER 3
    Alba
    Amphisia
    Sarbelas
    Serata
    Solarus
    Waiban
    
    TIER 4
    Altagrave
    Bahamut
    Crimson
    Roaring Lion
    Sylpheed
    Toreadore
    
    TIER 5
    Number 69
    Sharking
    TIC-TAC
    Ultragunner
    Zulwarn
    
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    STONE COMPARISONS
    
    coming soon!
    
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    WEAPON COMPARISONS
    
    coming soon!
    
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    ACCESSORY COMPARISONS
    
    coming soon!
    
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    PILOT COMPARISONS
    
    coming soon!
    
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