Metallic Monocoque is a 1-star gift card that reduces damage dealt to the player outside of combat in exchange for stars. The damage is not prevented if the player holding this card does not have enough stars to pay the cost.
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Metallic Monocoque is a helpful card for characters that are very susceptible to damage. Characters with low HP pools likeand cannot afford to take much damage outside of combat. Metallic Monocoque helps these characters survive the effects of or cards like that would otherwise be a huge blow to their survivability. and can benefit from Metallic Monocoque solely from it being a gift card that doesn't help opponents that much while triggering their passive abilities. Metallic Monocoque is an invaluable card for . A single point of damage can be the difference between being invincible in battle and being an easy KO for a bully, so any way she can prevent the loss of HP is well worth the star cost. It's also a great card for as this means he won't take any damage for any card that he discards, only that he will lose Lvl x2 stars which actually are not a lot given that the most stars he will lose is 10 stars for 1 damage reduced, and that is a great tradeoff. Metallic Monocoque can also be used to block the damage from effects like or , giving the player increased survivability in exchange for gradual loss of stars.
Due to its very specific niche, there are games where Metallic Monocoque simply doesn't do anything due to the cards and characters in the game being unlikely or unable to deal damage. In games such as these, it can become a wasted draw if the player happens to find it. Metallic Monocoque is also a bit less useful for characters with high EVD stats like, as they are more likely to dodge incoming damage regardless of their current HP. Characters like and who use their hyper cards to deal damage to opponents outside of battle can be at a disadvantage when Metallic Monocoque is in the deck. in particular should never bring this card, as it reduces the effectiveness of many of cards she uses like and and blocks any shots of that happen to target the opponent carrying it.
Metallic Monocoque is widely useful against Co-op bosses, particularly on Hyper difficulty as many level 3 cards exclusively deal non-battle damage. This is most notable for Big the Jonathan with 4 such cards (including Aura of Terror which is fully prevented). It is also useful for Star Devourer (3) and RoPoChi (3), and of small benefit for Big the Haruo (2) and Summer Beast (1). As a Gift card that has a persisting benefit that cannot be taken away (it is not lost on KO and most bosses cannot force discard), it is one of the most cost-efficient forms of damage prevention in Co-op where star gain is limited, and one of the few that continues to work if the party has no stars.