When it comes to finding all the pieces of the puzzle for creating a great hydra team, exploring synergies between champions is just as important as finding someone that checks multiple boxes. Sometimes, those boxes are only checked when paired with the right champion(s). Let’s explore options for one of the additions to the game for hydra: Mighty Ukko
Ukko has an amazing kit that just screams HYDRA! An AoE A1 with Decrease ATK debuff is a solid start and provides an opportunity for an extra utility like adding a Taunting set to help control the Head of Decay. The A2 is another AoE, this has a chance to remove random buffs. It also places Block Buffs and Decreases ACC debuffs on targets that have no buffs after the attack. The A3 revives dead allies and places a Block Damage buff on them. It also places Increase SPD on all allies which can be placed even if there are no dead allies to revive. Having a reviver with so many helpful buffs and debuffs makes this champion unique.
Soulless’s A3 with Debuff Extend makes him a great pair for any solid Debuffer, Mighty Ukko is no different. On his A3, he attacks all enemies and increases the duration of all debuffs on the target by 1 then places a Provoke debuff on all enemies for 1 turn. He places a Shield buff on himself for 2 turns equal to 30% of the damage dealt. The damage increases by 10% for each debuff on the target. That means he can extend the Block Buffs, Decrease ATK, and Decrease ACC debuffs from Uuko.. His A2 also removes buffs and Provokes. His Provoke Skills + Ukko in Taunting should keep Provoke up 100% of the time.
Let’s talk about this aspect of debuff extension. Extending Ukko’s Block Buffs is an easy way to keep that debuff up 100% of the time and not have to worry about having a Mischief Target. Block Buffs on the Head of Mischief means it can’t steal your buffs. Block Buffs on the other heads means buffs can’t be spread if he was to steal something. Keeping Block Buffs up the whole time also helps you prevent the buffs from Head of Blight, Suffering, and Wrath. Even more so than with Uugo, keeping this debuff up can be harder due to it being conditional; all the more reason to add a debuff extender to the team.
Other champions that can be helpful in Hydra and also bring a Debuff Extend include: Tylessia, Vildrax, and Crohnam.
Nekmo Thaar brings Decrease ATK on his A1 as an AoE, Decrease SPD and Leech as an AoE on his A2, and his A3 gives all allies an Increase SPD buff and turn meter boost then he takes another turn. His turn meter also fills by 5% every time a debuff is removed, transferred, or expires. His kit really lends well to SPEED. Going more often to land all of these helpful skills and enabling other champions to go more often is what he excels at. If you’re limited on Relentless gear, putting him in it is a good idea to make sure you can keep Increase SPD on your allies at all times and Decrease SPD on the hydra heads at all times. He’s also a good candidate for a Taunting set to help aid in provoking the Head of Decay. If you had Ukko and Nekmo both in good Taunting gear, it might even be possible to rely on that as the main source of Provoke. Both champions have AoE Decrease ATK on the A1s so that might sound redundant but the chances are lower to land for Ukko so without a debuff extender, it’s okay to double-dip there a bit.
Speaking of double-dipping, this one might sound too similar. Not just in name, but also in the Block Buffs role. However, they are different affinities and it can be good insurance to cover those weak hits and not landing that very important debuff. Uugo also brings a heal and a cleanse – perfect support to go along with the Revive of Ukko. An AoE Decrease DEF also adds more to check all the boxes needed for hydra. Between the 2, there’s not much else left to worry about!
It should also be noted that regarding Ukko’s role for Block Buffs and cleansing, there’s another champion that may shine above him: Tuhanarak. Depending on what else you bring to the team (or don’t), Tuhanarak may be better suited if you have one (but it’s not recommended to pair with Geomancer). She is a void Legendary and people are less likely to have her, however. Plus, Ukko may be better suited depending on the synergies mentioned.
Regarding Ukko or any champions for hydra: pay attention to the affinities in each rotation. For example, if you don’t have a Mischief Target and you’re relying only on Ukko (who is Force Affinity) for Block Buffs, this can be an issue if the Head of Mischief is Spirit affinity. Having a backup champion to place Block Buffs (Uugo, Kantra, Lydia, etc) might be needed. Or use of a different Block Buffs champion for that specific rotation.