It goes without saying that Nanovor are a very aggressive species. They have to be, because their very existence relies on fighting others to evolve and get more energy. However, while they have this built-in drive, few of them are what I would actually call "mean." Giga Tangler, however, is the exception to the rule. This guy is so arrogant, haughty, and even cruel that it creeps me out every time I use it in a battle. But it has a lot of room to act like a superior-minded jerk because it's fast, strong, tough, and has some attacks that can really dominate on the battlefield. Even though Giga Tangler thinks it's better than all the other Nanovor, it KNOWS that it's soooo much cooler than Velocitrons and saves the worst of its 'tude against these guys. I'm just glad that I don't know what they're saying to each other out there during a fight, but I'm sure that Giga Tangler makes the other Nanovor feel even smaller than the nanoscopic size that they already are...
Giga Tangler takes a few battles to get used to its abilities and it'll be the first to let you know if you're doing it wrong. Loudly. Its main targets are the Nanovor with the most armor. With Rust, it's a great counterbalance against those swarms that rely on overrides and mods that boost the opponent's swarm armor value, not so much stopping it from happening, but making them wish they never did it in the first place. Teaching by example, says Doc. Use Face Plant to keep hurt Nanovor in the fight for a few more rounds so Giga Tangler or some other Nanovor can swap in and teach the guy a lesson. Whirlwind is expensive, but deals a whopping amount of damage and that energy snatch. If you've done your scouting to see what your opponent is bringing to the battle, swap in Giga Tangler, choose an appropriate armor-stealing swap blocking attack and it'll arrive like the substitute teacher from you-know-where and take that "snot-nosed punk" out like the trash.
Concentrate on Heavy Attacks! It's always good to start off with some cheap attacks like Plasma Lash 1.0's Head Whip to save up some energy. Once you've done that, swap in a more powerful Nanovor like your Tank Strider 2.0, and attack with Scorch. The fiery blast is sure to heat up that Hexite!
Do Damage Quickly! When battling against super powerful Nanovor like Giga Tangler, it's always a good idea to dish out heavy damage. To ensure semi-immediate splatting, start off with your Tank Walker 1.0 and put in a Red Spike. Then, swap in your Electropod 2.0 and attack with Powerball. Giga Tangler's health will diminish significantly, but if it isn't quite finished off, swap in your Electrobull 1.0 and use Gore to make Giga Tangler 'splode into tiny bits!
Finish With a Bang! Do some easy damage by starting with your Electropod 1.0 and attacking with Electroshock for two rounds. Then, swap in your Battle Kraken 3.0 and attack with Poison Darts! Battle Kraken will have to pass for a couple of rounds, but that's no problem since you just reduced Giga Tangler to a poison puddle!
Dated entry: Doc, 14 days, 23 hours
Giga Tanglers acted as the instructors of the Hexite family, teaching them the best ways to use their abilities, often with a hefty dose of negative reinforcement to drive their lessons home. Although we have yet to see juvenile or proto-Nanovor, it appears that each Hexite has had to endure a certain amount of time in their past receiving "schooling" by a Giga Tangler. As a result, most Hexites show a a healthy amount of respect towards Giga Tanglers (perhaps those old lessons left a deep mark), but also go out of their way to avoid them, probably to get out of repeating some lesson that they never quite convinced the Giga Tangler that they mastered. I had some tough teachers back when I was in school, but none of them possessed the ability to release powerful jolts of energy. At least, I don't think they did...