Fryno Base Upgrades
Fryno Bralwer Path
Fryno's Hot Shop Path
Fryno is another newlander where on attack is based on enhancing the other. That carries through his base upgrades and upgrade paths. In all honesty, I am not a big fan of either upgrade path. I say that with a lot of disappointment. I feel like a lot of great things could have been done for Fryno and instead they were just very poorly thought out...I notice this is a pattern with several of the later released characters.
Brawler basically adds Hot Hands, which will deal a quick 7 hits of damage, but only when you hold your primary attack...The issue I have with Hot Hands is that it isn't much incentive over his standard Brawl attack in my opinion. Spiked Up slightly enhances Hot Hands and then Temperature Tantrum does minuscule damage...it will be useful, but nothing to write home about.
Fryno's Hot Shop does nice damage, but is overall disappointing. First off, the motorcycle is more or less a scooter and there aren't many motorbikes of any sort with an engine mounted in such a manner...all of that is frivolous and unrelated to the path and game, but it bothers me and is a sign of just how short sighted Fryno's upgrades were...
Born to Ride basically lets you turn into the motorcycle automatically, which is cool, but it takes away "The Horn" from "The Horn and the Hog" and it isn't accented with increased speed, armor, or damage...Hot Rod delivers the extra damage that could have come with Born to Ride in the first place. Crash and Burn is cool and has a nice radius, but my issue is that I can't imagine using it much outside of just wanting to...Born to Ride/The Hog will go on perpetually and deal 40-60, which is more than this final upgrade.
Imo having an Armor Bonus down Brawler and a Speed Bonus down Hot Shop would have even been better. I can think of a lot of ways to have made both paths better with very little effort. Giving Brawler a simple combo with increased damage and letting the Hot Shop have a flame thrower or flame trail come to mind. I just kind of feel like Fryno was rushed...
I would much rather sit here and sing the praises of two paths and wrack my brain making a suggestion for you...I can do that with most Skylanders, but not Fryno. I think he is a neat character and in all honestly he has some cool attacks, but it just seems like he got the short end of the stick and was likely the victim of time constraints.
That said, I would have to give the nod to Fryno's Hot Shop for most players since it does more damage and offers a quicker way of getting from A-B. Brawler would be good for those who prefer close quarters action and don't mind the process of "heating up" and waiting to unleash Hot Hands. The good news is that his Soul Gem enhances Temperature Tantrum quite a bit.
I think a Wow Pow would greatly help his cause in any future releases. I plan to play as him a lot, I just think he has a lot of untapped potential.