If you ever wrote off Croagunk as being a completely RNG based character you might want to rethink your assessment.
Community member TheJrJam has proved there is more method in the madness than initially thought by showing that perfect cancelling jX into jA will always net Croagunk his best two projectiles (Tornado and Boulder)
In addition to being a true block string, this can also be used to enable some amazing combos as Boolerex demonstrates by utilising the tech to pull off Croagunk's otherwise hard to land 4X. While he uses the Tornado outcome here, he assures it's also possible with the Boulder.
What this does for the character and it's mains is provide stability and assurance in occurrence outcome and damage output. Slot Machines sound pretty appealing if you know how to net yourself a jackpot every time right?
In addition to this, the newly expanded possibilities go further as according to JoNa, jY can also be used similarly not as a perfect cancel but with very specific spacing, allowing for increased odds of one of three better outcomes (Tornado, Boulder Sludge Bomb)
It just goes to show that at any point a character's meta and options can change entirely.
With these new developments in the open, the question is: will they be left alone by the devs?
While some argue this development could be a "bug", it's also possible it was programmed in to allow the character to stand up competitively and reward those with the bravery to master the power of the unknown.
All we can do is wait for future patches, but for now: watch out, these slot machines are rigged.
To keep up with the Croagunk meta, be sure to check the Croagunk tech hashtag: #PTDX_GNK
Editor's note: "Exploit" is indeed the correct word to use in this circumstance, its original non negative dictionary definition.