Guardian
Event

Upgrade.

Cost: 1. XP: 1.
Test Icons:

Fast. Play only during your turn.

Attach to an Item asset you control.

While resolving a triggered ability on attached asset, you get +1 to each of your skills.

Terry Pavlet
The Forgotten Age #20.
Reliable
Reviews

This looks like an excellent Guardian upgrade. It's kind of similar to Magnifying Glass, in that it costs 1 resource, is Fast, and gives you +1 to your staple action for the rest of the game. That's great. Assuming you play this pretty early, it's going to way outshine what a skill card could accomplish.

The best use of this card, of course, is going to be sticking it on a Machete. That's the best level 0 Guardian weapon, and it works particularly well with Reliable since you can use Machete all game long, provided that the encounter deck doesn't discard it (something you should have been taking precautions against anyway). A multiplayer Guardian who specializes in monster killing (that is to say, most Guardians) can easily use a single Machete 10 times or more over the course of a scenario. That's a lot of value for 1 XP. If you don't draw your Machete, Reliable is also pretty good with the .32 Colt, or, for Skids and Leo, Switchblade II.

The doubled to-hit bonus is much appreciated on high levels. On Expert, you really want to consistently hit +4 (or sometimes +5) on your Combat checks. Prior to this card, that was quite difficult for most Guardians to reach. Now, it should be much more easily achievable. For Skids, who needs to overcome a mediocre base 3 Combat, this is an even bigger boon.

The fact that Reliable gives you a bonus to all skills, instead of just whatever you're testing, is intriguing. As the card pool currently stands, I don't think this really matters for any card except Lockpicks. But it's something to keep in mind as new assets come out.

CaiusDrewart · 1492
Does this work on machete? it says triggered ability only — jemwong · 1
Yes, there are three different types of triggered abilities: free, reaction and action triggered abilities. Machetes ability is an action triggered one. — Csys · 1
I think Lockpicks + Reliable will be really handy with a solo Leo deck. It bumps his investigation ability 6, and you can keep refilling them with Venturer. For multiplayer Leo, I think Flashlights work better. — Wyndam · 1
Whoops, I was thinking of reaction triggered abilities only for some reason. — jemwong · 1
An interesting interaction is with Shotgun, as the +1 to fight would also amount to a +1 to damage as well. — Ghostpilot · 1
Does this stack? 2 Reliable for +2? — Late · 1
I would think it does stack - not unique, no limitations printed on the card, and I don't think there is anything in the FAQ about the number of upgrades something can have. — Twitch_City · 11
This card with lockpicks gives you +2 to investigate, because lockpicks uses agility and intelligence. — Bernat · 1
Can anyone please clarify to me if reliable is working with lucky dice? i think reliable should boost the actual skilltest, if you draw a new token with lucky dice — Charles Dexter Ward · 1
With two of these attached to a Lockpicks, Skids can investigate at 11. If you're using Machetes or **Switchblades in your deck you have somewhere else to plant them if Lockpicks doesnt show up. — kitkats · 1
What's the ruling for attaching Reliable to Sophie in a Mark deck? Does the +1 from reliable carry forward to +2 from Sophie for the skill test? — Dont Blink · 1
Lucky Dice triggers and is resolved during step 3 of Skill test timing, so by the time you get to the step where you determine your total, the bonus from reliable would have faded. Sophie triggers and resolved immediately, even though she has a lasting effect. Again, the bonus from reliable would be gone by the time Skill total is checked. Reliable mostly works for abilities that fully contain skill tests dice the ability is in the process of resolving throughout it. — Death by Chocolate · 12

Does this card work with Lola Hayes, when she's not in guardian? This cards ability has no so i think it's a constant effect and works.

If it works, could be a combo with Otherworldly Compass, Lantern or Lockpicks.

Django · 1971
Yes, it works for exactly the reason you said. Somewhat relatedly, she can use Shortcut 2 (once it's been played) since the free trigger is on the location and not on a seeker card. — Death by Chocolate · 12