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Welltaro is a character owned by Moppin and is an unlockable fighter. He appears in the game Downwell.[1]

Trophy Quotes Edit

"Welltaro is a curious young person who fell down a well. He utilized a trusty pair of Gunboots to slow his descent speeds and damage enemies below. In order to reload ammo, he needed only touch ground (or an enemy's head). Reaching the bottom yielded a special reward." ― Welltaro's Trophy Description
"It wasn't enough for Welltaro to just descend to the bottom of the well. He chose to do so in style! For Handstand Style, he gets a discount for all items at the shop, but chooses from a smaller pool of upgrades at the end of each level." ― Handstand Welltaro's Trophy Description

Character Origin Edit

Welltaro is the protagonist of Downwell. Each playthrough starts with Welltaro jumping down into a well. He shoots enemies from above with his Gunboots until he meets the end of the well, beating the level.

Summary Edit

Welltaro is one of the most expensive unlockable characters and is, as such, rather complex. He has an ammo gauge that he relies on to perform various attacks. The Gunboots can hold up to 8 ammo in them, with Neutral and Down aerials consuming more than one ammo. When he has no ammo left, he cannot perform any attack except Up Aerial and can no longer perform an air jump, and is then extremely vulnerable. Welltaro reloads his entire ammo gauge by landing - whether it be on the ground or an enemy's head.

Moveset Edit

Air Jump: Allows Welltaro to shoot with his Machine Gun, each bullet dealing 1 damage (2 damage in Gem High). Each Air Jump consumes one ammo, and the first Air Jump performed after a grounded jump or pogo has more height to it.

Neutral Aerial | Shotgun Module : Welltaro shoots a Shotgun, dealing 4 damage (6 damage in Gem High). It has a spiking effect, and releases two hot casing on both sides dealing 1 damage. Every use of Neutral Aerial consumes 4 ammo, so this move can be used twice before having to reload. If less than four ammo remains, then the attack uses all remaining ammo.

Up Aerial | Heart Balloon : Welltaro inflates a Heart Balloon. The balloon serves as a protection against attacks from above. The balloons can exploded pressing the attack button again to deal 10 damage.

Down Aerial | Laser Module : Welltaro shoots a vertical Laser through the whole stage, dealing a reported minimum of 5 damage and a maximum of 9 damage (Minimum 6 damage and maximum 11 damage in Gem High), doing more damage the closer the fighter is to Welltaro. The laser cannot go through platforms. Every use of Down Aerial consumes 3 ammo, so this move can be used three times before having to reload. If less than three ammo remains, then the attack uses all remaining ammo.

Grounded Charge | Rocket Jump : Welltaro launches high up in the air with a Rocket Jump, dealing 6 damage on both sides when launching. The height of the charge increases with charge time, while the damage is always the same.

SUPER | Gem High: Welltaro unleashes Gem High, which grants him infinite ammos, additional range and attack power for all his Gunboots moves. Gem High lasts 16 seconds. Cashing in a Pogo Combo whilst Gem High is active resets the duration of the Super - it can be extended infinitely if enough Pogo Combos are made in succession.

Alternate Skin Edit

Every skin is based on a Palette from Downwell.

Red Edit

Based on the DOWNWELL palette.

Blue Edit

Based on the AQUA palette.

Green Edit

Based on the MATCHA palette.

Grey Edit

Based on the GRAYSCALE palette.

Dark Red Edit

Based on the VBOY palette.

Strategies Edit

"When playing with Welltaro, it is important to manage your ammo consumption extremely well, as running out of ammo can leave you open to be punished by your opponent in a lot of match-ups. Dodging directly above your opponent can be useful for keeping your opponent below you while also refilling your ammo and giving you a chance to get a combo on your opponent. Welltaro's up air, the balloon, is also very useful as it can be used for defence, mobility and for attacking your opponent. Having your balloon out makes it harder for your opponent to punish you from above, as they will often have to pop the balloon first, however, having your balloon out prevents you from using it to get above them. Try to not constantly spam the balloon when your opponent is above you, as it gives you less opportunities to use it to get above your opponent. It is often a good idea to spawn a balloon as you approach your opponent, allowing you to detonate it when you are very close to them, which can often result in them being hit by the explosion if it's placed well. Rolling and rolling leaps are also quite important for Welltaro as aside from his grounded charge, it is the only way that he can attack opponents from the side. Without utilizing rolling and rolling leaps, some opponents can often approach and attack fairly easily from the side without being at much risk of being punished for doing so. Rolling can also be used to quickly move away from your opponent, particularly if they are above you, to allow you to try and gain some height to get above and punish them. Rolling leaps can be used to start combos fairly easily. One way to do this is to roll leap your opponent and then proceeding to dair them multiple times and attempting to get a balloon on them as they fall back down. If you have a balloon out as you roll towards your opponent, you can also choose to detonate the balloon after roll leaping them, which often results in getting a balloon hit, as well as a very good chance for a combo afterwards." ― Windchilled

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Although he never had a canon name in Downwell, "Welltaro" is the name his creator, Ojiro Fumoto, gave to the Lowe Bros. for his appearance in Indie Pogo.[2]
  • Welltaro was the 14th character added to the game.[3]
  • Welltaro was the only character recruited during the kickstarter to not be DLC.
  • The color of the bullets from Welltaro's Gunboots, as well as the trail he leaves behind whilst in Gem High changes depending on his color palette.
  • Welltaro's Super gauge, once active, has a custom design - the only one to do so.
  • During the Indie Pogo Release Tournament, a fan by the name of "Bedoop!" made several drawings of Welltaro wearing a frog hood as a way to express their hype for the tournament. This rendition of Welltaro was dubbed "Frogtaro," and became so popular that many fans have been campaigning for it to be included in Indie Pogo as an alternate skin.
  • It has been revealed on the website description of the Downwell website that Welltaro is “a young man going down an endless well with gun-boots”.
  • Welltaro was implemented into the game in November of 2017, making him the final fighter as part of the default 14.

References Edit

  1. http://downwellgame.com/
  2. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1642689247/indie-pogo/posts/2070551
  3. https://twitter.com/LoweBros/status/1017888508487393281

External Links Edit

Downwell Wiki

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