The version of Android #18 that never had the chance to change her ways and fight on the side of good, EX Android #18 PUR is more concerned with blowing things up alongside her brother and his unaltered timeline variant, EX Android #17 GRN.
This Fighter brings new life to the Android Tag--which hasn’t seen new releases in quite some time--but due to the timing of her release, it kind of feels like she should have been given more Synergy with the Future Tag so she could be given more use in the current Meta.
High Team Damage Output
Despite some mostly average stats, EX Android #18 PUR has a lot of Team Damage Buffs that aren’t limited to Blast Damage.
This makes her more PVP viable, even if she’s pulling the weight of two Tags that are in great need of more new Fighters.
Rather than improve her own Vanish-Stepping abilities like other Android #18 variants, this one can use her Special Move to decrease its Recovery Speed for the Enemy.
This makes her more of a Team player since, even if she isn’t the strongest, this Debuff benefits the whole Team.
Old and Limited Synergy
Were her toolkit more geared towards the Future Tag, more could be said for this Fighter. But since she Buffs Androids--and in some cases specifically Android #17 variants. EX Android #18 PUR is limited to this Team Build.
While her stats are an improvement on those of Androids and Female Warriors, they are still pretty average by PVP standards.
This sort of Team is where she’s most optimal due to her Ability Buffs.
Still, it’s a shame that she doesn’t also Buff the Future Tag with her Z-Ability since they could make more use of her in the current Meta.
While this Team wouldn’t offer as much Z-Synergy as the Androids, it does have newer Fighters to choose from like SP Android #18 BLU and SP Mai GRN--but even they have to many Teammate variant requirements to make it worth the effort.
This Fighter’s stats are almost all better than those of SP PF Cell RED, and her toolkit and Z-Synergy with Androids--Android #17 in particular--make EX Android #18 PUR PVP viable on as a core or bench choice.