Cerberus "Rex" H2

Cerberus "Rex" H2 3[credit]

Program: Icebreaker - Decoder
Memory: 1 • Strength: 1
Influence: 3

When you install this program, place 4 power counters on it.

Interface → Hosted power counter: Break up to 2 code gate subroutines.

1[credit]: +1 strength.

"Useful for fetching all sorts of things…but you better have a treat ready if he likes it." -Iain Stirling
Illustrated by Liiga Smilshkalne
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The Cerberus breakers are weird, in that they look like a suite but they really aren't worth the influence to play as one. Lady is a badass, but Rex and Cuj.0 can only really be considered in their own faction. Taken in that light, Rex is actually a pretty good addition to the criminal breaker suite. If influence is tight, Rex alongside Passport can act as a not-too-awful Decoder solution. Passport does the heavy lifting on centrals, Rex steps in when there's a remote to be cracked.

(Order and Chaos era)

As @Greasythumb said, "Rex" is most useful in faction and might not worth the influence cost to splash it.

But, is it really useful for Criminals? This faction also have Peacock; not a great icebreaker, but in many way comparable to "Rex". Both cost 3, but Peacock have one more strength. Peacock cost 2 to boost strength by 3: so it's more efficient but less flexible than "Rex". But, Peacock can be used on the long term while "Rex" only have a maximum of four uses.

By exemple, passing an Enigma cost 4 with peacock vs only 1 and one counter with "rex". Tollbooth: 7 with peacock vs 4 and one counter with "Rex". Merlin : 4 to 8 with Peacock vs 3 + 1 or 2 counters with "Rex" (half of it's power counters!)

So yes, in faction, it's a good choice if you lack influence for something better. But you must have a plan for the long term. And please, don't waste influence to get shaper cards for "Rex" recursion when this influence could have bought a better decoder.

(Order and Chaos era)
Because you have Passport, Rex and Peacock should be considered for remotes. What code gate lives almost exclusively on remotes? Turing! Peacock and Rex both break Turing for 4, but Rex has limited uses. Given that Rex breaks Turing for the same as Peacock, and most other things more cheaply, I think Rex should be considered over Peacock for most criminal rigs. —

I find that Rex can fit a niche quite well in criminal decks as a cheap backup decoder, very similar to Faerie. It costs 3 more to install than Faerie but you will be able to use it at least once more than a copy of Faerie so I think that the install cost balances out. For example you might be using Yog.0 aided by Datasucker as your deck's main decoder, but you could put one or two copies of Rex in your deck to cover you for scenarios where you are low on Datasucker counters or your Yog.0 ends up being trashed by the corp. As others have said, the influence cost is way too high to use it in non-criminal decks.

(Blood Money era)