Got it to work with Sister of Temptation 1,1,1 - Squirky 2,2,2 - Feral Verminling 2,2,1. Curse of Doom to start then Lovestruck. Pets swap a fair bit after you stun but can win if you get the Curse in twice, stun twice & backflip stun Tounge Lash on last pet, with stampede being priority in middle. Popping bubble at right time is crucial !!
The first option of Winter's Helpers failed consistently for me.
I did not have any pets to make up the other combinations. So I used:
Terky : 222
Ranishu Runt : 122
Squirky : 222
The trick for me was to make sure I had the Bubble available for when Burly Jr. explodes
If Hopling is 325 speed, first step it's pointles -> better go with Tongue Lash till Timbo is resurected and then Backflip to stun him. And since we can win without Terky Stampede - i do fight with clobber on action bar.
Dragons make everything Better:
i used emerald proto whelp 2-2-2 stormborne whelping 1 - 2-2 and emerald whelping 2-2-2 which i didn't need with the first pet just make sure you keep the healing up and you should be fine..
Hopling did not Backflip during Timbo undead round for some reason and was killed. Tried twice with same results, though second time my Hopling just survived. On both occasions Backflip was used as the first attack against new opponents. Had a look at the script and no idea what the "!" does but removing that from the first line solved the issue. Now backflip is only used during the undead phase by Hopling and Feral Vermling.
I tried this strat like 6-7 times before I gave up. Hopling never gets that second backflip off, and Terky only gets the second enemy down to half health, so there's no Stampede buff on the third enemy and it's a fail every time.
I don't see Feral Vermin as a valid substitute here; he's too slow (289 vs 325 for hopling) so backflip accomplishes very little. A Flayer Youngling S/S with kick might work, although he doesn't have a strong critter attack. Mine are S/B and H/S so can't test it.
This worked first try after I had horrible luck with the one DragonAfterDark posted with the Father Winter's small helpers :) Made an account just to upvote this strategy - thanks for figuring out how to neutralize the undead rounds!
Agreed! I don't mean to denigrate DragonAfterDark (nor, I'm sure, did Melandroso). Thank you, Dragon, for working out a strategy that appears to have worked for lots of folks and for taking the time to post it here to help others. Probably just my bad luck, but I couldn't get it to work for me at all. Feeling frustrated, I saw Melandroso's recommendation for this Hopling-led strategy and tried it out. It worked great, first try. I did have to bring in my Vermling, but he ultimately prevailed. Thanks for the strategy Nevada#1436. And, as always, a big thank you to Xu-Fu for the great site.