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Thanks for the previous very, very good answer

1) honey badger vs wolverine (pariti)
2) honey badger vs smilodon populator (pariti)
3) honey badger vs utahraptor (pariti)
4) honey badger vs tyrannosaurus (pariti)
5) formica rufa vs honey badger (pariti)
6) formica rufa vs smilodon populator (pariti)
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1) 120kg english mastiff vs 2x 50kg rotwailer
2) 120kg english mastiff vs 2x 40kg pitbull
3) 120kg english mastiff vs 60kg leopard
4) 120kg english mastiff vs 90kg black bear

Special questions

He survived the 100t Argentinosaurus effects of these weapons ??

1) One bullet (1 rounds) from the 40mm M79 grenade launcher.  (Damage to the very strong body not the litle head)

2) Full stack (30 rounds)  of assault rifle AK-47  (Damage to the very strong body not the litle head)

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Hello David.


1) honey badger vs wolverine (pariti): These 2 animals have many similar attributes (strong bites, strong limbs with sharp claws, thick hides that offer protection, aggression, flexibility), and are both battle-tested against other predators (wolverines deal with wolves, bears, pumas, lynxes......honey badgers deal with jackals, leopards, etc.).  Wolverines are among the strongest mammals pound-for-pound, and have a small strength advantage over the honey badger.  Honey badgers have tough hides that are very difficult to penetrate, so their durability likely exceeds the wolverine's.  The stockier wolverine is practiced at tackling animals larger than itself to a greater degree than the honey badger is.  Close to 50/50; edge to wolverine.

2) honey badger vs Smilodon populator (pariti): Smilodon populator was a very stocky, powerfully built cat that was practiced at wrestling large animals (primarily cervids, equids, & bovids) to the ground and landing a killing bite.  Its upper canines were very long, and were used to impale a soft, vulnerable area (like the throat) in prey.  Honey badgers are bold mustelids with very tough skin that protects them from many attacks.  In this battle, the paw (and claw) usage of the Smilodon will be key, as it will be able to control positioning at close quarters.  The honey badger will have greater endurance, and its hide will be tough to breach, but the Smilodon will have the edge in weaponry.  Close fight, but edge to Smilodon populator.

3) honey badger vs Utahraptor (pariti): Utahraptor had decent jaws, claws on its forelimbs to aid in grabbing & holding, and dangerous, curved claws to kick & slash with.  Honey badgers have thick, loose skin that offers good protection from attack, and are armed with strong legs (with sharp claws) & a powerful bite.  Honey badgers are fearless & aggressive, and can drive away much larger animals, but they aren't practiced finishers (of similar-sized animals) on the same level of, let's say, a big cat.  The honey badger will need to avoid a claw vs claw/bite vs bite affair unless it can attach itself to the Utahraptor with its strong claws (to better avoid the dinosaur's kicks) and deliver strong bites while relying on its tough hide to protect it.  The honey badger will employ this tactic against smaller reptiles, but it might not have the know-how to stay out of the range of the larger Utahraptor's kicks at the onset of the battle.  The honey badger can win if it drags the Utahraptor to the ground, but the diversified offense of the theropod will present problems for the mustelid.  It's a very close fight, but the smaller animal in any scaled-up matchup gains an advantage on many occasions bacause its abilities (especially speed & mobility) will be amplified.  Slight edge to honey badger.

4) honey badger vs Tyrannosaurus (pariti): Tyrannosaurus had only one real offensive weapon, but it was a good one.  Its huge jaws, lined with dagger-like teeth, could bite down with a tremendous amount of force.  The honey badger has jaws, claws, and very tough hide.  This mammal is an accomplished reptile killer (even against ones larger than itself), and is a practiced fighter (deals with leopards, jackals, venomous snakes, etc.).  The Tyrannosaurus will have a decent chance of landing a potentially fatal bite at any time, but the honey badger will have the ability to knock the dinosaur off of its bipedal stance upon engaging it.  As mentioned before, the smaller animal in any scaled-up matchup gains an advantage on many occasions bacause its abilities (especially speed & mobility) will be amplified.  In some fights this won't mean much; in others it will.  If the honey badger can avoid the bite of the Tyrannosaurus and knock it over, it will have a good chance of applying an effective offense.  Edge to honey badger.

5) Formica rufa vs honey badger (pariti): Formica rufa (red wood ant) is an ant capable of spraying formic acid to defend itself.  Ants can lift/move objects many times (some sources state as much as 50) their own weight.  The ant's body will be not be as durable as the honey badger's, but its strength and quickness will be much greater (assuming its abilities & attributes remain the same in relation to its body size).  Once the any seizes the honey badger upon contact, the mammal will have a hard time freeing itself from the much stronger animal, and won't be able to easily apply bites/claw attacks at this point.  The honey badger can win with a quick succession of bites in the right areas, but won't likely get the chance to do this.  Once the formic acid is sprayed, this battle will go downhill for the honey badger.  Formica rufa wins.

6) Formica rufa vs Smilodon populator (pariti): The Smilodon populator will have a decent amount of quickness & agility, and its forepaws usage and killing bite will give it a chance to finish the Formica rufa if it can avoid getting grabbed by the much stronger animal.  The ant's relatively soft body won't hold up well to the jaws & claws of the Smilodon, but its lateral quickness (amplified by being scaled up to the Smilodon's size) will enable it to get into a better position to do what it wants more times than not.  The ant's use of formic acid will simply be icing on the cake.  Formica rufa wins.

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1) 120kg English Mastiff vs 2x 50kg Rotwailer: English Mastiffs are among the largest of all dogs, but aren't as formidable (pound-for-pound) as many other mastiff types.  They are generally gentle, and don't have the greatest endurance.  Rottweilers are fantastic guard dogs with strong bites and top-notch bravery, but many other dog types are more formidable than they are (pound-for-pound).  An English Mastiff weighing 120kg will not be a great representation of the breed (likely lacking agility & energy), and won't be intense enough to consistently stave off an attack from the Rottweiler tandem.  The English Mastiff can win on occasion with its strength and large bite, but won't be favored.  Edge to 2 Rottweilers.

2) 120kg English Mastiff vs 2x 40kg pitbull: The American Pit Bull Terrier (if game-bred) is probably the most formidable breed (pound-for-pound) in regards to canine combat.  They are strong, athletic, durable, and have great endurance.  The APBTs will latch onto the English Mastiff rather quickly.  The English Mastiff will have the power to toss the smaller dogs around usuing its strength & large size, but will eventually be worn down by the APBT's relentless attack and be looking for a way to disengage.  2 pitbulls win.

3) 120kg English Mastiff vs 60kg leopard: Leopards are among the strongest of cats pound-for-pound (believed by many to be 2nd behind the jaguar), and are capable of dragging heavy prey items into trees.  They are practiced (but sometimes reluctant) fighters, often dealing with hyenas, baboons, and even lions.  Leopards have the typical big cat attributes (speed, agility, athleticism, explosive action, jaws & claws) as well.  There are many mastiff-type dogs (Kangals, Boerboels, Presa Canarios, Tosas, etc.) that might do quite well against a leopard half their weight, but the English Mastiff isn't one of them.  At 120kg, the one here won't be a prime specimen, and won't have the mobility or intensity to consistently do well against a 60kg leopard.  The English Mastiff may drive the leopard way with relative ease in certain situations, but won't be favored against it in a serious battle.  Edge to leopard.

4) 120kg English Mastiff vs 90kg black bear: Black bears are strong, durable, and have great endurance.  They also have powerful forepaws that can be used to control positioning, and have dangerous bites.  Black bears have seriously injured hunting dogs with a single swipe of their sharp claws.  The English Mastiff might spook a bear into retreating in a realistic encounter, but once the bear views the dog as a threat that merits its complete attention, it will be adequately equipped to overpower/repel the canid.  The greater strength and superior weaponry of the black bear will give it the means to win without too much trouble.  Black bear wins.


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Effects on a 100t Argentinosaurus from these weapons:

1) One round from the 40mm M79 grenade launcher (damage to the very strong body not the little head): There are various types of grenades that can be launched from an M79 grenade launcher.  One, for example, generates outward force from its explosion (without shrapnel), and would not be a serious threat to disable a dinosaur as large as Argentinosaurus with a body shot.  Another, for example, generates outward force & heat, and expels shrapnel upon its detonation.  Being launched from the M79 (depending somewhat on the distance between the weapon and the target) makes it highly possible for the grenade to penetrate some areas of the Argentinosaurus' tough hide and cause significant injury upon detonation.  With the less powerful grenades, the probably Argentinosaurus has a decent chance of survival.  With the more powerful ones (like an HE, or high explosive), a body shot can be fatal (in some cases eventually) more times than not.

2) Full stack (30 rounds) of assault rifle AK-47 (damage to the very strong body not the little head): The key here is shot placement.  It's possible for some of the rounds to be repelled by the tougher areas on the Argentinosaurus' body, but it's also possible for one of the rounds that get through to pierce an area vital for function & perhaps survival.  Distance between weapon and target will be a factor to some degree as well.  There are certainly some variations of this type of attack that Argentinosaurus will survive, and others it will not.  If the shooter is familiar with the anatomy of an Argentinosaurus and knows the best areas on the dinosaur's body to target, a complete kill will be more likely.  30 rounds randomly fired into the body of Argentinosaurus might not get the job done (but will likely cause some injury and perhaps impede function to some degree).  Generally speaking, I think a more formidable arsenal will be needed to succeed more times than not.


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