Scrub's power creates essentially un-aimed spherical holes in his surroundings, cutting through anything they hit, although they seem to leave the ground untouched. Tattletale speculates that his power works via Portal Cuts — he chooses spherical volumes, and their contents are replaced with the contents of the corresponding sphere on an alternate Earth with similar geography, architecture, etc. The blasts created are due to differences in atmospheric pressures between the two worlds.
The amount of capes around him when Scrub triggers contributed to him manifesting a mild trump aspect to his power, able to negate many power-based defenses.
Attended a party at the dilapidated mall and triggered in the midst of one of the gladiatorial combat orchestrated by Skidmark. He did not have control of his abilities after triggering and this was not helped by being suddenly attacked by Shamrock as part of Faultline's assault on the Merchants.
He survived the Slaughterhouse Nine's decimation of the Merchants and was able to temporarily disable Crawler, but he still had not gained control of his abilities.
After this, Scrub fell in with Ballistic's crew, indirectly serving Coil. With the falling out between Ballistic's employer and the Undersiders, and the subsequent release of the Travelers fifth member things turned out badly, Scrub was captured by the PRT. eventually during the crisis Tattletale convinced him to work with Labyrinth to provide a solution to the Echidna Crisis.
↑ In this case we're talking blaster-shaker, a 'nuker' that uses a blast (projectile) with an area element. The rocket-launcher, fireball, grenade type of blaster. The trigger involved mingled environmental and physical threat. - Reddit Comment by Wildbow.
↑ [22:10] Lexicon Oh, wait, breaker makes sense for Scrub, too. I'd thought of that before, but I'd never connected the two lines of thought.
[22:14] ~Wildbow I had scrub down as a shaker, not a breaker. He's always on, so to speak - IRC comments by Wildbow, archived on Spacebattles
↑Consistency - Is the power accurate? Does it always do what you want it to when it's used? Scrub was a powerful shaker/blaster but couldn't really control where the blasts hit with any degree of accuracy. At most he spammed a general area. - Reddit Comment by Wildbow.
↑“Uncontrolled matter-annihilation bursts in his immediate vicinity,” I said. “Ex-member of the Merchants, a local gang of dealers and users.”
“Blaster-eight, easy, if not a straight ten, despite his relatively short range,” Tattletale supplied, “But I’m not sure he does what Skitter thinks he does, and that’s why I want to talk to him.” - Excerpt from Queen 18.5