Chuan is not Worth the Effort


The Dragonbound & Dragon Caller event is in full swing and alongside the exciting REM (full review can be found HERE) is a limiting time Monster Exchange card that is acquired by repeatedly farming the DBDC dungeon.

In essence, players have to continuously play the event dungeon over and over again for the Event Tickets which can drop in Bronze, Silver, and Gold variants. Sadly, GungHo has increased the cost to acquire these cards as they now require 5 Rainbow (worth 5 Gold) Tickets instead of the original 3 when these types of exchanges first came out.

This means players will have to spend 60% more time farming and results in a massive stamina sink. While Eugeo and Saber Assassin were must-have cards (also only requiring 3 Rainbow Tickets) the most recent events have had lackluster options that take longer to farm.

As the title implies, it is not worth farming for Chuan as it is both a massive stamina sink combined with her low usability and possessing no natural Skill Ups.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

You may already have Chuan

Chuan was available in the past from a previous One Shot Challenge so there is a possibility you may already own one. Furthermore, she has no real merit in dupes so the desire to actually farm second one is quite low.

Limit usability

I own Chuan on both of my accounts and have only used her a single time last December during the Courage Ranking Tournament (video can be found HERE). In essence she functioned as an alternative to Zeus Verse as she can quickly sweep floors. This is helped by 4s movement time and No Skyfalls but also requires players to make several combos to deal damage. Furthermore, Chuan does not have to be full health to function so she gains an edge in that sense.

With that being said, Zeus Verse has significantly more universal usability as he has more team building options while also acting as a farming leader and niche cheese gravity option.

Outside of the occasional Ranking Dungeon uses, Chuan does not fulfill any meaningful role as she requires too much effort for farming (cannot swipe boards) and is a very high skill Glass Cannon leader otherwise.

No natural skill ups

Chuan requires 30 Skill Ups and has no natural way to do so. Thus, players would have to spend 30 Pys (15 Rainbowpys) which is a massive investment for little return. Those same Badpys could have been spent on Eir (which I did on both accounts) who has significant value with the 4x HP meta.

Perform the one time Rainbowpy/Super Snow Globe trade

During the DBDC event, players will be able to perform a one-time trade for both a Rainbowpy and Super Snow Globe for 1 Gold Event Ticket each. It is possible to acquire these by naturally clearing the dungeons for a Magic Stone and are worth replaying a bit after to complete these trades.

Go farm Pluses instead

Occurring alongside the DBDC event is the +99 dungeon for 99 stamina. This is one of the most time and stamina efficient ways to farm plus eggs in solo mode and will give you significantly more value compared to farming for Chuan.

If you ever find yourself with excess stamina, dump it here.


Chuan is available through the Monster Exchange system but has limit value/usability while also requiring 5 Rainbow Event Tickets to acquire. This translates into a massive stamina sink for a card that will most likely become a Box Cheerleader.

Let me know what you think about Chuan in the comments below along with your plans for farming or not farming for her.

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Dragonbound & Dragon Caller REM Review and Analysis – March 2019


The Dragonbound & Dragon Caller (DBDC) Rare Egg Machine returns to North America on Monday, March 18 and comes with sizable buffs to the top rarity cards along with Limit Break/Super Awakenings on every card. With that being said, there are no new cards available this time around along with no changes made to the older cards.

With this in mind, it makes it challenging to justify rolling in this event provided you have most of the bottom rarity cards. This is because this event has come around several times and with each repeat (assuming one did roll before), the chances of getting something new diminish. For example, I rolled heavily during the first event and was blessed with an outrageous amounts of Shazels but also picked up all of the 5-star cards. As such, the motivation to roll in subsequent events has drastically gone down as duplicates beyond the second tend to be wasteful.

Regardless, the DBDC REM is arguably the highest value collab/seasonal machine in the game despite the 10-stone cost due to the incredible value at the bottom rarity (only other major contender is Monster Hunter which is coming soon). This is important as nearly every roll will have value to a given player assuming it is their first/second time acquiring that card.

Generally speaking, the DBDC cards are highly specialized and are able to fulfill their respective role wonderfully well. While this means one may not be using them all the time, they are sometimes vital to own for specific content/mechanics as it is hard to replace them otherwise.

For the most part, I would encourage all players to roll in this event assuming they do not own many/most of the bottom rarity cards as they are unique and can help one progress through new content. With that being said, for players who have rolled in the past 3 events, the chances of rolling something new are quite low and may be better skipping as a whole.

This article will summarize each card’s strengths and weaknesses to give you a better understanding of what is in store within this event.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday after I get used to new glasses—


DBDC Pros & Cons – March 15, 2019
  • Virtually every card is valuable
  • Most 5-stars are worth pursuing
    • Triple Killers
  • Significant buffs to top rarity cards
  • High weighted stats all around
  • Cards tend to be highly specialized
    • Great at their niche
  • No buffs to older/lower rarity cards
  • Duplicates beyond 2 are seldom needed
  • Large rolling pool
    • Hard to snipe a specific card
  • Monster Hunter Buffs have not been revealed
  • Monster Exchanging is costly
Dragonbound & Dragon Caller REM
 7 Star base     
 6 Star base       
 5 Star base       
DBDC REM  Rankings – March 15, 2018

All 7-star cards are available for trade within the Monster Exchange but have incredibly high costs

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking.

Regardless of card’s ranking, you should almost always keep it if it is your very first time acquiring them.

Continue reading Dragonbound & Dragon Caller REM Review and Analysis – March 2019

Dracoblader Godfest + New GFE (Sericha & Kio) Review


This coming Friday marks the debut of two new Godfest Exclusives (GFE), Sericha and Kio , along with a regular 5-Magic Stone Godfest. For the most part, this Godfest should be skipped as it will feature lackluster rates due to the non-Super status and mostly exists to bait players into trying to roll the two new cards.

As a whole, the two new Godfest Exclusives are wonderfully powerful and unique but will have significantly less applications for the average player. Their main strength comes from their Weapon Assist forms as they are able to transfer awakenings that were never available before.

This article will be focusing on the strengths of the two new Godfest Exclusives, Sericha and Kio.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

Do not roll in the Godfest

Low rates combined with the eventual return of Monster Hunter and YYH Collab means players should be saving their Magic Stones.

New Godfest Exclusives

The two new Godfest Exclusives may seem strange at first due to the mediocre value of their evolved forms and some players being unaware of how powerful the Weapon Assists are. Continue reading Dracoblader Godfest + New GFE (Sericha & Kio) Review

PAD Special Event Tournament 3 Strategies


The PAD Special Event Tournament is in full swing and gives players the chance at acquiring a Crown for the top 7%. For the most part, this is a generous range to acquire the primary cosmetic feature in Puzzle and Dragons. Unfortunately, the heavily weighted Matching Bonuses combined with certain teams being vastly superior may feel frustrating for the average player.

This article will explain my though process and team building for scoring well in the PAD Special Event Tournament.

184,506 run

My best recorded run but has room for improvement

Rows are king

The PAD Special Event Tournament features Matching Bonus (additional points for matching specific patterns) with all Rows boosted to 10x their regular value. As a result, any Row matched will yield +2,000 Points and makes it the only real viable strategy. Continue reading PAD Special Event Tournament 3 Strategies

Video Clears – March Level 8, 9, & 10


A new month is here along with a new set of Monthly Quests to undertake. This time around, Level 10 featured a painful No Awakenings clause while 9 forced players to rely on 4 seconds of orb movement time. Finally, Level 8 was another Fixed Team with a subtle twist at the end. Regardless, I decided to upload all three of my clears to help provide inspiration as well as hopefully saving some stamina for my fellow players.

Level 10

The key to my Cheese strategy is to use Hades 3270 for massive Dark Damage Reduction paired with an auto healer like Odin Dragon 3264. This combination greatly lowers the chance of accidentally pushing the first floor below 50% (which transforms the spawn to Water and thus losing Damage Reduction) along with making stalling both faster and easier. Other keys are having bicolours with Dark orbs along with the first one used having Orb Unlock.

Level 9

Level 9 only gives players 4 seconds of orb movement time but is also only 1 floor long. Furthermore, it is Gaia Dragon which is easily one shot via VDP which can be easily done via a full board changer + double row maker. This combination yields a 7 Combo board that is easy to manipulate into position.

Level 8

Level 8 if a Fixed Team dungeon that requires players to match 6 or more connected Light or Dark orbs to deal damage. The main hurdles are a single leader bind on Floor 3 and a Light or Dark Absorb on Floor 4.

The leader bind is solved via a row of Heart orbs and the 6-match of Dark/Light while the Absorbs are countered via No Skyfalls fromTokugawa Ieyasu and appropriate orb changers.


This month’s Monthly Quests provide a new twist on current content as it presents players with an interesting set of challenges. For the most part, all dungeons can be cleared with proper planning and it becomes an issue finding what works for your own Monster Box and matching skills.

Let me know how you tackled these dungeons in the comments below.

Happy Puzzling!

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Question Time with Mantastic – March 2019


The general gist of Question Time posts are for players to ask various PAD-related questions that do not have a simple/Google-able answer or related article on my website. I do play other games and have often found myself having specific/unique questions about it but have no where to go and can imagine this may hold true for some of my readers.

With that being said, there will be some restrictions on the types of questions I will be answering.

If planning on commenting on a regular basis, it is advantageous to create a WordPress account to both receive notifications as well as giving me a point of reference as to who I am responding to.

Do’s and Don’t

download For the most part, almost any question will be answered, even some non-invasive Off-Topic ones; however, it is best to ask questions that require explanation/why/my personal opinion. The following examples are Fantastic types of questions to ask:

  • Of these options, what is the best Yusuke team I can make for Arena 3?
  • What direction do you think GungHo will take with the 4x HP leads?
  • Can Heart Cross teams be revived and if so, how?

x The following types of questions will not be answered by me either because it has a simple Google-able answer or shows a lack of effort on the reader’s part:

  • Anything that Google/Padx can answer
  • A link to your entire Monster Box and saying “make me a team”


I hope my readers use this opportunity to ask questions that will hopefully improve their overall game play and progression.

Happy Puzzling!

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Latent Tamadras in Monster Exchange


Until March 10th, players will be able to utilize the Monster Exchange to acquire various Killer Latent Tamadras at a 2:1 ratio. This is valuable because players can trade away their less valuable Latent Tamadras for something useful. Sadly, this can only be done once but is worth the effort.

Trades can be found via the Monster Exchange Event tab.

More valuable Killers

At this point in time, God God Killer, Dragon Dragon Killer, and Devil Devil killer Killer latents tend to be the most valuable due to the popularity of these spawns in challenging content. This is also the reason why players may see Trades asking for these while offering something else.

in the advent that players have less options for the Monster Exchange system, it would best to try and acquire these three.


Players have the opportunity to acquire valuable Killer Latents from the Monster Exchange system at a 2:1 ratio. This is a great time to find value from less desirable Latents as they can be traded away with ease.

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