That is one of the few verses from Shakespeare that I have retained from my High School days so that hopefully appeases my former English teachers. Regardless, which duplicate monster to keep or sell is quickly becoming a topic of interest, especially after the most recent 5x GFE event. Years ago, most duplicate monsters had very little meaning. However, with the introduction of Skill Inheritance and the Monster Point system, those extra Urd’s are starting to have more value.
If you have not already, I strongly encourage you to read my various other articles that I will be making reference to throughout this discussion:
- Skill Inheritance: Overview and Basics
- Skill Inheritance: Advanced Strategies
- 3,000 MP or +50 Eggs
- Original 6 MP Dragons
- Four Gentlemen Comparison
- Reddit Duplicates Guide (goes through the entire REM, but take with a grain of salt)
It can be challenging to go through a card-by-card basis of what to sell or keep and is somewhat redundant due to Reddit already covering that. As such, I wish to go through my own thought process when determining if I should keep these extra duplicate monsters. Your situation will differ from mine as well as Reddit so still use your own judgement.
Do I already own one?
This may seem redundant when having a discussion about duplicate monsters, but it is imperative to never sell away a card that you only have a single copy of as they may have uses in the future with buffs/evos or in future godfests where you gain more cards to work with.
Am I using them as a sub?
Does the monster in question have a dedicated spot on any of the teams you run? If the answer is yes, it means they have either a fantastic body, strong active, ideal awakenings, or heavy investment. As such, your team may falter if you were to only have a single copy if using as an assistant for Skill Inheritance. For example, Urd is a staple sub on your Awoken Shiva team. As such, you could not replace her if you were to being using her as an assistant on a water-based team. This section is subjective and is based on your own box requirements/needs.
What type of active does the duplicate monster have?
This question is directed to their benefits as an assistant for Skill Inheritance. Certain actives are more desired than others and you have to determine how they can benefit your teams.
- Push Button potential? If you pulled another Ra , you should immediately think “Push-button potential” or “PreDRA execution.” As a means to cut down on the grinding aspect, push button teams have seen a surge in popularity and having additional buttons is always desired.
- Rainbow Board Changers either produce the 5 elements or 5 elements plus hearts. These cards are invaluable to rainbow teams and can be used as both subs or assistants for those teams.
- Other Board Changers are those that produce bi or tri-colour boards. They are invaluable for those respective mono-colour teams and you are not limited to the original colour of the duplicate monster. For example, Awoken Meimei’s active is amazingly powerful on both light and dark teams. In addition, you should keep in mind if they also produce heart orbs or have haste.
- Delays are crucial in high level content due to the ability to either stall out dangerous floors, recharge actives, or bypass resolve mechanics. However, not all delay cards can be accommodated onto every team and having the option to inherit as you please is valuable
- Shields or damage mitigation plays another important role in high end content and like delays, may not have the best body to use as a sub.
Can I upgrade an existing sub’s active?
This was quite a large topic of discussion in my Skill Inheritance: Advanced Strategies article and upgrading an active allows you to improve an existing sub’s active with a stronger version. For example, I use Wedding Izanami on my Awoken DQXQ team due to her fantastic awakenings and quick charging shield. However, I can upgrade her active with Awoken Susano to grant me a stronger shield if I am able to wait for the cooldown as well as helping protect myself against skill delays. Another example is upgrading Claire’s active with Castor as a means to use her body while gaining the ability to remove poison and jammer orbs along with a single turn of haste.
Is the duplicate monster lacking a new/awoken evolution?
This is a very important question to ask yourself as new evolutions can bring significant changes to lackluster cards. For example, Sarasvati was mostly neglected prior to her Uuevo evolution; however, she is now a force to be reckoned with and we will have to wait to see if the rest of the pantheon follows suit. Cards that this is most applicable to include Godfest Exclusives without an ultimate evolution and regular pantheon Gods that lack a a Uuevo or Awoken evolution.
How badly do you need the Monster Points?
Or plus eggs if it was a special event? One key factor to succeeding in Puzzling and Dragons is trying to stay as close to the current meta as possible. The top tier teams today will still be strong in a few months; however, they may fall victim to powercreep and begin to lag behind. As such, would selling/fusing this dupe propel you forward by a significant margin? Will this enable you to clear the next set of Challenge Dungeons or begin farming Arena? If you are being gatekeepered from the next tier of content by your inability to purchase that MP Card or a hypermaxed team, relinquishing said dupe may be worthwhile. Just be sure you will not have seller’s remorse.
Duplicate monsters have amazing collateral value whether it be as Monster Points, Skill Inheritance, or a large chunk of Plus Eggs. How you decide to use them is based upon your own box’s needs and resources. If you are ever in doubt, it is best to simply be patient and see how the meta and your box develops. The last thing you want is seller’s remorse from selling a 50k MP card you will most likely never get back.
What cards have you been keeping numerous dupes of and how do you decide what to keep or sell?