Introduction & Overview
Let’s go to the beach, each. Let’s go get a wave eh. Poor singing aside, summer is in full swing and GungHo has decided to spoil their fans by releasing one of the most exciting Collab REMs to date. Like the June Bride REM, the PAD Island REM features a diverse array of monsters that are valuable at both the 8-star level as well as 4-star tier. Their power combined with festively drawn artwork and beach-wear attire is simply Myraculous. The prizes of this REM include Bikini Eschamali , Summyr , Goemon , and Navi . However, nearly every single card in this REM brings something to this beach party and is well worth several rolls, even if just for the silver eggs. Overall, this collab promises to be a Splashing success.
As a side note, they missed the glorious opportunity to have a topless Lifeguard Odin. Antonio could have had a new Halloween costume.
|June Bride REM|
|8 Star base|
|7 Star base|
|6 Star base|
|5 Star base|
|4 Star base|
Naration of this article in my Mantastic voice. I don’t read word for word and is more so a summary so reading is still a good idea!
8 Star Rolls
Machine / God
8 star base
+ 4 turns water skyfall
10 turn CD
1.5x HP / ATK God & Machine types. 4x ATK maching 5o1e
2.25x HP / 36x ATK
|Look at all that enhancement! And I am not talking about her assets, but rather the 7 water orb enhance awakenings! It is no surprise that one of the most popular monsters in Puzzle and Dragons is one of the rarest rolls from the PAD Island REM. Beach Star Goddess, Eschamali will be a fantastic sub on essentially every mono water team even if they are row based. This is because row enhance awakenings begin to lose value once your team has 10 of them. At that point, you should switch to enhanced orbs as they will add more damage. Furthermore, with a total of 7, Bikini Eschamali will ensure every single water orb that appears will come enhanced along with having perfect synergy with her skyfall active.
Beach Eschamali’s active is phenomenal as she grants a double orb change AND 4 turn skyfall buff for only a 10 turn cooldown. In addition, she can be used to remove jammer and poison orbs which can alleviate team building constraints as you will have less dependency on a full board changer. This ability to overflow the board with water orbs will be most beneficial on row based teams as they are able to match the clumps more easily than a TPA based team. However, for those players who already own Scheat , the active will feel less unique.
Looking at what teams Beach Eschamali can fit on include, but not limited to: I&I / Ryune , You Yu , Neptune Dragon , and Sarasvati , She can even be used on the heart dependent Summer Myr or Lakshmi if you are able to bring a heart generator to compensate.
As a leader, Beach Star Goddess, Eschamali forms a modestly strong God & Machine type team that has more damage output than a Yomi Dragon team who is similarly designed. However, Beach Eschamali will be much more susceptible to dungeon mechanics as she can be bound and does not offer a passive bind clear. Furthermore, the HP boost is less valuable in coop as you will have more than enough health to survive every reasonable mechanic. At that point, recovery will become more valuable and healing may become an issue. Regardless, a simple 5 orb match will deal tremendous damage and you will have a nearly permanent access to the skyfall buff.
Overall, Beach Eschamali is a fantastic card to roll and has relevance on numerous water teams. Her main drawback is her rarity as she is an 8-star monster. GungHo really nailed the recipe for revenue generation by combining a powerful card in a bikini.
Dragon / Machine / God
8 star base
7s Change the World
7 turn CD
7x ATK + 50% damage reduction when forming hearts in a cross formation. +2 seconds to move orbs
49x ATK / 75% Damage Reduction
|Sniper at Rest, Myr hits the mark and soft spot in my heart. She combines everything I could ever want in a monster along with receiving a buff in the very near future! However, she is actually a colour-copy of a completely farmable monster (Light Myr ) and her strength and power is somewhat in question as to whether she is worth the 500,000 Monster Points (very rare to actually roll). I go over Beach Myr in greater detail in a previous post HERE.
However, the main points to consider are the water typing and access to powerful subs. Light Myr has Wedding Akechi / Saria burst combo that water cannot match (as there is no Akechi equivalent) and water is inherently weaker as an element compared to light due to the wood resistance.
Despite these drawbacks, Summyr is still an incredibly powerful card and is capable of clearing any dungeon in the game. Furthermore, you do not have to go through the hassle/stress of evolving and skilling up a Myr. Thus, Beach Myr is a huge gain for any midrange account.
Whether she is worth the 500k MP will depend on your box and goals. You also have to consider she is 67% more expensive to purchase than any monster point card and we do not know what the next wave of MP cards will be.
Attacker or Healer / Devil / God
8 star base
5 turn CD
3x ATK Devils. 1.5x HP for dark
2.25x HP / 9x ATK
|Claire was last year’s prize card and is currently available for 300,000 Monster Points. To help sweeten the deal, GungHo has given her a Machine Killer awakening. She also differs from her REM equivalent with slightly higher base stats and a SBR instead of enhanced heart orb awakening. This does not seem like a significant upgrade considering the sheer rarity of rolling an 8-star Collab card (or 300k Monster Points). As such, we need to determine Beach Claire’s viability and just how strong the Machine Killer awakening is.
Currently, Annihilation tier content is considered the most challenging dungeons in the game (outside of Arena 3) and GungHo has been following a very mechanical theme (Mech Zeus, Hera, Athena, etc). As such, Beach Claire will be automatically dealing 3x damage to each floor. In fact, the machine killer is one reason why Sephiroth has even appeared on various tier lists as he is capable of somewhat trivializing Machine Zeus. Thus, the Devil-based Claire will find an automatic home on his teams while covering the water attribute.
However, heart-breakers are currently the worst type of orb changer due to the popularity (and power) of the heart-cross meta. Furthermore, dark does not have a supreme leader (outside of Gremory ) as Lucifer and Pandora are starting to lose ground due to the inability to stall as effectively.
Perhaps the best part is you can choose how tanned your Claire is by choosing a certain evolution path. I prefer the Snow-White Beauty version.
7 Star Rolls
6 Star Rolls
5 Star Rolls
Four Star Rolls
The PAD Island Collab features perhaps the best line up of silver cards to date. Each one has significant value and considering they are the lowest rarity, should be easy to get. Just keep in mind they do they not evolve and you are unable to make use of their active as an assistant for skill inheritance.
Dragon / Attacker
4 star base
30% damage reduction for 1 turn. 20x water attack to 1 enemy
5 turn CD
|I am not sure why she is called Incognito Queen, Awilda; however, she certainly is pretty and festively dressed (albeit in heels) for the beach. Awilda was one of the previously featured silver eggs and many players have found a usage for what was at first a disappointing roll. Beach Awilda provides 20% passive reduction to water type bosses and many players abused this with Courage (changes boss attribute to water) to create 100% immune teams through various other damage reduction awakenings or leader skills. This kind of “cheese” team has proven effective, especially in Challenge Modes where you only have a single leader skill.|
Physical / Dragon
4 star base
Reset team HP to 1
200k Fire damage to all enemies
15 turn CD
1.2x ATK physical & dragon. Increase ATK based on how low HP you are. Max at 5x
|Unprecedented Surfer, Ishikawa Goemon rides in upon the crest of a wave into the PAD Island REM. He may say something along the lines of “Dude” or “Surf’s Up” or some other hip to the hop phrase I am unfamiliar with. Regardless, Goemon is arguably one of the strongest four stars ever released and has incredible value right out of the egg. Goemon has significantly risen in popularity due to coop and the viability of push button teams. However, he took a bit of investment to create a team and only comes with a single Skill Boost . Skill boosts are the limiting factor for speed and efficiency, and by providing two instead of one, you have gain more flexibility and team building options. If both leaders are Beach Goemon, your team has an additional 2 Skill Boosts to play around with. This means you can form significantly stronger teams along with even using Beach Goemon as a sub for two more floors of destruction.
Acquiring Beach Goemon can benefit any account and is even more important for those just starting out. As showcased in my 100% farmable button Mechdragon team (full post HERE with video), you are able to use the ogres from Monday Dungeon in conjunction with the Descend Goemon to clear Mechdragon in about 73 seconds. However, very new accounts may struggle with acquiring the fully evolved Goemon (and skill ups), and Beach Goemon solves both those problems with the extra skill boost (entire team with dual Beach Goemon and ogres = 20 Skill Boosts).
4 star base
Increase heart skyfall for 3 turns
5 turn CD
|First off, Navi is simply amazing. She could have easily been a 5-star or even a 6 and she would not look out of place. She boasts 9 powerful awakenings that have great synergy with water teams. She may have low base stats at 687; however, through the coop bonus multiplier , all her stats are amplified by 50% (including the plus eggs). Thus, she will end up with just under 1,500 weighted stats when 297-ed.
In terms of team placements, Navi can be used on virtually any mono-water team due to her powerful awakenings and augmented healing for the team due to most of the heart orbs coming with an enhance. These enhanced heart orbs can be converted into enhanced water orbs with the right actives. In addition, her Dragon typing enables her to be used on Blue Sonia teams. However, with the introduction of Beach Myr / Sumire (and lesser extent, Lakshmi) and the heart cross meta, Navi may have found a place to call home. The skyfall buff has a 60% uptime and will ensure you have ample heart orbs present for matching. In addition, her short, 5-turn cooldown can be used as a base for Skill Inheritance. One thing to keep in mind on Sumire teams is the numerous haste actives and the potential to have 100% uptime on Navi’s active.
I strongly encourage everyone to roll the PAD Island Collab just for Navi (and Goemon) as their value and low rarity means they should take few attempts.
4 star base
4 turn CD
|Armadel rounds out the the PAD Island REM and is another powerful four-star roll. She features a beach-themed outfit along with a wonderful 5 enhanced wood orb awakenings. Furthermore, she has a short, 4-turn cooldown and can act as a reasonable base for skill inheritance for mono-wood teams. I would not be disappointed with any of the silver rolls.|
The PAD Island REM has the best line up of silver eggs of any Collab REM to date. Nearly every card brings value and their own unique power. I highly encourage you to roll for at least Navi and Goemon. The five stars are much less promising by comparison and would probably be the largest source of frustration. Even the higher end golds are still reasonable and all the eight stars have relevance and power.
If your box monster box mainly consists of water cards, this is the Collab for you as you can significantly bolster your roster and options with the chance of rolling a top tier leader and sub.
What do you hope to roll and how many stones have you saved?