October 26th New Content Overview

Introduction

The recently concluded maintenance came with a few new evolutions, active/leader skill changes, and buffs to various cards. You should always read the full patch notes for a full breakdown of the changes as this post will be used to share my thoughts on how the new changes will impact players.

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New evolutions

3072 Durga

Durga 3072 has been somewhat forgotten with amidst the crazy pace of powercreep as she was at one point a respectable 25x leader. However, the other rainbow counterparts all began receiving new evolutions and buffs which left Durga behind as she had a measly 4 awakenings and the same 25x ATK. However, with her new evolution, Durga has now achieved 9 awakenings along with a 56.25x ATK / 2.25x RCV leader skill for devil types. This is reasonable, but  you still have to bear in mind that this is a rainbow team which means your damage will be somewhat diluted due to matching other colours and your inability to effectively stack offensive awakenings outside of TPA or enhanced orbs. This buff was needed about a year ago and would have given Durga relevance, but she is still behind compared to easier to activate leaders who deal more damage.

However, with all that being said, Durga has gained more relevance as a sub (and assistant) due to the 9 awakenings and active skill buff. The dual TPA combined with high base attack makes her more appealing and the double SBR Skill Lock Resist will make her a somewhat dream Sephiroth Sephiroth sub.

Durga’s active skill now grants 2.5x ATK to Gods and Devils for 2 turns and can somewhat function like a Norse God with a lower cooldown. Just keep in mind the health reset.


3101 Sanada 3102

Sanada has received a split evolution that allows him to become more defined as a sub 3101 or leader 3102 as both have differing awakenings and leader skills. However, the line is not as clear as it was for the Mechanical 1 series as both offer either two additional rows Fire Row or orb enhances Enhnaced Fire Orb. Thus, either evolution will be effective and who you choose should be based on which type of awakening you need more for your respective team. His leadership potential is not very practical so that should not influence your decision.

Despite the fact that Sanada has an incredible kit, his main drawback is an ideal home outside of Raoh Raoh or Awoken Cao Cao A Cao Cao as neither Reincarnated Shiva or Uuevo Krishna has been released. Thus, we still need to remain patient.

3103 Mori Motonari 3104

Mori Motonari is another powerful card as he possesses a wonderful full board change to water and fire along with two turns of haste. Unfortuantely, he suffered from low base stats and only 4 awakenings so was somewhat benched for more developed cards. However, with his new evolutions, he has regained supremacy and his Physical 3103 form allows him to be used on all strong water teams including Blue Sonia Blue Sonia (with the exception of heart-crosses). 11/10 times you should make the water/water form it is better in essentially every regards as it has more awakenings and the better typing.

I like running Mori on my Sarasvati 3069 or Blue Sonia teams as the two turns of haste allows me to quickly recharge my other subs as I will use him last.


3107 Maeda Keiji 3108

Maeda Keiji has a powerful active as it allows you to completely reshuffle your board and removes locked orbs. Unfortunately, the new board you are given is completely random and there is no guarentee you will have all 6 elements present. It is this randomness that has made him an unappealing sub on top tier ranbow teams as you do run the risk of not being able to activate. Thus, he was mostly used in niche scenarios such as +297 Zeus.

Keiji’s new evolutions try to better define him as a sub or leader with his sub form 3107 gaining wonderful awakenings for rainbow teams including a Devil Killer Devil killerHowever, his leader form may have more value for players who lack a high multiplier lead. Leader 3108 may only have 5 awakenings, but is capable of achieving a scaling 100x ATK when matching 9 combos and 4 unique elements (3 colours + hearts). Granted you are still vulnerable to various mechanics, but it is an option and is capable of clearing at least Arena 1. Just remember either Keiji can be used as an assistant via Skill Inheritance.

Monster buffs

Ganesha Ganesha

Ganesha Ganesha is slowly creeping towards their future evolution that will grant them an additional 1.5x to player rank experience when used as a leader. However, that day has not come and we will patiently wait while Ganesha’s active skill is buffed to now enhance all orbs along with their single turn of damage void.


3072 Durga

See above


3069 Sarasvati

Sarasvati has finally received her highly anticipated awakenings and leader skill buff. She has now been granted an additional Skill Boost Skill Boost and Skill Bind Resist Skill Lock Resist which covers her greatest shortcoming of vulnerability to skill binds. Furthermore, her leader skill has now been modified to make it easier to hit your full multiplier with less water orbs.

Prior to this, Sarasvati had issues with damage output at lower water orbs as she was only 25x with 9 present (56.25x at 11 and 100x at 12+). This made her quite an orb hungry leader and resulted in either heavy active reliance or awkward stalling. With the current buff, Sarasvati is now able to achieve her 100x multiplier with only 9 water orbs, but also has respectable damage with fewer as she is no longer reliant on connected water orbs for additional damage and instead has a passive 4x ATK multiplier. This means you will no longer see the 100x on the screen as the passive multipler is not shown.

New leader skill is now:
2x ATK for Water. 2.5x ATK with 2 water combos, 5x ATK with 3.

Before buff
Old Sarasvati 3069 Scaling Leader Skill
Water orbs 5 6 7 8 9 10
 1 C
5 link
2.25x
  2 C
6.25x
or
1 C
Water Row
4x
2 C
1 TPA
6.25x
2 C
5 link
14.06x
 2 C
1 Water Row
25x
  2 C
1 Water Row
1 TPA
25x
 —
Water orbs 11 12 13 14 15 16
3 C
5 link
56.25x
3 C
Water Row
100x
3 C
Water Row
TPA
100x
3 C
Water Row
TPA
100x
3 C
Water Row
100x
3 C
Water Row
TPA
100x
After buff
New Sarasvati 3069 Scaling Leader Skill
Water orbs 3 4 5 6 7 8
 1 C
4x
 1 C
TPA
4x
1 C
1 TPA
4x
2 C
25x
 2 C
1 TPA
25x
2 C
TPA
25x
 —
Water orbs 9 10 11 12 13 14
3 C
100x
3 C
1 TPA
100x
3 C
TPA
100x
3 C
Water Row
100x
3 C
Water Row
TPA
100x
3 C
Water Row
TPA
100x

As you can see, the new Sarasvati Leader Skill allows for both better damage control as you no longer require a row to trigger a higher multiplier along with being able to achieve 25x with only 6 water orbs present. Furthermore, you will be able to utilize TPA subs, but should still pursue rows for optimal damage as your damage does not change at higher amounts of water orbs.

I wrote a comprehensive guide on Sarasvati which will be updated in the next day or two and I strongly encourage you to check it out HERE.

Overall, the leader skill and awakenings buff help make Sarasvati a more appealing glass cannon leader who is not as reliant on water orbs/actives for activation.

Changes in EXP value

All of the Emerald Dragons will be receiving a buff to the amount of monster EXP they grant when consumed via Power Up Fusion. All the other colours will be buffed in staggered waves as confirmed by Puzzle and Dragons EU:

eu-confirm

In addition, the light Snow Globe will be buffed to grant an additional 1 million experience to off-colour cards.

Overall, this means players will have to spend less time grinding out monster experience, but is also a foreshadowing for cards that have greater than 4 million EXP curves.

Tans skill up things

The Tans that you use for Skill Inheritance are now able to skill up the the Gala Exclusive cards. Granted not everyone has these cards, but it may rotate in the future and could have more applications then.

Special One-Time Bargain Set Renewal

I am going to call it the Limited Time Bundle as it will probably return again at some point in the future. Regardless, it will allow players to purchase 10 Magic Stones, one special REM pull, and 10,000 Pal Points for $4.99 USD. It makes me feel bad for being Canadian, but at least with Google Surveys, I will be able to acquire Fantastic’s for free.

In regards to the special REM pull, it is done from its own special machine that has a fixed pool of monsters and is unaffected by Godfest, Gala, or any other mechanic so you should simply pull right away.

Conclusion

The October 26th maintenance came with several new evolutions and the highly anticipated Sarasvati buffs. The changes to monster EXP value were somewhat of a surprise, but will make leveling monsters easier moving forward. Also, don’t forget to snag the Limited Time Bundle!

Which update has you the most excited?

Happy Puzzling!

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21 thoughts on “October 26th New Content Overview”

  1. First of all, B/B Mori is the most handsome dude in PAD ever! Even Odin’s abs can’t beat his pretty face…

    Secondly Durga is a pretty cool leader now, Lumiel, APandora and AYomi are good subs for her and the RCV boost and usage of heart orbs give her a better niche over other 4 Color leads (even though AUmiYama is by far the strongest)

    I also love the new Skill-UPS for the Sticker girls, eventhough Kano is probably the last one that has some kind of usage as an okay Kaede Sub, her active can at least be combo’d with Meimei…

    I’m still waiting for AUmiYama to hit NA/EU, you’ll probably write an article about them won’t you? 🙂

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  2. Yay, Sephiroth shout out! Must have stuck a bug in your ear with the Halloween review.

    Love the blog, keep up the great work/quality content.

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  3. Mori was already my husbando before this ult. So, of course, I’m the most excited for him. Already bought the special deal and pulled Alrescha from it. Just need OG Isis and I’ll have every Water pantheon card. Here’s hoping SUevo Nepdra makes a good home for these poor heartbreakers.

    As for the non-blue stuff, nothing really interesting. Red is my worst color. Durga is underwhelming and loses her top tier waifu art. I guess I should start work on Nazca though for when Ganesha’s evo comes out.

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    1. That’s unfortunate isis is still eluding you considering just how old she is =(

      I just want them to release the info on the MP dragons so we can determine of they are worth while

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  4. I don’t remember if I asked you, but what do you prefer for a Ra sub: Horace, Maeda Keiji, or Fat Chocobo? I’m considering having Keiji as a sub and maybe Horace as a skill inheritance because of his rcv, but I wanted to hear your opinion on it. 😀

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  5. Sarasvati buff and B/B Motonari in one update!
    Time to build a Sarasvati team: Sarasvati, B/B Motonari, Andromeda, Gabriel, B/D Hermes… no place for my lovely Sumire?

    Well, Izanagi to awoken, two Tsubakis to evolve/maxskill, lots of blue and light cards to maxlevel… too many things to do! :/

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  6. I have sarasvati paired with another sarasvati and 2 water combo is getting 6.25X and 3x is getting 25X……no 100X. I’m I doing something wrong?

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