In the near future, North America will begin to receive the first wave of Reincarnated evolutions. This is a new type of evolution that provides a new layer of power and I wish to explain the process along with the pros and cons in this article. The thoughts explained below apply to the REM monsters who require an awoken evolution. Moving forward, you may begin to see monsters with the prefix R or Re and that simply designates their reincarnated form.
As a forewarning, you are unable to reverse this process so you must exercise caution before committing to a reincarnated evolution.
What is a reincarnated evolution?
A reincarnated evolution is a new type of evolution that upgrades an existing awoken evolution. This will increase their rarity (number of stars), grant them a third typing, and retain their original active. In addition, the required materials are easy to obtain, but unlike an ultimate evolution, reincarnation can only occur if your monster is max level.
In the above image, a level 99 Awoken Minerva can be reincarnated with those five masks. She will be unable to revert back to her awoken form and her level will be reset back to 1. This is usually not a problem with the abundant snowglobes or king infestations floating around; however, reincarnated forms require 16 million experience to max level (as opposed to their normal 4 million curve). This is a massive experience sink and you should not commit to a reincarnation unless you are able to max level them again as the augmented stats will not be justified until level 90+.
The whole reincarnation process is quite resource intensive, but the rewards are worth the effort. First off, the reincarnated Gods have around 1,000 weighted stats and this has a dramatic impact when your teams are already +297. This gives you additional wiggle room when team building around damage thresholds and these monsters also greatly benefit from the stat oriented latents, especially from the future all stat HP/ATK/RCV latent.
The improved stats should be motivation enough in most cases; however, many of the reincarnated forms gain an improved leader skill. This helps breathe life back into dated teams as well as providing niche uses for certain cards.
Finally, the reincarnated forms regain their God typing (or gain a third typing) and this has practical implications on the newly announced MP Dragon evolutions. The original 5 MP Dragon leader skills only benefit gods and with skill inheritance, you can freely use them and simply override their base actives. This should be done to help fill out your team’s roster, capitalize on the 1,000 weighted stats, and utilized their ideal awakenings.
When you should not reincarnate a monster
In the vast majority of scenarios, the reincarnated form is the better option and should be pursued. However, it must be delayed if you are unable to re-level them as the dramatic stat drop would not be justified. One nice aspect of playing on NA/EU is ample time to prepare yourself for these new evolutions.
Another scenario in which you should not reincarnate a monster is if you are using them for a specific sub colour on rainbow teams. Finally, if the monster in question has a PAD X / Cross evolution, it may be advantageous to keep them in those forms if they better suit your teams.
Reincarnated evolutions are an exciting new step for Puzzle and Dragons. It helps revive older cards back into relevance while providing another goal for players to receive.
What do you think of the whole reincarnated process and who are you most excited for?