Aten is the newest six-star Godfest Exclusive to be released and comes with an overwhelming 8 killer awakenings. Aten is not a viable leader and his main role will be as a situational sub that can deal amazing burst damage against virtually any boss.
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5 turn cooldown
5x ATK when 5 colours attack. Board becomes 7×6
25x ATK / 7×6 Board
Aten could easily have been renamed to “I hate everyone” due to the 8 different killer awakenings. A Killer awakening provides 3x damage against any boss with that typing. Thus, Aten’s low base attack is misleading as he will be dealing significantly more damage to any encounter. Furthermore, these Killer awakenings stack if the boss has multiple typings. In fact, virtually every encounter in the game has at least 2 typing and this will result in a massive 9x ATK for Aten. This can quickly get out of hand as some bosses have three typings (eg. Zaerog Infinity) which will result in a blistering 27x ATK on top of your team’s regular multiplier.
For perspective, if Aten was used on your Myr team, Aten would deal 533.61x ATK against any dual typing boss (1,600x ATK against a triple typing spawn). This is fantastic when dealing with exceptionally durable encounters or those with massive defense values. Furthermore, Aten can make an appearance on numerous teams due to his God typing and 5-turn base active. A 5-turn cooldown means you can easily inherit an active of your choice over top as not all teams desire a full board changer.
When using Aten as a sub, you have to be conscious about the number of Skill Boosts, Time Extends, and Skill Bind Resist awakenings on your team as Aten brings no utility awakenings.
When not to use Aten
Due to Aten’s potential to deal massive damage, he makes an unwise choice when playing through dungeons with absorption mechanics. Aten will be dealing significantly more damage than any other card on your team and will always heal the boss when trying to chip them down. This will relegate him to niche farming roles instead of Arena-style content. You have to be certain of all the spawns as you do not want to arrive at a boss and never be able to kill them.
Aten is a unique character in Puzzle and Dragons. His unprecedented ability to deal amazing damage to virtually any encounter allows you greater flexibility when farming dungeons without absorption mechanics. His low base cooldown allows you to easily inherit something over top of him to better customize your team.
What do you think of Aten and how would you use him?