The Springtime Sonnets event comes this Friday and is dramatically different than previous events as there are no Skill Up bonus rates and instead, we are given new bonuses that have never been seen before in NA/EU.
There are quite a few places you can spend your stamina and I wish to highlight the areas where I feel are most important while providing insight on how to best manage the 4x EXP in Technical Dungeons.
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Titania is going to be the second farmable monster that can be successfully inherited. This has great applications from both a pseudo SDR protection (28 turn CD when unskilled) along with granting all players access to a Gemstone-style active skill.
Titania is able to provide 1.15x ATK for every & on your team. Thus, her multiplier formula becomes 1 + (0.15*n) where n = the number of those respective awakenings. Thus, 8 orb enhance awakenings will yield a 1 + (0.15*8) = 2.2x multiplier for 1 turn.
While a Gemstone is superior for the most part due to buffing 2 turns, Titania is farmable and can achieve very respectable on a variety of teams. For example, Myr teams by default have 6 enhanced orb awakenings and this number goes up as you incorporate common subs. This may provide you with sufficient burst if you are lacking other options.
On the other hand, you can simply leave Titania unskilled to act as a wonderful buffer against Skill Delays as the 28 turns provide ample time to use the desired base active skill.
Regardless on how you choose to use her, it would be wise to acquire one for burst uses and maybe a few others for SDR protection.
5x Great & Super rates
Now is the best time to try and level up your Reincarnated cards and hopefully the Enhance Carnival in the PEM rolls back around.
No bonus Skill Up rates
This is probably the first time an event has no featured any sort of bonus Skill Up rates. This may seem puzzling, but with the introduction of King Tans and more readily accessible Pys , I have found myself simply using these guaranteed methods instead.
4x EXP in Technicals
This is the first time NA/EU will be receiving 4x rank experience in certain technical dungeons. This is instantly transforms them into highly lucrative dungeons as you can now efficiently chain rank ups.
I wrote about the downsides of purely farming rank experience in a previous article and the main takeaway message was to not blindly rank up and waste your precious stamina. Each rank up refills your entire stamina bar and any excess stamina is wasted. Furthermore, the experience required to rank up increases with each level and being a lower rank enables you to essentially play non-stop.
However, many higher ranking players are beginning to have difficulty chaining their rank ups and must find lucrative mediums to do so. Thankfully, the 4x Technicals all provide wonderful collateral benefits should you wish to purely farm them. In addition, you can simply use them as a way to provide a large burst of experience to close the gap on your next rank up.
The following dungeons will benefit from 4x EXP:
- Ultimate Arena-No Continues
- Ultimate Descended Rush!
- Machine Athena Descended!-No Dupes
- Machine Zeus Descended!-No RCV
- Machine Hera Descended!
- Alt. Hypno Forest-No Dupes
- Alt. Temple of Trailokya-No Dupes
- Alt. Shrine of Green Water-No Dupes
- Mythic Stone Dragon Cave
- Castle of Satan in the Abyss
With Arena, the 4x will only impact the base value. Thus, it will now be 2x from what we are now used to as it has been at 2x EXP rates for the past few months. Thus, an Arena 1 run will grant around 500,000 rank experience.
Which one to play?
The simple answer is play what you are capable of clearing; however, now is a great time to try and acquire your Challenge Mode stone for the non-Annihilation dungeons that are at 4x. However, you will probably begin to encounter the “problem” of having too much stamina when you are about to rank up and the trick is to try and dump it as efficiently as possible.
This can be done via attempting dungeons that are normally too difficult/uncleared. If you succeed, that is Fantastic, but even if you fail, you at least have stamina leftover to rank up with. Attempting and failing a dungeon is fine as long as you learned something from it and make adjustments to your team as required.
On the other hand, you can use your excess stamina to knock out uncleared Challenge Modes in both Normal and Technical dungeons, playing the daily dungeons for evo mats, or King Infestations. All of these do help you progress forward in PAD as you can continue to develop your box while ranking up.
In addition, you can also begin clearing untouched coin dungeons or even paying the 10 million coins for Tamadra Infestion.
One thing you can also do is play Kanetsugu in the Challenge Dungeon tab until Sunday as you can easily acquire 5-7 plus eggs while gaining a modest amount of rank experience. I did compose a quick team that can button through with Ganesha as one of the leaders:
All of these are viable stamina dumps and I encourage you to play what suits you best.
The Springtime Sonnets Event marks the debut of 4x EXP in technical dungeons. This is a Fantastic time to help chain successful rank ups while playing lucrative dungeons. In addition, I highly encourage you to efficiently use your excess stamina to acquire more cards/materials to help round out your Monster Box.
Let me know what you think about 4x Technicals.
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