Player’s Choice Godfest is in full swing and with it comes a flurry of questions fixated around duplicate monsters. Some cards have tremendous value even after pulling 2-3 of them, but some may feel a bit out of place and pulling an excessive amount of the same card can be disheartening.
This article will focus on how to approach duplicate monsters and how to make the best decision for your Monster Box.
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Your first time acquiring a card
I do not care if it is a silver or a 6-star GFE you think is lackluster, you should NEVER sell/fuse away a card if it is the very first time you have acquired it.
This is because all cards have some degree of value and GungHo has a tendency to continuously buff older cards back into relevance or when the meta shifts to a new playstyle. While silver eggs tend to receive less than stellar treatment, they may still have niche value or can be used as an SI transfer to act as a stat boost and SDR buffer.
It is also challenging to reacquire a specific card and you do not want to have seller’s-remorse as you may never be able to re-pull the same card again.
Keep at least 2 of each Pantheon/GFE
Silver Eggs tend to have less potential, even with a future buff, but Pantheon cards and GFE have infinite potential to grow with awoken/reincarnated evolutions. For example, Ganesha was upon release a disappointing card that was magically transformed with their current evolution for both the rank boosting potential and bind immune/double TPA sub. The point is, you never know how a card can turn around with a future evolution and those that are lacking an ultimate/awoken/reincarnated form have the most room for growth.
When to keep more than 2 of a card
Despite having thousands of cards in Puzzle and Dragons, you will find yourself with certain cards that are overly attached who continuously appear every Godfest. When faced with 3 or more of a certain card, you need to determine how much value does it provide and what is their current maximum evolution available.
In terms of value, you need to determine how much merit they have as a leader, sub, and inherit. While leaders you only tend to need one of, subs can be used in dupes and inherits can have widespread applications across many teams.
Cards that provide utility have more functionality than those with single orb changers, thus something like Orochi and Indra are highly desired as they can be used as inherits on essentially every team.
Generally speaking, cards with the following attributes associated with their active skill should be kept in larger amounts:
- Utility (delays, shields, true damage, burst damage, etc.)
- Board changers that produce hearts (better)
- Board changers that do not produce hearts
- Orb changers that do not remove hearts
- Orb changers that keep key colours for meta teams intact (eg. Pandora for Dark Athena )
- Actives with higher value that tend to have longer cooldowns (eg. Mitsunari )
- Duplicates of currently used subs/leaders
Remember, board changers that produce different elements can be used on those applicable teams and it is better to pursue a higher value active and forgo the stat transfer provided you do not need to overcome a specific HP threshold.
Duplicates of currently subs/leaders is a fantastic way to provide a stat transfer while helping protect yourself against skill delays.
Current maximum evolution
One beneficial aspect of being 3 months behind the JP server is the ability to see into the PAD future of upcoming evolutions. This can help provide insight as to what a card may become, but failing that, you should determine what the current maximum evolution of a card is.
Presently speaking, the highest form of evolution is Reincarnated followed by Awoken for Pantheon cards and Split evo trees for GFE.
For Pantheon cards, they should all receive a Reincarnated form at some point while GFE tend to follow a split path. Granted this can change in the future, but you should use this information to determine if a card has room to grow.
If your Pantheon card has not even received an Awoken form, it means they have the potential to receive a buffed active and leader skill while those missing a Reincarnated form will gain an improved Leader Skill and 1,000 weighted stats.
On the flip side, a GFE tends to follow a split path that will better differentiate them as a leader or sub. However, it is hard to determine the exact power that they can receive and GungHo has a tendency to keep 6-stars near the top of viability due to their rarity.
In essence, I would be hesitant to sell cards that are missing these evolutions as they have unlimited potential for greatness.
6-star GFE are the rarest cards to acquire and it is hard to justify selling them, even if there is 50,000 Monster Points waiting on the other side. Unless you are someone who is able to excessively roll, the chances of you reacquiring a 6-star GFE are horribly low and GungHo loves to keep them as powerful as possible.
Unless you are sitting on more than 4 of a single one, I would not sell them.
How many is too many?
I would say a safe rule of thumb is keeping no more than 4 of a single card barring exceptional value or potential.
I say 4 because a system team (albeit aging team build) only need 4 along with rarely needing to run that many on a single team.
However, if a card has a widely used utility, it can be advantageous to have many duplicates as it will save you time and effort inheriting.
1 Magic Stone = 5 box space
If you are ever unsure as to what you should do with a particular card, just remember, you can simply add box space. A single Magic Stone will provide 5 box space and you are far better of making this investment if faced with an overloaded box instead of selling it away.
Furthermore, increase box space is always a worthwhile investment as it never “goes bad” and is a permanent upgrade for your account.
If unsure or find yourself hesitating to sell a card, you should keep it.
Plus eggs or Monster Points
With most Godfests containing bonus Plus Eggs on each roll, it can sometimes be challenging to determine if it is better to sell for Monster Points or fuse for Plus Eggs.
Both options have their own merits and in this day and age, both are easy to acquire. With access to Star Den, 10x Descends, and the +9/15 PEM plus eggs have never been easier to acquire.
On the other hand, GungHo is increasing the frequency and rate of free Monster Points and we have received over 500,000 in the past few months alone.
Thus, the question bottles down to what do you need more? Are you closing in on a valuable Monster Point card or are you trying to fully max out a certain team?
From a dungeon farming perspective (in coop), it takes 25 stamina to acquire 10 plus eggs or 500 Monster Points. However, farming plus eggs tends to be significantly easier and more accessible overall. As such, I tend to use a 1,000 MP = 10 Plus Eggs template for determining if I fuse or sell a card if I am in different to either option. Therefore, a 3,000 MP card should be sold if it contains less than 30 Plus Eggs.
Again, this is my own rule and does not mean it is something you must strictly abide by.
While this may seem a bit ambiguous, it is important to be able to understand how and why cards are important before removing duplicates from your Monster Box.
Everyone has different goals in Puzzle and Dragons so you need to use your own judgement as to whether a card is valuable enough to keep when faced with duplicates. However, regardless of your situation, you should ask yourself where could I possibly use this card before getting rid of it.
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