The latest patch for Puzzle and Dragons has introduced us to the new Assist Evolution mechanic. This mechanic enables your assisting card to not only provide their active skill, but to also grant additional awakenings. As a result, monsters are now able to surpass 9 awakenings. The current roster of Assist Evolutions is small for the mean time, but future options can spice up your team building options.
Just be aware that once a monster achieves Assist Evolution status it cannot be reversed so choose wisely.
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How to determine if you should make an Assist Evolution
The most important question to ask yourself before committing to an Assist evolution is to determine if it is your only copy of the card and how likely are you to use them as a sub/leader. This is important as the process cannot be reversed and you do not want to waste your resources and base card.
Points to consider when determining if you plan to use the card as a sub is mostly if they have valuable Killer awakenings. For the most part, subs are chosen for their awakenings and correct typing/base stats. This is because with Skill Inheritance, base actives are less important as they can be overwritten. Thus, the most potentially powerful awakening a card could have is Killers, especially if they have 2 or more (Killers mostly apply to more niche farming situations or Ch10’s etc.).
Based on this, the Ninja series ( ) all come with 2 Killer awakenings along with a 5 turn base cooldown. While their weighted stats are on the low side, the double Killers can enable them to be used in specific dungeons for more efficient clears. As a result, I would strongly caution against using your only Ninja as an Assist Evolution.
Leaving Assist Evolutions unskilled
For the most part, it is advantageous to have your cards skill up as it enables you to use your actives much faster. On the other hand, it is also common practice to use non-skill up cards as pseudo-SDR buffers as they can better absorb a large skill delay.
However, some of the Assist Evolution cards have average active skills. Thus, you may not actually want them to charge up and override your base card. Using the example provided via the official FB page, Yog inherited Valkyrie’s active skill:
Valkyrie has a terrible active skill compared to the mighty Yog and it would be a horrible waste if it were to be overwritten. Thus, you may be better off with an unskilled Assist Evolution.
By being unskilled, you will still provide the extra awakenings, stats if on-colour, and you lower the chance of having base active becoming unusable.
When to use Assist Evolutions
Assist evolutions enable a card to break past 9 awakenings which can provide additional versatility to your monsters. However, you should make sure you can make use of the new awakenings as they sometimes come with cards that have poor actives. As a result, you need to determine if you can make use of the potential extra power and whether or not you should keep your card unskilled.
Another point i want to draw attention to is the stat-boosting awakenings . These have histroically been underwhelming for the most part, but have steadily grown in power over time through variuos buffs. As a result, they can potentially grant enough extra stats to survive key encounters.
Finally, if your team is desperate for additional SBR coverage, the Assist Evolution of Sumire provides you with one (+20% coverage). This can help lessen team building constraints and better focus on using the cards you want to.
If you had to pick one
If I had to pick one Assist Evolution to make for the average player, it would be Green Odin . This is because Green Odin is already a commonly used Inherit for his bind and awoken bind clearing. Thus, the 4 additional awakenings you can provide any character can make a modest difference overall due to the 1,600 auto heal and HP awakening.
The new Assist Evolution is an exciting new mechanic that enables you to break beyond 9 awakenings. While the current available Assist Evolutions feel situational, they can still provide interesting utility when when optimally used.
Let me know what you think about this new mechanic and where do you plan to use it.
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