Do not nuke your box for MP
The Monster Point Shop Survey has come to a wonderful conclusion with Cotton being the most voted card in NA! This if Fantastic as she is one of the most valuable and flexible cards in the game and there is no real downside in owning duplicates. By comparison, cards like Fujin and Yog are powerful, but are less valuable in duplicates or if owning a different Fujin-style active. Thus, Cotton is arguably the best card to have won the survey as players would not be disappointed when rolling more of her in the future.
This article will summarize Cotton’s power along with helping you decide which evolution is best for you and your Monster Box.
Unfortunately, Cotton will cost 1,000,000 MP to purchase which may place her out of reach for the average player and you should not nuke your box for MP. As such, this article will also help you decide who you can safely sell if you are close to the 1 million threshold. Just be aware that Cotton will only be available to purchase for a limited time.
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1,000,000 Monster Points
Up to this point, the most expensive card for purchase from the MP shop was 750,000 and while this may seem daunting, older players will have probably acquired well over a million from just login bonuses. As such, there will be many players who are nearing the million MP cutoff and may be interested in purchasing Cotton.
However, liberally selling your Monster Box for MP is a terrible idea as you can be potentially losing out on a card that may have actual value. For example, Ganesha was considered quite lackluster/semi pointless upon their initial release; however, they gained a new evolution that made them incredibly valuable for all players. This is just one scenario where a card is transformed into something amazingly valuable and you do not want to end up with seller’s remorse.
While it may seem perplexing to spend 1,000,000 Monster Points on a sub, you have to remember that Cotton is oftentimes the best option to use. A leader is only as strong as the subs supporting them and by gaining access to something powerful is incredibly valuable. Furthermore, I do not foresee Cotton being replaced anytime in the near future so she should be a reasonably safe purchase moving forward.
6* Godfest Exclusives
6* GFE are all able to be sold for 50,000 MP which may feel tempting but this can be quite a risky scenario in the long run.
Blue and Green Sonia both received special Mega Awoken Evolutions that dramatically changed their viability and usage to the point where they are now some of the most desired cards in the game. With this in mind, it is not a far stretch/assumption that other 6* GFE will follow this Mega Awoken route and we have no idea just how valuable they could become. Thus, I would be loathe to sell any of them off at this point in time along with 6* GFE being required for the Future Trading Post.
What is safe to sell?
Provided the card is not something incredibly valuable, I would say a good rule of thumb is to keep at least 3. This ensures you will have both sufficient duplicates in the event of a split evolutions or Weapon assist options. However, this is not an absolute truth and room for personal preference is always there.
To a certain extent, non-Pantheon cards that come out of the REM tend to be quite lackluster and are often neglected by GungHo. This is because Pantheon cards tend to follow a set path of evolutions: Ultimate -> Awoken -> Reincarnated with a Weapon Assist sometimes thrown in. However, non-Pantheon cards do not receive this kind of treatment and it would be reasonably safe to sell them provided you keep at least 1. For example, the Swordsmen will probably never see much love from GungHo but keeping 1 enables you to at least have the option of using them as an assist.
Fastest Magic Stone to MP conversion
Assuming one has Magic Stones to blow, the most efficient medium to acquire Monster Points is through rolling 10-stone REMs. This is because these events give at least 15,000 MP for the bottom rarity which is significantly higher than the regular REM (lowest is 5,000 but you get two rolls).
With this in mind rolling Heroine or Dragonbound & Dragon Caller (DBDC) would result in the fastest way to acquire Monster Points. However, assuming you have no cards from either event, one should be rolling in DBDC as it not only offers Cotton as one of the pulls, but also has arguably the best value of any machine in Puzzle and Dragons
Just bear in mind you should keep several copies of each card as they are actually quite powerful.
One last point to consider is that Gatchadragon will debut on Monday and will grant players three 5-year Anniversary Tamadras which can be sold for 55,555 MP each. As such, these may be enough to propel yourself up to 1 million Monster Points.
I plan to release an article covering Gachadragon in the next day or so.
Cotton is one of two 6* Godfest Exclusives who has 5 distinct evolution paths that essentially redistribute her stats, modify the colours created from her active, and typings. As such, she can be perfectly customized for any team and is one of the main reasons why duplicates are highly desirable.
All cottons are able to generate their primary colour orb along with hearts on a 5-turn cooldown with a No Skyfall clause. This is incredible value as it is both a useful active to own, but makes inheriting over top easier. While the No Skyfalls may seem like a drawback, it is part of the reason why her cooldown is only 5 turns. Furthermore the No Skyfalls provide damage control or preventing an un-ideal colour from being matched.
In addition, all Cotton evolutions feature the same valuable awakenings:
Combining bind immunity with double 7 Combo and Follow Up Attack (FUA) grants her wonderful damage output and is often a best in slot option for many teams. These awakenings combined with her ability to become any colour gives her amazing flexibility.
Where to use Cotton
Cotton can essentially be used on any team that requires a FUA and is combo oriented in nature. This will take advantage of all of her awakenings and the only hard part left is deciding which evolution you wish to pursue.
The following summaries are intended to be a guideline, your unique Monster Box situation may lead you to using one particular colour as it will shore up any weakness you may have.
Just bear in mind you can always reverse an evolution if a new colour becomes more favourable.
Base Cotton has one the strongest Leader Skill of any form which is somewhat perplexing; however, it is still a mediocre Leader Skill overall and should not be the reason you are purchasing Cotton.
Red Cotton is generally not the most popular option due to the lack of potent Fire leaders along with having her stats mostly skewed towards ATK. By not excelling in HP or RCV places some constraints on the teams she can be used on as it is often advantageous to run subs with desirable stats and correct the active via Skill Inheritance.
Blue Cotton is the most universally beneficial Cotton to make as she has the highest base HP of any form along with her active not disrupting key colours for various teams. Furthermore, she provides Blue to rainbow clause teams as the number of strong cards with a Water attribute is quite short.
Blue Cotton is often compared against Amatsu , but most players were not fortunate enough to roll him. However, Blue Cotton does retain an active skill that does not break Blue Sonia activation requirements along with having synergy with some Blue Hunter teams.
All in all, Blue Cotton is usually the default choice if no other option is calling out to you.
Green Cotton’s main usage is on Mega Awoken Green Sonia teams. This is because she is the best FUA option as she is the only Wood Dragon that does not disrupt Green Sonia’s activation requirements.
In addition, Green Cotton’s balance typing enables her to equip any Killer of her choice.
Essentially, you should only be pursuing Green Cotton if you have a strong Green Sonia team as her usage beyond this is not too high.
Light Cotton is in a somewhat awkward place due to the fact that Light has so many quality double 7 Combo cards available. This combined with no unique sub attribute colour prevents her from shining on teams with a rainbow clause activation (eg. Rikuu or Edward).
Thus, it may be more challenging to gain enough value from Light Cotton. With that being said, Light Cotton has the highest RCV stat of any form and she may help solve some healing problems.
Dark Cotton does provide the somewhat rare FUA for dark cards, but lacks an ideal home to use her on. This when combined with no unique sub colour attribute can make it challenging to use her on rainbow clause teams.
Cotton is an incredible card to own and having duplicates of her is never a bad thing. This is because you will be able to evolve her into various colours that will help provide as much value for your teams as possible.
While the 1,000,000 price tag may seem daunting, it may often be worthwhile for the majority of players since no stellar MP cards exist. Outside of Odin Dragon , Ragnarok Dragon , and maybe Amen , none of the other options are providing much value. Furthermore, there are no new buffs/cards being released in JP so it may be a long period of time before something new/powerful comes along.
Let me know if you plan on purchasing Cotton in the comments below and how much MP you have saved up.
Finally, do not nuke your Monster Box for MP.
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