The GungHo Collaboration Tournament is now live and gives players the opportunity to chase a crown along with Rainbow Event Medal by achieving a high score. Players are ranked based on Combo Count, Time Remaining, Max Damage, and Skill Only Defeat with the top 7% earning a Crown and top 27% earning the Rainbow Event Medal.
This article will explain my thought process for earning a crown along with strategies for maximizing your score by using two distinct strategies.
Dungeon information can be found HERE.
–video coming soon–
118,550 – Combo approach
Plenty of room for improvement considering I chocked on two floors.
117,600 – Zeus Verse approach
Fast, quick combos are key to success
In Ranking Dungeons, players are scored based on the following:
- Each Combo is worth 5,000 points
- Each second remaining is worth 500 points
- Hitting 40 Million damage is 10,000 points
- Each active used to kill a floor (no combo made) is -5,000 points
Due to the fact that the GungHo Collab Tournament is 10 floors, each Combo is somewhat devalued assuming one combos each floor.
5,000/10 = 500 points per combo made means one has to move at an exceptionally fast pace to justify matching additional combos without active skill help.
With this in mind, players can inflate their combo count by either abusing bi-colour boards or buttoning a floor to decrease the number of floors the combo score is divided by.
For example, if a player uses 3 buttons, each combo now becomes worth 5,000/7 = 714 which can be further amplified via bi-colour boards and 7×6.
Two paths to victory
Being skilled at solving boards is a valuable skill to have, but no amount of amazing puzzling will compensate for a poorly crafted team. Thankfully, there are two distinct winning strategies players can use to secure a Crown: 7×6 with buttons and Zeus Verse .
7×6 with buttons
The first strategy relies on abusing bi-colour board changers along with 3 button actives on a 7×6 board to inflate ones’ combo count. This team relies on utilizing multiple Skill Boosts and may be difficult to build for a less developed box. With that being said, there are many farmable options one can use and the GungHo Pal Egg Machine offers several key pieces.
A bare bones approach utlizes Brunhild paired with a Ilmina friend along with Orpharions for Skill Boosts:
The Avidya Saber provides 60% Blind Resist while Brunhild provides 20%. This brings your total to chance to resist darkness to 80%. As such, a more budget player can piggyback off a developed Ilmina friend and pray 80% works often enough.
The ideal bicolour board changer is Ilm and ensures one can kill the final floor. If lacking Ilm, the next best option is to use an unevolved Leilan who provides a tri elemental board with Fire, Wood, and Light orbs with no secondary animation.
The general idea with this team is that one can button 3 floors, match bicolours on 4, and brute force through the remaining 3.
I have only listed the highest possible HP for each floor, but damage is usually not an issue outside of the final floor.
Combo/Bi-colour means you can either regular combo or use a bi-colour and solve that board. The above team has 4 bi-colour boards so use them when you feel the normal board does not preset an easy solution or lacking Fire and Light orbs.
Zeus Verse is a potent leader for this Ranking Dungeon as he is able to deliver 225x ATK with a single Combo and only has to remain at full HP. Thankfully, the dungeon only features a single tiny preemptive so one only needs to heal up once and essentially any active will work.
The key to success with Zeus Verse is populating your team with Killer awakening subs/inherits/latents and being able to match 2-4 combos as fast as possible.
The following is the team I used on Fantastic but adjustments can be made. If lacking numerous Killer cards, one will have to simply combo harder on each floor.
Zeus Verse Approach – Mass Attack Badge
The X indicates the inherit can be an on colour card or left blank.
I have only listed the highest possible HP for each floor, but damage is usually not an issue outside of the final floor assuming one has enough Killer latent/awakenings.
Unless otherwise specified, one should be trying to make 3-4 fast combos each floor to help ensure enough damage and to also gently pad their total score.
Zues Dios removes the need to have any Blind Resist awakenings as his full board of Wood orbs can be swiped with no thinking involved.
Will NA outpace JP?
This is always a challenging question to answer as there are several factors at play. Firstly, NA is able to sometimes use new cards, but will have a feasible team template ready on Day 1 which grants more overall attempts as theory crafting is not required; however, NA tends to lag behind JP when it comes to pure Puzzling skills.
As such, there is a possibility NA will be able to surpass JP due to the extra knowledge of winning team compositions and the notion that we are great at using Zeus Verse.
The following chart was compiled by Pandaa and shows the JP cutoff for a Crown and 27% for the Rainbow Event Medal:
If the image does not load or is hard to see, the final cutoffs are:
Crown (7%) – 116,250
Rainbow Event Medal (27%) – 96,856
The GungHo Collab Tournament gives players the opportunity to acquire a 7% Crown or Rainbow Event Medal at 27%. As a whole, this Ranking Dungeon will be quite accessible for players who have the more ideal team templates as it will provide them with a significant advantage over the average player; however, everyone should have access to a friend Ilmina and this can help pad their score overall if pursuing the Combo route.
Let me know what you think about this Ranking Tournament in the comments below along with what team composition you plan on running.
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