Question Time with Mantastic – June 2019


The general gist of Question Time posts are for players to ask various PAD-related questions that do not have a simple/Google-able answer or related article on my website. I do play other games and have often found myself having specific/unique questions about it but have no where to go and can imagine this may hold true for some of my readers.

With that being said, there will be some restrictions on the types of questions I will be answering.

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Do’s and Don’t

download For the most part, almost any question will be answered, even some non-invasive Off-Topic ones; however, it is best to ask questions that require explanation/why/my personal opinion. The following examples are Fantastic types of questions to ask:

  • Of these options, what is the best Yusuke team I can make for Arena 3?
  • What direction do you think GungHo will take with the 4x HP leads?
  • Can Heart Cross teams be revived and if so, how?

x The following types of questions will not be answered by me either because it has a simple Google-able answer or shows a lack of effort on the reader’s part:

  • Anything that Google/Padx can answer
  • A link to your entire Monster Box and saying “make me a team”


I hope my readers use this opportunity to ask questions that will hopefully improve their overall game play and progression.

Happy Puzzling!

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64 thoughts on “Question Time with Mantastic – June 2019”

  1. Just wanted to say thanks for an excellent site.

    I was very confused by this game when I started – I had no idea what to keep and what to get rid of – and would have quit if I didn’t find your website which explained much more than the official documentation.


  2. I have 4.1 million mp and have rag+odin drag. Ive not rolled either raizer or zeta(ftp spent my saved rolls). I have dmeta edward and B&J. weighing kuyori system , taojun or waiting for beach sonia or just holding on to it. I have 3 mori for 2orb 2 haste.


    1. Kuroyori is good for roots and fatalis, and to a lesser extend B&J since they are off-color. Typically the 2orb/2haste system requires 4-5 of them for the full system for ranking.

      Personally i would buy the extra 2 missing 2orb/2haste cards and the kuroyori loop and then probably just sit on the loop until a use for them comes around. (i would rather have them and not need then want them and not have them)


    2. With 4.1m MP and the key MP dragons, you could probably spend what you have

      Only other option to consider is Amen for farming/SB wep

      Kuroyuri system is best on 4x HP leads and your only possible team listed would be BJ

      Since you have 3 Mori, they can replace the sonias for ranking dungeons that need the system but ideally owning a total of 4 is best

      As such, maybe grab a single double haste card + system if you have a dedicated place for it and lack Enhanced Heal Orb cards


  3. I’ve been playing Ciel, DMeta and Shirou for 6 months and have gotten used to 7 combo play, I can usually hit 7-8 every time. I just picked up DKarin and now I’m having a lot of problems trying to 5link and 7 combo, it’s hard for me to figure out how to stack stuff. I’ve been doing fua like on the sides and or a row along the bottom or top, but takes more time and I’ve only been consistently hitting 6 combos.

    Any tips?


    1. Sometimes a given board will only have 6 combos with a match-5 or you may be selecting an orb with a multiple of 3 distribution. Eg. doing match-5 of Wood when you have 6

      What you may have to do is determine which is the best element to match, choose those that are an awkward number: eg. 5 or 8

      I personally put the blob as a column on the side or row at the bottom


  4. What do you think be a good new game mechanic? I was thinking maybe we could have like a stock active from any monster ready to use at anytime but can only be used once per dungeon. I love your content


    1. That is an interesting idea. What I would like to see more is built in +combos for LS, esp for those that rely on blobbing

      Also, glad you enjoy my content =)


  5. Thank you once again for all your write up Mantastic! Much appreciate your time and thoughtfulness. I actually have three questions to ask.

    What’s your favorite leader(s) right now at this moment? And why?
    I am a bit confused about row damage.
    Does it count as one row when I connect 8 orbs or 9 orbs, as in the shape of 2 or 3 additional orbs to the row?
    Does it count as two rows if I stack 12 orbs?
    Finally, how are you doing? Health wise? Just concerning as your friend.


    1. At this exact moment today, I am enjoying Dark Karin as she can waltz through a5 as she has enough damage and does not need 7c for VDP + FUA

      As long as there is a horizontal 6, it counts as a row. Thus, a row of 6 + 2-3 branching off still counts

      In order to achieve 2 unique rows, they must be separate and have no same colour orb connecting them.

      As for health, not making progress after nearly 5 years and currently enrolled in a specialized pain clinic at a local hospital =(


      1. Thank you for your reply Mantastic!
        And thank you for clarify the row requirement for me.

        Without much medical knowledge of what you’re dealing with, I can only imagine how difficult and how VERY frustrating it must be…
        I wish that you continue to hope, to be positive, and to lean on the love ones and received their supports.

        Much love and much respect for what you do, Mantastic!


  6. I just rolled Zeta, and was wondering what subs you could use if you did not have multiple zetas. Thanks for blogging, I especially enjoy your rating on collabs!


    1. Glad you enjoy my collab reviews!

      As for Zeta without Zeta subs, build him as 7c for subs since <50% is probably hard to find but have a healing solution like Mel. Things like Beach Fujin, BCotton, Blonia, and BNey are all great options


  7. Hey Mantastic – do you think we’ll ever see a player-useable ‘void skill effect’ ability? Seemed like they were moving that way for awhile and then stopped.


        1. He’s talking about the monster skill in some dungeons where your buffs are removed, for example Kuroyuri’s healing buff gets removed. It’s killed me in some dungeons when it happens right after I use Kuroyuri’s active. I personally think we won’t ever see it though, because so many of the monster mechanics are technically buffs, and removing them would make the fight trivial.


  8. You weren’t kidding about this being a slow month. We haven’t even had a ranking dungeon going on a month now. Did JP have a month gap between ranking dungeons If not why do we. Last when is the next one for NA.


      1. Did a little research and JP has a one month gap but got there Remdra fever events right in the middle of that gap. For whatever reason our Remdra fever events came to us early and out of order from theirs. We should have the Ideal ranking tournament next Monday if we follow their ranking gaps


          1. No ranking dungeon but did you notice they moved the fever events to the top of our ranking dungeon page


  9. Hey Mantastic,

    I rolled 2 Zetas during this super godfest. I got VDP on my “leader” Zeta as well as my sub. Do I really need VDP on the sub or would it be worth it to get tape resist instead? Also any opinions on what latents would be best for him?

    -thanks for any advice


    1. Tape is one of the less dangerous mechanics imo and having both Zeta with VDP is ideal as you can almost guarantee you kill a Void spawn without a burst active


  10. Hello Sir,

    I’ve been playing for 1500+ days straight now and barely attempted and concord A3. What are the key mechanics to block in A4 (ex poison) and key skills to bring (ex Fujin).

    When I finally went into A3, I did so on accident. Thought owe ****! Then beat it. Your YouTube videos of passing A5 have inspired me to reach higher.

    Thanks for all of your work! I’m glad swichfoot has deep pockets. We all benefit!


    1. I personally feel a4 is not worth the effort as it has many annoying mechanics and would rather do A5 or Alt Arena

      For a5 I just made an article and for AA, I would say Fujin, Poison resist, and 145,185 Effective HP


  11. Hi Mastertastic!
    Once again, many thanks for your content and your collab review I wait before spending stones.
    I was wondering why damage control is still so important (regarding your “cons” in your review) as we have plenty of FUA, void absorb, and void damage piercer. Thanks for your answer


      1. None in particular. I was refering to your cons about killers awakening (Elena for exemple), where you write it can prevent damage control.


  12. I envy your high self-control, Mantastic. Even after reading your article on how you’ve saved up over 500+ stones across 2 different accounts and the advice that came with it, I still see myself using them on events, which are usually not desirable (e.g. wanted Academy Amaterasu on PAD Academy event, got literal trash out of most of my rolls), which end up leaving me with not enough stones for the events I actually want to roll in. What other tips would you give a person like me in terms of saving stones for really good events (not sure if this is a good enough question but we’ll see)?


    1. The best way to save stones is to only roll for an upgrade. Do you have any top tier leaders and viable teams for them? If yes, most things are luxury, not as needed.

      This way, you have lots of stones for the next wave of Powercreep


      1. I do have some top tier leaders that I can build viable teams for (Yusuke who is probably falling away a little bit and DKarin), but I also have DZeta as well as an entire team hypermaxed and ready for DMeta. I’ll try to keep my stones level at a decently high rate and wait for Godfests or high value collabs so I can make my box stronger.


  13. Hey Mantastic,
    What are your opinions on Leo Bloomfield? I recently exchanged for him and I find the play style easy and very fun. I say this because I have Tardis so I get full activation most of the time.

    I don’t see an article on your site thoroughly analyzing his sub/lead potential (like you did with the other gungho collab monsters), so I was wondering if you could comment on that just a bit.


    1. Okay, so I actually found your article on Leo and Kuroyuri from last year.

      To modify my previous question: Do you think Leo has any new utility in the game as a lead or sub (especially after almost a whole year’s worth of PAD events/developments/new monsters)?


    2. The active clause + rainbow requirement is awkward overall as 1 sub has to be Tardis ubt matching VDP + FUA become quite difficult

      He can sweep easier content but I feel he will struggle with harder dungeons


  14. Should I go all in in the current gungho godfest? Still have 40 ish stones with me and I only got 2 raizers this gf (the rest are meh) it is good to pursue for karin or zeta?


  15. So i have been very lucky over the last year in PAD. i started an “Alt” account that quickly turned into my primary with my pull of Edward.
    Since i have gotten Youske, Yog, Akuma, Dark Metatron, Fatalis, Diablos, and Now Karin. I even Built myself a Blue Hunter. I have some good subs as well with Ideal, Ney, Zela and now 2 Cottons. I still run Edward as my primary with Light Ideal, Light Ney, Zela, Blue Cotton, Could you possibly help me rank the leaders i have and other Subs i should be prioritizing.


    1. For A5, I would say Dark Karin is the best of the listed cards and I have a team building guide for her on my website

      In terms of overall potential, Dark Metatron is the best due to the massive effective HP

      Of course, your Ed team can clear all the content the others can but I would swap Zela for Odin Dragon if you want Wood coverage


  16. So I managed to get Yoh Asakura for both my Main and Alt accounts (spent all my 100+ saved stones on the main after getting him on my alt).
    while team building I have been torn between focusing on wood enhance or 7c awakening on the subs. while typically 7c in preferable matching a blob of 6 and a blob of 5 for full active often leaves me with only 6 or even only 5 possible combos on a natural board. Due to his leader requirements do you think it would be worthwhile to invest in wood enhance and match rows, or to stick with 7c and just use a combo+ active when the extra damage is necessary?


    1. I don’t own Yoh so harder to make a better judgement, but do you find damage lacking? With 7c you are able to spike much higher and Yoh and Zela provide +2c so it will provide more damage on key floors


  17. Do you think the new Super Reincarnated Bastet pairs well with New Year’s Artemis?
    I say this because there aren’t fantastic ways of health recovery on the new Bastet team if you dupe the leader, but Artemis can help with that. I know there is Eir, but her enhanced heals are nothing like Mel (at least in my experience).


    1. Yeah she makes for a strong pairing which does help offset the RCV issues

      With that being said, I would be more inclined to run dual artemis if possible as you forgo the active skill clause and have even more rcv


      1. That makes sense.
        I only worry about the dual artemis team because the leaders lack personal damage (TPAs are not as strong as 7c awokens).

        What are your recommendations on trying to buff up the ATK power of my Artemis team?
        My best subs for this team are green cotton and pralinae. Yet, I still don’t feel that I clear content as easily as B&J.


  18. What would you say the best leader to clear AA2 is? I’ve currently cleared it with my fatalis team, but i am scared to try with dmeta


  19. How do you resist yourself from rolling in Godfests/Collabs that provide low overall values or utilities to the collection in general? I usually find myself wanting to roll one or two, and I always feel that I have magic stones to work with especially with the recent generosity of giving out free magic stones by Gungho. However, next thing I know, I am out of stones again. Any tips please?


    1. I mostly remind myself of the fact that the vast majority of the cards will be low value. I tend to favour rolling in events that feature useful cards at the bottom rarity for that reason


  20. Hi Mantastic, I have Hiei, Akua, and Ryu. I want to build a new, strong team that can tackle A4 or AA with one of them as a leader (thinking of Hiei right now) and the others as subs. What is your suggestion? Other notable dark attribute monsters include DMeta and Planar. Thanks in advance!


      1. Dark metatron would be the strongest leader and you already have Planar which solves FUA and combo count for VDP

        Do you own Eir, izanagi, archangel Lucifer?


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