Final Fantasy REM 6 Stars Review and Analysis – July 2019

Monster information was generously added in by Adam aka tocshi.

Introduction

The Final Fantasy Collab is one of the older events in Puzzle and Dragons, but it has not been seen for quite some time. This has led to the vast majority of cards growing stale and forgotten. With that being said, the entire Collab is receiving a massive overhaul for both new monsters and new evolution forms for existing cards along with buffs across the board.

All of this will make Final Fantasy one of the best events in Puzzle and Dragons that also costs 5 Magic Stones per pull. What makes the Final Fantasy Collab so strong is the fact that it has one of the best Diamond/6* rates of any Collab (22.5%) along with each card having numerous forms. This grants them an additional layer of viability along with the Weapon Assist forms (Crystals) being exceptionally powerful.

With that being said, one of the biggest drawbacks of the Final Fantasy Collab is the massive rolling pool, which makes it significantly harder to acquire any one specific card. Thankfully, the 5 Magic Stone cost grants us the lowest cost if using the Monster Exchange system.

This article will summarize each card’s strengths and weaknesses along with examining each individual form they can assume. As a result, this will be an exceptionally long article and CTRL + F may be your best friend. Furthermore, I will be breaking up this review into two parts for 6, and 5/4-star cards.

The 5/4-star review can be found HERE.

Video commentary

—video coming soon—

Overview

Final Fantasy Pros & Cons – July 29, 2019
Pros
Cons
  • 5 Magic Stones per roll
    • Friendly Monster Exchange rates
  • Exceptionally high Diamond rate
    • 22.5% total
  • Cards have numerous forms
    • Provide different roles
    • Dupes are more welcomed
  • All 5-star cards have a Pixel form
    • Provides at least 2 VDP
  • Massive rolling pool
    • Harder to snipe a specific card
  • Top-heavy
    • Many lower rarity cards are just okay
Final Fantasy REM
 6 Star base Lightning Cloud Yuna Sephiroth Cecil LD Cecil
3305 3299
 5 Star base Squall Rinoa Zidane Tidus Bartz Terra
Shantotto Vaan 3294 3296
 4 Star base Vivi Ace Aemo Wol Rain 3303 3301
Final Fantasy REM – July 29, 2019
S Lightning Cloud Yuna Cecil 3305 3299
A 3294
B Sephiroth Rinoa Zidane Terra Vaan  Vivi Ace
C Squall Tidus Bartz Shantotto 3296 Wol Rain 3303 3301
D Aemo

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking. Icons only show the card’s evolved form, which may or may not be their best one.

Icons only show the evolved form for easier reference, which may or may not be the best one to pursue.

Regardless of card’s ranking, you should always keep it if it is your very first time acquiring them.

Limit Breaking

Limit Breaking is the process of leveling a card beyond level 99. This will unlock more weighted stats along with the potential to receive Super Awakenings. These additional awakenings can add significant power, but only function in solo mode.

Any card that can qualify for Limit Breaking will have their level displayed in blue and feeding a Super Snow Globe will push them beyond the level 99 cap.

You can read more about Super Awakenings HERE.

Monster Exchange

The Monster Exchange System has mostly eliminated the need to roll in most events as players can simply trade in for a card of their choice. This is often done during lackluster events to avoid spending Stones on poor bottom rarity cards or to snipe a specific card if luck is not on your side.

Weapon Assists

Weapon Assists are a special evolution for select cards that will be used exclusively as inherits. This form retains the same base stats as the original form, but will also transfer over all awakenings on the Weapon Assist card and this occurs if the Awoken Assist  is present.

My approach to Collab rolling

Rolling any Rare Egg Machine is a gamble and it becomes a matter of maximizing your rate of returns in an event.

This translates into rolling when the bottom rarity has high value as those will be the most common cards. Furthermore, I may utilize the Monster Exchange system to acquire the higher rarity cards if they will significantly advance my progress. As such, I tend to look most closely at the 5-star pool to determine if it is worth rolling in.

This is just my own personal approach and everyone has different goals/motivations so take this section with a grain of salt.

6 Star base

Lightning Lightning – S
Lightning Evolved Lightning

Active: Deal 10000 fixed damage to all enemies; Change all orbs to Fire, Water, Wood, Light, Dark, and Heal orbs; Unlock all orbs (10 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 4x ATK and increase combo by 1 when matching 4 or more colors; 4x ATK and 2x HP for Light Att.; Increase orb movement time by 2 seconds [4/256/1]

Awakenings:   Skill Boost Time Extend Skill Lock Resist 45 45 God Killer
Super Awakenings: God Killer 
Typing: Attacker / Healer / God
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1018 (1272)
HP 3755 (4719) / ATK 2190 (2738) / RCV 608 (760)

Pros
Cons
  • High personal damage against Gods
  • Three SB Skill Boost
  • 4x HP team
  • +2 combos with activation
  • Bonus orb movement time
  • Requires 4 colours
    • Some flexibility in orb/board changers
  • Guard Break
  • Can gain GK God Killer or FUA via SA
  • Active has a long cooldown
    • 10k Fixed Damage is not special
  • No Damage Reduction
    • Vulnerable to Gravity+Hit
  • Rainbow teams can have issues with orb troll/VDP

Lightning is one of the original cards within the Final Fantasy Collab and has received sizable buffs to her various forms. In her evolved form, she has wonderfully high personal damage against God types along with being able to acquire another God Killer God Killer or FUA via Super Awakenings. This can propel her damage output or provide utility as needed, but it may be better to make her a God killing machine.

This is because it is my belief that cards should try and specialize or pursue what they are already good at. Thus, having 36x ATK against Gods can cut down on the need for a burst. Furthermore, if facing spawns with high DEF, her natural Guard Break can make short work of them. As such, Lightning can be a stellar Rainbow sub, but is also able to lead a potent team herself.

As a leader, she provides 4x HP for Light cards and 256x ATK when matching 4 or more colours. This gives some degree of freedom with orb/board changers, which can make it easier to achieve more complex matching patterns. While the 4x HP means she can survive any hit, she must find a healing solution along with being wary of Gravity+Hit combos (eg. Hera Nyx in Arena 5).

Pixel Lightning

Active: Change bottom row to Light orbs; For 1 turn, increase combo count by 2 (10 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 3x ATK & RCV for Healer, Attacker type; 3.5x ATK when matching 6 or more connected Light orbs up to 5x at 9 orbs [1/225/9]

Awakenings: Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Boost Time Extend Skill Lock Resist
Super Awakenings: God Killer 
Typing: Attacker / Healer
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1018 (1272)
HP 3775 (4719) / ATK 2190 (2738) / RCV 608 (760)

Pros
Cons
  • 6 guaranteed Light orbs
  • +2 combos
  • 3 SB Skill Boost
  • 2 VDP  + GK God Killer via SA
  • Low damage output without VDP
  • Cannot use God Killer latents
  • Only truly shines vs Gods in solo

Lightning’s Pixel form has the capacity to deal meaningful damage against God spawns when matching a 3×3 Box in solo mode. This will result in 18.75x personal damage, which may be sufficient to solve your piercing needs. Sadly, this will only work in solo mode and only provides 6.25x otherwise. As such, she makes for a poor all around VDP option as it may not be enough damage while also being unable to accept God Killer latents.

With that being said, her active skill has merits for farming applications. She is able to provide +2 combos along with a guaranteed 6 Light orbs, which can be quickly maneuvered into position after a full mono board changer.

Lightning’s Crystal Charm

Active: Delay enemies for 3 turns; Change all orbs to Fire, Water, Wood, Light, Dark, and Heal orbs (15 turn CD)

Awakenings: Jammer Resist Poison resist Blind Resist Imp ATK

Pros
Cons
  • 20% Resist against Jammer, Poison, & Blind
  • >80% ATK awakening
    • Bonus 1.5x ATK
  • Useful active for Rainbow teams
  • Luxury Weapon when a similar farmable exists

Lightning’s Crystal Charm is a powerful Weapon Assist as it provides 20% protection against Jammer, Poison, and Blind attacks. These are used in conjunction with other Resist awakenings to provide 100% immunity against these mechanics. Furthermore, she also provides a wonderful >80% ATK awakening, which translates into 1.5x personal damage when above 80% HP.

For the most part, the >80% awakening is the weakest offensive awakening due to the fact that it has the smallest multiplier and narrowest window of effectiveness. With that being said, the fact that it comes “free” with valuable other awakenings makes Lightning’s Crystal Charm quite powerful.

Placing this on top of your VDP card may give the enough damage to pierce through a Void spawn without the need to use a supplemental burst skill.

The only “drawback” is that this is a luxury Weapon Assist in the sense that a farmable option exists through Trojan Horse . This may make it harder to justify this form if players already have a Trojan Horse or lack a strong Rainbow leader/sub.

Which Lightning to make?

I would pursue either her Evolved or Crystal form. For players with shallower Monster Boxes, her Evolved form can provide a stellar leader, but for myself, I am more inclined to make her Crystal form. This is because I have enough strong leaders, but lack an upgraded Trojan Horse card.


Cloud Cloud – S
Cloud Evolved Cloud

Active: Change far right column to Light orbs; Charge allies’ skill by 1 turn; Unlock all orbs. (7 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 2x HP & ATK for Healer, Attacker, Machine type; 7.5x ATK and 1.5x RCV on the turn a skill is used. [4/225/2.25]

Awakenings: TPA Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Devil killer Devil killer TPA Time Extend 45
Super Awakenings: TPA 45 
Typing: Attacker / Machine / Healer
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1008 (1260)
HP 3755 (4719) / ATK 2359 (2949) / RCV 688 (860)

Pros
Cons
  • Big Sword
  • Powerful LS multipliers
    • No combo requirement
    • Can form a system of himself
  • High personal damage
    • Exceptionally strong against Devils Devil killer
  • LS requires an active used each turn
    • Aerith is only Light-primary card
  • Typing restriction
  • No Damage Reduction
    • Vulnerable to Gravity+Hit

Evolved Cloud is able to form a powerful 4/225/2.25 team consisting of Healer, Attackers, and Machine types. While this does cut down on the total available sub pool, he still has access to himself (duh) and Bride Zela. Unfortuantely, his biggest downfall is a lack of a strong 1-turn Light card who is Healer, Attacker, or Machine type outside of the new Final Fantasy 6-star, Aerith . With that being said, Tao Ren does qualify but is off-colour.

If lacking Aerith, players could use an offcolour/type card, but they will be dealing significantly less damage and providing less HP. While this may not always be a deal breaker, it is a speed bump in what is a powerful leader. Of course, players can default to the Cloud System, which solves this problem, but requires players to own 3 Clouds.

A Cloud system is able to use his base active every single turn due to the Haste, but only leaves players with 2 subs to deal with the rest of the mechanics as 4 actives will be dedicated to the System. Amusingly, the System is able to always provide Light orbs, which can be quickly matched into a TPA TPA for the full 225x ATK. This will sweep through plenty of content as his Super Awakenings can provide additional damage as needed.

Of course, players can simply choose an off-colour/type 1-turn card as the damage output and durability should be sufficient.

Pixel Cloud

Active: Change far right column to Light orbs; For 1 turn, increase combo count by 1. (7 turn CD)

Leader Skill3x ATK and 2x HP for Physical, Attacker type; 3.5x ATK when matching 6 or more connected Light orbs up to 5x at 9 orbs. [4/225/1]

Awakenings: Light Row Light Row Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Devil killer
Super Awakenings: TPA 45 
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1001 (1251)
HP 4673 (5841) / ATK 2190 (2738) / RCV 608 (760)

Pros
Cons
  • High VDP damage
    • Exceptionally strong vs Devil
    • Damage not tied to combos
  • AS has a lower impact
  • Too orb hungry as a Leader

Pixel Cloud is a stellar option for Light VDP as he an gain triple VDP via Super Awakenings while also not being tied to combos. This is important because any powerful leaders are starting to activate from matching certain orbs/patterns instead of combos. This is valuable when facing Void + Resolve spawns as the column of Hearts and 3×3 Box can be matched without worry. Thus, having VDP cards who scale from just the 3×3 Box are important.

As such, Pixel Cloud can fulfill this role and gains an even larger impact against Devil spawns (who are common in A5). Taking all of this into consideration, Pixel Cloud should be pursued if you are lacking a powerful VDP option and have no interest in his Evolved Leader form.

Cloud’s Crystal Charm

Active: For 1 turn, bypass att. absorb shield effects; Change Water, Wood orbs to Light orbs; Change Dark orbs to Heal orbs. (13 turn CD)

Awakenings: TPA +light orb +light orb +light orb Imp ATK

Pros
Cons
  • Sizable damage boost for mono Light teams
  • Powerful orb changer for mono Light
  • Attribute absorb is niche
  • Provides no Resists

Cloud’s Crystal Charm changes his active into a powerful orb changer that will produce a 1/2 Light, 1/3 Dark, and 1/6 Fire board. This is not a board changer so hazards will still remain, but can be used to help guarantee a VDP and FUA. Furthermore, the offensive awakenings granted can provide a sizable damage boost on pre-existing Light orbs.

With that being said, defensive awakenings are often the best route to pursue due to the fact that players can completely avoid dangerous mechanics. As such, using Cloud’s Weapon Assist may place a strain on achieving 100% immunity. While this may or may not be a deal breaker, it is something to consider, especially when his other forms are already quite powerful.

Which Cloud to make?

Despite lacking an ideal 1-turn active for his Evolved form’s Leader Skill, it is still a powerful form to pursue and a single sub not contributing as much can be worked around. On the other hand, his Pixel form offers stellar VDP damage against Devils and can help trivialize many A5 spawns.

Thus, players need to determine if they can field a Cloud team or can better benefit from a powerful VDP card.


Yuna   Yuna – S
Yuna Evolved Yuna

Active: For 2 turns, reduce damage taken by 50%; Charge allies’ skill by 1 turn. (9 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 4x ATK when matching 4 or more colors (3+heal); 2.5x ATK when 5 or more combos up to 5x at 10 combos; 2x HP for Light Att. [4/400/1]

Awakenings: Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Time Extend 45 45
Super Awakenings:
Typing: Healer / Attacker
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1018 (1272)
HP 3038 (3798) / ATK 2078 (2598) / RCV 896 (1120)

Pros
Cons
  • Highest bonus movement time via awakenings
    • Best way to add time via a sub
  • Can become bind immune via SA
  • Powerful LS multipliers
    • 4x HP / 400x ATK
    • Viable 7×6 pairings
  • Useful base active
  • Too many TE
    • Eats into other awakenings
  • LS requires 10c for maximum effect
    • Offset via 7×6
    • Still viable on 6×5

Yuna once reigned supreme as a Light sub during the last iteration of Final Fantasy, but steadily lost ground to newer and flashier cards. Fortunately, she has received a sizable buff to her overall kit and is now able to grant a walloping +3 seconds to orb movement time via her awakenings.

This can correct almost any team’s movement time issues while also providing respectable offensive awakenings and a useful base active. The 50% Damage Reduction for 2 turns can save players from dangerous preemptives or the modest 9 turn cooldown can act as a base for a different inherit.

As a leader, Yuna has impressive 4x HP and 400x ATK multiplier for Light cards when matching any 4 elements (3 colours + Hearts included). This gives her some flexibility with active skills as she is not completely restricted to only full Rainbow boards. This can help alleviate the strain of forming an FUA or VDP . With that being said, it will be challenging to reach her full ATK multiplier as it requires 10 combos. While this can be difficult on 6×5 boards (7 combos = 196x), it can always be hit on 7×6 boards. With that in mind, she can pair with 7×6 leaders to gain Damage Reduction and use her high HP and ATK multiplier to sweep content.

Pixel Yuna

Active: Change Fire, Heal, Jammer, Poison, Mortal Poison orbs to Light orbs; For 1 turn, increase combo count by 1. (10 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 4x ATK when matching 3 or more colors (2+heal); 3x ATK when matching 6 or more connected Light orbs up to 4.5x at 9 orbs[1/324/1]

Awakenings: Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Time Extend   Skill Boost
Super Awakenings:
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1018 (1251)
HP 4673 (5841) / ATK 2190 (2738) / RCV 608 (760)

Pros
Cons
  • Triple VDP via SA
  • Double orb changer that removes Hazards
  • Double SBR Skill Lock Resist
  • Feels like a generic VDP card
    • Is effective, but not unique
  • LS is orb hungry and too fragile

Pixel Yuna is able to assume a triple VDP role in solo mode, which grants her 15.625x personal ATK when forming a 3×3 Box. This can allow her to pierce through Void spawns, but does face stiff competition from other Light VDP options within the Final Fantasy Collab. This is not to say she is weak by any means, but I feel she is somewhat a generic VDP card who brings a bit more utility via SBR Skill Lock Resist and TE Time Extend.

 Yuna’s Crystal Charm

Active: For 5 turns, reduce damage taken by 50%; For 5 turns, increase orb move time by 1 seconds. (16 turn CD)

Awakenings: Multiplayer Bonus RCV Latent

Pros
Cons
  • Coop Boost Multiplayer Bonus
  • Tape Resist
    • Still relatively rare
  • Powerful active
    • Long lasting shield
    • Overwrite movement time debuffs
    • Longer CD to help prevent accidental charging
  • Must give up Evolved form
  • Most value is gained in coop

Yuna’s Crystal Charm is incredibly powerful if players utilize coop as she is able to provide +50% stats via Coop Boost Multiplayer Bonus along with Tape Resist . For the most part, Tape Resist is still relatively rare, especially as a Weapon Assist so being able to cancel out this mechanic can be valuable. Furthermore, many Tape Resists found on monsters are tied to Super Awakenings, which are cancelled in coop. Thus, Yuna’ Crystal Charm is the perfect solution. Finally, the 50% Shield for 5 turns can help a team overcome a problematic floor as it can be more easily stalled while also being able to overwrite Time Debuffs.

With that being said, if players do not plan to utilize Coop, Yuna’s Crystal Charm becomes less potent and should probably not be pursued unless the active is key to your success.

Which Yuna to make?

I am most inclined to leave Yuna in her Evolved form as it functions as a massive Time Extend stick while also having a useful active and awakenings. Furthermore, she can be used as a powerful leader.

On the other hand, if you play quite a bit of coop, Yuna’s Crystal Charm can be invaluable as it provides Coop Boost Coop Boost Multiplayer Bonus,  Tape Resist and a powerful active.


Sephiroth  Sephiroth – B
Sephiroth Evolved Sephiroth

Active: Charge allies’ skill by 2 turns; Enhance all orbs; Recover all HP; Remove all awoken skill binds. (13 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 7x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 4 or more colors; 3x ATK & RCV for Physical, Attacker, Devil type. [1/441/9 Resist 43.75%]

Awakenings: TPA TPA Skill Boost  Machine Killer 37 God Killer 45
Super Awakenings: Machine Killer 45 God Killer
Typing: Attacker / Devil / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1004 (1255)
HP 5035 (6294) / ATK 2302 (2878) / RCV 123 (154)

Pros
Cons
  • High personal damage against specific types
  • Strong damage sub
  • Strong utility active
  • Strong LS multipliers
    • 9x RCV = always full heal
  • Typing restriction
  • Active is somewhat redundant on 2 leaders
    • Longer CD
    • Harder to inherit over
  • Low Effective HP
  • 9x RCV is somewhat excessive
  • No VDP
    • Can make the high personal damage go to waste

Sephiroth is now able to lead a powerful 1/441/9/43.75% team when matching 4 colours. This can deal spectacular amounts of damage, but is held back by a few aspects.

Firstly, Sephiroth must use Physical, Attackers, or Devils, which can cut down on his total sub pool. While this is not impossible to work around, it may be restricted for more shallow boxes. Secondly, being Rainbow-reliant can be a liability as it does restrict the types of actives you can bring along with the occasional orb troll.

In addition, the 9x RCV is somewhat wasted on a 1x HP leader and his only source of Effective Health is a 43.75% Damage Reduction. This may be sufficient against many encounters, but may become stressful on higher difficulties. Finally, Sephiroth’s active is redundant with two leaders. This is because players should only need 1 Awoken Bind clear and the 13 turn cooldown makes it challenging to inherit over.

While this may sound negative, he is still a capable leader, but players should be aware of his drawbacks.

With that being said, Sephiroth’s personal damage output is one of the highest when factoring in latents and Super Awakenings. This can allow him to deal incredible amounts of damage against God spawns but the main issue is a lack of VDP . Without VDP, his output will go to waste so it is a bit of a double-edged sword. Regardless, he can function as one of the most offensive Awoken Bind clearing cards.

 Pixel Sephiroth

Active: Change far left column and far right column to Dark orbs; For 1 turn, increase combo count by 1. (10 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 3x ATK & RCV for Attacker, Devil type; 3.5x ATK when matching 6 or more connected Dark orbs up to 5x at 9 orbs[1/225/9]

Awakenings: Dark row Dark row Skill Boost Time Extend Machine Killer
Super Awakenings: Machine Killer 45 God Killer
Typing: Attacker / Devil
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1004 (1255)
HP 5035 (6294) / ATK 2302 (2878) / RCV 123 (154)

Pros
Cons
  • Creates 10 Dark orbs
    • Ensures VDP
  • Strong VDP against Machines or Gods
    • Can use God Killers
  • Mostly shines against Machines or Gods

Pixel Sephiroth was one of the best VDP options upon release, but even with his buffs has not truly kept abreast with current options. While he does have the ability to generate 10 Dark orbs, many VDP solutions are found via bicolour boards as they usually result in more Dark orbs along with a higher combo count.

Furthermore, his main potential is locked to mostly Machines and Gods on the Super Awakening chosen. I am less inclined to pursue 7 Combo 45 as it lowers his piercing potential along with forcing players to hit 7 or more combos (which may not be possible with FUA +VDP).

As a result, Pixel Sephiroth will function as a niche VDP option when facing God or Machine types.

 Sephiroth’s Crystal Charm

Active: Change top row to Dark orbs; Create 3 Fire, Water, Wood, Light, Heal orbs over non Dark orbs. (9 turn CD)

Awakenings: TPA Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Imp ATK

Pros
Cons
  • Rainbow board with a guaranteed 6 Darks
    • Helps blob-rainbow Dark teams
  • Provides passive damage to Dark teams
  • Merits on Phenom teams
  • Niche active
  • No defensive awakenings

Like Cloud’s Crystal Charm, Sephiroth’s Weapon Assist is able to provide a single TPA TPA along with three Orb Enhances. These can provide a noticeable damage boost to Dark teams, but comes at the cost of no Defensive awakenings. As such, it may become more challenging to achieve 100% Resistance against dangerous mechanics, which tends to be the better option compared to more damage.

With that being said, Sephiroth’s Crystal Charm can have merits on Phenom teams who already achieve 100% immunity with ease along with actually being able to take advantage of the Rainbow board with extra Dark orbs. Furthermore, the passive damage output may help when faced with less Dark-friendly boards.


Cecil LD Cecil Cecil – S
Cecil Evolved Dark Cecil

Active: Change all orbs to Heal, Light, and Dark orbs. (9 turn CD)

Leader Skill: [Board becomes 7×6]; 2x ATK & RCV for Dark Att.; 4x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 2+ Dark combos. [1/64/4 Resist 43.75%]

Awakenings: TPA Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist TPA Dark Reduction Dark Reduction Dark Reduction
Super Awakenings: 45 TPA
Typing: Attacker / Devil
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1013 (1266)
HP 3498 (4372) / ATK 2603 (3254) / RCV 428 (535)

Pros
Cons
  • 7×6 leader
    • 10c triggers
  • Fast charging tri elemental board with Hearts
  • Restricted to Dark
    • Less universal flexibility
  • Resist Dark Dark Reduction is kind of wasteful
  • Reliant on 7×6 for 10c

Dark Cecil boasts a fast charging tri elemental board changer that contains Heart orbs. This is important for teams who rely on Light or Dark orbs and want to have a fast charging active with no frills.

Furthermore, they are able to lead a potent 7×6 team as they can provide a reasonable multiplier along with Damage Reduction while also having 5x personal damage via the 10c awakening. This can be bolstered to 10x through 7c 45 via Super Awakenings, but Full Bind Immunity is probably better.

In regards to their leadership potential, they are reliant on pairing with a high ATK friend, but being restricted to Dark cards may provide some hurdles as they are less flexible compared to Diablos .

LD Cecil Evolved Light Cecil

Active: Change all orbs to Heal, Light, and Dark orbs. (9 turn CD)

Leader Skill: [Board becomes 7×6]; 3x ATK & RCV for Light Att.; 3x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching Light+Dark. [1/81/9 Resist 43.75%]

Awakenings: TPA Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist TPA Auto heal Auto heal Auto heal
Super Awakenings: 45 TPA
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1015 (1269)
HP 6302 (7878) / ATK 1796 (2245) / RCV 78 (98)

Pros
Cons
  • Fast charging tri elemental board with Hearts
  • 7×6 leader
    • 10c triggers
  • Stronger LS multiplier compared to Dark evolved form
    • Higher ATK & RCV
  • Auto Heal Auto heal is wasted

Light Cecil is also able to provide a 7×6 board along with higher multipliers, but must match one Light and one Dark combo. For the most part, this should not be an issue as the 42 orb board will most likely provide these 6 orbs. Thus, his activation will be quite consistent, but players must be conscious of the types of board/orb changers they bring into the dungeon.

In addition to relatively consistent activation, the larger board helps proc the 10c awakening and can shore up his vulnerability to binds via Super Awakenings.

Sadly, Cecil is not without faults as the three Auto Heals Auto heal are quite wasteful considering he already provides so much RCV.

Pixel Dark Cecil

Active: Unlock all orbs; Change all orbs to Light, Dark, and Heal orbs. (10 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 3x ATK & RCV for Physical, Attacker type; 4x ATK when matching Dark+Light[1/144/9]

Awakenings: TPA Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Time Extend   Skill Boost
Super Awakenings: 45 TPA
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1018 (1251)
HP 5302 (6628) / ATK 2303 (2879) / RCV 78 (98)

Pros
Cons
  • Valuable active
    • Same tri-board, but unlocks
  • Reasonable VDP potential
  • Average VDP card

Pixel Dark Cecil upgrades their evolved form’s active as it only adds a single turn for a Board Unlock. Sadly their viability tapers off as they falter like Pixel Yuna in that they are a very average VDP option.

Pixel Light Cecil

Active: Change all orbs to Light, Dark, and Heal orbs; For 1 turn, increase combo count by 1. (11 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 3x ATK & RCV for Healer, Attacker type; 4x ATK when matching Light+Dark[1/144/9]

Awakenings: TPA Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Time Extend   Skill Boost
Super Awakenings: 45 TPA
Typing: Attacker / Healer
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1013 (1266)
HP 3098 (3872) / ATK 2253 (2816) / RCV 758 (948)

Pros
Cons
  • Tri-board with +1 combo
    • Helps teams hit combo threshold
    • Easier to VDP + FUA and 7c
  • Average VDP card

Light Cecil’s Pixel form grants +1 combo with the same tri-board, which is valuable for teams who rely on a certain number of combos to succeed. This applies most when matching VDP and FUA as combo count will often be hindered.

Other than this situation, Light Pixel Cecil feels like an average VDP card and I would not pursue unless starved for this type of active.

Dark Cecil’s Crystal Charm

Active: For 1 turn, bypass att. absorb shield effects; Change all orbs to Light, Dark, and Heal orbs. (13 turn CD)

Awakenings: Blind Resist Blind Resist Imp ATK

Pros
Cons
  • Full bind immunity
  • 40% Blind Resist Blind Resist
  • Tri-board with Attribute Absorb Void
  • Light Crystal is better

Dark Cecil’s Crystal Charm is a powerful Weapon Assist as it provides Full Bind Immunity along with 40% Blind Resist Blind Resist. This pairing helps alleviate the stress of achieving full Resistance immunity while also patching up a bind-vulnerable card. This two-in-one combo is further bolstered by the attached board changer and situational Colour Absorb Void.

With that being said, the Light Crystal form is stronger in the most  situations.

Light Cecil’s Crystal Charm

Active: For 1 turn, bypass damage absorb shield effects; Change all orbs to Light, Dark, and Heal orbs. (25 turn CD)

Awakenings: Jammer Resist Jammer Resist Imp ATK

Pros
Cons
  • Full bind immunity
  • 40% Jammer Resist Jammer Resist
  • Damage Absorb Void (Fujin )
  • Tri-elemental board
  • 25 turn CD
    • Prevents inherit charging if undesired
  • 25 turn CD
    • Longer if you want the inherit

Light Cecil’s Crystal Charm is her strongest form due to the fact that it provides Full Bind Immunity , 40% Jammer Resist Jammer Resist a Damage Absorb Void, tri-elemental board, and a 25 turn cooldown. All of these factors are beneficial in the majority of situations as you can make a bind-vulnerable card immune along with providing 40% protection against Jammer attacks.

While the 25 turn cooldown is quite long for a Fujin-style active, it can be abused to protect that base inherit as well as prevent the Crystal Charm from charging up if that is undesired.

Which Cecil to make?

The Light Crystal Charm is the strongest form due to the power of Full Bind Immunity, 40% Jammers, a Damage Absorb Void, and long cooldown to prevent charging if undesired. By extension, the Dark Crystal Charm can be wonderful if you are needing a Colour Absorb Void or prefer to have Blind Resists instead.


3305 Noctis – S
3305 Evolved Noctis

Active: Create 4 Dark orbs over non Light orbs; For 1 turn, increase combo count by 1. (7 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 2x all stats for Dark Att.; 4x ATK and increase combo by 1 when matching Light, Dark at once. [4/64/4]

Awakenings: TPA TPA Skill Lock Resist Time Extend 45 Devil killer Devil killer
Super Awakenings: 45 TPA
Typing: Physical / Attacker
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1010 (1262)
HP 4638 (5798) / ATK 2377 (2971) / RCV 214 (268)

Pros
Cons
  • Massive Devil killing potential
  • Lacks VDP
  • Underwhelming LS

Evolved Noctis has been completely transformed in terms of his Leader Skill as it caps out at a pitiful 4/64/4 and offers nothing truly unique.

With that being said, he has amazing Devil Killing potential, but becomes somewhat moot due to no VDP Devil killerHigh damage cards are somewhat punished if they don’t have VDP as their damage will simply be voided and not provide much overall.

Pixel Noctis

Active: Change Fire, Water, Wood orbs to Dark orbs; For 1 turn, increase combo count by 1. (13 turn CD)

Leader Skill: [Unable to erase 3 orbs or less]; 1.5x all stats for all Att.; 7x ATK when matching 6 or more connected Dark orbs up to 10x at 9 orbs[1/324/1]

Awakenings: Dark row Dark row Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Time Extend  
Super Awakenings: 45 TPA
Typing: Physical / Attacker
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1010 (1262)
HP 4638 (5798) / ATK 2377 (2971) / RCV 214 (268)

Pros
Cons
  • 3 VDP as regular awakenings
    • Functions in Coop
    • Can further boost via 7c 45 SA
  • Tri-elemental orb changer
    • Almost guaranteed 9 Dark for VDP
    • Adds 1 combo
  • Leader Skill is impractical
  • Primarily a sub

Pixel Noctis is an outstanding VDP card as he comes with three from his regular awakenings. This makes him a potent coop option along with having the ability to gain more value from Super Awakenings.

Furthermore, his unique orb changer will heavily flood the board with Dark orbs while still leaving Light and Hearts. This may still result in a VDP + FUA board and the +1 combo is icing on the cake.

Noctis’ Crystal Charm

Active: Create 6 Dark orbs over non Light orbs; For 2 turns, increase combo count by 2. (16 turn CD)

Awakenings: Imp ATK

Pros
Cons
  • Cloud Resist
  • >80% = +1.5x ATK
  • Unique active
    • Guaranteed 6 Dark
    • 2 turns of +2 combo

Noctis’s Crystal Charm is another powerful Weapon Assist as it provides Cloud Resist and a free >80% awakening. This enables the owning card to gain an additional 1.5x ATK when above 80% and provides immunity to Clouds.

Furthermore, the active provides a unique orb changer and +2 combos for 2 turns. For the most part, this active will have relevance in farming builds, but may be invaluable when playing teams who have a combo requirement and need to VDP + FUA.

Which Noctis to make?

Pixel Noctis offers amazing VDP in both solo and coop due to the fact that he owns three before Super Awakenings. On the other hand, his Crystal form is able to provide both Cloud and >80% which adds an extra layer of damage when protecting yourself against Clouds.


3299 Tifa – S
Base Tifa

Active: Change Heal orbs to Light orbs; For 3 turns, reduce damage taken by 35%; Enhance all Light orbs. (8 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 4x ATK & RCV when matching 5 or more connected Fire or Light orbs up to 6x at 7 orbs; [Board becomes 7×6]; 2x ATK and 1.5x HP for Light Att. [2.25/144/36]

Awakenings: Light Row Light Row Light Row Light Row Light Row  Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost
Super Awakenings:
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 950 (1188)
HP 5055 (6319) / ATK 2045 (2556) / RCV 109 (136)

Pros
Cons
  • 7×6 leader
    • High ATK & RCV
  • Favourable pairings with Light-blob leaders
  • Provides 6x RCV
    • Solves all healing issues
  • Relies on Light blobs
  • Limited pairings

Base Tifa is a reasonable 7×6 leader if you are planning on matching Light Blobs as she maxes out at 7 connected Light. This has wonderful synergy with Demon Yusuke or Dark Karin and the larger board can help alleviate activation inconsistency.

Furthermore, the 6x RCV can solve any healing issues along with having one of the highest ATK multipliers for 7×6. The RCV aspect is important in the future AA3 where massive RCV debuffs exist.

3299 Evolved Tifa

Active: Change Heal orbs to Light orbs; For 3 turns, reduce damage taken by 35%; Enhance all Light orbs. (8 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 5x ATK and increase combo by 0 when matching 4 or more connected Fire and Light orbs at once; [Board becomes 7×6]; 2x ATK and 1.5x HP for Light Att. [2.25/100/1]

Awakenings: TPA TPA TPA TPA   Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost
Super Awakenings:
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1020 (1275)
HP 5555 (6944) / ATK 2145 (2681) / RCV 109 (136)

Pros
Cons
  • 4 TPA TPA
  • Modest VDP potential
  • Powerful 7×6 leader
  • Most damage is tied to TPA
    • May be harder to VDP + TPA on 6×5
  • More unconditional VDP options exist
  • LS requires both Light and Fire 4-match
    • Low defensive multipliers

Evolved Tifa can be thought of as a reasonable VDP option who is able to quickly ramp up damage when TPA TPA are able to be matched as well. This may prove to be more restrictive compared to other VDP options, which may make it harder to bring her along on 6×5 boards.

Fortunately, she is a powerful 7×6 leader as she offers a high 10x (high for 7×6), a relatively easy to activate multiplier, and modest bulk. This can be paired with high output cards such as Yuna or Zinogre

Pixel Tifa

Active: Change Heal orbs to Light orbs; For 1 turn, increase combo count by 1. (7 turn CD)

Leader Skill: [Board becomes 7×6]; 2x ATK for Light Att.; 7x ATK and 2x RCV when matching 7 or more connected Light orbs[1/196/4]

Awakenings: Light Row Light Row Light Row Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost  
Super Awakenings:
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1020 (1275)
HP 5555 (6944) / ATK 2145 (2681) / RCV 109 (136)

Pros
Cons
  • 3 VDP via SA
  • Mostly just offers VDP
  • Feels less unique within the FF Collab

Like Pixel Yuna, Pixel Tifa is another triple VDP option in solo mode, which can enable her to easily pierce through Void spawns. With that being said, she does not bring any other interesting aspect/potency against certain spawns. This is not to say she is a poor choice, it is just that she feels somewhat blurred among the other options.

Tifa’s Crystal Charm

Active: Change top row and 2nd row from top to Light orbs; For 1 turn, 2x orb move time. (14 turn CD)

Awakenings: Imp ATK Imp ATK

Pros
Cons
  • Two Team HP
  • Makes 12 Light orbs
  • Overwrite Time Debuffs
  • Awakenings are underwhelming
    • Provides no Resists

Tifa’s Crystal Charm will be mostly for the double Row generation and two Team HP For the most part, both of these mechanics are strong in farming builds, but will most likely be underutilized in harder content as it provides no Resists.

Which Tifa to make?

If you enjoy 7×6 leaders and have available pairings, her Base or Evolved form can create a powerful team. Her Pixel form is an all-around Light VDP option and her Weapon Assist is underwhelming.


  Balthier – A
 Base Balthier

Active: For 3 turns, enhanced orbs are more likely to appear by 50%; Change Fire, Jammer, Poison, Mortal Poison orbs to Wood orbs. (6 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 4x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 3 or more colors; 4x ATK for matched Att. when matching 5 Orbs with 1+ enhanced [1/256/1/43.75%]

Awakenings: Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb Skill Boost Bind Immune Bind Immune Time Extend Time Extend Skill Lock Resist 45
Super Awakenings: 45
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1010 (1262)
HP 5588 (6985) / ATK 1940 (2425) / RCV 190 (238)

Pros
Cons
  • Other forms exist
  • Active skill is underwhelming
    • Should have full Hazard Resist
    • Chance at Enhanced orbs is not reliable
  • Heavily competes with many other Wood leads
  • Requires Rainbow + 5o1e
    • May restrict combo count
    • Restricts orb/board changers
    • Harder to VDP/FUA
    • 5o1e is a bad LS mechanic

Based Balthieris a Rainbow team who must also rely on the lackluster 5 orbs, 1 enhanced (5o1e) mechanic. 5o1e is problematic as players must have at least one enhanced orb of that specific colour and can be ruined by board/orb changers. As such, it is unreliable and when paired with a Rainbow mechanic, becomes even harder to use.

With this in mind, it is best to pursue his other forms.

Evolved Balthier

Active: For 3 turns, enhanced orbs are more likely to appear by 50%; Change Fire, Jammer, Poison, Mortal Poison orbs to Wood orbs. (6 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 3x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 3 or more colors; 5x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 5 orbs in L shape. [1/225/1 Resist 68.36%]

Awakenings: 45 Skill Boost Bind Immune Bind Immune Time Extend Time Extend Skill Lock Resist 45
Super Awakenings: 45
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1010 (1262)
HP 5588 (6985) / ATK 1940 (2425) / RCV 190 (238)

Pros
Cons
  • 2 Damage Reduction components
    • Can easily trigger at least 1
  • High personal damage
  • Active skill is underwhelming
    • Should have full Hazard Resist
    • Chance at Enhanced orbs is not reliable
  • Heavily competes with many other Wood leads
  • Requires Rainbow +
    • May restrict combo count
    • Restricts orb/board changers
    • Harder to VDP/FUA

Evolved Balthier is able to lead a 225x ATK / 68.36% Damage Reduction team when matching 3 or more colours along with an L. For the most part, either option should be relatively doable with each contributing their own shielding value. As such, Balthier teams should always be enjoying some degree of Damage Reduction along with a relatively high chance to fully proc the 225x ATK.

These are respectable multipliers overall and the main issue is Balthier may feel drowned out by other potent Wood leaders while also not being able to utilize Zela . The absence of what is arguably the best Wood sub is not ideal along with having to rely on rainbow coverage to succeed. This can dilute damage as bicolour boards can no longer be used along with having Combo count being negatively impacted. This is further exasperated by the need to match an L when needing to VDP/FUA.

Pixel Balthier

Active: Create L shape of Wood orbs with center at top row and far right column; Create L shape of Wood orbs with center at bottom row and far left column. (9 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 3.5x ATK when matching 6 or more connected Wood orbs up to 5x at 9 orbs; 3.5x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 5 orbs in L shape[1/306.25/1 Resist 43.75%]

Awakenings:   Skill Boost Skill Boost  
Super Awakenings: 45
Typing: Attacker / Physical
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1010 (1262)
HP 5588 (6985) / ATK 1940 (2425) / RCV 190 (238)

Pros
Cons
  • Spawns 10 Wood orbs
  • Naturally comes with 3 VDP & 3 L
    • Chance at high personal damage
  • Orb hungry LS
  • Orb hungry to tap into his full personal damage

Pixel  Balthier naturally comes with 3 VDP , which means he will have high piercing damage in both coop and solo. This alone would have been enough, but he is also blessed with three L’s which can catapult his personal damage output to new levels.

While this is a tricky thing to achieve (14 orbs total), it is still possible and his damage is not tied to combo count.

Balthier’s Crystal Charm

Active: For 6 turns, enhanced orbs are more likely to appear by 50%; Replace all orbs. (10 turn CD)

Awakenings: Imp ATK

Pros
Cons
  • Board refresh
  • +1s orb movement time
  • Underwhelming active
  • Less ideal awakenings

Baltheir’s Crystal Charm is an underwhelming affair as both the active and awakenings leave much to be desired. Being able to add an extra second of orb movement time is nice, but should not be needed and the extra L does not make up for the lack of any Resist awakenings.

Which Balthier to make?

Evolved Balthier is able to function as a strong leader with reliable Damage Reduction components whereas his Pixel form has tremendous VDP potential. As such, the decision of, which form to pursue comes down to what your Monster Box needs most.


5399 5417 Aerith (New) – S
Evolved Aerith

Active: For 1 turn, Heal orbs are more likely to appear by 10%. (1 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 4x ATK when 6 or more combos; 3x ATK on the turn a skill is used; reduce damage taken by 50% when matching 6 or more connected orbs. [1/144/1 Resist 75%]

Awakenings: Bind Immune Bind Immune Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist  45
Super Awakenings: 45
Typing: Healer
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1034 (1292)
HP 4263 (5329) / ATK 1323 (1654) / RCV 1032 (1290)

Pros
Cons
  • 1 turn base active
    • Correct typing for Cloud Cloud
    • Allows for easier inheritance
  • Almost always available 75% Damage Reduction
  • No sub restrictions
  • Low personal damage
    • Further exasperated by lower ATK multiplier
    • Relies on other cards to do the heavy lifting
  • LS requires an active every turn
    • Easy to achieve, but does cut down on available actives

Aerith is the only new 6-star card to be added into the Final Fantasy Collab and is able to function as a powerful sub or leader.

Looking at their awakenings, they are able to provide copious amounts of bonus HP via Team HP while also having modest personal damage. This can be used to achieve certain health thresholds or just to simply add bulk as there is not such thing as too much HP. Furthermore, she also possesses a 1 turn active, which can inherit anything with ease. For the most part, 1 turn actives are desirable as they give the most flexibility and Aerith does not have a negative effect (like Fenrir Viz ) and can be safely used without fear. With this in mind, they are the best sub for Cloud Cloud teams as she is the correct colour/typing along with providing even more HP.

As a leader, Aerith boasts a massive 75% Damage Reduction shield when matching 6 or more connected orbs. This should be achievable on virtually every board and any element or hazard can be used. In addition to this, Aerith maxes out at 144x ATK when an active skill is used in conjunction. This is always doable and with the right offensive cards, can deliver high amounts of damage. On that note, it is important to populate Aerith teams with high damage subs as her own personal output will be on the lower end. With that being said, any sub can be used.

Pixel Aerith

Active: Unlock all orbs; Create 9 Light orbs. (9 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 3x ATK and reduce damage taken by 35% when above 50% HP; 4x ATK when matching 6 or more connected Light orbs[1/144/1 Resist 57.75%]

Awakenings: Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Time Extend Dragon Killer 
Super Awakenings: 45
Typing: Healer
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1034 (1292)
HP 4263 (5329) / ATK 1323 (1654) / RCV 1032 (1290)

Pros
Cons
  • Always makes enough orbs for VDP
  • Highly effective against Dragons
  • Similar Damage Reduction as Edward
    • Worse because also requires 6 Light Orbs
    • Harder to activate
  • Not everything is a Dragon

Pixel Aerith is able to always make 9 Light orbs, which promotes 3×3 Box matching in order to tap into her two VDPs For the most part, 2 VDPs will not be sufficient, but Pixel Aerith gains extra zest against Dragon spawns and can acquire a 7 Combo 45 Super Awakening. Together, this can make her a higher piercing option, but only truly shines against Dragon types.

Aerith’s Crystal Charm

Active: Change all orbs to Fire, Water, Wood, Light, Dark, and Heal orbs; Remove all binds and awoken skill binds. (12 turn CD)

Awakenings: Blind Resist Blind Resist Poison resist Poison resist Time Extend RCV Latent

Pros
Cons
  • Full Bind/Awoken Bind clear
    • Rainbow Board changer
  • 40% Resist to Blind Blind Resist & Poison Poison resist
  • 12 turn cooldown
    • May charge up too quickly

Aerith’s Crystal charm is the final Weapon Assist for the Final Fantasy Collab and is incredibly powerful. For the most part, players want to achieve 100% Resistance against Blind, Jammer, and Poison attacks and being able to provide 40% to two mechanics with a single inherit is amazing. With this 40%, full immunity can be achieved via a 60% Weapon (eg. Monster Hunter) and frees up an additional active skill slot.

This extra flexibility is invaluable and makes Aerith’s Crystal Charm an amazing choice. Furthermore, the active skill tied to the card is powerful as it provides a Rainbow board change and a full Bind/Awoken Bind clear.

Which Aerith to make?

Both her Evolved and Crystal form are tremendously powerful and it comes down to your current level of progression. If you still have lots of content to clear, her Evolved form can provide you with a powerful leader to do so. On the other hand, more developed boxes may find more merit in the Crystal form to take advantage of the powerful awakenings.

Conclusion

The Final Fantasy Collab is jam-packed with powerful cards who have multiple, viable forms. This helps ensure any top rarity card finds merit in any Monster Box while also providing some powerful Weapon Assists.

For the most part, this is a solid event to roll in as it is home to unique and valuable cards along with having an amazingly high 22.5% Diamond rate. If you wish to read about the 5/4-star cards, please refer to my other article HERE.

Let me know what you think about the Final Fantasy Collab in the comments below along with your own personal approach to this event.

Happy Puzzling!

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79 thoughts on “Final Fantasy REM 6 Stars Review and Analysis – July 2019”

  1. Thank you for your time and effort for writing a detailed and comprehensive review! I’m planning to roll at least 100 stones in this event and I’m praying for an abundant amount of 6 stars. I also wish you the best of luck in your own rolls. Which card(s) are you most looking forward to rolling?

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    1. You are very welcome and hope you get lots of 6-stars as well!

      I would be happy with any 6-star that is new for me (so not Yuna or Sephiroth) but Aerith and Cecil are the main attractions for me

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  2. For a cloud 1-turn active option, you forgot about Tao ren from shaman king. Attacker typing, and even light sub-attr (not that it matters). Aerith isn’t the sole option.

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    1. Sure, Aerith isn’t the sole option but she’s, by far, the best option. So much so that it’s not even close. She was obviously made to be a sub on a Cloud team.

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  3. First of all you didn’t even mention cloud’s first evolution which despite the type restriction is a great leader that can be easily played by many people. Secondly you didn’t even mention that base noctis has the evo’s old leader skill, yet out of those two you do mention tifa’s first evolution which I agree she’s a great 7×6 pairing that can cover rcv debuffs. Alternate Arena 3 doesn’t have many notable rcv debuffs outside of brachy. Thirdly many of the lower rarities have farming and 3p uses which of course isn’t everyone’s cup of tea however they aren’t all terrible. Finally Balthier over Sephiroth seriously? And I feel your argument is their leader skills in which leader skills aren’t everything we have enough leaders in PAD that can clear endgame content. Sephiroth has way better sub value in his ultimate evolution than balthier could ever imagine. Most notably is Sephiroth having 2 god killer, taking God killer latents, and full hp and awoken bind recovery which is very much helpful in the future with leads such as Ina coming to NA within the next couple months. Balthier has applicable uses and isn’t exactly a go to unless your box doesn’t have much else.

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    1. Dude this took him a long time to make…maybe there were some mistakes here and there, and the tier lists are generally his opinions, you don’t need to accuse him if you think it’s wrong. At least thank him for writing this hella long review!

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    2. Thank you for your feedback

      For Cloud, his lower form is weaker in basically every way so I felt it was not worth showing since his evo form is far superior

      Noctis’s match-4 form is nice but will have a terrible time with combo shields/consistency. Perhaps it is reasonable overall

      Sephiroth is one of two 6* I have from the previous FF and I find him underwhelming for the most part. His pixel is more restrictive and crystal is not useful. His Evolved form has massive Killer potential and makes him a strong choice for sure but without VDP it can be redundant (kind of like how Noctis can destroy Devils but cannot deal with things like Nyx or Cthuga in a5)
      As for Balthier, 3 VDP before SA is strong and if you can L (not that likely) can deal comically large damage without combos to any spawn

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  4. I was excited about this event and rolled 50 stones. Got 2 Cecil, Tifa, my 1st colab orb skin char and a char I did not seen because of running out of energy.
    But all in all I need to say: why did I want roll in this colab so bad? Nothing really great in my eyes. I think I will trade for Lightning and maybe Luna for all the time she spends.

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    1. I used 155 stones and got Sephiroth, Tifa, and Yuna. Exchanged all 3 and 1 more for Aerith. Was pretty sad though to see my stones go away just like that and see only 3 diamonds.

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  5. Great write up as always. I will point out that under “Cons” for evo Tifa, you mention difficulty to achieve VDP+TPA on 6×5 board, but she provides a 7×6 board.

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  6. Spent $31 only on getting the free rolls & instant 5*. Lucked rolled the free 6* to get my first Yuna finally. Traded the extras from Godfest & last time the FF expansion was here to get the new 6*. Collab completed.

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  7. Really appreciate the in depth analysis! I’m at a bit of an impasse because I want yuna but don’t know if I should trade or roll more (hanging on to 30 stones for sgf)

    Rolls:
    – 2nd Noctis
    – 2 Aerith
    – 2 Lightning
    – Cloud
    – Balthier

    Thoughts?
    – Ray

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  8. Can not decide. I have enough stuff to buy 2 cards. I want Yuna for the LS. But should I go for Lightning or Aerith? And is it a good pairing: Yuna and Tifa?
    Yuna and Tifa, with 3x HP, 7×6 board, 4 sec from leaders sounds great. On the other side I have Sensui, that can pair with Tifa and brings more damage (without HP).
    And Aerith would be a wonderful inherit nd Lightning a great damage dealer (and another great leader).
    PS: I am a fan of 7×6.

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  9. Amazing write up, just what I need as always. Thank you again!

    Never rolled in this Collab and with a relative strong box (Dmeta, Fatalis, b&j), looking forward to rolling some assists as none of the leaders seem meta changing.

    Rolled 16 times at hit 5x 6* so its probably a good idea to stop there eh? I’m pretty happy about beating the odds so I don’t want to tarnish that luck haha

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    1. You are very welcome and glad you enjoyed it =)

      As for your rolls, you are ahead and you did get Cecil and Aerith (only big one missing is Lightning) but I feel you are in a good position to stop

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      1. Thanks, I literally can’t make a decision in this game without your input =]

        I am also using Yuna as a 400x lead. Massive damage and move time but a bit squishy. Just adding some variety to my usual meta leads (Dmeta/Fatalis). B&J is also just collecting dust in my box until her evo comes to NA!

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  10. Tidus
    Y’shtola
    Rinoa
    Ace
    Prompto
    Sephiroth
    Aemo&Mootie
    Squall
    Squall
    Reynn&Lann

    The rate for 6* is 22.5% not 12.5%, right?

    This might be more appropriate at the Question Time with Mantastic post, but I think it’s applicable here: What makes a card Monster Exchange worthy? I remember the system was revealed around Yusuke’s introduction, and everyone (myself included) traded 4 GFEs for a copy. But lately I haven’t heard much use of it since. I understand that the value of each card is subjective to user need and box options, but are there any cards, in this collab or another, that might be worth exchanging for?

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    1. Usually it’s fit with your box and whether or not a card makes it easier for you to beat the content you’re finding challenging.

      And It’s totally still a thing. The most recent example was Zela Kitty, who is now dominating my friend’s list despite coming from an otherwise mediocre collab (everyone traded for her). From Mantastic’s review: “Overall, Zela Kitty is a top tier leader and is worth Monster Exchanging for provided you can field a strong team.”

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    2. For myself, I believe a Monster Exchange should result in a significant upgrade from what you currently have. Thus, when Yusuke came out, he was the best at the time so people traded

      GH has not been as eager to raise Powercreep so outside of Zela Kitty, not many truly super star leads have come out

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  11. Idk, but I kinda think that this collab is being overrated, I mean sure, there r couple good leaders that also come with niche weapon assist forms, but they r far from being S tier comparing to the current meta.
    Not to mention that the pool are heavily infested with garbage pulls.

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    1. Some of the FF Crystals are pretty amazing and provide more value/cannot be replicated with current cards

      Also, the 22.5% Diamond is pretty high as all are usable and some of the lower tier things as well

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  12. I understand that you think Evo Cloud is worse than UEvo Cloud, but why exactly? UEvo Cloud seems inconsistent without Aerith while Evo Cloud is match 6; is it because Evo is restricted to Attacker subs?

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  13. Do you think Locke has any potential as Zeta sub, or is he sort of a DAth reskin? Im a bit skeptical, but thinking of playing an exorbitant amount to snag him. Any insight?

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    1. Locke is also worth pursuing as a heritable, reasonable cd anti-spinner active. That’s the main reason why I farmed medals for him 🙂

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  14. If nothing else, if you can walk away with the crystal forms of Noctis, Yuna and Cecil, you have done very well for yourself, especially if you play a lot of Co-op, which I do. You’ll never have to worry about clouds, tape or leader binds again! As leaders, even the S ranked cards are slightly nerfed in one way or another, but they will definitely have niche value.

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  15. Hi mantastic! Amazing write up as always, much appreciated & thanks!!!

    I’ve been saving 250++ stones for this event but after i read all the review it got me confused whether i pull this one or not.

    You see i already have near perfect zela kitty (2x zela, raizer, bastet, eir etc. with 2 yoh equip) and Dmeta team with planar, luci & izanagi. Thats for both of my account. This two team i believe should be enough to tackle all dungeon for time being.

    On the other side i dont have any of 6* FF Collab card.

    My question is whether i should pull this one fir future progression or saving again for tradeable GFE or another key collab?

    Thanks in advance for your input!

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    1. Are the weapon assists appealing? They may fill new niches overall as some cannot be replicated anyway else

      I have enough things to beat everything and still found value in rolling FF and you don’t have any at this point so the 22.5% may work in your favour

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  16. Thanks for the great review! I rolled 7 times but got not even one 6 Star…

    What are your thoughts on the farmable Locke? I don’t have a DZeta and already have some orb locking options like Sherias Roots. Worth the stamina investment?

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  17. Thank you for your detailed reviews. They are always so helpful. In some of your earlier reviews when the trade system was first introduced, you used to say if it was worth trading in. How come these are no longer included in the reviews?

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  18. Thanks for the write-up as always!

    I had cloud, sephiroth, and balthier from last time. I managed to snag Lightning, Cecil, and Aerith this time.

    I’m trying to decide what to do with the extra sephiroths and balthiers (2 of each) I got this time. Should I get Yuna or another Aerith for an assist? Currently my best teams are dmeta, dkarin, and zkitty.

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  19. Id like your opinion on whether I should trade dupes of some diamond FF cards. I have 2 extra Noctis and Lightning and also have a spare Fenrir Viz I could trade. I have managed to get Sephiroth, Cecil, Tifa, Lightning x3, Noctis x3, and Balthier. Would it be better to trade for Aerith or another FF card I don’t have or keep the dupes of lightning and Noctis for evoing them into their other forms??

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  20. Mantastic thank you as always the detailed and thoughtful reviews.
    This event and I are not compatible as I rolled 20 times and only got 1 Sephiroth and 2 Cloud (which
    I already got one and only one from the last FF event).
    Do you know what upcoming events are in line that will be worth rolling? I am trying to decide whether to push my luck further or just save my remaining stones. Thanks!

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  21. Just found a weird bug. If you use 2 savior, lightnings as leaders, the leader skill doesn’t work right. If will never give you the 4x multiplier and1 extra combo, even if you definitely have 4 or 5 attack combos.

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  22. Thank you so much for your time and effort for this huge write up, indeed analysis.
    This is a collab with so many characters with pixel form and with six-star cards with alternate leader forms plus a weapon assist form…, @_@

    I get a headache just by thinking about all the different forms of the characters…. really appreciate you, Mantastic!
    Big, big effort!

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  23. Thanks to RNGesus i was able to acquire all the 6 stars. Do you think there’s a possible way to make some short of cheesy FF team?

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