The P&D Pass will be making a debut in North America after the most recent maintenance and offers players a subscription-based service in order to acquire additional Magic Stones, rolls, and other in-game items.
As a whole, this is an efficient ratio of real life money to in game currency and if you are someone who is already comfortable IAPing (in-app purchasing), this will be a blessing overall.
With that being said, P&D Pass will still cost real life money ($9 USD / $12 CAD) which in turn can be off putting for many players. Thankfully, Puzzle and Dragons is a non-competitive, primarily PvE (player versus environment) game which means this has no actual impact on your own experience should you choose to forgo this service.
On the other hand, there is a 7 day free trial along with a special first time bonus to any one who subscribes (paid or trial) within the next 3 weeks. This special bonus is a Spring Forward Medal which can be redeemed for either Jiraiya , Yuri , or Grandis .
As a disclaimer, I do not work for GungHo and have never received any form of momentary, in-game currency, or support beyond a couple of Retweet/Facebook shares in the past. As such, all opinions are my own.
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Money is always a sensitive topic, especially when spent on entertainment as it can be considered “wasteful.” By wasteful I mean it does not contribute to advancing your overall status in life (eg. paying down rent/mortgage, food, etc.).
On the other hand, spending on entertainment is usually the most enjoyable part of our lives as it is what brings us joy and the medium we choose to do so will vary from person to person. At the same time, certain activities are more socially acceptable which makes no sense to me.
Generally speaking, it is considered the norm to go out for food and drinks which will get pricey quite quickly as the drinks aspect is grossly overpriced. Yet, spending $30-50 on a single evening would be considered socially acceptable but spending that same amount on a video game (let alone a Gatcha game) or digital property is seen in a more negative light.
This is absurd overall because people should be allowed to freely spend their hard-earned money on what makes them happy and unlike dinner/drinks, it is not pooped out the next morning as you can still continue to derive entertainment from your purchase for many months to come.
The key is spending within your limits and living within your means.
Cost to purchase Magic Stones
In addition to the release of the P&D Pass, the price for Magic Stone bundles/packs has been decreased:
Due to the fact that I live in Canada, I will be using the CAD prices to reflect the value offered with the various options. As such, Magic Stones cost approximately 76 cents each (65/85) when using the 85-Stone format as it is more efficient compared to the other options.
What is offered in the P&D Pass
The P&D Pass offers 30 different Gift Dungeons which automatically means players will gain 30 Magic Stones along with whatever goodies are offered within the each Gift Dungeon.
Right away, this translates into 12/30 = 40 cents per Magic Stone which is almost twice as efficient compared to the 85 Stone bundles. In fact, if you purchased the P&D Pass for 5 months ($60), you would have acquired 150 Stones along with 150 other goodies while still spending less compared to the 85-Stone pack.
In regards to the Gift Dungeons offered, each day has something different but the more notable drops include, but not limited to:
- 30 Magic Stones (1 per gift dungeon)
- Free Roll (Day 1, Guaranteed GFE at Level 5)
- Plus points (Day 4, 1-5x +297s)
- Super Snowglobes (Day 10, 1-5x)
- Rank EXP (Day 20, 2-10M rank EXP)
- Monster Points (Day 25, 100,000-500,000 Monster Points)
- AA4 Latent Tamadra (Day 26, random one appears, can restart to get desired one)
- 1 Rainbow Event Medal (Day 28)
You will can also acquire Diamond Dragon Fruits, Trigod Masks, and other rarer materials on the other days.
Finally, you will also receive 5 extra team slots along with +5% Rank EXP for completing a dungeon in solo mode.
Dungeons last for 48 hours and can be missed if you fail to actually play it within that time frame.
The P&D Pass offers 30 different Gift Dungeons with some of them starting at Level 1. Once you successfully clear that dungeon, it will become Level 2 for the next cycle of the P&D Pass and caps at 5.
This in turn will offer better rewards for these Level dungeons with a guaranteed GFE being available for Day 1’s Level 5. As such, there is incentive to be subscribed for a prolong period of time in order to gain the largest benefits
Even if you stop subscribing, these Levels will not be lost and you will simply restart at your previous Level if you resubscribe.
Who benefits the most from this?
Naturally, anyone who already is comfortable spending money on PAD will find the P&D Pass to be amazing as it offers truly outstanding benefits for the price point. On the other hand, spending in Gatcha-style games tends to be the most helpful for newer players or those with less developed boxes.
This is because PAD has an absurd number of different cards and in order to build competent/functioning teams, you really need a deep Monster Box in order to have the right leader, subs, and inherits. As such, there is a much greater urgency to roll in every event as it will most likely be their first time doing so. Furthermore, many of the daily Gift Dungeon drops will be prized commodities as they may be in short supply.
On the other hand, for someone like myself has less motivation to roll in general as I am already able to field competent teams along with being able to farm any dungeon in the game. I do not have many of the newer/top rarity cards but am able to get along just fine along with the ability to acquire any farmable material in the game.
This is not to say that more veteran players cannot benefit from this, but I just generally feel IAP bundles tend to be the most helpful for newer players for any game.
Free trial and timing your free trial *EDIT*
All players will be able to utilize a 7-day free trial for the P&D Pass once per account but be aware that you will be automatically charged if you do not opt out before the trial ends:
Generally speaking, it should not truly matter when you begin your P&D Pass Free Trial outside of timing the best 7 days but GungHo will be giving all players who do subscribe (free trial or paid) within the next three weeks a Spring Forward Medal. This Medal can be Monster Exchanged for either Jiraiya , Yuri , or Grandis .
This is a terrific first time bonus and should be capitalized upon by every player. Furthermore, the reward for tomorrow (June 26) will be one of the AA4 Latent Tamadras which are incredibly difficult to acquire. The delivery system is via Gift Dungeon with one of the five appearing at random. If the one that spawns is not the one you actually want, you should simply menu -> quit and then reenter the dungeon again which in turn will re-radomize the spawn. Repeat until you acquire the one you need most.
Timing this free trial is important and doing so right away will grant the AA4 Latent along with a random roll on the first of July and can be opted out of right away if you do not wish to be charged at the end of the free trial.
The P&D Pass is the most efficient medium for acquiring Magic Stones when spending real life money as it is around $0.40 CAD per Stone. This is significantly more efficient compared to the 85-Stone bundles (even with the new price decrease) along with offering a plethora of valuable loot on a daily basis.
Generally speaking, players with less developed boxes will gain the largest benefit as the additional gift dungeon drops can possibly yield otherwise difficult to acquire cards.
With that being said, there is a free 7 day trial which should ideally be redeemed today (June 25) in order to acquire the AA4 Latent, free roll, along with a limited time Spring Forward Medal which can be redeemed for a 7* GFE. This Spring Forward Medal is only available for the next three weeks and if you use the free trial, you can opt out before the 7 days are over.
Let me know what you think about P&D Pass in the comments below along with your thoughts on subscription based services.
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