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I am Mantastic and Fantastic. I often play with myself, write guides, and make bad puns. Happy Puzzling!

Farming Training Arena 2 with Double Shivnia

Introduction

Training Arena 2 has been available within the Normal Dungeon tab for some time now and is an efficient medium to quickly level up your monsters. This is because it is only 11 floors long, has no mechanics (only huge HP/DEF), drops a random Latent, along with providing 12 million Monster Experience evenly split between all non-max level cards.

This is a hefty amount of Monster Experience and while there are countless teams that can clear the dungeon, being able to do so in a fast and brainless manner can be meaningful.

With this in mind, I would like to share the current build I am using which was created by my friend Miso and slightly adjusted to my own Monster Box.

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Team used

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Heroine REM Review and Analysis – May 2020

Introduction

The Heroine Rare Egg Machine returns to North America this coming Friday and with it, three new cards along with several Weapon Assists at the top rarity.

As a whole, this event has become weaker over time due to its age and rate in which GungHo releases new characters who tend to be stronger. This is the nature of Powercreep and for players who have rolled in here numerous times already, there will be little merits in throwing more Magic Stones at this machine.

With that being said, if this would be the first time or nearly your first time in rolling here, there is some value across all rarities and they may help fill roles/niches you currently have.

On the other hand, this event will return on a regular basis so there is no “rush” to pull right now.

Regardless, this article will outline the pros and cons for each card within the Heroine Egg Machine event to give players a better understanding of what each monster can do.

Video commentary

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Overview

Heroine REM Pros & Cons – May 20, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • Value at all rarity levels
  • Weapon Assists provide more value for 6/7*
  • Higher Weighted Stats overall
  • Will return on a regular basis
    • No “rush” to roll
    • Higher rarity cards tend to be buffed
  • Old event
  • Becoming more top-heavy
  • 5-star cards lack Weapon Assists
    • Low value in Dupes
  • 5-star cards are becoming less unique/powerful
Heroine REM
7 Star base
(2% each, 12% total)
3274
6 Star base
(41.4% total)
     
 
5 Star base
(46.56% total)
     
Heroine REM Rankings – May 20, 2020
S
A  
B 3274    
 
C
D

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

The bottom rarity should be the main motivation to roll in an event and here is a brief summary showcasing their awakenings and/or Weapon Assists if applicable. Awakenings in (brackets) are Super Awakenings.

  • TPA TPA TPA TPA Skill Boost Skill Boost Time Extend Balance killer God Killer ( TPA) – D
  • +heart +heart +heart +heart +heart +heart TPA  Skill Lock Resist (  TPA) – B
  • Bind Immune Bind Immune Skill Boost Skill Boost Bind Clear awakening  Devil killer Devil killer ( ) – C
  • Time Extend Time Extend Time Extend Time Extend TPA TPA TPA Skill Boost ( 45 TPA) – D
  • Dark row Dark row Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist 45 physical killer Machine Killer Devil killer ( 45) – C
  • Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb Skill Lock Resist 45 (45 ) – B

Continue reading Heroine REM Review and Analysis – May 2020

Grigory x Grigory Versus Alt. Arena 3

Introduction

Alt. Arena 3 remains one of the best dungeons to farm on a regular basis due to the Rank EXP, Pys, Killers, and the satisfaction of clearing a challenging dungeon.

Despite being in the game for a modest period of time, AA3 can still be unforgiving to an unprepared player as failing to bring a key Resist or flubbing a kill board could result in an unfortunate ending.

With this in mind, I wish to share my double Grigory team as he tries to revive the TPA TPA meta through his massive multipliers, immunity to Poison damage, and Auto Follow Up Attack.

Despite having many things going in his favour, I found my Grigory team had several issues compared to other higher tier leaders and I believe the issue lies in the fact that I am running double Grigory.

This is because the two strongest mechanics for Leader Skills are 7×6 and Auto Follow Up Attack which will result in asymmetrical pairings. As such, my 6×5 Grigory team had issues with Combo shields along with some problems with damage due to a lack of offensive sub options.

With these points in mind, I wish to explore how I built my own team along with addressing the major hurdles that can be found in Alt. Arena 3.

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Notable Alt. Arena 3 mechanics

Alt. Arena 3 is currently one of the hardest dungeon available in North America and may push many teams to their limits. As such, it is important to understand the key mechanics that must be addressed.

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7* GFE Menoa Review + Debut Super Godfest

Introduction

Friday marks the debut of the brand new 7-star Godfest Exclusive (GFE), Menoa during a Super Godfest. New cards are always exciting and in the case of Menoa, she is akin to Ney and Cotton in that all of them have 6 distinct forms which will cover all 5 attributes.

As such, Menoa offers wonderful flexibility and it is important to choose the form that will best help your individual Monster Box.

Unfortunately, her debut Super Godfest is nothing special as it features the standard 1/3 GFE rates along with the regular +297, max level and awakenings. With this in mind, I would be hesitant in spending Magic Stones here as stronger events will eventually come around.

Regardless, this article will highlight each of Menoa’s 6 different forms to give players a better understanding of her potential.

Video commentary

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Debut Super Godfest

At this point in time, 10-Magic Stone Super Godfests have become the norm and the routinely features approximately 1/3 chances for pulling any Godfest Exclusive along with miscellaneous other fluff benefits. When this was first introduced, these rolling rates and additional benefits were unparalleled but they have now become the norm/baseline in which we evaluate Super Godfests.

Taking this into consideration, the upcoming Menoa debut Super Godfest is nothing special aside of her being included in the line up. It does not feature higher than average rolling rates, no Seasonal cards, nor the promise of ex Godfest Exclusives, just the standard 1/3 chance for a GFE and 2/3 Pantheon.

As a result, I feel that this Godfest can be easily skipped unless you are a brand new player who has a fledgling Monster Box, but even then, you could probably wait a couple of weeks for another event as Super Godfests cannot get any worse than this 1/3 rate. Continue reading 7* GFE Menoa Review + Debut Super Godfest

Have a MOMtastic Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day and gifts are hard but proclaiming your love on the internet is eternal.

I am truly fortunate that my mom has made the effort to find ways to bond with her favourite (and only) son through PAD. In fact, she has been religiously playing for over 2,300 days and talking about PAD gives us something connect over. It is not uncommon for more “serious” conversations to be broken up with questions about PAD on whether this card is good or should I roll? etc. She sometimes visits this website (to my delight) and in the case of the most recent REMDra tournament, just looked at the image for active skill usage and was able to hit 999,999 all on her own.

Amusingly, she was quite anti-video gaming when I was growing up and my play time on the family computer was regulated and would occasionally go up by 15 minutes if I accomplished various tasks or scored well on certain math/logic tests. As such, I was truly surprised she wanted to give PAD a try but I believe it was tied to the actual puzzling aspect as it is a more mentally demanding game. Naturally she has no interest in the pretty girls nor cosmetic aspect and prefers to see that sweet sweet Clear message at the end of a dungeon.

MOMtastic’s Rank 885 is all her own doing as I only touch her account for difficult content, Box tidying/organization, and the occasional Ranking dungeon. While I am aware that it is easier to grind for Rank, that is not something she pursues and her current Rank is a byproduct of long-term playing.

Over the years, her puzzling skills have improved but still dislikes the reactive nature of Ranking dungeons and prefers to play through dungeons at her own pace.

Regardless, being able to bond over PAD with my mother has been a truly fantastic experience and hope this continues for the foreseeable future.

Happy Puzzling and Happy Mother’s Day!

Bleach Collab Review and Analysis – May 2020

Introduction

The Bleach Collab returns to North America after a prolonged absence. This is good news as all of the cards have received various buffs along with some gaining new evolutions.

Sadly, only the top rarity will gain Weapon Assists which does lower the value of duplicates at the 4 and 5-star rarities. While this is saddening, two out of the five 4-star cards are quite powerful and may be enough justification to do a few rolls.

This is further facilitated by the 5 Magic Stone price tag but at the same time, players should be aware that the overall Weighted Stats are on the lower end.

This article will outline the pros and cons for each card within the Bleach Collab event to give players a better understanding of what each monster can do.

Video commentary

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Overview

Bleach Collab Pros & Cons – May 7, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • 2/5 bottom rarity cards are valuable
  • 5 Magic Stones per roll
    • Worth doing a couple
  • All cards have Voice awakenings
  • Only top rarity has Weapon Assists
    • Lowers value of dupes for 4/5*
  • Low weighted stats due to 5-Stone cost
  • Somewhat average event
Bleach Collab REM
6 Star base
(2.5% each, 12.5% total)
5 Star base
(38% total)
3361 3363 Kenpachi Toshiro Kisuke
4 Star base
(49.5% total)
Rangiku Yoruichi Ishida Chad Orihime
Bleach Collab Rankings – May 7, 2020
S
A    Chad Orihime
B 3363 Kenpachi Toshiro
C 3361 Kisuke Rangiku Yoruichi
D Ishida

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

The bottom rarity should be the main motivation to roll in an event and here is a brief summary showcasing their awakenings and/or Weapon Assists if applicable. Awakenings in (brackets) are Super Awakenings.

  • Rangiku Time Extend Bind Immune Bind Immune Balance killer Balance killer God Killer Skill Boost ( ) – C
  • Yoruichi Skill Boost Time Extend Skill Lock Resist Wood Row Wood Row ( ) – C
  • Ishida +light orb Jammer Resist Jammer Resist TPA TPA God Killer Devil killer ( TPA ) – D
  • Chad Enhnaced Fire Orb Fire Row Fire Row Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Boost ( ) – A
  • Orihime Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb +heart +heart +heart Skill Boost (  ) – A

Continue reading Bleach Collab Review and Analysis – May 2020

Which Starter Team to Pick for 3 Choices! Win a Team!

Introduction

Friday, May 1st marks the start of a special new event/dungeon that will award players with the pre-made team they selected. This choice can only be made once and once awarded the pre-made team, you should not sell the Starter Dragon as it will be used for another set of challenges that requires said Starter Dragon.

For the most part, you should be selecting the pre made team that features a Pantheon card you do not own but in the case of missing multiple cards, the decision becomes a bit more meaningful.

This article will briefly outline my thought process for selecting a team for this new event.

Video commentary

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Selection is permanent

Your selection is irreversible once you clear any one dungeon so it is in your best interest to choose the team that can benefit you the most. Continue reading Which Starter Team to Pick for 3 Choices! Win a Team!