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Lampeid x Fasca Versus Alt. Arena 3

Introduction

Alt. Arena 3 is one of the most lucrative dungeons to farm and is considered the second hardest dungeon in the game at this point in time. As such, being able to clear this dungeon will provide a wonderful Rank EXP, Pys, and satisfaction.

Over time we have acquired numerous different leaders who can tackle this dungeon and while it is possible to secure a clear with a wide variety of teams, being able to consistently farm Alt Arena 3 is valuable overall.

For myself, I have used a wide variety of teams and have found that Lampeid (Lamp) paired with Fasca to be a wonderfully strong team. This pairing combines the two strongest Leader Skill mechanics of Auto Follow Up Damage and 7×6 along with enough powerful subs to handle this dungeon with relative ease. Furthermore, there is copious amounts of movement time along with strong multipliers in all metrics.

While Lamp does require 6+ Water orbs to function, this should be quite doable on 7×6 and not having to worry about Resolve greatly improves any Row-based team.

With this 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 the second 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.

Continue reading Lampeid x Fasca Versus Alt. Arena 3

Sacred Relic Dragon Saga REM Review and Analysis – March 2020

Introduction

In a surprise announcement late Thursday night, the Sacred Relic Dragon Saga Rare Egg Machine will be debuting in North America starting on Friday, March 27 and is home to only Transforming cards.

As mentioned in my previous articles, GungHo will be pushing the Transform meta as these cards are stronger compared to previously available options due to the Skill Boost Skill Boost hurdle that is required. As such, many team compositions are drastically changing in order to accommodate these new and powerful cards.

Furthermore, we will now have a more diverse set of Transforming cards in this event as some are all-or-nothing (like Yugi ) or those that provide Skill Boosts/Effective Skill Boosts and then Transform into something powerful (like Fortress Dragon ). I want to stress that cards who help you Transform and then Transform themselves are particularly powerful because they no longer have “wasteful” Skill Boosts any more.

In regards to the Sacred Relic Dragon Saga series, this is a brand new GungHo-owned even which means it should return on a regular basis (like Dragonbound & Dragon Caller (DBDC)) which means there is no “rush” to roll these cards.

With that being said, this is a debut event which mean the first several rolls should be unique for the most part. Furthermore, these cards are also at the height of their power which tends to be the case for any first-time event as it would not make sense to release cards who are already outdated.

One other nice aspect to this Rare Egg Machine event is that because all cards can Transform, there is no Limit Break/Super Awakenings. Thus, these cards have a lower investment cost compared to most other monsters. Sadly, this also means duplicates are lackluster as none of these cards have a Weapon Assist nor can they be inherited.

Regardless, this article will summarize each card’s strengths and weaknesses to give you a better understanding of what is in store within this event.

Video commentary

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Overview

Sacred Relic Dragon Saga Pros & Cons – March 27, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • All cards Transform
    • Transforming cards tend to be stronger overall
  • Not all cards are all or nothing
    • Some have reasonable awakenings in Base form
  • Low investment
    • No Limit Break/Super Awakenings
    • No Skill Up required
  • Debut event
    • First several rolls should be new
  • GH event
    • Should return on a regular basis
  • Duplicates are less valuable
    • No Weapon Assists
    • No card can be inherited
  • Small rolling pool
    • Easier to acquire Duplicates
  • Monster Exchanging is costly
Sacred Relic Dragon Saga REM
 7 Star base (2% each, 10% total)
 6 Star base (7% each, 28% total)
 5 Star base (15.5% each, 62% total)
Sacred Relic Dragon Saga REM  Rankings – March 27, 2020
S
A
B
C
D

All 7-star cards are available for trade within the Monster Exchange

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking.

Icons only show their Transformed evolution

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

Continue reading Sacred Relic Dragon Saga REM Review and Analysis – March 2020

Maintenance Tonight + Best Friend & Rank 150-800 Machines

After Wednesday’s Maintenance, Rank 150-800, Best Friend, & Presents will be reset. *Note: If bonuses remain unclaimed by the date of the reset, the unused bonuses will be lost. Players will only be able to receive each bonus once after the reset.

Introduction

On Wednesday March 25 at 5pm (UTC-8), PAD will go under maintenance and this will also reset the Best Friend Token, Present, Rank 150-800, and One-Time Bargain set.

The Best Friend reset will grant an additional Token which will allow you to choose a new Best Friend. This additional selection will not overwrite your existing ones but failing to use a current selection will not carry over after the reset.

Best Friends are a vital part of your PAD experience as it will enable you to expand the leaders available as well as gaining additional Pal Points.

This article will explain the Friend and Best Friend System along with how you can improve your chances of being selected by strangers as well as how to form BFF Triangles. For the most part, this post is copy/pasted from the previous Reset as nothing has changed mechanically for Best Friends.

For this Reset, I plan on pruning my Friend’s list of inactive players (2+ months for BFF) on both accounts in order to make space for any of my readers who wish to Best Friend me. If you wish to Best Friend either of my accounts, please leave your ID number, your in game name, and which account you want to Best Friend. Due to limited space on Mantastic, I will not be able to accommodate everyone.

Finding Friends

The first step to Pal Point domination is to find friends to populate your list. As you rank up, your friends list will max out at 50 players. You can add 5 additional friend slots for 1 magic stone, up to a maximum of 300 friends. Continue reading Maintenance Tonight + Best Friend & Rank 150-800 Machines

Seasonal Ladies Egg Machine Overview

Introduction

Today marks the debut of a special Seasonal Ladies Egg Machine which features a wide array of cards from different events. One negative aspect of Seasonal events is that each Egg Machine is somewhat set in a vacuum in the sense that these cards are often not featured outside their respective events.

Thus, with the Seasonal Ladies Egg Machine, players are able to roll cards from Christmas, Halloween, and New Year’s all in one place. This is an interesting twist on regular Seasonal events while also preserving the 5-Magic Stone price tag.

While this may seem like a nice idea overall, the truth of the matter is the rolling rates are terribly top heavy along with the majority of strong rolls being at the 9 or 8-star rarity. Furthermore, not all of the strong Seasonal cards are featured here.

As such, this basically creates the same issue of all Seasonal events: top-heavy with pretty filler cards at the bottom.

With this in mind, I am not inclined to roll the Seasonal Ladies Egg Machine as none of these cards have received any form of buffs along with having minimal value at the bottom rarities.

Video commentary

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Overview

Seasonal Ladies REM – March 20, 2020
Pros
Cons
  • Pretty girls all around
  • Combines Christmas, Halloween, & New Year’s events
  • Low value below 8-stars
  • Weapon Assists only on 9-star cards
  • Missing some stronger cards from each event
  • Top-heavy event
    • 7-stars and below have mediocre to questionable value
Seasonal Ladies REM – March 20, 2020
9 Star (1% each / 3% total)
 8 Star (1.5% each / 6% total)
 7 Star (2% each / 10% total) 2406  2510
 6 Star (7.5% each / 37.5% total) 3417  3224 3225
 5 Star (8.7% each / 43.5% total) 3419 2574 3230 3228

Continue reading Seasonal Ladies Egg Machine Overview

Base Minaka x Minaka Versus Alt. Arena 3

Introduction

Alt. Arena 3 is considered the second hardest dungeon in the game at this point in time and is still a wonderful dungeon to play from a rewards perspective.

Over time we have acquire numerous different leaders who can tackle this dungeon and while it is possible to secure a clear with a wide variety of teams, being able to consistently farm said Alt Arena 3 is valuable overall.

For myself, I have used a wide variety of teams and have found that Base Minaka  x Minaka to be a reasonably strong option assuming you have Gamayla as Dragon VDP are relatively scarce.

While this team lacks Auto Follow Up Damage, having a massive RCV multiplier and a 7×6 board facilitates easier stalling along with innately countering combo shields and the orb hungriness of requiring 4-6 of Water/Dark orbs.

With this 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 the second 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.

Continue reading Base Minaka x Minaka Versus Alt. Arena 3

[Meta Snapshots] Damage Absorption was a Mistake in Arena-Style Content

Introduction

Puzzle and Dragons is one of the most complex and content heavy games on the market due to the numerous years it has been available. For more veteran players, many aspects may feel like second nature, but when you take a step back and think about Resolve, Weapon Assists, Super Awakenings, Ranking Dungeons, or even simpler things such as Team Building, one may realize there is so much going on.

Due to the sheer volume of content available it is inevitable some mechanics will be better received compared to others but one thing GungHo tends to reuse older mechanics but make it harder by ramping up the numbers or combining several aspects at the same time.

Sadly, Damage Absorption is one mechanic that has been kept around and is the worst designed ability in Puzzle and Dragons. This is because the HP values have kept going up along with damage output which makes it impossible to not hit over the threshold without an active skill being used. As a result, every team must bring at least 1 Damage Absorption Void active in order to actually finish a dungeon in this day and age. While more options have become available over time, the fact that you need an active to counter this in order to pass a dungeon is not a fun way to play the game.

Video commentary

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Brief history of PAD dungeons

Puzzle and Dragons is one of the oldest and deepest mobile games on the market. Like any game, PAD started out reasonably simple and the main appeal was the orb matching component. As such, the spawns found within dungeons were relatively static in that they only had a health value, defense, and a single attack value. Continue reading [Meta Snapshots] Damage Absorption was a Mistake in Arena-Style Content

New GFE – Fasca & Nelle Review

Introduction

Today marks the debut of Nelle and Fasca who are incredibly powerful Godfest Exclusives who continue to push the limits of Transformation cards. At this point in time, Transforming cards tend to be stronger compared to other alternatives because they must go through the hassle of bringing enough Skill Boosts Skill Boost in order to function.

Furthermore, these cards also solidify the notion that asymmetrical pairings are the way of the future. This is because the two strongest mechanics currently available are 7×6 and Auto Follow Up Damage. With this in mind, no single leader can bring both mechanics to the table at this point in time so players would ideally be using two different leaders.

This has benefit of being able to have more opportunities to use top-tier leaders as one does not actually have to own that respective card. Unfortunately, it may also lead to issues with Team Building as both Nelle and Fasca have various restrictions but also provide natural 7×6 boards.

With that being said, I wish to take a closer look at these two new powerful cards that are debuting during the current Super Godfest.

Video recording

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Base Fasca

Active: For 1 turn, increase combo count by 1; Changes to [5842 ] for the duration of the dungeon (18 -> 18 turn CD)

Leader Skill: [Board becomes 7×6] 4x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when 8 or more combos

Awakenings:  Skill Lock Resist 45
Super Awakenings: –
Typing: Attacker / Devil
Available Killers: God Killer Devil killer physical killer
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 552 (-)
HP 2510 (-) / ATK 1325 (-) / RCV 109 (-)
Weapon Assist: +light orb +light orb +light orb +light orb +light orb Imp ATK

Base Fasca is similar to Nelle in that she also provides a 7×6 board along with requiring 18 Skill Boosts Skill Boost in order to Transform. While Fasca does have a typing restriction post-Transform, all she has to do is match 8 or more combos which should be incredibly easy on a larger board.

As such, she can favourably pair with significantly more leaders along with a less restrictive pool of subs compared to Nelle + Yugi.

Great Witch of the Radiant Wings, Fasca (Transformed)

Active: Reduce unable to match orbs effect by 9999 turns; Remove all binds and awoken skill binds; For 1 turn, increase orb move time by 2 seconds (5 -> 5 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 4x ATK & RCV and 1.5x HP for Attacker type; 4x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when 8 or more combos [2.25/256/16/43.75%]

Awakenings: Skill Lock Resist 45
Super Awakenings: –
Typing: Attacker / Devil
Available Killers: God Killer Devil killer physical killer
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1406 (-)
HP 6500 (-) / ATK 3350 (-) / RCV 258 (-)

Pros
Cons
  • Natural 7×6
  • Strong multipliers
    • Higher RCV
    • Easy to activate Damage Reduction
  • Incredibly powerful 5-turn active
    • Clear unable to match orbs
    • Full bind/awoken bind clear
    • +2 seconds orb movement time
  • Numerous leader pairings
  • Only requires combos to activate
    • Harder to orb troll/not activate
  • +3s orb movement time ( x3)
  • High personal damage
  • 18 SB Skill Boost is on the lower end
  • Future Alice pairing
  • Flies around on a broom
  • Must use Attacker types
  • 18 SB to Transform
    • Is still a hurdle

Fasca features the same 18 Skill Boost Skill Boost requirement as Nelle in order to Transform but is significantly easier to team build overall. This is because her leader skill requires Attacker types but more importantly, fully activates from 8 or more combos. This is a key distinction because it allows Fasca to asymmetrically pair with basically any leader as there is no colour requirement and only combos are needed.

With this in mind, players should view her as a 7×6 leader who needs Attackers along with a total of 18 Skill Boosts. Furthermore, Fasca’s own personal damage is incredibly high as she features 7 Combo 45, 10 Combo , and VDP . This places her on-par with Bradamante as both cards achieve 25x personal damage with a 3×3 Box and 10 combos which should be significantly easier on the larger 7×6 board.

In regards to team building, Skill Boosts are a prized awakening but it really comes down to who you pair with. For example, utilizing Dark Karin will favour a Light based team but utilizing Yugi (he is off-type) means players can utilize Bakura (and his Weapon Assist ) for all your damage needs. Conversely, pairing with Haohmaru yields a 7×6 + Auto Follow Up Damage team that is basically an upgraded Tifa  x Haohmaru.

One future pairing will be Alice Sword Art Online (should return soon) who can be traded for and comes with 4 Skill Boosts, natural Tape Resist , and 1 Auto Follow Up Damage when matching 3 or more Light combos.

Players could also use Chidori , Kamen Rider Super 1 , or Lilia but you can see where this is going: any leader who is ideally an Attacker can pair with Fasca.

Weapon Assist: +light orb +light orb +light orb +light orb +light orb Imp ATK
Active: Reduce unable to match orbs effect by 9999 turns; Remove all binds and awoken skill binds; For 3 turns, 2x RCV; For 3 turns, 2x orb move time (15 -> 15 turn CD)

Pros
Cons
  • Only Weapon to provide 5 Enhanced Light orbs +light orb
  • Powerful active
    • Reduce unable to match orbs
    • Bind/Awoken Bind clear
    • RCV buff
    • TE buff
      • Does almost everything
  • Harder to justify converting a single copy of Fasca to this

Faska’s Weapon Assist also provides a blistering 5 Enhanced Light +light orb orbs along with an amazingly powerful utility active.

The main idea with sprinkling Orb Enhances for a given team is to provide additional damage for every card and is usually pursued after all Resists are taken card of.

If GungHo had stopped at just the awakenings, this would still be a strong Weapon Assist but the fact that it includes one of the best utility actives is amazing.

This active is able to cancel out unable to match orb effects, full bind/awoken bind clear, an RCV buff, Time Extend buff. Each component is helpful in their own right, but having all 4 aspects being represented is something special. With this active, players can counter 4 different metrics and will greatly ease team building requirements.

While there is no question to the power Fasca’s Weapon Assist provides, the largest hurdle will be acquiring her and being able to forgo using her Transforming evolutions.


Base Nelle

Active: Change the bottom row to Dark orbs; Changes to [5845 ] for the duration of the dungeon (18 -> 18 turn CD)

Leader Skill: [Board becomes 7×6] 4x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 7 or more connected Dark orbs

Awakenings:  Skill Lock Resist Dark row Dark row
Super Awakenings: –
Typing: Balance / Devil
Available Killers: God Killer Dragon Killer Devil killer Machine Killer Healer Killer physical killer Balance killer 37
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 553 (-)
HP 2610 (-) / ATK 1120 (-) / RCV 205 (-)
Weapon Assist: Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Imp ATK

Base Nelle requires 18 Skill Boosts Skill Boost in order to Transform into a  incredibly powerful mono Dark leader who relies on matching 7 or more connected Dark orbs. What makes her quite special is that she is able to naturally provide a 7×6 board which prevents the need to utilize leader swap shenanigans but at the same time, has a restrictive sub pool and asymmetrical pairings.

Great Witch of the Mysterious Beasts, Nelle (Transformed)

Active: For 1 turn, bypass damage absorb shield effects; Change the far left column to Dark orbs and change the far right column to Heal orbs (6 -> 6 turn CD)

Leader Skill: 2x all stats for Balanced type; Increase orb movement time by 2 seconds; 9x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 7 or more connected Dark orbs [4/324/4/43.75%]

Awakenings: Skill Lock Resist Dark row Dark row Dark row  
Super Awakenings: –
Typing: Balance / Devil
Available Killers: God Killer Dragon Killer Devil killer Machine Killer Healer Killer physical killer Balance killer 37
Weighted Stats (Limit Break): 1407 (-)
HP 7020 (-) / ATK 2840 (-) / RCV 410 (-)

Pros
Cons
  • Natural 7×6
  • Huge multipliers
    • Provides Damage Reduction
  • Incredibly strong 6-turn active
  • Favourably pairs with Yugi
    • 4/360/4/25% + Poison Immunity + 7×6
  • Cute
  • Must use Balance types
  • Few viable pairings
    • Yugi forces Devil / Balance
    • Hard to team build
  • Damage may be poor without VDP
    • May not have 7c 45 subs
  • 20 SB Skill Boost to Transform with Yugi

Nelle and Yugi are a match made in heaven as their two Leader Skill beautifully synergize with each other to produce a 4/360/4/25% with immunity to Poison damage along with a 7×6 board and all they have to do is match 7 or more connected Dark orbs. Just wow.

This sounds almost too good to be true and it is because Yugi must use Devil and Nelle requires Balance. Thus, your team building will be restricted to Balance + Devil cards who must also provide a total of 20 Skill Boosts Skill Boost in order to Transform. This is going to be by far the largest hurdle players will have to overcome as your options are quite restrictive. A quick Ilmina search shows only 4 Balanced Devils who have 4 or more Skill Boosts that have Dark as their primary attribute. With that being said, Winged Dragon will Transform into Dark Magician Girl who is a Balanced Devil.

Essentially, you are building a Yugi team with more restrictions but the payoff is significantly higher as you now have a larger board to play around with.

There is really not too much to say for Nelle as she is an all or nothing leader who uses a highly restrictive sub pool when paired with Yugi. Of course, for players who are able to do this, they will greatly enjoy the huge pay offs. Remember Nelle + Yugi > Yugi + Yugi due to the 7×6 board.

Nelle’s position may change in the future if more viable pairings emerge or her sub pool expands.

Weapon Assist: Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance Imp ATK
Active: For 2 turns, bypass damage absorb shield effects; Change the far left column to Dark orbs and change the far right column to Heal orbs (22 -> 22 turn CD)

Pros
Cons
  • Only Weapon to provide 5 Enhanced Dark orbs Dark Orb Enhance
  • Powerful active
    • 2 turn Fujin  + column Dark & Heart
  • Longer CD to prevent accidental charging
  • Harder to justify converting a single copy of Nelle to this

Nelle’s Weapon Assist is incredibly powerful as it provides the highest amount of Enhanced Dark Orbs Dark Orb Enhance of any Weapon which leads to an impressive increase in your team’s total Passive Damage.

Furthermore, the active skill provided generates a column of Dark and Heart orbs along with 2 turns of Damage Absorb Void (Fujin ). This is quite a powerful combination of effects and helps ensure at least one component will be useful.

Unfortunately, it may be difficult to justify converting a single copy of Nelle into this form assuming you are able to field a team for her. With that being said, if you are unable to build a team for Nelle (mostly because you did not roll in Yu-Gi-Oh Collab), you can utilize her as a Weapon and switch back if things change in the future.

To roll or not to roll

The current Super Godfest is only “special” due to the debut of Nelle and Faska. As such, the decision to roll or not roll in this current event will come down to how much you value the overall roster of cards featured.

While the chance for 1/3 GFE is now the norm, one has to remember that the other two-thirds of the cards may be somewhat “dead” rolls that cost 10 Magic Stones. This is because most Pantheon cards have much less use along with the strong possibility players already own copious copies of them.

As such, you need to take a look at the available roster and decided whether or not this will provide sufficient value with the goal to acquire 1/3 rolls as GFE. Just remember Super Godfests along with Nelle and Faska will return on a regular basis so there is no “rush” to roll this event.

Conclusion

Nelle and Fasca are two fantastic new cards to come to North America. They help solidify Transforming teams as a top-tier mechanic as they both provide natural 7×6 boards alongside their impressive Leader Skill multipliers.

I am personally not a fan of the Transforming meta as it often results in highly restrictive team building but at the same time Powercreeping older options.

Either way, let me know what you think about these two new Godfest Exclusives in the comments below along with whether or not you plan on rolling.

Happy Puzzling!

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