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Dark Athena Team Building, Discussion, and Rationale for 750,000 MP

Do not nuke your Monster Box for 750,000 MP to buy Dark Athena. She will be a permanent addition to the MP shop

Introduction

Dark Athena 3193 has been a long anticipated card that was up until this point only available in JP; however, NA/EU will finally be able to purchase her for 750,000 MP starting May 1st. This is a tremendous stepping stone as we are actually able to acquire a Radar card when PAD Radar is not available in our regions. Regardless, the question within the community will transition from is she coming to “Should I buy Dark Athena?” This is a loaded question as she does cost 750,000 MP and you should carefully weigh the pros and cons along with actually having a viable team to use her.

I did write extensively about her in a previous posting, but will create a new one based on the new cards that have been released since her debut in JP. However, there will be some overlap between the two but I have added in a much needed team building section.

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Dark Athena at a glance

Dark Athena
3193
God / Devil / Attacker
3,618 HP / 2,501 ATK / 0 RCV
862 Total
TPA TPA TPA Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Boost Bind Immune Bind Immune

Active Skill:
Enhance all water & dark orbs
3 turn delay
11 turn Cooldown

Leader Skill:
1.5x HP & 3.5x ATK for God, Devil, and Attacker cards. 2x ATK & 2x RCV when matching Dark and Water orbs
2.25x HP / 49x ATK / 4x RCV

Pros Cons
  • 12.25 or 49x ATK
  • 2,501 base ATK
  • 3 TPA TPA for burst
  • Tanky Leader Skill
  • Forms one of the best teams in PAD
  • Can quickly clear challenging content
  • Farms Arena 3
  • Flexible team building
  • Bind immune
  • Damage enhance & delay
  • Can overcome combo shields
  • No evolution required
  • Comes ready to use
  • Can use Haku(s) 
  • Can be used as a sub
  • Must match both water and dark for RCV
  • Stalling is not as practical
  • No SBR Skill Lock Resist
  • Low movement time
  • Gemstone inherit semi required
  • Costs 750,000 MP

Impressions

Dark Athena may look lackluster from a purely multiplier perspective; however, she is actually one of the strongest cards/leaders in the game. There are many factors that go into consideration when trying to determine what makes a strong leader, and Dark Athena covers almost all of them.

Dark Athena has one of the most unconditional leader skills which dramatically raises her consistency and speed when playing through both challenging and easy content. Simply having to match a single water and dark combo for 49x is trivial compared to the shenanigans other leads require. This ease of activation enables you to flood the board with dark orbs in order to better take advantage of Dark Athena’s three TPA TPA awakenings. Furthermore, with the introduction of the 7 combo 45 awakening, Dark Athena has even more burst potential as she can run duplicate Hakus  to great success. Continue reading Dark Athena Team Building, Discussion, and Rationale for 750,000 MP

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New Content Update – April 25, 2017

Introduction

In a small and surprising update, we received new Reincarnated Evolutions for several popular cards. For the most part, reincarnating a card is the best thing to do as they are bumped up to 1,000 weighted stats, additional awakenings, and triple typing. As such, you should be pursuing them almost all the time and the only real exception at the moment is Haku .

This article will provide a brief summary/thoughts on each of the featured cards in this content update. As a side note, you should be using 0-stamina Normals to abuse Legendary Earth for endless monster experience to level up all of these cards.

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New evolutions

New evolutions are some of the most exciting aspects of Puzzle and Dragons as it breathes new life into old cards and hopefully revitalizes their viability.

 Set

Like the other Egyptian 2 cards, Set gained a split evolution that removed all of this TPA TPA to gain dual 7 combo 45 awakenings as well as changing his sub attribute to Light from Wood. From a purely damage perspective, dual 7 combo awakenings are more potent when achieving 7 or more combos, but ruin more mindless-farming builds that rely on minimal comboing. Continue reading New Content Update – April 25, 2017

Three Kingdoms 2 Review and Analysis

Introduction

The Three Kingdoms 2 (3K2) series is coming to North America on Friday, March 17th and will feature the new locked orb removal mechanic. In order to entice players with new cards, GungHo tends to release new/unique abilities which also helps open up new team building/inheritance possibilities. One nice thing about the 3K2 pantheon is that they are a pantheon and should in theory be easier to obtain.

The Three Kingdoms 2 are all able to transform the board to a 7×6 size and promote pairing with different leaders along with featuring the 7 combo 45 awakening. 7 combo awakening provides 2x damage for that card when hitting 7 or more combos and is a tremendous damage boost overall. While this can be problematic with absorption mechanics, we do have access to Fujin 3414 and is somewhat controllable as you can make the conscious effort to match less combos and pray for no skyfalls.

Unfortunately, due to the fact that these are new cards, they do not have an ultimate evolution and suffer from lower base stats and fewer awakenings, but hopefully their newer aspects help justify these weaknesses.

One thing you need to be aware of is their lower than perceived rates. All the 3K2 cards are 6-star rarity and will be slightly harder to acquire than a regular card.

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Ranking the Three Kingdoms 2

Three Kingdoms 2 – March 15/2017
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God / Physical
3,735 HP / 1,643 ATK / 140 RCV
749 Total
TPA TPA Time Extend Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost 45 Continue reading Three Kingdoms 2 Review and Analysis

Fujin & Raijin Review and Analysis

Introduction

Two new 6-star Godfest Exclusives are coming to North America and both push Powercreep to a new level. Every game requires a certain element of Powercreep to keep things interesting, but it should advance at a steady march, not by giant leaps and bounds. While Raijin 3416 is unique and powerful in her own right, she is at least not overwhelming in what she does unlike Fujin 3414.

I liken Fujin’s level of Powercreep to that of a Gemstone Princess (far too powerful in their own right) and dearly hope it does not set  a presedence for future dungeon spawns. With that being said, once you own a Fujin, your PAD life will never be the same again.

GFE Tier List – March 15/2017
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** Not in NA yet 3414 3416 **

download download 3390 Eschamali Ryune Saria 3235 Sherias Roots Gremory
Ronove 3391
download Blue Sonia Urd Skuld ult evo Verd 3372 Sylvie Scheat
2997 Ult Sumire 3260 dtron Australis 2991 Baby Satsuki
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3268 2993 Fenrir Viz
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Fujin

Fujin
3414
God / Attacker
3,418 HP / 1,885 ATK / 130 RCV
762 Total
Time Extend Time Extend Time Extend Skill Boost Skill Boost 45 Continue reading Fujin & Raijin Review and Analysis

New Split GFE Evolutions – Which Path to Take

Introduction

In a surprise mini patch, GungHo ninja released several new split evolutions for various Godfest Exclusive monsters. This article will help weigh the pros and cons when deciding which path to take.

The idea with a split evolution path is to provide players with more options for customization as well as trying to push them more into a “leader” or”sub” role. You should also be aware that some of these evolutions lose their sub attribute.

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Implications for split evolutions

Having a split evolution tree appears to be the norm/trend for Godfest Exclusive cards. For the most part, it is beneficial as you are able to better customize the card to your box needs, but it can also put pressure on players to roll more of what are already the most rare cards in Puzzle and Dragons. However, these new evolutions have breathed new life into the aging Odins while providing Baldin and Balboa more viability so these are positive overall.

Do note that the active skill does not change regardless of which evolution path you choose. Continue reading New Split GFE Evolutions – Which Path to Take

[PSA] Please Farm a Psychopomp Princess of Oblivion, Grida

You must play Mythical or Pyromaniac difficulty and the invade rate is around 2% so be prepared for a long ride (I around 100 clears for my first invade)

Introduction

Wit the Heroine REM coming on February 6th, most of the attention will be on collected all the pretty girls (you can read more about my review HERE). However, I want to direct your attention to the Heroine version of Grisar 3285 who is a rare invade from the event dungeon and is one of the strongest farmable cards you can acquire.

Due to the time sensitive nature of the event dungeon, I strongly encourage you to acquire her right away as it is uncertain how long it will be before she returns. it is better to have her now (and skill up at your leisure), then regretting a Grida-less box a month or two later.

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Who is the Grida?

Psychopomp Princess of Oblivion, Grida
3285
Devil
3,560 HP / 2,144 ATK / 67 RCV
807 Total
TPA TPA Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Dark Orb Enhance Dark Orb Enhance
Continue reading [PSA] Please Farm a Psychopomp Princess of Oblivion, Grida

Thoughts on JP Stream – Odin Dragon & New Evolutions

Introduction

Due to the popularity of my previous Japan Stream review, I thought I should continue this trend and pen down my thoughts on up and coming content. I enjoy writing these types of posts as it gives me a chance to condense my thoughts along with not being overly time consuming.

There was other content released (such as a modest buff to Ryune) along with small quality of life changes, but this article will focus on the new evolutions.

JP has always received content in a timely manner while NA has historically had inconsistent release dates. Thus, I cannot predict when these will be released, but a good guideline is 1-2 months. You can view this in a positive manner as we are able to prep/observe how the new changes will impact the meta.

You can read more about the JP Stream through puzzledragonx.

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New evolutions

Split Ultimate Odin Dragon

Odin Dragon has historically been somewhat of a joke in the PAD community upon his initial release due to how underwhelming he was. Granted he does make for essentially the strongest bind clear for wood teams, the 300,000 Monster Point price tag was hard to swallow and now with Reincarnated evolutions catching up in base stats, there was no real need to purchase him.

As such, “Offensive” Odin Dragon was born. Offensive may refer to his hideous artwork, but is better used to describe his now attack-oriented leader skill.

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Continue reading Thoughts on JP Stream – Odin Dragon & New Evolutions