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Version 11.2 Update, Ragnarok Dragon Evo, and if Arena 2 is Worth Running

Introduction

Version 11.2 is now live in North America and Europe and brings with it some very minor changes and small additions. I had almost completed my write up for the new Norn evolutions (  ) but it looks like that will have to wait for another day.

Regardless, Version 11.2 provides a revamp of Arena 2 with the introduction of new Latent Awakening Tamadras, minor quality of life improvements, two new Awoken Skills, and a new evolution for Ragnarok Dragon .

This article will touch upon all the new changes introduced along with determining the viability of the changed Arena 2.

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Latent awakenings

Latent awakenings are a way to add further customization to your favourite monsters as they can significantly alter the way they function.

Each Monster comes with 5 default slots with the (expensive) opportunity to add a 6th slot. While most Latent awakenings occupy one slot, some will require 2 spaces, but tend to have stronger benefits to compensate. Continue reading Version 11.2 Update, Ragnarok Dragon Evo, and if Arena 2 is Worth Running

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Version 11.1 Update and 3-Player Coop Review

Introduction

Puzzle and Dragons was updated to Version 11.1 and with it comes new evolutions, quality of life improvements and a brand new gameplay mode. This article will not focus on the new evolutions (that article can be found HERE) and instead will be reviewing the other changes with particular focus on 3-player coop and the strategies used to approach it.

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Bonus/Follow Up Attack Awakening

Completing what I call the holy trinity of powerful awakenings is Bonus/Follow Up Attack  (Guard Break  and 7 Combo 45 are the other two). Bonus/Follow Up Attack is often referred to as the Resolve Killer awakening as it provides you with 1 additional point of damage AFTER your matched orb damage is triggered.

Bosses with Resolve will survive with 1 HP after all your regular damaging abilities and this Follow Up Attack will deal the final blow before they can cast their 1% ability. As a result, Resolve Bosses will no longer be a threat to most teams as you can simply combo away on a 5×5 board and no longer need to worry about damage control, delays, gravities, or execution abilities. Continue reading Version 11.1 Update and 3-Player Coop Review

New Evolutions: Metatrons, Angels 2, and More – May 18, 2017

Introduction

7 new split evolutions have been released overnight that breathe significant new life into some older cards. With this article, I wish to explore how these new evolutions fit in the current meta as well as discussing which path you should pursue.

Cards to receive new evolutions:

  • Rozuel 
  • Ruel 
  • Lumiel 
  • Nephthys 
  • Light Metatron 
  • Dark Metatron 
  • Amaterasu 

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Split evolutions

Split evolution paths tend to push cards into either a more sub or leader oriented role and are Fantastic overall as it allows you to better customize each card to your liking. Sometimes there is an obvious winner, but there may be times that where you wish to retain the older evoluton. This can occur when new split does not warrant enough benefits or they lose a particular typing/sub element.

 Rozuel

Rozuel was a potent fire sub due to her triple TPA, unbindability, recover bind, and God typing. This granted her flexibility as she could perform the role of both a bind clearer and offensive powerhouse when matching a TPA. In addition, the water typing had merits on rainbow teams and her low base cooldown enabled you to inherit an active of your choice over top. Continue reading New Evolutions: Metatrons, Angels 2, and More – May 18, 2017

Version 11.0 Update – Review

Introduction

May 10th marked one of the larger updates to happen to Puzzle and Dragons for NA/EU and I wish to cover all the relevant changes and evolutions.

Monster Box Folders are one of the best quality of life improvements after the less than ideal changing how FAV sorting worked. Now through folders, you can better customize how your Monster Box works and is one of my favourite additions to date.

Furthermore, several new evolutions have went live and I was able to actually play around with some of them which will help me provide a better opinion and analysis for them.

You can read the official GungHo notes HERE.

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Monster Box Folders

Monster Box Folders are one of the best things to happen to Puzzle and Dragons as it allows for amazing customization and organization. By default, all of your Evolution, Awakening, and Enhance materials are sorted into their respective folders leaving the remaining monsters in the Not Set tab.

The following video is my quick tutorial on how I go about using the new Folders.
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What I love most about the Folders is that everything is organized to your liking and easier to view what you have. Continue reading Version 11.0 Update – Review

New Content Update – Evolutions & Buffs Overview

Introduction

An amazing amount of content was released last night and it is almost overwhelming trying to keep abreast with what is hip to the hop and worth pursuing. This article will try to help provide some clarity to the new cards and which ones you should prioritize if resources are limited.

In addition, I will also be briefly touching upon the notable buffs and eventually begin work on a farmable monster tier list from an inherit and leader/sub point of view.

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New evolutions

If you refer to the official GungHo Facebook Page, there is an incredible amount of content to scroll through and the reincarnation process is resource intensive as each cards requires 16 million experience to level up. As such, you should resist the urge to reincarnate things you are using if you are unable to re-max level them.

Naturally, who you prioritize with your resources will be based upon your individual box needs and you should take my recommendations with a grain of salt.

 Amon & Baal

The main problem with Belial, Amon, and Baal was that they had low value actives and desperately needed this Awoken evolution to revamp them. Now, they did lose some “signature” awakenings, AKA Amon’s Machine Killer Machine Killer and Baal’s Coop Boost Multiplayer Bonus and bind immunity, but these were replaced with dual TPA TPA. While Machine Killer is quite unique, it has situational value at best with the access to the new Killer latents and the fact that most water cards are Physical and thus qualify to use them (which I use on my Meridionalis 3276 team).

On the other hand, Baal’s Coop Boost tends to be hazardous as it would cause him to hit significantly harder than the rest of the team. In addition, the loss of bind immunity is not appetizing. Continue reading New Content Update – Evolutions & Buffs Overview

[Review] January 18 Content Update – New Evolutions & Snow Globe Noir Buff

Introduction

The January 18th content update brought the release of three new Egyptian 1 Reincarnated evolutions along with a buff to the Snow Globe Noirs 1006. However, many people are left with a feeling of disappointment as the wrong chicken received a new evolution. This review will quickly go over how the new Egyptian 1’s fit in today’s meta as they are in somewhat of an awkward place at the moment.

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3272 Isis 3384 3273 3385

The Egyptian 1 pantheon have all received reincarnated evolutions with the exception of Isis. This pantheon is one of the oldest in Puzzle and Dragons and for a while contained some of the strongest leaders the game had to offer. They went through a wild roller coaster ride ups and down for a few years. Presently speaking, they are in somewhat slump for a period of time now. Their main problem was the dependency on using  an active skill to achieve their full multiplier which lowers their potency.

Active skill reliance places constraints on your clear potential as you have to either stall for actives or simply sacrifice a team slot for a quick charging ability. You are able to work around this in short dungeons or through coop in order to guarantee an active skill every turn but may struggle in dungeons with non-fixed spawns as it is harder to plan around.


Reincarnated Horus
3272
Devil / God / Attacker
3,875 HP / 2,164 ATK / 630 RCV
1,000 Total
Enhnaced Fire Orb Enhnaced Fire Orb Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Time Extend Skill Lock Resist TPA TPA

Active Skill:
Enhance all fire orbs
+2s to orb movement time for 1 turn
4 turn Cooldown

Leader Skill:
4x ATK with 4 colours. 5x ATK with 5. 2x ATK & RCV when active skill is used
100x ATK / 4x RCV

Pros Cons
  • Flexible Leader Skill
  • 1,000 weighted stats
  • 100x ATK
  • Short cooldown can inherit easily
  • Double SBR Skill Lock Resist
  • Cover Fire & Water
  • Can use orb changers
  • Active skill reliant for damage
  • RCV is tied active skill
  • Damage is okay
  • Wrong chicken
Impressions

Reincarnated Horus has always traded a higher damage multiplier for greater consistency. This worked well when he was first released as there were fewer options to choose from along with most of the content not requiring amazingly high multipliers. However, in today’s meta, it is just not worthwhile as we now have access to board refreshes and time extends. Thus, the safety net is no longer required and is actually hurting his potential overall.

A 100x rainbow leader is perhaps average nowadays. Unfortunately, being average is not really good enough as you ideally want to have a card who excels in one particular aspect. Furthermore, having a large percentage of your multiplier tied to the usage of an active skill truly kills Horus’s potential. Without an active skill, you will only be able to achieve 25x ATK along with 1x RCV. If his RCV component was passively built into his leader skill, he could at least stall. Sadly, if you want to heal, you must also use an active and run the risk of killing the floor as well.

With all that being said, Horus has some merits, most notably his potential to act as a sub on various teams. His base cooldown is only 4 turns and allows you to easily inherit something over top along with covering the awkward Fire and Water elements. Furthermore, he has dual Skill Bind Resistance which can greatly ease team building constraints in solo mode. Finally, his dual TPA and massive base attack will allow Horus to achieve amazing burst damage.


Reincarnated Bastet
3384
Devil / God / Balance
4,760 HP / 1,757 ATK / 519 RCV
1,000 Total
Poison resist Time Extend Poison resist Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Time Extend TPA Enhanced Wood Orb TPA

Active Skill:
Mass attack for 3 turns
+2s to orb movement time for 1 turn
5 turn Cooldown

Leader Skill:
3x ATK with 5 combos. Scales up to 5x with 9 combos. 2.5x ATKwhen active skill is used
156.25x ATK

Pros Cons
  • Scaling Leader Skill
  • 1,000 weighted stats
  • 156.25x ATK
  • Short cooldown can inherit easily
  • Flexible team building
  • Cute
  • Active skill reliant for damage
  • 25x at 9 combos is weak
  • Damage is okay
  • Base active is weak
Impressions

Reincarnated Bastet is a massive improvement to her Awoken form as it significantly boosts her maximum damage from her previous 36x. In addition, you have a higher combo threshold for additional damage (7->9) along with a stronger multiplier when using an active skill. This further cements Bastet as a glass cannon leader as she still has no defensive multiplier component.

Like Horus, Bastet can only offer up to 25x ATK without an active skill and will make it challenging to use her efficiently in content that requires a large amount of damage repeatedly. However, when using an active skill, you are able to deal lethal damage as you can efficiently stack TPA TPA awakenings. Granted you do lose out on your maximum damage multiplier, but if your team has enough TPA, the lower combo count can be justified. In fact, 7 combos (which is a realistic amount) will result in 100x ATK and that should be sufficient for most content as she is leading a mono wood team.

When compared to Acetet Cross Bastet, Reincarnated Bastet wins out from a maximum multiplier point of view along without running the risk of flooding the board with wood and compromising combos. However, Acetet is superior from a combo perspective if no active skill is used. Acetet can achieve up to 64x ATK and gains her additional multiplier from matching 3 wood combos. This wood combo clause will usually result in an active skill being used, but will force you to bring more orb changers by comparison.

Reincarnated Bastet is better able to load up on utility-based actives as you do not require numerous wood orbs and can simply rely on the higher base multiplier and a TPA match. Another thing to consider is the risk of using God Killer God Killer on Acetet which could lead to the inability to kill certain absorb bosses (most notably Sopdet). Finally, Reincarnated Bastet has a shorter cooldown along with higher weighted stats.


Reincarnated Anubis
3385
Devil / God / Balance
5,048 HP / 1,450 ATK / 618 RCV
1,001 Total
Bind Immune Bind Immune Time Extend Auto heal Time Extend Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Auto heal Bind Clear awakening

Active Skill:
Green Jammer Poison Arrow Dark
4 turns counterattack
8 turn Cooldown

Leader Skill:
5x ATK with 9 combos. 10x with 11 combos. 3x ATK when active skill is used
900x ATK

Pros Cons
  • Has some damage control
  • 1,001 weighted stats
  • 900x ATK
  • Unbindable with Bind Clear awakening
  • Active removes hazards
  • Niche counterattack
  • One true God
  • Inconsistent activation
  • Skyfall/praying required
  • No defensive multiplier
  • Active has a long cooldown
Impressions

Reincarnated Anubis is a significant improvement to his Awoken form as you only require 11 combos for maximum damage along with active skill usage and 9 combo damage being improved. This somewhat lowers the risk involved along with providing some form of damage control as you can activate 9x damage with an active skill.

A 6×5 board can provide at most 10 combos with a perfect distribution. Unfortunately, the more likely scenario is a board with 7-8 combos and after matching perfectly, praying for adequate skyfalls is required. This playstyle is incredibly risky along with inconsistent as there will be many times where the skyfalls are not in your favour.

Reincarnated Anubis brings up to 30x ATK by himself and has some potential to pair with 7×6 leaders even if they have lower damage multipliers. Unfortunately, the best option currently is to use Aten 3268.

Shifting away from a leadership role, Reincarnated Anubis has strong potential on mono dark teams due to his bind immunity and recover bind Bind Clear awakening awakening. This enables Anubis to clear 3 turns of binds with a single row of hearts. This would be more helpful if he had a heart generating active, but you can always inherit something over top his own active.

Finally, looking at Anubis’s active skill, it has a reasonably long cooldown for the benefits it provides. Most single orb changer plus hazard removal is pinned at 7 turns along with a turn of haste. Thus, you are trading haste and an additional turn for the occasionally useful counterattack. Counterattack has most applications against resolve bosses that have a 1% attack you can survive. This will enable you to instantly kill the boss as their ability will hit you and then have the counterattack hit and kill them. Perhaps the best example of this is against Zeus & Hera as their damage goes out before the healing component.

Snow Globe Noir Buffs

Snow Globe Noirs 1006 have been buffed to provide 3 million off-colour experience instead of the original 2. Hooray.

Conclusion

The new Egyptian 1 evolutions are nice, but not necessarily game breaking. They do add another dimension to leadership potential, but many players are probably disappointed by no Ra Dragon 3265 as he is one of the most anticipated evolutions to be released.

How do you feel about the new evolutions?

Happy Puzzling!

New Content Update – December 20th

Introduction

The December 20th maintenance comes with new evolutions, buffs to various cards, and improvements to existing dungeons. This article will summarize all the major changes and help provide insight on their impact in Puzzle and Dragons.

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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. Despite the need for Powercreep in any longstanding game, GungHo does a good job of recycling old cards back into the meta instead of only releasing new monsters.

In the case of Reincarnated evolutions, they should be chosen in the vast majority of situations as it is a tremendous boost in power due to the 1,000 weighted stats, triple typing, and improved leader skill. The only time you would not proceed with a Reincarnated evolution is if you are lacking the monster experience to re-max level them (16 million) or require the specific elemental coverage. You can read more about the Reincarnated process HERE. Continue reading New Content Update – December 20th