Like you favourite monsters, dungeons are evolving in complexity and difficulty. Forgone are the days of simply having to survive a single 8,000 damage hit and instead it almost feels like you have to have an advanced degree in Puzzle and Dragons to decipher or interpret the dungeon at hand. Thankfully, we have access to two great resources and this post will focus not only on how to understand and comprehend the information presented, but how to also theory craft counters to each mechanic.
I plan to do a subsequent post that will teach you how to intelligently build a team that will use topics discussed in this article so stay tuned.
This article will focus on how to overcome various hurdles presented in a dungeon along with a specific example of the current One Shot Challenge and subsequent video clear with Yomi Dragon .
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Yomi Dragon clear of One Shot Challenge 9
Puzzledragonsx & PadGuide
The two best database resources available to English PAD players are http://www.puzzledragonx.com/ (padx) and the mobile app PadGuide. Both these tools provide the same kind of information and which you choose to use will be mostly based on personal preference. For myself, I prefer using padx for dungeon research and PadGuide for monsters/evolutions etc. Continue reading How to Research and Plan for a Dungeon – Puzzledragonsx & PadGuide
All games and activities have a certain degree of lingo or abbreviations made by the fans to help streamline discussion or to convey complicated thoughts more easily. Puzzle and Dragons is no exception and for players who have been playing for several years, the lingo and abbreviations are not too difficult to keep up with. However, if you are just venturing out of Departure Tower (the starting dungeon), you may be overwhelmed with information and unable to understand what is being said on the various forums or Facebook groups. The purpose of this article is to provide a handy reference guide to all Puzzle and Dragons (PAD) terminology and if I miss any abbreviations, please let me know in the comments below.
Puzzle and Dragons abbreviations
In order to streamline your search and reading experience, I have tried my best to categorize the various terms.
Magic Stone related
Magic Stones are the premium currency in Puzzle and Dragons. These are used to expand our box space, friends list, continue a failed dungeon, as well as rolling the Rare Egg Machine (REM). These can be acquired via clearing a dungeon for the first time, logging in every day, or by purchasing with real life money.
- Stones simply refers to Magic Stones. Sometimes used in the past tense (stoned) to imply you continued a failed dungeon
- IAP or In App Purchases is a term used to convey spending real life money for additional magic stones
- F2P / Non-IAP stands for someone who is Free to Play and does not purchase Magic Stones
- Whale or any other aquatic animal is a term used to describe someone who purchases a lot of magic stones. The larger the animal (with Whale being the largest), the more they spend.
- MP or Monster Points is a secondary currency that can be used to purchase various powerful monsters
- GF is a Godfest where certain monters are featured at increased rates. Often confused with Girlfriend.
- PCGF is the short form of Player’s Choice Godfest. This is a special Godfest in which the players vote for the featured monsters. I do not know when it will occur next
- GFE are Godfest Exclusives that are only able to be rolled during Godfests
- 4x GFE indicates that certain GFE are featured at 4x rates. This number can change/vary
- Pantheon is the featured non-GFE monsters
- Troll Gold is a monster that comes out as a gold egg, but is really just an evolved silver
Continue reading Puzzle and Dragons Abbreviations – A Reference Guide
This Best Friend Guide will help you find more friends, explain how the process works, helping you improve your friends list, along with what you can use Pal Points for. Building up a strong friend base will allow you to choose from a variety of powerful leaders, have constant access to your favourite monsters, and passively generate pal points to spend on the Pal Egg Machine (PEM).
Even with the introduction of coop, it is still advantageous to have best friends as you may play in solo mode and best friends provide more pal points when used in multiplayer.
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. In all honesty, the sooner you add space and expand your friend list, the more pal points you will be rolling in. You can view this as an opportunity cost as for each day you have more friends, the more pal points you will generate in future days. Because PAD is very much a patience game, the sooner you invest, the more you will be rewarded. Thankfully, making friends in PAD is quite easy and I have found the community to be incredibly warm and welcoming. We can find friends via:
- Posting your ID on various forums, Reddit threads, and Facebook groups (@PG, @US, @HG)
- Typing in a player’s ID under Friends -> ID search
- Choosing Users from the helper selection list
Continue reading Best Friend Guide
I have been playing Myr since her release and is my go-to leader for end game content provided I do not need to hit outrageous damage on a regular basis. As such, I have a strong understanding of how to form heart crosses along with the strategies used to successfully clear various dungeons. Thus, I wish to take this opportunity to share my thought process when trying to form heart crosses while matching offensive orbs in conjunction. As with any combo/matching guide, everyone’s approach may vary and while my methods are successful for me, they may not be always work for you. In addition, all of my heart cross experience comes from Myr as the only other leader I own is Anaphon who has no sub support.
I highly encourage you to check out my Cascading Combo Guide as I will be referencing strategies outlined there. I also regularly broadcast my Arena 3 clears on my Twitch Channel and it is a great way to see my gameplay and thought process live.
A written guide is great, but it may also help to see the video guide that goes alongside this article as you can see the heart crosses matched in real time.
What is a heart cross?
The heart cross mechanic is currently the strongest ability in Puzzle and Dragons as it combines a survivability and offensive component when matching exactly 5 heart orbs in a cross formation. This allows you to survive gravity/percent based attacks along with having the ability to deal spectacular damage. This has proven to be amazingly powerful as you combine the ability to stall along with burst potential provided you have at least 5 heart orbs present on the board.
Acceptable heart crosses
The following images will show you the acceptable patterns for forming a heart cross. You can only match exactly 5 heart orbs to trigger your leader skill and will have a shielding animation pop up on screen if done successfully.
Continue reading Heart Cross Matching Guide
The Puzzle and Dragons community covers a wide range of platforms to inform, entertain, and educate the player base. All the subsequently mentioned resources are well worth a look as they provide content or points of view that differ from mine. If you have not already, you should follow/subscribe to my various social media vehicles as it is another way to stay up to date on my latest postings and streaming schedule.
I plan on continuously updating this list every few months to keep you up to speed on the latest resources in the PAD community. I have also duplicated this post in my drop down menu at the top under Classic Help Guides. Let me know if I missed anyone and I will edit accordingly.
For those who enjoy written content, the following sites should satisfy your craving for all things PAD related:
- Setsu has been contributing to the Puzzle and Dragons community for over a year and a half. His posts range from Godfest help, Collab REM reviews, leader tier list, and ranking dungeon strategies. They also play the game at a very high level (rank 800+) and provides inspiration in tackling the hardest content PAD has to offer.
- Soranopad is the most prominent English blogger that plays on the JP server. This gives the NA population a chance to see JP content played (and translated) in a way we can all understand. A great place to get ahead of the curve and anticipate what new trends will be dominating the PAD scene once they come overseas.
- Mischiefy1pad provides a complete non-IAP approach to PAD along with almost daily postings. They provide weekly planning tips of where to play and how to maximize your stone usage and is a treasure trove of information for players who are taking their first steps into the world Puzzle and Dragons. Unfortunately, they have stopped posting since April 25, 2016 and it is uncertain if they will resume.
Continue reading PAD Community Resources: Where to Click and Learn
Note: All values are doubled during half stamina as every run is twice as efficient.
After years of hating Mondays with the rest of the population, GungHo has finally acknowledged the existence of Mondays through the new Monday Dungeon! Unlike the other weekday dungeons, Monday will grant a sizeable amount of rank experience instead of evolution materials and will grant lower rank players the opportunity to rank up very fast and efficiently. However, before attempting any dungeon to farm/play repeatedly, always make sure your clear rate is nearly 100% and investigate the dungeon prior to entering.
Monday Dungeon comes in two difficulty levels:
- 60,000-63,000 rank experience (1,230 / stamina) – 50 stamina
- 6 floors
- Floor 1-3 provide 2-5 turns of stalling and about 355k HP
- Floor 4 has up to 1.2M HP and give a few turns before killing you
- Floor 5 has low-HP, 433k defence monsters that can be easily bypassed with poison (eg. Lilith ) or true damage (eg. Ra )
- Boss Floor: 300k defence & 840k HP. Requires sizeable burst to kill
Continue reading Metalit Mondays: New Meta for Ranking Up?
A Word from Mantastic
This article was created by one of my readers, Sam, who has invested a great deal of time and effort into creating a comprehensive and current rerolling guide for new players. I simply provided some editing and formatting modifications along with the insertion of my icons. I tried to keep my modifications to a minimum as to preserve his writing style and opinions. Sam may wish to start his own blog and any feedback on his content and writing style is greatly appreciated. He has also volunteered to do various number crunching should my articles need any mathematical supplementation. Enjoy!
Hello newbies! My name is Sam, and I feel your pain. When starting your Puzzle & Dragons career, there is simply too much information out there, and it can be beyond overwhelming, even to veteran players. My buddy Mantastic has done a fantastic job of condensing information into easily digestible chunks such as his new player guide found HERE.
If you have ended up at this article, you are asking the right question to make your long journey a little more reasonable: “Should I reroll?” Rerolling is deleting your account and starting over from scratch, and is done to remove the variance between strong starts and weak ones so you can hopefully avoid hitting a wall in the content you can complete without spending dozens of bitcoins (or your currency of choice) on stones for Rare Egg Machine (REM) pulls. This guide will provide you with the knowledge you need to figure out if your first monster out of the REM will carry you all the way, or if you are going to end up floundering. First I will state our priorities, then I will outline some lingo I will be using, and finally I will get to the meat of the matter and give you the list. Continue reading New Player Rerolling Guide