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Fusing Monster Experience for Greats (1.5x EXP)

Introduction

When I first started playing PAD, Skill Up and Great/Super rates were a 10% chance to succeed and waiting for a 2x event was meaningful. Fast forward to today and it is essentially 100% chance for Great/Super which is fantastic overall but also means we should be mindful of how much EXP we fuse to a given card.

As such, I often try my best to never waste anything and try to fuse just enough so that a Great (which almost always happens) will fully max out the respective card.

With this in mind, I want to “math out” the EXP needed along with common EXP materials you can use to quickly and mindlessly max level a card.

I will only be using on-colour EXP material as it provides 1.5x more EXP and try to use at most 5 Fodder to save time/hassle. Of course there will be some wasted EXP but I will try my best to minimize that as well.

Sometimes you may be just short when trying to reach the respective threshold and I will indicate that with . You will only need to fuse a tiny amount more afterwards but this will preserve materials.

Video commentary

4 million curve

1.5x = 4M
x = 2.67M

EXP Reference: 4M Curve – 2.67M
What to Fuse
Red
Blue
Green
Light
Dark

 

5 million curve

1.5x = 5M
x = 3.33M

EXP Reference: 5M Curve – 3.33M
What to Fuse
Red
Blue
Green
Light
Dark

10 million curve

Weapon Assists tend to be 10 million EXP.

1.5x = 10M
x = 6.66M

EXP Reference: 10M Curve – 6.66M
What to Fuse
Red
Blue
 
Green
 (wastes 500k)
Light
Dark

Conclusion

This is something that I do on a regular basis and has become somewhat second nature to me. I do find it amusing how each colour Snow Globe yields a different EXP value with Green being the best and Red being the worst.

With that being said, I hope this is helpful to some of my readers.

Happy Puzzling!

Question Time With Mantastic – September 2021

Introduction

The general gist of Question Time posts are for players to ask various PAD-related questions that do not have a simple/Google-able answer or related article on my website. I do play other games and have often found myself having specific/unique questions about it but have no where to go and can imagine this may hold true for some of my readers.

With that being said, there will be some restrictions on the types of questions I will be answering.

If planning on commenting on a regular basis, it is advantageous to create a WordPress account to both receive notifications as well as giving me a point of reference as to who I am responding to.

Do’s and Don’t

download For the most part, almost any question will be answered, even some non-invasive Off-Topic ones; however, it is best to ask questions that require explanation/why/my personal opinion. The following examples are Fantastic types of questions to ask:

  • Of these options, what is the best Yusuke team I can make for Arena 3?
  • What direction do you think GungHo will take with the 4x HP leads?
  • Can Heart Cross teams be revived and if so, how?

x The following types of questions will not be answered by me either because it has a simple Google-able answer or shows a lack of effort on the reader’s part:

  • Anything that Google/Padx can answer
  • A link to your entire Monster Box and saying “make me a team”

Conclusion

I hope my readers use this opportunity to ask questions that will hopefully improve their overall game play and progression.

Happy Puzzling!

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Star Weaving Fairies REM GFE Line Up

Introduction

The Star Weaving Fairies event lasts for four wonderful weeks and will always feature the Event cards at 24.5% of the total rolling pool. While this may feel distressing, the 75.5% of other cards will rotate with each given week.

It is in your best interest to roll in this event as the Event cards are powerful and unique. As such, choosing which week you wish to roll in will be an important step to take. With this in mind, I have created a helpful chart that shows which GFE are featured for any given week.

If you wish to read more about the Star Weaving Fairies event cards, please check out my Review HERE. Continue reading Star Weaving Fairies REM GFE Line Up

Question Time with Mantastic – August 2021

Introduction

The general gist of Question Time posts are for players to ask various PAD-related questions that do not have a simple/Google-able answer or related article on my website. I do play other games and have often found myself having specific/unique questions about it but have no where to go and can imagine this may hold true for some of my readers. With that being said, there will be some restrictions on the types of questions I will be answering. If planning on commenting on a regular basis, it is advantageous to create a WordPress account to both receive notifications as well as giving me a point of reference as to who I am responding to.

Do’s and Don’t

download For the most part, almost any question will be answered, even some non-invasive Off-Topic ones; however, it is best to ask questions that require explanation/why/my personal opinion. The following examples are Fantastic types of questions to ask:
  • Of these options, what is the best Yusuke team I can make for Arena 3?
  • What direction do you think GungHo will take with the 4x HP leads?
  • Can Heart Cross teams be revived and if so, how?
x The following types of questions will not be answered by me either because it has a simple Google-able answer or shows a lack of effort on the reader’s part:
  • Anything that Google/Padx can answer
  • A link to your entire Monster Box and saying “make me a team”

Conclusion

I hope my readers use this opportunity to ask questions that will hopefully improve their overall game play and progression. Happy Puzzling!
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Upcoming Events in July – P&D Pass Bonus, Heroine, [Fairy] Title Challenge, & Fairies Event

Introduction

GungHo NA has been releasing News Update videos for the past 2 months which is fantastic as we are better able to plan out our play time and Magic Stone usage. As such, here is a recap of the upcoming North American news for July 2021 along with  screenshots of the notable news points in case watching videos is not ideal.

On a different note, there will be a maintenance on Wednesday evening from 18:00 – 2:00 (UTC-8) which will grant 9 Resets including Rank 150-1000 Memorial pulls, Present, and Best Friend selection. If you wish to read more about Best Friends, check out my other article HERE. I will release an update video after Patch Notes go live.

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State of the Game – June 2021

Introduction

I have been playing Puzzle and Dragons for over 2,700 days and in this time I have seen monsters rise and fall, a constantly shifting meta, along with Farmables being a top tier leader. Furthermore, I have witnessed the constantly evolving mechanics of current end game dungeons along with the cards released to counter them.

As a whole, PAD is by far my longest played game and would technically qualify as my longest relationship, but like any relationship, it requires work, dedication, and patience to truly succeed.

Obviously I love Puzzle and Dragons but at the same time, I can be critical about the short comings of this game along with how I feel the meta is shifting and whether or not it is for the better.

With that being said, there has never been a better time to play PAD due to the exceptionally generous hand outs by GungHo that include copious amounts of Magic Stones and special Godfest rolls which is further diminishing the concept of early game PAD.

With all of this in mind, I would like to examine the current state of the game through this article by highlighting what works and areas that need improvement.

On a side note, my previous State of the Game article highlights other important aspects with many of my views holding true to this day.

Video commentary

Marathon, not a Sprint

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Upcoming Events in June – WoC3, New Evos, Sacred Relic & More

Introduction

My wrists (and back + neck) are constantly flaring up which makes it difficult to produce content. With that being said, here is a recap of the upcoming NA news for June 2021 from GHNA and myself. I have included screenshots of the notable news points in case watching videos is not ideal.

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Question Time with Mantastic – June 2021

Introduction

The general gist of Question Time posts are for players to ask various PAD-related questions that do not have a simple/Google-able answer or related article on my website. I do play other games and have often found myself having specific/unique questions about it but have no where to go and can imagine this may hold true for some of my readers. With that being said, there will be some restrictions on the types of questions I will be answering. If planning on commenting on a regular basis, it is advantageous to create a WordPress account to both receive notifications as well as giving me a point of reference as to who I am responding to.

Do’s and Don’t

download For the most part, almost any question will be answered, even some non-invasive Off-Topic ones; however, it is best to ask questions that require explanation/why/my personal opinion. The following examples are Fantastic types of questions to ask:
  • Of these options, what is the best Yusuke team I can make for Arena 3?
  • What direction do you think GungHo will take with the 4x HP leads?
  • Can Heart Cross teams be revived and if so, how?
x The following types of questions will not be answered by me either because it has a simple Google-able answer or shows a lack of effort on the reader’s part:
  • Anything that Google/Padx can answer
  • A link to your entire Monster Box and saying “make me a team”

Conclusion

I hope my readers use this opportunity to ask questions that will hopefully improve their overall game play and progression. Happy Puzzling!
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10th REMDra Fever – No Water Strategies

Introduction

The REMDra Fever “Ranking” Dungeon returns to North America and gives players a chance to grind for a (cosmetic) Crown by accumulating 999,999 points over any number of runs. While this is exciting, it will take numerous clears to achieve but there are ways to bolster your score to save time, stamina, and mental sanity. Generally speaking, no Water orbs will take less effort overall as it is much easier to achieve a higher combo count due to only 5 possible orb types appearing. Furthermore, the inclusion TPA TPA (200 pts) and Recover Bind Bind Clear awakening (1,000 pts) will help hasten this process.

As with all REMDra Fever events, the dungeon is quite lucrative to run over and over again as it only costs 25 stamina and offers valuable drops. Furthermore, any number of players can achieve a Crown and is not only given to the first X number of players to hit the score cap of 999,999.

This article will explain the rules for REMDra Fever and how to maximize your score potential and how to farm it as efficiently as possible once you are satisfied with your score.

10th REMDra Fever Event: 5/24 (Mon), 0:00 – 5/30 (Sun), 23:59 (UTC-8)

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

REMDra scoring system

REMDra Fever Ranking Tournaments have a significantly different scoring system compared to normal Ranking Dungeons and we must alter our play style accordingly. Continue reading 10th REMDra Fever – No Water Strategies

Mystics & Spectres REM Review Review and Analysis – May 2021

Introduction

The Mystics & Spectres returns to North America but only includes buffs for 2 cards along with no new monsters being added. As such, the vast majority of cards have remained stagnant and while nothing can ever be “nerfed” in PAD, not receiving buffs means cards will fall behind as newer things are released.

With that being said, there is still tremendous value within the actual Mystics & Spectres cards but we will be plagued by the worst REM set up which lumps all of these event cards into the regular REM. This results in a 5 Magic Stone price tag, no GFE, and no collateral benefits along with painful rolling rates for the top rarity cards who are the true prizes for this event.

Taking all of this into consideration, there is still value to be had rolling within this event but if you have done so in the past, there may be little reason to continue chucking Magic Stones here in the hopes of acquiring a 7-star card due to the terribly designed REM.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Mystics & Spectres REM Pros & Cons – May 2021
Pros
Cons
  • All 7-star cards are outstanding leaders
    • Capable of clearing all content
  • All cards feature Weapon Assists
  • All Mystics & Spectre cards have value
  • Not an exclusive REM
    • Rolling pool has regular REM
      • No GFE
      • Countless unevolved Pantheons
      • 50% cards are Mystics & Spectres
  • Cannot Monster Exchange for top rarity
    • Have to roll
  • Essentially no buffs overall
    • Makes cards fall behind in Powercreep
Mystics & Spectres REM
7 Star base
(4% total)
6 Star base
(18% total)
  
5 Star base
(28% total)
  
Mystics & Spectres – May 2021
S
A
B    
C
D

Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

The rolling pool does not add up to 100% because Pantheons are also included

Icons show Base form

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

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