Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Farming Training Arena 2 with Double Shivnia


Training Arena 2 has been available within the Normal Dungeon tab for some time now and is an efficient medium to quickly level up your monsters. This is because it is only 11 floors long, has no mechanics (only huge HP/DEF), drops a random Latent, along with providing 12 million Monster Experience evenly split between all non-max level cards.

This is a hefty amount of Monster Experience and while there are countless teams that can clear the dungeon, being able to do so in a fast and brainless manner can be meaningful.

With this in mind, I would like to share the current build I am using which was created by my friend Miso and slightly adjusted to my own Monster Box.

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Team used

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Grigory x Grigory Versus Alt. Arena 3


Alt. Arena 3 remains one of the best dungeons to farm on a regular basis due to the Rank EXP, Pys, Killers, and the satisfaction of clearing a challenging dungeon.

Despite being in the game for a modest period of time, AA3 can still be unforgiving to an unprepared player as failing to bring a key Resist or flubbing a kill board could result in an unfortunate ending.

With this in mind, I wish to share my double Grigory team as he tries to revive the TPA TPA meta through his massive multipliers, immunity to Poison damage, and Auto Follow Up Attack.

Despite having many things going in his favour, I found my Grigory team had several issues compared to other higher tier leaders and I believe the issue lies in the fact that I am running double Grigory.

This is because the two strongest mechanics for Leader Skills are 7×6 and Auto Follow Up Attack which will result in asymmetrical pairings. As such, my 6×5 Grigory team had issues with Combo shields along with some problems with damage due to a lack of offensive sub options.

With these points 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 one of the 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.

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Have a MOMtastic Mother’s Day

Today is Mother’s Day and gifts are hard but proclaiming your love on the internet is eternal.

I am truly fortunate that my mom has made the effort to find ways to bond with her favourite (and only) son through PAD. In fact, she has been religiously playing for over 2,300 days and talking about PAD gives us something connect over. It is not uncommon for more “serious” conversations to be broken up with questions about PAD on whether this card is good or should I roll? etc. She sometimes visits this website (to my delight) and in the case of the most recent REMDra tournament, just looked at the image for active skill usage and was able to hit 999,999 all on her own.

Amusingly, she was quite anti-video gaming when I was growing up and my play time on the family computer was regulated and would occasionally go up by 15 minutes if I accomplished various tasks or scored well on certain math/logic tests. As such, I was truly surprised she wanted to give PAD a try but I believe it was tied to the actual puzzling aspect as it is a more mentally demanding game. Naturally she has no interest in the pretty girls nor cosmetic aspect and prefers to see that sweet sweet Clear message at the end of a dungeon.

MOMtastic’s Rank 885 is all her own doing as I only touch her account for difficult content, Box tidying/organization, and the occasional Ranking dungeon. While I am aware that it is easier to grind for Rank, that is not something she pursues and her current Rank is a byproduct of long-term playing.

Over the years, her puzzling skills have improved but still dislikes the reactive nature of Ranking dungeons and prefers to play through dungeons at her own pace.

Regardless, being able to bond over PAD with my mother has been a truly fantastic experience and hope this continues for the foreseeable future.

Happy Puzzling and Happy Mother’s Day!

Which Starter Team to Pick for 3 Choices! Win a Team!


Friday, May 1st marks the start of a special new event/dungeon that will award players with the pre-made team they selected. This choice can only be made once and once awarded the pre-made team, you should not sell the Starter Dragon as it will be used for another set of challenges that requires said Starter Dragon.

For the most part, you should be selecting the pre made team that features a Pantheon card you do not own but in the case of missing multiple cards, the decision becomes a bit more meaningful.

This article will briefly outline my thought process for selecting a team for this new event.

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Selection is permanent

Your selection is irreversible once you clear any one dungeon so it is in your best interest to choose the team that can benefit you the most. Continue reading Which Starter Team to Pick for 3 Choices! Win a Team!

Question Time with Mantastic – April 2020


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”


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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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.


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

Chuan is Fantastic


With the return of the Dragonbound & Dragon Caller event, Chuan will be made available once again through the Monster Exchange system. Since her debut, Chuan has gone through various hurdles of viability and at this point in time, she has never been better.

This is because she has both a powerful Weapon Assist and leader/sub form. As such, I encourage all players to actively pursue her during the next two weeks.

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Weapon Assist

Awakenings:  Dark row Dark row Dark row Dark row
Active: Reduce HP by 20%; Deal 50x Dark damage to an enemy; Change the top row to Dark orbs (34 -> 4 turn CD)

  • Provides Bind Immunity
  • Four Dark Rows Dark row
  • Long or short CD
  • Farmable

Chuan’s Base form has now been transformed into a Weapon Assist which means she will transfer over awakenings when used as inherit. Thus, this could be many player’s first Full Bind Immune Weapon that also provides sizable Passive damage via Rows Dark row Continue reading Chuan is Fantastic