Please refer to the Master List for directory to the other pantheons and their analysis.
Take a look at my Popular Leaders and their Full Sub List post for inspiration on team building ideas. If contemplating on purchasing a MP Dragon, please check out my Monster Point Dragon Purchasing Check-list Guide.
Keep in mind all of the following monsters qualify for Skill Inheritance so do not be too hasty in selling dupes.
The Indian 1 Pantheon finally has all their Awoken evolutions; however, many of them are starting to fall out of the meta due to the speed of powercreep. Furthermore, Shiva , Lakshmi , and Parvati only come into their full power with their awoken forms and will be quite weak beforehand. Thankfully, Indra and Vritra have some value (albeit niche) on several teams prior to awoken evolutions. The main drawback of the Indian 1 is the delay between their uses on pull and acquiring their awoken evolution.
Attacker / Devil
Reduce enemy defence 75%
7 turn CD
|Awoken Shiva is one of the hottest leads in Puzzle and Dragons as he forms a powerful 27.56x ATK / 2.25x RCV team that is two prong reliant (in a future update, currently 20.25x). Furthermore, his sub pool has no type restrictions other than they must have the fire attribute. This allows for great flexibility with team building along with compensating for fire’s normally low RCV. I enjoy Awoken Shiva’s playstyle as he combines speed and power and can clear high level content due to amazing burst potential. If you wish to read about how to properly construct a Shiva team, please refer to my Team Building Guide.
Unfortunately, Awoken Shiva does falter in the highest level content as his active is relatively weak and his damage output is heavily gated by active usage and may run out of steam mid dungeon. However, do not let this discourage you as he is capable of clearing Challenge 9s and some 10s with the right team and investment. You will also be able to find a huge number of friends due to his popularity.
Lastly, his sub potential is quite low as there are better options for a fire orb enhancer.
Physical / God
4 + 25x ATK heal
8 turn CD
|Awoken Lakshmi is an often overlooked water powerhouse as she forms an incredible 56.25x ATK / 2.25x RCV team that is focuses around water rows . For comparison sake, most other row leaders range from 10.25-25x ATK. Granted you have to match 6 connected heart orbs to do so (in any shape), but the augmented recovery and built in bind recovery from the your leaders help alleviate team building stress. Your subs ideally need to generate both heart and water orbs and some noteworthy ones include, but are not limited to, Andromeda , Ryune , Sumire , and Gabriel .
With a built in heal and heart orb generating active, you can stall for actives with ease and the naturally high base HP on water type monsters allows you to survive attacks that most other non-HP multiplied teams could not. Furthermore, you are able to control your damage output by choosing how many heart orbs to match. This is becoming more vital with the advent of bosses with specific damage absorption shields. Lastly, her awakenings are all over the place and perhaps when her design phase they gave up and just gave her a little of everything.
Lakshmi’s main drawbacks are a difficulty finding friends along with almost no sub potential herself.
Balance / Devil
5 turn CD
|Awoken Parvati is another 56.25x ATK / 2.25x RCV leader who is also reliant on heart orb matching for damage. She is essentially the wood version of Lakshmi , but focuses on Two Prong Attacks to deal lethal damage. This is fantastic as most of the strongest wood subs are TPA oriented and many have 3 of those awakenings. Furthermore, the bind immunity eases team building as you may not need to bring a bind clearing sub. Unfortunately, she lacks a recover bind awakening to help the rest of her team. In addition, with her scaling multiplier, you can control your damage and also elect to not trigger two prong attacks to handle floors with specific damage absorptions.
There is not too much else to say for Parvati as she is a powerful lead who is capable of clearing Arena 1. Her main drawback is her lack of popularity as her leader skill requires some thinking to proc and many people are opting for more mindless/higher output leads.
On the bright side, her two tigers are both cute and majestic.
Dragon / Physical
75% damage reduction for 2 turns. 1 turn haste
13 turn CD
|Awoken Indra has some of the most formidible artwork around and now covers the elusive wood attribute on rainbow teams. In addition, his dual TPA are favourable along with his two SBR and time extends. As such, Indra brings a great deal of defensive utility along with a powerful damage reduction shield. In his awoken form, he loses a turn of shielding for a single turn of haste along with a -2 turn cooldown. Some players find this discouraging as the old active helped ensure you survived dangerous mechanics without fear of death.
Indra lost his God typing in his awoken form and makes him less desirable for Ra Dragon teams as he will no longer benefit from the full multiplier. As such, you could use his God typing form for full multiplier and SBR coverage. However, Awoken Indra is a dream sub on Sherias Roots teams due to the dragon typing and wood coverage.
Overall, Indra is a powerful card to roll for more endgame oriented players.
Dragon / Devil
Varying damage to all enemies, 2x dark ATK
8 turn CD
Dragon & Devil 2x HP / 2x ATK. 3x ATK with dark + fire combo
2x HP / 6x ATK
|Awoken Vritra is finally here and saves this impressive dragon with some of the most amazing artwork to date. Furthermore, GungHo has dramatically improved his functionality and enables him to become a 2x HP / 6x ATK lead for dragons and devils when matching dark and fire. This can be beautifully paired with Awoken Lucifer , Pandora , or even Loki to form a more durable tank team.
However, Vritra will begin to find uses as a sub due to his incredible awakenings. You are able to upgrade his active via Skill Inheritance to avoid the self damage nuke on mono-dark teams.
In addition to his prowess on mono-dark teams, Vritra can also be found on push button teams who wish to farm a dungeon quickly by pressing an active to sweep a floor. You must combine his active with a health reset (such as Goemon ) to ensure full damage.