Rex, Sara, & Luna Trading Advice with Spring Fest Medal

Introduction

Starting on Wednesday, April 10, North American Players will be given 1 Spring Fest Medal to trade via the Monster Exchange system to acquire one new 7* Godfest Exclusive (GFE). For this event, Wandering Ancient Dragon Knight – Rex , Crimson Lotus Warrior, Echidna – Sara , and Dark Blade Divine Queen, Hera – Luna will all be available but only 1 may be acquired via the Spring Fest Medal.

This is quite exciting as players will be able to choose the best card for their Monster Box; however, all three of these new cards will be available in the upcoming Super Godfest. Furthermore, with the inclusion of a special IAP bundle, players are also able to acquire a random 7* GFE.

With this in mind, players who plan on purchasing the IAP bundle or roll in the upcoming Super Godfest should wait to exchange after all has been done. This is to avoid rolling a duplicate after trading as cards tend to have significantly more value if it is the only copy you own.

This article will summarize each card’s strengths and weaknesses to help players determine which is the best GFE to choose.

Video commentary

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Monster Exchange

Starting Wednesday, April 10, players will be able to trade in a free Spring Fest Medal for one of the three new Fest Monsters via the Monster Exchange system. This is a one time trade and cannot be reversed, thus it is best to wait until after rolling in the Super Godfest or if purchasing the special IAP bundle to ensure one does not acquire a dupe card. Continue reading Rex, Sara, & Luna Trading Advice with Spring Fest Medal

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Monster Exchange Survey Advice

Introduction

On Monday’s GungHo NA stream, it was announced that the Monster Exchange Survey will be available to North American players.

This event allows players to vote for a Godest Exclusive (GFE) to be featured in the Monster Exchange System and gives us the opportunity to potentially acquire a valuable card.

Unfortunately, the trading ratio was quite unfavourable in Japan and resulted in few players actually being able to take advantage of it.

Voting can be done HERE.

Video commentary

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JP results

Due to the fact that the JP server is 2 months ahead of North America, we are able to see what events/goodies are being released a head of time to better plan our PAD future.

Thankfully, this included the Monster Exchange Survey where Zela was the number one voted card. The reason for Zela winning is largely due to her incredible sub potential as she is arguably the strongest wood card in the game due to her incredible kit. Furthermore, duplicates are used for luxury farming teams along with leader we do not have in NA (JP-exclusive Collabs).

With this in mind, I do not foresee Zela winning our survey as she has less applications for NA players. Continue reading Monster Exchange Survey Advice

NA Stream Recap +100 Free Stones and Where to Spend them

Introduction

Yesterday’s GungHo North American Stream was jam-packed with variuos goodies and surprises and i want to take this time to address all of the upcoming content.

Firstly, all North American players will be receiving 100 Magic Stones for just logging in. This is wonderful and will give players more flexibility in rolling and improving their Monster Box. With that being said, there are more “optimal” ways to spend your Magic Stones and I will be providing my perspective and where I plan to spend them.

In addition to this, numerous new evolutions were released along with buffs to existing cards as well as announcements for future Collabs. Furthermore, North America will enjoy various resets including Best Friends so try to use them before the next update (date is to be announced).

Video commentary

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100 Magic Stones

In the past, we have received 200 Magic Stones spread across 2 months but there will still be players who are new to the game and this may be the most they have ever had at any given time.

With this in mind, I want to stress that one does not have to spend them all at once and these can be held for an ideal event as there is no cap on Magic Stone count. Continue reading NA Stream Recap +100 Free Stones and Where to Spend them

PadBox is Coming Soon

Introduction

Puzzle and Dragons is a game that is heavily reliant on third party resources/content creators due to the numerous mechanics, cards, and lack of disclosed information.

While this is approach works well in Japan where the player base and culture is bigger and more accepting of mobile gaming, North America sometimes struggles to have the required resources to play optimally.

With this in mind, Izenn has taken it upon himself to create PadBox to function as a successor for padherder.

In essence, PadBox will be used to help better manage and plan out your Monster Box and team building but will require some community support to keep it afloat.

Video commentary + demonstration

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Message from Izenn

The following is Izenn’s goals for this project along with how one can help:

PadBox is released in beta form on github and the program will take your json file to output a web page for you.

The sample output is here: http://padbox.izenn.net/

The code is available here: https://github.com/izenn/padbox

Currently it is just saved to your computer; however, I have started a gofundme to pay for 3 years of server costs: https://www.gofundme.com/padbox-server-upfront-costs

Once the web hosting has been purchased, phase 2 of the beta will start where people will be able to submit their json to a web page and the output will be available online.

The project is and will remain open source.

Issues should be opened on the github site here: https://github.com/izenn/padbox/issues

Web Developer help would be appreciated for phase 2, especially with creating a login framework.

Full Documentation on how to use will be released the week of April 8th, a quick howto will be released today (Apr 5) via the readme file at the github site

Conclusion

PadBox is a passion project made by Izenn where the goal is to become a successor to the original padherder. This community-driven venture has already broke ground and right now, Izenn requires funding for 3 years of server costs future Web Developer help during phase 2.

If you require more information, feel free to comment here or contact Izenn via Discord at Izenn#0173.

Happy Puzzling!

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PAD Special Event Tournament Strategies

Introduction

Today marks the first day of the PAD Special Event Tournament and gives an interesting twist on team building as our Leaders are fixed but subs, inherits, and solo mode badge are up to the player. This gives some degree of freedom but will constrict scores due to the No Skyfall clause.

Any Ranking Dungeon with No Skyfalls will have a high density of scores near each cutoff as we are somewhat capped on how high our score can go. As such, even improving by 2 seconds (1,000 points) can result in a sizable difference in scores.

This article will outline the strategies I used for this Ranking Dungeon in hopes of improving your final score.

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Score breakdown

In Ranking Dungeons, players are scored based on the following:

  • Each average Combo is worth 5,000 points
  • Each second remaining is worth 500 points
  • Hitting 40 Million damage is 10,000 points
  • Each active used to kill a floor (no combo made) is -5,000 points
  • Matching Bonuses
    • Activate specific awakenings to trigger varying bonus points
      • Some tournaments will increase the point value for certain awakenings

Continue reading PAD Special Event Tournament Strategies

Question Time with Mantastic – April 2019

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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Yu Yu Hakusho Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2019

Introduction

This coming Monday marks the return of the Yu Yu Hakusho (YYH) Collab along with various buffs, new evolutions, and 5 additional cards to roll for.

Upon the initial debut, the YYH Collab featured a relatively lackluster roster but was the first event to feature the Monster Exchange system. This system revolutionized how players approached Collab/Seasonal REMs as it enabled us to trade in various cards for one of our choosing. This meant we could avoid rolling in events with poor value at the bottom rarity and acquire the top prize with no additional Magic Stones spent.

As such, many players acquired Yusuke who was game changing upon his debut. Sadly, GungHo has little love for beloved hero and only gave him Limit Break + Super Awakenings.

This may be a let down for many players who were hoping he would gain an improved Leader Skill but while he is no longer considered the best, Yusuke is still a powerful card to own.

This article will highlight the strengths and weaknesses of all the featured cards to give players a better understanding of whether or not Magic Stones should be spent. Finally, one thing to keep in mind is that Monster Hunter will be returning to North America soon and offers significantly more value overall.

Video commentary

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Overview

YYH Pros & Cons – March 28, 2019
Pros
Cons
  • Split evolutions for 6*-cards bring new value
  • All cards have Limit Break/SA
  • Few meaningful buffs to older/lower rarity cards
  • Yusuke was not greatly buffed
  • Most cards are replaceable and few are “must haves”
  • Monster Hunter is coming soon
Yu Yu Hakusho Collab REM
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Yu Yu Hakusho Collab REM Rankings – March 28, 2019
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

Continue reading Yu Yu Hakusho Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2019

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