Thoughts on Limited Purchase IAP Bundles


Puzzle and Dragons is one of the most successful mobile games of all time while also being Free to Play (F2P also known as Freemium). Despite the attraction of not having to spend real life money (IAP), GungHo is still a business where the goal is to be profitable.

As with any Freemium game, there is the option to purchase in game premium currency to accelerate your progress. Generally speaking, being able to buy your way to victory is unhealthy, but thankfully PAD is a solo progression game where your own success does not have any negative effect on other players.

Up until a few months ago, Puzzle and Dragons has had essentially no special IAP bundles with the exception of a mediocre one where the extra prize was random and mostly lackluster. As such, with the introduction of guaranteed Collab 6-star and now Lucky Bag Special Bargains, spending some real life money is more attractive overall.

As a disclaimer, I live in Canada which inflates my IAP prices along with only spending money if given gifts due to being on disability from a serious back/neck injury in 2014. Furthermore, I receive no financial or in-game support from GungHo so my opinions are my own.

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Freemium Gatcha games

The concept of a Freemium Gatcha game has become somewhat of an industry standard in terms of profitability and accessibility for users. We live in a world where the concept of having to pay for an app scares people so everything has to be free regardless of the quality. On the other hand companies need to make money on a continuous basis so they regularly release new characters that are primarily acquired through gambling/random chance. Continue reading Thoughts on Limited Purchase IAP Bundles


Roll the Extreme Rare Monster Carnival PEM


Today marks the debut of a brand new Pal Egg Machine (PEM) line up for North America and is 100% worth rolling in.

This is because it will always pop out an evolved descend boss who can be converted into Evolution Gems via the Monster Exchange system along with possibly giving rare prizes like Borma or Machine Goemon.


I rolled every single Pal Point I had saved and should be well set for Evolution Gems for the foreseeable future.



Just do it Nike

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Why I have nearly 1,000 Stones Across my Two Accounts


The past several months have been exceptionally generous in terms of log in bonuses and limited time challenges. As a result, it is not unusual for some players to currently have several hundred Magic Stones.

In my 1,944 days of playing Puzzle and Dragons, I have never been able to amass this amount of Magic Stones (previous record was low 200’s after saving for 7-8 months a few years ago) and the temptation to spend them is always there.

Thankfully, I do have a certain degree of willpower and have decided to not roll until the next wave of Powercreep arrives.

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Powercreep is the notion that new content will be stronger compared to our currently available options. For the most part, Powercreep has not been advancing at too fast of a pace but one can always see noticeably stronger cards if looking back 1 year at a time. Continue reading Why I have nearly 1,000 Stones Across my Two Accounts

New Year REM Review and Analysis – February 2019


The New Year’s REM returns just in time for the Lunar New Year and features two new cards while also providing various buffs/evolutions for existing cards. Unfortunately, there will still be two silvers available along with this Collab being average at best.

With the REM Renewal and disclosed rolling rates, Collabs and Seasonal events have gained increased value due to GungHo not wishing to showcase abysmal rates. Thus, it should be easier to roll the top prizes, but you must also be prepared for the bottom rarity fodder.

As such, the decision of whether to roll or pass should be done based upon your individual box needs, desire to roll the cute artwork, and whether or not the lower rarity cards have merit for you.

As a whole, most of the New Year Event is mediocre but not game breaking which should be taken into consideration if thinking about rolling.

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New Year REM – February 1, 2019
 8 Star base  2534  
 7 Star base  2537 2536  
 6 Star base  3417 
 5 Star base 3419 2574 LD Hanzo
 4 Star base 3420 2540
New Year REM Rankings – February 1, 2019
B   3419
C 2540 2537 2536 2534  3417
D LD Hanzo 3420 2574

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 New Year REM Review and Analysis – February 2019

Question Time with Mantastic – February 2019


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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Farm a Servant, Assassin


The Fate Collab is now in full swing and while Rare Egg Machine portion is reasonable, the Farmable Servant, Assassin  is an incredibly valuable card and should be acquired by most players.

The reason for this is that he functions as both a double row generator along with possessing a special Button nuke.

Servant, Assassin can be acquired through either 5 Rainbow Event Medals :eventmedal: or by heavily grinding the Fate event dungeon. Either way, one can find Servant, Assassin in the Monster Exchange Event tab for the duration of the Fate event.

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Servant, Assassin at a glance

 Servant, Assassin

Active: Change 2nd row from the top & 2nd row from the bottom into Wood orbs. Inflict damage equal to ATK x200 to 1 enemy. Affected by enemy element and defense. (15 turn cooldown) Continue reading Farm a Servant, Assassin

13 Million Downloads Ranking Dungeon Strategies


In addition to the Fate Collab and Samurai Super Godfest, North America is also being blessed with another Ranking dungeon that can be viewed as unfair if ones does not own the key pieces.

This is because the scoring system has been heavily skewed to favour L  awakenings to the point where players can run into negative time and still secure a Crown (top 3%).

This article will be mostly to showcase how and why Bicolour + 2 turn Haste abuse yields the highest scores.

153,600 run

Currently at 0.4%

127,000 Zeus Verse

Currently at 2% and has so much room for improvement

Haste loops with 7×6 bicolours

The main strategy in this Ranking Dungeon is to use as many bicolour boards as possible in conjunction with 2 Haste to loop your actives together. This leads to every or nearly every floor being a bicolour which is significantly easier to solve. Continue reading 13 Million Downloads Ranking Dungeon Strategies

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