Awoken Lucifer Team Building and Discussion Guide

Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
Awoken Archdemon Lucifer
1.82x HP / 16.4x ATK / 1.82x RCV (God & Devil Dark row based team)
Arena 1 Strategy Guide

Awoken Archdemon Lucifer Awoken Archdemon Lucifer is one of the most powerful leaders in Puzzle and Dragons as he combines both burst and survivability along with flexible team building. Dark monsters have historically been the strongest colour as they have amazing synergy and a deep sub pool. Unlike Yomi Dragon Yomi Dragon or Awoken Pandora Awoken Pandora , Lucifer can use both God and Devil type monsters which grants him access to subs that would otherwise not fully benefit from the leader skill. Furthermore, you are able to control your damage through dark row Dark row activation as well as stacking actives to unleash some of the highest total burst damage in the game.


  • Ability to control your damage as this is becoming more relevant with specific absorption shields that require you to hit less damage
  • Bolstered health and recovery allow for easier stalling and removes the need to bring damage mitigation
  • Leaders have a combined 6 dark row Dark row , 2 skill lock resist Skill Lock Resist , and 6 skill boost Skill Boost awakenings
  • God Killer God Killer awakening is amazingly powerful as it allows your leaders to deal 3x damage to god type bosses
  • Spectacular burst damage potential
  • Team building is quite flexible as you can use God or Devil types

Continue reading Awoken Lucifer Team Building and Discussion Guide


How to kill Sopdet and her 200k Absorb

I probably speak for everyone in saying that Awoken Spodet Sopdet and her 200k absorb shield is one of the deadliest encounters in Puzzle and Dragons. Sopdet is a dangerous encounter that can be found in many challenge dungeons, Arena, or Sphinx Descended. She is the cause of many heart breaks and I wanted to share some strategies I use to mitigate the risk.

Sopdet death
The pain is real

There will always be an element of luck involved when playing PAD, but it becomes even more apparent when unwanted skyfalls heal Sopdet instead of killing her. Generally speaking, Sopdet has

  • ~1.5 million health
  • Light element to start and switches to dark when under 50%.
  • Absorbs all damage dealt above 200k
  • Kills you after 4 turns

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Takeminakata Tournament – No Active Skills Strategy

Takeminakata Tournament – No Active Skills  is another ranking dungeon being released that somewhat levels the playing field as the no active restriction will be imposed. This automatically removes some silly cheese teams that had excessive rare subs that most players had no access to compared to earlier tournaments. This also means we will be solely based upon our matching skills and with only 5 floors, our amount of combos matched will also be rewarded.

There has been a lot of calculations done in order to min/max your ranking score and it has been determined that that in a 5-floor dungeon, additional combos and cascades/skyfalls help your score. This does not mean teams solely focused on speed will do poorly, but players who are able to match combos faster will be more heavily rewarded.

 Floor  Monster  HP  Comments
 1 Firon
DQXQ skill up
Lubu skillup
 2  Gigas  323,275
 3  Blue dragon  1,686,714 Pre-emptively turns one type of orbs in to jammers. Jammer Resist increases run consistency
50% wood resistance
 4  Generate Earch Dragon  1,341,526  -99% Pre-emptive gravity
 5  Takamin  3,352,475 God typing which means monsters with God Killer God Killer awakenings do triple damage.

There are no silly mechanics such as 10 million defence PreDRAs Fire PreDRA and the main hurdle to overcome for rainbow teams is the pre-emptive jammers on floor 3.

In these ranking dungeons, we are scored based on 3 criteria:

  1. Average combos made: 5,000 points per combo
  2. Time Remaining: 500 points per second remaining
  3. Maximum damage: up to 10,000 points if you hit 40 million.

Taking a look at the JP server’s top 10 list, it becomes apparent that high time extend Time Extend teams paired with large multiplier leads excel. Furthermore, the Ra Dragon Ra Dragon users (can also be extended to any rainbow team too) brought a reasonable amount of jammer resistance Jammer Resist to ensure consistent activation on floor 3.

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[Video] Yomi Dragon vs 5×4 Izanami Descended

Dark resist Latent Tamadras Dark Resist are horribly rare and hard to come by, but at least the video is of reasonable quality this time.

Morale of the story is to never trust Haku Haku , but to believe in the heart of the skyfalls

Refer to my 5×4 leads guide HERE for other options to tackle these tiny boards.

Happy Puzzling!

Popular Leaders and Their Full Sub List with Inheritance Options

I am in the process of updating this list over the next week or two and work from the top down so somethings will still be outdated/missing in the meantime.


Due to the ever changing dynamic of team building through Skill Inheritance, team building has either become more flexible or more rigid. It becomes more flexible due to the fact that you can use almost any card as a sub and fill in the blanks via inheritance. However, this does eventually lead to a more rigid team building experience as you will end up using similar powerful bases and supplementing with appropriate assists.

As such, I have been trying to determine how I can have this list reflect both aspects of team building. Listing subs that fulfill specific roles is helpful, but may become misleading once you begin to acquire more cards to play around with. Thus, I will try my best to list higher tier subs along with other options and include a massive inheritance chart at the beginning you can use to fill in the gaps.

When deciding which leader and team you want to invest in, you ideally want to find a balance between a deep and diverse sub pool combined with a love for their playstyle that suits your personality and matching skills. Even leaders who are not popular in the meta are capable of clearing high end content provided you have a synergetic team and passion for their gameplay.

Furthermore, you should try to balance the subs/actives you bring to ensure a healthy mixture of quick orb changers, damage enhancing, and defensive utility. When trying to determine if you require a bind clearing sub, you must take into account how dangerous the bind is and whether you can stall through it or avoid it. If you are able to avoid the bind by bursting through the boss before they are able to attack, it may be best to do so as bind clearing subs tend to bring little to the party aside from their active. Lastly, leaders with higher multipliers are more reliant on consistency and survivability over offensive actives as the sheer strength of their leader skill can sweep most floors.

If you wish to read about how I approach tackling a dungeon and subsequently how I build my team, please read my previous article HERE.

Video commentary

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Popular leaders sorted by category

When trying to find a particular leader in this post, it is best to use the ctrl + F (search) feature. Otherwise, the leaders are colour sorted in no particular order. Due to the sheer size of this ever growing list, I may have trimmed out lesser leaders and simply put their names alongside other cards that are similar to them (eg. placing other rainbow leaders alongside Ra if similar).

I am not including the button farming coop teams.

Style Leader
Rainbow: 3265 Awoken DQXQ Sakuya 2982 3273 3272 Kali Lightning
3241 3384 2983 3385 Rukai Kuchiki
5 orbs, 1 enhanced:
3266 You Yu Awoken Yomi Ult Tsubaki
Tank teams:  3068 3305 3238 Awoken Pandora Awoken Archdemon Lucifer Raoh
I&I + Ryune
Saria + Thor
Sylvie + Awoken Freyja
Raoh + Freyr
Heart orbs
3242 3243 Typhon Gadius Xiang Mei
Multiple combos
of specific colour:
Z8 3069 3070
 Row Based: 3276 3263 dtron 3391 3235 Blue Sonia Xiu Min
 Speed farming: 3262 3266 3193
Colour Cross 3359 3264 2991 3202
Heart Cross:  Ult Sumire Ult Kaede Ronove Gremory Miru Beach Myr

If you feel I left out your favourite team, leave a reply in the comments below and I shall add in accordingly. For a list of 5×4 leads, feel free to check out my other guide HERE.

If you wish to read a more detailed analysis of all the REM pantheon monsters, please refer to my Master List Breakdown. If you are considering to purchase a Monster Point card, please read my Tier List HERE.

Skill Inheritance

Skill Inheritance has become a vital part of the Puzzle and Dragons meta as it allows you to utilize desirable active skills from cards that would not be ideal to run as subs. This also enables you to better customize your team to your liking and address any dangerous mechanic the dungeon can throw at you. I encourage you to read my revamped Skill Inheritance Guide to better understand all the changes that have been made and how to better utilize this mechanic.

Below is for the most part, a full overview of the various inheritance options you can use sorted by categories. For full board changers, you can utilize off-colour inherits provided they generate your desired element. However, if possible, you should try to use same attribute inherit and base to take advantage of the stat transfer feature.

Gravity Sakuya Awoken Hades Hathor Chibi Hera
3387 Indra Kush Valen 3071 Raphael dtron Isis Cursed Dragon

 Undine Sylph Genie Thanatos
Full board
Dark Kali Sherias Roots 3416 Lightning 3354 3394 3107 Kali Sherias
3103 3235 Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Avalon Drake 3274 3284 Christmas Sonia

Tri-element with hearts:
Uevo Apoc Ryune Saria Sylvie UrdSkuld ult evo Verd mitsuaria-evo
3283 Cecil

Tri-element with no hearts:
Awoken Leilan Awoken Karin MeiMei Haku Zuoh 3277

Famiel Typhon Gadius Lumiel
True damage
/ poison
3239 Awoken Archdemon Lucifer rodin 3273 Cerebrus Rider Chibi Lilith Lumiel Famiel Sherias Roots 3274 Lightning 3162
Silk Carat Cameo Facet Sheen

Freyr I&I Thor Awoken Freyja Awoken Loki Nim Muse Delgado arcline
Creuse Awoken Yomi Izanagi Oku Nephthys Set Durga Lu Bu Kanna 3361
Delay 3386 2985 A Cao Cao 2918 A Sun Quan Zeta Hydra ForestBahn Wee Jas Green wee jas
Kenpachi Sagirinokami
Bind clearing Ame Amate Awoken Ceres Sakuya Metatron Green Odin Isis Fire Dragon Knight Water Dragon Knight
Earth Dragon Knight Shining Dragon Knight Shadow Dragon Knight Guan Yu Red Guan Yu Red Riding Hood Snow White Thumbelina Sleeping Beauty

Popular leaders and the sub list: Continue reading Popular Leaders and Their Full Sub List with Inheritance Options

I will miss you Arena 1 =(

Arena 1 will be removed this evening from its permanent slot as a technical dungeon and will be replaced by the even more ridiculous Arena 2. As such, I have been frantically trying to complete as many runs as possible before tonight’s maintenance and will hopefully have a Mantastic post ready by then that I have been working on for quite some time.

However, I just wanted to share my first 1-shot of the Kali boss through her 50% shield with my Awoken Lucifer Awoken Archdemon Lucifer team. It felt pretty amazing to hit over 30 million through a 50% damage reduction shield and I giggling for about 5 minutes after. The God Killer God Killer awakenings give my two leaders 3x the damage shown and you can somewhat see the 10 million hit in the image.

Kali 1 shot

For further reading on my arena strategy, feel free to read my pseudo guide HERE.

Happy Puzzling!

[Video] Mantastic vs Tengu Strategy

No one likes low cost restricted dungeons and this round of Challenge Descends features Tengu. Low cost mostly gate keeps newer players as they have not had to grind through dungeons with farmable monsters as everything is sped up. As such, most people may lack a feasible team to tackle a 12 cost dungeon. Hopefully my first video attempt with Mantastic does not have horrible audio and my (muffled) walk through commentary aids players in their quest for a Water Snowglobe. Maybe watching it in mute may be less unpleasant…

I am still quite proud of my max skilled King Bubblie King Bubblie from my Physical Sakuya days and not having to wait for his active is a significant boost in power.

Let me know what you used to tackle this annoying dungeon in the comments below.

Tengu Reward

Happy Puzzling!

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