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Where I hope the Meta Shifts & the Decline of Heart Crosses


Puzzle and Dragons has gone through numerous shifts in the meta and it finally feels like the heart cross mechanic is slowly dwindling down. This is not to say that leaders like Myr Miru, Ronove Ronove, and Kaede Ult Kaede are weak, but rather that they tend to struggle more in newer/end game content compared to several months ago. The purpose of this article is to examine why/how the heart cross meta rose in power, why it is faltering, and where I hope the next power shift takes us.

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What is a heart cross

A heart cross occurs when you match exactly 5 connected heart orbs in a cross formation. This will trigger both a damage multiplier as well as a damage reduction shield that carries over on a sweep (thus protecting from preemptive strikes).

At the time of its’ release, the heart cross meta was simply too strong. Being able to deal lethal damage AND having insane survivabiltiy somewhat trivialized current content and it took many months for GungHo to release something that was stronger as well as dungeons that could actually counter them. Continue reading Where I hope the Meta Shifts & the Decline of Heart Crosses

Gremory & Ronove Overview and Sample Team Building


The Island Luau Godfest comes in tandem with the release of two new Godfest Exclusives: Gremory Gremory and Ronove Ronove. Both these leaders bring a new twist to the heart-cross patterns and are capable of clearing end game content. The purpose of this post is to quickly summarize and theory craft teams for these two new top tier leaders.

Just keep in mind that the heart cross shield/additional multiplier carries over on a floor sweep. This means it will protect you from preemptive strikes but also retains the additional multiplier if there is no preemptive of any kind.

Gremory at a glance

Devil / Balance
4,602 HP / 1,701 ATK / 600 RCV
1,000 Total
Skill Boost Time Extend Skill Lock Resist Dark row Bind Immune Bind Immune

Active Skill:
Question Orb  Arrow Heart
Question Orb  Arrow Dark
2 turns bind clear
6 turn CD

Leader Skill:
2x ATK Devils & Balance on turn skill used. 6x ATK & 35% damage reduction with heart cross
144x ATK / 57.75% damage reduction

36x ATK with heart cross and no active


  • Active has great synergy with leader skill on a 6 turn CD
  • 1,000 weighted stats
  • 144x ATK with heart cross and active skill
  • Some damage control with either 4x, 36x, or 144x ATK
  • Very easy 144x ATK
  • Can effectively stack dark rows Dark row
  • Leaders are bind immune and can clear binds
  • Devils and balance cards have a large pool to draw from
  • Modest uses as a sub and one of the few bind clearing dark cards
  • 56.75% damage reduction effectively means over 2x HP/RCV
  • Very pretty with her hood on


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[Videos] Myr VS Zaerog Infinity


A Mantastic and Fantastic clear of Zaerog Infinity using my brand new Myr Miru who I painfully skilled up over the weekend. If you wish to watch my various clears using Awoken DQXQ Awoken DQXQ, Blue Sonia Blue Sonia, and Dark Metatron dtron, please check out my previous post HERE. For more about team building Myr, please read my full analysis HERE.


The most amazing part of the heart-cross leaders is the ability to have your damage multiplier carry over on a sweep if there is no preemptive. This allows you to have a fantastic multiplier and easily clear trash floors along with speeding up your clears.

I still need more practice forming heart crosses; however, I am liking her playstyle and look forward to clearing more content with Myr.

Happy Puzzling!

Kaede – New Top Tier Leader: Monster Review and Analysis


Don’t go breaking my heart. I couldn’t if I tried. Honey if I get restless. Baby you’re not that kind. I should probably stick to guide writing instead of singing songs that only a few would know. Regardless, Kaede will never break your heart, in fact, she is able to manufacture additional heart orbs along with utilizing heart crosses for additional damage and shielding. Furthermore, this new evolution for Kaede has propelled them into the top tier ranks on the various JP lists. This is because you are able to deal spectacular damage, have 75% damage reduction, and form a system-like team.

Kaede at a glance

Ult Kaede
Dragon / Attacker
4,130 HP / 1,840 ATK / 281 RCV
874 Total
Skill Lock Resist Time Extend Skill Boost Time Extend TPA TPA TPA Enhanced Wood Orb Enhanced Wood Orb

Active Skill:
Question Orb  Arrow Heart
Question Orb  Arrow Green
1 turn haste
7 turn CD

Leader Skill:
3.5x ATK with 2 wood combos. 4x ATK with 3 combos. 2x ATK and 50% damage reduction with heart cross
64x ATK / 75% damage reduction

Kaede Scaling Leader Skill
# wood combos 1 2 3
Multiplier 0 12.25 16x
Multipplier w/ heart cross 4x 49x 64x

Sample gameplay

Kaede will play similarly to the other heart-cross leaders as the main source of their power comes from being able to expertly form the 5 hearts while matching numerous wood combos. With a 75% damage reduction, you effectively have 4x the health along with resisting gravity based attacks.

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