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Dark Athena Releasing for 750k MP

Introduction

In the latest wave of PAD news coming out of JP, Dark Athena 3193 will be available from the MP shop for 750,000 Monster Points. This raises numerous questions ranging from “why such a high cost?” to “is she really that strong?” along with “will North America actually get her?” In this article, I will do my best to examine how Dark Athena could change the landscape of Puzzle and Dragons along with possible justifications for her extreme cost compared to previous MP cards.

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 Dark Athena at a glance

Dark Athena
3193
God / Devil / Attacker
3,618 HP / 2,501 ATK / 0 RCV
862 Total
TPA TPA TPA Skill Boost Skill Boost Skill Boost Bind Immune Bind Immune

Active Skill:
Enhance all water & dark orbs
3 turn delay
11 turn Cooldown

Leader Skill:
1.5x HP & 3.5x ATK for God, Devil, and Attacker cards. 2x ATK & 2x RCV when matching Dark and Water orbs
2.25x HP / 49x ATK / 4x RCV

Pros Cons
  • 12.25 or 49x ATK
  • 2,501 ATK
  • 3 TPA TPA for burst
  • Tanky Leader Skill
  • Forms one of the best teams in PAD
  • Can quickly clear content
  • Flexible team building
  • Bind immune
  • Damage enhance & delay
  • Can overcome combo shields
  • No evolution required
  • Comes ready to use
  • Must match water and dark for RCV
  • Stalling is not as practical
  • No SBR Skill Lock Resist
  • Gemstone inherit semi required

Impressions

Dark Athena may look lackluster from a purely multiplier perspective; however, she is actually one of the strongest cards/leaders in the game. There are many factors that go into consideration when trying to determine what makes a strong leader, and Dark Athena covers almost all of them.

Dark Athena has one of the most unconditional leader skills which dramatically raises her consistency and speed when playing through both challenging and easy content. Simply having to match a single water and dark combo for 49x is trivial compared to the shenanigans other leads require. This ease of activation enables you to flood the board with dark orbs in order to better take advantage of Dark Athena’s three TPA TPA awakenings. Continue reading Dark Athena Releasing for 750k MP

[Review] January 18 Content Update – New Evolutions & Snow Globe Noir Buff

Introduction

The January 18th content update brought the release of three new Egyptian 1 Reincarnated evolutions along with a buff to the Snow Globe Noirs 1006. However, many people are left with a feeling of disappointment as the wrong chicken received a new evolution. This review will quickly go over how the new Egyptian 1’s fit in today’s meta as they are in somewhat of an awkward place at the moment.

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Egyptian 1 background

3272 Isis 3384 3273 3385

The Egyptian 1 pantheon have all received reincarnated evolutions with the exception of Isis. This pantheon is one of the oldest in Puzzle and Dragons and for a while contained some of the strongest leaders the game had to offer. They went through a wild roller coaster ride ups and down for a few years. Presently speaking, they are in somewhat slump for a period of time now. Their main problem was the dependency on using  an active skill to achieve their full multiplier which lowers their potency.

Active skill reliance places constraints on your clear potential as you have to either stall for actives or simply sacrifice a team slot for a quick charging ability. You are able to work around this in short dungeons or through coop in order to guarantee an active skill every turn but may struggle in dungeons with non-fixed spawns as it is harder to plan around.


Reincarnated Horus
3272
Devil / God / Attacker
3,875 HP / 2,164 ATK / 630 RCV
1,000 Total
Enhnaced Fire Orb Enhnaced Fire Orb Skill Boost Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Time Extend Skill Lock Resist TPA TPA

Active Skill:
Enhance all fire orbs
+2s to orb movement time for 1 turn
4 turn Cooldown

Leader Skill:
4x ATK with 4 colours. 5x ATK with 5. 2x ATK & RCV when active skill is used
100x ATK / 4x RCV

Pros Cons
  • Flexible Leader Skill
  • 1,000 weighted stats
  • 100x ATK
  • Short cooldown can inherit easily
  • Double SBR Skill Lock Resist
  • Cover Fire & Water
  • Can use orb changers
  • Active skill reliant for damage
  • RCV is tied active skill
  • Damage is okay
  • Wrong chicken
Impressions

Reincarnated Horus has always traded a higher damage multiplier for greater consistency. This worked well when he was first released as there were fewer options to choose from along with most of the content not requiring amazingly high multipliers. However, in today’s meta, it is just not worthwhile as we now have access to board refreshes and time extends. Thus, the safety net is no longer required and is actually hurting his potential overall.

A 100x rainbow leader is perhaps average nowadays. Unfortunately, being average is not really good enough as you ideally want to have a card who excels in one particular aspect. Furthermore, having a large percentage of your multiplier tied to the usage of an active skill truly kills Horus’s potential. Without an active skill, you will only be able to achieve 25x ATK along with 1x RCV. If his RCV component was passively built into his leader skill, he could at least stall. Sadly, if you want to heal, you must also use an active and run the risk of killing the floor as well.

With all that being said, Horus has some merits, most notably his potential to act as a sub on various teams. His base cooldown is only 4 turns and allows you to easily inherit something over top along with covering the awkward Fire and Water elements. Furthermore, he has dual Skill Bind Resistance which can greatly ease team building constraints in solo mode. Finally, his dual TPA and massive base attack will allow Horus to achieve amazing burst damage.


Reincarnated Bastet
3384
Devil / God / Balance
4,760 HP / 1,757 ATK / 519 RCV
1,000 Total
Poison resist Time Extend Poison resist Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Time Extend TPA Enhanced Wood Orb TPA

Active Skill:
Mass attack for 3 turns
+2s to orb movement time for 1 turn
5 turn Cooldown

Leader Skill:
3x ATK with 5 combos. Scales up to 5x with 9 combos. 2.5x ATKwhen active skill is used
156.25x ATK

Pros Cons
  • Scaling Leader Skill
  • 1,000 weighted stats
  • 156.25x ATK
  • Short cooldown can inherit easily
  • Flexible team building
  • Cute
  • Active skill reliant for damage
  • 25x at 9 combos is weak
  • Damage is okay
  • Base active is weak
Impressions

Reincarnated Bastet is a massive improvement to her Awoken form as it significantly boosts her maximum damage from her previous 36x. In addition, you have a higher combo threshold for additional damage (7->9) along with a stronger multiplier when using an active skill. This further cements Bastet as a glass cannon leader as she still has no defensive multiplier component.

Like Horus, Bastet can only offer up to 25x ATK without an active skill and will make it challenging to use her efficiently in content that requires a large amount of damage repeatedly. However, when using an active skill, you are able to deal lethal damage as you can efficiently stack TPA TPA awakenings. Granted you do lose out on your maximum damage multiplier, but if your team has enough TPA, the lower combo count can be justified. In fact, 7 combos (which is a realistic amount) will result in 100x ATK and that should be sufficient for most content as she is leading a mono wood team.

When compared to Acetet Cross Bastet, Reincarnated Bastet wins out from a maximum multiplier point of view along without running the risk of flooding the board with wood and compromising combos. However, Acetet is superior from a combo perspective if no active skill is used. Acetet can achieve up to 64x ATK and gains her additional multiplier from matching 3 wood combos. This wood combo clause will usually result in an active skill being used, but will force you to bring more orb changers by comparison.

Reincarnated Bastet is better able to load up on utility-based actives as you do not require numerous wood orbs and can simply rely on the higher base multiplier and a TPA match. Another thing to consider is the risk of using God Killer God Killer on Acetet which could lead to the inability to kill certain absorb bosses (most notably Sopdet). Finally, Reincarnated Bastet has a shorter cooldown along with higher weighted stats.


Reincarnated Anubis
3385
Devil / God / Balance
5,048 HP / 1,450 ATK / 618 RCV
1,001 Total
Bind Immune Bind Immune Time Extend Auto heal Time Extend Skill Lock Resist Skill Boost Auto heal Bind Clear awakening

Active Skill:
Green Jammer Poison Arrow Dark
4 turns counterattack
8 turn Cooldown

Leader Skill:
5x ATK with 9 combos. 10x with 11 combos. 3x ATK when active skill is used
900x ATK

Pros Cons
  • Has some damage control
  • 1,001 weighted stats
  • 900x ATK
  • Unbindable with Bind Clear awakening
  • Active removes hazards
  • Niche counterattack
  • One true God
  • Inconsistent activation
  • Skyfall/praying required
  • No defensive multiplier
  • Active has a long cooldown
Impressions

Reincarnated Anubis is a significant improvement to his Awoken form as you only require 11 combos for maximum damage along with active skill usage and 9 combo damage being improved. This somewhat lowers the risk involved along with providing some form of damage control as you can activate 9x damage with an active skill.

A 6×5 board can provide at most 10 combos with a perfect distribution. Unfortunately, the more likely scenario is a board with 7-8 combos and after matching perfectly, praying for adequate skyfalls is required. This playstyle is incredibly risky along with inconsistent as there will be many times where the skyfalls are not in your favour.

Reincarnated Anubis brings up to 30x ATK by himself and has some potential to pair with 7×6 leaders even if they have lower damage multipliers. Unfortunately, the best option currently is to use Aten 3268.

Shifting away from a leadership role, Reincarnated Anubis has strong potential on mono dark teams due to his bind immunity and recover bind Bind Clear awakening awakening. This enables Anubis to clear 3 turns of binds with a single row of hearts. This would be more helpful if he had a heart generating active, but you can always inherit something over top his own active.

Finally, looking at Anubis’s active skill, it has a reasonably long cooldown for the benefits it provides. Most single orb changer plus hazard removal is pinned at 7 turns along with a turn of haste. Thus, you are trading haste and an additional turn for the occasionally useful counterattack. Counterattack has most applications against resolve bosses that have a 1% attack you can survive. This will enable you to instantly kill the boss as their ability will hit you and then have the counterattack hit and kill them. Perhaps the best example of this is against Zeus & Hera as their damage goes out before the healing component.

Snow Globe Noir Buffs

Snow Globe Noirs 1006 have been buffed to provide 3 million off-colour experience instead of the original 2. Hooray.

Conclusion

The new Egyptian 1 evolutions are nice, but not necessarily game breaking. They do add another dimension to leadership potential, but many players are probably disappointed by no Ra Dragon 3265 as he is one of the most anticipated evolutions to be released.

How do you feel about the new evolutions?

Happy Puzzling!

What Makes a Good Leader in Puzzle and Dragons?

Introduction

One of the most popular questions I see floating around the PAD community is “what makes a good leader?” or “is this a strong leader?” Now both of these questions are heavily loaded as the answer generally depends on your subs. A leader, no matter how powerful, is heavily reliant on your team composition, inherits, and plus egg investment.

There are many tier lists available that rank leaders based on various criteria, but they always assume the perfect team (regardless of how rare or hard to pull those monsters are). They also look at how consistent a leader performs in a variety of end game content instead of a single dungeon.

As such, tier lists should be taken with a grain of salt and be used as a starting base to determine if a leader has potential. You should then look up team building guides to see if you have ideal subs in order to successfully run that team.

The purpose of this article will be to further explore what merits a strong leader, what to look for in your monster box, and why consistency is invaluable when playing through harder content.

Being told something good is one thing, but understanding why is more important. You can read this article while thinking of your favourite leader to better understand why they are effective or ineffective.

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Factors that make a leader strong

Forewarning

The tier lists tend to not take player skill into consideration; however, you need to assess your own skill level as you need to be able to actually activate your leader skill on a consistent basis. A prime example of this was when Anubis was floating around on some lists. In theory, this works as his multiplier was at the time the highest available. Unfortunately, very few people could actually activate him on a consistent basis and was misleading to say the least.

In addition to ignoring player skill, tier lists assume the perfect team as that is the most fair way to compare various leaders. However, many of these teams require exotic subs (and inherits) that most players do not own and this will inevitably lead to a less than stellar performance. Continue reading What Makes a Good Leader in Puzzle and Dragons?

[Videos] Challenge 9 & 10 Clears

Introduction

I managed to record both level 9 and 10 clears on my Monday Twitch Stream. Hopefully it provides some insight into how you can approach these two dungeons and the various mechanics they have.

Challenge 10 with Lakshmi

Lakshmi is becoming one of my favourite leaders to use as she provides a healthy mixture of damage control, survivability, and large spike damage. She may not be as well suited for Arena 3, but is more than capable of handling Challenge 10’s.

Challenge 9 with Reincarnated Shiva

My mom and Pancaaake managed to tackle Challenge 9 in coop with their Reincarnated Shiva team. It may have had many heart attacks, but they were successful in the end!

Conclusion

Hopefully these videos provide some inspiration or clarification for Challenge 9 and 10.

Happy Puzzling!

[Video] Challenge 8 – Fixed Team with Awoken Okuninushi

Introduction

This set of Challenge Dungeons features a fixed team that utilizes Awoken Okuninushi 2985 along with intelligently chosen subs. The given team is more than capable of clearing this in solo mode, but I recommend you at least enter in coop to save 40 stamina.

Due to the nature of this being a fixed team dungeon, any account can enter with you and is a great way for underdeveloped accounts to acquire a Py.

Video clear & Strategy

Awoken Okuninushi is capable of achieving spectacular damage via high combo count and multiple dark combos. However, the team is very TPA TPA oriented with Satsuki Baby Satsuki providing 3. This can allow for wonderful burst damage that can allow you to pierce through the high defense floor 1.

Your priority should be forming dark TPA along with trying your best to optimize your combos. You will most likely clear through most/all of the floors if done correctly and should use your actives to compliment your progression.

You should be using your leader’s actives for the 2 turn delay component, not enhance. With that in mind, you should simply delay a floor that would otherwise be problematic or as a means to survive the floor 2-3 preemptives by delaying floor 2 and healing.

The only time you need to use an active is on floor 5. Floor 5 has a 76% resolve and the easiest way to deal with this is by using Hades Awoken Hades for his 25% gravity which will push the blue elephant under his threshold. The additional orb movement time is also welcomed.

Conclusion

I enjoyed this fixed team challenge outside of the high stamina cost. It is always a pleasure to play new teams that are intelligently designed and appropriate to today’s gameplay.

Happy Puzzling!

11 Million Downloads Celebration Godfest Review and Analysis

Godfest basics

When making the decision to roll or save your magic stones, you need to determine if the featured pantheons can benefit or compliment your teams. Chasing for one specific monster is unwise as you will most likely be disappointed and should ideally have Godfests that overlap with many target cards. Remember all monsters that come out of the REM will qualify for Skill Inheritance so do not be too hasty when selling dupes. For a more detailed team building help, please refer to my full list Popular Leader’s and their Full Sub List Post. Lastly, to find more information about a specific pantheon or monster, refer to my Master List to better refine your search. If you are considering to purchase a Four Gentlemen card, please read my Review and Comparison HERE.


Introduction

To mark the 11 million downloads in North America, GungHo is throwing a modestly more special Godfest to mark this occasion. We have been experiencing 4x GFE for quite some time now and with only a smattering of 5x to try and entice us. However, these increased rates do not appear to be any more special than Godfests of old due to the significantly larger REM pool. It is my understanding (I could be wrong) that with each new pantheon (or GFE) added, the rates to roll a particular card go down. Thus, the increased rates are merely there to keep abreast with this “inflation.”

Regardless, this Godfest features a reasonable line up along with +33 to each roll (+11 to each stat).

2916 Gala of Flame Silk
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Day 1
Heroes Egyptian 2
Bankai Yamato Bankai Andro Bankai Perseus Wukong bankai Awoken Pandora Set Nut Osiris Hathor Nephthys
GFE
 Kali Dark Kali Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Eschamali Scheat Australis
 Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede Fenrir Viz Fenrir Kanna 3268 Baby Satsuki
 Gremory Ronove 2991 2993 2997 Sherias Roots Sherias Balboa
Baldin




Day 2
Norse Sengoku
Freyr I&I Awoken Freyja Thor Awoken Loki 3101 3103 3105 3107 d-d-akechi
GFE
Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Metatron dtron Ryune Saria Sylvie
Ult Zuoh Ilm Sherias Roots Sherias Baldin Balboa Ronove 2991
2993 2997 Gremory Gadius Typhon rodin Blodin Green Odin
3268

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Day 1

Day 1 features both the powerful Heroes pantheon and poorly aging Egyptian 2. Continue reading 11 Million Downloads Celebration Godfest Review and Analysis

[Videos] One-Shot Challenge 6 Clears

Introduction

My Zeus and Noah Dragon clears from my Mantastic and Fantastic account. Both runs killed the Radar Dragons very quickly and should provide some inspiration on how to deal with them. I have been having a challenging week, but content should begin to flow out once again.

Lakshmi vs Zeus Dragon


Myr vs Noah Dragon


Conclusion

Hopefully these two clears showcase how to efficiently deal with this set of One-Shot Challenges. Many teams are capable of clearing them and I would like to know who you used.

Happy Puzzling!