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Demon Slayer REM Review Review and Analysis – May 2021

Introduction

The highly anticipated Demon Slayer Collab finally comes to North America along with several small Leader Skill buffs. As a whole, this event has become more “dated” due to the significant delay between the JP and our release. While cards can never receive direct nerfs, they can become weaker relatively speaking as newer cards are often stronger compared to older ones.

As such, many cards have lost some of their edge but at the same time, there is still a tremendous amount of value to be found within the 7 and 8-star rarities. Sadly, this event also features one of the worst designed REM-set ups as players cannot Monster Exchange for the 7-star cards which means they have to be rolled. This will be a similar experience to the Monogatari Collab where players could frivolously roll in the vain hope of acquiring Nadeko and we will have a similar experience here.

With this in mind, having a significant Magic Stone hoard will be needed to dig deep into this REM and with no Pity System in place, repeated sadness can/will occur.

On the bright side, GungHo will be gifting all players one free 8-star roll at a future, unknown date.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Demon Slayer Collab REM Pros & Cons – May 2021
Pros
Cons
  • New event
    • Features many hard to replicate cards
  • Weapon Assists for all 7 & 8-stars
  • Unique and powerful cards at 7 & 8-star rarity
  • Free 8-star roll from GH
    • Will be gifted at a later date
      • I do not know when
  • Bottom rarity is mostly lackluster
    • 70% of the rolling pool
    • Only 1 has Weapon
  • Cannot Monster Exchange for 7-stars
    • Have to roll
    • Odds are not in your favour
  • 7-8 month old event in JP
    • Cards have lost some of their edge
Demon Slayer Collab REM
8 Star base
(6% total)
7 Star base
(24% total)
6 Star base
(70% total)
Demon Slayer Collab – May 2021
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

Continue reading Demon Slayer REM Review Review and Analysis – May 2021

Mystics & Spectres REM Review Review and Analysis – May 2021

Introduction

The Mystics & Spectres returns to North America but only includes buffs for 2 cards along with no new monsters being added. As such, the vast majority of cards have remained stagnant and while nothing can ever be “nerfed” in PAD, not receiving buffs means cards will fall behind as newer things are released.

With that being said, there is still tremendous value within the actual Mystics & Spectres cards but we will be plagued by the worst REM set up which lumps all of these event cards into the regular REM. This results in a 5 Magic Stone price tag, no GFE, and no collateral benefits along with painful rolling rates for the top rarity cards who are the true prizes for this event.

Taking all of this into consideration, there is still value to be had rolling within this event but if you have done so in the past, there may be little reason to continue chucking Magic Stones here in the hopes of acquiring a 7-star card due to the terribly designed REM.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Mystics & Spectres REM Pros & Cons – May 2021
Pros
Cons
  • All 7-star cards are outstanding leaders
    • Capable of clearing all content
  • All cards feature Weapon Assists
  • All Mystics & Spectre cards have value
  • Not an exclusive REM
    • Rolling pool has regular REM
      • No GFE
      • Countless unevolved Pantheons
      • 50% cards are Mystics & Spectres
  • Cannot Monster Exchange for top rarity
    • Have to roll
  • Essentially no buffs overall
    • Makes cards fall behind in Powercreep
Mystics & Spectres REM
7 Star base
(4% total)
6 Star base
(18% total)
  
5 Star base
(28% total)
  
Mystics & Spectres – May 2021
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

The rolling pool does not add up to 100% because Pantheons are also included

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

Continue reading Mystics & Spectres REM Review Review and Analysis – May 2021

Arenas, Colosseum & WoC/Shura Mechanics Checklist

Introduction

Puzzle and Dragons is a tremendously deep game that has years worth of content waiting for players. Sadly, there is essentially no in-game information as to what mechanics, spawns, or what can actually happen in a dungeon which in turn creates a terrible guessing game.

Thankfully, we are eventually able to “solve” any dungeon with enough trial and error and for myself, what I find most helpful when trying to tackle a new dungeon is a Checklist of notable mechanics. From this Checklist, I will try my best to address all of the dangerous mechanics while prioritizing unavoidable abilities.

With this in mind, I would like to create a master Checklist for all of the Arena, Colosseum, and World of Carnage dungeons to help players better prepare themselves as knowing what can possibly happen is a huge asset in PAD.

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How to use my checklists

With any dungeon, there are avoidable and unavoidable mechanics and it is important to address the unavoidable mechanics first. As such, there will be a priority-like system when looking at dungeon mechanics and you may have to forgo certain solutions depending on the depth of your Monster Box. Furthermore, certain teams/leaders may naturally counter specific mechanics. Continue reading Arenas, Colosseum & WoC/Shura Mechanics Checklist

10 Magic Stones Seasonal Super Godfest April 29 – May 5

Introduction

Super Godfests are 10-Stone events where players will have at least a 1/3 or 33% chance of acquiring any Godfest Exclusive (GFE) but this changes when it becomes a Seasonal Super Godfest.

Seasonal Super Godfests are unique as they feature 7-9 star Seasonal cards in the line up but omit all the horrible bottom rarity cards that are found in their respective REMs. This is important as rolling in Seasonal REMs tends to be an underwhelming affair whereas the “bad” rolls in a Godfest are at least Pantheon cards who will have value for more shallow Boxes or are actually potent in their own right.

Furthermore, Seasonal Super Godfests also include 6 and 7-star Godfest Exclusives but will have their rates adjusted due to the inclusion of the Seasonal cards. With this in mind, I tend to lump all of the valuable cards (Seasonal, GFE, Samurai 3) into the “good” to roll pool which comes to 37% chance for the current Seasonal Super Godfest.

While this is potentially lower compared to PCGF/anniversary events, neither of these allow players to directly roll the higher rarity Seasonal cards who are often acquired via Monster Exchanging. This in turn means that rolling any of these cards can be thought of as acquiring 4-5 GFEs as you just saved yourself the Monster Exchange.

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Rolling pool

Seasonal Super Godfests differ from regular Super Godfests as they push out varying amounts of GFEs in order to accommodate the Seasonal cards. This adjusted rolling pool will still have a >33% chance to acquire any “good” card (Seasonal, GFE, Samurai 3). As such, the featured Seasonal cards will be the main motivator to roll in this event as many of them are incredibly difficult to replicate otherwise. Continue reading 10 Magic Stones Seasonal Super Godfest April 29 – May 5

Exploration Dungeon Secret Unlocks – Farm Qilin & Scheherazade Dragons

Introduction

The Exploration Dungeon is a new type of event in which players will initially have only a single dungeon available that is easy to beat. The catch is clearing the dungeon while also fulfilling specific  requirements in order to unlock highly lucrative solo mode dungeons.

These solo mode dungeons grant players a lucrative way acquire various resources while also having a discounted Stamina cost to enter while also providing a first-time clear bonus.

The specific requirements for the various unlocks widely varies and requires highly specific set ups to unlock but thankfully we are able to borrow the information unlocked by the JP server in order to have a relative idea/template on what to bring. Just remember, the exact specific requirements are not known but we have a template to follow and it may just take a couple of attempts to unlock a new level.

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Unlockable dungeons

These additional dungeons will be unlocked when clearing the original level clearing with a team that fulfills specific requirements.

Just be aware that all the Unlockable dungeons are solo mode only but those with 1/4 stamina discount are more efficient compared to 2p as the discount is only 1/2 in multiplayer.

It is possible to unlock multiple dungeon with the same clear if you are able to fulfill multiple requirements.

Super Plus Point Cave – 1/4 stamina

Requirement: Deal a huge amount of damage on the boss without using active skills. This can be done via large ATK multiplier leaders along with cards who abuse Killers. This huge damage can be Voided out and still count. I recommend using the 5 Dragon Killer Monk from the Story Mode, Xuanzang .

First clear reward: 2 Trigod Masks


Super King Carnival – 1/4 stamina

Requirement: Have 12 or more average combos, leaders skills with bonus combos fulfill this requirement. Might as well abuse 7×6 as well.

First clear reward: 2 Rainbow Pys


Tamadra Infestation – 1/4 stamina

Requirement: Do not use any active skills

First clear reward: 2 King Tamadras


Jewel Rush – 1/4 stamina

Requirement: Have <= 1.4 average combos while also not using an  active skill. Using an Auto Follow Up Leader will make this much easier and no Skyfalls if possible. Try SR Hino .

First clear reward: 2 Diamond Dragon Fruits


Predras Infestation – 1/4 stamina

Requirement: Use an active skills 25 times. Use as many 1 cooldown cards as possible to make life easier. I used Ilmina.com to Advanced Search for all the possible options.

First clear reward: 2 Super Snow Globes


Gathering of Talents 2 – 1/2 stamina

This dungeon is the most lucrative to unlock as it grants a wonderfully high chance for Qilin and Scheherazade Dragons to invade. It is possible for both to appear in the same run so bring your best team while also having Damage Absorb to counter the possible Sopdet(s).

Requirements: Players must achieve all of the following conditions to unlock Gathering of Talents 2:

  • Clear in 5 turns (one shot every floor)
  • Do not use active skills
  • Average 7 or more combos
  • Total of less than 8 million damage on every single floor (boss has exactly 6 million HP)

These are some difficult to achieve requirements but the easiest way to overcome them is using a leader with two leaders with 3 million Auto Follow Up Damage and -ATK inherits to drop all cards down to 1 ATK. This ensures that you will not deal 2 million or more damage from matching orbs as your two leaders will grant 6 million Auto Follow Up Attack which deals the precise value needed to kill the boss.

SR Hino will be a valuable tool but any other 3 Million Auto Follow Up Leader can function. Ideally your cards are not leveled and do not have +297. Finally, turn off Monster Leveling in case you need multiple tries.

Conclusion

The Exploration Dungeon awards the highly lucrative Gathering of Talents 2 when cleared using highly specific conditions. This dungeon offers an exceptionally high chance for Qilin and Scheherazade Dragon to appear which are often the limiting factor in creating powerful Weapon Assists.

With this in mind, I would encourage all players to repeatedly run this dungeon as it is relatively easy and fast to clear as we will probably not have any other event as efficient for acquiring these Dragons.

Let me know what you think about this dungeon in the comments below and what teams you have had success using.

Happy Puzzling!

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9th REMDra Fever – No Dark Strategies

Introduction

The REMDra Fever “Ranking” Dungeon returns to North America and gives players a chance to grind for a (cosmetic) Crown by accumulating 999,999 points over any number of runs. With that being said, it will take numerous clears to achieve but there are ways to bolster your score to save time, stamina, and mental sanity. Generally speaking, no Dark orbs will take less effort overall as it is much easier to achieve a higher combo count due to only 5 possible orb types appearing. Furthermore, the inclusion TPA TPA matches awarding 500 points will help hasten this process.

As with all REMDra Fever events, the dungeon is quite lucrative to run over and over again as it only costs 25 stamina and offers valuable drops. Furthermore, any number of players can achieve a Crown and is not only given to the first X number of players to hit 999,999.

This article will explain the rules for REMDra Fever and how to maximize your score potential and how to farm it as efficiently as possible once you are satisfied with your score.

9th REMDra Fever Event: 4/19 (Mon), 0:00 – 4/25 (Sun), 23:59 (UTC-8)

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REMDra scoring system

REMDra Fever Ranking Tournaments have a significantly different scoring system compared to normal Ranking Dungeons and we must alter our play style accordingly. Continue reading 9th REMDra Fever – No Dark Strategies

New GFE + Exchange Medal + 10 Magic Stone Super Godfest – April 2021

Introduction

Today marks the debut of three new 7-star Godfest Exclusives (GFE) who will be available through the current Super Godfest. Furthermore, all players who log in between April 16 – May 9 will receive a special 9-Year Anniversary Medal which can be exchanged for one of the three new GFE .

This means players can choose their most desired card and not have to gamble with rolling or spending Magic Stones. As such, the question of who to choose will be on the forefront many player’s minds and there is no easy answer as all three provide value in their own way. Building upon this, if you are unable to make a decision, there is no rush as once you acquire the Exchange Medal, it does not expire. This means you can wait and see if your Box develops in a particular way which in turn makes one choice better overall. Finally, players who are at or near Rank 1000 will eventually receive the Rank 1000 machine in a future update (soonish) where 3/5 cards available are these new 7-star Godfest Exclusives.

Regardless of all this, I will be taking a closer look at each of the new 7-star GFEs to give players a better idea of how to use them in hopes of making a meaningful decision for their Exchange Medal.

Finally, this article will also take a look at the current Super Godfest as it does feature quite a lucrative line up with notable collateral benefits for newer players.

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New Godfest Exclusives

The 9-Year Anniversary Medal can be Monster Exchanged for one of the three new GFEs and once this Medal is in your Monster Box, it will not expire which means you can wait and see how your Box develops if none of the three options are appealing right now. Continue reading New GFE + Exchange Medal + 10 Magic Stone Super Godfest – April 2021

GungHo Collab REM Review Review and Analysis – April 2021

Introduction

The GungHo Collab returns to North America once again but this time at a much later date relative to the JP server. This has significant Powercreep consequences as this event took around 4 months to arrive instead of the normal 2. I want to stress that the 2 month window for JP content is a guesstimate as nothing is guaranteed but being delayed by 2 additional months makes many of these cards feel “dead on arrival.”

To make make matter worse, the Monster Hunter Collab has a simultaneous release with JP which means we got significantly stronger cards much earlier than expected. This in turn makes many of the GungHo cards laughable by comparison.

As such, I feel that this is a relatively lackluster/underwhelming event as there almost no value at the bottom rarity along with the 6 and 7-stars often being inferior to other available options. As such, this can be an easy event to skip from a rolling point of view and maybe using the Monster Exchange to acquire a key card for your Monster Box.

Finally, I want to mention that this event is home to three cards who have an 18 turn Leader Swap ability. Owning one of these cards will be valuable for late game players as it does open up Leader Swapping strategies for WoC2 / Rank EXP abuse. As such, the value of these cards heavily hinges on your current game progression and what other Leader Swap options are available. For players who cannot take advantage of Leader Swapping, these will be relatively average cards.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

GungHo Collab REM Pros & Cons – April 2021
Pros
Cons
  • Monster Exchange uses 6-star Fodder
    • We have been given many recently
      • Can be more liberal with trading
  • Opportunity to acquire an 18 turn Leader Swap active
    • Invaluable under the right circumstances
      • Can be Monster Exchanged for
  • Bottom rarity is lacking
    • None provide any true value
    • Comprise 41.8% of rolls
  • Few cards are truly game changing
    • Relatively easy to skip/only Monster Exchange
  • Old event
    • Fewer buffs at bottom rarity
  • Orb Skin cards cannot be Monster Exchanged for
    • Both are quite strong
  • Came 2 months late
    • Monster Hunter came 2 months early
      • Powercreep
GungHo Collab REM
7 Star base
(24.5% total)

6 Star base
(33.7% total)
 
5 Star base
(41.8% total)
GungHo  Collab – April 2021
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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*Owning one of these Leader Swapping cards from the GungHo Collab will be valuable for late game players as it does open up Leader Swapping strategies for WoC2 / Rank EXP abuse. As such, the value of these cards heavily hinges on your current game progression and what other Leader Swap options are available. For players who cannot take advantage of Leader Swapping, these will be relatively average cards.*

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

Continue reading GungHo Collab REM Review Review and Analysis – April 2021

Monster Hunter Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2021

Introduction

The Monster Hunter Collab returns to North America once again and features numerous buffs for existing cards along with new Weapons for all 6-star cards.

This greatly bolsters their overall value along with all the 6/7* cards receiving significant upgrades along with a 60% chance of rolling any of these cards.

While this looks appealing, players should be mindful of the fact that the bottom rarity received almost no love this time around along with the 10 Magic Stone price tag. Furthermore, due to this being the 6th run of this Collab, the majority of older players are already oversaturated with 5-star cards.

As such, it may be difficult to justify rolling here for players who have already done so too many times in the past as acquiring your 7th Gammoth will be a sad waste of 10 Magic Stones. On the other hand, players who have never or hardly rolled can still find value with conservative amount as there is plenty of value to be found within the 6 and 7-star rarities.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Monster Hunter Collab REM Pros & Cons – March 2021
Pros
Cons
  • All cards have 1-2 Weapon Assists
  • Bottom rarity is okay, not horrible
    • Having 1 copy of many of them may helpful due to Weapon
    • Can greatly aid newer boxes due to Resists
  • New Weapons for 6-stars
    • Greatly bolsters their viability
  • 60% chance for 6/7*
  • Old event
    • Many players have too numerous dupes
    • 5-stars are relatively neglected
  • No new monsters added
    • Most players already have most bottom rarity cards
  • 10 Stones per pull
    • Harder to justify if already owning most of the cards
      • 7th Rathian does not feel nice
Monster Hunter Collab REM
7 Star base
(20% total)
 
6 Star base
(40% total)

 
5 Star base
(40% total)
Monster Hunter Collab – March 2021
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Order within each tier is random and not reflective of ranking

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

Continue reading Monster Hunter Collab REM Review and Analysis – March 2021

Alt. Ruler of Hell’s Halls Guide by the Marvelous Melvin

Foreword

Due to various health issues ruining the past few days, I have been unable to do as much as I normally would like. Thankfully, I have Fantastic friends and the Magnificent Melvin has kindly given permission to repost his Alt. Ruler of Hell’s Halls Guide.

Melvin is a real life friend and we used to play Board Games on a regular basis until Covid but thankfully, his zest for PAD has not waivered and he actively plays on NA and JP.

His writing style differs from mine and I have preserved his content with only minimal formatting adjustments.

Introduction

Hey guys! It’s the Marvelous/Magnificent Melvin here! You guys may better known me as the Luscious Leilan though! I made a few appearance on Mantastic’s stream before but due to the Covid pandemic, I was unable to make any more appearances nor play more board games with him. Here’s to hoping that this pandemic ends soon so everything returns to normal but I digress, I had a lot of spare time on my hand during this quarantine thing and thought I create a Alt. Ruler of Hell’s Halls guide for the community! This is probably the only other chance to achieve the Devil title so here’s to hoping that this guide will be of some use to you all! Best of luck to all those attempting for the Devil title! Continue reading Alt. Ruler of Hell’s Halls Guide by the Marvelous Melvin