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90M Downloads (11th) REMDra Fever – Just Match L’s

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. While this is exciting, 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 L  (1,500 pts) and Heart L (1,500 pts) will help hasten this process.

In fact, just matching L’s yields 35-40k scores with relatively little effort and should be taken advantage of a much as possible.

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 the score cap of 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.

11th REMDra Fever Event: 8/16 (Mon), 0:00 – 8/22 (Sun), 23:59 (UTC-8)

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

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 90M Downloads (11th) REMDra Fever – Just Match L’s

Understanding Weapon Assists / Skill Inheritance + Strategies for Optimizing Their Use

Introduction

PAD is a wildly complex game that can incredibly overwhelming to newer players as the entire concept of an early game experience has largely been removed due to Powercreep along with Normal and Technical Dungeons being incredibly old and out of date.

This can give new players a false sense of security when they are using 2021 teams to clear 2014 content as they will be wildly unprepared when faced with modestly challenging content.

As such, I would like to take the time to discuss a key mechanic of PAD: Weapon Assists / Skill Inheritance. This mechanic is vital to your success when playing through challenging content and adds another layer when it comes to team building. In fact, Weapon Assists tend to be solid cards to invest in as they tend to be Powercrept at a slower rate compared to Leaders or subs.

This article will provide a brief history of Weapon Assists, how they function, and how to optimize their usage.

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A brief history

Weapon Assists actually came out after the ability to Inherit/Assist cards and we referred to them as Skill Inheritance at the time. Eventually GungHo released Weapon Assists and changed the terminology which is why the term inherits/assists are often used interchangeably. Continue reading Understanding Weapon Assists / Skill Inheritance + Strategies for Optimizing Their Use

Star Weaving Fairies REM Review – July 29th, 2021

Introduction

The Star Weaving Fairies make their debut in North America and features a REM that shares a similar format as Sin Dragons/Mystics as the Event cards will be lumped together with other REM monsters.

Furthermore, there is no Monster Exchange option for any of the cards which means players will have to repeatedly pull in order to acquire any of the Event cards. As such, many Magic Stones will need to be spent but I would advise not rolling until we see the rolling rates for a special 9-Magic Stone Super Godfest that goes live on Saturday, July 31st.

With that being said, the Star Weaving Fairies features many powerful cards along with new top-tier leaders who will be able to tackle all content currently available.

Due to continuing wrist pains, I have only done Pros & Cons for each card and did skip over underwhelming Weapons.

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Overview

Star Weaving Fairies REM Pros & Cons – July 2021
Pros
Cons
  • All cards have a Weapon Assist
  • 16 free rolls for all players over the duration of the event
  • Debut event
    • All Event cards will be New
  • 7* rarity features new top-tier leaders
  • No Monster Exchange
  • Frustrating rolling rates
    • 75.5% rolls will be non-Event cards
      • 4.5% for any Event 7*
      • 24% for Event 6*
        • 5.25% for 7* GFE
        • 5.25% for 6* GFE

Check the Official GHNA post to see the full rotating line up for the Faries event HERE as the GFE featured will change each week.

Star Weaving Fairies REM
7 Star base
(4.5% total)
6 Star base
(24% total)
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Star Weaving Fairies – July 2021
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Upcoming Events in July – P&D Pass Bonus, Heroine, [Fairy] Title Challenge, & Fairies Event

Introduction

GungHo NA has been releasing News Update videos for the past 2 months which is fantastic as we are better able to plan out our play time and Magic Stone usage. As such, here is a recap of the upcoming North American news for July 2021 along with  screenshots of the notable news points in case watching videos is not ideal.

On a different note, there will be a maintenance on Wednesday evening from 18:00 – 2:00 (UTC-8) which will grant 9 Resets including Rank 150-1000 Memorial pulls, Present, and Best Friend selection. If you wish to read more about Best Friends, check out my other article HERE. I will release an update video after Patch Notes go live.

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Continue reading Upcoming Events in July – P&D Pass Bonus, Heroine, [Fairy] Title Challenge, & Fairies Event

PAD Academy Overview & Who to Monster Exchange for – July 5th, 2021

Introduction

Due to my wrist (and other) pains, I have been struggling to find a way to do reviews and hopefully this shorter format provides some insight as a supplement to my YouTube video.

For PAD Academy, it is a top-heavy event which offers several powerful cards at the higher rarities. Thankfully, both the 8 and 9-star cards can be Monster Exchanged for which will be the best course of action as the bottom rarity has middling value despite owning a Weapon Assist . This is because their value is terribly low and will be replaced as soon as other options become available.

With this in mind, I will only be highlighting within this article the top major prizes to consider Monster Exchanging for.

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Overview

PAD Academy REM Pros & Cons – July 2021
Pros
Cons
  • Can Monster Exchange for 8 & 9-stars
    • Trade-only, minimal/no rolls
  • All cards have a Weapon Assist
  • Questionable value at bottom rarity
    • Terribly low value overall
    • Comprises the majority of rolls
  • Terribly low rolling rates for 8/9*

Continue reading PAD Academy Overview & Who to Monster Exchange for – July 5th, 2021

State of the Game – June 2021

Introduction

I have been playing Puzzle and Dragons for over 2,700 days and in this time I have seen monsters rise and fall, a constantly shifting meta, along with Farmables being a top tier leader. Furthermore, I have witnessed the constantly evolving mechanics of current end game dungeons along with the cards released to counter them.

As a whole, PAD is by far my longest played game and would technically qualify as my longest relationship, but like any relationship, it requires work, dedication, and patience to truly succeed.

Obviously I love Puzzle and Dragons but at the same time, I can be critical about the short comings of this game along with how I feel the meta is shifting and whether or not it is for the better.

With that being said, there has never been a better time to play PAD due to the exceptionally generous hand outs by GungHo that include copious amounts of Magic Stones and special Godfest rolls which is further diminishing the concept of early game PAD.

With all of this in mind, I would like to examine the current state of the game through this article by highlighting what works and areas that need improvement.

On a side note, my previous State of the Game article highlights other important aspects with many of my views holding true to this day.

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Marathon, not a Sprint

Continue reading State of the Game – June 2021

Street Fighter Collab REM Review Review and Analysis – May 2021

Introduction

The Street Fighter Collab returns to North America for a second rerun which includes new evolutions, buffs, and 3 additional cards to be rolled. Due to the 6-Magic Stone price tag, the Monster Exchange Rate are lower compared to other event as players only require five 6-star GFE as Trade Fodder.

On the other hand, the Collab as a whole is reasonably underwhelming along with the bottom rarity not providing much value outside of Buttons and a potential Pixel Blanka System.

As such, this is an easy event to potentially skip from a rolling point of view as there are no truly amazing cards and if something is appealing, Monster Exchanging may be your best course of action.

Video commentary

—video coming Monday—

Overview

Street Fighter Collab REM Pros & Cons – May 2021
Pros
Cons
  • 6 Stones per roll
  • More affordable Monster Exchange rates
    • Requires five 6* GFE Fodder
    • More motivation to not roll
  • Every card has multiple Evolution options
  • No truly outstanding card
  • Many cards feel outdated
  • Relatively little value at bottom rarity
Street Fighter Collab REM
6 Star base
(22.7% total)
   
  
5 Star base
(77.3% total)

Street Fighter Collab Rankings – 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 Street Fighter Collab REM Review Review and Analysis – May 2021

Royal Oak & Nautilus Debut Super Godfest Review

Introduction

Sunday marks the debut of two new 7-star Godfest Exclusives who are both outstanding leaders that help push Powercreep to the next level. Unfortunately, they are debuting within a reasonably average Godfest as it only features 33% chance for any GFE which is as low as it can go. On the other hand, all five Samurai 3 cards ( ) will be featured in their Weapon Assist form which helps bring the “good” rolling pool up to 40.5%.

As such, the value of this Super Godfest will be higher for those who lack Samurai 3 cards but will be more underwhelming for those who have already rolled them all.

With that being said, this article will examine both new Godfest Exclusives in greater detail.

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New Godfest Exclusives

Both Royal Oak and Nautilus are special 7-star GFE who have a 2 step Transformation that does not cycle back around like Jiraiya. As a whole, this is a better design as it enables Royal Oak and Nautilus to have Skill Boosts Skill Boost in their Base form (something a cyclic Transforming card cannot) along with no true worries about juggling a certain active skill for a specific floor. As such, it is best to try and reach the Final form as fast as possible but both have a 6 turn cooldown after they Transform for the first time. This means that without Haste, it will take a least 6 turns to Transform into their final and strongest form. Continue reading Royal Oak & Nautilus Debut Super Godfest Review

10th REMDra Fever – No Water 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. While this is exciting, 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 Water 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 (200 pts) and Recover Bind Bind Clear awakening (1,000 pts) 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 the score cap of 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.

10th REMDra Fever Event: 5/24 (Mon), 0:00 – 5/30 (Sun), 23:59 (UTC-8)

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

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 10th REMDra Fever – No Water Strategies

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
  • No Skill Up Dungeon
    • Gotta Py everything
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