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Dark Athena Team Building, Discussion, and Rationale for 750,000 MP

Do not nuke your Monster Box for 750,000 MP to buy Dark Athena. She will be a permanent addition to the MP shop


Dark Athena 3193 has been a long anticipated card that was up until this point only available in JP; however, NA/EU will finally be able to purchase her for 750,000 MP starting May 1st. This is a tremendous stepping stone as we are actually able to acquire a Radar card when PAD Radar is not available in our regions. Regardless, the question within the community will transition from is she coming to “Should I buy Dark Athena?” This is a loaded question as she does cost 750,000 MP and you should carefully weigh the pros and cons along with actually having a viable team to use her.

I did write extensively about her in a previous posting, but will create a new one based on the new cards that have been released since her debut in JP. However, there will be some overlap between the two but I have added in a much needed team building section.

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Dark Athena at a glance

Dark Athena
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 base ATK
  • 3 TPA TPA for burst
  • Tanky Leader Skill
  • Forms one of the best teams in PAD
  • Can quickly clear challenging content
  • Farms Arena 3
  • Flexible team building
  • Bind immune
  • Damage enhance & delay
  • Can overcome combo shields
  • No evolution required
  • Comes ready to use
  • Can use Haku(s) 
  • Can be used as a sub
  • Must match both water and dark for RCV
  • Stalling is not as practical
  • No SBR Skill Lock Resist
  • Low movement time
  • Gemstone inherit semi required
  • Costs 750,000 MP


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. Furthermore, with the introduction of the 7 combo 45 awakening, Dark Athena has even more burst potential as she can run duplicate Hakus  to great success. Continue reading Dark Athena Team Building, Discussion, and Rationale for 750,000 MP


New Content Update – April 25, 2017


In a small and surprising update, we received new Reincarnated Evolutions for several popular cards. For the most part, reincarnating a card is the best thing to do as they are bumped up to 1,000 weighted stats, additional awakenings, and triple typing. As such, you should be pursuing them almost all the time and the only real exception at the moment is Haku .

This article will provide a brief summary/thoughts on each of the featured cards in this content update. As a side note, you should be using 0-stamina Normals to abuse Legendary Earth for endless monster experience to level up all of these cards.

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New evolutions

New evolutions are some of the most exciting aspects of Puzzle and Dragons as it breathes new life into old cards and hopefully revitalizes their viability.


Like the other Egyptian 2 cards, Set gained a split evolution that removed all of this TPA TPA to gain dual 7 combo 45 awakenings as well as changing his sub attribute to Light from Wood. From a purely damage perspective, dual 7 combo awakenings are more potent when achieving 7 or more combos, but ruin more mindless-farming builds that rely on minimal comboing. Continue reading New Content Update – April 25, 2017

Voltron Collab Egg Machine Review and Analysis


The Voltron Collab is an exclusive series coming to North America and this is the first time NA will be receiving cards that JP does not. This is a tremendous step in the right direction as it grants us the chance to acquire unique cards or at the very least, a re-skin of a Collab we would never be able to have.

Collaborations in Puzzle and Dragons are a costly process as GungHo has to secure licensing, hire artists, and design the cards from scratch. This is partially the reason why NA/EU does not gain access to all the exclusive JP Collabs as the costs would not justify the potential income.

Therefore, having Voltron gives us the chance to show GungHo how much support NA can muster as well as hopefully granting us the ability to fill in the Monster gaps.

All players above rank 50 will receive 1 free pull on the Voltron Rare Egg Machine.

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Rolls overview

Voltron Egg Machine Overview
6 star rolls
5 star rolls
4 star rolls


Voltron Collab Rankings – April 23, 2017
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Voltron Overview

As mentioned above, Collaborations give GungHo the chance to design new and interesting cards to help round out our Monster Boxes. The appeal is further magnified through nostalgia, appealing artwork, and the sense of being a limited time offer. Continue reading Voltron Collab Egg Machine Review and Analysis

Thoughts on the Upcoming Super Carnival


GungHo is releasing a new style of Director’s Carnival and is swapping out the Valkyries to make room for the Gala Exclusives. Normally the Gala Exclusives (Gemstones + Legendary Heroes) are restricted to their respective colour Gala/Carnival and having them all available at once is unique and interesting. However, how ideal is this Carnival when there is no complimentary Godfest and nothing else being featured at bolstered rates?

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Ranking the Gala Exclusives

Lifting directly from my latest Tier List, the Gala Exclusives have the following rankings: Continue reading Thoughts on the Upcoming Super Carnival

Pantheon & GFE Tier List – April 20, 2017


I have essentially finished redoing all of my icons to include mouse over text to better help you reference each card without having to actually click them to open PADx. If any icon is incorrectly labelled, please let me know and I will make the changes accordingly.

Pantheon Tier List – April 20, 2017

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3071 3449 Isis
3386 Carat Facet


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A Cao Cao 3385 3110 Sheen 3387
 Blue Valk

Raphael 3068 3069 3070 3238
3243 3101 Rozuel Ariel 3202

3269 3062 2985
3241 3242 3384 3271 3103 3198 Cameo
  Avalon Drake Michael  Red Valk GValk Dark Valk


Awoken Ares  
3105 Famiel 3200 Muse Silk 2918
Leeza   Awoken Archdemon Lucifer 3273 2920

Uriel Gabriel   Set I&I 
3270 3054 3056 3058 3060 2982
2916 Nobunaga Valen Zeta Hydra Thor  
 Red Guan Yu Guan Yu 

3272 Cerebrus Rider Green wee jas Fire Dragon Knight Hamal Water Dragon Knight Earth Dragon Knight
Shining Dragon Knight Shadow Dragon Knight   Awoken Karin Genie


3239 3240 3450 3107  Thanatos  Wee Jas
Laila Sharon Dark Chester Light Zhuge Liang Red Riding Hood  Snow White
Thumbelina  Sleeping Beauty

Thuban Sadalmelik Alnair Shedar Diadem  Green Zhuge Liang

A Lu Bu Chiyome Hatsume Sasuke Fuma Hanzo arcline
Shaitan Undine Sylph Acubens
 Dino Rider Merlin Rider Marine Rider
Arthur Rider Gryps Rider


Nim Delgado arcline Creuse 2922 Denebola 3204
Lucifer Kraken Rider Griffan Rider Unicorn Rider

It is my hope that this list will become a quick reference source for players who are newer to the game as they can quickly see where their new cards rank/place. Part of my desire to do this is from my starting journey in Fire Emblem Heroes and constantly referencing their respective tier list.

These opinions are my own and take into consideration the card’s value as a leader, sub, inherit, and possibly any niche role they fulfill. In order to rank in the highest tier, the card has to excel in their respective role and cannot feasibly be replaced by anyone else. This can also be thought of as a Best in Slot card and tends to have applications on the top tier teams. If a card has a split evolution path, I simply evaluate the best option possible.

If you are thinking about purchasing a Monster Point card to compliment your Monster Box, please refer to my tier list and review HERE.

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Legend guide

Symbols condense the time spent processing information and here is a brief explanation for each one I will use:

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The best of the best. These cards compromise a best in slot role on top tier teams. They are largely irreplaceable and tend to offer something unique that cannot be easily replicated. This mostly exists to showcase the jump in power between the rest of the cards available. Continue reading Pantheon & GFE Tier List – April 20, 2017

PAD Community Resources: Where to Click and Learn – April 19, 2017


The Puzzle and Dragons community covers a wide range of platforms to inform, entertain, and educate the player base. All the subsequently mentioned resources are well worth a look as they provide content or points of view that differ from mine.

I plan on continuously updating this list every few months to keep you up to speed on the latest resources in the PAD community. I have also duplicated this post in my drop down menu at the top under Classic Help Guides. Let me know if I missed anyone and I will edit accordingly.

The ordering within each category is in no particular order; however, I place new additions to the list at the top to better help drive traffic to them. Furthermore, I try to categorize community members by their most notable platform, even if they have other mediums.

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discord Discord

Discord is a text and voice chat platform that tends to be utilized by gamers. However, they are far more powerful than a simple chat room as they can help facilitate matchmaking, possess in-depth strategy guides, and help bring the community together. If you have not already, I highly encourage you to download and install Discord on your mobile device and/or desktop.

discord Awoken Liu Bei Server *New*

Liu Bei has quickly emerged to become the premier farming leader for the average player. Unfortunately, his relevancy is reliant on coop and you will actually have to find a partner and the ALB Discord Server is the best place to find them. Not only do they post strategy guides for all relevant dungeons, but you can quickly find a like-minded individual and button to your heart’s content. Continue reading PAD Community Resources: Where to Click and Learn – April 19, 2017

Challenge 8-10 Reincarnated Sakuya Clears


Reincarnated Sakuya  is live in North America and while she may be a frustrating leader to play, she still feels rewarding when you are able to trigger her full multiplier on a consistent basis. Below are my clears for Challenge 8-10. I used the same team for all of them as the subs itself are not that important and it is better to simply bring the required utility and time extends.

Challenge 10

Challenge 9

Challenge 8


Reincarnated Sakuya does feel rewarding when you are able to hit her maximum potential, but her lack of consistency is her main downfall when combined with her rainbow activation.

Let me know what you used to clear these challenges.

Happy Puzzling!

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