The Rikuu Ranking Dungeon is in full swing and North America has already surpassed the JP cutoff. This is a surprising accomplishment as NA is usually behind JP unless the Ranking Dungeon was so delayed that we gained access to new cards/team compositions.
This article will examine the cutoff curve and what assumptions we can make along with what is the most popular/accessible team players are using.
–video coming soon–
JP vs NA Curve
Images courtesy of the Puzzle & Dragons Community Discord Server.
Historically speaking, the crowning score curves for JP and NA look different, but JP usually edges out on top by the end. This is because North American players are able to immediately copy their strategies right from Day 1 and spend less time tinkering or experimenting with teams as they only need to make adjustments based on their Monster Box. Continue reading Rikuu Ranking, JP Cutoff, and Higher NA Scores→
Several large milestones happened in quick succession and I felt it best to combine them all into a single achievement post. Rank 600, 1,000 day login, and my second Ranking Dungeon crown all take different levels of dedication. I am quite happy with my progression throughout my Puzzle and Dragons life as I am able to tackle nearly all the content GungHo has to offer. The main factor holding me back is a lack of a top tier leader as the strongest team I can form is Awoken DQXQ and I am able to clear Arena 2; however, without a Ra Dragon , Xiang Mei , or Kaede , it will be very challenging to push through to the next threshold of content. My savior will be the eventual release of Miru who has a +297 and all the various evolution materials ready and waiting on both accounts. In addition, I have over 350 magic stones stockpiled over the course of half a year across Mantastic and Fantastic in hopes of a Godfest Exclusive REM to help streamline my decision for my second 300,000 MP purchase.
Rank 600 is perhaps the new milestone of high ranking players due to the introduction of coop which allows players to easily farm rank experience. My alt account, Fantastic, has dramatically shot up in ranks due to the countless Scarlet descended, Devil Rush, Arena 1, and various other clears I have done through multiplayer with Mantastic. To give an idea of how much commitment is required to reach rank 600, I will compare it to the various high experience dungeons available.
Rank 600 = about 164,500,000 lifetime experience. This translates into either:
Most people love Fridays and this Friday was extra special because I got my first Ranking Dungeon Crown! I have constantly floated around 2-4% in all the previous ranking dungeons as I lack the ideal teams required for 1%. It has generally been both Shiva and Ra Dragon dominating the charts; however, with the Athena Ranking dungeon, I only had to compete against Shiva Dragons which removed some of my competition. The dungeon also favoured brute speed over combos and this plays into one of my strengths as I am able to manipulate orbs quickly and plan my path with minimal thinking.
What perhaps makes this victory sweeter is that I used a somewhat unconventional team and had to be quite creative in order to compete with an unconditional 25x multiplier. You can read more about the strategy I used HERE.
Hopefully everyone else is having a Fantastic Friday and I cannot stop saying “I have a hat / I have a crown” while mimicking a hat placing action to anyone I encounter in the real world (which is thankfully very few people). I am now regretting my initial starter dragon choice as blue is my favourite colour and wonder if I could change it somehow…
The third ranking dungeon, Cauchemar Tournament, will debut after the Wednesday maintenance and will provide players another chance to test their puzzling skills for various rewards. However, what is perhaps the most appealing the top 1% of players will receive a crown beside their names. I have varied from top 1.2-2.3% for Zeus and Izanami without investing many runs as I was satisfied with the top 10% rewards. However, I want to achieve top 1% and wish to share my tentative strategies and pre-release thoughts.