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[Meta Snapshots] Damage Absorption was a Mistake in Arena-Style Content

Introduction

Puzzle and Dragons is one of the most complex and content heavy games on the market due to the numerous years it has been available. For more veteran players, many aspects may feel like second nature, but when you take a step back and think about Resolve, Weapon Assists, Super Awakenings, Ranking Dungeons, or even simpler things such as Team Building, one may realize there is so much going on.

Due to the sheer volume of content available it is inevitable some mechanics will be better received compared to others but one thing GungHo tends to reuse older mechanics but make it harder by ramping up the numbers or combining several aspects at the same time.

Sadly, Damage Absorption is one mechanic that has been kept around and is the worst designed ability in Puzzle and Dragons. This is because the HP values have kept going up along with damage output which makes it impossible to not hit over the threshold without an active skill being used. As a result, every team must bring at least 1 Damage Absorption Void active in order to actually finish a dungeon in this day and age. While more options have become available over time, the fact that you need an active to counter this in order to pass a dungeon is not a fun way to play the game.

Video commentary

–video coming soon–

Brief history of PAD dungeons

Puzzle and Dragons is one of the oldest and deepest mobile games on the market. Like any game, PAD started out reasonably simple and the main appeal was the orb matching component. As such, the spawns found within dungeons were relatively static in that they only had a health value, defense, and a single attack value. Continue reading [Meta Snapshots] Damage Absorption was a Mistake in Arena-Style Content

60 Million Downloads Godfest Review and Analysis with GFE Tier List

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 any of the Monster Point cards, please refer to my updated Tier List for help and advice.


Introduction

To mark  the special 60 million worldwide downloads, GungHo has blessed us with a rather exciting Godfest that not only features desirable pantheons, but also 5x GFE and +20 to all stats (60 pluses in total). This is probably one of the best Godfests in recent memory and will be very tempting to roll for the majority of players. However, many people are speculating the release of Fujin 3414 and Raijin 3416 who both posses gamebreaking new active skills. Unfortunately, both of these cards are 6* GFE so the chances of you rolling them will remain low. Furthermore, GungHo has a tendency to release new cards alongside poor Godfests and it may be a long time before we are fortunate enough to this desirable of a roster again.

With this post, I am going to once again tinker with my formatting in order to streamline the information delivered as my previous tier lists/checkmark reference tables proved successful. As such, I will rank all the cards featured with an explanation/justification for each placement. This will yield a faster posting for me and more condensed information as people tend to enjoy a quick reference table.

2918 Gala of Tides Carat
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Day 1
Japanese 1 Indian 1
3271 3386 3387 Amate Awoken Yomi 3241 3242 3243 3449 3450
GFE
Metatron dtron Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Urd Skuld ult evo Verd
Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede 3233 Baby Satsuki 3268 Ult Zuoh 3235
Gadius Typhon Ryune Saria Sylvie Sherias Roots Sherias 3372
3370




Day 2
Three Kingdoms Indian 2
A Cao Cao A Sun Quan A Liu Bei Awoken DQXQ A Lu Bu 3068 3069 3070 3071 3072
GFE
Kali Dark Kali Sherias Roots Sherias 3370 3372 Ronove 2991
2993 2997 Gremory rodin Blodin Green Odin 3268 Eschamali
Scheat Australis Fenrir Viz Fenrir Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede 3233
Baby Satsuki

Video commentary

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Ranking the cards – Pantheons & GFE

As part of my new format for Godfest posts, I will try my best to tier the featured pantheon cards along with GFE and then combine the two to showcase how strong of a day it is to roll. 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.

Despite my best to remain neural, there is always the potential for bias and you need to be able to examine a card and determine if it can benefit your unique Monster Box. Continue reading 60 Million Downloads Godfest Review and Analysis with GFE Tier List

Early Harvest Godfest: Chinese Celestials, Japanese 2, Indian 2, and Mechanical 1 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

The Early Harvest Godfest comes hard on the heels of the 10-Stone GFE REM . While Godfest Exclusives are tremendously powerful, you still need regular REM card support to excel and GungHo is presenting us with some of the stronger pantheons. In addition, many of these cards have received new ultimate evolutions in the past month that grant them even more viability.

Water Gala of Tides Carat
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Day 1
Chinese Celestials Japanese 2
Awoken Leilan Awoken Karin MeiMei Sakuya Haku 2981 2982 2983 Awoken Izanagi 2985
GFE
rodin Blodin Green Odin Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Kali Dark Kali
Metatron dtron Fenrir Viz Fenrir Gremory Ronove 2991 Ryune
Saria Sylvie 2993 2997 Sherias Roots Sherias Balboa Baldin
Gadius Typhon




Day 2
Indian 2 Mechanical 1
3068 3069 3070 3071 3072 3054 3056 3058 3060 3062
GFE
Kali Dark Kali Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede Ryune Saria Sylvie
Kanna Baby Satsuki Ult Zuoh Ilm Sherias Roots Sherias Baldin Balboa
Sherias Roots Sherias Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Eschamali Scheat Australis
Gadius Typhon

Video commentary

Day 1:

The Chinese Celestials are one of the oldest pantheons in Puzzle an Dragons and have begun to fall behind in the current meta. This is mostly due to the dominance of heart cross leaders require board changers that produce heart orbs. This leaves them in a somewhat awkward place as their board change will rarely be as strong as someone who produces 3 elements with one being hearts. However, if other leaders begin to follow similar patterns as Krishnia 3068, they may begin to see more viability. One thing to keep in mind is their ability to be inherited onto other mono-colour teams who may be better able to combo with their actives.

On the other hand, the Japanese 2 pantheon is relatively new and is home to five new and powerful awoken cards. None of them follow any sense of pattern and instead provide unique playstyles as leaders while harbouring interesting active skills. Due to their relative unique-ness, they are fun leaders to play and are capable of clearing some endgame content.

Day 1 is reasonably strong is you are looking to play non-heart cross leaders as they offer some of the stronger mono-colour subs along with unique leaders.

Continue reading Early Harvest Godfest: Chinese Celestials, Japanese 2, Indian 2, and Mechanical 1 Review and Analysis

9.5.2 Update Thoughts and Review

Introduction

Version 9.5.2 was released today and brings numerous quality of life features along with additional quests, evolutions, 150/250 memorial pulls, and a Best Friend reset. This post will highlight the new changes as well as explaining how they work alongside their overall impact on Puzzle and Dragons.

Video commentary

New quests and badges

Version 9.5.2 introduces a new series of quests to complete along with more powerful badges. One major complaint about the first wave of quests was that they were too “easy” to obtain as many veteran players had already auto-completed them upon release. However, Maniac quests will challenge even the most seasoned players as the requirements are somewhat outrageous and will take a long time to complete.

maniac

The first two are relatively easy to complete as Special dungeons simply means you have to either played for a long time (to have seen all the niche limited time rotations) or able to clear every hard dungeon upon release. Total Monsters in Monster Book counts for both REM and farmable drops so simply go out and play more. You can also bolster your count by evolving cards as that will unlock additional progress.

On the other hand, you require 100 +297 monsters for the +35% RCV badge while total crowns is unobtainable at the moment (and not very feasible in general). Finally, the Total Awoken Skills refers to the number of awakenings you have unlocked. This means you require a huge number of Tamadras, but I also presume you can use farmable boss drops to unlock additional awakenings by feeding to themselves (eg. fusing a second form Tengu to another second form Tengu for a free awakenings unlock). Continue reading 9.5.2 Update Thoughts and Review

Spook-Tacular Celebration Godfest: Archangel, Indian 2, Angel 2, & Sengoku 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

I am not sure what is scarier: The title of the Godfest or the featured pantheons.

Light Heaven’s Gala Facet
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Day 1
Indian 2 Archangel
3068 3069 3070 3071 3072 Uriel Gabriel Michael Raphael Lucifer
GFE
rodin Blodin Green Odin Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire
Ult Kaede Baby Satsuki Kanna Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Metatron dtron
Eschamali Scheat Australis Fenrir Viz Fenrir Gremory Ronove 2991
2993 2997




Day 2
Angel 2 Sengoku
Rozuel Famiel Ruel Ariel Lumiel 3101 3103 3105 3107 d-d-akechi
GFE
Metatron dtron Kali Dark Kali Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede Kanna
Baby Satsuki Ult Zuoh Ilm Sherias Roots Sherias Baldin Balboa Gremory
Ronove 2991 2993 2997 Gadius Typhon Ryune Saria
Sylvie Sherias Roots Sherias

Video commentary

Day 1:

The Indian 2 pantheon has undergone numerous changes due to the release/announcement of their new evolutions. Prior to this, they were mediocre at best with few uses at the time. However, their new forms breathe life into their viability as leaders. North American players already have had a taste of the power of Sarasvati 3069 and her fire and water cousins also bring a fresh spin on the mono-combo leader skill to help add diversification to your boxes. In addition, Ganesha 3071 has become one of the most desired cards in the game due to the additional rank experience awarded after clearing a dungeon. Overall, they are quite powerful and now worth rolling for if you are missing them.

On the other hand, the Archangel pantheon is aging badly as their viability is being pushed out by stronger options. Uriel, Gabriel, and Michael have for the most part stronger counterparts from the Hero Gods while Lucifer has not been relevant for a long time. The main appeal is Raphael who possesses one of the most unique actives in the game that allows you to cheese your way through what would otherwise be lethal floors.

Overall, Day 1 could have been so much stronger if they had paired Indian 2 with something better. Both days feature Kaede and the newer Godfest Exclusives so it is harder to make generalizations for which day has better GFEs.

Continue reading Spook-Tacular Celebration Godfest: Archangel, Indian 2, Angel 2, & Sengoku Review and Analysis

PAX West 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.


Video Commentary

Introduciton

The PAX West Godfest comes jammed backed with +30 rolls and 4x GFE rates to celebrate one of the largest gaming conventions happening in Seattle. As with any of my Godfest reviews, I will try my best to add clarification and insight for the featured pantheons. Due to the rarity of GFE, it can be challenging to roll for them and you should have a strong fallback option with the pantheons that are also featured.

Dark Midnight Gala  Nobunaga Sheen
Day 1 Japanese 2 & Indian 2 GFE
2981 2982 Kush Awoken Izanagi 2985
Krishna 3069 Vishnu Ganesha 3072
rodin Blodin Green Odin Metatron dtron
Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia Fenrir Viz Fenrir
Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Gremory Ronove
Gadius Typhon Ryune Saria Sylvie
Eschamali Scheat Australis Sherias Roots Sherias
Baldin Balboa
Day 2 Egyptian 1 & Mechanical 1 GFE
Horus Isis Bastet Ra Awoken Anubis
3054 Alrescha 3058 3060 3062
rodin Blodin Green Odin Kali Dark Kali
Ult Tsubaki Ult Sumire Ult Kaede Kanna Baby Satsuki
Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Ult Zuoh Ilm

Question Orb A different Gala Question Orb
Day 3  Greco Roman 1 & Angel 2 GFE
Minerva Neptune Awoken Ceres Venus Awoken Hades
Rozuel 
Famiel Ruel Ariel Lumiel
Metatron dtron Red Sonia Blue Sonia Green Sonia
Urd Skuld ult evo Verd Kali Dark Kali
Gadius Typhon Ryune Saria Sylvie
Ult Zuoh Ilm Eschamali Scheat Australis
Sherias Roots Sherias Baldin Balboa Gremory
Ronove

Day 1:

Day 1 features the newly Awoken Japanese 2 and the nearly Uuevo-ed Indian 2 series. The Japanese 2 used to be one of the most dominating sets of gods to roll for; however, time has not been too kind and their Awoken Evolutions do help round out team rosters, but none become meta changing leaders of their heyday. One thing to note is that most cards lose their God typing through an Awoken Evolution.

Conversely, the Indian 2 pantheon has been one of the weakest and thankfully, GungHo has been giving them some love through Uuevos that created a surprisingly powerful Sarasvati. We are still waiting for Krishna and Vishnu to have theirs announced and hopefully they become just as powerful.

Continue reading PAX West Godfest Review and Analysis

[Videos] Myr VS Noah Dragon, Parvati, Vishnu, and Hera Dragon

Introduction

In my previous post, I go into detail of my strategies I use to clear Arena 3 along with my lack of luck with acquiring the Radar Dragons. However, that all changed tonight on my Twitch Twtich Stream (I go live every Monday and Thursday at 6pm PST) where I finally got Noah Dragon to drop! I guess all it took for the GungHo Gods to smile down upon me was to write a guide to help everyone else!

Videos

As a fair warning, there may be some inconsistent issues with sound as I am uploading from my Twitch Stream and there may be copyright issues.

Noah Dragon

I kindly skipped the 95 turns of stalling beforehand =)

Parvati & Vishnu

Helpful for those who are contemplating how to handle these absorbs

Hera Dragon

2 million absorb = 1 million light damage. Skyfalls are not my friend

Conclusion

I should stream Arena 3 runs more often! But in all seriousness, this was the first time a Radar Dragon has ever dropped and I am pretty happy about it. Hopefully these videos prove helpful for those venturing into the dangerous waters that are Arena 3.

A3 Noah D Drop

Happy Puzzling!