Happy New Years everyone! First PAD post of the year, and already there have been big changes to our Aggregate Leader list. Since my mid-December’s post, many new notable cards have been introduced. First, we have “Komasan S” from the new Yokai Watch World Collab (ongoing still), and we have Mega Awoken Scheat from the JP Christmas stream on December 26th.
New Years REM have also introduced new evos and cards, but it seems no one made the list… I thought for sure New Years Artemis would make it in, but that doesn’t seem to be the case (yet?).
For today’s post, I would like to just talk briefly on Komasan S’s top tier placement, then discuss Magic Stone spending for this week and the next. As you know, JP has Yokai Watch REM, New Years REM, and 10-stone Super Godfest currently going on. And there is Fate/Stay Night Collab starting next week in JP! If you haven’t spent all of your stones yet and is pondering how you should be distributing your stone usage, stick around for my advice and opinions below!
I don’t follow Yokai Watch, but I certainly didn’t expect him to top everyone on the respective tier lists. His leader skill is as follows: “1.5x HP for Fire or Wood Att.; 5x ATK when 6 or more combos; 3x ATK and reduce damage taken by 25% when matching 5 or more connected orbs.” This effectively reaches close to 4x HP and 225x ATK when leading with double Komasan S. His attack and shield activation is quite easy comparatively at only 6 combos; the only problem is remembering to match 5+ orbs for the damage and shield. Slight upside to that is you won’t have to worry about that when doing a FUA heart column on a Resolve boss.
Komasan S’s team building is also quite lenient. Any fire or wood typing will give that 1.5x HP. Yep, that means double Kuroyuri or Mel or Eir can join without any problems (for healing, since Komasan S lacks RCV multiplier). Though speaking of healing, he himself can act as a healing stick too, with his 2 Enhanced Heal Orb awakenings. It seems these new meta leads can always have their “weakness” covered quite easily.
And speaking of weaknesses, Komasan S lacks any Time Extends, both from his leader skill and from his Awakenings. However, his active skill, at only 5 turn CD, circumvents that: Change far left column to Wood orbs; For 1 turn, 2x orb move time.
Finally, again he comes with the meta card template. In terms of Awakenings, he has unbindable, 2 7c, 1 VDP. Balanced typing. His stats reaches quite high after Super Awakening (1152 weighted stats).
So there; another somewhat ridiculous card joins Tier 1 on our Aggregate Leader list. Below are just some of Alt Arena shenanigans:
Kana showcases him with a Komasan S x Madoo team
Suu’s 7c whale team
Suu’s Kuroyuri run
Yokai Watch World REM (JP)
Despite Komasan S’s huge debut, my opinion and advice leans towards not rolling for this REM. Let’s break it down. The Gold rolls (84%) are all just for their Assist Evo counterparts; many of which I think people have already. Cloud resist, tape resist, evo mat killers… These people should have gotten a lot of from previous collabs such as Gintama. If not, don’t fret; they’re not terribly necessary anyway.
The rarer diamond rolls (12.5%) and the 3.5% orb skin roll, are actually not bad. . However, if you’re looking for solid leads, only Komasan stands out. The rest are just Assists again. They’re decent, but not with those rates. My advice for this REM is possibly 5-6 rolls maximum if you’re itching/wanting those equips. Trade, and not roll, for Komasan S, if you’re looking for a new lead.
Personally I’m still sticking with DMeta. Only rolled the free rolls. No cuteys in this collab anyway.
New Years REM
Pretty much the same verdict as Yokai Watch Collab. Let’s just go over the new cards/gems quickly below:
Kamimusubi got a new sexy Ult evo, but in my opinion she’s still squishy and hard to maintain that HP threshold without actives.
Kanna barely has anything going for her. Definitely only a trade fodder or a trophy.
Ult Tsukuyomi got a huge buff to her leader skill (up to 324x ATK dual lead) and more fingers. Could be worth using but too squishy for Alt Arena and 3p (where teammates are sometimes your enemies).
New Years Artemis is actually quite good. Leader skill covers pretty much everything except for move time. Not going into details here but in short, she’s the only card worth getting in this Seasonals REM, but only through trading. 1.5% rate is just horrendous.
Everything else in the New Years REM is way too niche in my opinion. Only other card that is “good” is the buffed New Years Ame no Uzume. Her skill now heals all bind and awoken bind, which can be a good inherit on your Alt Arena team (it doesn’t heal any HP, however)
New Years REM: Huge trap, avoid. If you must, trade.
10-stone Super Godfest (JP)
The Samurai 3 Super Godfest was the good one to roll in. However, the current 10-stone REM is pretty bad, and should only be rolled by new players that are just a few weeks/months old, because the cards come ready to use.
For the rest of us, keep in mind that the Witches are not featured and are only at 0.75% rates each. Not to mention it doesn’t feature those new Samurai 3 gods. There will definitely be better use of your stones in the future (remember 7th anniversary is just around the corner)
New Years Package (JP)
Just thought I’d throw this in there, but the New Years Package offered by Gungho is probably worth getting if you can, especially if you’re on Android. 1200 Yen for 10 stones, a couple of Noel dragons, and a guaranteed 1 of the 5 Witches is one hell of a deal. The iOS deal switches out the guaranteed Witch for a Guaranteed GFE God (Zeus Giga, Athena Non, or Valk Ciel). Not bad, but worse comparatively to Android’s Witch deal.
Fate/Stay Night Collab
I’ve said multiple times above to save your stones, and it’s all for THIS collab. It’s too early to say what this collab will offer in terms of meta cards, but for us Fate fans, this is huge. Card reveals should come out within 24 hours of this post, so definitely keep your eyes peeled for that. Let’s just hope the cards are as good as the hype.
Save your stones. The current REMs aren’t very good except maybe if you trade, and there’s Fate/stay Night Collab next week to watch out for. Puzzle and Dragon’s 7th anniversary is around Feb 20 and who knows what Gungho will have in store for us this year.
Hope this late post helped with the latest onslaught of rare egg machines. Thanks for reading and here’s to another year of Puzzle and Dragons!
DISCLAIMER: (quoted from SetsuPAD)
On all current and future Aggregate/Tier lists: “Don’t take these ratings as fact; I encourage you to simply take them as a starting point for discussion to figure out which leads are actually the best for your specific situation.”
Cards you own that are not on these Tier Lists are not automatically non-viable, and cards you own that are on these Tier Lists are not automatically viable.
These tier lists pretty much assume BEST and OPTIMAL subs (often hard-to-acquire GFEs/collab cards) tackling hard dungeons (3-Player Rushes, Alt Arena, Arena 4, etc.) Therefore, their uses largely depend on your box, your progression in PAD, and personal puzzling + comboing skills.
JP Aggregate Leader List
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