Puzzle And Dragon Tips and Strategies
Puzzle and Dragon looks so simple, doesnt it? You download it expecting just another Bejeweled knockoff, and what did you get? Oh, nothing much. Just the meanest, leanest, most fiendish game on the entire mobile market. Combining equal parts Puzzle Quest and Pokemon, GungHo somehow crafted one of the deepest, most complicated games youre likely to find on mobile.
Puzzle and Dragon (PaD) is free-to-play, but that hasnt stopped GungHo from raking in more than $2 million USD each and every day. While it never puts up the hard roadblocks youll find in Candy Crush Saga, nor relies on the clock-blocking timers of Dungeon Keeper, Puzzle and Dragon will try its best to extract your money from your wallet. Want to solve the puzzles without spending a dragons hoard? Keep on reading.
The Magic in the Stone
Every F2P game has its own special currency, and PaD is no exception. In this case, the special currency comes in the form of magic stones. You can buy them for $1 (0.69) apiece, but at the start of the game, magic stones are relatively easy to come by, since you get one every time you complete a dungeon. Youll also get a few every month as a gift from GungHo, but dont count on these.
These rainbow-striped rocks have a few different uses, but the two most important are 1) currency for the rare egg machine and 2) used to buy space for monster storage. As tempting as it is to spend your magic stones on the chance at a ultra-rare new creature, youre better off buying storage space in your monster box. Youre going to need the space if you want to keep your creature evolution and feeder programs running at peak efficiency.
If youre looking to get into PaD for the long haul, you need to make sure youre off to a good start. To do that, you need to make sure that you get some rare, powerful monsters very early in the game. Fortunately, PaD is kind enough to give you a free pull of the rare-egg machine! Unfortunately, not all monsters are created equal. If you want a great start, youre probably going to have to re-roll your first rare monster until you get the best of the best.
To re-roll, youll have to uninstall and then reinstall the app on your phone. Yes, its a huge pain in the butt. Yes, youll have to redo the tutorial. But this initial pull at the rare egg machine is very important if you want to smooth out PnDs difficulty curve. Monsters to look out for are Gods like Ra, Horus, Artemis, Kirin, or Thor. The list of good monsters is too long to cover here, so for a full breakdown of the desirables, check PaD fan communities like reddit–theyll help you out.
Can we be PALs?
Though it wont give you any ultra rare monsters, youll still need to be familiar with the PAL egg machine. Why? Two reasons. First, its the most reliable way to get certain useful monsters, called Ripper Dragons. These colorful creatures are extremely useful in the late game for their ability to resist elemental damage. Youll also need PAL eggs to keep up a solid feeder program, if youre planning on quickly powering up and evolving your creatures. Theres a catch, though: if you want a pull at the PAL egg machine, youre going to need a lot of PAL points.
How do you get PAL points? From your pals, of course! Every time you enter a dungeon, youre allowed to take some other players leader along for the ride. Not only will these helper monsters aid your dungeon crawl, but theyll award you 5 PAL points when you emerge victorious. Heres the catch: youll get 10 points if that player was your friend, so if you find a particularly useful helper monster, be sure to send its owner a friend request. Theyll probably accept, giving you more more PAL points and reliable access to the helpers unique helper skill. These skills, which run from damage prevention to HP boosting and everything between, are incredibly useful, so go out there and make some friends!
Proper use of Stamina
Stamina is Puzzle and Dragons most obnoxious play-limiting mechanic. Entering a dungeon costs Stamina–if you cant pay the fee, you arent getting in. More challenging dungeons will usually have a higher stamina requirement for entry, but youll also receive more stamina as your account ranks up. If you do run out, youve got a choice: wait for your stamina to replenish (one point every 10 minutes) or pay a Magic Stone to instantly refill your stamina meter. Of course, youve got better things to do with your Magic Stones, dont you? How can you maximize your return on stamina? With a little foreplanning.
One trick is to use stamina on the fly. If youre planning on a prolonged play session or on running a particularly expensive dungeon heres an easy trick: enter a dungeon right before you go to bed or work. You dont have to play the dungeon, just enter it. Your stamina will replenish itself while youre at work or sleeping. Using this trick instead of simply waiting until you get home essentially gives you a free try at the dungeon, since your stamina reserves have already refilled. Ranking up your account also refill your stamina meter, so some careful EXP management can help you get a longer play session.
Even if you dont actively farm for monsters, your monster box is going to fill up fairly quickly. As you progress in the game, you will find that many of the monsters youve collected are too weak to justify the space needed to keep them. Space is limited, and youll need to make decisions about what monsters are worth keeping. You might be tempted to sell them, but be sure they arent one of the following useful monsters:
Ripper Dragons: Elemental dragons that reduce the amount of damage you take from attacks of the same element. ex: Lil Red Dragon
Pengdra: these cute little guys are good for one thing, and one thing only: monster food. Pengdra give a ton of exp when fed to a monster through power-up fusion.
Gem Converters: Monster with the ability to convert gems of color A to gems of color B are invaluable in team building
Gods: I mean, theyre gods, for goodness sake. Of course you want to keep them!