Review outdated as of 4/30/15. Updated ratings will be released each NA godfest.
Following in the footsteps of the Chinese pantheon, Three Kingdoms provides strong, versatile monsters that can serve as both leaders and subs. With the advent of new uevos — at this time only Sun Quan and Liu Bei have them — 3K has the potential to surpass Chinese as my favorite pantheon… if they were cute girls too.
Cao Cao – C+
- Orb change and delay in a single active
- Good leader and sub
- Good awakenings
- Great ATK and HP
- Orb change doesn’t combo with Leilan
- Poor RCV
- Surprisingly poor fire attacker selection
While Cao Cao has a leader skill similar to Lu Bu’s, it’s significantly worse because the selection of attackers is weak. There also isn’t a RSonia-like monster he can pair with to provide an RCV boost to go with his HP boost. Cao Cao may be the worst monster in the pantheon, but considering how strong his active can be and that a uevo should be around the corner, that could change very quickly.
Sun Quan – A
- Damage boost and delay in a single active
- Decent leader, great sub
- Great awakenings
- It may be difficult to keep his leader skill active in certain cases
Sun Quan’s new uevos are excellent and make him a good leader and a great sub. His leader uevo does a good I&I impression, sacrificing a row for a RCV boost. In his other uevo, he becomes a beast sub for blue row teams. Some U&Y fans may have been hoping for 1-2 more TPAs, but considering SQ was already a great U&Y sub even getting just one TPA should make him that much better.
Liu Bei – A
- Strong orb change
- Elite sub
Liu Bei is the second monster to have 3 TPAs, but he does more damage than Kagutsuchi thanks to his attacker type. While Liu Bei is obviously an elite sub, he’s not great as a leader even in his leader form. His active can help keep his leader skill active, but it’s a bit slow to be consistent
Da Qiao & Xiao Qiao – B+
- Flexible, strong leader skill
- Practically immune to orb troll
- Orb change active
- Great awakenings
- Great sub
- DQ: Great sub, still good leader
- XQ: HP boost is a big help, but damage still lacking
- 16x isn’t enough damage in the end game
As DQXQ was my starter god, I’m a bit biased. I quickly hit a ceiling with the sisters because it was difficult for me to put out enough damage to burst everything, nor did i have enough HP to tank. While it’s possible to put together a DQXQ team that does sufficient burst — namely one that takes advantage of their rows — that is very REM heavy and I just didn’t have the subs for it at the time. That being said, I couldn’t have progressed this far in the game without them and they are still a great choice to start with and learn the ins and outs of combo gods. I’m still glad I raised them as they are great subs for any healer team. I’m really looking forward to their uevo.
Update: 3/15/15 – While the HP boost to XQ is quite nice, the damage output is still miserable especially when compared to the new 25, 36 and 49x monsters. DQ’s uevo is quite nice, but as a sub she’s basically just another Hero, which is a good thing, but isn’t particularly exciting either. I’m curious to see where GungHo continues to take the dragon type, though.
Lu Bu – A
- One of the premier leaders in the game
- Damage boost active
- Great awakenings
- Great ATK
We all know RSonia is one of the premier leaders in the game and Lu Bu pairs extremely well with her. They cover for each of their deficiencies to create a mean tank/row team. Lu Bu isn’t a terrible sub, but I can’t imagine what kind of team you’d want him as a sub for where he wouldn’t be better as a lead. Maybe Beelzebub? How much better can a uevo really make him? I guess we’ll find out.
Update: 3/15/15 – Lu Bu was already an amazing monster and his new awakenings only make him better.
Pantheon Grade – A-
3K is one of the premier pantheons in the game and it’s strongly encouraged to roll for them. While they all have different strengths and weaknesses, they are all usable subs and leaders and only stand to get better as the rest of their uevos roll out.
Update: 3/15/15 – I’m refraining from changing any of the grades for 3K as they were already some of the best monsters in the game. If anything all of my grades for all pantheons need to be readjusted — mostly down — to compensate for the recent power creep, but that will come at a later date.