Dissecting Sonia Gran

1760 - Dawning Dragon Caller, Sonia GranSonia Gran is far stronger than anything NA has seen from a descended drop so far, being the first in a long line of powerful and useful descended drops. Her leader skill tops out at 36x ATK and also has an RCV boost, making it quite strong. Despite her raw power, the dragon type clause is actually a steep limitation; they are getting better support, but the pool is still quite shallow. While she’s generally only noticed for her leader skill, she shouldn’t be overlooked as a sub, either, being one of the better L/D options in the game. Sadly, she appears to have been power creeped out of relevancy, a fact to strongly consider before pursuing her for a team.

How Good Is She as a Leader?

998 - Dark Sun Deity, Ra

Perhaps the god that Sonia Gran resembles most is L/D Ra as they both give 36x ATK when matching all 5 elements. Ra doesn’t care what types your subs are, while Sonia Gran provides a 1.5x RCV boost and better awakenings and active. Given ideal subs, Sonia Gran blows this version of Ra out of the water. However, a decent albeit outdated REM god isn’t a bad place to try and establish a baseline. To think we’d ever get a leader of this level as a descended drop would have once been unthinkable.

1747 - Sparkling Goddess of Secrets, Kali

At least for me, LKali is the first god that comes to mind when thinking of 36x combo gods. Sonia Gran loses the curb appeal battle to Kali’s double TPAs, but don’t let this distract you from the fact that Sonia Gran matches Kali awakening-for-awakening after that. While Sonia’s 5 orb enhances will never come close to Kali’s double TPAs, they are still quite powerful, especially considering she’s a descended drop.

To compare further, one could argue that LKali’s active is miles ahead, her leader skill is more reliable to activate and she doesn’t suffer from type-restrictions. Well, I’m not trying to say Sonia Gran is better than LKali because she isn’t, but the fact that she’s even in the discussion with one of the best leaders in the game is a testament to how good she is.

Not to mention we’re forgetting the 1.5x RCV clause…

1937 - 最強戦士・超ベジット1954 - Awoken Shiva1956 - Awoken Parvati1955 - Awoken Lakshmi

Ah, more gods Sonia isn’t nearly as good as. However, they do share one important trait: a slight boost to RCV accompanying a large ATK multipler. For all the reasons Sonia may be inferior to LKali, in many ways this RCV clause makes up for it. You may not notice the healing difference in lower-end descendeds, especially since LKali is a healer. However, in extreme cases like Lv10 where Hera-Ur hits you for more than 20k you’ll definitely notice and appreciate it, especially since RCV +eggs benefit Sonia Gran more.

The Elephant in the Room: Sonia Gran is Dead on Arrival

1747 - Sparkling Goddess of Secrets, Kali2012 - Awoken Ra

Sadly, as strong as Sonia Gran is, she’s basically DOA. Due to the mangled NA release schedule, not only do we know what is coming months ahead of time, but we also get uevos and descendeds out of the order they were released on JP. On JP, Sonia Gran had several weeks in the sun before the release of uevo LKali and eventually Awoken Ra. On NA, we’ve had LKali for almost a month already and many already have Awoken Ra teams ready to go as soon as we get the uevo. These two leads render Sonia Gran mostly irrelevant. In spite of that, she’s still quite strong and a good option if you weren’t fortunate enough to roll said REM gods. The one silver lining is her RCV boost, so if you can maximize that potential — or just want to be a rebel — only then would running Sonia Gran be worth it.

Still Want to Run Her? That’s a Nice DKali You (Don’t) Have There

2078 - 劫火の威女神, Kali

Let’s get this out of the way right now: if you don’t have a DKali, your Sonia Gran team is going to struggle mightily in the end game. This amount of reliance is similar to Verdandi’s reliance on Liu Bei where it may not be worth it to even consider the team without her. DKali’s ability to guarantee a leader skill activation while also qualifying for the dragon buff is priceless. You could forego the dragon bonus and run a LKali, but at that point shouldn’t you just run LKali as a leader?

Any Other Good REM Subs?

1926 - Heaven-Shaking Thunderdragon, Indra1741 - Soaring Dragon General, Sun Quan

Outside of DKali, there aren’t very many dragons that are a perfect fit. Indra is just one of the best combo subs period and Sun Quan covers the two most difficult elements while providing a delay on top of a few relevant awakenings. If you don’t have a DKali, I’d argue you should at least have a Sun Quan before considering Sonia Gran.

If I See That Fucking Cat One More Time…

859 - ドスバギィ&バギィネコ

Yep, he’s even a dragon. What DOESN’T he do?

DBZ Never

1937 - 最強戦士・超ベジット

Your Vegito doesn’t look bad on Sonia Gran. Then you realize you should just run a Vegito team. Then you wake up because DBZ-NA-never and cry yourself back to sleep.

No wonder JP hardly uses Gran anymore.

So, She Looks Very REM-Reliant

1631 - Dark Sky Star Dragon Emperor, Defoud

Sadly, there isn’t much sub help from dungeons. Defoud is the only farmable dragon that fits Sonia Gran very well. Sadly, most farmable dragons have nukes for actives and horrible awakenings, making them unusable.

She’s Actually a Good Sub

1747 - Sparkling Goddess of Secrets, Kali2012 - Awoken Ra1666 - Sacred Life Goddess, Hathor1745 - 天奏の聖華神, Xiao Qiao

Yes. She actually has a home on every light-based color-match team as dark is generally the hardest element for them to cover. DKali is generally the preferred way to cover dark on such teams, but very few people have that luxury. Sonia Gran’s awakenings are the most relevant of any of any L/D option and while you can’t take advantage of her active’s dragon boost, the time extend is still quite good. As far as farmable options go, Defoud is the only one that even comes close to Sonia Gran.

The Verdict

As a lead? While she’s quite powerful, there’s little reason not to pursue a LKali or Awoken Ra team instead. In spite of this, she is still a strong, farmable lead and a great option for those that don’t have said REM leaders. She’s also quite strong as a combo sub, providing a solid light-main monster that covers dark that also sports a coveted finger.

Is she worth braving the difficult descended and the extreme evo mats? No, but if you’re set on using her as a leader or need her as a sub, you won’t be disappointed.


2 thoughts on “Dissecting Sonia Gran

  1. “Indra is just one of the best combo subs period”
    It is? The damage reduction active is nice, though 15 turns is somewhat slow as far as actives go these days. Awakenings don’t seem all that great to me: 40% skill bind resist, a skill boost, a time extend, and a light row. Perhaps I’m missing the obvious, but I don’t see why Indra would be one of the best combo subs.


    • All the points you listed are exactly why I think he’s one of the best combo subs. The old video game adage “you do 0 damage when you’re dead” summarizes the reasoning succinctly. In end game dungeons like Challenge Dungeons Lv10s, you have to deal with 30k preemptives and 20k normal hits, both things Indra addresses. He also helps against skill bind, one of the most obnoxious dungeon hurdles in the game. Individually, these components may not be all that impressive, but it’s the combination that is invaluable since it only occupies a single team slot. The time extend is just the icing on the cake.

      As for the active being slow, that has become less relevant over time as GungHo has been handing out skill boosts freely. For example, LKali and Awoken Ra now have two skill boosts. These teams can hit 10 skill boosts without sacrificing anything. The new cooldown reduction actives are also a big help. The long cooldown is still a critical constraint when planning out your dungeon run, but not as much as it once was.


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