Farmable Monster Analysis: Santa Claus

2524 - 聖夜の使者, Santa ClausSanta Claus’s skyfall buff is still rather unique which makes him an appealing option, but since he’ll presumably only be available for skill ups for a couple of days during the Christmas Event one will likely have to utilize stamina refreshes to max skill him. So the question becomes: “is he worth it?”. He’s not bad for a descended boss, but considering his narrow uses he simply isn’t for most players.


Stats taken from Puzzle Dragon X
Stats HP 2828 ATK 1378 RCV 418
Active Increase skyfall chance of Fire & Light orbs by 10% for 3 turn. Reduces cooldown of other skills by 1 turn. 17 Turns ( 7 Turns at Lv.11 )
Leader All attribute cards HP x2.5, ATK x5 when Snow Globe Dragon Rouge, Snow Globe Dragon Vert, Snow Globe Dragon Blanc in the same team.
Awakenings Enhanced Light OrbsEnhanced Fire OrbsResistance-Skill Bind

Just How Good is the Active?

2038 - Trance Zidane1847 - Maleficent Phantom Dragon King, Zaerog∞

Luckily we have a good prescendent with Zidane whose active is exactly the same outside of the elements being buffed. It’s not like Zidane is a very desirable sub even with the haste and ability to loop the buff a la Zaerog∞. Considering Zidane has arguably better awakenings and reasonably similar stats, things don’t bode well for Santa. The main problem is that buffing two elements by 10% is considerably worse than one for 15%. Most teams that would enjoy this effect are mono-element, meaning that the secondary orb type is only a nuisance. However, there are some leaders that could enjoy both buffs which I’ll cover in a bit. It’s also possible to utilize an orb changer to change one type to the other. Fire can use something like Chiyome or Uriel to convert light to fire. Unfortunately light’s only option to change fire to light is Erwin who isn’t available on NA.

Comparisons aside, the value of a farmable haste should not be overlooked. While the power of the dual skyfall buff may be questionable, the power of haste is not.

The Value of a Farmable Skill Bind Resist

1848 - Angel of Secret Destiny, Elia1845 - Unleashed Knight Dragon King, Nordis1760 - Dawning Dragon Caller, Sonia Gran1104 - Sanctuary Guardian, Archangel2400 - Awoken Heimdallr1319 - I Love PAD Bear1246 - Gleaming-Eyed Dragon Monk, Xuanzang1459 - Mystic Pentad Dragon, Kotodama821 - Anne Punt Quettebuss in Love

There still aren’t very many great farmable skill bind resist options in the game, but light has access to a few of the best in Elia, Nordis and Sonia Gran. PAD Bear, Xuanzang and the future Heimdall are nice late-game options and Quilt Angel is an easy to skill up option for the mid-game. Considering the options, Santa doesn’t stand out all that much, but he does have one of the better active skills to pair with that SBR.

Uses as a Sub

2142 - Dusk Scarlet Dragon Caller, Tsubaki1951 - Tome-Creating White Phantom Demon, Ilm

In an attempt to put a positive spin on Santa’s active, he does buff the elements that both Tsubaki and Ilm need to activate. He’s better on Tsubaki than on Ilm despite being off-element as his orb enhances and the potential multiple haste synergy are a better fit. He’s still fine on Ilm, but that team wants a critical mass of orbs on demand, not a slight skyfall chance over time. Perhaps his greatest asset is that he comes with a skill bind resist, making it easy to reach 100% with the rest of the team.

He’s also decent on teams that really only need one of the buffed skyfall elements and can also take advantage of the enhanced orb awakenings like Pollux, Antares, or Krishna (while the skyfall buffs clash, just a one-turn haste isn’t a terrible thing). He’s obviously a better fit on light-based teams than fire, but isn’t a terrible option for those still in the early- or mid-game and need a filler sub, especially those desperate to hit 100% SBR.

Uses as a Leader

520 - Snow Globe Dragon Rouge522 - Snow Globe Dragon Vert1005 - Snow Globe Dragon Blanc

As with most sub-conditional leaders, Santa Claus isn’t very impressive. While a flat 25x ATK and 6.25x HP is pretty nice, running three subs with 380 weighted stats, no awakenings and a useless active skill offsets that. Perhaps the most prominent point is that people would rather use the Snow Globes as exp fodder rather than have them rot on a mediocre gimmick team.


Santa Claus is a fine farmable monster with an attractive active skill and a valuable skill bind resist, but like most fine farmable monsters, most players won’t find investing in him worth the resources. I assume most players will snag one for the novelty, with only the most dedicated players spending the resources to skill up one; even less doing two.


7 thoughts on “Farmable Monster Analysis: Santa Claus

  1. I sawa funny theoretical team with this guy. Pair with AKirin, run a LKali as the last sub, profit? Lower max damage, but 2.5x HP is significant… if the crappy stats from the snowglobes don’t weigh you down TOO much 😛 Probably not a good team, but there’s some small amount of potential there…


  2. “only the most dedicated players spending the resources to skill up one; even less doing two”

    So you are doing 2 of them then, right? 🙂


    • I was thinking about it, but after Scarlet I’m not really in the mood to farm skill ups hardcore. I’ll still probably do at least one, though. The second will depend on how hard/annoying the dungeon is.


      • I hear ya…I’m thinking of just calling it quits after Max skilling my first and getting one skill up on my second…that dungeon is annoying as hell with the skill delay and the hide all orbs bs…


        • I found the dungeon very easy for farming.

          I ran: ShivaD / Ares / Ares / Uriel / Yamato
          Floor 1: light or fire mass attack
          Floor 2: you can stall unless both Chimeras on 1-turn counter; kill normally, active as emergency button
          Floor 3: Ares
          Floor 4: easy to stall here if needed, kill normaly
          Floor 5: Yamato or Uriel to one shot
          Floor 6: Uriel or Yamato + Ares to one shot
          Virtually fail safe.

          Unless you used an active on floors 1, 2 or 4, which is necessary only if you get hard orb trolled, the dungeon does not require any stalling.
          2 skill delay resists on ShivaD get you around floor 4 easily.


  3. With ShivaD the dungeon seems fine. 2 A. Ares can be nice on the last floor when they block the orb hide of Smoke Chimney Santa.
    Dragon Shogon skill-ups are a nice add-on, too.
    Whether or not I will do 2 Santas will depend on the first 50 skill-ups’ pay-off.


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