One of my ideas for a new post series is to follow the journey of one of my alts. My main account is fairly boring to chronicle as it has just about every card and can clear every dungeon, but a non-IAP account is more interesting; not because it’s non-IAP, but because the decisions mean more since you can’t just use your credit card to cover up mistakes or bad RNG. Since I’m unsure which account I want to write about — sadly there’s no way I have enough time to write about all my alts, let alone play all of them seriously — I’m first going to go over each account, analyze the decisions I’ve already made on them, and plan out where I want to go in the future.
I believe this account came about quite naturally: so I could collect free stones to roll in all the neato JP-only collabs in hopes of alleviating some of my impulses to roll and spend money on NA. It also helps that it’s easy to run a JP and NA account on the same device without any shenanigans. The fact that it’s easy to stay non-IAP is great for me; it’s just enough of a pain to buy stones on JP to prevent me from doing so (I don’t really want to go through the trouble of buying and loading JP iTunes cards). The 20-box part of the equation was an extension of this: if all I wanted to do was roll, then why waste stones on box space? When I finally started to take the account somewhat seriously, it seemed like it’d be a shame to break this limitation. While it’s quite literally hell finishing awoken evolutions (usually takes two to three weeks depending on the materials needed), it’s also quite satisfying when it’s done.
This account is now about 400 days old, but I’ve put almost no actual play time into it. Most of the time spent has been clearing one-time, challenge and stream reward dungeons for the easy stones and rewards. Up until about a month ago I barely cleared any normal dungeons — just a few when I was one stone short of a roll — but I recently gave in and cleared up to Legendary Earth as I needed the Zaerog for my Yomi Dragon and I didn’t feel like I could clear Dragon Rush. Up until last week, I hadn’t cleared any technicals, but I’m now making my way through them just so I can reach the Mythic Stone Dragon dungeons. Why Mythic Stone Dragons? Well, I want another way to farm keepers instead of waiting for the Tuesday dungeon or wasting resources on Evo Rush. This is important because even one less day of evo materials hogging up box space is crucial to a 20-box account. As for descendeds, I haven’t really cleared anything beyond what was needed for evolutions.
After a few fortunate rolls, most of them coming via the Dark Gala of all places, I now have a fairly nice dark box. Granted, all the teams suck, but there’s a good mix of utility and power among the subs and I have my choice of a few different leader options. Yomi Dragon is obviously my best leader, but I still don’t have the team cost to use her effectively. To be honest, even when I do get the team cost I’m going to try my best to avoid using her as a lead; I want to continue using cute leaders rather than powerful ones.
JP Easy Mode
JP truly is easy mode compared to NA. To give some perspective, I’ve never once farmed solely for tamas, +eggs, skill ups, or level fodder and yet the majority of my box is hypermax. Between the superior stream rewards and supplemental rewards through PAD Radar, I’ve never really had a shortage of any of the essential resources in the game. Almost all of my skill ups have come from stream reward Pys, the rest through Challenge reward Pys; NONE of my skill ups were through skill up fodder. My account may be 400 days old, but think about that for a second; NA really needs to step up their giveaway game. With this round of stream rewards including three +297s, I won’t need +eggs ever again (assuming I stick to 20-box and feed old +297s to new cards rather than selling them for MP).
For comparison, my first NA alt is about 500 days old and has no hypers or max skilled cards. I have plenty of tamas in the mail, though :^)
Also, two words: Noel Rush.
To be honest, I really don’t have much pertinent advice as I really haven’t been 20-boxing in the true sense of the challenge. Beyond something like “save as many materials as you can in your mail”-type advice, I do have a couple tips, but for the most part my advice will be the same as I give for normal accounts: “play how you want”.
- Don’t be afraid to use MP to buy materials – Usually you never want to use MP for this type of purchase, but 20-boxing is not a usual way of playing. Since you have so many more stones to roll on actual cards and you end up selling the majority of them, you’ll be flush with MP. As non-IAP, it’s unlikely you’ll have a team for more than maybe one of the MP cards anyways, so after that first purchase, feel free to buy other things in the MP shop. This is especially important for evolutions as buying materials can save you loads of time.
- You can still run dungeons at 20/20 space, but you can’t fetch mail rewards – This makes ordering important when you have evo materials like jewels in your mail. You always want to put the material in your mail into your box before you farm the last evo material.
- Make good use of the urgent and coin Evo Rushes – This might be obvious, but there will be times where you have spare stamina so you may as well try you luck and try to get the material you need a few days earlier. Many of the challenges now reward five million coins so you should be able to run the coin version fairly often.
- PAD Radar is your friend, even outside Japan – This is just another way to buy materials and get access to evo dungeons on demand. This becomes particularly relevant when you don’t need to use Radar for +eggs anymore. With so many people going out and about for Pokemon Go now, you might as well swipe a few orbs on Radar at the same time.
- Don’t be afraid to turn your box upside down – Whether this means starting a whole new team or just switching to an entirely different element/playstyle, don’t be afraid to let go of your cards if it means you’ll have more fun in the long run.
Notable Sold Cards
I’ve sold way more cards than this, but these are the only screenshots I could dig up:
Aside from those, here’s what I can remember:
This is the team I use almost exclusively now. Awoken Haku’s resists are good in almost every dungeon and pairing her with Christmas Haku gives the team a good balance of offense and defense. Awoken Yomi has been a key player, giving me enough time to set up Haku boards for “massive” damage. Christmas Lilith is generally the only utility card I use; School Sleeping Beauty is used once in a while. This team only has 80% SBR; in the case I 100% I usually pair with another Awoken Haku or Nephthys. The most desired replacement would probably be Pandora or Satsuki over Lumiel.
Team look familiar? Yomi looks to be somewhat redundant with the Nep leads, but the team really, really needs the time extends; one of the easiest ways to increase damage on a low multiplier team is simply to make more combos. This team needs utility more often than the Haku team since it can’t do the burst necessary to bypass some mechanics. This means Baggi, Lilith and Sleeping Beauty all see regular use.
My one Kite friend stopped playing and I’m not particularly sad about it. Yomi was a key pick up for the team as she covers wood, allowing me to also use Lumiel. Sadly, I don’t really have anything better to cover fire than Nep, but it’s not bad to have a second orb enhancer. Lilith can sub for her if the dungeon requires it. Baggi sees play because I don’t really have anything better and he can be useful to stall for orbs. Once I finish Hanzo, I might use him instead.
If I had a Zaerog, I’d probably use him over the fire Haku unless she was particularly good against the dungeon at hand. An Izanami would also be nice, but I don’t know if she’s good enough to justify the box space. Once I hit a wall with Haku I may be forced to main this team instead.
I actually don’t have any Yomi Dragon friends yet. This team is the best I can field and it isn’t exactly inspiring (even if I had the team cost to run it). There are a ton of cards I can roll that can make the team playable, though. It might be worth running Hanzo here even if he isn’t a god.
Plans for the Future
I plan to continue this account “for fun” and will continue to prioritize cute cards over good ones (although if they’re both, I wouldn’t complain). I don’t really have any in-game goals besides acquiring new cute cards. I’ve been trying to avoid rolling in collabs as of late, instead saving rolls for good godfests, but it’ll be hard to resist the Summer REM.
As the event and stream rewards provide just about everything I need, there’s no urgent desire to get an Arena 1 or +egg farming team going. Sadly, I also have almost no use for any farmable cards, either, with maybe Zaerog∞ being the only one remotely useful. I guess the goal is to get a team that can clear Challenge Dungeons Lv10s, but I’ll need a real leader for that.
As for what’s already in my box, I’m really hoping Nephthys and Lumiel get uuevos this year. Their awakenings are good, but they could really use a leader skill upgrade. Usually, I wouldn’t expect much, but the recent Sarasvati uuevo has given me hope that a uuevo can get a halfway decent leader skill.
I’m also hoping to get a mono-color lead someday so I can take advantage of the Haku + Hanzo combo. It looks like Persephone is my best bet there. Pandora is also a possibility, but I don’t really have any good row subs. Gremory would be nice and would encourage me to make Xin Hua my next MP purchase, but having no qualifying heartmakers already would make the transition rough; I guess she’d make a nice sub. Nobunaga, Vritra and Lucifer are also options, but they’re not cute.
Most Wanted Cards
In no particular order.
Cards Most Likely to Sell
In no particular order.
Future of 20-Boxing
I never really intended to 20-box, but after remaining at that level for so long it just seemed like a shame to break it. It also presented interesting resource management dilemmas which made raising the account more interesting, even if at some times I regretted it due being forced to sell cards for space.
However, with new quest and badge system being released on JP, I’m beginning to question whether I want to break the limitation as the first couple of badges require you to increase your box space (30 space for the 100 team cost badge and 50 space for the one second time extend badge). I think I can do without the time extend badge, as much as I love extra time, but the team cost badge is mighty tempting, especially since it would allow me to finally make good use of my Yomi Dragon. On the other hand, I can definitely do without either badge, especially since I can eventually get the team cost by playing more.
Furthermore, there is increasing pressure to increase box space for skill inheritance. It’s one thing to have a team and its utility subs within 15 box spaces, but it becomes even more difficult to manage when you also need to consider assist skills. Even before the quest system was announced, I was thinking of increasing space to 25 just for assist skills.
For now, though, I think I’ll stay at 20. That limitation has really become the defining trait of this account and I’m more curious how far I can go with it rather than trying to make this account the best it can be or have a little more convenience.
I’ve become quite fond of this account as it provides a nice diversion from time to time. I’m looking to invest more time into it, mainly in the form of farming stones to roll for more cards (I’ve cleared almost no descendeds outside those needed for evo materials). I’m leaning towards blogging about this alt over my others, but since I’ve already accomplished so much on it, I’m not sure if it’s the best choice. However, since I presumably wouldn’t need to write about it as often, I might do this account in addition to whatever else I might choose.