I’ve been getting a fair amount of questions on this so I might as well make a post. tl;dr: Despite being incredibly strong, she’s not worth the price for the vast majority of players. At the risk of sounding elitist, if the first thing that came to mind was “750k? really?” then she probably isn’t a card you should consider getting.
Is She That Good?
See for yourself. She’s considered among the best solo Arena 3 farmers in the game.
setsu pls. Elaborate.
Fine. The key to her power is the ease of activation where you only need a dark TPA and a water match to shit out damage. Compared to other two-color leaders, she does significantly more damage per orb while being bind immune. So, basically, you can cruise control Arena 3 and save almost all your actives for the Radar Dragon without stalling.
Nothing says you have to make TPAs or match water.
To be honest, not having played her myself I don’t know the nuances. The most obvious is that you can’t heal without also attacking which can be annoying in certain instances. The lack of an SBR also puts some constraint on her team building, but isn’t a huge deal.
Is She Worth 750k MP?
For almost everybody, no. There’s a few types of players I see purchasing her:
- Players like me to whom MP is worthless – I have multiples of every MP card worth owning. I’ve been reduced to buying ATK latents and evo materials from the MP Shop to stay under the cap since nothing else is worthwhile. I have quite a few GFEs I haven’t sold since they just aren’t worth cashing in. A 750k price tag will purge some MP from the system.
- Players that value endgame farming speed, but don’t have Ra Dragon subs or didn’t roll Aizen – In terms of farming speed, there’s almost no reason to buy DAthena if you already have a reasonable Ra Dragon or Aizen team. Even then, that’s really only for Arena 3; if you want an Arena 1 farmer, Yomi Dragon looks much more appealing at less than half the price. However, if you have neither, this is your best option for fast and consistent latent killer farming, particularly if you intend to solo.
- Longtime casual players that want an easy to access meta lead – The problem with what are considered today’s top leads is that they’re either gated by difficult dungeons (MP Dragons, Myr) or are just rare rolls (Aizen, Kaede). DAthena represents an immediate jump to an elite leader who doesn’t even need to be evolved. This is perfect for a casual that never pulled the trigger on an MP purchase since there was never anything good for their situation. Sacrifices will have to be made and to many it won’t be worth it, but I can see it happening. It’s not entirely related since JP is swimming in free MP, but I’m almost certainly going to mortgage my alt’s casual box to buy her. I’ve deemed the MP Dragon uuevos too far out of reach so this is that account’s best chance to take the next step forward.
Should I Buy Her?
In addition to the above thoughts, you obviously need a good set of subs and inherits for her. This is not something everyone just has lying around so you need to put some good thought into it, like everything else.
750k MP Is Impossible to Obtain
Wrong, but even I feel the price is a little excessive. However, I’ll point to my NA alt as an example of it not being too oppressive. Non-IAP for those that don’t follow that post series, by the way.
I bought Summer Myr in August for 500k MP. I then bought two Ragnarok Dragons a couple of months later. That’s 600k MP in two months from Zaerog farming. Since then, about three to four months, I’m back up to 700k MP. I wasn’t even dedicated to farming MP during that period, a majority of that time going towards Py and SDR farming. No, I haven’t sold any REM cards. No, I’ve never stoned stamina for MP farming specifically. So yes, it’s more than possible to farm the MP for her in a reasonable amount of time. And guess what, she’s at least two months away for NA so you get a nice head start should you want her.
Which brings me to:
The Time Commitment to Farm 750k MP Is Too High
Okay, maybe for casuals it is. But DAthena isn’t a casual card anyways.
You get 480 natural stamina per day. Let’s assume a player rank in the 500-600 range, meaning you can get at least one rank up from farming Zaerog∞ per day (note that you can go infinite on Zaerog up to the early- to mid-500s). You have about 300 stamina at that rank, so let’s say you get about 750 stamina per day. That’s 30 Zaerog runs per day. Assuming the worst drop luck imaginable, you get 550 MP per run. That’s 16,500 MP per day. Assuming a slow Zaerog team at about three minutes per clear, that’s 90 minutes per day. At that rate, farming 750k MP will take about 45 days with about 70 total hours played in that span.
Of course, concessions have to be made for dungeons you’d normally want to play like the various Challenges and limited time skill up dungeons. It’s also not entirely realistic to assume perfect stamina utilization. I don’t think a two or even three month period to farm this card is too unreasonable, though.
But Farming Sucks!
Well, if you don’t like farming, this card won’t be that useful to you anyways. She’s a fine sub, but this is a farming leader at heart, so why would you farm for a farming card if you don’t like farming? You’re not missing out on much, if anything at all.
But Me Me Me!
Sorry, not everything in this game is made for everyone to enjoy. Let’s hope there are future MP Shop offerings like this that appeal to more people.
But Other MP Cards Are a Better Deal! Or Myr!
Assuming a decent card pool, sure, they are. Everyone’s situation is different, though. That being said, for the average player, outside extreme circumstances I don’t see DAthena justifying her cost.
I Wish I Could Just Buy This Like JP
I hear you. $30-40 retail or even $60-70 or whatever it is on the secondhand market isn’t the worst deal for a guaranteed premier card. Time is a valuable resource, too.
First 500k, Now 750k, The Sky Is Falling!
MP is relatively cheap now. The original MP Dragons were priced in a time when you had no choice but to sell REM cards. With the ever increasing ease and accessibility of MP farming, inflation should be no surprise, especially on JP. I’m sure they’d love to raise the MP Dragon price tag if they could get away with it.
So… Is NA Even Getting This?
I think it’s a reasonable expectation. We did (eventually) get the PAD X evolutions and this is in much the same vein, as in the cards originated due to PAD X. Obviously there’s always a chance we won’t, but even as jaded as I am about getting cool stuff on NA, I’m fairly optimistic about this.
Wew Does This Mean Red Myr NA 2018?
Joking aside, this does pave the way for the presumed fire Myr to eventually make its way to NA. Before we jump the gun with our hopes, we first need to see if the new Sonia makes it to the MP shop on JP to establish a trend and, of course, see if DAthena makes it to NA in the first place.
Will She Still Be Relevant If/When NA Gets Her?