Note: I will no longer be updating the original post of this thread. For the latest guide to Bastet, click here This thread is devoted primarily to choosing partners as a Bastet lead; it is not a team-building thread per se. Because Bastet's leader skill is so agnostic, your team composition is likely to be driven by your choice of partner -- so first things first. Why is Bastet a Love Deity of Harmony? Well, it's certainly not her lore - in Egyptian mythology she's a goddess of war and protection. It must be because she harmonizes with so many teams. BASTET: LOVE FOR ALL Bastet's leader skill is totally promiscuous: as long as you match at least 4 sets of orbs, you'll get anywhere from a 2.5x (4 matches) to 4x (7 matches) attack multiplier. They can be hearts or colors not on your team. And it's relatively easy to hit 4 matches. While this spike is weaker than, say, Okuninushi's, Robin's, or Anubis's, there's a "safety net" of getting lower multipliers if you miss 7 matches and "only" get, say, 5. (Kushinada has an even lower threshold and even higher ceiling, but her scale is set lower as we'll discuss below). The key to Bastet's expansive partnering options is that not only is her leader skill color and type agnostic, she also has TWO attributes (green and light) and TWO types (god and healer). That means she can benefit from a wide range of enhancement effects from other leaders or subs. Finally, I would argue that Bastet is best paired with a non-Bastet lead. The main reason for this is that her active skill, Spread Cats, is only moderately useful and only very rarely needed more than once per dungeon (primarily those with two sets of multiple bosses). Partnering with a very different leader power and skill gives you a lot more flexibility to activate one, both, or neither of the leaders' powers depending on context. For example, as discussed below, if you're stalling with a Chinese God partner, match one set of on-color orbs and then hit three off-color orbs or hearts to pick off mobs. A WORD ON AWAKENING Bastet's awakening skills are a mixed bag. Her first, poison resistance, is very situational and will only be useful in a handful of technical dungeons. Her second, time extend, is very synergistic with her leader skill, giving an extra 0.5 seconds of orb-matching. Doesn't sound like much, but if you play this game enough you'll know how painful it is to be just a hair off that final match before your time runs out. Her final, Enhanced Wood Att, is nice but also non-synergistic with her active and leader skills. In this thread we've calculated that unless you really need to AOE a mob, creating two sets of green orbs almost always beats +10% or even +20% on a six-orb row match due to the loss of Bastet's multiplier. My advice is that if you land a TAMADRA, use it on your most important sub or to store + eggs until you get a second -- unless you absolutely must beat a poison dungeon. On to Bastet team partners.... "NUMBER" SPIKE TEAMS Ultimate Bastet is a strong match for other leaders whose ATK multipliers are triggered by number of orb matches. She can provide a "safety net" for those who require a higher number of matches: Partner : Multiplier for matching 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 Code: Kushinada : 1 / 1 / 1.5 / 5.0 / 7.5 / 10.5 / 14 / 16 / 18 / 20 Bastet : 1 / 1 / 1.0 / 6.25 / 9.0 / 12.25 / 16 / 16 / 16 / 16 Okuninushi : 1 / 1 / 1.0 / 2.5 / 3.0 / 14.0 / 16 / 16 / 16 / 16 Robin : 1 / 1 / 1.0 / 2.5 / 3.0 / 3.5 / 4 / 16 / 24 / 32 Anubis : 1 / 1 / 1.0 / 2.5 / 3.0 / 3.5 / 4 / 4 / 4 / 40 There's a typical risk-reward calculation here, but when you look at the damage curve you can see that the "smoother" pairings are Kushinada and Bastet, and the "spikier" pairings are Okuninushi, Robin, and Anubis. I'd like to see how these pairings play out in practice. "COLOR" SPIKE TEAMS Bastet plays well on many color-requirement spike teams, on which the need for green and white orbs is slightly overrepresented. Among her fellow Egyptians, Bastet can help fill the "diversity" requirement of Isis and Horus. In fact, Isis-Bastet alone provide the minimum three-color match to hit Isis' 3x ATK multiplier. Bastet is helpful to all Chinese gods except Byakko. (Like I said, green is overrepresented). She's particularly useful for Suzaku teams, for which she will fulfill the other two color requirements, and Genbu teams. (Her light sub-attribute is unneeded for Seiryu and redundant for Kirin). Bastet can really help with stalling compared with an identical pairing (e.g. Genbu/Genbu). With good orb-matching and some luck avoiding sky matches, you can pinpoint mobs in a swarm by hitting only one color and then 3 off-color or heart matches. Then stall per usual. Bastet also pairs well with Umisachi&Yamasachi, though her green ATT is redundant. HEALER TEAMS This is one of the more obvious teams for Bastet. She's a great match for a Warrior Rose Valkyrie. WRK provides a consistent 3x ATK, while Bastet can bring extra pain when needed to go as high as 12x (a lot higher than the 9x of 2 WRKs) and 36x with a King Shynee boost (compared with 27x on dual-Valks). This flexibility really helps with stalling. I'm curious whether Bastet's boosted ATK makes sticker girls viable as team leaders with their 2.5x HP boost. You'd get a 2.5 / (2.5-4) / 1 team, where the lack of boost to RCV isn't that big of a deal when you have a whole team of healers. Only Ruka is ideal in this situation as the others convert green or light orbs to hearts (though arguably that could help with stalling). GOD TEAMS Yes, Bastet is a god, so her powers complement Athena, Izanagi, BOdin, or Verche. If you're playing a god team, you probably have the skills to make 4+ combos consistently, so as with healer teams you should just be able to count on a minimum 2.5x ATK and the ability to spike higher than your Athena or Iznagi partner -- and not requiring that HP minimum. Bastet's Green/Light attributes makes her an even better match for god teams comprising Athena, Iznagi, or Verche. Of these, Athena is the best fit, where her light/wood-enhancement skill will directly benefit Bastet's attacks, and Bastet's high RCV makes up somewhat for Athena's goosegg in that department. Dream Team: Bastet / Iznagi / Athena / LD Venus / Verche / Genbu Activating Iznagi, Genbu, and Athena all at once can trigger a 42x attack, times whatever enhancement Athena grants (depending on the number of green/white orbs Genbu creates). Wow. MONO-GREEN TEAMS Bastet can provide mono-green teams a needed spike, if paired properly: Partner : HP / ATK / RCV Artemis : 2 / (5-8) / 1 Freyja or Green Starter : 1 / (5-8) / 2 Parvati : 1.5 / (3.75-6) / 1.5 Noel Dragon Vert or Wood Dominion Michael : 2 / (2.5-4) / 2 So Artemis, Freyja, and Flowerdragon Gaia Prachys make good spike partners. If you can't choose between HP or RCV and don't need so hard of a spike, Parvati is your best choice. Noel and Michael are poor partners, giving bottom line of less than the classic 2/4/2. MONO-LIGHT TEAMS Bastet's light attribute gives her a possible though not intuitive role on light teams. As her secondary color, so don't expect huge light damage from her, but remember that attribute-boosters affect a matching monster regardless of whether that color is primary or secondary. As with mono-green leaders, she'll get best results from pairing with a 2x ATK leader, e.g. Thor and Sundragon, and to a lesser extent Apollo and his 1.5x ATK. HAND OF GOD TEAM This one's purely conjecture so far, but with REM luck and enough TAMADRA, you can create a team that grants 2.5 extra seconds of orb-matching due to the awakening power, Extend Time, which is Bastet's second awakening: Bastet / Yomi / Anubis / Lilith Add a Genbu partner, and you've got, um, well I'm not sure yet. Someone give me a Yomi and I'll let you know! === Aussenseiter was kind enough to pull some examples of Bastet teams in action === Would appreciate your thoughts on what makes Bastet a LOVE DEITY. Feel free to poke holes in my ideas. Let the love-fest begin!