The Trials, Travails, and Triumphs of Tek, a sometimes average $79.60 total IAP PAD player

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    Thanks! In all fairness, most of what I post is for my own record (which is a big part of how I've stuck to it and not let it fall by the wayside), but I'm pleased to hear that folks are still tuning in now and then! I'm glad to offer (rare) insight and share my experiences. :)
     
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    In these last few days, I cleared endgame content with rainbow teams.

    I cleared A3 with Reeche and A5 with Akine.

    I did what I came to do.

    I don't intend to attempt AA3 for a while yet. I plan to farm Ganesha medals the next few days for killers and super snow globes and I plan to run A3 with Reeche when the mood strikes and stamina is available, but it's time to scale back play time again.

    With the intro complete, enjoy these screenshots!

    A3 clear with Reeche

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    Reeche clears A3 again

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    Akine clears A3

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    Akine clears A5

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    Oh right, I also recently cleared A4 with B&J. (I cleared A4 with DMeta earlier this year.)

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    B&J is so absurdly strong.

    ...But wow, those rewards are lacking.

    Guess I'll just farm A3 with Reeche when I have stamina to burn or run A5 with Akine when I'm feeling adventurous.
     
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    Progress log updated 9/16/19

    Bonus screenshot: Taking Bigfoot from ~51% HP to 0 HP in a single turn with Akine:

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    Triple devil killers on DKali doing their job.
     
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    I cleared A4 solo on my alt tonight!

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    Friend ZKitty had VDP SA and Rathian equip.

    SAs and latents for my team were: VDP SA and 3 dragon killers on ZKitty, tape resist SA and no latents on DRaizer (oops!), TPA SA and 6 SDR on OdinDra, VDP SA and 3 devil killers on Zela, and cloud resist SA and no latents on Brachy.
     
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    Huzzah! Just cleared AA in co-op with my alt!

    Here were the teams:

    Main
    ZKitty (Typhon assist, 3 dragon killers, VDP SA)
    Gronia (Narca equip assist, 2 SDR and 2 machine killers, VDP SA)
    OdinDra (Trojan Horse assist, 6 SDR, physical killer SA)
    Jin (Rathian equip, no latents, no SA)
    Zela (Carat equip assist, 3 god killers, VDP SA)

    Alt
    ZKitty (Typhon equip assist, 3 dragon killers, VDP SA)
    DRaizer (Lugh assist, 2 SDR and 2 dragon killers, tape resist SA)
    OdinDra (Trojan Horse assist, 6 SDR, TPA SA)
    Zela (Zela assist, 3 devil killers, VDP SA)
    Zela (Zela assist, 3 god killers, VDP SA)

    Made it to the final floor with a 14/16 Zela board and the second turn of Carat's boost up. Disconnected to make use of VDP SAs. Nailed the solve on my main (which has cleared AA before).

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    And then proceeded to choke the solve on my alt. T_T

    FORTUNATELY, ZKitty is, as I've said so many times before, OP and came through for me with the clear. I thought I was toast, so I didn't get a screenshot of the kill on my alt. (I'm still not 100% sure I even got the VDP match.)

    BUT I DID IT. I CLEARED AA ON MY ALT.

    Yes, it was in co-op, but it still counts! I attempted AA solo on my alt 3 times earlier today and failed all 3 times. Once I made it as far as DKali but didn't have a board change available and I didn't do nearly enough damage to avoid her 268K attack.

    And best of all: I GOT HASHIHIME!

    EDIT: Fun side note: I got enough rank EXP from the AA clear with 2x EXP rates to rank up twice on my alt. :D
     
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    GungHo Collab REM results 9/23/19

    Main

    Mercury #2 (free)
    Raizer #3
    Cian
    Cian #2
    Mercury #3
    Artemis #2
    Bradamante
    Mercury #4
    Laguna
    Cian ($0.99 bundle)
    Artemis #3
    Orage
    Orage #2
    Joker #2


    Alt
    Mercury #2 (free)
    Joker
    Kaguya
    Mercury #3
    Joker #2
    Joker #3
    Laguna
    Kaguya #2
    Belial #2
    Laguna #2

    Disappointed in my rolls overall. Especially disappointed in my rolls on my alt. 63 stones and not a single 7* pull.

    7/14 crystal eggs on my main, but none of them were Karin.

    Considering trading for Karin on my main. Here's my fodder list:

    Ameno #4
    Raizer #3
    Cian #2
    Cian #3

    EDIT: Oops, I forgot that I need 5 trade fodder monsters for Karin. T_T

    EDIT#2: Rolled 3 more times on my main. Updated my list accordingly.
     
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    Rolled 3 more times on my main:

    Orage
    Orage #2
    Joker #2

    Updated my previous post.

    Now I'm strongly considering trading for Karin:

    Ameno #4
    Raizer #3
    Cian #2
    Cian #3
    Orage #2

    Of course, that would mean I couldn't trade for Luluna and DLuluna's active is amazing for wood teams.

    I'm going to take some time, look over my light box, and try to decide if DKarin is worth FIVE trade fodder monsters.

    I don't think this will be an easy decision. :<
     
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    Purchased the GungHo Collab $0.99 bundle 9/23/19

    Total IAP as of 9/23/19: $74.64 USD

    Thread title updated.
     
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    Pulled 3 more times on the GungHo collab REM on my main last night:

    Joker #3
    Kaguya
    Starster

    Disappointed that I didn't roll Karin or any other 7*, but glad to have Starster for jammer meta fun! I also have 2 Acubens, so I should be able to cobble together a fun water jammer team.
     
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    Cleared Brahma Descended 9/27/19

    Made it to the boss floor, popped a Zela active when the time was right, got a good board. Disconnected to activate VDP SAs on ZKitty and Zela.

    Choked the solve on my main.

    Replayed dungeon with my Akine team. Failed the first time, succeeded the second.

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    Went back to my alt and nailed the Zela board with time to spare.

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    It's crazy to think that ZKitty's ATK multiplier is 144x while Akine's is 900x. Behold the power of 7c + triple VDP + SFUA!
     
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    I JUST PULLED KARIN FROM THE GUNGHO COLLAB REM

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    More updates to come soon, but this warranted an immediate and very excited post!
     
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    GungHo Collab REM results 9/23/19-10/1/19

    Main
    Mercury #2 (free)
    Raizer #3
    Cian
    Cian #2
    Mercury #3
    Artemis #2
    Bradamante
    Mercury #4
    Laguna
    Cian ($0.99 bundle)
    Artemis #3
    Orage
    Orage #2
    Joker #2
    Joker #3
    Kaguya
    Starster
    Starster #2
    Orage #3
    Shust
    Karin

    9/21 7* pulls


    Alt
    Mercury #2 (free)
    Joker
    Kaguya
    Mercury #3
    Joker #2
    Joker #3
    Laguna
    Kaguya #2
    Belial #2
    Laguna #2
    Luluna
    Starster
    Bradamante
    Laguna #3
    Shust
    Ralg #2
    Shust #2

    3/17 7* pulls

    TL;DR: I GOT KARIN ON MY MAIN, YAY
     
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    Super-Ultimate Ranking Rush 3 results

    Main
    21.5%
    with 197,952 points

    Alt
    24.8%
    with 185,906 points

    So my results for SURR3 may not be amazing, but I wanted to share that I got a top 25% score with a rather unconventional team on my alt.

    Here's the full team:

    Kage / DRaizer / VCarat / Sakura Matou / Thancred ! Hakuryu (balanced killer) equip + LVajra (#4253)

    DRaizer is there to cover green and supplement damage. VCarat is there for burst. Sakura is for awoken bind clear. And Thancred is there to shred the last two floors with balanced killers.

    Why pair with L/B LVajra? Because he has a follow-up attack and that greatly simplified F1.

    I ran the following team for my main:

    Scheat ! Weld equip / Brachydios / Sakura Matou / Ilm / HMyne ! Apolluo (light wisedragon) + Madoo

    I realized a day or two before the ranking dungeon ended that I could probably have cobbled together a team that included Ryunosuke and Vivi to cheese the first 2 floors, but I was content with a top 30% score and was so very ready to be done.
     
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    Three consecutive A5 clears with DKarin!

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    #DKarinOP

    I tweaked the team after Narca equip active skill came up on HCotton late in the run and made things a little scary. Committed to evolving my Cecil to the dark crystal (ha ha) form and tacking it on to HCotton.

    Team was: DKarin ! unskilled Trojan Horse / Kio ! Rathian equip / HCotton ! Dark Cecil equip / Viz ! Trojan Horse / Lightning ! DRaizer + friend DKarin ! Trojan Horse

    Used TE+ badge for first clear. Used HP+ badge for second and third clears.

    Latents and SAs were:

    DKarin: 2 SDR and 7c SA
    Kio: 3 devil killers and VDP SA
    HCotton: 3 dragon killers and TPA SA
    Viz: 3 god killers and 7c SA
    Lightning: 2 SDR and 2 dragon killers, L-unlock SA

    Some quick thoughts:

    Team is super fun to use. LS activation requirements are really relaxed.

    Kio's active is a godsend for giving me enough light orbs when there are only 1-2 on the board and, more importantly, counters time debuffs, all on a super short CD.

    HCotton is a beast, especially with an equip that makes her unbindable. So happy to finally give her a chance to shine. (I was so surprised when I pulled her because I think of her as a whale sub and this is her first time seeing an endgame dungeon. I run her on my Viz team, too, but I haven't tackled any endgame dungeons with that team yet.)

    It was really satisfying to just shrug off Hino's skill delay and poison skyfall with Viz's active. Pop Viz, OHKO Hino, and move on. *cape swoosh*

    L-unlock SA on Lightning proves useful time and time again. (Lightning is also a key sub on my Akine team.) I know most players roll for her god killer SA, but I think Viz has that role covered and L-unlock is so useful for canceling locked orb skyfall.

    Feeding my last 3 devil killer latents to Kio stung a little, but if my math estimates on that second screenshot are correct, I wouldn't have been able to effectively OHKO Yog (I used the first turn to clear non-light orbs) with Kio without them. Kio is a BEAST and I'm so glad I finally took the plunge and evolved him from his equip form to his sub form.

    Even with BZela as a sub or Tifa as a lead pairing, DKarin really shines in A5. My heart is still (as always) with rainbow teams, but wow, there's no denying how fun, tanky, and strong this team is.
     
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    Had 4-5 consecutive A5 clears with DKarin before I stumbled through a few consecutive losses. Broke the streak with a few consecutive wins, then had a few losses in a row, then cleared it twice without issue. Long story short: My team isn't 100% for A5, but my clear rate is still pretty good. Considering that I rank up or get very close with a single clear, I can afford a few losses here and there.

    Problematic spawns include DAgni (especially when he swaps Viz into the leader position), MAthena (I replaced 1 dragon killer on Lightning with 2 SDRs to ensure that her skill delay wouldn't be too big a hassle since she's carrying my DRaizer active), and Nyx (who pretty much wrecks me if I don't have DKarin or HCotton + Kio up).

    Having cleared AA multiple times with Akine and A5 multiple times with DKarin, I'm starting to feel as though there's very little content to keep my interest in PAD much longer. I still plan to clear monthly quests and new content when it launches and I'll definitely clear the Monster Hunter quests as soon as possible for that extra MH REM roll, but I'm starting to understand what veterans mean when they say there isn't much to do once you can clear endgame dungeons consistently (or, at least, semi-consistently).

    It's probably just as well. I've been spending too much time on this game and my alt is falling farther and farther behind (with the exception of pulling Tifa during FF collab, but I can only take 7x6 boards in small doses). I'm hoping to roll a Rathian on my alt tomorrow because one of the key areas where my alt falls short is resist equips.

    On an unrelated note, I went ahead and bought 2 Kuroyuris on my alt to throw on a Lajoa team because I had 5.145 million MP on my alt and I figure I might as well. Hey, maybe I'll pull Fatalis on my alt tomorrow! :> One can dream...
     
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    Monster Hunter Collab REM pulls 10/7/19-10/9/19

    Main

    Narcacuga #3 (free)
    Barioth #3 ($1.99 bundle)
    Seregios
    Narcacuga #4
    Barioth #4
    Rathian #2

    Alt
    Astalos #2
    Tigrex #2
    Amatsu
    Brachydios
    Amatsu #2
    Glavenus #2
    Paolumu #2
    Brachydios #2
    Rathian

    Pulled on my main hoping for crystals, got golds (except for Seregios). Pulled on my alt hoping for a specific gold (Rathian), got crystals (and Rathian on last roll).

    Return on investment on my main was poor, but at least I got the (really cute, but not as cute as Final Fantasy) orb skin.

    My alt, on the other hand, did VERY well.

    I've already turned my dupe Astalos, Tigrex, Glavenus, Paolumu, and Brachydios in to equip assists. And of course I already turned my new Rathians on both accounts in to equip assists.

    Planning on turning my dupe Amatsu into an equip assist for Skuld on my alt.
     
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    Tigrex is a fine sub for Denebola, if you have her. High HP, short CD full board changer with Fire/Jammer...
     

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