Lakshmi OP! Table of Contents Spoiler: Table of Contents Introduction ---Why Play Lakshmi? ---Pros and Cons of Lakshmi. Play Style Leader Pairings Lakshmi Subs ---Water Attribute Orb Changers ---Water Attribute Enhances, Bursts, and Utilities ---Heart Orb Changers Team Building and Team Synergy ---Monster Lineup FAQ Playing Strategy ---Maximizing Damage Output More to be added Credits Changelog Spoiler: Ground Rules 1. The terms Awoken Lakshmi and Lakshmi are used interchangeably in this thread. 2. Lak is the most commonly used shortening of Lakshmi, but others come up from time to time, just roll with it. 3. I may or may not know what I'm talking about. If you think something is wrong, call me on it. Odds are you're right. 4. Fix your autocorrect. If you previously had your autocorrect set to change Lakshmi to Laksh*tty, you can change back now, this is no longer the case. 5. I'm a huge fan of posts with a ton of content. The only problem is that they take up a TON of space, and finding what you want in them is not very easy. As such I make liberal use of spoiler tags. If you dislike spoiler tags, get out while you still can... 6. Around here, when recommending team comps, We may recommend cards you don't have. Sorry in advance for this! Unless you tell us who you do/don't have, we may end up building teams that you can't build. Why Play Lakshmi? To answer this question simply, I paraphrase Chitostyle , "Lakshmi is able to do crazy dps and heal at the same time, along with a really high base HP team." That one sentence truly encapsulates all that makes Awoken Lakshmi an endgame leader. Now, if you're here for the first time, either it's because you have a Lakshmi and are considering using her as a future leader, or have heard how Strong a leader she is and are wondering if she can live up to the hype. If the former, keep reading. If the latter, feel free to skip ahead to the victories section for a sample of her power. So, to answer the question above, why should you play Lakshmi? First of all, if you have the right subs. I'm not going to lie, Gung Ho has been shitting on blue recently (a bit less since this was originally posted), and Lakshmi (And AI&I) teams are pretty much the only exception, however they draw from a rather limited sub pool. Lakshmi doesn't really have an "ideal" team, but rather has an ideal team /template/ discussed in detail below. Secondly, assuming you have a few good subs, you should play Lakshmi because she is incredibly strong, and has been able to clear all current content, both in NA and Japan (Including Mecha Hera, excluding Mecha Zeus, because screw that noise). To simplify why a bit, with her team's naturally high HP, RCV multiplier, and easily triggerable 39x damage with row enhances, when Lakshmi wants something to die, it does. Lakshmi teams have been recorded one shotting Kali, WITHOUT an I&I enhance. Pros and Cons of Lakshmi Pros of Lakshmi -One of the strongest leaders for endgame -Probably the easiest to activate spike leader in the game. -Tank-like teams with insane DPS. -1.5 RCV boost for survivability -Her ideal subs have either high HP or RCV, so a combination leaves you with good stats for tanking. -Row focused teams ensure high damage, and TPAs are the icing on the cake. Cons of Lakshmi -Highly susceptible to team binds. Somewhat negated by multiple bind clear awakenings, but still. -Susceptible to heart orb trolling, somewhat negated by her own active, but still. -No heart dungeons are just not gonna happen. Not easily at least... (SCREW YOU MECHA ZEUS.) Play Style Lakshmi plays somewhat similarly to Sonia teams, but with more firepower. Generally, you want to take out one to two significant threats in one large burst, then stall your skills up on easier floors. Simple. To effectively use Lakshmi, you need to be careful when managing your hearts. Her team's naturally high HP ensures you can usually take a hit, and her rec boost and healer subs ensure you can heal back relatively easy. When stalling, avoid overhealing as much as you can, three hearts and some combos can heal tens of thousands. In endgame challenges, you need to be able to simultaneously store hearts to attack, and use hearts to heal. Learning the proper balance for your specific team is critical for success. Lakshmi's main damage comes from row enhances. A good Lakshmi team will have 5 or more rows, preferably many more, but 4 is the absolute minimum. I will emphasize this now: Lakshmi is NOT a TPA team. Both of your leaders and a few of her subs may have TPAs, but overall matching rows will deal more damage. If you have ten blue orbs, by all means make a row and a TPA. If you have 12 however, make 2 rows, not 3 TPA. The reason is simple, TPAs help the individual sub, rows help the entire team. Most of Lakshmi's key subs don't have TPAs, they have rows, so using TPAs over rows diminishes the overall damage done by the team. Spoiler: Board Setup for Combos Yes, Lakshmi CAN set up combo boards! Just like Heros, just like row teams! Leader Pairings Lakshmi: Obviously. Probably the best choice. Awoen Neptune: Interesting tank team pairing. Limited in scope and damage, but all in all, 50% resist is really powerful in certain dungeons, such as those C10's where Hera hits you for 30K turn 1. Blodin: You lose out on some damage, capping at 12.5x instead of 25x, but you gain 50% HP. Quite useful depending on the situation, specifically that C10 where you need to tank Hera's preemptive on floor 1. Skuld: An interesting choice to be sure. Trades higher bursts for more consistent damage. Perhaps useful for when you don't have enough skill boosts and absolutely NEED to kill something floor 1? Like double Cerberus in Mephisto? IDK. Isis: IDK, grabbing at straws here. You're playing Lakshmi, just pair with Lakshmi already! *Ahem* Sorry about that. Anyways, this only works if you have a few sub elements in your team, like Skuld, Bonia and Gabriel. Probably a bad idea in the long run... I'm gonna leave this here for posterity... Andromeda: No. Don't run Lak/Andro. Too much stress matching a water row and 5 hearts, AND you get lower damage, less stalling potential, AND give yourself an ulcer. Not worth, do not attempt. (Unless you're showing off for Youtube, then by all means...) Ryune: Similar to Bodin, but significantly better awakenings and AS. Higher HP, lower damage. Shoutout Spoiler SO, back when I started this guide, there was VERY little information about Lakshmi's Awoken evo. One source I went to a lot was this page right here: https://setsupad.wordpress.com/2015/03/21/awoken-lakshmi-team-brainstorming/ I've been following Setsu ever since, a great blog with a lot of great advice and analysis. Go check them out! Still under construction! I will continue to edit this until I find the information as complete as possible, so keep checking back if you're a fan of Awoken Lakshmi!