Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

Christmas REM Review!

 

Christmas REM time, my favorite people! Today we’re going to take a look at all the Yummy Christmas treats Santa GungHo is going to send our way. Here are all the possible rolls from the Christmas REM:

★8
Mistress of the Sanctuary, Kali
Holy Night Ash Phantom Demon, Ilmina
Holy Night Visitor, Gremory
Holy Night Red Dragon Caller, Sonia
★7
Kouryu Emperor of the Holy Feast, Fagan
Lively Banquet Dragon Hero, Liu Bei
Holy Night Kirin Princess Sakuya
★6
Genie Holy Night Courier Claíomh Solais
Snow Star Byakko, Haku
Holy Night Divine Elemental
★5
Holy Night Siblings, Castor & Pollux
Goddess of the Sanctuary, Freyja
Holy Ritual Ninja Princess, Hatsume
Holy Ritual Love Deity, Venus

Since I didn’t have this blog last year, this year we are going to go through all of them!

Before your start here are some collected rates from Skyozora, these rates include the x3 Ilmina rate up.

★8 – You left Milk and Cookies for Santa!

Home made chocolate chip cookies and milk!: Mistress of the Sanctuary, Kali

 

 

 

  • Active: Change all orbs to Fire, Water & Wood & Light & Dark & Heart orbs.
  • Leader Skill:  Dragon & God type cards HP x1.5, ATK x2.5, RCV x1.5. All attribute cards ATK x6 when attacking with Fire, Water, Wood, Dark & Heart orb types at the same time.

One of the best REM roll in this series. Santa approves of your milk and cookies.

Essentially Dark Kali but with attribute swaps and a more stable leader skill, but with some extra restrictions. I don’t think there’s much to be elaborated on for the Active Skill, it’s the same as Dark Kali, which many teams will appreciate.

With the new Dragons that have been released she is renewed. Diablos is a Dragon. With a popular team right now as the Anubis/Diablos pairing, Christmas Kali would land pretty much at the same level as that team with a different play style. A large advantage she has is even more damage control. Many times in more end game content you have to deal with damage voids and damage absorbs and you might not always have an active handy to deal with it. With Xmas Kali/Diablos you have a choice on how to control damage, wither with color match only, or 8 combo. This is a more flexible and in my opinion, a better option than running Anubis/Diablos where you can only do 8 combo and pray you don’t get skyfall. You technically have a fully farmable team with the dragon type pairing with Diablos by utilizing RagDras and OdinDras. Fellow Reddit user /u/darkness__ also recommend Azathoth as a farmable for a board change- along with many other recommendations. Keep in mind Aza’s skill needs a large amount of piis, or lots of farming with Kingtans to level it up to a reasonable level also remember Aza doesn’t cover any extra colors. Since she brings a board change you can easily bring in extra flexible subs to handle different content, such as FUA subs such as Amatsu and Glavenus.

 

Don’t forget if necessary you can use god types, so non-evo’d Nohime is an option.

I also should mention that you can limit break her. This pushes her stats even higher and she’ll have a super awoken. I would either go for the 80% or the 7c. if you want to chase this is the one to chase for.

Snickerdoodles and Milk: Holy Night Ash Phantom Demon, Ilmina

 

 

 

  • Active: 100k true damage to all enemies; Changes all Orbs to Fire, Light & Heal orbs.
  • Leader Skill: [7×6 board] 3x ATK Light. 2.5x ATK & reduced damage received when matching 5 Heal orbs in a cross formation.

You also made some great cookies, Santa approves!

If you didn’t get her in the Heroine REM, you can get a variant of her here. Her attack multiplier is higher than her heroine form (7.5x vs 5x), but you’ll need a little more work than just hitting a button and swiping. It’s important to note that the new requirement is the heart cross. So a little planning may be in place if you want to hit a high combo count.

The true damage part of the active does not change and she generates heart orbs on top of what she already did before. This gives quite a bit more flexibility in terms of where you can slot her in, as the heroine version while does give lots of offensive firepower, won’t save you in a pinch. I really like actives that do more than 1 thing, the true damage one is great as it can deal with essentially 2 floors with active, especially with higher level content where you may run into something with insanely high defense. Using an active like Ilmina’s can clear that floor and easily set you up on the next floor.

As a leader I would basically put her down as Myr 2.0, anything that worked on Myr will work well with Christmas Ilmina, so Saria, Apoc, Wukong, Momiji, and DQXQ, all your old favorites from the Myr crazy can come back out to play.

As a sub you can simply slot her in any slot where Ilmina would be in- some suggestions off the top of my head would be teams like Red Athena, Yog, or even Myr and her variants.

Store bought cookies: Holy Night Visitor, Gremory

 

 

 

  • Active:  Randomly spawn 3 Fire & Heart orbs from non Fire & Heart orbs. Bind recovery for 2 turns.
  • Leader Skill: x3 ATK for God, Devil, & Balanced Types when skills used; 6x ATK and reduces damage with a cross of 5 Heal orbs

Hey, you left out some Chips Ahoy! for Santa, not bad.

Leader Skill multiplier went up from 2.5x to 3x. Straight up damage increase.

Active skill does not change, Awakenings do not change.

There was a minor buff to Gremory.  Unfortunately for her, she did not get a split ult version like the the Dark Gremory did where you can get an evolution to increase her shield. You’ll want to make sure you have something on a reasonably short cooldown to be able to trigger her Leader skill when you need it.

For subs you’re going to look to have her with units with a mix of a few things, you may need a board changer like Urd to fix your board. Dantalion is a perfect example of a sub you’re looking for to fit into Gremory. He’ll likely be able to give you enough orbs to give you the heart cross and a row, and he’s on a short cooldown with haste. Watch out for longer cooldown skills as Gremory is heavily reliant on a skill use to do any real damage.

You can limit break her but I think with the limited amount of play she sees, it might not be the best one to limit break. If you do choose to limit break her, her super awaken choice list would probably be the 80% Attack boost over FUA with resist being the last choice.

I wouldn’t be upset with this roll, she’s a fun lead to play and has some good uses, but she’s not the winner in this group given her rarity and lack of true end game power.

Stale Cookies: Holy Night Red Dragon Caller, Sonia

 

 

 

  • Active: Change all orbs to Fire & Wood orbs. Reduces cooldown of other skills by 2 turns.
  • Leader Skill: Dragon & Devil type cards HP x2, ATK x2.5. All attribute cards ATK x1.5 when reaching 6 combos or above.

You literally used the cookies from years ago, not even last year, like the year before last

The only change she received is some new awakenings. SBR and Team HP boost, these are both really nice, but she’s unfortunately more a trophy than anything else at this time except for maybe some specific inherit needs. You deserve this if you’re the type to mix oatmeal raisin cookies with chocolate chip cookies.

This would be the most disappointing roll in the bunch for me. Largely outdated and really would probably just end up taking space in your box.

★7 Making Gingerbread Houses!

Fanciest Gingerbread house- Kouryu Emperor of the Holy Feast, Fagan

 

 

 

  • Active: Change all orbs to Fire, Water, Wood, Light, and Heart orbs. Reduce enemy’s HP by 20%. 3 turn bind recovery.
  • Leader Skill: 4x ATK God & Dragon when HP is above 80%. 4x ATK & 2x RCV when Fire, Water, Wood, and Light attack simultaneously.

Frosting, lights, and even extra deco!

His Active Skill is definitely something, a three for one deal! You get a full board change, a gravity AND a bind recovery. This is is a really strong active skill to have at your disposal. As stated above, with Ilmina I like actives that do multiple things.
His Awakenings are also nice: Unbindable, 7c, 2 SB, SBR…and a skill haste. So this is where it gets awkward. It’s like you ran out of frosting and decided to use sour cream. Why do you want to have a board change that doesn’t give you all 5 colors to go with a skill haste? I’m so confused.
He is a great sub for Tachibana, he gives all the right orbs and helps color an extra color with his sub attribute. To be honest, that’s the only thing I can think of where I’d use him.
His leader skill is pretty awful. He’s not going to hit hard enough and fast enough while playing mindlessly, and he definitely can’t do any serious content because of his restrictions. You need to be a) matching his type, b) have a hp threshold, and c) hit the right colors to even do 16x. Definitely not a lead.

Made an effort: Lively Banquet Dragon Hero, Liu Bei

 

 

 

  • Active: Change Dark & Heart orbs to Fire orbs. Recover 30% of max HP.
  • Leader Skill: Attacker type cards HP x1.35, ATK x1.35, RCV x1.35. All attribute cards ATK x3 when reaching 2 set of Fire combos. ATK x3 for each additional combo, up to ATK x6 when reaching 3 combos.
Just frosting on the gingerbread house,no gumdrops.
Everyone’s favorite multiplayer lead now in fire form! Unfortunately, the leader skill is nowhere near as strong as the true ALB. (we should probably say RLB now)
His active is really good for any type of red focused lead, the 30% heal definitely helps with some more attacker oriented red leads. He also comes with tripledongers. I think he’ll be fun to use on the new Red Athena team.
His leader skill just simply did not keep up with the difficulty of the content, even though high combo count fire may be fun, there are stronger leads with the same play style.

Forgot the Frosting: Holy Night Kirin Princess Sakuya

 

 

 

  • Active: Reduce 20% of all enemies’ HP. Ignore enemy element and defense.
  • Leader Skill: Healer type cards HP x1.2, ATK x1.2. All attribute cards ATK x4 when attacking with Fire, Water, Wood & Light orb types at the same time.
This gingerbread house is straight from the box and not even frosted, it’s so bland!

There was once a time when Sakuya was a highly sought after leader and card. That time is no longer there. You can inherit her gravity, her leader skill is no longer anywhere near relevant for current meta content, and her stats aren’t really there. For those reasons, this card has been chopped.

If you’re looking for gravity inherits there are many better options out there such as Hades, or even Hera Nyx

★6- Hot Coco

At least it’s fresh hot coco- Genie Holy Night Courier Claíomh Solais

 

 

 

  • Active: Water -> Fire, Dark -> Heart. Change own attribute to Fire for 2 turns.
  • Leader Skill: 5x ATK Fire. 1.5x HP Wood. 1.5x ATK when 2 Fire combo, 2x ATK when 3+.

A New card at the ★6 level, so at least it’s fresh.

Double multiplayer boost! Definite choice for multiplay options just for shenanigans. I can see some interesting uses for her, especially with ALB co op teams where all dios is becoming less necessary and it is more necessary to have something to inherit over as with the December C10 dungeon in this case you can sub out Sasuke for Solais.

Some key advantages she has as a sub on an ALB team that doesn’t utilize 4 dios:

  • 7 turn CD, this makes it an easy to inherit over skill as most ALB/dios teams are going to run around 15 SB
  • Double Multiplayer Boost- she’s going to bring lots of extra stats, which may prove more useful for tanking larger hits, or for button damage like Grimmjow inherit.
  • SBR, Dios does not have an SBR.

If you really want to mess around with her in a co op team you can try stacking up with the older Ult version of Verdandi, Enra, or Hestia for some silly shenanigans.

I think I see a marshmallow: Holy Night Divine Elemental

 

 

 

  • Active: Avoid all Dark damage for 3 turns. Enhance Light orbs. +6% per orb, up to +180% for full board.
  • Leader Skill: Balanced & God type cards HP x1.5, ATK x1.5. ATK x3 at 5 combos. ATK x0.5 for each additional combo, up to ATK x5 at 9 combos.

Okay so this roll has a very situational use. Actually ALL the elementals are good for specific setups. As an example, when we had Azathoth as a challenge, you could use genie and get 3 free shots at him because of the active skill. They are effectively the same as a Naga delay but they ignore the preemptive shield because the damage is avoided. However, be careful as this will not save you from any board attacks such as a full poison board. The one off dungeons where a 3 turn damage void comes into play is the sole marshmallow in this hot chocolate.

So if you have this or any of the other elementals like Shaitan, Undine, Sylph, and Thanatos I would highly suggest that you keep them as they are actually really hard to pull and may come in handy someday.

Luke warm coco- Snow Star Byakko, Haku

  • Active:  Change all orbs to Fire, Water & Dark orbs.
  • Leader Skill:  All attribute cards ATK x3.5 when attacking with 3 of following orb types: Fire, Water, Dark & Heart. Matched attribute ATK x2 when matching exactly 5 connected orbs with at least 1 enhanced orb.
You’re drinking old Hot Coco.
I am so sad about this card. Previously my consideration was that at least she would cover red where original Haku would not…but with Revo Haku out she is completely outclassed. You would only use her if you absolutely needed a Haku and didn’t have the original one.  Basically if you have a Haku already, this roll is pretty much useless to you, otherwise, you have at least some sort of place holder.

★5 Holiday Food Hazards

Burnt Cookies-Holy Night Siblings, Castor & Pollux

 

 

 

  • Active:  Change left-most column into Light orbs and the right-most column into Dark orbs. Reduces cooldown of other skills by 1 turn.
  • Leader Skill:   God & Machine type cards ATK x1.3, RCV x1.3. Matched attribute ATK x5 when matching exactly 5 connected orbs with at least 1 enhanced orb.

So there is a silver lining to burnt cookies, you can scrape the burnt parts off and some if it is still good. Very much like Castor & Pollux:

  • Double Column Change makes it useful to use for cross based leads if you need it. Though I can’t think of a single Light and Dark Cross lead, you can use it for one or the other like Odin Dragon or Rushana for the light cross.
  • Double SBR if you absolutely need it.
  • Can actually pair with Light Hera Dragon and Light Eschamali

I would say this is one of the more useful of the 5 stars based on the above points. Light Hera Dragon and Light Eschamali are also a sparkle board leaders, and if you want to try out the play style you can find a friend with it and test it out to get a feel of it. A great advantage of him is that he actually buffs rcv, which neither of the above increase. This will help with the ability to heal up after any big hits. Make sure you have matching types, fill it with Light God types to achieve maximum value, examples are Apollo, Wukong, DQXQ, and Wedding Scheat.

Christmas Jello Cups- Holy Ritual Ninja Princess, Hatsume

 

 

 

  • Active:  Change Wood orbs to Fire orbs.
  • Leader Skill:   Healer type cards HP x1.5, ATK x2, RCV x1.5.

Jello because she’s just about the same as her non holiday form and that’s how exciting she is to roll. You’ve still got a 5 turn orb change, which is great for no awoken dungeons. The Dragon killer awoken on her can come in handy as well in some instances.

A possibility I can see her being a little more desirable is if you’re running some sort of Goemon Swipe team, being of the proper element, an SBR, and a row, on top of the aforementioned Dragon Killer she can be of use in certain situations.

Re-gifted fruit cake from last year, which was also a re-gift- Goddess of the Sanctuary, Freyja

 

 

 

  • Active:  Reduces cooldown of other skills by 1 turn. Wood attribute ATK x1.5 for 3 turns.
  • Leader Skill:   Wood attribute cards HP x1.35, ATK x3.
Years ago I would have thought this might have been okay for a completely new person to start off with, but now with all the changes this card is just awful. Seeing this is like seeing a fruit cake that you re-gifted to someone coming full circle. Original Freya is much better than she is. That being said, even the active skill of 1.5x pales in comparison to the Gemstone series in terms of the current damage buffs you’ll need in the end game. I suppose if you really needed a Devil Killer with an ALB team this is useable, but if you have Shazel’s got triple devil killer, so basically, Xmas Freyja is regifted fruit cake.

Egg nog- Holy Ritual Love Deity, Venus

 

 

 

  • Active:  Enhance Light orbs. Increase orb movement time by 2 seconds for 1 turn.
  • Leader Skill:  5x ATK when matching 5 connected orbs containing 1 enhanced orb. Reduce damage taken from Fire, Light, and Dark by 50%

Well, you’re probably in the camp of loving this because of the art, or hating it because it’s not super useful. Similar to Castor and Pollux, it’s a great pairing for Light Hera Dragon and Eschamali as they all require a light sparkle match to activate. However, unlike Castor and Pollux, your effective HP increase is limited to only Fire, Light, and Dark, and will be ineffective when it comes to Wood and Water elements.

The active skill is ver underwhleming, it’s a great counter for time move attacks from bosses like Dark Izanami, but other options like Ra, DiaoChan are way superior counters to time move attacks if that’s what you’re worried about matching light element and countering time attacks.

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