This game is only available in Japanese with no potential for an English release in sight. We have taken considerable efforts to translate vast portions of the UI that isn't already represented visually, and players with no Japanese ability have successfully been able to navigate the game. If being unable to read menus and monster skills is a dealbreaker for you, turn back now. Otherwise, welcome!
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Dragon Poker is a smartphone dragonesque game, bearing many similaries to other games in the genre like Puzzle & Dragons, Brave Frontier, and Marvel Puzzle Quest. Unlike those games, however, this game is designed aroung having real-time multiplayer functionality. Five players each contribute cards, each representing a monster, from their deck to make the best poker hand possible, which determines what attacks you do. This might sound kind of stupid, and I definitely thought so when first playing, but there's a few things Dragon Poker does that makes the experience the hypest shit ever:
Make no mistake, this is a real-ass game. What may initially seem like a simple decision (you only have to choose one of four cards, compared to something like Puzzle & Dragons where you have to evaluate the entier board) becomes much more complicated when you have to consider the monsters on each of the cards, meaning you have to ask yourself why a card is good to play. The best monster to play won't always necessarily be the one that creates the largest poker hand, and the nail-biting anticipation from waiting to see if your party members make the correct card evaluation is something else.
Have yourself more gameplay videos from various dungeons of events past:
I feel pretty confident in saying that Dragon Poker has one of the best soundtracks that mobile gaming has to offer and is a real hidden gem of great videogame music. Like that's just the title theme up there, and it only gets even better. Just do a YouTube search for stuff from the game and just listen to stuff. How they manage to weavy jazzy tunes with a whole bunch of different genres is incredible.
The game runs PVP events every two weeks, and even has a full-fledged league matchmaking and ladder system. Test your skills against other players in five rounds of ruin and glory!
If you want to see what clashes between titans looks like, here's a fairly recent video of Colosseum involving many max leveled players:
Fill up the screen with d(>∀< )Nice!! after watching somebody save your bum ass with a clutch as hell play or go all (屮ﾟДﾟ)屮 COME ONNNNNNN after a CPU wrecks your perfectly crafted flush with the most braindead of moves. There's even a special ability within the game to make your personal shouts ABSOLUTELY HUGE. Hells yeah the developers know exactly what their audience wants.
The Group Chat feature provides a linkshell-esque system for communicating with other players. From inside, you can set up private dungeon runs and even party up for PVP. It's also a safe haven for the tiny English population in the game to organize and play together. It's also evidence that Japanese players seem absolutely tickled that random outsiders are picking up the game.
Seriously, I started playing Dragon Poker not expecting much, but I'm glad I gave it a shot, because it has absolutely paid its dividends in fun and it's even overtaken PAD as my most played game.
Originally Posted by Robin "yes the one from Carpe Fulgur" Light-Williams 2014
5/5 would spam NICE NICE NICE NICE NICE again
Originally Posted by tiw-- 2014
this is basically a MOBA in how angry you get at pubbies
Originally Posted by Steparu 2014
My only problem with the game is that it's very hard to find a cute looking character, other than that the game is great!
So, after two weeks of playing Dragon Poker, here are some of my impressions. This is coming from someone who played a lot of PAD for over a year. In also writing this on mobile, so errors may be prevalent.
Language barrier aside, the game starts newbies off well off, with a lot of stones readily available and many more theoretically available through evolving new cards. At the same time, getting good rolls are doubly important, since ss cards can provide a huge boost to stats over other cards, much more than in PAD. While rerolling can be an option, it is somewhat hard to do. You are better off just rolling again when you hit 40 stones.
[12:57:00] <teasel> is wanting to murder the people you play with part of the game?
The game play of making poker hands is fun, and there is more depth to it with managing the sp gauge and learning when to use support skills.
So, I'm really enjoying it, and will keep playing it, along with PAD. Apparently new players can get ss cards when they start now, although I don't know how good they are. I was fortunate to start when I did though, the nyanko collab provided a huge boost to leveling that cannot be overstated. With the collab ending a couple days ago, new players will have a slower time leveling.
A "new-style" score attack event, meaning it's a great way to grind rank and exp feeders. There are two DRA rewards from this dungeon:
Do watch out, because the boss has a nasty attack where he locks certain hand formations. These are announced purely as text every turn, unfortunately.
Active - Fire Element attack with a chance to inflict Paralyze or Poison or Stone.
Sub - When equipped to A, 15% skill boost for active card, and 20% status resistance. (Very good for Support Aces)
Active - Claw Attack that can have High or Low Damage (non-multihit blinguin skill?)
Sub - 20% unconditional boost to claw attacks.
Million Nyanko Collab
In the past there existed a three-way collaboration event between Square-Enix, Asobism, and PONOS. While the special collab dungeon has closed, the crossover app is still available for download and to reap the rewards from:
Fill out the monster book in that game (which is completely free of IAP, by the way), and you get two SSS class monsters in Dragon Poker without spending a dime.
- Starter guide with English MSPaint translations of pretty much everything: http://lpix.org/sslptest/index.php?id=17782
First, you need to be able to download the game itself. If you've tried to get anything from the Japanese App Store / Google Play Store, you know the deal. If you don't...
Creating a Japanese iTunes account / Dragon Poker App Store link
Do I need to go through reset marathon rerolling bullshit just to make it?
Well, first off, the game binds an ID to your phone, so it appears to be impossible to reroll in this game. Luckily, the game tosses stones at you like candy especially early on, and pretty much every SS card in the game is usable! Roll that rare gacha without abandon!
Top Tier: Lancelot (blue sword dude) if you like big damage, Dryad (green healer) if you like big heals
Endgame Usable: Phoenix, Buffalo, Lapis Lazuli, Ranmaru (may upgrade to Top Tier once he gets a GOD evo)
Z Tier: the shitlords, wolfboy
By entering somebody else's referral code before you hit LV20, you give them five stones up front and ten more when you hit LV20. Since everybody loves free shit, we can take advantage of GAF to start up a referral chain. Quote the person who last posted their code in the thread with "under you", and post your own. If you break the referral chain by either using the wrong person's referral code or ditching the game before hitting LV20, well then you are just a terrible person.
If you fancy yourself a friendly person, do also include your in-game nickname so we can invite you to English group chat. Game only allows search by nickname, not user ID (because ???), so if your nick seems like something that's super common please temporarily change it to something more unique so we can actually find you.
Like other dragonesques, the biggest wall of of IAP in this game is the rare monster machine. Every weekend as well as during certain events, the gacha button will glow gold, meaning selected monsters will appear out of the machine at boosted rates. Other events may have monsters at max level, ready to evolve, or with skill levels already put into them.
As a new player, you have two immediate objectives:
1. Get to LV20 so you can fulfill your obligation to your referrer
2. Collect 40 stones so you can do an 11roll on the gacha
The starter guide and English mini-reference go into detail about specific game mechanics as well as other things for you to do in the game.
Do also stop by #dorapo @ irc.synirc.net if you fancy yourself the IRC type of person or if you want any questions answered pretty much immediately.