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This post is all about upgrading/maxing LR cards at the least cost possible while still getting the most out of your LRs. Think about cost-benefit analysis.

Exact (or near exact) amount of ATK and DEF arcanas

This [Google sheet] (DM me in Discord for the link) helps determine the amount of arcanas needed to be added in order for a GLR to reach max stats at certain level.

If you have ample amount of all types of the ATK/DEF arcanas, do the following steps:

  1. First, look at the +3k arcana column and use less than one of the amount showed there. Update the current stats column.
  2. Then look at the +500 column and similar to the step above, use less than one of the amount showed there. Update current stats column again.
  3. Use all the amount of arcana showed in the +50 columns for the remaining needed stats.

Level 1 Tower LR amalgamation items

This will save you 400,300 gems from using a level 1 LR amalg item and will still get the best out of your LR.

Disclaimer:
This is only for LR amalgamation items. Amalgamation materials of other rarities still need to be at max level before amalgamation!

If the base SC stat of the resulting LR is already 49,999 at level 90, amalgamating GUR (level 90) x LR Amalg Item (level 1) will still give 49,999 SC. The resulting card will only be short by 500 stats in either ATK or DEF.

Computations

Formula (always truncate)

 GUR stats * 0.08 plus LR Amalg Stats * 0.03 + Floor Stats

Available bonuses when amalgamating:
 Max level bonus (5%)
 Amalgamation bonus (3%)
Use the 8% for the GUR since it is at max level, use 3% for the LR amalg item.

Floor Stats are the max stats the cards have if you check them in the summon lineups 
 and in the awoken card lists.
Stat If LR Amalg is Lv1 if LR Amalg is Lv90
ATK 19228 * 8% + 9999 * 3% + 49999 = 51836 19228 * 8% + 9999 * 8% + 49999 = 52336
DEF 19228 * 8% + 9999 * 3% + 44999 = 46836 19228 * 8% + 9999 * 8% + 44999 = 47336
SC 19674 * 8% + 9999 * 3% + 49999 = 51871 19674 * 8% + 9999 * 8% + 49999 = 52371

But since LRs are capped at 49999 stats, the ATK and SC will be 49999. And only the DEF is lacking by 500 if you compare it to the perfect amalgamation. So, if you do decide to still max the LR Amalg item, you are choosing to spend 400,300 gems just for a 500 Defense. And only 75 (500 * 15% (max level evolution)) of that 500 Defense diference will be transferred when evolving.

GLR Practical Amalgamation

Note:
These steps, especially step 2, are suggested if you are going to amalgamate the GLR further. If you cannot amalgamate further, ignore this section and evolve at max level.

  1. GUR to LR → Max Level GUR × Level 1 LR Amalgamation item. (As described in previous section.)
  2. LR to H/GLR → Level 1 Evolution × Arcana Succession
  3. GLR to Amalgamated GLR → Max level GLR × level 1 Amalgamation item

Perfect amalgamation (all cards were max at all steps) until last card requires 2.550.900 gems in total. Above steps only require 1.350.000 gems. While the resulting difference is only ~1100 in soldier count.

Soldier Count Comparison
Scenario LR1 SC LR2 SC GLR SC (SC when amalgamating) GLR+ Lvl1 SC GLR+ Lvl110 SC SC Diff fr PerfAmalg Gems Used
1 49999 49999 83997 80517 97917 2,550,900
2 35000 36872 76186 79392 96792 1125 1,350,000
3 35000 36872 76186 79892 97292 625 1,750,300
4 49999 49999 66697 75807 93207 4710 1,650,900
5 49999 49999 66697 75307 92707 5210 1,250,600
6 35000 36872 59186 75073 92473 5444 450,000

Scenarios (Unless I otherwise specify, cards used for computations are one from RR and one from amalgamation.)

  1. Perfect Amalgamation - All cards were maxed before amalgamation and evolution.
  2. Practical Amalgamation - LR amalg item at Level 1, LRs at level 1. GLR at level 110, GLR Amalg item at level 1.
  3. Almost Perfect - same as 2 but the GLR Amalg item at level 90.
  4. LRs were max before evolution, GLR at level 1, GLR amalg item at level 90.
  5. Same as 4 but GLR Amalg item at level 1.
  6. All at level 1.

TL;DR - better to max the GLR before amalgamation. Not max leveling the LRs before evolution or amalgamation will only make you lose little SC as compared to when maxing them but not going to max the GLR.

Level 1 Mirroring

The SC stat gain of the Mirror Maiden (LR) is only 640, which is not really much.

This will also save you 400,300 gems if you don't mind being short by 466 SC (or 626 if amalgamated mirror). And provided you have maxed the level of the LR you are going to mirror.

If you have a lot of gems to spare, then I say you ignore this part.

Amount of SC stat transferred from LR MM
Unamalgamated Amalgamated
Level 1 740 1059
Level 90 1206 1685
Difference 466 626

These are the computed SC for Aisling, for comparison:

SC @ Lvl 110
Same Card Max Lvl Evolution 86097
Same Card Lvl 30
because someone is teaching someone else to evolve them at this level. Sensei... pffft, my sass

Seriously, don't do this. It's worse than mirroring a maxed card and using a level 1 mirror.
Evolution
78747 (estimated, should be near the exact SC)
Mirrored Max Lvl Evolution 80254
Mirrored Lvl1 (Card to be evolved is at level 90, mirror at level 1) Evolution 79788
AMirrored (Amalgamated Mirror) Max Lvl Evolution 80733
AMirrored Lvl1 (Card to be evolved is at level 90, mirror at level 1) Evolution 80107

4☆ LR Evolution

  • From 0☆ to 1☆ - Level 1 evolution
  • From 1☆ to 2☆ - Level 1 evolution
  • From 2☆ to 3☆ - Level 1 evolution + Arcana succession Arcana Succession
  • From 3☆ to 4☆ - Level 90 evolution + Arcana succession Arcana Succession

This will give the resulting GLR the same SC as if all the cards in all steps were maxed before evolution.

Using Arava for comparison:

Perfect Evolution Imperfect Evolution (following steps as directed above)
1☆ 49999/49999/49999 47397/49999/49999
2☆ 49999/49999/49999 47617/49999/49999
3☆ 49999/49999/49999 49999/49999/49999
4☆ 54999/54999/54999 54999/54999/54999
G☆ 89398/84698/83598 89398/84698/83598
Total Gem Cost 2.601.500 1.400.600

Someone asked if a 16-card level 1 evolution would reach max SC. Doing so needs 2.250.000 gems for the evolution and a godly luck in pulling a total 16 of the same card. And the answer is nope, the SC would be way low, even with arcana succession at all step. So a 16-card level 1 evo is not recommended.



Corrections, suggestions, opinions are welcome! Thanks much for reading!

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