Light Taoist (Hwadam)

Base Form

Awakened Form

Overview

Type HP
Get From Scroll of Light & Darkness, Temple of Wishes
Awakened Increases Resistance by 25%
Good For All PvP content, HoH
Skill Up Info Worth skilling up but isn’t necessary to fulfill its role

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Stats

Grade ★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★★
Level Min Lv. 30 Min Lv. 35 Min Lv. 40
Normal
HP 2940 4995 3990 6780 5430 9225
ATK 199 333 266 452 362 615
DEF 185 315 252 428 342 582
Awakened
HP 3660 6240 4995 8475 6780 11535
ATK 203 345 276 468 375 637
DEF 182 309 247 420 336 571

 

SPD CRI RATE% CRI DMG% RES% ACC%
Unawakened 103 15 50 15 0
Awakened 104 15 50 40 0

 

Skills

Awakened bonus: Increases Resistance by 25%

Leader Skill: Increases the Critical Rate of ally monsters by 17%.

Skill 1: Fake Attack [370%ATK]: Performs an unpredictable attack and decreases the target’s Attack Power for 1 turn. This attack will also increase the target’s chance of landing a Glancing Hit for 1 turn if this attack lands as a Critical Hit.

  • Lv.2 Damage +5%
  • Lv.3 Damage +5%
  • Lv.4 Damage +5%
  • Lv.5 Damage +10%
  • Lv.6 Damage +10%

Skill 2:Burning Desert [140%ATK x 2]: Attacks all enemies 2 times with a sandstorm and decreases the attack gauge by 30% with a 30% chance for each attack. (Reusable in 4 turns)

  • Lv.2 Damage +10%
  • Lv.3 Damage +10%
  • Lv.4 Damage +10%
  • Lv.5 Cooltime Turn -1

Skill 3: Secretive Guard (Passive): If an ally receives an attack that kills them, that death will be prevented and 30% of your MAX HP will be transferred to that ally. This skill will not activate if your HP is below 30%. [Automatic Effect]

Rune Recommendations

Early Game Triple Energy HP% / HP% / HP%
End-Game Shield + Will + Any HP% / HP% / HP%
Despair Build Despair + Will HP% / HP% / HP%

Site Review

Dungeons: Since the change to HoH, Hwadam isn’t used as much in Cairos Dungeons as he was in the past. However, his utility there can still be taken advantage of by newer players who got him early on in GB10, or even the last couple stages in the new HoH. Hwadam’s passive makes your runs extremely safe since he can protect any ally that’s getting targeted. Pair him up with a strong healer like Chasun and he’ll be enough to ensure a clear. However, his lack of damage makes him useless for anything besides a super safe team.

Raids: While the attack break and glancing is useful, Hwadam’s passive will often be negated by the Oblivion from the boss. While he can survive well on his own, the Oblivion makes the reason you bring him useless, since he won’t be able to protect your squishier allies during the debuff period. While he seems good on paper, he really doesn’t do that much in raids and often times is just taking up the spot of a more useful monster.

ToA: You won’t be using him here for speed teams, but you will use him if you’re a new player or one that’s looking to make an auto-ToAH team. His passive makes it really difficult for your team to die, provided you have a good healer paired with him. This makes him a wonderful monster for players seeking to automate the grueling ToAH stages.

PvP: Hwadam can often be found in both Arena and Guild War teams, where he’ll either be part of full bruiser comps to maximize his passive or paired with nukers like Laika, Theomars and Perna respectively. The Chasun-Hwadam duo is infamous in PvP since Chasun’s Fallen Blossom and Amuse allows strong survivability for Hwadam (and thus, your other nuker too).

The Light Taoist can be used effectively in literally all PvP content. However, he shines the most in Guild Wars Offense, where the ability for you to choose your own battles makes Hwadam completely free of counters here. If you’re looking for the word “safe” in your monster roster, Hwadam is undoubtedly the one you need for that.

How to Counter

In Arena, Hwadam isn’t as much of a threat if you have strong AoE teams. Hwadam isn’t able to protect that many allies if you’re dishing out damage equally to everybody, making him pretty useless if your AoE attacks can kill him or the healers before they get a move off.

Guild War Defense wise, it is crucial to pick a team that either nukes Hwadam out on the first turn, or have strong enough sustain and damage to repeatedly kill the enemy’s damage threats over and over again until they finally die. Tesarion’s Oblivion also works, but Hwadam’s high resistance can cause a wipe if he’s unable to land it before the enemy’s nuker get a turn off. Be warned if you’re doing the first option though, since most well-runed Hwadams will have over 50k HP for you to deal with.

Other advice:

  • HP takes priority over everything, followed by resistance and defense
  • Hwadam’s usefulness comes from his passive, not his skills, so speed isn’t a priority for him at all
  • Will-runes are a near-must for Hwadam if you’re using him in defense

Editor’s Note

Among the elusive monsters in the Light & Dark Natural 4*s, Hwadam’s definitely one of the most coveted and wanted. The amount of survivability he brings to your teams is insane and can’t be matched by any other monster in the game. Newer players who have him might now see the appeal just yet, but once your rune quality improves, Hwadam’s protection for your monsters will become apparent.

Scepter

9.5
Our Rating
7.58
User Rating

Monster Rating

  • Dungeon - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Arena Offense - 8.5/10
    8.5/10
  • Arena Defense - 9/10
    9/10
  • Guild War Offense - 10/10
    10/10
  • Guild War Defense - 9.5/10
    9.5/10
  • ToA - 9/10
    9/10
  • Raid - /10
    0/10

Summary

One of the most sought-after monsters with good reason. He because more useful the better runes you have on him and the rest of your monsters.

Overall
9.5/10
9.5/10
7.6/10
Comments Rating 7.58/10 (4 reviews)

Pros

– One of the best passives in the game
– Good base HP
– Resistance on awakening makes him even tankier
– Crit rate leader skill is situationally useful
– Attack break and glancing is useful

Cons

– Complete tank, doesn’t do that much on his own
– Countered by Oblivion
– Passive doesn’t protect teammates from DoTs

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