Trial of Ascension (ToA) In-depth Guide – Units, Runes and Stats, Team Composition

by DK on April 1, 2019
Monsters
Trial of Ascension (ToA) In-depth Guide – Units, Runes and Stats, Team Composition
April 30, 2019

Welcome to Summoners War ToA In-depth guide!

This discussion will help you decide what teams and rune requirements needed to defeat all floors

Contents

I. Introduction to Trial of Ascension

II. Why farm ToA?

III. Overview, Strategy, Boss Info

IV. Getting Started (Unit Recommendations, Runes, Minimum Stats)

V. Team Set-up

VI. Video for hard floors and Bosses

VII. Summary and Conclusion

Terminology:

AOE – Area Of Effect

ATB booster – Attack bar Booster, increases attack bar to a certain amount of %

ATK break – Attack power is reduced by 50%

ATK buff – Attack power is increased by 50%

Bomber – plants bombs upon enemies which are set to detonate after 2 turns and then stuns them for 1 turn.

Boss Damage – Deals high damage to boss (mainly due to enemy HP scaling attacks)

CC – Crowd Control

Cleanser – Removes harmful effects from your allies

Def break – Defense is reduced by 70%

DOT – Damage Over Time

Glancing Hit – Accuracy decrease and Missing with reduced damage by 50%

Healer/Sustain – Provide certain amount of healing to allies and/or gives DEF increase for survivability

Nuker – High damage output on a target enemy or AOE

Provoke – Forces enemy to attack the monster which applied the effect

Skill Refresh – Reduce skill time of allies by 1 turn

Skill Reset – Adds skill cooltime of enemy units

SPD Buffer – Buff allies with SPD increase (+30%)

Slow debuff – Speed is reduced by 30%

Stripper – Removes beneficial effects from enemies

Tank – Meat shield and preferred damage receiver

Unrecoverable – Healing effects are blocked

I. Introduction to Trial of Ascension

Trial of Ascension (ToA) is a PVE game content with various rewards upon completing certain floors/stage. Unlocked at Level 15, ToA has 100 Floors and increases in difficulty as you advance further. Players must complete each floor to advance on top. Upon completing the floor, you can always go back and clear previous stages using 0 energy but wont get rewards.

Unlike other PVE contents in Cairos Dungeon (Giant’s Keep, Dragons Lair, Necropolis, Element Halls) you cannot revive your monsters using crystals and can’t use a your friends rep monster. The Trial of Ascension has 2 modes (Normal and Hard) which gives same rewards but are earned and given separately. ToA resets every month and the order of floors are rearranged every reset so make sure to clear floors and claim rewards every cycle.

II. Why farm ToA?

Trial of Ascension gives out special rewards after defeating the boss every 10 stages. Among those are precious Devilmon, L&D scroll, and Legendary scroll. Additionally, ToA is a good source of crystals. That is why most F2P players on mid-end game consider this very important to clear all floors so they can keep up with most P2P players by investing more time to play and farm from refilling energy. With luck, they can summon rare monsters from reward scrolls. Unless you spend real money buying packs, L&D and Legendary Scrolls can only be redeemed from ToA completion.

III. Details, Rewards and Info

Each floor there are 3 waves of monsters with mini-boss on last wave. Some stages are very tricky and requires specific units to clear it. That is why you need certain team comps that are ideal only for ToA (i.e. Baretta, Mantura, Spectra and alike). The main strategy is Crowd Control (CC) and Damage Over Time (DOT). Enemy units especially on higher floors deal huge damage and high HP so it is important to keep them down and deal continuous damage (-5% HP) per turn.

Energy Cost:
StagesCost
1 - 203
21 - 404
41 - 605
61 - 806
81 - 1007
Rewards

Common Stage: 1x Summoning Stone

Every 5 Stages: Crystals

Stage 10:  50 Energy

Stage 20:  3* Rainbowmon (Max)

Stage 30:  1x Mystical Scroll

Stage 40:  100 Crystals

Stage 50:  2x Mystical Scrolls

Stage 60:  4* Rainbowmon (Max)

Stage 70:   1x Devilmon

Stage 80:  300 Crystals

Stage 90:  1x Light and Darkness Scroll

Stage 100:  1x Legendary Scroll

Boss Floors

Coming Soon! (with Guides)

IV. Getting Started (Unit Recommendations, Runes, Minimum Stats)

*Note: for ToA Hard, +10% stats on SPD, HP, DEF as indicated on Minimum Stats.

Standard units
awakened baretta summoners war Baretta

Rating: 

This unit is your ToA MVP. Its 3rd skill is perfect for enemy waves dealing 2 Continuous damage for 3 turns (4 turn cool-down when max skilled). 2nd skill is great against bosses and resets ATB back to 0.

Leader skill: +19% SPD

  • Category

DOT, CC

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 22k

DEF: 700

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Mav

Rating:

Very useful utility to aid your CC and DOT units. Has 1-turn skill refresh and SPD boost. Provoke is very useful against bosses to prevent them from using their 2nd and 3rd skills.

  • Category

Skill-refresh, SPD buffer, Provoke

  • Rune Set

Violent / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 22k

DEF: 750

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Awakened Belladeon Summoners War Belladeon 

Rating:

Main sustain and mobility unit to speed up your team at the same time healing them by 30% (4-turn cooldown). It also has a strip on 2nd skill to remove buffs on a target enemy.

  • Category

Def break, ATB booster, Sustain/Healer, Stripper

  • Rune Set

Violent / Energy or Guard

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 22k

DEF: 850

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance

 Veromos

Rating:

AOE stun with only 3-turn cooldown when max skilled (60% chance activation). Applies Continuous damage on 1st skill and cleanses negative buffs from allies every turn (except stun/freeze).

Leader skill: +33% HP

  • Category

CC, DOT, Cleanser

  • Rune Set

Violent / Focus or Energy

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 18k

DEF: 900

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Bernard

Rating:

Speedster unit (ATB booster + SPD buff) keeping your team fast to attack frequently. 2nd skill also applies ATK and DEF break useful against bosses.

  • Category

SPD buffer. ATB booster. DEF and ATK break

  • Rune Set

Swift / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 230

HP: 23k

DEF: 900

ACCURACY: 30%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Mantura

Rating: 

ToA MVP. This unit is perfect for ToA because of its skill set (AOE slow debuff, def break, and continuous damage). Also strips buff from enemies on 1st skill. No disadvantage when attacking which allows spells to land without glancing hits.

  • Category

CC, DOT, Slow debuff, Stripper, DEF break

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP:  23k

DEF: 700

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Spectra

Rating: 

AOE slow and Reduces ATB of enemies by 30%. Also, its 2nd skill is useful against bosses because it scales on enemy Max HP.

  • Category

CC, Boss Damage

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus or Blade

SPD / CD% or CR% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 190

HP: 19k

DEF: 750

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Water Homunculus (AOE/Ice Mist Path)

Rating: 

ToA MVP. 1st skill is AOE attack and a chance to freeze. 2nd skills are multihits and ATB reduction and lastly Ice Mist is DOT machine useful for fast clearing enemy waves.

  • Category

CC, DOT

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / CD% or HP% / HP% or ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 16k

DEF: 750

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Dark Homunculus (Unbalanced Field Path)

Rating: 

ToA MVP with perfect Crowd Control skills. Unbalanced field provides SPD buff and 1 turn skill-refresh to allies, while enemies are slowed plus a 1 turn skill-reset.

  • Category

CC, Skill-refresh, SPD buff

  • Rune Set

Violent / Energy or Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 24k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 20%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Aria

Rating: 

3rd skill deals AOE slow and glancing hit to enemies. Also good Crowd Control using sleep attacks.

  • Category

CC, Glancing hits

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats 

SPD: 175

HP: 23k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Wind Sky Dancer Chasun Awakened Chasun

Rating: 

One of the best sustain unit with ATK buff to boost your nuker’s damage. Clutch saves with her 3rd skill Fallen Blossom.

  • Category

Sustain/Healer, ATK buff, Glancing hits

  • Rune Set

Violent / Nemesis or Energy

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 30k

DEF: 800

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Verdehile

Rating: 

ATB booster to provide more turns for your allies. Good to pair with CC units and speedster units.

  • Category

ATB booster

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Revenge or Blade

SPD / CR% / HP% or ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 16.5k

DEF: 650

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Hwa

Rating: 

One of the best single target ATB reduction unit. Also deals slow debuff perfect against boss floors and applies Continuous Damage.

Leader skill: +19% Crit Rate

  • Category

CC, DOT

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus or Blade

SPD / CD% or ATK% / HP% or ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 18k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Thrain

Rating: 

ToA MVP. Crowd control + Continuous damage on skills 2 and 3 which make it an effective unit against enemy waves.

  • Category

CC, DOT

  • Rune Set

Violent / Focus

SPD / HP%/ HP% or ACCU%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 23k

DEF: 500

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Hemos

Rating: 

Good AOE continuous damage on 2nd skill and single target freeze + slow on 3rd skill.

  • Category

CC, DOT

  • Rune Set

Violent / Focus

SPD / HP%/ HP% or ACCU%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 16k

DEF: 750

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Basalt

Rating: 

Great CC unit from 3rd skill reducing enemies attack bar by 35%. Also sustains allies with HP recovery and Def buff. Provoke keeps enemy units from using 2nd and 3rd skills.

  • Category

CC, Sustain/Healer, Provoke

  • Rune Set

Despair / Energy

SPD / HP%/ HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 165

HP: 24k

DEF: 900

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance

 Talc

Rating: 

Good sustain unit (heal + def buff). Also has Provoke to keep enemy units from using 2nd and 3rd skills.

  • Category

Sustain/Healer, Provoke

  • Rune Set

Violent / Energy

SPD / HP%/ HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 160

HP: 30k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Woochi

Rating: 

2 skills with AOE Crowd Control. 2nd skill for ATB reduction and 3rd skill resets enemy ATB to 0. Pair him with units that apply AOE slow for full team potential.

  • Category

CC

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus

SPD / HP%/ HP% or ACCU%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 23k

DEF: 850

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Gildong

Rating: 

AOE slow and stuns enemy units when suffering SPD reduction effect. Also applies Atk and Def break.

  • Category

CC

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus

SPD / HP%/ ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 22k

DEF: 700

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Woonhak

Rating: 

AOE slow and stuns enemy units when suffering SPD reduction effect. 3rd skill stuns enemy unit with highest attack bar, self-cleanse and heal on yourself.

  • Category

CC

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus

SPD / HP%/ HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 22k

DEF: 700

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Awakened Briand Summoners War Briand

Rating: 

Rezzer, good for Auto-team. Has ATK break and Heal block good against bosses with self-heal. Equip with Despair runes to CC enemy units.

  • Category

CC, Rezzer, Unrecoverable

  • Rune Set

Despair / Energy

SPD / HP%/ HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 30k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 20%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Zinc

Rating: 

Powerful Crowd Control from 2nd and 3rd skills with AOE attacks. Also applies def break, ATK break and blocks beneficial effects. 1st skill also has a chance to stun. Good for stages where mobs apply buffs (Brownie Magicians, Theomars,  etc.)

  • Category

CC, DEF and ATK break

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / DEF% / DEF%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 13k

DEF: 1600

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Verad

Rating: 

CC machine. 2 AOE attacks that can freeze enemy units and resets ATB to 0. Also has a leader skill of +33% HP to allies.

Leader skill: +33% HP

  • Category

CC, Nuker

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus

SPD / DEF% or CD% / DEF%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 165

DEF: 1.5k

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Ganymede

Rating: 

CC King of ToA. 3rd skill deals irresistible attack to put the target’s skill on max cooldown and sets the ATB of all enemies to 0. 2nd skill ventilate instantly readies an ally’s skills or can be used on himself to make his 3rd skill usable again.

  • Category

CC, Skill-reset, Skill-refresh

  • Rune Set

Violent / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 180

HP: 22k

DEF: 900

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Okeanos

Rating: 

Excellent Crowd Control unit with reliable stuns. Also has skill reset which is good against bosses.

Leader skill: +41% Accuracy

  • Category

CC, Skill-reset

  • Rune Set

Violent or Despair / Focus

SPD / CD% or HP% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 18k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Poseidon

Rating: 

Perfect Crowd Control unit reducing enemies ATB to 0 and applying slow debuff. 2nd skill silences enemy units preventing them from using skills with cooltime.

Leader skill: +33% ATK

  • Category

CC, Slow debuff

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 175

HP: 22k

DEF: 900

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Jamire

Rating: 

Excellent skill-refresh unit for a CC team. Also deals good damage to bosses due to 2nd skill scale damage on enemy HP.

Leader skill: +24% SPD

  • Category

Skill-refresh, Boss Damage, ATK break

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 160

HP: 25k

DEF: 900

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Aschubel

Rating: 

AOE sleep for 2 turns and ATB reset. Good pair with Aria because skills wont wake up sleep debuffs.

  • Category

CC

  • Rune Set

Violent / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 22k

DEF: 650

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Awakened Bering Summoners War Bering

Rating: 

2 AOE skills good for Crowd Control. 2nd skill deals continuous damage and blocks beneficial effects. 3rd skill applies Silence, blocking skills with cooltime.

  • Category

CC, DOT

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 20k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Hathor

Rating: 

Puts enemies to sleep for 2 turns and ATB reduction of 75%. Excellent to pair with units like Aria who does not wake up sleep effects when attacking.

  • Category

CC, ATK break

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 180

HP: 23k

DEF: 850

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Eredas

Rating: 

Good Crowd Control unit having 2 AOE skills with a chance to stun and land glancing hits. No attack disadvantage so it has a reliable CC, however you will need more debuff application from other units since Eredas only offers stun and nothing more.

  • Category

CC

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 22k

DEF: 650

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Tyron

Rating: 

Good CC from 2 AOE attacks and freezes enemy units for 1 turn. However, you will still need debuffers to make a reliable CC team.

Leader skill: +19% SPD

  • Category

CC, Glancing hits

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 21k

DEF: 750

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Speed clear units

 Akhamamir

Rating: 

2 AOE high damage skills. 2nd skill is a reliable stun for Crowd Control and 3rd skill deals additional damage per harmful effect on enemies.

Leader skill: +41% Accuracy

  • Category

Nuker, CC

  • Rune Set

Rage / Blade

SPD / CD% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 160

ATK: 2.1k

HP: 17k

DEF: 750

Crit Rate: 75%

Crit Damage: 160%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Awakened Frigate Summoners War Frigate

Rating: 

Excellent speedster unit, skill refresh and stunner (+50% ATB boost and 1-turn refresh to all allies). He is recommended if you rely on a fast paced team with 2-3 CC units. Also applies def break on 1st skill.

  • Category

ATB booster, CC, DEF break, Skill-refresh

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 180

HP: 23k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Charlotte

Rating: 

2 skills with AOE attacks. Can stun enemy units, reduce ATB and land glancing hit debuff. Good use for speed clear teams.

  • Category

Nuker, CC, Glancing hits

  • Rune Set

Despair / Blade

SPD / CD% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 1.8k

HP: 15k

DEF: 800

Crit Rate: 75%

Crit Damage: 170%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Beth

Rating: 

Good unit for speed clear. 2 AOE attacks good for clearing waves of enemies on lower floors.

  • Category

Nuker, CC, DOT, DEF break

  • Rune Set

Despair / Blade

SPD / CD% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 160

ATK: 1.8k

HP: 15k

DEF: 800

Crit Rate: 75%

Crit Damage: 170%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Awakened Lushen Summoners War Lushen

Rating: 

Great unit for rush clears. AOE damage on 2nd and 3rd skill, must be accompanied by other AOE nukers to be more effective.

  • Category

Nuker

  • Rune Set

Rage / Blade

SPD / CD% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 2k

HP: 15k

DEF: 650

Crit Rate: 75%

Crit Damage: 170%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Zaiross

Rating: 

Speed clear MVP unit. 2 AOE skills that deal continuous damage and skill reset. High damage on low-mid floors with lead skill of +33% ATK to allies.

Leader skill: +33% ATK

  • Category

Nuker, CC, DOT, Skill-reset

  • Rune Set

Rage or Despair or Swift / Blade

SPD / CD% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 1.7k

HP: 13k

DEF: 750

Crit Rate: 75%

Crit Damage: 150%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Rica

Rating: 

2 skills with AOE attacks. Can stun enemy units for 1 turn, slow debuff and continuous damage for 2 turns. Good use for speed clear teams.

  • Category

Nuker, CC, DOT, Slow debuff

  • Rune Set

Despair / Blade

SPD / CD% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 1.8k

HP: 15k

DEF: 800

Crit Rate: 75%

Crit Damage: 160%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Teshar

Rating: 

High Damage AOE nuker using 3rd skill and can instantly be used again next turn if an enemy is killed using it. Ideal for ToA speed run.

  • Category

Nuker

  • Rune Set

Rage / Blade

SPD / CD% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 2.1k

HP: 13k

DEF: 700

Crit Rate: 75%

Crit Damage: 170%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Alicia

Rating: 

2 AOE high damage skills. Additionally, she gains another turn if her 3rd skill kills an enemy allowing her multiple attacks.

  • Category

Nuker, DEF break

  • Rune Set

Rage or Fatal / Blade

SPD / CD% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 1.9k

HP: 19k

DEF: 900

Crit Rate: 75%

Crit Damage: 170%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 

Bomb team units

 Seara

Rating: 

Bomb team leader (+24% SPD). Applies bomb and continuous damage then instant detonation. Team her up with 2-3 bombers and ATK buffer. Good for speed clears on lowers floors.

Leader skill: +24% SPD

  • Category

Bomber, CC, Nuker

  • Rune Set

Violent or Despair or Fatal / Focus

SPD / ATK% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 2.2k

HP: 18k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Awakened Jojo Summoners War Jojo

Rating: 

Applies bombs on 2nd skill and 3-turn continuous damage on 3rd skill. Good for bomb team and CC team. Also has heal block debuff on 1st skill useful against self-healing bosses.

  • Category

Bomber, CC, DOT, Unrecoverable

  • Rune Set

Fatal or Despair / Focus

SPD / ATK% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 2k

HP: 16k

DEF: 850

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Awakened Liebli Summoners War Liebli

Rating: 

Highest base ATK of all bombers. Standard unit for your bomber team alongside Seara. Also has heal block debuff on 1st skill useful against self-healing bosses.

  • Category

Bomber, Unrecoverable

  • Rune Set

Fatal / Focus

SPD / ATK% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 2.3k

HP: 15k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Dover

Rating: 

Excellent bomber and CC unit. 2nd skill applies bomb and 3rd skill attacks all enemies to decrease the attack gauge by 50% and a chance to stun them for 1 turn with 60% chance

  • Category

Bomber, CC

  • Rune Set

Fatal / Focus

SPD / ATK% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 2.1k

HP: 15k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

Awakened Malaka Summoners War Malaka

Rating: 

Standard bomber unit with 3rd skill dealing AOE DEF and ATK break. Only use when you have Seara for bomb detonation.

  • Category

Bomber, DEF and ATK break

  • Rune Set

Fatal / Focus

SPD / ATK% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 2.1k

HP: 15k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Taurus

Rating: 

One of the best bombers for ToA due to its skill kit. 3rd skill applies 1-turn increase cooldown against enemies which makes your runs more reliable.

  • Category

Bomber, CC, Skill-reset

  • Rune Set

Fatal / Focus

SPD / ATK% / ATK%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

ATK: 2.1k

HP: 16k

DEF: 750

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance

Niche units

 Groggo

Rating: 

Good tank and very useful against Ragdoll stage. Has self-Immunity and Def buff. Also has provoke and stun useful against bosses.

  • Category

CC, Provoke, Tank

  • Rune Set

Violent / Guard

DEF% / DEF% / DEF%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 125

HP: 18k

DEF: 1.6k

ACCURACY: 20%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance

 Neal

Rating: 

Niche use to tank on Ragdoll stage. Single unit cleanse and invincibility for 2 turns.

  • Category

Tank

  • Rune Set

2x Energy or Fatal / Energy

ATK% / ATK% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 125

HP: 19k

DEF: 600

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Teon

Rating: 

Rezzer, Healer, Stunner and ATB booster. A good ToA unit for early-game and even mid-game players.

  • Category

Rezzer, CC, ATB booster, Healer/Sustain

  • Rune Set

Violent / Energy

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 160

HP: 19k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 20%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Lapis

Rating: 

Good CC unit for starters when runed with despair set (3 skills with AOE attacks). However, her overall skill kit makes her unreliable on most higher floors (slow base speed and weak base stats, no other useful debuffs).

Leader skill: +25% ATK

  • Category

CC, DEF break

  • Rune Set

Despair / Focus or Revenge

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 160

HP: 29k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 30%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Luer

Rating: 

AOE DEF break and ATB reduction by 50% which always lands a crushing hit (will not glance against anti elements). Also deals slow debuff and can stun enemy units.

  • Category

CC, DEF break, Slow debuff

  • Rune Set

Despair or Swift / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 20k

DEF: 800

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Bastet

Rating: 

ATK buffer, ATB booster and shield caster perfect for speed clear teams. 2nd skill also an AOE skill that casts multiple debuffs upon enemies (DEF break, Glancing Hit, Unrecoverable).

Leader skill: +33% DEF

  • Category

ATK buffer, Sustain, DEF break, Glancing hits, Unrecoverable, ATK break

  • Rune Set

Violent or Swift / Focus

SPD / HP% / HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 23k

DEF: 900

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

 Shannon

Rating: 

Good utility for starters. Since it is a GB10 unit for beginners, you can use Shannon for AOE slow, and gives ATK and DEF buff to allies.

  • Category

CC, ATK buff, Sustain, Glancing hits

  • Rune Set

Despair / Energy

SPD / HP%/ HP%

  • Minimum Stats

SPD: 170

HP: 17k

DEF: 700

ACCURACY: 45%

*Stats not mentioned are negligible and of little importance 

V. Team Set-up

Standard Set-up

This set-up consists of CC, DOT units and 1 sustain. Recommended for starters because most units are farmable.

  1. Baretta (L) , Veromos, Water Homie, Mav, Bella/Chasun
  2. Baretta (L), Veromos, Bernard, Mantura, Bella/Chasun
  3. Baretta (L), Aria, Briand, Spectra, Bella
  4. Baretta (L), Verde, Water Homie, Mantura, Chasun
Full Crowd Control (CC) Set-up

This set-up consists of CC and DOT units without healer/sustain. Main objective is to fully stun and freeze enemies preventing them from attack.

  1. Baretta (L), Verde, Veromos, Aria, Water Homie
  2. Baretta (L), Veromos, Aria, Mantura, Mav
  3. Baretta (L), Veromos, Gildong/Woonhak/Woochi, Bernard, Mantura
Bomb Team Set-up

This set-up consists of 2-4 bombers and 1 attack buffer

  1. Seara (L), Jojo, Malaka, Taurus, Bastet/Chasun
  2. Seara (L), Taurus, Dover, Mav, Bastet/Chasun
Rush Set-up (Lower floors)

This set-up consists of 3-4 AOE nukers and 1 attack buffer. This strategy is only for end-game players with high rune quality.

  1. Zaiross (L), Lushen, Charlotte, Julie, Bastet/Chasun
  2. Zaiross (L), Verad, Water Homie, Lushen, Bastet/Chasun
  3. Verad (L), Lushen, Rica, Julie, Bastet/Chasun

VII. Video for hard floors and Bosses

Coming Soon! (with Guides)

VIII. Summary and Conclusion

Clearing the Trial of Ascension (ToA) is mostly about Crowd Control (CC) and application of Damage Over Time (DOT). For some floors, you might need specific/niche units to counter the enemy such as Neal/Groggo/Light tank units against Ragdoll stage, strong Crowd Control team against Olivine/Hwa stage, and a few other stages that a standard team cannot normally handle. For boss stages, stat decreasing debuffs are very important because you cannot apply continuous damage against them. Slowing them down, resetting ATK bar and skill, ATK and DEF break are key elements in defeating them.

Unlike other PVE contents in Cairos Dungeon, you cannot revive your monsters using crystals so you have to be careful in selecting your team composition. In Hard mode, you cannot bring 2 of the same monsters in the lineup. Despite all these, ToA is a good source of crystals and mana. L&D and Legendary scrolls are also earned after clearing the highest floors which means it is worth the time invested to clear it. Additionally, it is a proving ground to test your game knowledge and skills as well as a metric on how good the quality of your runes are. ToA resets every month so make sure to clear floors every cycle.

 

Hope you learned from this guide and please do share your progress with us.

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  • As
    April 4, 2020 at 1:11 am

    What is a “Water Homie” is that any water monster? water homunculus?

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  • tetsu808
    September 11, 2018 at 10:44 pm

    hey guys, was wondering if this team would be good. I dont have mav yet and working on getting him, but currently thinking of a team with Baretta, Verad, Ganymede, Veromos, and Belladeon. All mons except Baretta are 6 stars. Baretta is 5 stars.

    Other mons I have are:
    6 Stars: Sigmarus, Eladriel, and Lapis
    5 Stars: Megan, Stella, Colleen, Shannon, Bernard, and Garo
    4 Stars (not runed, working progress to 5 Star): Spectra, Chillin, Ryan, Hwahee, Darion, Avaris, Liebli, Tanya, Tyron, and Tarq

    Any advice would help. Thanks in advance

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