In Puyo Puyo Fever, Puyo Puyo Fever 2, Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary and Puyo Puyo 7, a dropset is a character's sequence of piece shapes in Fever and Daihenshin mode. Prior to Fever and Henshin, drops were only made up of 2 puyo, arranged vertically. In Fever and Henshin mode, the drops can be made up of up to 4 puyo.
Dropset arrangements in Puyo Puyo are very particular. Drops are always either monochromatic or dichromatic. The dropset can specify up to 5 different types of arrangements.
- 2 puyo, in an I arrangement; The bottom puyo is the first color, the top is the second color.
- 3 puyo, in an L/J arrangement; Can be configured in the following ways, determined by the dropset:
- With the vertical stretch of 2 puyo as the first color, and the remaining puyo as the second color
- With the horizontal stretch of 2 puyo as the first color, and the remaining puyo as the second color
- 4 puyo, in an O arrangement; can be configured in the following ways, determined by the dropset:
- Monochromatic: A 2x2 blob. Instead of rotating, the rotation buttons cycle colors.
- Dichromatic: The bottom horizontal stretch is the first color, and the top horizontal stretch is the second color.
- Special Note: The Dichromatic block never chooses the same colors (for obvious reasons.) This is in contrast to other drops, as other drops, as specified by the dropset, are monochromatic or dichromatic at random.
Puyo Puyo Fever 1/2
In Puyo Puyo Fever and Puyo Puyo Fever 2, the behavior of L vs. J is slightly more complicated than in future games. Fever 1 and 2 do not make a distinction between the L and J pieces at the character selection screen. If one were actually use the character in a match, there is a specific preset number and placement of L and J pieces within the characters dropset.
Another mechanic present in only Fever 1 and 2 is L and J piece cycling. After every 16 pieces, characters with odd numbers of Giant Puyo will have their L pieces become J pieces, and J pieces become L pieces for the next 16 drops. Characters with even numbers of Giant Puyo, on the other hand, will only use their designated dropset.