PPQ:Puzzle Gameplay

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Puyo Puyo!! Quest features a basic puzzle gameplay that is significantly different from the classic Puyo Puyo franchise.

Puzzle Gameplay

Field

Blue Next Puyo Yellow Next Puyo Blue Next Puyo Purple Next Puyo Red Next Puyo Green Next Puyo Green Next Puyo Blue Next Puyo
Green Puyo Purple Puyo Blue Puyo Yellow Puyo Red Puyo Green Puyo Heart Box Green Puyo
Yellow Puyo Purple Puyo Red Puyo Yellow Puyo Red Puyo Green Puyo Heart Box Green Puyo
Yellow Puyo Purple Puyo Blue Puyo Blue Puyo Green Puyo Purple Puyo Yellow Puyo Yellow Puyo
Red Puyo Green Puyo Yellow Puyo Blue Puyo Yellow Puyo Blue Puyo Green Puyo Heart Box
Yellow Puyo Blue Puyo Heart Box Green Puyo Red Puyo Green Puyo Heart Box Green Puyo
Green Puyo Purple Puyo Blue Puyo Blue Puyo Green Puyo Purple Puyo Blue Puyo Blue Puyo
An example for a field layout

The puzzle gameplay happens on the field (フィールド) at the bottom half of the gameplay screen. The field consists of 48 puyos (or special pieces) in 8 columns by 6 rows, plus one Next Puyo (ネクストぷよ) for each column which forecasts the first puyo that drops.

Normal Chaining

For each turn, the player can trace-remove (なぞり消す) at most 5 puyos (adjacently- or diagonally-linked) from the field, and puyos above the created space will fall. Groups of 4+ adjacently-linked puyos of the same color will pop and amass attack power for cards of that color. A chain (れんさ/連鎖) is formed when further groups of 4+ same-color puyos link and pops.

When puyos on the field cannot form groups to pop but there are still open spaces on the field, new puyos will fall from above to fill in the spaces, with the possibility of forming more groups of puyos to pop and continuing the chain. The chain is considered finished when there are no groups to pop and no open spaces on the field.

Large Chain Chance

Yellow Puyo Purple Puyo Blue Puyo Blue Puyo
Purple Puyo Blue Puyo Green Puyo Blue Puyo Green Puyo
Purple Puyo Red Puyo Green Puyo Yellow Puyo Purple Puyo Red Puyo Blue Puyo Green Puyo
Purple Puyo Yellow Puyo Red Puyo Green Puyo Yellow Puyo Purple Puyo Red Puyo Blue Puyo
Yellow Puyo Red Puyo Green Puyo Yellow Puyo Purple Puyo Red Puyo Blue Puyo Green Puyo
Yellow Puyo Red Puyo Green Puyo Yellow Puyo Purple Puyo Red Puyo Blue Puyo Green Puyo
A example of a Large Chain Chance

When a chance puyo (チャンスぷよ) Red Chance PuyoBlue Chance PuyoGreen Chance PuyoYellow Chance PuyoPurple Chance Puyo is cleared within normal chaining, Large Chain Chance (だいれんさチャンス) will be initiated. A preset chain is presented in a separate field stopped by at most 5 excess puyos, with the number of excess puyos (and the color of the puyos in some certain easier quests) shown above. The size of the preset chain given in the Large Chain Chance Sc is given by

Sc = 3 + Sn + n

where

Sn = chain size of normal chain
n = number of chance puyos Red Chance PuyoBlue Chance PuyoGreen Chance PuyoYellow Chance PuyoPurple Chance Puyo cleared

The player is then given 10 seconds to trace-remove the correct excess puyos to initiate the full chain, gaining additional attack power and HP recovery (if All Clear is achieved).

One chance puyo will drop if the player achieves a 6-chain (also applies in some active skills) or clears 16+ puyos at the same time (does not apply during active skills). Chance puyos can also be created by active skills.

See PPQ:Large Chain Chance Gallery for a gallery of know Large Chain Chance patterns and respective answers.

HP Recovery

Players can recover lost HP of all cards by clearing Heart Box heart boxes (ハートBOX), which is done by popping puyos adjacent to it. Heart boxes may be trace-removed but in that case it will not recover any HP.

Players can also recover lost HP when achieving an All Clear (全消し), no matter in normal chaining, Large Chain Chance or skill activation.

Heart boxes may drop among cascading puyos from time to time as the player chains (except under certain stage effects that specify otherwise).

Prism Balls

Certain skills can create Prism Ball prism balls (プリズムボール) on the field. Popping puyos adjacent to a prism ball amasses attack power for all colors at 3× Attack. Attack power from prism balls does not enjoy chaining or same-time clear bonuses.

Garbage and Hard Puyos

Certain enemy skills can create Garbage Puyo garbage puyos (おじゃまぷよ) and Hard Puyo hard puyos (かたぷよ) on the field. Garbage and hard puyos cannot be trace-removed. Garbage puyos can only be removed by popping other puyos adjacent to them, and hard puyos will turn into garbage puyos when other puyos are popped adjacent to them. Unlike in classical Puyo Puyo rules, hard puyos cannot be completely removed by popping adjacent puyos on multiple sides.

Chaining Power

Attack Chaining Power

The attack power A of a certain card from each step of chain is given by

A = A0 [(1+C)[1+(n-4)S]g +3p]

where

A0 = Basic attack power of that card, inclusive of bonuses from Leader Skills and Active Skills, Combination Bonus, Tower Bonus, etc.
n = number of Puyos Red PuyoBlue PuyoGreen PuyoYellow PuyoPurple Puyo cleared
p = number of Prism Balls Prism Ball cleared
C = Chaining Multiplier
S = Same-time Coefficient
g = Group Separation Bonus

Chaining Multiplier

Puyos popped in a higher step of a chain produces a higher attack power. Note that chain steps in the normal chain and Large Chain Chance chain are counted separately.

Chain Step 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Chaining Multiplier (C) 0.0 0.4 0.7 1.0 1.2 1.4 1.6 1.8 2.0 2.2
Equivalent Factor (1+C) 1.0× 1.4× 1.7× 2.0× 2.2× 2.4× 2.6× 2.8× 3.0× 3.2×
Example
Deck Attack Power Field
[★6] Amitie A0 = 1000 1000 × 1.0
= 1000
Green Puyo Blue Puyo
Green Puyo Blue Puyo Red Puyo
Green Puyo Blue Puyo Red Puyo
Green Puyo Blue Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
[★6] Sig A0 = 1000 1000 × 1.4
= 1400
[★6] Lidelle A0 = 1000 1000 × 1.7
= 1700

Same-time Coefficient

For every additional Puyo popped at the same time over 4 Puyos, the attack power increases with a coefficient S = 0.15. Unlike in original Puyo Puyo, Puyos popped in previous steps of the chain do not contribute to the power of later steps.

Certain skills feature increased Same-time Coefficient during its activation including Fairy Tale Series. Puyo-transforming skills like Original Puyo Puyo Series also has 2× Same-time Coefficient during Puyo clears immediately following the transformation.

Example
Deck Attack Power Field
[★6] Amitie A0 = 1000 1000 × (1 + 8×0.15)
= 1000 × 2.2 = 2200
Green Puyo Blue Puyo Red Puyo
Green Puyo Blue Puyo Red Puyo
Green Puyo Blue Puyo Red Puyo
Green Puyo Blue Puyo Red Puyo
[★6] Sig A0 = 1000 1000 × (1 + 8×0.15)
= 1000 × 2.2 = 2200
[★6] Lidelle A0 = 1000 1000 × (1 + 8×0.15)
= 1000 × 2.2 = 2200

Group Separation Bonus

When multiple, separate groups of the same color Puyos pop at the same time, in addition to increments from Same-time Coefficient, the attack power also multiplies by a Group Separation Bonus factor g equal to the number of separate, same-color groups.

Example
Fields [★6] Amitie A0 = 1000
Red Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
Red Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
Red Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
Red Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
1000 × (1 + 8×0.15)
= 1000 × 2.2
= 2200
Red Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
Red Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
Red Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
Red Puyo Red Puyo Red Puyo
1000 × (1 + 8×0.15) × 3
= 1000 × 2.2 × 3
= 6600

Recovery Chaining Power

The recovery amount R for each card from a whole chain is given by

PPQ Recover formula.png

where

R0 = Total basic recovery power of all cards at the front, inclusive of bonuses from Leader Skills and Active Skills, Combination Bonus, Tower Bonus, etc.
m = number of cards at the front
n = number of Heart Boxes Heart Box cleared
c = size of chain, total of both the normal chain and the Large Chain Chance chain
k = number of All Clears

Gallery of Field Pieces

For other usable Puyo Designs in Puyo Puyo!! Quest, see PPQ:Puyo Design.