Transition

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The most efficient way to chain is to build across the board instead of vertically. However, this presents a problem once you reach the wall. To continue chaining, you'll have to start stacking vertically. This act of stacking vertically is called Transitioning. After you construct a Transition, you can start chaining back in the other direction. Many players have trouble constructing Transitions due to the attention to color that it requires.

Floors

The most straightforward way to make big chains is to chain in layers, or floors. Basically, you make rows of chains on top of each other.

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The group of Puyo that connect these two floors is called your Transition.

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Vertical Transition

This is the most straightforward way to build a transition. You simply build straight up and then put the necessary colors on top (green/blues).

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Stairs-Base Chain-Cut

If you are using Stairs as a base, you should notice that it's troublesome to make a chain in which Columns 1 and 3 are the same color (Columns 4 and 6 if you're transitioning on the right).

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Many Possible Forms

In practice, there is a huge number of possible vertical transitions. For example, transitions with garbage or unused Puyos in-between, transitions using 3 or 4 columns instead of 2, or transitions connecting groups of 5 or more Puyos. The following chapters only show a few regular ones.


Sandwich to Sandwich

Sandwich to Sandwich transitions are Vertical Transitions which connect two floors containing Sandwiches. These transitions make it possible to build a chain by using only the standard Sandwich forms (2-1-1, 1-0-3, 1-1-2, 3-0-1) on both floors. Optionally, also other forms can be connected to these transitions.

Standard

The following transitions require a height of 8 rows. They use standard Sandwich forms (either 3-0-1 or 1-1-2) as the first form on the second floor (yellow). The base (red) can either be a split 2-1-1 or a split 3-0-1 Sandwich. The green Puyo at the top right of column 2 is part of the next Sandwich on the second floor.

3-0-1 on 2-1-1 3-0-1 on 3-0-1 1-1-2 on 2-1-1 1-1-2 on 3-0-1 12-Chain
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These transitions (and many of the Sandwich to Sandwich transitions in the following chapters) can also be built with only 3 colors. Furthermore, the color of the Puyo which connects to the next Sandwich on the second floor can also be varied.

3 Colors Color Variations
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Additional

There are additional forms which also require a height of 8 rows but which don't use a standard Sandwich as the first form on the second floor (yellow). Learning also some of these forms will help you become more flexible concerning the order of colors you get. The following examples could alternatively also be built with a split 3-0-1 Sandwich instead of a split 2-1-1 Sandwich as base (red). The green Puyo at the top right is part of the next Sandwich on the second floor.

A B C D E F G
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Taller Variations

One can build variations of some the above transitions with a height of 9 rows in column 1 and a height of 7 rows in column 2. They are less flat but they may be easier to visualize / build.

C' D' G'
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Extra Tall (Chain + 1)

It is possible to build the transitions even higher (height of 10 to 12 rows in column 1) to increase the length of the chain by one. These forms can be useful to make chains a little bit longer without having to know how to chain on the third floor or how to tail. The following examples could alternatively also be built with a split 3-0-1 Sandwich instead of a split 2-1-1 Sandwich as base (red, at the bottom). The green Puyo at the top right is part of the next Sandwich on the second floor. There are many forms of extra tall Sandwich to Sandwich transitions. Only a few of them are shown below.

Height: 12, 8 Height: 11, 9 Height: 10, 10
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Stairs to Sandwich

3-1 Stairs to Sandwich

3-1 Stairs to Sandwich transitions are Vertical Transitions which connect a floor containing 3-1 Stairs with the floor above containing Sandwiches. These transitions usually require a height of 10 rows in column 1 and a height of 8 rows in column 2. The following transitions use standard Sandwich forms (3-0-1, 1-1-2, 1-0-3 or 2-1-1) as the first form on the second floor (yellow). Note that the 12-chain in the following example wastes two Puyos to overcome the height difference in column 6.

3-0-1 on 3-1 1-1-2 on 3-1 1-0-3 on 3-1 2-1-1 on 3-1 12-Chain
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It is also possible to build a short 3-1 Stairs to Sandwich transition which requires only a height of 7 rows in columns 1 and 2. Due to the reduced number of Puyos, this transition can be built very quickly. Unfortunately, going for this transition sacrifices flexibility because there is only one form of short 3-1 Stairs to Sandwich transition. Furthermore, the short transition reduces the chain length by one compared to the 3-1 Stairs to Sandwich transitions with a height of 10 and 8 rows in columns 1 and 2.

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Many Sandwich to Sandwich transitions with a maximum of 11 Puyos in column 1 can be transformed into corresponding 3-1 Stairs to Sandwich transitions by using 3-1 Stairs at the bottom (instead of Sandwiches; this "inserts" one Puyo into column 1) and by putting an additional Puyo on top of column 1 (to match the three Puyos at the bottom of column 2). Below 3-1 Stairs to Sandwich transitions are transformations of the Sandwich to Sandwich transitions from the chapter Additional (note that there is no transformation for G):

A* B* C* D* E* F*
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Below 3-1 Stairs to Sandwich transitions are transformations of the Sandwich to Sandwich transitions from the chapter Taller Variations (note that there is no transformation for G'):

C'* D'*
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Below 3-1 Stairs to Sandwich transitions are transformations of the Sandwich to Sandwich transitions from the chapter Extra Tall (Chain + 1) (note that several ones are missing because there are no corresponding transformations):

Height: 11 + 2, 9 Height: 10 + 2, 10
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2-2 Stairs to Sandwich

2-2 Stairs to Sandwich transitions are Vertical Transitions which connect a floor containing 2-2 Stairs with the floor above containing Sandwiches. These transitions look like the Sandwich to Sandwich transitions except that they use 2-2 Stairs at the bottom (instead of Sandwiches) and that they have additional three Puyos at the top of column 1: One additional Puyo for the bottom two Puyos in column 1 and two additional Puyos for the bottom two Puyos in column 2. Note that the 12-chain in the following example wastes three Puyos to overcome the height difference in column 6.

3-0-1 on 2-2 1-1-2 on 2-2 12-Chain
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All other Sandwich to Sandwich transitions with a maximum of 10 Puyos in column 1 can also be transformed into corresponding 2-2 Stairs to Sandwich transitions by putting three Puyos on top of column 1. Examples:

A + 3 C' + 3 Height: 10 + 3, 10
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GTR

GTR (Great Tanaka Rensa) is the most famous way to construct a transition. It's incredibly flat, quick and easy to make with most combinations of colors, and is used by both beginners and experts. There are also several variations of it.

Normal Form

Basic Form 2-2 Stairs Sandwich L-Shape Flat Stacking 1 Flat Stacking 2
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New GTR

New GTR is similar to GTR, except with a larger trigger point. One weakness of normal GTR is that using it as opening may cause you to miss out on All Clear starts. By using this extra bulky version, you reduce the probability of that happening. It all depends on what colors you're getting though.

Basic Form Variation L-Shape Flat Stacking Reversible
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Raised GTR

GTR, except with stuff below it. Useful for putting pressure on your opponent because it can easily be reversed into a Hellfire.

Basic Form 1 Basic Form 2 Hellfire 1 Hellfire 2
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Misuken GTR

Misuken GTR is simply GTR except bulky, allowing for two different trigger points.

Basic Form 1-2-1 Sandwich 3-1 Stairs
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Kanto Stacking

Kanto Stacking (関東積み) Can function as both a transition, a reversible Hellfire, and a Tail end.

Basic Form Sandwich Stairs Hellfire Tail End.
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Sullen GTR

Sullen GTR (フキゲンGTR, fukigen GTR) is commonly used with Flat Stacking. Don't confuse this with New GTR.

Basic Form Flat Stacking Sandwich L-Shape Tanaka Special
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DeltaGTR (deltarune)

DeltaGTR is a variant used by Puyo eSport player Delta. It is an GTR with the horizontal part being two Puyos long instead of one. This is also called deltarune because the horizontal Y shape created resembles a game called Deltarune. Yes, really.

Once upon a time, a LEGEND was whispered among shadows.
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It was a LEGEND of HOPE. It was a LEGEND of DREAMS.
It was a LEGEND of LIGHT. It was a LEGEND of DARK.
This is the legend of Delta (Rune)

GTGTR

Something Kuroro made up. GTR except complicated.

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ETR

Also another thing Kuroro made up. Basically, it's when you royally screw up your GTR from harassing a lot on top of it. Don't do this form ever.

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Kamaitachi

Kamaitachi (かまいたち) is a special type of base that doubles as a Hellfire and can potentially be reversible.

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Kameitachi

A derivative of Kamaitachi invented by Kame, Kameitachi (かめいたち) functions in the same way. For reference, watch this video.

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DT base

Not to be confused with DT Cannon.

DT Base, or Double Trigger Base (DT土台) is an transition made with L-shapes. It is an flexible but unstable form, so knowledge of color decisions can help when using this in chaining.

Basic Form Trigger 1 Trigger 2 Hellfire
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LLR

LLR is named after the Puyo shapes within the base. Referencing the Basic Form example below, it goes: L (red), L (blue), R (for reversible, the green). You'll need to know how to tail to make this form useful.

Basic Form Variation 1 Variation 2 Hellfire Reversible
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Fron Style

Fron Style (フロン積み) or fron stacking is a form named after the player Fron himself. It's similar to LLR except in reverse and can also be used as both a reversible and hellfire.

Basic Form Complete Reversible Hellfire
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Tema Style

Tema Style (Tema積み) or Tema Stacking is named after the player Tema herself, despite the fact she never actually uses the form. Like Fron Style, it can be uses as a reversable and a hellfire.

Basic Form Complete Reversible Hellfire
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Pechura

Pechura (ぺちゅら) is similar in concept to LLR.

Basic Form Variants
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Raised L-Shaped Base

Preemptively adding in a Puyo at the bottom makes it easier to chain on top later on.

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L-Shaped Zabuton

Gets its name (座布団L字) because it looks like a Japanese sitting-cushion.

Basic Form Diving Tail L-Shape GTR Instead Same-Color Trans. Reversible
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Slug Folding

Slug Folding (なめくじ折り返し) contains elements of L-Shape. By constructing it as shown below, you'll have two trigger points. If you're rushing to complete your chain, there'll be less pressure and need for you to get a specific color since you have two options.

Basic Form Complete Extended
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Sodomy Stacking

Sodomy Stacking (男色積み) gets its name from... use your imagination! This, and its Raised form, are popular ways to do a transition.

Basic Form Extension Raised Form Extensions
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Sanagawa Transition

Using elements of Dam Stacking, the Sanagawa Transition (真川折り返し) can double as both a Power Chain (blues) or a normal chain.

Basic Form 1 Basic Form 2 Power Chain Complete
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Beetle

Not exactly a transition, but Beetle (甲虫連鎖) refers to making a huge Tail on top of the transition to pad it. This is typically done using Saitou Special. See also: Multiple Stacking.

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Alpine Flower

Alpine Flower (お花畑連鎖) can double as both a mega Hellfire and a Transition.

Basic Form Hellfire Transition
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Multiple Stacking

Not exactly a transition, but Multiple Stacking (多重折り) refers to padding your transition to use up more wall space and make your chain a little longer. Useful if your opponent is rushing you and you need to construct a Counter. Also useful if you want to counter a harassment; all you have to do is leave out a few Puyo from the stack so the rest of your chain doesn't pop.

Extensions

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Counters

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DT Cannon

DT Cannon, also known as Double Trigger Cannon (DT砲), is a type of multiple stack named by the player Tom. This form is meant to be placed on top of flat 3-long forms such as New GTR or Yayoi. The name comes from the fact that the chain has two "triggers" (meaning it can be set off in two ways), as well as the fact that this form appeared more than a year after Puyo Puyo Tetris was released.

Basic Form Trigger 1 Trigger 2 Hellfire
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