In the land of Dragonzola, there are those who act as mediators between humanity and nature, called Dragon Callers. With the ability to tame powerful monsters and manipulate the elements though Drops, they are called at times of great crisis.One of the greatest Dragon Callers, King, one day vanished without reason. Years later, his child travels to the land of Dragonzola to follow his footsteps to become a Dragon Caller.
Puzzle & Dragons X (Pronounced as Cross) is a 3DS game release in Japan in July 2016. It's a spinoff of the wildly popular match three RPG Mobile game. You play as the child of King, ether a boy (Default name Ace) or Girl (Default name Ana) as they become a Dragon Caller while trying to figure out the mystery of their father's disappearance and receiving the Tamadra Tamazo.One big difference between it and the main mobile game is the Cross-on system. Your character is always the Leader, and you can get different Soul Armors to gain different Leader skills and forms.
It was also adapted into an anime for the Summer 2016 season under the same name by Studio Pierrot, following Ace.
Puzzle & Dragons X provides examples of:
- Anime Hair: Ace has reasonable reddish brown hair....with a cross shaped white yellow in the middle. While Ana.... has four pigtails are shaped to resemble a X.
- Bait-and-Switch Credits: The second version of the second opening implies that the SDF becomes an enemy of the dragon callers, but the main threat is actually the anti-human organization called Dominion.
- Big Eater: Tamazo will eat pretty much anything, especially eggs.
- Crossover: With the Mobile game, getting two descended dungeons for Ace and Ana respecfully as well as six Super Ultimate Evolutions for their most famous Soul armors in the game. Tamazo also gets cards featuring him in all three of Odin's forms, Tsukiyomi and Batman.
- Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Soul Brave. It grants tremendous power, however it puts the Dragon caller's life at risk and use of it overtime weakens it's user, eventally even killing them just like what happened with Star John's father. This lead to the previous Light Ancient to banning it, until Jest removes the ban during the Battle Cup.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Sonia. No, she isn't a Draconoid or a Dragonbound, she's actually from an union of a human and a dragon.
- Iconic Outfit: Ace in his Fire/Light Horus Soul Armor.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: A Downplayed example. Compared to the main game, Carbuncles in X are more animistic and have crystals their heads resembling crowns, Chimeras are more realistic tigers with snakes as tails. The Slimes' second and final form are Mega and Giga instead of Big and King, respectively, but have the same Active skill.
- Trolls are this to Ogres, right down to having a Resolve Leader Skill, duel attribute final forms and are the Mighty Glacier Mooks, except they have the Norse God series Attribute attack boost Active skill instead of double orb change/Attribute damage.
- The Machine series is this for the Mythical Beast series, being the orb enhancers.
- Transformation Trinket: D-Gear, which functions as both a summoning device for a Dragon Caller's monsters as well as used to insert Soul Armor tokens in to Cross-on their Soul Armor.
- Verbal Tic: Tamazo's "tama" and Devi's "devi".
- Anti-Magical Faction: The officials in Vienna City are very distrusting of Dragon Callers.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Sturgeon/Star John.
- Evolving Credits: Newer versions of the opening features several notable changes in the Power Walk. The Dragon Callers' faces are starting to look less obscured, and later versions added Charo, Garnet, Sonia, and Tiger to the Power Walk.
- Newer versions of the second opening imply a Darker and Edgier tone.
- FaceHeel Turn: A group of Dragonoids band together to dominate the monsters and wretch Dragoza back to the Dragonoids.
- Fantastic Racism: Some Dragonoids, notably Klein and Jest, look down on humans. It's gotten to the point where they form a group called Dominion with the sole purpose of driving humans out of Dragoza.
- Fighting Your Friend: The Battle Cup features Ace fighting Tiger and later Charo.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: Ace's hairstyle shows his heroic and generous side, while Lance's hairstyle shows off his moody, cynical, but very heroic and wise side. Both boys have their respective roles◊.
- Heroic Rematch: Ace's fight against Starjohn. He faces against him using a new Soul Armour, something Starjohn himself commented on in the past.
- Hot Springs Episode: Ace and crew pass through the town of Geyser for one episode. As it turns out, the springs are powered by a Fiery Salamander monster.
- Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Heliot, the Dragon Caller of Light and Morgan, the Dragon Caller of Dark are young women with different ways◊. Appropriately, their Soul Armors are Light Metatron and Dark Metatron, repesctfully.
- Magitek: The SDF is developing weapons that harness drops to fight off monsters.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Vatn, Ancient of Water. He's barely knee-height to the other characters and seems to be composed mostly of beard. Averted with all of the other elderly characters thus far.
- Our Elves Are Different: Dragonoids are longer-lived and are more closely bonded with monsters than humans. They even have pointed ears and many of them look down on humans.
- Shown Their Work: During the Battle Cup, most of the teams the Dragon Callers have are balanced to take advantage of their Soul Armor Leader skill and overall boost, not unlike players teams. Garnet's teams is all healers (And her Angelion is in it's final form, making it a Healer as well) and has a team found in most early stages in the mobile game, while Tiger and Kieln's teams focus on attack based with Trolls to enhance their attribute attack and Machines to Enchance their orbs.
- Took a Level in Badass: EVERYONE by the time of the Battle Cup has full teams and soul armor.
- Tree Top Town: Libria, the city of wood, is built over the treetops on boardwalks with the largest buildings being built into the tallest trees and connected by stairs.
- Uneven Hybrid: Ace is 1/4 Dragonoid.
- Whole Episode Flashback: Episode 18 shows how Lance first met Devi.
- Wild Magic: Drops can react en mass independently of a Dragon Caller's control, but it's usually a sign of an impact or other incoming nastiness. There can also be benign examples, such as the forest around Libria mourning for the recently-deceased Ancient of Wood and putting on a light show as a result.