One of the more underused features of Street Fighter x Tekken is the game’s Pandora mode. Currently, its short active duration and the high risk turn players away from using it. The latest patch addresses that with the new Pandora Timer Extension Lv.1 gem, which increases its active duration. In this video, AcidGlow walks us through just how much time the gem adds to Pandora mode. In addition to that, he tests Pandora mode with the new Immense Power Level 3 gem which grants a 30% damage boost when in Pandora mode.
The results are thought provoking, to say the least. The time extension gem doubles the time Pandora is active which, as demonstrated in the video, benefits characters like Ryu who have short super animations, allowing him to pull off 5 supers instead of 2. Meanwhile, with the damage boost gem added, characters can do nearly 50% damage off an unscaled super. In addition, AcidGlow demonstrates an easy 70% damage combo with Ryu using both gems. With these changes, the gems do seem to make Pandora more useful, however its actual viability remains to be tested.