Part 32: Chapter Twenty Five: Battle BugsMusic: 04 Dungeon
Last time we found our way into the depths. Now its time to actually find the ingredients for Tapetas cooking.
: Theyre all the blue kind! Theyre not good for anything but stomping!
This information will come in handy as soon as we enter the next area.
: Ergh! There are bugs all over the place!
: There are too many of them for us to just go around. Well have to cut our way through.
Thats right the enemies in here are visible and move around Chrono Trigger style.
Music: 07 Cross Counter
Running into one will trigger a battle. Blue Cockroaches arent too tough. Their attacks do middling damage and they have around 200 HP. One round of physical attacks is normally enough to do them in.
Three or four dead roaches later and were at the door, but it doesnt end here.
: Damn, how many of these things are there?
: Too many.
: Hey, this ones bigger and redder than the others!
: Tapeta said he needed roach meat, didnt he? This looks like itll fit the bill!
Music: 10 Ill Do It!
Remember the giant cockroach we fought way back at the start of the game? Well this guy is like his brawny older relative. The Giant Roachs HP is through the goddamn roof he can easily eat a hit from the second tier of dragon transformations and keep on trucking for five or six turns afterwards, even with the rest of the party beating on him with everything they have. Luckily unlike Goncharo he doesnt have any horrible Fuck You abilities and can only use basic physical attacks against the party.
: Great! One ingredient down, two more to go.
With the meat in tow we can now return to the start of the depths and take the left hand path.
: I hope I never run into one of those things those tasty treats might make a meal outta me instead!
: Hey, theres the Greenbottle!
: Rrrrrggghhh!! Ill bust your face in, punk!
: Dont bother, Lin. Hell just fly away again.
The Greenbottle flies off to the left. This section of the depths plays host to a new enemy, so lets get him categorized before anything else.
Meet the Poltergeist, this areas resident undead enemy. Poltergeists are similar to the WillOWisps in Jokers hideout, sharing the latters high defense against physical attacks. They also have a special Drain attack that steals your AP, which can be very irritating if they target Ryu. Luckily Sten still has the Silver Knife, and between him and Nina using Slice these encounters arent too difficult.
: Hey guys is it just me, or is there something moving in the water down there?
: Somethings makin ripples, thats for sure.
: I cant see anything, but if you two say so.
: Did the other side of the bridge just shake?
: Look out, theres something under the wood!
: Its that thing we saw earlier!
: Alright, lets kick its ass.
: Sounds good to me!
Music: 10 Ill Do It!
First the Giant Cockroach, now a Giant Worm. Although he has less HP than the Giant Cockroach, the Giant Worm is actually more difficult for two simple reasons he will counterattack nearly every physical attack made against him, and he has Dream Breath. Like the Cockroach he is also capable of eating a hit from Ryus new dragon attacks, although itll still hurt him a fair amount. Other than that its a good old fashioned damage race and simply a matter of pounding his face in before he pounds in yours.
: Ha! Nothin to it.
: We now have two ingredients. All thats left is
: Laugh while you can. Youre next on the menu, you damn fly.
The Greenbottle flies off once again. Unfortunately the bridge is broken so well have to take the long way back around. Im running low on healing supplies, so I briefly go back to Fort Nageurs shop to stock up before returning to the castle depths.
The natural thing to do at this point is to wonder where the Greenbottle took off to. The answer lies in the areas weve already visited.
: He went in here.
: Theres nowhere left for him to go. Weve got him trapped.
: Thinkins overrated.
: Careful, guys. This flys got nothing left to lose now.
Music: 10 Ill Do It!
Without his bullshit plot protection shield in place the Greenbottle is a total chump. He still has his Combo Attack and counterattacks every physical attack made against him, but his defences are super weak and he has no special attacks. One second tier transformation coupled with everyone else using their most damaging attacks will put him in the ground in a single turn.
After the battle Ryu levels up and learns Smoke, a skill that lets the party instantly escape from random encounters.
: Id say its you who sucks, dumbass!
: Okay, that makes all three ingredients. Now lets get them back to Tapeta so we can end this sad farce once and for all.