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Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight

by Ragnar Homsar, Dr. Fetus

Part 76: Pre-Update 61: Storm Emperor pre-fight overview

Pre-Update 61: Storm Emperor pre-fight overview

Storm Emperor
HP: 32000, STR: 77, TEC: 59, VIT: 58, AGI: 52, LUC: 53
Damage resistances:
100% 100% 100% 150% 100% 0%
Disable resistances:
25% 50% 25% 25% 50% 0% 0%
0% 0% 10%
25% 25% 25%

A legendary yellow dragon who wields electricity masterfully.

Storm Emperor might've looked like a joke when I cheesed him during The golden shadow. Believe me, he is anything but. Why? Because of this thing.

Yellow Heart
HP: 3000, STR: 77, TEC: 59, VIT: 58, AGI: 52, LUC: 53
Damage resistances:
100% 100% 100% 125% 100% 0%
Disable resistances:
0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0%
0% 0% 0%

The Yellow Heart--actually, all the dragon hearts--are the culmination of EO2U's terrible boss design. The Yellow Heart specifically isn't that bad, given that it only has 3000 HP, but it still needs to die as soon as it gets summoned, since the Resonant Thunder damage scales up quickly, transforming turns where you might've barely survived something into a game over.

As for the Storm Emperor himself, this is a rough list of his behavior patterns:

And that's about all I can make out of the Google Translate spew.

So what characters are good for Storm Emperor, you might ask? The answer is primarily "elemental damage dealers," but equally important is some way to use Volt Wall. If you don't have an at least level 5 Volt Wall on you, Volt Torrent will just kill your entire party no questions asked, and head binds or debilitating ailments aren't reliable. If Phoebe isn't voted in, I'll get a Volt Wall Grimoire and stick it on someone.

Also, regarding the conditional: remember how I had to use Akashic Nova to get the Lava Beast's "kill with Fire" conditional? Same deal here. Some form of composite damage that involves Volt is the preferred method of getting stuff like that, and Akashic Nova, Burst Shot, and Link Order are all decent at getting it because they also get bonus damage from being counted as Fire.

With that in mind:


Ranger: I am taking Ranger along pretty much solely for Akashic Nova.

Damage dealers

Zack: Volt Chaser counts for the conditional, but it's dependent on stuff like Akashic Nova, Burst Shot, and Link Order proccing off either of them. Another option is to get Zack level 20 Fencer and Double Attack, and using either Volt Prelude or a Shock Oil on him--that'll deal 330% damage per Attack command.

Freyja: Freyja sadly can't just slaughter the Storm Emperor in a few turns, given that I'm not using Stigmata, but with Sophie, she's still a decent option. Without Sophie, she'll...well, she'll certainly have a time. That's for sure.

Stardust: Stardust is a reliable option for dealing tons of heavy elemental damage, and she could even try for the conditional using Volt Palm.

Asriel: Asriel deals some damage, but can't really do a ton for the conditional. That's all I have to say.

Jackie: Jackie's a pretty good source of elemental damage, and Charged Volt or Burst Shot are both ways for her to help get the conditional.

Tyler: Tyler can kinda help with the conditional, and deals decent damage outside of that.


Phoebe: Volt Wall is unconditionally a necessity for stopping Volt Torrent, and Front Guard takes quite a lot of the sting out of the Storm Emperor's physical skills.

Ursa: Ursa will need a Volt Wall Grimoire, but outside of that, she'll need some pretty heavy ailment-curing support if she hopes to tank Storm Emperor attacks.


Nadia: Nadia is very fast, but can't really dodge-tank a lot of stuff, since most of Storm Emperor's skills are all-party. Storm Emperor also has 25% resistance to both blind and paralysis, meaning she'll be spending a lot of time trying to inflict them.

Realga: Realga is a backup plan for Binding Dance, since I can put a Head Guard on her, and just have her use Unbind on the same turn as Binding Dance. For ailments, though, it's just a matter of hoping she doesn't get tagged with debilitating ailments, maybe putting a Curb DEF Up Grimoire on her.

Milly: Given that Ranger is being forced, Milly is an inherently good choice, even though Corrupting Howl is designed to counter her.

Sophie: Creeping Curse lets Sophie bypass Storm Emperor's heavy disable resistances, and she also has a huge 22 LUC advantage on the Storm Emperor.

Colette: Colette is an amazingly good support, almost entirely because of Barrier. It won't do a ton against Binding Dance, but against Judgement and Corrupting Howl, it can just straight-up stop them.

Rheine: Link Order is one of my preferred ways of getting the conditional. Besides that, though, Prevent Order is less useful than you'd think, since Corrupting Howl purges buffs before attempting to inflict ailments.

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