Part 22: A Laymans Guide To Cave BotanyUpdate 22: A Laymans Guide To Cave Botany
You know, Im done with the Fire Cave. The Fire Cave sucks. Its full of bees and trolls and I hate it. So, this updates going to be all about putting an end to it.
Donnel stands prepared.
egam is also prepared.
I started off clearing the opening area, little trouble there since this is about the 10th time Ive done it. The Troll is laughably easy, but I usually take a hit or two from the two ants.
Heres another great example of i fucked up and forgot about Elemental Resistance, egams Fireball is doing a whopping 1 damage to this Ignis. Thankfully, I was wrong, Ignis cant cure themselves like the Shindra.
So, I found a pretty good strategy for dealing with annoying enemies like these Queen Bees. Rush the spawner
Oh look, theyre gone. Admittedly its a little cheap, but I reserve the right to cheat in case of Beemergencies.
Defeating the Titan near where we found Cecilia comes with a welcome Level Up. Thats a full HP refill.
So, a new fun fact about Medication and how it rules, its apparently an AOE. So egam also got cleansed of poison, and healed for 80!
I used the screen transition trick on this Ignis as well. Remember that just the spawner has to go down to count towards opening the final door.
Since it occurs to me I havent showed off whats up here yet, its more farm space. Surprise.
Theres also a Beetle spawner. These guys are still pretty nonthreatening, most melee creatures will be for the rest of the game.
To the East, another fire wall. Out comes the Watering Can.
Another trapped room!
And a new foe. Meet the Minotaur. This guy is weird, this is his only appearance in the whole game, no recolors or anything. Hes got a hard hitting physical blow, but thats...about it.
He took out egam, though.
Still, no match for some careful positioning.
He was guarding some more rocks, and fields. This is a dead end.
Since Im out of RP, I thought this might be a good time to Sleeping Bag it back.
This is still kind of a weird place for the Save Point.
Next up I cleared the eastern half of the cave, same stuff I did in Update 19. Trolls, Ants, and a Beetle. Nothing too exciting.
Also took the opportunity to refill my can, not that I ended up needing it here.
Then I got lost for way too long.
The spot I missed was north of the Save Point. Theres a northern exit to that room I forgot about. Yeah, the cave design in Rune Factory can get a little mazey.
EMPLOY THE BEE STRAT
Oh, just another Titan. Not much to worry about.
There was a gate here. But it just melted away when I got close. Guess that means were done?
But I want to do some prep work before this next boss. So its back to town for now.
Escape kinda rules.
First off, getting the keys from the villagers we dont have yet.
After a brief stop at Leos to pick up some new hardware. This is the Flame Saber, a Claymore type weapon. The next boss is weak to Fire.
Its got a slightly different moveset from the Wind Sword. Pressing B once slams it down.
Two rapid presses makes Donnel give an uppercut afterwards. Its slow, so I dont like it as much as the Wind Sword, but having two weapons on hand never hurt anyone in this game. Plus, it shreds this next boss.
First up, Jean. It has to be Jean, Rosetta has nothing for you.
: You can grow up to Level 10 crops in your field. But rumor has it some people have seen level 100 crops! Dont ask me how thats accomplished, though.
Huh. Well, that sounds tedious. Just a guess.
Neumann changes inventory with each season. Now hes selling Pineapples.
Oddly enough, Camus didnt give me a key. I guess since he doesnt live at his farm, theres no point going there at night.
Emmetts at the church on Mondays, since the pub doesnt open.
Wesley Ive been here like twice.
Heres the real treasure.
So, Tabatha has something special here, a new conversation. Im not sure how many villagers do this, but once you get her FP high enough, this triggers.
This doesnt even make sense after this conversation.
: Tabatha, even though you are human, you always refer to people as humans. Isnt that a little strange?
: Oh, didnt I tell you? Im an elf.
: Its not the norm, but Im working in the human world.
: I never wouldve guessed!
: Thats because I usually keep my ears covered!
Oh. The hat is practical.
: Im surprised
: Im sorry I surprised you. Even now you know Im an elf, I hope we can still get along.
: Yes, of course we can.
How did that sneak in here? Rune Factory!
I dont think the Tabatha is an elf thing ever really gets brought up or matters again. But, I mean, its there. Maybe elves are a bigger thing in future RF games.
So this is what I really want, this is required to advance Neumanns sidequest, which is one of the longer and more involved ones.
I got Edward to make me a potion as well, just in case of emergencies.
Also, this next boss can inflict Seal, so a couple of these might just save my ass.
One good nights rest later, Im headed back to Clemens.
The nice thing here is that once the gate has unlocked, it is forever unlocked. Meaning I could just rush to the boss room here and ignore the spawners and monsters entirely.
Oh, Mist is here too.
Hey, only one person is allowed to do a surprise walk on at a time!
: I doubt that anyone would want to come to this place.
: You dont have to be so blunt, Mist.
Melody kinda rules.
: Im just being honest!
: Thats okay. Say, I wonder what kind of flower this is?
Uh. It woke up. (surprising none of you)
: Stand back you two! I dont like the look of this!
Meet Mandragora, boss number 3. Its got 780 HP, and a pretty wide variety of attacks to make up for not being able to move.
You can see one already, if you look closely. Its summoned a Queen Bee!
It can spit these wind razors around the room, they spiral out in kind of a bullet hell-esque pattern. Not easy to dodge, but they dont do much damage.
The yellow head can do a sweeping breath attack. Its like Chimeras, but it can inflict Paralysis.
So thats Paralysis from that and Poison from the Queen Bee. Medication makes this fight a thousand times easier, and Id make sure you have it for this.
Yikes. See my status afflictions? Im just thankful that, for some reason, it never used its fourth attack, which summons a Killer Ant. I think it can only have one monster up at a time. Id honestly rather put up with the Bee than risk Sealing and losing access to Medication here.
Medication takes care of defense, but what about offense? Mandragoras wind spell and breath can make approaching difficult, but it has to pause inbetween attacks. I try to stay close and go in for 2 or 3 combos before backing off and healing/waiting for the next attack.
The Flame Saber deals 30~ damage per hit, way higher than our Wind Sword would manage on this boss. And due to its lack of movement, the slower speed doesnt hamper me all that much.
Seriously, Medication carried me here.
Its best to not even kill the Bee, Mandragora spawns a new one almost immediately.
Just like the other bosses, it turns red. However, unlike Daemon and Chimera, Mandragora has no new attacks. It just gets faster. Just lower the amount of combos and heal more, and this is still a cakewalk with the proper setup.
Why thank you.
Oh, yeah, the Saber is big enough to catch the Bee and Mandragora in its swing. Sadly, although the different stalks of Mandragora move separately, they are not separate hitboxes.
Soon enough, it goes down. Honestly, easiest boss so far. Thanks, Medication.
: No, Im okay.
: I doubt anyone would want to come with flowers like that around.
: Anyway, monsters that big shouldnt be appearing in this world.
: Whats going on?
You two keep having this conversation, and it goes nowhere.
: I dont know, but I bet someone is behind all this.
: Right. Besides, someone did put all those devices inside the caves.
: So you think the Sechs are behind this?
: Im not sure. Kardia is near the Sechs border, but its still part of the Norad Kingdom. Even the Sechs Empire wouldnt dare cross the border without sufficient reason. Besides, a huge empire like that has no reason to invade a little town like ours.
Im sure the giant shady Empire in an RPG is definitely not going to march on the innocent town. That would be unheard of. Also Mist is suddenly an expert on geopolitics.
: So it would seem
: I guess well just have to wait and see if we can find out more information.
: Well, Im going to head back to town. Please watch yourself, Donnel.
: I will.
: Id better get back too. You should drop by my bathhouse for a dip sometime!
And with one final victory pose atop a dead flower, Clemens Cave is conquered. Well have a new destination next time.
Monster Names (Though Im probably not recruiting these, theyre not very good. Next cave has two I DEFINITELY want, though.)