Part 42: Villains and VehiclesUpdate 42: Villains and Vehicles
A little hailstorm isnt going to stop Donnels quest to conquer Danaan Cave. At least, not after he sleeps.
You might wonder why Im in Misty Bloom Cave again. Have I finally lost my mind? No, that happened back around Update 26.
Im here to grab two Water Crystals. Theres something in this cave that youll want either a strong non-elemental or water weapon for. Im going for the latter, the spear probably isnt gonna cut it.
First step is this dinky little thing.
But that turns into
The mighty (well, its okay) Sea Cutter! It has less raw attack and one less combo button than the Aerial Blade, but itll serve well for what I need it for.
Finally, I round out the kitchen with the last three items Ivan will be selling us. Farewell, old pal.
Ill show them off in a future update, for now, though, we have business in Danaan.
OmNom is here, and theres not much to say about it. Its a standard melee fighter.
Im going to skip the areas weve already explored and just get to the good stuff.
Actually I lied. Guess who forgot to refill the can?
Guess who had to run across the poison?
Guess who regrets their decisions?
One more watering/nap later, the Spinach is done!
Satisfied with our five plot offering, the gate disappears.
I do like the scenery in Danaan. Nowhere to go but up!
So, this is actually NOT Leafball. This little pain in the ass is PLANTCORE, and it will fuck you up. Its just Leafball with higher stats, but thats bad enough. Swordstorm is a menace.
Well, not from Donnel. But from anyone else.
Theres a fork at the north end here, Im going west first, because I felt like it.
Ol Tricky Mush is back! The trick is that hes still kind of a pushover, please, Tricky Mush, stop embarrassing yourself
Whoa. A new enemy model. This is the Tortoise. Not too much notable about it, its a little odd because its one of a kind, no recolors, and only shows up here.
It can do a little chomp or try and slide at you in its shell. I like this guy.
tricky mush please, not again, just leave
But were still missing one spawner...Im sure there couldnt be too much bullshit between us and it. Time to backtrack to the fork and take a right.
Its like they just figured out this whole Locked Door Puzzle idea thing in the final stretch.
His name was F Hunter? Little on the nose, buddy.
: (This sounds like its worth checking out!)
Luckily, this one isnt too painful. Its just a little scavenger hunt. Remember that cave at the very start of the dungeon?
This one? Clear away some of the top left corner here...and
The Hoe pulls through for us once again.
Well, thats access to the final part of the cave unlocked.
One nice thing about having crops in caves?
The runes respawn every day if you dont harvest the plants. So this is a good way to keep yourself sustained. The thing is that it takes so long youll usually just want to blitz through it, and you typically can. Rune Factory 1s core game mechanic is just too cumbersome to really work out.
Donnel, you dork.
Inside...hey...you again? Get outta here!
Aside from Mini-Golems unceremonious return, theres not really much here. Just some water, fields
But thats it. Now, to see what awaits us in the final room! Get that Water weapon ready.
...That seems like a train wreck waiting to happen.
: I dont know
Ill bet someone does. Havent seen another teleporter since Gigant!
Please, dont make me just have to keep calling you woman.
: Huh? Who are you?
...Im not transcribing that.
: Not that I expected peasants such as yourselves to comprehend In plain terms, Im a member of the Sechs Army, overseeing this region.
: But what interest does your army have in our peaceful town?!
: We are investigating a certain monster called the Grimoire, traditionally reported to inhabit this region.
: In that case, youre too late. I already defeated the Grimoire and sent it back to its original world.
You never bothered telling Sharron that!
: Dont be ridiculous. What you defeated was nothing more than a mere dragon. It would take no small lack of intelligence to confuse such a thing for the Grimoire. But I digress
<- but with pink hair and an eyepatch
: The true Grimoire can single-handedly destroy an entire nation. If a country were able to gain control over such a beast, no one on earth could oppose it!
: But even if a creature as incredible as that existed, what makes you think it would serve you?
: Obviously you dont know the first thing about the Grimoire.
: What do you mean by that?
Theyre really just knocking out all the plot threads in this conversation. Here comes another!
: To some, legends are merely old fables, but others know them for what they really are: keys to unlocking new truths! We searched this regions caves and we used shifts to randomly summon monsters in a sweep for the Grimoire.
: Shifts? Is that what those devices in the caves are called? So youre the ones that put them there!
: Yes. The shifts represent the culmination of the Sechs Empires advanced scientific might!
: So youre summoning innocent monsters into our world just so you can find the Grimoire?
: Youre a smart peasant.
: Thats not right!
Quick, Mist, try to give her a shitty farm!
: What do you plan to do if you find the Grimoire?
: Need you even ask? What fool wouldnt want its amazing powers?
: Ill never let you do that!
: Oh? If you dont mind me asking, how do you plan to stop us?
: Ill fight if I have to!
You are literally the only soldier we have seen so far in the game, Lynette.
: You never know until you try!
I thought you wanted to command its powers?
The screen rumbles
Well then! Fuck.
: So this is what theyve been up to Mist, youd better stand back.
Well its time for Donnel to 1v1 a freaking tank, Boss #7 got metal in a hurry. The Sechs Battle Tank has 2000 HP, like Golem, but a high defense makes it hard to chew through. Plus, any element that isnt water is HIGHLY resisted. My Aerial Blade did 7 damage a swipe.
The Tank is confined to moving on the tracks, so you can predict it a bit.
The first attack it has is to use the turret to fire an Aqua Laser. It traces Donnel for a few seconds, then shoots. The key here is to be constantly circling the tank to keep yourself out of its eventual blast. When it starts firing, its stuck in the animation for a while, so you have a chance to pull out a combo.
Try not to get into a corner, or you might have to double back, and thats when it loves to zap you.
After firing it a few times, the tank will retreat into one of the caves on the edge of the arena, and, after a few seconds, pop out a different one, like a Scooby Doo chase scene.
The second attack the Battle Tank uses is a burst of flame from the small guns on the sides, forming an X shape. The safe spots here are in front of or behind the Tank.
But, if you can sneak between the fireballs, you can get a couple sly hits in. After a little circling around and fireball blasting, itll retreat and come out again. Each time it does this, it picks one attack to use. So if it fires a laser immediately after leaving the cave, its lasers until it goes back in. If its fireballs? Get ready for fire until the Scooby Doo Shuffle happens again.
Cure is a great tool for this fight. And the whole game, really.
Oh, the Tank can also run you over if you stand in front of it. Youll take damage and be toppled. However, being behind it, even if it backs into you, has no effect.
The Battle Tanks Turning Red is a little different. It sheds its turret
AND REPLACES IT WITH A FUCKOFF HYPER BEAM. That is an obscene amount of damage. You still dodge it in the same way, though. In this phase, Id highly recommend only attacking the tank after youve dodged a laser, because unnecessary damage can be gross when it gets this high.
A better look at the Sechs Plasma Gun.
Oh, also the fireballs are upgraded in this phase, eliminating the handy middle spot. Really have to use that opening with the laser now.
So, play it safe, keep in mind its predictable, and the Battle Tank will eventually go up in smoke.
: You know, Mist. You could at least pretend to think I won because of my skill
: Oh, right! Youre so strong, Donnel! No, I mean it!
Enough banter, lets bring in the pirate here.
: I would appreciate it if you would head back to your country.
: Its not over yet. I wont forget this insolent act!
She keeps doing that.
: Youre not going to chase her?
: Even a blade imbued with Retornen magic can harm humans, right?
: Yes. Against a human, it act as a normal sword. If cut, people will bleed. It can even take a persons life.
: In that case, I must not fight. Not even against a soldier.
...She never said that was an unmanned Battle Tank, Donnel. I think your hands might be stained today.
: Im...Im so happy to have met you
: Id better be getting back. See you back in town
: Okay, Mist.
Only one Pass remains...
Names! Names would be cool for any of: