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Triumph Amidst Lag
So after a few days of dealing with reality issues (flooded basement + carpeted apartment = bad news), I decided to dedicate today to Snarbolax runs. According to my inventory, I needed to kill the Snarbolax 3 more times in order to get enough Frumious Fang tokens to complete my equipment set.

Well... make that 2. Possibly 1 if I have enough energy later.

At around depth 3, something peculiar started happening: my laptop began lagging. Normally this doesn't happen, as I'm fairly close to the wireless hub in our house, so this lag coming out of nowhere struck me as odd.

It also caused me to take damage more times than I was used to, but I was still able to handle things.

Now here's where it gets weird: the lag persisted all the way up to depth 7. The Snarbolax fight. It was almost as if the game decided, "Okay, we're not gonna screw with you at this point. Boss fight. We'll get rid of the lag for you."

As for the actual fight, it was another oddity. Half the time, instead of coming after me for a bite combo, the Snarbolax would instead dive back into the ground for a spike trail 2 times. I still defeated him, but it was just a strange deviation from pattern. Has that ever happened to anyone?

Also, speaking of, collision detection and stun-bell area really needs to be improved. Twice, the Snarbolax was right next to the damn thing when I set it off, and it didn't even get stunned.

On the bright side, finally bought the last Vaporizer recipe that I needed. That pretty much completes the set. I also leveled up my weapons and helmet to 10, so you know what that means...

EQUIPMENT SWITCH!
18th Aug '11 2:38:55 PM flag for mods
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Hi! Thought I'd give ya some tips in a permanent place. :). Okay, for weapons, go with something that does Normal damage, Striker, Calibur, or Troika weapon paths are all three good, depending on whether you want a fast but weak, upgraded proto-sword with a really good charge, or a big honking stick.

As I told you in-game, go with status effects for bombs and guns. The best status is Freeze, since it basically nullifies most enemies for several seconds. So a Cryotech Alchemer and its upgrades, as well as the Freezing Vaporizer Bomb and upgrades are both good.

For shields, You'll want either an Owlite, or Plate shield line. Owlite is more common, and gives you Elemental damage resist, which is really nice, while the Plate has a ton of health, so it'll be better against Shadow and Piercing attacks than the Owlite.

For armor, you want the following resists in order of importance: Normal,Elemental,Shadow,and Piercing a distant last. Almost everything does at least some normal damage, Elemental is by FAR the most common damage type you'll find (At T3 basically everything does elemental), Shadow is used by some of the nastiest enemies, so it's always nice, but piercing is worthless. It's only used by Slimes and Beasts, which are both REALLY easy to dodge or shield, making poison resist on your armor pointless. You might also consider any of the damage boosting armors, particularly the Wolver line, leading to Vog Cub, which is incredible popular, but will hurt your defense before Tier 3.

P.S., The only gear worth getting from the Snarbolax is the sword. It's probably the best Piercing damage sword in the game. The Shield isn't tough enough for the deeper T2 levels, and the bomb is just crap.
WapoleLanguray 18th Aug 11
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