Chapter 164: The Woods’ Son
Translator: Atlas Studios Editor: Atlas Studios
The team cooperated well. The three cannon fodder lured the attention of the Piranha Plant, and they were soon able to estimate the damage points they would suffer in the midst of their battle. This did impress Lin Jie.
Meanwhile, Star Kill kept losing to Lin Jie—his expression would turn more serious each time he lost. Seeing that he was about to face the Boss soon, Star Kill finally accumulated enough power and exploded all at once! Just like how he used to act suave normally, he swiveled his dagger around while dealing out his combo attacks. When his combo attacks reached 35, he swirled his dagger around his fingertips, and damage figures floated up into the air.
Combo Attack 40!
Star Kill killed the Piranha Plant in one go, and with the remaining prowess from his Combo attacks, he continued attacking the second monster—his combo counts were still on! Seeing this, he brightened up as he continued dealing out the consecutive strikes. As it reached 49, the repulsion force from his attacks became stronger, and out of no choice, he had to stop his consecutive strikes.
“Not bad,” praised Lin Jie. Star Kill indeed had improved much all this while.
Star Kill frowned. “But I still can’t get past 50.”
Lin Jie grinned, patted his shoulders and commented, “Observe my movements.”
After killing the last wave of the Piranha Plants, the first Boss finally appeared on an empty spot in The Light Woods: the Giant Piranha Plant Boss!
[Giant Piranha Plant]: Level 15 Overlord, Health Points: 35,000
Hunter’s Forward Charge!
Lin Jie proceeded forward with both swords in his hands. He leaped into the air and slashed both Broken Blade and Dark Slaughter Longsword onto the Piranha Plant’s petals.
The Piranha Plant rolled out its scary tongue. Lin Jie’s expression turned grim, and jumped up into the air the moment before its tongue touched him, aiming his swords at the middle of the Piranha Plant’s pistils! The Piranha Plant swung its leaves towards Lin Jie but was blocked off by him. With the counterforce of the Piranha Plant’s attacks, Broken Blade made a circle in the air and swung back, stabbing straight into the flower’s body!
Star Kill started twirling his daggers in his hands while he observed Lin Jie’s actions in awe.
Lin Jie stepped hard on the Piranha Plant. Using the counterforce from the Piranha Plant’s attack, he dealt out yet another blow! No matter at what moment, his swords never left the Piranha Plant’s body!
“Oh… I understand now!” Star Kill’s eyes brightened, and he raced up to the Piranha Plant Boss. Stepping onto its vines, he made a backflip and landed on the Piranha Plant’s body. His daggers slit across its body and caused 80 plus points damage. Following that, the attack speed of a Bandit was fully displayed as the Piranha Plant’s body was being repeatedly slashed apart!
Combo Attack 40! Combo Attack 41…
When the number of consecutive strikes reached 49, he felt a repulsion force rising up from his palms again. At this moment, the vines from the Piranha Plant slapped down against him. Star Kill’s eyes brightened and kicked on the vines with his right foot. A great force surged up from his foot, and his right hand closed up to the Piranha Plant’s body!
Combo Attack 50!
“Hahaha! This is just the logic of leveraging on the enemy’s strength to deal out blows! I understand now!” Star Kill laughed happily as he slit the Piranha Plant’s head apart with his dagger, his consecutive strike counts increasing rapidly. When the counts reached 59, he finally exploded!
Star Kill experimented with the skills he learned eagerly, and shocking damage figures sprang out from his attacks! Meanwhile, Lin Jie rolled onto the ground, and the Piranha Plant immediately bit down on him. However, its mouth clamped down on the blazing Broken Blade with Flame Boost instead!
Flipping Broken Blade around, Lin Jie activated Army Obliteration!
Three high damage figures sprang out. Meanwhile, Star Kill’s dagger did not stop for any moment, and he dealt out blow after blow.
“Die!” shouted Star Kill as he slashed both his daggers down on the Piranha Plant. The Piranha Plant’s gigantic head dropped down with a great thud!
—’Your team has killed the Boss Giant Piranha Plant, you received 400,000 EXP and 30 points of Guild of Light reputation.’
Star Kill looked down at his hands and whistled loudly. He had finally done it! He had been stuck at Combo Attack 40 for several months, yet he managed to overcome two hurdles altogether today—this was definitely a cause for celebration, hahaha!
Lin Jie nodded and grinned. He could not teach Star Kill much—after all, Bandits and Warriors had totally different training methods. The only common skill they shared would be the ‘leveraging on the enemy’s strength’ tactic.
However, this was definitely not enough for Star Kill! The Star Kill he knew in his previous life could kill the legendary MT Inksnow instantly with a set of Combo Attack 300!
The Piranha Plant Boss spawned three bottles of Piranha Plant juice, a Gold Grass ring which had +10 Strength, +10 Agility, and an additional skill which could help to restore 150 health points. This was quite a good haul.
“Brothers, you can divide this load among yourselves. For the rest of the dungeon, we won’t require your help, thanks a lot!” said Lin Jie as he passed the ring to them.
Duck Hero bowed to him respectfully and said, “Thank you, Brother Wolf, you have taught me a lot too. I won’t take this ring, but I just hope that one day you can accept me as part of your team when I am capable enough.”
Lin Jie was stunned momentarily, but he reacted soon and returned a huge grin. “Sure!”
“Thanks!” Duck Hero bowed again and left.
Black the Second bowed too and left. Surprisingly, it was Magenta Thunder who equipped the ring after mulling over it for a long time. She then asked, “Can I follow your team to collect EXP?”
“No,” replied Lin Jie.
“Okay, then.” Magenta Thunder left the dungeon and disappeared.
Lin Jie and Star Kill proceeded on. The monsters spawning in the latter half of the map were the Woods’ Guardians—this was a type of creature which had a human’s body for its upper torso and an Elk’s body for its lower parts, and it could utilize the skill Powers of Nature.
[Woods’ Guardian]: Level 15 Elite, Health Points: 9,000
There were five Woods’ Guardians per wave refreshed, and they could use two skills, [Silence] and [Spot Fire]. The Silence skill could interrupt all kinds of spells, including healing processes, while Spot Fire could permanently cause 200 damage points. During the beginning of the battle, Woods’ Guardians would utilize the Spot Fire skills and cause a total of 1,000 damage points. This could easily result in the MT’s lack of health points, and thus death in the subsequent fights.
“I will be in charge of holding out their attacks, while you concentrate on dealing blows to them. We will carry on in this manner,” said Lin Jie.
Woods’ Guardians were magical creatures, and their only strong skill was Spot Fire. However, it was almost useless against him who had up to 2,000 plus health points. After a round of Spot Fire attacks, his health bar just decreased around 40%, and afterward, it was their turn to start their attacks. The Woods’ Guardians were soon all transformed to EXP points for them, but the EXP points gained from killing these Level 15 monsters were almost negligent to the Level 20 Lin Jie.
When they faced the third wave of the Woods’ Guardians, Lin Jie’s health bar was almost emptied. He activated Death Rage, and their efficiency doubled. In just half an hour’s time, they managed to get to the final Boss.
[The Woods’ Son Yawy]: Level 15 Overlord, Health Points: 110,000
The Boss was twice the size of the Woods’ Guardian, and it had two skills: 1. Summon two to five Woods’ Guardians to fight for it; 2. Buff the Woods’ Guardians and increase their Stats, and this could be done infinitely.
Upon Lin Jie’s order, Star Kill crept up to the Boss’ back with Dark Shadow Steps. Swirling his daggers in his hands, he dealt out consecutive strikes. When the Boss turned and tried to attack him, Lin Jie stabbed into his stomach and lured its aggro to himself.
Star Kill continued flipping his daggers in his hands, and dealt out a Combo Attack 50, causing 3,000 plus damage!
The Boss spread out its arms and the Powers of Nature surged through its body. It summoned five Woods’ Guardians and buffed them, increasing their Stats by 50%.
“Switch fire!” shouted Lin Jie as he turned to attack the Woods’ Guardians. In just three minutes, he finished off all of them and turned back to attack the Boss.
The Boss would use its skills every five minutes. This meant that if a team could not get rid of the smaller monsters within this short interval, the monsters would accumulate until the players were killed by the mass. However, as long as the players could get rid of the small monsters fast enough, it would be easy to attack the Boss.
“My dear leader, I might need to go offline anytime,” said Star Kill weakly with a smile as he glanced at the time, “My dad’s coming back soon, I will have to go prepare dinner.”
Lin Jie nodded and chuckled. “Well, you are quite filial, aren’t you?”
“Hehe, actually I wasn’t like this previously,” replied Star Kill, “I helped to man other people’s turfs since secondary school days. In fact, I was just a hooligan back then. My dad had single-handedly raised me up, and I had once regarded him as a pain in the ass.”
“Well, at least you have changed for the better now,” Lin Jie activated Army Obliteration and commented.
“It was because when I was involved in a fight back then, some bastard had tried to smash me with a broken wine bottle. My dad had helped me block off the attack with his own body…” Star Kill inhaled deeply, and it was a while later when he commented in a serious tone, “Leader, I had thought about it, and I felt I can make a name for myself under your guidance. I hope I haven’t made a mistake about you.”
Lin Jie nodded gravely. “Of course, I will try my best.”
The Boss got enraged when its health bar decreased to less than 20%. With a wave of its hands, it summoned 20 plus Woods’ Guardians!
Star Kill asked, “Should we switch fire?”
“No, we attack the Boss straight on and do away with it!” shouted Lin Jie. It would be impossible to kill all of the 20 plus Woods’ Guardians because as long as one was killed, another one would be respawned. With the superimposition of the Boss’ quick buffs, all the Woods’ Guardians would grow to become miniature Bosses soon.
“Sure!” cried Star Kill as he changed positions and rushed towards the Boss’ gigantic body. He stepped onto the Boss’s head, slit its flesh with both his daggers and blood spew out!
Lin Jie’s eyes turned black, and blood-red sparks flickered at Broken Blade’s tip.
Blood Soul Multi-Slash!
With a loud crack, the Boss’ head was cleaved off!