Chapter 24: Chapter 23: First Boss Monster Hunting, Part I
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===RED and Hunter W
Chapter 23: First Boss Monster Hunting, Part I
[Orc Champion’s Armor (Rank 2)
Armor worn by an orc champion. It was made with crude craftsmanship, but seems to provide sufficient defense.
Decrease movement speed by 7%
Increase chance to avoid critical hits by 35%
Increase VIT by 20
Durability : 49/200
Increase DEF by 200, increase MDEF by 9]
[Orc Champion’s Unexpectedly Strong Greatsword (Rank 3)
Greatsword wielded by an orc champion. Crafted by orc craftsmen and forged with the majority of the orcs’ steel. Although crafted with poor-grade steels and shoddy craftsmanship, the weapon itself came out better than expected.
Attack speed decrease by 25%
Penetration increase by 47
Critical change increase by 1.7%, critical damage increase by 112%
STR increase by 40
Requirements: minimum of 400 STR to equip
Durability : 317/750
Damage : Increase by 45]
“Wow. I was expecting a Rank 2 at the most, but I got a Rank 3, too!”
Item Ranks went up to 10. The higher the Rank, the better the item, making Rank 10 items the best items. In my past life, Rank 10 items were so rare, only a few ever existed.
The same went for Rank 8 and Rank 9 items. Rank 7 items were the highest anyone could ever expect to reasonably find.
Rank 3 items, like the one I just found, were used by devas around levels 200-300 and were in no way insufficient.
If you couldn’t find Rank 4 items, you had to keep using Rank 3 items. Because they were found by devas quite often, Rank three items were sold and bought at fairly decent prices consistently.
Furthermore, the more Rank 3 items you had in your possession, the more you could be recognized as a decent player. Rank 3 items could be dismantled and turned into a special kind of Dust.
Rank 3 weapons yielded 20-30 Rank 3 Dust, armor yielded 10-20, and accessories yielded 30-40. You could then use the Dust in crafting. The Dust increased the chance of creating Rank 4 items.
No matter how useless a Rank 3 item seemed, it could always be sold!
“To think that I just got a Rank 3 item from the lowest leveled Bukhan dungeon. And I got it from an elite monster. I haven’t even see the boss yet!”
Even better, this Rank 3 weapon boasted a pretty decent ability. Heck, that Penetration ability alone would have made it good enough for a Rank 3 deva!
“It increases penetration by a whopping 47 points. This rank-3 item could be like Rank 4 or 5.”
Penetration was an ability you did not need when facing normal monsters or low-level devas.
When facing those opponents, they would be weak enough that they would receive all damage inflicted. But when you were facing opponents with high defense and high physical resistance, penetration became important in winning the fight.
When you looked at a weapon, you need to look at its three most important stats.
First, its critical chance and critical damage. Second, its damage. Third, its Penetration level. You needed those three things to decide how good a weapon was.
The orc champion greatsword I just got had a crit chance and damage that was kind of low for a Rank 3, but its other stats made up for it.
The level 47 Penetration it had was going to make a huge difference in the upcoming boss fight.
“It’s a shame it’s not a spear, but I don’t have the time and freedom to complain about that. And I shouldn’t forget to take everything else.”
I picked up the additional 75 golden rings the champion dropped and went around picking up the golden rings that the elite orcs had dropped. Being elite orcs, they dropped about 10-20 golden rings each.
I went back to the entrance of the third floor to pick up the orc soldier’s sword that I had dropped earlier. I then confidently made my way across the elite monster room towards the safe room!
First Boss Monster Hunting, Part II
As I left the elite monster room and entered the safe room, I heard an alarm go off.
[You have arrived a safe room. Your health and mana will restore at double the normal rate, and your fatigue level will decrease at double the normal rate.]
“Whoa. So this is what the safe room looks like.”
Finally coming into the safe room this first time, I noticed that it was about the same size as the elite monster room.
There was enough room for about two hundred people to comfortably rest up here.
On one side, there was a pool of water so clean that one could mistake it for the fountain of youth. I scooped up some water with my hand and had a drink to quench my thirst.
In my past life, I had seen plenty of videos of boss raids and of parties resting and planning before their raids here in the safe room.
It definitely felt different from just watching the videos and actually being here. In the middle of the room, there were a group of precious stones on the floor that I had always been curious about, and I moved towards them.
“So these are the teleport stones that will send you back to the surface after killing the boss.”
The low-grade Bukhan Mountain dungeon had three floors, each of its first two floors was big enough to hold two thousand hunting devas.
It took me an hour and half to two hours to traverse the first and second floors, even though I took the most direct route and ran all the way. If I took my time hunting or just walked all the way here, it would have taken me hours or the entire day.
Low-grade dungeons usually took that long, but mid-grade and high-grade boss raids could take anywhere from a couple days to a few weeks, and sometimes even a whole month!
These bosses weren’t going to die in one hit like the other monsters, and you had to fight monsters of similar levels strategically in order to save your strength before the boss fight. After a boss fight, you most likely would have already expended most of your energy and retracing your steps back to the entrance was going to be even more tiring.
To make up for these cases, there were safe rooms before all boss rooms, and in those safe rooms were teleport stones. After a successful boss fight, these stones would light up in flames and for three hours, anyone in the safe room could teleport back to the dungeon’s entrance.
Of course, I had never used them myself. Everything I knew came from the videos I had watched.
I approached a large rock and promptly plopped down on it. I put on the orc champion’s armor that I was carrying in my arms.
A message appeared as I finished putting on the armor: [You have equipped Orc Champion’s Armor (rank 2). Do you wish to toggle on the armor’s outer appearance?]
“No.” I had no intention of letting this ugly piece of armor be seen by other people.
The armor covering my body slowly faded away.
I laid the orc soldier’s sword down next to me and picked up the Rank 3 greatsword in my hands, gripping the handle tight.
[You have equipped Orc Champion’s Unexpectedly Strong Greatsword (rank 3) as your primary weapon.]
You could decide whether or not armors and accessories were visible to others, but not with weapons. Weapons were set to be consistently visible.
“Stat menu and equipment menu open!”
[Name: Lee Jiwon
Level: 15 Death count: 0
Title: Earth’s First Deva
HP: 622,500/622,500 MP: 122,500/122,500
Strength: 1,265 Agility: 1,225 Vitality: 1,225
Willpower: 1,225 Intelligence: 1,225
Residual Stat points: 300
Special Effects: Luck Boost (X+ 1), immune from all status effects, Dungeon Seeker 1 point
Physical attack: 4,245 Physical Defense: 1,345
Magical attack: 3,675 Magical Defense: 1,234]
Weapon: Orc Champion’s Unexpectedly Strong Greatsword (rank 3)
Armor: Orc Champion’s Armor (rank 2)
By the time I finished checking this and that, my health was completely restored and my fatigue had gone down from 13 to 4.
“Nice. This is perfect!”
A smile grew at the corners of my mouth at the sight of my stat and equipment menu, and I just couldn’t hold in my glee at that point!