Chapter 26: Chapter 25: First Boss Monster Hunting, Part IV
I raised my greatsword over my head to block the attack.
The two swords collided in the air with a giant crash.
I managed to perfectly block the attack and didn’t take any damage, but the force of the attack pushed me back two paces.
This definitely was a boss. The boss was probably stronger than all of the other dungeon’s monsters combined, the elite monsters included.
“Grrr. You managed to block my attack! Grrr. It’s been a while since I’ve fought someone as strong as you.!”
“I could say the same to you. Rahh!”
I didn’t have any skills pertaining to greatswords, so it wasn’t going to matter how I used it.
However, I had a year’s experience in hapkido and kendo. The training might be a lot different from using a greatsword, but it was going to be enough!
My physical stats were all over 1200, and the synergy of my stats was more than compensating for the lack of skills.
I swung my sword at the Legendary Red Orc Champion’s midline, but the boss deftly blocked it with his sword’s backend. He followed up with a counterattack again aimed at my head.
I moved my sword back up above my head to block the attack in the same fashion as before.
The orc was over three meters tall and mainly swung down to attack me. He was as strong as he was big, and every attack I blocked shook me to the core.
I no longer got pushed back like before, but the greatsword was beginning to take the brunt of the force. We attacked and blocked a few more times, but neither of us managed to damage the other.
Normally, there would be at least a total of four players in this battle, like the message before stated. There would be someone like me tanking the attacks, and two damage dealers attacking the boss. The remaining party member would be focused on healing the tanker or providing buffs to the entire party.
The raid videos I had watched showed the same tactics, and generally, that was the norm. Trying to fight the boss on my own was indeed tough!
Right now, I was performing perfect blocks, so I wasn’t taking any damage so far.
The boss was much bigger, but I felt that there wasn’t that much of a strength difference between us. I was definitely more agile, and was managing to counterattack right away after every block.
I was managing to perfectly tank the Legendary Champion’s attacks, and also deal some damage every time I could, but it wasn’t enough.
I was doing well, for a tanker. But I didn’t have anyone else to deal more damage to the boss and I knew that if this fight continued like this, it was going to last hours.
“Tsk. Do I have no other choice?”
The fight must have gone on for about ten minutes by now.
If I focused on tanking, I wouldn’t take any damage but I wouldn’t be able to kill the boss like this.
If this I were in a four-man party, things would be different, but I was alone and couldn’t ask anyone for help.
“Looks like I can only attack.”
The only way I was going to beat the boss in solo play was inflicting as much damage as I could.
It was obvious that the only outcome from just tanking the boss’s attacks was a race to see who was going to fall first from over-fatigue.
“Whew…is this going to be a messy dogfight? Fine! I knew it wasn’t going to be easy the second I decided to solo a boss. I’ll fight even if you knock out all of my teeth. I’ll beat you down with just my stats!
“Grr. DIE! Grr!”
I switched my fighting style from defending to attacking. I trusted my defense and health points.
I didn’t block the oncoming attack aimed at my side and dodged, but couldn’t completely evade the long reach of the giant blade.
I felt more pain than any that I had felt in the dungeon.
I felt that the blade had sliced kind of deep, but I didn’t flinch and rushed in close to the boss.
I stabbed my greatsword into the orc’s right calf.
“Grrrrrr!” The Red Orc snarled at the pain!
“I’m not done yet!”
I pulled the blade out from its calf and repeatedly stabbed there.
Was it thanks to the agility that I had raised by 300 points?
The greatsword decreased my attack speed by 25%, but my attacks felt faster than when I was using my bare fists before.
I focused on a single area between his calf and thigh.
After about six attacks, the Red Orc turned and punched my chest with his left fist.
I focused on one side of the orc because I didn’t want to orc to use his giant sword he was holding in his right hand. The blade inflicted the most damage.
But I didn’t think he was going to punch me with his left hand like that!
I rolled backwards three times from the force of the attack with a cough and splutter, but got back up right away. I briefly checked the status of my health and fatigue.
[HP : 557,600/622,500
Fatigue : 11]
“Phew. This thing really is a boss.”
I had easily wiped the floor with the monsters in the first two floors and the elite monsters in the room before.
With my overwhelming strength in comparison, I was able to just attack with no regards for my health. But this guy’s strength was pretty damn close to mine!
Still, my agility was way higher and I managed to connect more hits than he did.
“I can see now why a boss of a low-grade dungeon needed at least four-man party!”
But I knew I had no choice but to keep attacking. I held my greatsword in front of me and rushed back in.
The orc had grown enraged at my attacks and rushed at me with steaming breath billowing out his nose.
I dodged the attacks I could evade, took the hits that I couldn’t, and countered.
The boss was much slower than me and managed to get off three attacks. I managed to evade one, and another one I couldn’t completely dodge but managed to roll with the attack to lessen the damage. I couldn’t dodge the orc’s last attack and took it full brunt.
In return, for every one of the orc’s attack, I put in two or three hits. I knew that this was the only way to solo this boss.
Slash! Guh! Grrrrr!
The dogfight went on for another ten minutes.
The orc swung his giant sword in an overhead arc, and I raised my lower left arm to block it.
Had my defense and vitality been lower than the orc’s ATT, the attack would have crushed my left arm and me, but my left arm held the attack. But I still took significant damage.
I heard my bone grinding against the giant blade and blood began pouring from the wound. The pain was tremendous.
I had to return the favor. I ignored the blood pouring out and lifted my greatsword with my right hand, stabbing at the orc’s now-defenseless body!