Chapter 28: Chapter 27: First Boss Monster Hunting, Part VI
Foreword: This is RED, and I’m calling shenanigans on some of you who are complaining about his fight and his weapon, because you ain’t done the math.
We don’t know the effect of AGI on attack speed or dodge percentage. Likely, it’s just reflected in his melee defense… that’s it! And since he’s still getting hit, obviously it isn’t high enough!
We know 10 Str =+1 damage. So, his 1200 Str is +120 damage.
Equipping that Greatsword gave him +100 damage. That’s equal to +1000 more Strength. PLUS…it has higher crit chance, crit damage, and armor penetration, which his normal attacks wouldn’t have.
So, basic math: x dmg, + 120, at 100% speed; or x damage, +220, +Armor Penetration, crit stuff, at 75% speed (or, net +165 dmg + kickers).
Doing the math, which weapon would YOU bring to a fight? Righto. The only thing which would skew it is just how high the base damage is. Which, we don’t know…but a Greatsword has to be higher than a fist, right?
Now, the boss. No, we don’t know the Health of the Boss, other then it’s a boss, and health is ridiculous in this game. BUT… we do know it has armor, and regenerates, and normally takes four people to kill.
How many people with greatswords is our MC equal to?
Two. Yes, that’s it. Two. Because the greatsword is +100 damage, and half his damage all by itself! His monster stats…are just like adding another greatsword, maybe.
So he’s one man, attacking like two people, on a four man boss. He’s being carried by high attack skill and more Vit then is proper at his level, and melee def and VIT high enough to mitigate some damage.
Special Note: The reason he’s not using a spear or halberd is because he hasn’t encountered one yet, and for some reason, spears are Rank 4 weapons, and Greatswords, pretty much the last of the swords to be invented, are rank 2… So they aren’t going to drop easily.
Yeah, we’re looking for him to start using a spear, too.
Just be aware that having 1000 AGI doesn’t necessarily make him 100x faster and harder to hit then a normal person. Pretty sure as far as fighting goes, all it does is buff Melee Defense and some attack speed… and those are right there on his Stat Menu!
On with our story, as our MC scrabbles for his japtem…
Just as there was a difference in colors between item Ranks, there was also a difference in the value of the ranks. For example, while there wasn’t much of a gap in value between Rank 1, 2 and 3 items, the gap between the values of Rank 3 and 4 items was much larger. The same went for values between Rank 4 – 5, and Rank 6 – 7.
That was why finding an item of at least Rank 4 was pretty encouraging and lucky.
The belt shining with blue light meant that it had a Rank of 4-6.
“I don’t expect a Rank 6. I’ll be more than satisfied with a Rank 5. It’s an accessory at that. They’re the most expensive, and hardest to find of all equipment types.”
I bent down and picked up the shining blue belt.
[Red Orc Tribe’s Ruby Encrusted Belt (Rank 6)
The red orc tribe’s most valued gemstone is the red ruby. The Red Orc tribe believes that they are born from rubies and that they return to the rubies upon death. The nobler and stronger members of the tribe have their master craftsmen select the rubies of the highest quality for their use.
A master craftsman of the Red Orc tribe has crafted this belt with the utmost care.
Attack speed increase by 5%
STR increase by 200
VIT increase by 200
Accuracy increase by 3.7%
Critical chance increase by 2.4%, critical damage increase by 80%
Fire magic resistance increase by 12%
Regenerate Health increased by 50 points
MDEF increase by 150]
This was the first blue item that I found since my return, and I didn’t expect to get a Rank 6 at all. A Rank 5 would have been just as awesome.
Besides, this was a low-grade dungeon. Who would have expected a Rank 6? I stood there, mouth wide open, as I read the Rank 6 tag next to the belt’s name.
In my past life, I did get to use a Rank 6 item, even though it was only a piece of armor.
I never got to use, let alone see, Rank 4 or 5 blue accessories. Out of all types of equipment, accessories were the rarest, which made them the most expensive.
A small, common accessory would be much more expensive than a weapon of the same rank.
In my case, when I was trying to find a piece of equipment to raise my fire magic, I had no choice but to choose a weapon over an accessory.
“Should…there be so many abilities on the belt?”
The belt was practically filled to the brim with different abilities.
“The STR and VIT boosts aside, the accuracy and the critical rate are higher than that of my greatsword. A belt is stronger than a greatsword! It even increases my critical damage by 80%!”
The boss I had just fought had a tremendous amount of health, and had a passive ability that slowly regenerated his health when he took damage.
Having high critical rate and critical damage were going to be vital in fighting bosses. Normal physical damage wasn’t going to be enough.
It wasn’t just against bosses; they were also required when fighting other devas and deities. You needed accuracy, critical rate, critical damage and Penetration, and the higher they were, the better!
“I’ve seen a few useful belts that increased quite a few stats, but I’ve never seen a Rank 6 belt stronger than this one.”
Needless to say, I’d never seen a belt of a lower Rank with similar stats.
As I was admiring my new Rank 6 belt, a message alert came on.
[You have just defeated the boss of the 47th low-grade dungeon.
As a reward, you will be presented with 4 random chests to choose from.
These random chests have the chance to yield golden rings, rare items, or nothing at all.]
As the Bukhan Mountain dungeon needed a four-man team to challenge the boss, four random chests appeared. If there were eight members in all, then there would be eight chests.
“Oh! This must be it!”
These random chests had a pretty bad reputation.
The random chests had a chance to have nothing in them at all, or have Rank 8-10 items or other similarly rare treasures.
It was because of these random chests that large guilds did whatever they could to monopolize dungeons and boss raids.
They sought out all low, mid and high-grade dungeons. But mostly, they wanted low-grade dungeons.
When you beat the boss from any dungeon, the random chests you got afterwards were the same as the ones that appeared in any other dungeon.
Beating a boss of a high-grade dungeon didn’t mean you got better items from the random chests or that the chests had a higher chance. They were all the same everywhere.
“I already got what’s probably the best Rank 6 belt out there, so would expecting another miracle from a random chest be greedy? No! I’m supposed to be luckiest guy on Earth! No one is going to have better luck than me!”
I looked down at the belt.
“I probably only got this belt because my luck is unmatched.”
I walked over to the four random chests that had appeared in the boss room and stood in front of the leftmost chest.
“Phew. The belt itself is more than enough. Anything more at this point is just going to add on to it. I don’t have to agonize over this. I’m going to just open them all one by one!”
I had never opened a random chest in the past! That was obvious enough since I never even participated in a boss raid. Was that why I was more nervous than when I was fighting the boss?
When I opened the leftmost chest with a click, I was surprised.
“There’s nothing in here.” There was nothing inside the chest. Not even a single golden ring!
I sighed. ” That’s ok. I still have three more left to open. Other parties would get only one chest per person, since they would have to fill up spots, but I get three!”
I opened the second and the third chests.
“Huh… did I use up all of my luck already?”
There was nothing in those two chests, either.
“Did I really just get three empty chests in a row?”
Golden rings had the highest chance to appear in random chests. Chests with golden rings appeared more often than duds.
If I had gotten three golden ring chests in a row, I might have gotten pissed off, but getting three duds in a row didn’t make me remotely angry. I was more dumbfounded.
I turned to look at the final chest.
“There’s no way this one is a dud too, right?”
I nervously opened the remaining random chest.
As soon as I opened it, a different sound boomed out!
I left the boss room after checking what was in the final chest, and came out to the safe room.
“That was fun!”
The day was tough, but this recent short time as a deva was far more exhilarating than the previous eight years I spent as a deva.
No one could imagine anyone who would solo a dungeon boss of the same level. I mean, if that person was a seriously higher level, it was a different story…
“Looks like I’m healing nicely.”
The nearly unprotected arm I used to block the Red Orc’s giant blade was healing very nicely. There was almost no visible mark remaining.
There was nothing I could do about the giant blood stains on me, though.
“Vitality really is necessary for fighters…”
There was so much more in investing points into strength, vitality and agility.
A high vitality meant I was fatigued more slowly, and resting worked faster. It also made my body more durable. A more durable body meant injuries and negative status effects won’t do as much damage. Of course, I was already immune to all negative status effects…