Wow, I got back and got sucked right into the triple quests. And totally forgot to keep reviewing.
Part 79: Complicated Tasks Pt 6! This is one of my favorite quests. Backwards stuff is so fun. Thank you for observing tradition. Good choice. Dwarf or Human priests are good choice. The not unlocked race is a great substitute for humans. Hmm... I'm not so sure that Magnet: Fireball wasn't smarter. You are choosing to bank on luck. Unless your locker items let you get off the ground, you should generally prep Magnet: Fireball. Use your shop scroll immediately. Nicely done! B2P is actually incredible for your character and this scenario. You have boosted health so you get more out of it, and it will make the magic immune boss much easier (if you choose to tackle him first). There is no reason to pick up B2P unless you have another glyph. PACTMAKER! If you score an early body pact here it would be huge. Unless you are taking consensus, you should basically only take Scholar's Pact. You have to use Consensus FIRST. You can only take consensus before a pact. Wow, you have been incredibly lucky so far... Nicely done. That was good usage of B2P. ENDISWAL scores you that extra piety. At the very least you can one off it. Just PLEASE don't over ENDISWAL. Don't be suicidal. Good job checking for the one tile you need. If you have to choose between B2Ping or regenerating less that 3 tiles, always choose regenerating, because B2P costs 3 tiles. Good buy. You are set up to crush this out of the park. The whole point of ENDISWALing when you have excess is racking up previous unaccesable tiles for LATER. You aren't going to find a mosnter in the wall, so save them for when you only need resists. You could have beaten that level 4 goo a long time ago. He poisons you, so don't. HALPMEH?! Wow, this just gets better and better. Next thing you know you'll have found Dracul. NO! YOU HAVE SO MUCH HEALTH! YOU COULD BE SPIKING 2-3 LEVEL HIGHER MONSTERS! HALPMEH does let you kill poisonous monsters, but don't if you can. It is still slightly more resource intensive. You better not convert HALPMEH. Well, actually you can convert HALPMEH for Dracul. Knockback cannot kill the monster the target is being pushed into. That means you can infinitely push a boss into a level 1 without the level 1 dying. The 3 donation levels are 5 gold for a one off experience boost, 15 for one level of learning, and 30 (or is it 25 or 35) for 40 (or so) exp. Usually it is best to save until the boss and buy the third option for a mid fight level up. This is an incredible set up for feeling parched. You hurt it rather severly by converting B2P, but you can still do this easily. What? He's a snake. You should double check your calculations. You don't get enough hp. You shouldn't be regen fighting a snake. HALPMEH or not, it is a HUGE waste of resources if it lasts longer than a few hits. You really are wasting resources. It is only a two level higher kill. You would have been much better off fireballing the 1 level higher wraith and killing it for about one third of the cost. Wow, that was nearly a huge waste. You definitely cannot kill the level 7. NO! IF YOU KNOW IT IS TERRIBLE THEN DON'T! If you are going to convert HALPMEH (which is still a terrible choice for feeling parched), worship Drac first. THAT STILL WOULD HAVE WORKED! You weren't going to lose your DP! You were just going to one HP! You have to look at the predictor. What you should do is kill your undead popcorn, use CYDSTEPP, worship Drac, convert CYDSTEPP, and go get some lifesteal. You are wasting so much for this kill. It is becoming a problem. You keep looking for the highest level kill, even if it is not the best choice. You know how you have been converting so much? YOU COULD HAVE BEEN COMPRESSED SOMETHING! You don't need to kill all of the undead to join dracul, just your undead popcorn. If you had been ENDISWALing properly you wouldn't be out of exploration. You could still win. It will be close, but you can. See, you really need to ENDISWAL properly. NO! DO NOT WASTE YOUR SCHADENFREUDE. Ironically, the guy who you said shouldn't be bad is the hardest of all... If you ENDISWAL for exploration, DON'T IMMEDIATELY WASTE THAT EXPLORATION. And thoughtlessness strikes again! If you had saved B2P the other guy would be a joke. If you had saved HALPMEH, this guy would be much easier. WHY WOULD YOU WASTE YOUR 8 MANA? You might as well score some stoneskin. See, that would have scored you an extra hit. You need to kill your undead first. And now you see the compression seal. This has been a rather bad run. STOP. You have so much popcorn. If you had killed 1 guy and taken lifesteal you would be in such a good position. Then all your popcorn is 3 piety and you will have lots of extra for Sanguine. Your pact is coming back to haunt you. If you remember, you can convert all of your health potions. Oh my gosh. This is sad. You should have gone in, converted all of your potions, and taken one level of sanguine and lifesteal. Then use popcorn to kill the boss, saving your blood pools and racking up lots of piety. You should be in such a great position. Instead you are low on blood pools and popcorn. That is the single most tragic moment on a feeling parched run: trying to convert potions but instead drinking them. Why? Why would you level up when you could just get a mid fight level up. STOP NOW OR LOSE. You have messed up so much, but you can still pull this together if you DO NOT WASTE THAT LEVEL UP. Okay, this is going to be REALLY close. Also, you should have converted ENDISWAL a long time ago. Frankly, you should have converted ENDISWAL a long time ago. Oh wow, I wasn't factoring learning. Even still, that was a bad choice. A mid fight level up with the hit is more valuable unless leveling up again scores you an extra hit. You need to CYDSTEPP before you take a ton of damage. You can do this. You should have taken another level of sanguine a long time ago. Seriously, if you had converted ENDISWAL you would be scoring so much more off those blood pools. No, corrosion means he does more. You can still win this. Buy the fine sword, blood swell, and use your badge. Seriously, if you had converted before the blood pools, that was another hit or two. There. You barely made it.
KEY POINTS: You should't just be looking for the highest level kill you can get. A lot of the time that kill is a bad decision because of how many tiles it wastes. Always ENDISWAL properly. If you don't it will hurt you later on. If you find HALPMEH or B2P those should become the focus of your game. They spike just as well as CYDSTEPP+ENDISWAL, but for less tiles. If you have a good amount of popcorn under Drac, you should almost always take lifesteal. Also, if you know you are done with higher level kills (excluding the final boss), take Blood Curse. Oh yeah, and USE THE COMPRESSION SEAL IMMEDIATELY.
Part 80: Quicksilver and Reflex each give you an extra shot. If you use the reflex potion when you have the quicksilver dodge, you get two hits in without taking damage (and you will heal if you have lifesteal). This is called a quicksilver+reflex combo. They are key in a lot of strategies (and Tiki Tooki provides the potions too). The superstition about never mentioning what the can of whupaz does stems from the joke that the devs don't realize how broken it is, and if we were to mention it or point it out they would nerf it. Also, the can of whupaz is never actually necessary. It is a newbie crutch. A game super-veteran can consistently beat vicious (minus VGT) without it. Heck, you can both not use it and get feeling parched in vicious with a good strategy. Perpetual Questing Initiative (PQI) is eternal though. Heh, I love the dark souls quest. It is so satisfying when you win. Automagic Teleport Machine nets you the third bank. There are 3 extra classes that are extra special. They are quite unusual, and force fun out-of-the-box playing. An elf with elven boots and mana boosters? You should just be a gnome with all of the extra mana you will get. If only you could take duplicates. I would LOVE four cans of whupaz. One thing that you can do (which you have never done) is remove the health and/or mana potion and replace it. I often replace my health for reflex and mana for schadenfreude. Then take quicksilver and whupaz. It is a nice set up. REMEMBER THE COMPRESSION SEAL. Yeah, you can't quite APHEELSIK him to death. If you APHEELSIK+BURNDAYRAZ this can work. You aren't being exacting enough. You need to make sure you ALWAYS have burning on. He's magic resistant. Nicely done. Ah, you got shifting passaged. You have to watch out for that. It screws people over frequently. The best way to counter it is killing the monster from a position where a wall would appear. That means no walls appear. And it usually isn't that hard to tell where the walls are going to be. If you see two walls with a space in between, chances are a wall should appear there to make a line. And if you are standing there when you kill the monster, no walls appear. It is possible to win without ever making walls appear. You should have worshipped JJ. An early JJ is flat out power. If you had been a gnome... THERE IS B2P! B2P+CYDSTEPP=OBSCENE POWER! Wow, you got the goo! This is too easy. Don't forget to consensus first. And you forgot consensus. There really isn't a good reason to level. Well done. You considered it, then discarded it as a invalid option. That level 4 will be an easy kill at level 2. Heck, you could almost kill it now. That was a mistake. You could have regenerated one tile to save your 10 tile CYDSTEPP. Everything costs 1 less. You really don't use B2P enough. It is sitting there for you to get 2 level higher kills with. You didn't need to APHEELSIK. DO NOT FORGET BURNING. ARGH! YOU ARE BOXING YOURSELF IN! YOU HANDWAVED EVEN CONSIDERING THE FIGHT ON THE GROUNDS THAT YOU WERE TO LOW LEVEL! LEVEL IS IRRELEVANT! STATS MATTER! Sorry. That was kind of rant-y. And you fortunately changed your mind due to an item. The item shouldn't have been necessary, but take luck where you can get it. Heck, you can just burn him to death. Yeah, you should basically expect 3 fireballs for a wizard. Not enough. You need to use poison. Wrong. Burning discharges on the hit. Just regen up and try again for the kill. If you use B2P in that regen fighting or APHEELSIK it will work. Good. That was a good kill. You are set up for a solid win even still. Wrong. The ideal target for a wizard (and basically everybody else) is Tomithy. Wrong. You shouldn't be picking fights with Golems. All you have to do is regenerate 1 tile. There. Frankly, it is terrible that you had to fight that Golem, but your only other option are Djinni (or is it Djinns?). You should use the titan guitar right before you fight your first boss. You actually probably should use your reflex or APHEELSIK against the level 8 Djinn. All other targets are rather miserable. Then agian, you can continue fishing for monsters. A goat? That is a lucky break. WHAT ARE YOU THINKING? HE MAY BE AN EASY TARGET, BUT THEN YOU ARE FORCED INTO THE GOAT OR DJINN ANYWAYS. That means you wasted 45 tiles to not level up, when scoring the level up was totally possible. That was a better choice, although you should have gone for the Djinn or Goat in the first place. You have the elven boots for 15% magic res. That was poorly done. You could have used the fact that they don't retaliate if they're dead to save 8 tiles. You are over ENDISWALing obscenely. Each set up you are doing costs 41 tiles (15 pre-stoneskin+10 CYDSTEPP+ 16 Full Mana bar). Okay, you need target the goo. Seriously, just because you are going unstoppable doesn't mean you should level up more before fighting bosses. You don't need to be able to take a hit to win. Wow, that is an incredible stroke of luck. You had been making a terrible choice in not converting your glyphs (YOU NEVER USED B2P). WHAT?! WHY ARE YOU NOT TAKING REFRESHMENT? THAT IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT BOON SHE HAS TO OFFER AND YOU HAVE GONE HOARDER SO FAR (which was a terrible choice). You should just use your compression seal. It is +15 points. Not 15%. Now, because you aren't paying attention to the walls, you will be screwed when you clean up popcorn. You don't need the exploration? What about AFTER the fight? You are making terrible choices. You shouldn't have done this, but you might as well use your reflex potion. That was not smart. If all of your popcorn is slowed, you should make sure you one shot everything. You could still lose. In fact, you very well might. At the very least you are not going to get unstoppable. Well, if you had taken refreshment, worshipped JJ, or made smarter choices you would still have won. NO! YOU HAD ONE SHOT TO GET REFRESHMENT! If you had smashed JJ it could have worked. That was dumb. Now you are shut out of all of your popcorn. Then if you get stuffed in the passages with your popcorn everything well get ressed the heck out of. You should't have taken flames. It makes unstoppable much much harder. Did you ever check that subdungeon? You need to use the rest of your mana. Slowed cancels blink. Evolvia's stuff randomizes. And retaliate: fireball. You lose. You wouldn't have gotten unstoppable, but it doesn't really matter.
KEY POINTS: Your ENDISWAL CYDSTEPP combo costs 41 tiles. Avoid it when possible, as it is ridiculously inefficient. Seriously, either use or stop prepping that compression seal. As any MA worshipper who still has glyphs, refreshment--not magic--is first priority (except for the first 1-2 levels of magic). Don't just take the highest level kill. Sometimes the smartest move is only 1 level higher kills (although this is fairly rare). Seriously, if you aren't going to use a glyph (*cough* BLUDTUPOWA *cough*) then just convert it. Also, don't play a run differently just because you are going for unstoppable. Usually the best time to mop up those tougher level 8 and 9 targets (which should probably be golems and djinni as a wizard) is after the boss, as you may get first strike bonus depending on your level.
Priest Silver: I'm on a roll right now. This is going to be a long post. Ah, now that have the can this should be much better. Thief, Rogue, Assassin, Warlord, Wizard, and Paladin shouldn't be too hard. Rogue will probably be the hardest among those. The hardest are Bloodmage, Monk (which is only because you don't have the final race and you're bad with the monk), and Tinker. Well, now it just comes down to skill (and actually a good amount of luck). The glyph pool for this challenge (I think) is HALPMEH, APHEELSIK, BURNDAYRAZ, ENDISWAL, LEMISI, WEYTWUT, and GETINDARE. You especially want LEMISI, GETINDARE, and ENDISWAL. Even if you can kill that snake it will poison you. You should basically use GETINDARE to level, ENDISWAL to move, and LEMISI to regen fight the boss. You have maxed out apothecary. It might be worth using a strength potion to get off the ground. You can ALWAYS regen fight level 2s. That was a win, then you use a strength potion to take the snake. Good job regen fighting. Ouch. There is the luck part I was talking about. You should get used to restarting. Sometimes there isn't much you can do. Well, this is a much better start. LEMISI is a nice find. Wow, if ever there was a daunting boss, it was this. And a couple others you haven't seen. Good job not converting BURNDAYRAZ. You really should get that tower shield. The 4 best buys are tower shield, platemail (for the boss only), bloody sigil (with LEMISI), and any damage boosters. You should be APHEELSIKing the meat man nonstop. Don't forget to keep poisoning. There. Nice excruciatingly drawn out kill. Great! That is a good target. As long as you keep up the fireballs this will work. You forgot your +100%. Mind you, +100% is NOT double. It just adds your base (5 times your level, unless changed) to your total. Wow, I am imagining how much easier this would be with GETINDARE. It is 20 stacks of poison. that makes 10 tiles (due to burning). Don't waste your time. You are correct that it was burning. You should be utilizing. That was very bad. LEMISI is huge against the boss. Magic resist resists a percent of the poison stacks. Now you see why ENDISWAL is so nice. Man, you wouldn't even have to regen fight if you had GETINDARE. You need to be between level 7 and 8 to take him out. You also need regen fighting capabilities or an insane amount of potions. That was a poor choice. You got lucky, but that could have backfired due to hit magic res. If you need exploration you can kill popcorn. Unless you are only regenerating health AND well get at least 8 tiles you are better off killing the popcorn. There, that's better. There is exploration down there. If you are throwing away 6 tiles for a shop, you've wasted unless you are in need of a certain item (as in your whole strategy is based around it). What are you thinking? Why would you not APHEELSIK. That could have cost you the run. That and not choosing to LEMISI until you'd spotted GETINDARE or ENDISWAL. You didn't even need that potion. Wow. Platemail was a great find. You have plenty of tiles. It is exactly enough. No. Just APHEELSIK one more time. And you blew it. You should have APHEELSIKed first and not had to do that. Well, that was suicidal and wasteful, but you won. Why are you totally ignoring your remaining exploration? Well, it doesn't matter either way. You sealed your fate when you converted LEMISI. Use your reflex tonic for first strike. Platemail is a great buy as long as you don't find GETINDARE. You are totally forgetting your bonus damage. Well, you didn't get high enough level or save LEMISI. That is a good move. When you have extra exploration, but not enough for a higher level kill. Either that or there are not more higher level kills. If only you hadn't poison. That cost you a hit. Scratch that, you have HALPMEH. THAT LEVELS YOU UP. You just wasted a hit. The fireball is removed by the can of whupaz. You will not win. If you had kept LEMISI or had a higher level bank (and brough enough gold to buy stuff. That platemail was a bad buy. Because you aren't regen fighting and your hp exceeds 105 you are better off buying a damage item and kept your popcorn. This was not a bad try at all. You should use BURNDAYRAZ before you convert it. If you had kept LEMISI, bought a damage item, or either ENDISWAL or GETINDARE spawned this was a win. Or just leveled more efficiently.
KEY POINTS: I'll be honest: the only meaningful mistake was converting LEMISI. Either that or not switching your mana for quicksilver. Other than that you made a couple bad choices and were't regen fighting as well as you could have.
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