Bloodsoaked Blade

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The Bloodsoaked Blade is the Human Bloodmage.png Bloodmage silver challenge. The dungeon is a modified version of the Havendale Bridge. The reward for completion is the Vampiric Blade.png Vampiric Blade.


Contents

Preparations

Mage Tower, Blacksmith, and Bazaar.

Monsters

Boss

The boss is a Druid Monster Icon.png Druid named Trikkistix that has two forms.

First Form (Physical Resist Form):

  • Spawns.png Spawns 3 random plants in random locations whenever he is struck.


Second Form (Magic Resist Form):


Resources

Unlike the standard Havendale Bridge, there are no altars. There are no subdungeons or secret subdungeons. Standard number of stat boosters. Standard number of shops.

All glyphs except BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ are random.

The Problem

The typical Human Bloodmage.png Bloodmage strategy of fueling BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ with BLUDTUPOWA.png BLUDTUPOWA is problematic once you get to the boss for three reasons.

1) Fireballs will make Trikkistix blink and spawn three plants. The map has several long tunnels that are easily and quickly cut off by plants, and Trikkistix will inevitably spawn to a location where he is protected by his plants. Because there are no altars, The Earthmother Icon.png The Earthmother's Clearance boon is not an option. Killing these plants, in addition to causing status ailments, will discharge Burned.png Burned on Trikkistix; Trikkistix will not blink, but discharging Burned.png Burned will spawn additional plants. The plants will frequently cover bloodpools.

2) Unless you are an ElfHero.png Elf, you will not have enough mana to cast two fireballs in a row. Because the boss Blinks.png Blinks, the map will be mostly explored by the time you fight him, so BLUDTUPOWA.png BLUDTUPOWA is not viable for mana recovery. Your only options are either Mana Potions, Crystal Ball (which cannot be prepped), or mid-fight level ups.

3) If you survive his first form, his second form has 50% Magic resist.png Magic resist. Even with a Piercing Wand, fireballs will not be mana-efficient compared to physical attacks.


Strategies

A successful strategy should utilize BURNDAYRAZ.png BURNDAYRAZ with BLUDTUPOWA.png BLUDTUPOWA for leveling until the time comes to fight the boss, at which point transitioning to physical damage is necessary. A combination of the following tactics are effective:

  • A DwarfHero.png Dwarf will maximize your Sanguine.png Sanguine ability by increasing the % of health regained by blood pools. During leveling, it allows for more uses of BLUDTUPOWA.png BLUDTUPOWA as well. Between glyphs and the Sensation Stone, a health pool of 200 is easily attained, making it possible to take two hits from the boss before needing to drink blood pools/health potions.
  • A GnomeHero.png Gnome can produce mana potions that can boost the effectiveness of Sanguine.png Sanguine to rival health potions. If the Gloves of Midas are found early enough, the Triling strategy (fueling the Trisword and Alchemist Scroll with one mana potion per level) can be particularly effective. Since none of those items can be prepped, this is nearly impossible to pull off.
  • The GoblinHero.png Goblin can level up extremely fast and thus create more "popcorn", but without a store item to boost his HP pool the Goblin will struggle against the boss.
  • The Bear Mace can be prepped and is particularly effective. It can be used to move the Bridge Troll if no WEYTWUT.png WEYTWUT is available. It prevents the boss from blinking and helps remove death protections quickly. Avoid hitting the boss into walls until he is down to his death protections, or you will spawn double the plants. Combined with the Rock Heart and BYSSEPS.png BYSSEPS it is particularly effective against the boss's first form. Adding a Whurrgarbl will remove the death protections even faster.
  • A Burn Salve should be purchased as soon as possible. Once the boss's first form has been killed, kill every plant on the screen and soak up every corrosion pool that is not stacked on top of a blood pool; one Burn Salve will remove the more than 100 stacks of Corrosion.png Corrosion that you can receive from this.
  • There are no Altars or subdungeons, and preps are limited, so you are particularly dependent on the shops. An early Gloves of Midas find can dramatically change how this dungeon plays.
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