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Walkthrough and advice for STARTERS **SPOILERS** There are 15 replies
Original Message posted by N4N on 08/04/2012 at 11:34:15PM
OK I find many people confused and desperate and they even reach to consider this game as a failure only because they fail in the game.

The game is really good, but you need to know how to aproach it. Im new in the game and only played for about 8 hours, died 34 times and completed quest 2 times. Here are some advices I  think you migth find it usefull:
(MINOR SPOILERS)

-Frist, this is not dark souls, but prepare to die...a lot. Dont try to complete the game in your frist run, thats not going to happen, just focus on learning the mechanics and test some of the inital characters. IF you do, well great! but just dont get too desperate to dies many times, is very normal in this game.

-As soon as you die about 20 times, you will unlock the AMAZON(yes, the more you die, the more characters you will unlock). This Character is very good for you to start with because has a magic Bow, divine bow to be more exactly, which anytime you kill and anemy gives you a chance to gain +1HP or increase your archer skill/damage by 1(or 2), which is pretty damm good.

-Start a new game with the amazon and choose the chapter: "Mask of the boy king"

-Ok once inside, just DONT open any TOMB, not even a single one, each tomb has a chance, about 80% of releasing an skeleton and very little chance to give you some items you may need or not, but risk is not worth it.

-Open rooms and kill rats, if you see dead cropse laying in the floor try to touch them, there is small chance it will attack you, but even so, is not a match for your bow.

-Contine with ALL the rooms in the frist floor. Once you find the rope into next floor, dont go below unleast you clear all the roms and grab all the items. PIck up all items you find suitable for you, better armor, better accesories, etc... But dont replace the bow. If you find a weapon which is nice and you want to keep, just try it to be range weapon such as bow or crossbow, remmeber you have low mele and magic skills. To pick up another weapon and keep the bow, just press X, it will sitch weapons so leaving you empty space to grab a second one. This is important, your bow is divine, and all enemies in this dungeon has divine weakeness....all? no, final boss and guardians are RESISTANT to divine damage, so you have 5 floors to find a bow/crossbow which doesnt deal divine damage. Fire, poison, electric, etc.. are good, just keep your divine and a second powerfull bow but don't rely only in divine damage.

-Anyway, once you clear the whole floor, just go to next level. In each floor  there is a chance you can meet a BOSS, those are:

Werewolfs:(normally level 1) Pretty easy actually, 2 regular ones and 1 hard one.
Lich boy:(normally level 2) protected by two dark knigths which are not weak to divine, so watch out, since those two are hard, is not really worth to awake the linch boy since drop is not very good, but up to you.
Vampires:(normaly level 3) Those are very easy to spot, all doors in the dungeon are grey, but the door of those people is brown. If you open, you need to defeat 2 guardian vampires, which are very easy with your divine bow. Oonce inside, in one corner you cna open the wall and reach a secret area where the vampire BOSS awaits. This boss is hard and you have to kill him 3 times, so again, not really worth , or you will reach the 5th floor very weak.

-In level 2 you dont find rats only, you also find zombies, but those are easy also with your bow, just keep the distances. Again dont go below unleast you visit all rooms and oepend all chest.

-In level 3 you find more zombies and some other foes, some shadows, but again, also easy to defeat with your divine bow. Just be carefull since shadows can pass throw walls. Again dont go below unleast you visit all rooms and oepend all chest.

-In level 4 things are nasty since there is a new enemy, called WISP, which is RESISTANT to divine and is pretty hard, so if you see it, better switch weapon as fast as you can. In this level there are some weird golems, but just keep your distance with them. Since this level is a bit hard and small, if you feel you are ready, just go to level 5 as soon as you find the rope.

-level 5, is the final. Dont even dare to open tombs here, strong vampires or mummyes awaits, and those are pretty hard.(EDIT: David says in this level the tombs can spam allys so you may or not take the risk, up to you!) There are few shadows arround but not many since this level is very small. There is one door, normally open to the north, which has 2 guardians waiting on both sides. Dont go further, those guardiand has magickal attacks and are resistant to divine, so switch your weapon and DONT enter because they will attack you at the same time, and they are hard, just run away into any spot where only 1 can attach you at a time. Due to AI issue, you wont be able to attack frist, they will wait forever and never until you put into range. Once you get rid of them, easier said than made, go into the previous door and you will find an stand alone tomb and 4 statues, before opening the tomb, open the statues for good stuf, equip your better items and open the tomb. If you reach with good stats you will be able to defeat him(is not harder than guardians), he will drop a mask, the mask is a very good item which will acompany you for your futures games, thats why I recomend to do this quest frist, because if you dont open tombs is in some way easier than the others.

-In your next quest, click on start new game, doesnt mater the quest, you have a high % of getting the mask already equipped, that will give you a very nice boost and game shouldnt be so hard from now on.

-I recomend you to continue with: "Jorney to the Kimon", because in the second floor there is a Gobling King which drops a very nice weapon, Runesword , which you can also carry into your new games as the mask.

I hope above information helps you to understand this game the better, and just dont get frustrated to die many times, is normal, just think possitevelly, diying more will unlock new characters :)
 
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SharpNomo
on 14/04/2012 at 7:10:49PM
Total Posts: 1
Wait I just beat the boy king level. Some personal advice from my experiences is to get shadeform. Because of shadeform, I was able to skip the anubis guardians altogether.
 
SharpNomo
on 14/04/2012 at 5:09:30AM
Total Posts: 1
Thanks for the cool advice. I had been raging for a while about bad accuracy making the game impossible, but the tip about the amazon was a real game changer. Nevertheless, the very next run I died to the anubis guardian right at level 5. I didn't expect the super lasers that did 14 damage each. Its still was the farthest I had gotten though.
 
Linkshot
on 13/04/2012 at 7:36:12PM
Total Posts: 0
David Williamson wrote:
> Fire damage is good so I usually go for that if I can find it.

I've been trying to get silvered so I can disarm the Boy King..
 
capella
on 13/04/2012 at 5:55:04PM
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David sent me here as a result of my cry for help - GREAT advice, N4N. It helped me get almost through the 4th level of Mask. Before reading this guide I never made it past the second level of any quest! Next time I'll make it all the way through! :)
 
Lloopy
on 12/04/2012 at 5:04:17PM
Total Posts: 0
Meant to post this as a new thread, Sorry.
 
kalirion
on 12/04/2012 at 3:55:07PM
Total Posts: 0
GeneralGonzo wrote:
> So you wanna tell me that it is impossible (as it is also my
> experience) to beat the level with the 3 starting classes which
> comes with the game ?
>
> So you have to die at first at least 20 times to achieve a class
> (the amazon) which has good enough equipment from the scratch to
> beat the level?
>
> That´s weird game design....it should be vice versa,
> starting class amazon and when you´ve beatne the level a
> few times getting a class (elf) which is more difficult to play
> to increase the overall difficulty.
>
> Sorry, I don´t understand this concept....

No, you're absolutely correct, the beginning characters are unbalanced, and the first hours of the game are not fun.  You have to grind deaths until you get a decent character to start with.

Now if you are lucky enough to find a Swiftness item on the first level, that gives the starting characters a decent chance.  Start the Mask of the Boy King quest, and as N4N mentions do NOT open the tombs - at first.  Open all the chests / statues, and you might find a Swiftness (blue >> in stats) or Regeneration (heart fading in/out) item.

NOW you have nothing to fear of the tombs.  With Regeneration, just run around after taking damage until you're back at starting health.  With Swiftness - KITE the hell out of all the tomb dwellers.  Keep in mind that when on your status screen the >> is "lit", that means you have 2 actions left before any monster can make 1 move.  So what you do is, come to a tomb, and if >> is dim, skip 1 turn.  Now its lit, so open the tomb.  There's the monster, but you still have 1 action, use it to move away.  The monster moves with you, and you attack and move away again.  Repeat until monster is dead.

Obviously if its an archer skeleton, attack as soon as you open the tomb.

Swiftness is a great leveler of the playing field.  There's even an artifact weapon which you have a tiny chance of getting on the first level of Battle of Stormrise which offers it - and artifacts once found are randomly added to your starting equipment.
 
kennynico
on 12/04/2012 at 1:50:32PM
Total Posts: 0
GeneralGonzo wrote:
> So you wanna tell me that it is impossible (as it is also my
> experience) to beat the level with the 3 starting classes which
> comes with the game ?
>
> So you have to die at first at least 20 times to achieve a class
> (the amazon) which has good enough equipment from the scratch to
> beat the level?
>
> ThatLs weird game design....it should be vice versa,
> starting class amazon and when youLve beatne the level a
> few times getting a class (elf) which is more difficult to play
> to increase the overall difficulty.
>
> Sorry, I donLt understand this concept....

I agree. The first dozen of deaths didn't really let me learn anything about the game. If I had the explanations about the artifacts at the beginning, with a wider variety of characters, I would've had a smoother transition.

Once you get a couple of artifacts with few more characters, then you can delve deeper into dungeons and learn about a lot of stuff. The game really becomes much smoother after that.
 
GeneralGonzo
on 12/04/2012 at 12:45:30PM
Total Posts: 0
So you wanna tell me that it is impossible (as it is also my experience) to beat the level with the 3 starting classes which comes with the game ?

So you have to die at first at least 20 times to achieve a class (the amazon) which has good enough equipment from the scratch to beat the level?

That´s weird game design....it should be vice versa, starting class amazon and when you´ve beatne the level a few times getting a class (elf) which is more difficult to play to increase the overall difficulty.

Sorry, I don´t understand this concept....
 
nosef
on 12/04/2012 at 9:01:45AM
Total Posts: 0
Mask Boy was the first quest I ever completed, I got around to doing it by getting a silver bow (since the bosses guardians are weak of silver) and didn't open any tombs. I got lucky and got a shadeform, and in the end I just shadeformed behind one of the guardians, shot two silver arrows, and did the same to the other.

Boss was cake.

If you get a Silver weapon + Shadeform, you're pretty much set to beat the boss auto win.
 
telengard
on 11/04/2012 at 4:16:38PM
Total Posts: 0
Not a bad idea to get resistance to lightning for the fifth floor just in case you do open the door to the guardians. I believe their ranged attack is lightning enhanced, but shade forming in above the masked boy is a better solution as you avoid the guardians altogether.
 
JohanX
"Be Excellent!"
on 11/04/2012 at 1:50:53PM
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This should be made sticky, as it helped me a LOT to figure out how to get started....
 
Beartown
on 09/04/2012 at 3:53:08AM
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My playthrough went a bit differently (amazon on mask of the boy king was my first quest victory.)

First, I made sure to clear each level completely of tombs. It's not very difficult as you farm them for bonuses, then at about 10 health start sniping the rats to gain it back (along with any health potions the ghouls drop). By the time you get to the second floor, you should be able to kill every ghoul with one hit, making your divine bonuses insane once you reach the boss. I also (accidentally) killed one of my ghost buddies which let me shadeform in and avoid his lackies as David said (although I don't think they would have been a problem.)

He didn't even have a chance.
 
N4N
on 09/04/2012 at 3:04:02AM
Total Posts: 0
Wow David thank you for extra advice, I really had no idea you can get allies in the last level, thats pretty cool. I though only allies in this game are the gators...
 
henryvonkleist
on 08/04/2012 at 11:56:54PM
Total Posts: 0
holy f**king a**balls

20 new threads.
Steam release, huh?
 
David Williamson
Moderator
on 08/04/2012 at 11:52:24PM
Total Posts: 2
This is a great guide to completing your first quest and is pretty much how I approach Mask of the Boy King. I'll add what I usually do differently.

On level 4 I usually dump my divine weapon and find something better. By this time you've probably got everything you can from a divine weapon, as you say monsters at this point start being resistant to divine. Fire damage is good so I usually go for that if I can find it.

On the levels 4 and 5 I'll try to open all the tombs as you can Kaonashi allies from them. These are fairly powerful allies and when they die they drop a mask which has Shadeform which helps with my next tip.

For the final tomb itself. Once you've played a few times you can tell which is the tomb door and avoid it. Find the north wall of the tomb and Shadeform in. By doing this you avoid the guardians altogether.

Other than that I do pretty much what you do. Also I've added a spoiler tag to the thread title.