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III of the Forest of Spirits quests really ups the ante on difficult
battles and further cements the notion that gamers need to know their
bestiary to clue in on which mobs to slay first in combat. You'll also
learn about using scrolls in this section.

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PART III - Back to Joo Hye


Joo Hye knows that powerful foes stand in your way and wants
educate you about how to make your mercenaries even stronger. She asks
you to use one Growth Vial, which will randomly boost the stats of the
merc or hero who uses it. Your reward is 60XP, 800 gold, and Scroll of
Vortex (Beginner) x10. 

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Another useful tactic that can turn the tide of combat is the
use of
scrolls. Joo Hye asks you to go use a scroll five times in combat.
First equip the Scroll of Vortex (Beginner) in one of the two quick
slots on any of your mercs. I recommend against using it on your hero
because your hero is already super strong in comparison to the mercs
regardless of class.

Now run off to fight some of
those Hell
Soldiers and Hell Warriors you slaughtered for Dr. Huh earlier. When
the merc who's equipped with the scrolls gets a turn, press F1 or F2 to
activate them. The scrolls take time to prepare, so continue to the
battle. When the spell is fully charged, a small tornado will rip
through the enemies. Repeat this process until you have used five
scrolls. And try to get your squad to level 8. You'll earn 60XP, 800
gold, and Spirit Equipment Box x3.

Unicorns Attack

The aggressive behavior of the normally docile unicorns in the
forest upsets Joo Hye. She needs you to gather 15 Black Horn pieces
from Polluted Unicorns and Tainted Unicorns to see if she can discern
the cause of the problem. If you haven't learned it yet, you have the
option to display a pointer
that tell you which way to go to find the unicorns. If the option is
not displayed already, just click the pointer arrow at the top left of
the screen just under the menu bar. 

with previous creatures, the unicorns come in two varieties. The
Tainted Unicorns (green wings) will use standard attacks, but the
Polluted Unicorns (black wings) have a lightning-based skill that does
major damage. Since most front row mercs have poor magic defense, it is
a wise move to kill the Polluted Unicorns first. Completing this quest
nets 70XP, 900 gold, and Healing Potion (Low) x5. You'll also be around
level 9 or 10.

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style="font-weight: bold;">The Devil Trees Attack

Your mission this time is to slay
ten Devil Trees.
You should be used to the pattern by now; you'll be facing two types of
the same monster, with the purple one (the Devil Tree) being more
dangerous. This time, the powerful attack can do heavy damage and stun
a character, so watch out. Try to be level 10 by the time you finish
chopping down trees. You'll also gain 70XP, 100 gold, and Mana Potion
(Low) x10 from Joo Hye.

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Getting to level 10 at this point is crucial because it allows you to
recruit a fourth mercenary, raising your squad size to five. More
importantly, it allows you to recruit a  href="">shaman,
the first healer available to you if you did not select Staff for your
hero. You'll have to go find the local recruiter, who will be near the
city you chose as your starting location. The shaman costs 10,000 gold,
but you should have that by now. Here are some suggestions for which
merc to pick:

  • If your hero is anything other than Staff...hire a shaman.
  • If you have at least two front row characters and only one
    archer...consider a second archer.
  • If you have only one front row character...get a swordsman
    or spearman for extra defense.

new mercenary will be a paltry level 1, so you'll need to do some
fighting to get the new recruit up to speed. If you haven't learned it
by now, monsters can randomly become worth more XP in the middle of a
battle. The physical manifestation of this is a yellow circle with a
red plus sign (+). Hitting that enemy gives extra XP, and killing the
enemy even more so. Additionally, killing the marked enemy often yields
an Enchant Box, which produces stones that allow you to combine two
identical weapons or armors to produce one of higher quality. Just set
up as many one-shot kills as possible for your new merc, and try to get
him or her to at least level 5 before moving on to the next quest.


Joo Hye managed to get injured on her last trip into the
forest. She
needs you to go to the local hospital and pick up some ginseng. The
point of the quest is to teach you about consumable items you can use
outside of battle to heal your squad. Travel over to your local town
and go inside. Once there, click on the Hospital button and buy a

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from Hell

It looks as though the infiltration of Hell Soldiers is due to
the leadership of the href="">Hell Scout.
Joo Hye asks you to kill just one. How hard can it be?

Hell Scout is something of a mini boss battle and is the first major
stumbling block the uninitiated player faces. The typical Hell Scout
travels with a row of Hell Warriors (remember they can revive) and a
row of Hell Soldiers (massive damage on their special skills). This is
likely the largest enemy squad you've faced to this point. Be sure you
have stacks of Healing Potions on each of your front row characters.

Hell Scout is not only large in size, but it has a deep pool of HP
also. Even if you clear a path to the Hell Scout and concentrate only
on him, you won't be able to survive all of the special attacks you'll
suffer from it and the Hell Soldiers. First, take at peek at the enemy

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out one of the two Hell Warriors to open a path to the Hell Soldier
behind it. Use your unit with the lowest attack (the shaman or Staff
hero) power to loot the corpse to prevent a revival. Now take
the Hell Soldier and loot it. By now, the other Hell Soldier will be
unleashing his special attack along with the Hell Scout. The shaman can
heal one victim, but you'll need to start the process of using a potion
on the other.

the process of elimination on the opposite column of enemies. Keep in
mind that the spearman's special move, Lightning Strike, depletes the
enemy's action points. So use that on the Hell Soldier when you get the
chance. Any method to delay the devastating special attack is helpful.
Also remember you lesson about Vortex scrolls, which can hurt multiple
foes at once.

Eventually, it will come down to just you and the
Hell Scout. This big mother hits hard even when he doesn't use his
special attack, so it's likely you'll lose a front line character. Just
make sure that isn't your hero. Keep pounding away with everything
you've got and the creature will finally succumb. Go brag to Joo Hye
80XP, 1000 gold, and Spirit Equipment Box x3.

Mutated Tree

Joo Hye needs you to eliminate the culprit behind the ferocious trees
you faced earlier. She asks you to kill one Mutated Tree. Like the Hell
Scout, this battle is another major skirmish that will test your
skills. The Mutated Tree can use the same stun attack the Devil tress
uses, but it can hit the entire front row. Kill any front row Devil
Trees and clear a path to the Mutated Tree. Use any leftover Scrolls of
Vortex to clear the rest of the trash. Concentrate your firepower on
the Arbor Day experiment gone wrong and you will emerge victorious.
Your spoils include 90XP, 1000 gold, and Scroll of Vortex (Beginner)

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Root of the Problem

Joo Hye knows the culprit behind all of her woes is the
Fairy. She sends you to Sun Hwa to learn more. You'll find this NPC
near the town you selected at the end of the tutorial. Just follow the
pointer to get there.

to the next page for the Forest of Spirits Part IV.

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Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016