PART III - Back to Joo Hye
Joo Hye knows that powerful foes stand in your way and wants to 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.
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.
The 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.
As 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.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.Important: 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 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.
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 ginseng.
Scout from Hell
It looks as though the infiltration of Hell Soldiers is due to the leadership of the Hell Scout. Joo Hye asks you to kill just one. How hard can it be?
The 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.
The 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 formation.
Start taking 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 out 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.
Repeat 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 for 80XP, 1000 gold, and Spirit Equipment Box x3.
The Mutated TreeNow 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) x10.
The Root of the Problem
Joo Hye knows the culprit behind all of her woes is the Hellish 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.