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06 August 2010 @ 12:53 pm
Whoops, how did that happen? :)  
I happened to check the playtime for my Dragon Quest 9 last night, and i've spent a little over 60 hours on the game even though i'm only about halfway through the game =P At least that's what i'm guessing anyways. I've collected all the [important things you need to collect] but i'm still restricted to ship travel and there are still a fair number of areas of the map i can't get to yet.

Aside: Have i mentioned how much i love DQ9 for having an overworld map mode you can traverse freely despite the regular mode having it divided up into discrete sections? I'd say the makers of the Final Fantasy series should take note of this "brilliant" achievement, but, well, yeah :)

The addition of respawning points where you can pick up alchemy ingredients has combined with the already addictive nature of grinding for levels (which the Dragon Quest series has always kept at a notch or two above other RPGs by creating creature types specifically to grind with) to make a truly dangerous time suck. I've gone through many rounds of:

[spend an hour or so grinding levels/gold]
"Oh hey! I bet the alchemy points have respawned by now!"
[Go about the world collecting alchemy ingredients]
[Alchemize some new items]
"Cool! New equipment! I should go try this out!"
[spend an hour or so grinding levels/gold]
and etc

I'd say i ought to be absurdly overleveled by this point, but although i breezed through the dungeons for the "last" two plot items pretty easily, the last boss (in the academy) did give me a little trouble. I'm not sure if i'm doin it rong or just don't have the right build of classes/skills. On the other hand i did manage to beat the boss of the first grotto map, but only barely. He killed my mage and thief towards the end and i was lucky that he didn't do anything really nasty the last couple rounds, and even missed once or twice, while i just ignored healing and went all out with attacks. And since i was cheating with the hoimi tables i got some really great gloves out of it :)
Current Mood: geekygeeky
Kirin: Goomba-transparentkirinn on August 6th, 2010 09:42 pm (UTC)
I'm at pretty much the exact same point as you. Thought I was doing pretty well finishing off all the Lv15 job quests, then I got [the last of the things] and unlocked all the Lv30 weapon quests. Oh dear.

And yeah, Metal Medley hunting is annoyingly addictive. And now I have a quest that's *forcing* me to kill more! Oh noes. I think all my characters are level 20-something in three different classes now.

As for bosses, they have enough HP to take quite a while - which often makes pumping someone up to max tension and unleashing a good attack worth it. I usually soften 'em up that way in the beginning (when healing isn't such a problem yet), then go back to a more diverse strategy to finish them off.

I was assuming from what I'd heard that I still wasn't strong enough for any grotto bosses, but perhaps I'm wrong and should check that out.... after a few more quests.
DonAithnen: Games: Consoles (Nintendo)donaithnen on August 7th, 2010 12:34 am (UTC)
So how many quests have you done? I've currently got 32 done and 3 i'm currently assigned.

I've got all the basic level 15 job quests, but none of the advanced job quests, and the only weapon i had up to level 30 was claws =P I've been putting most of my skill points into the job trees. (That reminds me though, i've got several level 40 job quests i could try now.)

Current stats:

#1: Lvl 34 Minstrel, Lvl 21 Warrior, Lvl 21 Mage, Lvl 21 Martial Artist
Skill: 82 Litheness, 13 Sword, 7 Fan, 28 Courage, 18 Spellcraft, 35 Claw, 22 Focus

#2: Lvl 33 Martial ARtist, Lvl 21 Priest, Lvl 21 Thief, Lvl 21 Minstrel
Skill: 100 Focus, 13 Staff, 13 Sword, 16 Faith, 42 Acquisitiveness, 10 Litheness

#3: Lvl 32 Mage, Lvl 21 Priest, Lvl 21 Thief, Lvl 21 Minstrel
Skill: 100 Spellcraft, 13 Wand, 48 Faith, 3 Knife, 13 Sword, 16 Acquisitiveness, 10 Litheness,

#4: Lvl 33 Thief, Lvl 21 Priest, Lvl 21 Mage, Lvl 21 Minstrel
Skill: 100 Acquisitiveness, 16 Faith, 18 Spellcraft, 42 Litheness,

Oh, an an aside, i was amused to stumble across a forum where you were complaining about the exact same hocus chimaera quest i was talking about earlier :)
Kirin: Goomba-transparentkirinn on August 7th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
Our strategies are fascinatingly different. Here's my team for comparison:

For compression the format is class # ClassLv (# that class's skill Lv)

Kirin: Minstrel28(16), Ranger29(22), Warrior26(16), MartialArtist11(22), Fan30, Sword58, Boomerang35

Aislinn: Warrior23(28), Gladiator29(55), Paladin29(22), MartialArtist10(16), Spear42, Sword22, Hammer7

Elika: MartialArtist33(42), Thief23(22), Priest26(16), Staff100, Knife7

Lena: Mage22(18), Armamentalist29(32), Ranger29(22), Priest11(0), Bow88, Wand31