After dying four times during the tutorial section of Shin Megami Tensei IV, I’ve succumb to the blurry darkness a bunch more since then. Probably too many times to keep counting, actually. For a few of those deaths, I revived myself by paying Charon a hefty sum of Macca; other instances saw me just reload to an old save, losing a bit of progress, but keeping me out of downward spiral of debt. I now have the option to use Play Coins to return to the land of the living, but asking for nine is a bit too steep for my shoes, especially when I need to conserve them for Animal Crossing: New Leaf and Find Mii II. So yeah, life as a Samurai is hard, which I should have expected from my earlier time with Devil Summoner Overclocked, but I didn’t realize just how fast and cruel the Press Turn system can be, despite how enjoyable it is when it operates in my favor.
It all becomes clear when you reach the Minotaur boss fight, a few levels deep in Naraku. He’s weak to ice spells like Bufu, and you can get quite a few hits in before it is his turn to attack, but once he does…well, he wipes out my team in a single sweep thanks to the Press Turn system and smirking. I’m not sure exactly if I’m doing anything wrong specifically or chuck it up to bad luck, but it’s been a roadblock for sure. I’d say I’ve taken him on maybe five or six times now, just reloading an old save instead of going into debt with Charon. Boo and grrr and I’ll get you yet, you disturbing piece of Dali-esque artwork.
Until I’m strong enough or lucky enough to beat the Minotaur, I’m grinding and doing side stuff. Like collecting gryphon tails. And downloading free items from the store. No, wait. I’m actually downloading the quests that will allow me to gain these items, but they still require work/items, like 10 or so Life Stones. Every now and then I pop into the Cathedral of Shadows to see what I can do with fusion, but that place is scary and I’m always worried that I’m going to waste a good demon unit to create a subpar one. Right now, I’m rocking…you know, I can’t remember their names specifically and don’t have my 3DS open to check. Hmm, one is the weird connected horses beast. The other looks like a boar. I’m sorry, I just don’t have space in my brain to remember what these crazy critters are called, not when that information is fighting against Game of Thrones theory details and all 108 Stars of Destiny. Also trying to save up all my App points so I can buy the “recover MP while walking” one, quickly followed by “recover HP while walking” right after it–those seem like must-haves.
I’ll be back soon, Minotaur, to try again. If you have any handy tips on how to knock him out fast, please share. I don’t want this to be a permanent roadblock.
The best tip I can give anyone for any MegaTen game is to grind. It helps to be a couple levels ahead of whatever demon you’re stuck against. I had to actually break down and buy the $2 DLC that makes grinding really easy and I’ve been able to breeze through it ever since.
Grinding is key it seems! I’m trying to have the protagonist and party of demons all around level 14s or so, with some solid back-up demons in stock for swapping out. It seems like the Minotaur really only needs ONE full turn to eviscerate my entire team.
Man, that Minotaur boos was a jerk! I wish I could tell you it gets easier from there, but… Well, lets just say it’ll be a challenge :p
I think Charon’s price is random. One time I paid 10 play coins, then 14, then only 5! There may be a pattern, but I don’t know for sure. Also, if you choose to pay in either play coins or macca, you can’t actually go back and instead pay with the other option. Kind of a silly glitch I’d say.
Okay, I finally got past the Minotaur! Unfortunately, the protagonist died during the battle and lost out on getting all that delicious XP. I almost reloaded to try again, but figured I should just embrace my good luck and moved on.
I hate it when that happens! I wouldn’t reload if I were you: I would just move on and enjoy the XP for the monsters that did live.