Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Phantasy Star Online 2: Caterdra'n

Here's the boss of the volcanic area, the Caterdra'n. From its name, It's pretty obvious that it came from the nouns "Caterpillar" and "Dragon", making this boss nothing but a larva of this area's real boss. This dragon might still be a baby but it's packed with a crystal tail that can smash rocks with ease!  

Mouse over the image to reveal the weak points.

Similar to the Rockbear, more of them will spawn if there are more players in your party, but the maximum spawn rate is still 3. It's annoying to fight them all in one place so you'll be forced to split up and fight them individually, preventing you from ganging up on them.

When this boss tries to bite you from a distance, its body will extend and its squishy body will be exposed for a few seconds until it retracts back to normal. Those squishy parts are its weak point. This enemy also have a large crystal on its tail that will break if you inflict enough damage to it. Once broken, it becomes another weak point that you can abuse to deal MASSIVE DAMAGE!!

Here's a video of my battle with a Caterdra'n. As you can see in the video, this isn't an ordinary Caterdra'n, but one with a Darker Core attached to its eye sockets (ouch!). Those cores makes them stronger and tougher but the core becomes another weak point in exchange. Our battle with this boss kinda sucked since we never got to break its tail, which leads us to the video below.

I'm borrowing another video from Momoyo since their battle went a lot better. Three Caterdra'n spawned and they managed to destroy the tail from all three of them. I guess this is one of the advantages of being a Hunter, breaking enemy parts seems to be a piece of cake for them. This task is a lot more easier especially if you have the skill "Fury Stance" at Lv.10 which allows a Hunter to greatly boost their attack in exchange for defense, turning them temporarily into Glass Cannons.

Well, I guess that's all for now. Next entry would be the REAL volcanic boss. The final form of the Caterdra'n.

Some copyright information regarding the game:
「画像は『PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2』クローズドβテストにおいて撮影された実機画像です。開発中のため、正式版とは異なる内容であり、今後改良される可能性があります。」

Now in English:
These images were taken from "PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2" during its Closed Beta Trial. Because the game is still under development during this time, future improvements may be implemented and the content may differ from the official release.

"PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2" official website:


Bersercules said...

The more people in your group the more monsters that spawn? Almost makes it seem good to work alone!

It was fun watching your character jump around and do flips!

If thats the advantage to the hunters what advantage did your character type have?

Fang said...

Caterpillar dragon? Nah they couldn't possib- HOLY SHIT IT'S ACTUALLY IN THERE
That's awesome.
I guess it'll be a long long time before you run out of stuff to amaze us with and get us hooked on a game that's not even released yet, eh?

confictushome said...

Those are some creepy monsters right there.

Shaw said...

I like that you need to attack certain points for massive damage. Looks like the closest thing to a monster hunter mmo we'll get stateside.

natchu96 said...

Just read the closed beta test report, and apparently about 70% of the characters created were female >_>

and 20 of those 70% were newman females . . .

Baur said...

Graphics are pretty cool!

Unknown said...

Damn, these monster battles are freakin' badassed~!

The Angry Lurker said...

Those vids were good and the monsters are not bad!

Bart said...

looks easy to pwn.

DWei said...

I never would have caught on that the name was a mix of caterpillar and dragon if you hadn't told us.

Seriously thought it was elven or something.

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