Thursday, May 31, 2012

Phantasy Star Online 2: Vol Dragon


Dragons have always been a staple in every Phantasy Star game. There was Dragon and Sil Dragon from the original Phantasy Star Online. We also have De Ragan and its many variants from Phantasy Star Universe. Here's the latest variant of its kind and the REAL boss of the volcanic area, Vol Dragon.


Mouse over the image to reveal the weak points.

Unlike the previous bosses, this guy doesn't need reinforcements to kick your butt and is very strong. Their large size allows them to protect their weak points by making it unreachable to many, especially Hunters with their melee range. Not only that, this dragon tend to dig underground to coat itself with a thick layer of hardened magma. Doing it twice will allow the enemy to cover their weak points entirely and make them unbreakable. They might have a couple of tricks to cover their weaknesses, but it doesn't mean that they have no exploitable ones.

1st Magma Armor © SEGA
The first way to deal with this dragon is to break the crystal on its tail. Normally, its magma armor will only break if it did the fire blast attack while in midair, but you can force it to break by smashing its crystal tail. This will immobilize the dragon for a few seconds, allowing you a clear shot of its horns. The tail recovers after a bit so you'll have to break it again and again.

2nd Magma Armor © SEGA
Second method would require a Force in the party to spam ice techniques on its legs until the monster is frozen in place, then attack its horns before the ice melts. While this might look more efficient than the previous method, I suggest breaking its tail instead since breaking more parts will reward you with more items afterwards. More reward items would give you a higher chance to acquire those Vol Soul equipments.


Here's a video of my team beating the giant lizard. Fighting this guy really reminded me of Monster Hunter and God Eater Burst, especially since this monster have more breakable parts than the previous bosses. Although we broke the tail twice, we couldn't break any of the horns so this run kinda sucks.


Here are more videos from my friends and companions. Both are Hunters but they use different weapons during the battle. Momoyo is equipped with a wired lance while Domenica prefers swords and partisans.


That's all for now. Next post would be about the Emergency Missions and the last available boss during the Closed Beta.

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。」

『PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2』公式サイト
http://pso2.jp/
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:
http://pso2.jp/

23 comments:

Josh Dennis said...

Man that hud reminds me of WOW, and Diablo.

Adam said...

that last dragon looks pretty fierce

Baur said...

Dragon fights are always really cool

Pat Hatt said...

Wow the dragons look great, always enjoyed anything with dragons in it for the most part too.

Anne said...

When the dragon makes his entrance in that second vid, my pulse went up a few notches. One day I'm going to paint a dragon in miniature. I'm not good enough as a painter yet and they are very expensive.

AguiLeon said...

dragon game nice look great

natchu96 said...

At least this proves that they've learned from their mistakes for real and given almost all the recent dragons (post-PSO) actual arms . . .


It's technically not a dragon if it has wings and no arms . . .

Lord Phrozen said...

@Natchu
Yeah, PSO dragons are technically just wyverns. I also liked the fact that PSO2's Vol Dragon is placed inside the volcano instead of the forest. It fits the fire "theme" so much.

Also, I've always wanted to ask you this, did you play PSO2 during the Closed Beta?

Fang said...

That second Magma Armour, holy shit...
Looks cool, but I think dragons are a bit cliche. They're the default kind of fantasy creature to put in these days, it's tiring.

Fang said...

Also thanks a bunch for the heads up on the slogan error. It's probably been like that for ages, but you're the first one to notice and/or tell me. Hell, I hadn't even noticed yet. It's fixed now, thanks to you!

Bart said...

bought the watch cause it was only 99 cents. and that alien looks like something from starship troopers

Lord Phrozen said...

@Bart
But this isn't an alien, it's a fire-breathing dragon! Aren't the aliens from Starship Troopers a bunch of gigantic insects?

Kingmush said...

Looks pretty awesome.

Lexsa said...

looks cool
nice

Shaw said...

Most bamf monster I've seen from this game yet.

DWei said...

Yeah... That thing looks OP as hell.

GADAFINY said...

Great tutorial , looks like you and your friends are haveing a great time kicking that dragons aS@ ...., (tail) ;)

PS : I like that pic with the dragon, Mouse over the image to reveal the weakpoints.How did you do it?

Josh Dennis said...

Lord,

I would choose to heat it with wood, I linked to the place that sells the heater I would like.

http://www.islandhottub.com/woodhtr.html

G said...

great looking game

sm said...

nice review
game looks good

AguiLeon said...

update for to day lol

The Angry Lurker said...

Nothing wrong with stomping dragons, good info and help!

Bersercules said...

Pretty harsh battle with that dragon!

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