"Dragon Quest IX": Legacy Boss Hunter - Baramos
This article is a guide on how to beat the Archfiend Baramos in , in which he appears as a legacy boss. If you are reading this, then there's a strong chance that you're stumped on how to beat Baramos. Feel free to read my Dragon Quest IXarticle on grotto exploring before you get your feet wet here, as Baramos is a lot tougher than your regular grotto bosses.
Suggested Party Setup
You're going to want your party members at around level 50, at the bare minimum, preferably with some levels in other vocations as well.
Here, I'm going to touch on what items you should have in each party member's bag. I personally recommend each character hold 3 Magic Waters and one Yggdrassil Leaf. if you can double these amounts (especially in the case of those Leaves, which are pretty rare), I suggest you do so. You'll need the MP and you'll need to revive people without worrying about Zing's fail chance (such as in cases where you've lost 2 party members in one round or some other drastic situation like that.).
You want your Paladin to have the book you get for completing the 100 Shield Quest (kill 10 Killing Machines with Blockenspiel). Whoever has the book in his/her inventory auto-blocks critical hits, and since Baramos loves those and your Paladin is supposed to tank . . .
On a similar note, you want your healer to have a Wand equipped. I stress this all the time, but it's that important. The MP difference if you don't have a Wand over longer battles is too drastic.
I'm sure everyone is curious as to what Baramos drops. Well, it depends on his level:
- Level 1: Mini Medal (100%), Aliahan Boots (20%), Silver Orb (2%)
- Level 8: Mini Medal (100%), Aliahan Boots (25%), Silver Orb (~2%)
- Level 9-15: Mini Medal (100%), Aliahan Clothes (20%), Silver Orb (~3%)
- Level 16: Mini Medal (100%), Murdaw's Map (10%), Silver Orb (~3%)
As his level goes even higher, the chances of Map and Orb drops are increased.
Baramos' Battle Strategy
The Archfiend Baramos is a monstrous wizard of great renown who starred as Dragon Quest III's first final boss (the other one being Zoma, who you fought about a dozen or so hours later in another castle.). In this game, he serves as your first taste of a Legacy Boss. All of the following are tidbits and facts I've picked up over the course of my failed attempts of beating this boss, which I finally overcome as recently as yesterday:
- Kafrizz: Does 150-170 (spell) fire damage to one party member.
- Kaboom: Does 130 (spell) damage to the whole party.
- Blazing Flames: Does 130-150 (breath) fire damage to the whole party.
- Physical attacks do 130 damage to a character with 270 Defense.
- Critical attacks do 340-380 damage.
- A Warrior with 386 Attack does about 86 damage to Baramos with a regular physical attack.
- A Minstrel with 293 Attack does about 43 damage to Baramos with a regular physical attack.
- He can attack twice a turn, but doesn't always do so.
As for his battle strategy, he'll use spells with reckless abandon, to the point that he'll even try to Kafrizz someone who has used Magic Mirror within the last 3 turns (is he blind?). If you're at a particularly low level, you might want to use this to your advantage and use Magic Mirror on your whole party to have him defeat himself (worked for me!).
His common attack patterns include:
- Critical attack, then Kaboom.
- Critical attack, then action skip.
- Kafrizz, then Kaboom (I pity the party member who got Kafrizzed if he/she didn't have Magic Mirror up.)
- Physical attack, then physical attack again (rare attack pattern).
- Critical attack, then critical attack (thankfully rare; totally stinks when he does it though).
- Blazing flames, then Kaboom (he tends to alternate between this and the spell blitz attack patern up at the third bullet; these are his two most common attack patterns.)
I Urge You!
Now that you have this knowledge, I urge you to go defeat him! You might want to gain more levels than what I suggested in my other hub, but you know from my experience that it's beatable at the levels I did it (just a BIT tough).
Feel free to comment if you need additional help with this boss or want to suggest I add something to this article.
Until the next time, take care and have fun!