Metal Slime Hunting in Dragon Quest IV
If you've reached this hub, then you're most likely looking for the best way to get experience in Dragon Quest IV! :)
Well, it's pretty simple actually: Just kill Metal Slimes.
You've probably seen these cute little critters at least once, since, at the least, the weakest variety (called Metal Slime) seems to be all over the world map. However, you've probably only been able to kill them with luck. Well, I can't completely remove the luck factor, but I can minimize it. ;)
I find that in this game you won't need to Metal Slime hunt until you're about to face Psaro, as it's quite possible to reach Heaven's Haven at around level 30 (and subsequently beat the barrier bosses around that same level as well).
Anyway, Metal Slimes have several properties that make them incredibly annoying, but at the same time extremely coveted:
- They have a 50% flee chance. King Metal Slimes can attack twice, so according to math, those have a 75% flee chance (50% * 50% chance of NOT fleeing, which is 25%).
- They have insane agility (possibly as much as the maximum possible of 255). This allows them to go first and flee right in your face before you can so much as raise a finger.
- They are immune to spells and take one point of damage from physical attacks, when said attacks don't miss.
- However, they give an incredible amount of experience as well.
- Metal Slimes give about 1000 experience.
- Liquid Metal Slimes give 10050 experience.
- King Metal Slimes give around 30000 experience.
- In addition, King Metal Slimes have an extremely rare item that can be stolen by Torneko if you use him in your party.
With all that being said: Let me stop blabbering and let me start giving advice! ;)
Metal Slime Plushies
General Party Setup
In this part of my article, I'll give my preferred party setup for Metal Slime Hunting.
- The Hero, equipped with the Liquid Metal Sword. The Liquid Metal Sword may not have the most impressive damage in the game, but it does 2 damage a hit against Metal Slimes.
- Alena, equipped with whatever weapon she desires (Iron Claws usually) and holding the Sands of Time. The Sands of Time are what reduce the luck factor of Metal Slime hunting. Also, equip her with the Meteorite Bracer so her agility is doubled. If she has a base agility of 255 already, then give the Bracer to the Hero.
- Alena is important because she has the highest critical hit rate in the game (Luck = chance of critical hits; Alena has the most Luck of any character in the game)
- Borya and Maya, both equipped with Poison Needles. Bad news, they only do 1 point of damage. Good news, the attack never misses and has a small chance of being deadly (instant kill!).
Now, we need to find a location to actually kill these critters, don't we?
First, a primer on each variety of Metal Slime.
Types of Metal Slime
This is a brief primer on varieties of Metal Slimes:
The garden variety of Metal Slime, for which the whole subcategory of monsters is named. It has 3 HP, but all the nasty immunities and resistances of its stronger cousins. It only has a weak physical attack, but has a 50% chance of fleeing on any given action. They give roughly 1000 experience on defeat.
Liquid Metal Slime
A step up from normal Metal Slimes. It has 4 HP, and can cast Sizz to little effect (about 10 damage to each party member). Like Metal Slimes, it has a 50% chance of fleeing on any given action. They give 10050 experience on defeat.
King Metal Slime
The strongest of all Metal Slimes. In contrast to future versions of this game, it doesn't have any more HP than its lesser cousins (staying at 4 HP). However, it can attack twice, which gives it a 75% chance to flee on any turn. They give a whopping 30150 experience on defeat.
Rumors speak of an even stronger variety of Metal Slime that gives 65535 experience on defeat. However, it can only be found near Pinnacle Chapel on Chapter 6, and I've yet to encounter one, so you won't hear me mention them further in this article.
Location, Location, Location, Battle!
My favored Metal Slime hunting location is the tower you come out of that leads to Heaven's Haven. The very first (or should I say last?) floor of the tower when you enter has a decent rate of Metal Slime encounters. I have seen two different encounters that involve Metal Slimes:
- You may find a group of 3 Liquid Metal Slimes. This is a risky encounter since they could all flee, ending the battle and preventing you from using the Sands of Time to reset the battle.
- 1 Metal Slime King, 3 Liquid Metal Slimes and 4 Slimes (yes, the generic type, all the way near Heaven's Haven; don't ask how a 3 HP, 1 experience monster made it all the way there. :P) This is the preferred encounter for Metal Slime hunting. You're gunning for a King kill, but killing at least one Liquid Metal Slime is a decent result, so don't use the Sands of Time if at least one Metal Slime is defeated.
So now, let's assume you encounter setup #2. The strategy is deceptively simple:
- Hero attacks King Metal Slime with Liquid Metal Sword.
- Alena attacks King Metal Slime with Iron Claws.
- Borya and Maya attack King Metal Slime with Poison Needles.
Worst-case scenario is that the four metal slimes flee right then and there, but with Alena's agility you will get at least one attack off. if you're lucky, it'll critical one of them, wiping it out instantly (criticals ignore defense). if you don't manage to kill any of the metal slimes, on your next turn have Alena use the Sands of Time, resetting the battle, so you can try again.
Well, that's about all for this subject. I hope that this strategy and setup help you defeat Metal Slimes with a greater success rate. The extra experience is a suitable reward for your efforts. ;)
If anyone knows where that elusive 6th Chapter metal slime is found, then feel free to contact me, or write it up in the comments area.
Good luck with your Metal Slime Hunting!
Until the next time, take care and have fun! ;)