At level 34, Mina’s story comes to close. The Black Palace was pretty tough to get through. Mina died at least once on most floors. However, I knew the end was in sight, and the final boss was killed. The Shadow Vault features random monster combinations, making it unlikely to face Dragonkin and Dark Zealots unless I am unlucky.
10 Ranged Weapon Expertise
10 Armor Expertise
10 Frost Pilum
10 Explosive Shot
5 Critical Strikes
Unlike the other areas in the story dungeon, the Black Palace has two bosses. There’s the final boss but also a sub-boss. Surprisingly, neither boss was very difficult compared to the deadly combination of Dragonkin and Dark Zealots. The final boss went down way faster than with Tharcyn. I couldn’t believe how much faster it was, at least twice as fast. Tharcyn seemed to take a half hour of slow pounding before the boss went down, but Mina did it in no time and only two or three deaths. So I’m pretty satisfied with Mina’s build.
Mina got ample experience dealing with Dragonkin and Dark Zealots. For Mina, it seems like Dragonkin will not be a problem. They don’t have very much health, and Mina can easily stay out of range of their deadly fire breath attack. Dark Zealots on the other hand are still just as hard as with Tharcyn. I can usually dodge their homing poison bolts but not always. Getting hit usually means instant death for Mina with her low magic resistance and low health. Tharcyn with his tank build could usually survive it if I was quick to use potions, but Mina doesn’t have a chance if she gets hit. Still, Mina kills things a lot faster so I still think it evens out in the end.
Mina is still getting a pretty good number of good items. I even found a replacement for Mina’s gun. Just like Tharcyn, as Mina gets to higher levels, she will rely more and more on heavily enchanted magic weapons over unique weapons. Getting the right uniques is pure luck. Usually, you won’t get what you need, but enchanted magic weapons are perfectly fine though.
Last week was a short session. With a family emergency as well as some volunteer work I had signed up for months ago, I just didn’t have enough time to do a proper length playthrough. This post was also delayed by almost a week. However, there are some big changes in store for the blog.
I have grown very bored with Torchlight. I thought a new character would rekindle my interest, and it did, but only for a few weeks. Since this blog is really my place — not many viewers — I am changing direction for my own interests. Therefore, the Mina character updates are suspended for the time being. I am writing another post immediately after this one that will detail this new direction.