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Metal Slime Guide by Twilight_Shine

Version: 1.2 | Updated: 01/06/09

Dragon Quest 4 DS: Chapters of the Chosen

Metal Slime Hunter's Guide

Copyright 2008-2009 Ben Kline

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Table of Contents

Section 1: Legal Stuff
Section 2: Opening Comments
Section 3: What are Metal Slimes?
Section 4: How to beat Metal Slimes
Section 5: The Metal Slime Family
Section 6: The Big One
Section 7: Closing and Credits

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Section 1: Legal Stuff

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All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by 
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Section 2: Opening Comments

Hello, I am Twilight_Shine of GameFAQs, and this is my very first guide.

Dragon Quest 4: Chapters of the Chosen for the Nintendo DS has quickly 
became a favorite of mine in my video game library. I was unfortunate to 
not play the original version of this game back on the NES when it was 
released, but I'm glad I now had the opportunity to find out what I missed!

This guide is to help out those who are in need of quick leveling up in the 
game, and like in many Dragon Warrior/Quest games that came before and after 
this one, the fastest way of leveling up is to defeat the enemies of the 
Metal Slime family.

I hope you all make good use of my first guide, so please enjoy! If you have 
anything about this guide you wish to add or help me out with, contact me at 
twilight_prince1002@yahoo.com. Of course, any flamers, bad comments, etc. 
will be utterly ignored. Also, thanks to those who sent e-mails already 
for extra tips and strategies, and for those who said my guide was helpful!

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Section 3: What are Metal Slimes?

Anyone who has played a Dragon Warrior/Quest game should already
know the answer to this question, but not everyone has, so for
those who are unfamiliar with these metallic creatures,
allow me to explain.

Metal Slimes and their relatives are creatures who have obnoxiously
high defense and agility ratings. They are also immune to pretty much all
magic in the book. These creatures, if defeated, will drop insane amounts
of EXP points, thus giving your team members a quick boost in their levels.

The only problem with these creatures is that while they do hold these
substantial EXP boosts, they are tough as all heck to defeat due to
several things. The first was the aforementioned defense rating, which makes
pretty much any physical attack against them either miss completely or do a
single point of damage. To top this off, Metal Slimes are highly skittish,
and they will almost always flee before you get the chance to try and
take them out. I mean, if you knew you were holding such tremendous amounts
of EXP, you wouldn't want them taken away, now would you? Also as stated,
Metal Slimes are immune to magic, be it offensive or status or whatever.

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Section 4: How to beat Metal Slimes

So with all I've said about these guys, does that make these creatures 
impossible to beat? Absolutely not! While they do have all these boons,
even they have weaknesses. The most obvious weakness they have is their
low HP, most of them (with one exception) being in only the single digits.
Of course, with you only being able to inflict 1 point of damage on them,
those few HP can go a long ways!

So how do you defeat Metal Slimes effectively? Well, there are three
main things you can do. The first way is to score a critical hit on a
Metal Slime. Since critical hits ignore any defenses and allow you to
inflict the highest damage you possibly can, this will certainly kill
any Metal Slime creature instantly. Of course, critical hits come at random,
so the Metal Slimes may still be able to run away before you strike. The
second method comes very late in the game. When you get Psaro to join your
party in Chapter 6 (the after-game chapter), he learns the Metal Slash
technique at level 40, which is an ability that makes it easier to do
damage against these monsters, enabling usually 2 points of damage to them.
Another thing that can help when fighting and hunting them are some
certain weapons you can acquire, which are detailed below.

The first of these weapons is the Falcon Knife Earrings, which you can buy in 
the town of Rosehill for 7500 gold. This item only gives an additional
+5 to your ATK, but these enable you to do a two-hit physical strike.
With these, you can possibly be able to inflict 2 damage on a Metal Slime.
The downside to the Falcon Knife Earrings is that only the women of the
party (Alena, Maya, and Meena) can equip them.

Does that seem limiting if you're using an all-male group? Not nessecarily! 
While only equippable by the Hero, Ragnar, and much later on Psaro (he even 
comes with one!), the Falcon Blade does the same as the Falcon Knife Earrings, 
just not with such a lowered ATK stat (it has a +67 ATK). The difficult part
is acquiring one of these blades, since the only way to get one other
than the one Psaro comes with is by dishing out 65,000 tokens at the Endor
Casino, which is NOT cheap at all. Double attacks, while not the most
sufficient way to dole out damage, will still help if you have no other
options open to you at the time.

"Michel Lacriox" adds: "If you can get Pioneer Town to become a castle,
which you can't before defeating Psaro, you can find a Falcon Blade outside
of the castle, somewhere near the leftside entrance." I myself just found
said Falcon Blade. Thanks much for pointing that out!

A very good weapon you can acquire to help with hunting Metal Slimes is the
Liquid Metal Sword, which is found in the Cascade Cave. I won't say how to get 
in that cave, as I'm sure other walkthroughs will tell how. Anyhow, this blade 
is not only one of the most powerful in the game (+130 ATK!), but it will also 
deal out a solid 2 points of damage against Metal Slimes. It's an effective 
weapon through and through, so when you're able to get it, get it ASAP.

I should also point out that since Metal Slimes have very high
agility ratings, it would also be wise to be able to be as fast as you
possibly can, so if you equip accessories such as the Mercury's Bandana
and Meteorite Bracer, you'll have a better chance to strike before the Metal
Slimes can flee.

Not getting many critical hits like you wanted?
Well, the chance for criticals is determined by a character's Luck statistic.
The higher the Luck, the better and more frequent chance of landing a
critical. Alena by herself has a Luck rating that's through the roof, and
good agility to boot, making her an ideal choice when hunting these monsters.
A few accessories also boost Luck, such as the Bunny Tail (+8 Luck),
Lucidia Shard (+5 Luck), and the Elevating Shoes (+50 Luck).
The Gospel Ring also raises Luck by 50, but it also prevents monster battles,
so it's not all too useful unless you combine it with Torneko's Whistle.

"Matt Platz" states: "As a long time player of this game, I noticed one thing
you missed. One other weapon which is great for metal hunting is the
Poison Needle. While only Borya and Maya can equip it, it ALWAYS hits.
So it's either a guaranteed 1 point of damage (which helps tremendously)
or an instant kill (which is even better)." Playtested this, and it does
work from time to time indeed.

"Chris Schumacher" states: "In the original NES version of Dragon Quest IV,
the preferred method for destroying Metal Babbles was using the spell BeDragon,
which is called Puff! in the DS version. This is especially good since it is
possible to destroy an entire group of Liquid Metal Slimes in one round. Only
Maya learns this spell, and it will help to have her equipped with a Meteorite
Bracer." This holds true to the DS version as well. The only downside to this 
little strategy is that the slimes may still run during the turn you use
Puff!, since Maya won't be able to attack the same turn she uses it. Still,
it's a very worthwhile mention.

"Thomas Votik" and "Josh Einstein" state: "Another great weapon is the cursed 
Hella Hammer. It makes you miss a lot of the time but when it hits it's always
critical. I have been killing 2 or 3 babbles at a time with this thing.
It's hella cool! Of course to get it off you gotta uncurse which destroys it."
Very true, though as they stated, the item is cursed, so be wary on how you
use it.

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Section 5: The Metal Slime Family

In this section, I will go into detail about each member of the Metal Slime 
Family, as well as their locations and efficient ways to beat them.

Metal Slime:
Max HP: 4
Max MP: 12
ATK: 20
Defense: 1023 (that's not a typo)
Speed: 50
EXP: 1350
Gold: 5
Item Drop: Gold Tiara
Attacks: Physical Attack, Flee, Frizz

Locations: Chapter 2 Endor Area, Chapters 3 and 5 Cistern Chapel, Chapter 5 
Last Chance Saloon area (south part) Pharos Beacon.

Description: These are the first and easiest of the Metal Slime family,
and you find them faily early on in the game, though even then they'll
be difficult to defeat due to their high speed and them running off.

Strategy: Early on, these guys are almost impossible to beat since
you more than likely won't be fast enough to hit them before they run.
However, once you get to Pharos Beacon, they start appearing in larger
numbers there, and in my own personal experience, they were less prone
to fleeing there. Basically, just hit them and hope for criticals or that
you are able to pound them down before they flee.


Liquid Metal Slime:
Max HP: 5
Max MP: Infinite
ATK: 65
Defense: 1023
Speed: 150
EXP: 10,050
Gold: 10
Item Drop: Happy Hat
Attacks; Physical Attack, Flee, Frizz, Sizz

Locations: Chapter 5 Femiscyra Castle area (South), Royal Crypt, Stairway to 
Zenithia, Nadira Watchtower.

Description: The next step up in the Metal Slime family.
These guys are three times faster than the normal ones, but offer tons
of EXP upon defeat. These are possibly the most efficient ones to fight.

Strategy: Royal Crypt is the best place to hunt these guys down,
since when they show up there, they often will appear in large numbers,
making it a bit easier to kill a few hopefully. The Liquid Metal Sword
definitely comes in handy fighting these guys. Basically, just use the same
strategy for the basic Metal Slime.


Metal King Slime:
Max HP: 7
Max MP: Infinite
ATK: 140
Defense: 1023
Speed: 165
EXP: 30,010
Gold: 20
Item Drop: Liquid Metal Helm
Attacks: Physical Attack, Flee, Sizzle

Locations: Chapter 5 The Azimuth area, Stairway to Zenithia,
Nadira Watchtower, Chapter 6 Fungeon.

Description: The bulky blobs are a big step up from the previous two,
and with slightly higher HP than the others, beating them is no
easy task before they run.

Strategy: These guys don't like sticking around long, and are pretty tough to 
locate as it is, since I've only seen them in pairs at most.
Your best bet would be to score a lucky critical against these guys,
then cheer for joy as you reap the rewards. If you're VERY lucky, they
drop one of the best helmets in the game!

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Section 6: The Big One

Okay, so you've met and possibly defeated the three main Metal Slimes,
right? If you have, congrats and keep hunting them for more EXP! However,
there is still one other member of this group, and it is the elite of
them all. Defeating this one requires a strategy of it's own calibur,
so I had to divide this one into a section of it's own!

Once you've beaten the main game and saved, you'll eventually be able
to enter the game's bonus dungeon, Fungeon. In there you'll find the
creme de la creme of the Metal Slimes...

Platinum King Jewel:
Max HP: 200
Max MP: 100
ATK: 210
Defense: 800
Speed: 255
EXP: 65,000
Gold: 700
Item Drop: Kerplunk Bracer
Attacks: Physical Attack, Smother Attack, Flee, Dazzle

Locations: Chapter 6 Fungeon, in the area right after the Pinnacle Chapel.

Description: Hoo-boy...this one's the toughie to beat,
but one look at the amount of EXP this guy gives you just makes you
wish to defeat it more, am I right? However, with those stats,
it's not an easy task...

Strategy: Okay, this one has been play-tested by myself and it
worked well for me, so I hope it will for you. Platinum King Jewels
(which I will refer to as PKJ's from hereon) are rare and not to be
trifled with. And I'm quite sure you're not going to let 65K worth of
EXP run away, are you? Yeah, I thought not.

PKJ's, as I stated, are only in the Fungeon dungeon (what a rhyme...)
and only in the area just after the Pinnacle Chapel, which is all good
since when you first get to that place, you can use a Zoom spell to
warp right back there at any time! This makes it a bit more efficient
to hunt them.

To prepare yourself, be SURE to have Alena in your party,
and make sure her Speed stat is capped off at 255 (the highest number
for that stat). Since PKJ's have 255 Speed as well, they will almost
always have the first attack, and will more than likely use it to flee!
With Alena having that maxed Speed, she has an equal chance to hit first.
If she's a little short of 255, give her a Mercury's Bandana to help her out.
The other team members can be whoever you like, but make SURE that one of
them is carrying the item known as the Sands of Time. I will explain
why in a bit.

With all that said, you should be in around your low to mid 40's
by the time you wish to tackle this dungeon, which is fine. Go to the
Pinnacle Chapel area and head out the northern exit there. You should
come to a cave-like place where there are some gravestones. This is the
area PKJ's are located, so walk around and wait for monster encounters.
You can always speed this up with Torneko's Whistle or by bringing along
some Musk.

Now PKJ's as far as I've seen always come in singles,
but paired up with three other monsters. So the battle starts,
and you want that PKJ's EXP, don't you? To help simplify this
strategy out, let's try a pretend battle here.

Say the PKJ appears with three Juggulars. Okay, now the only
thing you need to do is pray that Alena makes the first strike,
and have her hit the PKJ, hoping for a blessed critical hit, which
even though a PKJ has anywhere up to 200 HP, she still should inflict
enough damage to destroy it. If this happens, then you have every right
to celebrate...well, after you finish the other monsters off, of course.

Now what happens if the PKJ gets to go before Alena? Well, in the
worst-case scenario...it'll flee. Gone. Poof.

However, should this happen, there is still hope! Remember when I
said to have someone else be holding the Sands of Time? Well, after
the turn the PKJ flees, have that person use the Sands of Time to
start the battle over. And since it starts over...the PKJ will be back,
as if it never fled, allowing you another chance to defeat it! Should
it run again, just use the Sands of Time again until you finally
finish it off.

Of course, there's also the chance the PKJ may stick around and fight for
a bit. In this case, it can attack one party member with its basic attack
or its slightly better smothering attack. However, the PKJ has a nasty
trick up its sleeve (...wait, does it even have sleeves?).
It's a spell called Dazzle, which causes your party members to
hallucinate and thus reducing their physical attack hit ratio to
almost zilch! Should that happen, use the Sands of Time, because
your chances of hitting it after it uses that are slim to none.

By following this example, you should be able to K.O. a PKJ every time you
encounter one, netting a hefty sum of EXP for your party!

"Matt Benecke" also adds this very interesting tidbit of info regarding
PKJ's.

"Maya's Sliver Tarot Cards allow her to get a variety of effects when she
uses them in battle.  One of these effects is called "Star," which gives
the party twice the amount of experience and gold for the battle. Using
your Sands of Time approach for the PKJ slime, you might want to suggest
that Maya is in your party and has both the Silver Tarot Cards and the Sands
of Time.  While Alena and Co. go to town on the PKJ, Maya can use the cards
to hopefully get the Star experience boost. Granted, you run the risk of
having her draw the Fool card (which would kill off the other members of the
party but could be reversed with the Sands of Time item) or, worse, the
Justice card which would cause all of the enemies to be blown off the screen. 
 
Either way, the chance to earn 130,000+ experience points in one battle is
awfully tempting."

Tempting indeed...I was actually bold enough to try this myself, and lo and
behold, it works given the right circumstances! Thanks a lot for the info!

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Section 7: Closing and Credits

This is the end of my little Metal Slime Hunting guide, so it's time to thank
some people.

Special thanks to Yuji Horii for making the Dragon Quest games.

To Akira Toriyama, for drawing such spectacular art for the series.

To BradyGames, for stats on the Metal Slimes.

To SquareEnix for making this wonderful remake.

To my friend Wesley, who helped me get into Dragon Quest.

To Matt Platz, Michel Lacriox, Thomas Votik, Josh Einstein, and Matt Beneke
for all the new and interesting info on hunting these creatures.

And finally to you, the reader, for taking the time to read all this.


Happy Metal Slime hunting!

-Fin

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