|Starting a high playthrough of Mother 3 Fan Translation v1.2|
The first time I played this was like 10 years ago, back when the translation patch first came out... I don't remember much at all except for the major story details.. I've really been looking forward to replaying this.
omg the naming screen animation is so cute
Went with all the default character names of course... and fav food noodles and fav thing weed... and grape window color
- Mt. Oriander 1 -
I'm at the home of Alec, Hinawa's father, where Hinawa and her kids Lucas and Claus are visiting...
Claus knocking on the door, telling Lucas to get up so they can go see the dragos.. his mom tells him to go change out of pajamas before leaving
Unlike Earthbound, there are sometimes some unique looking things in houses that you can examine for a bit of flavor text.
Hinawa's dad is outside... both of him and his mom called him sleepyhead...
Alec: "Well, today's the day you head back home."
left pig: "What the pig next to me says worries me..."
right pig: "Don't worry about it."
cow: "All cows, no matter what they're thinking, go Moo. It'd be handy to remember that."
lmao awesome, I guess Lucas has the same abilities as Ness, including his ability to I telepathically talk to animals.
the chickens are too chicken to talk to you, they just run away instead.. you have to run them into something to hear what they say
oh shit cool... no more skip sandwich nonsense.. now you can just hold be to charge up a run
south path: "There are ants at your feet. You might accidentally step on them, so please don't continue in that direction."
frog: "A story is a series of memories. Memories are remembered with other memories, and in turn become memories themselves. If you don't take care to preserve your memories, you'll forget them. So, please tell us frogs your memories of everything so far... That is what people refer to as saving."
this is too deep I can't handle it...
west path: Claus is charging and knocking over the father dinosaur... "You should play too, Lucas."
yeah, let's decline the offer to play with Lucas's brother who I'm sure nothing bad will happen to ever in this game.
actually it doesn't seem to matter what you pick... Alec comes and shows you how to hold B and ram into things like Claus was doing
Mole Cricket objects to our play-fighting, and teaches Lucas and Claus real fighting
he doesn't tell you yet, but you can easily find out on your own that the "Bash" command represented by a music note... in this game you can tap A along to the beat of the background music to get combo hits
then Hinawa comes... "I stepped on a mole cricket. I hope it's all right..."
lmao wow.. another Earthbound parallel... as soon as the intro barely starts, the tutorial character gets squashed by some woman.
after Hinawa calls them in for noodles, Alec looks at the player and tells you that you should talk to frogs often... this guy replaces the earthbound dad as the savings/growth info expert character... frogs replace the telephones, though I don't know if these frogs allow Lucas to talk to his grandpa...
Hinawa is talking about how they'll get home safely, while Alec is talking about how peaceful it is and that there's no danger... Hinawa goes outside to write a letter to Flint, about how this place is so refreshing after being at their sheep farm all the time...
- Tazmily Village 1 -
That odd music from a thing that flew over the house as Hinawa was outside... some pig soldiers came out of it and threw bombs killing a bunch of stuff... someone from Tazmily Village comes and knocks on Flint's door, saying the Sunshine Forest is on fire...
this feels really intense already...
Lucas's father, Flint is level 7... has some useful fighting skills...
"geez, who would lock their door in a village as peaceful as ours?"
Thomas: "I'll follow behind you. What? What's so wrong with that? I happen to like following behind people!"
Flint takes a stick from his dog's doghouse... Thomas is like "That'll come in handy as a weapon"... in a forest fire? really?
ah sweet... unlike Earthbound you don't have to go to the "status" menu item and hit A to read through the item status dialog... instead the item status dialog is instantly fully there on the screen to read it if you want, as you have the cursor over that item in the Goods or Equip screens... the whole menu interface is just way quicker and easier than the earlier games...
despite how dire everything is, you can still take the time to talk to all the silly npcs if you want... although most of them are not actually in town right now, they're in the forest helping to rescue people.
"Th-th-the Sunshine Fire... It's on forest!! No, wait! The Funshine Sorest is on tire!!"
oh and you can easily find out that Thomas is the owner of this town's general store. if you try to go in any houses: "Now's not the time for that."
Jackie from Jackie's Yado Inn is too busy to help...
Jill tells Flint not to take Thomas too seriously... what?
some guy sitting on a bench: "If you need something from the map-loving and map-owning Mapson, it must be a map, yes?"
he tells me how to use the map... "Fill your right index finger with a wish. or strength. to put it more bluntly, I guess do something R Button-ish?"
woah.. Tazmily is actually pretty big... there's like 4 other south Tazmily town sections, in addition to the Flint's house section and the shop/inn section. Flint's house seems to be near an ocean/lakeside cliff, while the 2 south-western sections look like a beach/port and the 2 south-eastern sections look like a mountainside area near a river...
then up ahead there seems to be some fields/houses and a church, surrounded by a moat from that same river... then the west path from there goes up into Sunshine Forest...
yay weed-induced overly detailed map analysis
Pusher, who is I guess this town's mayor, is telling Flint and Thomas, the only 2 town firefighters to do something... "North! North, I say!"
oh, so you mean go east of here right?
"Flint! The fire isn't that way!"
Abbot tells you the directions to the woods, then apologizes for sounding so explanation-like...
picked up a mushroom in a giftbox and some nuts on the ground... Abbey tells us out of the kindness of her heart to read all signposts so we don't get lost.
South: Tazmily Village, West: Sunshine Forest, North: Sunset Cemetary... oh and there's some blocked off cave path to the east, I wonder when that'll be relevant
- Sunshine Forest 1 -
Lou and Bud escaped, but Bud starts puking... Lou says Lighter and Fuel haven't escaped yet... lol these guys aren't the pig enemies who caused it I hope
so sparrows are what replace the Earthbound moles I guess...
the yin-yang altar in this temple place asks the player for their name...
"After I count down from three, you will forget you were ever asked this question."
..."Have you forgotten?"
Ed won't let Ollie and Butch in to see the fire...
Mike: "Let this slightly unclean and not very tasty cookie be of use."
another sparrow tells Flint about how some people prefer to keep the peace as much as possible, and dash past enemies you can avoid... but if you run away from everything, you'll have a tougher time later on...
"Always running off will only lead to regret, my young disciple."
walking too close to the fire damages you...
the left path leading north to the mountain/riverside is blocked off by a huge wall of fire... you see one of those pig soldiers open a box to let some flies out, before running through the fire like it's nothing...
Lighter is there coughing... he was trying to fight off the pig enemies, but they just kept coming... Fuel is still in the shack up north... Flint inspects some strange bug on the ground... "You've never seen a bug like this before."
as Flint tries to go further, a bunch more of that bug, fireflies, attack him..
a frog hiding in a barrel of water asks me to save..
|a flying rat... oh shit it's the first enemy that does a combo attack on you... with this you should be able to figure out on your own that tapping A along to the beat gets you combo hits.. and if you see the enemy do it to you, then you have a better idea of what the timing for this music should be.|
lol I just noticed Thomas stayed behind at some point when Flint went into the burning forest.. how did I not notice the siren noise not being there anymore? I'm way too high
um... wtf am I supposed to do on the 2nd floor of this building where Fuel is stuck behind a fallen support beam?
oh right, I can dash indoors... k
Abbey was attacked by some enemies... says she's never seen any creatures like this before, some weird hybrid combinations of flies, mouses, and other bugs...
Thomas is near the sanctuary... oh I see he took Lighter here to save him while Flint went to get Fuel.
- Tazmily Village/Sunshine Forest 2 -
it starts raining... back at Tazmily Village, Tessie heals Flint and Fuel at the inn, but Lighter is still in bad condition...
Lighter: "Flint... did you see anything else in the fire besides those weird bugs? Suspicious people with pig-like masks on."
Lou says there's yet another guy named Isaac who went out to the woods to pick mushrooms, not sure if he's back yet...
holy shit this Innkeeper looks perpetually depressed... I guess you've never seen him pre-pig crisis... his wife thinks he's a coward.
Isaac is outside the inn.. asks Flint if he's seen Hinawa and the kids.. he saw Hinawa by the mountain riverside when he was up there picking mushrooms... then he heard Drago screams and human screams off in the distance a bit later...
you still can't go in any other houses in town besides the inn, because it's late out... it seems like you have the choice to either sleep until morning or go looking for Hinawa at night... idk maybe not? okay yeah, it doesn't do anything but heal you, got it
During the forest fire, the frog was like "you really should save", but now that it's raining and things are calm, it's like "wanna save? ribbit".. I like how the frogs change their tone depending on how dire the situation is
all of them say "Give my regards to the next frog you meet."
Flint finds a carrier pidgeon with a letter from Hinawa...
"Next time we visit, let's ask one of our neighbors to tend the sheep so we can come as a family"
also you can explore the rest of town now, just can't go in any houses still... sherriff's office is to the west, the sign there says "Sheriff NOT wanted! After all, there's no crime!"
this map design feels quite a bit different from Earthbound's and Mother 1's giant areas with an angled point of view... this feels kinda more simple, but still has the Earthbound style linearity where the way forward is usually pretty obvious, but if you go exploring for optional goodies it's easy to get lost.
everyone's searching the forest for Hinawa, Claus, and Lucas.. further up at the mountain...
- Mt. Oliander 2 -
Fuel, Lighter, and Isaac show up, and start trying to push through..
Now some people are gathered at the cliff where the dragons climbed up.. Boney notices something here.. and if you look up you see a red piece of cloth that Flint seems to recognize.
the old man says he can get his son to help Flint up the cliff... Duster they send Boney to go get him... Duster has the ability to staple soft walls to create a path to climb up them...
just realized, in Earthbound's Lost Underworld, the place where dragons lived, that's where Ness found his final memory and went to Magicant... and the peaceful (pre-pig crisis) place you start out in has dragons living there...
up ahead there's this tough cyborg mountain goat thing that the pig enemies activated on us.
after defeating it and chasing the pigs away, my levels are now 12 / 9 / 11
lol, if you try to go back down the mountain after it stops raining, some npc who is slowly trying to climb it blocks you off from returning
some letter with a pig nose stamp on it... "All the creatures around here suck. We need to make 'em cooler. So the theme will be: Tougher! Rougher! Badder! We'll mix and match this and that to create whole new things no one's ever seen before! I dub it the Fascinating Chimera Project."
saw a pig-nosed UFO fly away... can't go any farther due to part of the cliff being destroyed... back down the mountain.. the npcs who were at the knocked down trees have finished... one guy finds you and says he found Lucas and Claus, washed up the river..
Fuel: "I wonder what they'll get to eat when their mom gets back."
Bronson shows up looking really awkward... he says he found a drago fang... but...
Bronson tells Flint that he can come pick up that drago fang when he gets out of jail... Claus comes and breaks him out.. says Lucas is been at mom's grave crying...
some little girl named Alle.. says Clause went off somewhere and said "we won't see each other for a while", asks Flint if he knows where he went..
okay, got the drago fang from Bonson, the only weapon that can hurt a drago... and got some new armor from Lighter... seems like a good place to stop.
|The enemies in this forest seem harder than before.. now that Flint is on his own these snakes and mice make me constantly need to heal|
lol what's with this walking bush enemy... it follows you around but doesn't actually engage you unless you try and talk to it. then in battle it just uses Lifeup on Flint and does non-hostile things. weird...
these boar enemies are kinda tough, but then I learned the rhythm to get combo hits on them..
back to Alec's house
"My friend is able to talk with frogs, lizards, and what have you."
his friend(s), the Magypsies, they've lived isolated from civilization for a long time...
in addition to the save frogs, there's also these weird red "arrow lizards" that point to the direction you need to go...
"The magypsies are neither human nor beast, neither man nor woman."
eventually these arrow lizards lead me to..
"Wrong. I am the wrong frog."
"Right. Right! Right!! Frog!! The right frog!!"
these magypsie people live way longer than humans, and didn't care about Claus going to risk his life to fight the Dragos and get revenge.
for some reason, Alec keeps telling Flint to relax as they go through this cave, and he's acting all weird and making jokes while giving him the directions to the Drago's home.
some more pig soldiers were up here, and they ran away in their pig UFO just as they saw Flint..
the baby dragon was there, as well as Claus's shoes... and then, as I thought, one of the Dragos has been turned into an evil Mecha Drago..
Alec stopped Flint from killing this Drago parent.. suddenly you see Clause passed out down beneath the cliff they are on. Flint and Alec don't see him though..
- Chapter 2: Thief Adventure -
the plot takes a complete different direction all of a sudden...
one thing I'm noticing about this game in comparison to Earthbound, its cutscenes are a lot more lengthy and serious.. and a lot more animated too... there's a lot to take in
so that's what we're doing now... Wess leaves Duster a bunch of enemy debuff tems he can pick up.. I guess Duster is supposed to be this game's Jeff... also you can examine the other stuff in their house, it says "It appears to be empty. Or at least that's what's written here, so it's probably best not to touch it."
the map doesn't tell you where to go until you talk to Mapson.
met a strange traveller and his monkey friend in Tazmily at night...
this fat kid Butch, from the pig farm was introduced to money by some guys in pig costumes.. he traded his pigs for it. then he goes and hides the money in the town well.
the ants that keep arbitrarily stopping me.. now whenever I come across them, they start telling me about timed rhythm hits. these are like weird invisible npcs that randomly interrupt you. this one ant after sneaking into the castle tells me about how putting an enemy to sleep lets me hear the rhythm better.
wow, the enemies here are really hard. Duster doesn't have anything that attacks all enemies, so he easily gets overpowered by groups. there's also a bunch of different ways to go and no way of knowing which way is the right way... yep this is a Mother game alright.
a ghost told me about this room that has an optional fight against a ghost knight, as well as a ghost sword and ghost shield.
all of these ghost enemies are quite tough with solo Duster, even when I can 16-combo them. I'm dying a lot here, but I can get back to where I was easily if I focus on avoiding battles.
Some red haired girl is in the upper floor of the castle before Duster.. Duster picks up a pendant that she dropped.
Duster started this chapter at level 10, now he's at level 16.
finally got the treasure Duster was sent here for... there's another one of those weird walls with the dance pictures and a face wall with the sound of wind beyond it...
back in Tazmily.. I could go straight back to Wess but I'll talk to everyone again first...
That traveller with the monkey from last night, he seems to be staying in the middle room in the inn, next to where Lighter/Fuel and the homeless people are staying.. he's introducing more people to money..
the gossiper ladies are saying Flint has gone missing.. Fuel says he hasn't seen Lucas come out of his house either.. Duster saw Lucas outside his house last night, hanging out with Boney cuz he couldn't sleep.. he's in his house now, wondering if he should've gone with Clause..
that old dying man in the west part of town, he senses something bad happening to the village.. the farm where Butch lives still has its pigs and cows..
that's not actually what Wess wanted either.. but he recognizes that pendant as belonging to the princess of Osohe Castle.
Wess joins Duster to go back to the castle.. you can talk to all the NPCs again and most of them have different dialog when Wess is with you. including this girl "Nana" who looks a lot like Paula.
|Osohe Castle is now being raided and wrecked up by the pig invaders... all the ghosts are hiding in the kitchen and the unfriendly ghosts have all been killed.|
Wess does an embarrassing dance to open that mysterious door.. he's disappointed at Duster for not being able to figure this out.
Now we're in the top floors of the castle.. this seems to be like the "melody path" section... as in, the same sort of vibe of a strange cave that is isolated from the main villain's influence
Wess and Kumatora go off to look for Duster... Kumatora got another fever...
when Kumatora goes to visit Scamp, that dying old man, he says that something that was going to happen to the village, that was Kumatora coming here.. he says that something good will happen to the village now...
Everyone's in the middle of the village.. Butch is making a big fuss over his money having been stolen.. he accuses the thief family. Chapter 2 ends on that note..
guess I'll stop here for now.
|Chapter 3: The Suspicious Peddler|
The pig ship has landed
Fassad: Alright monkey! Listen up! If you don't do your job... then this girlie monkey is as good as dead.
the monkey gets zapped whenever he disobeys his commands... he makes the monkey, dance, laugh, and backflip... and when the monkey starts crying...
no... stop this.
You wound up being taken with Fassad
I'm playing as the monkey right now... I'm in control, sort of... if I go anywhere besides Fassad's destination I get zapped.
The monkey, Salsa, has monkey skills...
Apologize to an enemy to stop it in its tracks.
Perform various tricks to stop an enemy somwhat.
Perform various dances for different results.
Counter an enemy with its own attack.
Talked to a frog in a barrel... defeated a dung beetle and picked up a "Dung" item...
gave him sum dung and he gave me some experience points.
you can easily get Salsa leveled up a lot here, just by guarding and letting Fassad kill everything. Some enemies often give you healing items for killing them too.
Found a luxury banana... but Fassad eats it. oh... maybe it's better to stay away from collecting useful items if the enemy is likely to take the important ones
The frog... in exchange for saving him, he lets Salsa Save
already at level 7
... Frogs in the desert? It's not as crazy as you might think.
After that, I went around collecting more dung to prepare for the cactus dog.
lol when an enemy confuses Salsa, fassad immediately zaps him back to obedience... sometimes Fassad doesn't attack during battle. I think if Salsa doesn't attack once in a while, then Fassad will stop attacking too.
"Fassad put his finger on the punisher button"
This part of the game is really neat actually... like I wouldn't be staying here grinding for so long if I didn't think it'd be more fun then just charging ahead as soon as possible... I like how Fassad is just barely not strong enough to defeat most of these enemies on his own in one turn, but with the help of level 8 Salsa, every single enemy battle can be won on the first turn. Salsa's growth in this short time period seem very noticeable... now I'm at the point where I longer need to guard against these desert enemies.
hmm... the water near that Wan Sum Dung guy has gotten all dungy now... you can still drink it...
oh wow... I just realized dancing is a VERY good tactic... just does a random buff/enemy debuff each turn.
there that cactus dog was easy with Salsa only at level 8
oh man this creepy music section...
lol nah that's not what happens, that'd be cool though.
Fassad: "This tall man never leaves this spot... and I've never seen him talk with anyone, either..."
Fassad runs into Duster...
Butch to Duster: "What? You don't know what money is? ...Actually, I'm not really all that sure, either. After all , we've never had it in Tazmily Before."
"He gave it to me in exchange for some pigs. Yeah, he really took a liking to those pigs..."
yeah, probably to make weird hybrid monsters out of
oh damn wait... is it showing me... yeah it's the scene from Chapter 2 when Duster sees Butch hide the money... wow... so this whole chapter is chapter 2 from the monkey's perspective.
Fassad tells Salsa to go deliver these people their Happy Boxes... with a 23 minute life threatening time limit... Now he's zapping the monkey even for obeying... damn
oh wow... that tunnel where the pig tank dug through on the way to Osohe castle in chapter t2... that's where Fassad and Salsa came from just now... that path to the desert is now gated off... only the secret graveyard path connects the desert to Tazmily.
lol I explored all of the town and found the 4 characters before going to the cemetary to find out I was supposed to grab each Happy Box from there first to deliver them... and also Mapson marks their locations on the map for you.
Abbey canceled her order when she saw Abbot getting one. I'm done I guess...
This scene is awesome... Lucas comes and saves Wess and the others with the baby Drago and his parent.. Wess tells him about what happened with Duster...
|- Chapter 4: Club Titiboo -|
- Tazmily, 3 years later -
Lucas remembers his mom whenever he looks in the mirror...
The Happy Box is giving off light of some sort.
Got a trivia card... it says try using it on human enemies...
Some of the characters still haven't gotten brainwashed, and their homes have been struck by lightning repeatedly because they are the only ones without happy boxes... There's also the Happy Cooling Box... Happy bear... etc...
wtf, opened a gift box and found... a reggae rhythm...
a pig lying at the beach... a man and woman looking at each other from a distance......
"No drinking! No swimming! No swimming! No drinking! And swimming while hallucinating is absolutely out of the question!"
lol wow... it's like... Pokey's affects on the world made everything more weird and silly like it was in Earthbound... although maybe it's a bit more grim than that.
"Out taking your dog for a walk? You must really think you're someone special. Seriously, you don't even work. Even kids are working at the factory nowadays, you know."
"My destiny just didn't cross the destiny of trumpets."
Visited Mike in the nursing home... he's Lucas's other grandfather apparently?... some sexual harrassment joke that I'm sure won't be there in the official Mother 3 translation that eventually comes out.
Wess seems unaffected by the Happy Box
Alec says lightning destroyed his mountain home and was forced into this nursing home...
That old dying man is gone now...
Parrot: "I'm not stuffed! I'm alive! I'm plenty alive, dagnabbit!"
The pig farm is now the pig army's training facility.
Met some characters Lucas knows at the train station... they're coming back home from work at the factory... I guess the factory is probably in the Sunshine Forest or at Mt. Oliander. Jackie is convinced Duster is at Club Titiboo, playing the drums...
That tall guy who was always standing tat Cross Road is gone... I wonder if he'll be relevant later.
Stopping here for now, in Sunshine Forest... Lucas and Boney are level 12 and 13... the enemies up ahead get quite hard.
|Okay so Sunshine Forest isn't where I'm supposed to go. The enemies here are way too strong for Lucas and Boney... back in the town, Wess is yelling at Fassad, saying he's he's doing something to this town and is the one behind the lightning strikes... Wess asks Lucas to go find Duster, who I gathered is at Club Titiboo...|
Where is this Club Titiboo, anyway? No idea... then I happened to come across an NPC who says you need to take the train to get there... I don't have a ticket though, and the train isn't running... the train guy suggests walking along the tracks...
The enemies along these tracks are kinda tough... I got killed by one of them that kept calling for help... Got a bit further... these butterflies are not useful at all because Lucas doesn't have any PSI moves yet... found a magic butterfrog.,, oh, the Magypsie person here teaches Lucas a bunch of PSI moves by drowning him in the hot spring...
A sign warns me to stay away from the camelsnakes...
Youngsters! Here's you're chance to sweat beautiful sweat! Part time help wanted at the factory.
Sweet, there's a frog, now I can try and fight that camelsnake... in fact, with the frog being the respawn point, there's no downside to getting killed here. You just respawn right there at the frog again but with all your HP and PP maxed out, and you keep whatever stuff you got before you died... wow this almost feels like cheating, but I guess it's a fair strategy...
Yep, as I thought, the camelsnakes are way to strong for Lucas and Boney, I died against them and respawned right where I was at full health.
Signed up for part time work... "Sign your name on this document... no not your name, the name of, uh, you know... the person pulling the strings, I guess you could say?"
oh yeah the game has this thing going on... last time I inputted the player's name, it was with Flint at that yin yang temple...
After I finished with that, I'm able to go to Club Titiboo... gotta find it first... tried exploring but the enemies around here are very tough and respawn quickly...
My levels now are at 17/16...
wtf, I died, but then instead of respawning at the frog in front of the factory, I respawned at some hot spring, in some area I don't have a map for, and there's super strong enemies everywhere.. and there's a chicken that can give you free eggs,,,
You smell underage... you smell like an underage kid and a dog!Then Violet comes out and seems to recognize us and lets us in...
DCMC FAN CLUB
We're looking for help for the cheering squad.
Violet tells Lucas she's actually Kumatora...
For some reason the drink/food stand sells Doggy Biscuits in here... another place that sells DCMC merchandise...
All the waitresses here giggle at the end of everything they say... I really wish they'dget rid of that rule, though. It's so stupid. *giggle*
Boney suggests we go sit down so the encore can start.
"OH MY PORK. It looks like our time is up for today."
Kumatora leads Ness down the secret underground tunnel to her room, they have a long discussion, trying to figure out what's going on... This is where Lucas starts to grow from a worthless crybaby into more of a hero character.
Kumatora: "We'll never figure out what happened to that hummingbird egg until Duster regains his memory."
She then shows Lucas the secret attic passageway to Duster's room. Kumatora's room is like a ninja house lol
This place they described just now... Lucas recognizes it as that place he saw through the optional binoculars... the unknown valley just beyond the Club Titiboo ropeway...
Now he isn't sure which one he wants to be...
Duster or Lucky... One of them will cease to exist after today...woah... this is some deep existential crisis stuff going on...
The rest of the band members convince him to go with his destiny... "If destiny decides it, I'll say goodbye to you with a smile on my face."
Stone-Sheet-Clippers... have to defeat 5 in a row... well technically with a frog right there I can do that no problem in time...
OJ Last... says he ties with Magic and Baccio
Magic says he always ends up tying against Shimmy... wants to go first...
Baccio says Shimmy uses stone, and he should go a little later...
Shimmy Zmizz says Baccio loses to Magic... wants to go...
Lucky says him, Magic, and OJ play, they always tie... doesn't want to go yet...
nope, too high to figure this out... just winged it for some of them... lol if you choose the wrong thing against the band leader, Neckbeard comes and distracts everyone and you get to go again...
when the band leader sees Lucas do what he told him, he conceded that Duster's destiny must be to go with Lucas...
lol as soon as Kumatora realizes she's done with this job, she starts acting angry and aggressive again like usual...
I'm not sure if I understood that puzzle just now... I think you were only supposed to trust the members that seemed trustworthy, maybe?
Lucas/Duster/Boney's levels are now 20/19/18
Kumatora joined... L/D/K/B are 20/19/16/18
Next destination is the area just passed the mountain on the opposite side of the Club Titiboo mountain... I just realized that tower is the thing that is causing the lightning attacks... a bunch of Claymen working there... that's where Duster hid the egg...
But first I'm gonna backtrack and explore the area around the base of these 2 mountains... Now with 4 party members all those monsters that were around the ropeway area and that other unknown building I respawned near that one time for some reason... I can storm through this area easily now and see what's around here while also gaining a few levels.
There's something insignificant written here, but because it's insignificant, you didn't read it.
lmao another fireworks present
Went back to the hot spring... may as well take as many eggs as I can carry... Actually nah, not if you gotta stay in the spring again before he'll give you another one... in fact it turns the eggs your carrying into hot spring eggs. I guess those are useful to have...
The combo system is really fun sometimes when you get like a whole combo rally going for the whole turn.
huh... there's a man climbing up the cliff here.
Now after that pointless backtrack my levels are 22/22/20/21
Both Lucas and Kumatora are getting a lot of fevers and learning a bunch of new PSI powers...
Finally heading towards the tower...
The enemies here are a bit harder than the ones back in the factory area, but again I'm killing it with the combo attacks...
There's a whole bunch of holes now where Duster buried the egg... have to go through a mole tunnel maze...
In actuality, mole tunnels are more than just places to live; they also serve as traps intended to confuse and capture food, such as insects. In other words, the moles' tunnels act as literal dungeons.
These moles are falling into the same pattern as Tazmily Village... except these moles seem to be REALLY proud of their hole... that has gotten so much bigger these past 3 years...
May the ground everywhere become a complex hole!
One of the moles dreamed about noodles...
once upon a time, there was a lazy mole who lived in a hole. this mole would never, ever dig on his own. Instead, he would stand by holes that others dug and say *dig* *dig* *dig* *dig*.
What happened to that mole you ask? No, uhh, I don't know this story very well.
Finally found the right hole to drop into... made it to the area where Duster buried the egg...
Woah this tower looks huge up close... I thought there might be another town or something soon to stop at, maybe not...
|Sweet... was JUST about to use a tart, but then I found a butterfly in a present box|
With Lucas and Duster at level 23 now, and me having mastered these combo beats... those kangashark enemies are nothing now...
Got to a frog... gonna keep going for a bit cuz I'm on a roll with this game... I still don't want to stop yet.
woah... The pigs in this tower mistake Lucas for Claus, and treat him like their general... I guess this is sort of like a town area then.
Got off the Pork Bean and walked around in some of these areas because I wanted to check out the battle sprites of these weird looking chimeras on the highway... there's rhinocerocket... atomic power robot (I remember that thing), and there's also this strange creature...
Almost at the garbage dump... got to a place with a carfrog and a bunch of other stuff at the garbage dump parking lot... There's also a cafe, and new equipment to buy...
So far I found 3/7 of those mouse children... I could continue towards the garbage dump, but instead I'll explore the highway some more and try to find more mice...
You can actually take the pork bean all the way back to that secret tunnel that Fassad and the monkey took in the 3rd chapter... you can get a super bomb and luxury banana there... but you can't go out through the door to the tazmily graveyard or back to Death Desert.
My levels are now 24/24/23/23
|Further up on the highway, passed the cafe, found a little cave with a guy named Leo-Leo, surrounded by a bunch of gift boxes. He says he got these presents from some girls, and tells me not to open them... then I talk to him a few more times.|
You naturally try to open a gift box the instant you see one, don't ya? But too bad! These ones belong to me!
You look like you're thinking to yourself, "Come on, just one box.", Well too bad!
I really doubt you're popular with the girls. You don't seem like a very bad dude, either. I dunno, should I let you open one...? Nope, not gonna happen!
Okay, okay! You can have one, and only one. Even a bad dude like Leo-Leo has a nice side... That's why the chicks dig me.hmm... this is mysterious... I wonder what would've happened if I had just taken all the presents first and then talked to him.
opened a present.. got the "Knit sweater" with Leo-Leo's name knitted onto it... oh I see, and if you try to open more than that, the guy stops you... this wasn't very exciting...
I also found another hidden mouse kid in this room... one more to go...
and the last mouse is just out in the open on the side of the road..
Went to the junk yard, where the defective clayman was dropped off... got attacked by a Junk Heap.
This boss was pretty easy. Lucas used shield on everyone and went on healing duty, Duster tried out all his abilities until I found that tickling to lower his DEF works best, Kumatora used fire every turn, and Boney just attacked along with Lucas whenever I didn't need healing... Junk Heap also constantly uses shield, healing, and DEF buffs on himself so it took a while, but I never even came close to being in danger.
Then a pigmask shows up and gives us a lift straight to Thunder Tower...
Finally reached that ominous tower that has been destroying people's homes with thunder strikes.
If this catfish doesn't work hard, we'll run out of power! And if that happens, our mean, scary boss will get mad. And if that happens, I'll get lumps on my head. So please work hard, catfish!
oh yeah and that Whatever enemy reacts to you very strangely, and only fights you if you talk to it or another nearby enemy fights you.
The tower part of Thunder Tower is full of areas that are always short-circuiting. It's really dangerous, so please don't go up there.
No problem here.
...is what I'd like to say, but the generator defense system partway up the tower is really buggy. We'd be in such huge trouble if any bad guys snuck in!
Yeah, the generator defense system further up the tower... Things could get ugly real quick.
If the generator is destroyed, Thunder Tower will collapse! So a special type of trap's been installed in the generator! I suppose in RPG terms, it would be your so-called "mid-boss"!
The catfish in the center room are much bigger... pigmasks are trying to scare them into working harder... their boss, a huge DCMC fan, is up ahead... good thing I didn't sell all my DCMC merch yet.
my levels are now 28 / 28 / 27 / 27
Next is just an easy linear path up the tower, fighting a bunch of "screwloose" enemies... and I eventually get to a room with a fancy star shaped hot spring and a bunch of kid's toys and stuff...
all of the items in this room can be inspected for some extra lines of dialog...
sweet, the jukebox switched the music to the EarthBound shop music...
wait wtf, she can still attack while paralyzed most of the time? shit this is tough... she gets even harder in her 2nd form.
YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW SO SEW SO-SO
GREETINGS CHEESE POPSICLE
THE NUMBER YOU HAVE DIALED IS CURRENTLY OUT OF PORK CHOPS
FROM EAST TO WEST IT GOES GOES
OH SO SOW SEW BROKEN
*whir* *clank* *clunk*
Further up... closer to the top of the tower generator...
Who the hey are you?! Actually, I guess it doesn't matter, huh? Just the fact you were able to come this far is awesome... which makes YOU awesome! I think I might be in love! My name is Sheep. Don't ask any more than that. Trying to seem mysterious is my hobby.
whoa this is weird... i get the feeling some of these pigmasks aren't actually people, they might be sheep or pigs, secretly giving the good guys advice on purpose... I've been seeing a few of these strange pigmasks lately that have blatantly hinted they are secretly siding with Lucas. I wonder if this is what the "We pigs know all the secrets of Mother 3" hint from way earlier in the game is all about...
PSI Shield on Boney first of all... then I'll try Siren Beetle, Paralysis, and Sniff... weak against ice... good thing Kuma just learned PK Freeze beta
it unleashes a big attack on all of us, then runs out of energy and I easily heal boney on time and now it's a harmless pile of junk that everyone can wail on. it does eventually regain energy and charge up its big attack again, but it's very easy to predict and survive to the next round of wailing...
levels are now 30 / 29 / 29 / 28
an alarm going on as the dead robot yells out "IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU'D EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY!"
Fassad shows up...
You! How dare you destroy this vital system of ours!
Hmm, I guess this is a case of "Fools, like smoke, enjoy heights."
What's funny is that happiness could've been yours, had you simply stayed in Tazmily and lived quietly, without a care in the world.then he's on the phone, being like "I'll be done here soon, so leave the Mother Porkship on standby above."
*eats banana*sheesh, this sounds really ominous...
The Thunder Tower is unusable, but this is the perfect chance to eliminate the whole lot of you in one fell swoop.
It's a bit much for three lousy rats, but our king just loves being flashy. So I've decided that you and Thunder Tower can disappear flashily together.Then Fassad slips on his banana peel and falls off, and Duster uses his rope snake so everyone can grab onto the UFO's ladder...
The good news for me, is that although we haven't known each other long, I'm now a major character in the story, thanks to you. And the bad news for you... is that my jaw isn't sturdy enough to support the weight of three people and one dog. In other words, my jaw... It's.. at... its... limit... This is... literally... jaw-dropping!
Everyone falls off to their doom.
Chapter 5 End
TIME 21 : 25
Chapter 6 - Sunflower Fields
|Chapter 7 - The Seven Needles|
Tazmily Village 5
The 4 split up... Lucas and Boney land in some hay near the Tazmily old folks home where Wess and Alec are living... meanwhile a scene shows the commander leading some pigmask soldiers into a building...
Alec says his Magypsy friends might be able to help find Duster. So I guess I know where I gotta go next, but first is another big town completionist npc dialog segment.
one of the guys there isn't even talking about the magypsy...
Can I say something off-topic?He tells you anyway regardless of which option you pick.
I picked up this doorknob the other day, but I was irritated at the time, so I threw it to the east as far as I could. I wound up dislocating my shoulder as a result. Actually, no, I was just fibbing about that last part. Hahaha.
This magypsy realizes Lucas is the one they've been waiting for for tens of thousands of years...
Can't you sense it, too? Can't you feel "the time" drawing near? It's okay if you can't. I'm not entirely sure about it, either.Ionia wonders if the others are alright, but can't fly back without his makeup on. but he can walk... then one of the townspeople says they can show us how to go up the river easily... but before that I gotta talk to everyone else in the town.
It seems the factory's been closed down. So I expected my little Biffy and Butchy to come back home, but they wound up going to some New Pork Something-or-Other instead.
Jackie, the innkeeper:
Visitors from the big city have really dropped in number. Conversely, people wanting to leave this village for the city are on the rise. In which case, it would be best to move our hotel to the city. Right? Well, that's what I think, at least.
Attention, guests staying here on group work retreats: Please talk in whispered voices when conducting meetings. Thank you.lol if you keep listening to the whispering conversation through the door, the dialog keeps changing a bunch of times, until this npc finally gives up on trying to stop you from eavesdropping.
a guy staying in one of the hotel rooms says:
I've been staying here a long time, pretending I have money, but I actually don't. I dunno what to do, so I'm gonna stay in here again today. I'm afraid. Every day I'm so afraid. I can't leave my room, I'm so scared they'll demand that I pay up.yikes
The pigmask hanging out near Lucas's house thinks the frog is suspicious, but doesn't think it's up to anything bad so he leaves it be.
Time certainly flies, doesn't it?
The sheep that still has its fur is jealous of the other 2 that had their fur charred off.
The sherriff isn't locking people up anymore, just hanging out with a dog...
Bud and Lou are doing a comedy routine next to a sign that says
NOTICE! Beware of snakes. Please refrain from practicing comedy routines in this area. Greetings, lumber people.seems all the people still obsessed with money are the ones that want to move to the city.
I just thought of something. I do nothing but think about myself, so I think that might make others not like me... But if other people would think about me even more, it would all balance out. Why won't other people think about me more?Bob:
Lucas! I like you. You come to talk to me every once in a while. I could make you my successor, if you'd like. But it's lonely living my kind of life...
Each time my old man gets a year older, his "me"-ness gets worse and worse.... deep
A sign next to the ocean cliff:
There's something across the sea... Do you ever wonder about such things? Please call me anytime.I bet Nana wrote that, that Paula-looking girl who's always staring out at the sea...
I've figured out what my bad habit is. I'll put it in one sentence. I never shut up.
This cape's suddenly real nice and quiet, now that everyone's gone. But it's also kind of lonely now. The only thing to hear is the sound of the waves.I bet she's the one who wrote that sign lol
Guess I'll sell Lucas's rubber cape and exchange it for the fire resistant Aloha Coat at the sea shop. I don't know if I need it but whatever...
lol the central town message board has a bunch of propaganda ads, and also a message from Nana saying "I have sand in my shoe. Somebody do something!"
another one says: "We've been running out of friends at the castle lately. People of Tazmily, please pass away at a faster pace, if you would be so kind. Thanks. (Anonymous Ghost)"
and one from Isaac warning everyone that they should all be kind towards Mr. Fassad...
Deposited all these "Dolphin Ossicle" things at the item guy, because I don't know what they're for and they seem worthless but who knows.
I'm still holding onto these 2 "Trivia Card" items that I'm supposed to use on human enemies but I've never fought any (besides possibly pigmasks?)
cool, you get a flashback scene when Lucas inspects his mom's grave again for the first time in a few chapters...
hmm, I dunno if I could try and get through Sunshine Forest on foot and ignore the NPCs offering me a boat ride... I'm guessing the chimeras in that forest are no longer too hard for level 30 Lucas and Boney...
a woman at the Sanctuary:
Oh, a kid from the village. You're so nice and unsophisticated.and yeah there are arrow lizards in the forest, so it does seem like you have the option of taking the boat or not. guess I'll take the boat then.
Bronson's house (I think it's his house? the same guy who is sunbathing on the beach), has a notice saying he's moved out and is planning on moving to the big city.
Lighter is still living in his house that got partially blasted by lightning.. and the mouse who is secretly living in the attic is still there...
Decided to take the boat ride... the bridge raises up to get out of the way...
wow lol I can't believe I spent an hour and a half just on this optional "talk to all the npcs again" segment. like the frog from earlier said:
Time certainly flies, doesn't it?