If you’re the kind of masochistic SOB who insists on figuring out how to unlock hidden gumballs without outside assistance, do not read this. If you are sane and reasonable, please continue. 🙂
Maze: Hell Frontier
Purpose: Recruit the Hidden Gumball, Satan’s Son.
Pre-Run Preparation: Take any other random Endless run in Hell Frontier, and die somewhere between F50 and F60. This is necessary for unlocking Satan’s Son!
Mainball: Minstrel — Hell’s Frontier has a ton of things to spend EP on, and Minstrel is enormously helpful. That, and I haven’t gotten all the big rewards from the Grand Harp (Minstrel statue easter egg) yet, so that’s a plus. Really, though, I wanted Venture main so that I could take Great Elf King (lantern) ASAP.
Linkball 1: Autobots — The Boss requires crushing with immense speed, as his Resistances quickly reach 100% and he kills you in 9 turns flat no matter what you do (short of Timestill) (or Stunning) (you can also Resurrect, but that doesn’t make his massive resistances go away), so having a big ol’ wrecking ball to swing at his face is necessary.
Linkball 2: Puppeteer — We’re not taking advantage of any of Hell Frontier’s assistance mechanics for the first 50+ floors, so we need to bust out the power playa, and Puppeteer is it. Because the Puppet’s Shield is 5x the Puppet’s Attack, and the Puppet’s Attack is 1/5th of your current attack when you summon it, it’s actually super-valuable to drop even your last Blade of Ruin right before summoning the Puppet so that it’s damage shield is significantly larger. Do that — you’ll be glad you did!
Venture Title: Great Elf King (Lantern) — We’ve got two Pet-summoning linkballs, but just as importantly, Hell Frontier itself provides frequent opportunities to summon elemental pets (and occasionally, at random, elementally-aligned Gumballs!). Also, we’re planning on taking Shadow Warrior, and all that stuff benefits significantly from Great Elf King (Lantern). So yeah, we’re totally going there.
Melee Title: Duke of Destruction (Shadow) — Really, we shouldn’t ever end up taking Duke if all we want is the Hidden Gumball. The real key is Shadow Warrior, which with Great Elf King (Lantern) creates Shadows with 78% of your current Attack when spawned. That’s pretty significant, even if they’re only hitting once and then dying.
Magic Title: Lord of the Elements (Fire) — Duke and the Shadows (new band name) will help us clear the floors easily enough, but we still need a little extra boost going after the boss, because nine turns is NOTHING. So we’re taking LoE(f) and using those Meteor Showers that Wizard gives us, alongside Autobots’ summons, to take him down fast.
Artifact: Belt of Duke of Destruction — Yeah, we’re probably not actually taking Duke, like I said, but we DO need the biggest boost to HP and Attack we can muster in order to max out the utility of our pets, and this will do it. And if we do decide to go deep afterwards, we’ll totally appreciate the extra trigger% for BoR.
Potion: Nugget Potion — It might seem silly, but that extra 5% Elemental Crystal find is HUGE in this Maze, especially when you’re going after Satan’s Son.
The Rundown: One-star your way to GEK(l) right away, then take the other two stars of Treasure Seeker as you can. Focus on revealing enemies in such a way that your Puppet hits them once, then you kill them — because you want to damage your Puppet, but you also want the EP from Minstrel. 🙂
Then save up your EP for a bit. You don’t really need levels at the moment, as your Puppet’s Shield should keep you safe from just about everything while you punch your way to F29.
Sidebar: Recruiting Satan’s Son — Along the way, until you actually recruit Satan’s Son, do not spend Elemental Crystals on anything except opening up the shops — and always open up whatever kind of shop (Light or Dark) that you have the fewest of in your inventory, as they often give you the ability to buy more of that kind of Crystal inside. Whatever Crystals they have, buy them all.
That’s because, in order to unlock Satan’s Son, you need three things:
- A tombstone (left behind from when you died)
- 3 Satan’s Hearts, when you get out of a Demon Giftbox, which you have to buy with 50 of each Elemental Crystal. This takes on average 50 floors to obtain, which is why I suggest you die somewhere below F50. I died on F50, and I got there on this run with 49 Air Crystals (and 50+ of all others), so I had to use a PoE and go back 29 floors just to have my Satan’s Hearts in time for my Tombstone. 😀
- One Dark Elemental Crystal, which portalizes the Tombstone and allows you to feed it the Satan’s Hearts in order to draw out Satan’s Son. (No, you don’t get your Legacy this way, sorry!)
So focus hard on maximizing your Crystal gains, even though that means ignoring most of the fun stuff about the Maze. You can do all that once you have the Son of Satan in your group.
OK, back to the Rundown. Once you have a comfortable (~1000 EP) cushion, go ahead and snag three stars of Novice Warrior, then of Warrior, so your Puppet’s shield gets stronger and you can facepunch enemies to death easier. Then snag three stars in Magic Apprentice and three stars in Black Mage, so you can nuke the boss.
Then go back for one star of Magic Warrior and one star of Shadow Warrior. Then go back again for one star of Wizard, Fire Master, and Lord of Elementals. Then backfill Fire Master and Wizard, then take the Power star of Lord of Elementals. That should hold you over to around where your Legacy can be obtained.
Floor Strategy would be complicated, except Puppeteer makes it easy: go in a straight line toward each enemy, kill it (or let the Puppet hit it if you’re trying to kill the Puppet so you can reset its attack and thus make its shield more powerful), and repeat. The enemies here don’t really do much to you that Puppeteer can’t ignore, so just brutalize everything.
Boss Strategy is more delicate. Round 1, drop either Bless or BoR. Round 2, summon Autobots. Round 3, Icicle. Round 4, Electrostatic Field. If you’re confident you’re going to kill him with it, follow up with Disrupting Ray, then Meteor Swarm (this worked on F40 and F50 boss for me.) If not, skip Disrupting Ray (which will keep him stunned, which will prevent him from stacking on more layers of his unique debuff), and just hit him with the biggest nukes you have (usually Meteor Swarm and Fireball if you’ve followed the plan above).
All told, the only really hard part is making sure you get the crystals in time. Fortunately, all of your interactions with your own Tombstone don’t take any turns, so you can do everything you need to recruit Satan’s Son even right in front of the Boss, and he won’t do anything about it.
I paused this run here to come write this, but I’m clearly quite well set up at this point to explore much deeper, so I don’t think I’m going to quit yet. Especially since the Demon Gift Box also gave me a special item that granted me access to the new Demon Title. Time to playtest something new! 😀
Have I mentioned how much I love this game?