Data.148 – Old Bowman, Secret Medicine Search

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The reason that I didn’t send the message to Necoco instead, was because she seemed to be busy with searching for new members for the Ghost Guild.
Besides, I thought that Satomi was likely to be more knowledgeable when it came to that kind of information.
I waited a few minutes after sending the message and got this reply.

–You don’t need to write so formally.

My business email was dismissed with one sentence.
Well, I was doing it half-jokingly, so I didn’t really care.
The thing to note was the answer to my question.

First of all…Satomi was surprised that I still didn’t know how to make a regeneration potion.
So it really was something that normal players figured out as soon as possible…
He basically told me that I was not normal.
However, that made me sound more like an outlaw, which was cool…I think.

…Yes, yes.
Better finish reading.
Apparently, you could acquire regeneration potions by gathering materials and giving them to a craftsman.
It could be an ordinary craftsman from the first town, and it could be made instantly.
So I didn’t need to go through the hassle of collecting materials every time I needed one.
However, they could be expensive to make, compared to other potions.
But it seemed like a reasonable trade off to me.

As for the important materials…they were scattered around the lands.
You could acquire them in easy dungeons and on the field, so it seemed like management were using the desire for regeneration potions to make players explore vast areas.
That being said, there were ways to get all of the required materials in a single dungeon or area.

“Of course, that would be the more difficult way…”

Satomi recommended the ‘Riboribo Forest’ to the south.

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If you explored this area, you could find all of the materials needed for a regeneration potion, and it was also close to my current location, the savannah.
Furthermore, there were lots of strange and wonderful monsters, which made things fun.
…I didn’t know if the last part was that great a selling point, however, it did seem like a good hunting ground.

I sent a thank you message to Satomi and then logged out for the day.
I was rather tired after thinking so much about my equipment…

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The next day, I went to the Riboribo Forest that Satomi told me about…


“I haven’t even gone in and it’s already terrible…”

I could hear the cries of mysterious animals!
There was a metal barbed wire fence wrapped with vines, and a rusted warning sign written with red letters…
You could tell at a glance that this was a dangerous area.
What kind of man-eating creature lived here…

However, it wasn’t a place with special rules, like a versus field.
After past experiences, I always read the signs carefully now…!

“But there is no obvious entrance, so I guess I have to go through the small break in the barbed wire.”

I climbed over the fence and stepped foot into the forest.
At the same time, wild birds scattered through the air while screeching in a way that was difficult to describe.

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The monsters here seemed to have sharper senses.
So it would be impossible to move forward without being detected.
In that case, I should prepare to fight my way through.


Something was moving towards me.
Even after hearing its cry, I couldn’t imagine what it was.

“It’s better to run from the unknown…!”

But just as I started to run, the thing appeared at my back.


While its cry was ridiculous, its appearance was simple…
The monster was just a giant tarsier!
Though, it was called an ‘Eyebeam Monkey’!
In other words, its attack would be…!


“It shoots beams from its eyes!”

A pink beam of light shot towards me!
As its eyes were very big, the beam was large and had good range…!
And since it was a monkey, it was also very light on its feet!
Running wasn’t a good idea, and hiding would be impossible.
It was time for a counter attack!

“I’m counting on you! Shot Crossbow R!”

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◆ Shot Crossbow R
Type: One-handed weapon(Crossbow)
Attack: 50
Range: 25
Weapon Charge Attack: Shotgun Arrow.

I was using a crossbow!
Type R!
I think the R was supposed to be for Rapid.

The R types were one-handed weapons, so it was possible to have two and dual wield them.
Of course, doing so does not mean you can use the charge attacks twice.
For instance, if I activated Sky Tear, it would only be unleashed from one of the crossbows.

“Now, will it hit…!?”

I pulled the trigger at the monkey.
The arrow flew and scratched the side of the monkey.

“Hmm…while it wasn’t a complete miss, it feels a little awkward compared to a bow.”

I suppose it was because I wasn’t used to it.
Still, I did feel that it wasn’t a good match for me…
But I will try a little longer.

Shu! Shu! Shu! Shu!

I continued to fire rapidly and use skills.
Normally, compared to bows, crossbows had extra force but could not be fired rapidly.

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However, this R type was the opposite.
It felt like a combination of a bow and a gun.
It was light and could be fired rapidly, but it did less damage than a bow.
Furthermore, its range was also inferior.

If I had to compare them…
Force: Crossbow > Bow > R type
Range: Bow > Crossbow > R type
Rapid Fire: R type > Bow > Crossbow

Looking at it like that, the R type looked rather weak, but it really was fast when shooting, and you had an infinite amount of arrows that reloaded automatically.
All I needed to do was to pull the trigger.
So it felt pretty well balanced.

However, my aim seemed to have taken a hit…
Perhaps I really was better off with an ordinary bow.

“Burning Shotgun Arrow!”

Shotgun Arrow was the weapon charge attack, and it shot out small arrows like scattered bullets.
While the cool down was only 20 seconds, the range was quite short, and you wouldn’t do much damage unless you were very close to the enemy.
In my case, I had very high Range, so I did decent damage even at a far distance.
However, it was definitely inferior compared to my trump card, ‘Bow Shower.’
It was important to switch weapons when it fit the situation.

And so I won the battle against the Eyebeam Monkey and gathered the dropped items.
Now, the next monster is… Oh, wait a minute!
I was here to gather materials.
There would be no point if I just fought monsters the whole time.
I reread Satomi’s message and then continued to explore the forest of mysterious beasts.

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