Data.81 – Old Bowman, Challenging the Wild Bull
I entered the fighting ring and faced the giant, vicious bull…
But I had not really thought of a definitive strategy of beating it!
After speaking to Buckler, I watched many other players fight and tried to come up with a plan.
However, the winners were all players who used defensive skills to block the attacks or had the speed to run away.
Even if they couldn’t stand in one place the whole time like Buckler, shield-type skill that could momentarily block the bull’s attacks would still be very effective.
It was the same with speed. If you could run faster than the bull, then there was no fear of being rammed into.
Other players had to lure and dodge it like a real bullfighter. Some even used powerful attack skills to erase the force of the bull’s charge.
However, compared to those who relied on defense and speed, these players tended to fail and be pierced by the horns a lot more often…
This was bad, as I relied on ranged weapons.
It seemed that ranged skills were no good for stopping the movements of a bull.
Warp Arrow was what helped make up for my lack of mobility, but it had been turned into a charge attack and could no longer be used repeatedly.
And since Unisons weren’t allowed in this trial, I couldn’t rely on Garbow’s physical defense either.
I had no skills to make barriers or increase my speed…
And so these two remaining skills were my only hope.
It was a skill that allowed you to stop the movement of enemies for a few seconds when your eyes met.
If they flinch for even a split second, then it will work and they won’t be able to run.
And without speed, the force of its charge should decrease greatly.
Did it work? Or not?
In any case, it was not effective enough for there to be a noticeable difference.
These kinds of skills would usually not work on enemies that were much stronger than you.
That would mean the wild bull in front of me was way stronger…
However, this one should work even if it is…!
“Web Cloud Arrow!”
The cloud net spread out and stuck to its body. As parts of it would also stick to the ground, the bull was fixed into place.
Web Cloud Arrow was the weapon skill of the evolved weapon, Spider Shooter Cloud. And it allowed me to trap large enemies.
Now, it was just a matter of what was stronger. The adhesiveness or the bull..
I could hear the net tearing apart.
As expected, one hit was not going to be enough to win…
Then you could just shoot more… Most people would think that.
And I would have done it had I not watched other players fight already.
This bull had a hidden ‘fury gauge.’
That’s what I decided to call it, anyway. In other words, this bull became angrier the more you stopped its charges.
And its power and speed would rise.
Repeatedly stopping it or escaping into the air would cause the gauge to fill up to the max, and then it would unleash an unavoidable attack.
But it was easy to prevent the gauge from filling up.
You could do it like Buckler, and allow the bull to charge as much as it wanted. Or you could run around and let the bull chase you.
But neither of those options would work for me, so I had no choice but to stop it.
Stopping it too much would lead to death, but I would die anyway if I didn’t.
It was quite the dilemma…
“You can do it, old man!”
There was an oddly heated atmosphere about the fighting ring.
Many players were cheering me on.
I had hoped they wouldn’t recognize me with the beginners gear, but then I had talked with Buckler. So it was only natural for them to realize who I was.
At this point, I was more worried about betraying their expectations than failing the trial…
The bull tore up the net and started to charge at me.
Tsk… I don’t want to use Warp Arrow yet…!
“Web Cloud Arrow!”
Just as I unleashed the skill for the second time, the bull thrust its horns into the ground.
The frightful death flashed through my mind. But by then, I was floating in the air with pieces of the ground.
This wild bull… It can even tear up the ground while you’re standing on it…!
At this point, I hadn’t taken any damage yet, but the horns were waiting right below me.
I would die if I fell on top of them.
However, if I used Warp Arrow to land somewhere else, it would just charge right at me again. Or it would use the ground attack.
There was no safe place down there…
But I didn’t want to be killed without doing any… Aha!
“There! Warp Arrow!”
I unleashed the arrow, and in the next second, I was on top of the bull’s back. As I could see its tail, I was hugging it with my head towards its rear.
Yes. The only place in the ring where you could avoid being hit…was on the bull’s back!
After all, even this bull could not charge at its own back!
Now that it had lost me, the bull began to run around the ring.
While it understood that there was something on its back, it was so angry that it didn’t think to get rid of me by ramming itself against the walls or rolling in the dirt.
So its anger was working to my advantage now…!
There was also the fact that the Web Cloud Arrow net was still stuck to its back.
Thanks to this, I could stay on while riding on its back like I was in a rodeo.
Well, it still…rattled…my head a lot…!
When were these five minutes going to be up…!
“That old guy is amazing!”
“I didn’t think of doing that!”
“I’m going to copy him!”
“It’s no wonder he was MVP!”
As I was shaken violently around, I could hear the people cheering.
In any case, I was impressed that anyone could watch me like this and want to copy it…!
After some time, I finally heard the count down.
Counting from 100 seemed a little long, but as I had no other way to know how much time was left, I was quite thankful.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1…!
The spectators cheered and the bull became calm.
And so I deactivated Web Cloud Arrow and fell onto the ground.
The world still seemed to be shaking around me… But I doubted that I could have beaten it any other way, and the people seemed to be entertained. So everything was alright…
I quickly left the ring so that the next person could enter.
Other players surrounded me and wanted to shake my hand. But then they saw how groggy I was, and stepped back.
How wonderful of them…
‘Ah! That was some great rodeo-nyon!’
After I had caught my breath, Charin came to give me the medal.
The Taurus medal… The constellation was on the front, and a ferocious bull was on the back.
It was so lively that it looked like it would jump out of the medal and attack me.
…Damn it, I shouldn’t have said that.
Now I am starting to feel dizzy again…
‘And here is the special reward! Aura Filled Beef-nyon!’
She gave me a tough-looking block of meat.
Not only that, but it had an aura around it…
It did not look very tasty. But how was I supposed to use it?
In any case, it was clear that it was a rare item, and so I put it away.
Now I had 8 medals.
There were 4 left. Which meant 4 trials.
The Gemini labyrinth, Cancer labyrinth, Leo labyrinth and the Virgo labyrinth…
I knew that the Cancer one involved fighting.
Satomi had said that he had ruined his armor due to a mistake he made in the Cancer labyrinth.
And I had a feeling the other three were strong as well.
I had been lucky to finish this trial early today, so I would go around and learn about the remaining trials.
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The remaining 4 all involved combat or dungeons.
And so it would be reckless to take them on without proper equipment.
But if I used the Peach of Immortality, I could speed up the work of one day, meaning I could retrieve everything tomorrow afternoon.
Now that the event was almost finished, it was time for me to use the new powers of the Windcloud set…!