Dungeon Exploration with Absolute Accuracy ~ Level Up by Shooting Arrows from a Safe Zone ~ - Chapter 95
The Tree Forest Dungeon
“Well, …… this is the Tree Forest Dungeon……”
Five days after I went to the Great Demon Dungeon, to observe the explorations of the Black Iron.
I’m now standing in front of the entrance to the Tree Forest Dungeon, quite a distance from my house.
HP: 40900/40900 MP: 22460/22460
Mental Strength: 13740(+7417)
Skills: [Magic Arrow Lv.20] [Archery Lv.30] [Hawk Eye Lv.10] [Item Box Lv.20] [Lock-On Lv.20] [Appraisal Lv.10] [MP Up Lv.20] [MP Recovery Speed Up Lv.20] [Dagger Art Lv.20] [Enemy Search Lv.30] [Stealth Lv.20] [Abnormal Resistance Lv. 20] [Prediction Lv. 30] [Evasion Lv. 30] [Vajra Body Lv. 20] [Kamikaze Lv. 20]
At any rate, I could raise my level to 4088 by leveling up as much as possible in the Fiery Light Dungeon to take the request quest in perfect condition.
I wanted to raise my level a little more, but I think more than that would be too much time-consuming.
Well, I think I still managed to raise my level enough.
“Well, let’s go to …… then.”
The entrance to the Tree Forest Dungeon is surrounded by trees, just like the entrance to the Demon Dog Dungeon, so I can’t find it at a glance.
However, unlike the entrance to the Demon Dog Dungeon, the entrance to the dungeon is now easily recognizable because of the guards.
As usual, we greeted the two guards in front of the entrance to the tree forest dungeon before entering the dungeon.
“So this is the Tree Forest Dungeon.”
The inside of the dungeon was like a tropical rainforest. The temperature isn’t that high, but the humidity was so high that it felt like my clothes were sticking to my skin.
Not only that, but the trees are overgrown, and the ivy is hanging from the tree’s branches, which makes visibility much worse, but, well, no problem.
“That’s why I used all the SP I got from leveling up to counteract this dungeon.”
This time, all the SP from my raised level is for me to dive into the Tree Forest Dungeon for the hard caterpillar’s quest.
What I allocated were [Archery], [Enemy Search], [Prediction], and [Evasion].
I raised these four skill levels from 20 to 30.
The reason for this is poor visibility.
In a dungeon in a forest, the trees aren’t only overgrown, but ivy grows on the ground and even tangles around the tops of the trees.
Because of this, the monsters that would be visible to the naked eye are completely invisible.
Moreover, my opponent was a hard caterpillar, a B-rank monster.
If I was not careful, there was even a chance I would die with a single blow, even with my armor included, considering my defensive strength.
That’s why I increased my [Enemy Search] and made preparations to find them as quickly as possible.
My [Prediction] and [Evasion] are necessary to evade the hard caterpillar’s attack.
And to defeat the hard caterpillar once I finished collecting its strings, I focused on honing my [Archery] skills instead of [Magic Arrow] in favor of stability.
“Well, …… then, let’s get ready quickly before they find us.”
To proceed with the preparations to defeat the hard caterpillar, which is my goal this time, I first take a certain item from the [Item Box].
The one I took out of the [Item Box] has an ordinary wood handle and a metal handle, but it’s easy to hold.
And the other side of the handle is made of metal with a wide footrest, and the tip is made sharp so that I can easily insert it into the soil.
So. What I took out was a shovel.
However, it is a specially made one that can withstand the strength of an explorer.
What is this used for?
The answer is simple: to get rid of trees that would get my way of retrieving the hard caterpillar strings around me.
I stick it in the ground and dig it up as I go.
Then, the tree I dug up with its roots intact fell with a sound.
I repeatedly dug and threw the tree into the [Item Box].
Once that’s done, the next step is to flatten the hole in the ground left by the digging by moving the soil from the dug-up or raised area.
Well, whatever it is, now I’m finally ready to fight.
It’s a little tedious, and since I’m in a dungeon, it’ll probably be back to normal again soon, but it’s still necessary, so we’ll have to do it.
“Well, let’s do it.”
First, I use my [Enemy Search] skill to find where the hard caterpillar is.
“There they are….”
After a good search for a response with [Enemy Search], I could find one hard caterpillar’s response, albeit at a fair distance from the others.
“Okay, well, let’s get going.”
Just in case, I took out my Dagger of Sprint, and then, while using [Stealth], I started running at once toward the reaction.
A few minutes after I started running. I reached the desired location.
“…… Yeah. That’s it.”
What’s in front of my field of vision is a huge caterpillar-shaped monster about 3 meters long.
Its appearance is truly worthy of the word “gigantic”.
The hard caterpillar with its unthinkably huge body seemed to be sleeping peacefully at the moment, sleeping and sighing on the leaves that it must have gathered by curling its large body.
A sigh of relief leaks out. After all, I get nervous when I fight something for the first time.
Besides, there’s not a lot of information this time because of the environment of this dungeon, and it’s just an unpopular dungeon.
“Well, …… for now.”
I readjust my Dagger of Sprint and set my sights on this time.
This time, the objective is the hard caterpillar thread.
To do that, I need to make the thread come out once.
But the hard caterpillar is very wary, and after it lets out its thread, it uses a special method to wrap the thread around the caterpillar.
I haven’t experienced that method yet, so I don’t know if it will work, but anyway, you have to make them spit out the thread first.
After holding up my sprinting dagger, I use my [Kamikaze] skill, which increases my agility, to plunge as fast as I can toward the hard caterpillar.
While the scenery is still flowing by at a tremendous speed, I slash down the part of the hard caterpillar called the belly leg.
Perhaps startled by the sudden attack, the hard caterpillar wakes up with a loud cry.
At the same time, the hard caterpillar finds me and immediately goes into an attack position.
“Look, look, over here!”
The hard caterpillar got up and immediately started threading after me.
“Oh? You’re surprisingly fast.”
Thanks to the fact that it put out the string faster than I expected, I don’t have to run around in vain.
But since I can’t avoid this.
─ ─ I use the wooden stick I took the [Item Box], which I also used for the killer spider, to entangle the thread.
“Yo …… tto!”
Then, I pull the thread and the hard caterpillar toward me. The strength of the hard caterpillar’s threads is extraordinary, just like the word “hard”.
It is so hard the thread cannot get cut by ordinary weapons.
So even if I handle it like this, it won’t break, and there’s no problem.
The hard caterpillar flies toward me with great force, as if it can no longer stand up to my grasping and pulling on the string.
I waited for it, watching for the right moment, and moved away to keep a certain distance from it, not intercepting or catching, but avoiding it.
Then the flying hard caterpillar curled up mid-air and began dexterously rotating its body.
And the moment it landed on the ground using its rotation, it charged toward me a short distance away, cleaving the trees while sending a cloud of dust.
“Good, good, good. That’s good. Keep coming!”
My smile deepens to the point where I know I’m smiling after seeing that.
As it is, I head for the spot where I had dug up the tree, prepared in advance to keep a certain distance from the rush of the hard caterpillar, which comes out of the dirt and smoke.
That’s why I prioritized targeting the sleeping hard caterpillar’s ventral leg.
If I cut off the ventral leg, it would inevitably have no legs to move, so I can make it move while spinning around like this.
This would keep its movement speed the same, allowing them to maintain a constant distance from the target.
If we keep moving for a while, we will reach our destination, an open area.
“Yes! We’ve arrived.”
As soon as we reach the place, the hard caterpillar approaches with a cloud of dust and smoke incomparable to what we saw before.
After confirming this, I swing the stick with the thread wrapped around it in a circular motion to take advantage of the hard caterpillar’s rotation.
Then my force plus centrifugal force pulls the thread and makes it spit out more and more thread.
“Hahahahaha! I won’t let you get away with this much more!”
I laughed as I said this and swung the string with even more speed.
That’s the hard caterpillar’s way of moving and fighting, which is the cause of what makes the Tree Forest Dungeon so unpopular.
The combat method of this hard caterpillar is this spinning rush and restraint using threads.
The restraints on using threads are particularly egregious.
If it’s simply attached to a string. There isn’t much damage, but the spinning state is troublesome.
While spinning, they wrap the thread around trees, rocks, and other obstacles that grow all over the Tree Forest Dungeon, then they will try to make you a goose chase until you’re completely immobilized before slowly and surely coming to finish you off.
If they do that, you couldn’t do anything because your hands are blocked unless you set yourself on fire.
“That’s why I had to go out of my way to draw you in like this!”
The moment I finally stopped emitting threads after spitting out a lot of threads, I took out the Dragon Tree Bow from the [Item Box] and grabbed the transparent arrow made from [Magic Arrow].
Holding the stick with the string wound around it and the transparent arrow in one hand made it quite difficult to hold, but thanks to my improved [Archery] skill, I managed to get it in position.
Then, with my other hand, I grip the string tightly and squeeze it to the limit.
I can’t even get the string out any further, so it’s probably not necessary for a hard caterpillar who can’t move from that spot, but hey, it’s just in case.
With a small exhale, I release an invisible arrow.
Of course, there is no way that my arrow, which added [Lock-On] skill and is in a deadly hit position, will miss, and the arrow flies in a straight line toward the hard caterpillar’s brow.
The arrow flies in a straight line toward the hard caterpillar’s brow.
-Level increased by 20-
After watching the hard caterpillar, which was gradually losing its strength, I heard an announcement that my level had leveled up.
“With this, I’ll be able to get one… I guess?”
I put away the stick with the thread wound on it in my hand and the collapsed hard caterpillar into the [item box].
“Okay! It worked!”
And I squeal with gutsy joy as I finish storing it.
I didn’t expect it to go so well.
I thought the first few of them would fail.
But it turned out to be a success, so no problem!
And to the untrained eye, I didn’t see any fraying in the threads or any signs of weirdness.
“Well then, let’s continue at this rate and do the remaining 14 quickly.”
……At any rate, the reaction is so far away, so I’ll have to bring them back here first.