Blizzard King, known as Drake and Hyouran no Shihaisha (氷嵐の支配者, roughly translated as The one ruling over blizzards) in Japan, is a mighty three-headed dragon that is fond of cool habitats. Two of its 3-eyed heads sprout from its shoulders and the central head has 6 eyes. Its lethal freezing breath and natural arsenal can leave the whole party frozen solid.
Oddly, the Drake is the dragon with the most plot-relevant events; this creature is notorious for being either involved and/or having killed a number of NPCs throughout games; sometimes implied like in the quest where you recover the frozen remains of one of its victims, and sometimes with the event unfolding right in front of you involving important NPCs. This strongly suggests that it actively seeks to harm humans and similar races.
Drake (Etrian Odyssey I)Edit
Drake makes its first appeareance on Etrian Odyssey, being the Ice-Elemental Dragon. It appears on B15F in a secret area which can be entered from another secret area on B16F. A quest must be accepted in order to fight this boss.
With pretty troublesome skills, it can OHKO your party, bind their heads, and can also use an attack that can hit for a devastatingly high damage even with Anticold on. It can use Iceblock which leaves your attack to deal 3 or 2 damage and he can heal himself a good deal of HP with Regen. Also, Anticold MUST be only at lvl 5 if you want to avoid most of the problems. He is certainly the hardest boss of the trio.
- Frigid (Uses ???): Deals very high ice-elemental damage to the party, with anticold can be avoided.
- Icelance (Uses ???): Deals very high ice-elemental damage to a party member, even with Anticold on, this attack cannot be avoided or parried with it. Boosted Immunize is recommended, as it leaves that attack doing around 80 damage. That "little" amount of damage can be healed easily by Cure II (Medic or Protector)
- 0 Point (Uses ???): Deals very high damage to all the party, it can OHKO.
- Iceblock (Uses ???): Raises the Drake resistance to all attacks, with this on, even with a strong attack, you will deal 1 or 2 damage.
- Regen (Uses ???): Drake's HP recovers by 1750 per turn.
Drake (Etrian Odyssey II) Edit
Drake reappears in Etrian Odyssey II in which he can be found on 13F, and, like before, a quest must be accepted in order to fight it. With more skills now and much less HP, it still employs most of the same abilities, although now it cannot bind, which can be less troublesome. He now has a random hit skill that does high damage and can't be parried by Anticold, and he still uses Iceblock to be fully resistant to all attacks and Regen to recover itself.
Its Conditional Drop, the Frost Bone, can be obtained by killing it with any Ice-Element attack; can be both physical and elemental. It mostly uses regen when low HP but its defense isn't as good. Crush is also useful.
- Frigid (Uses ???): Deals very high damage to all the party, Anticold can be used to parry this attack.
- 0 Point (Uses ???): Deals high damage to all the party, it can OHKO.
- Shower (Uses ???): Deals high damage to random party members, Anticold can't parry this attack.
- Iceblock (Uses ???): Drake's resistance to all attacks increases, leaving you to deal 3 or 4 damage.
- Regen (Uses ???): Drake's heals every turn 1750 HP for 5 turns.
Drake (Etrian Odyssey III) Edit
Drake reappears on Etrian Odyssey 3 on B18 as one of the Elder Dragon's test. It is now much more troublesome, as it can stun and head bind, but it can no longer OHKO. It can also still use Iceblock and Regen, but it uses it more often when close to death. Shower still can't be parried or avoided.
- Frigid (Uses head): Deals very high ice-elemental damage to all the party, Anticold at MAX can completely parry it, it uses this skill on turns that are multiples of 5 (1, 5, 10, 15, etc).
- Ice Crush (Uses ???): Deals high ice-elemental damage to all the party, it cannot be parried with Anticold despite the name, it can head bind.
- Shower (Uses arms): Deals high damage to random party members, it can stun.
- Iceblock (Uses legs): Makes Drake's resistant to all attacks, leaving you to deal less than 10 damage.
- Regen (Uses ???): Drake's HP heals every turn, healing 1700+.
Conditional Drop Edit
- To obtain its Conditional Drop, the Ice Skin, you have to defeat the Drake with an Ice-Element attack.
Blizzard King (Etrian Odyssey IV) Edit
Drake, now renamed as the Blizzard King, is first sighted in the Sacred Mountains, spawning at random and behaving like the other dragons, moving faster than usual, dropping crystals across the map until it leaves, and instantly destroying the player's ship the moment they come into contact.
It can be fought after beating the final boss, completing the quest Miracle of the ice field and accepting the quest Battle the Blizzard King. Successfully defeating the Blizzard King will raise the level cap by 10 levels.
For the first battle with the Blizzard King, the player can also optionally employ Kirjonen's help. He is a Fortress/Runemaster, with Ice Rune to defend the party and several volt-related skills to do more damage to the dragon.
Before battling this deity, it is recommended that you eat the fish around a square northeast of the Blizzard King; this will increase your ice resistance, increasing your survivability in the upcoming battle. It is also recommended that you bring a Runemaster with Ice Rune, and possibly equip an Ice Charm; doing so will drop his Frigid Breath attack to single digit values. Having an Arcanist cast Charm Eye will also help. It is also a good idea to equip a Death Magatama to your Medic to make it much less likely for him/her to be instantly killed by the Blizzard King's powerful Absolute Zero skill so that you can revive your team if they get killed by it. When his HP gets lost he regenerates his Health by 1300 making the battle more difficult. Beware of Absolute Zero, as it is an Instant Kill attack. The Blizzard King typically uses it after it lowers your Ice Resistance.
- Frigid Breath (Uses ???): Deals very high ice-elemental damage to all the party, used when the part has many buffs placed on them.
- Ice Crush (Uses ???): Deals high damage to a single target with a splash effect.
- Regen (Uses ???): Drake's HP heals every turn, healing 1680.
The Reverse Scale, its normal drop, is used with the Scales from the other Dragons to forge the Dragonbane, one of the best swords in the game. To get its conditional drop, the Frozen Skin, kill it with an ice attack. Doing so will prevent the normal drop from being acquired. Selling the Frozen Skin unlocks the Mirage Vest, the best armor in the game for Nightseekers.
Blizzard King (Etrian Odyssey Untold) Edit
|Skills||Crushing Arm, Triple Strike, Mirror Shield, Wail, Ice Torrent, Cold Regen|
|Items||Drake Wing, Ice Scale, Frozen Wing (Conditional Drop)|
The Drake makes it reappearance in this remake as the Blizzard King. Like the first game, it can be found in a secret area's boss room at B15F of Azure Rainforest, which can be unlocked by a secret area in B16F of Sandy Barrens as a part of a post-game quest. You do not encounter it immediately after entering its lair, however; you must collect a Frozen Arm for a quest and complete it, which then unlocks the quest that requires you to defeat the Blizzard King.
Its Conditional Drop, the Frozen Wing, can be obtained by killing it with an Ice-Element attack like the previous games, which can be either physical or elemental. In addition to this, the Frozen Wing can be sold to Shilleka in order to gain access to buying one of the strongest Armor equipment for the Protector class, the Holy Armor.
Another addition is that its normal Item Drop, the Ice Scale, can be sold along with the other Elemental Dragons' Item Drops (Fire Scale and Thunder Scale) in order to gain access to buying one of the strongest Sword weapons, the Shinryuu.
If you are battling the Blizzard King in Story Mode, it is highly recommended that Raquna at least has the skill Ice Wall. Also recommended that her Ice Wall skill points are at least 5/10, as starting at that point it would be able to negate this monster's Ice Torrent skill completely. Giving her equipment that helps resist Sleep can also ensure that she will always be awake to block Ice Torrent.
It is also recommended that you raise either of Simon's skills Anaesthetic, Toxic Injection or Curare to a high point (or even Master them) in order to have a more successful chance of putting a status condition on it.
The Blizzard King does have a battle pattern, although it mostly involves random attacks being used. It always starts the battle with its Ice Torrent attack. From the start, every fourth turn it uses Mirror Shield, which counters every attack you are capable of with a more powerful Melee attack back at all party members. It does not reflect moves that do not inflict damage, such as Toxic Injection or pure debuff skills. Every fifth turn it will use Wail, which will debuff the party and has a chance of causing sleep, after which it will follow with Ice Torrent even if it would otherwise use Mirror Shield. It is difficult to tell when it will use the Mirror Shield or Ice Torrent since the attack pattern is random making this boss very challenging and hard to beat.
Once it slips to low health, it will prioritize using Cold Regen. If this is done on a turn where it would otherwise use Mirror Shield, it will use Mirror Shield immediately afterwards. It will also begin to use its Wail/Ice Torrent combo more often - once every 4 turns - although this will also synchronize the attack pattern with the turns it will use Mirror Shield and make the fight a fair bit predictable.
With this knowledge in tow, the only obstacles left are when it uses Crushing Arm, Triple Strike, or a standard attack, along with party members being randomly put to sleep by Wail or being randomly head bound by Crushing Arm. Bring along the ability to cure binds or ailments to counter that, and have an ability or item that can remove enemy buffs to counter its Cold Regen to prevent the fight from dragging longer than it should.
- Crushing Arm (Uses ???): Physical attack to the entire party, may cause Head Bind.
- Triple Strike (Uses ???): Hits random targets 3 times.
- Mirror Shield (Uses ???): Blocks an attack and counters back with a powerful Melee attack at your whole team. Used every 4 turns.
- Wail (Uses ???): Lowers the entire party's defense, may induce Sleep.
- Ice Torrent (Uses ???): Ice attack to the entire party. Always used after Wail.
- Cold Regen (Uses ???): Heals around 2000HP every turn for 4 turns.
Blizzard King (Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold) Edit
Drake, again renamed as the Blizzard King, returns in the remake of the second game of the series, keeping its role as a post-game superboss. In order to fight it, you must accept the quest A Life in Balance, unlocked after completing the quest The Sleeping Duke.
Staying true to its tradition of harming NPCs, the Blizzard King is fought after it kidnaps and attempts to kill Quona, when she heads to the Frozen Grounds by herself. It can be found on the hidden area located at the eastern part of 14F - the same place as the Ice King's grave discovered in the previous quest.
After defeating the Blizzard King for the first time, you will obtain the fabled Frost Whip, a weapon that once belonged to an old Duke of High Lagaard, the Ice King. This weapon is, in terms of pure ATK score, the strongest whip in the game.
Drake is, surprisingly enough, a lot easier this time around, and of the three elemental dragons, may be considered the easiest to defeat in this game. Its health is a lot lower than that of the other two, and its pattern more predictable. With that in mind, it is still a superboss, and a lot of preparation is required in order to be able to defeat it.
Before fighting the ice dragon, two or more characters with the Ice Wall skill on level 5 or above are recommended. Having resistance against sleep, head bind and bash attacks is also important, as well as having means to remove buffs from the enemy. Head binding is very effective against the Blizzard King, but keep in mind that the boss resists it, thus a character with high luck may be required. Food that grants a large resistance to Sleep helps in ensuring your Ice Wall users are always available to block, but skills like Barrier or Prevent Order are always helpful otherwise.
Like the other dragons, the Blizzard King has a Core on this game. When enough damage has been done to it, the Blue Heart on its chest will begin to glow. At the end of each turn, the Blue Heart will cast Resonant Ice, which deals heavy ice damage to the entire party, and will increase in power for each turn the core has remained active. This is often lethal on higher difficulties, especially on Expert, as the core damage escalates very quickly, and by turn 4 or 5, the damage will be enough to wipe out your entire party. For this reason, having a character to cast Ice Wall every turn while the core is active is vital.
The Blizzard King will activate the Blue Heart for the first time once around 30% of its maximum health has been depleted. If you deactivate the core at this point, the core will remain inactive until it activates it for a second time, once you have dealt around 60% of damage to the boss. At this point however, if you destroy the core, it will be reactivated in a few turns, and repeat the cycle until the dragon is dead. For this reason, focusing on the dragon is more advised once the Blue Heart is activated for the second time.
Aside that, the fight plays almost the same as in Etrian Odyssey Untold. It will always open the fight with Ice Breath, which deals massive damage to the entire party. Unless you're playing on picnic difficulty, it's very hard to survive this attack via normal means, so Ice Wall is recommended to counter it. The Blizzard King will always use Ice Breath on the turn after Wail, which inflicts sleep on the entire party and debuffs their defense power. If the Blue Heart is active, two Ice Walls will be required in order to survive the onslaught of ice attacks.
On the turns between that combo, the Blizzard King will either use Triple Strike, which hits three random targets for heavy damage, or use a normal attack. Once enough damage has been done to it, the boss will start using Crushing Arm, which deals heavy damage to the entire party, and may inflict head bind, and when its health reaches a critical point, it will use Cold Regen, a buff that restores around 1700HP to it for 3 turns.
The Blizzard King's most dangerous attack however is Mirror Shield, which has a far more complex pattern than that of the previous games. Mirror Shield will protect the Blizzard King and the Blue heart from any attacks on the turn it's used, and will release a party-wide counter each time either of them takes damage (including damage from poison). The Blizzard King will use this attack whenever it took a excessive amount of damage on the previous turn, and will postpone its use if it uses the Wail+Blizzard Breath to the turn after the combo is finished. This makes this attack extremely unpredictable and lethal, as there is no sure-fire way to predict its use. How frequently it will use this attack depends solely on your party setup and how much damage you inflict to the boss per turn. Overall, your best option is to take a cautious approach. For example, not attacking on the turn after you used several powerful attacks, or going all-out during turns when it is using Ice Torrent while you are safe behind your Ice Walls. After figuring the proper timing of this attack, however, the fight becomes a lot easier and manageable.
Alternatively, it is possible to cheese him in one turn. Have your party eat the Autumn Dango (Curse Damage x3). In order for this to work, your party must contain a level 1 Beast wearing a grimoire that allows use of shields. Equip them using the Slaughter Shield, obtained from a Mimic, and a Fullface Helm. You will also require an Hexer knowing Corrupt Curse (preferably maxed), along with a Landsknecht with a maxed (preferably stacked with a Grimoire Stone) War Cry, and two random characters you want to level up. The Hexer and Landsknecht must be faster than the Blizzard King. The Beast and the Landsknecht must be on the same row. Have the Beast activate its Force Break True Endurance, the Landsknecht use War Cry, and the Hexer Corrupt Cure, while they are boosted for maximum chance. If you land the curse, you win. The dragon will use its Ice Breath on turn one, and kill itself with the Curse damage. This trick will also nail you its conditional.
- Ice Breath (uses head): Massive ice damage to the entire party.
- Cold Regen (uses head): For 3 turns, recovers around 1700HP to the boss at the end of the turn.
- Triple Strike (uses head): Hits 3 random party members for heavy damage.
- Crushing Arm (uses arm): Deals heavy damage to the entire party and may inflict head bind.
- Wail (uses head): Inflicts sleep on the entire party and reduces their defense power. Uses Ice Breath on the next turn.
- Mirror Shield (uses ???): Nullify all attacks against the enemy party during this turn and unleashes a powerful counter attack against the entire party each time the boss or its core are damaged.
Conditional Drop Edit
In order to obtain its conditional drop, the Frozen Wing, you must defeat the Blizzard King with a ice attack. This requires an attack that hits with multiple elements, like Freeze Sabre, Riot Formula, or Akashic Nova, to accomplish. Selling this to the shop unlocks the Dragvandil, one of the strongest swords in the game.