Scylla is a recurring monster of the Etrian Odyssey series.
She first appears as a stratum boss in Etrian Odyssey II: Heroes of Lagaard, as the boss of the Frozen Grounds, and as a monster of significant relevance to the story, revealing part of the Overlord's intentions on his rule over the labyrinth. In her human life, she was purportedly a War Magus, and served as the leader of guild Esbat.
Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight reveals more information on Scylla's backstory, establishing that, while human, she was Artelinde's sister, and her name was Marguerite.
She later returns in Etrian Odyssey III: The Drowned City, as the boss of one of the sea quests. It is unclear whether it is the same Scylla from Etrian II, though it seems unlikely.
Her upper body is one of a beautiful, pale-skinned blonde woman, while her lower body is a terrifying blend of mollusk and crustacean, boasting numerous tentacles festooned with razor-sharp blades formed from sharpened coral, a hermit-crab like shell, and a set of extra eyes along her upper body. Whilst almost hypnotically beautiful, she is extremely powerful; her tentacles can rend through armor, her voice can lull foes into slumber, and she possesses immense magic power to spread ruin amongst the heroes. Her signature attack, and the most-widely feared, is a soul-piercing scream, so charged with dark magic that those who behold it can be instantly struck dead. Her nature renders her alined with the ice element.
Scylla (Etrian Odyssey II)Edit
Scylla is a tough boss. Her HP is actually rather low for this step in the game, but her enormous attack power and devastating party-wide attacks enable her to cause enormous damage if she's not dealt with quickly. By far the biggest threat from her is Cry Soul (hits random party members, can hit up to 6 times), which can potentially kill multiple party members. Thankfully, binding her head prevents her from using either it or Six Sins, making her much more vulnerable. She is highly weak to Volt damage.
- Cry Soul (Uses ???):
- Six Sins (Uses ???):
- Tentacle (Uses ???):
- In order to get the Scylla's conditional drop, the Snow Bone, you must kill the Scylla within 3 turns of combat.
Scylla (Etrian Odyssey III) Edit
Scylla is a sea monster that halted trade routes to the Trade City of Aeaea.
Once contact is reestablished between the city and Armoroad, the player can fight her in three Sea Quests: For a mutated girl, Stargazer II, and Don't cross the bridge.
- Embrace (Uses ???): Hits sealed and afflicted party members for damage.
- Cry Soul (Uses ???): Hits up to 7 targets for damage.
- Tentacle (Uses ???): Has a chance to bind the legs of the entire party.
- Six Sins (Uses ???): Hits one party member for damage, has a chance to paralyze and confuse.
- Lullaby (Uses ???): Has a chance to put the entire to sleep.
Conditional Drop Edit
- To obtain the conditional drop, the Princess Fur, Scylla needs to be killed by Curse damage.
Scylla (Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold) Edit
Before starting the fight, you'll have to solve a simple puzzle, where you have to shove four ice blocks at Scylla, so that her health will be halved and she won't act the first turn. However, she will be protected by two tentacles, and hitting them will send the ice block back at you. The idea is to hit her while she is unprotected, or when the tentacle icons on the map are gray.
Scylla's main attack is Cry Soul. This attack inflicts massive damage, and hits random characters multiple time. This attack, has a very low hit rate, and will rarely damage you even once. However, if your character is paralyzed, sleeping, or its legs are bound, this attack will not miss, likely killing them in a single hit. She will always use this move on the first turn, then every 6 turns after that. Lullaby attempts to inflict sleep on the entire party, and she will always use it on the turn before Cry Soul. Ice Shave deals heavy ice elemental damage on the front row, and is always used right after Cry Soul. Six Sins inflicts paralysis or confusion on a single target. Piercing Shell deals heavy damage on two random targets.
During the fight, Scylla's will continuously spawn Ruin Creepers (her tentacles), one per turn while her health is high and two when it gets low. She can have up to four of these helping her at the same time. These monsters have a high attack power, and can be a nuisance. However, their main function is using Tentacle Creep on the turns Scylla uses Cry Soul. This attack attempts to bind the legs of the entire party and stun them, leaving them defenseless against the fearsome attack.
The main issue here are the Ruin Creepers, if you don't have immunity against leg bind (resistance isn't as helpful, if there are four of them they'll certainly get a character or two), your best bet is to attempt to kill them on the turn Scylla casts Lullaby. Having spells and skill that hit the entire enemy party is important, specially fire ones. Scylla's attack pattern is somewhat predictable, giving you opportunity to properly prepare against her attacks. Another problem, and perhaps the biggest, is that no TP recovery items are available on the game's shop, and given Scylla's massive hp and defenses, that means you will have to be conservative on your skills. Having a Sovereign can be useful if you're having trouble saving TP. The War Magus and the Protector's Force skills are useful as well in a case you're caught off-guard on the Cry Soul turns.
- Cry Soul (Uses ???): Massive damage to random targets. Hits 10 times. Low accuracy.
- Lullaby (Uses ???): Inflicts sleep on the entire party.
- Ice Shave (Uses ???): Heavy ice elemental damage to the front row.
- Seven Sins (Uses ???): Inflicts confusion or paralysis on a single target.
- Piercing Shell (Uses ???): Heavy damage to random targets. Hits twice.
Conditional Drop Edit
- In order to get her conditional drop, the Lavish Bone, you must kill Scylla while she is sleeping.
- Scylla's battle in Etrian Odyssey III is notorious for being extremely easy to manipulate the game's RNG (random number generator). If you use a specific method on the first sea quest, when you enter the battle, the wildling's tiger will surely land a instant death on the boss, granting your character around 23,000 exp points, turning this into the fastest way to level low/mid level characters (pasaran is still more effective for high level ones). It is arguable if doing this can be considered cheating or not.
- It's possible that Scylla is based on the monster with the same name in Greek mythology. In one story, Scylla is a beautiful water nymph who is loved by a fisherman-turned-god Glaucus. However, she does not return his affections and runs away. To gain her affections, Glaucus goes to the sorceress Circe and asks for a love potion. Circe, however, falls in love with Glaucus, and out of jealousy, pours a potion into the sea that Scylla frequented. The potion turned Scylla into a sea monster with tentacle-like legs and other appendages. Scylla, in this form, attacks ships with passing sailors.
- Glaukos, one of the optional NPCs who helps the player in the battle against Scylla, has a name very similar to Glaucus. It's also stated in the game text that he "seems to have a connection" to Scylla, and that he's fighting against her to "cut his ties with the past."