I've been keepin' my eyes open for an uber cheap copy of Dragon Quest VIII for ages now, as I've known 'bout and have been interested in the game since before it was even released stateside (dat toriyama art style). Never seen a used copy IRL.
Decided to give Lucent Narga another shot 'cause repetitive grinding ftl. Makes me want t' ragequit LS for anything can block, 'cause dodgin' that damn tail slam when it's tail spikes are up (outside of rage mode) is bullshit. I didn't notice my first few tries those many weeks ago, but almost all of time I get hit is because of that damnable tail slam. Dodge away, the poisonous tailspears are almost guaranteed to hit you. Dodge inwards, you've only a few milliseconds of leniency to avoid the tail's hitbox by abusing invincibility frames.
... On the bright side, Evasion +2 will probably solve my issue with that single bloody attack. Evade Distance has served me well underwater, but it's more a convenience than an actual boon anyways.