I've lighting spear-spammed my way past the ghost viking ship and am wandering around lost on where to go after returning to the petrifying zombie area bonfire. Also killed my first invading phantom. Was fun.
I'VE DONE IT!! After an hour of lobby-not-full shenanigans, more hours still of rage quitters and noobs, I've done it. The Alatreon LS is mine... MINE! ALL MINE *sethlaughs.avi*
So much frustration has come to fruition. Now I can get back to regular ol' hunting... though I've yet to decide a target. Perhaps I'll just derp about instead of grinding for somethin'. After Alatreon, t'would be a welcome change of pace.
Makin' this side of things even brighter, the Stygian Zinogre armor takes way fewer armor spheres than normal to level up; each armor piece only went to Lv. 6 (but not at the cost of Defense). That cut upgrade costs literally in half, meanin' I could afford it straight away and not even need t' farm Tru armor spheres. Truly this morning is a joyous one.
A shame about being spoiled by the movie. Game is leagues better when it comes to quality, thankfully. And the localization is PRECISELY why the English translation is superior to the original. The land of Japanifornia is a captivating and wondrous place, unlike its real-life counterpart.