It really wasn’t too far a hike from the Black Forest portal on this new island to the mountain of MODER. Since this was virgin Black Forest on a new island all the Greydwarfs were out and about in force and often three deep in force. They seemed to be all over the forest and with a nest spawn encountered along the way to the mountain. A reminder of how life used to be in the Black Forest close to the main base before much of the forest life was purged in the forest area around.
The search for MODER had taken me across five different mountains, three islands so far. A very long journey to this island. This new mountain was also steep and so made use of the EIKTHYR buff to more easily make my way up the steep mountainside cliffs. Getting up on top of the mountain closing in on MODERs location I ran into a Stone Tower with skeletons. Broke some bones and made that tower mine! It was very close to MODERs location. Slapped a door on it, some quick renovation, and had me a new mountain outpost. Eventually added a portal to the outpost later for convenience.
But just heading over the back hills a little further there was MODERs altar. I don’t think you can miss the altar view if you were looking far away from on top of the mountain. It was in a relatively flat area around but certainly not the highest area on the mountain either.
With MODERs summoning altar found it was time to see if any eggs were to be found in drake’s nest around. I certainly didn’t want to have to ship any eggs here as that’s just a long ocean trip. But just beyond the altar and down the hill was a nest with an egg. Further down the hill was Mistlands! But I was now hopeful after killing the drake around the area for the egg. It was to just explore all around the mountain and find more eggs which didn’t seem to take long, rather quickly in fact. In hindsight, seems once you find MODERs location you should head straight there to save time other than maybe mining Silver in more convenient locations for transport. But eggs seem easy to find around MODERs mountain.
I made sure to clear out drakes around the hillsides so as to not encounter them later getting drawn into the fight fighting MODER. And I think that was also a good idea as only two drakes showed up fighting MODER and it was all the way towards the end of the fight.
Thoughts on MODER
As I look back and reflect on the journey to MODER and its defeat it all seems to be the shortest of the biome boss journey so far of the other previous two counting both BONEMASS and THE ELDER. The main obstacle was the mountain itself and finding a suitable mountain biome with MODER as well as finding Silver. The fight was challenging, but not one I felt my life was constantly in imminent danger during the fight. I felt it was more hampered by wearing heavy armor which many times just slowed my movement around the field to evade MODER Icy abilities cast.
When MODER wasn’t in the air flying around it seem to play hide and seek for a bit before coming around at you. At that point, you could just run and evade MODER. And you likely could run away faster in less heavy armor I’d think. Yet, MODER did also manage to destroy almost all the trees around the area and blasted holes in many of the big boulders around the area. So those things felt much of MODERs wrath unintended.
For much of the fight, I was just low on stamina with the BONEMASS buff for damage resistance vs having the EIKTHYR buff for stamina and health regeneration. And since I didn’t feel I was taking that much damage overall the EIKTHYR buff seemed it might have been a better choice in hindsight. MODER seems to play hide and seek long enough to give you time to regenerate stamina and health quite a bit. However, you still consumed quite a bit of stamina just shooting at MODER at range with the bow and for which I only used poisoned arrows.
I did a count for which in the end I consumed about 171 Poisoned Arrows. I judged what seems the vast majority of my aim as hits on MODER or it seemed that way as I can see them land for hits, but I was still surprised when I looked at my inventory at the end to realize just how many arrows I had to burn thru for the fight. It’s possible my aim was off as well too. However, always carry more ammo than you need just in case, and in this case, I did. Still had 129 Poisoned Arrows, 100 Obsidian Arrows, and about 83 Flaming Arrows left over for the boss. As well I carried an extra bow the Huntsman Bow just in case the lvl 3 Draugr Fang bow broke, which it did not. But sometimes you never know with bosses, so best be prepared!
If I had to compare MODER to any of the previous three bosses in the feel of the fight, I’d compare it to EIKTHYR in feel. As many the times, the boss charged at you only to fly off or run away for a big and charge around the field for a while before back at you again destroying everything around them in the process. Only two drakes entered the fights towards the latter end of the fight and were easy to deal with with the poisoned arrows. With The Elder, it was so much seemingly going on and having to escape from the summoned ads around the field as well the forest Greydwarfs that showed up in huge numbers.
With BONEMASS, facing that boss with shield and mace it was a whole lot of ads to constantly manage and fight. All the while also fighting BONEMASS with lots of poisoned being spilled all around and a few deaths in the process. So MODER seemed a bit more chill compared to those two previous bosses though the danger seemed no less real. But a win is a win and I’ll take that any day and move on ahead. I’m not one to complain about the apparent difficulty of bosses. I face them as they are and see what happens at that point. The two best head trophy so far seems to be both MODER and EIKTHYR for wall mounting. And maybe a later fight again just to obtain the extra trophy for displaying at the base. Quite likely!