Again, these are memorable locations that first came to my mind when I sat down and typed out which zones game to mind. I only ran into one snag, and that was I wrote down "the spider fight in Cool Ranch" when I was making my list. I was referring to the Spider portion of Dusty Arroyo Cave, which . . . well . . . that difficult fight has been removed. All that's left now are rumors. ;) I realize a lot of people were defeated on that particular fight, but I liked the challenge. It's still a great instance that looks very cool, but I went ahead and chose an alternate.
With that said, here we go!
The beach on Skull Island proper.
I've always liked this spot. It's a nice non-combat zone that's big and empty and peaceful. It's a great place to gather big groups, it's picturesque and reminds me of a spot I'd like to visit in the real world.
(Hidden secret: there once was a developer-only version of this zone that had every vendor from the Spiral plunked down around in it for testing purposes. It's a perfect spot for this because it's so big and wide-open.)
I'm glad they put the transportaler across the beach here. It's a pleasure to run through every time you're on your way to somewhere. I couldn't think of a nicer entry / exit point.
The Tower of Moo Manchu in The Paths of Penance
There's only one word for this place when looking at it from outside, running around in Paths of Penance: Ominous.
There's only one word from running around on the inside of this place: Ouchy. You're pretty much guaranteed a few knocked out companions, and it's sent me packing a number of times. (Side note, I still need to get my glowy eyes from here)
What is there to say about the Tower of Moo Manchu, it's the most epic dungeon in Pirate101 currently, and something you won't forget quickly.
Stupendor-X in the Valley of the Titans.
I don't think I even need to bring up the old "un-nerfed" state of this fight for it to be a legendary occurrence in Pirate101. It's possibly the coolest thing in the game.
I actually have some original concept art of this fella hanging above my computer at work. I'm sure I'd be able to meet a Pirate101 player 20 years from now, and we'd still have a great back and forth about this fight.
The Traveling Medicine Show in Cool Ranch.
It's a small little island that has an allure all its own, and of course it is the stage for the boxing match of the century!
Ahh Tyson, don't you know you shouldn't bring boxing gloves to a voodoo fight? (It's all about the details here too *waves* to Boochbeard and Gandry in the crowd.)
We had a housing item scavenger hunt in Pirate101, and this place suddenly became the most popular stop in Cool Ranch for farming. ;)
Valley (and temple) of the Gold Monkey.
Deep in the heart of the jungle, Gortez rules his mighty domain!
The famous conquistador for Monquista, turned native! Why? Because the throwing of the banana was unseemly?
YES, the Mighty Gortez! Here we have another fight that had its difficulty toned down a bit. That said . . . it's still a solid fight when you're level appropriate, and a lot of fun to revisit. Farming for his hat and to unlock him in the Crown Shop is reason enough to visit this instance at least 25 times. (I'm still pretty far away from unlocking him)
Sacrifice Cave in the Dark Jungle.
There's something about the way this place glows with luminescent light that I just love.
The fight inside is an interesting one as well! Put out the fires to save the cooking conquistador and then take out the high chief, but when he gets low on life he sacrifices his minions to heal himself . . . it's pretty fun. Not terribly difficult, but still interesting.
I looked at my badge list last night when I visited here to see how close I was to unlocking Eep from the Crown Shop. Unlike Gortez . . . I was close on this one! 18 of 25 battles! So I decided to go all the way on this one, farmed him the remaining seven times and bought him up in the Crown Shop. Tada! You're coming to work for me, Eep!
(I also had a nice conversation with Virtuous Anne Radcliff from the Pirate101 Messageboards while I was at it! Bonus!)
Airedale Pier in Marleybone.
It's a pretty disturbing spot actually . . .
Not so much for the grand Ferris wheel and the Popcicle shop, but for the war torn town that was directly a part of our actions. There's some great writing by Blind Mew and the team here -- really good stuff.
Khotan, home to General Tso . . . and his chicken.
This to me is one of the last great fights of Pirate101's vanilla game that hasn't been altered too much. It's still incredibly difficult, and one that players will probably bang their heads on quite often. In fact, it got a mention on the 50 million player graphic as being the toughest fight boss in the game.
Definitely beautiful though despite it being so deadly.
Off of the Port Regal Skyway in Skull Island . . . the fortress known as Fort Elena!
There's nothing quite like a prison break!
. . . and the characters you meet inside the prison are pretty awesome too! Napoleguin, Count Brastillo de Brass, Mustang Sally, Phule . . . I also just love fighting Corporal Klegg. It's a longer dungeon that's a lot of fun.
The Old Chum
"The Old Chum?" you ask? But of course!!!
Surely you remember this from your past?! You venture here for a short stop while doing Bonnie Anne's first promotion quest, but that's not why I remember it.
hehe. I spent a lot of time videoing it for a Marketing project that never surfaced. ;) I'll just leave it at that.
And there you have it! My top (er, first) ten memorable locations of Pirate101.
Got a different first ten? Scribble them down and post them in the comments! I'd love to hear from you, and hope you've got some fun zones for me.
This post is part of the Blaughust challenge -- Thanks to Belghast from Tales of the Aggronaut for hosting.