8th Class Mage translation finishes next month. It took me almost 3 years.Pathetic! Absolutely pathetic.. Not proud at all. There were times when I could not even afford 1 chapter...
Itai no wa Iya nanode Bōgyo-Ryoku ni Kyokufuri Shitai to Omoimasu 294
Defense Specialization and After the Preliminary 2
Some time later, the results were announced. Every member of Maple Tree had successfully entered the top of the ranking, which meant that all eight of them would be able to take on the hardest difficulty.
As they would be able to form a party this time, they would be able to use the power of their tamed monsters to the fullest.
“Apparently, it’s the same field too. You must be happy about that, Maple. There will be medals as well, so we’ll have to explore every corner of the place.”
“I enjoy fighting as much as anyone, but I also want to explore. And there is so much beautiful scenery!”
Maple had forgotten to retrieve the crystals and lost her footage. So she was very excited that another chance to explore had arrived.
“Still, I’m so glad that all of us were able to get in.”
“Tsukimi worked really hard!”
The two said happily as they carried their cubs. All six guild members smiled at this. Both Mai and Yui had been worried that they wouldn’t be able to survive, and so they were especially happy with the results.
“Well, the tamed monsters are really strong and they help us. But I’m sure they took all of that into consideration when setting the difficulty.”
Sally said. Chrome and Kasumi nodded.
“Almost everyone in the top would have tamed a monster. And so we shouldn’t think it will be easy just because we have one.”
“If anything, it might be too difficult if we haven’t leveled up.”
“Hmm. I guess we’ll have to keep leveling up then! I need to help Syrup get stronger!”
They still had some time before the main event. However, it seemed like the others could hardly wait. After all, they wanted to show off how amazing their monsters were now.
It was like boasting about how cute your child was.
“Ah, that’s right. I was able to see Dread and Drag’s tamed monsters during the preliminary.”
And so Kanade told them that Dread had a wolf that controlled shadows, while Drag had a golem that controlled sand and the earth.
“Uhhh… I don’t like that it can nullify ‘Mother Nature.’”
Aside from that, Syrup had a few other skills that affected the ground. It would be very troublesome if all of them could be nullified.
“We have to be very careful of Dread as well. He’ll likely be invincible when diving in the shadows. And so you will be at a disadvantage if you use powerful attacks without thinking.”
“Hmm… We won’t be fighting PvP until the actual event. So I suppose we’ll just have to gather information little by little.”
Once Kanade had told them what he knew about Congregation of the Holy Swords, Sally told them about the fight between Mi and Payne. That is, until Maple interrupted them.
Though, Mi often explored with Maple, so she mostly focused on Payne.
At the very least, they found out that he had a wide area breath attack and the ability to fly. Furthermore, as no monster like that had been witnessed before, it was very likely that it was a rare monster with powerful hidden skills.
“It’s too bad that, for now, all we can say is that we have to be very careful. Almost all dragons have a breath attack…and considering how he talked to Frederica, he must be hiding something. As for Mi, her Inferno skill was very strong. It had a wide area of effect and I think it dealt a lot of damage as well. With something that covers that much space, even I wouldn’t be able to avoid it if I was close by.”
At this point, it was confirmed that all of their rivals had tamed monsters. That meant they had so many more attack patterns now.
“Alright! Let’s do our best in the event and gain lots of medals so we can get stronger! We have to be stronger in order to make up for our inferior numbers.”
“That’s true. Each of us needs to be strong.”
With renewed determination, they continued to strengthen their monsters while waiting for the day of the main battle.