You may also be wondering why these methods have never been discussed before. That's because a few of us have been doing extensive research during this toned-town time before the big release of updates coming this spring to Pirate101. You will find at the bottom of my guide a list of links to my fellow bloggers who have also been hard at work to bring you the latest in farming strategy.
1. Dress Appropriately
You are also free to wear gear/weapons that your boss of choice has already dropped for you and fill in the rest with your best imitations. Your foes will be flattered into giving you the rest of the outfit a bit quicker!
2. Be Charming
3. ...but you can always try being the cheeky little pirate that you are
Annoying behaviors are, but not limited to, spamming menu chat options like "Do ye want to se me house?" and "This might be too dangerous," moving between the same two spots on the battle board, draining enemy health down until it's almost zero and then dragging out the fight and fleeing and walking back multiple times (not recommended if you've already begun to deal damage to your enemies).
Be aware that these things may also annoy your fellow players, so this tactic is best for those of us who like to solo their fights.
4. Combo Attacks
While regular attacks are cool, you can be extra cool with special attacks that span over several rounds of the battle. While you won't notice an increase in the damage you deal during or after one of these combo attacks, you will increase your boss's drop rates by a lot since these combos are time-consuming. These moves will only work if performed by your player and will have no effect if you try to make one of your companions perform them.
My favorite combo is the following, which takes a total of 10 rounds to complete (it's worth it!):
1. move up two spaces on the battle board
2. move down two spaces
3. move left one space
4. move right one space
5. move left one space
6. move right one space
7. skip a round
8. attack the boss
Remember that combo moves don't work unless executed in their entirety and without interruption! This means making sure that you don't trigger automatic attacks like Repel Boarders or Vengeance Strike. While very difficult to pull off, these combo attacks are very much worth the extra effort.
5. Crunch the Numbers
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