This chapter is unique because... how to explain this. I've mentioned before I played the game with two different walkthroughs before the patch came out, and neither of them spent a lot of time translating flavor text. So as a result I didn't check a lot of stuff and I missed a lot of optional dialogue. As you've probably gathered by now, I obsessively talk to EVERYONE and check EVERYTHING if I can, so I'm finding a lot of stuff I never knew about before. Notably, in this segment, I found TWO rather large hints for things to come in the future that I never knew about.
PERSONALLY, I think not knowing about either of these things heightened the impact of eventually encountering them myself. I liked the surprise, you know? However, it's not exactly a spoiler because these hints are IN the game. If you're observant or thorough enough you can find them yourself. Personally I'd rather not have the hints and just be surprised, but I can't make them not exist, they're THERE. So I'm going to compromise a bit. I'm going to stick the hints under an spoiler tag so you can click through if you want to read them or not. There's only two of them and they're pretty brief, but I think this'll work. That way if you want to mimic my experience through the game, you can skip them, but if you're curious (or already played this before), you can go ahead and read them.
LOT OF CAPS THIS TIME AROUND, IT'S GONNA BE A TIGHT SQUEEZE
So where does your shortcut lead Ionia
Aha! I knew that door would show up eventually!
Anyway heading back into town WHAT IS IT GIRL
Hi Nippolyte. Of course it wouldn't be Flint, why would it be.
A MOMENT TO LET THAT SINK IN maybe you thought I was exaggerating about Flint based on a few comments before but no I definitely was not.
His only salvation is that he didn't screw you up too badly through his constant neglect.
(or did he)
IF I WAS GOOD MY DAD WOULD COME HOME SOMETIMES
Oooo, a bottle cap.
I BETTER GET OVER THERE whenever I feel like it
Busy being dead, hopefully.
NO WHY AREN'T YOU ALL FIXED YET
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO SAVE THIS TOWN
NOTHING I DO EVER MAKES A DIFFERENCE
I wonder if we'll go to New Pork someday!
Tempt me not
Tensions remain high at the bread store.
Hey the cop's gone!
ONE OF US, ONE OF US
And Jonel and company are gone too! I swear the smallest things can move people around and change dialogue in this game.
I can't wait to meet a mermaid!
TELL ME MORE ABOUT SPOOKY ISLAND
Jonel you're a weird guy
I was actually pretty surprised by this message because, as you probably guessed, eventually you DO have to go to Tanetane, but by that point usually you have a full team. But like I said before, Chapter 7 is really nonlinear and you can do a lot of things out of order if you want. I didn't know you could do things THIS out of order though. Man I can't imagine how hard it'd be to get through the ocean with just Lucas and Boney, wow. The ocean's already tough enough when you're doing things properly. I wonder if it can be done though? Sometime I should really grind for a bit and try it myself.
(Unless saying yes here wouldn't even work, in which case all this speculation is pointless)
BUT I'M GONNA FOLLOW THE GAME'S PATH FOR NOW
Man you guys fall for EVERYTHING
I JUST LIKE TALKING TO YOU
YOU'RE SO CHEERY
Technically Pusher is kind of right, at least about some of the earthquakes.
Ollie trying to brighten up BUT WILL IT WORK?
Don't fall for their propaganda that's what they waaanttt
Experience, how does it
This'll take you up to Aeolia's house, but I preferred to take the long way cause then I could talk to everyone with Ionia. BUT IF YOU'RE IN A HURRY
I never rode the boat so I don't remember, but I think Quite the River plays while you ride it. Sort of fluttery and mellow.
Wow that was fast.
IT WASN'T BEFORE??
A GREAT LOSER TOWN FOR LOSERS LIKE YOU
Oh hey, I could backtrack to the highway area if I wanted to! Again, you can do all of this out of order if you wanted.
SURE LET'S GO FOR IT
The Green Train's Fun Too! is a special theme just for the green train, but I actually like the normal train theme more, haha. The green one's a bit more mellow.
Something to treasure forever.
Thanks randomly rude mole
Wandering around and
Hmm, where would a door be
CARL YOU OKAY
New enemies! Eins zwei I mean
I guess my factory work got around.
Thanks for that, Mother 3.
BUT I CAME ALL THIS WAY
Who would do such a thing
Was that a ghost
Fine, I'll just check out the non-haunted bathroom.
Pff why, what could be dangerous in a chimera lab. SPEAKING OF WHICH here's the theme for the area, sort of ominous and sparse. Actually not too unlike the theme for Osohe Castle.
Looks more like a pipe really.
Mmm, pork noodles.
These items are mostly useless, but there is a trick you can do! If you get one of these and go hunt down a rare enemy called the Black Beanling near Lighter's house, you can fight it, use the Bufferizer, and then beat it to get an INSANE amount of exp you like wouldn't believe. The Beanling already gives you a ton so it's really nuts. However finding the Beanling is really pretty tough, so I didn't even bother.
Do what now
My clever scheme.
Bigger than you'd think, hmm.
BUT WHAT DOES IT SAY
HIDE AND SEEK, OH BOY
I'm gonna make his head her butt, and her butt his head!
Was that a trash can
Eh, probably nothing to worry about.
WHAT IS IT WHAT IS IT
LET ME SEE
WHY DO YOU MOCK ME
But who'd do a thing like that
GIANT BUZZSAW CUTTING ARM, NO PROBLEM HERE
The guide actually brought this up, but like I said before, there are no Dragos around anymore. I originally thought they just went deeper into the forest or just started hiding, but come to think of it, Fassad has a definite reason to dislike and want revenge on Dragos, and there are a lot of dead Dragos in the lab. Did Fassad just drive the Dragos to extinction? Man, like Lucas needs MORE deaths on his conscience.
THE OVERCOMING SHYNESS BOOK FROM EARTHBOUND! :DDDD
Yet another bit of EB in here, how peculiar. What else could there be?
OH MY GOD YES
AND I DIDN'T HAVE TO SPEND 7500$ TO READ IT THIS TIME EITHER
WHY CAN'T I PICK THIS UP
There's a weird backyard area out here that has no point as far as I can tell. I GUESS THEY TAKE THE CHIMERAS OUT FOR A STROLL EVERY NOW AND THEN
Who would buy a chimera? :o They'd just peck you to death.
Spoiler warning! Click to open
But where's Bugs and Daffy? Hyork hyork hyork!
I won't say anything else about this for now.
Haha went upstairs and checked this microscope. BE FREE, TINY BUTTERFLY, BE FREE!!
Sort of an odd mural (window?) for a hot spring, Chimera Lab.
(I won't say anything about this just yet either, but keep it in mind)
YOU MONSTERS STOLE SCAMP'S PARROT!
LET ME TALK TO YOU, PIGMASK
fine maybe i'll just go around
GDIT I THREW AWAY A HOT SPRING EGG FOR THAT? ARRRRGHH
Oh, so that's how you want to play it.
Dead dragos everywheeeereee
Can't argue with that!
Kinda smaller than I expected.
Horsantula, tone it down a bit.
Did I see something? Nah
SALSA BUDDY WHERE YOU GOIN
SINCE WHEN COULD LIONS DO THAT
Sucker, ain't no thing. I think it's the same theme as the Forlorn Junk Heap, the Carol of Waste.
Throw up shields, buff your offense/defense, and go for it! It actually doesn't matter if you die here I think, but it's still satisfying to win.
A final leap, but Claymen intervenes!
WARNING WARNING says Mother 3
Pigmasks can't even deal with this. This part of the game is actually fairly creepy in part because of the sound. In the background, you can hear a bunch of stomping, frightened oinking gradually getting louder, then a bunch of squeals and roars. BASICALLY IT SOUNDS LIKE THE CHIMERA IS MURDERING PIGMASKS LEFT AND RIGHT
Here's what it sounds like actually.
The thing is, the music can actually save your butt. When you hear pigmasks screaming in the distance, that means the Chimera isn't nearby. However, if you hear the normal music, you better watch out.
YES IT'S TIME TO PLAY HIDE AND SEEK WITH THE ULTIMATE CHIMERA, WHEEEE
TIME TO HEIGHTEN THE TENSION
Oh hey it's that trashcan again.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!
SHOULDN'T YOU BE IN WINTERS NEGLECTING YOUR SON?? OR IN SATURN VALLEY MAYBE BUILDING STUFF WITH YOUR SON??
This was such a weird moment for me cause again I didn't see most of the flavor text, so to me this was the first direct person from EB to show up and it's like what the
I did not expect this at all.
TELL ME MORE
THAT WAS REALLY VAGUE
ANDONUTS YOU COWARD
also a reference to Loid hiding in a trashcan in the first Mother game, haha.
Haha that's it, it looks kinda goofy
Woops! A touch from the Chimera is instant death, so BASICALLY STAY AWAY
I'm not sure what trap you can lure it into. MOSTLY I JUST STAYED AWAY
Pigmask having a nervous breakdown, haha.
DON'T MIND ME
Man this would be perfect for the Chimera to show up but it weirdly didn't, oh well.
Like I haven't heard that one before.
I didn't know you cared, Pigmask.
Hahaha IT WAS SALSA ALL ALONG
ALL OF YOU ARE GOING TO DIE
YOU'VE CROSSED THE WRONG MONKEY
Mother 3 is that blood
HEY SALSA WHAT'S UP
NO WAIT I JUST WANT TO TALK
I didn't manage to cap this cause it happens REALLY FAST but like the Pigmask says, it IS right on the other side of the door. YOU CAN RUN REAL FAST AND GET AWAY but then it just pounds on the door like so here. RUN RUN
Salsa cmon I just want to hang out
Don't worry ribbon monkey it's fine now
DOUBLE OH NO
I hope it didn't take too much time out of your busy schedule, Andonuts.
NO MY MASKS
COME AND TRY IT, SUCKERS
Way back in chapter three!
I MUST COME TO THEIR AID
Boney just WHAT
AND AT THE LAST SECOND
Well chewed his leg off, let's go.
THAT SILLY LOOKING BIRD CAN TURN THE CHIMERA BACK ON
bet you regret saying that was a silly design choice now
Anyway like a million years later Salsa still has the stick from old Tazmily! I wasn't expecting that, haha. I have a better one already tho so I just sold it.
Adds a little flavor.
Following emergency protocol I see
Thanks Salsa you're a pal. There's a few of these scattered around if you look.
Spoiler warning! Click to open
THERE ARE MR. SATURNS IN THIS GAME?! I ACTUALLY WASN'T SURE IF THERE WOULD BE BUT
I won't do my full reaction to this now, it'll come later. BUT WHO KNEW YOU COULD FIND THIS OUT SO SOON?
Haha sweet, don't have to waste money. But I wasn't gonna do the Beanling thing anyway, so who cares either way.
This guy actually comes back later, believe it or not. I totally forgot about this.
Aww yeah, the exciting sequel.
SO, TURNS OUT SALSA'S STILL LIKE LEVEL TEN AND ALSO PRETTY USELESS IN BATTLE
uuuuugh wasting a memento on a normal battle, that's so frustrating
Sad Salsa sprites, why not.
HI MONKEY BABE
BYE MONKEY BABE alright fine
DANCING YOU SAY??
This is sort of interesting. You get control of Salsa and can talk to everyone if you want, but Lucas never says anything. This actually continues on later when you get control of different characters and can talk to him - Lucas still stays quiet, even when he doesn't have an outward reason like the player's control to silence him. He talked in Duster and Flint's chapters, but he doesn't talk anymore. Keeping him in line with the silent protagonist even when he's not in your control? Or hinting that Lucas is withdrawn and quiet even without your influence? YOU DECIDE
Aww yeah, pro dance skills.
INSIDE, A PAIR OF MITTENS
Eh, probably nothing.
The music that plays around these areas is called Pink Shell, it's just really pleasant, kinda strummy and pretty I think. :B
And Magypsy's House for these scenes, obviously. A SLINKY SAXOPHONE FOR THE MAGYPSIES
Remember when we found your girlfriend? Cause we cut that.
Ribbon monkey is shy, aww.
OH DORIA YOU'RE GREAT
I love how Doria talks, let's see
And if I remember right, if you have Duster by this point (like I said, you can do this all out of order), she'll just introduce him as Duster the thief.
Dream Hinawa gets around. I'LL SAVE YOU AND ALL YOUR FRIENDS, LUCAS
PROBABLY OFF WITH HIS BAND AGAIN
OFF WE GO
They sort of remind of me of some other kid's eyes I saw once... Jiff? Josh? It's right on the tip of my tongue, what is it
He looks concerned.
All four things I need dried, what are the odds!
Kumatora yawns in the background
NO I JUST NEED TO HAVE FAITH
Awww HE WAS TRYING SO HARD THOUGH
I THOUGHT FOR SURE I HAD IT THAT TIME
I GUESS I'll take it.
Haha Doria's doing this little excited wiggle in the background, let's see.
I might've missed a frame BUT THAT'S THE BASIC IDEA
OH DORIA YOU'RE SO GREAT
I bet it's not going to be good, basically.
NO I DON'T WANT TO
Heh, adjusting sunglasses.
DORIA NO I DON'T WANT YOU TO DISAPPEAR
Doria sort of puffing now, let's see
NO DORIA DON'T GO
Music gets OMINOUS
Fun note: one of Lucas's victory poses in Brawl is him pulling a needle. :B
I NEED TO STOP DOING THIS
Hey come to think of it you and the Magypsies all have the same hair color
ASKIN'S FOR CHUMPS
OH MY GOD SALSA SMILED
Haha and it's a normal nut just like you'd find in the forest. I ended up storing it for safekeeping. :B
I'LL TREASURE IT ALWAYS, DORIA
Where will Lucas go from here? FIND OUT NEXT TIME!