This page covers the events through the Ulvhan Grotto for the story in Tales of Arise. This walkthrough will take you through obtaining all items and uncovering everything available to you.
|Apple Gel||Against the western wall after climbing the first ladder|
|Apple Gel||North of the intersection|
|Panacea Bottle x3||Chest in the northeast|
|Orange Gel||Run and jump over a gap in the northeast|
|Orange Gel||Central platform where the Gigant is|
|Onyx Mail||Chest on the central platform where the Gigant is|
|Apple Gel||Before the second ladder leading to the southeast exit|
|Chamomile||To the south of the second ladder leading to the southeast exit|
|Astral Flower||Northeast - Boisterous Roper Gigant reward|
|Mushroom||Near the entrance|
|Mushroom x2||Near the entrance|
|Salmon||Pool of water near the entrance|
|Mushroom x2||Northeast of the map|
|Mushroom x2||Near the southeast exit|
Exit the Gates of Fire and head to Cyslodia
To reach Cyslodia and help Rinwell and her people, you’ll need to first pass through the dank caverns of the Ulvhan Grotto. Proceed forward and watch the Skit before collecting the Mushroom from the nearby Collection Point. Just ahead, you’ll run into your first encounter with Ropers, slimy beasts that use their vine-like appendages to whip you. They’re weak to Wind, and you should have Severing Wind for Alphen by now so you can use it to launch them into the air and get an aerial combo going. Pay special attention to when they spew Poison, avoid standing in the puddles or you’ll have to have Shionne Recover.
Continue along the linear path and you’ll find more Mushrooms ready to be picked and as soon as you do, the statues will come to life and attack you. Deceptive Effigys are aerial based enemies so Shionne’s Boost Attack is ideal for downing them. Like the Ropers a moment ago, Wind is their weakness so make use of Severing Wind where possible. When you see them land on the ground, get ready for them to charge a laser from their eyes, you can easily avoid this by getting behind them or using Alphen’s boost Attack.
Continue to the east and search in the water here to collect the Salmon, then climb the ladder to reach the area above. Follow the path past two more groups of Ropers and then snag the nearby Apple Gel in the western corner. Take out the next group of Ropers and then run up the raised platform on your left and leap over to the Mining Point. You’ll reach an intersection at this point, ignore the southern path and instead continue along to the north and dispatch the Deceptive Effigys.
Search behind them to find another bag containing an Apple Gel and then take the path leading east where you’ll find another Collection Point containing two Mushrooms against the northern wall. Follow the path as it starts heading south now and you’ll find a Chest containing three Panacea Bottles behind a group of Ropers, these will cure any ailments you may have. Continue along, defeat the Ropers, and then use the raised platform to leap over to a bag containing an Orange Gel. Follow this path to the end, drop down and save your game before restoring your HP and CP if needed, the next Gigant awaits just ahead.
Gigant - Boisterous Roper
Despite the Boisterous Roper being a few levels ahead of you, the aid of Zephyr makes this battle much easier than if you were to wait until later, even on Hard. Due to Zephyr’s nature as a Guest Character, he won’t be able to fall so having him as an extra target for enemies really helps here.
To begin with, ignore the Boisterous Roper and go directly for the other two Ropers in the battle. They won’t take long to go down and it will allow you to fully focus on the Boisterous Roper itself. It will use the standard Roper Arm Swing attack constantly throughout the battle, this can be hard to avoid if you’re in the midst of a combo but the damage isn’t high enough to be a massive concern. Vine Stab, on the other hand, is a lot easier to avoid as you’ll be able to spot when it lowers its arms and small green circles will appear on the ground where they shoot out allowing you to easily dodge out of the way.
Like the other Ropers, the Boisterous Roper will use Poison Spew, the main difference here is that they have greater range and will be more numerous, still, this should be easy to avoid. When you see a casting circle on the Boisterous Roper, either down it with Alphen’s Boost Attack or keep on the move, Stalagmite is a powerful Earth Arte that will shoot out from the ground of your playable character and stun you in the process. You’ll find the Weak Point for the Boisterous Roper on the back of its head, this is ideal because you can use Severing Wind to both target it and deal damage to its weakness at the same time.
Once you use a Boost Strike when it’s down to 50% HP, it’ll likely enter Overlimit. During this state, its Poison Spew will increase in the area affected around the Roper itself so be sure to keep your distance. More importantly, once you see the ground glow red, run away from the Boisterous Roper as it uses its Earthern Ring attack. Much like Balseph’s own Axe Slam that left a ring of fire, this will leave a ring of rocks that you’ll need to leap over to avoid taking massive damage.
As for defeating the Boisterous Roper, you’ll find Zephyr will be of great use in this battle. Not only will he not be able to die, but he’ll keep up constant pressure on the Gigant chipping away at its HP. As Alphen, target it from behind with Severing Wind and using his Boost Attack to down it. Once downed or after a Core Break, use Infernal Torrent to deal a massive amount of HP to it. Despite its level being higher than yours, this battle shouldn’t be too hard to manage with Zephyr in the party and for defeating it, you’ll obtain another Astral Flower which will increase your Max CP by 10.
Once the Boisterous Roper is defeated, pillage the nearby Red Chest to obtain the Onyx Mail, new armor for Alphen, and then loot the bag nearby for another Orange Gel. Head southwest here and you’ll be able to drop down to the south path from the intersection. Avoid continuing south for now and instead, head north a little to find a platform you can leap to and reach a Mining Point. Continue south now and you’ll spot another bag in a nearby alcove containing an Apple Gel and just beyond it, a ladder you should take.
Swim over to the southern edge here, take out some Deceptive Effigys and loot the Chamomile before continuing to the east to loot the final Collection Point containing two Mushrooms and reaching the exit to Cyslodia at last.