Okay so I did my run of the Astral fight. Kinda neat concept of kaiju fights, and I did get a sub 5min run finished!
Anyone who wants help I’ll give some good pointers for this
- Stick with Wind, even if your options are poorer in it
I had attempted a Cupid run with Luca and it was unbearably slow. Kitted and everything. Sub 6 minutes. I went with Lin You + 3UB Freyja and a Lv1 WP. Done in 3. If you need help, opt for someone with a Flurry Strength CCA or Dragon Claws CCA.
- Dragon Affinity is your friend
Dragon Affinity WPs are amazing here. 3 of them will double the effects of Dragon Bride
You can opt for a fourth one if you don’t have an HDT Res WP ready, but it’s overkill and QotBS is good as a safety net anyway. Flurry buffs and Dragon Damage works best here.
- Ranged Combo > Melee Combo, Heal Special > Damage Special
I only mention this because Homing Bubble will ruin your Flurry buffs as Melee, and healing specials are impeccable for topping off. Due to both of these attributes, the best option is more than likely Freyja, though Garuda does good work too if you have her. Otherwise pick someone who’s Skill hits fast (Midgards, Sylvia, Yulong, etc.)
- Bait to the left/top left
Just like in pre-2.0, bait Merc to either the left or top left areas to avoid 90% of her attacks.
Good luck and remember that you gotta learn how the fight progresses. If you mess up, give it another go and see how things pan out. You might get further along when you notice when Merc spawns a Homing Bubble or what animation leads to a water shot.