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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Basic Homunculus Guide

If you want to get homunculus for your alchemist or biochemist, you should first do this quest to gain the Bioethics passive skill. Homunculus could help you ii your battles, pvp or pvm or they could just be your constant companion in exploring Ragnarok Online. You can choose from any four homunculus - Filir, Lif, Amistr and Vanilmirth.

Reward: Bioethics passive skill - Allows Alchemist to begin learning the Homunculus Skill Tree

Item Requirements: - sold at Lighthalzen shop. Go inside the Lighthalzen store then head to the second floor.

  • Geek glasses
  • Grandpa’s Beard


Homunculus Quest

1. Go to the Upper Left Building of Lighthalzen.


2. Head to the left most part of the first floor. Proceed to the north until you find the Rekenber Guard. Wear your geek glasses and grandpa’s beard before talking to him or else he won’t let you in.


3. Enter the north portal, there you will find bunch of alchemist and scientist. At the north part of the room, talk to Kellasus (lhz_in01 224,140) until he mentions about the Homunculus. But he won’t teach you yet.


4. At the east part, talk to the guy named Skrajiad (lhz_in01 225,122). He’ll talk to you about Vaporize. You have to remember this because Kellasus would this later.


5. Continue the quest by talking to Keshibien (lhz_in01 204,138). He’ll tell you on how to summon a Homunculus from an embryo. He’ll also ask you to go see Bringel at the Lightalzen Hotel.


6. Head to the Lighthalzen Hotel. You can find Bringel (lhz_in02 269,273) inside the bar. He’ll tell you how you can resurrect your homunculus when it dies.


7. Go back to Kellasus. He’ll now ask you questions about Homunculus. The answers are: 1. Vaporize 2. Embryo 3. Homunculus Resurrection. Even if you key in the correct answers, he still won’t tell you about Homunculus.


8. Go to Kellasus’ house at north part of Lighthalzen. Inside, talk to his son Golin (lhz_in03 106,34). His son will tell you how much he misses his dad.


9. Go back to Kellasus, you’ll tell him that you’ve met his son. By now, he’ll give you the Bioethics skill and you are now done with the Homunculus quest. You can now summon any Homunculus using Embryo.


I. Introduction
II. Types
III. Leveling Guide
IV. Maintaining a Homunculus
V. Biochemist-Homunculus Skill Combos
VI. Calculator

I. Introduction
Homunculus is one of the best upgrades for the Alchemist class. It helped in leveling and offensive power, thus enhancing the efficacy of the class by up to 400%. This guide will serve as a basic interactive discussion about Homunculus and will be extended and compiled from time to time. Spammers will be warned, unfortunately.

II. Types
Homunculus have four types.

Note: The Stat Growth is per level basis and must be maintained all through out. The growth deviates as the homunculus levels up, it may rise or fall. You cannot control its growth, all growths are random that is why even though Vanilmirths must be INT based, you can get a LUK based Vanilmirth by chance.

Skills: Healing Hands, Urgent Escape, Brain Surgery
Evolution Skill: Mental Charge
Homunculus Type: Restoration- Supportive

Of all types of Homunculus, Lif fetched the highest chance in brewing because of the INT in the AB-Biochemists? stat. This green fairy specializes on healing its master or even other players. Sweet isn?t it? Every heal she gives cost a Red Slim Potion (yes, this is not ordinary Lv10 Heal that costs only SP). She is also rated fairly in terms of attacking capabilities that is why most Biochemists turn her down and chose another type because she is only limited to just healing and some movement buff.

Stat Growth [based on author's preference]
HP: 80.00
SP: 7.00
STR: 0.40
AGI: 0.80
VIT: 0.75
INT: 0.89
DEX: 0.80
LUK: 0.40

Skills: Caprice, Instruction Change, Chaotic Blessings
Evolution Skill: Bio Explosion
Homunculus Type: Magical- Offensive

This jelly ranked second in the chance because like a typical Mage, this Homunculus relies on the Biochemist?s INT in order to call one successfully. Branded as a well balanced Homunculus, Vanilmirth is gifted to possess offensive magical skills to aid him and his master in battle. No wonder in other servers most high leveled Homunculi are Vanilmirth. This is because of its well-balanced frame. Think of a mage with dodging capabilities of a thief and melee prowess of a swordsman.

Stat Growth [based on author's preference]
HP: 90.00
SP: 3.00
STR: 1.10
AGI: 1.20
VIT: 1.10
INT: 1.40
DEX: 1.30
LUK: 1.10

Skills: Castling, Amistr Bulwark, Adamantium Skin
Evolution Skill: Bloodlust
Homunculus Type: Physical- Defensive

The lamb that looks like a ball of cotton but is as tough as steel. This is Amistr. Boasting extra-hard frame and lots of HP, Amistr protects its master from harm. Basically the tank of the Biochemist-Homunculus relationship. Endures the pain monsters give to him as his master tear them apart one by one. And yes, Amistr is the only Homunculus that can help you survive ruthless attacks through Castling. Downside? MDEF. And its Castling skill does not work in War of Emperium.

Stat Growth [based on author's preference]
HP: 100.00
SP: 1.90
STR: 1.00
AGI: 0.80
VIT: 0.80
INT: 0.15
DEX: 0.70
LUK: 0.50

Skills: Moonlight, Fleeting Move, Accelerated Flight
Evolution Skill: SBR44
Homunculus Type: Physical- Offensive

This is basically the physical counterpart of Vanilmirth and the agile counterpart of Amistr. This little blue bird is stronger than its size. It basically works like the Hunters? falcon, but with better features. It has this skill called Moonlight that inflicts 660% ATK, that?s almost as good as a zennyless Mammonite. It works like the AB Biochemists? right arm, to inflict physical damages to the enemy.

Stat Growth [based on author's preference]
HP: 60.00
SP: 4.00
STR: 0.90
AGI: 1.00
VIT: 0.20
INT: 0.60
DEX: 0.80
LUK: 0.40

III. Leveling Guide
Note: This is the classic leveling spots, do as you will if you think there are maps better than these in proportional to experience+ levelling effort. And leveling spots may be advanced or delayed depending on your homunculus stat growth.

1-20 Poporing : Poring Island
21-60 Metaling: Einbroch Field
61-99 Bathories: Aldebaran

1-40 Metaling: Einbroch Field
41-70 Zenorcs: Orc Dungeon
71-99 Alarms and Bathories: Aldebaran or Agriope: Mt. Mjolnir

1-60 Metaling: Einbroch Field
61-99 Kobolds: Geffen or Bathories: Aldebaran or Agriope: Mt. Mjolnir

1-30 Metaling: Einbroch Field
31-50 Zenorcs: Orc Dungeon
51-99 Alarms/Bathories: Aldebaran or Pitmans: Einbech Mines or Agriope: Mt. Mjolnir

IV. Maintaining a Homunculus
A homunculus is like leveling another character. But it requires less exp to reach Lv99. Unlike summoned plants, it is not an extension of the Alchemist but a totally different character. Homunculus starts from an embryo which is obtainable thru the Bioethics Quest, the basis of the Homunculus [I'll post the Bioethics guide some other time.]

A Homunculus can reach Lv99. You cannot leech it, it must level by himself by doing damage to the enemy so it gains exp. It gets an aura and as an added bonus, it can evolve.

Evolution is achieved when a Homunculus reaches the highest possible intimacy, which is Loyal. You can raise the homunculus intimacy by feeding it with the designated food for the homunculus. to evolve your homunculus, you must have an item called the Stone of Sage.

10 - 250 Akward
251 - 500 - Shy
501 - 700 - Neutral
701 - 910 - Cordial
911 - up - Loyal <---Evolution Available

Evolution Benefits

Better Sprite [well depends on your taste]
Additional Stats
One Additional Homunculus Skill

Homunculus Food
Lif= Pet Food
Filir= Garlet
Vanilmirth= Scell
Amistr= Zargon

Feeding should be monitored as homunculus gets hungry from time to time. What are the consequences of negligence? well, you may lose your homunculus when hunger reaches 0. And in case there is little value left in the hunger bar, the intimacy invested lowers down thus delaying evolution.

There is a hunger bar at the lower portion of the homunculus status screen [alt+R]. Ideally, feed your homunculus once by the time the bar turns red [24 in numerical value]. It is advised to feed your homunculus at that level to gain 1 intimacy point. Do not overfeed your homunculus or it will not give off a full 1 intimacy, instead it will be 0.5 or even 0.25. Lower than 1= delayed intimacy growth= delayed loyal= delayed evolution.

IV. Skill Combos [Homunculus-Biochemist Tag]

Using Biochemical skills alone is already effective. But adding more flavor to the skill will further enhances its efficacy. Below is a partial list of skill combos that may prove helpful in pvp, and the field.

Channeling Damsel
Skills Required: Urgent Escape, Rest, Call Homunculus
By juggling the three skills, continually use Urgent Escape. This combination dramatically increases the movement speed increase duration by up to 700%.

Foliage Station
Skills Required: Bio Cannibalize, Evolved Lif, Acid Bomb
By installing several plants around the Biochemist [preferably Parasite], turn your tag team into a Mini-Forest? err.. Mini Battle Station. Activate the Lif?s Mental Charge to add more firepower to incoming enemies.

Double Restore
Skill Required: Healing Hands, Potion Pitcher
Use Healing Hands and Potion Pitcher on the same target. It can act as if two healers heal the target simultaneously because Healing Hands delay is separate from Potion Pitcher delay.

Magic Bomb
Skill Required: Acid Bomb, Caprice
Throw Acid Bomb and initiate Caprice simultaneously at the same target. Overall damage is increased by up to 60% because of two separate damage factors [Neutral and Magical Attack].

Agar Rave
Skills Required: Bio Cannibalize, Vanilmirth, Acid Bomb
By installing several plants around the Biochemist [preferably Parasite or Hydra], turn your tag team into an adjustable siege bunker. You can combine Agar Rave combo with Magic Bomb.

Ultimate Desolator: The 41-hit Combo
Skills Required: Acid Bomb, Caprice, Bio Explosion, Evolved Vanilmirth
Tekken Reference: Acid Bomb+ Caprice+ Caprice+ Acid Bomb+ Caprice+ Caprice+ Bio Explosion.
Best used with a manual AI to control the release of Caprice and to be timed with Acid Bomb.

Flaming Swallowtail Tackle
Skills Required: Flitting, Moonlight, Acid Bomb
Initiate the combo with Flitting. Then skill spam the target with Moonlight and finally Acid Bomb as a finishing strike.

The Rise of The Phoenix
Skills Required: Flitting, Moonlight, SBR44, Evolved Filir, Acid Bomb
This is believed to be the most powerful existing Homunculus-Biochemist skill combo. The total damage can even break the 100000 barrier. Almost like a Champion?s Extremity Fist. But the downside is that you can only use this rarely because SBR drains intimacy points per use. After the execution of Acid Bomb, eliminate the enemy by attacking him with the Filir?s 4th skill, SBR44.

1) How to call out a Homunculus

I) Create an Embryo

In order to create an Embryo you need the Pharmacy skill. You will need:
a) 1 Potion Creation Guide
b) 1 Medicine Bowl
c) 1 Glass Tube
d) 1 Morning Dew of Yggdrasil
e) 1 Seed of Life

Use the Pharmacy skill to combine these items together to get your Embryo.

II) Use the skill Call Homunculus and it will take away your Embryo. Once the skill is used you will get one of 8 random pets. If you do not like the pet you get, you wil have to create a new Embryo and try again. 4 pets are more support based and 4 are more offensive. There are actually only 4 different pets, 2 versions for each.

(2)Stat: What it increases the odds of geting:

STR: Amistr, Filir
AGI: Amistr, Filir
VIT: Amistr, Lif
INT: Vanil, Lif
DEX: Vanil, Lif
LUK: Vanil, Filir

The highest you can increase any homi chance is to ~48% This is by putting in each of the 2 shared stats 25% of avaible points (STR/AGI or INT/DEX) (for a combined 50%), and the non-shared at 50%.

Okay, that was a lousy explination. Here's an example:
STR: 1
AGI: 1
VIT: 50
INT: 25
DEX: 25
LUK: 1

This will give you these odds:
Amistr: 25.24271844660194
Vanil: 24.75728155339806
Lif: 48.54368932038835
Filir: 1.4563106796116505

3) How to play with your Homunculus

The 4 types are:

Amistr - Support based pet that eats Zargon
Filir - An offensive pet that eats Garlet
Lif - Support Based pet that eats Pet Food
Vanilmirth - An offensive pet that eats Scell


Open Pet Status Page: ALT + R
Attack: ALT + Double right click
Target a monster: ALT + Single right click
Standby: ALT + T or right click and press Standby
Moveyour pet to a location: ALT + Single right click on where you want it to go

Use the Rest skill to hide your pet. use Call Homunculus to bring it back out (No 2nd Embryo needed)
If your pet dies, use the Ressurect Homunculus to bring it back out.
Your pet will also have unique skills it can use as it level us.

Intimacy points:
The Homunculus works a lot like a pet and has about the same intimacy levels. Feeding it at about 11-25 hunger will give you a maximum of 100 intimacy points per feeding. Fighting will also increase your itimacy.

Leveling your Homunculus:
Your Homunuclus gains experience by this formula:
A = Amount of exp you get for killing a monster
B = Amount of damage the Homunuclus does to the monster
C = Damange the Homunuclus recieves from the monster
D = Damange you recieve from the monster

Pets EXP gained = A x [B ÷ (C + D)]

Evolving your Homunculus:
In order to evolve your pet you will need to raise its intimacy to loyal. A loyal intimacy level requires 100,000 intimacy points. Once you meet this requirements then you will need a Philosopher's Stone to evolve your pet.