I may have a new favorite dungeon. Humor, pirates, and great scenery. You can’t go wrong! Let me introduce you to Freehold!!
After killing some mobs, you meet your first boss: Skycap’n Kragg. While you’re clearing that trash, he’s flying overhead on his giant parrot named Sharkbait. Bombing you from the skies. Jerk.
Following riding across some cool bridges, you spend some time in this next area. There you have two options. You can kill a bunch of trash in the next couple of sections. The alternative is to follow a dog around until he digs up the keys to free the caged guy in the middle. He will give you pirate costumes to help you blend in. PIRATE COSTUMES guys. This is clearly the best choice.
I do want to take a moment to point out one of the most annoying, and hilarious, debuffs I have ever seen in this game. You get it in this area as you are clearing trash. To my knowledge you can’t remove it.
You carry this debuff to the next boss. Council o’ Captains. These captains are sitting around a table, having themselves a drink. Here we are interrupting them. How rude of us! It’s a pretty cool fight with lot’s of pirate phrases being yelled at you. You may also have a barrel thrown onto your head. Your party mates are supposed to attack the barrel to break it off. While you have the barrel, your screen is black and you’re disorientated. An annoying, yet unique, mechanic!
After this you make your way to the Ring of Booty!! The first time I did this fight, I laughed pretty much the whole time. First off, booty (hehe!). Secondly, you start the fight by chasing a greased pig. Yep, that happens. Thirdly, you fight a turtle named Ludwig Von Tortollen, complete with funny introductions and nods to TMNT. Turtle Power! Finally you go up against Trothak, The Shark Puncher. Who literally is wearing sharks on his hands which he throws at you.
The dungeon wraps up with the boss Harlan Sweete. This slimy, villainous pirate is your pretty typical “don’t stand in the fire” fight. He throws out dice to determine what buffs he gets. Easy boss. I’ll be curious to see if this one gets any harder in mythic. It felt like a pretty anti-climatic end to the dungeon. However, the treasure background is really cool!
That’s it, you win. You took down those evil Irontide Raiders. Those scoundrels. Flynn Fairwind would be so proud of you! Don’t know who Flynn Fairwind is yet? Stay tuned!