Boss Design: The Mimic!


As  the third zone of Tai Ming - and the final challenge(s) of the dungeon - draws near, we decided it was time to have a meeting to flesh out the final boss of the dungeon: an ancient Mimic!

Pretty much since we started developing Grindea, we've known we wanted a boss mimic somewhere in the world, and once we knew the third "temple" would be an ancient town where time travel is the focus, we couldn't think of a better place for our Mimic!

The time travel aspect of this place helped us come up with one of the key features of this boss battle: it will be divided into three phases, where each phase ends with a time shift, during which the Mimic gains strenght. Basically, you start the battle in the past, and once you're close to defeating the first, young, version of the mimic, you'll get sent forward in time, where a bunch of years have passed. The mimic, unaffected by your time jumping, will have grown in size and power over the years, and poses a bigger challenge...
Some notes from my trusty notepad
During the first phase, the mimic is little more than a jumpkin - but in the shape of a chest. It will have one or two special attacks, but this is definitely the easiest stage, and should be over pretty quickly.

In the second phase, the mimic has grown to the size of Giga Slime (roughly). The battle will remind you of that boss as well, as the mimic jumps around the battlefield, doing damage with its massive body.  It also has a series of special attacks where it spits a ton of coins on the ground in different patterns - which may hurt you as they land - and goes to eat them up straight away, dealing damage to anyone in its path. Sometimes, it will spit out a powerup of some sort as well - and if you fail to destroy it before the Mimic eats it up again, it will gain a powerboost against you. Like Giga Slime, the Mimic will also have an attack resembling the hammer-attack of Giga Slime; basically a regular attack it can pull if you stand too close to it for too long. Only instead of producing a slime hammer, it will use any of the weapons inside of it (or its tongue)!

In the third phase, the boss has grown to a massive size, and is now static. It will attack you using any of its many hatches to send out weapons of various kinds against you. It also has a special attack where it blows you to the opposite end of the screen and sends out a ton of things from its inside! These things might be enemies (from anywhere in the game), barrels, crates, items, money - basically anything you can think of.

This is one ancient mimic, and it's been stuffed with things over the years!

Some of Fred's Mimic sketches
Since the boss is divided into three different phases, we haven't given each phase too many attacks. As we start prototyping this battle, it's possible we'll add more, but I think this is one of those bosses where the battle might be challenging enough even without 500x different attack patterns! I guess we'll see - either case I'm very excited to see this in the game.

No game set in a fantasy world is complete without a mimic, right? :)
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