|"Connoisseur of Wands"|
|Corpse Material||Green Slimy Meat|
|Spawn Location||Lava Lake|
Damage immunity for 40 frames after taking direct damage.
The Connoisseur of Wands (in-game name Sauvojen Tuntija) is a flying miniboss native to the chasm east of the Lava Lake. When the player passes through the middle section of the Orb Room, past the chasm, and makes their way back towards the Lava Lake, the Connoisseur will spawn underneath the bridge, surprising nosy Noitas. The area in the Orb Room that causes the Connoisseur to spawn is suspended in the air, which means it is possible to walk into the room, keep low and grab the Orb of True Knowledge, while avoiding it from spawning.
Behaviour[edit | edit source]
The Connoisseur of Wands is arguably the single most dangerous enemy in the entire game. It attacks using a wide variety of spells, some of which turn the player into a Sheep, similarly to Polymorphine, some of which cause blindness, similar to the attacks of the Sokaisunmestari, and it can also summon floating wands that cast one of several random spells.
It is resistant to most types of damage, nearly every status effect, and generates a unique counter shield for roughly 1-2 seconds every time it takes damage. Additionally, it is capable of digging through all terrain using its body, in a similar manner to that of the Lukki. Once it starts chasing the player, it is quite persistent and will not stop until the player runs far enough away.
Attacks[edit | edit source]
- An all-around blast of many polymorphing projectiles, which home and accelerate towards the player. Being hit by one of these projectiles while already polymorphed will instantly kill the player, as with any other attack.
- An all-around blast of many blinding projectiles, done in the same manner as the above attack.
- An all-around blast of many wand-disabling projectiles, similar to those fired by the Maadoittajamestari.
- Spawns a random wand, which fires at the player several times before disappearing. This wand can fire one of several randomly chosen spells, such as Bouncing Burst, any of the Magic Missile variants, any of the Firebolt variants, and more. The fire rate of the wand depends on the spell it uses, firing weaker spells faster, and firing stronger spells slower.
Rewards[edit | edit source]
Upon being defeated, the Connoisseur of Wands will disintegrate, drop a random mid-tier Wand, and both an Extra Max Health and a Full Heal. Additionally, it will drop two destructive unlockable spells, Matosade and Meteorisade, which will be permanently unlocked for the player. These spells can rarely spawn on naturally-generated wands in the world after being unlocked, so be wary.
Combat Tips[edit | edit source]
- Make generous use of cover; the amount of spells it puts out make it very hard to simply dodge its projectiles, even from far away, and the player will most importantly want to avoid getting polymorphed. Move to another piece of cover when its destroyed.
- The Snowy Depths, with its multiple sections of disconnected terrain, is an ideal battleground for this. Just be sure to clear out the biome of enemies beforehand.
- If the player is capable of using the spell often, Black Hole can be used to create cover on demand. This can be especially effective when done through Extremely Dense Rock, as the Connoisseur's explosive attacks will not be able to destroy this cover. However, it will still be able to burrow through the rock with its body.
- Due to the shield it will summon upon being hit, it is advised to fight it with a slower, higher damage-per-hit wand, as opposed to the more popular rapid fire wands. It is also immune to Freezing, so it cannot be instantly killed by any melee attacks.
- Damage Field ignores its shield, offering an alternative way to fight it.
- Giga Black Hole (especially on a trigger spell) is extremely effective, as it deals continuous damage, prevents its movement, and can absorb some of its spells.
- It summons more wands to retaliate against taking damage. Attacks that rapidly hit it, such as Damage Field, will turn the fight into a bullet hell; if you don't have Ambrosia to prevent damage or the Teleport Bolt spell for easy getaways, this will certainly lead to your death.
- The Projectile Repulsion Field perk is borderline necessary for fighting the Connoisseur if you can't get to cover quickly. Getting hit by any of its polymorphing or blinding blasts is almost guaranteed to result in the end of the the run - this perk, preferably in combination with an Energy Shield spell, will make those attacks much easier to avoid.
- The Personal Gravity Field spell can be used to cause all but the fastest projectiles, mainly those fired from its wands, to stick around and orbit the boss. This renders the bosses polymorph, blinding and silence attacks almost harmless. Depending on the loadout of its wands this can also make it deal massive damage to itself. While wands that cast Personal Gravity Field automatically can be found it should also be possible to include this into a spell as an endless cast using the alpha or omega spells.
- Due to the wands it summons occasionally copying spells used against it, self harming spells such as Omega Disk Projectile can be very effective against it.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Wand it drops seems to be the same one that it uses to attack during the fight.
- Due to its appearance, it has often received the nickname "Squidward".