Ancient Guardian Manboroth or Primordial Fangs in Manbo Ruins is an optional boss in Patapon 2. After finding the Black Star in Tink Ravine, the Patapons can travel to the Manbo Ruins, where another song can be found-along with a dangerous enemy.
TacticsEditWhen the mission starts, destroy the tombstone and get the Hold-Tight Hoe-Down, the PonChaka song of charging (Pon Pon Chaka Chaka). It increases the power of your Patapons' next attack or defense command, and can completely change the way your Patapons fight. The charge command is very expensive in terms of time; you need to spend one command to charge and another command to unleash its effects. Nonetheless, it's effective when you're about to engage a enemy, or when you need to bring down a tower after the enemies around it have fallen.
Of course, you'll have to earn the right to keep the song by defeating a boss. Advance a little further to find what appears to be a spikier, blue-spotted Manboth, frozen in ice. This is a Manboroth, and you have to bring it down to complete the mission.
Before launching an attack on the immobile behemoth, try charging up with PonChaka. The boss can't attack until the bottom of the ice shell is shattered, so take advantage of it to give your opening blow some more punch. The charge-up song isn't as recommended in the actual fight, as you'll need to retreat at a moment's notice, but it should always be used after Manboroth refreezes itself with Wrath of the Ice Age.
If you remember the fight with Manboth, Manboroth's strategy should be very familiar; a large, slow target with devastating attacks. When it prepares its Tackle attack (steps back once and lowers its head), time your retreat song to finish while the boss advances to ensure it won't pursue your fleeing troops. The Slam attack is less precise-just run sometime after Manboroth rears up on its hind legs and before it comes back down.
Unlike most bosses, Manboroth gains two new attacks instead of one. They have similar effects-freezing your Patapons and leaving them vulnerable-but the method of execution and evasion differs between them:
- If Manboroth raises its trunk without lowering its head, it'll launch an arcing wave of snowflakes that float down in front of it and deal minor damage along with Freeze effects. PonPata is the way to evade this version of the attack.
- If Manboroth lies its trunk on the ground, it'll inhale deeply and release a powerful gust of icy wind that freezes Patapons and blows them backward. This doesn't do damage, but it can only be dodged with the DonDon jump song, which you likely will not have the first time you face Manboroth.
In either case, Manboroth likes to follow up with the powerful Tackle attack, so you really need to keep your Patapons unfrozen whenever possible. Pyopyo and Mofu Rarepons are highly recommended here for their resistance to Freeze, which also helps against the snowy weather that tends to frequent this mission.
From a defensive standpoint, Manboroth is very similar to Manboth. It has even higher HP than Manboth, but fire attacks will shorten the fight immensely. Staggering it is helpful, as is the "free" PonChaka you get whenever it freezes itself and your army (thankfully, Freezing Roar still doesn't do any damage). As long as you can avoid being frozen, you'll wear it down eventually.
You'll get the Manboroth Egg after you beat it.