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- The Crucible (Part 2)

Fable 2 Walkthrough and Guide

by Mike Hazleton  

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Fable 2 Guide - The Crucible (Part 2)

Round 1 is pleasantly simple. Everyone's favourite enemy the Giant Beetles  come in three distinct waves – if you are going for the target tme of 1:45 then bear in mind that you have to squash every last one in each wave before the next one spawns. They are also quite hard to spot sometimes so watch for any sneaking off. Use Inferno and crossbow bolts or gunfire to despatch them. Fire attacks get the crowd happiest, increasing the amount of gold they throw down onto the arena in pouches.

Round 2 is against Hobbes. Use your previous strategies from the Hobbe cave to see them off, but try to lure them onto the spikes as you hit the switch on the floor for maximum commentary and crowd acclaim. With only 1:50 on the clock and three rounds to battle through though, if you're going for a perfect run and aim to beat each time, don't waste it messing with the environmental traps.

Round 3 contains Hobbes too, but with 2:25 to do it in. Use the pit in the centre of the arena to push the Hobbes into either with the push Will spell or general combat. Target the explosive barrels dotted around to inflict heavy damage on these tougher Hobbes who can also attack from range (watch out for suicidal ones too!) as well.

You now get the chance to buy some items off a trader in between the rounds, though he doesn't have a lot on offer. It's still worth getting as much as possible however, as there is a sharp rise in difficulty now.

Round 4 is Hollow Men. With these three waves, just use your usualy Hollow Man tactics i.e. Inferno and melee combat. The timer is at 2:30 for those going for a quick run, and the crowd here have a penchant for flourishes and seeing the undead burn!

Round 5 is the Bandit round, with an interesting arena layout. Some will spawn onto the central bridge, which also features explosive containers allowing easy and crowd-pleasing kills. Many will also come down lower to attack you on the ground, but try to take out as many as possible using Accuracy to zoom in close. To trigger the next wave you may well have to climb up onto the bridge and finish some off. It is worth staying up there from then on and dealing with them head on if you are going for time (2:10  on this one), otherwise remember that health is at a premium and don't be afraid to attack from as far away as possible!

Round 6 is the Bandit's closest ally, Highwaymen. The same sort of idea would usually apply, except they'll want to attack from range as much as you will. Lines of ranged Highwaymen will circle the edge of the arena, but pleasingly there are a number of switches to activate fire walls to burn them off the ledge and into the central pit. With that done, move in close to take out the rest using the explosive barrels provided and close up melee and Will attacks. Return to the switches for the next wave and repeat the process. The time for this one is 2:00 and again, the crowd appreciate using the scenery as much as possible, so send them into the central pit and use the barrels and switches if you want the most gold from the crowd.

Round 6 is tremendous fun, unless you're going for a perfect round!

Another visit to the merchant (he can't get much business off Hollow Men and Hobbes, so feel free to keep him going) is on the cards here, so make use of it.

Round 7, the penultimate arena is against those tenacious Balverines in the hardest room of the Crucible. As such you have a seemingly-generous 2:35 to do it in for a perfect round, but they pack a punch and have plenty of health. They do catch fire as we learnt on the way to Westcliff however, so make Inferno Will spells your top priority.

Round 8 is a paltry 1:50 but features the largest enemy in the Crucible. A Rock Troll, similar to the one we fought to get Lucien's Diary, is standing in the way this time, but of potential glory and the Spire rather than a single item. Use targetted spells on its weak spots such as Blades and your ranged weapon, while avoiding its attacks and dealing with the Hobbes it calls in as quickly and ruthlessly as possible. Dodge its attacks and then unleash your ranged weaponry to burst its bulging warts, slowly moving round the back so as to get them all.

When he falls the ordeal is over, and you are free to leave the Crucible as champion. With this you earn the Crucible trophy, 10,000 gold, admission to Lucien's army and the Lionheart title on request. Theresa will inform you that you are now able to join Lucien's ranks and depart for the Spire. It is made clear that you will not be back for some time, and she is right, so sort out your family (there's no need to stock up on weapons though, or equipment as you won't need them in the epic quest that awaits) and ensure you've completed the two choice quests of Cold Comfort Farmer or Red Harvest (depending on which you want to do, as outlined above) and Defender of the Light or The Oakfield Massacre which will be outlined below now. The rest should keep for later, though you also will want to invest some money in Barnum and Westcliff Development, which we'll come to shortly.

First is the good option, Defender of the Light.



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Jul 24th 2012 Guest AvatarGuest
Make sure you're leveled up all the way when you aim for the "all perfect rounds" for the Chopper. The best weapon you can use for combat is Daichi (in my opinion) or some sort of high level weapon like that. But yeah, most of the levels you can nock out really quickly by using your will like lightning, or fire (I don't remember their acutal names). Good luck!

And for the last comment: It may be because there is still other records you can have for different prizes or whatever. Who knows. Or, it's just a way for you to quickly go back to the crucible and complete it again whenever you like. It never really specifies, but it does the same thing to me. Might be glitch?
ID #168193
Jun 2nd 2012 Guest AvatarGuest
I have done the crucible multiple times and a bunch i've beaten the records and gotten 8/8 perfect rounds I got the weapon (The chopper) but the quest hasent ended why has it not ended???
ID #148116
Mar 22nd 2012 Guest AvatarGuest
i beat the crucible and am set for the spire but i want to buy some property to make me money while i am gone and was going to go through the crucible again to get cash and XP but i can't figure out how to enter crucible again all the two people at the door do is hum.. do i have to beat spire before i am allowed to redo the crucible
ID #125320
Dec 14th 2011 Guest AvatarGuest
total crucible seconds: 398. Anyone better?
ID #95008
Aug 7th 2011 Guest AvatarGuest
I've beat it a few times with perfect scores each time, yet it's still available as a quest...?
Is it supposed to just stay there or what?
Because it's very annoying for it to just sit there, taunting me.
ID #64995
Jul 7th 2011 Guest AvatarGuest
I've never finished stage 7 in over a minute. Max Speed and the Red Dragon Pistol are going to be your best friends here. ^_^ Its weird though.... the crucible is the only place in the game where balverines don't spawn in pairs.
ID #55485
Apr 14th 2011 Guest AvatarGuest
i keep trying but a stupid bandit keeps stepping on the fire things so it works is that suppose to happen and the troll i finished with one sec left XD
ID #37431
Nov 9th 2010 Guest AvatarGuest
8/8 perfect!!! Click on chest teleported outside and cannot move. ITS A TRAP!!!!
ID #17750
Oct 7th 2010 richard@home Avatar richard@home
the last rounds the easiest to get perfect just get lvl 3 time control and lvl 5 straight at hin as soon as the fight starts and use time control(lvl 3) then charge lightning all the way up and it should kill him in about 13 seconds every time
ID #14581
Aug 8th 2010 Guest AvatarGuest
if you do the blind date quest and get the Enforcer the rounds are easy to get perfect on even by your self it does 177 points of damage so it makes it faster to kill and it will become your favorite gun to use in the game
ID #7954
Jul 17th 2010 Guest AvatarGuest
Did the perfect 8/8 rounds but never got the legendary weapon. is it bugged?
ID #4958
Jul 11th 2010 Guest AvatarGuest
how does one complete the quest so it wont be your primary?? done it at least 20 times but all i get is the message that i should complete it again to "beat more records and quests"!! what to do??
ID #3988
Jul 7th 2010 Guest AvatarGuest
I maxed out all my stats so i beat every round in 1 minute or less. I beat round 7 in 23 seconds using 5 star inferno charging before they spawned Smile and the troll i got its health down to 2 left in the first 3 seconds doing co op but i think that was just luck and the only reason i got perfect.
ID #3409
Jul 4th 2010 Guest AvatarGuest
Last round crucible...... hard to get perfect
ID #3010