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Mantis Ants are bosses in Secret of Mana. There are two species, listed below.

Mantis AntEdit

StatisticsEdit

Mantis Ant
  • Location: Underneath Potos' Village
  • HP: 150
  • MP: 20
  • EXP: 10
  • GP: 100
  • Weakness: None
  • Weapon Orb: Sword

StrategyEdit

Randi will most likely be at level 2 when he visits Potos Village for the first time, but if playing a straight game, the player might not be able to pick up a Bandanna yet. If one is desired, Randi can go back to the forest and kill off a few Rabites—or rather, a couple dozen to get the 50 GP. If he gains another level, all the better.

As bosses go, Mantis Ant should be a cakewalk with the Bandanna equipped, and it is even more so in the 3D version. Though the battle is technically impossible to lose (Gemma will help out if Randi gets overwhelmed), it still pays to play smart. Watch out for a Level 0 Gem Missile or Acid Storm; these will knock off a sizable chunk of Randi's HP and may drop his Defense. If it gets an opportunity, Mantis Ant can cause quakes that will knock Randi out. Other than this, the Mantis Ant has a tendency to use its forelimbs as a shield. Wait for these to open, and attack.

Striking from behind is also possible, but must be done quickly, before the beast reacts.

Metal MantisEdit

StatisticsEdit

Metal Mantis

Metal Mantis

  • Location: Imperial Castle
  • HP: 1220
  • MP: 40
  • EXP: 4749
  • GP: 1464
  • Weakness: None
  • Weapon Orb: Glove
  • Recommended Level:30+

StrategyEdit

Though it may look tough, the steel-clad Mantis Ant isn't anything of the sort; it just has more attacks. Gem Missile gets a major boost to Level 6, and then there's Lunar Boost to bolster its physical attack. Popoi should blast spells at it while Primm lays down the buffs and debuffs, healing as needed. Randi, meanwhile, should charge his weapon and whack it when he has the opportunity. The beast should fall within a few minutes.