Name: Midgardsorm

Description: A monstrously large serpent.

Henchcreatures: Some bizarre little cyclopean, trilobite-like parasites.

Getting close when: You've been exploring his interior for a while.

Strategy: Immediately after vanquishing Basilosaurus, you are swallowed by Midgardsorm. After a while, you will find the creature's heart, his SunburstArea and only weak spot. Begin shooting at it non-stop. As you do so, strange one-eyed parasitic creatures will come up to you. Each one will pick a compass point (north, north-east, east, etc.) and stay there. You have a second or two to shoot them before they inflict damage on you. Make theseyour first priority.

As you whittle down Midgardsorm's health, on three occasions his heart will turn into a Sweet Spot. Hit it during these times and he'll lose massive amounts of health--and on the third time, you'll have slain Midgardsorm and cleared the West Ocean.


Mythological Background

Name: Midgardsorm

Taken from: Norse

This monstrous serpent was one of three children of the trickster god Loki and his giantess wife Angrboda. The king of the gods, Odin, cast it into the ocean, but it was so large it encircled the entire world and took its own tail in its mouth. Midgardsorm is Norse for "Midgard Serpent," Midgard being their word for Earth, and is but a title. Its true name is Jormungand. During Ragnarok, the Twilight of the Gods, it will engage Thor, god of thunder, in an epic battle to the death. Thor will slay it, take nine steps, and then die himself from its poison.

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