As I leave the resort and enter the CORE, two shadowy figures loom ahead briefly, before retreating into the complex. Alphys, not surprisingly, phones in...
: Huh? Who are they? N-nobody else is s-supposed to be here... Oh well! We can't worry about that now!
Of course it isn't. Again.
Alphys calls and tells me to go to the right, so...
Off we go to the left.
Magic words like "Abracadabra" or "Hocus Pocus" or "Please and thank you". I... honestly don't remember how you pacify this one. I think you stare the two magic orbs he uses into submission, rendering him powerless.
Alphys calls to wonder aloud why there are so many monsters here, and she's not wrong. Greater Froggits, Whimsalots, and Astigmatisms drive the encounter rate about as high as it was back in the ruins. With... similar monsters. Huh.
But the switch activates a laser barrage, so I have to carefully either move to avoid the orange ones or stand still to avoid the blue ones. Alphys knows the code: it's orange, orange, blue. So take a few steps, then stop.
Alphys is wrong again. The lasers were blue, blue, orange.
I'm gonna go with her first hunch. (Turns out going up is another ambush, and having ignored her here I missed an enemy.)
Yeah, the little trust I had in you is rapidly dwindling.
What follows is a red-light green-light game through a laser array. Alphys will hack the power off so you can proceed, but only for a few steps before it comes back on. And since they're blue lasers, trying to move through them stings.
Alphys throws up her hands and admits she doesn't know.