Well then, now that I acquired a human body, I can’t be walking around in “fur” forever!
So I requested a set of clothing to be made .
While the slime body is certainly convenient, is has fatal flaws to it .
And that flaw is the lack of equipment . That is, other than some special magic items, I could not equip anything .
It’s not like I feel cold or anything, but I want some extra defense .
Equipment that could protect me from at least one hit .
Besides, the dwarfs have made many articles with the materials the goblins have hunted .
First and foremost, I’ll have a set of kids clothing prepared .
Thus, I went to the dwarfs .
Or more precisely, to the tailoring log cabin which was recently finished… apparently .
The eldest dwarf Garm was busy ordering the girls (Goblinas), and overseeing production .
「Yo! Garm-kun . There’s some clothing I want you to make me!」
「… Danna . What are you saying? How are you planning on wearing it? You can’t use equipment, can’t you?」
「Fufufu . Fuhaha, haaaaahahahaha! Don’t look down on me!
You thought it was the “can’t wear anything” me, huh! Well, not anymore! Haaaaaaaaa!!!」
「Wha… what!!! Danna‘s body is growing… not . A kid, huh?」
「Tch . Not suprised, eh… Oh well . I can become an adult, but I want you to first make some clothing for this form!」
「O . . okay . Then, we’ll start by measuring your size! Oi, Haruna . I leave Danna‘s measurements to you . 」
I was measured by one of the tailors, Haruna .
Of course, although I was naked, I was not embarrassed . Since there’s nothing there…
「My! How cute you’ve become, Rimuru-sama!」
Haruna said while recording my size .
Cute? I mean, I know I think I’m cute, but for the goblins to agree .
Must say, I’m surprised that monsters even have an aesthetic sense .
I decided to spend the following day by trying out my new skills .
I head off .
If I want to peacefully try out new skills, it’s best for no one to be around .
Having notified Rigurdo of my absence, I ordered everyone to steer clear .
And, through the center of the city, I head into the cave .
The place where I met Veldora .
That underground cavern is wide, unnaturally dense, and, most of all, uninhabited .
The cave’s monsters stay away out of fear .
Now then, let’s start testing these out .
I’ve got, unique skill [Shapeshifter], extra skill [Fire Manipulation] .
From the Flame Giant, [Clone], [Fire State], and [Area Boundary] .
So what should I start with…
Since cloning seems promising let’s start with the Flame Giant .
Fire State, huh . Wouldn’t activate as a slime .
Chances are, this skill activates only under certain conditions… I wonder what they are .
As for Area Boundary, that I could use . But, I don’t get it .
So the point of the skill is to seal thermal energy within a barrier and prevent any from leaking, huh?
But if I can activate this skill, why can’t I use [Fire State]… wait a second . Didn’t I just get my hands on a barrier?
In the first place, this skill’s main strength seems to be in trapping opponents . Quite a versatile skill, isn’t it?
The boundaries maximum range is 100 meters, shaped into half a sphere . Does not expand underground .
The smallest I could get it was just enough to cover my body . It’s effect did not change . Only the size did .
I create a clone on top of which I affixed the boundary .
Then, I shot out a water blade at the barrier . “Bashii!!!” It was repelled .
Hoho… It’s that strong?
In that case, let’s try out the [Paralysis Breath] and [Noxious Breath] .
That experiment showed that the skill uses up a lot of magical energy .
With the energy I left with the clone, the barrier withstood [Paralysis Breath] without taking any damage, but collapsed under [Noxious Breath] .
In other words, as long as I supply magical energy, the barrier will hold .
Then, I created a clone with considerable amount of magical energy, and set up a barrier .
I am planning on trying out the Black Wolf’s [Black Lightning] skill .
As a black wolf, it is possible to modify the range and strength of the skill .
Its two long horns are used to alter just that .
Since a slime has no horns, “Use it all!” is how the skill works .
Thus, I set the power to max and the range to a single target… fire!
As for the barrier, I set it to its lowest setting . If the size is small, the consumption should also decrease .
*Pika! … . . Chudooooooooon!!!*
Not even the dust was left .
It’s too dangerous!
So… I guess I can’t trust in the barrier all that much .
In the first place, why did he disappear if I have electric current resistance and thermal fluctuation resistance?
Somehow this makes no sense .
Maybe this [Black Lightning] skill is actually a special skill ranked about extra skills .
But man this sent a chill down my back .
“Good thing I didn’t carelessly try it on myself!” Such were my honest thoughts .
However, the fact that I need to mimic a black wolf to use this skill greatly limits its applicability .
Then, I mimicked the flame giant, and tried to use [Fire State] again .
The result was that I changed into a 2000 degree cloud . But, as expected, the heat dissipates too quickly if I don’t maintain the barrier .
This skill, too, highly depends on the situation .
By the way, when I use it with the barrier, [Fire State] is an amazing skill .
As expected of an A rank (+?) .
That is, [Freya Sphere] is a combination of the barrier and fire state that burns the opponent from the inside; in other words, any living thing that breathes air will surely perish .
My affinity against the opponent was really good!
As for how to use the skill, I’ll consider that later .
Now with respect to extra skill [Fire Manipulation] .
I can’t seem to explode things like Shizu-san did . What the trick could be, I don’t know…
Light a fire at my finger tip, throw fire from the palm of my hand–such party tricks are easy .
Also, I managed to gather heat in my hand and radiate it, thus creating a Fire Blaster .
And wait, if I gather the heat, the power increases .
I mean, normally, fire is at about 200 degrees Celsius . If I gather it, it rises to 1600 degrees .
Now, just like with “Water Blade”, I just need to shoot out this magical energy .
It struck my target at 10 meters away with a temperature surpassing 1400 degrees . This splendid skill I decided to call “Flame Bullet” .
Looks just like a certain alien’s finisher, finger beam .
Also, I can probably just create a fireball in my hand and burn my opponents .
Would I do something as dangerous as grabbing someone’s head and threatening to burn them? Yeah, I probably would .
Additionally, since it seems I can further raise the temperature with practice, I should continue doing so until I can manage an explosion .
After all, unlike monsters’ skills, it’s practice makes perfect here .
Now then, regarding the last new skill .
That is, [Shapeshifter] .
That name sounds too much like shoplifter… how unpleasant .
I won’t be awakening to any criminal tendencies, will I…
Not that I even fall asleep .
Anyways, let’s try out the skill .
But, I have absolutely no idea how to do that .
At a time like this, [Great Sage] saves the day! Sensei! Please!!!
＜＜Solution . The effects of Unique Skill [Shapeshifter]
Fusion: The ability to merge into a single being with the targeted fellow .
Division: The ability to separate oneself and the being possessing you .
(If the target who is being separated lacks a physical form, they could disappear)
These two abilities are yours to wield . ＞＞
I see .
So Shizu-san’s devil appearance was the result of this unique skill, huh?
Just my first impressions, but wouldn’t this skill mix well with mine?
Although this slime body doesn’t sweat, I certainly felt cold sweat at that thought .
This is essentially the first step in understanding an opponents abilities . But, more importantly, can’t I use this to erase their skills?
＜＜Solution . Skills engraved upon the soul can neither be separated nor destroyed . ＞＞
Sadly, it wasn’t that omnipotent .
But, I am certain that it will mix well with my skills .
For example, could I combine with the monsters I mimic?
Shizu-san had combined with the Ifrit who resided in her consciousness, could I also become a devil this way?
Devil transformation should be something like overwriting original body’s abilities with the desired one .
Perhaps as an option, I can also change my physical appearance .
Thus, I try to imagine it .
To overlay the Flame Giants abilities on top of the slime .
I wasn’t planning on anything gaudy, but had my face raise its temperature to 200 degrees .
Seems like I can now use [Fire State] even in this form .
Upon activating that skill, my aura had become that of a flame . My “facial” temperature also rose over 1400 degrees .
Seems like this could be used as a weapon now .
If I am ever captured, I could probably use this to escape .
Thus, I tried fusing with every monster I had eaten thus far .
The spider gave me white spots .
As a centipede, I grew fangs . Gross .
The lizard had me grow scales .
The bat… made me sprout demon like wings . A slime with demon’s wings . Looks pretty cool actually .
As the black wolf, I turned black and grew two horns . Horns like those of a unicorn .
But because I can’t see, I actually still worry about where exactly the horns are placed .
Next, the black snake . My body was covered in a gold pattern .
Now, even as a slime, I can fully use every skill .
As for the visual…
Now, could I fuse multiple times?
The answer, yes . However, no more than twice .
I could not manage a third . However, most of the monster’s skills do not require fusion .
Even if the potency of the skill decreases, as long as I can actually use it, I don’t see much of a problem .
The skills I actually need to transform for are… [Fire State], and [Black Lighting]–just them .
Although not a skill, I do need to mimic the bat in order to use its flight abilities . I can grow flightless wings, however .
Therefore, flame Giant, Black Wolf, or Giant Bat–choose two of these according to the situation at hand; that will probably become the basic strategy from now on .
Well, as long as their abilities are useful, of course .
By the way, if I try to fuse while mimicking…
I can mix a total of three bodies .
Thus, I’ve become a chimera . Thank you very much…
No, actually, the intimidating power of the monsters doesn’t change all that much .
The black wolf and snake are, after all, the most dangerous of the ones I have .
Whichever I use as a base, the power doesn’t change much, but the black wolf is a far superior base due to an inherently higher speed .
So when I’m in a real pinch, I’ll be depending on him as usual .
How, then, do the abilities change when the base is human? Was my next thought .
Human’s form primary merit is the ability to equip things .
Whereas any monster and magic beast I mimic will inadvertently be lacking equipment .
Further, there are certainly powerful skills to be used while in human forms .
But for now, let me discuss the visual changes,
Flame Giant: My hair and eyes turned crimson .
Black Wolf: My hair turned black, with two cowlicks sticking out… where are the ears and tail, damn it!!!
Black Serpent: My eyes turned green and snake like . Hands and feet became covered in scales and grew claws .
Giant Bat: I grew demon wings .
The skills I cannot use without mimicking are the same as before .
So if I obtain some cursed swords in the future, this appearance may become the norm for combat .
Now that I think about it, I should probably try making one of those .
If anything, I can fuse with inorganic substances as well .
What would that mean? Probably gaining special attributes and abilities inherent to the weapon or something .
While this is certainly something I would like to test out, I really don’t know anything about this topic .
Besides, to defeat the demon lord, shouldn’t I be searching for some holy sword?
Well, when I enter some kingdom, I’ll look around .
… I completely forgot to test out my resistances .
First to note, along with extra skill [Flame Manipulation] I had acquired Fire Attack Resistance .
But even so, surely if I were thrown into the sun I’d burn and die .
Thus, the question is how much can I resist? This, I just have to test with my own abilities .
Up until now, I feared receiving damages, and avoided such practice, but I am a different slime today!
Just as I had considered while testing [Black Lightning] before, it’s time to experiment on my own body .
I have to find out just how much damage I can endure .
Though I worry slightly, this experiment is absolutely crucial .
I create a clone and control him . Of course, as a slime . If I did this while looking like a child, what would the readers think?!
The current clone looks like a child, but I can also make one of a slime .
Furthermore, if I get used to this, it seems like I can also replicate the equipment I wore at the time of cloning .
The cloning skill is only limited as far as your unique skills allow .
First, [Great Sage]
As long as the user is within a kilometer radius, a clone can be created .
Should the user go beyond that limit, the consciousness link is severed, and the clone can only respond to basic commands .
Since vision is always shared, and an order can be changed at any time, the clone can be used for long range reconnaissance missions .
The stomach can only release the true body .
A clone can be predated and stored, but cannot be extracted .
However, feedback regarding skills, etc . can be acquired .
Only one fusion is allowed . Division is unchanged .
Upon extensive research a few limitations were revealed, but the skill remains pretty powerful .
Thus, I sparred a few times with my clone .
The result, “Water Blade” is very powerful .
Black serpent falls after a single attack . Black wolf, after two . The rest you can guess yourself .
“Flame Bullet” is only a beam shot from my fingertips, but terrifyingly powerful .
However, as a piercing attack, the enemies death is not guaranteed . While their head and vitals become their weak points, I have to hit those first .
For example, although I had shot through the snake’s head, it did not fall . Had I let my guard down, I might have been defeated .
Thus, although it’s stronger than “Water Blade”, it’s harder to kill with .
I had accepted this point too easily .
The strongest skill is [Black Lightning]
The strongest pair is [Black Wolf and Flame Giant]–the clone didn’t immediately die with barrier and fire state invoked .
Rather, I have to say that I somehow managed to defeat it .
Perhaps its best to think of fire state as a defensive rather offensive skill .
Even so, other than the strongest combination, no skills found thus far can defend against it .
Furthermore, while mimicking, if enough damage is received, I return back to normal; however, the damage incurred is not transmitted to the true body .
Thus, if I die from a single attack, it can properly be called an overkill .
And thus, I’ve obtained various data .
The rest can be verified via [Great Sage]’s simulations .
Taking on the appearance of a child, I begin to leave .
Along the way, I encountered a centipede… who quickly ran away at the sight of me .
Fufufu . My presence has finally been recognized .
Although to the eyes I look just like a child!
: Rimuru Tempest
: Slime (Human-transformation possible)
: the Storm Crest
: One who Commands Monsters
: Unique Skill [Great Sage], Unique Skill [Predator], Slime-Specific Skills [Dissolve, Absorb, Regenerate], Extra Skill [Water Manipulation], Extra Skill [Magic Perception], Acquired Skills: Black Serpent [Heat Detection, Noxious Breath], Centipede [Paralysis Breath], Spider [Sticky Thread, Steel Threat], Bat [Ultrasound Waves], Lizard [Body Armor], Wolf [Supreme Sense of Smell, Telepathic Communication, Intimidation, Shadow Step, Black Lightning], Fire Giant [Clone, Fire State, Area Boundary]
: Thermal Fluctuation Resistance EX, Physical Attack Resistance, Pain Resistance, Fire Attack Resistance, Electricity Resistance, Paralysis Resistance