Fear of Flying (Merciless) is one of the Continuation Stages that the player can access after beating An Elder Secret (Merciless), the first stage in Growing Strange. Completing this stage yields an Elder Catfruit Seed, or on rare occasions, an Elder Catfruit.
- The battle begins with 3 Pigeon de Sables.
- After 23.3 seconds, a Brollow will appear every 33.3 seconds.
- When the enemy base is attacked, more Brollows and Pigeon de Sables spawn alongside The Face and 3 Li'l Bun Buns.
- Brollows and Li'l Bun Buns continue spawning every 20 seconds and 40 seconds respectively, but both are limited in number.
- Pigeon de Sable spawns every 16.7~18 seconds and does not stop spawning.
This stage is recommended to start grinding Elder Catfruit on, due to the Floating type's many exploitable weaknesses. The Pigeon de Sables are manageable, despite their wave attacks, as they're weak, as well as The Face, due to his horrible movement speed. However, you must be wary of Li'l Bun Buns and Brollows, as when a combination of the two pile up, they can smash through your ranks with ease. Cameraman Cat should do very well in this stage. Octopus Cat is very good for starting cash and you will want it for An Elder Secret anyway (to defend against the Berserkory). Any unit that slows Floating such as Sanzo Cat or Miko Mitama will destroy this stage. Angry Delinquent Cat shines here, too, as he can freeze most of the foes in this stage.
Strategy 2 (Continuation)
- Send 2-3 Ramen and wait for them to die, then send another one along with a Cyborg and repeat the process until you have enough money.
- Once the base is triggered, fire the Cannon and begin meatshielding along with Sanzos and spawn 00. You can send some support agains the Lil' Bun Buns but try not to waste the money for your meatshields/Sanzos. Send an Eva Unit if possible.
- Keep meatshielding and after a while, The Face will die and you can go and get your victory.
- Prior to version 8.0, there were more Pigeon de Sables at the beginning, only 1 Brollow spawned before the boss fight, Pigeon de Sable was buffed to 300% instead of 200% and Li'l Bun Bun was buffed to 1300% instead of 1000%.