This quest is just a freakin' BEAR. I mean, those buggers just chain cast on you like crazy. ZAPZAPZAPZAPZAP.
I've tried it -- this is true -- FOUR times previously. Just getting there is a hell of a run. So this time, I pulled up AC Maps and looked at the map.
Hrm. What if I just RAN though the whole thing, whacked the Aviator, and ran out?
For the record -- even THAT isn't easy.
Use cold attack on those idiots, they seem to hate that type. Assume you'll do the entire dungeon with these debuffs on you:
Lightning vuln 6
Cold Vuln 6
Imperil other 6
This is a given -- no matter your magic D, they cast so often, that the spells will land eventually (I resisted a lot). Then they'll attack with lightning, cold, and (huh?) fire.
Even running through this place, barely stopping to fight only at the end, and I had to crack an Aphus Gem with only 27 health left (out of 355).
But I got it!
And now I look like the creepy kid from "A Christmas Story" -- the one who talked to Ralphie while they were in line to see Santa.
You think AC's still a cakewalk? Try and do that dungeon in a systematic crawl. You'll fly -- to the lifestone!