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Obsidian Basilisk drop statistics

February 15, 2014 4 comments

In my experience, farming the basilisk was much more fun than the yeti boss the month before. They reduced the respawn timer to about 30–60 min and instances tended not to fill up before the boss actually spawned. As a result, I was able to get more than twice as many kills (141 on the basilisk, 63 on the yeti boss). Much like with the Black Dragon drop statistics from last month, the loot table contains a huge number of things and some of them never dropped for me at all, so the table below is just meant to give us a rough idea of the relative frequency of different types of drops. It shows what I got on my guardian from the Hunter’s Trove of the Obsidian Basilisk (blue caches). In addition, during this week, I also got four Slayer’s Caches of the Obsidian Basilisk (purple caches) directly from the boss kills, but these aren’t shown in the table below; nor are any results shown from kills on other characters.

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
12

Electric Boogie, Bottled Spirits, Sticky Fresh Blood, Void Essence, Cowardice Remedy
9

Fatal Concoction
Food, potions, buffs
0

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
6

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
1

Kingsmight Ale
7

Elixirs (3 Guile, 3 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 1 Physical Might)
1

Philtre (1 Constitution)
1

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Bags
5

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
11

Heaven’s Lake set
2

Shattered Colossus set
3

Slayer’s set
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
6

Crown of Spring
2

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
23

T1 armor
6

T1 weapons (1 sword, 2 shields, 3 polearms)
7

T2 armor
2

T2 weapons (2 shields)
AA urns
8

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
6

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
2

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
5

animal pets (1 Black Cobra, 2 Field Mice, 1 Fire Salamander, 1 Wolverine Kit)
2

dancing pets (1 Aquilonian male, 1 Khitan female)
Purple caches
2

Slayer’s Cache of the Black Dragon (purple cache)

Seen on other characters: 1× Fallen Leviathan set, 2× Heaven’s Lake set, 1× female Stygian dancer pet, 1× Topaz Komodo pet, 3× raid gear.

If we compare this with the Black Dragon drop statistics from a month ago, we can see many similarities and parallels, but also a few differences.

  • The blue health and stamina potions (Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste) seem to have been removed from the loot table.
  • Health food (Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir) is still much more common than stamina food (Kingsmight Ale).
  • Among the social sets, the plan seems to be that the current “regional” set drops a lot more often than the “global” sets. The Heaven’s Lake set is just as common here as the Sanctum Atlantis set was on the dragon.
  • There seems to be a kind of regional vs. global distinction for the non-set social items as well. For example, the tigerskin cloaks have been dropping from all three portent bosses so far, but I didn’t see any Atlantean Spellbinder’s Tunics or Tarantia-style face masks from the basilisk. But on the other hand, I didn’t see any corresponding new Khitai-themed items either.
  • In the crappy novelty consumable department, there seems to be one item that predominates on each boss. On the dragon, that was Mitra’s Blessed Ointment; here on the basilisk, it seems to be the Fatal Concoction, which AFAIK hasn’t been dropping from the first two portent bosses. Several of the items that used to drop from the dragon (Ritual Knife, Prayer Book, Fermented Brain Juices) don’t seem to be dropping from the basilisk.

Purple cache statistics

This table shows, for each boss, the total number of kills I’ve done (on all characters, regardless of class), the total number of purple caches I got (either as drops from blue caches or directly from the boss kill), and the things that dropped out of those purple caches. The “Simple Relics” column shows the number of times that I got simple relics from purple caches, followed by the total number of simple relics thus obtained. So for example, from the Dragon’s purple caches, I got simple relics seven times and I got a total of 29 simple relics that way. I never got any Rare Relics but I heard that some other people did, so I reserved a column for them as well.

Boss Total
no. of
kills
# purple caches Drops from purple caches
from
blue
direct total Simple
Relics
Urns Rare
Relics
Pets
Dragon

185

6

2

8

7 (29)

0

0

1
Yeti

61

3

2

5

4 (15)

0

0

1
Basilisk

141

4

2

6

2 (7)

2

0

2
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The Third Portent

February 8, 2014 1 comment

The third portent is an Obsidian Basilisk. Like the previous ones, several green mobs spawn before it appears; this time they are called Legendary Beast Hunters. There are several possible spawn locations:

  • in the Northern Grasslands, near the bridge towards Kara Korum in the north;
  • in the Northern Grasslands, just north of the Hole rez pad;
  • in the Northern Grasslands, near the Red Cliff Inn on the eastern side of the playfield;
  • in Chosain Province, near the water just outside Gun Hai (the Scholars’ city in the northwest of the playfield);
  • in Chosain Province, near the water northeast of the Scholars’ tower on the northern side of the playfield.


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The mechanics of the fight are less interesting than I hoped. The boss does crushing damage; apart from white hits on the aggro holder, there is a rear cone attack (with knockback) called Tail Swipe, and a 360-degree aoe attack (with knockback) called Stomp. There is also Obsidian Gaze, which stuns people in front of the boss; it’s a relatively narrow cone and you can easily move out of it before it’s finished casting (similar to e.g. Frost Whip in the Palace of Yun Rau). This stun is a ruin, so it can be removed by a priest with Steadfast Faith. If you get hit by Stomp while having this ruin, you get oneshotted.

As far as I can tell, there are no ranged attacks, not even as an anti-kiting measure. The boss has 20.1 million HP, same as the previous two. It now respawns much more often in each instance (probably every 30–60 min or so), and for some reason it seems a lot easier to get into instances than before, so there’s almost no waiting between boss kills; this is a wonderful improvement compared to the previous two bosses, especially the first one.


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The loot is mostly the same as on the previous two Portent bosses; there is a blue cache (Hunter’s Trove of the Obsidian Basilisk) and a purple cache (Slayer’s Cache of the Obsidian Basilisk), etc. It seems that the drop rate of crappy food and potions has been somewhat reduced. Other changes I’ve noticed:

  • The Crown of Spring now drops instead of the Crown of Winter/Summer. I guess next month’s boss will drop the Crown of Autumn then.
  • Fatal Concoction drops from this boss (gives you +10% fatality chance for 20 sec), and it seems to have replaced Flaming Sanducca, Electric Boogie etc. from the previous bosses.
  • The Heaven’s Lake armor set is a new Khitai-themed social armor set. Presumably some of the regional-style social sets that used to drop from the previous two bosses don’t drop from this one.
  • There is of course a new purple Obsidian Basilisk mini-pet. The other pets (cobras, mice, salamanders, dancers, etc.) seem to be dropping same as before.

There’s been an interesting couple of developer posts in the testlive forum about the Portent bosses’ loot (1, 2). Most of the loot is shared; some of the social armor sets are “regional”, i.e. they appear only from bosses in certain areas, while other sets are “global” and drop from all bosses. I guess that the Hyperborean Shaman set from last month’s Yeti boss counts as regional then, as does the Heaven’s Lake set from this month’s boss.

The new basilisk pet looks nice and is pretty large for a mini-pet:


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It has several animations similar to those of basilisk mobs. Here is a picture from the “stomp” animation:


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And here is one from the “gaze” animation:


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The wolverine kit is not a new pet, but I only got it now, so here’s a screenshot of it as well:


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Here’s a screenshot of the new Heaven’s Lake social armor set:



And here’s the Fallen Leviathan set, which has already been dropping from the previous bosses, so I guess it counts as a global set: