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The Eighth Portent

July 17, 2014 1 comment

This month’s boss was called Leviathus Spawn. As the name suggests, it looks like Leviathus in Wing 3 of the Black Ring Citadel; it has approximately 20.1 million HP, same as most of the previous world bosses. Its spawning is preceded by several green mobs; this time it’s 5 group trashmobs called Umbra Conclave Agents. They become attackable when the boss spawns.


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The boss spawns in an unusually large number of locations:

  • Khopshef Province, near the Black Castle (780, 240)
  • Khopshef Province, at the cross roads a bit north of the exit to Purple Lotus Swamp (490, 236)
  • Khopshef Province, east of Caravanserai, (793, 554)
  • Khopshef Province, in the ruins in the southwest (290, 375)
  • Dragon’s Spine, in the oasis (560, 985).

Unlike most of the previous world bosses, its primary single-target attacks are not crushing melee hits; instead, it spawns a spell called Elements of Destruction, which does electrical and fire damage on the aggro holder. There is also an ability called Unholy Word, which seems to have been inspired by the Arbanus fight; a circle appears slowly on the ground and when it’s complete, players inside it take a hit of unholy damage. There’s also a channelling spell called Lightning Crush, which affects people in a frontal cone; it does three ticks of electrical damage, as well as a knockback in the middle of the cast. I seem to also vaguely remember an ability called Lightning Prison or something like that, which might be a ranged attack used to prevent kiting, but now I can’t find any evidence of it in my combat log.

The loot system is the same as usual, based on blue (Hunter’s Trove of the Black Ring) and purple caches (Slayer’s Cache of the Black Ring). There is of course a new Leviathus Spawn mini-pet, but unfortunately I didn’t manage to get one, despite much farming. Apart from that, I didn’t notice any new loot. Of the social armor sets, I saw plenty of Harlot’s, Vizier’s State and Khemi Guard sets, which confirms that for the purpose of defining regional sets, Dragon’s Spine and Turan count as part of Stygia.

I got a social helmet called Pharaoh’s Honor Helm, which is not part of a set, but it was already dropping last month and in any case it looks very unimpressive.


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Here’s an overview of the loot I got on my guardian from this boss:

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
4

Bottled Spirits
7

Cool Runnings
3

Cowardice Remedy
3

Eighth Plague of Stygia
3

Fermented Brain Juices
4

Stygian Special Mushroom
6

Electric Boogie, Ritual Knife, Sticky Fresh Blood, Void Essence
Food, potions, buffs
3

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
9

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
6

Kingsmight Ale
7

Elixirs (1 Guile, 4 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 0 Physical Might, 2 Precision)
5

Philtres (2 Constitution, 3 Strength)
3

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Vendors of crappy social consumables
0

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
4

Vizier’s State set
5

Harlot’s set
5

Khemi Guard set
5

Slayer’s set
4

Shattered Colossus set
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
1

Crown of Autumn
8

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
15

T1 armor
10

T1 weapons (4 swords, 6 shields, 0 polearms)
4

T2 armor
4

T2 weapons (1 swords, 1 shield, 2 polearms)
AA urns
7

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
3

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
1

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
7

animal pets (1 Barachan Gull, 1 Fat Harry, 2 Frost Salamanders, 2 War Piglets, 1 Wolverine Kit)
2

dancing pets (1 Khitan female, 1 Stygian male)
Purple caches
1

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

And an overview of purple caches from all bosses so far, on all of my characters:

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

Gear
Dragon

185

6

2

8

7 (29)

0

0

1

0
Yeti

61

3

2

5

4 (15)

0

0

1

0
Basilisk

141

4

2

6

2 (7)

2

0

2

0
Serp. Man

78

3

6

9

7 (25)

0

0

1

0
Thrice Dr.

236

1

12

13

8 (31)

4

0

0

1
Ice Worm

191

1

9

10

8 (33)

0

0

1

1
Nergal

91

0

4

4

2 (7)

1

0

1

0
Leviathus

161

1

5

6

5 (20)

1

0

0

0
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