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The Seventeenth Portent

April 6, 2015 Leave a comment

This month’s boss, The Thrice Drowned, is mostly the same as last year, with the same name and appearance, spawning in the same locations, preceded by the same green mob, etc. etc. See my post from last year for more about it.


Crabs with LAZERS!!! (Click to enlarge.)

A notable difference is that they gave the boss a new ability: What is Dead May Never Die, which gives the boss a 15-second shield (including an easily noticeable yellow particle effect). This shield provides it with both damage deflection (so your hits will do a lot less damage while the boss has this shield) as well as retributive damage, so it’s quite easy for people to kill themselves on it if they keep DPSing while the shield is up. The other abilities are the same as last year: Reaper Beam (channeled spell, the boss turns about 180 degrees while casting it; it’s a frontal cone attack that does holy damage and a 3-second stun); Rise Again (piercing damage, probably in a frontal cone); Curse of the Drowned God (frontal cone, does a bit of poison damage and puts a wrack on people, giving them -30% physical invulnerability for 30 sec); Geyser (ranged frost attack which the boss uses as an anti-kiting mechanism). The boss has 19.55 million HP, just like last year (and a bit less than most world bosses).

As usual, killing the boss gives you a buff called Slayer of the Thrice Drowned, but curiously it doesn’t remove the previous buff, Slayer of the Dust Fiend. I guess the devs forgot to update this when they replaced last year’s March boss (Serpent Man Oldblood) with the Dust Fiend.


The new shield particle. (Click to enlarge.)

Last year I had very bad luck on this boss, killing it 236 times without getting the purple pet. This year was better, as I got the pet after 67 kills on my guardian. The boss seemed to take much longer to kill than last year, perhaps because of the new shield ability and perhaps because there’s fewer people and/or more of them are AFK. I wouldn’t be able to manage even half as many kills as last year, even if I didn’t slow down after getting the pet. Fights lasting over 20 minutes are nothing unusual this week.

Here are a few screenshots of the purple pet dropping from this boss, Mini-Pet: Drowned One. The description (“A miniature replica of a drowned sorceress, she is now one with the sea”) seems to allude to Sodabeh, which makes sense since that’s the fight that contains mobs that look like this crab. But in that case, why did they use this model here in Thunder River, which (1) is in Aquilonia instead of in Turan, and (2) is a river and not the sea?!


People used to say that my guardian is a slut that probably has crabs…
Now, in a sense, they are right 😛 (Click to enlarge.)

Occasionally, the pet will KB you, producing a big geyser-style particle effect:


(Click to enlarge.)

I’ll add the loot table later, after I’m done farming the boss and opening the boxes.

Categories: Age of Conan, World Bosses

The Sixteenth Portent

April 6, 2015 Leave a comment

At the end of the first cycle of 12 portents, the devs announced that they would be replacing two of them with new ones, supposedly for being unpopular or something like that. I wonder thy the Dragon Spine portent, Serpent Man Oldblood, whom we fought in March 2014, was scheduled for replacement; there was nothing particularly wrong with that fight, nor did I have the impression that it was unusually unpopular. There may have been a bit fewer people there, but that’s probably just because the Dragon Spine is not accessible to people on free-to-play accounts.


(Click to enlarge.)

Anyway, the new March boss still spawned in the Dragon’s Spine, but is now a humanoid mob called the Dust Fiend. It spawns at (920, 680) in front of the Palace of Cetriss, near the T5 raid entrance. In terms of appearance it is nothing to write home about, and reminded me a little of the sand demons that were introduced with Turan. (Incidentally, there is also a quest called The Demon of the Sands in the Gateway to Khitai, at the end of a chain from Dair Usun in Menudsjin’s camp; but the resulting boss, called Writhing Sandstrosity, actually looks like a kraken.)

Initially, the boss was CC’able, so the fight was completely trivial since he pretty much never had the time to use any of his abilities. After a few days, they patched this in a hotfix and the fight was slightly less trivial, though still not particularly challenging. His abilities include: Swirling Sands (spawns moving fire circles on the ground; the circles knockback any players standing in them); Quicksand (spawns a circle on the ground, gives anyone standing in it +70% hinder movement and a slashing dot); Sandstorm (puts a 15-sec debuff on people near the boss: +50% miss chance, +0.5% fizzle chance, and a slashing dot).

Curiously, the boss has just 18.97 million HP, which is about 6% less than most world bosses.


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The loot follows the usual pattern: you mostly get a blue box, Hunter’s Trove of the Dust Fiend, or occasionally a purple box called Slayer’s Cache of the Dust Fiend. Presumably you can also get this purple box from the blue box (instead of directly to the boss), but this never happened to me this week (admittedly, I didn’t farm the boss *that* much). On one alt I got a Slayer’s Cache of the Inferno Lord from one of the blue boxes — i.e. I got a purple box belonging to one of the previous bosses, rather than to this one.

There is of course a new pet, Companion: Dust Fiend, which looks like a miniature version of the boss but doesn’t do anything terribly interesting. He does have a few nice spellcasting animations:


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For comparison, here’s the Sand Demon, the combat pet that comes with the Turan pack:


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Things I got from the blue boxes on my guardian:

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
1

Bottled Spirits
5

Cool Runnings
1

Eighth Plague of Stygia
1

Ritual Knife
Food, potions, buffs
0

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
0

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
0

Kingsmight Ale
3

Elixirs (2 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 1 Precision)
6

Philtres (4 Constitution, 2 Strength)
1

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

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
3

Harlot’s set
4

Khemi Guard set
3

Shattered Colossus set
6

Slayer’s set
3

Vizier’s set of State
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
1

Crown of Autumn
1

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
7

T1 armor
3

T1 weapons (1 sword, 2 shields)
3

T2 armor
1

T2 weapons (1 sword)
AA urns
4

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
5

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
0

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Tokens
6

50 Esteen Tokens
5

30 Marks of Acclaim
Pets
3

animal pets (2 Charcoal Firebird Chicks, 1 Topaz Komodo)
3

dancing pets (1 Aquilonian male, 1 Cimmerian male, 1 Stygian female)
Purple caches
0

Slayer’s Cache of the Dust Fiend (purple cache)

Also seen on other characters: Stygian Special Mushroom, Hero Ascendant social armor, Coffer of Radiance.

And an overview of purple caches from all bosses so far, on all of my characters (some of the bosses from the 2nd cycle are omitted as I wasn’t farming them much):

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
Execut.

122

0

6

6

4 (15)

0

0

2

0
Lurker

151

4

5

9

6 (29)

1

0

1

1
B. Queen

220

3

5

8

4 (15)

3

1

0

0
Inf. Lord

154

2

4

6

5 (19)

0

0

0

1
Second Cycle
Dragon

69

0

1

1

0 (0)

0

0

1

0
Dust F.

91

1

5

6

4 (16)

1

0

1

0

I got a second legendary Black Dragon minipet during the second appearance of the Black Dragon boss (December 2014). Sadly, as I already had one from last year and it’s BoP, I couldn’t do anything other than vendor it :S

Categories: Age of Conan, World Bosses