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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:


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

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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.


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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

The Twelfth Portent

November 15, 2014 Leave a comment

This month’s world boss was called Risen Inferno Lord; after I heard of this pompous name, I was a bit underwhelmed by the boss’s appearance — it’s the fat floating devil guy that we already saw years ago in the Oasis of Zaara halloween quest. The boss spawns in Kheshatta in several locations: near the Caravan Raiders’ Hideout (1130, 435), in the East Ruins near the snake boss (1120, 855), in the bat camps (265, 680) and in the oasis near the Ghanatan camps (700, 175). I was surprised by how many people were confused by the terms ‘bat camps’ and ‘oasis’, and were instead using the terms from the in-game map (‘Black Ring Explorers’ and ‘Ghanatan Camps’). I guess this means they weren’t around in the days of epic Kheshatta farming :S It was even more depressing to see questions in global along the lines of ‘bat camps? where are there bats in Kheshatta?’, which suggests that some people haven’t even played through the entire playfield properly 😦

This boss is preceded by a single green mob called Flame Oracle. This oracle is labelled as a raid trashmob and gets oneshotted by an impressively big hit as soon as the boss appears (“Flame Oracle’s Risen Inferno Lord hits Flame Oracle for 5078321 fire damage.”).


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All damage done by this boss is fire damage. His primary single-target attack on the aggro holder is called Inferno Bolt. There is also a 360 degree self-centered AoE attack called Spiraling Inferno, during which the boss flies up into the air, spins around his own axis and does a knockback and a hit of fire damage on the players around him. Blazing Inferno targets a random player (the spell is cast 3 times in a row on that player); this player gets a 10-second debuff of the same name (and a burning particle on himself). This player, and other players near him, takes hits of fire damage every 3 seconds until the debuff expires; there seem to be more hits of damage if there are more people standing nearby, but I didn’t find out the exact mechanics of it. The boss also has an attack called Incendiary, which targets a random player and puts a 6-second debuff of the same name on him; when this debuff expires, that player and anyone else within a 5 meter radius takes a hit of fire damage. There’s also a single-target fire attack called Flame Strike, which seems to be ranged and is used as an anti-kiting mechanism.

In terms of loot, there’s nothing new this month either. The boss drops Stygian regional items, e.g. social armor (Pharaoh Honor Helm, the Harlot set, Khemi Guard set and Vizier’s set) and consumables (Eighth Plague of Stygia, Stygian Special Mushroom). There is of course also a new mini-pet, Inferno Lord.

I had pretty bad luck with the drops this month; I only got the first purple box after 125 blue boxes. By my calculations, if the drop rate of purple boxes is 5% (as seems likely to be the case), then the probability that you’ll have to wait that long (or longer) for your next purple box is about 0.16%, or 1 in 609 — very bad luck indeed. I had a bit more luck in the last few days and in the end I had 150 blue boxes and 4 purple ones. Unfortunately, I got nothing but relics from the purple ones. However, I haven’t opened any of the blue boxes yet, so there’s a small chance that some of them will drop a purple box and I might get the pet that way.

Recently I was transferring some of my characters to the testlive server multiple times so I could take screenshots of all the legendary cloaks, and it occurred to me that I could also use this to get more statistics about the world boss loot drops. I have about 150 unopened blue boxes on my guardian, so if I transfer her to testlive once a day, I can eventually open several thousand blue boxes and thus get a much bigger sample than I could if I just opened the boxes once on the live server. The table below shows the results after opening 697 blue boxes on the testlive server and 150 on the live server, for a total of 847 blue boxes.

While opening boxes on the testlive server, I also got the pet there so I can include some screenshots of it anyway:


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I find this pet very annoying — they gave it the sound recordings from the Oracle of Derketo in the Pyramid of the Ancients. This includes lots of maniacal laughter (which he does while pointing at you! :P) and the following lines of text:

Inferno Lord: I will wait for you in hell, wanderer.
Inferno Lord: You believe that you can stop me? You believe you have the right? Come, mortal. There are other worlds than these.
Inferno Lord: Your soul will scream for an eternity!

For comparison, here’s the Soul Devourer, the pet from the Oasis of Zaara halloween quest, which has a couple of advantages over the world boss pet: the Soul Devourer is bigger and, most importantly, quiet. On the other hand, the world boss pet has a fiery particle effect and a spinning animation, both of which the Soul Devourer seems to lack.


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Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
12

Bottled Spirits
33

Cool Runnings
14

Cowardice Remedy
27

Eighth Plague of Stygia
14

Electric Boogie
19

Fermented Brain Juices
16

Ritual Knife
23

Sticky Fresh Blood
25

Stygian Special Mushroom
7

Void Essence
Food, potions, buffs
15

Potent Daggamalt (8), Dire Sweetpressed Haste (7)
47

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
22

Kingsmight Ale
32

Elixirs (11 Guile, 5 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 5 Physical Might, 11 Precision)
20

Philtres (8 Constitution, 12 Strength)
6

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Vendors of crappy social consumables
8

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
13

Harlot’s set
34

Khemi Guard set
29

Shattered Colossus set
23

Slayer’s set
9

Vizier’s set of State
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
4

Pharaoh’s Honor Helm
9

Crown of Autumn
22

Tigerskin cloaks (7 Emberskin, 3 Ivory, 5 Shadowskin, 7 Snowskin)
Raid gear
90

T1 armor
70

T1 weapons (32 swords, 16 shields, 22 polearms)
37

T2 armor
15

T2 weapons (5 swords, 4 shields, 6 polearms)
AA urns
43

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
34

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
17

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
29

animal pets (1 Barachan Gull, 6 Black Cobras, 3 Charcoal Firebird Chicks, 5 Fat Harries, 2 Field Mice, 1 Fire Salamander, 1 Frost Salamander, 4 Hippo Calves, 1 Topaz Komodo, 3 War Piglets, 2 Wolverine Kits)
18

dancing pets (1 Aquilonian male, 1 Aquilonian female, 1 Cimmerian male, 2 Cimmerian females, 4 Khitan males, 3 Khitan females, 2 Stygian male, 4 Stygian females)
Purple caches
11

Slayer’s Cache of the Inferno Lord (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
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

This month’s I got a Runic Band of Inherent Hatred (ring with 78 con, 30 crit rtg, 30 hate inc rtg, 133 protection) from one of the purple caches; this is the fourth piece of purple gear I got so far (from all the world bosses together).


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Categories: Age of Conan, World Bosses

Screenshots of the Legendary Cloaks

November 6, 2014 3 comments

This post shows screenshots of all the legendary cloaks that you can get from the Twelve Portents quest. All the cloaks are called X Mantle of the Living Legend, for various values of X, so the following titles just show the X. Sadly, Funcom’s laziness is so great that they couldn’t even be bothered to provide unique models for all the cloaks — some cloaks share the same model.

Ash

Ash Mantle of the Living Legend is a HoX cloak available to mages.

Beast Hunter’s

Beast Hunter’s Mantle of the Living Legend is a bear shaman cloak available to priests.

Conversant / Savior’s

Conversant Mantle of the Living Legend is a combat rating cloak available to soldiers and rogues.

Savior’s Mantle of the Living Legend is a heal rating cloak available to priests.

Demon / Fallen Leviathan’s

Demon Mantle of the Living Legend is an intelligence cloak available to mages.


 

Fallen Leviathan’s Mantle of the Living Legend is an armor/con cloak available to soldiers and rogues.


 

Dragon Scale / Slayer’s / Star Touched

Dragon Scale Mantle of the Living Legend is a tanking cloak available to soldiers.

Slayer’s Mantle of the Living Legend is a dexterity cloak available to rogues.

Star Touched Mantle of the Living Legend is a wisdom + magic damage cloak available to priests.

Infernal / Terminator’s

Infernal Mantle of the Living Legend is a magic damage cloak available to soldiers (where it will only be interesting for DTs) and mages.

Terminator’s Mantle of the Living Legend is a strength cloak available to rogues; thus, it will only be relevant to barbarians.

I suspect the differences are just because of different lighting on the logon screens for Cimmerian vs. Stygian characters.

Thunder

Thunder Mantle of the Living Legend is a defensive cloak (armor, con, protection) available to priests and mages.


 

The Eleventh Portent

October 11, 2014 Leave a comment

This month’s world boss was called Banshee Queen of Acheron; she wears a mixture of guardian culture armor and a few Turan-style pieces from the item shop. She spawns in the Wild Lands of Zelata, near the bridge that leads towards the Sanctum of Burning Souls (1205, 645); apparently there was another spawn location, in Thunder River near the Xibaluku entrance (920, 960), but very few people bothered going there since the Wild Lands location was so much more convenient — Funcom even added a new rez pad on the other side of that bridge; so I never went to the Thunder River spawn point myself.

This boss is preceded by a single green mob called Black Ring High-Necromancer; he does a summoning ritual which includes bones rising up from the ground — a cute animation that I haven’t seen before in the game. When the queen spawns, she says: “Blood… Blood… I thirst for living blood!” This phrase sounds familiar to me from somewhere, but I’m not sure where — perhaps from one of the bosses in Atzel’s Fortress. (Update: yes, it’s from Tainmic.)


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She does slashing damage on the aggro holder. Occasionally she cast Bleeding Wounds, which puts a slashing dot on one or more players (-5% slashing damage every 3 sec, for 30.5 sec). I’m not exactly sure who gets affected by this; IIRC she targets a random player during the cast, perhaps everyone near that player gets the dot as well. Every 35 sec or so, she casts Power from Pain, which puts a 1-second debuff of the same name on about 12 random players, and the boss gets a buff of the same name on herself (which immediately stacks up to 10 stacks). This seems to buff her damage considerably for a short time (about 10 sec); I occasionally saw unusually high ticks of the Bleeding Wounds dot in my combat log, and she occasionally did unusually strong slashing white hits, practically oneshots. There is also an attack called Mark of Pain, which seems to be a single-target hit for 3386 damage followed by a dot that does 4 ticks of 846 damage each; all of this is untyped damage, so it bypasses bubbles and mitigation; it was probably an anti-kiting mechanic. There is also a slashing attack called Consume Life, which seems to hit the aggro holder every 10 seconds; 2 sec afterwards, the boss gains a buff of the same name (this seems to be a health tap buff lasting around 5 sec).

In terms of loot, there’s nothing particularly new. Predictably, the boss drops Aquilonian regional items, e.g. lots of Mitra’s Blessed Ointment; of the social sets, I only saw Sanctum Atlantis and the two global sets (Shattered Colossus and Slayer’s). I also saw an Atlantean Spellbinder’s Tunic but not any other Aquilonian social armor (e.g. the Tarantian masks that we saw from the Black Dragon boss).

Mitra’s Blessed Ointment gives you a 5-minute particle effect that looks like a halo above your head. Here’s my PoM looking all saintly and innocent at the temple of Mitra in Old Tarantia 🙂


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There is of course also a new mini-pet, Banshee Queen, which I sadly didn’t manage to get despite lots of farming 😦

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

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
3

Bottled Spirits
5

Cowardice Remedy
5

Electric Boogie
3

Fermented Brain Juices
10

Mitra’s Blessed Ointment
10

Prayer Book
6

Ritual Knife
6

Sticky Fresh Blood
1

Void Essence
Food, potions, buffs
2

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
11

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
6

Kingsmight Ale
6

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

Philtres (2 Constitution, 0 Strength)
2

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Vendors of crappy social consumables
3

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
11

Sanctum Atlantis set
4

Slayer’s set
10

Shattered Colossus set
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
1

Atlantean Spellbinder’s Tunic
4

Crown of Summer
2

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
16

T1 armor
17

T1 weapons (4 swords, 4 shields, 9 polearms)
8

T2 armor
9

T2 weapons (3 swords, 2 shields, 4 polearm)
AA urns
9

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
8

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
4

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
13

animal pets (2 Barachan Gulls, 2 Black Cobras, 1 Fire Salamander, 1 Frost Salamander, 1 Hippo Calf, 1 Topaz Komodo, 2 War Piglets, 3 Wolverine Kits)
7

dancing pets (1 Aquilonian male, 1 Aquilonian female, 1 Khitan male, 1 Khitan female, 1 Stygian male, 2 Stygian females)
Purple caches
3

Slayer’s Cache of the Banshee Queen (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
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

This boss was the first one where I got a rare relic — after a total of a little over 1500 world boss kills! I guess this tells us something about the drop rates…


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The Tenth Portent

September 10, 2014 2 comments

This month’s world boss is called Remnant of the Lurker and looks like a slightly smaller version of the Lurker at the Threshold from the House of Crom. It spawns at the entrances to the House of Crom, on both sides (in Field of the Dead (550, 1285) and in the Eiglophian Mountains (165, 1280)).

Before the boss spawns, five green mobs appear, called Memory of X, where X = Khor-nu, Xan-phon, Queen Cao-Polyphya, Myk-ra, and Syth-los; they look like the bosses of the same name in the House of Crom. The Queen repeats the following speech in the /say channel a few times:

Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Remember our pact, oh Threshold Lurker. That is not dead which can eternal lie. Give me nepenthe, give me sleep. Bring me a favorable dream.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: I dream. I walk up the steps of the ziggurat. I ascend toward heaven. The ritual is nearly complete. Below, my people cheer, and I love them.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The gods have forsaken Atlantis to endless tragedy. Our culture breathes its final breath, but they cheer, for I, their queen, have a plan. My people love me with a love that is more than love and trust me past all calamity.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Though the gods are silent, Valka will answer tonight. He must. For I carry a swaddling bundle, the Little Prince, divinely conceived. The god of land, sea, and sky will come down to see his son.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: Oh Valka, Lord of the Heavens, delight of the gods, from whom all evil retreats — to thee do we cry for banished children of Atlantis. Almighty Valka, your children cry out in the dark! Raise us from this ocean of tears.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: I stand atop the ziggurat. Bellow, my people chant the prayers I taught them. The ritual is complete. My people cheer. The eye of heaven opens! Valka, god of all gods, is about to answer our every prayer…
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: It is a pleasing fiction… A pretty lie… No, no! The truth flutters in as a moth-winged nightmare. Fie! Fie! Truths are poisoned thorns on a flower’s stem. I squeeze! I squeeze!
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: This dream turns rancid. Truth is the worm that devours everything in life that is sweet. Below, the people cheer, but only because they know not the truth: no one is coming to save us.
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The truth is, I kept a secret. How could I tell them? My people give me their love and faith, use the last drops of their blood and will to build this temple, because they believe in me. How could I tell them all was for naught?
Memory of Queen Cao-Polyphya: The truth is, while I gave them hope, there was no one to give it me. A secret held grows inside, gestates and devours everything that was sweet and good. Truth is the conquering worm.

This explains the background story of the House of Crom and is similar to the things she’s saying in her room in the Vile Nativity. Once the boss spawns, the green mobs die from the first big aoe hit.

Some people compared the boss to a raspberry, but I’ll always think of it as a giant brain. It’s tempting to imagine the mighty Lurker shivering in fear while a mob of zombies approaches, drooling at the prospect of such a feast 😛


Braaaaaaaaainz!
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The mechanics of the fight are relatively interesting, and I was particularly glad to see that there are no knockbacks 😛 The boss does crushing white hits on the aggro holder. Occasionally he casts Tendril of Despair, which spawns a giant tentacle and does a crushing AoE hit to people around it. There’s another AoE attack called Soul Eater, which hits people around the boss with unholy damage; it also puts a 2-second debuff of the same name on them, but this debuff doesn’t seem to do anything. Often, but not always, Soul Eater also heals the boss, most commonly by 112500 points, though I’ve sometimes also seen other numbers, going up to 150000. They tend to be relatively round numbers, so I guess the amount depends on the number of players hit by the AoE, but it isn’t a plain old linear function. Life Syphon is a channeled spell which does about 10 ticks in 4 seconds; each tick does a small amount of unholy damage on the aggro holder and heals the boss for around 13k hit points. The boss has a special animation during this spell, rising in the air a bit and spinning in a circle. There’s also Fragment of Reality, which spawns an add (a small brain) on a random player. Finally there’s Transcending Reality, where the boss disappears into the ground and spawns a number of adds (Fragments of Reality); the boss reappears about 20 seconds later and the adds disappear. The Fragments of Reality tend to just float around randomly and eventually do an unholy AoE attack called Reality Burst.

In terms of loot, there’s nothing particularly new. Since the boss appears in Cimmeria, it drops the Cimmerian regional social armor sets (Black Leather, Hyperborean Shaman) in addition to the global ones (Shattered Colossus, Slayer’s). Among other social items, there’s the Crown of Winter again. Among crappy social consumables, Winterdream Wine seemed to drop particularly often.

There is of course also a new mini-pet, Remnant of the Lurker, which is decently large and surprisingly cute for an oversized floating brain 🙂


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The pet doesn’t do anything terribly interesting; it has a Life Syphon animation, and it can disappear into the ground like the boss does during Fragment of Reality.

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

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
2

Bottled Spirits
2

Cowardice Remedy
3

Electric Boogie
5

Flaming Sanduca
4

Ritual Knife
3

Sticky Fresh Blood
10

Winterdream Wine
4

Ymirish Prayer
Food, potions, buffs
1

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
7

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
8

Kingsmight Ale
4

Elixirs (0 Guile, 0 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 3 Physical Might, 1 Precision)
0

Philtres (0 Constitution, 0 Strength)
0

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Vendors of crappy social consumables
3

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
8

Black Leather set
3

Hyperborean Shaman’s set
1

Slayer’s set
4

Shattered Colossus set
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
2

Crown of Winter
5

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
16

T1 armor
10

T1 weapons (3 swords, 3 shields, 4 polearms)
6

T2 armor
2

T2 weapons (1 sword, 0 shields, 1 polearm)
AA urns
6

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
2

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
4

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
5

animal pets (1 Black Cobra, 1 Fat Harry, 2 Fire Salamanders, 1 Wolverine Kit)
2

dancing pets (1 Khitan female, 1 Stygian male)
Purple caches
4

Slayer’s Cache of the Lurker (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
Execut.

122

0

6

6

4 (15)

0

0

2

0
Lurker

151

4

5

9

6 (29)

1

0

1

1

This is the third time so far that I saw a piece of non-raid purple gear drop from the world bosses; it was yet another crappy ring (Pearl Ring of Assault: 44 evade rtg, 55 hit rtg, 55 crit rtg, 44 immunity rtg, 120 protection).


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The Ninth Portent

August 10, 2014 5 comments

This month’s boss is called Black One Executioner, and unlike the previous world bosses it spawns in only one location: in front of the Ancient Temple (718, 607) in the south of White Sands Isle in Tortage. Two green mobs (called Prisoners) appear at first; after a few minutes, the boss shows up and oneshots them (there’s even a fatality animation); after that he becomes attackable himself.

When I was levelling in White Sands, I never had the feeling that the playfield is particularly small, but in hindsight, it really is relatively small; and as a result it turns out that the maximum number of players per instance of that playfield was much lower than elsewhere: initially, the limit was only a little over 20 players per instance. Thus there were shitloads of instances and the boss fights lasted very long since the boss still had 20.1 million HP, same as the previous bosses. Eventually they introduced a patch that doubled the number of players per instance and reduced his HP by half, so that it now has approx. 10.34 million HP.


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The mechanics of the fight are IMO the most interesting we’ve seen in any world boss so far. The boss wields a 2-handed sword and normally does white hits (slashing damage) on the aggro holder. He also has a ranged electrical attack (Black Lightning Strike) which he can use when kited. Occasionally he casts Lightning Storm on a random player; this puts a blue circle on the ground at the place where this player was located at the end of the cast; anybody standing in the circle takes a tick of electrical damage every 2 seconds. Ideally the player that’s targeted by this ability would move away from others before the cast is finished so that the circle will spawn in a place where it won’t bother anybody. (Lightning Storm and Black Lightning Strike seem to be inspired by similar abilities in the Cheehwa One Eye fight in Ai District.)

Every two minutes or so, the boss casts Executioner’s Mask without targeting any player; this puts a buff of the same name on the boss, which gives him +50% damage mitigation, +100% fatality chance, +1000% damage multiplier and +60% hinder movement. Then he casts Executioner’s Mark, this time targeting a random player; this puts a 10-second debuff of the same name on that player (+20% hinder movement). The boss then stars walking towards the player with the Executioner’s Mark debuff; if he reaches this player before the 10-second debuff expires, the boss casts Execute on him (note: the boss actually targets a new random player while casting Execute; but nevertheless it’s the player with the Executioner’s Mark that gets hit). He repeats this a few more times with new random targets.

Thus, if you get targeted by Executioner’s Mark, it’s a good idea to kite the boss until your debuff expires; or let him cast Execute and use a bubble to survive it. Otherwise you will most likely get oneshotted (and fatalitied) by it. Judging by the combat logs, when he uses this ability on the Prisoners (green mobs before the start of the fight), it hits for 31k–43k slashing damage. Thus, a player with a low amount of armor will likely get hit by somewhere close to 30k; a decently geared tank in defensive stance might get hit for half that amount, and thus survive it if he was in good health before it. As a tank you can also use Cunning Deflection to reduce the damage by half again, which makes it quite easy to survive.

The biggest Execute hit on a player that I can find in my combat log is for an awe-inspiring 110216 points of damage; from which one can estimate that this player’s physical mitigation must have been around -160% (or less) at the time. I’m not quite sure how he managed that; perhaps a naked necro with One With Death and some of the nastier debuffs from spellweaving. [Update: I added that player to my friend list and saw he was a level 78 dark templar; perhaps his level was even lower when I recorded that combat log; if he was 7 levels or more below 80, I imagine he’d be taking basically double damage from the world boss; this combined with frenzy stance and low armor would probably be enough to explain this huge hit.]


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The loot mechanics are the same as on the previous bosses; blue caches (Hunter’s Trove of the Executioner), purple caches (Slayer’s Cache of the Executioner) and so on. Of course there is also a new pet, Executioner, which is classified as a Companion rather than a Mini-pet. He is almost the same size as a player character; unfortunately he doesn’t do anything interesting, just swings his sword a little in combo-like animations.


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In terms of social armor, the global social armor sets (Shattered Colossus, Slayer’s) still drop same as before; as for the regional sets, Tortage is not considered part of any of the four major regions (Cimmeria, Aquilonia, Stygia, Khitai), so none of the previous regional sets drop here; instead, there is a new set called Barachan Corsair’s:


 

It consists of 5 parts (head, belt, feet, chest, legs) and most of it is not very original; see my old post about pirate gear for more examples of similar or identical-looking gear. I haven’t seen a bandanna like this before, however.

There is also a blue bind-on-pickup social head piece called Barachan Corsair’s Patch, but I didn’t get one yet.

Additionally, the boss also drops bikinis of various colors. Since the name of these items is “X Silk Memento”, where X indicates the color (Azure = dark blue, Gossamer = light blue and partly see-through, Lilac = purple, Pure = light cyan; and I imagine there’s also a Crimson one, i.e. red), I guess that they are the exact same items that you can also get from whores in the guild city. (The identical-looking bikinis that your character wears when you start the game are called “X Gown” / “X Bottom”.) I’m not sure what do these items look like on male characters; we haven’t been inundated by hordes of male characters wearing Borat-style mankinis yet, so perhaps that means they don’t drop for them at all.

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

Count

Item
Social animations, particles etc.
1

Bottled Spirits
2

Cowardice Remedy
1

Electric Boogie
2

Ritual Knife
1

Sticky Fresh Blood
3

Void Essence
Food, potions, buffs
2

Potent Daggamalt, Dire Sweetpressed Haste
6

Ta Neheh Leaf Elixir
3

Kingsmight Ale
1

Elixirs (0 Guile, 1 Invigorative Rejuvenation, 0 Physical Might, 0 Precision)
3

Philtres (1 Constitution, 2 Strength)
0

Minor Elixir of Resurgence (self-rez)
Vendors of crappy social consumables
1

Traveller’s Merchant Contract
Social armor sets
5

Barachan Corsair’s set
1

Slayer’s set
2

Shattered Colossus set
0

other social armor sets
Other social armor
2

Silk Mementos (1 Pure, 1 Lilac)
3

Tigerskin cloaks
Raid gear
6

T1 armor
10

T1 weapons (2 swords, 4 shields, 4 polearms)
3

T2 armor
1

T2 weapons (0 swords, 0 shields, 1 polearm)
AA urns
5

Flask of Completion (20000 Mastery XP)
2

Flask of Direction (50000 Mastery XP)
2

Coffer of Radiance (62500 Mastery XP)
Pets
1

animal pets (1 Fire Salamander)
2

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

Slayer’s Cache of the Executioner (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
Execut.

122

0

6

6

4 (15)

0

0

2

0