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Soulless Horror

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Enrage: 8 minutes. When Enraged, Soulless Horror will deal 200% more damage.
Requires: Glider Basics Mastery or a Raptor
Tank: 2 tanks, determined by interactibles

Soulless Horror does not have any invulnerability phases, but is very mobile as the squad has to move out of the way of the many large AoE mechanics present throughout the encounter. Classes that animation lock frequently are not recommended here; conversely, as Confusion (due to the boss’s quick attack speed) and mobility skills are strong on this encounter, Condition Mirage is highly favored here.

In order to Knockback the Tormented Dead and keep them off the group and platform, most groups bring a Heal Alacrity Druid with the Marksmanship specialization, while Condition Scourges and other builds capable of ranged cleave damage clean them up.

Lastly, tanking in this encounter is not Toughness-based, but the tanks should wear defensive gear (such as Giver’s or Minstrel’s) regardless due to the buildup of Necrosis over time and Soulless Horror’s high damage output. Additionally, in newer groups, Druids may struggle to maintain healing output while handling their special mechanic, so the squad may benefit from two healing tanks. As such, Heal Quickness Firebrand is a great pick here.

 

Tanking

Before the encounter is allowed to begin, two players are required to interact with two glowing runes on the ground. The runes will give these players a special action skill known as Issue Challenge—using this skill will make Soulless Horror fixate on that player.

Every 7.5 seconds, the actively fixated player will gain a stack of Necrosis, which increases incoming damage by 40% per stack. All stacks of Necrosis on a player will dissipate after 30 seconds of not being fixated.

The damage pressure from having four or more stacks of Necrosis is immense; in order to avoid death, the two tanks must juggle their Necrosis stacks by alternating uses of Issue Challenge.

Issue Challenge has a 45-second cooldown. This means each tank should use their special action key every minute, or as soon as their stacks of Necrosis dissipate.

Soulless Horror’s tank-facing attacks all deal heavy damage, and depending on the attack, can corrupt boons or apply heavy condition pressure to any players caught in their grasp.

The two tanks should always face the boss away from the group, while leaving ample space for the group to appropriately react to both the Surging Soul and Tormented Dead mechanics.

To this end, the tanks should, in general, position themselves on the edge of the inner circle of the arena, and never tank in the center nor the very edge of the arena.

Soulless Horror’s Attacks

Slice

Soulless Horror will charge up a hammer slice towards the tank. This is telegraphed by a cone of small yellow AoEs and can be easily sidestepped by the tank.

Corrupt the Living

Known as: spin

Soulless Horror will spin around in a full arc with its hammer. This attack applies Torment and Poisoned to any players in the small red AoE around the boss when it spins.

The active fixate should Dodge this move if possible.

The small Fingers of the Dead that are spawned by this attack and Slice will corrupt a boon on players caught in their grasp.

Vortex Slash

Known as: donut

An expanding orange AoE will spawn under Soulless Horror; after fully expanding, it will deal high damage to all players inside. A larger ring around the edge of the previous AoE will subsequently appear and then explode, dealing massive damage all players inside.

Both AoEs can be dodged, invulned, or blocked.

Players should Dodge the inner circle sideways to avoid ending up in the outer ring. Preventative Barrier or Aegis can be used to mitigate this attack as well.

Quad Slash

Known as: cones, small pizza

Starting at 7:30 time remaining, four cones will radiate outward from Soulless Horror and detonate, then rotate and detonate again.

Players should sidestep each set of cones.

Death Bloom

Known as: cones, pizza

Starting at 66% HP remaining, eight cones will radiate from Soulless Horror, then detonate. Players should walk slightly backward into a safe zone; being close to the boss can cause a player be hit by multiple cones!

The first Death Bloom cast, and every other instance afterward, will be followed by Howling Death.

Howling Death

Known as: defiance Bar, break bar

Soulless Horror will despawn all Surging Souls and gain a defiance bar. If not broken in time, the boss will cast an uncleansable Fear that causes all players to retreat off the platform, causing a squad wipe.

Arena Mechanics

Crumbling Arena

At 90%, 66%, and 33% HP remaining, the edge of the arena will fall off, defeating any players standing in the affected area and reducing the playable space available to the squad.

Surging Souls

Known as: walls

Starting at 7:50 time remaining, Walls will move slowly across the arena, instantly killing any players caught in them. These Walls cannot be dodged, invulned, or blocked.

If the boss is tanked properly and the Tormented Dead are defeated off of the platform, players should always have the time and space to react and move quickly away from even the toughest Wall spawns.

The spawn rate and the number of segments in each Wall are not random, but their gap locations are—instead of trying to memorize the spawns, players should be prepared to handle any possible pattern.

This mechanic leads to some interesting squad composition decisions, most importantly making sure the group has access to Swiftness and Superspeed if possible. Bringing classes with resurrection skills can be extremely clutch if players are downed in the path of a Wall, and Scourges should consider bringing Sand Swell over Epidemic if the squad is consistently having trouble with the mechanic.

Notes:

  • Any active Walls will despawn if Soulless Horror gains a defiance bar.
  • This mechanic is notorious for not rendering properly when players’ Character Model Limit setting is set to Lowest. For this encounter in particular, make sure you change this setting to Medium or you might be killed by an seemingly invisible wall!

Spinning Scythes

Scythes will spawn around the platform, progressing slowly across the field in straight lines. Getting hit by a Scythe’s AoE will corrupt all of the player’s boons into conditions.

Flesh Wurms

The fight starts with eight Elite Flesh Wurms in the arena. These spit projectiles at players from afar. Typically, whenever a Wall spawns, the tanks can rotate Soulless Horror counterclockwise around the arena, allowing any ranged DPS classes to cleave them down.

Tormented Dead

Known as: TD, Golem, Dead

20 seconds after the Soulless Horror is brought to 90% HP remaining, and every 20 seconds afterward, a Tormented Dead will spawn in the center of the arena, fixating on the inactive tank.

Defeating a Tormented Dead will spawn a deceptively large red area of effect on the ground that deals high damage and corrupts all of a player’s boons into conditions.

To avoid both their high damage and the area denial that comes with one of these AoEs being placed in a central position on the platform, the most common strategy for handling this mechanic involves using a slightly modified Heal Druid build to Push the Tormented Dead off of the platform, while ranged DPS classes with high cleave, such as Scourges and Virtuosos, focus damage on it for a short while to ensure it dies before it runs back to the group.

Pushing

To push the Tormented Dead off of the platform, the squad’s Druid should use a combination of Glyph of the Tides and Point-Blank Shot.

The Tormented Dead should always be pushed in the direction of the boss, in order to allow your DPS players to cleave it down without leaving the stack.

Many groups will bring a Scourge with Epidemic here, which is used on the boss whenever a Tormented Dead spawns to ensure it will die when pushed off of the platform, however without more cleave damage from the squad, a single Epidemic usage will never be enough to kill it. Furthermore, using Epidemic too early can transfer Immobilize to the Tormented Dead while it is still in the center of the arena, making Pushing more awkward for the squad’s Druid.

It is important that all classes that have crowd control skills that hit multiple targets as a part of their DPS rotation, such as Mechanists’ Jade Mortar, wait until the Tormented Dead is fully pushed out before using these skills, or else the Druid’s Knockback effects will be overwritten and the Tormented Dead will stop near the group instead.

If a Push is failed and the Tormented Dead dies on the platform, players should avoid walking through its damaging field unless absolutely necessary (e.g. to avoid a Surging Soul).

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