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
- Low intensity
In order to
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
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 12 seconds (except for the first tick of each fixation, which happens more quickly), the actively fixated player will gain a stack of
The damage pressure from having four or more stacks of
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
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
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
The active fixate should
The small Fingers of the Dead that are spawned by this attack and Slice will corrupt a boon on players caught in their grasp.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
- 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!
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.
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.
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
To push the Tormented Dead off of the platform, the squad’s Druid should use a combination of
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 or Harbinger with
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 Knockbackeffects will be overwritten and the Tormented Dead will stop near the group instead.
Soulless Horror doesn’t gain any HP when Challenge Mode is activated, nor are there any new mechanics to contend with, but the fight is made much more chaotic through some pernicious mechanical changes:
- The Elite Flesh Wurms found at the opening of the encounter will now respawn, adding slightly more damage pressure to the fight.
Necrosisstacks on the two tanks build up more quickly, meaning that even when swapping as early as possible, both players will take considerably more damage from all sources. As mentioned in the introduction, Giver’s or Minstrel’s gear should be worn to increase survivability in Challenge Mode.
- The arena will crumble once at the start of the encounter, meaning that once the final shrinkage occurs at 33% HP remaining, the only playable space will be the inner circle of the arena; bad handling of the Tormented Dead mechanic will make the final phase of the boss nearly impossible in Challenge Mode.