Aetherblade Hideout Strike Mission Strategy Guide
This guide provides tips and strategies for the eighth strike mission and how to defeat Captain Mai Trin in the Aetherblade Hideout. If your group is struggling, the guidelines in the Introduction to Raiding will apply here as well. Check out the glossary page if you're not familiar with a term used in this guide.
As the encounter starts, Mai Trin becomes overwhelmed, releasing a in four directions around her, dealing a moderate amount of damage and inflicting Torment.
She will then use , teleporting between players and evading as she deals a small amount of damage with each strike. Avoid using any important attacks until she can be hit again, and try to stay tightly stacked to prevent her from moving out of the group's AoEs. Throughout the fight, Mai Trin will typically target the closest player so backing off slightly can be useful if you find you are taking too much damage, but don't leave the stack.
As she finishes , she will chain 4 attacks together in quick succession, which will be referred to as the Flanking Strike Combo:
- First, she fires – a shot that Blinds players as she leaps away from them.
- Next, she uses to shadowstep back into the group, Bleeding those she hits.
- Then she retreats again, Bleeding players with .
- And finally, she fires a large conal AoE called towards the group, dealing heavy damage and inflicting Torment.
Challenge Mode only: Getting hit by will apply Exposed for 60 seconds, increasing damage taken by 25% per stack.
As she teleports back toward players after , it may not be worth chasing her immediately. The group will want to close the gap quickly after though, as is her most dangerous attack but is very easy to walk out of if you are next to her.
After the Flanking Strike Combo, she will target the closest player with – a large arrow is drawn on the ground, and 2.5s later Mai Trin will leap along it, dealing heavy damage and inflicting Bleed and Knockdown to players she hits. This is immediately followed up by another . If her target is not in the path, will take Mai Trin a long distance away, but if they are, she will stop as soon as she reaches them. As it will be difficult to assess who the target is in the middle of the fight, you can prevent her movement by stacking in the arrow AoE and using group blocks or Stability to ignore the knockdown (technically you could also just tank the attack). Alternatively, you could attempt to kite her to the edge of the arena and have everyone stack on the outside so that she charges into the wall.
After this, she will use her autoattack chain twice (which you may recognize from the Mai Trin Boss Fractal), dealing a small amount of damage but applying quite a lot of Bleeding as well as Cripple and Weakness. You may wish to bring some condition removal to deal with this.
Mai Trin's defiance bar (strength: 4000) is open immediately as the fight starts, and breaking it will Stun her for five seconds (10 seconds in normal mode) and leave her Exposed for 10 seconds. After recovering from the Stun she will attempt to continue her rotation from where she left off, though she will skip autoattacks if her main skills are off cooldown. As the Exposed lasts for five seconds longer than she is immobilized, it is beneficial to break her as quickly as you can so that she doesn't use during it.
Split Phase 1
Shortly after reaching 60% health, an orb appears above the battlefield that tethers to Mai Trin and makes her invulnerable, though she will not clear conditions. The orb is powered by four Scarlet Phantoms that spawn at the edge of the arena and begin attacking players with as well as slow-moving s that deal moderate damage and apply Torment. Scarlet will continue attacking during this phase, but the Phantoms have very low health so spread out and kill them quickly to end the phase. Be aware that not all the Scarlet Phantoms spawn at the same time, and a new Phantom can appear at the same location as one was previously killed.
As Mai Trin is still active during this split, she will be continuing her rotation throughout and into Phase 2. Phase 2 is otherwise identical to the first, and her defiance bar will refresh at the start of the phase so you can break her again. Depending on where she is in the phase, you may wish to deliberately delay the break to have it as soon as she finishes .
Split Phase 2
When Mai Trin reaches 30% health, she will phase once more, becoming invulnerable but continuing to attack players. This time two of the Scarlet Phantoms are elite. At the northeast edge is a Phantom that has approximately a third of Mai Trin's hitpoints, so players should not hold back. At the southwest edge is a second elite Phantom that is immune to damage but has a hefty defiance bar – approximately 8000, that must be broken to destroy the Phantom. It may be beneficial for players to start at the southwest Phantom, throw all the CC they have at it, then move to the northeast one to ensure people kill it as quickly as possible. If the CC Phantom was not destroyed in the initial burst, players can periodically move back to CC it before returning to the northeast one.
If this mechanic repeats more than three times, you would need to start sacrificing people to it - assuming the mechanic has been handled correctly up until this point, the fourth will target the sole player without Photon Saturation, and two players would need to stand in the green and die to prevent a wipe. Alternatively, the targeted player can /gg to cancel the mechanic, which is almost certainly preferable unless the targeted player is considered essential for the group.
After all the Phantoms are destroyed, Phase 3 will begin exactly as Phase 2 did.
Echo of Scarlet Briar
At 10% health, Mai Trin calls in help from the mists: Scarlet Briar!
Scarlet only has two main attacks. Her first, , creates a spiral of AoEs that deal moderate damage. The pattern means that the area directly underneath her is safe from the attack, and even if slightly mispositioned it is easy to avoid the later AoEs entirely.
Challenge Mode only: the pattern of s is different, with the first having a safe spot slightly behind Scarlet, and the second having no safe spot at all. Be wary of being too close to the middle of her hitbox, as the s are also significantly more dangerous in Challenge Mode.
Her second attack is : Scarlet will raise both fists above her head and a small AoE will appear nearby with a pulsing ring indicator. After three pulses, she slams her fists down releasing a wave of energy that inflicts moderate damage and Torment. The wave can be jumped.
Challenge Mode only: The impact location will instantly kill anyone standing in it, and getting hit by the shockwave will apply one stack of Exposed to the player for 60 seconds – increasing the damage they take by 25% per stack.
Throughout the phase, she will typically use twice, followed by twice, before repeating.
As the phase starts, Scarlet's defiance bar is open (strength: 4000). Breaking it will leave her Stunned and Exposed for five seconds (10 seconds in normal mode), as well as temporarily stopping her s.
Split Phase 3
At 80% health, Scarlet becomes invulnerable and a split phase begins that is practically identical to the second split phase, with the exception that Scarlet is the one that continues to attack players. Her s will also stop during this phase. The very edge of the arena is clear of s.
As with Mai Trin, Scarlet's defiance bar will be open once the split phase ends.
From now on, as long as the Echo of Scarlet Briar is active she will fire out rotating patterns of s that deal moderate damage and apply Torment. These bullets are projectiles and so can be blocked with projectile defense.
Some time into the fight, additional mechanics are added to the fight. The exact trigger for these mechanics is unknown.
The second mechanic causes Mai Trin to occasionally use from the edge of the arena. It seems that this will not occur during the split phases, but if Mai Trin has already started her attack, she will complete it.
Challenge Mode only: getting hit by will apply one stack of Exposed to the player – increasing the damage they take by 25% per stack.
After Scarlet will reappear and the phase will resume as before.
The rest of the fight
At 40% health, another split phase begins much the same as the previous one.
At 20% health, will repeat.
At 10% health, small Scarlet Phantoms will start to appear around the arena and attack players. As the fight is so close to ending at this point, they can be ignored.
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