Stronghold of the Faithful - Xera Kiting Guide

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Overview

This is a Guide dedicated to show how to tank Xera as best as possible.

Xera Platform Positioning

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1 is near where you zone in, 4 is where you fly into main platform This imgur album describes in excruciating detailing where [Ren] clears shards and kites Xera. The first four images describe the basic kiting and clearing, but the rest shows the process step-by-step, giving gravity well and shard context. This strat has been designed and tested for our typical 8 man and 10 man kills. It promotes enough shard clear for enough mobility around lasers but also keeps a lot of damage on the boss, and keeps Xera out of shard AoEs as much as possible because her getting 25 might and quickness is not fun.

Areas and Mechanics of Interest

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This shard clearing strategy focuses on the four shards nearest to platforms 1 and 4. We put down squad markers on the lines at the positions marked by arrows on the diagram, and your DPS only needs to clear two shards on each side of the marker when called. Yes, you can sometimes only clear three shards and be okay, but it's easy enough to clear four, and it gives everyone more room during lasers. When it's time to clear shards, your DPS (and even your PS if clearing is slow) should dump their damage on shards. * Daredevils, Vault out there and do your DPS rotation, then Steal back to Xera. * Eles, drop your Meteor Shower on them and follow it up with a Glyph of Storms, Ice Storm, or even Overload Air on them. * Revenants, use Frigid Blitz for mobility Kiting focuses on keeping Xera at mid as much as possible so that when shards do need to be cleared, those shards are easy to access. Also, mid provides the most opportunities to avoid wells. Kite out of center for lasers, and then back to center soon after a laser is finished. Other mechanics to keep in mind: * You will encounter the Ambient Magic mechanic when Xera is at ~ 75, 38, 18, and 10% health * You will have to CC Xera roughly 2 times between 100% and 50% health, and 3 times between 50% and 0% health * Xera will teleport 5 people away to deal with Bloodstones at 40% and 20% health. Determine ahead of time who should go back if all your healers or all your DPS get teleported.

Phase 2 Summary

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Kiting and Shard Clearing: * Fly in from Platform 4. * Move Xera slightly toward Platform 6 to avoid first gravity well and shards (green triangle 1). * After first gravity well and before first laser, move toward Platform 3 (green circle 2) * After first laser, move back to middle (green circle 3/5) and clear the shards toward Platform 1 * Move toward Platform 1 (right side of green area 4) before the next laser. * Move to the left side of green area 4 to avoid the next well. Some groups may phase her here. * If needed, move her back to the middle and clear the shards toward Platform 4. * Move toward Platform 4 (green area 6) and phase - or else! Other Mechanics: * Shards spawn clockwise * Ambient Magic will occur at 75% health * CC will occur ~ 2 times this phase * Gravity Well order is SE, NE, NW, SW * Lasers spawn 3 - 4 times total

Phase 4 Summary

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Kiting and Shard Clearing: * Fly in from Platform 4 * Move Xera slightly toward Platforms 1 and 2 to avoid first gravity well and shards (green triangle 1) * After first gravity well and before first laser, move toward Platforms 5 and 6 (green area 2). Exact positioning depends on your group's DPS. Good DPS = camp North side of area 2. * After first laser, move back to middle (green circle 3/5/7/9) and clear the shards toward Platform 1 * Move toward Platform 1 (left side of green area 4/6) before the next laser * Move to the right side of green area 4/6 to avoid next Gravity Well * Move her back to the middle and clear the shards toward Platform 1 again * Move toward Platform 1 (green area 4/6) before the next laser * Move to the right side of green area 4/6 to avoid next Gravity Well * Move her back to the middle and clear the shards toward Platform 4 * Move toward Platform 4 (green area 8) before the next laser * Move her back to the middle. Depending on where shards are spawning, clear an area near Platform 1 or 4 if needed. Other Mechanics: * Shards spawn counter-clockwise * Ambient Magic will occur at ~ 38%, 18%, and 10% health * CC will occur ~ 3 times this phase * 5 people will be teleported off the main platform at 40% and 20% health * Gravity Well order is NW, NE, SW, SE - though some will be skipped if other mechanics are active * Lasers spawn 4-6 times total, depending on your DPS

Walkthrough

Phase 2 entry:

After the introductory bloodstones on platforms 2, 3, 5, and 6, glide in and position Xera near the center, pointing toward platform 6.

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Gravity Well 1:

Allow the first gravity well to pass (and usually CC her as well). During this phase, bloodstone shards will spawn in a clockwise direction. Shards will spawn faster while Xera's breakbar is up.

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After Gravity Well 1 (Laser 1):

Move Xera toward the edge of the platform, toward platform 3. There will be a laser soon.

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Gravity Well 2:

While the laser is occuring, Xera will typically cast another gravity well (which you should be positioned out of), and you will have to CC Xera (~65% - 75% health, likely time based

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North Clear 1:

Kite back to mid after first laser and have DPS focus on the four shards nearest platform 1.

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Laser 2 Start:

Move to the now-cleared area toward platform 1. Stand to the right of the squad marker.

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During Laser 2 / Gravity Well 3:

A gravity well will appear during the second laser on the other side of the marker from where Xera is positioned. Continue DPSing Xera.

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Still During Laser 2 / Gravity Well 4:

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Move Xera to the other side of the squad marker to prep for the fifth gravity well. Note a group with good DPS may phase her during this time frame.

Gravity Well 5 / (Hopefully) Near 50%:

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Finish burning Xera, avoiding the fifth gravity well.

If Xera is not close to 50%:

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Move back to middle after the laser disappears and definitely before bloodstone AoE covers the area near Platform 1. Clear the shards near Platform 4.

Gravity Well 6 / Laser 4:

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You can safely keep Xera here for a well, possibly two depending on shards, if the laser spawns.

Gravity Well 7:

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You're probably going to run into enrage timer issues if you see this.

Phase 4 Start:

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Glide in from platform 4, and angle Xera slightly towards Platforms 1 and 2 to avoid the first gravity well.

Gravity Well 1:

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The first well will cover the west side of the platform. During this phase, bloodstone shards will start to spawn near platform 4 and then spawn in a counter clockwise direction. Shards will spawn faster while Xera's breakbar is up.

Gravity Well 2 (usually skipped) / Laser 1:

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When the first laser spawns, move to the area between Platforms 5 and 6. In many cases (as long as your DPS is decent), this well may not happen since it potentially occurs around the same time as raid members getting teleported and Ambient Magic.

Gravity Well 3:

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Move Xera toward Platform 6. Bloodstone shard AoEs will be approaching, so watch your positioning. Additionally, Xera's breakbar may appear around this time. If the laser has finished, hold Xera at mid instead.

North Clear 1:

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Move Xera back to mid as soon as the first laser finishes, and clear the shards closest to Platform 1.

Gravity Well 4 / Laser 2:

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Move toward Platform 1. Keep her on the north side of the north marker to avoid gravity well 4.

Gravity Well 5:

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Move Xera to the other side of the north marker.

Gravity Well 6:

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Once the laser that occurs around the same time as wells 4 and 5 finishes, move her mid. Again, this well may not occur depending on other mechanics.

North Clear 2:

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Once the well is over, clear the shards near Platform 1 again. Note that Ambient Magic or teleport mechanics may happen around this time.

Gravity Well 7:

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Return to the north side of the north marker. May be skipped due to Ambient Magic if DPS is very good.

Gravity Well 8:

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Wait out this gravity well and the laser around here. May be skipped due to Ambient Magic.

South Clear 1:

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Depending on your DPS, Xera may be close to dead. If not, clear the shards closest to Platform 4 but be mindful of Ambient Magic and CC.

Gravity Well 9:

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Kite Xera to the south side of the squad marker near Platform 4.

Gravity Well 10:

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After this well, kite Xera back to mid as soon as possible. The next will will spawn on you if it's not skipped.

Gravity Well 11:

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Clearing after this well is heavily dependent on where shards are spawning. If south shards aren't going to respawn soon, then focus north. Otherwise, focus south. Either way, the enrage timer is coming soon.

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