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Phase III: Cutting Cords
After beating the elevator phases the group finds themselves in the boss arena where they have to cut eight cords to advance. You should move as a full group from cord to cord and kill them together. Strong teams can even ignore the adds that spawn, but be aware that the ogres can push you off the platform. Since the phase immediately ends when all eight cords are killed, it’s not mandatory to deal with the adds. But if you get overwhelmed you might want to take a safe approach and kill them in between.
Depending on your DPS you may also need to kill the Souls that spawn. It’s a mechanic similar to the Ras Nsi one. Occasionally the group takes unavoidable damage that’s based on the number of Souls that are alive. Most groups I’m in simply ignore this mechanic however, because we kill the cords before the “annihilation” triggers for the first time.
Make sure to watch our for grabbing hands in this phase as well. While rushing from cord to cord it’s insanely annoying if you leave members behind that get grabbed. Your DPS have to be smart once again and pay attention, not just mindlessly sprint to the cords. Always stay together as a group unless you have a really experienced team that knows what its doing.
Phase IV: Atropal
The last phase starts with a lengthy cut-scene that cannot be skipped. This not only gets annoying after a few runs, but also actually becomes even more of a pain when somebody died right before completing the cord phase. As stated above, the phase immediately ends on cutting the last cord. If players are down at that point, nobody will be able to revive them because of the cut-scene. So it makes sense to at least check your own party before killing the last cord.
Then the group finally faces the main boss. The Atropal spawns in the middle of a round platform and throws a plethora of mechanics and attacks towards players. Instead of giving step by step advise, let’s just go through all of them and see how you should deal with every single one.
Occasionally the Atropal will swipe at the full group with his hand. It’s a lengthy build-up where he smashes his hand on the platform first and then takes the swipe. It knocks you over and in case you stand at the edge of the platform actually can push you off, but that’s rare. The damage is manageable.
Sometimes the outer or inner rim of the platform will be covered in red and after a few seconds dish out moderate damage. In a potent team this can be ignored. I’ve not seen groups yet that really try to move back and forth, but I guess that’s what you should do if necessary.
Small Spitting AoEs
There are generally two types of telegraphed round AoEs happening during the fight. The first one usually affects three to five members of the group and has a smaller radius. After a few seconds the Atropal “spits” at the targeted area and deals high damage. Good groups can just pull through here, but it’s safe to dodge them just in case.
Bigger Debuffing AoEs
The second type of AoEs is much more dangerous. It has a larger radius and looks like the “ice spike” ones of Svardborg. After a few seconds, the AoE pops and leaves behind sort of a blue curly area that debuffs everything in it. So these AoEs should be brought away from the group just like the ones in Svardborg.
At about 25% health of the Atropal, Acererak spawns at a random location on the platform and has to be killed as fast as possible. If you fail to kill him before his “Soulmonger Charge” is full, you’re dead. Otherwise a yellow bubble appears and the group has to huddle under it. This is similar to what happens before the last phase in Svardborg after you’ve killed the two Manticores. Just stay in the marked area and you’ll live.
I’m not sure how it’s called in this one to be honest, but it works just like Hypthermia did in Module 10. A random member of the group is targeted and after a few seconds gets hit with a flurry of lethal damage. Nearby teammates however take a share of the damage as well, so all you need to do is group up. Since you technically shouldn’t be scattered around, this shouldn’t be as much of a deal.
Another well known mechanic from earlier dungeons and earlier phases in the Cradle is the grabbing hand. Random members are grabbed and have to be freed. If your group fights nearby, this usually happens as side effect of the AoEs that the group dishes out, but make sure to announce the hand in queue chat and pay attention to your surroundings.
Here comes the fun! During several times of the fight, the Atropal sinks into its hole and initiates a pull/push skill test. For roughly four seconds, you first get pulled towards the Atropal. Then there’s a tiny pause before the boss pushes you into the other direction. It’s hard to graph how to deal with this mechanic to be honest. The overall approach is to position yourself at the outside edge of the platform and move against the pull. Count to four, do a 180 and in the tiny pause you have to get as close to the inner edge of the platform as possible to not get blown off by the push. The devs already nerfed the severity of the pull and push and it’s very manageable now. You still need some training and this is where teams struggle the most.
Also there’s a random chance that a team member is getting grabbed by the hand right before the pull/push. That’s basically game over for the unlucky one unless someone is in range to one-hit the hand. There’s nothing you can do about it, it’s just bad luck.
It’s a long list of mechanics, but the good news is that you probably won’t have to pay attention to all of it. In case you’re playing with the usual setups, you should have enough healing and tanking to ignore everything but the hands, debuffing AoEs and pull/push. There’s still a lot going on and it might take some time until you figure out what to react to and what to ignore. Overall however it’s a fun fight and as you might know I do like true skill checks like the push/pull. It can get pretty annoying though to see yourself or your group constantly struggling with it.
If you need some more visual input I’ve attached an instructional video of Galactic Underwear under the article. Have fun watching it and (hopefully) kicking the Atropal’s butt!
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