Raids and Raid Bosses
Posted by on 25 November 2015 05:48 PM
If you like Boss Battles, then get ready for the main event! Every so often, a wickedly challenging Raid Boss will turn up, and players will have to pool their cunning, resources, and power to defeat them.
While the event is on, you can either summon your own Raid Boss or join someone else’s. Every player’s Raid Boss is the same strength, regardless of who unlocked it.
Keys & Summoning a Raid Boss
Raid Bosses are unlocked with 4 different Keys. Keys drop from Adventures in specific Locations, each yielding a different Key. Adventures with higher Energy costs have a higher chance of dropping a Key.
When doing Adventures in Locations that drop Raid Boss Keys, you will be able to see how many of each Key you currently have. You can also jump between Key-drop Locations. You can unlock your Raid Boss as soon as you have one of each of the 4 Keys.
Any unused Keys in your inventory can be turned in for XP after the event is over. Keys are not useful for anything other than unlocking Raid Bosses (they can’t be equipped or used in crafting), so you might as well turn them in for rewards.
After the Party Leader summons a Raid Boss using collected Keys, he or she must assemble a Raid Boss Party to help defeat their mighty foe. Keep in mind that you will have to take an action in a boss before you will have officially joined it; if you do not see your name on the leaderboard, you have yet to attack or heal and therefore can still be bumped out of the boss if someone else joins and does an action.
Raid Bosses are powerful opponents intended to be fought in large Parties of players. Party positions are divided up into 3 Level Tiers. There are 10 Party Positions available for each Tier of player, for a max Party size of 30 players.
We recommend your Party contain at least 20 committed players. Raid Bosses are harder if members are inactive or not keeping the Health bar up, so we suggest hand-picking your Party for the best possible team.
Three invite links provided in the Invite Tab on your Raid Boss page. To invite someone, send them the link that corresponds with their level.
Raid Party Health
When a player attacks a Raid Boss, retaliatory damage is taken by the entire party — and look out, because Raid Bosses hit back hard! But worry not, because players can Heal the entire Raid Party by spending Energy Points, meaning that the battles become a fine balance between dealing damage and healing damage taken.
You can help establish a solid base of health by inviting players with defense-oriented builds to your Party.
Benching is when a player is restricted to Healing actions only on a Raid Boss. This happens automatically to any player who wipes a specific Raid Party twice.
If a player wipes three different raid bosses, they will be benched for the entire event, and will no longer be able to do anything but heal on raids they did not create themselves. The next chance they'll have to deal damage to a raid will be at the next event, a month away.
Fighting the Boss
If neither of these situations occur, there is still an element of randomness involved that could result in a string of lower value drops.
Raid Bosses give out great XP rewards as well as exclusive Common and Superior item drops, so they're a great opportunity for players to earn XP as well as acquire some awesome new items.
Keep in mind that the Raid Boss reward mechanic checks your level at the end of the boss, not the beginning, so if a player levels into another tier during the event, it is possible for them to get a Superior drop over someone who started in that tier.
Finally, it's important to note that once the boss is defeated, you only have 48 hours to claim any rewards. After that, the boss will expire and you will be unable to claim any loot from it, so don't forget!
Raid Boss Tips