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Cairn the Indomitable

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Disambig icon.png This article is about the NPC. For the object, see Cairn (object).

Cairn the Indomitable is the first boss in the Bastion of the Penitent.


Woodland Cascades

Combat abilities[edit]

For walkthrough, see: Bastion of the Penitent#Cairn the Indomitable
  • Targets the player who is farthest away from itself.
  • Impact - Cairn swings with its right hand, dealing damage in a two-part arc.
    • Impact - Cairn follows up its right-hand swing with a left, dealing damage in an arc.
      • Meteor Swarm - Cairn swings its left hand back, creating an expanding fan of projectiles that drag targets back. Throws approximately 8 projectiles that cause a short distance Knockback.png Knockback and damages targets for a very small amount of damage. These projectiles can be blocked, evaded, reflected, and/or converted. Each projectile also adds stacks of Unseen Burden.
  • Cosmic Aura - Cairn pulses with malevolent cosmic energy.
  • Displacement - Cairn opens a rift into the skin of Tyria, displacing targets a fixed distance away.
    • Cairn places 3 red circles in close proximity. After a short duration, these circles will teleport players to a random edge of the fighting arena.
  • Energy Surge - Cairn the Indomitable surges forward, dealing damage and knocking back all targets in its path.
    • Cairn teleports to 5 different, set locations based on the percentage of its health. Standing between his teleport points - which can be detected by seeing a rift of disturbed air or by a directional arrow at his feet - will cause a moderate amount of damage and a long range Knockback.png Knockback.
  • Gravity Wave - A cascading wave of energy that pushes targets back.
    • Cairn creates a cascading wave of black energy that expands outward from it over a total of 3 waves. It will cause a long distance Knockback.png Knockback and a large amount of damage.
  • Orbital Sweep - A sweeping attack that knocks targets back.
    • Cairn the Indomitable slams a large blade down in one of the cardinal directions (depending on his HP), then spins counter-clockwise. This attack deals a large amount of damage and causes a large distance Launch.png Launch.
  • Shared Agony - Cairn causes agony so intense that it spreads to the target's nearby allies.
    • Cairn initially selects a target at maximum range to place the effect Shared Agony on. From that point on, every twenty seconds the furthest player will receive Shared Agony at a set interval up to a maximum of 3 players being afflicted at one time.
  • Spatial Manipulation - An unleashed wave of energy that damages, stuns, and applies Unseen Burden.
    • The damage and effects of this attack occur when a player is unable to get in a green circle that meets the required minimum number of people for the circle. The attack will cause Float.png Float, a large amount of damage, and add stacks of Unseen Burden.
Stolen skills


Event Rewards

Related achievements[edit]


Health of encounter relevant enemies[edit]

Enemy Health
Cairn 19,999,998


  • Cairn The Indomitable has 2597 armor (1374 toughness and 1223 defense).
  • Cairn has a 200 range diameter hitbox, which is considered large.


  • "Cairn The (noun/adjective)" was already a common naming scheme for Jade Construct Bosses in the original Guild Wars probably in reference to Scottish cairns and the Jade's rocky appearance.
  • Cairn the Indomitable’s Orbital Sweep was shown as a large, blue stick in early testing. Testers called it the 'pool noodle' attack.[1]

See also[edit]

Associated items