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Strike Mission: Whisper of Jormag

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WARNING: Entering this Strike Mission will reveal key plot points of the "Shadow in the Ice" story.
Gather your allies and relive the battle against the Ice Dragon's most persuasive servant yet. Deep under the mountains of the Bjora Marches, a whisper awaits.

— In-game description

Strike Mission: Whisper of Jormag is the fifth Strike Mission introduced into the game.

Getting there[edit]

After selecting one of the modes, either Public or Squad, players will be put into a new instance with up to 10 players. If a Public mission engages the boss with fewer than 10 players, it will be locked down and no more players will be able to join.


  • Speak to the Raven shaman to begin the Strike Mission.
  • Draw out the Whisper of Jormag.
  • Defeat the Whisper of Jormag.
    • Whisper of Jormag
    • Event bar.jpgEvent boss (tango icon).png
    • Strike Mission ends in: 10:00
    • Silver rewards disappear in: 5:00
    • Gold rewards disappear in: 3:00
  • Strike Mission complete!
  • Mission closes in: 2:00
  • Bonus rewards obtained: x/2



This strike mission is the next progression after players complete the Shiverpeaks Pass, Voice of the Fallen and Claw of the Fallen and Fraenir of Jormag strike missions, which are collectively referred to by the community as the "IBS EZ3" strike missions. As with the Boneskinner strike mission, this fight is significantly more difficult. These two encounters along with the EZ3 strike missions are collectively referred to as the "IBS Fast 5" strike missions due to their relatively quick completion speed compared to the Cold War and the Forging Steel strike missions.

Whisper of Jormag[edit]

Health: 24,774,120
Enrage Timer: 10 minutes
Enrage Effect: Defeats all players
Fixation Mechanic: None


This encounter has decent healing pressure and heavily punishes players that fail certain mechanics. It is thus recommended to have at least two dedicated healers, especially for inexperienced or unorganized groups. There are little to no conditions involved in this fight. Players with the respective essence manipulation mastery can attack the nearby pylon to collect orbs for either the Power of Resilience.png Power of Resilience, Power of Valor.png Power of Valor, or Power of Vigilance.png Power of Vigilance effect, depending on the week. This grants players either the  Spirit Nova.png Spirit Nova,  Night Terror.png Night Terror, or  Shattered Psyche.png Shattered Psyche special action key to deal significant damage to the boss and its defiance bar.

After readying up, players must take the resulting portal then investigate the ice formation to start the encounter.

Phase 1 (100% – 75%)[edit]

The Whisper of Jormag will face one of the cardinal directions and periodically rotate between each of them. It uses the following skills:

Skill Notes
Frostbite Aura Pulses low damage every three seconds.
Ice Shatter Throws out three ice chunks in front of itself, leaving behind a damaging field. The initial AoE telegraph does no damage. Afterwards, the boss may rotate and face a new direction.
Ice Tempest Four ice tempests emerge from the boss then move outwards and spin around.
Lethal Coalescence
Targets a random player with a green circle that inflicts massive damage to all players within the circle after a delay. Each player standing within greatly reduces the damage.
Spreading Ice
All players are targeted with an orange circle that explodes after a delay, dealing significant damage when standing in overlapping AoEs. Blocks and invulnerability do not work, however evades do work. Players can dodge into the arena boundary to avoid the attack while remaining in the same position.
Viscous Slam Inflicts Knockback.png Knockback to nearby players then slams its staff and launches all players into the air, spawning an icy spike underneath their original positions after a delay. Players should either activate their glider or fall to a different spot to mitigate this damage.

After the initial Vicious Slam, the boss follows a fixed, repeating attack pattern: Ice TempestIce ShatterVicious SlamSpreading IceIce ShatterVicious SlamLethal Coalescence2x Ice Shatter.

Upon reaching 75% health, the boss becomes invulnerable then freezes and teleports each player to an isolated platform. This platform inflicts the Frostbite (Bitterfrost Frontier).png1 Brain Freeze effect to players every second, increasing the severity of the pulsing damage on this platform. A Veteran Rimewhisper Doppelganger of the player spawns on both the main and isolated platforms. Defeating either doppelgangers returns players to the main platform. Breaking their defiance bar inflicts Stun.png Stun and Exposed.png Exposed, but can generally be ignored given their low health.

The Whisper of Jormag returns to the main platform once all doppelgangers have been defeated.

Phase 2 (75% – 25%)[edit]

This phase is largely the same aside from two new skills:

Skill Notes
Chains of Frost
Three random players get a timer above their head, creating a chain between them and the boss upon expiry. Each chain inflicts rapid damage to anyone that touches them, requiring tethered players to move predictably and stay still. The damage extends from the player to within the boss hitbox.
Frigid Vortex
Unlocks its defiance bar and inflicts the Windfall.png Frigid Vortex effect to all players, which pulses medium damage every second.

Players must take care not to run the chains through other players and avoid standing within the boss hitbox. Tethered players must also be careful when gliding or dropping down during the Vicious Slam attack. The chains expire after some time before a new set occurs. The boss will also periodically cast the Frigid Vortex, requiring players to prioritize breaking the bar over reviving downed players to interrupt the pulsing damage.

The boss follows a fixed, repeating attack pattern: Chains of FrostIce TempestSpreading IceChains of FrostVicious SlamLethal CoalescenceChains of FrostVicious SlamFrigid Vortex.

As with before, players are teleported and must defeat their doppelganger once the boss reaches 25% health. The boss returns once all have been defeated.

If the defiance bar from Frigid Vortex is broken and the boss subsequently phases, the Whisper of Jormag can either attack very rapidly, not attack at all, disappears, or goes invisible after the doppelganger phase. Players should therefore take caution and avoid breaking the bar if the boss is about to phase.

Phase 3 (25% – 0%)[edit]

The Whisper of Jormag unleashes a shock wave that Launch.png Launches players, then showers the arena with ice shards. The final phase introduces three more skills:

Skill Notes
Icy Slash Leans left and swipes in a 200° arc.
Icy Slice Leans right and swipes in a 200° arc.
Slithering Rime
Rapidly spins and launches multiple orbs of ice that explode upon impact. These can be body-blocked by any entity, such as  Summon Flesh Wurm.png Summon Flesh Wurm if properly positioned on top of the boss prior to this attack.

Of note, each boss attack occurs in quicker succession where they may overlap. If the orbs from Slithering Rime are not blocked by an entity, players should pay extra caution in avoiding the center and sidestepping these orbs.

The Whisper of Jormag is silenced upon reaching 0% health.

Spreading Ice no longer deals damage to the original player during this phase.






Raven Shaman Hallveig: Thanks for the assistance, Commander. Is your squad ready to go?
If public:
(Advancing will lock your party and prevent any other players from joining the Strike Mission.)
Talk ready option.png Let's do this.
Talk end option tango.png We're still waiting for more people to show up.

Related Achievements[edit]