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Toxin-Cured Hog

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Toxin-Cured Hog

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Location
Westwatch Patch
(Auric Basin)
Type
Hero challenge
Interact
Yes
Destructible
No
Other images

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Route from the Wanderer's Waypoint.

The Toxin-Cured Hog is an object found in a cave west of Westwatch Patch. If Westwatch has not yet been powered up, then vines will block the path towards the cave from the south. It is however possible to drop down into the cave from the north - players can either glide south from the
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 Wanderer's Waypoint, or walk northeast from Westwatch and circle back westwards, before dropping in above the hog. Interaction with the hog will replace all the character's skills and take away any passive effects.

Location[edit]

Heart of Maguuma

Text[edit]

Before completion
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The toxic cloud preserved the meat on this hog. It isn't spoiled, but could it be edible?
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Take a piece of toxic bacon.
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Leave it alone.
After completion
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The toxic cloud preserved the meat on this hog. It isn't spoiled, but could it be edible?
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Leave it alone.

Walkthrough[edit]

Eating the Bacon causes the player to lose health over time at a rate of 5% max health per second. The challenge is considered successful if the player can survive for 60 seconds without reaching 0 health.

The key to success is self-healing through Keep It Down (see skills, below). It is possible to complete this challenge using Keep It Down alone. Using it immediately after the fifth damage pulse, and then every time it's off cooldown, will succeed.

Any of the following techniques can be used to complete the challenge more easily:

  • A nearby Adrenal Mushroom can be used by players with the Adrenal Mushrooms mastery to recharge Keep It Down.
  • Consuming a food item with the "Gain Health Every Second" effect, such as a Mango Pie, will still cause the player to recover health.
  • Other players cannot heal or apply Regeneration to players eating the bacon, but self-healing skills and boons cast before the bacon will affect the user. Self-healing skills that players can use to keep themselves healed up during the challenge include:
  • Other players can apply Alacrity to those taking the challenge to reduce the cooldown of Keep It Down, or can apply Barrier to those taking the challenge to absorb the damage taken. The Barrier granted by the Jackal's Pounce skill is effective for this. A player with access to the Jackal can also apply Barrier to themselves for this; if they open the dialog with the hog, mount, Pounce, take the bacon, and eat the bacon, the first few seconds of damage will be absorbed by the Barrier before it expires.

Skills[edit]

Taking a piece of toxic bacon replaces your skillbar with the following skills:

Skill Activation time Recharge time Description
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 Eat Toxic Bacon
If you can keep this down for a minute, it is sure to strengthen your resolve.
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 Keep It Down
7 Through strength of will alone, keep the bacon down and recover 25% health.

Notes[edit]

  • Reaching 0 health will not down the player; it will end the challenge, reset the player to full health, and cause them to throw up.
  • A nearby Bouncing Mushroom will allow you to exit above the hog if you have mastered the first tier of Itzel Lore.
  • Players cannot mount while holding or eating the Bacon.