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Vale Guardian

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The Vale Guardian is the first boss in Spirit Vale.

Locations[edit]

Heart of Maguuma

Walkthrough[edit]

Primary article: Spirit Vale#Vale Guardian

Combat abilities[edit]

Behavior
  • Vale Division - At 66% and 33% health remaining, Vale Guardian will become invulnerable, move to the center of the arena, and disappear, spawning a Red, Green, and Blue Guardian at their respective colored pillars. During this split phase, the Vale Guardian is not present in the arena and will only return once all three colored guardians are defeated. Each of these lesser guardians has one of the signature abilities of the Vale Guardian, and all besides the Green Guardian have other special mechanics.
    • The Red Guardian summons Seekers and only takes heavy damage from conditions.
    • The Green Guardian uses Unstable Magic Spike (blue teleport circles)
    • The Blue Guardian uses Distributed Magic (green circle), however only 3 players are needed to nullify it and can gain Blue Pylon Power which needs to be stripped (boon removal).
    • At the beginning of this phase, players will become attuned to the pylon color of the third of the platform they are standing on (Pylon Attunement- Red.png Pylon Attunement: Red, Pylon Attunement- Green.png Pylon Attunement: Green, or Blue Pylon Power.png Pylon Attunement: Blue). Players will take heavy periodic damage if they are standing in the area of a color they are not attuned to. Pylon Attunement effects are removed once the Guardian Split phase ends.
  • An additional segment of the floor lights up (dealing periodic damage) in rotation after splitting and rejoining.
  • Gains Magic Storm skill after first split.
Effects

DefianceDefiance bar segmented.png - Becomes vulnerable while casting Magic Storm.

  • Magic Aura.png Magic Aura - Deals periodic damage to all enemies within 1500 units.
Skills
  • Punch - Punches foes.
  • Distributed Magic (Vale Guardian) - The Vale Guardian distributes its magic to a point that must be absorbed before it unleashes devastating damage.
    • Vale Guardian summons a green circle which slowly 'closes', which if insufficient players are present inside, deals devastating damage to the entire player group. At least 4 players who are not downed or defeated need to be in the circle before it closes to avoid the massive group damage. These players will be dealt a moderate amount of damage when the skill ends. Distributed Magic appears in the third of the arena the Vale Guardian was in when it casted it.
  • Unstable Magic Spike (Vale Guardian) - The Vale Guardian creates unstable spikes of magic, teleporting enemies caught in the impact.
    • Vale Guardian casts electric-like blue AoEs on the ground, teleporting and damaging players caught inside them.
  • "Spawn Seekers" - At regular intervals Vale Guardian will spawn Seekers in the arena.
  • Magic Aura (Vale Guardian) - The Vale Guardian pulses energy every 3 seconds, damaging all foes in range.
    • A passive damaging aura effect present throughout the Vale Guardian fight.
  • Unstable Pylon (Blue) - Vale Guardian renders the Blue portion of the ground unstable, damaging players standing on these portions periodically.
  • Unstable Pylon (Green) - Vale Guardian renders the Green portion of the ground unstable, damaging players standing on these portions periodically.
  • Unstable Pylon (Red) - Vale Guardian renders the red portion of the ground unstable, damaging players standing on these portions periodically.
  • Magic Storm - Magic orbs erupt from the Vale Guardian, releasing energy and damaging targets in a small area around their impact point.
    • An ability which casts multiple high-damage aoes on the ground. Casting this ability also grants Vale Guardian a breakbar. Attack will automatically end after 30 seconds. Attack has a 30 second cooldown.
  • Bullet Storm - The Vale Guardian sends slow-moving projectiles at you that deal damage on hit.
    • Casts multiple, slow moving, white orbs causing moderate damage. This ability is only present when the Vale Guardian is split into the three minor guardians.
Blue Guardian Skills
Green Guardian Skills
Red Guardian Skills
Seeker Skills
  • Magic Pulse - The Seeker pulses magic damage every second, hitting all enemies in range.
Stolen skills

Drops[edit]

Primary article: Guardian Chest

Related achievements[edit]

Stats of encounter relevant enemies[edit]

Enemy Health Defiance bar
Vale Guardian 22,021,440 2,000
Green Guardian 722,579 1,000
Seeker 649,260
Blue/Red Guardian 540,705 1,000

Notes[edit]

  • Vale Guardian has 1910 armor (687 toughness and 1223 defense). Compared to regular Raid bosses with 2597 armor, this translates to +36% power damage.
  • Vale Guardian has a 140 range diameter hitbox, which is considered medium.
  • Though its race in lore is an elemental, mechanically it is a plant. This was an intentional choice by the developers for most raid bosses so no sigil/potion would provide a race bonus against them.
  • Blue teleport circles can be blocked with Aegis

See also[edit]

Associated items

Gallery[edit]