Strategies for Nex: Angel of Death

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This article is a strategy guide for Nex: Angel of Death.
Information on mechanics, setups, and tactics is on this page. For the normal mode strategy guide, see here.
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Starting out at Nex: Angel of Death[edit | edit source]

Arena centre
Instakill safety zone is in pink ring around X
Surge lines are in blue trim

Nex: Angel of Death (AoD) has the distinction of being the most damage centric boss in the game. Therefore it is recommended to have a thorough understanding of ability usage and rotations, and employ niche tricks that increase DPS. The average high level AoD preset is notably low in adrenaline or stat-draining foods (such as sailfish or Saradomin brews), and will have a significant amount of blue blubber jellyfishes and Guthix rests instead, as those do not cause any stat or adrenaline reduction upon use. Additionally, it is highly recommended to learn the boss with Magic, as on a 7 man team there will be 4 to 5 mages at any given time.

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Nex has 3,000,000 life points and attacks with melee and magic, following a similarity to her normal encounter. Her melee attack drains prayer points and places enrage stacks on her main target. Every five stacks also resets most defensive abilities. After 20 stacks, all of her melee attacks will start to reset defensives. Unlike Beastmaster Durzag and Yakamaru whose enrage stacks can be reduced with Freedom, Nex's enrage stacks are only removed when she has not attacked her target with melee after 30 seconds have passed since the last melee attack. A message will appear when this occurs.

Her magic attack hits everyone within range (which is the range of one quadrant in her arena). This means when in the middle, she can hit everyone in the arena. Her magic attack also possesses 100% hit chance against her main target, but the damage registers 3 ticks slower compared to another player in melee range, which is instant. This provides adequate time for her main target to switch to Deflect Magic.

In terms of defence, Nex possesses a Defence level of 99, with 55 affinity towards all combat styles. Like the original encounter, she is susceptible to the effects of the inquisitor staff. 100% accuracy can be maintained with supreme or better overload, tier 99 curses, a berserker aura and an affinity stack of at least 5 or higher, assuming black stone arrows are not being used.

In addition, a passive enrage stack is also present throughout the fight. This is indicated at the Zaros icon under her health bar at the top of the screen. As this stack increases, Nex's autoattacks deal more damage to everyone fighting her.

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Attack rotation:

  • 5 autoattacks
  • Power from the elements
  • 4-14 autoattacks (random)
  • Shadow orbs
  • 4-14 autoattacks
  • Repeat from power from the elements until 2,100,000 HP


Nex always begins by using five autoattacks, at which point she uses her first special attack: "power from the elements".

  • Elements - Nex says The elements... they call to me..., looking at one of the four quadrants while she flies up before landing in the center of the arena. Any players within a 3x3 area of the centre will take typeless damage from her landing. After a few seconds, ice stalagmites appear, dividing the quadrants and dealing moderate damage if stood on. 3 blood reavers with 50,000 life points spawn at the corners Nex is not facing. These reavers do not attack the players, instead advancing towards Nex. If the reavers touch Nex, they will instantly die, heal Nex by half of their remaining life points, and increase her enrage. After dividing the quadrants, she will yell WITNESS THEIR RAW POWER, hitting everyone who is in the quadrant she is currently facing for 3,500 damage for three hits. This damage can be reduced/blocked by defensive abilities. If nobody is in the corner Nex was facing, 20 enrage is added.
    • True Blood Sacrifice - If a reaver reaches Nex, Nex says Taste the true power of a blood sacrifice, resetting and disabling every player's defensive abilities. It also deals damage equal to 50% of the total health the reaver had remaining when it reached Nex, which is then divided between all players in the arena. For example, an undamaged reaver with 50,000 life points that reaches Nex deals 3571 damage to each player in a 7-player team. If all 3 reavers reach Nex with full life points, the team is dealt a total of 75,000 damage. Additionally, Nex is healed by half of the reavers' remaining health (up to 75,000). Nex will also perform this attack if the reavers have persisted for more than a minute in the arena.
  • Shadow orbs - After calling the command Let the shadow engulf you. Give in to it. Nex creates three red shadow orbs for each player, placing them on the tiles they currently stand on, dealing 300 typeless damage every tick if the player is on top of one. Moving one space away from your location for each spawned orb is enough to avoid taking damage. These orbs remain on the floor for some time as highly-damaging objects, even after being initially evaded. It is essential not to step back on them until they disappear later in the fight. However, they will disappear much faster if they were placed in one of the four cardinal directions, as a straight line (be mindful not to place them too close to where the Base Tank will be, however).

Nex alternates between the elements and shadow orb specials until she reaches 1,800,000 life points. She uses a special attack after 4-14 autoattacks at random.

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Attack rotation:

  • Amalgamations spawned
  • 4-14 autoattacks
  • Power from the elements/shadow orbs, depending on previous phase
  • 4-14 autoattacks
  • Repeat from power from the elements or shadow orbs until 1,800,000 HP
Minion Umbra Glacies Cruor Fumus
Image Umbra (Angel of Death).png Glacies (Angel of Death).png Cruor (Angel of Death).png Fumus (Angel of Death).png
Pillar location SE NE NW SW
Crystals are susceptible to Flanking perk from the north (highlighted green) when standing in circle

As soon as Nex reaches 2,100,000 life points, Nex will say Hahahahaha, you've done well to come this far, but it ends here. Come fourth my Praesul, aid me. Show these intruders the true meaning of pain.. If Nex is not in the centre of the arena, she will move back while summoning four amalgamations of the Ancient Magicks; Shadow, Ice, Blood and Smoke, each one being placed diagonally across from her to their respective crystals. Any player who stands within a few squares of where they spawn when they spawn takes 4000 soft typeless damage, which can be reduced by defensive abilities or Disruption Shield. Each one has 40,000 life points and an orange/blue bar over them. While Nex is summoning the amalgamations, she will take reduced damage.

If the amalgamation is not destroyed when the bar fills, it will despawn, and the appropriate praesul user will emerge from the amalgamation with a combat level of 1,000 and 300,000 health. The praesuls have level 99 Magic, 3031 magic accuracy and level 90 Defence. Despite having no weakness, they have 45 melee, 65 ranged and 55 magic affinity, essentially making them weak to ranged attacks. They are also susceptible to poison.

Should the amalgamation be destroyed before the bar fills, the praesul will appear shortly afterwards. They will be weakened, possessing a combat level of 750, 150,000 health, and their Defence level drops down to 85. Their offensive stats and defensive affinities remain the same however. The praesul will yell one of the following quotes below if their amalgamation is destroyed in time:

  • So be it. I'll do what I can.
  • Too soon, but more than enough to crush you.
  • I do not feel complete master, my contact with the elements have been cut short.

Their adrenaline is considered a PvP situation so Siphon and Natural Instinct will take their adrenaline as needed. However in most cases they will be generally stuck on thresholds. Freedom and Anticipation are highly recommended as the praesuls frequently utilise Impact and Asphyxiate. The praesuls are aggressive and will target the nearest player next to them when they appear.

When each praesul dies, they will say Master, I have failed you.... Each praesul has their own colour associated with them to help identify them immediately; Umbra has violet, Glacies has blue, Cruor has red and Fumus has white text.

Killing all praesuls is mandatory, as their deaths are tied into the mechanics in the final phase of the fight. If a praesul is still alive when Nex has reached 600,000 health, the final phase will not start until all praesuls are killed.

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

Attack rotation:

  • 4-9 autoattacks
  • Smoke walls, smoke pool, or icicle (random)
  • 4-9 autoattacks
  • Random, different special attack from previous special
  • 4-9 autoattacks
  • Repeat until 600,000 HP and all mages are dead


Freeze effect

After reaching 1,800,000 life points, Nex will say Understand this mortals, you know nothing of the power you meddle with. Feel the uncontrollable nature of it overwhelm you. These are the very elements of my creation... This is everything... EVERYTHING!. Nex discards her previous abilities for a new set of abilities shown below. She initially chooses one special attack at random and uses a different, random special attack after every 4-9 autoattacks. The same special attack is never used back-to-back.

  • Smoke Line - Nex announces this attack with the line Feel the smoke all around you. LET IT CONSUME YOU., targeting two random players. One player will have the smoke target them from the North, and the other from the East. After a few seconds, two lines of smoke will appear where the targeted players were standing in. Players hit by the smoke wall will be dealt with rapid hits of 2000 magic damage, which can be mitigated with Devotion or Enhanced Devoted. Upon receiving this message, take note of which direction in the smoke has targeted you and run to an adjacent wall that is opposite the direction of the smoke. For example, if you are targeted by a smoke wall from the north, stand next to either the east or west walls of the arena; for smoke from the east, stand on the north or south walls. If the players stand directly next to the correct wall, the smoke will not appear at all. Players who are targeted by the smoke walls should indicate which direction it is coming from to allow other players to quickly change positions if they cannot move, especially the base tank.
  • Smoke Pool - Nex announces this attack with the line Even I can not control the element of smoke... Let us see if you can. This is followed by the following message in the chat interface: Nex casts a thick black smoke towards the centre of the arena.. Nex sends a small black cloud in a random direction. Upon landing, a smoke ring spawns. When someone moves into the ring, an unstable crystal will appear in the middle, which can be clicked on. If no one activates the crystal, everyone will be hit for damage equal to 37,500 split over the number of players in the arena. Grabbing the crystal will deal 14,000 damage split evenly to everyone that was in the smoke ring when it was grabbed. Players who take damage from the smoke pool have their defensive abilities reset.
  • Ice Prison - Nex picks and stuns one or two targets (based on the amount of players in the arena), causing an icicle to collapse on them a few seconds later, putting defensive abilities on a 20 second cooldown (Preparation and Anticipate are not affected). The trapped player(s) are briefly immune to damage when the icicle drops on them. Stalagmites will also appear from the ground in a 5x5 area around the trapped targets. Players standing adjacent to or directly underneath the trapped target at the time will take 5,000 damage (2,500 if 2 steps away; 1,666 damage if caught on the outer edge). All players caught by stalagmites will be stunned momentarily. This icicle has 20,000 life points. The bleed will start ticking as soon as the player is iced, so the icicle should be cleared as soon as possible. Freedom and Anticipation will prevent the initial stun before the icicle spawns but have no effect on the bleed.

Phase 4[edit | edit source]

Attack rotation

  • Elements instant kill
  • Magic autoattacks
  • Repeat until all pillars are destroyed and 0 HP


Elements dome safe area in blue
Elemental bomb

Once Nex reaches 600,000 life points and all four praesuls have been killed, she will say Noooo... you cannot defeat me.. and become invulnerable, harnessing the power of her crystals to protect herself. However, this has also made them vulnerable to attacks, and thus they must be destroyed. Nex no longer uses melee attacks, meaning that she can no longer reset defensive abilities, and will only use magic attacks for the remainder of the fight, casting magic attacks whenever she is within 3 spaces of her target. She will also gain enrage stacks if she is near an attackable crystal.

In addition to this, the abilities from "Escalation" are replaced for the following:

  • Elements instant kill - Nex targets a random player with the message Nex has marked you to take the full force of the elements with large amount of smoke, shadow, blood and ice energy. A blue bar will appear above the targeted player. This is also indicated by a distinct audio cue that sounds like Nex whispering something to the affected player, along with an initial elemental pulse. When the bar fills, energy from all four pillars converges on the player. If they are not in the blue dome (which appears at the start of the phase) when the elements impact the player, they will be instantly killed. Immortality does not work against this attack, as doing so will cause the message "The sheer force of the pillars smashes through your Immortality effect!" if the player is outside the domed area. If the player dies to this attack, or triggers a sign of life, then the follow-up attack does not occur.
    • Bomb follow-up - If the player manages to reach the centre of the arena and survive the instant kill, they will be informed that the elements are boiling inside them. Like the instant-kill attack, a second blue bar appears over them, filling over time. Once this bar fills and disappears, a large elemental bomb will appear at the location the player was standing, dealing 3,000 soft typeless damage every two ticks if its radius is entered. This damage can be reduced/blocked with defensives. The bombs last indefinitely until Nex is killed. It is important to note that the pulses deal no damage if they are far from Nex.
  • Virus (Smoke crystal) - The smoke crystal allows Nex to send viruses out at players, which drains their stats and overload timers. The virus has three stages; low, medium and high, with each stage indicated with a message in the game box. At the final stage, the player's prayer points are drained based on their current prayer points, so having less points reduces the severity of the drain. This is weakened if the crystal is destroyed while the player is infected. Nex's magic attacks will also gain the ability to poison players, which deals around 1600 damage per poison hit at maximum. Antipoison potions or the Venomblood perk are recommended, as the total damage exceeds 12,000 health.
  • Shadow traps (Shadow crystal) - The shadow crystal allows Nex to place 3-4 shadow traps (similar to the shadow phase traps from the original encounter) underneath players, which will follow them around. After 3 ticks, you will take rapid hits of typeless damage (up to 4800) if you are standing on a shadow trap. Multiple shadow traps are placed for set players, so one should continually move until they ensure there are no more shadow traps under them. Players can take damage from another player's shadow trap. Players will not be notified of traps appearing, so they should look to see if any traps are under them.
  • Freeze (Ice crystal) - The ice crystal allows Nex to have the ability to use an attack similar to the icicle prison from the previous phase. An icy overlay similar to the wyvern's cave will gradually appear. If fully opaque, the player will start taking a bleed of 2,000 melee damage. Using Freedom at any stage of the opaque overlay will revert the screen back to normal, and also removes the bleed if one is being applied. Nex's magic attack will also bind players for 3 seconds if Protect/Deflect Magic is not active. If the crystal is destroyed while the screen becomes more opaque, then the screen gradually reverts back to normal.
  • Blood crystal - Until it is destroyed, Nex will be able to heal herself from her attacks.

The order of the crystals to attack is based on the order of the praesuls' death. Ideally, this order should be as follows: Umbra, Glacies, Cruor and Fumus. This allows for a fairly simple rotation, as teams simply need to go counterclockwise from the shadow crystal. This also removes the two most dangerous crystals first.

Once the last crystal is destroyed, Nex can be damaged again. Instant kills and bombs will continue to run. Once Nex dies, any drops are placed in the middle of the room, and a teleport shard spawns next to the rewards to take you out of the chamber. The shard will drop you back into the lobby room in the Ancient Prison, where you may rebank for another kill. This teleport crystal can also be searched by right-clicking it to obtain The Praesul and The Promised Gift books.

Solo base[edit | edit source]

Solo base is the more popular method of doing AoD and is beginner-friendly as each role takes on more basic responsibilities compared to duo base. The method involves a single tank (base) holding the boss's aggression for the entire fight, typically with a pack mammoth or pack yak familiar. The remaining roles are covered in the next section.

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Base tank - Holds aggro of the boss during the fight. Responsible for staying alive, and debuffing if using magic. Also responsible for positioning the boss optimally for Flanking, as well as dragging the boss away during the final phase.
  • Chinner - Clears minions after they're stacked in the middle. Responsible for holding aggro of the boss in the event that the base dies.
  • Hammer - Responsible for maintaining the Statius Warhammer affinity debuff. Apply at the start of phase 1, 3 and 4 (after last pillar is destroyed).
  • Minion lure - Binds reavers with Entangle or Ice Barrage during Phase 1. Additionally responsible for killing Amalgamations at the start of Phase 2, and luring the minion into the centre of the arena.

Minion lure[edit | edit source]

It is encouraged to learn AoD as a minion lure, as learning the most common role will allow for being able to fill teams more often. Additionally, minion lure will have exposure to mechanics, allowing for the fight to start making more sense quickly.

Supreme overload salves are especially useful at AoD, as they save inventory space and also prevent the poison effect during the last 600,000 health of the boss if Venomblood is not one of the perks in the player's augmented gear. An amulet of souls or amulet of souls (or) is used as you reach very high accuracy at AoD. If you do not 4 tick auto attack at AoD (highly encouraged to learn to 4 tick for this boss), then switches can be removed. Bladed Dive and Mobile are also useful for moving to each pillar and the centre of the arena as needed.

Each kill should be started at 100% adrenaline, which is why the presets contain an equipped ring of vigour and a wand of the Cywir elders or ancient lantern (Planted Feet switch).

You do not need more than one super restore flask as the encounter should be cleared within 3-4 minutes, and the additional prayer provided by replenishment potions and supreme overload salves will be more than enough.

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Minion lure setup (advanced)[edit | edit source]

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Hammer setup (advanced)[edit | edit source]

As hammer, your primary job is to maintain the superior Statius's warhammer debuff, and to deal as much damage as possible to ensure good phasing of the boss. This involves knowing when to hammer the boss, as well as when to focus on doing single target damage to ensure that phasing checkpoints are hit without receiving too many special attacks.

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2 rune pouches should be used to allow for Group Vengeance and Disruption Shield to be cast. Additionally, knowing how to do good damage with Melee is critical. Summoning flasks can be replaced with food if needed. Erethdor's grimoire is best in slot, but can be replaced with Saradomin's Book of Wisdom or Armadyl's Book of Law, including their illuminated variants. A vampyrism scrimshaw is strongly discouraged, but if needed, can replace a piece of food as a switch.

Chinner setup (advanced)[edit | edit source]

As the chinner, your job is to help phasing along, and clear the minions while calling the order they die in. Ranged is used in conjunction with mechanised chinchompas to do this as efficiently as possible. Additionally, the chinner is expected to Provoke the boss if the base dies for some reason, as they use the least food during the kill overall (especially due to the ability to soul split minions).

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Rune pouches are used for Disruption Shield and Group Vengeance. Hydrix bakriminel bolts (e) can be used either on Ruby bakriminel bolts (e) cooldown, or for only the last 600,000 health, depending on how sweaty you'd like to be. Food and summoning flasks can be adjusted as needed.


Solo base setup (advanced)[edit | edit source]

Responsibilities as a solo base are, positioning the boss to provide flanking, keeping the boss relatively centred, staying alive (THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT), and dragging the boss away during pillars phase so that teammates are able to Soul Split as much health as possible without getting hit by magic attacks.

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A pack mammoth should be used in conjunction with its scrolls to allow eating solids (food that drains adrenaline) without losing adrenaline. Blue blubber jellyfish and guthix rest flasks are used to be able to combo eat when burst healing is not needed. Summoning flasks are used so that your Mammoth Feast scrolls have available when needed.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

AoD is considered a DPS race with various mechanics in effect, primarily focused on area denial. In experienced teams, essentially every mechanic can be ignored, outside of icicles and elemental pulses.

In less experienced teams, the mechanics should be dealt with appropriately as they can be disastrous for the team if ignored. As more experience is gained, these mechanics can be skipped.

Elements[edit | edit source]

Do not Debilitate. When Nex starts the element spec, she will choose a quadrant, and that person will receive roughly 3500 x 3 damage. The optimal means of dealing with this spec is to turn on Soul Split , tank the first two hits, and Resonance the third. Generally, by this point, the boss will be phased. If not, switch back to Deflect Magic and finish the phase.

Reavers[edit | edit source]

An example of how to freedom entangle, including inputs.

Dominion mines should be placed before the kill to help clear the reavers. Depending on how many mines the team uses, it may be necessary to deal some damage to the reavers before phasing the boss. For higher health reavers, replace an auto attack with Entangle or Ice Barrage and deal with them appropriately. In even faster teams, it is worthwhile learning how to freedom entangle. This involves hitting your Entangle keybind and then quickly hitting your Freedom keybind, forcing an offhand auto as Entangle, binding the reaver. See Freedom entangle for more information.

Shadow orbs[edit | edit source]

Most experienced teams will not have to deal with shadow orbs as Nex is usually phased before the orbs even have a chance to appear. If they do appear, place them away from lure spots so the minion tanks can all lure the praesuls into the same tile Nex is on.

Second elements[edit | edit source]

As with shadow orbs, experienced teams should not experience a second elements attack. If this happens, it should be dealt with using Debilitate or Resonance.

Flanking Sun[edit | edit source]

An example of where to stand in order to perform the flanking surge.

In the event that you are opting for the slower Onslaught based rotation, it is encouraged to do a Flanking sun. By luring a minion directly to the middle of the octagon via Surge, the Sunshine is placed on the edges of the octagon. While this is a learner friendly tactic, the resulting Sunshine is placed too far out on the edges of the octagon whereby some minion tanks can no longer utilise Flanking in their Sunshine. In a solo base team where Nex faces west, the Umbra and Glacies minion tanks cannot Flank after they Surge without moving out of their Sunshine. Instead of standing in the octagon to line up your Surge, stand two squares diagonally away from the octagon towards your respective pillar.

  • If you are the Umbra lure, stand two squares SE away from the octagon edge.
  • If you are the Glacies lure, stand two squares NE away from the octagon edge
  • If you are the Cruor lure, stand two squares NW away from the octagon edge
  • If you are the Fumus lure, stand two squares SW away from the octagon edge.

After your minion spawns do the following: Surge then Sunshine, then walk two squares diagonal to the octagon's edge. Walking to the outer octagon edge after you Surge and Sunshine is crucial as the minion will not be mid-lured by the Surge (thus, you must ‘manually’ lure it). With your new sun, you can walk freely within your octagon quadrant to get a Flanking angle.

Smoke lines[edit | edit source]

This spec is best avoided by counting Nex's attacks; she performs 3 auto-attacks before the smoke line appears. She performs one of these attacks while in her crouching animation, so count two visible auto-attacks before moving away.

In slow/low experience teams, it is recommended to place the lines as far away as possible to avoid killing any teammates since the smoke lines can cause a slight decrease in their FPS which can prove fatal. In faster teams, simply call out which direction the smoke is coming from, especially if you are the base tank. This allows your teammates to quickly move before the smoke can hit them. The call-out phases for the smoke is "N" for north smoke and "E" for east smoke.

Note that a smoke line occupies two squares width adjacent to the direction they are coming from.

  • For the North smoke, the smoke line will occupy the north line you are standing on as well as the North line one square west of you.
  • For the East smoke, the smoke line will occupy the East line you are standing on as well as the East line one square South of you. Knowing this is crucial in safely placing a smoke line away from your teammates if you intend to stay near the octagon to continue DPSing.

Ice[edit | edit source]

If you are targeted for an ice attack, call out that you have been iced (referred to as "I"). Use Freedom and immediately move away from your teammates to avoid damaging and stunning them from the crashing icicle. Your teammates should quickly destroy the icicle before it can rack up any damage; if it does, quickly burst eat to cancel out any lost health. The damage may be reduced with protection prayers, but make sure you can flick any incoming mage attacks to avoid unnecessary damage.

Shadow pool[edit | edit source]

This mechanic is generally ignored because of their erratic spawns around the arena, which would result in lower DPS if the team went to each pool to cancel it out normally. In a seven man team, each player will take around 5357 hard typeless damage (more in smaller teams) when the pool explodes by itself. If the shadow is grabbed, then it deals 14000 hard typeless damage split across every player in the pool's radius. Regardless, the pool disables defensive abilities so be prepared to quickly burst eat to avoid being combo'ed out.

As Nex nears 610,000 health, the base tank should immediately pull her away to the last crystal in the praesul kill order while all other team members move to the first crystal on the kill order. This ensures that Nex's attacks only target the base tank, while the rest of the team is left unhindered. Doing so prevents Nex from using the crystals' effects against them, which can cause an accidental death if a team member is too careless with their movement. The Mobile perk, along with Bladed Dive and Surge are extremely vital in catching up to each crystal as the kill order continues, minimising time to reach each one. The gap between each crystal is roughly 25 spaces each.

Bombs[edit | edit source]

First three Pillars[edit | edit source]

Bombs will be obtained at random intervals throughout the fight. When this happens, immediately head to the shield dome in the centre of the arena to block the attack. The attack only kills if the player is not within the shielded dome as the elements hit them. With experience, a player can one-tick the attack by using Bladed Dive or Surge into the shield dome before the elements hit the player. Inexperienced players should instead make their way to the centre immediately to avoid being killed by the attack.

Last Pillar[edit | edit source]

Place your Sunshine or Death's Swiftness at max cast distance away from the corner of the arena. If the entire team does this, bombs can be places on the edges of the arena without jeopardising your teammates ultimates. This allows for quick bomb placements and quick access back to your sun after you safely place a bomb.

Ability rotations[edit | edit source]

Note: If Detonate is listed twice in quick succession, this means the first instance is to start channeling to full, and the second instance is to release. See Stalling with target if learning Detonate rotations.

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Limitless[edit | edit source]

Sunshine.png Replenishment potion (6).png Limitless.pngAir Surge icon.png Wild Magic.pngAsphyxiate.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngConcentrated Blast.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngWild Magic.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.pngImpact.pngFreedom.png Entangle icon.png

Detonate[edit | edit source]

Sunshine.png Enhanced replenishment potion (6).pngFreedom.pngLimitless.png Detonate.pngAir Surge icon.png Detonate.png Wild Magic.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngDeep Impact.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.pngAsphyxiate.pngWild Magic.pngFreedom.png Entangle icon.png

Alternate Detonate[edit | edit source]

Sunshine.png Enhanced replenishment potion (6).pngFreedom.png ▸ (If no Impatient Proc) ▸ Limitless.pngDetonate.pngAir Surge icon.png Detonate.png Dragon Breath.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngDeep Impact.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngWild Magic.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Impact.pngDeep Impact.png

Amalgamation[edit | edit source]

No Detonate[edit | edit source]

Vulnerability icon.png Wild Magic.pngCorruption Blast.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.png ▸ Target Nex ▸ Dragon Breath.png

Detonate[edit | edit source]

Detonate.pngChannel to 100%Vulnerability icon.png Detonate.png Corruption Blast.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.png ▸ Target Nex ▸ Dragon Breath.png
If Fumus Amalgamation is still low ▸ Chain.png

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Air Surge icon.png Wild Magic.pngTuska's Wrath.pngSurge.png ▸ Improvise to phase

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

RS3 Ability Sunshine as Damage Reduction is about to end. Time your RS3 Ability Anticipation to avoid the stun from the minion, so that RS3 Ability Freedom remains off cooldown if you get iced. From there, do the sunshine rotation without an adrenaline potion that you can, and focus on phasing the boss as quickly as possible, while freeing teammates if they are iced.

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Statius's warhammer.png Weapon Special attack.pngDismember.pngZaros godsword.png Weapon Special attack.pngBackhand.pngDecimate.pngSever.pngAssault.pngDecimate.pngCleave.pngDestroy (ability).pngBackhand.pngDismember.pngDecimate.pngCleave.pngSever.png

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Berserk.pngReplenishment potion (6).pngAnticipation.pngFreedom.png ▸ Remove Mobile ▸ Greater Barge.pngAssault.pngBackhand.pngDestroy (ability).pngGreater Flurry.png ▸ Cancel with ▸ Decimate.png

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

Statius's warhammer.png Weapon Special attack.pngBlood Tendrils.pngDismember.pngZaros godsword.png Weapon Special attack.png ▸ 188s/Thresholds ▸ Build to Berserk ▸ Berserk.png ▸ 188s/Thresholds until phased

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Death's Swiftness.png Replenishment potion (6).png Freedom.png ▸ Auto ▸ Needle Strike.pngShadow Tendrils.pngGreater Dazing Shot.pngBinding Shot.png ▸ wait a tick ▸ Eldritch crossbow.png Weapon Special attack.png ▸ Auto ▸ Snipe.pngCorruption Shot.pngGreater Dazing Shot.pngSnap Shot.pngRapid Fire.pngGreater Dazing Shot.png

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Needle Strike.png ▸ Prephase ▸ Snipe.pngSnap Shot.png ▸ Target Umbra Amalgamation ▸ Corruption Shot.png ▸ Target Glacies Amalgamation ▸ Needle Strike.png ▸ Target Nex ▸ Rapid Fire.pngNeedle Strike.pngBinding Shot.pngDeath's Swiftness.png

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

During Phase 2 to Phase 3 Transition[edit | edit source]

Anticipation.pngDeath's Swiftness.png ▸ Tag a minion + DW Auto ▸ Ricochet.pngCorruption Shot.png

Start of Phase 3[edit | edit source]

Freedom.png ▸ (For OH and 2H Auto) ▸ Mechanised chinchompa.pngSnipe.pngBinding Shot.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnap Shot.pngRapid Fire.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnipe.pngTight Bindings.pngBinding Shot.pngBlightbound crossbow.pngNeedle Strike.png ▸ Auto ▸ Shadow Tendrils.pngCorruption Shot.pngSnipe.pngSnap Shot.pngLimitless.pngRapid Fire.pngTight Bindings.png ▸ Improvise

Alternate Phase 3 with Hydrix Proc[edit | edit source]

Mechanised chinchompa.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnipe.pngBinding Shot.pngSnap Shot.pngRapid Fire.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnipe.pngTight Bindings.pngBlightbound crossbow.pngNeedle Strike.png ▸ Auto ▸ Shadow Tendrils.pngBinding Shot.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnipe.pngSnap Shot.pngRapid Fire.png ▸ Improvise

Duo base[edit | edit source]

Considered an advanced strategy, duo base AoD is only recommended for those who are capable of doing the boss to a reasonable level in solo base teams. Due to Provoke juggling and near tanking, it is possible to get faster times in duo base, but this should be considered against higher food usage and difficulty. Additionally, the expectation of damage on the base 1 and base 2 is significantly higher than the expectations of a solo base. As such, it is recommended to only do duo base teams if the team is capable of getting consistent sub 3:30 times.

Roles[edit | edit source]

  • Base 1 - Meleer who holds aggro of the boss during Phase 1, Phase 3, and Last 600k. Responsible for maintaining the Statius Warhammer affinity debuff. Apply at start, 1.8m, and last 600k (after last pillar dies).
  • Base 2 - Ranger who holds aggro of the boss during Phase 2 and Pillars. Clears minions after they're stacked in the middle. Responsible for holding aggro of the boss in the event that the base dies.
  • Free mage - Responsible for maintaining Vulnerability on the boss and on pillars. Responsible for doing as much damage as possible to help phasing along.
  • Minion lure - Binds reavers with Entangle or Ice Barrage during Phase 1. Additionally responsible for killing Amalgamations at the start of Phase 2, and luring the minion into the centre of the arena. Identical to solo base.

Base 1[edit | edit source]

The B1 is the meleer, and is responsible for holding aggression during phases 1 and 3 as well the last 600,000 health after pillars are dead. Additionally, the B1 is responsible for phasing during phase 2 with the usage of Berserk, as well as maintaining the Statius's warhammer debuff on the boss.

Berserker aura.png
Custom-fit trimmed masterwork helm (used).png
Erethdor's grimoire.png
TokHaar-Kal-Ket.png
Amulet of souls (or).png
50Armour spikes (alloy).png
Augmented superior Statius's warhammer.png
Augmented Custom-fit Trimmed Masterwork Platebody.png
Augmented kalphite defender.png
Augmented Custom-fit Trimmed Masterwork Platelegs.png
Deathtouch bracelet.png
Custom-fit trimmed masterwork boots.png
Ring of vigour.png
Augmented off-hand drygore rapier.pngAugmented Zaros godsword.pngAugmented off-hand drygore longsword.pngRing of death.png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngSuper restore flask (6).pngAugmented khopesh of Tumeken.pngAugmented khopesh of Elidinis.png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngReplenishment potion (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngSupreme overload salve (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Summoning flask (6).pngSummoning flask (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Augmented enhanced Excalibur.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngSealed large rune pouch (red).pngSealed large rune pouch (blue).png
Dominion mine.png2Sailfish soup.pngSuper Saradomin brew flask (6).pngSuper Saradomin brew flask (6).png

Base 2[edit | edit source]

As B2, your job is to hold aggression of the boss during phase 2, allowing the B1 to Berserk, as well as holding the boss during pillars, helping the B1 not use all their food and allowing them to Berserk the second and third pillars. Beyond this, it is crucial to clear minions quickly to prevent minion lures from getting second stuns. On phases 1 and 2 your job is to do damage and help phasing along. During phase 3, switch to mechanised chinchompas to clear minions with AoE.

Reckless aura.png
Sirenic mask.png
Erethdor's grimoire.png
TokHaar-Kal-Xil.png
Amulet of souls (or).png
50Ruby bakriminel bolts (e) 5.png
Augmented Shadow glaive.png
Augmented sirenic hauberk.png
Augmented vengeful kiteshield.png
Augmented sirenic chaps.png
Nightmare gauntlets.png
Flarefrost boots.png
Ring of vigour.png
Augmented off-hand ascension crossbow.pngAugmented Seren godbow.pngAugmented Eldritch crossbow.pngRing of death.png
Super restore flask (6).pngMechanised chinchompa.png5Augmented Blightbound crossbow.pngAugmented Off-hand Blightbound crossbow.png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngReplenishment potion (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngHydrix bakriminel bolts (e) 5.png50
Guthix rest flask (6).pngSupreme overload salve (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Summoning flask (6).pngSummoning flask (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Augmented enhanced Excalibur.pngAugmented khopesh of Tumeken.pngSealed large rune pouch (red).pngSealed large rune pouch (blue).png
Dominion mine.png2Sailfish soup.pngSuper Saradomin brew flask (6).pngSuper Saradomin brew flask (6).png

Free mage[edit | edit source]

The free mage has no tanking role and is responsible for keeping Vulnerability applied on Nex, the pillars, and optionally the Umbra and Glacies minions. It's duties also includes speeding up phase 2, helping to clear the Shadow amalgamation, and holding aggression during pillars if the B2 dies.

Maniacal aura.png
Tectonic mask.png
Superior scrimshaw of the elements.png
TokHaar-Kal-Mej.png
Amulet of souls (or).png
Sealed large rune pouch.png
Augmented wand of the praesul.png
Augmented tectonic robe top.png
Augmented ancient lantern.png
Augmented tectonic robe bottom.png
Deathtouch bracelet.png
Blast diffusion boots.png
Ring of vigour.png
Dragon Rider amulet.pngAugmented staff of Sliske.pngAugmented seismic singularity.pngRing of death.png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngSuper restore flask (6).pngAugmented imperium core.pngGuthix staff.png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngReplenishment potion (6).pngSuper Saradomin brew flask (6).pngSuper Saradomin brew flask (6).png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngSupreme overload salve (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Summoning flask (6).pngAugmented enhanced Excalibur.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Summoning flask (6).pngAugmented khopesh of Tumeken.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Summoning flask (6).pngDominion mine.png2Blue blubber jellyfish.pngSailfish soup.png
    • The free mage typically uses the Normal Spellbook to facilitate easy access to Vulnerability. However, this may be swapped out Ancients if the player is comfortable enough with Spellbook Swap.

Minion lure[edit | edit source]

Minion luring is identical in responsibility and execution in both team compositions.

Minion lure setup (advanced)[edit | edit source]

Maniacal aura.png
Tectonic mask.png
Superior scrimshaw of the elements.png
TokHaar-Kal-Mej.png
Amulet of souls (or).png
Sealed large rune pouch (black).png
Augmented wand of the praesul.png
Augmented tectonic robe top.png
Augmented ancient lantern.png
Augmented tectonic robe bottom.png
Deathtouch bracelet.png
Blast diffusion boots.png
Ring of vigour.png
Dragon Rider amulet.pngAugmented staff of Sliske.pngAugmented seismic singularity.pngRing of death.png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngSuper restore flask (6).pngAugmented imperium core.pngGuthix staff.png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngReplenishment potion (6).pngSuper Saradomin brew flask (6).pngSuper Saradomin brew flask (6).png
Guthix rest flask (6).pngSupreme overload salve (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Summoning flask (6).pngSummoning flask (6).pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Augmented enhanced Excalibur.pngAugmented khopesh of Tumeken.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.pngBlue blubber jellyfish.png
Large rune pouch (red).pngLarge rune pouch (blue).pngDominion mine.png2Sailfish soup.png

Strategies[edit | edit source]

Aside from the obvious features of duo base strategies, including near tanking on pillars and having two tanks, there are some minor differences to how each phase is handled that are important to know and be able to optimise. Some of them are applicable to solo base teams as well but are listed in this section due to being far more common in duo base.

The B1 starts off tanking the boss with the B2 using Provoke right before the elements spec. The bases are then typically positioned with the B1 directly south of the boss and the B2 directly north. Upon phasing into phase 2, the B2 will maintain and hold aggression until the beginning of phase 3. During this time, the free mage helps to clear the Umbra lure's amalgamation while the B2 helps the Glacies and Cruor lures. During phase 3, the B1 will start by voking the boss back and holding aggression for the remainder of the phase. 3 Auto attacks after Nex's first spec in the phase, the B1 should Slaughter and walk the boss south 2 squares. This allows for a smoke line to be placed on top of the B1's original position, as well as for any other bleeds to be walked, considering they do this properly.

Smoke lines[edit | edit source]

With the restricted mobility of the bases, learning to place a safe smoke line becomes far more important.

A north-south line placed directly West of another player is safe

An east-west line placed directly South of another player is safe

This is the most troublesome phase for this method of doing AoD, as the boss is constantly hitting the entire team for the remainder of the kill. Nevertheless, the focus should still be on outputting damage while spam eating food. Super saradomin brew flasks are extremely good here as they provide ample healing while not having a big enough impact to drop hit chance on the pillars below 100%. Players should still look for any opportunities to drink summoning flasks whenever possible and remember to call their steel titans on each pillar. Once the Umbra pillar is dead, it becomes much safer to be lower health and clearing the Glacies pillar opens up the option to Soul Split flick.

Bombs[edit | edit source]

Bombs can no longer be placed on top of the dps pile as the boss is in range for them to deal damage. A player who has a bomb should place it along the wall near the currently active pillar while the rest of the team should avoid standing near walls. Resonance can be used when moving to the middle to conserve food. Once the team reaches the last pillar, any available space along the nearby walls should be reserved for bomb placement. It's important to not waste too much time out of Sunshine or Death's Swiftness to place a bomb, so use proper judgement to prevent DPS loss or killing a teammate.

Ability rotations[edit | edit source]

Note: If Detonate is listed twice in quick succession, this means the first instance is to start channelling to full, and the second instance is to release. See Stalling with target if learning Detonate rotations.

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Limitless[edit | edit source]

Sunshine.png Replenishment potion (6).png Limitless.pngAir Surge icon.png Wild Magic.pngAsphyxiate.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngConcentrated Blast.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngWild Magic.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.pngImpact.pngFreedom.png Entangle icon.png

Detonate[edit | edit source]

Sunshine.png Freedom.png Enhanced replenishment potion (6).pngLimitless.pngDetonate.pngDetonate.png Wild Magic.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngDeep Impact.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.pngAsphyxiate.pngWild Magic.pngFreedom.png Entangle icon.png

Alternate Detonate[edit | edit source]

Sunshine.png Enhanced replenishment potion (6).pngFreedom.png ▸ (If no Impatient Proc) ▸ Limitless.pngAir Surge icon.png Detonate.pngDetonate.png Dragon Breath.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngDeep Impact.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngWild Magic.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Impact.pngDeep Impact.png

Amalgamation[edit | edit source]

No Detonate[edit | edit source]

Vulnerability icon.png Wild Magic.pngCorruption Blast.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.png ▸ Target Nex ▸ Dragon Breath.png

Detonate[edit | edit source]

Detonate.pngChannel to 100%Vulnerability icon.png Detonate.png Corruption Blast.pngAir Surge icon.png Wild Magic.png ▸ Target Nex ▸ Dragon Breath.png

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Air Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngWild Magic.pngSurge.png ▸ Improvise to phase

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

RS3 Ability Sunshine as Damage Reduction is about to end. Time your RS3 Ability Anticipation to avoid the stun from the minion, so that RS3 Ability Freedom remains off cooldown if you get iced. From there, do the sunshine rotation without an adrenaline potion that you can, and focus on phasing the boss as quickly as possible, while freeing teammates if they are iced.

Sunshine.pngAir Surge icon.png Impact.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngAnticipation.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Wild Magic.pngConcentrated Blast.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngDeep Impact.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Wild Magic.png

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Sunshine.png Replenishment potion (6).png Freedom.pngDetonate.png ▸ Channel to 100% ▸ Vulnerability icon.png Detonate.png Wild Magic.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.pngAsphyxiate.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngDeep Impact.pngAir Surge icon.png Wild Magic.pngImpact.pngDragon Breath.png

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Detonate.png ▸ Channel to 100% ▸ for 3 hits ▸ Corruption Blast.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Impact.pngWild Magic.png

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

Air Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.png Asphyxiate.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Wild Magic.pngCombust.png or Corruption Blast.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngDeep Impact.pngAir Surge icon.png Sonic Wave.pngDragon Breath.pngAir Surge icon.png Concentrated Blast.pngImpact.pngAir Surge icon.pngAsphyxiate.pngWild Magic.png

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Statius's warhammer.png Weapon Special attack.pngDismember.pngZaros godsword.png Weapon Special attack.pngCleave.pngDecimate.pngAssault.pngCleave.pngDecimate.pngHurricane.pngGreater Fury.pngBackhand.pngRS3 Ability Freedom for OH and 2H Auto, due to adren gain ▸ Decimate.pngSever.pngCleave.png

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Build to 100 ▸ Berserk.pngReplenishment potion (6).pngFreedom.png ▸ Remove Mobile ▸ Greater Barge.pngCleave.pngBackhand.pngDestroy (ability).pngSever.pngAssault.pngStatius's warhammer.png Weapon Special attack.png ▸ 188s to Phase

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

DW ▸ Storm Shards.pngFreedom.png ▸ Fillers until GCD before Phase ▸ Dismember.png ▸ 188s ▸ Blood Tendrils.png ▸ 188s ▸ Zaros godsword.png Weapon Special attack.png ▸ Do damage to phase (Prioritise Assault.png over Destroy (ability).png to help manage cooldowns for pillars)

Phase 1[edit | edit source]

Death's Swiftness.png Replenishment potion (6).png Freedom.png ▸ Auto ▸ Needle Strike.pngShadow Tendrils.pngGreater Dazing Shot.pngBinding Shot.png ▸ wait a tick ▸ Eldritch crossbow.png Weapon Special attack.png ▸ Auto ▸ Snipe.pngCorruption Shot.pngGreater Dazing Shot.pngSnap Shot.pngRapid Fire.pngGreater Dazing Shot.png

Phase 2[edit | edit source]

Prephase ▸ Snipe.pngSnap Shot.png ▸ Target Glacies Amalgamation ▸ Corruption Shot.pngGreater Dazing Shot.png ▸ Target Cruor Amalgamation ▸ Target Nex ▸ Rapid Fire.pngTuska's Wrath.png

Phase 3[edit | edit source]

During Phase 2 to Phase 3 Transition[edit | edit source]

Anticipation.pngDeath's Swiftness.png ▸ Tag a minion + DW Auto ▸ Ricochet.pngCorruption Shot.png

Start of Phase 3[edit | edit source]

Freedom.png ▸ (For OH and 2H Auto) ▸ Mechanised chinchompa.pngSnipe.pngBinding Shot.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnap Shot.pngRapid Fire.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnipe.pngTight Bindings.pngBinding Shot.pngBlightbound crossbow.pngNeedle Strike.png ▸ Auto ▸ Shadow Tendrils.pngCorruption Shot.pngSnipe.pngSnap Shot.pngLimitless.pngRapid Fire.pngTight Bindings.png ▸ Improvise

Alternate Phase 3 with Hydrix Proc[edit | edit source]

Mechanised chinchompa.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnipe.pngBinding Shot.pngSnap Shot.pngRapid Fire.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnipe.pngTight Bindings.pngBlightbound crossbow.pngNeedle Strike.png ▸ Auto ▸ Shadow Tendrils.pngBinding Shot.pngNeedle Strike.pngSnipe.pngSnap Shot.pngRapid Fire.png ▸ Improvise

Miscellaneous information[edit | edit source]

There are several niche combat tricks and game mechanics that are useful to know at AoD. These may be focused on increasing damage up-time on the boss or to prevent/fix any potential mistakes that may occur. This section is dedicated to documenting these important tactics that were either not covered or only referenced briefly in the main guide. Any phase 1 rotation in this guide that utilises a defensive ability to build adrenaline before the kill is heavily tied to Stalling with target.

Freedom entangle[edit | edit source]

Freedom entangling with inputs

Casting Freedom with dual-wield weapons equipped will force a lossless off-hand auto attack. In the case of Magic, this can be used to cast Entangle and Vulnerability instantly without having to 4 tick auto attack. This is primarily applicable on the Blood reavers that spawn during phase 1, allowing you to entangle them after you have finished your ability rotation, as opposed to giving up an auto attack. The free mage can also use this to apply Vulnerability to targets rapidly during phase 2, while the other combat styles can simply use this for faster Adrenaline gain.

Select target ▸ Entangle icon.pngFreedom.png
Select target ▸ Ice Barrage.pngFreedom.png
Select target ▸ Vulnerability icon.pngFreedom.png

Stalling with target[edit | edit source]

Many of the phase 1 rotations given in this guide list a defensive ability after Sunshine or Death's Swiftness. This allows you to gain an additional 8% (11% in the case Impatient procs) Adrenaline losslessly before Nex becomes targetable. This can improve the quality of your phase 1 rotation and allows you to execute the Detonate rotations for Magic. However, this involves a strict set of circumstances to set up properly.
To stall with target you must:

  • Not drop combat from the previous kill or a combat dummy placed in the bank area
  • To do the previous step you must Adrenaline stall until you cast Sunshine or Death's Swiftness
  • Do not attempt to cast an offensive ability while stalling or you will get the "You don't have a target." message, dropping your target stall
  • In the 10 seconds leading up to casting your ultimate ability, you must only stall with Surge, Escape, or Bladed Dive

If you have done this successfully, you will gain Adrenaline for your first defensive ability after using your ultimate ability
If doing the Detonate rotations, you must also attempt to cast an offensive ability after you have already gained Adrenaline from your defensive ability, receiving the "You don't have a target." message. Otherwise, Detonate will cost 30% Adrenaline due to an unintended interaction. If done properly this will look like:

Bladed Dive.png Surge.png Escape.png ▸ 100% Adrenaline ▸ Sunshine.png Enhanced replenishment potion (6).png ▸ Any defensive basic ability ▸ 48% Adrenaline ▸ Any offensive ability ▸ Limitless.png Detonate.png ▸ 33% Adrenaline ▸ Target Nex ▸ Air Surge icon.png Detonate.png ▸ Continue rotation

Off-centre minions[edit | edit source]

Diagram for showing which squares AoE abilities will hit when targeting Nex; the black square shows the area where a minion must be pulled to in order to relure it

For NPCs that occupy more than a 1x1 space, the "centre" square for said target will be the South-West most square. For Nex, she occupies a 3x3 space and her "centre" square is the South-West most square. When you are attacking with mechanised chinchompas, the 3x3 area-of-effect (AoE) from the chins will protrude from Nex's centre (the South-West square). This means that if all minions are lured correctly and standing in the centre of the octagon underneath Nex, they will be hit by the chin AoE. However, if a minion is mislured standing too far North or East (away from the Nex's South-West "centre") the chin AoE will not reach the mislured minion. As the chinner, you should be aware of this and be prepared to single-target minions if any happened to be mislured.

As a minion lure, you should also be aware of this and be prepared to fix a mislured minion. This is mostly relevant to the Glacies and Cruor lures as the minions located North of Nex are at the greatest risk of being mislured. To fix a mislured minion, it must be pulled anywhere on to the 3x3 area pictured. In the common case of minions stuck too far north of Nex, simply step one square away horizontally from your minion to fix it. If you notice that another minion has been mislured, you can also opt to Shock, Demoralise, or Kick it into place, although this should be considered against losing the cooldown on their respective Flanking abilities.

Recentring[edit | edit source]

An example of a B1 recentring Angel of Death.

Off-centre Nex no longer happens randomly after an update but can still occur due to player error. In this case, knowing how to recentre the boss effectively becomes important in maintaining the quality of the kill. The consistent method of doing this is to step into the centre square of the arena and then move directly opposite of where Nex ends up. Most of the time she will end up diagonal from the centre and must be recentred by moving appropriately away. For experienced players, this can be condensed into a single movement as long as Nex is more than one square off centre.