Forges of Khazad-Dum: Brief desc of hard mode

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Forges of Khazad-Dum: Brief desc of hard mode

Post by Xelissa » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:11 pm

From http://forums.lotro.com/showthread.php?p=2965831

Hard-Mode Forges:

Hard Mode for this fight does not activate until the first boss is dead. From then on, you are timed and need to kill the final boss before that timer expires.

The thing you want to notice on the final boss is that he has a buff on him with negates incoming light and fire damage by 100%. This goes on and off, switching with a -10 or 20% incoming buff...but either way light and fire damage is a bad idea. Actually, using a common damage weapon works rather well.

The fight itself has 3 waves, the first two being very easy. Drop the troll adds, then go all out on the boss...tank and spank. Watch out that you don't get knocked back into the lava or lava waterfalls....they hurt. The trouble comes in wave 3:

The boss will run off to the side of the center building, and jets of fire will rotate around the building. If you run with the boss as he scripts right away, you can get behind the first wave of jets and buy yourself some extra time to DPS. You need to stay ahead of the jets while at the same time DPSing the boss. You will get 1 or 2 trolls here...if there's 2 you need to kill at least one, depending on the CC in your class. It's normally quicker to just mez/chain fear one. I've found that the quickest way to get him down is an all yellow CJ...just make sure not to apply any slows to the boss or he'll start lagging behind in the flame jets.

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Post by bluexy » Sat Mar 07, 2009 4:51 pm

Also, there's a trick (exploit) that let's you skip all the way to the last boss, except for a few groups of mobs. During the first boss fight there's a track, currently blocked by a bunch of rocks, that goes down on the far side of the platform, left side. After fighting the boss for a bit some trash mobs will break the rocks, allowing you to run on. It only lasts for a few seconds, so make sure you get everyone through. None of the other bosses will activate as you run down.

Since you never kill the first boss, the timer for hard-mode never starts. So you can kill the last boss at your leisure.

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