Still One Kunark Boss to go on Fippy Darkpaw

Which surprises me, since the forums seemed to think the whole thing would be wrapped up in 72 hours.  But the last required quest, The Staff of the Four, was only completed on the 14th.

Of course, the main topic on the progression server forums right now is how out of balance the Shadow Knight ability Harm Touch is at the moment.  Somebody posted an example:

[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Caleros begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Caleros hit Trakanon for 2751 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Elesh begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Elesh hit Trakanon for 2751 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Luminescent’s song ends.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Ultralisk begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Ultralisk hit Trakanon for 2751 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Brosex begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Brosex hit Trakanon for 2586 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Gotterdamerung begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Gotterdamerung hit Trakanon for 2751 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Matta begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Matta hit Trakanon for 2751 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Dannin begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Dannin hit Trakanon for 3301 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Terminator begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Terminator hit Trakanon for 3081 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Minimax begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Minimax hit Trakanon for 2861 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Velvett begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Velvett hit Trakanon for 2751 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Abusive begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Abusive hit Trakanon for 2806 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Wargrade begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Wargrade hit Trakanon for 2751 points of non-melee damage.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon writhes in the grip of agony.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Trakanon has been slain by Wargrade!
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Merrdox begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Merrdox begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Senni begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Senni begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Senni begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:45 2011] Ravisher begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:46 2011] Reaperr begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:46 2011] Reaperr begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:46 2011] Alfred begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:46 2011] Daiken begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:46 2011] Daiken begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:46 2011] Allahlav begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:46 2011] Allahlav begins to cast a spell.
[Wed Jun 15 03:21:46 2011] <SYSTEMWIDE_MESSAGE>: Trakanon has been defeated by a group of hardy adventurers! Please join us in congratulating Caleros along with everyone else who participated in this achievement!

That is something like 32K points of damage done with a coordinated Shadow Knight Harm Touch attack.

Elapsed time: 1 second

This is how bosses go down so quickly it seems.

The SOE team is starting to sit up and take notice of the issue.  Sort of.

Well, they have started herding all of the posts on the subject into a single Harm Touch thread.

We shall see what comes of this.

3 responses to “Still One Kunark Boss to go on Fippy Darkpaw

  1. What’s a reasonable amount of damage for 12 people to spike a boss with in one second in EQ? I don’t have the context to interpret the “32k” number.

  2. I can’t tell you any first hand details, never having done the encounter myself, but I gather that this is supposed to be a tough raid level encounter, Trakanon being a level 65 dragon in an expansion with a level cap of 60. A dozen shadow knights, who are probably not even level 60 yet (the person who did 3301 damage might be, so the rest probably are not) should not be able to down this encounter in a coordinated 1 second blast.

    But the old school players are up in arms on the forum about this.

  3. So I had a bit of a read of that thread. I gather that Harm Touch is balanced by having a very long cooldown, and this balance has been thrown askew by large groups of Shadow Knights using third-party software to launch a coordinated nuke the instant a boss spawns?

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