Sparring with Ingvar

We are just dragging out this final showdown with Ingvar the Plunderer as long as we can it seems.  Utgarde Keep first appeared in a post here back in November.  Ingvar might die of old age before we actually slay him.

You see, Saturday night rolled around again and there were only four of us standing there in the Utgarde Keep foyer.  We were short a gnome!  Those on the scene were:

72 Priest – Skronk
72 Mage – Ula
73 Warrior – Earlthecat
74 Paladin – Vikund

And as we sat there wondering if Bung was out for the night, we decided to take a peek into the instance, to warm up a bit against some real mobs.

The first fight went smoothly and yielded a nice blue drop, the Skein Woven Mantle.

Blue on the First Fight

Blue on the First Fight

That seemed to be a good omen, so on we went, just to see how far into the instance the four of us could get.

We got through the forge, past the proto-drakes, and even managed to take out the foursome that stands before the first boss.

And there we were staring at Prince Keleseth.  He had been tough for us every time as a group of five in the past and Bung was still a no show.

Gaff logged in with his level 70 druid just as we were getting to Prince K and we thought we might have somebody to fill the empty slot in our party, but it was late for him and he had already had a long evening in EVE Online and just wanted to say hello.  Plus he admitted he was mildly disturbed to find that I had a character that was higher level than him, an unusual set of circumstances.

So we said good night to Gaff and pondered Prince K.   Since we were there, we thought we might as well give it a shot.

The first time we wiped, but it was close.  The wrong people got hit with the ice block to keep us going.  Being close, we decided to give it another run and on the second try we brought him down.

Prince K, Dead Again

Prince K, Dead Again

He was kind enough to drop Keleseth’s Balde of Evocation again, which proved to be an upgrade for Skronk.

After that we rolled along, cleaning up the groups of mobs, heading further into the instance until we were faced with the second boss fight with Skarvald the Constructor and Dalronn the Controller.  These two gave us a lot of trouble in the past, until we learned the trick of bringing the whole group close in for the fight.  That keeps Skarvald’s annoying charge attack at bay.  Even with a foursome, we smote the pair in one quick fight.

Skarvald Down

Skarvald Down

You can see Earl wearing the Arm Blade of Augelmir that Skarvald dropped.  A unique looking weapon.

After that we knew we were going to make it to Ingvar the Plunderer.  But would we be able to take him with just the four of us.

The answer was no.

We went at him three times.  We got close on the last two fights, close enough that we could see Ingvar’s remaining hitpoints would have been more than taken care of with the DPS Bung has been putting out.  But we couldn’t quite pull it off ourselves.

So we called it a night.

Not a bad night.  We did well as a group of four and ended up with three usable blue drops which, frankly, is three more than we get some nights.

It seems that you may have to read at least one more post about Utgarde Keep.  Maybe in a couple weeks I’ll actually have a post about us in The Nexus.

8 thoughts on “Sparring with Ingvar

  1. Darraxus

    I enjoy reading about your instancing exploits. Ingvarr should be doable with 4 people providing two things. Run through him when he does the dark smash so you dont get hit, then reposition yourself like you tanked him previously. The other is for the healer to stop casting when he busts out with his roar. Nexus will probably be a bit more of a challenge for you guys. More bosses and a slightly higher level.


  2. smakendahed

    The Prince? You can attack the ice block to free whoever is frozen. Yeah, it hurts when your healer is in the ice block, but if everyone else turns and chops away, you should break the block before anyone dies. :$

    Ingvar? What Darraxus said.

    He does a wind up, when he does, step through him. Do not stand there and take it – he’s sort of locked in facing so you can step through then back once the smash is done.

    The Roar will put silence anyone casting for a short time.

    It’s best to pull him back to the part where you first see him – edge of the platform.

    You’re going to have fun with Nexus. I won’t spoil anything but it’s harder than Utgarde (IMO) because some of the fights will become impossible if you don’t have the DPS. :)


  3. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    Hrmm, the fight summary for Ingvar I read said not to run through him, but to use the pillars to break line of sight, which also broke line of site for the priest which lead to issues getting heals, which in turn lead to Ingvar’s ghost pounding the snot out of us in detail.


  4. Darraxus

    I never do the pillar method even in Heroic. I find it easier just to run thru him and then pull him back to where he was being tanked. It is much faster and much less awkward than doing the pillar method.


  5. pockie

    Great job clearing to him with only 4 people, that is a nice accomplishment and great improvement over your previous attempts.

    As for Ingvar, I think you guys would have gotten him if you had modified your strat a bit.

    Smash (not dark smash) isn’t even really a frontal arc, its a cone like shockwave. This means you don’t even need to run behind him, I just strafe to his side to avoid it.

    The only thing that can be los’d is his roar, but as you noticed it leads to potential complications for your healer if you pillar dance to avoid it. Dark smash can’t be avoided in any way, so you just have to eat the stun :| This means for his undead form we never hide behind pillars, just pop all cooldowns and try to kill him fast.

    The thing that creams us sometimes is his flying axe whirlwind and inattentive melee >.<


  6. Boris

    What is the KEEP THIS/SELL THIS Ironhelm messages I see in the chat? Is that from an addon? Oh, it’s probably SHEEP/KILL? Anyway, where is that coming from?



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