Talon King Ikiss

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BossTalon King Ikiss
Image of Talon King Ikiss
Gender Male
Race Arakkoa (Humanoid)
Level 69 - 72 Elite
Class Mage
Health
580,461
5H113,000
Mana 37,500 - 42,186
Wealth 42s 45c
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Sethekk cult
Occupation Leader of the Sethekk cult
Location Halls of Mourning, Sethekk Halls, Auchindoun
Status Killable
Sethekk Halls

Darkweaver Syth
Anzu (heroic)
Talon King Ikiss

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Other Auchindoun instances

Talon King Ikiss (pronounced Eye-kiss), the level 69 boss of Sethekk Halls in Auchindoun, is one of the leaders of the Sethekk, along with Darkweaver Syth.

Together, they led the exodus of the Sethekk from Skettis to the ruins of Auchindoun. Although a charismatic leader at the beginning, Ikiss has since descended into madness.[1]

He now openly proclaims that he is Terokk reborn and expects the arakkoa to bow down to him as their ruler.

History

Ikiss was once a respected sage of the Adherents of Rukhmar, but he began to research the truth behind Terokk's downfall, which had been covered up by the Adherents. One day Ikiss sought out the Outcast sage Reshad to receive a scroll from him, one detailing the true history of Terokk and the arakkoa and not the lies from the Adherents, but he was found by Adherent soldiers and captured. Before he was taken, Ikiss ranted and raved to an arakkoa named Viryx that it was all a lie.[2]

Ikiss was banished by the Adherents and thrown into the pools at the Sethekk Hollow, mutating him and transforming him into a broken, flightless arakkoa. After his fall, Ikiss became completely obsessed with Terokk and thought himself to be Terokk's reincarnation. For a time he and his followers worshiped Sethe, whose power was able to dominate the raven god Anzu, but eventually they turned to the Summoned Old God.

Some years later, Ikiss and the Sethekk misinterpreted the destruction of Auchindoun caused by Murmur's summoning as the arrival of their Old God master on the planet. Taking his followers, Ikiss led them to a wing of Auchindoun that they named the Sethekk Halls.

Adventure Guide

Talon King Ikiss was the charismatic spiritual leader of the daring group of arakkoa which left their home in the Terokkar forest in search of a "promised god." He had received dreams of this god as he slept and knew that revelation lay within the crumbling halls of Auchindoun. Ikiss was driven insane by the visions and now declares himself to be Terokk reborn a divine hero from arakkoa myth.

Attacks and abilities

  • Spell nature wispsplode.png  Arcane Explosion Deadly — When Talon King Ikiss reaches 80%, 50%, and 25% remaining health, he blinks to a player's location and begins to cast Arcane Explosion. Arcane Explosion inflicts 5088 to 5912 Arcane damage to all players withing 0 yards that are in Talon King Ikiss' line of sight.
  • Spell arcane starfire.png  Arcane Volley — Talon King Ikiss hurls a volley of Arcane bolts at all players within 0 yards, inflicting Arcane damage.
  • Spell nature polymorph.png  Polymorph Magic Effect — Talon King Ikiss transforms a player into a sheep, forcing them to wander around for up to 6 sec. While wandering, the sheep cannot attack or cast spells. Any damage will transform the player back into its normal form.
  • Spell shadow detectlesserinvisibility.png  Mana Shield Magic Effect — Talon King Ikiss shields himself, absorbing 10000 damage.
  • Spell nature slow.png  Slow Magic Effect — Talon King Ikiss slows all players within 0 yards, reducing their attack and movement speed for 8 sec.

Strategy

Found at map location 3

Ikiss has low armor and his melee attacks are fairly weak and can generally be healed through without any difficulty. He has three abilities that make the fight more than a typical Tank and Spank:

  • First, he casts a [Polymorph] with a short duration of about 5 seconds. As a result, a secondary healer is helpful in the fight, as if the only healer is polymorphed, the fight becomes much more difficult, and an unlucky chain following a polymorph can lead to a wipe. The polymorph is dispellable and has a cast time, but cannot be interrupted. He seems to cast it on the second person on his threat list, and as such anything your party can do to help your healer reduce their threat generation will help with preventing a wipe.
  • Second are his periodic Arcane Bolt volleys. It hits all characters and has infinite range, but can be resisted. A healer that is on top of the situation can usually make this ability trivial, particularly a priest that casts [Prayer of Healing] immediately after the volley, if possible. Ikiss casts the first volley soon after being aggroed; it is recommended that this initial damage is not healed (except on the tank) until the tank has sufficiently established aggro; even if you have a good tank, it's still helpful to stick with no more than HoTs on DPS characters until aggro is well-established.
  • Last, and most deadly, is his blink-and-AoE combo. At various times throughout the fight, Ikiss will [Blink] to a random character and begin casting a powerful, uninterruptible AoE blast (generally 4000–5000 damage), accompanied by an emote, that has a range of approximately 30 yards. The damage of this attack can be completely avoided by breaking line of sight, usually done by running around one of the four pillars in the room, and can also be resisted. The AoE has an animation and a fairly long casting time, which is crucial to watch for in order to avoid the damage from the attack — Ikiss's blink can be to a melee class character, and therefore very difficult to notice. Ikiss never casts his AoE without blinking immediately before it. The blink seems to have an threat reduction associated with it and it apparently possible that he may blink multiple times before settling into the AoE cast animation.

In a typical battle, your tank will run in and aggro Ikiss, pulling him next to a pillar. Ranged DPS and healers should position themselves near other pillars. Ikiss will soon cast his initial Arcane Bolt volley. Once sufficient threat has been established by the tank, DPS can begin. If possible, dispel polymorphs quickly. Watch for his blink and the AoE animation; as soon as this is seen, all characters must quickly run around a pillar near them, to a location where line of sight on Ikiss is broken. After the very noticeable blast, the tank should immediately move to re-establish aggro if another character has gained it. Another volley and polymorph will soon follow. Repeat until Ikiss is dead.

Melee classes seem to be most prone to dying in this strategy, as they usually have the farthest to run when Ikiss begins his AoE; if your party includes several (or is otherwise unable to survive long enough to kill Ikiss using the above strategy) Arcane Resistance gear or Arcane Protection consumables may help.

Generally, the most difficult part of the Ikiss fight is learning to notice his AoE animation. Once everyone knows what to look for and is able to quickly move to avoid it, the fight becomes trivial. The only difficulty then comes from DPS not waiting until aggro is re-established after the blast, and pulling Ikiss off the tank and dying.

Other effective strategies include using the stairs to the entrance/exit of the instance to break line of sight, having rogues use [Cloak of Shadows] to avoid the AoE blast entirely, and having healers equip PvP trinkets to dispel polymorph or using a [Grounding Totem] to avoid it. The volley may only be cast when there is at least one person out of melee range of Ikiss; moving everyone close to him may stop him from casting it, but can also make detecting his blink much more difficult. On the other hand, if entire groups knows well how blink/AoE animation sequence looks like or watches his emotes closely, staying together may actually help people to react on his preparations faster, as they won't have to check where exactly Ikiss blinked this time to decide where to run, because when everyone stay together Ikiss would practically blink to same place he was standing before casting his AOE.

Picking one pillar in advance for the whole party to hide behind can be very helpful to the healer. Additionally, using a ping-pong strategy each time Ikiss uses his AOE, will make it easier for the tank to re-establish aggro. After running behind a pillar, simply wait for Ikiss to come to you after his AOE (as opposed to running back out into the middle). This strategy works especially well in Heroic mode, since Ikiss will also cast [Slow] on the party.

Paladin Note: If your tank is an Alliance Paladin Tank, using [Seal of Vengeance] after getting initial aggro can help getting aggro after the blinks as it does DoT Holy damage.

At all times it is possible to reset this encounter by having your party members run out of his room to the middle of the chamber before his. Arcane Volley can still hit you, but as long as the primary aggro target is out of his room, he will reset.

Alternate strategy

Many groups have trouble getting behind the pillars quickly enough. An easier method for handling the AoE, especially for melee-heavy groups, is to have the tank pull Ikiss to the hallway from which you entered and tank him right outside it, off to one side, in the room before Ikiss's chamber. When he blinks to begin his AoE, the party runs inside the hallway to either side of the doorway, and thus out of line of sight for the AoE. After the cast, Ikiss will run to the tank, and the tank moves him back to one side of the door. (Alternately, the tank can pull him to one side of the hallway, and the party run to either side of the door in the room before Ikiss's chamber. This tactic gives the party a significantly shorter distance to run to get out of Ikiss's range.

Note: The tank must be careful not to pull Ikiss too far into the other room, or it will reset the encounter.

Heroic mode

Talon King Ikiss is somewhat more difficult now on Heroic Difficulty because he now will sheep the tank at random. When this happens, it is likely to cause a wipe because he will immediately aggro on the healer. Druid tanks are immune to his polymorph, and thus have a large advantage here. Healers could try to survive (paladin bubble, priest fade).

His damage output is about doubled on plate (1600–2000 a hit on a decently geared warrior) and all of his abilities have had their damage significantly upped. His arcane volley now hits for between 2000 and 4000 and he uses it fairly often, so it is advisable to bring arcane protection potions and/or two or three pieces of arcane resist gear to counter that. His blink/arcane explosion mechanics are the same — avoidable by line of sight, provided you have no lag problems. He is still very squishy, so concentrated damage can burn him down rather quickly.

Another problem in the fight is his arcane volley, so the healer has to be prepared to keep everyone close to topped off or they may end up dying from one of those. Healthstones and potions are invaluable in this fight at keeping people topped off, but the arcane resist makes it easier.

As of 2.1.0, he randomly casts [Slow] on the party, which lasts for around 10 seconds; this can be devastating before the arcane explosion. If a priest is healing, it's possible for the priest to mass dispel the group, so they have just enough time to run around the pillars. This can only be pulled off if the group is in the center, and everyone is paying attention to the Raid Warnings put up.

Another technique for heroic mode

One technique that has been proven to work involves placement of the two carpets in the hall. As you first enter the hall there is a green carpet at your feet. There is another carpet to your left, between the two pillars.

If the tank can keep Ikiss in the center until the blink, the rest of the party should stay on the carpet. Immediately following the blink, the tank should run directly to the other carpet, and the other four should run around the pillar to that same carpet. Do not heal or cast until the tank picks up aggro again. Repeat this procedure, alternating carpets.

Tips

  • Bear tanks, which generate all their threat via physical damage, may have some difficulty holding aggro while Ikiss has Mana Shield up. He tends to use it when he is at low health, and it leads to agonizing wipes. Be ready to dispel or steal it.
  • On heroic mode, if all else fails, just focus on healing the tank and the healer. It can be hard to heal through the arcane bolt volleys, as they hit everyone. It can be especially difficult for paladins. It is a lot easier when the volley only hits two targets. It takes a long time for the tank to kill Ikiss on his own, but it works eventually.

Loot

Normal loot
Heroic-only loot

Related Achievements

Objective of

Quotes

Intro
Ra-ak! Trinkets, yes. Pretty trinkets! Ak! Power, great power. Ra-kaw! Power in trinkets! Ak-caw!
Aggro
  • Mmm, you make war on Ikiss? Aa-ak!
  • Ikiss cut you, pretty -- ak-a-ak -- slice you, yes!
  • Ak-a-ra-k! No escape for -- caw -- you!
Winds up Arcane Explosion
Talon King Ikiss begins to channel arcane energy....
Killing a player
  • You die -- ka! Stay away from trinkets!
  • Mmmmmm...
Death
Ikiss will not -- rak, rak -- die...

Notes

  • When Ikiss kills someone he will say "Mmmmmm...". This is the same sound that SkekSil makes in the movie, The Dark Crystal, periodically.
  • Some of his sound files are similar to those spoken by Gollum in the Lord of the Rings films — the vocalization is similar and upon killing a player, he yells "You die -- ka! Stay away from trinkets!" — Could trinkets be his preciouses?
  • Until patch 2.3, Ikiss was one of very few bosses (possibly the only one) to drop loot requiring a higher level than his own to equip.
  • Ironically, despite his ramblings about his trinkets, Ikiss does not have a single trinket on either of his loot tables.
    • Ikiss does drop epic gems in Heroic. But he doubtlessly considers the armor, weapons, and jewelry that he does drop (and presumably therefore possesses) to be "trinkets".
  • Ikiss is voiced by Liam O'Brien.
  • He wields a  [Grand Marshal's Stave].

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