The Dark Animus encounter is a very different fight and seems very
chaotic as in addition to the boss there are a large number of adds
called golems and killing a golem causes the nearest inactive golem
(including the boss) to activate. This is because of Anima, the resource
that animates the golems and the boss.
- 25 Anima Golems (max 4 anima, 4 anima on pull);
- 8 Large Anima Golems (max 8 anima, 0 anima on pull);
- 2 Massive Anima Golems (max 36 anima, 0 anima on pull);
- 1 Dark Animus (max 100 anima, 0 anima on pull);
The Dark Animus has several abilities which are unlocked by Anima level and at 100% he will wipe the raid.
need to balance killing enough golems to minimise damage while
minimising the amount of Anima being transferred to the Dark Animus.
WTF is Anima?
is the energy source of the golems, much like our blood. All types of
golems, and the Dark Animus, have Anima pools of different sizes. When
one golem is killed, its Anima automatically jumps to the nearest golem
who has room in its Anima pool to accommodate the new Anima.
There is always 100 Anima, shared between the boss and the golems.
are 25 Anima Golems, these have an Anima pool of 4 and at the start of
the fight their pool is full. Anima Golems melee their main aggro
target, and they have a single ability, called Acceleration Link. When
an Anima Golem is within 2 yards of another Anima Golem, they both
receive a damage and attack speed incrase of 250%.
13 of the 25
Anima Golems are disabled these do not attack and cannot be killed and
therefore the Dark Animus will start draining them when he becomes
Large Anima Golems
are 8 Large Anima Golems, these have an Anima pool of 8, and they all
start out with 0 Anima. When a Large Anima Golem receives 8 Anima, it
becomes active, and it uses its only ability, Crimson Wake, a very
damaging void zone that lasts for 30 seconds, and fixates on a random
raid member, following them.
3 of the Large Anima Golems are disabled these do not attack and
cannot be killed and therefore the Dark Animus will start draining them
when he becomes active.
Massive Anima Golems
are 2 Massive Anima Golems, these have an Anima pool of 36 and they all
start out with 0 Anima. When a Massive Anima Golem receives any Anima,
it becomes active. They have two abilities.
- Matter Swap: a dispellable 12 second debuff which
when dispelled (or after 12 seconds) the victim has their position
swapped with the raid member farthest away from them and damage equal to
the victim’s max HP is split between the two players, the of damage is
dependant on the time remaining on the debuff;
- Explosive Slam: a frontal attack dealing damage to
all players within 12 yards that causes them to take increased damage
from future Explosive Slams;
There are no disabled Massive Anima Golems
Dark Animus has an Anima Pool of 100 and he starts out with 0 Anima.
When the Dark Animus receives any Anima, it activates. The Dark Animus 2
main abilities and 3 others that activate at 10, 25 and 75 anima.
- Siphon Anima: every 6 seconds, he drains 1 Anima from any golems in the room that have Anima;
- Touch of the Animus: an undispellable DoT cast on a random raid member, which deals Fire damage every 4 seconds;
- Anima Ring: at 10 Anima he creates a ring of spheres around the
tank, which closes in on the target. Coming in contact with a sphere
consumes it, applying a stack of a debuff that increases damage taken
from melee attacks by 50% for 15 seconds.
- Anima Font: at 25 Anima he casts this on a random player which causes AoE damage to allies in a small area around them.
- Interrupting Jolt: at 75 Anima he casts a raid wide AoE attack that also interupts spellcasting AND silences 9 seconds.
Optimal Dark Animus Activation
activating the Dark Animus, you want to have a Massive Anima Golem at
36 Anima so it takes the Dark Animus 36 casts of Siphon Anima (3 minutes
36 seconds) to drain all the Anima from that golem, and reach 100
The optimal activation is to bring one Massive Anima Golem
to 36 Anima, then kill an Anima Golem next to the Dark Animus to
activate the boss with 4 Anima.
- After 24 seconds, the Dark Animus will be at 68 Anima and all adds except the Massive Anima Golem will be deactivated.
- After 66 seconds, the Dark Animus will be at 75 Anima and he will gain Interrupting Jolt.
- After 216 seconds, the Dark Animus will have drained all the Anima and he will wipe the raid.
This strategy ignores the Large Golems and their annoying Crimson Wake ability which greatly simplifies fight.
At the pull assign a golem to all players (2 to each tank) and stay spread apart.
Anima Golems need to be killed slowly in order so their Anima jumps to a
Massive Anima Golem which will need to be tanked when it activates.
the Massive Anima Golem in the middle of the room killing the Anima
Golems near it sso that it fills completely once at this is full the
Dark Animus needs to be activated.
Use DPS cooldowns and burn down the Dark Animus while tanking the the Massive Anima Golem.
Matter Swap after 5 or 6 seconds so the damage is shared equally
between the two players. Dispelling too early would cause the victim to
take most of the damage, while dispelling too late would cause the
victims partner to take most of the damage.
Avoid being hit by Explosive Slam (the affected area on the ground is clearly indicated).
Make sure the tank affected by Anima Ring has a path cleared by a melee DPS so the tank can run out of the ring.
If you are targeted by Anima Font spread out from other raiders.
Do not to cast when Interrupting Jolt is being cast.
with your Anima Golem until it needs to be killed to fill up the
Massive Anima Golem and the do nothing until the boss is activated. Once
the boss is activated all DPS focus is on the Dark Animus as we need
the Massive Anima Golem alive to give us maximum time.
is nothing overly taxing for healers during the fight, the biggest
issue is range on the pull so healers should be evenly spread around the
room and for this reason it is safer to run with 3 healers.
However, healers must ensure that they dispel Atter Swap after 5 or 6
seconds and also that they do not get silenced by Interupting Jolt.