Raid Bosses are a new feature we introduced to our games back in October. Since then, we’ve had a ton of feedback from players who faced off against the Cave Dragon back in that first Beta test, as well as players who tried the versions of this feature in Mob Wars: LCN and Pirate Clan Based on community comments and the data collected during the event we’ve retooled the feature and are just about ready to launch the next Beta to see how they work out, so watch for the new Raid Boss, Grendel in your game Thursday next week (Dec. 4th)! Feature Overview This limited-time event is 4 days long. During this period, players can unlock the powerful Raid Boss, Grendel, and assemble and team to battle it. The Raid Boss is unlocked with Keys, which are dropped from Adventures in specific locations. Adventures that take more energy drop Keys more often. If you find yourself with extra Keys after the event is over, they can be turned in for XP. A word of caution: Raid Bosses are tough. They have a lot of health and hit back hard! In order to have a chance at defeating them, Vikings will need to band together in a Raid Party and coordinate their actions. Even with a large, dedicated team, many Raid Bosses will take several days to take down. Assembling a Raid Boss Party Don’t try to take on a Raid Boss all by yourself! We recommend aiming for an Party size of at least 20 dedicated players. Anyone in a Party of less than 15 is likely in for a difficult time. Not sure you’ve got enough close, reliable allies around to fill your team? That’s okay! A vikings doesn’t have to be in your Clan to join your Raid Party. Many will be on the lookout for stout allies to team up with for the event. Watch the Chat and Forums for Vikings in search of a Party or who have open positions and shoot them a message. In previous events, players have found Chat Groups handy for meeting potential party members and assembling teams. Don’t count out an potential ally just because they are a lower level than you! Lower leveled players have their attack damage scaled-up when battling Raid Bosses and often make excellent Party Members. Plus, you’ll need some players from the lower level ranges if you are going to build a full-sized team. Raid Party positions are divided into 3 level tiers. You can have up to 10 Party members from each tier for a max party size of 30 Vikings. Keep an eye out for players you feel would make good team members and invite them using the invite links provided on your Raid Boss page. If you want, you can also make your Raid Boss Public. This allows anyone who run across your Raid Boss link to fill available Party positions. However, once someone has joined you are stuck with them for the rest of the battle, so use this option with caution. Battling the Raid Boss During the Battle, Players can Attack, Barrage (power attack) and Heal. The Raid Boss Party shares a common pool of health which participants can replenish using Energy. As your Party’s health declines, Attacks and Barrages will be less effective. Not only that, Boss hit back hard and can easily wipe a Party if attackers are not paying attention. The Boss will regain health whenever a party wipes, and XP rewards for actions will decline, so work as a team and keep your Party’s health up! Rewards Actions made during the battle, both healing and attacking, give great XP. However there is no advantage to dragging out a battle longer than necessary. If you defeat your own boss, you can join another Viking’s Party or unlock another Boss of your own as many times as you wish until the 4-day event is over. Loot is collected by the participants once the boss has been defeated. Item drops are divided into 2 tiers, Common drops and the rarer and more valuable Superior drops, which have purple item text and backgrounds. Don’t join too many Bosses at once! If you stretch yourself too thin you won’t be able to contribute effectively to the Battles. You’ll need to do a minimum number of actions to qualify for Loot, and nobody will get any Loot unless the boss is defeated, which is pretty hard to do if Party members aren’t working together.