Ahoy Mateys! A new type of limited-time cooperative event, the Raid Boss is being prepped for a trial run in Pirate Clan! Raid Bosses are among the toughest challenges in the game, and require the dedicated efforts of a large team of players to defeat. However in addition to being much harder, they are also more rewarding: Actions in a Raid Boss battle give great XP, and should you win the Battle your items are better than what you would get from regular boss. Those of you who also play Viking Clan or Mob Wars: LCN or who have friends who do may have already see some earlier iterations of this idea. For each of the previous 2 betas we’ve closely reviewed player feedback and made improvements and additions for a better experience. Look for the Raid Boss in Pirate Clan late next week! The Event This limited-time event lasts 4 days. During this period, players can unlock a massive Raid Boss and assemble and team to battle it. The Raid Boss is unlocked with Keys, which are dropped from Adventures in specific locations during the event. 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 rewards. Raid Bosses are tough. They have a lot of health and hit back hard! In order to have a chance at defeating them, Pirates 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 are likely in for a difficult time. Not sure you’ve got enough close, reliable allies around to fill your team? That’s okay! Pirates don’t have to be in your Clan to join your Raid Party. Many will be on the lookout for stout Pirate crews to team up with for the event. Watch the Chat and Forums for Pirates looking for a Party or who have open positions in their Raid 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 Pirates. 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 out 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 Pirate’s Raid Boss Party or unlock another 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. 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 within 3 days, which is pretty hard to do if Party members aren’t working together.