Walkthrough: Upper Caduceus Rise

November 21, 2011

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Hello everyone, here is a walkthrough for Upper Caduceus Rise, one of the new T2 dungeons introduced with Patch 1.6

Zugthak – Difficulty – 5/10


  • Stomp ability -  Melees & tanks must get out or they take massive damage and knockback.
  • Trog adds, untankable, they are non elite. 3 of them can be up at a time. Kill it.
  • Water spirit pops up during the fight, these have a blue circle around them and whoever steps into it gain 3 abilities. Protect the Water Spirit and use the remove Thick Hide ability (leftmost).

Zugthak is the first boss in this T2 expert dungeon. You will see him right away after entering Upper Caduceus.

He comes with three adds called Trogs, these are not tankable but are non elite and do not hit for much. They must be killed by your DPS as they can deal damage to the friendly Water Spirit that pops during the fight. They will respawn throughout the fight.

He gets a Thick Hide ability that reduces the damage he takes from players. This must be removed via an ability gain from the friendly Water Sprit that pops during the fight.

Periodically throughout the fight, Zugthak emotes – Zugthak prepares to grind you under his heel! This is the warning that Zugthak will cast his Stomp ability. Melee and tanks must get away from the named or take on quite a lot of damage and be knocked back.

Also, a friendly Water Spirit will pop during the fight. This Water Spirit has a blue circle around him. Standing in that circle will grant the player 3 abilities – Remove Thick Hide, Kill Trog, and Immune to Stomp. These share a cooldown (1 minute and 5 seconds)  so we found it was best to remove Thick Hide and focus on burning down the Trogs and then named. Melee dps  might find it helpful to utilize the Stomp immunity after you strip Zugthak of his Thick Hide.


(From the left)

  • Lash Wave – Removes Zugthak’s Thick Hide
  • Trog Stomp – kill the targeted Trog.
  • Water’s Grace – You become immune to Zugthak’s Stomp and your melee attacks do more damage

Healing – Fairly simple this fight. You may need to top off the tank and melee dps if they do not get out when Zugthak does the Stomp ability. Tanks do not take a lot of damage on this fight otherwise.

Snuggles – Miniboss – Difficulty – 3/10


Snuggles is actually a spider! (Trion has a great sense of humor!). He comes with a bunch of adds that can be pulled separately away from him and killed. He is mostly a tank and spank fight except he has a cleave ability called Venom Spray if you are standing in front of him that will one shot anyone  other than a tank.

He drops a chicken pet!!

Rodiafel – Difficulty – 7/10


  • Chomp – puts a red circle on the ground where it will lits up and hurt anyone standing in it.
  • Molten spray – fire looking DoT on the tank, can be cleansed.
  • Lava Torrent – nasty DoT placed on two players in the party, do nasty damage if not cleansed.
  • Unstable Temperature – Rodiafel goes underground and puts a pulsing yellow circle on all party members. Do not stack on each other and avoid the fire red circles.

This boss is hidden underground when you first meet him. Once you engage him, he will come out of the ground. There are two phases – aboveground and underground.

Aboveground is where all the action takes place. He will start off with  Chomp – which will place a fire circle on the ground that you must avoid. He will follow this with Molten Spray, a DoT he puts on the tank that can be cleansed. Then he will cast Lava Torrent, a nasty DoT that is placed on two party members that must be cleansed ASAP. Finally, he casts Unstable Temperature and goes underground for the underground phase.

During the underground phase, players will gain a yellow circle around them. Try not to overlap each other with the circles and avoid the red circles he put on the ground. This stage is very AoE heal intensive.


Rodiafel will come aboveground shortly and the fight repeats until he is dead.

Healing – This fight is AoE heal intensive with a big cleanse component to it. AoE cleanse comes in handy here. You also have ground AoEs to avoid while trying to keep the rest of the group alive. Yikes!

Captain Black Spit – Difficulty – 5/10


  • Puts AoE on the ground that you must avoid.
  • Bile Breath – Frontal spray that will kill anyone in front of him. Make sure to turn him away from the party and never let him turn away from you.
  • Boss from summon adds from time to time.

This boss is called Black spit because he drinks and spit black stuff that will kill anyone but the tank! Make sure he is never facing the rest of the party.

He will emote something like “Scrape yerselves off the deck you mangy dogs and fight!”. This will summon an add to him. Tank can pick it up and just AoE it down along with the boss.

When the emote Captain Black Spit flies into a grog induced rage! appears, be prepared! Shortly after that emote, he will cast Bile Breath, a channeled spell that will kill anyone in front of him but the tank. Tank will also take large chunks of damage during this time.

bile breath

Next, the boss will say Drink up, me hearties!, this is the cue for the 2nd add.  

After 2 rounds of adds and 1 round of Bile Breath, you will get another emote – Player is getting sloshed! This is accompanied by the boss saying Bottoms up, Ascended. This is an effect on the tank that will prevent him/her from doing anything. This effect cannot be cleansed but only last for a couple seconds.

The rest of the fight is a repeat of the above.

Headhunter Kulir and Disciple Varash – Difficulty 6/10


  • Headhunter will cast Magma Tempest – a fire aoe on himself that can be interrupted. Failure to interrupt will cause him to gain stacks that increase his damage output.
  • Dance of Ashes and Prey on the Weak are two abilities from Headhunter where he randomly port to a group member and whack them.
  • Incendiary Artillery is an ability from Disciple that will put a red AoE on the ground.

Tank need to have aggro on both mobs at the start. Headhunter cast an ability called Magma Tempest that can be interrupted. Failure to do so will cause a knockback to everyone around the Headhunter and he will gain stacks that increase his damage output during the duration of the Magma Tempest (boss lits himself on fire).

Throughout the fight, Headhunter will randomly port to someone in the group and whack them. He has two abilities that does this. One of them. called Prey of the Weak, will be preceded by an emote called Player’s Blood will stain the leaves.

Disciple is fairly annoying as he will cast Incendiary Artillery that will put ground AOEs that you need to avoid. Tank need to have aggro with him at the start as he is a ranged mob and will whack other group members with his autoattack called Slingshot.

The strategy we used was having an interrupter on the Headhunter to prevent the Magma Tempest from going off. Rest of the DPS burned down the Disciple first and then finished off the Headhunter.

Healing: Tank damage is minimal. AoE heals is a must here as party members could get damaged from Disciple’s AoE or Headhunter’s whack a mole.

Cinderstorm – Diffculty – 8/10

This boss can be activated by talking to a NPC near the Captain Black Spit area.


  • Cinder Storm – Must LOS it or you will die
  • Mote of Flame – Orbs that slowly turn around in the circle – getting hit by it won’t kill you but will cause you to take some damage and will slow you.
  • DPS race – he will cast two Cinder Storm and then you need to move into the storm and kill him before the lasers kill you.

Cinderstorm is a DPS check fight that requires to LOS one of his abilities. When the fight beings, Motes of Flame will spawn that will turn around the room in a counter-clockwise fashion. Getting hit by it will damage you and slow you down, potentially killing you for his next ability.


Cinderstorm’s ability that you must LOS is called Cinder Storm. Whne he casts this, the ground will pulse and you have a few seconds to run to a pillar and get out of LOS. A good spot is shown below.


After two Cinder Storms, the boss will change to his next phase. You must move from your LOS position and move into the room as lasers will come up all around the room and slowly move into middle. Touching the laser will kill you. It is a DPS race from this point on.


Caduceus – Difficulty – 10/10


  • Magma Blast – A dot placed on three players, must be cleansed asap.
  • Earth Rumbles – Spikes appear on the ground. Just eat it.
  • Tectonic Distrubance – Everyone must stack behind boss or he will port around to people in the group and whack them.

Caduceus is the last boss in the dungeon. If you have good dps, you can ignore most of the mechanics and this boss just become a straight burn with cleansing.

Everyone should stack behind the boss on this fight as this will make certain mechanics a lot easier.

He will cast Magma Blast from time to time on three players that must be cleansed asap (stacking will make AoE cleanse work here). In between Magma Blast, there will be also an emote called The earth rumbles. Spiky things appear on the ground but they don’t really hurt so can be ignored.

After about two magma blast and an earth rumbles emote, he will cast Tectonic Disturbance. Bascially, he will port to whoever that is far away from him and smack them. He will turn jump into the air and land a distance away and do a knockback to all party members.

Erupted Core and Erupted Ember will also spawn this phase. Tanks will need to pick up the Erupted Core. If you have good dps, you can choose to just DPS down the boss and ignore the Erupted Core and Erupted Ember. If not, the you might need to AOE down the Core and then target the Erupted Embers and kill them.

Healing: Lots of AoE heals on this fight. Must be quick with cleanse to remove Magma Blast. The part with Erupted Core/Erupted Ember can be nasty to heal through as everyone is taking damage.

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