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Ashava, The Pestilent World Boss Guide


The Ashava World Boss can be found in special areas of the world as you are progressing from region to region. This massive behemoth is equipped with many dangerous abilities looking to flatten any heroes that dare to challenge them. Because any World Boss is very dangerous, teaming up with other players is absolutely necessary. When slain, loot drops alongside a special item called Scattered Prism, used to add sockets to certain slots of gear. These are only found by defeating World Bosses. In this guide, we cover how to find and take down the Ashava World Boss successfully.

Ashava's Hungry

All information in this article is from the Press Preview Access of Diablo 4. The content presented here is subject to change, and will be updated as we learn more.


Location

Each zone as a specific area that they spawn. In Fractured Peaks, these events spawn at the bottom right region known as The Crucible. When you arrive, there is a timer, letting you know how much time is left before it spawns. Use this time to prep for the fight or invite friends to tag along. You can enter this event after it has already started for a short window of time. These fights are so massive in scale that the camera actually zooms out. This confirms you are in battle.


Health Bar

Example of a World Boss health bar.

A World Bosses health bar has 4 breakpoints. Once a breakpoint is reached, the red arrow flips up and turn grey. This indicates that you are in the next phase of the fight, while also dropping multiple healing vials. Each phase becomes increasingly more challenging.


Stagger Bar

Immediately beneath the health bar is a stagger bar that fills when Crowd Control (CC) is dealt. Once full, the World Boss is rendered helpless for 12 seconds. Use this time to unleash as much hell as you possibly can. Each World Boss also has a unique mechanic in addition to being staggered. The Ashava World Boss arm blade breaks permanently when staggered, making her weaker for the rest of the fight.


Ashava World Boss Mechanics

Ashava is not amused as the Druid misses all of his attacks.

We have separated the attack mechanics into two different categories based on threat level;  Major and Minor.

Major Threats

These are attacks that can one shot you if you are not careful. Attacks are often telegraphed, giving you ample time to get out of the way.

  • Double Swipe - Carves the ground in a 360 degree sweep, then carves again right after in a 180 degree sweep. Wide attack, massive damage. When you see this start up animation, run! Remember, there are 2 attacks, so do not jump back in too early.
  • Leap - Jumps and tackles you, which can knock you down. She dips into a pouncing stance before leaping. Use evade to move anywhere but in front of her.
  • Ground Pound - Pounds the ground, then swipes behind shortly afterwards, hitting front and back. Pull effect and massive damage. The pound itself is no threat. Use this animation to evade out the way.

Minor Threats

These are attacks that deal relatively small damage than their counterparts. A decently built character should be able to withstand these attacks.

  • Acid spit - Vomits 3 blobs of Poison on the battlefield. Stays for 20 seconds.
  • Bite - Melee range. Bites 4 times consecutively, with the last bite having a bigger animation and dealing more damage.

All attacks deal Poison damage. It is a good idea to check and stack Poison Resistance for this fight.


Summary

  • Be sure to fit in a few World Bosses while traveling, as only they can drop a Scattered Prism. Adding sockets is a key part of gear progression.
  • Knowing when and where a World Boss can spawn saves you time. Get there before they start to ensure you don't miss it.
  • Understanding health bar breakpoints, attacks and unique stagger mechanics make the fight easier to manage.

Credits

Written by DiEoxidE
Reviewed by wudijo & Dredscythe


Changelog

Dec 7th 2022
Article Created based on the Press Release Version of Diablo 4.