Harton's Husk is a single phase boss fight with minions. This fight tries to overwhelm the player with overlapping mechanics instead of relying on one shots. Unlike most fights, the minions have a very large health pool which forces players to deal with them through the entire fight instead of trying to dispatch them.
In this guide, we cover the rewards, boss mechanics, and provide a strategy for defeating this boss.
For more information on the Timeline this boss is found in check out our Fall of the Empire Timeline Guide.
All timeline bosses have a pool of exclusive Uniques that can drop. They also provide the player with a Blessing, which is a permanent buff to either power or farming/leveling efficiency. Just like Uniques, each boss has their own exclusive Blessing pool.
Harton's Husk can drop 4 different Uniques:
- Bulwark of the Last Abyss has a 50% chance to drop. It is mutually exclusive to Trident of the Last Abyss, meaning you always get one or the other, but not both. It can drop from both normal and empowered versions. The drop rate is not affected by corruption.
- Trident of the Last Abyss has a 50% chance to drop. It is mutually exclusive to Bulwark of the Last Abyss, meaning you always get one or the other, but not both. It can drop from both regular and Empowered versions. The drop rate is not affected by corruption.
- Nightbringer is a rare drop. The drop rate is increased by higher Corruption. We recommend farming this on Empowered.
- Anchor of Oblivion is a rare drop that can only be found in Empowered. Increases in Corruption improves the drop rate of this item.
See the Monolith Beginner Guide for more info on Corruption.
The Blessings of this Timeline are focused around increasing drop rates of certain items. Which one you should choose is dependent upon what kind of items you want to farm.
When you go into a timeline boss fight, you carry any modifiers that are active from running echoes. Some of these modifiers can be especially dangerous, while some can actually bring value with little or no downside.
Avoid These Modifiers
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Harton is a single phase fight. He has access to nearly all of his skills from the beginning and the ones he gains later on are not threatening, meaning this fight stays at about the same level of difficulty throughout. The most unique aspect of this fight comes from the two Idols of Ruin who use their own skills in conjunction with Harton. This is a chaotic fight that attempts to overwhelm the player instead of focusing on highly punishing individual attacks. Damage is mostly Void with some Physical so make sure to both Resistances. Here are some general strategies:
- Don't stand in Oblivion Spike - It deals more damage over the skill's duration which gives you time to move out after Harton casts it, but if you wait too long it becomes painful quickly.
- Avoid Barrage of Ruin from the Idols of Ruin - Like Oblivion Spike its damage increases over the duration of the skill.
- Keep moving - There's a lot going on, but most of it can be avoided simply by not standing still.
- Don't kill the Idols of Ruin - While killing them removes several mechanics, they have almost as much HP as Harton. Focusing on them just prolongs the fight instead of making it easier.
The fight may seem overwhelming at first but the low damage output of most of the skills grants a lot of room for error, making this one of the easier Timeline boss fights. Don't get stuck in Oblivion Spike or Barrage of Ruin while staying on the move and Harton will fall.
- The Blessings for this timeline are all focused around increasing drop rates of certain items.
- Harton tries to overwhelm the player with multiple attacks from different directions all happening at once. However, the damage output of each skill is generally low so there is a lot of room for error.
- Damage is mostly Void with some Physical so makes sure to cap both Resistances.
- Avoid Oblivion Spike and Barrage of Ruin.
- Stay on the move so you don't get hit by too many mechanics.
- Don't waste your time trying to kill the Idols of Ruin.
Written by McFluffin.
Reviewed by Facefoot, Lizard_IRL, Raxxanterax.