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Guardian of the Phoenix Boss Guide


Introduction

The Guardian of the Phoenix is one of the four Shaper Guardians. Next to Guardian of the Chimera, Guardian of the Hydra and Guardian of the Minotaur, he is one of the "Guardians of the Void". Each of these Guardians drops one of the Fragments required to access the Shaper encounter, one of the pinnacle bosses. In order to fight Phoenix, you have to open a Forge of the Phoenix Map where he acts as the Map Boss.

These Shaper Guardian Maps are Tier 16 and can be rolled with all sorts of Modifiers to increase their loot but also their difficulty. Shaper Guardians are a lot harder than typical Map Bosses, but also have specific loot tables.

Guardians of the Void - Boss Guides:

The Shaper - Boss Guide:


Loot Table

In addition to regular loot, the Guardian of the Phoenix has the following boss-specific drops:

  • Fragment of the Phoenix (100%)
  • Eye of Innocence
  • Perfection

Skills Breakdown

Default Attack

The Guardian of the Phoenix slashes forward with his weapons at close range, dealing physical damage.

Whirling Charge

The Guardian of the Phoenix charges up his Weapons and perform a cyclone-like Fire Attack.

Firebomb

The Guardian of the Phoenix charges up for a short period of time and release a Firebomb, dealing lethal amounts of Fire Damage, as well as lowering your Fire Resistance by -50%. This ability has to be avoided at all cost since it will one-shot most common Builds.

Phoenix Add Spawn

A Phoenix Add spawns and shoots Fire Projectiles at you. Once the Add is killed, it will be revived a couple seconds after Death. The less health The Guardian of the Phoenix has, the more Phoenix Adds will be spawned.

Fire Tornado

Fire Spouts open up and release a Fire Tornado that travels through the Boss Arena. It deals Fire Damage in an Area of Effect and despawns after a short period of time. Once a Tornado despawns, a new Spout spits out a fresh Tornado. The less health the Guardian of the Phoenix has, the more Tornadoes spawn.


Boss Mechanics

Once you enter the Boss Arena, you find the Guardian of the Phoenix to the South-East. Start attacking, but be aware of his abilities. If you out-range his Melee Strike Range, he either chases you or start his Whirling Charge ability. Make sure to check out the Skills Breakdown above to learn more about each of the abilities.

The Guardian of the Phoenix does not have any Phases. What's special about this encounter is a stacking debuff that adds 1 stack per 10% health lost by the boss. This debuff lowers the Maximum Fire Resistance by 1% of all nearby targets per stack. Since almost all damage done by the boss and adds are Fire Damage, this makes the encounter progressively more difficult and lethal.

The Guardian of the Phoenix - Whirling Charge

Map Modifiers

Since the Forge of the Phoenix Map works like a typical Map, it can be modified with Currency like any other Map. But be careful! Some Map modifiers can make this Map very hard.

Here is an example of Map modifiers you might want to avoid based on your build:

Forge of the Phoenix Map

Dangerous Map Modifiers

Boss Specific Modifiers

  • -X% maximum Player Resistances

Global Map Modifiers that can disable your Build

  • Monsters reflect X% of Elemental Damage
  • Monsters reflect X% of Physical Damage
  • Players cannot Regenerate Life, Mana or Energy Shield
  • Monsters have X% chance to Avoid Elemental Ailments

Boss Modifiers

  • Unique Boss has X% increased Life
    Unique Boss has X% increased Area of Effect

Monster Modifiers (also counts for Bosses)

  • Monsters have X% increased Critical Strike Chance
  • X% increased Monster Damage
  • X% increased Monster Movement Speed
    X% increased Monster Attack Speed
    X% increased Monster Cast Speed
  • Monsters have X% increased Area of Effect
  • X% more Monster Life
  • Monsters gain X% of Maximum Life as Extra Maximum Energy Shield

Atlas Passive Tree

To further enhance the difficulty as well as the rewards of the Guardians, there are a bunch of Atlas Passive Tree Keystones, Notables and Nodes.

Keystone

  • Inevitable Ambush

Notables

  • Remnants of the Past

Nodes

  • Shaper, Elder and Guardian Influenced Item Chance
Atlas Passive Tree - Shaper & Elder Cluster

Summary

  • Avoid getting hit by his Firebomb Ability.
  • Kill the Phoenix Add Spawns and dodge Tornadoes.
  • Beware of the stacking Resistance debuff as the fight progresses!

Good Luck, Exile!


Credits

Written by mbXtreme.
Reviewed by wudijo.


Changelog

Jul 18th 2022
Guide created.