Glacial Abyss Watcher Boss Guide


The Glacial Abyss Watcher is one of the five "Watchers of the Netherrealm". You must defeat any combination of these Watchers 4 times to challenge the Traveler, one of the pinnacle bosses. The Watchers of the Netherrealm are harder than typical Beacon Bosses. The difficulty of the Watcher is based on which Timemark (1-8) you are attempting.

In order to fight the Glacial Abyss Watcher, you have to generate enough Stage Attention. The required amount varies based on your chosen Timemark Level, ranging from 4-10.

Watchers have specific loot tables. Chaos Invasion Card Inheritance does not affect the Watcher's fight or loot table in any way.

Glacial Abyss Watcher

Rewards

All The Watchers of the Netherrealm have a pool of exclusive Legendries that can drop. Watchers can also award various currency, Memory Cards, and items from the global drop pool.

Guaranteed Drops

  • Cinder - Rewarded for defeating this boss for the first time in each Timemark, for Timemarks 1-7.
  • A random Rank 5 Beacon used to access Timemark 8 Netherrealm - Timemark 7 and Timemark 8 only.
  • The Beginning - Timemark 7 only.
  • The End - Timemark 8 only.

Random Drops

Defeating The Glacial Abyss Watcher may reward any of the following:

  • Exemption Thunderhell
  • Arcane Shield
  • Cold Breath
  • Glacier Caster Shield
  • Chaotic Ending - Timemark 7 and Timemark 8 only.
  • Maud's Guess - Timemark 8 only.
  • Helio Rock - Timemark 8 only.
  • A Precise Passive or Trigger skill from the table below - Timemark 7 rewards a level 16 copy and Timemark 8 rewards a level 21 copy.

Precise Passive/Trigger Skills

  • Precise: Acuteness Imbue
  • Precise: Auto Defense
  • Precise: Cast on Severe Injury
  • Precise: Cast When Taking Damage
  • Precise: Charged Flames
  • Precise: Corrosion Imbue
  • Precise: Curse on hit
  • Precise: Death Pact
  • Precise: Deep Pain
  • Precise: Electric Conversion
  • Precise: Elemental Amplification
  • Precise: Elemental Resistance
  • Precise: Energy Fortress
  • Precise: Erosion Enhancement
  • Precise: Fearless
  • Precise: Flame Imbue
  • Precise: Frigid Domain
  • Precise: Ice Imbue
  • Precise: Magical Source
  • Precise: Nimbleness
  • Precise: Precise Projectiles
  • Precise: Rejuvenation
  • Precise: Steadfast
  • Precise: Swiftness
  • Precise: Thunder Imbue
  • Precise: Weapon Amplification

Skills Breakdown

Frost Orbs

The Glacial Abyss Watcher fires 2 Frost Orbs out in front of them, dealing Cold damage over time while in contact with you. They patrol around the arena until the boss is defeated. Avoid this by moving out of the Frost Orbs Path.

Tail Slam

The Glacial Abyss Watcher performs a Tail Slam dealing Physical and Cold damage. It is telegraphed by a brief pause followed by the Watcher floating and doing a quick front flip. Do not be directly in front of the Watcher when this attack lands.

Dash Attack

The Glacial Abyss Watcher dashes forward causing Physical and Cold damage. It is telegraphed by a pause, and both blades rise to form a T shape. Do not be directly in front of the Watcher when this attack lands.

Frost Cleave

The Glacial Abyss Watcher Cleaves in front of them dealing Physical and Cold damage. This is telegraphed by one Claw rising above their head. Get behind the Watcher or run away to avoid this attack.

Frost Breath

The Glacial Abyss Watcher channels a massive cone shaped Frost Breath in front of them dealing Cold damage over time. It is telegraphed by a small pause with the Watcher pulling it's head back. Do not be directly in front of the Watcher while they channel this attack.

Ice Waves

At 75%, 50% and 25% the Watcher flies into the air and creates 3 Ice Waves that deal cataclysmic Cold damage over time on contact. This is Telegraphed by the Watcher flying into the air and disappearing off screen. 3 subsequent Ice Waves form at random edges of the circular arena and quickly travel to the location you were in when they formed. Avoid this by staying in the center of the arena to give yourself time to evade the encroaching Ice Waves.  Have a mobility skill ready to help dodge the Waves.

Ice Walls

The Glacial Abyss Watcher executes a slash attack that spawns 2 moving Ice Walls dealing Cold damage. The walls rotate in a circular pattern from where they spawn. This is telegraphed by the Watcher crossing it's right arm across their chest. Avoid this attack by staying in the center of the ring of Ice Walls until they expire, or use a mobility skill to escape the ring entirely.

Ice Mines

The Glacial Abyss Watcher executes a frontal cleave that releases Ice Mines which linger until they are stepped on. This is telegraphed by the Watcher crossing it's left arm across their chest. Ice Mines activate when stepped on, causing them to explode after a short delay. These explosions deal Physical and Cold damage in a small radius. To prevent them from being a problem later, intentionally trigger as many of them as you can and move to escape the impending explosion.


Glacial Abyss Watcher Mechanics

Once you enter the Boss Arena the Glacial Abyss Watcher will monologue you while flying in the sky, and then drops Frost Orbs near the center of the arena. The Watcher will then land at a random point in the outskirts of the circular arena and engage you. Try to stay behind the Watcher as much as possible during this fight. It is highly recommended to have maxed out Cold Resistance. The fight itself is split into 2 major Phases: The Boss Phase and the Flight Phase, each repeating multiple times.

Note: These phases are skippable with high enough DPS.

Boss Phase

The Glacial Abyss Watcher randomly rotates through it's skills (Frost Orbs, Tail Swipe, Tail Slam, Dash Attack, Frost Cleave, Frost Breath, Ice Walls, Ice Mines, Ice Spikes). Once they reach 75%, 50% and 25% health, they fly into the air and begin the Flight Phase.

Flight Phase

At 75%, 50% and 25% the Watcher flies into the air and casts 3 subsequent Ice Waves that deal cataclysmic Cold damage over time on contact. Ice Waves form at random edges of the circular Arena and quickly travel to where you were standing when they formed. The best way to avoid this is to stay in the center of the arena to give yourself time to avoid the encroaching Ice Waves.

Note: All lingering mechanics, such as Ice Mines and Frost Orbs, from the Boss Phase remain active during the Flight Phase.


Video Guide

Glacial Abyss Watcher Boss Guide

Summary

  • Complete Netherrealm stages to gain enough stage attention to fight The Glacial Abyss Watcher.
  • The Watchers of the Netherrealm have a pool of exclusive Legendries they can drop.
  • Having maxed Cold Resistance is highly recommended.
  • The Glacial Abyss Watcher has 2 key phases. Dodge its basic patterns during the Boss Phase, and avoid the Ice Waves during the flight phase.

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Credits

Written by: Xtra37
Reviewed by: Facefoot, Milkybk_, Raxxanterax


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Jan 4th 2023
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