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Steel Forge Watcher Boss Guide

Last Updated: January 12th 2024

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The Steel Forge 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 Steel Forge 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.

The Steel Forge Watcher in flight.


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.
  • Two random Rank 5 Beacons 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 Steel Forge Watcher may reward any of the following:

  • Two-faced Belt
  • Praise for Injury
  • Sky Devourer - Insight Armor
  • Vortex Heart
  • Warden's Breastpin
  • Opening Heart
  • Chaotic Ending - Timemark 7 and Timemark 8 only.
  • Helio Rock - Timemark 8 only.
  • A random Rank 5+ Beacon used to access Timemark 8's Deep Space mode - Timemark 8 only. This drops more commonly within higher Offset Degrees.
  • A rare Trinket base type from the table below - Timemark 8 only.

Trinket Base Types

  • 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

Skills Breakdown

The Steel Forge Watcher becomes impervious to damage by taking flight, and then lands with a devastating stomp. This stomp is telegraphed with a large red circle marking the ground, move out of it's radius or take cataclysmic damage.

Steel Forge Watcher Mechanics

The Steel Forge Watcher awaits in the center of the arena. This watcher's abilities revolve around creation of many mediocre lethality projectiles. Though not individually dangerous, you can be overwhelmed and led into taking cataclysmic damage from Balls of Fire and Arial Stomp. This fight consists of just one phase, where each of the boss's abilities are used randomly.

Video Guide


  • Complete Netherrealm stages to gain enough stage attention to fight The Steel Forge Watcher.
  • The Watchers of the Netherrealm have a pool of exclusive Legendries that they can drop.
  • Avoid taking cataclysmic damage from the highly telegraphed Arial Stomp ability.
  • Avoid taking high damage from the movement-matching Balls of Fire ability.

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