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Argus the Unmaker Abilities

Last updated on Nov 21, 2017 at 13:32 by Furty 1 comment

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General Information

On this page, we list all the abilities from the Argus the Unmaker encounter in Antorus, the Burning Throne. The idea is to give you a solid understanding of the encounter before you read the strategy.

If you are already familiar with the encounter, then you can skip to the strategy and tactics page or access any other page of the guide by using the table of contents on the right.

1. Overview

Argus the Unmaker is a four phase encounter, and the final boss in Antorus, the Burning Throne. Argus is a fast paced encounter, with a variety of mechanics unleashed on the raid, many of which can result in instant death if handled improperly. Throughout the encounter the raid can expect the aid of other Titans who grant the raid unique boons and even bring the group back from beyond death...

2. Titanic Essence

Argus the Unmaker builds Titanic Essence over time. Argus starts at 0 Titanic Essence, and has a maximum of 100. At 100 Essence he will cast Cone of Death Icon Cone of Death. The rate at which Argus builds Titanic Essence is approximately 3.3 Essence per second.

3. Phase One: Storm and Sky

Phase One lasts until Argus reaches 70% health.

3.1. Cone of Death and Death Fog

Cone of Death Icon Cone of Death is a cone attack that targets a random raid member, and leaves behind Death Fog Icon Death Fog where it strikes. Death Fog inflicts very heavy Shadow damage every second to players within the cloud. Cone of Death is cast when Argus reaches 100 Titanic Essence, which is essentially an Energy substitute.

3.2. Soulblight Orb

Soulblight Orb Icon Soulblight Orb is summoned periodically by Argus the Unmaker. The Orb applies Soulblight Icon Soulblight debuffs to several random players before despawning. Soulblight deals moderate Shadow damage every 2 seconds for 8 seconds. When Soulblight expires, it leaves behind a pool of Death Fog Icon Death Fog at the target's location.

3.3. Tortured Rage

Tortured Rage Icon Tortured Rage is cast periodically and inflicts moderate raid-wide Shadow damage.

3.4. Sweeping Scythe

Sweeping Scythe Icon Sweeping Scythe cleaves all targets in a 180 degree cone in front of Argus the Unmaker, dealing heavy Physical damage and applying a debuff that increases the damage of subsequent Sweeping Scythes by 150% (75% on Normal) for 15 seconds (per stack).

3.5. Golganneth's Aid

Golganneth the Thunderer, another Titan of the Pantheon, periodically offers the raid several buffs to increase the efficacy of their abilities. Golganneth will mark two players at a time; one will be marked with Gift of the Sky Icon Gift of the Sky, while the other will be marked with Gift of the Sea Icon Gift of the Sea. After several seconds an orb will spawn at their current location.

3.5.1. Gift of the Sky and Strength of the Sky

Gift of the Sky Icon Gift of the Sky will appear as an orb that lasts for 10 seconds. Anyone that comes into contact with the orb during that time will receive the Strength of the Sky Icon Strength of the Sky. Strength of the Sky increases Critical Strike and Mastery by 2000 for 30 seconds. This effect can stack, however, each player may only receive one instance of Strength of the Sky per Gift of the Sky orb. This effect is also mutually exclusive with the Strength of the Sea Icon Strength of the Sea; you can only have one buff at a time.

3.5.2. Gift of the Sea and Strength of the Sea

Gift of the Sea Icon Gift of the Sea will appear as an orb that lasts for 10 seconds. Anyone that comes into contact with the orb during that time will receive the Strength of the Sea Icon Strength of the Sea. Strength of the Sea increases Haste and Versatility by 2000 for 30 seconds. This effect can stack, however, each player may only receive one instance of Strength of the Sea per Gift of the Sea orb. This effect is also mutually exclusive with the Strength of the Sky Icon Strength of the Sky; you can only have one buff at a time.

4. Phase Two: The Protector Redeemed

Phase Two starts when Argus the Unmaker reaches 70% health, and it lasts until he reaches 40% health.

Golganneth will cast Golganneth's Wrath Icon Golganneth's Wrath, which creates a huge storm covering the entire platform except the center. Players caught in the storm take heavy Nature damage. Golganneth's Wrath clears away all instances of Death Fog Icon Death Fog.

4.1. Volatile Soul

Volatile Soul Icon Volatile Soul occurs each time Argus the Unmaker reaches 100 Titanic Essence in Phase Two. Argus will apply Soulburst Icon Soulburst to two random raid members and Soulbomb Icon Soulbomb to one random raid member.

After the first Volatile Soul Icon Volatile Soul, two Soulburst Icon Soulbursts will be applied each time Argus the Unmaker reaches 50 Titanic Essence as well.

4.1.1. Soulbomb and Soulbomb Detonation

Soulbomb Icon Soulbomb deals moderate Shadow damage every 3 seconds for 15 seconds. When Soulbomb expires, a Soulbomb Detonation Icon Soulbomb Detonation is triggered at the target's location. Soulbomb Detonation deals massive Shadow damage to the afflicted player and all other raid members. The damage is reduced the further the affected players are from the Soulbomb Detonation.

4.1.2. Soulburst and Soulburst Detonation

Soulburst Icon Soulburst deals light Shadow damage every 3 seconds for 15 seconds. When Soulburst expires, a Soulburst Detonation Icon Soulburst Detonation is triggered at the target's location. Soulburst Detonation deals moderate Shadow damage to the afflicted player and all other raid members. The damage is reduced the further the affected players are from the Soulburst Detonation.

4.2. Edge of Obliteration

Edge of Obliteration Icon Edge of Obliterations manifest around the platform, appearing as a beam of dark energy traveling in a line. The beam does not move. Edge of Obliteration deals moderate Physical damage every 2 seconds and knocks back any targets it comes in contact with.

4.3. Sweeping Scythe

Sweeping Scythe Icon Sweeping Scythe is also present in Phase Two and functions in an identical fashion to Phase One.

4.4. Aggramar's Aid and Aggramar's Boon

Aggramar the Avenger, another Titan of the Pantheon, periodically offers the Tanks a temporary buff. Aggramar will only buff one of the Tanks at a time, granting them Avatar of Aggramar Icon Avatar of Aggramar for 60 seconds, increasing health by 100% and movement speed by 40%. The Avatar of Aggramar also grants nearby allies Aggramar's Boon Icon Aggramar's Boon, which redirects all damage they take to the Tank buffed with Avatar of Aggramar.

5. Phase Three: The Arcane Masters

Phase Three commences when Argus the Unmaker reaches 40% health. Argus is momentarily subdued by Aman'Thul and cannot be engaged. The raid must defeat the Constellar Designates before Argus is able to resume his attacks.

5.1. The Constellar Designates

The number of Constellar Designates varies with difficulty.

5.1.1. Cosmic Ray

Cosmic Ray Icon Cosmic Ray sends a beam of arcane energy towards a random player, inflicting heavy Arcane damage to anyone in the line.

5.1.2. Cosmic Beacon and Cosmic Smash

Cosmic Beacon Icon Cosmic Beacon marks a player's current location to be struck by a Cosmic Smash Icon Cosmic Smash after 4 seconds. Cosmic Smash deals moderate Arcane damage instantly and additional damage every 2 seconds for 6 seconds (this effect can stack). Cosmic Beacon is an interruptible cast.

5.1.3. Impending Inevitability

Impending Inevitability Icon Impending Inevitability occurs when a Constellar is interrupted, granting them immunity to further interrupts for 20 seconds.

5.1.4. Starblast

Starblast Icon Starblast inflicts light Arcane damage to a random player. This cast can be interrupted.

5.2. The Stellar Armory

Two Constellar Designates will be periodically equipped with weapons. They will no longer cast spells for the duration of the effect and instead engage the group with melee attacks.

5.2.1. Sword of the Cosmos

The Sword of the Cosmos Icon Sword of the Cosmos increases the wielder's melee attack damage by 200% and grants the ability Cosmic Power Icon Cosmic Power. Cosmic Power empowers the caster and all Constellar Designates within 20 yards to increase their damage by 20% for 180 seconds.

5.2.2. Blades of the Eternal

The Blades of the Eternal Icon Blades of the Eternal increase the wielder's melee attack damage by 300%.

5.3. Norgannon's Aid

Norgannon, a Titan of the Pantheon, offers the raid his aid, using The Discs of Norgannon Icon The Discs of Norgannon to debuff the Constellar Designates. Each Constellar will take 200% more damage from a single school of damage.

6. Phase Four: The Gift of Life, The Forge of Loss

This section is based entirely off speculation formed from datamined interactions, abilities, and NPCs, as well as information found in the official dungeon journal. The Fourth Phase was not seen on PTR and therefore remains an educated mystery. This section will be continually updated as the available information becomes more concrete.

Phase Four begins with Argus the Unmaker at 40% health, and he instantly kills all players with Reap Soul Icon Reap Soul.

6.1. End of All Things

End of All Things Icon End of All Things kills everything instantly. This spell is interruptible.

6.2. Ember of Rage

Ember of Rage Icon Ember of Rage is cast periodically, causing a rain of titanic energy to fall from the sky, manifesting as little circles on the floor. Players hit suffer heavy Shadow damage immediately, followed by moderate Shadow damage every 2 seconds for 20 seconds. Embers of Rage can stack.

6.3. Tortured Rage

Tortured Rage Icon Tortured Rage is also present in Phase Four and functions in an identical fashion to Phase One.

6.4. Volatile Soul

Volatile Soul Icon Volatile Soul is also present in Phase Four and functions in an identical fashion to Phase Two.

6.5. Deadly Scythe

Deadly Scythe Icon Deadly Scythe cleaves all targets in a 180 degree cone in front of Argus the Unmaker, dealing heavy Physical damage and applying a debuff that increases the damage of subsequent Deadly Scythes by 150% forever (per stack).

6.6. Reorigination Modules

Reorigination Modules are created periodically and begin an Initialization Sequence Icon Initialization Sequence immediately, causing their health to decay to 0 over 20 seconds. For each second Initialization Sequence is channeled, the radius of Reorigination Pulse Icon Reorigination Pulse is increased. Reorigination Pulse is cast when the Module reaches 0 health, and deals massive lethal Arcane damage to players within the radius of the Pulse, and moderate Arcane damage raid wide.

6.7. Eonar's Aid

Eonar the Lifebinder, another Titan of the Pantheon, periodically grants the raid Gift of the Lifebinder to save players, allowing them to release spirit after death and enter the Spirit World. Players can return to life if they can reach the tree she creates in the Spirit World, however, this costs some of the Gift of the Lifebinder's Energy. Once the Gift of the Lifebinder's Energy is fully depleted, it becomes a Withered Gift of the Lifebinder.

The Withered Gift of the Lifebinder can be healed by players. When used by a player to resurrect, Withering Roots Icon Withering Roots is applied to the Withered Gift. Withering Roots is a permanent stacking debuff that deals ticking damage to the Withered Gift.

6.8. Khaz'Goroth's Aid

Khaz'Goroth the Shaper, another Titan of the Pantheon, will assist the raid when they have collected enough Motes of Titanic Power, which grant him Titanic Essence. Khaz'Goroth requires at least 20 Titanic Essence to begin channeling his Titanforging Icon Titanforging ability. While Khaz'Goroth is channeling Titanforging, all players are Titanforged Icon Titanforged, obtaining increased damage, healing, and movement speed as long as Khaz'Goroth can maintain his channel. The effect of Titanforged is greater if Khaz'Goroth has higher amounts of Titanic Essence.

6.9. Spirit World

6.9.1. Hungering Souls

Hungering Souls are present in the Spirit World. If they come into contact with a player ghost, they burst and apply Soul Detonation Icon Soul Detonation to them and anyone nearby. Soul Detonation knocks back ghosts and reduces their movement speed by 50% for 8 seconds.

6.9.2. Motes of Titanic Power

Each time a Reorigination Pulse Icon Reorigination Pulse goes off, Titanic Energy is released into the Spirit World in the form of Motes of Titanic Power. Collecting these motes allows Khaz'goroth to use his Titanforging Icon Titanforging ability.

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