W101-Aphrodite-Skeleton-Key-Boss-Guide-HeaderGuide to Aphrodite’s Tendrils

Aphrodite Two is a boss in Darkmoor’s Graveyard instance. You will need a gold Skeleton Key to enter her lair. She can be accessed without doing any of the fights in The Graveyard. Just walk to the left when you’re ported in, and follow the wall until you find the locked gate.

The Tendrils

You’ll actually be fighting Aphrodite’s Tendrils, and they come in three flavors. Death (Boss), Life (Boss), and Myth (Elite Mob). Which Tendrils you get seems to be random. In one fight I had three Life and a Death, zero Myth. In another I had two Life and two Myth, no Death. Although I figure you’re likely to get at least one of each, for most fights.

W101-Aphrodite-Life-Tendril

  • 25,336 HP
  • 15% Pierce
  • Resists Stun

W101-Aphrodite-Death-Tendril

  • 20,118 HP
  • 25% Pierce
  • Resists Stun

W101-Aphrodite-Myth-Tendril

  • 15,582 HP
  • 10% Pierce
  • Can be Stunned

This fight is actually pretty simple, as long as you understand the cheats:

Hiss

Aphrodite will pollinate you at the beginning of every turn, unless you hit one of the tendrils. This is a life DoT attack That does around 400 damage up front and around 300 per turn for three turns to all players. Additionally, this attack leaves a Virulent Plague, Infection, and Black Mantle on all players.

To stop this from happening, simply hit one or more of the tendrils every round. They will “hiss” when attacked, and the cheat won’t happen next turn. Hitting multiple times in one round does not stop the cheat for multiple rounds. You must hit at least one tendril every round.

DoT Spells

If you cast a DoT spell on any tendril, it will respond according to its school. Life will cast Mass Triage, Myth will cast Shift, and Death will use Deer Knight.

Blades and Damage Bubbles

When a player casts a blade (or a damage bubble), the tendril directly across from them will cast two cheats. One cheat triggers immediately, and another triggers at the end of the turn. These cheats, again, are different for each school.

  • Life will cast Forest Lord immediately, then Guidance at the end of the round.
  • Death will cast Scarecrow immediately, then an (item) Feint with 75%/20% values at the end of the round.
  • Myth will cast Earthquake immediately, then Stun at the end of the round.

Just so it’s clear, the tendril opposite you will cheat. You don’t want to blade if you’re across from a Myth tendril.

Which one is opposite me?

Here are the opposite positions in the dueling circle, by icon.

  • Moon – Spiral
  • Star – Ruby
  • Eye – Key
  • Sun – Dagger

Tendril Strategy

Strategy for this fight is pretty straightforward. You can trap freely, so one or two players on the team should focus on Feinting one or more of the tendrils while everyone takes turns wanding a single, un-trapped tendril. Assuming your “hammer” is in the fourth position, you should be able to double or triple feint the last tendril on the turn they cast a big AoE and drop them all at once.

Alternatively, a team with a bunch of AoE attacks could probably make short work of these guys with everyone taking turns buffing and hitting also.

Either way, as long as you work around the cheats, this is a relatively easy fight with some great drops.

 

Aphrodite’s Loot

Do note that any socketed jewels you can see on the gear below, don’t drop from Aphrodite.

Aphrodite Universal Wand
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Polished Damage Ruby +22 W101-L95-Polished-Ruby-Jewel

Polished Accurate Hematite +10% polished-accurate-hematite

Cracked Energy Opal +1 cracked energy opal +1

Devotion Opal devotion opal

Snow Drift Sapphire Snow Drift Sapphire triangle jewel

Orichalcum W101-Orichalcum-Reagent

Mithril W101-Mithril-Reagent

Sacred Charge

Sacred Charge

 

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Nick

Nick originally created Duelist101 and helped the Final Bastion team immensely when getting started. Many of his articles from Duelist101 have made it the Final Bastion, a testament to how useful they have been!

3 COMMENTS

  • death tendril DOES have cheat for DOT, casts deer knight

    • Thank you! I added that information 🙂

  • I think the best strategy is:
    Everyone except the hitter put on Max resistance gear. Max accuracy(siede staff?).
    No sense for the hitter even entering fight “until” the feints are on
    all but the last plant.
    One person spams one plant tendral, the others feint or spam(if necessary)
    and flee before they die, to regain health, {coordinate flees}.
    When the hitter enters cleanse and heal the hitter while he accumulates pips for his hits,
    hopefull taking out most of the tendrals, except the spammed one.
    If you are a life and you want to heal, put sanctuary up “early”, use adapt,
    and rebirth every round you can to keep the team healed.

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