W101 Drowned Dan – Skeleton Key Boss


The summer 2022 update began a  massive change in Wizard101’s Skeleton Key bosses. Wooden and stone keys are being phased out and gold keys will be the primary way to unlock all the new key bosses. Gold keys will mainly be found through events and as drops from existing key bosses. The update has introduced 10 new key bosses. Four of these are brand new, while the other six are old key bosses revamped with a higher difficulty. One of the newly introduced Skeleton Key Boss is named Drowned Dan, let’s check him out in this article!

Boss Location


Drowned Dan can be found in the Science Center in the Arboretum, which is at the center of the map. He’s located in the same tower as the side quest boss Praxus. You’ll need 1 golden key to be able to access this boss.

The Fight


Drowned Dan has 4 Level Bands:

  • Tier 4 – Levels 110-150 – Drowned Dan is a Rank 20 Life Boss, the minions are Rank 19 Ice Elite
  • Tier 3 – Levels 66-109 – Drowned Dan is a Rank 14 Life Boss, the minions are Rank 13 Ice Elite
  • Tier 2 – Levels 51-65 – Drowned Dan is a Rank 10 Life Boss, the minions are Rank 9 Ice Elite
  • Tier 1 – Levels 1-50 – Drowned Dan is a Rank 9 Life Boss, the minions are Rank 8 Ice Elite

Boss’ Stats

 

Rank 20 Boss

Classification: Undead

 

Masteries

15,350

~115%

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24%

100%

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Known Spells

  

 

Rank 14 Boss

Classification: Undead

 

Masteries

10,235

~90%

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24%

90%

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Known Spells

    

 

Rank 9 Boss

Classification: Undead

 

Masteries

5,120

~35%

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Known Spells

 

Cheats and Battle Process


At the beginning of the battle a helpful message will appear saying:

It basically means you need to defeat all the minions to get a code. However, you must do this one minion at a time.

During first round Drowned Dan will cast an Invulnerability aura giving him immunity to any damage. (Casting Supernova will make Drowned Dan recast this aura).

 

 

After casting the aura, he will reveal the first number in a four digit code. You’ll need the full code in order to get rid of his aura. Every time you defeat a minion, he will reveal another digit from the code.

Attempting to use an AOE hit to kill the minions all at once will result in the boss healing everyone in his team (including himself) to full health.

After you’ve successfully defeated all the minions you will be left with the full code.

Now you’ll need to hit the boss with spells of the same pip value as the order of the code. Note that you have to include the different pip costs in your deck.  Since the code is random for each fight, a possible strategy is to have one player pack hits costed 1-3 pips, one 4-6 pips, etc. An alternative is to have everyone fill their sideboard with one hit per pip value, allowing you to break the code in a single round.

For example, for the 4 7 3 11 code you would use a sequence of spells like this in this order:

For every successful hit you will get messages like:

(If you manage to mess up the code you will have to start over from the first digit / rank.)

After the spells are cast, the boss will no longer have his aura on and you can finish the battle normally.

Rewards


Just like the other bosses Drowned Dan also drops around 16 spellements from the Celestian Spellemental Pack every fight. He can also occasionally drop some gear from the said pack.

 

The Badge


Defeating this boss will grant you another badge to the Skeleton Key Bosses category, this one is called ‘Undead Pirate’s Scourge’.

 

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stormbreaker

Wizard101 player since 2012. Stormbreaker is mainly interested in PvE and game’s storyline. Even though he’s not really into PvP, he likes doing tournaments once in a while. Other interest include crafting and fishing for rare items across the Spiral.

11 COMMENTS

  • This is one of my favorite bosses in the game. The code cheat is a ton of fun to figure out.

  • I did find a creative solution for the minions. Last night when I was farming with a friend, I had a suggestion that he uses the level 118 Mirage spell and kill off the minions this way. Because that doesn’t count as an AoE, it shouldn’t trigger him to cheat. My suggestion was intended to be a joke, but it actually did work, we were able to deal damage to all of them and the boss didn’t react. This likely was not intended though.

    • It does not work any longer 😔
      He got pissed when even targeting 1 guy with Mirage spells.

  • Why is there no team up option for this boss I tried to do with it someone else says busy

    • There was a bug, where the boss didn’t appear when using team up to access some key bosses. The team up option was temporarily removed until the bug can be fixed.

      • I honestly think that them removing team up there was intended. The problem with allowing skeleton key team ups is that anyone of any level can gain access to them. Because you cannot get rewards if you are below your tier, people wouldn’t want to farm the boss if a level 1 joins, making it so they don’t get drops.

  • If you do the level 50 fight, do the codes still go as high up as 11, even though you dont have access to such high rank spells? And is it 16 spellements regardless of tier?

    • Unless there was an oversight, they’d probably limit it to spells that one would reasonably have at that level, like the tier 1 version likely wouldn’t require spells above rank 7.

  • Is it easy enough for 2? Or is it hard as the storm titan with two?

    • Yes, it’s possible. The fight itsel isn’t really hard, you just have to defeat the minions, do the code and defeat the boss.

  • Nice! I like that code cheat, it’s creative 🙂

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