Picking the Locks – Ixcax CursedWing
Can you believe that Ixcax CursedWing has been around for almost a year? How time flies! Time to take a trip down memory lane. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to duel this mysterious Pterodactyl yet, head on over to the Black Sun Pyramid in Three Points for a new challenge and a chance at very interesting rewards.
Fair warning, you will have to fight your way through the first 2 levels of the pyramid every time. In the first room you will fight a pair of death minions, and the second room you will face 2-4 storm minions. Finally, you will encounter a face we know too well… Belloq! Fear not! You can skip this battle if you like but you will have to flee because he will indeed pull you in.
On top of that, you require a stone skeleton key to fight Ixcax. This is probably the main reason this boss isn’t as popular as other bosses. If you want quick and easy ways to obtain stone keys, I recommend visiting some of these spots:
- Lower Zigazag – 1st fire boss (Kus’Bhid) + wood key room
- House of Scales
- Avalon bosses – Pendragon, Bane Wyrm, etc.
What to Expect!
Ixcax CursedWing – Rank 13 Storm Boss – 24,000 hp
3 Tzeltan Cohort – Rank 12 Death Minions – 6,200 hp
Be prepared to get hit with multiple Crows as minions tend to cast them quite often. As you cannot completely prevent the chance to be beguiled, hope you always start first or carry death dispels just in case. Another way you can avoid accidentally defeating an ally is to defeat the enemies with single target hits but that might take longer.
If a feint is cast on the boss, Ixcax will cast a regular feint back on the caster. To counter this, either death dispel or use any feint except regular on her. That way the boss will have 2 traps: +80% and +30%.
If a Death Blade is casted on Ixcax CursedWing, she will disarm it and instead cast a Virulent Plague on you. Therefore, make sure you keep a couple cleanse charms handy, just in case Ixcax’s minions feel generous with blades.
This is a particularly interesting cheat! At the end of round 5 (and every other 5 rounds after that), Ixcax will cast a mass cleanse ward on her team. This will remove every single negative trap as well as any prisms. She will then cast a mass prism that converts any damage to a specific school.
When you defeat an enemy, the rest will go ahead and cheat cast auras. Ixcax will cast Berserk and the minions will cast Fortify.
I recommend inviting an entire team including a healer just in case things go sideways. Storm hitters need to carry storm prisms for Ixcax, and make sure your hitter isn’t directly facing the boss as Ixcax tends to use enfeeble.
- Support / Support / Healer / Hitter
- Potent Feint / TC Feint / Blade / Blade or Prism
- Buff / Buff / Buff / Buff or Aura
- Buff / Buff / Buff / Hit
This process will vary because of the beguile effect from Crow the minions tend to use.
The gear might not be the most attractive out there but it does bring a few interesting choices, specially with ward hats and boots. The mounts will most definitely interest you the most. There aren’t that many bosses that drop mounts in the Spiral so far!
Credit to MatthewLegendCaster
Credit to MatthewLegendCaster
- Gold Skeleton Key
- Stone Skeleton Key
- Supernova treasure card
- Mote of Severity / Eternity / Transport / Wisdom
- Various Aztecan themed furniture
If you would like toÂ contribute by providing any of the missing drops in the comments below, you will be credited in the article.
After defeating Ixcax CursedWing for the first time you will be granted the badge ‘Ixnay on the Ixcax‘.
Will you take on this challenge? If so, let us know what you think in the comments below!