Achates is a guardian and raid level 3 boss in Lost Ark. He is the final level 3 guardian and is required to beat in order to unlock level 4 raids. You get high-tier legendary equipment rewards after defeating Achates. Although beating the boss is not a simple task, I’ll discuss all the strategies to beat it.
How To Reach Achates
Firstly, all guardian raid bosses are locked for endgame and can only be accessed at level 60. Plus, you’ll need to have a specific Item Level in order to fight Achates. The boss requires an item level of 920. Not only do you need to meet the level requirements, but you also need to clear Raid 1 and 2 completely before you get a chance to fight Achates in Lost Ark.
Following Raid 2, these bosses need to be beaten to unlock Achates:
- Flame Fox Yoho
Special Attacks of Achates
Following are Achates’ Special attacks in Lost Ark;
- Stone Statue Summon
- Power Up
- Roar Attack
- Annihilation Ability
- Curse Attack
Stone Statue Summon
Achates initiates the Stone Statue Special attack at around 20% HP loss, teleporting to the battlefield center and becoming invincible. He summons 1, 2, or 4 stone statues marked on the mini-map. Destroying statues drop yellow, green, and blue stones. Achates forms a shield (yellow, green, or blue), breakable by matching stones; two throws are needed to dismantle it. Act quickly, as he can rebuild the shield. Failing results in damage.
Continuous Light Explosion circles spawn during the statue summoning. Dodge them while dismantling Achates’ defense. Failure to break the shields leads to his enrage. Once shields are down, Achates’ wings are exposed, vulnerable to damage. Use corrosive bombs for massive damage, increasing combat skill effectiveness.
After 1 minute into the battle, Achates will start to power up. The move can be easily marked when you learn its attack pattern. You will see the boss gathering large amounts of energy in its wings. However, when Achates is powering up, he becomes vulnerable to your attacks. Use that moment to deal damage to Achates with everything you’ve got.
If you are unable to destroy Achates’ shields during statue summoning, then he will be enraged. Enraged guardian bosses will often use the Roar attack, which is quite an irritating move. This attack will cause debuffs on your character, and your character’s attack power will be diminished. The only way to remove that debuff is by staggering Achates. It is recommended to destroy his shields, so Achates is never enraged.
Another special attack that Achates only uses when enraged is Annihilation. The attack starts by pulling every player towards Achates, and the boss will start gathering energy. When he is done gathering energy, he will release an overpowered attack capable of one-shotting players in close range. I recommend moving away from it as soon as Achates starts pulling you in.
The Curse attack is another irritating move of Achates in Lost Ark. That attack will slowly cause your CO-OP partners to die unless countered. Basically, Achates will mark two players with a curse. Red and Blue marks will appear on top of these players.
In order to break the curse, those two players need to stay close to each other for a specific amount of time. Otherwise, the player with a red mark will slowly lose his health over time, leading to his inevitable death.
General Attacks of Achates
Following are Achates’ General attacks in Lost Ark;
- Earthquake Attack
- Wing Attack
- Flying Charge Ability
- Light Explosion AOE
- Breath Attack
- Light Field
- Scorch Mark
It is a chain attack performed by Achates. The Guardian boss will jump and smash the ground, dealing damage. He will also summon rifts inside the boss room. Achates will then jump again and slam once more, but this time, those rifts will also explode.
- You’ll need to be quick in maneuvering your way through the attack because if you get caught inside a rift explosion, it will knock you down.
- As long as you are fast and stay within range, you should easily avoid the Earthquake of Achates.
In the Wing Attack, Achates will again fly up. He will then flap his wings and push the wind towards you. It will lead you to get knocked if you don’t dodge or stay at range. Achates might even spam the move more than once, as well.
Flying Charge Ability
Achates will sometimes fly towards a specific player. He will charge through anything in his path and deal damage to everyone there. It is advised to get out of his way when Achates goes into his charging position.
Achates might even follow up his first charge with another. But the second charge is very difficult to dodge as he disappears before performing this move.
Light Explosion AOE
Achates will send waves of light explosions towards a player it targets. The only way to dodge these explosions is by staying at close range when he performs that attack. Otherwise, Light Explosions are strong enough to kill you in an instant.
Again, Achates might even follow up these explosions with more explosions. If he does follow up, then staying at close range is not going to save you. Quickly run away or dodge that attack; otherwise, you’ll get knocked down.
Achates will apply his breath attack in 3 different ways. His normal method includes using a breath attack on a player in front of him. If you get hit by the breath, then it’ll cause a Scorch debuff. Just dodge toward the left or right to miss that normal breath attack.
- Another modified version of the breath attack is using that breath to perform an AOE and hit everything in front.
- It increases the effective range of breath attacks, and more players get damaged with a debuff.
- Sometimes, Achates will even rotate while breathing, performing a deadly version of his breath attack.
- It can damage anyone around him as it has a bigger hitbox.
It is another AOE attack that is very hard to dodge at close range. Achates will bring forth circles on the ground, which cover a huge part of his field. Then he will shoot light hails into those circles. Although the attack can be dodged, it requires accuracy and precision to do so. You can only dodge it by either staying in that invincible part of circles or simply running away during Light Field Attack.
Yet again, another AOE attack from Achates, Scorch Mark, can target any one player on the battlefield. This attack includes a black circle surrounding the player that will steadily get smaller. Once that circle shrinks to the player, a flame field will appear below that player and will stay there for some time.
Counter Attack on Achates
It is possible to counter-attack Achates and stagger him to deal massive damage. But the window to pull it off using a counter-attack affix is very small and precise. When Achates glows blue, that is your cue to cast a counter-attack affix. It will stagger him out of his animation, and he will remain knocked out for a few seconds. This opening will give your CO-OP friends to deal a huge chunk of damage on their health bar.
Achates will take 15% more damage from Dark Skills, so make sure to equip those. Following combat items are recommended to deal maximum damage to Achates;
- HP Potion
- Corrosive Bomb
Rewards For Defeating Achates
Battling Achates is very tough, but it also comes with great rewards once you do beat him. Achates himself drops Tier 2 Accessories, Upgrade Materials, and Ability Stones, as well as rare drops, including Runes, Engraving Books, and Cards upon defeat. You also have a chance to earn some of the following items from this raid;
- Splendid Monarch Necklace
- Destruction Stone
- Splendid Pulverizer Earrings
- Guardian Stone
- Splendid Monarch Earrings
- Life Leapstone
- Tier 2 Epic Ability Stone
- Achates Card
- Splendid Monarch Ring
- Rare Class Engraving Recipe
- Epic Class Engraving Recipe
- Splendid Pulverizer Ring
- Rare Skill Rune
Lost Ark is Tripod and Smilegate Studio’s latest take on the role-playing genre with multiplayer elements embedded in gameplay. The game offers a massive catalog of islands to explore, and tons of raid bosses to fight, and Achates is one such raid boss. Islands in Lost Ark include Asura, Cradle of the Sea Fermata, Turtle, Lagoon, Snowpang, and Lush Reed Island.
Our Islands in Lost Ark guide explains in detail every island you will come across in the game. Treasure Chests in Lost Ark are scattered on these islands and are available for you to loot. Every island is also rich in Resources to make your exploration worthwhile.
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