As you progress V Rising, more and more items and gear levels are unlocked for you. One such item that is unlocked near the endgame is Soul Shards. These exist on both PvP and PvE servers and provide unique, albeit temporary, buffs to you, your clanmates, Castle fortifications, and servants. It is extremely useful for defending against Castle siege. PvE servers have multiple Soul Shards at any given instant, but in PvP servers, they only spawn once.
We do have to warn you that since the Soul Shards is an endgame item, there may be spoilers below. We’ll try to minimize the number of spoilers below but consider yourself warned.
Importance of Soul Shards
As you get to the endgame in the PvP server and near the end of the story, the game gets more involved in Castle Mechanics as you will be fortifying, repairing, and upgrading your Castle Strength. A lot of clans will be vying for a limited amount of material, and thus, trying to farm anything can quickly turn into large confrontations.
Friendly and Rival Clans will emerge within each server, with each clan looking to defend their Castles best. This is where Soul Shards come in. There are only three Soul Shards in any PvP server. They are unique and only spawn once in a server. Once a clan collects them, others will have to try to get them via Castle Sieges.
Soul Shards Buffs
Soul Shard of the Winged Horror has a defensive buff of increased Silver and Fire resistance (by 50) and an offensive buff of increasing your spell Critical Strike rate by 5% while also increasing your Spell Power by 10.
Soul Shard of Solarus offers an offensive buff that increases your Physical Power by 10, a 5% increase in your Primary Melee attack speed, and a defensive buff that increases your Sun Resistance by 50. These 2 Soul Stones in V Rising are the most sought-after by clans. Having even one of them in your possession is sure to cause a Castle Siege attempt.
Soul Shard of the Behemoth mainly offers defensive and neutral buffs and has been overseen by many players. However, we consider it to be an underdog, as its buffs complement the buffs from the Soul Shards mentioned above. This Shard increases your Garlic and Holy Resistance by 50, a 5% increase to your movement speed, and increases your Resource Yield by 20%.
PvP & PvE Server Configurations
V Rising can be played in either PvE or PvP servers. You can modify your PvP server to be a regular PvP, Full Loot PvP (referred to as ‘Hardcore PvP’ by the fanbase), or Duo PvP server. We briefly describe these servers below. Knowing the server configuration is important for finding V Rising Soul Shards items.
|PvE server||Recommended for beginners. You can explore freely on your own without worrying about being looted by other players.|
|PvP server||All game mechanics of the PvE server carry over. You can also be a part of or form your clan (max 4 players). Castles are also an integral part of the game, as you’ll be defending your and your clanmates’ castles and attacking other castles for loot and items.|
|Hardcore PvP server||Regular PvP server with the added twist that you lose all the loot you were carrying when you die. Castle raids are extremely frequent on these servers.|
|Duo PvP server||PvP server, but clans can only have 2 players.|
How To Find Soul Shards
As you reach the end game, you can build The Eye of Twilight, which requires 4 Gold Ingots and 4 Spectral Dust. Once you place The Eye of Twilight in your castle, your map will be updated with the spawn location of the three Soul Shards. You can also indulge in our Best Scales Farming Methods guide.
Note that the map actively tracks the V Rising Soul Shards, and anyone with The Eye of Twilight can see the instantaneous location of all three Soul Shards. This is how rival clans will know that you have Soul Shards, after which they can strategize and attack accordingly.
Each Soul Shard is tied to high-level bosses, so we recommend you’re at least 80-item level to ensure your success. For the sake of brevity, we only detail our recommendations against the bosses based on our encounters with them.
We advise you to fight these bosses with your clanmates, as tackling them one-on-one will be quite difficult. Not to say that soloing them is impossible; it’s just that in a race against time to collect the Soul Shards, your priority should be defeating the bosses as quickly as possible.
Solarus The Immaculate Boss
At spawn, the Soul Shard of Solarus is tied to Solarus the Immaculate. This boss is in the North-Eastern part of Silverlight Hills. The road to Solarus is long and populated with enemies that will swarm you as you reach him. You’ll also need Holy Resistance flasks to shield yourself from the Holy Radiation in the area.
Solarus is an 80-item level boss. He has a variety of strong melee and ranged attacks, so you and your teammates will need to be on your heels around him. Occasionally, an 80-item level Divine Angel will join the fight, so you and your clanmates can alternate between Solarus and the Divine Angel.
Gorecrusher The Behemoth Boss
The Soul Shard of the Behemoth is tied to Gorecrusher the Behemoth when first spawned in the Southern region of Cursed Forest. He is a level 78 boss with a range of dash and charge attacks. There aren’t any special tips against him, but we do recommend that you and your clanmates ‘attack and retreat’ him. The Behemoth does like to do a mid-air slam attack, so be on the lookout for it.
Did you know we have compared all weapons in V Rising? You can read about them in V Rising Weapons Tier List.
The Winged Horror Boss
This dragon-like resides in a difficult-to-reach area in Hallowed Mountains. To initiate this boss fight, you and your clanmates must have the ‘Bat Form’ available. It has an extremely powerful, fire-based attack that will restrict you from getting in close range of it. You can also read about Putrid Rat Boss.
It is in your best intention to attack The Winged Horror from range, dodging his fireball attacks. Many of his minions will join the fight, so alternate attacking between yourself and your clanmates.
How To Use Soul Shards In V Rising
If you thought the game was done throwing curveballs toward you, another one is coming! Once the bosses are defeated, and all three Soul Shards in V Rising have been collected, one of your clanmates (or you) will have to carry the Soul Shards to your castle physically.
Soul Shard Carry
You won’t be able to use any of your powers, mount a ride or go through any cave passages whilst carrying the Soul Shard. You’ll take additional 25% damage, and your movement speed will be reduced by 15%. It is essentially impossible to solo carry the Soul Shard to your Castle.
The clanmates will need to defend the Soul Shard carrier not only against the enemies along the way but also against rival clans who will be able to see a Soul Shard moving on their maps.
Soul Shard Pylon
The game won’t tell you what to do once you bring the Soul Shards to your castle. You need to place the Soul Shard on your Hotbar and use it at the base to turn it into a Soul Shard Pylon.
Each of the three unique Pylons in the game gives you and your clanmates the buff for 2 hours, with infinite uses. If you’re unsure which weapon to use, read our Best Weapons in V Rising guide.
With that, we conclude our comprehensive guide on V Rising Soul Shards. We hope that this guide answers all your queries about Soul Shards. You can voice your thoughts about V Rising in the comment section below.
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