Velah, and the DDO forums, both known for devastating flame attacks
As mentioned previously, one of this year’s first goals is to get my Gamer Girl through the Vault of Night. Her badass rogue Yazdia is prepped and waiting, level 12, and has stopped earning XP to avoid accidentally going above level.
I’ve gotten my formerly failed Favored Soul – now revamped and rebuilt as a melee FvS/Paladin – also prepped and waiting at level 12. Diabola has earned herself a Calomel weapon, while my Gamer Girl has chosen to pass on the Calomel in favor of her green steel Mineral II rapier.
We are prepped and equipped and flagged and eager.
Now all we need is companions. Oh, and some idea how to run the raid. The quest has changed since back in the day when I used to run it constantly, a lot. I am not sure I’ve run it successfully on Heroic since … DDO went free to play? Epics were introduced? A very long time. Very.
Even the DDO Wiki article is failing me as it is talking primarily about how to beat the quest on Epic. Heroic is a footnote: “Exactly the same as above except there are no Djinni”. Is it really that simple? Why doesn’t the article even mention the old Hero method? Or Bee Breath? Or … well … the things I need to know to feel confident leading a VON6 raid on Elite at level 12.
So I appealed to the forums. Sometimes this works and you get helpful information. Sometimes you get ignored. Usually you get insulted as well as helped or ignored. But I am desperate, and my desperation overcomes my natural antipathy. Soon, I’ve posted a plea for information. Later, I tentatively half-cover my face and try to peek at the resulting thread with slotted eyes and peripheral vision, hoping to avoid the worst of the flames therein, and am both surprised and pleased that there are no flames at all.
Just a series of helpful tips. Huh. Helpful and flame-free. Who’d have figured?
I’ll save you all the trauma of visiting the forums directly and transcribe the tips here:
Monsters do still spawn on each of the bases. The difference is that there are no shields blocking the towers.
Bard fascinate is still useful in disabling the monsters for a short time.
The Hero method could work, but with spawns and eggs appearing at specific intervals I don’t believe it will work as well as it use to.
I would recommend a main group on the Dragon and alternating healing with Mass Cure Light/Moderate and scrolls of Mass Cure Moderate.
There’s no djinn on heroic, so you just gotta kill the pillars together.
Velah still does her breath which is still devastating.
If no one’s in melee range, things go bad quickly.
The hero method still works, however with a group of TR’s/vets that know what they’re doing it’s entirely possible to take Velah down before the breath, especially with an ice sorc or two spamming frost lance and otiluke’s.
Also dont forget spell absorption item if you are going to ice base, 250 dmg per polar ray which I find to be ridiculous.
Did EE reclaiming the rift now, casters hit for 280 with polar ray, that quest is around 14-15 lvls higher than he von6.
Keep in mind that Velah is vulnerable to cold on heroic. Healing is easier than it used to be on heroic, but can still be overwhelming, from what I’ve seen. If you have multiple characters than can heal, I’d assign each to a particular character, targeting them with alternating mass cures and single targets to keep them up.
Ranged attackers (archers, casters) can hammer her down very quickly now, but if you get a bunch of people who die, things can domino more quickly than in epic. She doesn’t wait very long to start throwing Cometfall if no one is in front of her, and she regens very quickly. Add to that a lower number of characters that can Raise Dead, and things can go sideways swiftly.
The basic difference:
On epic, prepping means you get Djinns almost dead, then when the kill order comes, kill djinn+pillar.
On heroic, prepping means you pound the pillars close to dead. Then when the kill order comes, kill pillars.
So there you have it. Protips for bringing down Velah at level 12. All of which I intend to apply whilst defeating her and helping earn the first-ever victory for my Gamer Girl.
Hopefully you’ll be reading about it soon. Actual “soon”, not Turbine “Soon™”
🙂 😀 🙂