Battling the Ethera

As a Dark Champion minion released in the 2nd Kenashi Update, Ethera is not one to be trifled with. It sports a good 140 upkeep and a plethora of moves and a complex AI that is able to overpower any  unsuspecting player.

I decided to do some investigation myself and figure out Ethera‘s movesets while battling against one of my friend’s stronghold. For one, I must say that I’m really intrigued and impressed by how much effort GL has put into this new champion minion.
Here are my observations:

When in normal mode (chained up and walking):

*If she loses her chain shield in this mode, she will not be able to initiate her chain attacks.
*As of the first Forsaken Sands update, she has increased health regeneration in this phase, making it important to ‘break’ her out of this mode fast.

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Ethera in Chained Mode (source)

Single Slash
Short-ranged single-target attack. Like the dual blades ending attack, she sends a single stroke shockwave in the direction she is facing in a semi-circular range. Deals low-moderate damage
*This is when you’re very close to her.

Chain attack (Ground)
Long-ranged homing point-damage attack. A single chain comes up from below the ground. Deals moderate damage, with damage over time and chance of slow.
*This is often done when you’re not in her field of vision.

Chain attack (front)
Long-ranged point-damage attack. Her chain is aimed straight towards you. Deals moderate damage with chance of stun.
*This is done when you’re within her field of vision but not very close to her.

 

When in transformed mode (floating around with hair up):

*Animation Model here
*Instantly gains the chain shield back if she lost it in her normal mode, she also becomes significantly bigger with a larger aura.
*Even without her chain shield in this mode, she can initiate all of her chain attacks.

Single Large Slash
Similar to the Single Slash move, she sends a larger one, semi-circular range shockwave in front of her. Deals moderate damage.
*This is when you’re very close to her.

Chain attack (Ground)
Long-ranged homing attack. Chain erupts from underneath 3 times instead of once. (ie, if you’re moving, it’ll appear in 3 locations according to your last-walked path) Deals heavy damage with damage over time with chance of slow.
*This is often done when you’re not in her field of vision.

Chain attack (front)
Long-ranged, single target, Extends her chain outwards in a straight line and if it connects to you, she pulls herself to your location. Target takes heavy damage with damage over time and chance of stun.
*This is done when you’re within her field of vision but not very close to her.

Dark Burst
AOE multiple damage attack, the burst erupts from a single point and radiates outwards, target takes multiple damage if caught within the blast radius with damage over time and chance of slow.
*This is done when she is about to change back to normal mode and if you’re relatively close to her.

In both modes, her chain is offensive and defensive: giving her the chain attacks (as above), and her protective shield.

If she loses her chain in either mode, she will regain it when she transforms to her alternate mode. (eg. if no chain shield in her normal mode, she will gain it in her transformed mode)
However, if she has her chain on in either mode, she will NOT have it when she transforms to her other form (*take note of this as it can be used as a tactic to take her down).

Interestingly, her chain shield functions like a Lurker’s shell, giving her high level of defence and will break off after a (large) number of hits. It also acts like Voror knight’s shield, giving her the ability to reflect all ranged attacks (including launched spells/normal attacks, except AOE spells).

Here’s my suggested strategy:

(1) Clear off all the other minions first (important!) and keep running about especially to be not within her field of vision.

(2) Do NOT damage her at all in her normal mode, let her keep her chain shield on so when she transforms into her other mode, she will lose it.

(3) When she transforms, immediately go in for the kill by:

(a) close-ranged melee OR
(b) your ranged attack/spells from far but keeping a safe range while moving around her. Use stun/slow equipment if possible.

Alternatively, after clearing off the other minions, you can opt to destroy her chain shield first in normal mode so she can’t initiate her chain attacks, making her very weak against ranged. But you’ll risk her gaining the chain shield back, making her rather invincible in her other mode.

Hope this helps. And let me know whether there’s any corrections as I was trying out a lower level Ethera (T4) and only battled a few T5s. Thanks.

*Disclaimer: Images used in this post were taken from the Dungeon Hunter 5 Wiki

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