Neverwinter Ravenloft brought the new endgame dungeon Castle Ravenloft (CR). If you are familiar with most group content in Neverwinter, you will find this dungeon stands out as somewhat unique in terms of design. It features a very heavy focus on mechanics and a limited one on actually dealing damage to opponents. This guide aims to explain these mechanics, in order to hopefully make this dungeon more accessible to players. It was written and authored by Janne Moonmist, Lightbringer, and Sharpedge. The second part of the guide can be found here.
More Challenge, More Resistance Ignored
With CR, the amount of Resistance Ignored you will need has been increased from 85% in previous content to 100% here. This is only for enemies considered bosses, but I do not see a reason to have loadouts with varying Resistance Ignored for each enemy type. Enemies’ Resistance Ignored has not changed however and they still only have 15%. All three bosses have roughly 1.2 billion Hit Points, making them quite resilient. With the exception of the last boss, the fights will take a little longer than most groups are used to.
Damage mitigation plays a major role, especially at the final boss. I strongly recommend taking a party featuring both a Guardian Fighter and a Devotion Paladin, purely for additional layers of mitigation. However if the Guardian Fighter does not deal any damage, you would probably be better off with another DPS. Here is a list of exceptionally useful damage mitigation tools for this dungeon, for reducing the difficulty of some mechanics:
- Anointed Army – DC, Anointed Champion
- Divine Armour – DC, Either Paragon
- Divine Protector – OP, Protection
- Knight’s Valor – GF
- Lion Combat Power – Mount
- Shield of Faith – OP
- Wheel of Elements Artifact: Earth
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