Esben the Unwilling

Esben the Unwilling is the boss of the Ice Cave.

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Stats

HP: 60,000 (+20% [12,000 HP] per player in Dungeon)
DEF: 20
EXP: 10,000
Location: Ice Cave

Quest
Immune to Stasis
Immune to Stun
Immune to Paralyze
Immune to Daze


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Combat

Attacks

Aesthetics
Damage
Condition effects
Speed (tiles/sec)
Range (tiles)
Comments
Ice Burst
70
6.5
39
Pierces Armor
Pierces Players
Ice Burst
70
5
30
Pierces Armor
Pierces Players
Grey Boomerang
120
Quiet for 2s, Dazed for 4s
5.5
33
Orange Sonic Bat Wave
60
Unstable for 6s
6
36
Armor Pierce Bullet
100
6
36
Pierces Armor
Pierces Players

Behavior

Esben the Unwilling has 4 phases.

Phase 1:

Esben stays in the center of the room, rapidly alternating between the following attacks:

  • A two-armed spiral of purple armor-piercing shots that will quickly sweep the room, punctuated by dense omnidirectional bursts of orange waves that inflict Unstable.
  • Rapid barrages of armor-piercing icicles aimed at the nearest player. Projectiles in the barrage move at different speeds, making it difficult to navigate out of this unpredictable attack without taking damage.
  • Spreads of Grey Boomerangs, each aimed randomly in one of eight directions, that inflict Quiet and Daze. (Despite their name, they do not return to Esben upon being fired.)

The eight Cursed Graves evenly spaced around the room will aim very slow-moving yellow paralyzing balls at nearby players while spawning Icy Whirlwinds that slowly but steadily pursue players. Assign a high priority to the Whirlwinds’ purple confusing shurikens to make sure you don’t land on the Whirlwind itself, which can kill you very quickly due to its powerful shotgun of armor-piercing projectiles.

The four ice walls around Esben will block all of his attacks, but are destructible, and the fact that the new reworking of the Ice Cave lowered their HP may mean they are not present for long.

Phase 2:

Esben will switch between his human and monstrous states, completely invulnerable the whole time, and deliver some taunts. He will suddenly disappear and the space in which he used to be will begin to shoot rings of purple armor-piercing bullets, each ring increasing the count of bullets in the ring by 1. After that 8 Creepy Weird Dark Spirit Mirror Image Monsters will spawn around the room and jiggle around in place, shooting silver bullets in 5 different directions. Once they are defeated, Esben moves on to phase 3.

Phase 3:

Esben will transform into a human, become vulnerable, and plead for you to kill him. Nothing can damage you in this phase; focus all your firepower on Esben. Once he reaches half of his HP, Phases 1 and 2 will repeat. The second time he reaches this phase, he will remain vulnerable until only a sliver of his health remains, and he will transition into Phase 4.

Phase 4:

Esben will become invulnerable again and transform into a much larger Creepy Weird Dark Spirit Mirror Image Monster. 8 more Creepy Weird Dark Spirit Mirror Image Monsters that match Esben’s size will spawn and orbit the outskirts of the room. They will aim their high-damage silver bullets at Esben, damaging any players standing in the way but blocked by any walls. Once they have been killed, Esben becomes vulnerable for the last time and flees from players, rendered defenseless and unable to attack.

Drops

Tips and Strategies

  • The destructible ice blocks serve as a shield for Esben’s otherwise hard-to-dodge attacks. Do not destroy them, otherwise Esben’s attacks will become harder to avoid.

  • Do not let your guard down when you destroy the graves. If you move in to investigate the at-the-moment-stunned Esben, be aware that he will explode into lots of purple armor-piercing bullets.

  • Before he was reworked to make the fight more diffiult, Esben was one of the easiest bosses to kill in a supposedly near-end-game dungeon. He was changed to force Phase 1 to occur twice in every fight, no matter the DPS of the players fighting him. In addition, the Creepy Weird Dark Spirit Mirror Image Monsters now deal more damage and the larger versions were given the ability to attack.

  • The Esben fight gives a large amount of EXP and fame.