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The Gardener

Last updated: Exalt Version 1.3.2.0 (Feb 2021)
The Gardener

The Gardener is an event enemy spawned during Valentine’s Day 2021 and for certain events. He drops a guaranteed portal to Belladonna’s Garden.

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Stats

HP: 180,000 (+20% [36,000 HP] per player in Realm)
DEF: 10
EXP: 4,000
Location: Midlands, Highlands

Quest Monster
Immune to Stasis
Immune to Paralyzed
Immune to Stunned

Counts toward Humanoid Kills
Counts toward God Kills

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Combat

Attacks

Aesthetics
Damage
Condition effects
Speed (tiles/sec)
Range (tiles)
Comments
Blue Bubble
145
Red Down Arrow Slowed for 2s
8.5
≈15
Acceleration: -4.5 tiles/sec2 after 1s
Min Speed: 0
Passes cover Shots pass through obstacles
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Gardener Water Bolt
150
Gold Four Pointed Star Armor Broken for 2s
4.5
13.5
Passes cover Shots pass through obstacles
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Gardener Water Combo
125
4.5
≈14.5
Acceleration: 13.5 tiles/sec2 after 1s
Max Speed: 10
Passes cover Shots pass through obstacles
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Armor Piercing Ignores defense of target
Watering Can
125
6.5
26
Passes cover Shots pass through obstacles
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Armor Piercing Ignores defense of target
Gardener Water Splash
110
1.5
1.8
Passes cover Shots pass through obstacles
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Armor Piercing Ignores defense of target
Parametric Shots are parametric
Magnitude: 1.6
Pink Balloon
100
Yellow Swirl Dazed for 2s
Radius: 3
Throw Time: 1.5s
Green Balloon
150
Radius: 3
Throw Time: 1.5s

Attacks (Bucket of Water)

Aesthetics
Damage
Condition effects
Speed (tiles/sec)
Range (tiles)
Comments
Gardener Water Combo
100
8.5
8.5
Piercing Shots hit multiple targets
Armor Piercing Ignores defense of target
Light Blue AoE
100
Radius: 2

Attacks (Gardener Lawnmower)

Aesthetics
Damage
Condition effects
Speed (tiles/sec)
Range (tiles)
Comments
Gardener Water Splash
120
0
0
Lifetime: 3s

Behavior

The Gardener will spawn in the Realm and be marked with a Quest Marker once all Cyclops Gods have been slain. He is found in a setpiece resembling a circular, flowered grassy area bordered by a dirt path. Once a player enters his setpiece, he will immediately begin his attack.
“What are you doing here?”

Phase 1 (100% HP)

Taunt: “One more step forward and you get wet!”
The Gardener cycles between rings of decelerating Slowing bubbles, Armor Breaking water bolts, and accelerating armor-piercing splashes in order. He will also frequently throw out a ring of six green water balloons around him that deal heavy AoE damage, cycling through 4 throw distances in order of increasing radius.

The Gardener transitions to Phase 2 at 70% HP.

Phase 2

Taunt: “It is very important to water the garden!”
The Gardener throws out a ring of Water Buckets that rotate around the perimeter of the arena, pulsing damaging blue AoEs and periodically firing water splashes towards the center of the arena. Note that there are two gaps in the ring of Water Buckets, opposite from each other (and thus two gaps in the converging bullet rings).

Meanwhile, the Gardener himself will be firing parametric water swirls that fly closely around him, while throwing six triplets of Dazing AoE pink balloons at the nearest player. After throwing six triplets of bombs, he will stop throwing for ~4 seconds before repeating the attack.

The Gardener transitions to Phase 3 at 33% HP.

Phase 3

Taunt: “Let me show you my watering cans!”
All Buckets of Water despawn as the Gardener throws out two golden Gardener Lawnmowers that orbit him in opposite directions at two different orbit distances, leaving behind trails of stationary water bullets. The Gardener will be firing a 2-way clockwise spiral of twin water bucket shots that pierce armor.

When he dies, all active minions despawn.

Reproduction

Spawns:
Bucket of Water Bucket of Water (x10)
Gardener Lawnmower Gardener Lawnmower (x2)

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Drops

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Tips & Strategies

His regular bullets are rather trivial to avoid, but his water balloon bombs do devastating damage and cover a deceptively wide area. Predict where they will land and avoid them at all costs, especially since they have a tendency to overlap.

In Phase 2, rotating with the gaps in the bullet rings created by the Water Buckets will spare you from having to actively slip through the individual bullets. Beware of his rapid Dazing explosive barrage, however - decoys can help lure out his bombs.

In his final phase, staying close to him will both make you safe from the Gardener Lawnmowers as well as minimize how much you have to move to rotate with his spiral attack.

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