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The Puppet Master (Encore)

The Puppet Master (Encore)

The Puppet Master (Encore Version) (referred to in-game simply as The Puppet Master) is the boss of the Puppet Master’s Encore.

The Realm Eye says:
A former travelling act, the Puppet Master planted his feet in the realm after Oryx requested that he become this kingdom’s jester.
Madly obsessed with the art of puppetry, he worked out a deal with Oryx to infuse his creations with living souls to enhance his performances.
In the afterlife, the Puppet Master bargained with a shadowy figure willing to reincarnate him with greater strength if he relinquished his army of puppet souls for the entity’s own use.

Contents

Stats:

HP: 90,000 (+20% [18,000 HP] per player in Dungeon)
DEF: 40
EXP: 10,000
Location: Puppet Master’s Encore

Immune to Stasis
Immune to Stun
Immune to Paralyze

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Combat

Attacks

Aesthetics Damage Condition effects Speed (tiles/sec) Range (tiles) Comments
Jester Bolt
150
3
15
Pierces
Jester Bolt
80
6
18
Jester Bolt
150
5
10
Pierces
Puppet Green Wheel
70
Pet Stasis for 5s
8
16
Pierces
Puppet Green Wheel
55
Pet Stasis for 7s
3.5
24.5
Pierces
Red Bomb
150
Radius: 4

Behavior

The Puppet Master (Encore Version) does not move and is located in the middle of the room. Upon activation, he will say:
“Hello, Hero. Did you truly think that I was gone forever?”
“No! I cannot allow you to end my story in such a way.”
“Behold!”
“You fail to appreciate my puppets, hero… You do not understand my art. If you cannot be sensible of their beauty then you must die.”
“You cannot return from whence you came. Face me now, hero and prepare to become the finest of my puppets when I am done with you!”

He will spawn Cursed Blasts throughout the whole fight. Whenever a puppet is active, he will be shooting small green pet stasising bullets in a spiral-shaped pattern.

Phase 1:

During the first phase, he will shoot out rings of large green pet stasis bullets. If he is not killed enough, he will fire wide, rapid spreads of blue bolts both above and below him.
When The Puppet Master is damaged enough, he will say: “Awaken, my dear puppet. Hunt them dowm!” (there is a typo in the word down) The Huntress Puppet will activate.

Phase 2:

After the Huntress Puppet is destroyed, the Puppet Master will become vulnerable and say: “How dare you destroy my prized puppet! You shall pay for this with your life!”. He will start shooting rings of large green bullets, as well as 3-round shotguns of blue bolts at the nearest player.
When enough damage is dealt, he will say: “Awaken, my dear puppet. Fear its blades!” and the Trickster Puppet will activate.

Phase 3:

When the Trickster Puppet is killed, He will say: “No! You will suffer for destroying my precious puppets!” and becomes vulnerable again. He will Armor himself and shoot out wide waves of blue bolts above and below him.
When the necessary amount of damage is dealt, he will say: “Awaken, my puppets, and avenge your fallen brethren. Destroy these so-called heroes, leave them to rot here and become one with the dust.”
The Puppet of Pain and the Puppet of Chaos activate.

Final Phase:

When the Puppet of Pain and Chaos both die, the puppet Master will be vulnerable and he will say: “I will rend your souls from your bodies and turn you into my puppet slaves when this is over!” During this phase he will shoot out rapid rings of large green pet stasising bullets, spreads of blue bolts along one of the cardinal directions, and single blue bolts aimed at the nearest player, all while rapidly lobbing Red Bombs at them.

If not killed fast enough, he will turn invulnerable temporarily and fire wide waves of blue bolts along one of the cardinal directions, rotating the spread 90 degrees every few seconds until all 4 cardinal directions are covered. Whether he rotates the stream clockwise or counter-clockwise seems to be entirely up to randomness.

If still not killed, he will restart the phase and repeat his taunt. He is Armored for the whole phase, meaning he now has 80 DEF.

Once killed, the Puppet Master says “I don’t understand, it wasn’t supposed to end this way! Noooo!!!” and explodes into a dense ring of blue bolts.

Reproduction

Spawns:

Cursed Blast

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Drops

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Tips and Strategies

  • There are two sets of projectiles that you need to dodge; the boss’ and the puppets’. The fast green projectiles fired by the boss deal low damage, but inflict pet stasis, drastically slowing down the rate at which you can recover HP/MP. Dodging these makes taking the high damage from the puppets less punishing. Try and practice dodging before you try your hand at this dungeon!
  • When the Trickster Puppet spawns, you only need to kill the original. Look for the one with distinct shot patterns.
  • The puppet of chaos (purple) is immune to paralyze, while the puppet of pain (red) is immune to stun. Try to adjust your group’s formation accordingly.
  • Watch the minimap while fighting the puppet of chaos/pain. They rotate around the map at a high speed, easily capable of firing a shotgun while moving ontop of you.
  • Unlike some other end-game bosses, this boss does not drop a loot chest. Make sure to focus your damage on the boss whenever a puppet gets destroyed.

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