The final challenge of the Absconder Encounter is defeating the Absconder itself (Who saw that coming?), so knowing how to defeat The Absconder boss is a challenging one to work out for and Wizard and Witch on any difficulty. Luckily we’ve managed to do it and have the best strategy on how to beat The Absconder boss below.
How To Beat The Absconder Boss
It’s best to go into this fight prepared, so we would recommend Witches and Wizard maxing out their Wiggenweld Potions and Thunderbrew count, with the former for healing and the latter for healing damage in close quarters to Absconder and the spiders it spawns. Wizards and Witches will be prompted about the arrival at the Absconder Cave with the protagonist stating “This could be the Acromantula cave Mr Adley mentioned.” This would be a wise time to save the game and ensure all essential spells are under the R2/ RT mapping. We decided to use the following Spells for the upcoming boss fight:
|Spell||How To Use It|
|Incendio||Use to crowd control spider spawns throughout the fight|
|Confringo||Long-range damage to Absconder|
|Arresto Momentum||To slow down Absconder at long-range to expend combos and heal|
|Diffindo||Long-range damage to Absconder|
The fight begins as soon as Wizards and Witches enter Absconder’s Cave, so make sure to save before hand. There’s four or five boulders that can be thrown at the Absconder, with two being in-range straight away. The best start to the fight is to do the following:
- Shoot both boulders
- Deal three standard attacks
- Use Arresto Momentum to slow down The Absconder
- Use three standard attacks
- Follow up with Confringo and three more standard attacks
- use Circle or B to dodge three times.
This should knock a good chunk of health off the Absconder and build up a good stock of Ancient Power. The main two things to remember in The Absconder boss fight is to keep an eye on health and to doge everything, no parries. Normally we would advise using Stupefy, and it can come in handy even at long distances, but the risk of defeat is too high. When defending and using Stupefy against Thornback Scurriours for example, The Absconder can jump across the cave to land a one hit knock out. It’s much saver to continuously dodge in these situations to avoid damage, attacking and building combos when possible.
When surrounded by Thornback Scurriours and the like, used the mastered Incendio Spell to incinerate multiple enemies then pick them off quickly with standard attacks. Waiting for the right moment to use Ancient Magic is key in The Absconder boss fight too, as this can easily switch to a lesser enemy if they draw near at the time of execution. Use the aforementioned crowd clearing technique to deal with others and making sure the only thing Ancient Power is going to hit is The Absconder.
This boss fight is a rinse and repeat affair. Chain combos whilst prioritizing fire attacks, dodge and heal when needed and use Ancient Power when there’s a clear hit in sight. It took us a few tries, but this is the best way to defeat The Absconder boss and complete the Absconder Encounter side quest.
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