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Does anyone have any tips or hints on how to beat the Ancient Rock Wraith in the Deep Roads? I've tried battling him a few times and even hiding from his super AoE attack, I still get ground down by the minions, and then he nukes 2 of my team.

I'm running
Hawke - Daggers Rogue
Varric - Archer Rogue
Merrill - Elemental
Anders - Elemental + Heal

I think that I really needed to take a tank, but I ideally don't want to have to restart the Deep Roads section.

Does anyone have any tips on how to beat this boss?

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I also had issues with this battle using a party with no tank. A few things helped me finally beat it:

  • Whenever a party member is targeted for melee by the rock wraith, kite him around, he'll do much less damage if you just stay away from him and let your ranged attackers continue to do damage.
  • Watch for him to form up into a shield, as he will then do a fast rolling attack targeting one party member. If you can figure out who he is targeting, its an easy dodge by running perpendicular to his charge.
  • Save your aoe/damage over time spells (i.e. Firestorm, Tempest, etc) for when he falls to pieces in a rock pile. He is immobile and will take full damage.
  • Focus down his minions that he calls in while he's in the rock pile state first, before attacking him directly. Once they're all dead, focus all your attacks on the rock pile.
  • Lastly, always pay attention for when he will do his AOE shining light attack as it causes mass damage that is hard to recover from. Successfully hiding behind a pillar for this attack makes a huge difference.
  • Chug potions like there's no tomorrow. If you have any poisons for your rogues to use, drink them too.

This is easily the hardest battle thus far into the game.

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Thanks, I'll give it a try when I get home! –  DavidYell Apr 1 '11 at 17:07
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Needed LOTS of running, pausing and potions! –  DavidYell Apr 1 '11 at 19:37
    
Oddly, I found the dragons in the Bone Pit and in the depths much harder than this guy. I had a tank in both circumstances and the tank died on both of the dragons. I never had a problem with a tank on the rock guy. –  Jagd Apr 5 '11 at 17:41
    
no icant beat it either even if my character is at level 20 now (warrior)any hints on who i should use –  user19821 Feb 12 '12 at 13:34
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