Looking at the Mythic Plus affixes this week, there are


The explosive affix is stated to be:

Creatures have a chance to summon an Explosive Orb at a nearby location that will explode, inflicting damage 50% of the player’s maximum health as damage.

Note: An explosive orb will spawn with a 6 second cast. If the cast goes off the entire party will take 50% of their max hp in damage. They are AOE immune so you can't cleave them down! They can also spawn on boss fights.

The note mentions that they are AoE immune and cannot be cleaved down. Which spells count as AoE? Would a spell such as Chain Lightning be considered AoE?


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You can't bounce Chain Lightning from other targets onto Explosive enemies. Essentially, attacks will only hit Explosive enemies when the attack is aimed directly at the Explosive as the main selected target. Chain Lightning won't cleave to them, Cleave won't cleave to them, Living Bomb won't spread to them,... The intent for the affix is for the players to react when they spawn and immediately kill them within 1 or 2 attacks. They don't have a lot of HP, but they do spawn in amounts relative to the size of the group of mobs you are in combat with, so large pulls can easily overwhelm you. Be careful with pulls like the Ticks in Underrot, for example.

  • If I target an Explosive, will my Chain lightning cleave off of it? Oct 23, 2018 at 18:16
  • @Childishforlife They are marked as totems ingame, so they should work the same way as Shaman Totems in that respect. But I honestly am not sure if they work in that way, and it's hard for me to test right now since I'm on a break.
    – Nzall
    Oct 23, 2018 at 18:21
  • And my shaman is not anywhere near M+ geared yet. Oct 23, 2018 at 19:51
  • Afaik the CL does not bounce off to other targets at all (or they fixed it in the meantime, because I don't think this behavior is intentional). This was a problem with other skills of that kind as well, like pally tanks with throwing their shield, which did not bounce off of them either.
    – dly
    Oct 24, 2018 at 6:54
  • As of patch 8.1: "Area damage abilities such as Chain Lightning or Avenger’s Shield can now properly destroy totems or Explosive orbs in Mythic Keystone dungeons if the player targets them directly."
    – Alex Myers
    Dec 15, 2018 at 17:56

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