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Soloing last boss in Black Hole Heroic "Chasing the Shdaow" as scoundrel/operative?

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Soloing last boss in Black Hole Heroic "Chasing the Shdaow" as scoundrel/operative?

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Stenrik
06.05.2012 , 07:22 AM | #1
Hi,

I've taken it upon myself to see if I can solo the last boss (Koric) in the Heroic 4+ "chasing the shadow". I am in full columi and my companion is in mostly columi.

I am currently full scrapper build, and using my healing companion. I've heard it was possible to solo this boss, but I'm not sure if that goes for all the classes (I think they said shadow tank is the one that did it.) Just wondering if any scoundrels/operatives have done it, and what tricks they used.

I can solo the rest of the heroic just fine, by sneaking past mobs, and the guard champ was easy to kill.

However, I'm having a really hard time with Koric. I can make a small dent in his HP but because he can't be CC'd, I find myself having a really hard time healing (in between running away from the giant circle and getting sucked into his void).
I'm guessing I should be saving my interrupt for his full auto instead of the hypermatter thing? Cuz that does a lot of dmg.

I was thinking maybe it would be better to use my ranged dps companion and go heal spec for this one. Or even go heal spec with a heal companion out, and just do dps super slowly (unless he enrages? I've never seen him enrage, anyone know?)

Or is it still not possible for my class/gear? Thoughts?

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lafr
06.05.2012 , 09:34 AM | #2
Could you provide a video to show how to get the access card sneaking mobs?

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KeyboardNinja
06.05.2012 , 09:45 AM | #3
It is very possible to solo this daily, it just takes quite a while. I can do it as a shadow tank (Rakata + Black Hole gear), and our scoundrel healer (Rakata + Black Hole gear) can also do it. There's really only two fights to deal with: the access card fight and the final fight against Koric. Stealth allows you to completely bypass everything else.

The thing though is that soloing this quest takes *really* long. You spend a lot of time waiting for your blackout to come off of cooldown, and that's just tedious. Grab a geared friend, whip your appropriate companions and do it that way. I generally 2 man this, just because it's faster.
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Stenrik
06.05.2012 , 11:36 AM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by lafr View Post
Could you provide a video to show how to get the access card sneaking mobs?
You still have to kill the champion guard. I can fraps it next time I do it and put it on youtube.
Basically I flash grenaded all the healers as soon as they spawned and used Freighter flyby to kill them quite quickly. Then on the main guard I interrupted abilities, using dirty kick and flash grenade as part of my interrupt cycle when they came up. I kept her dotted and she fell fairly quickly.

I feel like my class is great at this kind of soloing when I have access to CC, it's just when dealing with boss immunity I'm running into trouble.


Quote: Originally Posted by KeyboardNinja View Post
It is very possible to solo this daily, it just takes quite a while. I can do it as a shadow tank (Rakata + Black Hole gear), and our scoundrel healer (Rakata + Black Hole gear) can also do it. There's really only two fights to deal with: the access card fight and the final fight against Koric. Stealth allows you to completely bypass everything else.

The thing though is that soloing this quest takes *really* long. You spend a lot of time waiting for your blackout to come off of cooldown, and that's just tedious. Grab a geared friend, whip your appropriate companions and do it that way. I generally 2 man this, just because it's faster.
I agree that it's more fun to just bring someone along (basically my goal here is the personal challenge of it), but I found it didn't take much time to solo compared to the time it takes to kill all the mobs. I'll browse the forums while waiting for the sneak cooldown, which may be lower than your shadow's (40 secs if I recall).

Great to hear your healing scoundrel friend can do it! His gear is definitely better than mine, but it's still encouraging. If you get a chance to find out what companion/strategy he uses, that would be cool. Also does he run into a lot of close calls in his gear? I ask because I don't generally like respeccing, but will if I think I have a chance for it in this current gear.

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ADPowah
06.05.2012 , 12:02 PM | #5
In this thread http://www.swtor.com/community/showt...=457961&page=4 there is a video of a Sent soloing it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTdaNxRoxTs The last boss fight starts at about 12 minutes. It looks like he does a lot of hit and runs.

As an Imperial, our last fight is different and by the looks of it...easier. Though I only solo this when my weekly is up.
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KeyboardNinja
06.05.2012 , 12:10 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Stenrik View Post
I agree that it's more fun to just bring someone along (basically my goal here is the personal challenge of it), but I found it didn't take much time to solo compared to the time it takes to kill all the mobs. I'll browse the forums while waiting for the sneak cooldown, which may be lower than your shadow's (40 secs if I recall).
2 minutes for us. :-( It's lower for an Infiltration shadow; can't remember by how much.

Quote: Originally Posted by Stenrik View Post
Great to hear your healing scoundrel friend can do it! His gear is definitely better than mine, but it's still encouraging. If you get a chance to find out what companion/strategy he uses, that would be cool. Also does he run into a lot of close calls in his gear? I ask because I don't generally like respeccing, but will if I think I have a chance for it in this current gear.
His strategy (iirc) is to stealth past everything, using positioning, sneak and stun dart to get past it all without a fight. When it comes to the access codes guy, he uses Akavi and just heals her through it (he has also used Bowdar, but it goes faster with Akavi). I believe he stuns the adds whenever he can, but he's primarily focused on just keeping Akavi up. The final fight is really, really easy to heal through. He doesn't even bother trying to get Akavi to move out of the AoE, he just heals her through it. All of his companions are at least Columi geared; Bowdar is mostly Rakata geared.

From what he has told me, he never really has any serious issues. He's a pretty insane healer though (healed his first nightmare bonethrasher in quest blues after the other healer went down), so I'm not sure how well his experiences can be replicated. :-)
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Matieu
06.05.2012 , 08:23 PM | #7
I've managed to heal solo it using Risha to DPS him down while I spam heals, which took a bit. Barely beat it once as a DPS, and that was only after I gave Gus's all my rakata gear. If Guss is to keep up with the DPS, you need him in at least mostly rakata, or the fight is impossible.
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Karasuko
06.06.2012 , 01:41 AM | #8
I shudder to think about doing chasing with a dps specced toon without an amazing geared healer companion to back me up.
Recently have been soloing it with akavi on my sawbones healer adn its not really too much of a struggle to keep her up (her gear isnt that great mostly tionese equiv) in full columi. Interupting the full auto seems to help more than interupting the grenade as it doesnt tick for alot.

I solo this once a week on my main (shadow dps) and i respec for it to tanking just to smooth it out.

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Kihra
06.16.2012 , 03:11 PM | #9
I decided it would be fun to try soloing the last boss without using a companion. Here's the result:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6krBWeUgVtE&feature=plcp
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Aetou
06.16.2012 , 04:12 PM | #10
I've also cleared it as a Sawbones (Rakata/Aug. WH/Black Hole) with Bowdaar (Columi/Centurion/Champion.) It was... slow. Sneaking past the mobs was actually fine, I had no issues with waiting around for Blackout as Tranq let me past most groups. The final fight was very, very slow though - close to ten minutes I think although I didn't time it. Bowdaar did hardly any damage and I was spending 80% of my time healing him due to his mediocre gear instead of DPSing.

I don't think I'll be doing it solo again though - it's so much quicker, easier and more fun doing it in a group.