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Bulwark is impossible and bugged.

zymbo's Avatar

01.13.2012 , 10:55 PM | #1
Explain why it is not, because all I can find are lousy beta runs, which has, obviously substantially changed to a 50 uber geared run.

As a level 48 Jedi guardian tank, with a level 50 healer, 45dps and 50dps, this a-hole still manages to wreck the group over and over. This boss needs to be nerfed.

lithast's Avatar

01.13.2012 , 11:00 PM | #2
In normal mode? Nothing wrong with him. Interrupt Bulwark Smash, stand under the consoles and profit. Also, 45 seems a bit low, it was listed at a lvl 49 flashpoint.

In hard mode the enrage timer is pretty tight so you need geared DPS but apart from that as long as you get the interrupts seemed ok.

Movor's Avatar

01.13.2012 , 11:07 PM | #3
Allow me to paraphrase.

I can't faceroll it. Nerf it. Don't make me get better, make the content easier to cater to me, so when I come on the forums, I can feel like a "pro" too! You know, without the effort.

DirtyStain's Avatar

01.13.2012 , 11:24 PM | #4
The boss is EXTREMELY easy in normal mode. Like you if you are failing, you simply don't know how to do the fight.

In hardmode, he just requires DECENT DPS. That's it. Like skilled DPS players in basic lvl 50 gear.

In any case, he is far from impossible. I personally led groups that were doing it first time and we downed him easily - hard mode.

Cuddlezz's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 02:09 AM | #5
okay so maybe this will be helpful, i tried this place on regular and get slaughtered with pugs in 30 seconds on bulwark,
went into heroic with guildies, 1 shotted it easily,
the trick is
1: the 2 panels just need to be clicked one time on each side of him to make the shield go down, u dont even channel it u just punch it and it dies...
2: if you cc a repair droid, it will despawn if not broken, frankly this isnt even needed if your dps are good
3: try your best to interupt bulwark smash (sometimes my jolt doesnt work, not sure why but neither does it matter)
4. make sure you dont have anyone in greens or with an IQ below 20 and your pretty much set to go, if you hit the enrage timer i suggest doing something easier.

its honestly that easy.

jfahy's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 03:17 AM | #6
More detail, because we cleared the place half an hour ago and it's still fresh in my mind.

1. Tank under one hexagon panel, everybody else under the other one.

2. When he does Bulwark Smash, the tank is instantly stunned. Stun breaks don't work. Somebody else has to interrupt that, quickly, or the tank takes a series of blows for 1700-ish per second followed by a big shot (4000??) at the end of the channel.

3. When he does Bulwark Burst, back off. Way off. Butt to the wall, under the hexagon panel. Further. All the way to the wall. Yeah, that means you. Yes, I know it screws up your camera. Do it anyway. You take no damage if you're on that wall, and 3-4000 if you're standing a couple feet out.

4. When the green shield goes up...stop. Relax. Enjoy. Hear that? It's the sound of your healer topping you off and regenerating while Bulwark stands there being a lump. Once you're all maxed out (even wait for cooldowns, if you want) then hit the panel and resume whomping on him.


5. His aggro is a little flaky. I was able to hold other big guys very consistently for this group, but Bulwark would break off me periodically and have to be taunted back. Be ready for that.

6. If someone is standing too far away from him, Bulwark starts doing the red-circles-on-the-floor **** and we don't want that. It's possible for this to happen on the pull, if the tank uses Force Leap or Storm and the others get caught at range. So tanks, don't. Yeah, I know it gimps your initial threat burst. Sucks. Do it anyway; it keeps your healer from getting whacked like ours did on attempt #2.

7. He alternates Bulwark Burst and Bulwark Smash, which you might find helpful when planning Smash countermeasures like tank cooldowns and interrupts.
Nerf lightsabers.

Dragonbgone's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 03:25 AM | #7
Messores Republicae:

Not Beta. He's not bugged.
. : Messores Republicae : .
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jfahy's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 03:32 AM | #8
...however, if your positioning isn't good he'll shred you surprisingly quickly and you could be forgiven for thinking he's bugged.

He's just very unforgiving, position-wise. Rag on everybody to get right under those hexagons with their heels touching the wall, and don't miss interrupts, and suddenly, "Hey, we can do this!".

(There does seem to be some unavoidable AoE damage, but that's what the green-shield breaks are for.)
Nerf lightsabers.

Chizwick's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 03:48 AM | #9
I and my three recently-turned-50 friends ran through this zone earlier, and I can say that he's definitely a pain if you don't know the strategy to killing him. After three wipes, we looked up the strat and killed him on our next attempt with relative ease. I don't even want to imagine what kind of a pain the Hard-Mode version of this guy is.
"It's the talent, not the promo shots."
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Qanlayeni's Avatar

01.14.2012 , 03:48 AM | #10
Just did him in HM mode first try, since your pretty much standing still, you you have to nail your rotation