In Raid: Shadow Legends, fighting clan bosses with other members of your clan is one of the most difficult, complex, and rewarding tasks. Luckily, clan bosses appear in multiple difficulties, so even beginners can compete if they have a decent group of heroes to work with.
However, it’s not enough to have great heroes. You must also understand how specific clan bosses work, as well as one simple fact: unless you’re the one to deliver the final blow, your team will die. This is not technically a bad thing. It’s just the way that clan bosses work. As such, your ultimate goal is not to defeat the boss, but rather to inflict as much damage as possible before you die. The loot you receive once the boss is killed or resets is based on your contribution to damage so, with that in mind, let’s take a closer look at how you can do better in these encounters.
The Giant Slayer and Warmaster Masteries
These two masteries are widely considered to be the most important in the game, not only in terms of defeating the clan boss, but also for other activities such as PvP arena encounters. They basically set the boundary between the mid- and the late-game while drastically changing your strategy against the clan boss.
The Giant Slayer mastery has a 30% chance of dealing bonus damage per hit. The damage boost is equal to 5% of the target’s MAX HP or 2% of the Boss’ MAX HP, but because clan bosses limit the amount of damage they take per hit to about 75,000, Giant Slayer can only deal anywhere between 50,000 and 70,000 damage per proc. It is essential that Giant Slayer can proc per hit, however. When used with heroes such as Athel (who hits 3 times per attack), it can increase their overall damage by 300-500%.
Warmaster, on the other hand, has a 60% chance to deal bonus damage equal to 10% of target’s MAX HP or 4% of Boss’ MAX HP. At a glance, this seems to be twice as good as Giant Slayer, but this is not the case in clan boss fights, because, remember, clan bosses limit the damage they take per hit to 75,000. A proc of Giant Slayer does just as much as Warmaster and, what’s more, Warmaster can only proc once per skill. That makes it significantly worse for heroes like Athel, but a good option for powerful single-hit heroes.
Pre-GS/WM Clan Boss Guide for the Early- and Mid-Game
Prior to obtaining either Giant Slayer or Warmaster, your main strategy against the clan boss should rely on a combination of HP burn, poisons, speed boosts, and overall team sustain. Good champions to use, at this point, include Kael, Coldheart, Wretch, Juliana, Apothecary, Jotun, Seeker, Vrask, and a handful of others.
The most important buffs/debuffs to bring to the fight include poison, HP burn, speed up, attack down, and sustain. To give you an idea of just how durable your team should be, the boss should only be able to kill you when he has been enraged for so long that he can one-shot your team. Otherwise, if your heroes are slowly losing HP per turn, you need to bring more sustainability in the form of heals and/or mitigation shields.
Once your team is durable enough, the idea is to bring one hero with an HP burn effect (several do not stack) and several poisoners. Bear in mind that only 10 debuffs can be active at a time in the case of clan bosses, so you shouldn’t bring too many poisoners either. The goal is to have 100% upkeep on all debuffs, which means your champions should either apply them on hit or work with very short cooldowns. Toxic sets obtained from Dragon, although useless in most other aspects of the game, can actually be decent here.
Using this team composition, the clan boss fight becomes fairly straightforward. Try to stay alive for as long as possible by using well-timed heals and speed buffs and let the HP burn/poisons do the damage for you. The longer you can survive and the more turns your heroes can take, the better your reward will be.
Post-GS/WM Clan Boss Guide for the Late-Game
Getting either GS or WM is an extraordinary feat! Now that you have them, however, you can do way more during clan boss fights. Hopefully, the new and improved loot will soon help you forget the nightmare of farming Minotaur over and over… and over again.
With GS/WM under your belt, you’re ready to give up poisoners and bring some high-class hard-hitting champions to the fight. A few great suggestions include Athel, Zavia, Skullcrusher, Martyr, Valkyrie, Nethril, Lightsworn, Venus, Fu Shan, and Exemplar. The list is, by no means, exhaustive so feel free to experiment with your own favorite heroes.
When using GS, the single most important thing is how many times a champion gets to hit. As such, you’ll want to put this mastery on heroes with multi-hit abilities, such as Athel or Zavia, who are three or four times more likely to get GS to proc. Due to clan boss mechanics, they can only hit for up to 75,000 per proc (slightly more with the right debuffs), but this can still triple their total damage output across the fight.
WM is only slightly different in that it has a higher chance to proc, but can only do so once per skill. Statistically speaking, the damage you get with WM is slightly lower than with GS, but this only applies in clan boss fights. Without the boss damage limit, WM is significantly stronger. You can still use it against clan bosses as well, but, ideally, you should put it on powerful heroes with single- or double-hit abilities.
Finally, in terms of debuffs, Defense Down and Weaken are your best friends due to the fact that they can slightly increase your damage output per GS/WM proc. Zargala is a champion that provides both if you can’t get them otherwise. Since this is still a clan boss you’re fighting, sustain remains just as important as before. Give your heroes as many extra turns as possible, keep them topped up, and enjoy the rewards at the end of the day!
These are the two main strategies players currently use to down Clan Bosses in Raid: Shadow Legends. One thing we haven’t mentioned before and that applies in both cases is that you can obtain significantly better results by manually controlling your heroes during fights. And do you know what the best way to do that is? It’s playing Raid: Shadow Legends on BlueStacks, of course. Check it out if you don’t believe us!