Smouldaron is the first boss encounter in CC, and one of the easiest to defeat. In many respects the trash that litters his platform can prove more problematic than he will – so make sure to clear it all out before engaging him as you may need the room to kite him. Kiting the boss is the biggest mechanic at play here, so put the dragon in your wagon and lead him around the room. Smouldaron uses an ability called Smoldering Bolt that he casts on a random player, leaving a burning circle of AoE damage that you won’t want to stand in. The tank will want to move Smouldaron if this ability is cast on any melee DPS, or to allow DPS some room to maneuver. The other ability that Smouldaron uses is a DoT effect that can either be healed through or dispelled, with dispelling being the preferred method of dealing with it.
Next up is Cyclorax, which can be the most difficult fight in the zone if you are melee DPS heavy.
Cyclorax likes to blow off steam with a host of AoE abilities, including his most devastating tantrum – Cyclonic Destruction. Cyclonic Destruction is an explosive ability with a long cast time, that can one shot under eared or lower health opponents with ease. His other AoE abilities, while certainly annoying, aren’t much of a bother and can be healed though easily enough. Do your best at mitigating and avoiding damage and run like mad when he begins to cast Cyclonic Destruction.
Ryka Darvos is the third encounter in Charmer’s Caldera and one that doesn’t pose too much of a threat to most groups. Ryka employs the help of some friends whenever she loses 25% of her health points, and two adds spawn when she reaches her final 25%. These adds can do some damage if not taunted by the tank, but if all DPS switches to them immediately they will go down quickly. Ryka also likes to hit an opponent at random with a pretty nasty stacking bleed effect. This DoT is curable and should be cleansed ASAP. Ryka will also drop some poo gas on the floor that should be avoided, so some kiting of the boss is to be expected.
The final encounter in Charmer’s Calderan is Caelia the Stormtouched. There is a moderate amount of RP just before she engages, but it is fairly quick and interesting – just don’t tab out or she may attack when you’re not looking.
Caelia is a three phase encounter that consists of a normal DPS phase, an add phase and a rotating laser blaster of death phase. The first phase is fairly straight forward as she beats on the tank and randomly casts an AoE stun. Having a healer, or off healer, with HoTs can help trivialize this mechanic.
During the adds phase she becomes invulnerable and summons whirling balls of light that need to be rounded up and burned down quickly as they can stack a nasty de-buff on the party that increases damage taken.