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Published On: September 10, 2021

Grythion, the Celestial Griffin


Grythion, the Celestial Griffin appears in Rotation 2 and 3 in the Doom Tower. This challenging encounter will force you to build a team specifically designed to counter her mechanics. Let’s break it down.


Ability Breakdown


Attacks 1 enemy. Has a 100% chance of placing a [Fear] debuff for 1 turn.

Rock Smash – 3 Turn Cooldown
Transfers all debuffs from Grythion to each enemy, then attacks all enemies. Fills Grythion’s Turn Meter by 5% for each debuff transferred.

Death Gust – 3 Turn Cooldown
Removes all buffs from all enemies, then attacks all enemies. The buff removal cannot be resisted. Damage increases by 10% for each buff removed.

Divine Strike [Passive] Attacks an enemy whenever their HP drops below 50%. This attack places a 100% [Heal Reduction] debuff for 2 turns.

Celestial Bond [Passive]
Adds one [Sky Bond] buff to Grythion at the start of each turn. Also adds one [Sky Bond] buff to Grythion whenever an enemy’s HP drops below 50%.

Each [Sky Bond] buff increases Grythion’s ATK by 5%; C. RATE by 3%; C.DMG by 5%; SPD by 2.5.

Will ignore [Shield], [Block Damage], and [Unkillable] buffs when Grythion has 10 or more [Sky Bond] buffs.

Can stack up to 20 Sky Bond buffs. Sky Bond buffs cannot be blocked or removed.

Fair Wind [Passive] Whenever [Grythion]’s Turn Meter is decreased, the Turn Meters of all enemies will be decreased by the same amount.

Places a [Stun] debuff for 1 turn on enemies with fully depleted Turn Meters. Whenever an enemy’s Turn Meter is filled, Grythion’s Turn Meter will be filled by the same amount. Turn Meter increases are tracked and counted individually for each enemy.

Almighty Immunity [Passive] Immune to [Stun], [Freeze], [Sleep], [Provoke], [Block Active Skills], [Fear] and [True Fear] debuffs. Also immune to HP exchange effects.

Almighty Tolerance [Passive] Decreases the damage taken from poison debuffs by 90%.

Almighty Strength [Passive] Damage from skills that scale based on enemy MAX HP cannot exceed 10% of the Boss’ MAX HP when attacking the Boss.

Almighty Persistence [Passive] All Turn Meter reduction effects are decreased by 50% when used against the boss.


How to beat the boss!


Grythion is the ultimate Enrage boss in Doom Tower. His Sky Bond Passives will cause his damage output to become far too much to manage once he reaches stacks above 10. Therefore, you need to manage how he gains these stacks. He will gain a stack each turn he takes and also when any member of your team drops below 50% HP.  Your team should be tanky enough to ensure you never drop below this threshold otherwise it significantly speeds up his enrage timer. Additionally, anytime you do get hit below 50%, you will also get hit again and with a Heal Reduction debuff making it harder to lift that champions HP back up to full.

Maintaining Decrease Attack on the boss at all times will be extremely valuable in mitigating the risk of dropping below 50% HP. We highly recommend you bring an A1 Decrease Attack champion to increase uptime of the debuff. The boss will transfer debuffs back to your team when he activates his Rock Smash ability meaning long cooldowns for Decrease Attack are not recommended.

Bringing shields and other bonus HP effects to help mitigate incoming damage is also a good approach to take. You’ll want to be careful with the Buffs and Debuffs you bring to this encounter. More buffs = more damage when Grythion activates his Death Gust ability and you dont want to be receiving back substantial debuffs unless you can plan to cleanse these. Alternatively, consider bringing a Block Debuffs ability and time this to be placed before he transfer the debuffs back to you.

To take down Grythion, we recommend you consider a combination of HP Burn and Warmaster or Giant Slayer Masteries as you will struggle to fit any champion who isn’t built reasonably tanky.

Main things to Avoid:

  1. Turn Meter Reduction: If you deplete his turn meter, your whole team will lose the same amount of turn meter that you deplete – if this results in a fully depleted turn meter, that champion will get stunned which can be hugely problematic.
  2. Turn Meter Boosting: Grythion will gain equal amounts of turn meters which works out to be very counterproductive as it will force him to take turns faster, thus gaining more Skybond stacks.
  3. Many Buffs and Debuffs: These will be removed and either transferred to you or empowering the boss’ damage.
  4. Low Defense/HP Champions: You want to always stay above 50% HP so the boss doesn’t gain extra stacks. Having champions who are easily able to drop below that threshold will just cause your run to fail sooner.

Beating Grythion can be done in a few ways and we have 2 examples of team compositions below! First, let’s cover the minimum stats you should aim to hit.


Required Stat Breakpoints


For a full stat breakdown, use our handy Raid Stages Tool which displays enemy stats for every encounter in the game. If you are not already a member of the HellHades community, you can sign up for a Free Account to gain access to this tool. Below we will outline the minimum stats you should aim for:

The key stats you should consider are Accuracy and Speed on your team alongside good HP/Def to survive the damage. Depending on the strategy you’re going for – you may need to push high offensive stats too. If you have a particular champion that you do not want to be debuffed, Resistance can be used to stop the debuffs being placed on your champion. You cannot resist the buffs from being taken by Grythion.

Rotation 2 – Normal

You will face Grythion on Floor 10, 50, 90 Normal and it is Spirit Affinity. To be successful aim for:

  • Speed: 191+
  • Accuracy: 125+
  • Resistance: 247+

Depending on which strategy you choose, you should ensure you have enough HP and Defence to survive this encounter. Generally, we advise at least 30k HP and 2800 Defence for Normal.

Rotation 2 – Hard

You will face Grythion on Floors 10, 50, 90 Hard and is Spirit Affinity. To be successful aim for:

  • Speed: 251+
  • Accuracy: 355+
  • Resistance: 397+

Depending on which strategy you choose, you should ensure you have enough HP and Defence to survive this encounter. Generally, we advise at least 50k HP and 3500 Defence for Hard.

Rotation 3 – Normal

You will face Grythion on Floors 30, 70, 110 Normal and is Magic Affinity. To be successful aim for:

  • Speed: 191+
  • Accuracy: 125+
  • Resistance: 247+

Depending on which strategy you choose, you should ensure you have enough HP and Defence to survive this encounter. Generally, we advise at least 30k HP and 2800 Defence for Normal.

Rotation 3 – Hard

You will face Grythion on Floors 30, 70, 110 Hard and is Magic Affinity. To be successful aim for:

  • Speed: 251+
  • Accuracy: 355+
  • Resistance: 397+

Depending on which strategy you choose, you should ensure you have enough HP and Defence to survive this encounter. Generally, we advise at least 50k HP and 3500 Defence for Normal.


Team Compositions


Strategy 1: Burn, Burn, Burn!

The key concept of this strategy is to use HP Burn and Warmaster to safely defeat the boss whilst keeping your team topped up on HP. The recent addition of Ninja to the game has made this strategy significantly faster even if you build Ninja reasonably tanky. That is because he will activate the HP burn on his A2 causing significant damage to the boss. Underpriest Brogni is also powerful because his shield cannot be removed which should reduce the risk of dropping below 50% HP.

Your source of healing comes from passive effects such as Scyl of the Drakes and Doompriest. You can bring other forms of healing but be careful they do not bring any negative effects that Grythion can take advantage of. 

MVP’s for this Strategy

Drexthar Bloodtwin: Drexthar is once again amazing on this boss, as he can keep a very high uptime on HP burn alongside his innate defensive capabilities.

Doompriest: Her passive 10% heal will help keep your team HP up alongside clearing any stuns/debuffs you pick up along the way.

Underpriest Brogni: Whilst his shields will not be effective beyond stack 10, his passive ability to heal and reflect damage under shields alongside the shield being immune to the buff removal ability are absolutely amazing for this fight.

Champion Alternatives

Not every player will have this exact team, but there are very good options to some of these champions. Below we detail viable alternatives:
Tayrel: Altan, Coffin Smasher, Giscard the Sigiled, Lodric Falconheart, Peydma
Drexthar Bloodtwin: Can be replaced with a Support from the list below or another HP Burn Champion of equal tankines i.e. Akoth.
Doompriest/Brogni: Tuhanark, Scyl of the Drakes, Cardiel, Lugan the Steadfast, Vogoth

Strategy 2: Ninja Power!

elenaril ninja griffin farm comp

The idea of this team is simply to nuke the boss as fast as physically possible by abusing Ninja’s A2. You will bring a team that can clear the 2 previous floor quickly and then rely on the duo of Ninja and Elenaril to burst through the boss. Elenaril is used here to ensure HP Burn remains on the boss as her A1 cannot be resisted.

To be successful you should aim for around 60k+ HP, 3k+ Defence and around 300+ Resistance on both your Ninja and Elenaril. This will be fast but not 100% but it does present as a much faster way to beat this boss if you can find the gear.

MVP’s for this Strategy

NinjaAs you can see from other strategies, Ninja’s A2 is an absolute monster for fighting bosses in Doom Tower. It will burn Grythion to dust before he can take him down.

Champion Alternatives

Venus/Abbess/Fu-Shan: This 3 man setup can be replaced with any 3 man team capable of clearing the 2 enemy hero waves prior to the boss. This normally is a powerful AoE nuker alongside a decrease Defence champion.

Ninja: Crohnam, whilst not as powerful as Ninja, is a good alternative and can be acquired from the Referral Programme.

Elenaril: Drexthar Bloodtwin is a great alternative.

Strategy 3: The Power of Friends!

Similar to strategy 2, This team utilises Ally Attack to nuke Grythion as fast as possible. Ideally you want 2 Ally Attack champions with an A1 decrease defence as high up the team order as possible. This team will not be reliable but it can get you through early floors alongside completing the encounter in the fastest number of turns.

MVP’s for this Strategy

Septimus: One of the hardest hitting champions in the game, he will deal significant damage to the boss.

Ally Attack Champions: Essential to this team, Ally Attack will allow you to nuke Grythion before he can hit 10 stacks.

Champion Alternatives

Ally Attack: Longbeard, Cardiel, Fahrakin the Fat, Kreela Witch-Arm

DPS Options: Trunda Giltmallet, Ninja, Septimus, Ithos, Turvold, Leorius the Proud, Brakus the Shifter, Hurdnig, Rotos the Lost Groom

Decrease Defence Options: Ninja, Martyr, Dracomorph, Hurndig, Leorius the Proud, Ghostborn


Best team to farm for Forge Materials

elenaril ninja griffin farm comp

Farming Grythion rewards forge materials to make the Guardian set. You can read about all the artifact sets you can earn from Doom Tower in our Doom Tower Artifacts Guide.

If you want to Farm Grythion, we recommend using Strategy 2. This represents the most reliable farm utilising the least of your champion pool and can be done on auto making this team an ideal farming option.



  1. Razor911 January 31, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    I hope you get this. I really love your content.

    I would Suggest you find a Ninja replacement new players can not obtain him and if he is such a key role player.

    Then new players will be left out.


  2. BalinII February 9, 2022 at 4:35 am

    A more attainable combo that worked for me:
    Geo, Scyl, Ninja, Jareg and Toragi

  3. McSterge February 10, 2022 at 6:14 am

    Yes, please provide a more alternatives for those of us lacking Ninja.

  4. Cofrancesco23 February 20, 2022 at 3:30 pm

    Is doompriest still reccomended vs the spirit affinity griffin? My doompriest dies in a few turns on the fight. Also I’m having a lot of trouble on floor 90 spirit griffin in normal. I don’t have a reliable attack down champ, a ninja or a scyl. I can get him to around half hp before he reaches 20 stacks and then it’s just game over.

    My champs: Lvl 60: Sigmund, Urogrim, Thylessia, Gorgorab, Vergis, Athel, Kael, Countess Lix, Ursala, Seeker, Deacon.

    Lvl 50: Doompriest, Achak, Toragi, Allure, High Khatun, Reliquary, Apothecary, Julianna, Talia, Hexia, Basalisk, Occult Brawler, Ult Galek, Armiger.

    also have an aox, azure, oboro, woad, dfiled sinner, giscard I haven’t leveled up past 40. I definitely need giscard at 60, but am far off from having books as an f2p. Any suggestions? Thanks!

    • starhaven183 May 15, 2022 at 11:00 pm

      Who is your decrease attack champion Cofrancesco

  5. Nickavellii May 29, 2022 at 1:40 am

    do you really only show teams with ninja… sad…

  6. Nathorius August 3, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    For me floor 50 on normal worked with Sentinel Sepulcher, Tuhanarak, Dhukk the Pierced, Deliana and Karato. So basicly 3 champions with decrease ATK (might be overkill) and Karato died very fast, so I have to replace him.

  7. LordBanshee August 12, 2022 at 2:23 am

    Nice content. “If you don’t have Ninja, don’t even bother…”

  8. MR ShadowPants September 16, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    i did this on normal on my first attempt with Lvl 60 kael maxed masteries, level 50 Underpriest Brogni lvl 2 masteries, lvl 50 vogoth with lvl 2 mastries (also in a curing set with hp% on all arifacts and accesories), lvl 50 Ultimate dk with lvl2 mastries, and a level 40 Spirithost with no masteries. i was actually surprised the comp worked with no deaths

  9. xXx_APE_xXx October 28, 2022 at 5:31 pm

    I just did this on full auto with the following team: 60 Toragi, 50 Armiger, 60 Galek, 50 Scyl and 50 Warpriest in 36 turns, 1min 8s no deaths.

  10. Nynnerz November 8, 2022 at 6:11 am

    Just beat it with Drexthar, Kael, Scyl, Martyr, and Warcaster.. all lvl 60.. Drex and War both full masteries.. Kael and Martyr lvl 2 masteries, and Scyl lvl 1 masteries.. Kael bit the dust there at the end, but the rest survived

    • Nynnerz November 8, 2022 at 6:11 am

      that was Level 50 normal

  11. Robyn D December 5, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    I was having a lot of troubles on this one. I hardly ever have any of the champions in this guide because I’m not a pay-to-play player. I was able to defeat it though. Normal, level 70.

    Aleksandar the Sharpshooter as lead, Scyl of the Drakes, Apothecary, Altan, then Bad-el-Kazar.

    All are level 60 with full masteries.

  12. Tony Readwin February 9, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Have to agree that this is an utterly useless guide if you don’t have Ninja, given that he is in every team you suggest. The fact that you can’t get him now just makes it even worse.

    Please update this for your F2P account.

    • Saphyrra February 10, 2023 at 2:26 pm

      Whilst Ninja is in the teams, Apart from Team 2 = there are many options for DPS provided.
      Crohnam is a good sub which we will note on the Team 2 Suggestion

  13. Nuckss February 10, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    Will you be adding this in with Optimiser to create a team soon?

    • SS2020user May 4, 2023 at 10:27 am

      Already there and has always been there. You just need to press the correct rotaiton (how are people still not understanding this tho)

  14. Cheffen February 15, 2023 at 12:31 am

    Will you be adding information on what Blessings to use or ones that are Not recommended for this boss?

  15. Belmiro Rocha February 24, 2023 at 10:19 am

    Hey, i have an idea. i think it would be really cool that, in the champions menu, you could click on the dungeon/boss name it would take you to a list of the best champions for that boss, in order. As in, Im looking at Vrask, wich is 5star for griffin, i’d click “griffin” and it would take me to see all the other 5star Champions for that same boss. What do you guys think?

    • SS2020user May 4, 2023 at 10:27 am

      There’s a way to do this already. Go to the champion tier list and filter for 5 star Griffin.

  16. SS2020user May 4, 2023 at 10:32 am

    Woah, Ninja is busted for this. If you have him this is insanely easy content. For any newer players I’d say Crohnam works as well, and while he can be quite a grind to get, I’d still suggest you getting him. And nothing is stopping you from using other damage dealers. Brimstone, burns and Warmaster should be able to kill him. A bit harder, but still completely beatable. If you still can’t find a team for it, try going to the Hell Hades discord server and asking for help.

  17. Jango Smith May 5, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    Stop with the Ninja Madness. So frustrating for those who don’t have it!

  18. Mayhem5 May 7, 2023 at 11:43 am

    just scrapped thru Level 90 normal spirit for 1st time, very close run with Drex, Doom Priest, Geo, Scyl and Trunda. All 60 and full masteries except Doom Priest who was only 50 with about half of the masteries.

  19. Joe Ricca May 9, 2023 at 8:08 pm

    Tanked through Hard floor 10 with UDK, Rector, Scyl, Vogoth, and Drex. Not pretty but it works with no Ninja.

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