Hydra Guide: The Head of Blight

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Published On: September 1, 2022

Hydra Guide: The Head of Blight

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Since introduced, Hydra Clan Boss has been one of the toughest forms of content added to Raid Shadow Legends. However, with a little understanding and practice, you may find it’s easier than you think. Each head brings a unique challenge to the battle and finding the balance to counteract each of them is the real challenge. Let’s break it down one head at a time. Next up: the Head of Blight.

Understanding Each Skill

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For the A1, you can resist the Poisons and Leech debuffs. It can be smart to put some resistance on champions that die easily if these debuffs stack up if you do not have a good cleanser on the team. You also can try to have a champion that places Decrease ACC on the heads along with a little bit of resistance to avoid these debuffs. Be sure to check out our Stages Tool and look up the difficulty you’re fighting to see how much Resistance you need to counteract the Accuracy.

Keep in mind this is an AoE attack. You can mitigate damage from AoE’s numerous ways including:

  1. Using a champion with a passive skill that decreases the damage taken by all allies from AoE attacks (ex. Duchess Lilitu)
  2. Consider your gear. Guardian is a great set to put on a champion with high HP as it transfers damage to allies to the wearer instead. This is great if you have “squishy” champions in your team. Stalwart also provides damage mitigation; though is not necessarily the best set for most champions to use against Hydra due to other sets having more utility. However, it does provide 30% decrease damage taken from incoming AoE damage. Consider this if you’re struggling with specific champions dying during AoE hits.
  3. If you’re going down the Defense mastery tree, try to get Blastproof which decreases damage from AoE attacks by 5%.

After you decapitate the head, extra damage is done to any head under HP Burn debuffs. This is a nice bit of extra damage so try to time decapitating this head when HP Burn is up on all heads if possible.

The A2 is another AoE (See the notes under the last skill about AoE damage mitigation). Like the A1, you can resist the Poison debuffs being placed. It also does a “poison explosion” if your champions are also under Leech. Try to cleanse off any Leech debuffs before the head uses this skill to avoid the burst of damage taken.

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The A3 is a unique skill and can really destroy the damage your team does. Poison Cloud is an unremovable buff that blocks all damage from Poison debuffs and converts all incoming attacks to weak hits. If the target of the buff is under the effects of HP Burn, then both effects are neutralized. Keep in mind you cannot land a debuff with a weak hit so this can really throw things off. There are, however, a couple of ways to deal with or prevent this buff:

  1. Prevent it from happening in the first place by using a champion with Block Buffs debuff. Making sure all of the heads have Block Buffs on them is probably the easiest way to avoid the effects of Poison Cloud. Using a champion with that skill in a Reflex or Relentless set to come back to using it more often can be very beneficial. (Or having a champion that extends debuffs can help keep it up!).
  2. Use a champion with HP Burns. Having HP Burns on the heads before Poison Cloud is placed will allow you to still do normal hits and land debuffs. You can also place HP burns (or other debuffs) after Poison Cloud is out because when you place vs attack, you don’t have to worry about weak hits.
  3. Using a champion that can land debuffs even through a weak hit. Bivald is a good example of this as it specifically states that in his kit. Please keep in mind this is not common, however.
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As for the passive, this head takes double damage from HP burns so trying to keep it burned as much as possible is helpful for extra damage.

While this head is up, it decreases the damage all hydra heads take from AoE hits. This does not mean avoiding using them entirely. The same goes for Enemy Max HP champions. Even though damage is limited due to the passive, they still do great damage overall (so use those Royal Guards & Husks anyway)! Lastly, as the skill states, it is immune to many debuffs, turn meter manipulation, etc. so please keep those abilities in mind before you head into your hydra battle.

MVP’s to Counter the Head of Blight

Uugo – Not only does she bring Block Buffs debuffs but she also brings Decrease DEF, Leech, cleanses, heals, and even has a conditional revive. She is particularly strong in a Reflex or Relentless set to help keep Block Buffs up all of the time.

Geomancer – He places HP burn (and weaken) on his A3. The rest of his kit is amazing for hydra as well, especially when the Head of Wrath is also around.

Mordecai – He places HP burns as an AoE. He’s one of very few to do this so it’s great to take advantage of for sake of damage and dealing with the Poison Clouds.

Bivald the Thorn – He can land his debuffs even with a weak hit so Poison Cloud effects are not an issue for him in Particular

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