Nex: Angel of Death (referred to as AOD or Hard-mode Nex) can be found in a hidden chamber in the Ancient Prison. The requirements to access "normal" mode Nex are the same in this encounter. An instance is required to fight Nex; this instance is free of charge and only lasts for one kill.
It is recommended to battle Nex in a group of seven, as fighting her in a team larger than that severely reduces the chance of obtaining a wand of the praesul or imperium core (this does not affect the codex or the intricate chests).
If you die while fighting Nex, your gravestone will appear outside in the lobby area in the Ancient Prison, so there is a risk of dying on the way to your grave and permanently losing your items if you do not use the Max Guild's boss teleport portal to return there. Depending on your items, it may be better to go get them yourself or pay Death to reclaim them immediately.
- Base tank 1(B1) - Player should be tanking Nex's variety of melee and magic attacks, helping with amalgamations and keeping enrage stacks to a minimum. The tank should be prepared to endure significant damage with Nex's enrage stacks while also suffering defensive ability resets. B1 is typically the melee debuffer.
- Base tank 2 (B2) - In charge of provoking Nex off of B1 before the first phase is complete, holding aggression until the minions are completely dead. Also responsible for running to smoke pools, provoking if B3 is Iced, or has smoke. B2 is typically the chinner.
- Base tank 3 (B3) - After the minions are dead, B3 provokes Nex and will have aggression of her for the remainder of the fight.
- Debuffers - Every minute, one magic DPS should cast the debuff spells Vulnerability and Enfeeble to increase damage dealt to Nex by 10% and decrease damage received from Nex by 10%, respectively, in addition to Claws of Guthix special attack. Debuff spells can miss and will need to be recast again until they successfully land.
- Chinner - In 7-man teams, one ranger should be designated to prioritize using Mechanised chinchompas to clear minions quickly.
- DPS - 4 magic DPS should be in their own quadrant, each assigned their own minion to tank. It is highly recommended that DPS bring Entangle runes, to bind the reaver as soon as they spawn, preventing them from entering Nex without wasting damage on them. Due to Umbra typically being targeted first, it is suggested that the player tanking Umbra be assigned to run to smoke pools after he dies.
Ideally, all DPS players should be in augmented power armour.
Like Vorago, melee can be used but is not recommended for those inexperienced, as it is much easier to manoeuvre around Nex's attacks with magic or ranged. However, the utility with melee debuffs such as the Quake ability and Superior Statius's warhammer's special attack Smash can prove very useful.
Augmenting your items will easily boost your DPS depending on what perks are used and should be utilized for this encounter.
|Optimal Gear Setup|
| Guthix staff for its powerful special attack Claws of Guthix.
|Optimal Gear Setup|
| Off-hand Ascension crossbow or any other weapon that can be augmented for the Flanking perk.
Starting the fightEdit
Upon entering the instance, you appear on a balcony overlooking the arena below. A teleport pillar is placed in front of you and used to teleport to the arena. Players who die during the kill can come back to this balcony and watch the rest of the fight, but will not be able to rejoin. In the centre of the arena lies mysterious energy, which starts the boss fight. Clicking on the mysterious energy prompts a confirmation, and once started, everyone will receive a message stating the name of the player who began the fight.
At the start of the kill, Nex says Witness the true power of the elements. The pure power I have wrought into my will. Like all the messages during the fight, it is also repeated in the chat interface. Once the energy is released, it is a fight to the death; players cannot teleport out of the arena and can only leave if they are victorious or killed in battle, and no more players can join once it is released. It is possible, however, to log out during the fight, which returns them to the lobby area.
Nex uses melee and magic autoattacks. They are similar to the attacks in the normal encounter during her Zaros phase. Her melee attack has a large area of effect, a 100% hit chance rate, drains prayer points, and accumulates enrage stacks in a manner similar to Beastmaster Durzag. Freedom does not reduce the stacks, so the only way they are reduced is if Nex has not attacked the player for a certain period of time.
Her magic autoattack targets every player in range. The tanks use Deflect Melee and there is very little time to react to Nex's attacking animation, so they will take full damage from the magic attacks.
In addition, a passive enrage stack is also present throughout the fight. This is indicated at the Zaros icon under her health bar at the top of the screen. As this stack increases, Nex's autoattacks deal more damage to everyone fighting her.
Nex uses the following abilities:
- Power from the elements - Nex teleports to the centre and faces a quadrant. After a few seconds, ice stalagmites appear, dividing the quadrants (which deal heavy damage and stun players if stood on). 3 blood reavers with 50,000 life points spawn at the corners Nex is not facing. These reavers do not attack the players, meaning you can soul split them; instead, they simply attempt to approach Nex. If the reavers touch Nex, they will instantly die, heal Nex by half of their remaining life points, and increase her enrage. After dividing the quadrants, she will yell "WITNESS THEIR RAW POWER.", hitting everyone who is in the quadrant she is currently facing for 3,500 damage for three hits. This damage can be reduced/blocked by defensive abilities; use Reflect, Debilitate, and Resonance to mitigate damage. If nobody is in the corner Nex was facing, 20 enrage is added.
- True Blood Sacrifice - If any reaver reaches Nex, Nex will say "Taste the true power of a blood sacrifice." It will deal damage equal to 1/10th of the total health the reaver had when they touched Nex (up to 15,000) to all players and heal her by half of their remaining health (up to 75,000) and reset every player's defensive abilities.
- Shadow orbs - After calling the command: Let the shadow engulf you. Give in to it., Nex will send three red shadow orbs at every player's location. Standing still will deal heavy damage. Moving one space away from your location for each spawned orb is enough to avoid taking damage. These orbs will remain on the floor as highly-damaging objects, even after being initially evaded. It is essential not to step back on them until they disappear later in the fight. However, they will disappear much faster if they were placed in one of the four cardinal directions, as a straight line (be mindful not to place them too close to where the Base Tank will be, however).
After five autoattacks have passed since the start of the fight, she will use her "power from the elements" attack, facing one corner at the same time. Players should try to avoid standing in where the icicles will pop up or they will take heavy damage and become stunned.
Nex alternates between the elements and shadow orb specials until she reaches 1,800,000 life points. She uses a special attack after a random number of autoattacks (4-14).
|During reaver spawn, the tank should be in the quadrant that Nex is looking at, minimizing the typeless damage with reflect, debilitate and resonance. Soulsplitting your health back during this time is recommended.|
|During this phase, have an equal amount of people in each corner to deal with the blood reavers that appear. Players should return to their assigned quadrant to kill reavers unless Nex is facing in that direction. If Nex is facing in that direction, only one player should remain in the area, using Resonance, Reflect, and Debilitate to reduce damage then promptly running out from the quadrant.
As the assigned role for the quadrant:
As soon as Nex reaches 70% (2,100,000) of her life points, she will summon four amalgamations of the Ancient Magicks; Shadow, Ice, Blood and Smoke. Any player who stands within a few squares of where they spawn when they spawn will take 4000 damage, which can be reduced by defensive abilites. Each one has 40,000 life points and an orange/blue bar over them. While Nex is summoning the amalgamations, she will take reduced damage.
If the amalgamations are not destroyed before the adrenaline bar above them depletes, the praesuls (Umbra, Glacies, Cruor, Fumus) will appear with a combat level of 1000. They have 300,000 life points and can use abilities against the players, which can deal a lot of damage. Both Siphon and Natural Instinct affect the four mages as if the battle was PvP, the Leech Adrenaline, or Sap Spirit curses, however do not.
If the amalgamations are destroyed before the bar fills, the praesuls will appear with 50% (150,000), a combat level of 750, and say random quote:
- "So be it. I'll do what I can."
- "Too soon, but more than enough to crush you."
- "I do not feel complete master, my contact with the elements have been cut short."
|Kill remaining reavers while building adrenaline for amalgamations.
Tank the praesul with Devotion, Anticipation, and Freedom, and focus on damaging Nex to 1,800,000 life points before killing the mages. This will prevent Nex from summoning reavers or shadow orbs which can severely impede the DPS of the team. The order of how you kill the praesul will determine how the crystals in the corners will unlock. The praesul should be killed counterclockwise starting with Umbra (due to the shadow crystal being very tedious to deal with), since the ice crystal's effect can be negated with Freedom; the shadow traps from the shadow crystals can be extremely deadly, especially if you are frozen by icicles in the previous phase or from the ice crystal itself.
There are two main strategies to killing minions:
After reaching 1,800,000 life points, Nex will discard her abilities from the previous phase in exchange for the ones below. She initially chooses one special atack at random and uses a different, random special attack after every 4-9 autoattacks. The same special attack is never used back-to-back.
- Smoke Wall - Similar to Vindicta's dragonfire wall attack, Nex will target two players with a visible popup warning of power being called from either the North or East. After a few seconds, two lines of smoke will appear where the targeted players were standing in a "+" formation. Players hit by the smoke wall will be dealt with rapid hits of 1500-2000 magic damage, which cannot be blocked. Upon receiving this message, take note of which direction in the smoke has targeted you and run to an adjacent wall that is opposite the direction of the smoke. For example, if you are targeted by a smoke wall from the North, stand next to either the east or west walls of the arena; for smoke from the East, stand on the north or south walls. If the players stand directly next to the correct wall, the smoke will not appear at all.
- Smoke Pool - Nex sends a small black cloud in a random direction. Upon landing, a smoke ring spawns. When someone moves into the ring, an unstable crystal will appear in the middle, which can be clicked on. If no one activates the crystal, everyone will be hit for damage equal to 37,500 split over the number of players on the team. Grabbing the crystal will deal 14,000 damage split evenly to everyone that was in the smoke ring when it was grabbed. This disables all defensive abilities. Nex announces this attack with the line Even I can not control the element of smoke... Let us see if you can. This is followed by the following message in the chat interface: Nex casts a thick black smoke towards the centre of the arena.
- "You... stay... DOWN!" - Nex picks and stuns one or two targets, and an icicle will collapse on them a few seconds later, putting defensive abilities, Surge, and Escape on a 20 second cooldown (Preparation and Anticipate are not affected). Stalagmites will also appear from the ground in a 5x5 area around the trapped targets. Players standing adjacent to or directly underneath the trapped target at the time will take 5,000 damage (2,500 if 2 steps away; 1,666 damage if caught on the outer edge). All players caught by stalagmites will be stunned momentarily. This icicle has 100,000 life points. If this icicle is not destroyed in time, when the victims are free, they will take a 2,000 bleed for 6 hits which increases to 3,000 if they are close to another player. Freedom and Anticipation will prevent the initial stun before the icicle spawns and but have no effect on the bleed.
Normally, the rest of the team ignores the icicles, as they have too many life points to destroy before the imprisoned player begins taking damage.
|It is essential to drag Nex away from the southeastern quadrant if players are there killing minions, as being in range will result in DPS receiving auto attacks from Nex in addition to the attacks from minions. Make sure to call all pools that spawn and return Nex to the centre of the arena after minions are killed. Call backup to provoke if targeted by an icicle.|
|Players should drag minions/surge to the southeastern corner if that was the agreed strategy. Otherwise, keep killing minions. At this point, use AOE abilities and Mechanised chinchompas to increase damage rate and clear minions in the assigned order, before returning to Nex. Kill the praesul in this order: Umbra, Glacies, Cruor and finally Fumus. This will help greatly in the final phase.
Smoke Wall - assigned players should run away from the team to position the smoke outside the fight area. For example, if receiving "power from the East," run north so the horizontal smoke line is north of players. If standing by the appropriate wall, the smoke will not spawn. Smoke Pool - Players not targetted by a minion should run into the pool after it spawns. In a 7-player team, the pool deals 5357 damage to each player if it is not activated in time.
Once Nex reaches 600,000 life points, she becomes invulnerable and the crystals in the corners will need to be destroyed. She also loses all of her special attacks from "Escalation" for the following:
- Elements instant kill - Nex targets a random player with the message "Nex has marked you to take the full force of the elements," with large amount of smoke, shadow, blood and ice energy.A blue bar will appear above the targeted player. This is also indicated by a distinct audio cue that sounds like Nex whispering something to the affected player. The player needs to stand in the blue dome barrier in the centre of the room, which appears at the start of this phase. If they are not standing inside the blue dome before the timer bar fills, they will be instantly killed. Immortality does not revive the player from this attack; a message box saying "The sheer force of the pillars smash through your Immortality effect!" will appear if this is attempted.
- Pulse follow-up - If the player manages to reach the centre of the arena and survive the instant kill, they will be informed that the elements are boiling inside them. Like the instant-kill attack, a second blue bar appears over them, filling over time. Once this bar fills, a large elemental pulse will appear at the location the player was standing, dealing rapid damage of 3,000 each hit per tick if its radius is entered. This damage can be reduced/blocked with defensives. The pulses last indefinitely until Nex is killed. Affected players should run from the centre of the arena to a wall or to a depleted pillar in the corner to release the pulse, then return to killing pillars or Nex.
- Virus (Smoke crystal) - The smoke crystal allows Nex to send viruses out at players, which drains their stats and overload timers. At the end of this virus, the player's prayer points will be massively drained. This is weakened if the crystal is destroyed while the player is infected. Nex's magic attacks will also gain the ability to poison players, which deals around 1600 damage per poison hit at maximum. Antipoison potions or the Venomblood perk are recommended, as the total damage exceeds 12,000 health.
- Shadow traps (Shadow crystal) - The shadow crystal allows Nex to place shadow traps (similar to the shadow phase traps from the original encounter) underneath players, which will follow them around. After 3 ticks, you will take rapid hits of typeless damage (up to 4800) if you are standing on a shadow trap. Multiple shadow traps are placed for set players, so one should continually move until they ensure there are no more shadow traps under them. Players can take damage from another player's shadow trap. Players will not be notified of traps appearing, so they should look to see if any traps are under them.
- Freeze (Ice crystal) - The ice crystal allows Nex to have the ability to use an attack similar to the icicle prison from the previous phase. Players will be notified that the ice crystal is starting to freeze them. As the freeze continues, an icy overlay similar to the Wyvern's cave will gradually appear on their screen; the more opaque it is, the closer it is to stunning the player. Using Freedom will immediately remove the icy overlay and the freeze attempt. If the freeze is not prevented, the player will be stunned, will have their defensives reset and be bled for 2,000 damage 5 times, which increases to 3000 if they are near another player. If you cannot use Freedom, use Anticipate when your screen is almost fully frozen so you can still eat out the damage. If the crystal is destroyed while the ice effect is taking place, the screen will gradually return to normal. Players will be instantly bound by Nex's magic autoattack for 3 seconds if Protect/Deflect Magic is not enabled, which could result in an instant death or high damage taken if this occurs during the insta-kill mechanic or shadow traps.
- Blood crystal - Until it is destroyed, Nex will be able to heal herself from her attacks.
The order of the crystals to attack is based on the order of the praesuls' death. Ideally, this order should be as follows: Umbra, Glacies, Cruor and Fumus. This allows for a fairly simple rotation, as teams simply need to go counterclockwise from the shadow crystal. This also removes the two most dangerous crystals for everyone quickly.
At 600,000 life points, she stops using her melee attacks and only uses magic for the remainder of the fight, which means that she will no longer reset defensive abilities. She will gain enrage stacks if near a pillar that is activated (attackable).
Once the last crystal is destroyed, Nex can be damaged again. Try to destroy the crystals quickly, as the more pulses there are on the map, the more dangerous it becomes. Once Nex dies, any drops are placed in the middle of the room, and a teleport shard spawns next to the rewards to take you out of the chamber. The shard will drop you back into the lobby room in the Ancient Prison, where you may rebank for another kill. This teleport crystal can also be searched by right-clicking it to obtain The Praesul and The Promised Gift books.
|Nex should QUICKLY be walked to the northwest or southwest away from DPSers, and kept in a quadrant players are not in. If players are out of Nex's attack range, then the Shadow and Ice pillar will not affect the player. When the fourth pillar is almost dead, bring Nex back between players and the arena centre for the remainder of the fight. If Nex is in attack range from players standing in the room centre then players will be able to continue killing Nex while managing the instakill attack.|
If minions are killed out of order, the tank should attack a nearby pillar and inform the team if it is active or not.
|Clear pillars as quickly as possible to limit pulses, while building to ultimate after the final pillar. Ideally, the tank will have lured Nex away from the group, so the pillars can be attacked with Soul Split to restore lost health. Use Devotion and Resonance against Nex's magic attacks whenever they are available to reduce food usage.
Pulses do not deal any damage if they far away enough from Nex, which means that players can