Even after reading this guide keep in mind that this is only basic, just explained spells/combos/etc stuff, but there are thousands of different situations you may end up in, and they all gonna require different combinations. This is just to kind of illuminate your path, but in the end you are the one who will make decision and choose which one you gonna take.
This guide of mine is not short and i really tried to write everything i know in order to help Lancer players so we can combine our knowledge until we reach perfection. This guide is also short display of me playing same hero for 4 years and my observation of Lancer tricks/combos i came across while i was playing her. I hope this guide will help, if not much, then atleast a little to people who will read it.
This is up to date lancer guide as of version S4v0.19g
Intelligence is useless on Lancer because you don't even have mana but instead of it you got ki which auto regenerates as you level up your R spell, and always stays on cap of 100 regardless of how much intelligence points you have.
Scale for lancer main source of damage goes like this: Critical chance->strength stats->spell damage.
Critical multiplier and other things are nice but less important.
As all heroes Lancer have things where she excels at but at same time some things where she is not the best choice. Of course she is very useful.
pros---> nice damage over time (dot), extremly mobile hero, if played good really useful at taking single damage instance nukes, anti magic shield break, stats buffs.
cons---> gear dependent, low burst damage, lacks tankiness, lacking stuns, most of spells are close range, which means you are constantly fighting with boss head on head and are constantly in danger, little slower on leveling than other str/agi heroes.
Lancer main role---> melee over time damage dealer with decent survivability and anti magic shield break.
D---> Your D spell is one of your main damage source, and also key spell in your kit since most of your combos will start with D. When activated it empowers each of your auto attacks to deal magic damage that scales with your strength stats for period of time and also if chain casted properly it empowers your other spells aswell, for example if chain casted with Q you will have higher % chance to do critical strike on that target. You will mostly be empowering your Q spell when there are 2 lancers in your team, this is where it shines most, otherwise than this you will mostly be empowering your W spell. Cooldown of this spell is 6 seconds.
Q---> Your main damage/dash spell, deals more damage based on distance you travel while using it, very useful for dodging stuff, also its part of your main damage combo, use it wise. Duration of your enchanted Q buff depends on range from how far away from target you were when you used your Q. On max range duration of your Q buff is 21 second. This spell can be casted both on target and on ground, difference is when you are casting on ground it will deal aoe damage to all enemies in around ~250 range, but debuff (buff for you) it applies on boss which increase your % critical chance for period of time when you empower it with your D spell will only be applied if its casted on single target, so do not think if you use DQ on ground, that all enemies who took damage from your Q will have debuff applied on them, once again its only if you cast it on SINGLE TARGET. Can dodge some insta kill spells if timed perfectly, (Skeleton King "Rain", Shadow Dragon "Boom" etc, but this is extremly hard to time well, you must have good pc and do hard practice in order to master this) also can jump over spells like Mad Clown wheel lines, Valtora red lines. Cooldown of this spell is 6 seconds.
W---> Your most important spell, with empower from D it gives you pure damage on your next Q cast, and also refresh D duration, slows bosses/mobs that are caught in its range, so use it wise, can act as hold mechanism for bosses. Cooldown of this spell is 8 seconds.
E---> Your debuff spell, when empowered with your D it increase taken damage for 5% on target it's used. Care for it's duration, so as soon as one debuff expire be ready to apply new one for maximum team damage output. Can break anti magic shield, and is one of few spells that have mini stun so use it wise. Cooldown of this spell is 12 seconds.
R---> Your healing/damage reduction spell, greatly increase your survability, can dodge stuff with it if your Q is on cooldown, if you got Earthen Plates/Creation removes negative buffs from you on each cast, doesn't have empowered version, but still very useful, use it wise. Cooldown of this spell is 1.5 seconds.
T---> Your damage/buff spell, increase your and your allies strength by 10% for duration when empowered with your D, if you have Tiberius it increases strength stats even more and does more damage, while if you have Aglaia it increases all stats, not just strength. Same as E got mini stun on it. Mostly use it to buff yourself and your team so you can deal more damage with your other spells. It deals damage in line and when it reach travel range limit, it explodes dealing bonus damage, explosion can be controlled by pressing T again and it will explode on spot where it was when you recasted your T. You can also cancel cast if you press H button since it is channeling cast spell. Cooldown of this spell is 40 seconds.
F--->Very big aoe ultimate, if target/s on which you cast it are in middle of cast circle it does alot more damage, has bigger stun than your E/T spells, (around 2 sec) and also when you cast it you instantly get max ki, and heal a portion of your hp based on missing ki. Can dodge spells like Skeleton King "Rain" Shadow Dragon "Boom" and others insta kill spells if timed nice.Same as your R doesn't have empowered version. Cooldown of this spell is 120 seconds.
Lancer main damage source is her DWRQ combo aka pure damage combo. You perform this combo by casting your D followed by your W and then using RQ, R to get distance from your target so you maximize your Q damage. Lets not forget that your Q can always do critical strike duplicating your damage. Keep in mind to always wait 3 seconds between D and W cast so you maximize your damage output.
There is another combo. This one you do by using DRQ on target, with this you apply 50% more chance to crit with spear and you use your R before Q because Q duration depends on distance from which you used it. R gonna give you max distance and so Q buff will last for 21 second, don't chain cast W here. When your D gets off cooldown now use DWRQ combo and you will have high chance for Q critical (~90% with end game gear) but its harder to use this combo in end game bosses and its also not big difference than normal DWRQ combo.
Lancer aswell got other combo which is DRQ and W little later. This is pure auto attack combo and it is only worth using if there are 2 lancers in game which will be explained a little more down.
No matter what combo you decide to use be sure to always buff yourself with DT and use DE on target you are going to attack so you can maximize damage.
Pure damage combo is really good to use when you have more than 1 target to attack (for example on ancient ent boss fight, all those filthy ents!) just group them and use DW followed by RQ but dont use Q on target, cast it behind them so you slash them all and every target you slashed will get pure damage. It's great how lancer Q can be used both on target but at same time as dash so use it wise.
Your R spell is pretty useful and be sure to never have your ki at 100 because you won't have passive hp regen then. Can always serve as escape mechanism if your Q is on coldown and you got slowed or don't have enough movement speed to dodge stuff. Also with close to end game gear you can pretty much tank alot of nukes coming from bosses like storm from ancient ent, coil from zombie lord acolute, samael nuke in box and alot more.As of latest map version its cooldown is 1.5sec and ki usage is 35.
Always watch for your E and T duration and try to instantly reapply buffs/debuffs when they expire since E debuff and T buff duration are 40 seconds.
This is not so important but combo for ultimate doesn't exist anymore, best you can do is buffing yourself with DT using DE on target and depending on your armor (if you have Creation) getting stacks from it and using ultimate at the end. But don't let this bother you, you do much more damage now than you could do with old lancer.
2 Lancer's combo---> at the end you might have noticed that with 2 lancers in game you don't always get pure damage on your Q even after you used your empowered W, you might think that 2 lancers in game is bad because of this, but its quite opposite. Main reason why sometimes both lancers in game can't have pure dmg on their Q is because mechanics in game works like that those 2 lancers are being seen as 1 lancer instead. So if you both do DW at same time and later use RQ only the first one who strikes target with Q will have pure damage because your DW combo that allows you to have pure damage on your Q will instantly disappear as soon as first lancer land his Q on it. But this also goes in your favor, because 1 lancer can constantly keep using DQ combo, while other one uses DWRQ, and this way other one will constantly land his Q spell on 50% more chance to crit with spear that you get from your DQ resulting in almost every single time doing critical damage with Q.
You can also both do pure combo, you do this by waiting for 1 of you 2 lancers to 1st finish with his combo and then you casting your. For example you engage in boss fight, you wait for other lancer to first do DWRQ, after he done it you do DWRQ, this way you both will have pure damage on your Q casts. Also if in last mentioned situation you both do critical damage this way you gonna do most of damage, but chance for both of you to crit is not so high and mostly will either end in only 1 doing crit or none of you gonna land it.
Best option is 1 lancer use DQ, and other one use DWRQ, this way other one always gonna have critical strike and you will still be doing nice damage if you got gear with your DQ combo while like this you gonna have maximum damage output with 2 lancers in game. If there are more than 2 lancers in game formula is same, you just need to focus and care about your moves in game if you don't want to ruin eachother combos.
Weapon--->As for early game and begin go for Bloodspear Sanguel, it's drop from Wallachia Count and is pretty nice spear for you to start your journey as lancer, since it has lifesteal on each basic attack, which will greatly help you in early game and on early bosses, later on you can upgrade it, since it will be needed for Lightning spear of Tiberius which is your end game weapon as of now.
As you progress in map for mid game weapon try to get either Winter's Tear or Corruptor and use them until you can craft Aglaia which is pretty much your best mid/high game weapon because of all stats buff specialty, making lancer buff all stats and with this helping team damage too, it also got critical chance bonus which is really important for Lancer. Death Scythe is not bad option either, because it got passive, which Aglaia is lacking(in fact it got some small passive but damage coming from it is really really low and almost nonexistent) and both str/agi bonuses, which if lucky with proc's could give you more damage than with Aglaia.
For end game you gonna aim for Lightning Spear of Tiberius which is lancer main weapon and pretty much main source of damage, having great strength stats bonus, greater critical chance than Aglaia and passive which is made specially for Lancer and you get stack of it on every spell cast, so between each of your spell casts try you auto attack boss once for passive to proc because it deals pure damage, and is really crucial for your damage overall, it also got special active which allows you to chain mini stun target for solid ~4 seconds which is really great considering that Lancer lacks stun in her primary spell kit.
Helm--->For early helm aim for Dragon helm Agron which is drop from Wings of Death aka WOD, its really nice on begin since it provide you with anti magic shield which is always great, regardless be it early or end game raids/bosses, upgrade it to True Dragon Helm Agron and stick with it until you are able to make Helm of Battle, this helm will provide much greater stats boost than True Dragon Helm Agron, it will bring you movement speed/attack speed auras that will benefit your team aswell and it does have shorter cooldown on anti magic shield, on top of that being really easy to craft and providing same if not even better stats than harder helms to craft is what make this helm your best mid game helm.
Later in the game you might want to upgrade your Helm of Battle to HoJ (Halo of Judgment) which gives you small damage boost, but much more shorter cooldown on anti magic shield (90 sec). Since Creation active got changed from anti magic shield to 100% magic resistance HoJ and Creation doesn't share cooldown anymore and they make nice combination. Also with newly added items we got Horn of Devil which doesn't have anti magic shield but is greater damage boost than HoJ. As of latest map version there is Helm of Thunder God which is upgrade from Horn of Devil and requires newly added boss ''Thunder God Valtora''. Its really great damage boost for you because it gives you a lot of critical chance, but at same time comes with great penalty of nice bonus damage taken which can prove fatal on end game bosses. For helms it all depends on your play style going for HoJ will mean less damage but greater survability, and going for Thunder Helm will mean more damage but much less survability, so if you still favor damage more you should try to counter that bonus damage taken with some other items, mostly rings and for that i suggest you 1 of these 3 rings: Ispion, Ruined ring (got damage reduction, aoe heals, and nice healing auras for you and your teammates), Ring of Revival (upcoming ring, really nice sustain, revive you on deathe with full hp/ki, badass active with really low cooldown, same as ispion if im not wrong 45sec), or Heaven Fist (another ring, less survability than previous two, but also greater damage than both of them), so again its basically on your own decision and your gameplay style.
If you want "balance" you can craft Crown of Serenity which gives you less critical chance and damage than Thunder Helm but gives more stats, movement speed,more armor and also comes with really great passive which you can proc nicely when its combined with cape of corrupted flame degeneration and your passive R hp regeneration, which increase your survability to a nice level, and this in my opinion makes it at the moment ''best'' helm for Lancer.
Armor---> For early armor aim for Plates of Regeneration which are droped from Mana Ancient or Sacred Armor which are droped from Divine Angels raid and stick to them until you can upgrade your Plates of Regeneration to Earthen Plates, Plates and Sacred armor are great for early game since they provide you with decent sustain/stats to help you while you are killing early game bosses.
Earthen Plates is simply best mid game armor for lancer because of it's insane specialty for lancer that allows you to instantly heal portion of your hp when you use your R and having debuff clean is great specially on bosses with hard debuffs like Zombie Lord, Shadow Dragon, you pretty much wont need anything more.
For endgame armor aim for Creation of Heaven and Earth, best armor for lancer and it's upgrade of Earthen Plates boosting specialty and having great active to help not only you but you allies too making it even more better. Beside Creation which is best armor for lancer in my opinion, there is newly added armor called ''Hades, armor of Despair'' which is second only to creation, but provides alot more damage than Creation and is really nice damage boost, both for yourself and for team so you can craft it if you feel like playing more seriously since you gonna lose debuff clean that comes with specialty that Creation offers. Also it would be nice if you have at least 1 Hades per team. I though alot about Creation and Hades and at the end i came to conclusion Creation is overall still little better than Hades but its great to have 1 Hades per team because of debuffs and all stats buff.
There is also newly added Plates of Lightning which i would put on 3rd place, since its weaker in terms of damage than Hades, aswell as being weaker than Creation in terms of survival, but being your 2nd best damage armor and it does provide nice sustain, with 12% magic resistance and nice healing passive, not as big as from Creation, but still very nice, which makes this armor also legit and valid choice for you as Lancer to make it.
Ring---> For early ring try to make Teperua, the ring of blood which is fully made from items/materials from Wallachia Count and stick with it, since it has active heal and nice early stats which gonna help you in your early journey through The World RPG, later on as final early ring make Everfrost Gauntlet which is really easy to make and at same time insane for stats bonuses it does provide stick with it, you can upgrade it later because you might need it in future crafts, depending which route you decide to take.
For mid game aim for either Latea, ring of chaos or Heart of Ifrit, both being great but latea maybe being slightly better since it does have nice passive, that periodically block 1 instance of damage, can save you sometimes, and pretty much outshines other rings, also aim for Ancient Hourglass which is really good ring for lancer. Hourglass is such op ring on lancer considered from how easy boss it is dropped and compared to other rings in game that are much harder to get/craft but doesn't benefit lancer very much. Also having those 2 more strikes each 3 seconds and random spell refresh each 30 seconds is pretty op specially for lancer which is not like other heroes that mostly benefit if they only get their T refreshed, but for lancer its either D,Q,W both of these spells will greatly increase your damage if you get them refreshed with Hourglass active.
For end game go for either Heaven Fist, (which will provide you with more auto attack potential, its another upgrade of Hourglass) its really good ring specially because it has damage reduction which can counter increased damage taken from Thunder Helm, or if you love RNG based stuff more which i would not recommend you, but oh maybe you are lucky, then go for Latea, ring of overlord which is upgrade of Latea, ring of chaos and beside really good stats it also gives 10% chance for 40% bonus damage on every damage instance and still has Latea passive (absolute protection) on top of it, and if lucky with this ring you could possibly deal really high damage, but i simply don't recommend it because i don't like RNG on top of RNG, your Q is critical dependent and on top of it you need to hit another proc from Latea, ring of overlord to actually make it strong, but once again i will leave this to player play style.
At the end i think i should say some words about Ring of Strike since as you may look at it, it is ring made for auto attackers and heroes that deal a lot of damage over time. But sadly on Lancer it does not shine as you may think, simply because Ancient Hourglass gives you much more things and does not come with any price and its simple drop from Bone Dragon after all, in damage terms they are equally close, if you land your Q criticals on Ring of Strike proc it will deal more damage than Hourglass, but if you get D,Q,W refresh with Hourglass it will beat Ring of Strike in damage, but once again difference in damage is low ~400k at best so at the end for ring build tree on Lancer i recommend Demonis/Latea 1st then Ancient Hourglass because its cheap, unlike Ring of Strike that requires Shadow Dragon/Ancient Ent drops and from all ''benefits'' that it give over Ancient Hourglass, strongest one would probably be better looking icon, so at the end Heaven's Fist as your ultimate ring providing both str/agi stats, attack damage, and damage reduction using all items needed to make it to their full potential, which makes it overall really really strong and overpowered ring.
Wings--->For wings its pretty simple and probably beside weapon only case where you really don't need to think much about what to make. For early game start with making Corrupted Crystal Wings, they are easy to craft and provide you with decent stats bonus, and are nice start in your The World RPG journey.
Later on aim for Cape of Corrupted Flame which is pretty much your best mid game wing because it's passive pairs really good with your spells, and later on with your end game items like Tiberius and Halo of Judgment and it pretty much outshine every other wings until Protector of the Skies if you get lucky with Samael, but as your end game wings you will be making Cloak of the Fallen Shadows which is upgrade of Cape of Corrupted Flame having it's passive mega boosted on top of that giving 15% magic defense and when you attack target you apply debuff to him reducing its magic defense by 5%. Simply beautiful for Lancer because there does not exists any other wings that increase your auto attacking capabilities like this and thats why Cloak of The Fallen Shadows or ''cotfs'' for short are currently best wings for lancer and most likely for any other hard auto attacker and heroes with single target spells.
At the end if you are new to high raids and missing experience making Soul of the Dead is not bad idea too, yes you gonna lose damage but if you are new to high raids, you might die a lot on begin so take ''SOTD'' aka Soul of the Dead which have revive if you end up dying so it will help you until you learn boss fight. Later on they might also turn to be situational wings, where you can quickly swap to them and tank some instant kills spells like Skeleton King Stomp, allowing your team to proceed to next phase of boss fight without having to risk team wipe.
I took screenshots of items together with their description that are suitable to craft on lancer, and also to make it little easier for you guys. Crafting recipes for specific item you can find on Dragon56784 item post: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1666
All raid bosses before Demon Lord, all field bosses expect Mad Clown, and all item bosses beside Flame Nightmare and Turtle Lord won't be explained, since they are really simple bosses which are made to get you in map and to show you how map bosses look like, you can get all necessary informations about them on earlier mentioned Cereal_Triumph boss guide, and with this you will be ready to go and fight them, surely you will end up dying couple of times, but you won't have problems understanding their spells and mechanics how they work. Remember to not think that The World RPG is boring map because early bosses are kind of simple because that's how they are supposed to be to get you into game, later on you will see that even at mid game bosses you will have a lot of fun while doing them, and end game bosses gonna be cherry on cake so try to stick to map, and like they say, don't judge book by its cover, i promise you that effort you gonna put into map won't be in vain. Now since you know this im going to start with mid game bosses explanations for Lancer.
In this fight as in every other do not allow your ki to be at 100, since you will lose passive regeneration and Demon Lord has means to quickly heavy damage you, and this is bad part because when you are at low hp he gonna use ''Doom'' on you which will slow/silence/damage you, and in this situation without anti magic shield to counter his spell you will most likely end dead. Still do not worry much since he might be harder than other early-mid game bosses, but you can keep going on him until he is dead, so eventually you will get better and will have better gear so that will improve your killing time.
Recommended team for doing him would be 4 players, and recommended gear would be from Angels or higher.
Remember that you can jump over wheel lines with either your Q or R so use it wise if you get stuck or traped, if you happen to get stunned on wheel quickly try to write -wktkf or -recall, because you are going to die anyway but this way you wont heal him. Wheel must be survived, because if you don't survive it he gonna recast once again he reach 50% of hp or even instantly if he is already under 50%. After Wheel is over continue with DWRQ, and care for circles, he gonna start regaining mana from 0-75 and you have around 75 seconds to kill him after wheel or he gonna recast it again when he reaches full mana. Biggest tip on Mad Clown boss fight is to constantly watch for when he is about to cast ''darkness wave'' and to keep interrupting him here.
Recommended number of players for this boss is 1-2 with Demon Lord Beriel gear or above.
As you engage Rectus he gonna cast whole area damage spell, which does around ~35k damage, tank it by nice timing your R spell. Break his anti magic shields with your E and be ready for his summons, avenger and stalkers. They come at 75% 50% and 25% of his hp. When 1st avenger come on 75% apply DE to him and buff yourself and your team with DT, dodge his acid sprays with your R or Q and damage him until he is dead, watch your hp and never keep ki at 100. 2nd avenger will come with stalkers, same start as 1st one, DE on him DT afterwards, and since there are more than 1 target keep using DWRQ combo on ground so you damage all of them, care when killing stalkers because they explode on death dealing pure damage around them and slowing you. Combo to kill them would be when they are on low hp use W to slow them then instantly RDT to take distance from them and to kill them with your T aoe. Never use ultimate directly into them because you will kill them all, which will result in your death aswell because of their explosion.
For Rectus spells, if you are fast enough you can dodge his name call corruption spell with R, same for his coil throw. When he use link on you if you are trapped use either Q or R to get away from your teammates. Before reaching 25% of Rectus HP be sure he has already used anti magic shield and that he won't use it again for atleast 15 seconds, apply DE debuff at around ~28% of his hp, and instantly DT buff on you when your D is ready, after he comes out of invulnerable state use DWRQ on him to apply slow and go use ultimate, together with your teammates to quickly burst him. As you can see biggest part of this fight is played by speed of your reflection how fast you can use your R to dodge stuff. If you are in pinch you can always go near orb of life which has passive healing around it, or proc it by attacking it for massive amount of heals.
Recommended group of players for this boss is 3-4 preferable with some support like Priest, Shooter or Paladin and with gear from Demon Lord or above.
Recommended group of players for this boss is 3-5 with gear from Demon Lord or above.
Recommended number of players for this boss is 3-4, and recommended gear is from Rectus or above.
Recommended number of players for this boss is 5-6 with 1 support if possible (shooter,priest, etc.) and Rectus gear or above.
Bone Dragon is currently ''weakest'' end game boss that you can encouter in The World RPG, but his mechanics are interesting and fight is longer than for example Skeleton King because you can't simply burst Bone Dragon as you can do with Skeleton King. Fight starts as soon as you approach Bone Dragon and land 1st attack on him, arena locks, you neither can exit nor enter because on entrance there is really big fire wall blocking your path and it instant kills everyone that touch it, fight is over when one of you two die 1st. Unlike some other end game boss fights like Skeleton King/Zombie Lord/Shadow Dragon if you all die and fail Bone Dragon on 1st try you can enter again but he goes back to full hp/mana, so its not 1 try per game fight. It also kinda have player limitation because you need ''flame ornament'' to be able to go to Bone Dragon lair, which is dropped 1 from Field boss on lava area, Ruler of Flame Ragnaar and other 5 are dropped from summonable boss Wings of Death or ''WOD'' for short. Every other Ragnaar that respawns also drops another fire ornament but for him to respawn you need to wait 30 mins which is quite long so lets say that 6 players are max (you can wait 2 hours if you want all 10 to enter lol). For easy and short runs on this boss you will need 1 support (any support works), 1 tank/offtank to take Claw Swipes and 2 more dps heroes to make fight shorter, and they should be at level of atleast Rectus/Flame Nightmare in terms of gear. That would be most recommended team composition but it can be done with less players and with other one, this is some bare minimum for runs to go fast and smooth.
On begin of fight (if not instantly stun locked), he usually casts Claw Swipe which covers 180 degrees angle in front of Bone Dragon, so to dodge this either stay far away from him or get behind him. Claw Swipe deals 12500 + max hp X 50% damage to everyone that gets hit by it and it pushes you far far away, and if you collide with wall you will get stunned (not for long). Trick on this Claw Swipe is that atleast 1 player must take it because if everyone dodges it Bone Dragon gets mad because he thinks he is really stupid and boosted bonobo that can't even hit 1 player with his Claw Swipe out of 6 possible so he gets mad and cast Howl which is whole area damage and is much stronger than Claw Swipe damage (it deals 2x Claw Swipe damage), so you can't dodge it, and it stuns you for 2 seconds. Not taking Claw Swipe and allowing Bone Dragon to cast Howl will most likely be team wipe or atleast some of team will get killed, so in this situation try to tank it with some sort of spell, in case of Lancer that will be your R, as soon as Bone Dragon use Claw Swipe and nobody took it, press your R so you tank it with your sweet 60% damage reduction. Other spell which Bone Dragon has beside Claw/Howl is Name Call, he choose the target which is furthest away from him at moment(while being in Rage Mode it doesn't matter if you are the one furthest away from him, he casts Name Calls randomly so be prepared at any moment, to run or dodge them when that happens), Name Calls them and starts throwing fire birds on them which deals 15k when they land and have immolation aura around them, aka they hurt alot. Its good that he can be interrupted while casting them with any kind of stun so he only does cast 1-2 of them and not 5. These birds can be really problematic if you allow him to spawn them a lot. So if you are Lancer save your E for this kind of situation mostly. His 4th and last spell that he does in 1st phase is called ''Freeze'' where he stone everyone who is facing him directly and this petrification duration is really really long, so to dodge it just turn your ass to him for a brief moment until he is done with casting. That would be 1st part of fight, where everything he does is casting those 4 spells, pretty simple.
2nd part of fight starts when he reach 50% of hp for 1st time, he then goes in Rage Mode (he gets red color), and pushes everyone that is near him at that moment far away. While being in rage mode he is stun immune, gets 75% damage reduction and he regenerate 2% of his maximum hp per second. Duration of rage mode is determined by how much mana he has (0-1 mana and he wont enter rage mode anymore) and when he gets back to full hp, he goes out of rage mode. While being in rage mode beside these 4 spells mentioned up there he casts Hell Tentacles which he spawns under random player, (big red circle under you, your screen gets red, in left corner of your screen you have text ''you feel something warm under you'', something like that) these tentacles instantly kills everyone that is standing directly on them when they come out, but later on they just have immolation if you come close to them again. Every 3rd tentacle is called ''Crazy Tentacle'' or ''Exploding Tentacle'' and it needs to be placed near some other Tentacle that is already there for explosion to not deal damage to everyone, since its whole area damage. This is most safest way possible how to survive explosion, but there is also other one a bit risky but it works too, if you can't place Crazy or Exploding Tentacle near some other, just put it wherever you want and run near other Tentacle which is not Crazy/Exploding one, by being near some of others Tentacles you will manage to survive explosion without taking any damage. While Bone Dragon is in Rage mode its highly advised to not attack him, just keep running around him, and have tanks or whoever take Claw Swipes so Howl does not proc, if he is attacked that will result in him casting more of tentacles and more of Name Calls and since he cant be stunned in Rage Mode, you will find yourself surrounded with tons and tons of fire birds that have immolation, where you will hardly survive without some support. After he gets back to full hp he will get out of Rage Mode and will have like ~20 mana more (for every second in rage mode, he uses 2 mana points and he does not regen them, he has a total of 75 mana points), and then you are back to 1st part of fight where you need to dps him until 50% again where he again goes back to Rage Mode but not it lasts only for like 10 seconds and when he gets out of it he will be on like 75% hp so after his mana is 0 he wont enter into Rage Mode anymore and this allows you to finally finish the motherfucker off and burn his fucking corpse and swear on his grave which is really good trust me.
Overall there are 2 different parts of fight non-rage and while being in Rage mode fight, most important part would be tanking Claw Swipes because they can fuck fight a lot. Also care while tanking them to not get pushed into fire wall that is blocking entrance, because it will insta kill you.
As Lancer, if in your team you don't have any ''Claw Swipe'' taker you can tank them with good usage of your R, just get some wall behind you, or turn your ass to Bone Dragon and run little away from him so when you use your R your ass is directly on his Claw Swipe. With your 60% damage reduction you don't have much to fear, just don't get pushed into fire wall. When he is about to use birds, mini stun him with your E so you interrupt his casting. Care about ''Freeze'' its really strong disable spell and for tanking most of stuff in there you need to have good usage of your R and while you are stoned you can't use any of your spells, and unlike knight/crusader you are not tank so either combination of Freeze and Claw Swipe or Freeze and Name Call without interruptions means most likely death for you. For this fight its advised to have some sort of anti magic shield (hob,halo,hoj, etc...) because it really can come in handy while tanking Claws/Birds etc stuff.
Be aware that Bone Dragon can also change agro from time to time, so use your Q to position yourself correctly for your R. Also use your Q if he targets you with 3rd crazy tentacle and you are far away from others, to quickly dash to other tentacle and avoid situation where you need to hide near other tentacles where Bone Dragon can use Claw Swipe, and miss everyone and cast howl which can result in team wipe, or push you out of near tentacle with his Claw Swipe which will result in your death by Tentacle Explosion. For your ultimate, you can either use it to deal damage, but best situation would be to use it when there are a lot of birds around Bone Dragon so you clear them too. You can also use it to tank Claw Swipe if you are good enough, and to survive Howl if it happens and you don't have any other choice. In general if you have nice team, with 1 support or more, and everyone knows atleast basic it will be easy for you to deal with this boss, it might look complicated but it isn't.
For combo DWRQ is advised like always, because its pure damage comes really in handy while killing birds or dealing damage to Bone Dragon.
I have recently also done solo Bone Dragons with my Lancer, but for this you will need gear and a lot more skill than gear actually, because Lancer is edge and probably the hero that have most struggle while soloing Bone Dragon from heroes that can solo it (Don't let this worry you, people were saying that you can't solo Bone Dragon with lancer). It's true test of your skills, your patience and your awareness because mistakes on solo most likely mean certain death for you. Practice this, when you get sufficient gear, and it will greatly improve your gameplay, because you will come to understand totally different dimensions of how to use your spells, which will help you on other bosses also. If you wan't my solo replay, you can send PM me on discord or here on forum.
Skeleton King is another end game boss, in terms of difficulty he is stronger than Bone Dragon, but mechanics of this fight are easier than the ones on Bone Dragon. Skeleton King does not have any player limitation, so you can enter him with full house. As soon as 1st player enters timer gonna pop up and everyone have 45 seconds to enter Skeleton King lair before fight begins. Like on every other end game boss, once the fight begins you can't leave or join boss area anymore until 1 of you dies 1st. Unlike Bone Dragon Skeleton King is once per game boss, which means you can't reenter his lair once the fight has started, on the other side when Skeleton King dies you can leave his lair via the entrance but you can't enter his lair neither when he died so care for this, be sure to enter his lair before 45 seconds pass after 1st player has entered so you have chance to take his loot because loot is now area bound and if you were not in certain area you won't be able to pick drop able items. For this fight its prefered to also like on every end game boss fight for steady and fast runs have atleast 1 support, 1-2 range heroes, and 3-4 dps heroes that are at level of atleast Flame Nightmare in terms of gear, or higher. So when 45 seconds expire Skeleton King aka SK fight starts, in this fight there does not exist multiple phases of boss fight, its all 1 and only phase.
On Start try to stun lock him and dps him until around ~77% of his hp, then melee heroes should back off while range heroes or heroes with some range spell proc 1st Skeleton King stomp that occurs on every 25% of his max hp (this means he gonna use this stomp at 75% 50% and 25% of his max hp), this stomp is instant kill in ~400 aoe around Skeleton King so melee heroes should care at this moment, either get back or use some spell that allows them to disappear from map for short time (swordmaster T for example). While you are dpsing him he might also cast ''Getsuga'' (sword wave attack in front of him) this spell deals around ~35k damage in line and is not so dangerous for strength heroes, but for squishy agi/int heroes in some situations it can be deadly, so care for it too, its easy to dodge. Also while fighting him, you might notice whenever you long stun him, near his head you can see some percents going up (20% 40% 60% etc all up to 100%) when those percents hit 100% he gets stun immune and can't be stunned for duration of 4-5 seconds, mini stuns like Lancer E does not fill this stun immune gauge. When this happens it would be preferable that someone is under Skeleton King holding him so he does not move much during stun immune period and maybe kill some player with stomp proc or something like that. He also got ~400 aoe silence which he throws at random player from time to time silencing them for 3-4 seconds. His last of these ''mini spells'' is ''Push'' he needs to charge it for 1-2 seconds and then he pushes everyone that is near him, stealing 4k of their max hp and healing himself, for this reason avoid spawning summons in Skeleton King fight like Eye of the Abyss because they can heal him a lot. When he is about to cast this push or getsuga, its also ideal opportunity to chain interrupt him so he keeps recasting it over and over. As you are approaching 50% stomp he usually does cast his 2nd main spell called ''Rain'' (because it looks like black rain), this spell is whole area expect skulls area and it's another instant kill, to dodge it you need to move to ''skulls area'' where you will take damage overtime as long as you stay in there, this is why you should have some support to shield/heal your team at this moment. Keep in mind that rain does not always proc at around 50% if he is silenced/stunned/interrupted etc, but now, rain must happen because if not even 1 rain happens when Skeleton King reaches 0% of his hp, he instantly heals back to 25% and cast rain, so you must let him cast it atleast once per fight now. You can also dodge rain with spells that make you disappear from map (swordmaster T, lancer F) spells that make you instant kill immune (berserker T, martial artist F when you have Vest of Guardian).
After you survive rain and proc 50% stomp try to burst it as soon as possible and proc 25% stomp and then proceed to kill Skeleton King so you does not allow him to cast another rain. Also While this whole fight is going, you will notice that mini skeletons will spawn in skulls area for the duration of fight, their spawn rate was increased a lot so you should always try to kill them because they have ability that pulls you to them and stuns you also, so they can either pull you in rain or stomp, and this makes them very annoying. Best way to kill them would be to group them together with main Skeleton King and kill them while you dps Skeleton King. That would be general part of fight, keep in mind that Skeleton King drop rates are increased (not by much, but still it increases) with more players that are in fight, so try to get atleast 7-8 players for max drop rate.
For Skeleton King use your DT to buff yourself and your teammates when SK timer of 45 sec's expire to get ready for fight. Your T buff got longer duration now (40 seconds) and your D got lower cooldown so there is no need to use it earlier like it was before. When fight begins use your DE combo on SK to increase his taken damage.You might notice that you got great dodge mechanism for SK stomps which is your R. You can maximize your damage output now and just when SK is close to stomp just press R and you will get knockback for 600 range behind yourself which is out of SK stomp range. Care to not get silenced because then you won't be able to use your spells. Constantly keep doing DWRQ combo or DQW combo if there is other lancer in game it all depends on how you agree to do stuff. You can dodge stomps and rain pretty easy now with your R but same with your Q which got longer range and is easier to use for dodge than your R. You can dodge rain/stomp if you time your ultimate good but no need for that anymore since you got 2 spells that have such low cooldown.
Don't use your ultimate to suicide, use it either to proc stomp and survive or to just deal damage with it to make it faster for next stomp, but never suicide with it, it's pretty bad. Also when you are in skulls area keep using your R for damage reduction and heals if you lack them. It uses only 35 ki so you can afford to spam it and not worry to much because you will regain lost ki fast. Whenever SK is about to cast some of his spells, he needs to make small delay before, use this opportunity to interrupt his casts with your E mini stun, its really useful and allows your team to damage him longer.
Tank should hold 1 of these ent's while you dps other one. They have reflection shields which reflect all damage except pure one but luckily those shields can be broken with your E so save it mostly when they use these reflect shields. Trick is to kill one of these two elder ent's fast so main ancient ent gets in normal state so you can dps him again. Killing order is mostly like this: 1st elder ent-Main Ancient Ent-2nd elder ent. Care for elder ent's to not get close to each other as well to not get close to main Ancient Ent because he will start healing rapidly and if he heals back to 100% again when you reach 50% of his hp he will again summon elder ent's, which after 1st time they are killed have greatly reduced drop rate and you will likely get bored and will be thinking to rage quit if it keep happening. Care for elder ent's jumps they use at 66%/33% of their max hp, move away from other elder ent and main Ancient Ent so they don't accidentally jump on each other killing other players and healing other of their green buddies. Also collect green orbs that will constantly keep spawning as you fight Ancient Ent and they will heal elders as well as main Ancient Ent if they reach them. They deal quite the damage to the one who is taking them so try to time it so you get knockbacked with your R right on them, so you will have your 60% damage reduction when you take them.
Also when you kill elder ents they will spawn small giant ent's, here you use your pure damage combo as explained above. That's pretty much it for Ancient Ent boss fight, you will see it is much better and in my opinion funnier fight than old faggot ent was. You might find drop rates lower but every ent drops some kind of item so its all about if RNG Gods are with you.
But your main purpose is to be in main room box is your secondary role if there is absolutely no other hero like Crusader/Knight to box instead of you. In main room start again same like on most of bosses, buffing yourself and your teammates with DT and using DE on Samael, you gonna do this in every boss fight because like this you maximize your damage output. In Samael wheels your Q,R spells will come in handy because you can quickly move with them helping you to survive wheel. After 1st wheel is over this is where you usually use your ultimate to proc Samael damage reduction shield(you can use it on 9th thick of wheel so you insta land on him when he finish his wheel), because it's not so big damage anymore and its pointless to use it as finisher, could be used that way only if you have some big overdps team. Care here for him to 1st use his block spell, you don't want for it to block your whole ultimate. Try to see when he is about to use runes(when he stops from auto attacking and casting spells for brief moment, also its like he stands up, that's the sign) so move away at that time from him with either your R or Q also care for his overload because he is immune to stuns then pushes players same like Flame Nightmare overload and will most likely use runes/orbs here, also overload destroys your anti magic shield if you used it before overload so care for this too. If you get name called quickly get away with either your R or Q or if you are caught with it spam your R spell to help you survive.
Survive 2nd wheel use Q/R if you get in bad spot or get unable to move fast enough so you don't die and heal Samael. After 2nd wheel is over if nice team it will be pretty much overdps and he is dead in 5 seconds but if lack damage dps it how much you can then again care for runes and if he cast orbs collect them, you can use your R spell to minimize damage taken from collecting orbs and after he has casted runes/orbs try to finish him before he gets to cast them again.
On Samael boss fight it is crucial thing to always move and get feeling for when he is about to cast spells so you don't end being near him when he casts runes and mega heals himself and even kill some of your teammates or maybe even you.
If he died without using craze, you most likely won't be ready to use DT at 1st phase so use it on 2nd phase as soon as possible after all 4 coils have hit Zombie Lord, after this you gonna proceed with casting your ultimate and doing instantly DWRQ as you land, if everything is going as planned he gonna cast star/craze/infection at this phase you can tank it all with your R if you time it nicely so you take minimal damage, care for star lines to not get insta killed. After his spell chain is over, go in and fully damage him until he drops dead, if damage is low he gonna recast craze so be ready to dodge it. If everything is still good he gonna fall on ground for 2nd time and proceed to final revive.
On 3rd phase same apply DT buff and DE debuff since they will expire and damage little until craze procs then back off until craze ends and after it just burst him as soon as possible but if burst is not enough be wary that he gonna cast star/craze 1 more time, care if this happens.
Don't forget that you have limited stuns, but one of them, your E have low cooldown now so if you are taking any acolute try to time it so you always have it ready by the time acolute hit 100 mana to stun him. Also if some of your teammates screw up you can always dash with your Q to stun his acolute instead of him if he is not able to. As Lancer you won't have many problems on ZL boss fight its just you getting used to boss fight and you simply won't be able to die with Earthen Plates, you will in worst case find yourself recalling because all of your teammates died. Just get used to recognize ''craze spell'' (...... FEED MY HUNGER) and don't forget about stars and thats pretty much it.
Lets move on to your job as Lancer. Here you won't be buffing yourself and your team with DT as you used to do in almost every boss fight before. Instead of that as soon as you engage Shadow Dragon you will use your D and wait for Shadow Dragon to cast his ROTR spell that converts all damage into hp, you are going to break it with your E which will be empowered by your D adding bonus damage taken on Shadow Dragon. After this you gonna do DWRQ combo and keep doing it until Shadow Dragon reach 50% of his max hp and heals to full goes to invulnerable state and spawn his mini dragons illusion of himself 1 big on one side and 3 mini on other side. Side on which he spawn them is random.
Usually three mini drakes are killed first, they have only shadow breath ability and its recommended to keep them stun locked until they are dead and to fast burst them so they don't cast it. You go to them use DW on them and RQ but cast your RQ in middle of all 3 mini dragons so they all get pure damage. After it you use your DT to buff yourself and your teammates as well to deal damage to mini drakes. It is not recommended for lancer to use ultimate here if you don't have gather because you won't be able to do full damage, and even with gather it's still pretty wasted compared to using it on big mini drake or main Shadow Dragon. Again it all depends on your team and your team strategy before fight. After 3 mini dragons are dead they will give ''darkness seed'' to all players that are in Shadow Dragon area no matter how far away they are from mini dragons. After some time seed will explode dealing damage and instantly killing players that collide with each other. On this part you just simply separate from each other keep distance until seed is gone, if you are lancer and have Earthen Plates/Creation don't use your R spell because it will instantly clear seed resulting in its explosion and killing all nearby players, with this you will screw fight completely. Instead of this you can use your R when you have wall behind you, this way you gonna remove seed but won't kill other players.
After 3 mini drakes are killed, you can either wait for seeds to explode or just instant rush to big dragon because you are kinda fat so seed won't kill, big drake on other side have more spells than minis, and is also harder to kill than them. If you have Tiberius you use its active here to stunlock him until your teammates have arrived and to make him cast his ROTR which you gonna break with your DE, after breaking ROTR this is where you can ultimate, since it's 1 target, your ultimate will be used to its fullest potential. Again you burst him with ultimates and after big mini dragon is dead again spread up to not kill each other with ''darkness seed''.
After seed is gone head over to main Shadow Dragon and recast your DE on him when he uses ROTR spell, after it keep doing DWRQ combo or if you didn't use your ultimate before use it now after ROTR break. Again buff yourself and your teammates with DT since it will probably expire by the time you kill dragons on both sides. Also in Shadow Dragon fight its much more recommended despite gear you have to only use DWRQ combo because of Shadow Dragon silence circles which he gonna cast very often usually interrupting your combo.If he cast them under you, you gonna hear sound something like ''DONG'' so if you can move from it you have 2 seconds before it activate. So don't wait 3 seconds between D and W cast, just instantly use it. Don't run like headless chicken because you are scared of shadow breath, just dps him and when he cast breath on you, do DWRQ combo so you remove healing debuff with your R and keep dealing damage to him. Care for ''Big Boom'' spell he uses because it's insta kill spell and usually is deadly combination if you get silence/slow with it. Break links with your Q/R if you get darkness debuff dash away from team and spam your R spell to survive it. On this boss it is recommended to have some kind of anti magic shield too if you get in pinch with darkness/silence so you can save yourself. Also it is great if you make Creation before going to Shadow Dragon fight because it will benefit your team a lot.
Summary: Your main job as lancer except dealing damage all the time is mostly to break ROTR shield as soon as they appear because with this you save time and allow your team to keep attacking and connecting their stuns, while if ROTR shield isn't broken they would need to stop attacking for that short time which is enough for Shadow Dragon to cast some of his spells. Also again you got great dodge mechanism in form of your Q/R so if Shadow Dragon use silence circle on you quickly evade it with either Q or R but R is much more recommended since its 1.5s cooldown and Q is your main source of damage on Shadow Dragon. Again use both Q/R to evade ''BIG BOOM'' to quickly break links, its essential to be agile and quick on this boss. If you got creation never use it for yourself but rather for team mostly to either shield team from shadow breath or when Shadow Dragon use ''darkness mark'' so you and your teammates don't take damage from it.
It looks easy like this but in fact until you get accustomed to boss fight and learn timings, you won't do much. It's all about practice and thinking before doing something, not just mindlessly rushing. Again before Shadow Dragon fight it is recommended to have some nice gear like Spear of Tiberius/Creation and of course if you are new to Shadow Dragon boss Soul of the Dead wings which will help you to survive more and the more you survive the more you learn about boss fight, later on you can either swap to Cape of Corrupted Flame or if you got lucky with Samael to Protector of the Skies which will increase your damage.
Also if you want to find me and play with me, i'm mostly playing on Europe.battlenet and you can add me on discord (MasterOgi#9135). If you think something is not right in the guide and could be improved write me here and i will check it, or send me PM. I tried to cover every possible aspect of Lancer gameplay and to write almost everything i know about Lancer. At the end i want to say thanks to Keekero for creating this wonderful map, greenFruit for updating it, and to all players who are playing it because we are the ones that keep it alive. Best regards.