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Forbidden Ground: Fort Qing Yun Guide (Updated Hard Mode)

Jul 9, 2012 6:44 am
The entrance to Fort Qing Yun is located at northwest of LuoYang 洛阳.



This guide will only cover normal & hard mode for now, hell mode will be updated at a later date.


Preparation:
● Have at least level 21 Rank 1 Nei Gong.
● All members have Formation Gui Yuan (归元阵) from 石夫人 (Luo Yang 1077, 752).
● A Chess master with strategy (车轮), few HP potions for tanker. (Optional, will help if you are first time here)

Recommended party for first timer:
● Shaolin - Tanker for most bosses
● E Mei - Heal & damage reduction skills (Can serve as a tanker too)
● Tang Men - Fend off invaders & smoke screen to boost party overall damage

Formation Gui Yuan Skills:
放虎归山 Tiger Palm (3 seconds CD) - Deals 334 damage to target, lowers target's damage by 5%. (Can stack up to 3 times)
冲锋陷阵 Charge - Can accumulate aggro quickly, tanker should have this skill ON all the time. You can double click on this buff icon to remove the buff in case you're dying. Another party member should then switch this skill on and switch aggro so that tanker have time to heal up.
万众一心 Unity - The more people that switch on this skill, the higher damage 放虎归山 deals! Everyone should have this skill ON all the time.  
金芒罡 Golden Flash - Can cancel 5th boss skill '霹雳神弹'. Can only be casted by formation starter.

NOTE: Formation starter should be Chess Master as he can provide useful buffs with his chess strategies. Formation starter can double click on blue buff icon (布阵者) to end a formation, do this every time before you engage a boss to ensure formation does not end in the middle of a battle.



Stage 1




The one with most HP takes the lead, drink potion (Recover 10% HP every 5 sec for 2 mins) if needed. Take note that lots of enemies here have an AoE attack, you should avoid running into them. Run to Checkpoint A indicated on map above, hide behind artificial hill until pursuing enemies ran off. Next, head to Checkpoint B. Jump onto the roof 'Checkpoint C' and gather at Checkpoint D. Kill 3 enemies that might interfere your battle near Checkpoint D.

Once everyone gathered, start up Formation Gui Yuan. Use ranged skill to attack boss and lure him to Checkpoint D.

Dangerous Boss skills:
五行聚首 Elemental Gathering : Apply a 7 seconds debuff on random members. The further you are away from the boss, the higher damage you will take when debuff timer end! In other word, stay near the boss.
五行幻灭 Elemental Disillusion : Slow casting AoE skill, quickly run away from the boss to avoid getting instant killed.

NOTE: Observe what skills the boss is casting through the casting bar under boss' portrait. Skill name will not show above boss' head at times.




Stage 2


Leave 1 person behind to solve puzzle. Other 5 members should proceed to Checkpoint E and clear off the enemies near boss.

Puzzle (Magic Squares):


There are 4 kiosks on the lake, each contains a puzzle. The first one was solved by the NPC already and you will need to solve the remaining 3 yourself. In this simple 3x3 Magic Squares puzzle, the sum of 3 numbers going across, down & diagonal must equal to 15. Once you have solved the puzzle, click switches in correct order.


Assuming above Magic Squares is the solution, you will need to click: 8, 1, 6, 3, 5, 7, 4, 9, 2 in order.


NOTE #1: Leftmost switch = 9 while rightmost switch = 1
NOTE #2: Puzzles are randomly generated.
NOTE #3: Traditional Chinese 1-9 (壹 贰 叁 肆 伍 陆 柒 捌 玖)

Once all 3 puzzles were solved, the door to second boss will be unlocked. As usual, start up formation & tanker go ahead to lure the boss. Other 5 should stay still at the center of red carpet and cast 放虎归山 while tanker lure the boss circling carpet.

NOTE: You cannot use Qing Gong in this room.

Dangerous Boss skills:
沧海一现 Vastness Attack : Frontal linear AoE. Stun effect. Moderate damage.
画地为牢 Sand Prison  : Forms a small tornado on ground, targets takes constant damage if got hit. Guard does not reduce damage taken.
阴阳同伤 Yin Yang Damage : Apply debuff on 2 party members. These members with debuff must stand near each other or they will take huge damage over time! It is advised that tanker quickly overlap with the others as the debuff will most likely apply on tanker. Debuff last 15 seconds, tanker can continue to lure the boss away once debuff wears off.

NOTE: If by any chance boss cast 画地为牢 when everyone are overlapping, E Mei should cast Protective Barrier (金顶佛光) to reduce damage taken.

Stage 3




Talk to the housekeeper and he will reveal a secret passage to underground. You will then see a mute girl in blue clothes. Talk to her and she will lead you to fort owner 沈青云 (Checkpoint F). You will trigger a cutscene upon reaching the room. Talk to the mute girl again after the cutscene.

NOTE: If you wish to know the story, follow the mute girl and watch cutscenes. Otherwise, follow this guide to learn how to skip cutscenes quickly without needing to wait for the mute girl to walk slowly to destination.

The girl will then lead you to guest room. You don't need to follow her, proceed to Checkpoint G and wait for another cutscene to trigger. Once the door opened, walk in and click on fort owner 沈青云's corpse. Next, go to the opposite room (Checkpoint H) and talk to his wife. Get a key from the lady and talk to the mute girl again, walk to Checkpoint I and wait for the girl to open the secret door.

Clear the path as the girl leads you to pigeon cage. Go upstairs once you reach Checkpoint J. Open the door, the one with key should release pigeons from the cage. Back to underground and 1 person go back to Checkpoint F, the rest should stay and clear the mobs to save time. Talk to 醉秋生 and go to Checkpoint K, talk to 醉秋生 again and you can unlock the secret door leading to 3rd boss.

Boss Battle


Once again, clear all mobs and refresh formation before engaging the boss. This boss will summon 3 player invaders! Assign 1-2 members to deal with them.

NOTE #1: You will die instantly if fell into poison pool behind the boss. You can make use of the pool by pushing the invaders down the pool as they spawn near boss.
NOTE #2: You will revive near the boss so don't be afraid of dying... Except boss tanker of course.

Dangerous Boss skills:

蝶变 Butterfly Mutation : Release green fog from the ground, high damage. E Mei shield the party or all stay away from green fog.


Stage 4



Talk to 醉秋生 after defeating 3rd boss. You can now unlock secret door to 4th boss. Clear every single enemies in this forked passage leading to the boss or they will come to you as you engage 4th boss.

It is recommended that E Mei should be the one who kite this boss around if your tanker don't have much HP. E Mei can heal or shield herself.

Dangerous Boss skills:
青芒刺 Flash Sting : Deals 600 initial damage, and 100 damage per second afterward. (1000 total damage) Cannot be guarded.
漫天星 Starry Sky : Deals huge damage in large AOE. You have plenty of time to run away due to long casting time. Can be guarded but low HP characters will still die.
附骨钉 Bone Nail : Bind single target on spot (Normally tanker). Will take constant damage until other party member LEFT CLICK on the bound person.

NOTE #1: If you got killed in the battle, you can quickly teleport back to underground by talking to '躲过一劫的家丁' near entrance.
NOTE #2: Use feint skills to break the boss' guard ASAP or he will recover HP quickly.


Stage 5

Boss View


Assassin View


Note that there will be a rolling Flame Boulder in the passage leading to last boss. Walk along the wall to avoid getting damaged. (Not much damage anyway) Kill all enemies in the room or they will all rush to you as you engage the last boss. This boss will summon 3 invaders too! You will need to assign 1-2 member to deal with them again.

Dangerous Boss skills:
烈焰缠身 Burning Flame :Burn and deal continuous damage over time on the target and surrounding members. The target should use triple jump to remove this status.
枪棍合击 Combination Attack: Deals moderate Frontal AoE damage. Stay behind the boss or far away to avoid it.
神火飞鸦 Burning Crow : Summon a small crow which deals moderate AoE damage upon explode. It can be easily destroyed if everyone focus fire on it. The crow can also be disabled with stun etc. Alternative strategy: Whenever the person holding the aggro of the boss see this skill being cast, do a triple jump and you will realize that the crow will be spawned in the air instead. The crow will not be able to harm anyone in air (this should be a bug =.=)
霹雳神弹 Lightning Bullet : Deals huge damage to a single target, typically 1-hit KO unless Emei use Protective Shield. Formation starter can use use 金芒罡 to cancel this skill.
七杀阵 Seven Kill Formation : Summon 5 ranged enemies while stunning (7sec) and pushing back all party members. You don't need to kill all of the summoned enemies, you only need to kill the Formation Leader (阵眼). 1 of these summoned enemy will have white aura surrounding him and red glows on his hands, kill him quickly and the rest will disappear along with him. Leader takes 2.5x damage from all skills so focus fire and you can take him out easily.

Alternatively, you can click on them 1 by 1, the leader will have a special buff icon under his portrait.



NOTE #1: Use feint skills to break the boss' guard ASAP or he will recover HP quickly.
NOTE #2: You will revive near the boss so don't be afraid of dying... Except boss tanker of course.

How to deal with invaders?
Try to hit them within formation circle, ignore them if they don't get near to you. Hit them until they enter coma state (Red HP bar depleted), don't attack till they are dead. This way you can buy yourself plenty of time until they can revive again!

What if I failed on stages with invaders?
Don't get upset, you can wait 10 minutes and try again. BE SURE to tick the lowest option after 10 minutes, this way you can reduce the number of invaders to 1... Not sure if the item drop rate was affected or not though.


[ The post was edited by v2seraph at Sep 7, 2012 2:07 am ]

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Jul 9, 2012 6:44 am
Fort Qing Yun - Hard Mode

Preparation:
● Have 12 members in party.
● Have at least level 28 Rank 1 Nei Gong.
● All members have Formation Gui Yuan (归元阵) from 石夫人 (Luo Yang 1077, 752).
● Two Chess Masters with strategy (车轮,坚壁 or 背水一战).

Formation Gui Yuan Skills:
● 绝雷罡 - Can cancel 7th boss skill '天雷震地'. Can only be casted by formation starter

Stage 1

Vastly different than normal mode. You will need to disable 'Wu Xing Formation (五行阵)' for the boss to appear. If you failed to solve the formation within 30 minutes, you won't be able to proceed any further.

So how do we disable the formation? There will be 5 flags with 5 different elements, location of the flags are indicated below.



Next, all members are required to check a buff on which element they are.


*Buff icon shows that I have Metal element.

Introduction to Wu Xing: (Skip below if you are not interested :P)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wu_Xing


Metal (金) => Wood (木) || Wood (木) => Earth (土) || Earth (土) => Water (水) ||  Water (水) => Fire (火) || Fire (火) => Metal (金)

Basically, you need to 'overcome' the element of the flag by using formula above. Let's say I have Metal element on me, I will need to get last hit on Wood Flag to 'overcome' it. (Everyone can help attack the flag, just remember to leave last hit to the one with correct element)

Formation Eye (阵眼) is randomly assigned to 1 of the flags, you are required to destroy the Eye using correct element for the boss to appear. If anyone with incorrect element destroyed a flag which is Formation Eye, the Eye will be transferred to another flag. You may need to destroy all 5 flags if you mess things up, that will surely waste your time!



Now, you will definitely want to avoid most enemies here as they hit hard & have thick HP. You can choose to kill all of them but it is not recommended! Look at the map / video above, move to Roof A and then Roof B. Use ranged skill to attack Water flag from Roof B. Note that member with Earth element should be the one who destroy the flag!

If Water flag is not the eye, jump back onto wall and go to Checkpoint C and then go near Checkpoint D. Kill a group of enemies under the tree. Jump onto the tree & proceed to Roof D, member with Wood can destroy Earth flag here.

If both flags are not the eye, you must be extremely unfortunate! Proceed to Checkpoint E, F & G, kill enemies along the path. Note that enemies under the flag will keep respawn until the flag got destroyed.



Tips: Skilled players can jump onto pillar through Roof B / D and destroy flags from above.

Once the boss appeared, lure him into the building and kill him there. His skills are the same as normal mode, stay near boss when he cast '五行聚首' and stay far away from him when he cast '五行幻灭'.


Stage 2


Also same as normal mode, leave a guy behind to solve puzzle and kill all enemies in front of building. Get a guy to lure the boss while others stay in the middle of red carpet. '阴阳同伤' will target 4 players.


Stage 3


Go to living room & talk with the red shirt lady. Next, talk to mute girl and she will open the secret door for you. Follow her and release pigeons from cage, everything else is the same as normal mode.

No killers here, which made this boss even easier. Stay far away from boss when she cast '蝶变'.


Stage 4


Remember to kill everything along the path or they will come to you upon engaging the boss.

The boss will summon 6 killers here, have 3-4 members to deal with them. Be careful of Starry Sky '漫天星' and you're good to go.


Stage 5


Again, kill everything along the path. This boss will not summon killers. '神火飞鸦' is really pain though.


Stage 6


Everyone gather up to open heavy stone door. Those with high HP lead the run, assign 1 member to open the stone door at the end of the passage. Shaolin can help stun enemies before opening the door. Immediately jump into water to avoid pursuing enemies afterward. You can choose to kill everything in this passage if you think you can't charge through.

Jump onto the square from a tall stone if you can, otherwise, walk up the slope. Be careful not to lure enemies under the slope. Open up formation and prepare to engage 6th boss!

If you feel none can tank the boss, you can use the same strategy as 2nd boss, everyone stay at middle while one member lure the boss around.

Dangerous Boss skills:
十方破 Deca-Break: Warps himself with fiery force, any players near him will take heavy damage over time.
寒锋饮血 Bloody Edge : Inflict damage over time debuff on single player with aggro. Left click player to remove debuff.


Stage 7

*To be replaced

Last boss of Qing Yun hard mode. He will summon 6 killers to aid him. Lure the boss into the building and assign 3-4 players to fend of killers outside of the door. In the middle of battle, he will summon few NPC enemies as well, spam AOE skills and kill them ASAP as they can be annoying.

Dangerous Boss skills:

憾地一击 Stomp: Knock back single target.
兵无常势 Unpredictable Attack: Knock down single target.
天雷震地 Thunderous Quake: Deal huge AOE damage. Everyone should dash away from the boss to avoid getting damaged. E Mei can cast protective barrier to help reduce damage too. Alternatively, use Gui Yuan formation skill '绝雷罡' to interrupt his casting.


[ The post was edited by v2seraph at Sep 7, 2012 2:07 am ]

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    Fort Qing Yun - Hell Mode

    Preparation:
    ● Have 12 members in party.
    ● Have at least level 25 Rank 2 Nei Gong.
    ● Few revive pills '九转通冥丸' from grocery.
    ● All members have Formation Gui Yuan (归元阵) from 石夫人 (Luo Yang 1077, 752).
    ● Two Chess Masters with strategy (车轮,坚壁 or 背水一战).
    ● Optional, a Zither Master with (墨子悲丝 or 高山流水).

    Front stages are identical so I'll only post stage 3 video as the boss will summon mobs instead of killers.

    Stage 3


    Dangerous Boss skills:
    四象阵: Summon 3 ranged enemies, bounce anyone nearby away. Make sure you are facing the poison pool to avoid dropping into it.


    Stage 6


    This boss will summon up to 6 killers. His skills are the same as hard mode. Be sure to break his guard ASAP, he will recover HP quickly when he is guarding.


    Stage 7


    Skills are the same as hard mode. A slow debuff will be applied on you if you attack him while he is guarding, slow effect is stackable. You don't want to get slowed when he cast '天雷震地' or you will have a hard time running away.

    Dangerous Boss skills:
    暗卫伏兵: Summon boss from stage 2. Everyone stop attacking, assign 1 member to lure the boss away and you're set.

    Party member who opens treasure box after this boss will get 3 quest items needed for stage 8.


    Stage 8


    If you are the one who got 3 quest items, suicide and back to entrance. Go back to the room where you fought first boss, use 3 quest items in front of the wall with dragon sculpture. You may then proceed to '后花园' and take the shortcut to underground.

    Everyone else go onto the big platform and clear all enemies near boss so that they won't interrupt upon engaging boss. Open up formation, make sure everyone is on the platform and engage final boss! This boss will summon 6 killers.

    Note that once you have started the battle, you won't be able to go in or out of the platform anymore. This is where revive pill come in handy, remember to revive on spot instead of reviving nearby!

    Assign 1 member to lure the boss circling the small platform at the middle while the rest focus on killing all the killers, they won't be able to come in again until boss summons them.


    Dangerous Boss skills:
    八卦卜天: Deal 4 hits to single target, low HP character may die instantly if not careful.
    接引入阵: Summon all killers, including those outside of platform to the boss. You can kill them easily if monks stun right after the killers are inside.
    木傀阵: Summon 6 wooden dummies. Focus fire on the formation eye and you're set. It is unknown what these dummies does as they simply die too fast...
    九字真诀: Stun everyone on map, heal himself for a small amount of HP and apply a buff or debuff on players. It is advised that you should stay away from the boss when he is casting this.


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    Jul 9, 2012 6:24 pm
    Nice Guide. Thank you

    Jul 11, 2012 4:51 am
    Is there any difference in terms of drop rate and dropped items , between normal , hard and hell mode ?

    Jul 11, 2012 5:42 am
    Higher difficulty drop better items & recipes. Hard & hell mode drop forge that is required to craft higher level items.

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    Jul 16, 2012 1:56 pm
    [SMILE=7] now i would go to Peacock not qin yun

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      Jul 18, 2012 1:50 am
      Updated first stage video, much safer for lower level ones.

      Also added new 3rd & 5th stage boss battle as previous videos are more focused on how to deal with assassins.

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      Jul 25, 2012 10:52 pm
      I would like to suggest that those who have speed buff to not run too far ahead as the mobs will kill those running behind after they lost aggro on those in front and aggro those running behind instead. This applies to all other situation when you try to draw mobs and the team make a run for it. This problem is especially prevalent in Peacock Villa where the landscape is not flat, limiting the distance covered by air dash. So, those from Tang Men, Scholar and Blissful Valley, please take note.

      Jun 5, 2013 8:33 am

      I have ran this a fair amount of times so far, spent all my allowed instances for 2 weeks running nothing but this instance. However not 1 time have we seen a workshop drop from here.

      Is there anything special worth mentioning in order to maximize the loot you get from chests?

      I have noticed that when we have a 2nd inner lvl 30+ as the leader, the loot was all junk. And with a leader who is lower lvl and still recommended for the instance the loot became better, was this coincidence?

      My guild has the means and time to dedicate in getting people geared, however we have had no luck with workshops and therefor are being held back strongly.

      Any help and tips would be appreciated it!

      :)

      Thank you.

      Aug 3, 2017 9:00 am
      Thank you so much![SMILE=2][SMILE=3]

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