These flying NM's are found in the Xarcarbard [S] region, and aggro from the sky much like a UFO does. I actually kinda had a hard time aggroing one though for some reason. These NM's hit pretty hard; his non-crit hits landed for ~ 235ish to 315 while in -dmg gear and double attack certainly doesn't help things.
I preferred attempting my pulls either near the campaign npc, or near the actual campaign location, as its semi free of aggroing mobs, and relatively close to an ideal kiting location (G-9/G-10). The fight is easier than I expected, so long as you don't get careless and greedy with spells. Here's a quick list of things i made note of:
#1. kite around the circle @ G-9/10
#2. moves at 12% mvmt speed, however, once in the circle, terrain obstacles make it more like normal speed
#3. Cryohelices were doing ~102-133
#4. immune to grav and heavily resistant to sleep; Bind lands, but I had ~ 25% resist rate (1 out of 4-5 binds get resisted). Was able to land one sleep which had voidstorm, klima, focalization, and a 310 enfeebling skill but usually resisted.
#5. I stuck to helices and occassionally drain if i needed it, and occasionaly did bind > blizz IV if helix and bio were already on it.
#6. I also noticed that the only times i was able to pull off a helix with out getting hit by him was with ice weather up, and utilizing alacrity + wearing relic boots. without the boot bonus, I seemingly always got hit, but perhaps there is a notable place to stand where terrain might provide you the extra second.
#7. The only TP move I ever saw it use, was Reaving Wing, which puts up a "wind wall" looking buff, and causes repeated knock backs if in a 10 foot vacinity to the NM, however the knockback does NOT deal any dmg. I ended up getting cornered into a wall because of it, and my camera got hung up, causing me to lose track of where I was, yet the NM didn't deal any dmg to me even when he caught up to me. I was able to eventually get away before his Reaving Wing buff wore off.
#8 This is unconfirmed as Im not 100% sure, but I believe that the mob has party or alliance shared hate regardless if a player has not performed any actions on the NM or cooperating party members. I had a lowbie war in party with me that was spectating, and when I died, the NM blined for him even though he was at least 50 or more feet away from the NM and never performed an action other than cheerleading.
#9 I have not yet tested whether or not this can be done without heralds gaiters, though I believe it is possible, just would need to be extremely careful with your courses of action, and probably would not be able to use helix spells as your source of dmg. Would probably have to stick to bio's poisons, and alacrity drains.
Edit addition: #10. This is a rough estimation but i believe the NM has somewhere in the vacinity of ~ 15k hp. I would estimate that i casted ~ 20-25ish or so helix spells. I think the fight took ~ 45ish mins including 1 death, and time to unweaken, recure and rebuff up while in mid kite. Im guessing the fight could be reduced to ~20-30ish mins once experienced with the nature of the fight.
I think that about covers everything. Its quite a fun fight, and I love the look of the NM. In fact, that's why i died midfight, because i kept trying to turn my camera behind me to watch him lol. Also his Reaving Wind animation looks pretty sweet too ^,^
GL everyone! Definitely a blast to solo.
Edited, Jul 22nd 2009 2:59am by xXxNaobixXx
Edited, Jul 22nd 2009 5:30pm by xXxNaobixXx