Hardcore gamers throughout the world have always enjoyed fighting bosses, especially if they drop some awesome loot. And the Borderlands series is known for requiring lots of boss farming if players want to level up, earn cash, and obtain Legendary Loot. and Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is no exception since it features dozens of bosses that gamers can farm for awesome gear.
But, some bosses in Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands can be challenging to beat. And it’s no surprise that the final campaign boss is among the most difficult ones. And that’s because The Dragon Lord has several tricks up his sleeve that can catch a player off guard, ultimately leading them to their death.
How to Prepare to Fight The Dragon Lord
Before players head up the portal leading to the boss fight, they’ll want to have the right weapon and spell equipped. As players will notice, The Dragon Lord starts with three bars: Ward, Armor, and HP. So, players will need to have at least three Elemental Damage weapons: Lightning, Poison, and Fire.
But, during the fight, players will need to fight some minor enemies (Skeletons, Spectrals, and Wyverns), which have a grayish bar susceptible to Frost Elemental Damage. Regarding spells, players should try to use AOE-based spells since there are always minions roaming the area and AOE spells are quite effective in crowd-controlling enemies.
Finally, players should be aware of their surroundings. The boss fight area isn’t particularly big, so players can accidentally fall off, thus restarting the boss fight phase. Moreover, there are three boss phases: Ground Phase, Flying Phase, and “Bernadette” Phase, which will be covered in the guide.
Phase One: Grounded Dragon Lord
During the first phase, The Dragon Lord will remain on the ground, only warping around the area after receiving a certain amount of damage. Throughout this phase, he’ll summon Shambling Skeletons that players can easily kill with a powerful AOE spell or the DOOM-inspired SMG. He’ll also have various attacks that players should be aware of.
Ice Ground Attack
The Dragon Lord will slam the ground, creating fissures of icicles that’ll deal damage during the slam. Furthermore, the ice will break after a couple of seconds, causing Frost Elemental Damage to the player if they’re near it.
Homing Lightning Attack
Players should be careful whenever they see The Dragon Lord forming several Lightning Balls since he’ll cast them at the player, causing massive damage. On top of that, the Lightning will chase the player for a short period, so players should keep moving until they disappear. The Sporewarden’s Mushroom companion is quite useful in aggroing the Lightning, so players should consider using it as a secondary class.
The Dragon Lord will blast a large Poison-based attack that will not only damage the player but can potentially push them off the floating arena. Players can avoid this attack by jumping over it or hiding behind one of the pillars.
The Dragon Lord will enchant one of the four crystals located in the middle of the arena during the fight. After completing his enchantment, the area surrounding the crystal will have purple goo that will continually damage the player. Players can destroy the crystal with Poison Elemental weapons as it’s heavily armored.
The Dragon Lord will conjure a giant fireball that he’ll use to throw at the player. Moreover, wherever the fireball lands, it’ll create a brief fiery crater.
Dark Blade Swing
The Dark Lord will swing his blade several times, releasing an arc of Dark Energy. Players can dodge these attacks by crouching or hiding behind a pillage.
The Dark Lord summons a giant Skeleton arm that’ll slam the ground. This slam attack deals damage and pushes the player, another reason to stay towards the middle of the arena.
Every so often, The Dark Lord will summon four Spectral Aegis that’ll replenish his Ward. Players will need to defeat them as soon as possible, or they’ll replenish his entire Ward from him, thus lengthening the battle.
Every time the player depletes one of The Dragon Lord’s bars (during the first phase), he’ll disappear and summon Spectral Wyverns. But, the aim of these Spectral Wyverns isn’t to damage the player but to knock them off the arena. Fortunately, they’re weak to Frost Elemental Damage, which the Brr-Zerker class has plenty of.
Phase Two: Flying Dragon Lord
Once that player depletes his HP bar, he’ll briefly disappear and reappear with a new Armor and HP bar. But, this time, he’ll be flying around the arena, and while he retains some previous attacks, he also gains some new ones. A crit-based build like that of the Mistdancer can prove effective during this second phase.
Dark Blades Throw
The Dark Lord summons three large spectral blades that he throws at the player. And just like the previous attacks, this attack can push them off the arena, so players should avoid being hit near the edge.
The Dark Lord will summon Wyverns throughout the battle that’ll aid him. The flying ones will deal Fire Elemental Damage, and those on the ground will lunge themselves at the player.
Periodically, The Dark Lord will teleport to the player and slam the ground with a powerful ice attack. Players should note that the ice lingers for a few seconds before disappearing.
Phase Three: “Bernadette” and The Dragon Lord
Once the player depletes The Dark Lord’s Armor and HP bar, he’ll summon a powerful new ally, Bernadette the Dracolich. During this final phase, he’ll emerge only with an HP bar, but after receiving a certain amount of damage, he’ll tether to Bernadette, which at that point, the player will need to attack her.
Moreover, he’ll continue to summon Wyverns, making the fight a lot more chaotic. Players should come prepared with a powerful Frost Elemental weapon (maybe by cashing in one of the SHiFT codes) as Bernadette is weak to Frost. For the most part, The Dark Lord retains the attacks from his second phase, but players will need to be aware of Bernadette’s attacks.
Bernadette unleashes a powerful fire attack that covers a large radius. Players can make use of the pillars since they offer some protection from this attack.
Players should be extra careful when they see Bernadette spread her wings as she’s preparing a powerful gust attack that can push the player off the arena.
Bernadette shoots several large fireballs that will cause the area they land to ignite with fire.
Dragon Lord Tether
After the player deals a certain amount of damage to The Dragon Lord, he’ll tether to Bernadette. During this time, players will need to attack Bernadette until she releases him. This will continue to happen until Bernadette is defeated.
Reward for Beating The Dragon Lord
Once defeated players, The Dragon Lord will drop money and lots of high-quality loot. Moreover, players can go down the hole at the center of the arena, where they can loot eight chests.
And the best part is that players can repeat this battle as many times as they want, and it always lets them loot the chests. If players are struggling to beat The Dragon Lord, then they should try to farm some Legendary Loot and then try again.
Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands is available for Playstation 4, Playstation 5, PC, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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