After debuting in 2021, the limited-time Exar Kun instance quickly became known as one of the most difficult and talked about content drops for players, and continues to live up to its reputation testing (and defeating) both veterans and new players alike. After travelling through the dangerous wilds of Yavin IV to arrive at the temple of Exar Kun, players are faced with the challenges of the temple itself and must fight through three tough encounters before they can hope to claim victory.
Long-time player Traycn has put together this guide to help out anyone seeking to raid the Temple of Exar Kun and walk away with the riches and unique items located within…
Greetings, EiF players,
With the Exar Kun instance available for the Halloween season, I wanted to put together this guide to help those who have yet to try it out. You know the challenges and dangers awaiting you in the Temple of Exar Kun on Yavin IV. You must meet three bosses. Here’s what you need to tackle the Exar Kun instance and come out to earn Fortune and Glory.
Additional note: This guide was written with the 3-man version of this instance in mind. While the general mechanics and encounters remain the same when the instance is opened up to 4-man, your party makeup may change and diversify.
Preparing your Team
The team you’ll want to put together can only be made up of three characters (with the exception of its final week when it opens up to 4 players), so choose wisely. You’ll need a Doctor as a healer, a DPS/off-tank character, and a dedicated Tank. The tank can be TKM, Pikeman, or Swords. We highly recommend you do not use a Fencer melee character to tank, with the exception of the final boss. Even the Swordsman character is risky, but it is possible if you’ve constructed your character’s build and trust your doctor. It’s also a good idea to ensure that your DPS character is comfortable with tanking at least one of the bosses, as it is typically better to tank swap due to the amount of Battle Fatigue (BF) your dedicated tank likely receives during the first two encounters.
Your doctor will want to have an array of Disease and Poison Area Heals, as well as Bleeding heals, which means they need to have a Master Doctor and at least 2xxx Medic in their kit to prepare for this. Try to find the highest power-rated Disease and Poison Area Cures that you can find (or craft) – the more power in the status heal, the higher the likelihood you can remove multiple disease/poison stacks from your allies in a single use. From our own experience, we also highly recommend the DPS and Tank have some form of Status heal in their kit, so if anyone else has some form of Bleeding heal, or even a Disease heal (I’m looking at you, force users), it is beneficial to help make your doctor’s time in this instance much easier.
Additionally, your Damage dealer should ideally be a character with a Melee mastery or aptitude in close-quarters combat. For example, a Rifleman may struggle more than a Pistoleer, and combat skills with sweeping area attacks tend to fair better due to the sizes of the rooms and the encounters therein.
Before entering the dungeon, you’ll want to visit an Entertainer for their Mind Buffs and receive the five Doctor buffs, although the Mind Buffs are not as essential for Jedi players. Once you have all those required buffs squared away, you can also invest in additional buffs from the doctor: Poison and Disease resistance. These are helpful in combating the first and final bosses and to ensure that you get the most out of these timed resistances, we highly recommend that you give out these buffs right at the entrance to the temple.
After you’ve buffed up your team, you’re ready to enter the temple and tackle the first boss. Speak to the shade inside the temple, and begin the instance.
Battling the Dark Shade
With your back to the now-sealed entrance to the temple, your tank should ideally position themselves just in front of the top-right pillar. Depending on their weapon, they should have the best angle at hitting all the adds in the room while still maintaining the focus of the Shade upon them.
Despite not being able to damage the shade directly, our tank will still want to Taunt the shade, maintain Intimidate, and perform any additional status attacks (Blinds, Dizzies, Stuns) that they can do on it. After that, use any area stance changes (knockdowns) on them, and then begin throwing out two to three area or cone attacks, before throwing out another series of knockdowns. The trick is for the tank to alternate their attacks between area knockdowns and area attack attacks; even though you may not knock down the shade, you’ll knock down all the adds that constantly spawn in.
While this is happening, the DPS will want to be on the side of the room where the Crystal Snakes spawn. If they are not on this side of the room, switch now and stand in that corner. The DPS player will aim at the Crystal Snakes as their primary focus of attack, but if those have not spawned, then target the Shade and exclusively use area attacks to hit as many of the adds as possible. The side with the Crystal Snakes is the best location to hit nearly everything in the room, giving the best coverage. If your DPS doesn’t have a wide array of large cones or area attacks, you may have to have them move around to focus the various piles of adds as they start to stack up.
Throughout this encounter, the Doctor’s job is to heal the party and endure all the punishment. However, they also need to be concerned about the Poison, Bleed, and Disease attacks unleashed by the creatures. The Gackle Bats, Crystal Snakes, and Anglers all do Poison and Disease damage. These attacks add up, and Disease is the worst because it stacks BF for your Tank. The subsequent two encounters will be too challenging if the Tank takes too much BF during this fight. You’ll need to rotate in Disease, Bleed, and Poison heals to your entire party. Because of how quickly the Doctor may need to pivot or switch up their healing to help their ailing companions, we don’t recommend relying on scripted macros for this encounter. A poorly timed heal or clogged combat queue can easily end a run.
That’s the entire first encounter. After that, it’s all about keeping Blind, Dizzy, Stun, and Intimidate states in the shade and quickly knocking out the smaller creatures. Using knockdowns often is highly recommended. If the DPS attack has an area state, such as the Swordsman’s Intimidate or the Fencer’s Blind, make sure to throw those in every so often in your regular attack rotation.
Eventually, the shade will fall, and then you will have cleared the room. Unfortunately, there is no loot available after beating this boss. Ghosts don’t have pockets.
Tacking the Temple Guardians
Congratulations on defeating the dark shade! The next challenge should be easier to tackle, but it will be a test to see how well your tank can handle BF and endure the rest of the encounter. However, how you did during the first encounter can define the rest of the instance. If your Tank’s Battle Fatigue reached north of 400, they will struggle just because they won’t be able to accept as much healing from your party’s Doctor. The sweet spot is around 220 or 260. However, some parties are fortunate to reach the second area with a Tank at 160. It all comes down to your Doctor watching those Disease, Bleed, and Poison ticks or any other Medics/Jedi helping to mitigate.
In the next room, you will find two Temple Guardians. Unlike the first boss, these two will automatically become Red when all of your party members enter the boss room. However, if one player remains in the hallway leading to that room, these two will not become red. Use this time to prepare your Creature Handler and switch out any pets if you have one present, or meditate some wounds away if you need to. This is also the time for your tank to switch out their PSG – if they have any charges left after the first encounter, the battle they’re about to face will make quick work of them.
To start the encounter, you’ll want your Tank to Taunt both of these enemies and drag them to the left side of the room, away from the door. You want them both facing you in the corner, so they do not attack the center hallway in the center of the room where your DPS, Doctor, and potentially your pets are all fighting them.
If you’ve battled the Droids in the Plasma Mining Facility instance on Naboo, these Stone Guardians are similar. They take no states (Blinds, Stuns, Dizzy, or Intimidation). You have to use raw damage to beat them, so you’ll want to use your high Wound weapons or if you have a character who can perform burns, such as Bounty Hunter with Torso Shot on a Light Lightning Cannon (LLC) or anything from the Commandos, and the Smuggler who can use their shotguns to remove the armor of these targets.
It’s mostly a battle of attrition. The Stone Guardians do Bleeds and have Dizzy attacks that might cause your Tank to fall to the ground multiple times, but they do not do anything special outside of these and some Force abilities. Your Doctor will need to focus on healing the party and take care of any bleeds if they have that Medic tree. Otherwise, focus on healing – a poorly timed knockdown and burst of damage can spell a bad time for your tank. The DPS should focus on attacking a single target, as should the Creature Handler, to burn it down as quickly as possible. When the Stone Guardians’ armor breaks, it becomes much more manageable and the encounter eases up further when you only have to focus on one Stone Guardian. Of the two Stone Guardians, we highly recommend aiming for the one with a double-bladed lightsaber, if it happens to draw one. This means they’re a Pikeman and have an extensive attack range, far more than a Swordsman or Fencer version, and have a better chance of hitting your allies from afar.
Both Temple Guardians have the chance to drop Armor Attachments and Clothing Attachments that range from level 21 to 25. Alternatively, they might drop Power Crystals that are at Premium quality for Jedi players.
Facing the Force-Imbued Golem
Congratulations on defeating the Stone Guardians and receiving your first bit of loot from the Exar Kun instance. If you have not been thwarted yet, the final boss is in the last chamber. Like the Shade at the start of the instance, however, it will not become aggressive until you interact with it. Before that, you can enter the room and freely explore to prepare for the battle and take as much time as you need to set up. Check your food and top up on anything that may have run out in the previous encounters, like your Pikkata Pie, Citros Snow Cake, or Havla.
The creature you are about to face is a massive Force-imbued Golem standing in the middle of the room. When setting up, we recommend having your DPS, Doctor, and Creature Handler pets on one side of the room and your Tank on the other. When your Tank is ready to begin, speak with the Golem to begin the encounter. If you have used the same tank for the previous two encounters and have the ability to tank-swap, we do recommend swapping your primary Tank with your Melee Damage Dealer. Even a Fencer is superb at battling against the Golem because of their dodge, but if they are hit, they can take a hefty amount of damage. Your Doctor will need to be on their toes for this encounter.
It’s important to note that this boss’s mechanic will go into different states for the encounter. First, it will have an ‘Enraged’ form where you and your party can not damage it until it is armor broken. This state can last from 15 to 35 seconds. After that, it will calm down, and you will be able to damage it. While the Golem is calmed down and in its damage phase, you will want to try to do as much damage as possible. The calm state also lasts from 15 to 35 seconds. You will receive a system message in the middle of your screen that dictates what state the Golem is about to enter, so be sure to pay attention and optimize your damage.
It iis important to note that while the Golem is in its Enraged form it can still be hit by States and Knockdown. You can save your Knockdowns for the damage phase to capitalize on the additional damage output, but don’t be afraid to throw in a Knockdown while the Golem is Enraged if you need to help give your party a couple of seconds of respite. If you are not using states, conserve your Action and Mind as much as possible by hitting with regular or low-impact attacks until the Golem can be damaged again.
The Golem will be doing Bleeding, Disease, and Poison attacks against your party throughout the encounter. Because your primary Tank likely has the lowest Battle Fatigue, they risk taking the most damage from these effects. We recommend attempting to remove them as much and as quickly as possible, but it may be tricky. If your character has access to First Aid, Disease Cure, or any other medic abilities, help out your Doctor and keep your party alive. The Golem’s enraged phase is a good time to help supplement your Doctor’s heals and cure those pesky states.
Do not be alarmed if your Tank or another party member dies, so long as they’re not the Doctor. If your tank goes down, the person who is DPS will need to Taunt the Golem, land an Intimidate, and remain alive as long as possible to try and give the Doctor time to perform a revive on the Tank. This can be exceptionally tricky. If everyone is communicating, the DPS might be able to knock the Golem down and line of sight (LOS) the Golem around the centerpiece of the final room to buy a few seconds. However, don’t lose LOS with your doctor, or you will not receive any heals. Similarly if you need to, your DPS may be able to peace out of the encounter and run behind the stone centerpiece long enough to meditate or avoid a deathblow as needed. As long as your Doctor is still alive, do not clone! This will remove you from the instance. If you have the Hero of Tatooine Ring with remaining charges, you can use that in lieu of a Doctor revive.
Eventually, the Golem should fall, and you’ll be able to receive the final, best loot from the Exar Kun instance including decorations, unique weapons, sought-after focus crystals, or even the lightsaber hilt of Exar Kun himself. No need to talk to anyone or run back to the entrance – the instance will automatically close after 60 seconds and teleport you and your party back outside to safety.
This is certainly not the only way to succeed at surviving the Temple of Exar Kun, though hopefully helps anyone looking to conquer and claim the temple’s treasures.
Good luck, and Happy Halloween!