Blade & Soul NA Den of the Ancients Mao Guide


A guide on Mao, the final boss in Den of the Ancients! A lot of RNG in this boss…

RNG Attack Pattern:

– Half circle (blockable).
– Hula hoop air toss, attempts knock down (block/parry).
– Sits in hula hoop = dash forward and dash back (unblockable) knocks down.
– Long linear attack (unblockable). Claw attack happens AFTER. It stuns. Block/parry it.
– Aoe spin (blockable), knocks back. Counter happens AFTER. DPS from behind.
– Star aoe (unblockable) fully iframe this.
– Crecent slash (blockable), knocks down. Backflip happens AFTER. CC to stop her follow up aerial attempt.

Mechanics: 80%/60%/40%/20%

80%/40% Moon Wax Phase

1. First bomb counter (7s or 4s).
2. Pulls and fires linear attack. F roll or Tab.
3. Stay close to her and move in a circle.
4. Cone attack (unblockable).
5. Second bomb counter (the latter the timer).
6. Regular attack rotation.

60%/20% RNG order of Moonlight/Moonshadow


1. Linear attack (unblockable)
2. First meteor.
3. Cone attack (unblockable).
4. Second meteor. After second meteor an aoe appears and explodes into a shock wave. JUMP over it.
5. Linear attack.
6. Third meteor.
7. Cone attack.
8. Fourth meteor. After fourth meteor an aoe appears and explodes into a shock wave. JUMP over it.
9. Goes into Moonshadow mechanics.


1. Entire room becomes red. White aura surrounds your character and drops a white aoe. STAY within the white aoe.
2. Launches 5-hit attack from ALL directions. Blockable.
3. Attempts instant kill cast animation.
4. Shield will be BLUE or GREEN. Stun for blue. Knock down for green. CC’ing correctly breaks the shield and follow up CC required.
5. Pulls you in.
6. RNG if the aoe is inner then outer, or outer then inner.

20% RNG order of Moonlight/Moonshadow

– Same as 60% mechanics.
– Extra time bomb mechanic during Moonlight.


– Her red attacks cause DoT stacks, even if you iframe!
– Blue shield = stun. Green shield = knock down.
– 80% and 40% is always Moon Wax phase.
– 60% and 20% is RNG order of Moonlight & Moonshadow.
– Stay close or she will range check you.
– Her attack pattern is RNG, but certain attacks follow after.

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  1. Tips from my side:
    1. Focus on the boss, not your own attack rotation.
    2. If you do not have spamable block, then try to iframe it. This one is pretty important for gunners.
    3. Know her attack COMBOS. She has a lot of dual combo attacks. For example, when she throws up her weapon and slash you, her follow up is 50% a spinning move or 50% a normal attack.
    4. Focus on mechs/Phase when it starts. Just doing auto atk is fine if you are having trouble.
    5. Use potions, especially the red one that heals over time.
    6. Spec fully on regeneration (max) and possibly even max movement speed.
    7. Use bufffood.
    8. Learn how her counter attacks looks likes.

  2. Thanks for this good guide.
    I have been fighting this dungeon with all my characters and I find it most challenging on my FM main. :

  3. Your video was very helpful to me as a shadow Warlock, and I was struggling about her rotation a bit, and not knowing how to avoid her instant death, but thanks to you I manage to pass her, and got my title. Thank you! <3

  4. This boss is a complete nightmare for classes without spammable block. Every single attack CC's, and half of them are not circle strafe-able, what in the world are we supposed to do? Especially frustrating during phase when you have to iframe bombs/meteors AND avoid boss attacks. Getting hit by even one attack usually means you're dead since she follows up with a million other attacks (which all CC) and applies countless stacks of bleed.

  5. ppl say mao is easier than hong. I call that bs. She is so random it just annoys the crap out of me. Not even worth the stress to get the neck

  6. for simple mode, do you hold down rmb or do you repeatedly click?
    yours seems to flawlessly work compared to me even if i have ~100ms in game.
    I found that repeated clicks works better than holding it down, but even then it's a little iffy

  7. thank you so much once again i managed to kill this furry in 4 hours following this guide lol oh and for ppl with counter pierces u can use on mao it stuns her and she won't do the line aoe

  8. Tips:

    – Her red attacks cause DoT stacks, even if you iframe!
    – Blue shield = stun. Green shield = green.

    Green shield = green, great tip

  9. Seems impossible to beat this boss on WL although I know people have done it… Im stuck on this boss rn

  10. Nice video as always! As a WL i wasn't able to beat her cuz i kept hitting into that counter atk and had no way to dodge it since iframing doesn't help zzz. Now i know not to hit into it cuz everything else i can dodge with np using the circle atking 🙂


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