This page details strategies for defeating Hybris.
His primary spell consists of summoning a blue circle on the ground which, after being cast, lies dormant for a few seconds. When he smashes his fists on the ground, the circle will warp and begin to pulsate, trapping any of your party members who walk within it, dealing periodic damage and making all movement impossible for around ten seconds. The damage done is negligible but can be devastating if you're surrounded by mobs during the demon phase. As soon as you you see it, pause the game and move all party members to safety outside the circle.
His other spell consists of charging his fists up with a green flame that causes his basic punches to stun and deal additional damage. There's no way to avoid it, but it can be almost entirely ignored if your tank has enough armor, defense, HP, or all three.
His final attack is a charge, similar to the one used by the Arishok. He reels back and a wave of energy surrounds his head, giving you about a second or two to react and move your party members out of the way. He'll usually use this when someone is trapped inside of the blue circle trap, but he does do it outside of that routine as well, usually when his aggro switches to a ranged target that he needs to quickly reach. The damage done by this is, once again, very easy to overcome, as it's more of a way to kill your DPS that gets trapped in the circle trap than it is to kill your tank.
Lastly, at the beginning of the fight he'll pulsate with green energy "veins" all around his body. This phase deals considerable damage to the tank, and is the only portion of the fight where any kiting or healing may be needed in addition to the potions. That said, he only seems to do it once, and afterwards will only ever use the green flame punches for the rest of the fight. On normal difficulty and above he will regularly activate this green aura.
Strategy #1 Edit
The key to fighting Hybris is understanding the mechanics. First and foremost, his health bar is enormous, so this won't be like the pride demon fights from Dragon Age: Origins. It will take a lot longer, and involve a lot more effort. This fight is separated into two phases. The first phase is the demon spawn phase, and the second phase is the tank and spank phase.
Phase 1 Edit
Hybris begins the fight in a very nonchalant fashion. He'll hit your tank for a modest amount of health and seem like nothing more than an overgrown mob. This quickly changes, however, as numerous shades and rage demons will begin spawning. Immediately take all three of your other party members' attention away from Hybris and burn down the demons as quickly as possible. The longer they stay out, the more of a chance you'll have to fight them with the next wave of demons that spawns. If not taken down quickly, you'll be overwhelmed before you know it. With that said, the demon phase begins with about 2 shades spawning simultaneously. After about the third wave of shades, a rage demon begins to spawn as well. I found that taking down the shades, whose punches can interrupt spell casting and melee attacks, helped make the fight with the rage demon that much easier. The adds will seemingly last forever, but fret not, they do finally stop. A sign that you're about to be done with the spawning demons is when two rage demons spawn almost back to back with the two shades.
While this phase is going on, Hybris will charge himself for about 30–45 seconds with a green flame that will make his attacks much more powerful. A good way around this is to either kite him around during this phase or to keep your tank healed with potions and healing spells. A better way is just to dispel it with a mage. It seems that once it happens, it's done for the rest of the fight.
Phase 2 Edit
This phase of the fight occurs once all the demon adds are dead. Hybris will now be nothing more than a mob with a health bar too big for his own good. His damage is negligible at best, and can be easily taken care of with some potions or a few heals here and there. His attacks remain the same throughout the remainder of the fight.
Strategy #2 Edit
A good strategy is to have your tank (in this case Aveline) hold Hybris' attention AT ALL TIMES. During the add phase, never have your tank go fight off the demon spawns, as Hybris will run amok and kill of your DPS in a few hits if they're not bracing for impact. During this first phase, simply take your other 3 DPS (preferably one melee, like Fenris, and 2 mages) and have them burn down the adds. This fight can also be done with three mages, so if you choose not to take a melee, make sure you have ways of stopping the rage demons, else they'll hit away at your low defense mages and kill them off. Ice damage works well in conjunction with Horror and Hex of Torment to burn down the rage demons ASAP. Using Anders as a healer, his haste allows your DPS to quickly burn down the shades in a mere matter of seconds. This entire phase should consist of nothing but you avoiding the blue circles, and burning down the adds as quickly as possible.
Once the adds stop spawning for good, you can focus on Hybris. Since he is vulnerable to crowd control spells like Horror and Petrify, use these to your advantage should your tank ever go low on health. Otherwise, simply use Hex of Torment and some magic spells, or whack away with some melee DPS and he'll eventually go down.
Strategy #3 Edit
A few facts:
- Hybris doesn't do much damage on his own.
- Shades are annoying but not deadly; the first rage demon appears in about one minute into the fight; the second doesn't appear until the second minute or so.
- Hybris is weak to fire and electricity and resists nature damage (immune on nightmare)
- Pre 1.03, Hybris's magic circle will paralyze his demons and himself; Post 1.03, it will paralyze his demons but not himself and he has much less HP.
- When Hybris is down, all adds disappear immediately.
So the basic strategy is simple: burn him down as quickly as possible. Pre 1.03 you can lure his adds into the magic circle to crowd control them, while post 1.03, with optimal builds and elemental weapons, you should be able to kill him before the rage demons do much damage or even before they appear.
An optimal party setup would be one melee plus three ranged DPS, unless your Hawke is a Dual-wield rogue. In fact, post 1.03 your Dual-wield rogue can also be the melee "tank" in this fight.
If your rogue or Sebastian has Jackal's Longbow or Hood's Message to the King, Ring of the Ferryman and Eye of Blue combined with Arcane Poison and Mighty Offense Potion the player can do huge DPS to Hybris.
Warriors can use Sundering or Sataareth as their weapon. Hawke is the best because with a Reaver/Berserker build and elemental damage gear, they can wear Hybris down very quickly. Aveline or Fenris aren't as good, but can still serve as good tanks.
Optimal Party Setup: Given Hybris' weakness to fire and electric damage, the most powerful party is an archer rogue either Hawke or Sebastian using Jackal's Longbow, a mage that create Brittle to support the archer rogue and also upgrade Chain Lightning (preferably also Elemental Weapon with fire/electric staff), Aveline or Hawk using Sataareth as tank to consume the Disorient from the archer, lastly a 2h warrior using Sundering, switching to Bloom when rage demon appears.
Resistance: some fire resistance runes will be useful to stave off most of the rage demon damage.
Potions: Plenty of healing potions in case of any unforeseen actions taken by the boss during the fight where the party's healer is unable to help. In addition, plenty of lyrium potions and stamina draughts. As the fight can reach up to 10+ minutes depending on the party makeup and DPS, it's wise to be prepared for the long haul.
Revival Potions: Bringing along Mythal's Favor is also recommended. As it is quite possible to be overwhelmed by the staggering amount of demons that spawn, having some form of Plan B to revive the main tank or healer is strongly recommended.
An easier method to use is to make sure your teams level is up high and that they all have top notch weapons for their levels. Keep your focus on the demon and keep yourself and your party member out of his attack ranges except for your tank and any others that must fight up close. Keep a check on your parties health and your own health and heal only when needed. if you kill Hybris and put minimal focus on the shades and rage demons then once you kill Hybris the demons and shades disappear and the fight is won.