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In-Depth Look at Monster Skill Effects in Domains/Abyss

By: Steno#6940
Finding: In-depth look at monster skill effects in abyss/domains (Ice Cage, Pursuing Fireball, etc.)
Note: Since the official names for these are incredibly difficult to find, I will list them here
  • Ice Cage
  • Vacuum Vortex
  • Rumbling Stone
  • Lightning Stake
  • Pursuing Fireball
  • Mist Bubble
Source
1) Monster skill effects deal flat damage. The amount of damage dealt scales similarly to transformative reactions (thanks to @Carrier5by5 for looking into this), based purely off a base multiplier corresponding to each skill effect (for example, Ice Cage deals twice as much damage as Rumbling Stone). These multipliers can be found here. Also, the damage is unaffected by your character level or defense; it will always deal the same amount of damage regardless.
YouTube video (Crimson Witch domain)
2) The damage from monster skill effects cannot be reduced by skills like Xingqiu's E/Q and Beidou's Q. This means that comps like Beidou Xingqiu electro-charge that can usually tank enemy attacks by stacking damage reduction cannot tank these effects easily.
YouTube video (Crimson Witch domain)
YouTube video (12-3)
3) The damage from monster skill effects is affected by character resistance.
YouTube video (Tested with a lvl 21 Razor with and without 2pc lavawalkers set)
4) The damage from monster skill effects can be shielded. This also means that while the damage can be shielded, damage reduction skills that normally reduce the amount of shield damage taken will not apply.
5) Monster skill effects can be taunted. In general, these skill effects target the same thing that the corresponding monster is also targeting. In some cases the target will "snapshot" (i.e. if the monster changes its target during the effect, the effect will not update) and in other cases it will not. Seems to be inconsistent.
Monster skill effects spawn at fixed intervals, specific to each type:
  • Ice Cage: 12.5 seconds
  • Vacuum Vortex: unknown (its not in the game rn)
  • Rumbling Stone: 15 seconds
  • Lightning Stake: 12.5 seconds
  • Pursuing Fireball: 20 seconds
  • Mist Bubble: 12.5 seconds
YouTube video (Rumbling Stone) YouTube video (Ice Cage)
Other: Haha Venti go brrr YouTube video YouTube video YouTube video
Significance:
Overall useful information for people looking to clear abyss/domains

Mist Bubble

Mist Bubble I-Frame

By: snorting salt#3888 Added: 2021-07-17 Discussion
Finding: The bubble from the Hydro Abyss Mages and their hydro bubble spawning mechanic can be effectively iframed by swapping characters at the precise moment. However, the hydro bubble will persist on the character that was initially hit for approximately 5 seconds
Evidence: Imgur Imgur Imgur Imgur
Significance: Dash iframes do not always work against the bubbles, especially for the abyss mage ones which home onto the character even after iframing through it. While the character initially hit still takes damage from the bubble, the dangerous CC effect of the bubble can be ignored, which makes dealing with the bubbles without ult iframes a lot easier.

CO-OP Hydro Abyss Mage Bubble

By: Prototype#1337 Added: 2022-01-27 Discussion
Finding: You can't pierce through the Hydro Abyss Mage bubbles when they trap other players in CO-OP.
Significance: Based on the evidence provided, it is clearly shown that other players (including yourself) cannot pierce through or interact with players trapped inside of the Hydro Abyss Mage bubbles.

Black Aura Data

By: Yurina Maekawa#6585 Added: 2021-08-20 Discussion
Findings: This entry was opened to know the values of the black auras you can find in abyss and Inazuma bounties, which release a shockwave of a random element (although, just like with Geovishaps, this element is already determined before the battle even starts), so far, only Hydro, Electro and Cryo black auras have appeared in the game.
Research made in-game proved that these black auras has the following properties:
Cooldown: 15s Gauge Units it inflicts: 2 Multiplier: 400% Element: Depends (usually matches the element of the black aura's holder)
These properties are shared across the 3 black auras.
Furthermore, a compilation of the damage dealt by auras can be seen in this Sheet.
Where black numbers are values that were seen in-game (if they have a "?", it's because there is a possibility it might be a bit off), and red ones are just speculative based on the multipliers we got. This doc shows how the level of the enemy matters when it comes to the aura's power.
Note: Inazuma bounties seem to be an exception, as both Tier 2 and Tier 3 bounties have lvl 88 auras, while the enemies are lvl 91 and 96 respectively.
Evidence: Video
How was all of this tested? After seeing several factors that could affect the result, such as the Protective Canopy's 15% Elemental RES, all values in the doc were compiled by visiting all domains in Teyvat and taking damage several times with different characters and anemo resonance, all of this while avoiding elemental reactions. Cooldown and Gauge Units are easy to test, as you only need a timer, and avoid getting another element on you. The 400% multiplier was somewhat easy to get, as the black aura damage always matches the one dealt by the cryo one, and since the cryo aura has a multiplier of 400%, then black auras should too.
Significance: Early understanding about this strange Black Aura, now known officially as "Discharge"

Targeting Ignores Enemy Hitbox Location

By: #Kourinn#6001 Added: 2021-10-31 Discussion
Finding/Theory: The targeting point for targeted skills (which is everything except bow aim shot as far as I am aware) is not the center of the enemy hitbox. Instead, the target point is set arbitrarily per enemy per animation.
Evidence: Imgur
  • The larger of the two new enemies for patch 2.2 can display some highly inaccurate targeting boxes, especially when frozen. This also shows the targeting point and hitbox are separate.
  • The Rifthound initiates a jump back and follow-up charge, but gets frozen as soon as the follow up charge starts. However, Ayaka cannot damage it with her charge attack because the targeting point is too far away from the enemy hitbox.
  • I think MiHoYo tried to fake bow normal target tracking for Rifthounds by making the targeting point in front of the enemy hitbox, instead of inside it. Unfortunately, this hack affects everything else too, and makes Ayaka whiff half her kit. R.I.P.
Significance: Some Elemental Bursts, Skills, Catalyst/Bow Normal Attacks, and special Charge Attacks can potentially whiff on frozen enemies, resulting in a significant DPS loss.

Miasmic Tumor

By: NZPIEFACE#8439 Added: 2022-02-20 Discussion
Finding: A list of findings regarding the Miasmic Tumor
Behaviour:
  • does laser attack at 75%, 50% and 25% hp thresholds.
  • summons ochimusa at 100%, 66% and 33% hp thresholds. becomes immortal again.
  • spams orbs every 6-7 seconds after it summons the first ochimusa. they deal close to no damage, but they do deal a bit of poise damage, though it takes 2 waves of full hits to even stagger. there is a max cap on the number of orbs. aiming is scuffed until you get close to it.
Other Interactions:
  • disappears in multiplayer.
  • cant have marks or statuses.
  • can only have cryo and freeze aura. reactions with those work as normal.
  • cant lower resistance.
  • can switch party near it, even when being hit by the orbs.
Evidence: Playlist of all recordings: Youtube Auras: Cryo - Yes Youtube Electro - No Youtube Hydro - No Youtube Pyro - No Youtube
Reactions: Melt - Youtube Freeze - Youtube Shatter - Youtube Superconduct - Youtube Swirl - Youtube Crystallize - Youtube
Marks failing: Hu Tao - Youtube Qiqi - Youtube
Statuses failing: Tartaglia - Youtube Mona - Youtube Xiangling - Youtube Lisa - Youtube
Resistance shred failing: Hu Tao Non-shred Damage - Youtube Shred Damage - Youtube Diona and VV Test - Youtube
Orbs: Damage - Youtube Interval - Youtube
No Multiplayer: Youtube
Full Fight: Youtube Shows HP thresholds for attacks.
Significance: Documentation of this bosses attacks and interactions.

Raiden Boss Resistances

By: Bobrokrot#0111 Added: 2022-02-21 Discussion
Finding: The new world boss Magatsu Mitake Narukami no Mikoto has a base 10% resistance for all types of damage, gains +200% in the armored state (210% total) and loses -60% in the stunned state (-50% total).
Evidence: Calculations and video links in the sheet.
Significance: This knowledge will allow us to concoct strategies on how to defeat Magatsu Mitake Narukami no Mikoto.

Coral Defenders

Coral Defender Orb Mechanics

By: Wesu#8719 Added: 2022-03-16 Discussion
Findings: The energy burn orbs from Coral Defenders have 1 instance of damage. This damage is made up by a Base DMG part (which can be blocked by a shield) and a DMG part that is based on how much excess energy burn was dealt (unblockable, goes through shields). Each orb does 30 energy damage, if you get hit by the orb while having less than 30 energy, the leftover energy burn gets converted to Elemental DMG, both the Base DMG and the excess energy burn are affected by DEF but not by RES. The energy burn orbs are capable of triggering Elemental Reactions, however in case of Amplifying Reactions they will only amplify the base DMG (blockable) part and not the excess energy DMG (unblockable) part.
Evidence:
Significance: It was previously assumed that the damage is based on how much HP a character has, this turns out to not be the case (no difference in damage taken between test 1 and 2). The damage actually is affected by DEF but not by RES. Melt does not increase the damage dealt by the unblockable part, which adds value to shielders such as Zhongli.

Coral Defenders Can Double Spike In Abyss

By: makeway4pK#3901 Added: 2022-04-08 Discussion
Finding: As of the time of writing this, the TCL page for Coral Defenders states that the 2 vishaps cannot use the spike field attacks at the same time. This seems to be the case for the overworld herd.
But the the herd that appeared in patch 2.5's Spiral abyss can do the spike field attacks at the same time, maybe not down to the second but there is definitely some overlap.
Evidence: Clip showing the Rimebiter and Bolteater overlapping their spike fields in Spiral Abyss: YouTube
Significance: Disambiguation of the Abyss-specific spike field overlap behavior on the enemy page.

Golden Wolflord

Basic Mechanics

By: pai#3602 Added: 2022-03-22 Discussion
Findings:
  1. 1.
    HP particles/orbs:
    • 75% HP: 1 Clear Orb & 1 Clear Particle
    • 50% HP: 1 Clear Orb & 1 Clear Particle
    • 25% HP: 1 Clear Orb & 1 Clear Particle
    • On death: 1 Clear Orb & 1 Clear Particle
  2. 2.
    At 66% HP it spawns a shield consisting of 3 skulls around the arena.
  3. 3.
    Each skull requires 3U Geo or 38 Elemental attacks to be destroyed. The ICD on all Elements except for Geo will be ignored and each skull requires 38 hits regardless of the GU.
  4. 4.
    On hit, the Golden Wolflord applies the Corrosion status to the player, some of the attacks can be i-framed, meaning no Corrosion is applied.
  5. 5.
    The dive that does damage in a large AoE can only destroy Geo Constructs that are between the skulls and the Golden Wolflord, allowing Geo Traveler's C2 to proc. But when Geo Constructs are placed between the skulls and the edge of the arena, they are invulnerable to this attack.
  6. 6.
    Attacks:
    • The ramming attack can be an opener. The initial action includes flying up, then do multiple spins: counter-clockwise to clockwise to counter-clockwise. It takes about 5 sec to finish the moveset (starting from the flying up). With enough tanking capabilities, you can combine the ~4 sec grounded during this moveset and the 6 sec stunned to deal more damage.
    • Tornado. It starts with twirling counter-clockwise at the center of arena, generating wind currents, before diving and creating the "Tornado". The overall moveset lasts for ~16 sec, after which the GW will be stunned. During the tornado attack, GW is still susceptible to damage. The tornado can also get stuck on Geo Constructs.
    • Sweep. Initiated by raising its head, then sweeping/lashing clockwise using its tail with a relatively big AoE. The overall moveset lasts for ~4 sec, but is only grounded for ~2 sec.
    • Laser Beam. Starts with raising of its head a bit, its mouth glowing, before initiating the actual Laser Beam. The beam slowly rakes from an angle, until it reaches ~90 degrees, lasting for 4 sec. The beam deals continuous damage, applying corrosion at a fast rate. The overall moveset lasts for 10 sec, while also being grounded for the whole duration.
    • Skull Strike. The attack is initiated by raising its whole body above ground, then start spewing the "skulls" from its mouth, 1 skull every second. For the first two skulls, it seems the tracking starts before they were actually released, they also travel in an arc to attempt to hit the player at an angle. The third skull seems to travel overhead, also has better tracking. The skulls maybe blocked by constructs. The overall moveset lasts for 6 sec above ground.
    • Earthshaking Dive. Initiated by going into the center, and flying up, then telegraphing a big AoE covering almost the whole arena before diving below ground. The impact from diving deals damage, while the whole sequence lasts for 6 sec. After 1 sec, several AoEs are telegraphed across the room, then explodes after 2 sec, accompanied by the resurfacing of GW at the center that also deals damage. The overall moveset last for 10 sec. This moveset will be used for the first time during the Rifthound Skulls (Shielded Phase) and occasionally afterwards.
  7. 7.
    Stuns:
    • The stuns after the ramming attack and the tornado last 6s.
    • The stuns after the skulls are broken lasts 24s.
  8. 8.
    While the Golden Wolflord is flying, standing on a Geo Construct can help melee characters hit it. Deployables such as Oz, Ushi, and Yae Miko's totems can as well.
  9. 9.
    There is a bug where the skulls will sometimes not spawn.
  10. 10.
    There is another bug where sometimes Geo attacks will not deal any damage to the skulls.
  11. 11.
    There is yet another bug where it sometimes launches the player into the air and if you don't glide or plunge, and no fall damage is taken.
Evidence:
  1. 2.
    The skulls needing 3U Geo or 38 non-Geo non-Physical hits with the ICD being ignored
  2. 3.
    Attacks that can be dodged and i-framed (note that not all attacks were tested due to skill issue, it's possible that some other attacks can also be i-framed by sprinting)
  3. 10.
    Bug 3: The yeet
Credits to HowLxxxx#4676, Mr. Pillow#0065, borderline#3100, Silvershine2#5439, Magnus Artifex#8719, and u/AstralCookies for some of the videos.