R-4 Anomoly Story Mode Guide

Even the story mode version of the new operation, R-4 Anomaly is still incredibly difficult and mechanics-focused. This is not an operation to run “with a pickup group” and requires a lot of team work even on story mode.

This info is from the Public Test Server and may change as it hits the live server.

UPDATE: I added a little bit of info for the last two bosses.

[[Getting around the operation itself is a bit of a maze with lots of hidden enemies.]]

IP-CPT (First Boss)

IP-CPT has two main mechanics. The first is to stay out of as much stuff on the floor as possible (fire, lasers, red circles) and the second is the “shapes” mechanic.

Tanks / Healers / Damage – This boss has an incredibly heavy damage check at the end and very few tanking mechanics. As far as I can tell you barely need one tank (for the Enforcer droids that hurt a lot), and you may even want to try no tanks at all if you have good dps / good healers, though you probably will want two damage-with-taunts.

Fire / Lasers / Circles – During the first part of the fight, your team will watch the floor for a fuzzy orange animation [[this has been updated on PTS]] – this will appear where fire will appear on the squares the ground. There will also be a red laser beam that blasts through the red laser marker lines. A player will be randomly selected for a large red circle – they will need to take that away from the group the best they can. The smaller red circles will ideally not overlap onto other players’ bodies, as they hurt anyone they overlap onto when they explode, however they do minimal damage in story mode.

Shapes – The difficult mechanic for this fight is the shapes. Partway through the fight, the boss will float up into the air. Some smaller shielded droids will show up, in pairs of two or three, spread across the room. These droids will have a shape appear over their heads – green circle, purple triangle, blue square, and red hexagon. These correspond with the four buttons, one in each side of the room, which become clickable during this phase. The goal is to click the terminal that match the currently displayed shapes over the droids heads as quickly as possible. If you aren’t fast enough, and the droids finish their castbar, they will wipe the group. If you click the terminals enough times, the shield will go down, and you can kill and/or interrupt the droids. It’s quite fast – so you will want to assign a player to each terminal to help click. If you are on voice comms, which help a lot, have players call out what shapes they see as they pop up, for example “circle. hex. square. square again.” Other groups might call out colors – “green. red. blue. blue again.” The shapes can repeat at random, and the timing is not always consistent, so your team needs to stay aware. There will also be turrets around the room, have your team try and take them out between button clicking wherever possible, but button clicking comes first. For the second round, where there are three shape droids, you won’t have enough time for the third one, so everyone can cancel button pressing and focus on damage. There is a little red light indicator above the button terminals too.

Shapes Button Mashing Strategy – Players have discovered, at least on PTS, that it’s way more efficient to just assign for players to click the terminals as quickly as possible over and over, ignoring how the mechanic is “supposed” to work. Haha. Just have someone call out to your button pressers when it’s time to stop – for the first wave it’ll be after both droids are unshielded, for the second wave it will be after the second droid is unshielded, ignoring the third.

Enforcer Droids – Tanks will need to grab the two large droids that come up – Inferno and Overload, have each tank pick one and bring it to their button area if they are clicking and turn it away from the group. These large droids hit quite hard so make sure tanks are ready to use their defensives and healers are ready to heal them. Once the center starts cooling down you can carefully bring the droid to the center where the boss is once it comes back down to the ground. The droid won’t cast while it is running.

Burn Phase – At about 30%, the boss will enter its burn phase. It will be casting a long ability called “Disproportionate Intrusion Response”. If you don’t kill the boss before the castbar timer runs out, it kills your entire group. You will need to keep avoiding fire and lasers, but there are no other mechanics except damaging the boss in a big burst. On the PTS, we really needed all our damage players alive for this phase and everyone had to be doing great DPS. I’m not sure you could complete it with 2 tanks. With a casual team I wasn’t able to complete the burn phase at all, and with a skilled team we were cutting it close. [[I would like to try this again with no tanks at all.]]


  • [NEW]Updated the tells for IP-CPT

Watchdog (Second Boss)

Watchdog is the second boss, and has a large focus on colors for its mechanics.

Missiles – The boss will cast Missiles. You can have your team mates group up to start to drop missiles in the same spot then step out of them once they are on the floor – they look like simple orange circles.

Colors – The boss will randomly assign each player in the raid a color – blue or orange, which shows up as a glowing circle around your character.

Stacking Circles – If you want, during the first time it happens, you can stack up with a player of the same color, and you’ll delete each others colors making it easier to move around. If you stack up with someone of the opposite color you’ll kill each other, so move carefully.

Colorful Floor Scan – If the floor is orange, and you are orange, don’t move. If the floor is blue, and you are blue, don’t move. You should be rooted to the floor when you match its color, but things like Force Speed with Egress might let you move… but if you move while you match the floor color, the boss’s scan will be triggered and he’ll pounce on you and immediately kill you. So stay still, make sure to use any defensive cooldowns if you get stuck in a missile. Other players who either don’t have a color, or the opposite color of the floor, should move and give you space while you match.

Boss’s Circle Color – Later in the fight the boss gets a colorful circle as well. If the boss is blue, and you are orange, STAY AWAY. Do not let your mis-matching colors overlap with the boss or you will kill your entire group. Tanks may need to do a tank swap so that the tank who has the boss matches the color of the boss – otherwise the tank with the boss will need to run away and not get caught. [[I’m not sure this is true or exactly how this works. Need to double check.]]

Degauss – When the boss casts Degauss, anyone who has a blue or orange circle will drop their color onto the floor in the form of a little glowing floating ball. It will drop roughly where they were standing during Degauss. The boss needs “eat” the colorful balls that are the same color as he is – if he eats ones that are a different color, it will kill the entire group. Whoever has the boss needs to very carefully lead the boss around the room – away from opposite colored floating balls, and towards ones that match the bosses color. The boss will consume the balls by walking over them or near them. Groups can help this process by having colors stack together on opposite sides of the room so when Degauss happens they drop far away form eachother. [[I need to check all of this section, not sure it’s correct.]] [[How many does the boss need to eat?]]

Stalking – During the stalking phase, the boss will target a player and start chasing them very slowly. The player just needs to stay away. The tank can kinda taunt but seems to lose aggro quickly. If you are on voice comms, have someone call out target of target – “so and so, run away”.

Arrows – Later in the fight, the boss will create a colorful arrow between himself and another random player. A player who matches the color of the arrow will need to BETWEEN the player being pointed at and the boss. So if the boss points an orange arrow at me, I would need another orange player to run between me and the boss. There are of course ways to cheese this mechanic for skilled tanks. [[Is the arrow color random, or will it be opposite of the tank who is holding the boss’s color?]]


  • [NEW]Corrected an issue casing Watchdog to do more damage than intended during stalker protocol
  • [NEW]Detached polarity bombs should now display their radius ring correctly
  • [NEW]Updated Watchdog’s missile warning color to help with readability and avoid confusion with polarity mechanic
  • [NEW]Updated warning fills to not be so opaque

Lord Kanoth (Third Boss)

This boss is super cool and very fast – but as far as I can tell it’s lite on explanation.

There will be a glowing blue object you can right-click before you enter the room. This is a special grenade ability you can left-click to use on your temporary ability bar, then right click on the ground to choose where you want to place it.

The boss has a series of red vines that spread everywhere on the ground. The goal is to try and keep the boss in a cleared square, so the tank will need to keep moving him. The group can help clear the floor of red vines by using grenades on the squares with red vines on them.

There will also be a big arrow placed on a player – they can run to the edges of the room, as the arrow will place red vines on every square it touches when it wears off.

This one was a fun one-shot for our group compared to the previous bosses.

Lady Dominique (Final Boss)

Lady Dominique is the newest boss on the test server so she’s still a work in progress.

Location – Fight here near where she starts, standing close to her on the walkway (not in her corner).

Yellow Arrow – If you get a yellow arrow on your character, you’re going to be knocked backwards – so make sure to aim your character’s back towards the generators, so you hit them instead of being knocked off. The yellow arrow won’t affect your team mates

Orange Circle – If you get a small orange circle, take it away from the group.

Large White Circle – When Lady Dominique has a big white circle, everyone in your group should stack up in the very edge of her corner. She will push everyone down a level.

Other mechanics – I cleared this fight but I have no idea what the rest of the mechanics are. Haha. [[There’s some robots that show up I think? Eventually you are supposed to move her to the other generators down the walkway?]]

  • [NEW] Lady Dominique’s health has been increased
  • [NEW] The damage from Lady Dominique’s basic attacks has been increased


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