Run the Gauntlet

Escalation

One set of supplies. No gear changes. Five back-to-back Behemoth battles. In this gauntlet-style challenge, your goal is to make it to the end of your run with a high enough Escalation Level to face the final boss. Legendary rewards await those who succeed — but this won't be an easy victory.

Prove Your Worth

In Escalation, encounters are as dangerous as they are unpredictable. Navigate shifting environmental hazards, elemental mutations, and dual Behemoth battles as you fight to raise your Escalation Level. Winning an encounter will grant you passage to the next one.

Choose your amps

Each time you win an Escalation encounter, you'll see charged aether gather in a nearby crystal. Collect it to power up your lantern and activate an Escalation amp — a special buff that will carry through your entire Escalation run. Amps range from common to epic and can be improved with talents.

Grow your talents

As you collect charged aether and power up your lantern, you'll begin to earn talent points. Spend them at the Lantern Attunement Device (LAD) in Ramsgate to upgrade your amps and unlock rewards. Each Escalation (shock, blaze, etc.) offers 25 possible talent points — and each talent point you earn grants you a permanent +6 bonus to power and resilience when playing Escalation.

Face the Boss

If you want to fight an Escalation's boss, you'll need to prove that you're up to the challenge. That means reaching an Escalation Level of 40 or more during an Escalation 10-50 hunt and making it to the final encounter. Your Escalation Level is shown at the end of each round.

Danger meter

This number indicates how much danger you're in. Finishing an encounter with a low danger percentage will raise your Escalation Level faster.

Escalation level

This number indicates how well you're doing. Raise it to 40 or more to face an Escalation's boss. But be careful — raising your Escalation Level will also raise the difficulty of Escalation encounters.

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Death from above

Shock Boss: Malkarion

Slayers who prove their worth in Shock Escalation will earn the right to take on a Malkarion —a quick-striking, aerial menace with the power of lightning at its call. With the ability to hover just out of range, this sky serpent will have you reaching deep to overcome its shock assaults.

Legendary weapons

Facing a Malkarion in Shock Escalation will unlock schematics for all of its legendary weapons. These high-powered weapons aren't easy to craft, but the perks are worth the extra effort.

Prismatic Cell Slots

Each legendary weapon features two prismatic cell slots — universal slots capable of holding any cell you own. Leverage them to fine-tune your build and take on even tougher challenges.

Weapon Bond

Bond your Malkarion weapon to another shock weapon to gain its perk (e.g. +3 Aetheric Attunement) and unique effect (e.g. +30% damage to Behemoth heads). Weapons must be the same type and element to bond.

Legendary Ability

Activating the legendary ability on any Malkarion weapon will teleport you to a nearby Behemoth and deal massive shock damage.

Malkarion armour

The Malkarion armour set draws its thundering power from three built-in perks: Aetherhunter, Predator, and Grace — a perk that grants you bonus move and attack speed after sprinting.

Ready to turn up the voltage? Earn 25 talent points in Shock Escalation to unlock the Malkarion ultra armour — a cosmetic upgrade set with additional shock details.

Heat Warning

Blaze Boss: Torgadoro

Have you ever fought a volcano, Slayer? Because taking on a Torgadoro isn't far off. Even if you make it through their thick rock armour, there's still the matter of the lava underneath. And watch out for those hands; Torgadoros have been known to get a bit … grabby.

Legendary weapons

Facing a Torgadoro in Blaze Escalation will unlock schematics for all of its legendary weapons. These high-powered weapons aren't easy to craft, but the perks are worth the extra effort.

Prismatic Cell Slots

Each legendary weapon features two prismatic cell slots — universal slots capable of holding any cell you own. Leverage them to fine-tune your build and take on even tougher challenges.

Weapon Bond

Bond your Torgadoro weapon to another blaze weapon to gain its perk (e.g. +3 Evasive Fury) and unique effect (e.g. The seventh hit in a row deals +300 wound damage). Weapons must be the same type and element to bond.

Legendary Ability

Activating the legendary ability on any Torgadoro weapon will send you into a rage, turning your fists into searing weapons. While the rage lasts, you'll deal extra damage to targets below 50% health.

Torgadoro armour

The Torgadoro armour set draws its strength from three built-in perks: Knockout King, Overpower, and Zeal — a new perk that increases the effect of lantern tap abilities. Schematics unlock when you face your first Torgadoro.

Not hot enough for you? Earn 25 talent points in Blaze Escalation to unlock the Torgadoro ultra armour — a cosmetic upgrade set with flowing lava details.

Into the Void

Umbral Boss: Thrax

How far do the Umbral Deeps go? It's hard to say. But if you ever find yourself at the edge of a dark and shimmering pool — be alert. This is where Thraxes are known to feed. These cunning Behemoths use portals to hunt, striking through rifts with razor-sharp forelimbs and emerging from void-space to dive onto prey. Luring one into the open may be your best bet, but even this plan demands caution. Untreated, a Thrax's corrupting influence can leave a Slayer so drained that they can barely lift a finger — much less a weapon.

Legendary weapons

Facing a Thrax in Umbral Escalation will unlock schematics for all of its legendary weapons. These high-powered weapons aren't easy to craft, but the perks are worth the extra effort.

Prismatic Cell Slots

Each legendary weapon features two prismatic cell slots — universal slots capable of holding any cell you own. Leverage them to fine-tune your build and take on even tougher challenges.

Weapon Bond

Bond your Thrax weapon to another umbral weapon to gain its perk (e.g. +3 Wild Frenzy) and unique effect (e.g. When under 20% health, deal +50% damage). Weapons must be the same type and element to bond.

Legendary Ability

Activating your Thrax weapon's legendary ability will deal umbral damage to surrounding enemies, then teleport you into the sky. Target a landing spot and slam back to earth to dish out even more umbral damage.

Thrax armour

The Thrax armour set draws its strength from three built-in perks: Nine Lives, Cunning, and Catalyst — a new perk that increases the effect and duration of tonics. Schematics unlock when you face your first Thrax.

Want to show off your Escalation expertise? Earn 25 talent points in Umbral Escalation to unlock the Thrax ultra armour — a cosmetic upgrade set with glowing details.

FAQ
How do I get access to Escalation hunts?
Escalation access is gated by your power level. For Escalation 1-13, you'll need to achieve a power level of 350+ and complete the "Things Have Escalated" quest. For Escalation 10-50, you'll need to achieve a power level of 450+ and complete the "King of the Hill" quest.
What does an Escalation boost do?
Escalation boosts grants you (and all Slayers in your party!) a +25% bonus to earned charged aether. This effect can stack up to four times — once per party member with an active boost.
How do I get more talent points?
Earn talent points by collecting charged aether. You can earn charged aether by breaking Behemoth parts (in Escalation hunts only) and by interacting with the charged aether crystals that appear after each Escalation encounter.
Can I reset my talent points?
Yes. Look for the Reset button on the Escalation talent tree screen. You can reset your talents as many times as you like.
Do Escalation power and resilience bonuses apply outside of Escalation?
Yes, partially. While each Escalation talent point gives you a +6 bonus to power and resilience in Escalation hunts, that bonus is reduced to +2 per talent point for non-Escalation hunts (e.g. Patrols, Trials).
Will I lose access to previous Escalations when new ones launch?
No. You can play previous Escalations — and earn their rewards! — any time you want. There's no expiration date.
Do Escalation bosses ever appear outside of Escalation hunts?
Escalation bosses are initially limited to the Escalation they launch with (e.g. Thrax and Umbral Escalation), but may be added to other hunts after some time has passed.