Category:Rank 8 Mobs
Epic Encounters, also known as R8 mobs, were added to Shadowbane on January 14th, 2004. The first epic encounter to be added to the world was Draug-Torvald. These R8's were significantly harder to kill than regular mobs, often requiring entire guilds to kill them, much like a watered-down version of a raid in other MMO titles. Epic encounters drop special loot that typically includes a R8 bane scroll, several rare racial guard captains, at least one random rune, along with gold and other random drops. There are now a total of five epic encounters in Shadowbane.
After being added, epic encounters evinced many issues that have been corrected. Players quickly discovered that the R8's could be dragged virtually anywhere they wanted and would use the difficult mobs at banes, or place them on top of runegates to kill unsuspecting travellers. Due to this, a mechanic was introduced that forces all mobiles to recall after they chase for a certain distance. There have also been many problems with the difficulty of the epic encounters. Recently, the R8's have had their magic resistances drastically reduced on all levels to make them more realistic to defeat.