Imperial Sanctum

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Imperial Sanctum
Imperial Sanctum map.jpg
Campaign Factions
Region Kaineng City
Type Cooperative
Party size 8
Duration Short
Preceded by Raisu Palace
Followed by Cleansing Bukdek Byway

Mission information[edit]



Normal mode Completion time Rewards
Standard > 5 minutes 1,000 XP 100Gold 1 Skill-point-tango-icon-20.png
Expert's 2.5 - 5 minutes 1,500 XP 150Gold 1 Skill-point-tango-icon-20.png
Master's < 2.5 minutes 2,000 XP 200Gold 1 Skill-point-tango-icon-20.png
Hard mode Completion time Rewards
Standard > 6 minutes 1,000 XP 200Gold 1 Skill-point-tango-icon-20.png
Expert's 3 - 6 minutes 2,000 XP 300Gold 1 Skill-point-tango-icon-20.png
Master's < 3 minutes 3,000 XP 500Gold 1 Skill-point-tango-icon-20.png


Shiro uses five skills which make him hard to deal with if you come unprepared.



Anyone can accomplish this mission fairly quickly and easily using these henchmen.


Heroes are not affected by Echoing Banishment, but they also do not receive the Celestial skills given by Kuunavang. At the same time, if you are the only player in the party, Shiro will not banish you either. Thus if you bring only heroes, your party will be immune to banishment. This will mean there will be no Shiro'ken to give you morale boosts, so your Celestial skill will be unable to recharge if you take it. However, you can also set up your whole party with only anti-Shiro skills, which can almost guarantee success in either mode.


Different strategies have been used successfully in this mission; however, some of them require that you have access to the heroes of Nightfall or Eye of the North.

If you are considering using a henchmen/hero mix, you should examine the skills they have equipped and what their Celestial skill will do, compared to what you could put on a hero. For example, the Necromancer Celestial skill is generally less useful compared to a Necromancer hero with Spiteful Spirit or Spoil Victor, so the hero would be preferred. The Warrior Celestial skill can cause a lot of damage, so consider bringing both Warrior henchmen. One Mesmer henchman carries skills like Empathy, and also their Celestial skill will greatly improve the party's casting speed and recharge time. The Elementalist henchmen receive a very high damage dealing Celestial skill, so consider bringing them instead of an Elementalist hero.

Remember to flag your heroes/henchman if you are not the only player in the party. If you don't, your heroes/henchman will become inactive as soon as you get banished, because they will try to go to you. Bound foes should be killed before continuing the attack on Shiro.



An effective strategy involves forming a party of mostly Warriors. They will need to equip stances to help them avoid Shiro's attacks, and "Watch Yourself!" to raise their armor rating. A source of healing might be needed and for that you normally bring Monks which will then move into either the north or the south corner of the island to stay out of Shiro's range. There they cannot get banished and will spam skills like Heal Party and/or Light of Deliverance.

You can use this strategy with only heroes and henchmen. Bring three Warrior heroes (or two and an Assassin), the two Warrior henchmen, and the two Necromancer henchmen. When the fight begins, the two Warrior henchmen will use Storm of Swords, and the Necromancers will use Star Servant. If the whole party body blocks Shiro, each Storm of Swords will deal 3,000 damage over the course of 15 seconds. This will leave him with little health, allowing your melee damage to finish him off.


Bring a Warrior henchman. Have everyone in the party except the Warrior henchman stand all the way to the right or left pavilion (all of them must either be at the right, or the left, as splitting up means Mhenlo has a high chance of attempting to bounce back and forth between the two groups, easily grabbing the aggro of Shiro and thus running out of your area of effect skills). Use Armor of Earth, Ward Against Melee, Arcane Echo, and Echo just outside of Shiro's aggro range. Aggro Shiro and wait for him to banish the Warrior henchman, and when he does, use Celestial Storm, Echo, Celestial Storm, Celestial Storm. You will want to use damage increasing skills like Ebon Battle Standard of Honor at this point. The Bound Warrior should die, and recharge all of your Celestial Storms. Use all of your Celestial Storms again while maintaining your defensive skills and Shiro will drop very quickly. For Hard mode, Sliver Armor should be used just after the first Celestial Storm chain together with your damage increasing skills. Runners often bring Drunken Master and use it right away and then replace it with the Celestial Storms skill to speed the run to Shiro.


With the proper build, this mission can be performed fairly easily using only an Assassin and Mhenlo healing. Generally, this involves Critical Defenses, Critical Agility, and an attack chain that deals heavy damage quickly and can be spammed.

Warrior-variant: For this strategy, all you really need is one Assassin and one Warrior (although multiple Assassins can come in handy). The idea is to have the Assassin immediately use his/her Celestial skill on Shiro as soon as the battle starts, then once all Celestial Assassins have been spawned, have your Warrior run into the crowd and use Storm of Swords. This will cause Shiro to take more than 250 damage per second for 15 seconds and, when done correctly, usually causes death within 5-8 seconds.

Bodyblocking + Impossible Odds[edit]

Shiro's Impossible Odds skill can be turned against him by triggering "inverter-hexes" like Empathy and Spiteful Spirit as much as possible. Bring one or two Warriors and at least one player with access to these skills. Once Shiro's health is low enough, he will start using Impossible Odds. At this point cast Empathy and Spiteful Spirit on him, and have all party members stand adjacent to Shiro so that you all damage him by means of these hexes. Warriors should use Storm of Swords, and Necromancers and Assassins should use Star Servant and Star Strike as well to create even more combatants that will contribute to the damage.

Blocking skills will be highly useful in this approach, since you will be deliberately exposing yourself to Shiro's most dangerous ability. In particular, a Ranger with Celestial Stance will improve the party's survivability immensely.

Other tips[edit]

  • Remember to take the Celestial skill at the beginning of the mission.
    • Celestial skills recharge whenever a bound foe is slain, so choose carefully when to use them.
  • Shiro has no way to remove enchantments.
  • Shiro's skills cannot be disabled; only Impossible Odds can be interrupted (the others lack an activation time).
  • Bringing monks makes the mission more difficult: if they're banished, the Bound Monks that replace them are more durable than other bound foes.
  • Shiro tends to use Riposting Shadows followed by Battle Scars when Riposting Shadows ends. He almost always uses Battle Scars immediately after coming out of Meditation of the Reaper (unless his health is low enough to qualify for Impossible Odds).
  • Impossible Odds has a duration longer than its recharge, and Shiro sometimes uses it solely to remove all hexes from him. Try to cast hexes on him immediately after he uses the skill.
  • Create any non-attacking spirits before crossing into the courtyard (and triggering the cinematic); he will be unable to attack them since they are behind a closed gate.
  • In Hard mode, Shiro brings Natural Resistance (or an equivalent passive skill); this makes it difficult to maintain hexes or conditions on him. However, this allows you to spam hexes with an end effect (e.g. Wastrel's Worry), which can also be used to help trigger the damage limit on Meditation of the Reaper (ending it more quickly means the party will take less damage).
  • Shiro will not use Echoing Banishment if only a single player and heroes are within range.

Skill recommendations[edit]

Generally ineffective
Generally useful

Completing the mission[edit]

Upon completion of this mission, the players will end up in the Divine Path.

If this is the first time your character has completed this mission, remember to talk to Suun in Divine Path. There will not be any quest nor reward indicator over his head. Suun will give you the Amulet of the Mists. You can then go to one of the nearby adepts and trade the amulet for a unique item. You can only receive this amulet once per character. If for some reason you forget to talk to Suun and leave the Divine Path, you can perform the mission again and talk to Suun to receive the amulet.







Boss-like foes




Opening cinematic[edit]

Shiro Tagachi: "So. You're of the royal line."
Shiro Tagachi: "You'll do nicely."
Shiro Tagachi: "I have returned."

Initial dialogue[edit]

Brother Mhenlo: "Remember friends, Kuunavang has offered her help! Speak with her before you continue; her wisdom and teachings could well keep us alive!"
Brother Mhenlo: "Shiro has returned! But his power must not send us into hiding; we must confront him before he gains more power!"
Shiro Tagachi: "I thought I only needed to kill you once in the Courthouse Square...apparently I was wrong."
Shiro Tagachi: "You then proceeded to thwart me in the Tahnnakai Temple when I was attempting to bind Vizu, but her secrets will not help you now!"
Shiro Tagachi: "In the Sunjiang District, I grossly underestimated your power."
Brother Mhenlo: "And you continue to underestimate us even now!"
Shiro Tagachi: "But this time, I am ready for you!"
Brother Mhenlo: "We must finish this once and for all! For Togo, and for Cantha!"
Shiro Tagachi: "And now, without the power of Saint Viktor and Archemorus, you do not stand a chance...."
Brother Mhenlo: "Togo's death will not be in vain!"
Shiro Tagachi: "His blood has returned me to my mortal body."

Combat dialogue[edit]

Shiro Tagachi: "<Party member name>, banished!"
Brother Mhenlo: "To return to the battle, <Party member name>, you must either run to the celestial orb on top of the hill, or your party must destroy the binder that has taken your place. Either action will send you back to the battle."

Brother Mhenlo

"Don't let up! We've almost got them!"
"I'll gladly die if doing so will send you back to the Underworld!"
"The power you received from the Kuunavang seems particularly effective against these demons!"
"We'll not suffer these demons to live!"
"Your very presence fouls this world! Be gone!"
"Demon! You shall not succeed!"

Shiro Tagachi

"Face your doom!"
"Fear my power!"
"I have returned!"

End cinematic[edit]

Shiro Tagachi: "I demand that you release me."
Messenger Vetaura: "You are no longer an Envoy. You cannot demand anything from us."
Shiro Tagachi: "Of course I am. You have no power over me."
Emissary Heleyne: "You are wrong Shiro."
Herald Demrikov: "Denial and disorientation are common among the newly dead."
Shiro Tagachi: "No. No. This cannot be."
Courier Torivos: "You are merely a new spirit, lost between the realm of the mortal and the Underworld."
Messenger Vetaura: "You are our charge now."
Courier Torivos: "We have reserved a special place in the Underworld for you."
Emissary Heleyne: "A place you will never escape from."
Herald Demrikov: "A place where you will finally pay for all of your sins."
Shiro Tagachi: "I will get you all for this."
Shiro Tagachi: "This is not the end of me."
Herald Demrikov: "You are right about that."
Courier Torivos: "This is not your end."
Herald Demrikov: "But you will wish it was."
Emissary Heleyne: "We thank you for your help in capturing Shiro."
Messenger Vetaura: "We will be watching over you, waiting for the day when you will join us in the afterlife."
Courier Torivos: "Until then, live a long and fruitful life."
<Party leader>: "Wait. What are you going to do to Shiro?"
Messenger Vetaura: "Let us worry about Shiro."


  • Banished Paragons or Dervishes are replaced by Bound Warriors.
  • You gain a morale boost each time a bound foe is killed.
  • The mission will succeed even if Mhenlo dies.
  • Some elementalists run this mission for money, echo chaining Celestial Storm to quickly solo Shiro and getting Master's reward.
  • The area to which Shiro banishes players contributes approximately 0.2% towards the Canthan Grandmaster Cartographer title. The Spirits of the Mists in that area do not respawn after being killed, so spirit-killing skills such as Gaze of Fury help considerably if more than one banishment is planned for zone scraping at leisure.
Bug Bug. Sometimes there is a malfunction with Shiro's skill: Meditation of the Reaper. He will be able to take damage while in meditation, but the skill won't register any damage taken. It will therefore last the maximum of 30sec.
Bug Bug. Sometimes there is a malfunction with Shiro's skill: Echoing Banishment. Heroes sometimes get taken with you when Shiro uses Echoing Banishment.

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