Fungal Grotto II Dungeon Guide

These extensive caverns in the volcanic rock beneath Stonefalls were once used for unknown purposes by the ancient Chimer, but were abandoned by the Elves long ago.Now they are the haunt of Goblins and other denizens of the underworld.

Fungal Grotto II is a four-person dungeon in the game The Elder Scrolls Online. The dungeon consists of various rooms and corridors, each with its own challenges and enemies. Fungal Grotto II can be accessed at Level 39.  In this guide, I shall explain the mechanics as well as what you should and shouldn’t do while facing the dungeon’s bosses.

Fungal Grotto II Location

Fungal Grotto II is located in the western region of Stonefalls.  Travel west from the Iliath Temple Wayshrine to reach the Fungal Grotto I and II.  You can also access Fungal Grotto II specifically by using the Dungeon Finder.

Inside Fungal Grotto II

Fungal Grotto II is a one-level dungeon with six bosses and one quest.  The enemies in this dungeon include Murkwater warriors, dreugh, and swarming mudcrabs.

Lighting the Shadows

The Spider Cult has come to Fungal Grotto and unearthed the Obsidian Husk. Members of the Fighters Guild, led by Defender Two-Blades, are determined to stop the Cult from raising an army of shadows that will destabilize the region.

Completing Lighting the Shadows

You will need to find three Fighters Guild survivors.  You then will enter the Shrine and take the Obsidian Husk.  You must then run back to the beginning of the dungeon taking by jumping into the river and heading to the right.  There you must defeat Vila Theran.   Speak to Defender Two-Blades to complete this quest.  Completing this quest will reward you with gold, a skill point, and Shroud of the Resolute, part of the Spider Cultist Cowl armor set.

Fungal Grotto II Boss Mechanics

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Mephala’s Fang

This boss is very simple kind of “hold it still and smack it type” but there are a couple of things to keep an eye on.

The tank should turn the boss away from the group and hold it as still as possible. while the group stays BEHIND it.

There are two adds that should be killed fast but as long as the tank pulls them with the boss they won’t last very long to standard aoe damage from the group.

Heavy Attack – As simple as it sounds, the boss will heavy attack the person with agro, simply block this and you will be fine, even as a dps, but fail and you will be knocked down.

Spray – The boss will spray poison in a frontal aoe at the tank or whoever has agro, this can be interrupted.

Poison – The boss will select random members of the group to place poison for a few seconds under their feet. Do NOT stand in this for more than a second or so, find a gap and get safe.

The easiest way to do this (in case multiple people get their own dots) is to stay together and stack up. If you stack up and poison lands, ALL together move to the next safe spot, then when it drops again, all move together, and so on.

You do this so that if more than one of you gets a poison dot at the same time they are both placed together in one spot rather than thrown all over the room.

If people start running around in circles the room will be filled and you will have nowhere to go, and you will die.  The tank should stay still no matter what as he/she can take the damage so long as small heals are incoming.

Gamyne Bandu

This boss is the PUG KILLER of the dungeon. So many groups do NOT pass this dungeon because they cannot kill this boss.

It isn’t that she is particularly difficult to kill, it is more of a case of people not paying attention (or unaware) of what needs to be done. Focus, work together, and pay attention to the mechanics.

The tank needs to taunt the boss at all times and turn her away from the group, the group should always stand behind her and watch for her aoe attacks.

Heavy Attack – The boss will try to almost stealth but at the same time crouch and wind up a heavy attack, you must block this or you will be knocked back and it can kill a dps/healer.

Slow One-Shot – This is the mechanic that will destroy groups! ONE member of the group will be pinned to the floor by 4x shadows of the boss. just ONE shadow must be killed and your group member will be released. So it is essential that you as a group focus ONE SHADOW! Every time this dungeon wipes a group on this boss it is because people all try to show off killing their own shadow. kill ONE and it is problem SOLVED!

Tethered Blast – The boss will put a glowing effect on 2 players, and they will be tethered to each other with a beam. Spread out and run two DIFFERENT directions to break the beam, once it is gone come back in again. If you don’t break the beam you will explode and die.

Shadows – During the fight, the boss will split into 4 shadows that must be killed before she re-spawns again. When they are dead she will instantly come back with a heavy attack so be sure everyone is blocking in case she has lost a taunt effect and picks a DPS/healer as a target.

Ciirenas The Shepherd

This boss is commonly known as a “long fight” and people skip it far too much simply because they do not understand the mechanics.

They are a lot simpler than they look and it is a very fast fight. The tank should ALWAYS keep a taunt on the boss (close or ranged) and NOT taunt the spiders.

In the meantime, the group needs to focus on as much single target as possible and be careful to not do too much aoe damage.

Shadow Bolt – Randomly throughout the fight the boss will Fire dark magic-type projectiles at members of the group, this happens a LOT but it can be interrupted making her attacks pretty useless, keep hitting her but be sure to interrupt all the time.

Be careful not to push her off the cliff bashing/interrupting though (interrupt from behind the boss not in front if you can help it. Failing this will basically make her go too far across the room and reset the fight so be careful.

Mark/Spiders – Throughout the fight, the boss will mark one member of the group at random. This marked effect is her telling her spiders to hit YOU. The ONLY way to agro the spiders is if YOU are the target. If you are the target, move to the other side of the room, take the spiders with you, and stay alive. A tank can help you pin the spiders here also if necessary too to make them stay there longer. Everyone else should focus on the boss.

DO NOT!!! kill the spiders! Each spider you kill buffs her resists and if all spiders die you will ONLY do 10% damage to the boss. That’s right, your 30k heavy attack now does 3k maximum…your 1k hits now do 100 etc., etc. It is KEY that the spiders survive or you will be there all day!

Spawn of Mephala

This boss is VERY straightforward but can go wrong with people running around the room. So only move when you HAVE TO.

The tank should try to hold the boss as still as possible the whole fight and stay AWAY from the portal.

Heavy Attack – This is very simple, no matter what role you are in (should be on the tank) be sure to block the heavy attack or you will be knocked down.

Portal – The portal at the back of the room will open up and suck in a member of the group throughout the fight over and over. Each time the portal pulls someone in, they will have to kill about 7 or 8 spiders before the portal will let them leave again and come back to the fight.

This happens constantly throughout the fight until the boss reaches low health. The trick to this is to be sure that a capable dps player can kill and survive in there…
THIS is based on positioning so you can decide who goes in. The CLOSEST person to the portal is the one who gets sucked in.

This is why it is incredibly important to fix your positions and not run headless around the room.

Burst – During the fight, she emits a large AOE burst from her body which does high damage and knocks back if caught. Simple move away from this, and the tank can block this.

Bomb – During the fight, the boss will attach a beam to an aoe that will follow a player around the room, kite this until it explodes, and then get back into position (kite = move with it to avoid it hitting you or anyone else).
If it touches a player it will deal HIGH damage, and if you are caught with both this and the burst combined you WILL die.

Reggr Dark-Dawn

This boss is simple but things can go wrong. The adds around the room can be completely avoided if you fight the boss in the middle of the room.

If people start yelling and running around then they will join the fight and add some complications in the form of stuns and such which you do NOT want to have to deal with, so walk in the room carefully.

The tank should turn the boss away from the group and stand still. The group should stand behind the boss and also STAND STILL!

Whirlwind – The boss will spin his weapon around his head and anyone caught in the aoe will take high damage, simply step out of it…and I mean STEP out of it.

The aoe is TINY, do NOT run around the room, there is no need, people are not impressed with you dancing, and you WILL pull the surrounding (not yet aggroed) enemies into the fight.

Heavy Attack – The boss will heavy attack the tank (or whoever has agro). This is a really hard-hitting heavy attack and will knock you back possibly attracting the attention of the adds around the room. However, if you block it you will take a very small amount of damage, so don’t miss the block.

Drain – The boss raises his weapon in the air and for around 5 seconds or so, drains magicka rapidly from the whole group.  This is a royal pain if you are a magicka build (does damage also). 

Make sure through the whole fight you get in plenty of heavy attacks to keep your resources up or else you will be in trouble.

Vila Theran

The final boss in Fungal Grotto II has some simple yet devastating mechanics.

If you focus as a group you will pass this with flying colors but you must work together. Stay together as a team.

The healer should focus as much as possible to keep the group up, the tank should shield the group if possible, and ALWAYS hold a taunt.

Light Attacks – These hit dps and healers REALLY hard so make sure that taunt doesn’t drop off!

Beams – Periodically throughout the fight the boss will raise her staff in the air and attach a beam to each player in the group draining them of their health.

This does a LOT of damage but it can be mitigated with damage shields and heals, so your healer and tank need to play full protectors during this phase.

NOTE: there is a big negate bubble in the room. If you run inside this will protect you from this phase BUT you will cancel hard mode. Hard mode is achieved by NEVER standing in the bubble. No members in the group should ever go anywhere near it if you want that hard mode clear. Stay away!

Teleport and Black Holes – Every time each phase finishes the boss will teleport to 3 members of the group, one after the other. So she will jump from one to the other until she settles.

Each teleport will place a black hole on the ground which will spread to a massive size and standing in it WILL kill you. This is where working as a team comes into play.

If you run around the room headless all spread out, you will fill the room with black holes and you will wipe. BUT, if you stay stacked on each other’s feet the whole time, she will teleport to 3 of you BUT since you are all in the same spot, she will place the black holes all together. Allowing you to control where they go…

This tactic is simple.  Hug up, let her place them, and then move to the other side of the room and kill her from range. Every time she teleports, do it again. Hug up and move to the other side of the room.

It is ranged a ranged and a long fight this way but it is incredibly effective and easy if done this way.

Good luck!

Fungal Grotto II Dungeon Loot

Below is a list of all the loot you can expect to find in Fungal Grotto II.

On normal the loot is blue and the boss does NOT drop a monster helmet, but on veteran difficulty all of the loot is purple and the final boss DOES drop a special monster helmet.

Note: in dungeons some individual bosses can drop a unique item but generally, the weapons and jewelry (non-named items) come from the last boss. HOWEVER the entire loot table can also drop from trash and chests, so loot everything!  Got the gear in the wrong traits?  Don’t worry!  You can alter the traits by either transmuting or reconstruct the piece with a trait of your choice.  For more information see the Introduction to Transmuting and Reconstructing article.

If you are looking for a matching shoulder monster piece, visit the Undaunted Pledge Master Maj al-Ragath at the nearest Undaunted enclave.  She sells a 50/50 chance at the shoulder piece as part of the Fungal Grotto Coffer or it could be in her mystery coffer.  You can learn more about the Undaunted in the Undaunted Guide.

Builds That Use Fungal Grotto II Gear

ESO In-Game Icon Gear Firesong Circle Heavy Chest A
ESO In-Game Icon Weapon Sword

Fungal Grotto II Achievements

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Fearless Assaulter

Defeat High Kinlord Rilis in Veteran Banished Cells I, after invoking the Scroll of Glorious Battle.

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Fungal Grotto II Assassin

Defeat Mephala’s Fang, Gamyne Bandu, Ciirenas the Sheperd, Spawn of Mephala, Reggr Dark-Dawn, and Vila Theran in Veteran Fungal Grotto II within twenty minutes of starting the dungeon. Timer starts when players engage the first group of Spider Cultists.

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Fungal Grotto II Conqueror

Defeat Gamyne Bandu, the Spawn of Mephala, and Vila Theran in Veteran Fungal Grotto II.

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Fungal Grotto II Survivor

Defeat Mephala’s Fang, Gamyne Bandu, Ciirenas the Sheperd, Spawn of Mephala, Reggr Dark-Dawn, and Vila Theran in Veteran Fungal Grotto II, without suffering a group member death.

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Fungal Grotto II Vanquisher

Defeat Mephala’s Fang, Gamyne Bandu, Ciirenas the Shepherd, the Spawn of Mephala, Reggr Dark-Dawn, and Vila Theran in Fungal Grotto II.

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Veteran Arachnid Slayer

Defeat 200 Spiders in Veteran Fungal Grotto II.

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Veteran Obsidian Slayer

Defeat 425 Obsidian Warriors in Veteran Fungal Grotto II.

Fungal Grotto II Leads

There are currently no antiquity leads in Fungal Grotto II.

Final Note

Thank you for taking the time to watch the content and read this guide. Be sure on your travels to remember, although once you get very experienced you may make these dungeons much easier and faster… it starts from the ground up and it’s…