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Location Cloudrest Aerie
Species Sea Sload
Health Normal22,721,708Veteran64,683,864 Difficulty ON-misc-Boss 3.png
Reaction Hostile
Friendly (initially, before defeating her yaghra)
Other Information
Faction(s) Abyssal Cabal

Z'Maja is a Sea Sload sorceress of the Abyssal Cabal who is encountered in the central chamber of Cloudrest. She has taken control of the Welkynar Gryphon Knights, transforming them into shadowy monsters that possess all of their formidable skills. She is also responsible for releasing a mysterious purple mist that has spread throughout the city.

The Shadowcaster has wrested control of Cloudrest's Aerie, the Welkynars' grand meeting hall. There, you will face her. The amulet embedded in her chest supplies her with great power, and was given to her by Nocturnal.[1]:146

Related Quests[edit]

Skills and Abilities[edit]

Z'Maja casting a spell
Dark Canal
Z'Maja creates a teleportation pool at her current location and a second pool from which to pop out of at a second location.
Mind Blast
A telekinetic projectile that targets a single person. If a player is hit by Mind Blast 4 times within 15 seconds, they'll suffer a DoT called Leeching Shadow on the fourth strike. While this ability targets a single person, it also creates a cone-shaped AoE in front of her that damages anyone within range for slightly less than Mind Blast's base damage.[1]:148
Leeching Shadow
Lasting for 8 seconds, damage from this DoT decreases with each tick.
Dark Orb
Spawns three small orbs that will stun any player who touches them. If the orbs are not destroyed in time they will converge and target a player, stunning them and releasing Sinister Beads. Note that when an orb is destroyed it inflicts players with damage-over-time effect. The number of players affected by this damage-over-time will increase if more mini bosses are fought alongside Z'Maja, with no players being afflicted if Z'maja is fought on her own.
Sinister Beads
If the Dark Orbs collide with either each other or a player, they will explode into a number of dark beads. These will stun and place a damage over time on those hit.
Crushing Darkness
An ability that targets the tank who is currently taunting her, and the player furthest from her, creating a void beneath their feet.
Dark Detonation
If the shadow portal is not closed quickly enough by destroying the Tenebrous Vessels within, all players will begin to helplessly levitate under Z'Maja's control and she will instantly kill the entire group.
Execute Phase
One she reaches 10% health, Z'Maja unleashes the full power of her amulet by cracking it open.[1]:148 This summons her shade to the real world. Approximately every 22 seconds she will afflict 6 members of the group with Baneful Mark, which reduces the healing taken and damage done by all those inflicted until they return to 100% health.
Nocturnal's Favor
This attack damages whoever she's facing and has aggro on (whoever she's selected as a target to attack): she conjures a powerful blast of shadow energy in front of herself and thrusts it towards her target. There is a long animation for this attack. It is a very high damage projectile that cannot be dodged or reflected. Due to the high damage, it will kill any character that is not blocking, and frequently kill lower health players through block. Generally speaking, the tank holding taunt on Z'Maja should be the only person being affected by this ability; everybody else in the group should be behind Z'Maja so they're not in range.
Shadow Splash[1]:148
Z'Maja waves her hands, channeling a spell. After a few seconds, she settles into a rhythm, and random players are sucked into a vortex and dropped from a random spot in the air, taking fall damage. If she's allowed to continue casting, she'll drag more players into the vortex, becoming more of a nuisance. This ability must be interrupted so Z'Maja doesn't interrupt the flow of battle and kill your damage dealers. On Veteran, the teleportation height is raised, which makes your group members take more fall damage when they're teleported into the air.
Grievous Retaliation
In Veteran Cloudrest, if a player dies and someone tries to resurrect the dead ally before defeating their Shade, the person attempting the resurrection will take increasing damage from Grievous Retaliation.
Dark Contamination
On Veteran, if you attempt to enter the Shadow World twice in the span of two minutes, you'll immediately die upon your second entry. Of this, the death recap combat tips say the following: "Repeated exposure to Z'Maja's realm of shadow in a short period of time results in a catastrophic breakdown of the body."

Quest-Related Events[edit]

Z'Maja's Amulet

Opening a shadow gateway during a fight with one of the mini bosses:

"Come forth, my shadows!"
"My shadows are endless!"'
"It seems my soldiers need reinforcements."

When a gryphon rider dies before their avian companion, Z'Maja will begin summoning reinforcements from the Shadow World to make up for the loss of the shade. This is heralded by an on-screen message that says "Z'Maja has begun summoning reinforcements!" When doing this, she says one of the following:

"As my power grows, so too do my shadows!"
"Feel the embrace of my tendrils of darkness!"


"You challenge the power of the Sea Sload? It shall be your last mistake."

Idling before combat:

"Soon, my shadows shall spread to all of Summerset!"
"Cloudrest has already fallen. And so too shall you."
"The Welkynars could not defeat me! And neither will you."
"You dare fight against darkness itself? Foolish."
"The shadows answer to me now."
"I can wait. After all, your deaths are inevitable."
"Do you truly think you can stand against my shadows?"
"Darkness shall reign across Summerset!"

Engaging Z'maja in combat:

"Fools! You shall join the Welkynars in defeat!"
"You shall be lost in my shadows!"'

If a miniboss has been left up, she summons them to the sidelines:

"To me, my shadow warriors!"
"I am not alone in this fight! My shadows shall aid me."
"To me, my shadow warriors! To me!"

If Z'Maja is not bashed when prompted:

"My shadows will consume you!"
"Feel my shadows' embrace."
"Give in to darkness. There's no escape."

Occasionally, she speaks in Sload:

"Cagh ante ombrogh!"
"Disbagh tanta mallumon!"
"Egh lon vogon!"
"Inga lukzi embrach!"
"Inkaj bid ogh!"
"Ligh nah vogh on!"
"Maghumo kolektos!"
"Mal lugno brak uma!"
"Meh migh kon tals!"
"Nogh tak goh taj!"
"Noghto favoran mig!"
"Obegh min non!"
"Oghbro, veno agh mi!"
"Peka noghto falan!"
"Per laj nogh to!"
"Perge kut noghton"
"Pregh nokton!"
"Ruligh anta inkon!"
"Teh naghto ell ragh!"

If she raises a deceased player's shadow:

"A better version of you now serves me."
"A wonderful addition to my army."
"Your shadow shall serve me well."

If Z'Maja's Shade is allowed to cross over:

"It's time to put an end to your struggle."
"All that struggle only fueled my power."
"All that effort, only to fail!"
"Let the darkness consume you."
"Your life force shall empower me!"
"Your life force shall be mine!"
"How does it feel to have your life force consumed?"

Party wipe:

"You all shall make excellent additions to my shadow army."
"Have no worries. Your shadows shall remain."

Execute phase at 5% health

"I won't be beaten! I'll smash this amulet if that's what it takes."


After the Shade of Galenwe's defeat:

Shade of Galenwe: "I lost? How ... unlikely."
Z'Maja: "I suppose poor Galenwe wasn't so useful after all."
Galenwe: "How could I ... be so ... foolish?"
Olorime: "We'll avenge your death, Galenwe! I swear it!"

After the Shade of Siroria's defeat:

Shade of Siroria: "I was ... defeated?"
Z'Maja: "Now, now. If you're not going to play fair, neither am I."
Siroria: "No! I can't ... fall ... like this!"
Olorime: "Siroria .... Siroria! No!
Olorime: There's no time to mourn now. Quickly, let's move on."

After the Shade of Relequen's defeat:

Shade of Relequen: "Z'Maja will ... crush you."
Relequen: "I'm sorry Olorime ... we failed you."
Z'Maja: "How does it feel Olorime? To see your companions die?"
Olorime: "Curse you, Z'Maja! You'll never get away with this!"
Upon her death (if all 3 minibosses are defeated before fighting Z'Maja)
Z'Maja: "Cloudrest has already fallen, you fools .... And so have the Welkynars."
Z'Maja: "To kill your own order ... your own companions .... How does it feel, Olorime?"
Olorime: "Z'Maja is defeated but .... My companions. My friends. All gone ....
Olorime: I won't allow their sacrifice to be in vain. I'll make sure the Welkynar traditions live on.
Olorime: I'll rebuild my order, and keep protecting Summerset. I swear it!"
Upon her death (If the Welkynars have been saved)
Z'Maja: "Darkness shall consume you all....Soon. So, so soon."
Z'Maja: "Even with all this power... still, I fall? Pathetic."
Z'Maja "Cloudrest has already fallen… my death will not change that…!"
Relequen: "Never have I seen such a resounding victory! The bards shall sing of this day."
Siroria: "Finally, my flame burns once more!"
Relequen: "I feel my power again as well. The Welkynars shall continue on!"
Galenwe: "Yes, though I can't say the same for Cloudrest. The city may never recover."
Olorime: "My friends, we're all alive! We can all fight! And together, there's nothing we can't do."