New Floor 9 is here with lots of new enemies from Fontaine! There are going to be a lot of Clockwork Meka as enemies here so beware of their Pneuma/Ousia type.
Some players may be oblivious to their strengths, weaknesses, and methods to easily kill them. But don’t fret as this guide will help you uncover all the breadcrumbs in Spiral Abyss Floor 9. This whole page is entitled to help you with the 9th floor with detailed information regarding each chamber, enemies, waves, and characters you are recommended to bring along.
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Blessing of the Abyssal Moon
Reminder: Blessing of the Abyssal Moon will change every refresh cycle and may not be updated here. But the enemies list and strategy will remain the same.
When a character recovers HP, that character gains 10% increased ATK for 10s. Max 3 stacks. Each stack will be counted independently. When a character loses HP, that character gains 40 Elemental Mastery for 10s. Max 3 stacks. Each stack will be counted independently. The effects from recovering and losing HP are independent from each other, and stacks are counted independently.
This Blessing is a universal one that every character on your team will benefit from. You can gain different buffs depending on whether your character loses HP or recovers HP. You can time when your character will receive a healing but you can’t time the character’s lost HP (unless your character loses HP when using their Skill/Burst like Kuki Shinobu/Hutao/etc.) so taking some damage is actually beneficial in this floor if it means getting the extra EM.
Ley Line Disorder
After a character triggers a Vaporize reaction, the Vaporize reaction DMG for that character is increased by 50% for 5s. That’s a really huge bonus and really beneficial for the team, IF your team focuses on Vaporize reaction. If your team can’t produce any Vaporize reaction, the buff is essentially useless.
In the First Half, all the Clockwork Meka enemies are Ousia-Type so if you have any Pneuma-type characters (Freminet, Lyney, Hydro Traveler), you can bring them along if you want. In addition, there are Hydro Slime and Hydro Mimic Boar in Chamber 2, so a Pyro DPS would be best here to take advantage of the Ley Line Bonus (+Vaporize reaction DMG). Even if your team does not create a Vaporize reaction, having a Pyro character here is important because there are some enemies with Cryo shields, and having a Pyro can easily remove that shield.
While in the Second Half, all the Clockwork Meka enemies are Pneuma-Type and the only Ousia character available in the current version 4.0 is Lynette (which everyone got for free). In Chamber 2, there are a few Pyro Slime so you can bring at least one Hydro character to take advantage of the Vaporize DMG bonus and to remove Pyro shield from some enemies.
Team Example for F2P
Team Example for Veteran
Benediction of the Abyss
Benediction of the Abyss is the buffs provided to you before challenging each chamber. There are three types of buff durations:
- Effective this floor: The buff will last for all 3 chambers of that floor (Chamber 1-3)
- Effective this chamber: The buff will last for that chamber only (1 Chamber only)
- Effective immediately: Happens immediately. Normally just a party heal (1 Chamber only)
I recommend you pick the ‘Effective this floor’ for the first two chambers. Then, for the last chamber, you can pick any buff that you think is the best for your current team. Of course, if you want to pick a buff that will only stay for one chamber but is immensely helpful for your team, go for it!
Remember that Benediction refreshes daily. So if you are unsatisfied with the current buff, you can always wait for the next day (Daily Reset at 4 AM) for it to change to another set. Here’s the list of Benedictions that you can randomly get.
Floor 9 Chamber 1
1st Wave: 2 Hydro Potioneers, 2 Pyro Potioneers & 2 Recon Log Mek – Ousia
2nd Wave: 1 Arithmetic Enhancer Mek – Ousia, 2 Geological Survey Mek – Ousia & Nobushi: Jintouban, Hitsukeban, Kikouban
- In the first wave, 3 enemies spawn on each side of the arena (front and back). Instead of standing in the middle and waiting for all of them to reach you, I recommend going to either side you prefer and focusing on defeating the 3 enemies first. The Recon Log Mek is faster in chasing after you while the Potioneers is a little bit slow (still can reach you nonetheless).
- Recon Log Mek (Ousia) here is not very threatening but one of their notable attacks is Shock Trap (not an official name) which fires a trap mechanism at the player that deals AoE Electro DMG over 3 seconds. Use Pneuma character to paralyze it but if you don’t bring any, simply avoiding the attack is sufficient since the AoE is not that large.
- In the second wave, 3 enemies still spawn on each side of the arena (left and right). This time, all enemies can catch up to you easily except for Arithmetic Enhancer Mek which is a tiny bit slower than others. Similar to the previous wave, go to any side that you prefer (I recommend the Clockwork Meka side) and focus on defeating them first while letting the other side (the Nobushi side) chase after you.
- For the Geological Survey Mek (Ousia), their ability is yet another AoE damage that can release 3 consecutive shockwaves around itself, each dealing AoE Geo DMG.
- Meanwhile, the Arithmetic Enhancer (Ousia) is the support Meka and the one you should focus on first among the Clockwork Meka. If there are Ousia-aligned Clockwork Meka near the Enhancer, it enters support mode and increases their RES to all DMG by 20%.
1st Wave: Nobushi: Hitsukeban, Kikouban & Nimble Harvester Mek – Pneuma
2nd Wave: 2 Electro Potioneer, Assault Specialist Mek – Pneuma & Arithmetic Enhancer Mek – Pneuma
- In the first wave, all 3 enemies spawn near each other at the front of the arena. Obviously, when starting the challenge, go straight to the front area so you can attack them first. Among the 3 enemies, focus on the Harvester Mek because one of its attacks will let itself charge at the player, dealing Anemo DMG on hit. Those charge attacks can easily break the CC since it might run too far away from other enemies.
- In the second wave, all enemies still spawn in the front area so hopefully you are also still in the front. If you, by any chance, are far from the enemies, the Assault Specialist Mek is super fast at chasing after you but the others are not so much. Nevertheless, no matter where you are, focus on the Arithmetic Enhancer Mek (Pneuma) first because it can enter support mode and increase the Assault Specialist Mek’s ATK by 20%.
- For the Assault Specialist Mek (Pneuma), it specializes in dealing Pyro DMG, and even dashes in your direction if you’re too far so that’s a benefit to you since it will come willingly (Of course, you need to avoid that dash).
Floor 9 Chamber 2
1st Wave: 1 Hydro Mimic Boar, 2 Hydro Slimes, 1 Cryo Slime & 2 Cherubic Sea Hare
2nd Wave: Annihilation Specialist Mek – Ousia & 3 Treasure Hoarders: Cryo Potioneer
- In the first wave, 3 enemies spawn on each side of the arena (front and back). The enemy combination here can make your characters Freeze so try to avoid their attacks as much as possible. All enemies here chase after you pretty fast so you can choose which side you want to prioritize first (I recommend dealing with Hydro Slimes and Hydro Mimic Boar first because they don’t have any shields, unlike all the Cryo creatures here).
- Special mention of the Cherubic Sea Hare here because it’s a new enemy in the abyss. This creature can deal both Hydro and Cryo DMG, depending on whether it has a Cryo shield or not (the Cryo shield grants it 60% RES to all DMG). If it does not have a Cryo shield, it will deal Hydro DMG only. But if it has a Cryo shield, its attack will be fully Cryo and Physical.
- In the second wave, all enemies spawn far from each other. The enemy combination here is yet another one that can freeze your character. In terms of prioritization, I suggest defeating the Annihilation Specialist Mek (Ousia) first because it is the only enemy that can deal Hydro DMG. Once it’s defeated, the leftover enemies -if they are still alive- can’t Freeze your characters anymore. In the meantime, the Cryo Potioneers will slowly head in your direction so you don’t have to chase after it.
- Aside from dealing Hydro DMG, Annihilation Specialist Mek (Ousia) can also summon an Area Alert Mek (Ousia) that can deal Cryo DMG. It has a low HP so usually the collateral damage alone is enough to destroy it. However, if you defeat the Annihilation Specialist Mek first, the Area Alert Mek will automatically be defeated so you can ignore the latter if you want.
1st Wave: 3 Pyro Slimes & 2 Sternshield Crab
2nd Wave: Annihilation Specialist Mek – Pneuma & 4 Treasure Hoarders: Pyro Potioneer
- In the first wave, all enemies spawn far from each other. All the enemies here can only deal Pyro DMG so you don’t have to worry about elemental reactions. I recommend prioritizing the Pyro Slime at the middle back because once you head there, the other 2 Pyro Slimes will also chase after you. But if you bring any AoE Hydro DPS or Support, it’s better to focus on the Sternshield Crab instead to take its Pyro shield down.
- In the second wave, all enemies still spawn far from each other. The enemy combination here can trigger an Overloaded reaction, making your character blown away if they are affected (and a minor Electro-Charged & Vaporize from Area Alert Mek). I recommend focusing on the Annihilation Specialist Mek (Pneuma) first because it’s the only enemy that can deal Electro DMG. Once it’s gone, you don’t have to worry about being Overloaded again.
- Aside from dealing Electro DMG, the Annihilation Specialist Mek (Pneuma) can also summon an Area Alert Mek (Pneuma) that can deal Hydro DMG. This is what I meant by minor Electro-Charged & Vaporize reactions. The Mek itself is not much of a threat because it has a very low HP so you can easily defeat it once it appears. But, if you defeat the Annihilation Specialist Mek first, the Area Alert Mek will automatically be defeated so you can ignore the latter if you want.
Floor 9 Chamber 3
1st Wave: Blazing Axe Mitachurl & Crackling Axe Mitachurl
2nd Wave: Mirror Maiden & Suppression Specialist Mek – Ousia
- In this chamber, there is an amplifier (let’s call it Enhancer) in the middle of the arena that will buff the enemies while also afflicting them with Hydro. You can remove those buffs by triggering an elemental reaction, but, you need to hit many times for the buff to be removed (unlike normal Elemental Node). The best method to remove these buffs is by using a Pneuma character (Lyney & Hydro MC) and attack the Enhancer using their Arkhe attack in the middle to permanently make it out of commission for the rest of the battle.
- In the first wave, both enemies spawn near each other at the front of the area. I recommend heading to the right side of the area so you can prepare for the second wave. Don’t worry about the Mitachurl because both of them will chase after you quickly.
- In the second wave, Mirror Maiden will spawn on the left side while the Mek will spawn on the right side of the arena. Focus on the Suppression Specialist Mek (Ousia) because it walks extremely slowly to chase after you. That’s why I mentioned going to the right side in the first wave before. Mirror Maiden will usually teleport near the Mek, but not too near to your location so you need to sprint towards her a little bit (after the Mek is defeated).
1st Wave: 2 Fatui Pyro Agent & Annihilation Specialist Mek – Pneuma
- There is only one wave here and all enemies spawn far from each other. Fortunately, all of them are really fast in catching up to you. When the challenge starts, go to either one of the Pyro Agents and get really close to him so his 3 Pyro spinning knives can’t hit you (which is almost always his first attack, continue with Stealth).
- The Stealth mode will make the Agents invisible, but that’s not really an issue here because of the amplifier in the middle. The Enhancer will buff enemies while also afflicting them with Pyro. Those buffs will make the enemies’ entire body go red and you can see the outline of their silhouette. Same as in the first half, you can destroy the Enhancer permanently by using an Ousia character’s (Lynette) Arkhe attack.
- Although I mentioned going to the Fatui Pyro Agent first, they’re not what you should prioritize. Instead, when the Annihilation Specialist Mek (Pneuma) gets near you, quickly change the target to the Mek and defeat it first because they can deal Electro DMG (combining it with Agent’s Pryo DMG, you can get Overloaded easily). Once the Mek is defeated, you don’t have to worry about being Overloaded again.
- Aside from dealing Electro DMG, the Annihilation Specialist Mek (Pneuma) can also summon an Area Alert Mek (Pneuma) that can deal Hydro DMG. The Mek has a very low HP so you can easily defeat it once it appears. Although if you defeat the Annihilation Specialist Mek first, the Area Alert Mek will automatically be defeated so you can ignore the latter if you want.
Even with the new roster of enemies, Spiral Abyss Floor 9 remains relatively easy. However, it may come as a challenge for lower ranks. Nevertheless, there is no need to fear as there are several strategies like the ones mentioned in our guide that you can take advantage of for your next Spiral Abyss Floor 9 run.