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Quick Start Legion Dungeon Tanking Guide

In this guide, you’ll find simple tanking strategies for every five-man dungeon in Legion. It covers normal, heroic, and mythic (though mythic is still being iterated on).


Assault on Violet Hold

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In this dungeon, you’ll face two randomly selected bosses, then the final boss, which will either be Fel Lord Betrug or Sael’orn.

Trash

  • Trash spawns from portals which appear randomly around the room. You have to kill the portal keeper to despawn the portal.
  • Look for interruptable spells.
  • Watch for cleave attacks. Some you can interrupt, some you can move out of.
  • Always face trash away from the party.
  • Avoid tanking on stairs because some of the effects can be hard to see there.
  • Before the final boss, Lord Malgath, the orc who has been floating around opening all the cells, finally engages you. He has a cleave and summons adds. He is only a miniboss, but the final boss will attack once Malgath dies.

Festerface

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  • Cleave Move behind boss during Congealing Vomit.
  • Change Position Drag the boss to the Congealed Goos while you help kill them. The Goos spawn from Congealing Vomit. They can’t be tanked, but they do need to die one at a time.
  • Pull the boss onto the puddles that appear from killed Goos so that he’ll eat them. Otherwise, they’ll turn back into Congealed Goo in 10 seconds.
  • The trick here is that goos have to die at different times because it takes a few seconds for the boss to eat each puddle.
  • Cleave Move behind boss during Congealing Vomit.
  • Change Position Drag the boss to the Congealed Goos while you help kill them. The Goos spawn from Congealing Vomit. They can’t be tanked, but they do need to die one at a time.
  • Pull the boss onto the puddles that appear from killed Goos so that he’ll eat them. Otherwise, they’ll turn back into Congealed Goo in 10 seconds.
    • In heroic, it’s even more important that the Goos die because they keep the boss’s energy from reaching 100. At 100 energy he casts the party-wiper Uh Oh.
  • The trick here is that goos have to die at different times because it takes a few seconds for the boss to eat each puddle.
  • Cleave Move behind boss during Congealing Vomit.
  • Change Position Drag the boss to the Congealed Goos while you help kill them. The Goos spawn from Congealing Vomit. They can’t be tanked, but they do need to die one at a time.
  • Pull the boss onto the puddles that appear from killed Goos so that he’ll eat them. Otherwise, they’ll turn back into Congealed Goo in 10 seconds.
    • In heroic, it’s even more important that the Goos die because they keep the boss’s energy from reaching 100. At 100 energy he casts the party-wiper Uh Oh.
  • The trick here is that goos have to die at different times because it takes a few seconds for the boss to eat each puddle.

Shivermaw

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  • Cleave Position Shivermaw such that your party is at her sides. She is a typical dragon that has a breath attack (Frost Breath) and a tail sweep.
  • She will also knock the tank (and anyone else in front of her) back with Wing Buffet, so you’ll have to reposition occasionally.
  • Change Position When she flies into the air, run to the top levels of the prison to avoid Ice Bomb.
    • If any of your party gets caught by Ice Bomb, assist in breaking them out of their ice cubes.
  • Change Position When she casts Relentless Storm, stay the bottom levels and avoid the blue circles on the ground, while keeping in mind the positioning requirements.
  • Cleave Position Shivermaw such that your party is at her sides. She is a typical dragon that has a breath attack (Frost Breath) and a tail sweep.
  • She will also knock the tank (and anyone else in front of her) back with Wing Buffet, so you’ll have to reposition occasionally.
  • Change Position When she flies into the air, run to the top levels of the prison to avoid Ice Bomb.
    • If any of your party gets caught by Ice Bomb, assist in breaking them out of their ice cubes.
    • Distance yourself from your allies (at least 8 yards) so that you don’t hit others with the damaging and snaring effect of Frigid Winds.
  • Change Position When she casts Relentless Storm, stay the bottom levels and avoid the blue circles on the ground, while keeping in mind the positioning requirements.
  • Cleave Position Shivermaw such that your party is at her sides. She is a typical dragon that has a breath attack (Frost Breath) and a tail sweep.
  • She will also knock the tank (and anyone else in front of her) back with Wing Buffet, so you’ll have to reposition occasionally.
  • Change Position When she flies into the air, run to the top levels of the prison to avoid Ice Bomb.
    • If any of your party gets caught by Ice Bomb, assist in breaking them out of their ice cubes.
    • Distance yourself from your allies (at least 8 yards) so that you don’t hit others with the damaging and snaring effect of Frigid Winds.
  • Change Position When she casts Relentless Storm, stay the bottom levels and avoid the blue circles on the ground, while keeping in mind the positioning requirements.

Blood-Princess Thal’ena

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  • Ground Effect Move away from red pools of Blood Swarm to avoid their damage.
  • DPS players will need to spread their vampyrism to prevent mind control, but as the tank you should only be bitten last because Essence of the Blood Princess reduces your threat generation by 100%. Once you’re bitten, you deal increased damage.
  • Ground Effect Move away from red pools of Blood Swarm to avoid their damage.
  • DPS players will need to spread their vampyrism to prevent mind control, but as the tank you should only be bitten last because Essence of the Blood Princess reduces your threat generation by 100%. Once you’re bitten, you deal increased damage.
  • Change Position Drag the boss away from any Congealed Blood that spawns from Blood Call to prevent her from healing.
  • Ground Effect Move away from red pools of Blood Swarm to avoid their damage.
  • DPS players will need to spread their vampyrism to prevent mind control, but as the tank you should only be bitten last because Essence of the Blood Princess reduces your threat generation by 100%. Once you’re bitten, you deal increased damage.
  • Change Position Drag the boss away from any Congealed Blood that spawns from Blood Call to prevent her from healing.

Mindflayer Kaahrj

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  • Magic AM Use magic reduction or prepare healing for Doom, a big shadow damage spell on the tank.
  • Projection Run out of the purple ground projection before the Shadow Crash hits.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Hysteria to prevent random fears.
  • Change position If convenient, drag the boss to tendrils and help kill them.
  • Magic AM Use magic reduction or prepare healing for Doom, a big shadow damage spell on the tank.
  • Projection Run out of the purple ground projection before the Shadow Crash hits.
    • In heroic and mythic, the Shadow Crash also becomes a gravity well, so you must move further away or use a speed boost to escape its pull.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Hysteria to prevent random fears.
  • Change position If convenient, drag the boss to tendrils and help kill them.
  • Magic AM Use magic reduction or prepare healing for Doom, a big shadow damage spell on the tank.
  • Projection Run out of the purple ground projection before the Shadow Crash hits.
    • In heroic and mythic, the Shadow Crash also becomes a gravity well, so you must move further away or use a speed boost to escape its pull.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Hysteria to prevent random fears.
  • Change position If convenient, drag the boss to tendrils and help kill them.

Millificent Manastorm

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  • Spread Out Click on Squirrel Bombs to disarm them. Spread out to reduce damage dealt after disarming.
  • Change Position Kill Rocket Chicken when they appear, avoid their lasers, Rocket Chicken Rocket. Otherwise, stay out of its path.
    • In phase 2, these Rocket Chickens become indestructible so you just have to avoid their increasing number of rockets.
  • Spread Out Click on Squirrel Bombs to disarm them. Spread out to reduce damage dealt after disarming.
  • Change Position Kill Rocket Chicken when they appear, avoid their lasers, Rocket Chicken Rocket. Otherwise, stay out of its path.
    • In phase 2, these Rocket Chickens become indestructible so you just have to avoid their increasing number of rockets.
  • Enrage Save defensive cooldowns until the end, where several indestructible constructs are active and the party is taking significant damage.
  • Spread Out Click on Squirrel Bombs to disarm them. Spread out to reduce damage dealt after disarming.
  • Change Position Kill Rocket Chicken when they appear, avoid their lasers, Rocket Chicken Rocket. Otherwise, stay out of its path.
    • In phase 2, these Rocket Chickens become indestructible so you just have to avoid their increasing number of rockets.
  • Enrage Save defensive cooldowns until the end, where several indestructible constructs are active and the party is taking significant damage.

Anub’esset

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  • Physical AM Use damage reduction AM or a defensive cooldown for Mandible Strike, which hits the tank for a large amount of physical damage after a 2 second cast time, and reduces healing. Damage reduction AM, as opposed to healing, is preferable for this reason.
  • Change Position Run away from the front of the boss when he casts Impale.
  • Physical AM Use damage reduction AM or a defensive cooldown for Mandible Strike, which hits the tank for a large amount of physical damage after a 2 second cast time, and reduces healing. Damage reduction AM, as opposed to healing, is preferable for this reason.
  • Change Position Run away from the front of the boss when he casts Impale.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid the green pools of Blistering Ooze. This deals very high damage and inflicts a snare.
  • Physical AM Use damage reduction AM or a defensive cooldown for Mandible Strike, which hits the tank for a large amount of physical damage after a 2 second cast time, and reduces healing. Damage reduction AM, as opposed to healing, is preferable for this reason.
  • Change Position Run away from the front of the boss when he casts Impale.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid the green pools of Blistering Ooze. This deals very high damage and inflicts a snare.

Sael’orn

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  • Change Position Face the Phase Spider linked to you by a red line to stop their approach, Creeping Slaughter.
  • The spiders will change their targets, requiring frequent repositioning.
  • Positioning is complicated because of Web Grab, which pulls a few people to the boss. Once cast, spread back out and locate your spider.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the group so they don’t get hit with Venom Spray.
  • Change Position Face the Phase Spider linked to you by a red line to stop their approach, Creeping Slaughter.
  • The spiders will change their targets, requiring frequent repositioning.
  • Positioning is complicated because of Web Grab, which pulls a few people to the boss. Once cast, spread back out and locate your spider.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the group so they don’t get hit with Venom Spray.
  • Spread Out If afflicted with Toxic Blood, stand away from your party.
  • Change Position Face the Phase Spider linked to you by a red line to stop their approach, Creeping Slaughter.
  • The spiders will change their targets, requiring frequent repositioning.
  • Positioning is complicated because of Web Grab, which pulls a few people to the boss. Once cast, spread back out and locate your spider.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the group so they don’t get hit with Venom Spray.
  • Spread Out If afflicted with Toxic Blood, stand away from your party.

Fel Lord Betrug

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  • Change Position Cleave If you are the target of Fel Slash, move away from other players so they don’t get hit. Otherwise, move behind the boss when he casts it. Fel Slash is a cone effect targeted onto random players.
  • When the boss knocks everyone back with Mighty Smash, locate the person he is targeting with Execution and free them from their bonds by clicking on the two green shards.
  • Change Position Cleave If you are the target of Fel Slash, move away from other players so they don’t get hit. Otherwise, move behind the boss when he casts it. Fel Slash is a cone effect targeted onto random players.
  • When the boss knocks everyone back with Mighty Smash, locate the person he is targeting with Execution and free them from their bonds by clicking on the two green shards.
  • Change Position If afflicted by Seed of Destruction, stand away from your party. You are the bomb. If you’re not the target, avoid the purple waves of Wake of Destruction.
  • Change Position Cleave If you are the target of Fel Slash, move away from other players so they don’t get hit. Otherwise, move behind the boss when he casts it. Fel Slash is a cone effect targeted onto random players.
  • When the boss knocks everyone back with Mighty Smash, locate the person he is targeting with Execution and free them from their bonds by clicking on the two green shards.
  • Change Position If afflicted by Seed of Destruction, stand away from your party. You are the bomb. If you’re not the target, avoid the purple waves of Wake of Destruction.

Black Rook Hold

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The Amalgam of Souls

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  • Cleave Run behind the boss before the cast of Reap Souls completes.
  • Face the boss away from your party so that they don’t get hit by Reap Souls.
  • Cleave Run behind the boss before the cast of Reap Souls completes.
  • Face the boss away from your party so that they don’t get hit by Reap Souls.
  • In Phase 2 the boss will stop hitting the tank and summon souls. Kill him before too many souls reach him, to avoid the party dying from increasing raid damage due to Soul Burst.
  • Cleave Run behind the boss before the cast of Reap Souls completes.
  • Face the boss away from your party so that they don’t get hit by Reap Souls.
  • In Phase 2 the boss will stop hitting the tank and summon souls. Kill him before too many souls reach him, to avoid the party dying from increasing raid damage due to Soul Burst.

Illysanna Ravencrest

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  • AM Check Use Active Mitigation before the Vengeful Shear cast completes.
  • Ground Effects Avoid purple and green ground effects like Blazing Trail and Eye Beams.
  • Tank Adds Cleave When she’s in the air, pick up the adds and face them away from the party but close to the boss so both can be damaged. Watch for their cast of Bonecrushing Spike and move behind the add before it finishes.
  • Change Position If you’re targeted by Eye Beam while she’s in the air, you’ll have to kite it away from your party.
  • AM Check Use Active Mitigation before the Vengeful Shear cast completes.
  • Ground Effects Avoid purple and green ground effects like Dark Rush and Eye Beams.
  • Tank Adds Cleave When she’s in the air, pick up the adds and face them away from the party but close to the boss so both can be damaged. Watch for their cast of Bonecrushing Spike and move behind the add before it finishes.
    • Interrupt There is an additional mob that attacks random targets, an Arcanist. Interrupt their Arcane Blitz.
  • Change Position If you’re targeted by Eye Beam while she’s in the air, you’ll have to kite it away from your party.
  • AM Check Use Active Mitigation before the Vengeful Shear cast completes.
  • Ground Effects Avoid purple and green ground effects like Dark Rush and Eye Beams.
  • Tank Adds Cleave When she’s in the air, pick up the adds and face them away from the party but close to the boss so both can be damaged. Watch for their cast of Bonecrushing Spike and move behind the add before it finishes.
    • Interrupt There is an additional mob that attacks random targets, an Arcanist. Interrupt their Arcane Blitz.
  • Change Position If you’re targeted by Eye Beam while she’s in the air, you’ll have to kite it away from your party.

Smashspite the Hateful

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  • Physical AM Use damage reduction abilities for Brutal Haymaker, which happens when the boss’s resource bar fills up. This ability increases the boss’s melee hits, so any damage reduction, including avoidance, will do.
  • The harder the boss hits you, the more energy he gains for Brutal Haymaker. Other than saving a cooldown for Brutal Haymaker, keep active mitigation up as much as possible to reduce its cast frequency.
  • Ground Effect Avoid ground fire.
  • Physical AM Use damage reduction abilities for Brutal Haymaker, which happens when the boss’s resource bar fills up. This ability increases the boss’s melee hits, so any damage reduction, including avoidance, will do.
  • The harder the boss hits you, the more energy he gains for Brutal Haymaker. Other than saving a cooldown for Brutal Haymaker, keep active mitigation up as much as possible to reduce its cast frequency.
  • Change Position Ground Effect Intercept Hateful Charge if you don’t already have the debuff from getting hit by it. Avoid the trail it leaves on the ground.
  • Physical AM Use damage reduction abilities for Brutal Haymaker, which happens when the boss’s resource bar fills up. This ability increases the boss’s melee hits, so any damage reduction, including avoidance, will do.
  • The harder the boss hits you, the more energy he gains for Brutal Haymaker. Other than saving a cooldown for Brutal Haymaker, keep active mitigation up as much as possible to reduce its cast frequency.
  • Generally, use your damage reduction and avoidance abilities often to reduce the boss’s build up toward Brutal Haymaker, and save your healing and health increasing abilities for Brutal Haymaker.
  • Change Position Ground Effect Intercept Hateful Charge if you don’t already have the debuff from getting hit by it. Avoid the trail it leaves on the ground.

Lord Kur’talos Ravencrest

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  • Damage Reduction Enrage Phase 1: Once you get a few stacks of Unerring Shear, chain together all your defenses, saving the strongest abilities for the phase transition. This phase needs to end quickly before you get overwhelmed by Unerring Shear, which places a stacking debuff on the tank that doesn’t fall off until the end of the encounter.
  • Ground Effect Phase 2: Nothing tank-specific, just move in a circle to avoid the laser Dark Obliteration and sidestep the green circles of Cloud of Hypnosis.
  • Damage Reduction Enrage Phase 1: Once you get a few stacks of Unerring Shear, chain together all your defenses, saving the strongest abilities for the phase transition. This phase needs to end quickly before you get overwhelmed by Unerring Shear, which places a stacking debuff on the tank that doesn’t fall off until the end of the encounter.
  • Ground Effect Phase 2: Nothing tank-specific, just move in a circle to avoid the laser Dark Obliteration and sidestep the green circles of Cloud of Hypnosis.
  • Help kill Stinging Swarms.
  • Try to use active mitigation for Unerring Shear, which deals a large amount of damage and places a stacking debuff on the tank that doesn’t fall off until the end of the encounter.
  • Damage Reduction Use your strongest cooldowns during the transition between phase 1 and 2, where the second boss will hit you very hard but you won’t have the buff, Legacy of the Ravencrest, for a few terrifying seconds.
  • Ground Effect Phase 2: Nothing tank-specific, just move in a circle to avoid the laser Dark Obliteration and sidestep the green circles of Cloud of Hypnosis.
    • In Mythic, Dark Obliteration moves faster, so you either need something to increase your run speed or stay near the middle (where you don’t have to run as far).
  • Help kill Stinging Swarms.

Court of Stars

Patrol Captain Gerdo

Mythic Only
  • Clear the trash around the boss and deactivate the Signal Beacons to avoid add spawns during the fight. If there are still Signal Beacons up during the fight, pick up any adds that spawn.
  • Jump when affected by Arcane Lockdown.
  • Ground Effect Run out of purple ground effects, Resonant Slash.

Talixae Flamewreath

Be sure to activate any clickable objects you find in the area, they might provide buffs based on class, race, or profession.

Mythic Only
  • Minibosses: The goal is to pull all three of them separately from the boss. Some clickables will separate a miniboss from the pack, and killing Enforcers will also draw the minibosses to you.
    • Cleave Jazshariu: Face away from your party to avoid Shockwave, try to step behind him before the cast finishes.
    • Baalgar the Watchful and Imacu’tya don’t have tank-specific mechanics, but they hurt the party so should die early if pulled with the boss.
  • Enrage Damage in this fight progressively increases due to Burning Intensity, so save your strongest defensive abilities for the end.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Withering Soul.
  • Tank Adds Infernal Eruption will spawn many casting imps that should be gathered up and AoE’d quickly.

Advisor Melandrus

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  • Spread out to limit damage from Blade Surge.
  • When the boss separates into images, avoid Piercing Gale. You can predict the path of Piercing Gale by noting the direction the images face.
  • While the images are up, healers may be stressed by Slicing Maelstrom so try to take care of yourself.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid tornadoes. They may stun you.
  • To activate this boss, you have to become a detective. Talk to NPCs with speech bubbles and use their clues to identify the suspicious elf. Once you find the right one, they will lead you upstairs and transform into a demon. This is not the boss, but a miniboss before the real one.
  • Demon Hunters can use Spectral Sight to detect the spy, though you must be relatively close to the spy to see the red outline that is revealed.
  • Protection Paladins with Truthguard will see an extra action button to reveal the demon spy when they stand near them.

Darkheart Thicket

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Archdruid Glaidalis

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  • Physical AM Cleave Use damage reduction when the boss knocks you back, leaps away, and charges for Primal Rampage. Point the boss away from your party so they don’t get hit.
  • Heal Heal up to remove the bleed debuff, Grievous Tear, when the boss charges another member of the party and back to you.
  • Ground Effect Avoid red pools of damage. They might require you to reposition frequently.
  • Physical AM Cleave Use damage reduction when the boss knocks you back, leaps away, and charges for Primal Rampage. Point the boss away from your party so they don’t get hit.
  • Heal Heal up to remove the bleed debuff, Grievous Tear, when the boss charges another member of the party and back to you.
  • Ground Effect Avoid red pools of damage. They might require you to reposition frequently.
  • Physical AM Cleave Use damage reduction when the boss knocks you back, leaps away, and charges for Primal Rampage. Point the boss away from your party so they don’t get hit.
  • Heal Heal up to remove the bleed debuff, Grievous Tear, when the boss charges another member of the party and back to you.
  • Ground Effect Avoid red pools of damage. They might require you to reposition frequently.
    • In mythic, these pools spawn adds that fixate on random players and drop more pools.

Oakheart

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  • Cleave Face the boss away from your party to avoid damaging them with the boss’s cleave attack, Nightmare Breath. You can move out of this attack.
  • AM Use active mitigation, healing, or defensive cooldowns when you get picked up for Crushing Grip, which will squeeze you for a large amount of damage. While gripped, you can only use abilities that don’t require a target, so be prepared to recover quickly with healing and active mitigation once the boss throws you back to the ground.
  • Projection Move out of roots that indicate Strangling Roots, and don’t put your back to them because the boss can knock everyone back. Should you get caught, kill the root that holds you in place.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from your party to avoid damaging them with the boss’s cleave attack, Nightmare Breath. You can move out of this attack.
  • AM Use active mitigation, healing, or defensive cooldowns when you get picked up for Crushing Grip, which will squeeze you for a large amount of damage. While gripped, you can only use abilities that don’t require a target, so be prepared to recover quickly with healing and active mitigation once the boss throws you back to the ground.
  • Projection Move out of roots that indicate Strangling Roots, and don’t put your back to them because the boss can knock everyone back. Should you get caught, kill the root that holds you in place.
  • Tank Adds Pick up the small plant adds that spawn after Uproot and help kill them.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from your party to avoid damaging them with the boss’s cleave attack, Nightmare Breath. You can move out of this attack.
  • AM Use active mitigation, healing, or defensive cooldowns when you get picked up for Crushing Grip, which will squeeze you for a large amount of damage. While gripped, you can only use abilities that don’t require a target, so be prepared to recover quickly with healing and active mitigation once the boss throws you back to the ground.
  • Projection Move out of roots that indicate Strangling Roots, and don’t put your back to them because the boss can knock everyone back. Should you get caught, kill the root that holds you in place.
  • Tank Adds Pick up the small plant adds that spawn after Uproot and help kill them.

Dresaron

This boss is skippable by taking the right path from Oakheart. If you want to fight him, take the left path.

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  • Cleave Face the boss away from your party to avoid his standard dragon breath, Breath of Corruption. You can move out of the cone once he starts casting it.
  • Don’t step on eggs. The boss will periodically push everyone toward dragon eggs with Down Draft. If any do hatch, pick them up and AoE them down.
  • Ground Effect Avoid ground effects caused by Earthshaking Roar.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from your party to avoid his standard dragon breath, Breath of Corruption. You can move out of the cone once he starts casting it.
  • Don’t step on eggs. The boss will periodically push everyone toward dragon eggs with Down Draft. If any do hatch, pick them up and AoE them down.
  • Ground Effect Avoid ground effects caused by Earthshaking Roar.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from your party to avoid his standard dragon breath, Breath of Corruption. You can move out of the cone once he starts casting it.
  • Don’t step on eggs. The boss will periodically push everyone toward dragon eggs with Down Draft. If any do hatch, pick them up and AoE them down.
  • Ground Effect Avoid ground effects caused by Earthshaking Roar.

Shade of Xavius

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  • Change Position If inflicted with Induced Paranoia, stay away from players. Otherwise, you’ll be feared and take damage.
  • Ground Effect Avoid red fire pools from Apocalyptic Nightmare.
  • Change Position If inflicted with Induced Paranoia, stay away from players. Otherwise, you’ll be feared and take damage.
  • Change Position If inflicted with Waking Nightmare, stand on top of other players. Otherwise, you’ll be unable to perform any actions.
  • Ground Effect Avoid red fire pools from Apocalyptic Nightmare.
    • Move the boss out of these pools to avoid increasing his damage via Apocalyptic Empowerment. However, other positioning requirements take precedence.
  • Change Position If inflicted with Induced Paranoia, stay away from players. Otherwise, you’ll be feared and take damage.
  • Change Position If inflicted with Waking Nightmare, stand on top of other players. Otherwise, you’ll be unable to perform any actions.
  • Ground Effect Avoid red fire pools from Apocalyptic Nightmare.
    • Move the boss out of these pools to avoid increasing his damage via Apocalyptic Empowerment. However, other positioning requirements take precedence.

Eye of Azshara

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You must kill the first four bosses before engaging Wrath of Azshara. Those four bosses may be attempted in any order, though the best route is usually taking the left turn once entering the dungeon.

Warlord Parjesh

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  • Tank Adds Interrupt Pick up adds the boss spawns. Interrupt the caster’s Restoration.
  • Change Position If targeted by Impaling Spear, position the adds between you and the boss so that they’ll get hit by it instead of you.
  • If there are no adds up, try to intercept the spear if it lands on another player, since you can handle the damage better as a tank.
  • Tank Adds Interrupt Pick up adds the boss spawns. Interrupt the caster’s RestorationIn heroic, two adds spawn, one caster and one melee.
  • Change Position If targeted by Impaling Spear, position the adds between you and the boss so that they’ll get hit by it instead of you.
  • If there are no adds up, try to intercept the spear if it lands on another player, since you can handle the damage better as a tank.
  • Ground Effects Avoid Quicksand.
  • Tank Adds Interrupt Pick up adds the boss spawns. Interrupt the caster’s Restoration. In heroic, two adds spawn, one caster and one melee.
  • Change Position If targeted by Impaling Spear, position the adds between you and the boss so that they’ll get hit by it instead of you.
  • If there are no adds up, try to intercept the spear if it lands on another player, since you can handle the damage better as a tank.
  • Ground Effects Avoid Quicksand.

King Deepbeard

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  • Projection Move out of the giant circle targeted on the tank, Ground Slam. Position the boss away from the party so they don’t have to deal with this.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid the roving blue circles from Call of the Seas.
  • Projection Move out of the giant circle targeted on the tank, Ground Slam. Position the boss away from the party so they don’t have to deal with this.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid the roving blue circles from Call of the Seas.
  • Projection Move out of the giant circle targeted on the tank, Ground Slam. Position the boss away from the party so they don’t have to deal with this.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid the roving blue circles from Call of the Seas.

Serpentrix

Clear the adds in this area because the boss will spawn in different pools as the fight progresses. There is nothing tank-specific for this fight; you’ll do the same thing as the damage dealers.

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  • Tank Boss At 66% and 33% the boss will split into three heads. The damage dealers should kill two red heads first, but the tank should stick to green (who’s the main boss).
    • Interrupt When the green head respawns, tank it and interrupt Rampage.
  • Ground Effects Avoid green pools and projectionsToxic Puddle and Toxic Spit.
  • Tank Boss At 66% and 33% the boss will split into three heads. The damage dealers should kill red and purple heads first, but the tank should stick to green (who’s the main boss).
    • Interrupt When the green head respawns, tank it and interrupt Rampage.
  • Ground Effects Avoid green poolsToxic Puddle.
  • Tank Boss At 66% and 33% the boss will split into three heads. The damage dealers should kill red and purple heads first, but the tank should stick to green (who’s the main boss).
    • Interrupt When the green head respawns, tank it and interrupt Rampage.
  • Ground Effects Avoid green poolsToxic Puddle.

Lady Hatecoil

To activate this boss you must defeat a number of nearby naga surrounded by purple haze. (She has a buff that will tell you how many, it depends on the difficulty.)

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  • Change Position Move ONTO a sand dune when she casts Static Nova.
  • Change Position Move OFF of the sand dune when she casts Focused Lightning to avoid destroying it.
  • Tank Adds Pick up Saltsea Globules when they spawn. They snare and eventually root you, so they should hopefully die quickly before your positioning becomes difficult.
  • Change Position Move ONTO a sand dune when she casts Static Nova.
  • Change Position Move OFF of the sand dune when she casts Focused Lightning to avoid destroying it.
  • Tank Adds Pick up Saltsea Globules when they spawn. They snare and eventually root you, so they should hopefully die quickly before your positioning becomes difficult.
  • If targeted onto you, kite small tornadoes, Monsoon, away from any dunes. If they hit you, you’ll be knocked into the air and destroy any dunes your standing on.
  • Change Position Move ONTO a sand dune when she casts Static Nova.
  • Change Position Move OFF of the sand dune when she casts Focused Lightning to avoid destroying it.
  • Tank Adds Pick up Saltsea Globules when they spawn. They snare and eventually root you, so they should hopefully die quickly before your positioning becomes difficult.
  • If targeted onto you, kite small tornadoes, Monsoon, away from any dunes. If they hit you, you’ll be knocked into the air and destroy any dunes your standing on.

Wrath of Azshara

To activate this boss, you must kill all the other bosses and the naga casting onto the boss.

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  • Projection Frontal Effect Stand away from your party and move out of the circle indication for Massive Deluge. You must also stay within melee range of the boss.
    • For this reason, tank the boss at a 90 degree angle from the rest of your party so they don’t have to worry about this.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid anything that looks dangerous (tornadoes, waves, ground effects) while staying in melee range.
  • Stay away from the target of Arcane Bomb.
  • Projection Frontal Effect Stand away from your party and move out of the circle indication for Massive Deluge. You must also stay within melee range of the boss.
    • For this reason, tank the boss at a 90 degree angle from the rest of your party so they don’t have to worry about this.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid anything that looks dangerous (tornadoes, waves, ground effects) while staying in melee range.
    • In heroic and mythic difficulties, getting hit by these effects will apply various debuffs that make it harder to counter these dangers.
  • Stay away from the target of Arcane Bomb.
  • Change Position Only if necessary, help split the damage of the player afflicted with the meteor-type ability, Crushing Depths.
  • Projection Frontal Effect Stand away from your party and move out of the circle indication for Massive Deluge. You must also stay within melee range of the boss.
    • For this reason, tank the boss at a 90 degree angle from the rest of your party so they don’t have to worry about this.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid anything that looks dangerous (tornadoes, waves, ground effects) while staying in melee range.
    • In heroic and mythic difficulties, getting hit by these effects will apply various debuffs that make it harder to counter these dangers.
  • Stay away from the target of Arcane Bomb.
  • Change Position Only if necessary, help split the damage of the player afflicted with the meteor-type ability, Crushing Depths.

Halls of Valor

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Hymdall

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  • Ground Effects Move away from the whirlwind of swords, Spinning Blade
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party because he can cleave without warning.
  • Change Position Watch for the flyby drakes when he casts Horn of Valor. They’ll pick an area to breathe electricity onto, which you can predict by where they hover. Move to an area without a hovering drake.
  • Ground Effects Move away from the whirlwind of swords, Spinning Blade
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party because he can cleave without warning.
  • Movement Watch for the flyby drakes when he casts Horn of Valor. They’ll pick an area to breathe electricity onto, which you can predict by where they hover. Move to an area without a hovering drake.
    • Environmental Danger The drakes also create moving tornadoes that need to be avoided.
  • Ground Effects Move away from the whirlwind of swords, Spinning Blade
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party because he can cleave without warning.
  • Movement Watch for the flyby drakes when he casts Horn of Valor. They’ll pick an area to breathe electricity onto, which you can predict by where they hover. Move to an area without a hovering drake.
    • Environmental Danger The drakes also create moving tornadoes that need to be avoided.

Hyrja

Before engaging the boss, you’ll have to defeat two mini-bosses that come back into play during the boss fight.

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  • Change Position Start by pulling the boss over to one of the minibosses. You’ll handle that miniboss’s effect, then put your back to the second miniboss and let the boss knock you towards him with Shield of Light.
    • Cleave Defensive Cooldown Use strong active mitigation or a cooldown to reduce the damage Shield of Light, which deals magic damage.
  • Environmental Danger Light miniboss (Olmyr the Enlightened): Avoid the spinning waves of yellow projectiles from Sanctify
  • Environmental Danger Lightning miniboss (Solsten): During Eye of the Storm, run into the giant bubble.
  • Change Position Start by pulling the boss over to one of the minibosses. You’ll handle that miniboss’s effect, then put your back to the second miniboss and let the boss knock you towards him with Shield of Light.
    • Defensive Cooldown Use strong active mitigation or a cooldown to reduce the damage Shield of Light, which deals magic damage.
  • Environmental Danger Light miniboss (Olmyr the Enlightened): Avoid the spinning waves of yellow projectiles from Sanctify.
  • Environmental Danger Lightning miniboss (Solsten): During Eye of the Storm, run into the giant bubble.
  • In heroic, the boss will briefly be able to cast Sanctify and Eye of the Storm while apart from the respective miniboss. So be prepared to handle those mechanics at the same time.
  • Change Position Start by pulling the boss over to one of the minibosses. You’ll handle that miniboss’s effect, then put your back to the second miniboss and let the boss knock you towards him with Shield of Light.
    • Defensive Cooldown Use strong active mitigation or a cooldown to reduce the damage Shield of Light, which deals magic damage.
  • Environmental Danger Light miniboss (Olmyr the Enlightened): Avoid the spinning waves of yellow projectiles from Sanctify.
    • In mythic, the entire party takes damage if you get hit by these projectiles, even if you have a cooldown or immunity.
  • Environmental Danger Lightning miniboss (Solsten): During Eye of the Storm, run into the giant bubble.
  • In heroic and mythic, the boss will briefly be able to cast Sanctify and Eye of the Storm while apart from the respective miniboss. So be prepared to handle those mechanics at the same time.

Fenryr

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  • Physical AM Use a damage reduction ability or stand with the melee during Claw Frenzy to split the damage.
  • Change Position Move away from teammates if they’re targeted with Ravenous Leap.
  • When the boss focuses on a teammate for Scent of Blood, he cannot be taunted. You can either follow him around if you’re fast enough, or wait in place for the boss to return.
  • Physical AM Use a damage reduction ability or stand with the melee during Claw Frenzy to split the damage.
  • Change Position Move away from teammates if they’re targeted with Ravenous Leap.
  • When the boss focuses on a teammate for Scent of Blood, he cannot be taunted. You can either follow him around if you’re fast enough, or wait in place for the boss to return.
  • Tank Adds Defensive Cooldowns Pick up wolves and use AoE cooldowns to stay alive or kill them quickly. They deal much more damage the more wolves present.
  • Physical AM Use a damage reduction ability or stand with the melee during Claw Frenzy to split the damage.
  • Change Position Move away from teammates if they’re targeted with Ravenous Leap.
  • When the boss focuses on a teammate for Scent of Blood, he cannot be taunted. You can either follow him around if you’re fast enough, or wait in place for the boss to return.
  • Tank Adds Defensive Cooldowns Pick up wolves and use AoE cooldowns to stay alive or kill them quickly. They deal much more damage the more wolves present.
  • To find this boss, you must follow the brown paw prints and blood splatters on the ground of his area.
  • Once engaged, he will eventually flee to his den and drop combat. Chase him down again to defeat him.
  • Kill the wolf packs near his den because your party will need the area to kite during the final boss fight. The larger the wolf pack, the harder they’ll hit, so if you’re skipping any skip the packs of four or more.

God-King Skovald

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  • As the tank you might want to pick up the Shield of Aggramar before engaging the boss.
    • This will give you a new ability which you must activate during Ragnarok. It will create a giant channeled shield that your party should hide behind. (It’s fine if someone else picks it up, but you might as well as a tank since you have nothing better to do.)
  • Physical AM Use active mitigation before the cast for Savage Blade finishes.
  • Ground Effects Avoid green fire.
  • As the tank you might want to pick up the Shield of Aggramar before engaging the boss.
    • This will give you a new ability which you must activate during Ragnarok. It will create a giant channeled shield that your party should hide behind. (It’s fine if someone else picks it up, but you might as well as a tank since you have nothing better to do.)
  • Physical AM Use active mitigation before the cast for Savage Blade finishes.
  •  Ground Effects Avoid green fire.
  • The green fire elementals cannot be tanked, as they fixate on random party members. Help kill them quickly.
  • As the tank you might want to pick up the Shield of Aggramar before engaging the boss.
    • This will give you a new ability which you must activate during Ragnarok. It will create a giant channeled shield that your party should hide behind. (It’s fine if someone else picks it up, but you might as well as a tank since you have nothing better to do.)
    • In mythic, your healer may prefer to control the shield so that you can deal damage.
  • Physical AM Use active mitigation before the cast for Savage Blade finishes.
  •  Ground Effects Avoid green fire.
  • The green fire elementals cannot be tanked, as they fixate on random party members. Help kill them quickly.
  • The trash before this boss gains abilities as each king dies. You can read the abilities as buffs on the minibosses.
  • First miniboss on the right: summon an ancestor, which you should pull the miniboss away from or crowd control.
  • Second from the right doesn’t concern tanks much.
  • The last two kings will activate at the same time, and one of them has a tank ability, Savage Blade, that you should use active mitigation for. The other has an interruptible spell.

Odyn

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  • Change Position Pull the boss away from the giant spearheads protruding from the ground, Spear of Light.
  • Projection Run out of the giant yellow circle when he casts Radiant Tempest.
  • Change Position When a bright Runic Brand appears above your head, run to the matching rune on the floor to gain a damage buff.
  • Change Position Pull the boss away from the giant spearheads protruding from the ground, Spear of Light.
  • Projection Run out of the giant yellow circle when he casts Radiant Tempest.
  • Change Position When a bright Runic Brand appears above your head, run to the matching rune on the floor to gain a damage buff.
  • Tank Add Pick up the Stormforged Obliterator. Interrupt and help kill him quickly.
  • Change Position Pull the boss away from the giant spearheads protruding from the ground, Spear of Light.
  • Projection Run out of the giant yellow circle when he casts Radiant Tempest.
  • Change Position When a bright Runic Brand appears above your head, run to the matching rune on the floor to gain a damage buff.
  • Tank Add Pick up the Stormforged Obliterator. Interrupt and help kill him quickly.

Maw of Souls

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Ymiron, the Fallen King

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  • Magic AM Prepare magic damage reduction or healing for Dark Slash, a quick (1.5s) cast which deals significant shadow damage.
  • Projection Run out of the big white circle around the boss, Screams of the Dead, to avoid being feared.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid the little purple roving swirls, Bane.
  • Magic AM Prepare magic damage reduction or healing for Dark Slash, a quick (1.5s) cast which deals significant shadow damage.
  • Projection Run out of the big white circle around the boss, Screams of the Dead, to avoid being feared.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid the little purple roving swirls, Bane.
  •  Tank Adds Pick up any skeleton adds that spawn from Arise Fallen.
    • Defensive Cooldowns To reduce the number of adds that spawn, your party can help soak Bane. If there are many that spawn, be prepared to use defensive cooldowns.
  • Magic AM Prepare magic damage reduction or healing for Dark Slash, a quick (1.5s) cast which deals significant shadow damage.
  • Projection Run out of the big white circle around the boss, Screams of the Dead, to avoid being feared.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid the little purple roving swirls, Bane.
  •  Tank Adds Pick up any skeleton adds that spawn from Arise Fallen.
    • Defensive Cooldowns To reduce the number of adds that spawn, your party can help soak Bane. If there are many that spawn, be prepared to use defensive cooldowns.

Harbaron

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  • Interrupt There are a couple different adds that don’t need to be tanked but need to be killed quickly. Interrupt the Shackled Servitors’ Void Snap.
    • Change Position Drag the boss to the stationary adds to help damage dealers.
  • Projection Avoid the scythes projecting straight before the boss in a random direction, Cosmic Scythe.
  • Interrupt There are a couple different adds that don’t need to be tanked but need to be killed quickly. Interrupt the Shackled Servitors’ Void Snap.
    • Change Position Drag the boss to the stationary adds to help damage dealers.
  • Projection Avoid the scythes projecting straight before the boss in a random direction, Cosmic Scythe.
  • Ground Effects Stay out of the purple puddles, Nether Rip.
  • Interrupt There are a couple different adds that don’t need to be tanked but need to be killed quickly. Interrupt the Shackled Servitors’ Void Snap.
    • Change Position Drag the boss to the stationary adds to help damage dealers.
  • Projection Avoid the scythes projecting straight before the boss in a random direction, Cosmic Scythe.
  • Ground Effects Stay out of the purple puddles, Nether Rip.
  • There is a lot of skippable trash. Follow your map.
  • Some adds turn into untargetable ghosts, but they do come back to life so don’t charge ahead thinking they’re gone for good.
  • Interrupt Bone Chilling Scream. That’s an AoE fear and it can be really bad if it gets off.

Helya

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  • Tank Adds Phase 1: You start out only being able to attack tentacles. You need to tank the Destructor Tentacles.
    • As you can only tank one Destructor Tentacle at a time and they deal raid-wide damage without a tank, these need to die relatively quickly.
    • Environmental Danger Avoid Piercing Tentacles and the holes they create in the ship, and blue swirls from Turbulent Waters.
    • Interrupt Interrupt Torrent.
  • Phase 2: When Helya appears, you have to tank her.
    • You don’t have to worry about Destructor Tentacles anymore, but still have to deal with the knockback tentacles and globules.
    • Projection Run away from the direction she is facing when casting Corrupted Bellow. It will either be left, right, or center.
  • Tank Adds Phase 1: You start out only being able to attack tentacles. You need to tank the Destructor Tentacles.
    • As you can only tank one Destructor Tentacle at a time and they deal raid-wide damage without a tank, these need to die relatively quickly.
    • Environmental Danger Avoid Piercing Tentacles and the holes they create in the ship, the blue swirls from Turbulent Waters, and the giant green swirls Tainted Essence.
    • Interrupt Interrupt Torrent.
    • Projection When she begins to cast Brackwater Barrage, identify which hand is raised and run to the opposite side of the ship.
  • Phase 2: When Helya appears, you have to tank her.
    • You don’t have to worry about Destructor Tentacles anymore, but still have to deal with the knockback tentacles and globules.
    • Projection Run away from the direction she is facing when casting Corrupted Bellow. It will either be left, right, or center.
  • Tank Adds Phase 1: You start out only being able to attack tentacles. You need to tank the Destructor Tentacles.
    • As you can only tank one Destructor Tentacle at a time and they deal raid-wide damage without a tank, these need to die relatively quickly.
    • Environmental Danger Avoid Piercing Tentacles and the holes they create in the ship, the blue swirls from Turbulent Waters, and the giant green swirls Tainted Essence.
    • Interrupt Interrupt Torrent.
    • Projection When she begins to cast Brackwater Barrage, identify which hand is raised and run to the opposite side of the ship.
  • Phase 2: When Helya appears, you have to tank her.
    • You don’t have to worry about Destructor Tentacles anymore, but still have to deal with the knockback tentacles and globules.
    • Projection Run away from the direction she is facing when casting Corrupted Bellow. It will either be left, right, or center.
  • Before encountering this boss, you’ll have to fight a miniboss, Skjal
  • Tank any adds he summons.
  • Once he’s dead, you’ll drop down and engage the boss.

Neltharion’s Lair

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Rokmora

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  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party to protect them from its cleave attack, Razor Shards.
  • Tank Adds When adds spawn, pick them up and reposition the boss away from the clouds of Choking Dust that they create.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party to protect them from its cleave attack, Razor Shards.
  • Tank Adds When adds spawn, pick them up and reposition the boss away from the clouds of Choking Dust that they create.
  • Stay still while the ground is covered with pink (Crystalline Ground) to avoid damage while moving. You should still move to avoid other environmental dangers, but keep it to a minimum.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party to protect them from its cleave attack, Razor Shards.
  • Tank Adds When adds spawn, pick them up and reposition the boss away from the clouds of Choking Dust that they create.
  • Stay still while the ground is covered with pink (Crystalline Ground) to avoid damage while moving. You should still move to avoid other environmental dangers, but keep it to a minimum.

Ularogg Cragshaper

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  • Physical AM Watch out for Sunder, which is a quick-casted, hard-hitting attack.
  • Move the boss to the idols and help kill them to reduce damage taken by the party.
  • During Stance of the Mountain, the boss will hide under an Idol. This is basically a giant shell game, so try to keep track of the Idol he went into and kill that one when they stop shuffling.
  • Physical AM Watch out for Sunder, which is a quick-casted, hard-hitting attack.
  • Move the boss to the idols and help kill them to reduce damage taken by the party.
  • During Stance of the Mountain, the boss will hide under an Idol. This is basically a giant shell game, so try to keep track of the Idol he went into and kill that one when they stop shuffling.
  • Physical AM Watch out for Sunder, which is a quick-casted, hard-hitting attack.
  • Move the boss to the idols and help kill them to reduce damage taken by the party.
  • During Stance of the Mountain, the boss will hide under an Idol. This is basically a giant shell game, so try to keep track of the Idol he went into and kill that one when they stop shuffling.

Naraxas

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  • If targeted by Spiked Tongue, run as far as you can from the boss to avoid being eaten, and keep running while the tongue is trying to pull you back in.
  • Ignore the adds except for ranged damage because as the tank you need to stay near the boss and the adds should be killed before reaching the boss.
  • Ground Effects Avoid green pools of Toxic Retch.
  • Enrage Save defensive cooldowns for after 20%, where the boss will start dealing more damage.
  • Change Position If targeted by Spiked Tongue, run as far as you can from the boss to avoid being eaten, and keep running while the tongue is trying to pull you back in.
    • The green pools of Rancid Maw will slow the boss’s pull on you.
  • Ignore the adds except for ranged damage because as the tank you need to stay near the boss and the adds should be killed before reaching the boss.
    • In heroic, there are more adds and it’s likely they’ll get eaten, greatly increasing the boss’s damage to you.
  • Ground Effects Avoid green pools of Toxic Retch.
  • Enrage Save defensive cooldowns for after 20%, where the boss will start dealing more damage.
  • Change Position If targeted by Spiked Tongue, run as far as you can from the boss to avoid being eaten, and keep running while the tongue is trying to pull you back in.
    • The green pools of Rancid Maw will slow the boss’s pull on you.
    • In mythic, the pull of Spiked Tongue is especially strong, requiring run speed or movement abilities to stay out of range. If you do get caught, use your strongest cooldowns.
  • Ignore the adds except for ranged damage because as the tank you need to stay near the boss and the adds should be killed before reaching the boss.
    • In heroic and mythic, there are more adds and it’s likely they’ll get eaten, greatly increasing the boss’s damage to you.
  • Ground Effects Avoid green pools of Toxic Retch.
  • Enrage Save defensive cooldowns for after 20%, where the boss will start dealing more damage.

Dargrul the Underking

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  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party and any crystal spikes for Landslide. This will also knock everyone back.
  • AM Check Use active mitigation before the cast of Molten Crash finishes. He typically uses it after knocking the party back.
  • Change Position When the boss prepares his Molten Wave, run behind a pillar to line-of-sight the deadly lava.
  • The adds that spawn cannot be tanked, as they focus on a party member.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party and any crystal spikes for Landslide. This will also knock everyone back.
  • AM Check Use active mitigation before the cast of Molten Crash finishes. He typically uses it after knocking the party back.
  • Change Position Defensive Cooldown When the boss prepares his Molten Wave, run behind a pillar to line-of-sight the deadly lava. You can also stay in place and use a strong cooldown to prevent unnecessary boss movement.
  • The adds that spawn cannot be tanked, as they focus on a party member.
  • Don’t move the boss more than necessary. He deals significant damage to the party with Magma Breaker every step he takes.
  • Ground Effect Move the boss out of Lava Geyser.
  • Cleave Face the boss away from the party and any crystal spikes for Landslide. This will also knock everyone back.
  • AM Check Use active mitigation before the cast of Molten Crash finishes. He typically uses it after knocking the party back.
  • Change Position Defensive Cooldown When the boss prepares his Molten Wave, run behind a pillar to line-of-sight the deadly lava. You can also stay in place and use a strong cooldown to prevent unnecessary boss movement.
  • The adds that spawn cannot be tanked, as they focus on a party member.
  • Don’t move the boss more than necessary. He deals significant damage to the party with Magma Breaker every step he takes.
  • Ground Effect Move the boss out of Lava Geyser.
  • You can skip most of the trash by walking over the rocks to the right.
  • There are “friendly” npcs there that will smack you back if you get too close, often knocking you into a group of unfriendly npcs.
  • Be prepared to pick up the trash should one of your party get smacked.

The Arcway

The path through this dungeon changes every week. Look for the open door and follow the path.

Talents

  • Many bosses deal heavy magic damage.
  • Many groups are difficult without crowd control.
  • The last boss requires a lot of running and self-sustainability, so pick talents that help you run over long distances and self-healing talents.
  • Many trash mobs are casters, so pick talents that help you control a ranged group.

Ivanyr

Mythic Only
  • This fight is entirely magical damage, so focus on active mitigation that heals or reduces magic.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Overcharge mana
  • If targeted by Netherlink, try to stand close-ish to the other two targets and off to the side of the room to keep the pool small and out of the way.
  • Otherwise, stay spread out to avoid too much AoE damage from Volatile Magic

Corstilax

Mythic Only
  • Run Away Move away from the boss when he pulls you to the center with Cleansing Force.
  • Help break allies out of Quarantine by clicking the chains on them.
  • Stand in pools to gain stacks of Nightwell Energy, which grants extra haste.

General Xakal

Mythic Only
  • Tank Adds Pick up felbats that appear periodically in small groups.
  • Physical Damage Reduction Use active mitigation or defensive cooldowns to reduce the damage of Wicked Slam.
  • Avoid the green fissure and purple wave, Fel Fissure and Shadow Slash, respectively, and the small swirls, Bombardment.

Nal’tira

Mythic Only
  • Ground Effect Avoid pools of Nether venom.
  • Move away from the other target if afflicted with Tangled Web.
  • Sometimes she’ll port away for Blink Strikes. Move out of the way if she’s still close enough for the cone effect to hit you.
  • Adds Pick up large spider adds, Vicious Manafangs.

Advisor Vandros

Mythic Only
  • This boss deals primarily magic damage, so focus on active mitigation that heals or reduces magic.
  • Interrupt Aid in an interrupt chain for Accelerating Blast. At least two interrupts in a row need to happen to prevent the boss from gaining too many stacks, so you can’t do it alone. If he gets too many stacks he’ll kill you very quickly.
  • Change Position Move at least 10 yards from the small crystals, Chrono Shards, before they explode.
  • Change Position Move away from the big magical spheres, Force Bombs when they are summoned, and be prepared to run through the waves they create on explosion. Sprinting through the waves will reduce your damage taken by them. This is a good place for magic-reducing AM because your whole party takes damage and your healer has to move.
  • At 50%, the boss will teleport you somewhere in the dungeon and you must find your way back to him.
    • Tank Adds There are adds that must be tanked, interrupted, and killed quickly.
    • Stick with your party and find the exit together. You have 2 minutes to find the boss, which is plenty of time.

Vault of the Wardens

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Talents

  • Anything that increases the duration of official “Active Mitigation” abilities (Ironskin Brew, Demon Spikes, Shield Block, Ironfur, etc) is extremely helpful for the first boss.

Tirathon Saltheril

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  • AM Check Use active mitigation while Dark Strikes is active on the boss.
    • If he hits you without AM while this buff is up, he’ll gain an increasing shield, Dark Energies, which protects him from interrupts.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Furious Blast to reduce raid damage, as long as he doesn’t have his shield, Dark Energies, up.
  • Metamorphosis: He’ll either change into Havoc or Vengeance forms, and this changes every week.
    • Havoc: Deals increased damage, avoid green lasers like Hatred.
    • Change Position Vengeance: Run around the green chains, Fel Chains. Avoid fire impact zones of Fel Mortar.
  • AM Check Use active mitigation while Dark Strikes is active on the boss.
    • If he hits you without AM while this buff is up, he’ll gain an increasing shield, Dark Energies, which protects him from interrupts.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Furious Blast to reduce raid damage, as long as he doesn’t have his shield, Dark Energies, up.
  • Metamorphosis: He’ll either change into Havoc or Vengeance forms, and this changes every week.
    • Havoc: Deals increased damage, avoid green lasers like Hatred.
    • Change Position Vengeance: Run around the green chains, Fel Chains. Avoid fire impact zones of Fel Mortar.
  • Tank Adds Interrupt Taunt and interrupt green elemental adds that spawn from the green circles, Furious Flames.
  • AM Check Use active mitigation while Dark Strikes is active on the boss.
    • If he hits you without AM while this buff is up, he’ll gain an increasing shield, Dark Energies, which protects him from interrupts.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Furious Blast to reduce raid damage, as long as he doesn’t have his shield, Dark Energies, up.
  • Metamorphosis: He’ll either change into Havoc or Vengeance forms, and this changes every week.
    • Havoc: Deals increased damage, avoid green lasers like Hatred.
    • Change Position Vengeance: Run around the green chains, Fel Chains. Avoid fire impact zones of Fel Mortar.
  • Tank Adds Interrupt Taunt and interrupt green elemental adds that spawn from the green circles, Furious Flames.

Inquisitor Tormentorum

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  • This boss will open a random cell twice during the encounter.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Soul Sap. If you happen to get hit by it, try to use an unimportant ability next so that you don’t lock something vital behind a brutally lengthened cooldown.
  • Tank Adds Demon Cell
    • Taunt Felguard Annihilator when it knocks you back.
    • Ground Effect Avoid mines on the ground.
    • Kill Shadowmoon Warlock first to reduce the effect of Fel Power.
  • Tank Adds Void Cell
    • Cleave Face Void-Touched Juggernaught away from your party because he cleaves.
    • Projection Avoid purple Shadow Crashes.
    • Kill Deranged Mindflayer first to reduce raid damage from Mind Blast.
  • Tank Adds Corruption Cell
    • Kill the corruptions and spread out to avoid splash damage when the debuff they apply, Corrupted Touch, expires.
  • Tank Adds Mogu’shan Cell
    • Enormous Stone Quilen just deals a lot of steady melee damage to the tank.
    • Kill Mogu’shan Secret Keeper first to avoid 10 stacks of Flesh to Stone.
  • This boss will open a random cell twice during the encounter.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Soul Sap. If you happen to get hit by it, try to use an unimportant ability next so that you don’t lock something vital behind a brutally lengthened cooldown.
  • Face any Tormenting Orbs (eyeball demons) to prevent them from periodically dazing you, especially before they finish their 3s cast of Inquisitive Stare.
  • Tank Adds Demon Cell
    • Taunt Felguard Annihilator when it knocks you back.
    • Ground Effect Avoid mines on the ground.
    • Kill Shadowmoon Warlock first to reduce the effect of Fel Power.
  • Tank Adds Void Cell
    • Cleave Face Void-Touched Juggernaught away from your party because he cleaves.
    • Projection Avoid purple Shadow Crashes.
    • Kill Deranged Mindflayer first to reduce raid damage from Mind Blast.
  • Tank Adds Corruption Cell
    • Kill the corruptions and spread out to avoid splash damage when the debuff they apply, Corrupted Touch, expires.
  • Tank Adds Mogu’shan Cell
    • Enormous Stone Quilen just deals a lot of steady melee damage to the tank. Use Active Mitigation to reduce it.
    • Kill Mogu’shan Secret Keeper first, then the Quilen.
  • This boss will open a random cell twice during the encounter.
  • In Mythic, you cannot interrupt Soul Sap. When you get hit by it, choose your next spell wisely. Something that you don’t need, like a crowd control ability, is best.
  • Face any Tormenting Orbs (eyeball demons) to prevent them from periodically dazing you, especially before they finish their 3s cast of Inquisitive Stare.
  • Tank Adds Demon Cell
    • Taunt Felguard Annihilator when it knocks you back.
    • Ground Effect Avoid mines on the ground.
    • Kill Shadowmoon Warlock first to reduce the effect of Fel Power.
  • Tank Adds Void Cell
    • Cleave Face Void-Touched Juggernaught away from your party because he cleaves.
    • Projection Avoid purple Shadow Crashes.
    • Kill Deranged Mindflayer first to reduce raid damage from Mind Blast.
  • Tank Adds Corruption Cell
    • Kill the corruptions and spread out to avoid splash damage when the debuff they apply, Corrupted Touch, expires.
  • Tank Adds Mogu’shan Cell
    • Enormous Stone Quilen just deals a lot of steady melee damage to the tank. Use Active Mitigation to reduce it.
    • Kill Mogu’shan Secret Keeper first, then the Quilen.

Ash’golm

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  • Ember adds cannot be tanked and instead focus on a random player.
  • Change Position Aim Fissure away from any Ember adds because they’ll deal extra damage to the party should they walk through it. Fissure is a straight-line attack aimed at the tank.
  • If it looks like an Ember will hit lava, you can absorb the lava yourself by walking through it, before an add gets to it.
  • Clickable “Countermeasures” are at the edges of the room. Activating them will destroy all the fire, freeze the boss, and increase damage dealt for a time.
  • Ember adds cannot be tanked and instead focus on a random player.
  • Change Position Aim Fissure away from any Ember adds because they’ll deal extra damage to the party should they walk through it. Fissure  is a straight-line attack aimed at the tank.
  • If it looks like an Ember will hit lava, you can absorb the lava yourself by walking through it, before an add gets to it.
  • Clickable “Countermeasures” are at the edges of the room. Activating them will destroy all the fire, freeze the boss, and increase damage dealt for a time.
  • Ember adds cannot be tanked and instead focus on a random player.
  • Change Position Aim Fissure away from any Ember adds because they’ll deal extra damage to the party should they walk through it. Fissure  is a straight-line attack aimed at the tank.
  • If it looks like an Ember will hit lava, you can absorb the lava yourself by walking through it, before an add gets to it.
  • Clickable “Countermeasures” are at the edges of the room. Activating them will destroy all the fire, freeze the boss, and increase damage dealt for a time.

Glazer

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  • Change Position Drag Glazer into his own nearby Pulse as they bounce back from hitting the walls. They look like blue swirls.
  • Ground Effect Avoid pools of Lingering Gaze.
  • In phase 2, work with your party to aim and redirect the laser to the boss’s back.
  • Change Position Drag Glazer into his own nearby Pulse as they bounce back from hitting the walls. They look like blue swirls.
    • Environmental Danger In heroic, the Pulse will also split into smaller purple swirls. They don’t do anything to the boss, but they will split apart & deal more damage if they hit a player.
  • Ground Effect Avoid pools of Lingering Gaze.
  • In phase 2, work with your party to aim and redirect the laser to the boss’s back.
  • Change Position Drag Glazer into his own nearby Pulse as they bounce back from hitting the walls. They look like blue swirls.
    • Environmental Danger In heroic & mythic, the Pulse will also split into smaller purple swirls. They don’t do anything to the boss, but they will split apart & deal more damage if they hit a player.
  • Ground Effect Avoid pools of Lingering Gaze.
  • In phase 2, work with your party to aim and redirect the laser to the boss’s back.
    • In Mythic, one of the lenses will be hostile and must be killed before Glazer’s beam reaches it.

Cordana Felsong

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  • Positioning Requirements Place the boss between you and the edge of the platform so you don’t get knocked off by Knockdown Kick. This ability knocks you both down and back, so you’ll be slightly incapacitated.
  • Environmental Danger Stay out of the path of any green circular glaives from Detonating Moonglaive. Since it is targeted onto ranged players before returning to the boss, you can position yourself away from them to avoid it.
  • As the tank, you might be expected to pick up Elune’s Light. You can either throw the light or move on top of areas to illuminate them, but since you have to position yourself precisely to avoid getting knocked off, sometimes it’s better to throw.
    • Throw the Light on any dark shadows, Deepening Shadows that appear on the ground before they grow out of control.
    • When Cordana vanishes with Shadowstep, use the Light to reveal her. You can guess at her location by watching for the spiral of glaives, Fel Glaive, radiating from her position.
    • The Avatar of Shadow (which cannot be tanked) will periodically steal the Light. It will drop the Light once it’s killed.
  • Tank Adds When an Avatar of Vengeance is revealed with the lantern, quickly pick it up. You can locate a hidden Avatar of Vengeance by tracing the origin of the green glaives. It should be in one of the corners of the platform.
  • Positioning Requirements Place the boss between you and the edge of the platform so you don’t get knocked off by Knockdown Kick. This ability knocks you both down and back, so you’ll be slightly incapacitated.
  • Environmental Danger Stay out of the path of any green circular glaives from Detonating Moonglaive. Since it is targeted onto ranged players before returning to the boss, you can position yourself away from them to avoid it.
  • As the tank, you might be expected to pick up Elune’s Light. You can either throw the light or move on top of areas to illuminate them, but since you have to position yourself precisely to avoid getting knocked off, sometimes it’s better to throw.
    • Throw the Light on any dark shadows, Deepening Shadows that appear on the ground before they grow out of control.
    • When Cordana vanishes with Shadowstep, use the Light to reveal her. You can guess at her location by watching for the spiral of glaives, Fel Glaive, radiating from her position.
    • The Avatar of Shadow (which cannot be tanked) will periodically steal the Light. It will drop the Light once it’s killed.
  • Tank Adds When an Avatar of Vengeance is revealed with the lantern, quickly pick it up. You can locate a hidden Avatar of Vengeance by tracing the origin of the green glaives. It should be in one of the corners of the platform.
  • Change Position Run through the gap in the night elf spirits during Creeping Doom. These spirits are invisible until they are revealed by the Light.
  • Positioning Requirements Place the boss between you and the edge of the platform so you don’t get knocked off by Knockdown Kick. This ability knocks you both down and back, so you’ll be slightly incapacitated.
  • Environmental Danger Stay out of the path of any green circular glaives from Detonating Moonglaive. Since it is targeted onto ranged players before returning to the boss, you can position yourself away from them to avoid it.
  • As the tank, you might be expected to pick up Elune’s Light. You can either throw the light or move on top of areas to illuminate them, but since you have to position yourself precisely to avoid getting knocked off, sometimes it’s better to throw.
    • Throw the Light on any dark shadows, Deepening Shadows that appear on the ground before they grow out of control.
    • When Cordana vanishes with Shadowstep, use the Light to reveal her. You can guess at her location by watching for the spiral of glaives, Fel Glaive, radiating from her position.
    • The Avatar of Shadow (which cannot be tanked) will periodically steal the Light. It will drop the Light once it’s killed.
  • Tank Adds When an Avatar of Vengeance is revealed with the lantern, quickly pick it up. You can locate a hidden Avatar of Vengeance by tracing the origin of the green glaives. It should be in one of the corners of the platform.
  • Change Position Run through the gap in the night elf spirits during Creeping Doom. These spirits are invisible until they are revealed by the Light.
    • In Mythic, more than one wave happens at once.
  • On your way to this boss, try to pick up a lantern to illuminate any invisible trash and find the way through the cave. You’ll use a similar lantern during the boss fight.

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Opera House

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  • Change Position When Galindre begins to cast Magic Magnificent, jump into the big purple swirls, Defy Gravity to fly into the air and avoid the damage.
  • Otherwise, stay out of the purple swirls of Defy Gravity.
  • Change Position Move the boss away from runs of Wondrous Radiance.
  • Tank Adds Round up Winged Assistants.

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  • The fight ends when Coggleston is killed, but he can only be attacked after another mob is killed, and only for a brief window of time. Focus each add down, then attack the boss, repeat.
  • Only Luminore and Coggleston are tankable.
  • Change Position Position Luminore apart from Mrs. Cauldrons to prevent them from casting Leftovers.
  • AM Check While Coggleston is active, use active mitigation to counter Dent Armor.
  • Tank Adds Pick up Silver Forks that spawn once all other adds are dead.
  • Start the dungeon by turning up the hill, toward the opera hall. You’ll enter at the top level, and move your way down to the stage.
  • Adds briefly stun the tank with Uppercut. Large pulls can be dangerous.

Maiden of Virtue

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  • Change Position When the boss casts Mass Repentance, stand on top of the golden ground effect, Sacred Ground, using the damage to break the incapacitate.
  • Interrupt When Holy Bulwark is active (immediately after Mass Repentance), quickly deal enough damage to break her shield and interrupt Holy Wrath.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Holy Shock to prevent a debuff that increases holy damage taken.
  • To reach this boss, continue out of the opera hall, into the banquet hall, and take the door on the left.
  • Face away from Ushers when they cast Flashlight.
  • Understudies deal a massive amount of damage in melee range, Final Curtain, when they die.
  • Pull mobs out of the large purple swirl, casted by Spectral Attendants, that heals a huge amount, Shadow Rejuvenation.

Moroes

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  • The fight starts with Moroes and four guests. Crowd control three of the guests (either with traditional CC or with the Ghost Traps), and kill each guest one by one, leaving Moroes for last.
  • Damage Reduction When debuffed by Coat Check, use defensive abilities to reduce damage taken.
  • Clear enough trash to have access to 3-4 Ghost Traps. You can find these traps near Ghostbuster gnomes. These are needed for the fight.
  • Face away from Ushers when they cast Flashlight.
  • Understudies deal a massive amount of damage in melee range, Final Curtain, when they die.
  • Pull mobs out of the large purple swirl, casted by Spectral Attendants, that heals a huge amount, Shadow Rejuvenation.

Attumen the Huntsman

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  • Phase 1: Horse and Rider as One
    • If you have a ghostly presence appear superimposed over your character, notify your healer so that they know who to dispel for Intangible Presence.
  • Phase 2: Fighting on Foot
    • Environmental Dangers Move out of Mezair, a charge with a fiery ground projection from Midnight.
    • Cleave Face the boss away from the party for Mortal Strike.
    • Damage Reduction Everyone should stand on top of the tank to share the damage from Shared Suffering.
  • Phase 1 Repeat
    • In addition the the previous phase 1 abilities, watch for the gaps in the charges of ghost ponies, spectral charge.
  • CLEAR ALL OF THE TRASH IN THE STABLES BEFORE PULLING THE BOSS. He will pull all of them with him.
  • Interrupt Spectral Stable Hand’s Healing Touch.

Curator

Boss
  • Change Position Pull the boss to one of the ends of the hall and move him after Power Discharge , which leaves puddles on the ground.
  • Adds Kill adds.
  • If you have DPS cooldowns, use them when he begins to evocate.

Shade of Medivh

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  • Interrupt Interrupt Piercing Missiles. If it is cast before your interrupt is ready, have someone else interrupt it or use a cooldown.
  • Change Position When he starts to cast Flame Wreath, your group should space out. If you are a target of Flame Wreath, stand inside the circle. If you’re not, stay out of anyone else’s circle.
  • Change Position During Ceaseless Winter, keep moving to reduce damage.
  • Taunt the bats to pull them to the ground. They’ll get really annoying if you leave them in the air.

Mana Devourer

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  • Change Position When is cast, position yourself so that you’ll intercept any wayward Loose Mana orbs before they hit the boss.
  • If your stacks of Unstable Mana get too high, cleanse them by stepping into the purple puddles of Energy Void.  Stacks are gained from soaking Loose Mana.
  • Environmental Dangers Avoid purple runes on the ground, Arcane Bomb.

Viz’aduum the Watcher

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  • Change Position When the boss teleports, follow him through the portal and run through the gauntlet to quickly re-engage him.
  • Environmental Dangers Stay out of the beam when he casts Disintegrate. Avoid the ring of purple spheres from Chaotic Shadows.
  • Interrupt Interrupt Burning Blast. An interrupt chain is likely necessary to reduce damage on the tank.
  • Adds Pick up any adds that appear on the ships.
  • Chess Event: The king is only attackable for a brief window after another piece has been killed. Focus on a target, then switch to king, repeat. Stay out of fiery titles.