Introduction

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This guide has been updated to reflect Season Four. This includes assuming you have an active T28: Fireheart 4p bonus, for the bosses where it is most relevant we will include notes for those who do not have this bonus active.

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Bosses

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The Tarragrue

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target

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  • Necrolord with Plague-Deviser Marileth
  • Night Fae with Dreamweaver or Niya

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Eye of the Jailer

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target / Cleave

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Recommended Covenants

  • Necrolord with Plague-Deviser Marileth
  • Night Fae with Dreamweaver or Niya (Note: this is mainly if some players struggle dealing with the style of movement on the fight where Soulshape can be useful to them).

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The Nine

Boss Fight Profile: Cleave / Single-Target

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Remnant of Ner'zhul

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target / Funnel

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Recommended Covenants

  • Necrolord with Plague-Deviser Marileth (Note: structure of the fight prefers funnelling into the boss from the orbs when they are shielded, and nuking the orbs when they are not shielded so Shake the Foundation might not suit this style of play as relatively few Earthquakes will be cast.

Recommended Legendaries:

  • Deeply Rooted Elements - Attempts to take advantage of the multiple orbs that spawn throughout the encounter, this is used to fuel Funnel damage into the boss for the most part.
  • Windspeaker’s Lava Resurgence - Reliable Single Target damage that increases available movement globals on a fight where movement is not negligible.

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Soulrender Dormazain

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target / AoE

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Recommended Covenants

  • Night Fae with Korayn for First Strike. (Note: for Mythic difficulty managing the adds is very important, if you find yourself needing to do AoE damage on this fight Night Fae with Echoes of Great Sundering remains the best option).
  • Necrolord with Plague-Deviser Marileth. (Note: if you want to play the fight as Deeply Rooted Elements then this remains the best Covenant option to support it, you should swap Plaguey’s Preemptive Strike for Shake the Foundation here).
  • If you intend to play Windspeaker’s Lava Resurgence then either of the above choices will produce similar results, with Necrolord relying less on being able to stand still during burst windows to achieve maximum potential.

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Painsmith Raznal

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target

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Recommended Covenants

  • Necrolord with Plague-Deviser Marileth. (Note: The additional defensive from Fleshcraft can be very valuable on higher difficulties).
  • Night Fae with Dreamweaver or Niya. (Note: Some players may find Soulshape helps greatly when dealing with Shadowsteel Chains and Spiked Balls simultaneously.

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  • If talented, use Wind Rush Totem to help your raid avoid spikes during Phase 2. Place strategically to allow your raid to refresh the movement buff.

Guardian of the First Ones

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target

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  • Necrolord with Plague-Deviser Marileth.
  • Night Fae with Dreamweaver or Niya.

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Fatescribe Roh-Kalo

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target / Cleave / AoE

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  • Night Fae with Korayn for First Strike
  • Necrolord with Plague-Deviser Marileth.

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Kel'Thuzad

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target / Cleave / AoE

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  • Echoes of Great Sundering
  • Windspeaker’s Lava Resurgence
  • Note on why Deeply Rooted Elements is not recommended here but may still see use: This fight on higher difficulties requires you to reliably hit DPS checks in all phases, adding RNG choices to this mix may not be the best solution during progress for your group - particularly when the fight structure does not suit the type of damage brought very well. It may still see use simply because people enjoy using it, but having control over your damage is also very important here so make the decision that best suits you, your playstyle, and your group.

There are different ways to approach this fight based on various target priorities in each phase.

If you are not assigned to the Phylactery realm, you may opt for Echoes of Great Sundering. Select your talents based on your raid composition needs for priority damage or AoE.

If you are assigned to the Phylactery realm, you may opt for Windspeaker’s Lava Resurgence to focus single-target damage on Remnant of Kel’Thuzad.

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Sylvanas Windrunner

Boss Fight Profile: Single-Target

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Recommended Covenants

  • Night Fae with Korayn for First Strike. (Note: this is mostly effective in Phase 1 and Phase 2 to provide very efficient AoE damage whilst maintaining decent damage on Sylvanas herself).
  • Necrolord with Plague-Deviser Marileth.

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