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How to kill Nefarian



Mods / Software:

* CT_RaidAssist - http://www.ctmod.net/downloads.ct
* Ventrillo - Official Site http://www.ventrilo.com/download.php
* Drakonid Kill Counter - Download http://www.curse-gaming.com/mod.php?addid=2642


* There is no one way to do Nefarian phase 1. Some guilds AoE both gates, some guilds Assist both gates, some guilds do a "throne strategy" in which they set up at the base of Nefarian's throne and simply AoE all the drakes at that location. However, the following Nefarian strategy of Phase 1 AoE'ing one gate and Assist Training another gate will always work with a balanced raid, and is perhaps the most simple and intuitive method to do Nefarian. However, there's always a lot of thoughts on just how to do Nefarian
* Nefarian (as of v1.9.3) respawns after 15 minutes after you wipe, no matter which phase you wipe in.
* If you don't have an Onyxia Scale Cloak equipped, you will die during the transition from phase 1 to phase 2. (Unless you're a paladin and can bubble!)
* It's Nefarian. Not Nefarion. Spell it right!


Flask of Titans (for MT + OT)

* Phase 1 (all about increasing DPS!)
o Elixir of the Mongoose
o Elemental Sharpening Stones (or Dense Sharpening Stones)
o Greater Arcane Elixir
o Brilliant Wizard Oil
* Phase 2 (rogues need survivability)
o Greater Shadow Protection Potion
* Phase 3 (AoE'ing the constructs)
o Stratholme Holy Water Engineering Bombs - EZ-Thro Dynamite II for the non-engineers
o Thorium Grenades / The Big One for the engineers.
o Crystal Charge (10 Red & Yellow Crystals from Un'Goro)
o Limited Invulnerability Potion

Phase 1 - Drakonid Zerg

Phase 1 is arguably the hardest part of the entire Nefarian encounter. To summarize, the key to succeeding phase 1 is that on the AoE side drakonids are always kept under control by the warriors so that no drakonids escape the AoE area, and on the assist train side, that the drakonids are simply killed fast enough not to overwhelm the raid. Phase 1 ends when 20 drakonids of each color are dead, or roughly when ~42 drakonids are killed on the drakonid kill counter.

When the event is started by one person talking to Nefarian, Nefarian will exclaim "Let the games begin," go into a shadow form and becomes invulnerable. He has 4 attacks:

* Shadow Bolt (highest aggro, usually a healer)
* Shadow Bolt Volley (infrequent)
* Mind Control
* Fear (infrequent)

Nefarian will spam shadow bolt on the highest aggro person, which will often turn out to be a healer. That healer will have to be aware of his own spiking health. The only other attack of concern is mind control. If someone is mind controlled, then that person should be sheeped immediately if possible (if he isn't standing in AoE) because the mind controlled person can quickly wreck havoc by AoE'ing the group, or killing away at the healers, or whatnot. The person who is mind controlled gets a huge boost of damage and can dispatch the raid if not controlled.

At the same time, drakonids will begin flooding into the room from the left and right gates. One color spawns from the left gate; one color spawns from the right gate. These colors are fixed and will remain the same from the same gate for every future try, even if Nefarian is attempted on different days (as long as the entire instance does not reset). There are five different colors of drakonids, and one fixed spawn - Chromatic Drakonids. It is important to split up the raid to take advantage of the weaknesses of these colors of drakonids.

* Blue Drakonid - Mana draining attack, "aura" of -50% attack speed. Resistant to Frost
* Red Drakonid - Short-Range Cone AoE fire attack DoT in the direction it is facing which stacks and hurts quite a bit. Resistant to Fire
* Green Drakonid - Single target sleep which essentially stuns those near the dragon occasionally for 2 seconds. Resistant to Nature
* Black Drakonid - Single targeted fire blast attack which hurts. Resistant to shadow and fire
* Bronze Drakonid - Has a weak direct damage shock which also debuffs the target with -50% Attack / Casting speed. Resistant to Arcane

In general, there are certain colors that you should AoE, and certain colors that you should "assist train". AoE means mages Blizzard and Warlocks Rain of Fire, whereas "assist train" means one rogue is designated as the main assist, and all rogues and hunters assist the MA to quickly down the drakonids one at a time.

* Red: AoE (with blizzard)
* Blue: Assist Train
* Bronze: AoE (blizzard + rain of fire)
* Green: Assist Train
* Black: Assist Train

However, then it turns out that sometimes you will get two sets of colors that both ideally either get AoE'd or Assist Trained. There are basically two colors where you must NOT either assist train or AoE:

* Red: Do not assist train. The AoE fire aura really hurts and will require too much healing.
* Blue: Do not AoE. They are resistant to frost. Blizzard won't hurt them too much.

Breakdown of colors and what should happen to each color:

Meaning, if the drakonid color combination is bronze/black for example, the raid should AoE the side the bronze spawns on, and Assist-train the side the black spawns on.

In all cases where red is being AoE'd, warlocks should be helping by DoTing the drakonids in the AoE with shadow spells - Corruption and Curse of Agony. They don't Rain of Fire because Red drakonids are resistant to fire.

Advanced Note: In your first couple Nefarian attempts, you'll want to have the first "attempt" just be a wipe by everyone getting naked, seeing the colors, and setting the AoE and Assist groups on their optimal sides. However, after enough successful Nefarian kills, one can take Nefarian down on the first try all the time even by setting the groups up in the worst possible setup (for example - AoE'ing the blue side, and Assist Training the red side). In this case, one can try to beat Phase 1 by just Flamestriking blue drakes, and easing the healing load on the assist train side through the liberal use of healing consumables. But really, there is no particular drake color where AoE does not work, or assist training does not work - there's just "optimal" ways of dividing up the raid.
Phase 1 - Warrior Guide

Summary: The warrior's job on both sides is very important - simply, it's to keep the drakonids from going after the healers, who will be a constant aggro magnet through their healing.

The ideal warrior team is 3 warriors per side. The warriors set up an order and cycle through this as the drakonids stream out. The reason you do an order and not just free-for-all tanking is that as the encounter progresses it gets more and more difficult to "grab" the drakonid as it comes out because the drakonids are going to be more and more likely to be very upset with your healers. Taunt is therefore invaluable in grabbing the drakonid at the start and allowing you time to apply a few sunders, heroic strikes, shield slam, taunting blade etc. It's also helpful because it ensures a few seconds of the drakonid beating on you and thereby supplying you with some rage. By having an order you pretty much ensure each warrior enough time to have their taunt cooled down so they can catch their next assigned drakonid. One last thing to be aware of is that while the small drakonids spawn at a set interval, there are also going to be at least three chromatic drakonids per side (if you see more than 3 during stage one you are killing much too slow). The first of these will spawn right at the start so warriors in the 1 and 2 slots per side will be having a drakonid right from the get go. The other two will usually spawn just before or just after one of the colored drakonids so communication is the key to ensuring a body on every drakonid. How you set up your communication is up to you but the way my team does it is the player grabbing a drakonid calls out the person's name who is after them in the tanking order.

Taunts are occasionally resisted and that is why it is helpful to have a druid in bear form ready to taunt an escaping drakonid and bring it back to the warriors. It is a bad idea for a warrior to leave the killing area to chase a drakonid since you will often be pulling mobs with you that could do any number of bad things to those who you are trying to protect in the first place.

Unless you have 7 warriors for this, your main tank is likely to be needed for the warrior rotations. If he is then it is very important for you to try to get the mobs off him when he needs to leave to greet the landing Nefarian. If you are doing this without fear ward then you need to do the same for whoever is going to be your off tank. It is a good idea to make sure you have your OT and MT on different doors so that you have two warriors per side to try to clean the mobs off them. The MT should be on the Assist side because it is easier to break off to catch Nefarian.

Phase 1 - Positioning

The healer clump in the middle should be in range to heal the people from both gates. The Mages & Locks should stay a good distance away from the drakonids that come out from the AoE side and AoE from there. Hunters are the same - stay a good distance away from the drakonids that come out from the Assist side and shoot from there. A bear druid will stand watch on both sides to pull drakonids back to the warriors if any get loose. It is important not to spend time chasing any drakonids that run loose, because that will waste too much time - let the bears pull the drakonids back to the warriors.

AoE Side

AoE side: The first two drakonids should be focus fired by the mages and warlocks. However, past that, the casters should just constantly rain area of effect spells down upon the drakonids. The warriors will have the tough job of keeping all the drakonids in the position; healers should be aware of when they have aggro and should keep their aggro levels equal. In the event that a drakonid breaks loose and goes after the healers, the bear form druid will taunt and pull the drakonid back into the AoE. TALENTS will help a lot here. Mages with improved blizzard and one hunter with entrapment constantly lay traps / feign death will make the drakonids easier to control within the AoE spot.

Assist Train Side

Assist Train side: As each drakonid comes out, /assist the MA and kill it FAST. The MA must be quick on switching targets, and he will pick colored drakonids before the chromatic ones. There is no cap on the amount of drakonids that can spawn - simply that they stop spawning when 20 of each color are dead. If there are ever 5 drakonids or more out at any time on the assist train side, it means that you have killed them too slowly and you're pretty much screwed. If this is the case, you'll need to use more consumables, extra buffs, need more DPS on that side, etc.


Learning Stage 1 will be a gradual process. There are a number of things that can go wrong:

* Drakonids are leaking to the healers.
o Solution: Usually it is one healer pulling the aggro, have that healer cut down. It could be a warrior problem, make sure the warriors are on top of their taunting chain. The druid in bear form can help taunt a couple back but if there are a lot of drakonids leaking then there's something wrong.
* Drakonids are overwhelming just the AoE side .
o Solution: Make sure the drakonids really are all being controlled within the AoE spot. Maybe there isn't enough AoE power (our guild uses 5 mages / 3 warlocks there usually and it is sufficient) in which case you can help by giving each AoE person Greater Arcane Elixirs. If that still isn't enough, you might want to just simply bring more Mages and Warlocks to Nefarian.
* Drakonids are overwhelming just the Assist Train side.
o Solution: Make sure the MA is switching targets well before each drakonid is dead, make sure everyone is on top of assisting and killing quickly. If the drakonids are running towards healers, a lot of DPS is lost so make sure the drakonids are caught well by the warriors. If they simply are not dying fast enough, this is usually a DPS problem; use more consumables to increase DPS, bring a warlock over from the AoE side to help damage, or just bring more rogues/hunters to the raid.
* Drakonids are overwhelming both sides.
o Solution: Keep working on it! It'll be smoother and smoother as warriors work together better to keep the drakonids in control, druids get quicker at pulling drakonids back if they slip, healers realize their place in aggro, and the assist train becomes a well-oiled machine in killing one drakonid after another in a machine-like manner.

At approximately 42 drakonids, (when 20 drakonids of each color is dead), Nefarian will land. Congratulations, you have finished the hardest part of the Nefarian encounter - hopefully, your entire raid is intact (you shouldn't have more than 2 deaths in phase 1, and those deaths should be rare occasions where Nefarian's mind control hits an unfortunate target). Have the MT / OT break off at the "Nefarian landing in 10 seconds" message along with about 6 healers to heal the tank. Nefarian will land as his dragon form while breathing a shadow flame which will hit the entire raid (hope you have an Onyxia Scale cloak on!) The rest of the raid finishes off the rest of the drakonids. They will stop spawning. Then, the raid should get into Stage 2 positioning.

Stage 2 - Positioning

The positioning is basically all ranged & healers stand at max range from Nefarian so his Bellowing Roar AoE Fear (Range: 30 yards) doesn't hit you. The rogues are on the other side of Nefarian and are outside the range of heals: they are responsible for keeping themselves alive.
Stage 2 - Abilities

* Cleave: Rogues shouldn't be getting hit by this.
* Tail Whip: A stun if you stand behind Nefarian, by his tail. Rogues shouldn't be getting hit by this either.
* Shadow Flame: Very high shadow damage cone in front of Nefarian.
* Bellowing Roar: A periodic AoE fear centered on Nefarian with ~30 yard range. All ranged / healers need to stand at max range to avoid this fear. Quick-Reflex Stance dancing & a quick Off-Tank will be required. Or a dwarf priest.
* Healing Curse: Nefarian occasionally casts a curse which reduces healing on the MT by 75%. This needs to be removed ASAP.

Stage 2 - Warrior Guide
This is most complicated when you have no fear ward and so the below is assuming you do not have it.

When Nefarian is going to cast a fear, the ground will shake just like it does for Onyxia. From Ground Shake to Fear, you have 2 seconds to change stances. That is not much time at all, especially if your MT just used an ability and is on his global cooldown, but it is very possible for your MT to be able to switch to berserker stance to pop their berserker rage. Possible doesn't equate to success every time, nor does Nefarian help by his unpredictable fear timer. The point here is that your MT will miss fear sometimes - while he is feared, Nefarian will ignore him until the fear times out and switch to the person he hates the most who isn't feared. If your raid likes living, this must be your off tank.

The off tank will spend the entire rest of the fight being unconcerned with damage and only with generating enough threat to be higher on Nefarian's hate list than any healers or any DPS that is not getting feared. Because you will sometimes see more than one fear in 30 seconds, the cooldown time for your MT's berserker rage, it is important for your off tank to be ready to use his berserker rage before the fear goes off so that aggro will transfer smoothly from the feared main tank to the immune-to-fear off tank. The off tank will then immediately run to the spot where the MT was tanking. When the fear breaks from the MT, Nefarian will switch back over so the MT needs to get himself back into position ASAP.

Even with fear ward it is recommended to have an off tank for the situations where fear ward is on cooldown and the MT is either unable to get into berserker in time or has his rage on cooldown for some reason.
Class Call-Outs:

At a set interval, roughly every 30 seonds, CT-Raid will announce ** CLASS CALL INCOMING ** and a few seconds later a random class call will occur.

* Druids: Druids will be stuck in cat form. Can't heal in cat form so paladins/priests have to pick up the healing. Just sit around... Jump... Look pretty. Resist the temptation to go up and melee, as a fear could bring you into Nefarian's Shadow Flame Breath.

* Hunters: Your ranged weapon will break. This effect is permanent. Therefore, whenever ** CLASS CALL INCOMING ** is announced on CTRA, you should remove your weapon and put it in your backpack. After the class call is given, put it back on and start firing again. Alternatively, if your hunters are rich, they can place a repair bot and just always fire and simply repair when their hunters break. This will increase DPS.
Tip: To remove your ranged weapon and put it in an inventory neatly in one button, here's a nice macro:
/script PickupInventoryItem(18);PickupContainerItem(0,10);UseContainer(0,10)
(0,10) means bag space 0 (counting from the right, so 0 would be the original backpack), 10 is the bag slot, starting from top left.

* Mages: You are still in control of your character, but you will cast instant random polymorphs on the raid. These must be dispelled/cleansed instantly, ESPECIALLY if the MT gets hit by one. The talent Ice Block works to remove the debuff, so picking up the talent will be extremely valuable.

* Paladins: Will cast Blessing of Protection on Nefarian, rendering all attacks useless. Take a nap.

* Shamans: Corrupted Windfury and Healing totems are placed which help Nefarian and not the party.

* Priests: Your heals will DoT your target so stop healing. Druids/Paladins/Shamans need to pick up all healing when this occurs. The moment he calls out the priest call all heals (except renew and shield) will give corrupted healing, so instead of waiting for the priest call to stop (by then it will be too late and the main tank will have 3 corrupted heals on him), priests should stop healing whenever ** CLASS CALL INCOMING ** is announced.

* Rogues: Nefarian will turn to you and you will be teleported and rooted either in front of Nefarian or in the back/side of Nefarian. If you take a shadow flame you're going to die, unless you have a Greater Shadow Protection Potion's effect on you. If you get teleported in front of Nefarian, the main tank should run through Nefarian and turn him 180 degrees.

* Warlocks: Warlocks summon a small zerg of infernals that have a light AoE fire aura. Easily AoEable. Mages will arcane explosion these.

* Warriors: Warriors will be stuck in berserker stance. DPS needs to lighten up since the MT will be generating 20% less agro than usual. Healers amp up the healing a lot since MT will be taking 20% more damage than usual.
Tip: Perhaps the most devastating thing that can happen is the warrior call combined with the healing curse. Just spam heals whenever the warrior call is given, and make sure the healing curse is quick to come off.

Stage 3 - Construct Zerg

Nefarian Stage 3 occurs when he reaches 20% HP. All the corpses from the previous zerg come back to life as Constructs (similar to those in the Scholomance basement). They have very little HP and are easy to AoE down.

Preparation: Set up half your casters to AoE the left side, half your casters to AoE the right side. Have them wand to regain lots of mana from Nefarian 30% and onwards. Assign one mage each with Improved Blizzard to start blizzarding on top of the corpses so the moment they pop up they will be slowed. Assign one or two healers to each side to heal the warrior tanking the zerg.

When Nefarian is ~22%, the raid should be getting into position to prepare for Stage 3.

Warriors: All warriors will cease DPS and run through Nefarian to park them in front of the zerg. We will set up a chain Challenging Shout/Shield Wall rotation. You will have ~50 mobs beating on you for ~200 dmg per hit, so that's why you will need shield wall.

Melee DPS: Rogues can either help out with AoE'ing the constructs by throwing Stratholme Holy Water or engineering bombs at the constructs, or just keep whacking away at Nefarian. Initially, the rogues should bring Stratholme Holy Water to help AoE until your raid is familiar with this phase.

Casters / Ranged: Frost Nova rotations + snare effects and AoE the constructs into the ground. Casters, use a Limited Invulnerability Potion and go nuts! Healers: When the Stage 3 zerg occurs, send one or two healers to each side to help heal the warriors tanking the constructs.

After the zerg is finished, this fight is just a continuation of Phase 2 with no extra surprises thrown in. Keep cracking away steadily and take down the last 20%!

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