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Post  toropazzo on Mon Dec 03, 2007 5:01 pm

hi all i want to make these post for help our guild


Nightbane has two phases that he transitions between several times during the course of the fight. During the Ground Phase, the boss is tanked on the ground in a style reminiscent of Onyxia. At 75%, 50%, and 25% health, he enters the Flight Phase and takes to the sky, during which time the raid's attention is focused elsewhere. After Nightbane finishes casting Rain of Bones and then Smoking Blast he will begin a slow descent back down to the platform (to roughly the same location as the original landing) and phase one begins anew. He is NOT tauntable.
[edit] Abilities on the ground

* Bellowing Roar - Typical dragon fear with a 2.5-second cast time, short duration, and 30-second cooldown. Of moderate range, healers and ranged dps at max range will be just outside its reach. Resistible with Berserker Rage, Fear Ward, Will of the Forsaken, Death Wish, or Tremor Totem. He casts this once every 45 seconds to 1 minute.
* Charred Earth - Chars the ground beneath a random player. All players standing inside the affected area (approximately 5 yard radius, visually indicated by smoke on the ground) will receive a DoT which deals up to 3,000 physical damage per second, mitigated by armor. Can't be dispelled but will disappear by itself once the player leaves the affected zone. The zones will remain for 30 seconds and several of them can be present at the same time.
* Cleave - Typical dragon cleave, frontal arc. Hits for approximately 6,000 on plate, 11,000 on cloth.
* Distracting Ash - Reduces chance to hit with melee and spells by 30% for 40 seconds. Can be dispelled.
* Smoldering Breath - Inflicts 3,700 to 4,300 fire damage to enemies in a frontal cone. Deals 1,688 to 1,912 damage every 3 seconds for 15 seconds.
* Tail Sweep - Inflicts 450 fire damage on enemies in a cone behind the boss, knocking them back. Deals 450 fire damage every 3 seconds for 25 seconds.

[edit] Abilities in the air

* Casts Rain of Bones on one random player/pet:
o Bombards the area the targeted person was standing at the initial cast with bone fragments, which deal 352-408 physical damage in a 6-yard radius.
o Summons five Restless Skeletons. Each has the following attributes:
+ Hits for approximately 1,300 on cloth, 450 on plate
+ Has roughly 13,500 health
* Shoots powerful Smoking Blast every second for approximately 15 seconds. Deals 1,850 to 2,150 physical damage (can be mitigated by armor, approximately 750 on plate) to the target and 3,000 fire damage over 18 seconds. The fire damage-over-time debuff can be dispelled. Targeting for this ability is determined by the individual with the highest threat on Nightbane after he goes into the air. Since damage-dealers typically hit the skeletons during this phase, the target is usually a healer.
* Fireball Barrage: If any member of the raid is too far away from Nightbane while he is flying he will start pelting members of the raid with fireballs, each doing about 3,000-3,500 damage, casting 1 per second until all members are within range. This is just an ability that exists to prevent exploiting and is not something you will notice if you do things correctly.

position of the raid
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* The battlefield consists of a long, narrow terrace, bordered by a dome on one side and row of battlements on the other.
* Nightbane will initially land near a skull close to the dome, two-thirds of the way on the south side of the terrace. After phase two (flight), he will land much closer to the center of the terrace.
* The tank will generally have his back to the outside wall, to direct the cleave and breath attack away from the rest of the raid.
* Melee DPS will stand in typical dragon-meleeing position, at the hind legs on either side. Staying between the legs is important because both the tail and the head do cleaves/swipes.
* Ranged people need to be far enough from Nightbane to avoid his Fear ability. Also, the Charred Earth ability lends itself to people staying close to walls and split into two groups. It centers itself on a player, so a player close to a wall will create half as much affected area.
o Splitting up the ranged raid members and sending group 1 to the north side and group 2 to the south side is a viable strategy. However, many raids see superior results keeping both groups on the same side, with group 1 clustered next the dome and group 2 clustered next to the battlements.
o From the landing spot to the max range of DPS and healers should be six crenellation's the rectangular spaces cut out of the top of the wall) away from the main tank (not counting the one the MT is at)
* Make sure no one is standing on the domed roof. This WILL evade-bug Nightbane.

[edit] Ground Phase

Ground Phase lasts from when Nightbane lands until his health hits 75%, 50%, or 25%. He will then take to the air for the Flight Phase.
[edit] Tanking Nightbane

Tanking Nightbane is a fairly straightforward affair, with the exception of fear. Handling fear is paramount to success. One or two uncontrolled fears will guarantee a wipe. Warrior tanks have it easy, as all they have to do is stance dance. For the Druid or the Paladin tank, things are not so easy unless Fear Ward is present. Fear Ward now has a 3 minute cooldown as of patch 2.3, so it is not possible to rely on it alone for this fight. But since Nightbane will chase the tank even if feared, raid members can run out of range of the fear to avoid getting caught by a cleave or tail sweep. A Tremor Totem in the tank's group is a huge help for this strategy, to reduce the amount of time the tank will be feared.
[edit] Everyone else

Healing in this phase isn't particularly difficult, and the fight resembles a simple tank and spank. However, Nightbane has a lot of burst potential when his melee is combined with his cleave and smoldering breath, so healers need to be somewhat awake, even though they can get outside the 5 second rule quite often.

Another ability which might prove problematic during the Ground Phase is the Charred Earth. Assuming it appears underneath group 1, group 1 should briefly shift over to group 2's position until the area is safe again, and vice-versa. Occasionally, both groups may fall victim to Charred Earth at the same time, and if this happens all healers and ranged must temporarily shift forward to remain in range of the tank and the boss. Consequently, both groups will be closer to the boss and vulnerable to the fear. The tank must be ready to take preventative measures as required should the raid's healers suddenly find themselves incapacitated. When melee DPS are avoiding Charred Earth, they must be careful to not move into the area vulnerable to Cleave (ahead of his front legs) or Tail Swipe (behind his back legs). Any melee-type wandering into his head area are prone to being one-shot.

This is a long, healing intensive fight that can last upwards of 10 minutes. Many cooldowns (Innervate, Shadowfiend, etc.) may be used twice during this fight if timed correctly.
[edit] Flight Phase

Nightbane will fly into the air, signaling the start of the Flight Phase. Flight Phase lasts until Nightbane has finished using his two abilities, Rain of Bones and Smoking Blast.
[edit] Preparing for Smoking Blast

When Nightbane takes to the sky, he will target whichever character has registered the highest threat since flight and use the Smoking Blast ability on them repeatedly. This is typically a healer. He does this immediately after he summons skeletons. Before we get into how to handle the skeletons, it's important to understand how to deal with smoking blast.

Smoking blast deals physical damage, so the more armor the target has, the better. Paladins would be ideal however, due to their mechanics, it is very difficult for them to have the highest threat. Even if a paladin has improved righteous fury, his healing threat generation is only 0.5*1.9=0.95 vs the 0.7*0.8=0.56 threat (Priest or Druid with blessing of salvation, 0.595 for a Shaman) that the other healers will have. In general, it is fairly difficult for the paladin to compete with healing aggro for smoking blast against priests and shaman who have AoE heals.

Be prepared to spam heals on whomever the other primary healer is. This will likely occupy a majority of your healer's time, which complicates dealing with the skeletons. When formulating a strategy for killing the skeletons, one must keep in mind that your healers are otherwise occupied.

Alternate Method #1 This method requires a Resto Shaman with Earth Shield. When Nightbane takes off, have the Shaman place the Earth Shield on the Tank. Once the Rain of Bones starts to go, and the skeletons start to spawn, have the Tank grab aggro on as many of them as possible (Thunderclap [improved talent works wonders here] for Warrior tanks, or Swipe for Feral Druids). The Skeletons will proc the Earth Shield on the Tank, thus generating the healing aggro on the tank, This will limit healing in multiple ways, 1) only one to three people actually taking damage from Rain of bones, 2) Earth Shield will keep the Tank up easily provided the resto shaman's gear is decent, 3) the Smoking Blast will only be hitting the Tank with the Earth Shield (which will in turn proc it more). You can drop a Tranquil air Totem if the Tank is not in the healers group to ensure that healing can still go out, but Smoking Blast will hit the tank.
[edit] Dealing with skeletons

All healers and ranged collapse to where the main tank is standing in order to avoid the Fireball Barrage. Once Rain of Bones starts, all players must immediately move away to avoid taking too much AoE damage. Five skeletons will spawn during the Rain of Bones, which hit fairly hard. To mitigate this damage:

* Warriors and feral (bear) druids should use taunt and cleave/swipe liberally to keep aggro off of the healers. Warriors can use Challenging Shout and Druids can use Challenging Roar, during one of the phases. Grenades also work very well to establish initial aggro.
* Pets with taunt abilities (especially hunter pets) can hold aggro temporarily
* Paladins are uniquely suited to this phase. A Paladin should activate his DPS cooldowns from trinkets and avenging wrath and tank the 5 skeletons. The primary advantages of this strategy are that all skeletons are controlled during the Flight Phase and will not run about killing the healers, skeletons die much faster due to the AoE and all healers will be able to get the Blessing of Wisdom buff to help mana issues instead of the Blessing of Salvation buff. Warlocks and mages can then begin AoE and down the skeletons much sooner than single target DPS allows.
* Shaman can drop Stoneclaw Totem or Earth Elemental Totem to buy healers an extra second or two
* It also helps in the group spreads out a little bit after gathering, so the tanks can identify who has aggro from a skeleton and come pull aggro from them as soon as possible, but at the same time it's also very important that you don't spread out too far as this will make pulling aggro from the skeletons even harder.
* Hunters can drop Frost Trap on the skeletons to keep them anchored for a tank, which can be a huge help. Entrapment spec is a plus.

Without a good Paladin tank, it's been found to be more effective to kill the spawns one at a time rather than AoEing them. Due to the Smoking Blast occupying the healers, there isn't much chance for survival if a mage or warlock draws aggro from AoE.

Also, If you are still having trouble with this fight being the Skeletons still are not going down fast, people are dying or its killing the healers mana, It might be an idea to have your raid pre-prepared with Stratholme Holy Water from the Undead side of Stratholme. Using this when all 5 are up will deal decent damage, and if everyone that can't aoe uses this they should go down much quicker.
[edit] Transition to the Ground Phase

Ten seconds before Nightbane lands, all members of the raid should fall back to the previous positions, dragging whatever skeletons are still alive with them. Ideally, all adds will be dead at this point, but having one or two still up before Nightbane descends is fine. The tank must remember to keep an eye on the casting bar and stance dance to avoid an early fear. A recent change has made this fight a bit easier for raids that do not have fear wards/tremor totems/warrior tanks. Nightbane will keep aggro on the tank, regardless of whether the tank is feared or not. This introduces the challenge of the tank being feared into the ranged group, but it does make paladin and druids tanks more of an option.

The most dangerous parts of this fight are the transitions between the Flight and Ground Phases, when the main tank must reestablish aggro. Hunters' Misdirection is especially useful here, to make sure the boss goes directly for the tank.

Ground Phase begins again when Nightbane lands, rinse and repeat at 50% and 25% until victory.

Warrior Tanks - the stance dance is thus:

1.) When you see him begin casting, hit Zerk stance, then Zerker Rage.
2.) Switch back to Defensive stance.


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Post  Derza on Tue Dec 04, 2007 8:09 am

Very nice dude, thx for posting ^^

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Post  Guest on Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:50 am

Very good effort Toropazzo.Thanks mate


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Post  Nion on Wed Dec 05, 2007 11:32 am

Amagad, Good work, but i dont want to read this.
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