Brawler's Guild: Smash Hoofstomp (Rank 6) (WoW MoP 5.4)

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Smash Hoofstomp is your third Brawler's Guild Rank 6 opponent. The fight against him is very easy. He will often stop moving and attacking for 10 seconds, which will allow many classes to recover and move away from him. Before we delve further into the explanations, we advise you to first watch this very short video, which shows how the fight with Smash Hoofstomp goes.

1. Abilities and Strategy↑top

Smash Hoofstomp has a powerful melee attacks that deals approximately 60k damage every 2 seconds. In addition, he uses two abilities.

  • Hoof Stomp Icon Hoof Stomp will sometimes damage you for 35,000 damage and knock you back.
  • Shield Waller Icon Shield Waller causes Smash to pause and create a shield that deflects all attacks made by players facing him. The shield wears off after 10 seconds and Smash starts moving and attacking again.

When Smash spawns, you will notice that he carries two goblins. You need to kill them first, as doing so will cause Smash to take 100% increased damage until the end of the fight. This makes it easier to beat the 2-minute enrage timer, especially since Smash has almost 8M health.

Smash can be stunned, slowed, or rooted, so casters can easily keep him at bay. That said, you want to remain as close to him as possible. This will enable you to get behind him when he casts Shield Waller Icon Shield Waller and resume DPS as fast as possible.

Melee players will need to mitigate the damage he does with his melee attacks. Fortunately, all melee classes have proper tools to survive this type of damage.

2. Generic Advice↑top

  • Do not panic. It does not matter if you mess up your rotation, but you need to stick to the strategy.
  • If you are in for a long Brawler's Guild session, you may want to use a flask.
  • Group up with other players so that you benefit from each other's buffs.
  • Use your offensive cooldowns during the Shield Waller Icon Shield Waller that follows the death of the second gnome.

3. Sharing your Class-specific Tips on the Forums↑top

For class-specific advice, please refer to this thread on our forums. Do not hesitate to share your own tips!

4. Classes We Did The Fight With↑top

4.1. Mage

To deal with Smash Hoofstomp, we advise you to make use of the following Mage-specific abilities/talents/glyphs.

  • If you play Fire, you may want to use Scorch Icon Scorch as your Tier 1 talent. You will be able to use it while moving and it can proc Heating Up Icon Heating Up or transform it into Pyroblast! Icon Pyroblast!.
  • Use Ice Barrier Icon Ice Barrier as your Tier 2 talents and always keep it up. Remember that Ice Barrier has a 1-minute duration, but only a 25-second cooldown. So, try to cast it before being teleported into the arena. This way, the cooldown will be over by the time Ice Barrier drops from the damage you take, and you will be able to recast it immediately.
  • Use Cauterize Icon Cauterize as your Tier 4 talent. This will save your life on many occasions. As soon as it procs, use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to remove the DoT effect it leaves on you. If you are using Glyph of Ice Block Icon Glyph of Ice Block, removing Ice Block will cast an instant free Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova and render you immune to spells for 3 seconds, which can be extremely useful.
  • Use Invocation Icon Invocation as your Tier 6 talent, in conjunction with Glyph of Evocation Icon Glyph of Evocation. This will enable you to heal yourself for 40% of your life, on a 10-second cooldown.
  • In addition to Glyph of Evocation Icon Glyph of Evocation, which is nigh-mandatory, and Glyph of Ice Block Icon Glyph of Ice Block, which we have already mentioned, you may find the glyphs listed below useful.
    • If you play Arcane, then Glyph of Arcane Power Icon Glyph of Arcane Power can be very useful for your initial burn phase (in conjunction with your trinkets procs/uses and your potion).
    • If you play Fire, then Glyph of Combustion Icon Glyph of Combustion can be very useful for your initial burn phase (in conjunction with your trinkets procs/uses and your potion).
    • Glyph of Frost Nova Icon Glyph of Frost Nova reduces the cooldown of Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova, which can be very beneficial if you often find yourself in need of healing and need to root your opponent to cast Evocation Icon Evocation.
    • If you play Arcane, then Glyph of Slow Icon Glyph of Slow will cause the boss to be almost always slowed, giving you previous seconds to cast Evocation Icon Evocation or damage your opponent without getting hit.
    • If you play Frost, then Glyph of Water Elemental Icon Glyph of Water Elemental will be very beneficial because it will allow your Water Elemental to cast while moving.

To defeat Smash, start killing the gnomes. Then wait for the next Shield Waller Icon Shield Waller to use all your cooldowns, with the exception of Mirror Image Icon Mirror Image, which you should use once Shield Waller is over.

When Mirror Image runs out, use your slowing and rooting abilities to keep Smash away when he is not casting Shield Waller.

4.2. Rogue

To deal with Smash Hoofstomp, we advise you to make use of the following Rogue-specific abilities/talents/glyphs.

Start the fight by killing the gnomes and wait for the next Shield Waller Icon Shield Waller to use all your offensive cooldowns.

After that, you can use defensive cooldowns between the Shield Wallers, to mitigate the damage from Smash's melee attack.

4.3. Shaman

To deal with Smash Hoofstomp, we advise you to make use of the following Shaman-specific abilities/talents/glyphs.

  • Use Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift as your Tier 1 talent. It will enable you to sometimes reduce the damage you take. Enhancement Shamans can also use Shamanistic Rage Icon Shamanistic Rage for the same purpose.
  • If you play Elemental, you should use Frozen Power Icon Frozen Power as your Tier 2 talent. This way, you will be able to more easily keep Akama at bay.
  • Use Elemental Mastery Icon Elemental Mastery as your Tier 4 talent. Cast it at the beginning of the fight to increase your initial burst damage.
  • Use Ancestral Guidance Icon Ancestral Guidance as your Tier 5 talent. Cast it whenever you are in need of healing.
  • Use Primal Elementalist Icon Primal Elementalist as your Tier 6 talent to further increase your initial damage burst.
  • If you play Elemental, you may find the glyphs below to be useful.
  • If you play Enhancement, you may find the glyphs below to be useful.

Start by killing the gnomes and wait for the next Shield Waller Icon Shield Waller to use all your offensive cooldowns and burn him down.

To heal yourself, wait for Smash to cast Shield Waller.

4.4. Warlock

To deal with Smash Hoofstomp, we advise you to make use of the following Warlock-specific abilities/talents/glyphs.

  • For self-healing and survival purposes, you should use Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech as your Tier 2 talent and Glyph of Siphon Life Icon Glyph of Siphon Life. Soul Leech will cause your main spells to give you large shields for a fraction of the damage they deal, while Glyph of Siphon Life will cause Corruption Icon Corruption (Affliction/Demonology) or Immolate Icon Immolate (Destruction) to heal you for a percentage of the damage it deals.
  • Dark Bargain Icon Dark Bargain is an extremely useful ability and your best option for your Tier 4 talent. Always try to use it at the end of the fight, if you need a few extra seconds to kill your opponent. Note that when Dark Bargain runs out, you will often die from the damage that it has prevented you from taking.
  • Use Grimoire of Supremacy Icon Grimoire of Supremacy as your Tier 5 talent. This way, you can use your Voidlord to make the fight trivial.
  • Kil'jaeden's Cunning Icon Kil'jaeden's Cunning will prove invaluable as a Tier 6 talent, as it allows you to use all your spells while moving.
  • In addition to Glyph of Siphon Life Icon Glyph of Siphon Life, which is mandatory, you may find the glyphs listed below useful.
    • Glyph of Healthstone Icon Glyph of Healthstone increases the healing from your Healthstone, but this increased healing is done over 10 seconds. You should try to use your improved Healthstone when you have taken about 30% of your health as damage. This will help you make the fight last longer, giving you more time to kill your opponent.
    • Glyph of Demon Training Icon Glyph of Demon Training will be useful to allow your Voidlord to survive longer against Smash.

Your Voidlord should be able to tank Smash for the entirety of the fight, which will make things easier.

Start by killing the gnomes and wait for the next Shield Waller Icon Shield Waller to use all your offensive cooldowns.

If your Voidlord dies, simply resurrect it. If it dies again, you can easily withstand Smash's attacks and recover while he is channeling Shield Waller Icon Shield Waller.