Temple of the Jade Serpent Heroic Dungeon Guide (WoW MoP 5.4)

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The Temple of the Jade Serpent is a 5-man dungeon located in Jade Forest, on Pandaria. The Normal-difficulty version of the dungeon is open to players between level 85 and 90, while the Heroic-difficulty version of the dungeon is reserved to level 90 players. It houses 4 encounters: Wise Mari, Lorewalker Stonestep, Liu Flameheart, and the Sha of Doubt.

1. Introduction↑top

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Map Yulon, the Jade Serpent has been driven out of her temple by the Sha of Doubt. In order to reclaim the temple, you will have to defeat several of the regular temple denizens who have been become corrupted by the presence of the Sha, before finally defeating the Sha of Doubt.

The dungeon houses four bosses. You can attempt the first two in any order. The dungeon features both Normal (level 85+) and Heroic (level 90) modes. There are no differences in mechanics between Normal and Heroic modes. The only differences are increased health and damage done for all bosses and enemies.

This guide will cover all of the four boss encounters, as well as the quests and achievements that are available in the dungeon.

2. Normal Difficulty Loot↑top

In Normal Difficulty, the level of the items you can obtain from the Temple of the Jade Serpent is 410. Quest rewards have an item level of 400.

2.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Main Stats Source
Scrollkeeper's Cuffs Icon Scrollkeeper's Cuffs Cloth Wrists Intellect Restoring Jade's Purity
Summerpetal Cuffs Icon Summerpetal Cuffs Cloth Wrists Intellect/Spirit Restoring Jade's Purity
Girdle of Endemic Anger Icon Girdle of Endemic Anger Cloth Waist Intellect/Hit Lorewalker Stonestep
Windstrong Leggings Icon Windstrong Leggings Cloth Legs Intellect Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom
Leggings of Inner Peace Icon Leggings of Inner Peace Cloth Legs Intellect/Hit Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom
Chestguard of Despair Icon Chestguard of Despair Leather Chest Intellect Sha of Doubt
Coiled Serpent Armband Icon Coiled Serpent Armband Leather Wrists Intellect Restoring Jade's Purity
Leggings of the Fifth Sun Icon Leggings of the Fifth Sun Leather Legs Intellect Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom
Treads of Corrupted Water Icon Treads of Corrupted Water Leather Feet Intellect Wise Mari
Doubtridden Shoulderguards Icon Doubtridden Shoulderguards Leather Shoulders Agility Sha of Doubt
Flameheart Wristguards Icon Flameheart Wristguards Leather Wrists Agility Restoring Jade's Purity
Lui's Leggings Icon Lui's Leggings Leather Legs Agility Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom
Waterburst Helm Icon Waterburst Helm, Mail Head Intellect Wise Mari
Neverdare Shoulders Icon Neverdare Shoulders Mail Shoulders Intellect Sha of Doubt
Wise Mari's Bracers Icon Wise Mari's Bracers Mail Wrists Intellect Restoring Jade's Purity
Sunheart Waistband Icon Sunheart Waistband Mail Waist Intellect Lorewalker Stonestep
Legguards of the Tides Icon Legguards of the Tides Mail Legs Intellect Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom
Defiant Archer's Bracers Icon Defiant Archer's Bracers Mail Wrists Agility Restoring Jade's Purity
Hopecrusher Gauntlets Icon Hopecrusher Gauntlets Mail Hands Agility Sha of Doubt
Equilibrium Legwraps Icon Equilibrium Legwraps Mail Legs Agility Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom
Serpentstrike Shoulderpads Icon Serpentstrike Shoulderpads Plate Shoulders Strength/Mastery Liu Flameheart
Stonestep Boots Icon Stonestep Boots Plate Feet Strength/Dodge Lorewalker Stonestep
Riverbed Chestguard Icon Riverbed Chestguard Plate Chest Strength Wise Mari
Bracers of Ancient Tales Icon Bracers of Ancient Tales Plate Wrists Intellect Restoring Jade's Purity
Legplates of Absolute Clarity Icon Legplates of Absolute Clarity Plate Legs Intellect Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom
Eversight Armplates Icon Eversight Armplates Plate Wrists Strength Restoring Jade's Purity
Armplates of the Jade Idol Icon Armplates of the Jade Idol Plate Wrists Strength/Dodge Restoring Jade's Purity
Legplates of Pure Purpose Icon Legplates of Pure Purpose Plate Legs Strength Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom
Legguards of Ironclad Confidence Icon Legguards of Ironclad Confidence Plate Legs Strength/Dodge Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom

2.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Staff of Trembling Will Icon Staff of Trembling Will Staff Intellect Sha of Doubt
Firebelcher Hand Cannon Icon Firebelcher Hand Cannon Gun Agility Liu Flameheart
Dubious Handaxe Icon Dubious Handaxe One-Hand Axe Strength Sha of Doubt

2.3. Cloaks

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Cape of Entanglement Icon Cape of Entanglement Cloak Intellect Liu Flameheart

3. Heroic Difficulty Loot↑top

In Heroic Difficulty, the level of the items you can obtain from the Temple of the Jade Serpent is 463, with one exception, Je'lyu, Spirit of the Serpent Icon Je'lyu, Spirit of the Serpent, which has an item level of 476.

3.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Main Stats Source
Paralyzing Gloves Icon Paralyzing Gloves Cloth Hands Intellect/Spirit Sha of Doubt
Girdle of Endemic Anger Icon Girdle of Endemic Anger Cloth Waist Intellect/Hit Lorewalker Stonestep
Flameheart Sandals Icon Flameheart Sandals Cloth Feet Intellect/Spirit Liu Flameheart
Chestguard of Despair Icon Chestguard of Despair Leather Chest Intellect Sha of Doubt
Leggings of Whispered Dreams Icon Leggings of Whispered Dreams Leather legs Intellect Lorewalker Stonestep
Treads of Corrupted Water Icon Treads of Corrupted Water Leather Feet Intellect Wise Mari
Doubtridden Shoulderguards Icon Doubtridden Shoulderguards Leather Shoulders Agility Sha of Doubt
Waterburst Helm Icon Waterburst Helm Mail Head Intellect Wise Mari
Neverdare Shoulders Icon Neverdare Shoulders Mail Shoulders Intellect Sha of Doubt
Sunheart Waistband Icon Sunheart Waistband Mail Waist Intellect Lorewalker Stonestep
Hopecrusher Gauntlets Icon Hopecrusher Gauntlets Mail Hands Agility Sha of Doubt
Serpentstrike Shoulderpads Icon Serpentstrike Shoulderpads Plate Shoulders Strength/Mastery Liu Flameheart
Stonestep Boots Icon Stonestep Boots Plate Feet Strength/Dodge Lorewalker Stonestep
Riverbed Chestguard Icon Riverbed Chestguard Plate Chest Strength Wise Mari
Binding of Broken Dreams Icon Binding of Broken Dreams Plate Waist Strength/Mastery Sha of Doubt

3.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Staff of Trembling Will Icon Staff of Trembling Will Staff Intellect Sha of Doubt
Je'lyu, Spirit of the Serpent Icon Je'lyu, Spirit of the Serpent Mace Intellect/Spirit Sha of Doubt
Firebelcher Hand Cannon Icon Firebelcher Hand Cannon Gun Agility Liu Flameheart
Dubious Handaxe Icon Dubious Handaxe One-Hand Axe Strength Sha of Doubt

3.3. Amulets, Cloaks, Rings, and Trinkets

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Mindbreaker Pendant Icon Mindbreaker Pendant Amulet Intellect Sha of Doubt
Cape of Entanglement Icon Cape of Entanglement Cloak Intellect Liu Flameheart
Wind-Soaked Drape Icon Wind-Soaked Drape Cloak Agility Wise Mari
Signet of Dancing Jade Icon Signet of Dancing Jade Ring Agility Liu Flameheart
Windswept Pages Icon Windswept Pages Trinket Agility Lorewalker Stonestep
Cloak of Failing Will Icon Cloak of Failing Will Cloak Strength/Mastery Sha of Doubt
Crystallized Droplet Icon Crystallized Droplet Ring Strength/Dodge Wise Mari

4. Quests↑top

There are 2 quests that can be completed within the instance. They are given by Priestess Summerpetal and Master Windstrong inside the temple, at the entrance. These quests have no known prerequisites.

The first quest is Restoring Jade's Purity. It requires you to defeat the first three encounters of the dungeon.

The second quest is Deep Doubts, Deep Wisdom. It requires you to defeat the final and fourth boss of the dungeon.

The quests reward you with item level 400 gear (see loot section above).

5. Wise Mari↑top

To reach Wise Mari, take left as soon as you enter the dungeon. Normally, you will have already been in the temple while doing the Jade Forest quest lines, so the layout of the temple will not be foreign to you.

On your way to the Fountain of the Everseeing, where Wise Mari is located, you will have to fight several Corrupt Living Waters, which split into 3 Corrupt Droplets and leave a puddle of Sha Residue Icon Sha Residue upon dying (which can be very deadly if you stand in it). You will also find a few groups of lone Corrupt Droplets.

5.1. The Fight

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Wise Mari After reaching the Fountain of the Everseeing, you will be able to engage Wise Mari by approaching him. He will stand in the middle for the entire fight and does not need to be tanked. The fight itself is split in two phases, both of which are very easy to deal with.

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Wise Mari - Corrupt Living Water During Phase One, Wise Mari is invulnerable and will summon 4 Corrupt Living Waters, one after the other. They have the same mechanics as the Corrupt Living Waters that you have fought to reach the boss and they should be tanked towards the back of the room, away from water pools. The reason why you want to be at the back of the room is because standing in water pools or close to them will cause your group to take damage from Hydrolance Icon Hydrolance, which Mari often casts to make the water pools erupt, and Corrupted Waters Icon Corrupted Waters, which causes players to take damage when they stand in water.

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Wise Mari - Hydrolance From our experience, Wise Mari will start summoning a new Corrupt Living Water (a process that takes a few seconds) as soon as you kill the one you were fighting against. This means that you need to take care of the 3 Corrupt Droplets rapidly, before the new Corrupt Living Water reaches you.

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Wise Mari - Wash Away During Phase Two, Wise Mari is no longer invulnerable and will only rotate on himself, while spouting water in front of him (Wash Away Icon Wash Away). All you need to do is turn around him clockwise to avoid the water jet, while making sure that you do not step in the water pools, which would damage you (Corrupted Waters Icon Corrupted Waters). Keep attacking him while moving until you defeat him.

All the damage in the encounter, with the exception of the melee damage done by the Corrupt Living Waters on the tank is easily avoidable.

5.2. Achievement: Hydrophobia

To complete the Hydrophobia Icon Hydrophobia achievement, you need to finish the fight without being hit by any of the Water abilities in Heroic difficulty: Corrupted Waters Icon Corrupted Waters, Hydrolance Icon Hydrolance, and Wash Away Icon Wash Away.

6. Lorewalker Stonestep↑top

After defeating Wise Mari, you need to go to the other end of the temple, to the Scrollkeeper's Sanctum, to assist Lorewalker Stonestep, whose library has been overrun by Sha-corrupted creatures.

On your way to the library, you will find several groups of Sha-corrupted enemies, none of which is difficult.

When you reach Lorewalker Stonestep, you need to defeat the Corrupted Scroll standing before him. This will lead you to one of two possible encounters: The Trial of the Yaungol or The Champion of the Five Suns.

6.1. The Trial of the Yaungol

Temple of the Jade Serpent - The Trial of the Yaungol During this fight, you will be faced two entities: Strife and Peril. Attacking an entity will progressively stack Intensity Icon Intensity on it, which increases the damage it deals. At 10 stacks, the entity gains Ultimate Power Icon Ultimate Power, becoming immune to damage for 15 seconds. Not attacking an entity will cause the stacks of Intensity to drop and will stack Dissipation Icon Dissipation on it, which decreases the damage it deals (up to 10 stacks).

Temple of the Jade Serpent - The Trial of the Yaungol - Intensity The simplest way to complete the encounter is to attack an entity until it gains Ultimate Power Icon Ultimate Power, then switch to the other one. By the time one entity gains Ultimate Power Icon Ultimate Power, the other will have lost the buff and probably stacked Dissipation Icon Dissipation a few times.

Because Intensity Icon Intensity causes an entity to deal proximity damage, you need to make sure that non-melee players stay away from the entities.

Temple of the Jade Serpent - The Trial of the Yaungol - Fighting If Ultimate Power Icon Ultimate Power proves too difficult to handle, you can attack one entity until a maximum of 9 stacks of Intensity Icon Intensity before switching to the other one. However, it might be difficult to get members of a group from the LFG tool to change target at the right moment.

6.2. The Champion of the Five Suns

This fight is split in two phases.

Temple of the Jade Serpent - The Champion of the Five Suns During Phase One, you are faced with 5 suns, 4 of which you can attack and destroy. They cast Sunfire Rays Icon Sunfire Rays at random players. When you destroy a sun, it creates a Haunting Sha, which needs to be tanked, as it casts Haunting Gaze Icon Haunting Gaze at its current target.

Temple of the Jade Serpent - The Champion of the Five Suns - Haunting Sha Here, most LFG groups will rapidly kill the suns first and then handle the Haunting Shas that spawn. However, the strategy that yields the lowest group damage is to kill the suns one by one, each time killing the Haunting Sha that spawns before moving on to another sun.

During Phase Two, you will face Zao Sunseeker, who was assisting you in Phase One, and who has by now been corrupted by the Sha. He will frenetically cast Hellfire Arrows Icon Hellfire Arrows at random group members and you simply need to burn him down.

7. Liu Flameheart↑top

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Liu Flameheart In the next room, you will find Liu Flameheart who has been corrupted by the Sha and needs to be defeated. The fight is divided in 3 phases.

During Phase One, Liu will cast three abilities:

  • Serpent Strike Icon Serpent Strike, which deals damage to the tank, instantly and over time (it may be possible to dispel the DoT component);
  • Serpent Kick Icon Serpent Kick, which immediately follows a Serpent Strike and for which melee should move 8 yards away from the boss;
  • Serpent Wave Icon Serpent Wave, which creates 3 waves of fire moving out of Liu and that players need to avoid. Temple of the Jade Serpent - Liu Flameheart - Serpent Wave

When Liu has 70% health remaining, Phase Two begins. It is essentially the same fight as in Phase One, just that each of her abilities has been empowered with an additional effect and has a slightly different name:

Phase One and Two can be confusing at first, and healers will probably have to heal a lot of damage caused by players not properly dealing with the various mechanics.

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Liu Flameheart - Yu'lon When Liu has 30% health remaining, Phase Three begins. Liu becomes invulnerable, and for the remainder of the encounter you will fight Yu'lon, the Jade Serpent. Yu'lon will keep casting Jade Fire Icon Jade Fire, which creates damaging patches of fire on the ground that need to be avoided. Other than that, she will regularly melee the tank.

8. Sha of Doubt↑top

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Sha of Doubt The fight against the Sha of Doubt is very straightforward. The main mechanic to watch out for is Figments of Doubt. When the Sha casts this ability, it creates a copy of each player that needs to be defeated. The easiest way to deal with the copies is to round them up and DPS them down. They have an energy bar that fills rapidly. When the Energy bar is full, they explode, each dealing damage to players and healing the Sha for 10% of its health.

Temple of the Jade Serpent - Sha of Doubt - Figments of Doubt Other than that, the Sha of Doubt needs to be tanked and he will regularly damage two random players with Wither Will Icon Wither Will and afflict a random player with Touch of Nothingness Icon Touch of Nothingness, which causes them to deal proximity damage to other players. Healers can and should dispel Touch of Nothingness.

8.1. Achievement: Cleaning Up

To complete the Cleaning Up Icon Cleaning Up achievement, you need to defeat the Sha of Doubt while under the effect of Purified Water Icon Purified Water, a 5-minute buff given to you after killing Wise Mari in the Heroic version of the dungeon.

Simply start with the Lorewalker Stonestep encounter before engaging Wise Mari. After defeating Wise Mari, the doors leading to Liu Flameheart in Wise Mari's room will open and you will have 5 minutes to finish the instance.

8.2. Achievement: Seeds of Doubt

To complete the Seeds of Doubt Icon Seeds of Doubt achievement, you need to defeat the Sha of Doubt while having 4 stacks of Seed of Doubt Icon Seed of Doubt, in Heroic difficulty.

You will find Seeds of Doubt around the area where you fight the Sha of Doubt. When you click one, it gives you one stack of Seed of Doubt Icon Seed of Doubt, which lasts 1 minute and increases Shadow damage taken by 25% (so by 100% at 4 stacks).

To succeed, you should wait until the end of the fight before stacking 4 stacks of Seed of Doubt. When you do, you should be ready to use survival abilities, if you have any, because all the damage done by the Sha of Doubt's abilities deal Shadow Damage (which means that you will take increased damage).

Seed of Doubt also grants you an aura that deals Shadow damage, but we do not currently know whether it deals damage to enemies or party members.

9. Final Considerations↑top

This concludes our Temple of the Jade Serpent dungeon guide. If you find any inconsistency or mistake, feel free to comment or send us an e-mail.