Throne of Thunder Raid Guides for World of Warcraft

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1. Introduction↑top

The Throne of Thunder is a raid instance introduced in World of Warcraft Patch 5.2. The encounters can be performed in 10-man and 25-man formats, as well as in LFR format. The 10 and 25-man formats also have an unlockable heroic mode setting, as well as a heroic-only boss (which is not available in normal mode). This raid represents Tier 15, in terms of progression, and it is intended to be the second raiding tier of the Mists of Pandaria expansion.

The entrance to the Throne of Thunder is located in the north-western part of the Isle of the Thunder King, and it can currently be accessed via a portal located near to the Shado-Pan Garrison in Townlong Steppes. Entry into the raid instance is currently done through a side entrance, located on the left of the main path that leads up the instance.

The raid instance houses 12 boss encounters (13 if you count the heroic-only boss we mentioned above).

2. Boss Guides↑top

Currently, we offer you the following strategy guides:

Shortly before the raid is released, we will be making our written guides for the bosses available. Until then, we have created video previews for the bosses, that will give you an idea of what the fight is like (and most often, they will actually provide you with ample details of the mechanics).

3. Overview of the Bosses↑top

Jin'rokh the Breaker is the first boss of the instance. This is a single-phase fight of relatively low complexity. It is mostly about proper positioning and movement, and about proper timing of DPS cooldowns.

After your raid defeats Jin'rokh, you must fight and defeat Horridon, as well as his master, War-God Jalak. This fight has several phases, and your raid will have to handle a plethora of different adds.

The next encounter is against the Council of Elders. You will fight 4 Troll bosses simultaneously. Your raid will need to deal with a large variety of mechanics. Also, at certain times, each of the bosses becomes empowered for a while, which alters their abilities somewhat.

The fourth boss of the instance is a giant turtle called Tortos. This is another relatively simple fight (like Jin'rokh the Breaker), during which your raid needs to defeat the boss and a large number of adds. The fight presents an interesting new mechanic, and it should prove to be a generally enjoyable fight.

Once Tortos has been killed, your raid can move forward and face Megaera, the 5th boss of the instance. This is a multi-headed hydra (technically a corrupted Cloud Serpent), and the encounter is extremely challenging. The difficulty of the fight ramps up continually, making for a very climactic last few minutes.

Ji-Kun is the 6th boss of the instance. This fight is heavily reminiscent of Alysrazor in Firelands. The fight is not complicated in terms of mechanics, but it should still prove to be a lot of fun.

The 7th boss of the instance is Durumu the Forgotten. The boss is essentially a giant eye, and the fight presents an extremely creative mechanic that, as far as we can remember, has not yet been used in any previous encounters in the World of Warcraft. It is a rather strenuous fight, and your raid members will need to all perform very well to defeat the boss.

Once Durumu has been killed, your raid can access the next boss, Primordius. This powerful Saurok is one of Lei Shen's failed experiments. On the face of it, the fight appears extremely complex, but it is actually quite easy to understand. It is a rather pressing DPS race, and your raid will get to enjoy having many of their stats buffed, provided that the strategy is correctly executed.

The 9th boss of the instance is a very strange encounter against the Dark Animus, a mechanical construct. Before you can engage the boss himself, you will have to defeat a number of smaller adds. The fight is quite chaotic.

Iron Qon is the 10th boss of the instance. This powerful mogu rides his three Quilen Champions into battle, one after the other, and then fights you on his own after his Quilens have been killed. This is another intense, but extremely enjoyable fight.

The penultimate encounter of the instance is against the Twin Consorts, Lu'lin and Suen. The encounter bears many similarities to the previous twins fights, but also adds several new and innovative elements.

Finally, your raid will get to fight Emperor Lei Shen himself. The fight against him is long, complex, and quite difficult, just as you would expect of a fight against the final boss of a raiding tier.

Once you have defeated Lei Shen on Heroic difficulty, you will be able to access a 13th boss, called Ra-den. Not much is currently known about this boss, other than the fact that he is a Titan keeper, and that he is obviously hostile towards your raid.

4. Shado-Pan Assault↑top

Killing bosses in the Throne of Thunder will grant you reputation with the Shado-Pan Assault. Increasing your reputation with this faction will allow you to buy gear from Ao Pye at the Temple of Niuzao. Every boss you kill in the Throne of Thunder rewards you with 300 reputation (Ra-den gives 500 reputation). The weekly Champions of the Thunder King quest gives you an additional 300 reputation a week.

Also, at exalted, you will be able to buy a Shado-Pan Assault Tabard Icon Shado-Pan Assault Tabard.

4.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Main Stats Reputation Cost
Frost-Kissed Shoulderwraps Icon Frost-Kissed Shoulderwraps Cloth Shoulders Intellect exalted 1,000 Gold
Shoulders of Demonic Dreams Icon Shoulders of Demonic Dreams Cloth Shoulders Intellect/Hit exalted 1,000 Gold
Halo-Graced Mantle Icon Halo-Graced Mantle Cloth Shoulders Intellect/Spirit exalted 1,000 Gold
Fire Support Robes Icon Fire Support Robes Cloth Chest Intellect honored 2,250 Valor Points
Robes of Misty Bindings Icon Robes of Misty Bindings Cloth Chest Intellect/Spirit honored 2,250 Valor Points
Troll-Burner Bracers Icon Troll-Burner Bracers Cloth Wrists Intellect/Hit friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Bracers of Shielding Thought Icon Bracers of Shielding Thought Cloth Wrists Intellect/Spirit friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Flameweaver Handwraps Icon Flameweaver Handwraps Cloth Hands Intellect honored 1,750 Valor Points
Ghostbinder Grips Icon Ghostbinder Grips Cloth Hands Intellect/Spirit honored 1,750 Valor Points
Firestrike Cord Icon Firestrike Cord Cloth Waist Intellect/Hit friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Girdle of Glowing Light Icon Girdle of Glowing Light Cloth Waist Intellect/Spirit friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Charfire Leggings Icon Charfire Leggings Cloth Legs Intellect/Hit honored 2,250 Valor Points
Wisp-Weave Pantaloons Icon Wisp-Weave Pantaloons Cloth Legs Intellect/Spirit honored 2,250 Valor Points
Heartroot Shoulderguards Icon Heartroot Shoulderguards Leather Shoulders Intellect exalted 1,000 Gold
Raiment of Silent Stars Icon Raiment of Silent Stars Leather Chest Intellect honored 2,250 Valor Points
Hearthfire Armwraps Icon Hearthfire Armwraps Leather Wrists Intellect friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Gloves of Enduring Renewal Icon Gloves of Enduring Renewal Leather Hands Intellect honored 1,750 Valor Points
Martiean's Splitleaf Girdle Icon Martiean's Splitleaf Girdle Leather Waist Intellect friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Trousers of Waning Shadow Icon Trousers of Waning Shadow Leather Legs Intellect honored 2,250 Valor Points
Wallwalker Spaulders Icon Wallwalker Spaulders Leather Shoulders Agility exalted 1,000 Gold
Roofstalker Shadowwrap Icon Roofstalker Shadowwrap Leather Chest Agility honored 2,250 Valor Points
Willow-Weave Armbands Icon Willow-Weave Armbands Leather Wrists Agility friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Daggerfinger Clutches Icon Daggerfinger Clutches Leather Hands Agility honored 1,750 Valor Points
Darkfang Belt Icon Darkfang Belt Leather Waist Agility friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Legguards of Hidden Knives Icon Legguards of Hidden Knives Leather Legs Agility honored 2,250 Valor Points
Lightning Strike Mantle Icon Lightning Strike Mantle Mail Shoulders Intellect exalted 1,000 Gold
Skinsealer Tunic Icon Skinsealer Tunic Mail Chest Intellect honored 2,250 Valor Points
Spiritcaller Cuffs Icon Spiritcaller Cuffs Mail Wrists Intellect friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Totemshaper Gloves Icon Totemshaper Gloves Mail Hands Intellect honored 1,750 Valor Points
Cracklebite Links Icon Cracklebite Links Mail Waist Intellect friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Kilt of Rising Thunder Icon Kilt of Rising Thunder Mail Legs Intellect honored 2,250 Valor Points
Targetblinder Spaulders Icon Targetblinder Spaulders Mail Shoulders Agility exalted 1,000 Gold
Carapace of Segmented Scale Icon Carapace of Segmented Scale Mail Chest Agility honored 2,250 Valor Points
Powderburn Bracers Icon Powderburn Bracers Mail Wrists Agility friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Gauntlets of the Longbow Icon Gauntlets of the Longbow Mail Hands Agility honored 1,750 Valor Points
Nightflight Chain Icon Nightflight Chain Mail Waist Agility friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Homeguard Leggings Icon Homeguard Leggings Mail Legs Agility honored 2,250 Valor Points
Shoulderguards of Potentiation Icon Shoulderguards of Potentiation Plate Shoulders Intellect exalted 1,000 Gold
Hauberk of Gleaming Fire Icon Hauberk of Gleaming Fire Plate Chest Intellect honored 2,250 Valor Points
Softscar Armplates Icon Softscar Armplates Plate Wrists Intellect friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Touch of Soothing Mists Icon Touch of Soothing Mists Plate Hands Intellect honored 1,750 Valor Points
Waistplate of Channeled Mending Icon Waistplate of Channeled Mending Plate Waist Intellect friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Legguards of Renewal Icon Legguards of Renewal Plate Legs Intellect honored 2,250 Valor Points
Sightblinder Shoulderguards Icon Sightblinder Shoulderguards Plate Shoulders Strength exalted 1,000 Gold
Gianttooth Chestplate Icon Gianttooth Chestplate Plate Chest Strength honored 2,250 Valor Points
Bonecrusher Bracers Icon Bonecrusher Bracers Plate Wrists Strength friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Bloodstained Skullsqueezers Icon Bloodstained Skullsqueezers Plate Hands Strength/Mastery honored 1,750 Valor Points
Swordhook Slingbelt Icon Swordhook Slingbelt Plate Waist Strength/Mastery friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Vaultbreaker Greaves Icon Vaultbreaker Greaves Plate Legs Strength honored 2,250 Valor Points
Sparksmasher Pauldrons Icon Sparksmasher Pauldrons Plate Shoulders Strength/Dodge exalted 1,000 Gold
Breastplate of Brutal Strikes Icon Breastplate of Brutal Strikes Plate Chest Strength/Dodge honored 2,250 Valor Points
Axebinder Wristguards Icon Axebinder Wristguards Plate Wrists Strength/Parry friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Stoneward Handguards Icon Stoneward Handguards Plate Hands Strength/Parry honored 1,750 Valor Points
Reinforced Spiritplate Girdle Icon Reinforced Spiritplate Girdle Plate Waist Strength/Dodge friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Thunderbreaker Legplates Icon Thunderbreaker Legplates Plate Legs Strength/Dodge honored 2,250 Valor Points

4.2. Amulets, Cloaks, Rings, and Trinkets

Item Name Type Main Stats Reputation Cost
Destroyer's Battletags Icon Destroyer's Battletags Amulet Intellect/Hit neutral 1,250 Valor Points
Mender's Battletags Icon Mender's Battletags Amulet Intellect/Spirit neutral 1,250 Valor Points
Shadowspike Cloak Icon Shadowspike Cloak Cloak Intellect/Hit honored 1,250 Valor Points
Dreamweaver Drape Icon Dreamweaver Drape Cloak Intellect/Spirit honored 1,250 Valor Points
Signet of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Signet of the Shado-Pan Assault Ring Intellect friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Ring of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Ring of the Shado-Pan Assault Ring Intellect/Spirit friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Volatile Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Volatile Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Trinket Intellect/Haste on proc friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Soothing Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Soothing Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Trinket Intellect/Mana on use friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Flanker's Battletags Icon Flanker's Battletags Amulet Agility neutral 1,250 Valor Points
Longshot Forestcloak Icon Longshot Forestcloak Cloak Agility honored 1,250 Valor Points
Seal of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Seal of the Shado-Pan Assault Ring Agility friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Vicious Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Vicious Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Trinket Hit/Agility on proc friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Striker's Battletags Icon Striker's Battletags Amulet Strength/Mastery neutral 1,250 Valor Points
Spikeshard Greatcloak Icon Spikeshard Greatcloak Cloak Strength/Mastery honored 1,250 Valor Points
Band of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Band of the Shado-Pan Assault Ring Strength friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Brutal Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Brutal Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Trinket Expertise/Strength on proc friendly 1,750 Valor Points
Vanguard's Battletags Icon Vanguard's Battletags Amulet Strength/Parry neutral 1,250 Valor Points
Many-Layered Scalecloak Icon Many-Layered Scalecloak Cloak Strength/Dodge honored 1,250 Valor Points
Loop of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Loop of the Shado-Pan Assault Ring Strength/Dodge friendly 1,250 Valor Points
Steadfast Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Steadfast Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault Trinket Mastery/Dodge on use friendly 1,750 Valor Points

5. Zone Drops↑top

5.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Main Stats
Lost Shoulders of Fluidity Icon Lost Shoulders of Fluidity (LFR, Heroic) Cloth Shoulders Intellect
Lost Shoulders of Fire Icon Lost Shoulders of Fire (LFR, Heroic) Cloth Shoulders Intellect/Hit
Lost Shoulders of Healing Icon Lost Shoulders of Healing (LFR, Heroic) Cloth Shoulders Intellect/Spirit
Forgotten Mantle of the Sun Icon Forgotten Mantle of the Sun (LFR, Heroic) Leather Shoulders Intellect
Forgotten Mantle of the Moon Icon Forgotten Mantle of the Moon (LFR, Heroic) Leather Shoulders Agility
Abandoned Spaulders of Renewal Icon Abandoned Spaulders of Renewal (LFR, Heroic) Mail Shoulders Intellect
Abandoned Spaulders of Arrowflight Icon Abandoned Spaulders of Arrowflight (LFR, Heroic) Mail Shoulders Agility
Reconstructed Holy Shoulderplates Icon Reconstructed Holy Shoulderplates (LFR, Heroic) Plate Shoulders Intellect
Reconstructed Furious Shoulderplates Icon Reconstructed Furious Shoulderplates (LFR, Heroic) Plate Shoulders Strength/Mastery
Reconstructed Bloody Shoulderplates Icon Reconstructed Bloody Shoulderplates (LFR, Heroic) Plate Shoulders Strength/Parry

5.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats
Jerthud, Graceful Hand of the Savior Icon Jerthud, Graceful Hand of the Savior (LFR, Heroic) 1H Mace Intellect
Invocation of the Dawn Icon Invocation of the Dawn (LFR, Heroic) 2H Mace Intellect
Nadagast's Exsanguinator Icon Nadagast's Exsanguinator (LFR, Heroic) Dagger Intellect/Hit
Fyn's Flickering Dagger Icon Fyn's Flickering Dagger (LFR, Heroic) Dagger Agility
Tia-Tia, the Scything Star Icon Tia-Tia, the Scything Star (LFR, Heroic) Fist Weapon Agility
Zeeg's Ancient Kegsmasher Icon Zeeg's Ancient Kegsmasher (LFR, Heroic) 1H Mace Agility
Miracoran, the Vehement Chord Icon Miracoran, the Vehement Chord (LFR, Heroic) Bow Agility
Darkwood Spiritstaff Icon Darkwood Spiritstaff (LFR, Heroic) Staff Agility
Do-tharak, the Swordbreaker Icon Do-tharak, the Swordbreaker (LFR, Heroic) 1H Sword Strength/Mastery
Visage of the Doomed Icon Visage of the Doomed (LFR, Heroic) Shield Strength/Parry
Greatsword of Frozen Hells Icon Greatsword of Frozen Hells (LFR, Heroic) 2H Sword Strength
Bo-Ris, Horror in the Night Icon Bo-Ris, Horror in the Night (LFR, Heroic) Polearm Strength/Mastery

6. Changelog↑top

  • 21 May 2013: Patch 5.3 update: changed reputation requirement for Waist and Chest items.
  • 13 Apr. 2013: Added zone drops.
  • 07 Mar. 2013: Removed the mention to Grand Commendation of the Shado-Pan Assault Icon Grand Commendation of the Shado-Pan Assault, which seems to be no longer available in the game.