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Hans'gar and Franzok Detailed Strategy Guide (Heroic+Mythic Modes included)

Last updated on Apr 10, 2015 at 15:20 by Vlad 4 comments

Table of Contents

Boss Icon - Hans'gar and Franzok

Introduction

This guide is intended to provide a comprehensive description of the encounter with Hans'gar and Franzok in Blackrock Foundry. It is targeted at anyone who desires to understand the fight mechanics.

This guide is updated for World of Warcraft WoD 6.1.2.

The encounter against Hans'gar and Franzok is the first fight in The Black Forge wing of the Blackrock Foundry raid instance. This is a movement-heavy fight in which the environment plays a large role. The fight is particularly difficult for healers, who will have to manage a lot of unavoidable damage.

1. General Information

1.1. Normal, Heroic, and Mythic Difficulty

This main part of this guide covers both the Normal and Heroic versions of the encounter, as far as mechanics and general strategy is concerned. The only difference between these two modes is found in the tuning, with Heroic being more difficult.

When we speak of extreme situations (such as the difficulty of a soft enrage timer, or damage from a certain source being too high to survive), we mostly refer to Heroic mode.

In addition to this, we have a specific Mythic mode section, where we present all the differences between Normal/Heroic and Mythic, as well as the strategy to defeat the Mythic encounter.

1.2. Enrage Timer

We do not currently know what the hard enrage timer for this encounter is. There do not seem to be any soft enrage mechanics in the fight.

2. Summing Things Up

In this section, we will very briefly summarise what the players belonging to each of the three roles have to do during this fight. This is by no means meant to provide sufficient information to master the encounter, and it is only supposed to give you a very rough idea of what to watch out for.

2.1. Tanks

  • Each tank should pick up one of the bosses. When a tank's stacks of Shattered Vertebrae Icon Shattered Vertebrae get too high, perform a tank switch.
  • Tank the two bosses close to each other to allow for cleave damage.
  • When Body Slam Icon Body Slam is being cast, move away from the melee group so that melee players do not get debuffed by Shattered Vertebrae.
  • Use a defensive cooldown for each Crippling Suplex Icon Crippling Suplex.

2.2. Healers

  • Beware of the unavoidable damage in the fight.
  • Beware of the increased damage that the bosses will deal as their health gets lower, due to Pumped Up Icon Pumped Up.
  • In Mythic mode, beware of the extremely high amount of raid damage towards the end of the Smart Stampers Icon Smart Stampers phases (particularly if your raid is performing a strategy where all players stack together in a single group).

2.3. DPS

  • If both bosses are in the fight, use cleave damage or multi-DoTs, if this results in a DPS increase for you, as the bosses share health.

2.4. Everyone

  • When a player is targeted by Body Slam Icon Body Slam, move away from them to avoid being debuffed by Shattered Vertebrae Icon Shattered Vertebrae. If you are targeted yourself, move away from other players.
  • When the conveyor belts become active, make sure to avoid the Searing Plates Icon Searing Plates or the metal presses from Pulverized Icon Pulverized.
  • Stay away from the ends of the conveyor belts, since they damage you through Scorching Burns Icon Scorching Burns.
  • In Mythic mode, make sure to move together as a unit (or split into two groups, depending on your strategy) during the Smart Stampers Icon Smart Stampers phases, and avoid being hit by any of the presses.

3. Overview of the Fight

The encounter against Hans'gar and Franzok is a single-phase fight during which you fight two bosses who share health. The encounter takes place on 5 conveyor belts that sometimes move, and the way that the environment works greatly affects your raid's strategy.

Throughout the fight, one of the two bosses will sometimes leave the fight to activate the conveyor belts and cause a certain type of high or lethal damage to be dealt to players in certain areas of the room. About 30 seconds later, he will return to the fight and the encounter will continue as normal until the other boss leaves to activate the conveyor belts, and so on. This means that the raid will have to avoid the damaging areas, all while contending with the movement of the conveyor belts (which push people in a certain direction) and the abilities used by the bosses.

We do not have a video preview of the Hans'gar and Franzok encounter, but we recommend this video by Method. Note that this is based on footage from the Warlords of Draenor Beta, so things can very well change before the fight reaches live servers.

4. Abilities

In this section, we will explain the environment where the fight takes place, and then we will describe the abilities used by Hans'gar and Franzok.

4.1. The Environment

The room where the raid takes place plays an important role in the fight. The entire floor of the room is comprised of 5 conveyor belts. Each conveyor belt is further divided into 4 sections. By default, these conveyor belts are stationary (meaning that it works just like a regular floor), but when one of the two abilities we describe below is being used, the conveyor belts begin to move, pushing players who stand on them. All the conveyor belts always move in the same direction, and at the same speed.

It is also worth noting that there are very small gaps in between the 5 rows of conveyor belts, and standing in these gaps causes players not to be affected by the movement of the belts. That said, however, standing in these gaps does not protect players from the two abilities we describe below: Searing Plates Icon Searing Plates and Pulverized Icon Pulverized.

The timing and duration of Searing Plates and Pulverized is based on the health percentage of the bosses, as we describe below.

  1. Between 100% and 85% health, both bosses will be together in the fight, casting their usual abilities.
  2. Between 85% and 70% health, Hans'gar will be out of the fight, while he activates the Searing Plates. At 70% health he returns to the fight and Searing Plates ends.
  3. Between 70% and 55% health, both bosses will once again be together in the fight.
  4. Between 55% and 40% health, Franzok will be out of the fight, while he activates Pulverized. At 40% health he returns to the fight and Pulverized ends.
  5. Between 40% and 25% health, both bosses will once again be together in the fight.
  6. Between 25% and 15% health, Hans'gar will be out of the fight, while he activates Searing Plates. At 15% health he returns to the fight and Searing Plates ends.
  7. From 15% health until the end of the fight, both bosses remain in the arena.

We remind you that the bosses share health, so both bosses lose health at the same rate, even when one boss is not in the fight. We would also like to mention that the above percentages are only loosely followed by the bosses in practice (they sometimes leave the fight up to 6% health later than they should, and return up to 4% later).

Now, let us look at exactly what Searing Plates and Pulverized do.

When Hans'gar uses Searing Plates Icon Searing Plates, searing metal plates to come into the room on the conveyor belts. Each plate covers one of the 4 sections of a conveyor belt. The plates do not block movement, but players who come in contact with them take a massive amount of Fire damage every second. The searing plates come in waves, and there are two different ways in which the searing plates can be laid out.

One way is that 5 searing plates enter the room, each located on one of the 5 belts, but these plates are not aligned with one another. This means that players can use one of the gaps between the plates to avoid taking damage.

Hans'gar and Franzok Pattern 1

Another way is that 4 searing plates enter the room, each located on one of the 5 belts. These 4 plates are perfectly aligned, but the 5th conveyor belt has no plate and thus provides a large gap through which players can move. With each wave, the gap moves to a different conveyor belt, but the gaps are always located on adjacent belts. Sometimes, however, when the gap is located on a belt that is at the edge of the room, the next gap can be on belt that is on the opposite edge.

Hans'gar and Franzok Pattern 2

When Franzok uses Pulverized Icon Pulverized, a large number of metal presses stamp marked sections of the conveyor belts, dealing lethal damage to anyone hit by them. The sections are marked roughly 1-2 seconds in advance, meaning that moving out is possible. The presses hit a number of different areas. They also come in waves, and each wave of presses affects between 6 and 8 conveyor belt sections. There are certain patterns to the distribution of these sections. Learning and memorizing them is not something that we feel is important, but if it turns out to be useful practice, we will include it. The image below illustrates a possible distribution.

Hans'gar and Franzok Pattern 3

In addition to these two abilities, players who move too close to either end of the room (where the conveyor belts enter and exit the room, respectively, but not the sides) will take a high amount of Fire damage each second from Scorching Burns Icon Scorching Burns.

4.2. Hans'gar and Franzok

Hans'gar and Franzok share health, and they also have 3 shared abilities. In addition to these 3 abilities, Franzok has two extra ones.

4.2.1. Shared Abilities

Hans'gar and Franzok share the following 3 abilities.

  • Body Slam Icon Body Slam is an ability that the two bosses regularly use throughout the fight. They leap towards a random raid member (appearing to prefer the farthest away ranged player). When they reach that player, they debuff them and any other players in a 12-yard radius with Shattered Vertebrae Icon Shattered Vertebrae, increasing the Physical damage that they take by 40%. The boss then leaps back to the tank, debuffing them with Shattered Vertebrae as well. As soon as this happens, the entire raid takes two ticks of a small amount of Physical damage from Aftershock Icon Aftershock. The players targeted by Body Slam are clearly marked by a circle on the floor around them. The targeted player and the tank cannot avoid being hit by the boss jumping to them, which means that this ability requires a tank switch.
  • Crippling Suplex Icon Crippling Suplex is an ability that the two bosses use to smash the two tanks against each other. This ability is always used by the boss that remains in the fight, whenever the other boss leaves the fight to cast one of the two environmental abilities discussed above. Crippling Suplex causes the two tanks to deal Physical damage to each other equal to their own maximum health pools. For example, if Tank A has 400,000 maximum health and Tank B has 300,000 health, then Tank A will take 300,000 Physical damage and Tank B will take 400,000.

In addition to these two abilities, the bosses have a passive ability called Pumped Up Icon Pumped Up. This causes the bosses to be more dangerous as their health decreases. Each boss has a Rage bar that increases the lower their health is, and the more Rage they have, the more the following happens:

  • their melee damage increases;
  • the cast time of Disrupting Roar Icon Disrupting Roar decreases;
  • the number of hammers thrown by Skullcracker Icon Skullcracker increases;
  • the number of jumps performed during Body Slam Icon Body Slam increases. Specifically, this means that the boss will jump to additional players after the initial one, and before jumping back to the tank.

We have yet to speak of some of the abilities mentioned as part of Pumped Up, because they are used exclusively by Franzok. You can read about them in the following sub-section.

4.2.2. Franzok

In addition to the 3 abilities that the bosses share, Franzok uses the following abilities against your raid.

  • Disrupting Roar Icon Disrupting Roar is an ability that Franzok regularly uses throughout the fight. It interrupts the spell casting of all raid members, provided that they are in the process of casting a spell when Disrupting Roar is used. The ability has a cast time, which is lower the less health Franzok has, due to the Pumped Up Icon Pumped Up ability.
  • Skullcracker Icon Skullcracker is an ability that Franzok regularly uses throughout the fight. He throws a hammer at the location of a random raid member (appearing to prefer melee players), dealing a high amount of Physical damage to them. As Franzok's health decreases, the number of hammers thrown with each cast increases, due to the Pumped Up Icon Pumped Up ability.

5. Strategy

The strategy of the fight, briefly put, is to handle all the abilities that the two bosses throw your way, while surviving the extremely disruptive conveyor belts. We will summarise the tasks your raid has to handle, and then we will discuss them each in detail in the sub-sections that follow.

  • Have each tank pick up one of the two bosses. Tank them together for added DPS from cleave damage (as their health is shared). Perform a tank switch as needed to handle the Shattered Vertebrae Icon Shattered Vertebrae debuff. The tanks should also use a damage reduction cooldown whenever Crippling Suplex Icon Crippling Suplex is being cast.
  • Casters and healers should make sure not to be caught in the process of casting a spell when Disrupting Roar Icon Disrupting Roar is used.
  • Players who are targeted by Body Slam Icon Body Slam should move away from other raid members, to ensure that as few players as possible are debuffed by Shattered Vertebrae.
  • Healers must watch out for the unavoidable raid damage caused by Aftershock Icon Aftershock, Crippling Suplex Icon Crippling Suplex, and Skullcracker Icon Skullcracker.
  • All raid members must be very careful to avoid the environmental damage that happens on the conveyor belts (Searing Plates Icon Searing Plates and Pulverized Icon Pulverized).

Due to Pumped Up Icon Pumped Up, additional players will be targeted by Body Slam Icon Body Slam towards the end of the fight. These players will have to do exactly the same thing as players who are normally targeted by Body Slam, which is to say that they should move away from other raid members. On the Beta, jumps to these additionally-targeted players were not applying the Shattered Vertebrae Icon Shattered Vertebrae debuff, but we imagine that this was unintentional.

5.1. Hans'gar and Franzok

Throughout the fight, your raid will have to handle the same abilities over and over again. On their own, none of the abilities are very complicated, and even used together they can be dealt with. The real difficulty comes when you have to handle these abilities while the conveyor belts are in motion and any wrong step can result in a death.

5.1.1. Tanking and Positioning

Every time a boss casts Body Slam Icon Body Slam, he will also leap back to his tank and debuff them (and any players in a 12-yard radius) with Shattered Vertebrae Icon Shattered Vertebrae. The tanks will, therefore, need to perform a tank switch to handle this debuff. You might be wondering how this can happen since both bosses use the ability, and the answer is that they do not use it consistently. That is to say, there will typically be a tank whose stacks of Shattered Vertebrae drop off naturally (while their respective boss is out of the fight to activate the conveyor belts, for example), and this tank can then taunt off the other boss to allow the stacks to drop off of the other tank as well.

Whenever Body Slam is cast, the tank of that boss must be aware that the boss will shortly leap back to them, and so they need to run out of the melee group to avoid having melee players debuffed by Shattered Vertebrae as well.

It is impossible to say where in the room the bosses should be tanked, since the raid's positioning will be very dynamic given all the movement that the conveyor belts cause. Suffice it to say that while both bosses are in the fight, they should be tanked close to each other so that they can be cleaved for maximum DPS.

Finally, both tanks will need to use a defensive cooldown each time Crippling Suplex Icon Crippling Suplex is cast. This will deal an extremely high amount of Phyiscal damage to the tanks, but as the damage is Physical, it will be reduced considerably. Since the tanks deal their maximum health pool in damage to one another, it is probably not a good idea to have one tank significantly better geared than the other, since this way you risk having the lesser-geared tank die, but this will not be a concern in most situations (the difference in gear levels would have to be massive).

5.1.2. Other Concerns

As far the two bosses are concerned, your raid will have a few things to keep in mind.

Whenever Disrupting Roar Icon Disrupting Roar is being cast, casters and healers will have to make sure they are not in the process of casting a spell.

Players (mostly melee) will take unavoidable damage from Skullcracker Icon Skullcracker, which will simply need to be healed through.

Healers will be put under a lot of pressure during this fight, especially towards the end of the encounter when Pumped Up Icon Pumped Up will make the bosses more dangerous.

Healers have to contend with the following sources of unavoidable damage.

In addition to this, players might get hit by the Searing Plates Icon Searing Plates, taking even more damage.

5.2. The Environment

Handling the two environmental abilities is quite straightforward, but it can be very demanding.

Handling both of them is done in a similar manner. It is all a matter of quick reactions and good positioning. Regarding the Searing Plates Icon Searing Plates, by understanding the pattern in which they happen you can more or less predict where the next gap will be and move towards it, ensuring that you will not be caught in a bad position.

Avoiding the metal presses during Pulverized Icon Pulverized is more difficult, because they are faster to act and their pattern is less predictable. The safest way of doing it at this time is to always look for a position in between two conveyor belts, at the intersection of 4 different conveyor belt sections. While, as stated, standing in the gap between two conveyor belts does not prevent you from taking damage, it means that you can very quickly move into a section that is not targeted by Pulverized. There is no guarantee that there will always be a safe section near you, but whenever there is one near you (which happens overwhelmingly often), being right on the edge of the safe section makes it very easy to move there.

In the case of both abilities, using any movement-enhancing abilities at your disposal is extremely beneficial. Make sure to communicate with your raid so that a strong rotation of Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar is used.

6. When to Use Heroism/Bloodlust/Time Warp

We recommend using Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Time Warp Icon Time Warp at the start of the fight. The reason for this is that at the start of the fight, all raid members have their DPS cooldowns available and their potions active. Additionally, both bosses are in the fight at this time, allowing for greater DPS due to cleave damage.

Alternatively, if the increased damage taken by your raid due to Pumped Up Icon Pumped Up becomes a problem, you can save Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Time Warp Icon Time Warp for the end of the encounter, at a time when both bosses are in the fight.

7. Mythic Mode

The Mythic mode of the Hans'gar and Frankzok encounter is similar to the Normal/Heroic mode, but a few key changes exist which render the Mythic version considerably more difficult.

7.1. Differences From Normal/Heroic Mode

Aside from the additional health and damage of the bosses, something which is typical for Mythic modes, there are two other changes.

Firstly, there is a new ability called Smart Stampers Icon Smart Stampers. This ability only occurs during the phases of the fight when both Hans'gar and Franzok are in the arena. Essentially, the ability causes the sections of the conveyor belt where players are located to be marked, and about 10 seconds after that, presses fall on the marked locations. These presses deal a massive amount of damage to any players standing on those sections (effectively killing anyone that is hit), and they remain there for a long period of time. Smart Stampers attempts to mark sections every second, but if players are standing on a section that has already been marked, this has no effect. Smart Stampers lasts until your raid exits that phase of the fight (by damaging the bosses enough that one of them leaves the arena).

The Smart Stamper presses do not block line of sight, but any players who try to walk through a press will be killed, so they do end up restricting your raid's space.

Secondly, Body Slam Icon Body Slam now deals much higher damage, but this damage is split between all players who are debuffed by Shattered Vertebrae Icon Shattered Vertebrae (so, all players within 12 yards).

7.2. Strategy

The strategy for the Mythic mode of this fight is similar in its execution to the Normal and Heroic mode strategy, but your raid will have to put in a considerable amount of effort to deal with the Mythic mode changes.

Most importantly, your raid will have to employ a specific strategy for handling the Smart Stampers Icon Smart Stampers. The best way to do this is for your raid to stack up into a single group shortly before Smart Stampers is cast. After this time, as soon as the conveyor belt on which the raid is standing is marked by a Smart Stamper, your raid must prepare to move to the next one. Moving should only be done about 1 second before the press lands, as this will minimise the overall number of presses that come down throughout the phase.

A consequence of stacking up in this manner is that all raid members will be hit by Body Slam Icon Body Slam, and they will subsequently all be affected by Shattered Vertebrae Icon Shattered Vertebrae and take damage from Aftershock Icon Aftershock. You can expect 4 casts of Body Slam during a Smart Stampers phase, and since Body Slam is cast often enough that Shattered Vertebrae does not have a chance to drop off, the entire raid will suffer through a rather large amount of damage. In fact, this damage becomes so extreme towards the end of the Smart Stampers phase that your healers will have to use at least one major cooldown to keep the raid alive (a good combination to use is Tranquility Icon Tranquility and Aspect of the Fox, to allow the Druid to move with the raid while channeling).

The raid will move like this, from one section of the conveyor belt to another, as a unit, until the bosses' health is low enough that one of them leaves the arena and Smart Stampers ends.

An alternative strategy, useful for reducing the amount of raid damage during Smart Stampers, is to instead split the raid into two roughly equal groups, and to have each one of the groups use the above-mentioned technique. This way, Body Slam will generally be casting alternatively on the two groups, allowing Shattered Vertebrae to drop off, and resulting in much lower raid damage. The only problem with this strategy is that your raid will have to utilise much more of the arena's floor, so careful planning is required.

Outside of Smart Stampers, the fight will carry on in the same was as in Normal or Heroic mode. The raid should be more or less spread out around the room, but a few players should stack together on anyone targeted by Body Slam, in order to share the split damage that this deals.

8. Learning the Fight

The only truly problematic part of learning this fight is learning how to avoid the environmental damage that happens whenever the conveyor belts become active. Taking occasional damage from Searing Plates Icon Searing Plates may be survivable, but players getting hit by Pulverized Icon Pulverized is unacceptable.

These parts of the fight will make or break your raid's chances of success, so as a raid leader you should pay close attention to how players are doing, and you should focus on improving the technique of those players who are having the most trouble. One way to do this is to remind players about various movement-enhancing abilities that their class might have, which it is easy to overlook in the heat of the moment.

9. Loot

In this section, you will find the loot table for Hans'gar and Franzok. The section is divided in 3 subsections: armor, weapons, and the rest (neck, back, finger, and trinket items).

9.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Secondary Stats
Fresh-Face Hood Icon Fresh-Face Hood — LFR Cloth Head
  • Versatility
  • Haste
Giant Pumpers Icon Giant Pumpers (Heroic, Mythic) Cloth Shoulders
  • Versatility
  • Haste
Eye-Catching Gilded Robe Icon Eye-Catching Gilded Robe (Heroic, Mythic) Cloth Chest
  • Haste
  • Critical Strike
Blood-Binder Chestguard Icon Blood-Binder Chestguard — LFR Leather Chest
  • Versatility
  • Haste
Brawler Brother's Bracers Icon Brawler Brother's Bracers — LFR Leather Wrists
  • Multistrike
  • Mastery
Girdle of Unconquered Glory Icon Girdle of Unconquered Glory (Heroic, Mythic) Leather Waist
  • Multistrike
  • Haste
Neckbreaker Shoulderguards Icon Neckbreaker Shoulderguards (Heroic, Mythic) Mail Shoulders
  • Mastery
  • Critical Strike
Chestguard of Unending Roars Icon Chestguard of Unending Roars (Heroic, Mythic) Mail Chest
  • Versatility
  • Mastery
Drop Kickers Icon Drop Kickers — LFR Mail Feet
  • Multistrike
  • Versatility
Hardened Greathelm Icon Hardened Greathelm (Heroic, Mythic) Plate Head
  • Versatility
  • Mastery
Elbow Drop Spaulders Icon Elbow Drop Spaulders — LFR Plate Shoulders
  • Haste
  • Critical Strike
Gauntlets of Dramatic Blows Icon Gauntlets of Dramatic Blows (Heroic, Mythic) Plate Hands
  • Mastery
  • Critical Strike
Heel Protectors Icon Heel Protectors — LFR Plate Feet
  • Haste
  • Multistrike

9.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats Secondary Stats
Hans'gar's Forgehammer Icon Hans'gar's Forgehammer (Heroic, Mythic) 1H Sword Agility
  • Haste
  • Multistrike

9.3. Amulets, Cloaks, Rings, and Trinkets

Item Name Type Main Stats Secondary Stats
Choker of Infinite Durability Icon Choker of Infinite Durability — LFR Amulet Intellect
  • Spirit
  • Multistrike
Vertebrae Protector Icon Vertebrae Protector (Heroic, Mythic) Amulet Strength
  • Critical Strike
  • Haste
Scorchburn Cloak Icon Scorchburn Cloak — LFR Cloak Intellect
  • Critical Strike
  • Multistrike
Six-Eyed Band Icon Six-Eyed Band (Heroic, Mythic) Ring Intellect
  • Multistrike
  • Spirit
Razoredge Blade Ring Icon Razoredge Blade Ring (Heroic, Mythic) Ring
  • Agility
  • Strength
  • Mastery
  • Bonus Armor
Tablet of Turnbuckle Teamwork Icon Tablet of Turnbuckle Teamwork (Heroic, Mythic) Trinket Mastery Armor on use

10. Concluding Remarks

This concludes our raid guide for Hans'gar and Franzok. We hope you have found it helpful. Please do not hesitate to post any feedback you may have on our forums.

11. ChangeLog

  • 10 Apr. 2015: Added Mythic mode strategy.
  • 08 Feb. 2015: Updated the guide to state that the timing and duration of Searing Plates Icon Searing Plates and Pulverized Icon Pulverized is based on boss health.
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