Stormstout Brewery Heroic Dungeon Guide (MoP 5.4)

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The Stormstout Brewery is a 5-man dungeon located in the Valley of the Four Winds, 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 3 encounters: Ook-Ook, Hoptallus, and Yan-Zhu the Uncasked.

1. Introduction↑top

The brewery has been overrun by strange creatures and Chen Stormstout, who has just arrived on Pandaria from the Wandering Isle, needs you to investigate the brewery of his ancestors and find out what happened to it.

The dungeon has a linear layout during which you will progress through four different zones and encounter three bosses. 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.

Grain Cellar Stormstout Brewhall (Ook-Ook)
Stormstout Brewery - Map - Grain Cellar Stormstout Brewery - Map - Stormstout Brewhall
The Great Wheel (Hoptallus) The Tasting Room (Yan-Zhu)
Stormstout Brewery - Map - The Great Wheel Stormstout Brewery - Map - The Tasting Room

This guide will cover all of the three 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 Stormstout Brewery is 410.

2.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Main Stats Source
Bracers of Displaced Air Icon Bracers of Displaced Air Cloth Wrists Intellect Ook-Ook
Wine Tasting Gloves Icon Wine Tasting Gloves Cloth Hands Intellect Trouble Brewing
Uncorking Gloves Icon Uncorking Gloves Cloth Hands Intellect Trouble Brewing
Fermenting Belt Icon Fermenting Belt Cloth Waist Intellect/Spirit Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Barrel-Aged Gloves Icon Barrel-Aged Gloves Leather Hands Intellect Trouble Brewing
Nimbletoe Chestguard Icon Nimbletoe Chestguard Leather Chest Agility Ook-Ook
Fizzy Spaulders Icon Fizzy Spaulders Leather Shoulders Agility Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Master Brewer's Gloves Icon Master Brewer's Gloves Leather Hands Agility Trouble Brewing
Uncasked Chestguard Icon Uncasked Chestguard Mail Chest Intellect Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Virmen Exterminator Gloves Icon Virmen Exterminator Gloves Mail Hands Intellect Trouble Brewing
Barrel Stacker's Mitts Icon Barrel Stacker's Mitts Mail Hands Agility Trouble Brewing
Hopping Mad Leggings Icon Hopping Mad Leggings Mail Legs Agility Hoptallus
Vegetable Chopping Handguards Icon Vegetable Chopping Handguards Plate Hands Intellect Trouble Brewing
Sudsy Legplates Icon Sudsy Legplates Plate Legs Intellect Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Bubble-Breaker Bracers Icon Bubble-Breaker Bracers Plate Wrists Strength/Dodge Hoptallus
Partycrasher's Gauntlets Icon Partycrasher's Gauntlets,Trouble Brewing Plate Hands Strength/Mastery Trouble Brewing
Handguards of Sturdy Constitution Icon Handguards of Sturdy Constitution Plate Hands Strength/Dodge Trouble Brewing

2.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Bottle of Potent Potables Icon Bottle of Potent Potables Off-Hand Frill Intellect Hoptallus
Gao's Keg Tapper Icon Gao's Keg Tapper One-Hand Mace Agility Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Yan-Zhu's Pressure Valve Icon Yan-Zhu's Pressure Valve Gun Agility Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Ook's Hozen Slicer Icon Ook's Hozen Slicer One-Hand Sword Strength/Mastery Ook-Ook

2.3. Cloaks

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Used Bar Rag Icon Used Bar Rag Cloak Intellect Family Secrets
Auntie's Cooking Apron Icon Auntie's Cooking Apron Cloak Intellect/Spirit Family Secrets
Stormstout Drink Napkin Icon Stormstout Drink Napkin Cloak Agility Family Secrets
Tasting Room Tablecloth Icon Tasting Room Tablecloth Cloak Strength/Mastery Family Secrets
Blackened Chain Cloak Icon Blackened Chain Cloak Cloak Strength/Dodge Family Secrets

3. Heroic Difficulty Loot↑top

In Heroic Difficulty, the level of the items you can obtain from the Stormstout Brewery is 463, with one exception, Inelava, Spirit of Inebriation Icon Inelava, Spirit of Inebriation, which has an item level of 476.

3.1. Armor

Item Name Armor Slot Main Stats Source
Bracers of Displaced Air Icon Bracers of Displaced Air Cloth Wrists Intellect Ook-Ook
Fermenting Belt Icon Fermenting Belt Cloth Waist Intellect/Spirit Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Fizzy Spaulders Icon Fizzy Spaulders Leather Shoulders Agility Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Nimbletoe Chestguard Icon Nimbletoe Chestguard Leather Chest Agility Ook-Ook
Belt of Brazen Inebriation Icon Belt of Brazen Inebriation Leather Waist Agility Hoptallus
Uncasked Chestguard Icon Uncasked Chestguard Mail Chest Intellect Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Hopping Mad Leggings Icon Hopping Mad Leggings Mail Legs Agility Hoptallus
Sudsy Legplates Icon Sudsy Legplates Plate Legs Intellect Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Barreldodger Boots Icon Barreldodger Boots Plate Feet Intellect Ook-Ook
Bubble-Breaker Bracers Icon Bubble-Breaker Bracers Plate Wrists Strength/Dodge Hoptallus

3.2. Weapons

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Wort Stirring Rod Icon Wort Stirring Rod Staff Intellect/Hit Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Bottle of Potent Potables Icon Bottle of Potent Potables Off-Hand Frill Intellect Hoptallus
Gao's Keg Tapper Icon Gao's Keg Tapper One-Hand Mace Agility Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Yan-Zhu's Pressure Valve Icon Yan-Zhu's Pressure Valve Gun Agility Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Inelava, Spirit of Inebriation Icon Inelava, Spirit of Inebriation One-Hand Axe Strength/Mastery Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Ook's Hozen Slicer Icon Ook's Hozen Slicer One-Hand Sword Strength/Mastery Ook-Ook

3.3. Cloaks, Rings, and Trinkets

Item Name Type Main Stats Source
Alemental Seal Icon Alemental Seal Ring Intellect Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Cloak of Hidden Flasks Icon Cloak of Hidden Flasks Cloak Intellect/Spirit Hoptallus
Empty Fruit Barrel Icon Empty Fruit Barrel Trinket Spirit Ook-Ook
Lime-Rimmed Signet Icon Lime-Rimmed Signet Ring Strength/Parry Yan-Zhu the Uncasked
Carbonic Carbuncle Icon Carbonic Carbuncle Trinket Strength Yan-Zhu the Uncasked

4. Quests↑top

There are 2 quests that can be completed within the instance. They are given by Auntie Stormstout and Chen Stormstout inside the brewery, at the entrance.

The first quest is Family Secrets. It requires you to collect 5 Stormstout Secrets Icon Stormstout Secrets, which you will find on the ground throughout the instance.

The second quest is Trouble Brewing. It requires you to defeat Yan-Zhu, the last boss of the dungeon. You need to complete Into the Brewery before being given this quest.

The quests reward you with item level 410 gear (see loot section above).

5. Ook-Ook↑top

As you enter the entrance, you will quickly notice a progression bar that appears on your screen. It counts the number of Hozen you have killed. The count will increase as you make your way through the instance, confronting the party Hozens that overrun the lower level of the brewery.

Stormstout Brewery - Ook-Ook - Kill Counter

You will eventually reach the Stormstout Brewhall, where you are to fight Ook-Ook, the Hozen leader. He will only appear after you have filled the progression bar by killing a total of 40 Hozens.

The fight against Ook-Ook is straightforward. There are two things that you need to watch out for. Ook-Ook will regularly cast Ground Pound Icon Ground Pound and Rolling Barrel.

  • Stormstout Brewery - Ook-Ook - Ground Pound Ground Pound Icon Ground Pound damages targets in front of Ook-Ook and can easily be avoided.
  • Stormstout Brewery - Ook-Ook - Rolling Barrel Rolling Barrel is cast when Ook-Ook reaches 90%, 60%, and 30% health. It causes guests around the fighting stage to throw barrels. These barrels will roll and explode when touching a player or a wall, dealing damage to nearby party members. You can approach a barrel and click it, which allows you to control it and run it into Ook-Ook (this will damage him and stack a debuff that causes him to take increased damage).

To sum it up, avoid being in front of the boss and run as many barrels as you possibly can into him.

Tanks and healers need to be aware of Going Bananas Icon Going Bananas, which causes Ook-Ook to deal 15% more damage and to attack 15% faster. It will stack 3 times, at 90%, 60%, and 30% remaining health.

5.1. Achievement: Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin'

To complete Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin' Icon Keep Rollin' Rollin' Rollin', you need to run 20 barrels into Ook-Ook before killing him, in the Heroic version of the encounter.

6. Hoptallus↑top

After defeating Ook-Ook, you will make your way to the first outdoor portion of the instance. There, a gauntlet event will lead you to Hoptallus.

6.1. Gauntlet Event

The gauntlet event starts just as you exit the Stormstout Brewhall, where you fought Ook-Ook. It ends when you reach Hoptallus. During the gauntlet, waves of ads will keep coming at you. They are made of:

  • Hoplings, which are weak enemies that deal a bit of melee damage;
  • Hoppers, which stop moving when they reach you and detonate the explosives they carry a few seconds later;
  • Boppers, which carry a hammer that they drop when they die and that you can take.
Hoplings Hoppers Boppers
Stormstout Brewery - Gauntlet Event - Hopling Stormstout Brewery - Gauntlet Event - Hopper Stormstout Brewery - Gauntlet Event - Bopper

The key to this event is to kill the Boppers first, then click on the hammers that they drop. Each time you do so, you will be granted 3 hammer charges. The charges stack, so you can keep clicking hammers and end up with 30 or 40 charges easily. When you have charges, you have access to a button in the middle of your screen. Clicking the button uses a hammer charge, sending all nearby virmens in the air, heavily damaging them.

Once you have acquired a hammer, the 3 charges it gives you should be enough to kill a few other Boppers, giving you more charges. As you progress through the gauntlet event, you (or someone else in your party) will stack an increasing number of hammer charges, making the event increasingly easier.

6.1.1. Achievement: How Did He Get Up There?

To complete How Did He Get Up There? Icon How Did He Get Up There?, you will need to find the Hozen Clinger, who is in the room right before Hoptallus, where the gauntlet event ends.

Gather virmens underneath the Hozen Clinger and use a hammer to send them in their air. As he gets hit by virmens, he will loosen his grip and fall, triggering the achievement.

6.1.2. Achievement: Hopocalypse Now!

To complete Hopocalypse Now! Icon Hopocalypse Now!, you need to kill 100 virmens with a single swing of the hammer. This achievement will only trigger in the Heroic difficulty version of the dungeon. Normally, the gauntlet event should provide you with enough virmens to trigger the achievement. Go to the end of the gauntlet (the room before Hoptallus) and round all the virmens up. While a hit with the hammer will kill the Hoplings, it will not kill the Boppers, so you will need to damage them a little before using the hammer.

If you fail to do the achievement during the gauntlet event, you can always try during the fight, by letting Hoptallus summon enough virmens. However, it will be difficult to survive his attacks all the while having to deal with dozens of virmen adds.

6.2. The Fight

When you reach Hoptallus, the gauntlet event will finish and you can engage him. During the fight, Hoptallus will melee the tank a bit and cast 2 abilities that you need to avoid. Carrot Breath Icon Carrot Breath is a frontal damaging attack during which Hoptallus will slowly rotate on himself, several times. To avoid the breath, you need to turn around Hoptallus. Furlwind Icon Furlwind is a whirlwind-like attack that does proximity damage. You need to move away from it.

Carrot Breath Icon Carrot Breath Furlwind Icon Furlwind
Stormstout Brewery - Hoptallus - Bloat Stormstout Brewery - Hoptallus - Bubble Shield

Hoptallus will periodically call Hoplings, Hoppers, and Boppers for help. They should be dealt with in exactly the same way as during the gauntlet event. Kill the Boppers first, get hammer charges, and use the charges to kill the rest of the virmens. As the encounter progresses, you will stack more and more charges, allowing for a very liberal use of the hammer.

The only thing to watch out for is that using the hammer to obliterate the adds is particularly enjoyable, to such an extent that you may lose track of Carrot Breath Icon Carrot Breath and Furlwind Icon Furlwind, and get him by them.

7. Yan-Zhu the Uncasked↑top

After defeating Hoptallus, you will have to fight your way to the top floor of the brewery by defeating a number of Alementals.

7.1. Alementals

The abilities used by the Alementals will be reused by Yan-Zhu, the final boss of the dungeon. All Alementals need to be tanked and will deal melee damage (in addition to their abilities).

Immediately after disposing of Hoptallus, you will find a Bloated Brew Alemental or a Stout Brew Alemental.

  • Bloated Brew Alementals cast Bloat Icon Bloat at random targets, causing them to knock back and deal damage to friendly players on their right and on their left.
  • Stout Brew Alementals afflict players with Blackout Brew Icon Blackout Brew. Unless you remove the debuff by moving and jumping, it will quickly stack to 10 stacks, stunning you for 10 seconds.

Then, you will enter a room with 9 Bubbling Brew Alementals or 9 Yeasty Brew Alementals.

  • Bubbling Brew Alementals regularly use Bubble Shield Icon Bubble Shield, which grants damage protection to nearby Bubbling Brew Alementals. Since each Bubble Shield will stack its effect on the Alementals, it is important to destroy the shields when they appear, before resuming your attacks on the Alementals.
  • Yeasty Brew Alementals will cast Brew Bolt Icon Brew Bolt, which deals a bit of Frost damage to a random player.

When you exit the room, you will meet 2 Fizzy Brew Alementals or 2 Sudsy Brew Alementals. They will respectively cast Suds Icon Suds and Carbonation Icon Carbonation, which create damaging void zones (under the Alemental for Suds and under the targeted player for Carbonation).

7.2. Pre-Fight Alementals

After reaching the Tasting Room, you will have to fight 3 waves of Alementals before Yan-Zhu appears. They will be the same type of Alementals that you have just fought.

The first wave is comprised of:

The second wave is comprised of:

The third wave is comprised of:

7.3. The Fight against Yan-Zhu

The encounter with Yan-Zhu the Uncasked will vary, according to the types of adds you previously encountered. Indeed, the boss will use the abilities of the Alementals that you defeat on your way to him.

7.3.1. Abilities

Yan-Zhu has three abilities. Each ability is one of two possible choices, based on the ads you fought on your way to him. The adds (and therefore Yan-Zhu's abilities) are decided randomly, on a per-lockout basis.

His first ability is either:

His second ability is either:

In addition to Brew Bolt Icon Brew Bolt, Yeasty Brew Alementals gain a new ability called Ferment Icon Ferment, which is channeled towards Yan-Zhu, restoring his mana and health. The effect can be intercepted if you stand between Yan-Zhu and a Yeasty Brew Alemental.

His third ability is either:

7.3.2. Strategy

Dealing with the first two abilities is easy, whichever they are:

Dealing with the third ability is slightly more problematic.

  • Carbonation Icon Carbonation fills the room with a gas that prevents you from casting your abilities. You need to click on one of the Fizzy Bubbles Icon Fizzy Bubbles that appear when Carbonation is cast. This will grant you the ability to fly and avoid the dangerous gas. While flying, you will be able to cast your spells normally, even when moving.
  • Wall of Suds Icon Wall of Suds causes two damaging walls to travel the room in different directions. To deal with these walls, you are given a passive buff called Sudsy Icon Sudsy, which allows you to jump higher than usual (high enough to avoid the damage of the walls). To optimise your jumps, you should try to jump near a point where the walls will intersect. This way, you will jump over both walls at once.
Bloat Icon Bloat Bubble Shield Icon Bubble Shield Carbonation Icon Carbonation
Stormstout Brewery - Yan-Zhu - Bloat Stormstout Brewery - Yan-Zhu - Bubbling Shield Stormstout Brewery - Yan-Zhu - Carbonation
Blackout Brew Icon Blackout Brew Ferment Icon Ferment Wall of Suds Icon Wall of Suds
Stormstout Brewery - Yan-Zhu - Blackout Brew Stormstout Brewery - Yan-Zhu - Ferment Stormstout Brewery - Yan-Zhu - Wall of Suds

8. Achievement: Ling-Ting's Herbal Journey↑top

To complete Ling-Ting's Herbal Journey Icon Ling-Ting's Herbal Journey, you will first need to buy Ling-Ting's Favorite Tea Icon Ling-Ting's Favorite Tea from Auntie Stormstout at the entrace of the dungeon. Drinking this tea will allow you to see the Golden Hoplings that you need to gather. There are 30 of them and, as the instance is linear, you will find them easily.

Here are a few tips/notes.

  • The buff given by Ling-Ting's Favorite Tea Icon Ling-Ting's Favorite Tea only lasts 5 minutes, so you should buy as many copies of this item as you can (currently, the maximum is 5).
  • Credit for finding Hoplings is shared between party members.
  • You can still find the Hoplings after the dungeon has been completed.

9. Final Considerations↑top

This concludes our Stormstout Brewery dungeon guide. If you find any inconsistency or mistake, feel free to comment or send us an e-mail.