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Ursoc Strategy Guide

Last updated on Oct 04, 2016 at 19:45 by Damien 12 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our World of Warcraft encounter guide for Ursoc in The Emerald Nightmare. We will teach you everything you need to know to defeat the boss in every difficulty.

On this particular page, we will give you a short overview of the fight as well as a list of things to watch out for (include LFR tips when applicable).

The other pages of our Ursoc guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Pottm from Serenity.

1. Contents

To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 4 pages:

2. Lore

Ursoc is one of the first bosses in the Emerald Nightmare Raid Instance.

Ursoc is one of the Wild Gods. Patron of the Furbolg, and closely linked to the druidic power of shapeshifting, the ancient great bear has long been a protector of Azeroth. But as Ursoc slumbered at his shrine in the Grizzly Hills, the world around him was plunged into corruption, and he awoke to torment and nightmare, consuming and twisting his being.

3. Outline

Ursoc is a quite straightfoward fight where his damage will ramp up over time. Your raid will have to deal with a handful of abilities in order to defeat him. Here is a preview of the fight from the Legion Alpha/Beta.


Below is a TL;DR of how to handle Ursoc's abilities. This should be used to familiarize yourself with the boss' abilities, and not as a blueprint for success.

4.1. Tanks

4.2. Healers

  • Expect damage to ramp up throughout the fight.
  • Be sure to have healing cooldowns for when Ursoc reaches 30% health and soft enrages.

4.3. DPS

  • Mythic — Pool your resources to kill the Nightmare Image before the next cast of Roaring Cacophony Icon Roaring Cacophony.

4.4. Everyone

  • Stand in Ursoc's path when he is preparing to charge for Focused Gaze Icon Focused Gaze to reduce incoming damage from Barreling Impact Icon Barreling Impact, unless already debuffed by Momentum Icon Momentum. Basically, have two groups to soak the ability and take turns.
  • When targeted by Focused Gaze Icon Focused Gaze move as far away from Ursoc as possible to reduce your damage taken from Trampling Slam Icon Trampling Slam and make sure there is a group of players between you and the boss. Walk in a straight line towards the middle of the room, to avoid confusing your fellow raiders (avoid strafing).
  • Roaring Cacophony Icon Roaring Cacophony can be handled by just the tanks and melee players at the beginning, but its damage ramping up, you will need all players soaking by the end of the fight.
  • Make sure to have cooldowns available for the Blood Frenzy Icon Blood Frenzy part of the fight when Ursoc soft-enrages at 30% health.
  • Heroic/Mythic — Ensure you do not stand in the Miasma Icon Miasma void zones from the Nightmare Images.
  • Heroic/Mythic — Roaring Cacophony Icon Roaring Cacophony's radius being quite large, make use of it. Move out of it immediately after the cast finishes, to avoid taking damage from Miasma Icon Miasma.
  • Mythic — Kill the Nightmare Image before the next cast of Roaring Cacophony Icon Roaring Cacophony.

5. ChangeLog

  • 04 Oct. 2016: Added Mythic tips.
  • 21 Sep. 2016: Made it more obvious that the optimal tank swapping strategy can easily be summed up as swap after every Rend Flesh or Overwhelm.
  • 16 Sep. 2016: Added more details following pottm's review.
  • 08 Sep. 2016: Guide added.
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