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This post discusses the fate of Kael'thas Sunstrier in Shadowlands and contains spoilers.

Kael'thas Sunstrider s returning in the Shadowlands expansion as a boss in the Castle Nathria raid. The raid houses 10 bosses, but there are only six in the Encounter Journal right now in the game, so there's still room for Nathanos Blightcaller, as we discussed last week, but let's get back to the man of setbacks.


New Kael'thas Sunstrider Models

Kael'thas received two models for Shadowlands. The first one is his Corrupted Boss model.


The second one is the Shade of Kael'thas who plays a part during the encounter.


Castle Nathria Encounter Journal Details

Shade of Kael'thas

At certain health percentages, a precursor to the weapon Kael'thas is to become manifests itself from Kael'thas and attacks.

  • Reflection of Guilt - Kael'thas is bound to his Shade, absorbing all healing while tied to the Shade of Kael'thas.
  • Fiery Strike (Tank Alert) - Lets loose a fiery blast, inflicting 1,164 Fire damage and applying Burning Remnants to all enemies in a cone in front of the Shade of Kael'thas.
    • Burning Remnants (Tank Alert) - Remnants of Fiery Strike linger on the enemy, inflicting 233 Fire damage every 1 sec for 10 sec. This effect stacks.
  • Ember Blast - The Shade of Kael'thas targets an enemy and calls down a pillar of Fire at their location, inflicting 0 Fire damage to all enemies within 0 yards of the impact point and applying Lingering Embers. This effect stacks. The damage ana applications of Lingering Embers are split evenly between all players hit.
    • Lingering Embers - Lingering embers cling to the enemy's body, inflicting 1,164 Fire damage every 1 sec for 15 sec. This effect stacks.
  • Blazing Surge - At 100 Energy, the Shade of Kael'thas releases a massive blast of fire, leaving a pile of Smoldering Remnants.
  • Reborn Phoenix
    • Smoldering Plumage - The Phoenix's plumage billows with fiery energy, inflicting Fire damage to all nearby enemies every 1 sec.
    • Phoenix Embers - The embers of the Reborn Phoenix begin to reignite, healing them for 5% of their maximum health every 1 sec. When they reach 100% of their maximum health, the Reborn Phoenix is resurrected.

Ministers of Vice play a part in the encounter, and from the journal, we learn that we will actually save Kael'thas.

There are also Sire Denathrius's Ministers of Vice who work to thwart the raid's attempt to save Kael'thas. The mobs include High Torturor Darithos, Rockbound Vanquisher, Onyx Enforcer, Vile Occultist, Soul Infuser, and Pestering Fiend.


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I wonder if he could be an example of if we can pull famous npcs out of Shadowlands or if he basically just becomes an ally of ours in the Shadowlands.

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12 minutes ago, BenReilly said:

Hey geniuses, how about NOT putting his damn name in the freaking TITLE OF THE ARTICLE if you're trying to avoid spoilers!

The spoilers were the encounter details and the fact that we save him not that he exists, mr "genius".

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There are setbacks within setbacks. Setbacks, like ogres, have layers.

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Oh good ol' blizzard. He got another setback just to get killed.... kidding...we're going to save our boi finally

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1 hour ago, BenReilly said:

Hey geniuses, how about NOT putting his damn name in the freaking TITLE OF THE ARTICLE if you're trying to avoid spoilers!

They literally used him as an example of returning characters of the past at Blizzcon during the reveal of Shadowlands. His return was used in almost every coverage about the reveal of Shadowlands. I'm sorry you missed out on all that, but it's definitely not a secret anymore. Don't think you can really blame them for calling his name, pretty much everybody already knew.

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1 hour ago, BenReilly said:

Hey geniuses, how about NOT putting his damn name in the freaking TITLE OF THE ARTICLE if you're trying to avoid spoilers!

So, I know you've had a few responses to this already, but I thought I'd leave one from "us" (Icy Veins) as well.

We are doing our very best to make sure that nobody is spoiled when they are trying to stay away from content about Shadowlands, but there is only so much that we can do.

  • The title of the article is completely neutral, with no information whatsoever about what role Kael'thas plays in the expansion. 
  • As mentioned by Panda just above me, Kael was one of the "flagship" returning heroes for the expansion and hence, given the huge amount of coverage he has had on almost every forum and fansite, as well as at Blizzcon, we felt that the title was absolutely fine as a "spoiler-free" version.
  • The image is also a completely neutral main image, with no reference to Kael'thas at all.

Now, at this point in development, when Alpha is up and people are actively testing and looking for content, avoiding spoilers is nigh-impossible if you are actively browsing our news section, especially the WoW one. We are doing our best to minimise any spoilers that we can, but at the end of the day, there will always be some level of spoilers, unless we make any Shadowlands news completely neutral, with no reference whatsoever to the contents of the article. I'm sure you can understand why we can't do that. If you browse around, I'm sure you'll find that there are far more spoilers out in the open on other sites, and the balance we have tried to find here on Icy Veins is certainly on the "better" side of keeping things spoiler-free.

My best advice is to simply navigate directly to pages you want to view and bookmark them. 

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This better be another one of those times where a boss doesn't die, or I'm going to be livid. Kael'thas is one of my favorite lore characters ever and they just keep doing him dirty.


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On 4/24/2020 at 6:56 PM, Vanquinn said:

This better be another one of those times where a boss doesn't die, or I'm going to be livid. Kael'thas is one of my favorite lore characters ever and they just keep doing him dirty.


This ^ , hope they don't try to make him a betrayer once again.

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