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Blizzard updated the Jailer's death animation in this week's 9.2 PTR build, shedding more light on his fate in Eternity's End. This post contains major spoilers.

In 9.2 Build 41726, we saw a new NPC that looks like a deactivated version of the Jailer given the corresponding runes on the body. Our initial theory was that this "Husk of the Jailer" is Zovaal's corpse after we defeat him in Sepulcher of the First Ones. 

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Husk of the Jailer Model

The new Jailer's death animation ends in the same pose as you see in the Husk of the Jailer model from the previous build. I think we'll see a cinematic play when the Jailer dies and after watching it, we'll see his lifeless lootable husk laying on the ground.

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Here's the updated death animation. Instead of falling to the ground as in previous PTR builds, the Jailer now remains in a weird kneeling pose.

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Blizzard has also changed the Hall of Fame title to "Famed Slayer of Zovaal the Jailer", indicating he will die at the end of the raid.

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well at least they have next expac to come up with a better end boss.... or maybe tie up some of the loose ends.... like the giant sword stuck in the planet... i mean deathwing woke up and tore the world up and a giant sword did .... not much im sure suddenly adding a huge mass to a planet dose nothing 

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5 hours ago, Arcling said:

Is this truly Jailer's corpse? It looks like one of those prototypes from Zereth Mortis.

Why would a prototype have a hole in the chest and domination runes on it?

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5 hours ago, Arcling said:

Is this truly Jailer's corpse? It looks like one of those prototypes from Zereth Mortis.

Yes. The runes are identical.

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15 hours ago, PepperAmmy said:

well at least they have next expac to come up with a better end boss.... or maybe tie up some of the loose ends.... like the giant sword stuck in the planet... i mean deathwing woke up and tore the world up and a giant sword did .... not much im sure suddenly adding a huge mass to a planet dose nothing 

They should make the sword come alive, so it can be like the villain in Super Mario RPG for SNES 😏

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12 hours ago, Teufel said:

Why would a prototype have a hole in the chest and domination runes on it?

Because it was exact copy? But if it's him, then we fought someone who had a ball for a stomach, really? Great mastermind, behind many plans, was just an action figure?

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3 hours ago, Arcling said:

Because it was exact copy? But if it's him, then we fought someone who had a ball for a stomach, really? Great mastermind, behind many plans, was just an action figure?

Messing up the continuity here.

The prototypes were created in ZM but were put aside as they proved to be too 'extreme', and more watered down versions were created and installed as the Eternal Ones instead. If it was a prototype Zovaal, he wouldn't have the domination runes, since the Primus carved those into the Jailer only after he went nuts and they locked him up in the Maw.

That said, if our Zovaal is first-generation Eternal One, unlike his siblings, that might explain him eventually forsaking his role, and the Arbiter that was created by the other Eternals is closer to what the First Ones had in mind when they created Zovaal.

Also... Metal & Soul plus Anima, or Flesh & Soul plus Anima. Do you have to be made of flesh to be considered an entity? Especially given how plenty of races on Azeroth were little more than glorified golems and robots once.

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