Anub'Rekhan Encounter Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

Last updated on Sep 27, 2022 at 18:43 by Sinzhu 1 comment

Anub'Rekhan is the first boss of The Arachnid Quarter in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's version of the Naxxramas Raid and is commonly the first encounter of the instance as a whole. Do not forget to be aware of the various Raid Buffs and Debuffs as you work to optimize your Raid Composition for this encounter's mechanics!


Overview of Anub'Rekhan in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's Naxxramas

Anub'Rekhan is likely the very first boss of Naxxramas you will encounter, and is himself the first boss of The Arachnid Quarter wing. As is befitting an early boss in the raid, there are minimal mechanics for you to worry about as you primarily deal with the occasional add while fighting the boss himself. Players who have experienced this fight already in the Vanilla version of Naxxramas should not expect any new surprises.


Role-Specific Tips for Anub'Rekhan


DPS Tips

  • Stay spread out around the boss to reduce your chances of being hit by Impale IconImpale.
  • Be careful to not get hit by a Crypt Guard's Cleave IconCleave.
  • Make sure to run at least 30 yards away from Anub'Rekhan when he begins his Locust Swarm IconLocust Swarm.

Healer Tips

  • Stay spread out from other healers to avoid too many players being hit by Impale IconImpale.
  • Make sure to stay at least 30 yards away from Anub'Rekhan during Locust Swarm IconLocust Swarm

Tank Tips

  • While this fight can technically be solo-tanked, it is not recommended due to the continuing spawns of Crypt Guards.
  • Anub'Rekhan will still be trying to attack you during Locust Swarm IconLocust Swarm. Kite him around the edge of the room, while staying more than 30 yards away to avoid damage and allow your ranged DPS to hit the boss safely.

Anub'Rekhan Abilities

  • Impale IconImpale — A random player will be targeted and sent into the air while taking damage. Any players between this target and Anub'Rekhan will also be damaged and knocked up.
  • Locust Swarm IconLocust Swarm — Anub'Rekhan will create a 30-yard aura around himself after an initial cast that lasts for 20 seconds, snaring himself in the process. Players within this aura will suffer Nature damage and be unable to attack or cast spells for two seconds. This cast will also spawn a Crypt Guard add.
  • Crypt Guard — Spawned by Locust Swarm IconLocust Swarm (or with two spawned initially on 25-player)
    • Acid Spit IconAcid Spit — A Nature DoT effect that lasts for 10 seconds
    • Cleave IconCleave — Cleaves damage to other players near the target

Strategy for Anub'Rekhan

Begin by positioning in an arc around the boss as a raid. This is to reduce the chances of multiple players being hit by an Impale IconImpale; if multiple healers in particular get struck at the same time, it could be deadly!

Beyond this, focus your attacks on any Crypt Guards that are present whenever they spawn in the encounter — or from the very beginning, in 25-player. One additional Crypt Guard will spawn with every cast of Locust Swarm IconLocust Swarm.

Finally, during each Locust Swarm IconLocust Swarm, it is up to the tank that has Anub'Rekhan's attention to slowly kite him around the edges of the room to prevent anyone from being silenced by the 30-yard damaging aura around the boss.


Anub'Rekhan Loot



Item Type/Slot
Knife of Incision Icon Knife of Incision One-Hand Dagger
Collar of Dissolution Icon Collar of Dissolution Neck
Deflection Band Icon Deflection Band Ring
Band of Neglected Pleas Icon Band of Neglected Pleas Ring
Agonal Sash Icon Agonal Sash Cloth Belt
Gloves of Dark Gestures Icon Gloves of Dark Gestures Cloth Gloves
Splint-Bound Leggings Icon Splint-Bound Leggings Leather Legs
Boots of Persistence Icon Boots of Persistence Mail Boots
Chivalric Chestguard Icon Chivalric Chestguard Plate Chest
Ravaging Sabatons Icon Ravaging Sabatons Plate Boots


Item Type/Slot
Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians Icon Gemmed Wand of the Nerubians Wand
Webbed Death Icon Webbed Death One-Hand Dagger
Shield of Assimilation Icon Shield of Assimilation Shield
Strong-Handed Ring Icon Strong-Handed Ring Ring
Ruthlessness Icon Ruthlessness Ring
Lost Jewel Icon Lost Jewel Ring
Sand-Worn Band Icon Sand-Worn Band Ring
Seized Beauty Icon Seized Beauty Ring
Thunderstorm Amulet Icon Thunderstorm Amulet Neck
Fool's Trial Icon Fool's Trial Neck
Heritage Icon Heritage Neck
Chains of Adoration Icon Chains of Adoration Neck
Leggings of Atrophy Icon Leggings of Atrophy Cloth Legs
Mantle of the Locusts Icon Mantle of the Locusts Cloth Shoulders
Sash of the Parlor Icon Sash of the Parlor Cloth Belt
Dawnwalkers Icon Dawnwalkers Leather Feet
Swarm Bindings Icon Swarm Bindings Leather Wrist
Corpse Scarab Handguards Icon Corpse Scarab Handguards Mail Gloves
Arachnoid Gold Band Icon Arachnoid Gold Band Mail Wrist
Sabatons of Sudden Reprisal Icon Sabatons of Sudden Reprisal Plate Feet
Inexorable Sabatons Icon Inexorable Sabatons Plate Feet
Rescinding Grips Icon Rescinding Grips Plate Gloves
Pauldrons of Unnatural Death Icon Pauldrons of Unnatural Death Plate Shoulders

Further Reading

Anub'Rekhan is just one of the 15 encounters present in the Naxxramas raid of Wrath of the Lich King Classic. If you would like to learn more about the others, or would like to see the loot tables of every boss at the same time, please see our other pages for the raid below.



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