Auriaya Encounter Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

Last updated on May 02, 2023 at 12:00 by Abide 1 comment

Auriaya is the seventh boss of Ulduar. This boss does not have a hard mode available. 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 Auriaya in Wrath of the Lich King Classic

Auriaya is technically an optional boss and can be skipped by avoiding her patrol route. If you choose to engage her, you will deal with her and the army of cats she has at her disposal. This encounter mostly comes down to how your raid initially engages the boss. Auriaya herself is not too dangerous, but the 4 Sanctum Sentrys accompanying her can very quickly kill your tank in a split second. Figuring out a solid pulling strategy that works for your group is the critical factor to repeat success on this encounter.


Role-Specific Tips for Auriaya


DPS Tips

  • Melee DPS will need to quickly move in front of the boss to soak damage from the Sonic Screech IconSonic Screech.
  • Be cautious on the pull; allow the tanks to go in first to control the adds and the bosses position
  • Quickly burn down the Sanctum Sentrys at the start of the fight, or your tank will die when they run out of cooldowns.

Healer Tips

  • Be ready with large heals and defensive cooldowns on the tank assigned to the Sanctum Sentrys at the start of the fight.
  • If the Feral Defender is left alive and not stunned, random raid members will start taking moderate Shadow damage. Be ready to top them up quickly.

Tank Tips

  • Surviving the initial pull against the 4 Sanctum Sentrys is the most dangerous part of the fight. Rotate between your defensive cooldowns and any external cooldowns available to survive this.
  • Keep Auriaya facing toward the raid group to split the damage from the Sonic Screech IconSonic Screech.
  • You can force the Feral Defender to attack you with taunt, allowing you to drag it away from the raid right before it dies if it is not stunned.

Auriaya Encounter Abilities


Auriaya Abilities


Feral Defender Abilities


Strategy for Auriaya

The most difficult part of this encounter is getting a reliable pull. The 4 Sanctum Sentrys hit extremely hard thanks to the Strength of the Pack IconStrength of the Pack they are all providing to each other. Tanks will need to use personal cooldowns upon engaging the boss, as these 4 adds will all hit like trucks. The tank assigned to these adds must have a large cooldown running on them. The raid will want to quickly AoE these adds down on the pull, burning all major cooldowns to kill them off as soon as possible, or else your tank will run out of cooldowns and die.

Auriaya herself is much less of a threat. Have your tank face her towards the raid as she will constantly cast Sonic Screech IconSonic Screech, which deals massive damage but is split between all players hit. Melee DPS can alternate between DPSing from behind Auriaya, then moving to her front to soak the Sonic Screech IconSonic Screech. Auriaya will also cast Guardian Swarm IconGuardian Swarm, summoning a pack of Swarming Guardians that can be instantly AoE'd down.

Auriaya will also summon a Feral Defender shortly into the fight. This cat ignores threat but can be taunted for the brief fixate and pounces on random players dealing moderate Shadow damage. The Feral Defender can also be stunned, preventing it from dealing any damage for a short time. Have your second tank try to grab these when they spawn, and all DPS swap to kill this add quickly. When it dies, it drops Seeping Feral Essence IconSeeping Feral Essence around its body. If the add dies in the raid, the entire raid must move a few steps out of the pool. Ideally, your tank will taunt the mob shortly before it dies, drag it away from the raid, and stun it so that it does not die on top of everyone.


Auriaya Loot


Auriaya 10-Player Loot

Item Type/Slot
Cover of the Keepers Icon Cover of the Keepers Leather Head
Mantle of the Preserver Icon Mantle of the Preserver Cloth Shoulder
Ironaya's Discarded Mantle Icon Ironaya's Discarded Mantle Mail Shoulder
Raiments of the Corrupted Icon Raiments of the Corrupted Clot Chest
Chestplate of Titanic Fury Icon Chestplate of Titanic Fury Plate Chest
Nimble Climber's Belt Icon Nimble Climber's Belt Leather Waist
Archaedas' Lost Legplates Icon Archaedas' Lost Legplates Plate Legs
Elemental Focus Stone Icon Elemental Focus Stone Trinket
Shieldwall of the Breaker Icon Shieldwall of the Breaker Shield
Nurturing Touch Icon Nurturing Touch Wand

Auriaya 25-Player Loot

Item Type/Slot
Cowl of the Absolute Icon Cowl of the Absolute Cloth Head
Unwavering Stare Icon Unwavering Stare Leather Head
Amice of the Stoic Watch Icon Amice of the Stoic Watch Mail Shoulder
Shoulderplates of the Eternal Icon Shoulderplates of the Eternal Plate Shoulder
Cloak of the Makers Icon Cloak of the Makers Back
Unbreakable Chestguard Icon Unbreakable Chestguard Plate Chest
Gloves of the Stonereaper Icon Gloves of the Stonereaper Leather Hands
Sandals of the Ancient Keeper Icon Sandals of the Ancient Keeper Cloth Feet
Greaves of the Rockmender Icon Greaves of the Rockmender Plate Feet
Ring of the Faithful Servant Icon Ring of the Faithful Servant Finger
Platinum Band of the Aesir Icon Platinum Band of the Aesir Finger
Runescribed Blade Icon Runescribed Blade Main Hand Sword
Stonerender Icon Stonerender One Hand Mace
Siren's Cry Icon Siren's Cry Bow
Libram of the Resolute Icon Libram of the Resolute Libram
Fragment of Val'anyr Icon Fragment of Val'anyr Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings Icon Val'anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings

Further Reading

Auriaya is just one of the 14 encounters present in the Ulduar raid of Wrath of the Lich King Classic. If you would like to learn more about the other fights and their respective loot, please see our Ulduar Raid Hub page below.



  • 18 Jan. 2023: Page added.
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