Gluth Encounter Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

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

Gluth is the third encounter of The Construct Quarter in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's version of the Naxxramas Raid and is commonly the twelfth 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 Gluth in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's Naxxramas

Gluth is the third boss of The Construct Wing and likely one of the later encounters you will experience in Naxxramas. Although DPS players will not have much to worry about on this encounter, tanks and healers in particular may have a lot of responsibility on their hands as a number of adds need to be kept away from the boss while also managing a healing reduction debuff. Finally, healers will especially need to worry about the entire raid being dropped to a mere 5% total health at times!


Role-Specific Tips for Gluth


DPS Tips

  • For most DPS, this fight consists of attacking the boss until it is defeated, switching to the low-health Zombie Chows once they have been affected by Decimate IconDecimate to stop Gluth from healing.
  • If you are capable of removing Enrage IconEnrage, be ready to do so.
  • If you have been assigned to kite the Zombie Chow instead of a tank, keep them as far away from Gluth as possible without being hit and receiving any stacks of Infected Wound IconInfected Wound.

Healer Tips

  • Remember that it will become progressively harder to heal a tank the more stacks of Mortal Wound IconMortal Wound they have.
  • Keep an eye on whoever is kiting the Zombie Chow in case they get hit.
  • Be ready to top off the raid (and especially the tank) after Decimate IconDecimate is cast!

Tank Tips

  • Fight Gluth near the far end of the room from where you first jumped down.
  • Swap tanking duties with another player before your Mortal Wound IconMortal Wound stacks become unmanageable.
  • If you are handling the Zombie Chow adds instead of a DPS player, you must generate threat and kite them far away from Gluth, without being directly hit by them to avoid Infected Wound IconInfected Wound.

Gluth Abilities

  • Mortal Wound IconMortal Wound — A debuff occasionally applied by Gluth that reduces healing received by 10% for 15 seconds, stacking. This acts as the "tank swap" ability of the encounter, forcing another player to eventually taunt Gluth before the target becomes unhealable.
  • Enrage IconEnrage — Gluth will occasionally Enrage himself, which will need to be removed with abilities such as Tranquilizing Shot IconTranquilizing Shot from a Hunter.
  • Zombie Chow — These adds spawn from the grates near the area where you first dropped into the encounter room. While slow, they will be devoured by Gluth and heal him if any get too close.
    • Infected Wound IconInfected Wound — This stacking debuff will be applied to anyone struck by a Zombie Chow, increasing Physical damage taken.
  • Decimate IconDecimate — This is the primary mechanic of the fight. Gluth will reduce the health of all players and Zombie Chows in the room to 5% of their maximum. This will also cause any living Zombie Chows to ignore threat and begin to move toward the boss.

Strategy for Gluth

Gluth is reached by running through a pipe filled with toxic fumes immediately after Grobbulus; be careful not to fall through any holes! When you are ready to begin, jump into the room, and drag Gluth to the far door from the pipe if you are the initial tank. Be careful not to be too much of a burden on healers with heavy stacks of Mortal Wound IconMortal Wound.

Meanwhile, Zombie Chow will begin to spawn near the pipe where everyone first jumped down. If you are responsible for kiting these, get their attention and keep them as far away from Gluth as possible, while still remaining in range of healers in case of any stray damage. If you are not responsible for kiting, you do not need to worry about attacking these adds as they have far too much health to reasonably defeat.

Once Gluth casts Decimate IconDecimate, ranged players in particular should be ready to quickly swap to the now-weakened Zombie Chows and slay them before any have the opportunity to reach the boss and trigger a heal.


Gluth Loot

Gluth is unique among the bosses of Naxxramas, as it can drop items from any of the other bosses outside of Sapphiron and Kel'Thuzad, making for a truly monstrous loot table. Think of this boss as your second-chance wildcard for nearly anything!


Further Reading

Gluth 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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