Heigan the Unclean Encounter Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

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

Heigan the Unclean is the second boss of The Plague Quarter in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's version of the Naxxramas Raid and is commonly the fifth 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 Heigan the Unclean in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's Naxxramas

Heigan the Unclean is the second boss of The Plague Quarter that you will come across in Naxxramas, and is quite possibly the most famous encounter of the raid. This is due to the so-called "Heigan Dance" involving the main mechanic of the fight. Fortunately, Melee DPS and tanks once again have the chance to relive this iconic dance in Wrath of the Lich King Classic.


Role-Specific Tips for Heigan the Unclean


DPS Tips

  • As a melee DPS you will be spending the entirety of this fight following Heigan and your tank around the room.
  • If you are a ranged DPS, however, you must remember to stay at least 30 yards away from Heigan to avoid being affected by Spell Disruption IconSpell Disruption during Phase 1. This is done by simply standing on the elevated platform in the room.

Healer Tips

  • Be ready to quickly dispel the tank and any other players that have the Decrepit Fever IconDecrepit Fever Disease.
  • Make sure you are at least 30 yards away from Heigan to avoid having reduced casting speed due to Spell Disruption IconSpell Disruption. Do this by standing on the elevated platform in the room.

Tank Tips

  • Your role as tank is the most important one in this entire fight. During Phase 1, you are responsible for smoothly dragging Heigan to each of the safe zones in his room while also keeping him at least 30 yards away from ranged DPS and healers to prevent them from suffering from Spell Disruption IconSpell Disruption.

Heigan the Unclean Abilities

  • Slime Eruption — Heigan's room can be divided into four sections. Throughout the encounter, a Slime Eruption will be triggered at three of these sections at a time, with the one "safe" section changing over time. The safe spots can be identified before each eruption, and the order of safety remains consistent between each pull.
  • Teleport — Heigan may occasionally teleport a player outside of his room. If this happens, simply run back in to resume the encounter.
  • Decrepit Fever IconDecrepit Fever — Heigan will periodically place a Disease DoT effect on the tank and melee DPS players. While it can be easily dispelled, be aware that it also reduces the victim's maximum health by 50% while they are afflicted.
  • Spell Disruption IconSpell Disruption — Heigan will reduce the casting speed of any targets that are within 30 yards of him by 300%. This aura will not be removed when Heigan teleports to his platform and initiates Phase Two, consisting of multiple Slime Eruptions in a row.

Strategy for Heigan the Unclean

Heigan the Unclean's encounter will begin with "Phase One" by having all ranged DPS and healers move onto the elevated platform the boss is on, while tanks and melee DPS will fight him at least 30 yards away on the cracked ground. During this time, the tanks and melee will need to move between the various safe spots on the floor and avoid the multiple Slime Eruptions taking place.

After a while, Heigan will teleport to his platform and begin "Phase Two", where more Slime Eruptions will occur. However, this time the healers and ranged DPS must also engage in the dance to stay safe so that they can remain at least 30 yards away and not suffer from Spell Disruption IconSpell Disruption. With that being said, the speed of these Eruptions means that casting is not recommended.

From here, the fight will simply repeat until either the raid group or Heigan is defeated.


Heigan the Unclean Loot



Item Type/Slot
Demise Icon Demise Two-Hand Mace
Staff of the Plague Beast Icon Staff of the Plague Beast Staff
Ring of Holy Cleansing Icon Ring of Holy Cleansing Ring
Amulet of Autopsy Icon Amulet of Autopsy Neck
Saltarello Shoes Icon Saltarello Shoes Cloth Feet
Preceptor's Bindings Icon Preceptor's Bindings Cloth Wrist
Cuffs of Dark Shadows Icon Cuffs of Dark Shadows Leather Wrist
Tunic of the Lost Pack Icon Tunic of the Lost Pack Mail Chest
Necrogenic Belt Icon Necrogenic Belt Mail Belt
Shoulderplates of Bloodshed Icon Shoulderplates of Bloodshed Plate Shoulders


Item Type/Slot
Cryptfiend's Bite Icon Cryptfiend's Bite Polearm
The Undeath Carrier Icon The Undeath Carrier Staff
Dying Curse Icon Dying Curse Trinket
Grim Toll Icon Grim Toll Trinket
Defender's Code Icon Defender's Code Trinket
Forethought Talisman Icon Forethought Talisman Trinket
Aged Winter Cloak Icon Aged Winter Cloak Cape
Shroud of Luminosity Icon Shroud of Luminosity Cape
Cloak of the Shadowed Sun Icon Cloak of the Shadowed Sun Cape
Shawl of the Old Maid Icon Shawl of the Old Maid Cape
Cloak of Averted Crisis Icon Cloak of Averted Crisis Cape
Sigil of Awareness Icon Sigil of Awareness Sigil
Heigan's Putrid Vestments Icon Heigan's Putrid Vestments Cloth Chest
Serene Echoes Icon Serene Echoes Cloth Feet
Gloves of the Dancing Bear Icon Gloves of the Dancing Bear Leather Gloves
Stalk-Skin Belt Icon Stalk-Skin Belt Leather Belt
Eruption-Scarred Boots Icon Eruption-Scarred Boots Mail Feet
Helm of Pilgrimage Icon Helm of Pilgrimage Mail Helm
Leggings of Colossal Strides Icon Leggings of Colossal Strides Mail Legs
Bindings of the Decrepit Icon Bindings of the Decrepit Mail Wrist
Breastplate of Tormented Rage Icon Breastplate of Tormented Rage Plate Chest
Chestguard of Bitter Charms Icon Chestguard of Bitter Charms Plate Chest
Iron-Spring Jumpers Icon Iron-Spring Jumpers Plate Feet
Legguards of the Apostle Icon Legguards of the Apostle Plate Legs

Further Reading

Heigan the Unclean is just one of the 15 encounters present in the Naxxramas raid. 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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