Instructor Razuvious Encounter Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

Last updated on Sep 27, 2022 at 18:43 by Sinzhu 2 comments

Instructor Razuvious is the first boss of The Military Quarter in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's version of the Naxxramas Raid and is commonly the seventh 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 Instructor Razuvious in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's Naxxramas

Instructor Razuvious is the first boss of The Military Quarter that you will come up against in Naxxramas, and may be familiar to Death Knight players in particular, seeing as he was originally in Acherus during their starting experience. Razuvious now continues to perform his duties of training new recruits in Kel'Thuzad's domain.


Role-Specific Tips for Instructor Razuvious


DPS Tips

  • There are no special mechanics or tips to be aware of as a DPS player.

Healer Tips


Tank Tips

  • You should not directly tank Razuvious, as his attacks are far too deadly. As a tank, you will instead either tank any Death Knight Understudys that are not currently being Mind Control IconMind Controlled (25-player), or Mind Control them yourself with a Controlling Orb (10-player).

Instructor Razuvious Abilities

  • Instructor Razuvious
    • Disrupting Shout IconDisrupting Shout — Despite its name, this ability is not an interrupting effect and will instead deal a large amount of Physical damage to the entire raid on a 16-second timer.
    • Jagged Knife IconJagged Knife — Razuvious will frequently cast this ability on a random player, dealing Physical damage and applying an additional Physical DoT for 5 seconds.
    • Unbalancing Strike IconUnbalancing Strike — Razuvious hits tremendously hard with this ability while also reducing the victim's Defense skill by 100 with every cast. A Death Knight Understudy must take this hit instead to avoid death.
  • Death Knight Understudy and Controlling Orb — In the 10-player version of this encounter, players must click a nearby Controlling Orb to take control of a Death Knight Understudy. In 25-player, a Priest must instead use Mind Control IconMind Control to control them instead. These understudies have three abilities:
    • Blood Strike IconBlood Strike — This ability deals a small amount of extra damage.
    • Bone Barrier IconBone Barrier — This ability enables an Understudy to survive Razuvious's extreme damage output, but only lasts for 20 seconds on a 30-second cooldown.
    • Taunt IconTaunt — Force Razuvious to attack the Understudy for 20 seconds. This ability's cooldown is also 20 seconds, allowing for 100% uptime if you desire.

Strategy for Instructor Razuvious

Begin this encounter by immediately taking control of a Death Knight Understudy either through a Priest's Mind Control IconMind Control or with a Controlling Orb. Any Understudies not currently being controlled should be grabbed by a tank player, but they should not be actively attacked.

The player controlling a Death Knight Understudy should immediately Taunt IconTaunt Razuvious while putting up a Bone Barrier IconBone Barrier and using Blood Strike IconBlood Strike as available. Once the Bone Barrier expires the Understudy will likely perish, so be ready to have another one taunt with bone barrier and repeat the process until Razuvious is defeated. While generally not necessary to succeed, you can also choose to rotate Understudies so that Razuvious is only ever attacking one that has Bone Barrier active.


Instructor Razuvious Loot



Item Type/Slot
Accursed Bow of the Elite Icon Accursed Bow of the Elite Bow
Scepter of Murmuring Spirits Icon Scepter of Murmuring Spirits Off-hand
Cloak of Darkening Icon Cloak of Darkening Cape
Leggings of the Instructor Icon Leggings of the Instructor Cloth Legs
Mantle of the Extensive Mind Icon Mantle of the Extensive Mind Cloth Shoulders
Rapid Attack Gloves Icon Rapid Attack Gloves Leather Gloves
Girdle of Lenience Icon Girdle of Lenience Leather Belt
Iron Rings of Endurance Icon Iron Rings of Endurance Mail Wrist
Waistguard of the Tutor Icon Waistguard of the Tutor Plate Belt
Plated Gloves of Relief Icon Plated Gloves of Relief Plate Gloves


Item Type/Slot
Idol of the Shooting Star Icon Idol of the Shooting Star Idol
Totem of Dueling Icon Totem of Dueling Totem
Boots of Forlorn Wishes Icon Boots of Forlorn Wishes Cloth Feet
Bindings of the Expansive Mind Icon Bindings of the Expansive Mind Cloth Wrist
Chestpiece of Suspicion Icon Chestpiece of Suspicion Leather Chest
Spaulders of Egotism Icon Spaulders of Egotism Leather Shoulders
Esteemed Bindings Icon Esteemed Bindings Leather Wrist
Shoulderpads of Secret Arts Icon Shoulderpads of Secret Arts Mail Shoulders
Girdle of Recuperation Icon Girdle of Recuperation Mail Belt
Bands of Mutual Respect Icon Bands of Mutual Respect Mail Wrist
Faithful Steel Sabatons Icon Faithful Steel Sabatons Plate Feet
Gauntlets of Guiding Touch Icon Gauntlets of Guiding Touch Plate Gloves
Legplates of Double Strikes Icon Legplates of Double Strikes Plate Legs
Girdle of Razuvious Icon Girdle of Razuvious Plate Belt
Bracers of the Unholy Knight Icon Bracers of the Unholy Knight Plate Wrist

Further Reading

Instructor Razuvious 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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