Maexxna Encounter Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

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

Maexxna is the third and final boss of The Arachnid Quarter in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's version of the Naxxramas Raid and is commonly the third 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 Maexxna in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's Naxxramas

Maexxna is the third and final boss of The Arachnid Quarter that you will face in Naxxramas, taking place within her webbed lair. Naturally, as a spider Maexxna will make use of a variety of poisons and webbing to torment her enemies; arachnophobes beware!


Role-Specific Tips for Maexxna


DPS Tips

  • Help destroy any web cocoons that are trapping players affected by Web Wrap IconWeb Wrap.
  • Quickly slay any Maexxna Spiderlings that spawn to reduce the number of Necrotic Poison IconNecrotic Poison that need to be dispelled.
  • Pay attention to the timer for Web Spray IconWeb Spray so that you do not waste any cooldowns just before getting stunned.

Healer Tips

  • Dispel Necrotic Poison IconNecrotic Poison/Necrotic Poison IconNecrotic Poison immediately, or your tank will surely die.
  • Consider applying additional heal-over-time effects to the active tank before each cast of Web Spray IconWeb Spray so that they remain safe while stunned.

Tank Tips

  • This fight is easily solo-tankable, though another tank can still help out with the Maexxna Spiderling spawns.
  • While the whole raid is stunned during Web Spray IconWeb Spray, Maexxna will still be attacking the active tank. Consider playing more defensively to account for this.
  • Position Maexxna so that you are the only player getting hit by Poison Shock IconPoison Shock.
  • Remember that Maexxna will Frenzy IconFrenzy at 30% health, dealing even more damage for the rest of the encounter.

Maexxna Abilities

  • Web Spray IconWeb Spray — Every 40 seconds, Maexxna will stun the entire raid for 6 seconds and deal a large amount of Nature damage.
  • Web Wrap IconWeb Wrap — One (or two, in 25-man) players will be dragged to a far wall of the encounter area and become trapped in a webbed cocoon. Until this cocoon is attacked and destroyed, the Web Wrapped victim(s) are helpless.
  • Necrotic Poison IconNecrotic Poison — This ability is cast on Maexxna's main target, and is a Poison debuff that reduces all healing received by 90% for 30 seconds if it is not dispelled.
  • Poison Shock IconPoison Shock — Maexxna will spray poison in a frontal cone that deals a large amount of Nature damage. No one should be hit by this attack other than the tank.
  • Summon Spiderlings — Maexxna will occasionally spawn multiple Maexxna Spiderlings. These spiderlings will apply their, weaker form of Necrotic Poison IconNecrotic Poison that instead reduces healing received by 75%. Fortunately, this Poison debuff is also dispellable.
  • Frenzy IconFrenzy — Upon reaching 30% health, Maexxna will gain 50% increased attack speed and deal 75% more Physical damage until she is defeated.

Strategy for Maexxna

Begin this encounter as a tank by ensuring Maexxna is faced away from the rest of the raid to avoid anyone being hit by Poison Shock IconPoison Shock. From here, the encounter will revolve around each role doing their respective job: healers will want to immediately dispel Necrotic Poison IconNecrotic Poison/Necrotic Poison IconNecrotic Poison and DPS will want to break out anyone affected by Web Wrap IconWeb Wrap.

Beyond these simple jobs, every member of the raid will want to keep track of the Web Spray IconWeb Spray timer, as being stunned at the wrong time could mean death. In particular, be ready to potentially slow down the raid's damage output to avoid having to experience any Web Sprays while Maexxna is under the effect of Frenzy IconFrenzy from reaching 30% health.


Maexxna Loot



Item Type/Slot
Maexxna's Femur Icon Maexxna's Femur One-Hand Mace
Wraith Spear Icon Wraith Spear Polearm
Aegis of Damnation Icon Aegis of Damnation Shield
Embrace of the Spider Icon Embrace of the Spider Trinket
Cloak of Armed Strife Icon Cloak of Armed Strife Cape
Timeworn Silken Band Icon Timeworn Silken Band Ring
Pendant of Lost Vocations Icon Pendant of Lost Vocations Neck
Leggings of Discord Icon Leggings of Discord Leather Legs
Spaulders of the Monstrosity Icon Spaulders of the Monstrosity Leather Shoulders
Web Cocoon Grips Icon Web Cocoon Grips Plate Gloves


Item Type/Slot
Wraith Strike Icon Wraith Strike Main Hand Fist Weapon
The Jawbone Icon The Jawbone Two-Hand Mace
Matriarch's Spawn Icon Matriarch's Spawn Off-hand
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
Digested Silken Robes Icon Digested Silken Robes Cloth Chest
Distorted Limbs Icon Distorted Limbs Cloth Legs
Cowl of the Perished Icon Cowl of the Perished Leather Helm
Infectious Skitterer Leggings Icon Infectious Skitterer Leggings Leather Legs
Mantle of Shattered Kinship Icon Mantle of Shattered Kinship Leather Shoulders
Sinner's Bindings Icon Sinner's Bindings Leather Wrist
Quivering Tunic Icon Quivering Tunic Mail Chest
Torn Web Wrapping Icon Torn Web Wrapping Mail Belt
Undiminished Battleplate Icon Undiminished Battleplate Plate Chest
Helm of Diminished Pride Icon Helm of Diminished Pride Plate Helm
Ablative Chitin Girdle Icon Ablative Chitin Girdle Plate Belt
Bindings of the Hapless Prey Icon Bindings of the Hapless Prey Plate Wrist

Further Reading

Maexxna 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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