Noth the Plaguebringer Encounter Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

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

Noth the Plaguebringer is the first boss of The Plague Quarter in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's version of the Naxxramas Raid and is commonly the fourth 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 Noth the Plaguebringer in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's Naxxramas

Noth the Plaguebringer is the first boss of The Plague Quarter that you will encounter in Naxxramas, and can be thought of as a reversal of the Heigan the Unclean fight. Rather than waiting for the boss to engage you while summoning adds, you will instead attack Noth before he attempts to retreat to safety and summon reinforcements of his own.


Role-Specific Tips for Noth the Plaguebringer


DPS Tips

  • Consider pausing your damage-dealing for a moment every time Noth casts Blink IconBlink, as this ability resets his threat table.
  • This fight features many opportunities to deal AoE damage against the multiple minions being summoned.

Healer Tips


Tank Tips

  • In addition to needing to gain threat on multiple adds being summoned throughout this encounter, you must be ready to quickly regain threat on Noth himself whenever he casts Blink IconBlink.

Noth the Plaguebringer Abilities

  • Curse of the Plaguebringer IconCurse of the Plaguebringer — Noth will place this Curse debuff on multiple players. If it is not dispelled in time, it will erupt, turning into Wrath of the Plaguebringer IconWrath of the Plaguebringer and becoming far more deadly. If this debuff is ever allowed to erupt, it can quickly wipe your raid.
  • Cripple IconCripple — This is another Magic debuff that Noth will frequently apply, sharply reducing any melee player's performance while also snaring them if not dispelled.
  • Blink IconBlink — Periodically, Noth will teleport a short distance while also resetting his threat table.
  • Summon Plagued WarriorPlagued Warriors will occasionally be summoned by Noth from the piles of bones around the room. These enemies can Cleave IconCleave, but are otherwise weak.
  • Teleport — After 1:30 has passed in the encounter, Noth will teleport to a balcony, gaining immunity. For another 75 seconds he will remain on this balcony, summoning additional enemies
    • Plagued Champion — These skeletal minions are capable of using Mortal Strike IconMortal Strike on players while also inflicting Shadow damage to all nearby raiders with Shadow Shock IconShadow Shock.
    • Plagued Guardian — This skeletal force is only summoned after Noth has retreated to his balcony for a second time, and is capable of casting Arcane Explosion IconArcane Explosion, hitting all players within 30 yards with Arcane damage.

Strategy for Noth the Plaguebringer

The encounter with Noth the Plaguebringer can be started from realistically anywhere in his room. As you go through this initial phase on the ground, be especially ready to dispel any Curse of the Plaguebringer IconCurse of the Plaguebringer debuffs that are applied to players, in addition to any Cripple IconCripple debuffs. Remember that Noth will also reset his threat with every cast of Blink IconBlink, so give the tanks time to regain his attention.

Once Noth retreats to his balcony, you should focus fully on defeating the skeletal minions that spawn. In particular, you will want to prioritize any Plagued Champions due to their dangerous Shadow Shock IconShadow Shock. When Noth returns, go back to attacking him until the encounter is finished.


Noth the Plaguebringer Loot



Item Type/Slot
Dark Shroud of the Scourge Icon Dark Shroud of the Scourge Cape
Ring of the Fated Icon Ring of the Fated Ring
Robes of Hoarse Breaths Icon Robes of Hoarse Breaths Cloth Chest
Noth's Curse Icon Noth's Curse Leather Helm
Spaulders of Resumed Battle Icon Spaulders of Resumed Battle Leather Shoulders
Trespasser's Boots Icon Trespasser's Boots Mail Feet
Handgrips of the Foredoomed Icon Handgrips of the Foredoomed Mail Gloves
Chestplate of the Risen Soldier Icon Chestplate of the Risen Soldier Plate Chest
Plague-Impervious Boots Icon Plague-Impervious Boots Plate Feet
Bone-Framed Bracers Icon Bone-Framed Bracers Plate Wrist


Item Type/Slot
Angry Dread Icon Angry Dread One-Hand Mace
Spinning Fate Icon Spinning Fate Thrown
Accursed Spine Icon Accursed Spine Off-hand
Strong-Handed Ring Icon Strong-Handed Ring Ring
Ruthlessness Icon Ruthlessness Ring
Lost Jewel Icon Lost Jewel Ring
Sand-Worn Band Icon Sand-Worn Band Ring
Seized Beauty Icon Seized Beauty Ring
Thunderstorm Amulet Icon Thunderstorm Amulet Neck
Fool's Trial Icon Fool's Trial Neck
Heritage Icon Heritage Neck
Chains of Adoration Icon Chains of Adoration Neck
Libram of Radiance Icon Libram of Radiance Libram
Robes of Mutation Icon Robes of Mutation Cloth Chest
Gloves of the Fallen Wizard Icon Gloves of the Fallen Wizard Cloth Gloves
Bands of Impurity Icon Bands of Impurity Cloth Wrist
Belt of Potent Chanting Icon Belt of Potent Chanting Leather Belt
Thrusting Bands Icon Thrusting Bands Leather Wrist
Tunic of Masked Suffering Icon Tunic of Masked Suffering Mail Chest
Crippled Treads Icon Crippled Treads Mail Feet
Legguards of the Undisturbed Icon Legguards of the Undisturbed Mail Legs
Poignant Sabatons Icon Poignant Sabatons Plate Feet
Gauntlets of the Disobedient Icon Gauntlets of the Disobedient Plate Gloves
Shoulderguards of Opportunity Icon Shoulderguards of Opportunity Plate Shoulders

Further Reading

Noth the Plaguebringer 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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