Sapphiron Encounter Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot
Sapphiron is the penultimate encounter in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's version of the Naxxramas Raid, requiring you to first defeat every other boss in the instance before reaching her. 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 Sapphiron in Wrath of the Lich King Classic's Naxxramas
Sapphiron is the first boss of the Upper Necropolis wing of Naxxramas, accessible after you have defeated every boss in the four Quarters of the raid. He is particularly notable as the boss that players must defeat in order to acquire the means of entering The Eye of Eternity Raid, though this dragon will definitely not just be handing over the key.
Role-Specific Tips for Sapphiron
- As Sapphiron is a Dragon, the usual rule for fighting dragons applies for DPS: do not stand directly in front of or behind the boss. However, in an emergency, you can run directly through the boss to reach one side from the other.
- Be ready to dispel Life Drain as soon as it is applied to players.
- While Frost Aura's damage is predictable throughout the entire encounter, do not underestimate the amount of healing strain it will add over time.
- Position yourself so that any DPS players can safely hit Sapphiron from the side
- Frost Aura — A powerful chill pervades Sapphiron's lair, dealing Frost damage to all players for the duration of the encounter.
- Tail Sweep — Sapphiron is still a dragon, which means he will often attack players directly behind him with this ability.
- Cleave — Sapphiron will frequently cleave with his attacks, damaging anyone standing near his active target.
- Life Drain — Sapphiron will occasionally Curse players, damaging them while healing himself; this debuff can be dispelled.
- Summon Blizzard — A moving, more powerful version of a Mage's own Blizzard spell will appear and begin moving around the room. Avoid being caught by this ice storm.
- Icebolt — While in the sky, Sapphiron will target a few players with this ability. Players that are hit by this ability and survive will be frozen in a block of ice for the remainder of this phase.
- Frost Breath — Just before landing, Sapphiron will breathe extreme Frost damage throughout the whole arena. Players can only avoid this deadly breath by standing behind the ice block of a player who was frozen earlier by Icebolt.
Strategy for Sapphiron
The encounter with Sapphiron will begin with the boss slowly reforming as you enter the room, before immediately engaging the raid upon being restored. At this time, have your tank keep him relatively close to the center of the encounter space, while making sure to not face Sapphiron's head or tail toward the DPS or healers.
With this initial positioning established, the remainder of the ground phase will consist of rapidly dispelling any Life Drain debuffs that are applied to players and avoiding the moving ground effects from Summon Blizzard. It is wise to stay slightly spread so that an unfortunate Blizzard does not require too many members of the raid to move at once, all the while healing through the ever-present Frost Aura.
After approximately 45 seconds have passed, Sapphiron will take to the air, freezing a number of players with Icebolt. As soon as these targets have been identified, be prepared to move to their location so that you will be able to easily avoid the lethal Frost Breath cast before Sapphiron lands. At this point, the fight will repeat until Sapphiron is defeated.
|Key to the Focusing Iris||Quest Item (access to The Eye of Eternity)|
|Cloak of Mastery||Cape|
|Shroud of the Citadel||Cape|
|Circle of Death||Ring|
|Circle of Life||Ring|
|Cowl of Winged Fear||Cloth Helm|
|Leggings of Sapphiron||Cloth Legs|
|Helm of the Vast Legions||Leather Helm|
|Helmet of the Inner Sanctum||Mail Helm|
|Massive Skeletal Ribcage||Plate Chest|
|Helm of the Unsubmissive||Plate Helm|
|Heroic Key to the Focusing Iris||Quest Item (access to The Eye of Eternity)|
|Rune of Repulsion||Trinket|
|Extract of Necromantic Power||Trinket|
|Soul of the Dead||Trinket|
|Ring of Decaying Beauty||Ring|
|Icy Blast Amulet||Neck|
|Gloves of Grandeur||Cloth Gloves|
|Legwraps of the Defeated Dragon||Cloth Legs|
|Gloves of Fast Reactions||Leather Gloves|
|Legguards of the Boneyard||Leather Legs|
|Boots of the Great Construct||Mail Feet|
|Breastplate of Frozen Pain||Plate Chest|
|Platehelm of the Great Wyrm||Plate Helm|
|Bone-Inlaid Legguards||Plate Legs|
|Noble Birthright Pauldrons||Plate Shoulders|
Sapphiron 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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