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Chromaggus Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

Last updated on Feb 10, 2020 at 13:48 by Impakt 1 comment

Chromaggus is the seventh boss you will encounter in Blackwing Lair, and can be found in the room after the three drakes' room. Chromaggus is the penultimate boss in Blackwing Lair, and is also quite a unique boss in that he changes week to week.

1.

Chromaggus Summary by Role

1.1.

Tanks

  • You will need at least 2 tanks.
  • Pay attention to which two breath types are being cast. You will only need to tank swap if Time Lapse IconTime Lapse is one of the casts, in which case the off-tank should always LoS this cast, then come back and immediately taunt away from the main tank. You can then swap every Time Lapse cast.
  • If Time Lapse IconTime Lapse is not one of the breaths, then the main tank will just need to hold Chromaggus and never leave his LoS.
1.2.

Healers

  • Dispels and curse removals are absolutely critical on this fight, depending on what debuffs go out. Always remove any debuffs that you can from everyone in the raid.
  • The only main breath to watch out for is Time Lapse IconTime Lapse. If this happens, 2 healers and the off-tank will be the only people LoSing the breath each time it is cast to ensure they can keep everyone alive for the 6 seconds that you will be stunned.
  • With the exception of Time Lapse IconTime Lapse as stated above, you should be running around a corner to LoS every single breath. This is the single most important mechanic of the fight, and failure to do so will likely mean death.
1.3.

DPS

  • Mages and Druids should be removing curses when possible.
  • Hunters should be watching for Frenzy Icon Frenzy to use Tranquilizing Shot Icon Tranquilizing Shot.
  • You should be running around a corner to LoS every single breath. This is the single most important mechanic of the fight, and failure to do so will likely mean death.
  • The exception to the above rule is for Time Lapse IconTime Lapse. If Time Lapse is one of the breaths, then all DPS need to be hit by it every time to avoid stealing aggro from the tank.
2.

General Tips for Chromaggus

  • The fight plays out in one of two ways, and entirely comes down to whether or not Time Lapse IconTime Lapse is one of the breaths. The entire raid should always LoS every breath, but should get hit by every single Time Lapse IconTime Lapse breath if it is one of the two breaths that week.
  • Dispels and curse removals are critical. The entire raid should be actively looking to remove debuffs when possible, and everyone should be using Restorative Potion Icon Restorative Potions and Powerful Anti-Venom Icon Powerful Anti-Venoms to remove magic effects and poisons if applicable.
  • Hunters should be watching for Frenzy Icon Frenzy to remove it with Tranquilizing Shot Icon Tranquilizing Shot.
3.

Strategy for Chromaggus

Chromaggus is a unique boss in that it changes week to week. Each week, Chromaggus will choose two of five possible breaths to alternate casting throughout the fight. The five possible breaths are listed below.

  • Time Lapse IconTime Lapse will stun anyone in LoS for 6 seconds, reduce their health by 50%, and reduce their generated threat by 50%.
  • Ignite Flesh IconIgnite Flesh will deal some Fire damage every 3 seconds for 1 minute to anyone in LoS. This effect can stack.
  • Frost Burn IconFrost Burn deals a burst of Frost damage and increases the time between melee attacks by 80% for 15 seconds to anyone in LoS.
  • Corrosive Acid IconCorrosive Acid deals some Nature damage every 3 seconds and reduces armor by 4500 for 15 seconds to anyone in LoS.
  • Incinerate Icon Incinerate deals a large burst of Fire damage to anyone in LoS.

Four of the breaths basically play out the exact same way and do not chance the fight at all. The only breath that will change what you do is Time Lapse IconTime Lapse. If Time Lapse is not one of the breaths, then one tank can hold Chromaggus the entire fight and the raid can just LoS every single breath. If Time Lapse is one of the breaths, then the entire raid needs to be hit by it every time it is cast, with the exception of an off-tank and ~2 healers. As soon as Time Lapse is cast, the off-tank can run back into LoS, taunt the boss, and hold the boss until the tanks swap on the next cast again. The entire raid will want to be hit by each Time Lapse cast because it is easy for someone to out threat the tanks if their threat is not reduced by half when the tank's threat is.

Besides the breath mechanics, Chromaggus will also put different afflictions on people in the raid that will ignore LoS. There are 5 possible afflictions that he will cast on different players, listed below.

  • Brood Affliction: Black IconBrood Affliction: Black is a curse that increases Fire damage taken by 100%.
  • Brood Affliction: Blue IconBrood Affliction: Blue is a magic effect that burns 50 Mana per second, increases cast time by 50%, and reduces movement speed by 30%.
  • Brood Affliction: Bronze IconBrood Affliction: Bronze will periodically stun the player for 4 seconds. This can only be removed by Hourglass Sand Icon Hourglass Sand, which is a drop from other enemies in the instance. These should be used sparingly by tanks and healers.
  • Brood Affliction: Green IconBrood Affliction: Green is a poison that deals a small DoT and reduces healing taken by 50%.
  • Brood Affliction: Red IconBrood Affliction: Red is a disease that deals a small DoT, and will heal Chromaggus if the afflicted person dies while affected.

With the exception of the Bronze affliction, all of these should be removed as soon as possible, either through dispels, curse removals, Restorative Potion Icon Restorative Potions, or Powerful Anti-Venom Icon Powerful Anti-Venoms. If a player at any point is afflicted by all 5 afflictions at once, they turn into a Chromatic Drakonid and will most likely kill the raid.

The last mechanic to watch for is Chromaggus's Frenzy Icon Frenzy. He will sometimes become frenzied, and this just needs to be removed by a Hunter using Tranquilizing Shot Icon Tranquilizing Shot. Tank damage is high on this fight, and failure to remove a frenzy can easily lead to a tank dying.

3.1.

Important Abilities

  • The breaths are all important, but the most important one to watch out for is Time Lapse IconTime Lapse. Read above about how this changes the fight.
  • The afflictions listed above all need to be removed as soon as possible, with the exception of the Bronze affliction.
  • Frenzy Icon Frenzy needs to be removed by Hunters using Tranquilizing Shot Icon Tranquilizing Shot.
4.

Loot from Chromaggus

4.1.

Tier 2 Loot

Item Slot Class
Pauldrons of Transcendence Icon Pauldrons of Transcendence Shoulder Priest
Bloodfang Spaulders Icon Bloodfang Spaulders Shoulder Rogue
Pauldrons of Wrath Icon Pauldrons of Wrath Shoulder Warrior
Epaulets of Ten Storms Icon Epaulets of Ten Storms Shoulder Shaman
Dragonstalker's Spaulders Icon Dragonstalker's Spaulders Shoulder Hunter
Judgement Spaulders Icon Judgement Spaulders Shoulder Paladin
Nemesis Spaulders Icon Nemesis Spaulders Shoulder Warlock
Netherwind Mantle Icon Netherwind Mantle Shoulder Mage
Stormrage Pauldrons Icon Stormrage Pauldrons Shoulder Druid
4.2.

Non-Tier Loot

Item Slot
Angelista's Grasp Icon Angelista's Grasp Waist
Ashjre'thul, Crossbow of Smiting Icon Ashjre'thul, Crossbow of Smiting Crossbow
Chromatic Boots Icon Chromatic Boots Feet
Chromatically Tempered Sword Icon Chromatically Tempered Sword One-Handed Sword
Claw of Chromaggus Icon Claw of Chromaggus Dagger
Elementium Reinforced Bulwark Icon Elementium Reinforced Bulwark Shield
Elementium Threaded Cloak Icon Elementium Threaded Cloak Back
Empowered Leggings Icon Empowered Leggings Legs
Girdle of the Fallen Crusader Icon Girdle of the Fallen Crusader Waist
Primalist's Linked Waistguard Icon Primalist's Linked Waistguard Waist
Shimmering Geta Icon Shimmering Geta Feet
Taut Dragonhide Gloves Icon Taut Dragonhide Gloves Gloves
Taut Dragonhide Shoulderpads Icon Taut Dragonhide Shoulderpads Shoulder
5.

Changelog

  • 10 Feb. 2020: Guide added.
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