Fankriss The Unyielding Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

Last updated on Apr 21, 2022 at 01:46 by Sellin 1 comment

Fankriss the Unyielding is the third mandatory boss in the AQ40, and can be fought once Battleguard Sartura is freed from her tunnel-guarding duties.

In order to get to him, you will have to go through the infamous bug tunnel, a similar room to Blackwing Lair's suppression room.

Notable loot includes Robes of the Guardian Saint Icon Robes of the Guardian Saint and Ancient Qiraji Ripper Icon Ancient Qiraji Ripper.

Fankriss the Unyielding

Season of Mastery changes to the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj

In the Season of Mastery, the Temple of Ahn'Qiraj has gained a new affix system that allows for new challenges and additional loot to be gained for defeating bosses inside of the raid instance. Check out our in-depth guide for this new feature in the AQ40 raid guide hub.


Fankriss Bug Tunnel

After you kill Battleguard Sartura, you will have to go through the "Bug Tunnel" in order to reach Fankriss:

Bug Tunnel

While the mobs present are weak and easily killable, they also respawn very quickly, forcing your raid to constantly be on the move in order to make progress.

Have your group hug the left side of the tunnel and move through it together. Try to avoid using totems or drinking until you reach the safe spot showcased in the image below, where you can drink to full and prepare to pull the boss:

Safe Spot in Bug Tunnel

Fankriss the Unyielding Summary by Role



  • You will want at least 3 tanks, two mostly on Fankriss and one mostly on adds.
  • Turn Fankriss away from the raid and tank swap whenever Mortal Wound stacks to 50% healing reduction or higher.
  • If not currently tanking Fankriss, make sure to grab any adds that are not currently being tanked, especially the Spawn of Fankriss snakes.


  • Stack up together with the raid behind the boss and be ready to heal anyone who gets Webbed, as they are likely to quickly die otherwise.
  • Due to the large amount of adds in the encounter, be ready to use Fade and other defensive abilities to survive if you get attacked by loose adds.


  • Focus Spawns of Fankriss instantly, they must be killed before they enrage, or will start quickly one shotting players. Stun them if they enrage to gain time.
  • The small Vekniss Hatchlings need to be immediately attacked as soon as they spawn to avoid Webbed player deaths, but afterwards they can be safely ignored and off-tanked until they reach high numbers. Remember that going out of Mana means no damage.

Strategy for Fankriss the Unyielding

Fankriss the Unyielding Strategy

Begin by having your group run in from the safe spot, tanks first. One tank should get aggro on Fankriss where he stands and turn him away from the raid, while the others should start tanking the incoming adds.

Healers heal anyone who get Entangled, aggro from adds, and tanks. DPS focus Spawns of Fankriss and bugs attacking Entangled people, with any left over damage going into Fankriss himself.

Use area of effect abilities to take down bugs if they reach high numbers on the off-tanks, and you should have a quick, controlled kill on your hands.


Loot from Fankriss the Unyielding

Item Slot
Barbed Choker Icon Barbed Choker Neck
Pauldrons of the Unrelenting Icon Pauldrons of the Unrelenting Shoulder
Mantle of Wicked Revenge Icon Mantle of Wicked Revenge Shoulder
Silithid Carapace Chestguard Icon Silithid Carapace Chestguard Chest
Robes of the Guardian Saint Icon Robes of the Guardian Saint Chest
Cloak of Untold Secrets Icon Cloak of Untold Secrets Back
Scaled Sand Reaver Leggings Icon Scaled Sand Reaver Leggings Legs
Hive Tunneler's Boots Icon Hive Tunneler's Boots Feet
Barb of the Sand Reaver Icon Barb of the Sand Reaver Two-Hand
Ancient Qiraji Ripper Icon Ancient Qiraji Ripper One-Hand
Fetish of the Sand Reaver Icon Fetish of the Sand Reaver Trinket
Libram of Grace Icon Libram of Grace Relic
Totem of Life Icon Totem of Life Relic
Imperial Qiraji Armaments Icon Imperial Qiraji Armaments Token
Imperial Qiraji Regalia Icon Imperial Qiraji Regalia Token


  • 21 Apr. 2022: Mentioned encounter changes in the Season of Mastery.
  • 30 Jun. 2020: Guide added.
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