Ragnaros Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot (Updated for the Season of Mastery)

Last updated on Nov 13, 2021 at 03:18 by Sellin 2 comments

Ragnaros the fire lord is the tenth and final boss you will encounter in Molten Core, and can be found back off of the starting area near the entrance, off a different path. He will be spawned by Majordomo Executus in the center of a circular ring of lava with a winding stone path around it.


Ragnaros Summary by Role



  • You will need three tanks for the boss, with two tanks positioned together in front of him. If one tank gets knocked back, the other should immediately take the boss. The third tank needs to be ready to pick up the Son of Flame adds which will continuously spawn after Ragnaros reaches 30% HP.
  • If the boss submerges, run to the side of the room to pick up the adds that spawn.
  • This is a high Fire damage encounter, so using lots of Fire Resistance on your gear is a great choice if you have any available.


  • Spread out around the room, at least 8 yards from anyone else.
  • Make sure people are topped up enough, so they do not die to Lava Burst IconLava Burst.
  • Have at least two dedicated healers always in range of tanks to watch them.


  • Melee DPS should be tightly stacked behind the boss.
  • Ranged DPS should be away from melee, spread around the room (8 yards from anyone else).
  • Kill the adds if the boss submerges. Warriors can help pick up adds to make sure they are away from casters.
  • Melee DPS need to watch for Wrath of Ragnaros IconWrath of Ragnaros, so they know when to run out of melee range as a group.

General Tips for Ragnaros

  • Greater Fire Protection Potion Icon Greater Fire Protection Potions are extremely useful on this fight. Everyone in the raid should use 1 before the pull, and should have another one ready, if they need it during the pull.
  • Make sure you have longer damage cooldowns up for this fight. Killing Ragnaros before he submerges the first time makes the fight much easier, and is very doable, even for a first-time raid group.
  • Warlocks should be spread throughout the room to banish the Son of Flame adds that will start spawning at 30%.
  • Ranged DPS and healers should make sure they are 8 yards apart, so as not to knock each other back if you get targeted by Lava Burst IconLava Burst.

Season of Mastery Strategy for Ragnaros

In the Season of Mastery version of this encounter Ragnaros will automatically submerge upon hitting 50% HP. After his first submerge you will have two minutes to burn him down until he submerges again. With a full raid of 40 people that are Level 60 with full dungeon gear, this should be doable. If you do not kill him before his second submerge, do not panic, you just have to deal with some adds.

While Ragnaros is submerged in lava, some Son of Flame adds will spawn, which melee and burn the Mana of people near them. You will want to use your tanks and melee to pick these up quickly, also using spells like Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova to keep the adds away from casters. Once they are all dead, Ragnaros will come back and can be killed. Upon reaching 30% HP Ragnaros will spawn a Son of Flame every 15 seconds; these can be crowd controlled or tanked but the main focus should be on getting Ragnaros down before he submerges a second time.

Ranged will need to be spread around the room, but the most important thing is to make sure that melee are watching a timer for when Wrath of Ragnaros IconWrath of Ragnaros will be cast using an addon. A few seconds before Wrath is cast, they will want to run out of melee to the edge of the lava, wait, and then run back in after the cast goes off. The off-tank will need to do the same thing, with the tanks swapping once the current tank gets knocked away by Wrath of Ragnaros.

The Fire damage on this fight is extremely high, and tanks especially should be wearing a full set of Fire Resistance gear, using whatever they can.


Important Abilities

  • Wrath of Ragnaros IconWrath of Ragnaros will knock back nearby players and deal some Fire damage. Your melee will want to back out of melee range before this is cast, and your off-tank will need to step in after the cast to immediately pick up threat on Ragnaros.
  • Lava Burst IconLava Burst will blast a random ranged with fire, dealing damage and knocking back anyone within 8 yards of them. This ability is why ranged need to stay 8 yards apart the whole fight.

Loot from Ragnaros

Below is a list of the loot available from this boss, but you can see a full loot list from the raid on our Molten Core Loot page.


Tier 1 Loot

Ragnaros does not drop any Tier 1 loot, but he does drop the Tier 2 legs for all classes.


Tier 2 Loot

Item Required Level Slot Class
Bloodfang Pants Icon Bloodfang Pants 60 Legs Rogue
Dragonstalker's Legguards Icon Dragonstalker's Legguards 60 Legs Hunter
Judgement Legplates Icon Judgement Legplates 60 Legs Paladin
Leggings of Transcendence Icon Leggings of Transcendence 60 Legs Priest
Legplates of Ten Storms Icon Legplates of Ten Storms 60 Legs Shaman
Legplates of Wrath Icon Legplates of Wrath 60 Legs Warrior
Nemesis Leggings Icon Nemesis Leggings 60 Legs Warlock
Netherwind Pants Icon Netherwind Pants 60 Legs Mage
Stormrage Legguards Icon Stormrage Legguards 60 Legs Druid

Non-Tier Loot

Along with the items shown below, Ragnaros will also drop a number of BoE blue items for the Level 45-60 range.

Item Required Level Slot
Band of Accuria Icon Band of Accuria 60 Finger
Band of Sulfuras Icon Band of Sulfuras 60 Finger
Bonereaver's Edge Icon Bonereaver's Edge 60 Weapon
Choker of the Fire Lord Icon Choker of the Fire Lord 60 Neck
Cloak of the Shrouded Mists Icon Cloak of the Shrouded Mists 60 Back
Crown of Destruction Icon Crown of Destruction 60 Head
Dragon's Blood Cape Icon Dragon's Blood Cape 60 Back
Essence of the Pure Flame Icon Essence of the Pure Flame 60 Trinket
Malistar's Defender Icon Malistar's Defender 60 Shield
Onslaught Girdle Icon Onslaught Girdle 60 Waist
Perdition's Blade Icon Perdition's Blade 60 Weapon
Shard of the Flame Icon Shard of the Flame 60 Trinket
Spinal Reaper Icon Spinal Reaper 60 Weapon
Eye of Sulfuras Icon Eye of Sulfuras N/A Legendary Crafting Material


  • 13 Nov. 2021: Updated with Season of Mastery changes.
  • 07 Nov. 2019: Page added.
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