Taerar Guide: Strategy, Abilities, Loot

Last updated on Apr 16, 2020 at 13:48 by Seksixeny 1 comment

Taerar is one of the four Dragons of Nightmare and can be found in one of the four random spawn locations at Feralas, The Hinterlands, Ashenvale, and Duskwood when the bosses are spawned.

This guide will help you prepare for his unique special abilities, explain a strategy to maximize your odds of success, and go into detail on his loot table.


Taerar Summary by Role



  • You will need at least 3 tanks so that all Shades of Taerar can be controlled and tanked separately whenever the boss loses 25% of his health.
  • Be prepared with Fear Ward Icon Fear Ward, Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem and Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage for his Bellowing Roar area of effect Fear.
  • As usual with Dragon bosses, turn them away from the raid such that your raid group is standing to the side of the boss, as they will do a very dangerous breath attack from the front and also have a tail sweep attack from their backs.
  • Their breath attack, Noxious Breath IconNoxious Breath inflicts a damage over time effect, increases the cooldown on your abilities by 10 seconds and stacks up to 6 times. This all but requires a tank swap, as even one application of the breath will cause you to fall very behind on threat generation.


  • Make sure to avoid the green clouds that roam the encounter area, as they will sleep you for 5 seconds, possibly causing deaths in the process.
  • Set up Fear Ward Icon Fear Ward and Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem in advance of his Bellowing Roar area of effect Fear.


  • Make sure to avoid the green clouds that roam the encounter area, as they will sleep you for 5 seconds, possibly causing deaths in the process.
  • Focus down the Shades of Taerar one by one in order to quickly reduce the threat they pose to the raid group.

Taerar Important Abilities

  • Bellowing Roar IconBellowing Roar is Taerar's area of effect Fear ability. This can be dangerous, especially if it lands on a tank, causing the breath and tail attacks to hit the raid. Make sure to be ready with Fear preventing abilities such as Fear Ward Icon Fear Ward, Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem and Berserker Rage Icon Berserker Rage.
  • Summon Shade of Taerar IconSummon Shade of Taerar is cast whenever Taerar loses 25% health and causes the boss to become inactive and untargetable while three Shades of himself spawn. Tanks must pick these Shades quickly and move / turn them away from each other, as all of them do breath attacks which could be dangerous if allowed to hit multiple players at once.
  • Mark of Nature IconMark of Nature is cast on any player who dies during the fight, lasts for 15 minutes and causes them to fall asleep for the duration of the debuff if they re-engage Taerar, thus preventing players from re-joining the fight if they die at any point.
  • Noxious Breath IconNoxious Breath is a breath attack in front of the boss and forces a tank swap by reducing the threat output of the affected tank significantly.

Strategy for Taerar

Taerar is one of the harder Dragons of Nightmare fights because of the coordination and multiple tanks required to handle the Shades mechanic.

To compensate for this added difficulty, you will not have to worry about him self-healing like Lethon or from random deaths causing the encounter area to become a minefield like Emeriss.

Start the fight by pulling the boss to the bottom of the ramp and have your main tank turn him sideways, such that the raid group can stack up on his side.

Whenever the boss approaches 75%, 50% and 25% health, have your group stop DPS until the Shade tanks are free from the Noxious Breath IconNoxious Breath debuff. This will allow them to be able to generate good threat on the Shades themselves. If the DPS stop fails, have your group's DPS focus the Shades tanked by tanks not affected by the breath debuff first, to ensure threat is maintained. Rinse and repeat until he is dead, and good luck with the loot!

You can see an example kill here, by Baron / Cstrike Gaming.


Taerar Loot

Item Slot
Acid Inscribed Greaves Icon Acid Inscribed Greaves Boots
Ancient Corroded Leggings Icon Ancient Corroded Leggings Legs
Unnatural Leather Spaulders Icon Unnatural Leather Spaulders Shoulders
Boots of Fright Icon Boots of Fright Boots
Gloves of Delusional Power Icon Gloves of Delusional Power Gloves
Staff of Rampant Growth Icon Staff of Rampant Growth Two-Hand
Trace Stone Off-Hand
Mindtear Band Icon Mindtear Band Ring
Dragonbone Wristguards Icon Dragonbone Wristguards Wrist
Dragonspur Wraps Icon Dragonspur Wraps Wrist
Mendicant's Slippers Icon Mendicant's Slippers Boots
Hammer of Bestial Fury Icon Hammer of Bestial Fury Main-Hand
Nightmare Blade Icon Nightmare Blade One-Hand
Green Dragonskin Cloak Icon Green Dragonskin Cloak Back


  • 16 Apr. 2020: Guide added.
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