Affliction Warlock DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Dec 07, 2020 at 19:41 by Motoko 34 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Affliction Warlock for each boss of the following raid: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.5.

1.

Disclaimer

This page is largely based on Beta information. Multiple bosses may be changed since Beta and thus the advice might not line up exactly with how the bosses look on live servers. If this happens, we will update these bosses as soon as possible so it matches live server.

2.

Introduction

In this section, you will find information and guidance for each boss individually in Castle Nathria as a Affliction Warlock. These are not complete encounter guides, but rather provide specific tips for any Affliction Warlock on each boss.

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Talent and Legendary Cheatsheet

Shriekwing Huntsman Altimor Sun King's Salvation Artificer Xy'Mox Hungering Destroyer Lady Inerva Darkvein The Council of Blood Sludgefist Stone Legion Generals Sire Denathrius

We advise to use the following talents on Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Shriekwing: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Huntsman Altimor: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

We advise to use the following talents on Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sun King's Salvation: Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir Icon Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Artificer Xy'Mox: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Hungering Destroyer: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

We advise to use the following talents on Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lady Inerva Darkvein: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

We advise to use the following talents on The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on The Council of Blood: Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir Icon Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sludgefist: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

We advise to use the following talents on Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Stone Legion Generals: Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir Icon Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sire Denathrius: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

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Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Shriekwing: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

4.1.

Tips

Single-target encounter with 2 phases.

Smart Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle placement can trivialise the movement requirements of abilities such as Earsplitting Shriek Icon Earsplitting Shriek and Echolocation Icon Echolocation.

During Phase 2, focus on dodging Echoing Sonar Icon Echoing Sonar.

For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.

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Huntsman Altimor

We advise you to use the following talents against Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

5.1.

Tips

Council fight with multiple targets and few burst phases.

Avoid Spreadshot Icon Spreadshot and consider talenting Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact to mitigate Vicious Lunge Icon Vicious Lunge damage.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway placement can give healers more time to handle the Rip Soul Icon Rip Soul mechanic.

Fear Icon Fear can be applied on Shades of Bargast Icon Shades of Bargast to increase the damage taken through Destabilize Icon Destabilize right before bursting them down. Try to pool resources when that happens and save Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil for emergency heals or to interrupt Deathly Roar Icon Deathly Roar if needed.

Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve can be used to alleviate the incoming damage from Crushing Stone Icon Crushing Stone should the tank decide to drop a large amount of stacks from the boss. Use Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle to drop Stone shard patches away from the group when targeted by Petrifying Howl Icon Petrifying Howl.

Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush can bypass movement slows during the fight and give increase mobility but Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin and Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact offer much higher damage mitigation.

For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.

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Sun King's Salvation

We advise you to use the following talents against Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sun King's Salvation: Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir Icon Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir.

6.1.

Tips

Multi-target fight with frequent adds dying and few priority targets.

Pay attention to boss mechanics that require spreading and the cone that has to be baited. Depending on how closely targets will be stacked, you can opt for Seed of Corruption Icon Seed of Corruption as main spender over Malefic Rapture Icon Malefic Rapture with Sow the Seeds Icon Sow the Seeds talented.

If slow on phoenixes is lacking raidwise, consider talenting Vile Taint Icon Vile Taint or even go the extra mile and craft Sacrolash's Dark Strike Icon Sacrolash's Dark Strike when it will be eventually available.

For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.

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Artificer Xy'Mox

We advise you to use the following talents against Artificer Xy'Mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'Mox: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

7.1.

Tips

Single-target fight with multiple mechanics that involve a good amount of movement.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can help both you and the raid placing Dimensional Tear Icon Dimensional Tears or moving Seeds of Extinction Icon Seeds of Extinction.

For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.

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Hungering Destroyer

We advise you to use the following talents against Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Hungering Destroyer: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

8.1.

Tips

Single target fight with various movement phases involved.

When targeted by Gluttonous Miasma Icon Gluttonous Miasma, absorbs from Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech and Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact both work.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle can be used to help place Expunge Icon Expunge rifts away from the others, and to nullify the pull from Consume Icon Consume, together with Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway.

For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.

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Lady Inerva Darkvein

We advise you to use the following talents against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lady Inerva Darkvein: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

9.1.

Tips

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can be used to soak Bottled Anima Icon Bottled Animas relatively efficiently, even if Warlocks are not the best recipients.

The additional adds spawning from Unleashed Shadow Icon Unleashed Shadow can be used to generate plenty of extra resources to funnel boss DPS.

For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.

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The Council of Blood

We advise you to use the following talents against The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Council of Blood: Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir Icon Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir.

10.1.

Tips

Council fight with periodic movement phases.

Pool resources for when the Danse Macabre Icon Danse Macabre happen, in order to get the most out of Fancy Footwork Icon Fancy Footwork stacks.

Dark Recital Icon Dark Recital can be quite annoying to deal with, with limited procs available, so focus on refreshing dots.

For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.

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Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following talents against Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sludgefist: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

11.1.

Tips

Standard single target fight with enrage mechanism

Pooling resources for Destructive Impact Icon Destructive Impact damage amplification phase is advised. Delay Phantom Singularity Icon Phantom Singularity to match the 1-minute cadence.

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

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Stone Legion Generals

We advise you to use the following talents against Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Stone Legion Generals: Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir Icon Perpetual Agony of Azj'Aqir.

12.1.

Tips

Council fight with periodic adds and multiple phases.

Shattering Blast Icon Shattering Blast knockback can be nullified by Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle activation. The ability can also be used to get back in the group after baiting Wicked Blade Icon Wicked Blade outside.

Passively cleave the Goliaths and be ready to swap once they hit 20% health to burst them down, making use of Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul execute.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can also be used to facilitate the Reverberating Eruption Icon Reverberating Eruption mechanic. Due to good passive and active damage mitigation Warlocks are good candidates to soak Unstable Ground locations (from Unstable Footing Icon Unstable Footing).

For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.

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Sire Denathrius

We advise you to use the following talents against Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: Relic of Demonic Synergy Icon Relic of Demonic Synergy.

13.1.

Tips

Multiple-phase encounter with a fair amount of movement involved.

Precast Seed of Corruption Icon Seed of Corruption on the boss when the group of players is getting cleaved to spawn Echoes of Sin, and follow up with few Malefic Rapture Icon Malefic Rapture.

Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can be used once again to trivialise the movement required to avoid Command: Ravage Icon Command: Ravage.

March of the Penitent Icon March of the Penitent can be mitigated by casting Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush before boss hits 70% health, reducing the movement speed penalty at the cost of life.

In Phase 2, Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can be used to reach the 3rd add. try to snipe these adds with both Unstable Affliction Icon Unstable Affliction and Drain Soul Icon Drain Soul for additional resources.

In Phase 3, Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway or even a pre placed Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle can help when dealing with Hand of Destruction Icon Hand of Destruction, but the latter is better saved to avoid knockbacks during this last phase.

14.

Changelog

  • 07 Dec. 2020: Boss guides added.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
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