Arcane Mage DPS Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Jan 16, 2021 at 12:56 by Dutchmagoz 41 comments
General Information

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

1.

Introduction

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

2.

Talent and Legendary Cheatsheet

Shriekwing Huntsman Altimor Hungering Destroyer Artificer Xy'Mox Sun King's Salvation 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: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Huntsman Altimor: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Hungering Destroyer: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Artificer Xy'Mox: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

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: Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment.

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lady Inerva Darkvein: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

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: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sludgefist: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Stone Legion Generals: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sire Denathrius: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

3.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Shriekwing: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

3.1.

Tips

Before you have to hide for Earsplitting Shriek Icon Earsplitting Shriek, you should activate Alter Time Icon Alter Time and then use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get behind a pillar. After Earsplitting Shriek finishes, you can quickly get back in line of sight of the boss by re-activating Alter Time. You can do the same thing when you have to move to the edge of the room for Echolocation Icon Echolocation.

3.1.1.

Mythic Tips

We have no Mythic specific tips for Shriekwing.

For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.

4.

Huntsman Altimor

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

If your group does not use Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust (or similar effect) at the start of the fight, you can swap to Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment instead.

4.1.

Tips

When targeted by Vicious Lunge Icon Vicious Lunge you can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block or Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility to solo soak it instead of soaking it as a group.

When Shade of Barghast spawns, use Polymorph Icon Polymorph if assigned to crowd-control it. If possible, you should also try to have Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power ready for when your group decides to kill the Shades so you can quickly blow them up while they take a lot of bonus damage, but do not delay your cooldowns too long for this. A good way to kill them quickly is by making sure you have 4 Arcane Charges ready as you are about to kill them, and then using Arcane Barrage Icon Arcane Barrage -> Arcane Orb Icon Arcane Orb -> Arcane Barrage.

If your group decided to drop a large amount of Crushing Stone Icon Crushing Stone stacks from Hecutis at once, you should use a defensive like Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility to reduce your damage taken.

When targeted with Petrifying Howl Icon Petrifying Howl, you should activate Alter Time Icon Alter Time and then Shimmer Icon Shimmer away from the raid group to drop the pools away from the raid, and re-active Alter Time to get back into the group.

4.1.1.

Mythic Tips

You can soak the Sinseeker Icon Sinseeker with Ice Block Icon Ice Block and it will still count as a target for the damage split. Additionally, if you are the target of Sinseeker, you can solo soak it with Ice Block.

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

5.

Hungering Destroyer

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Hungering Destroyer: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

5.1.

Tips

When you have the Gluttonous Miasma Icon Gluttonous Miasma ability, you cannot be healed, but Prismatic Barrier Icon Prismatic Barrier still works on absorbing damage, so try to use Prismatic Barrier on cooldown. Another great way to deal with this ability is to use Alter Time Icon Alter Time while you are high health, and re-activating Alter Time after being ticked down to the debuff, as Alter Time bringing you back to full health does not count as healing, so it goes through the debuff. Finally, damage reductions and immunities like Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility and Ice Block Icon Ice Block can reduce the damage you take significantly, further reducing the need to leech life from allies.

When debuffed with Volatile Ejection Icon Volatile Ejection, be careful with using Shimmer Icon Shimmer, as it will make it difficult for people to see exactly where you went to, making it hard to avoid the damage coming to you after it expires.

When the boss casts Consume Icon Consume you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get away quickly if you started moving late.

5.1.1.

Mythic Tips

We have no Mythic specific tips for Hungering Destroyer.

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

6.

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: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

6.1.

Tips

Generally speaking Mages are great to deal with the many heavy movement mechanics of this fight, like placing the far away Dimensional Tear Icon Dimensional Tears and picking up Seeds of Extinction Icon Seeds of Extinction and moving them in position. Make sure to plan your Shimmer Icon Shimmer usage well to deal with these mechanics if you are assigned to them.

6.1.1.

Mythic Tips

We have no Mythic specific tips for Artificer Xy'Mox.

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

7.

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: Arcane Bombardment Icon Arcane Bombardment.

You can swap to Resonance Icon Resonance here for more overall damage at the cost of priority target damage if your group needs more overall damage but has no issues dealing with the priority targets.

7.1.

Tips

Your main job on this fight will be to single-target down high priority targets, and let multi-dot classes deal with the lower priority enemies. Namely during Phase 2, the Shade of Kael'thas is a high priority target for Arcane Mages, whereas the Reborn Phoenix adds should largely be ignored by Arcane Mages and killed by other more efficient multi-dot classes.

7.1.1.

Phase 1

During Phase 1, you will want to largely focus on killing Vile Occultists and Bleakwing Assassins, as they are generally the targets most likely to cause your raid issues and Arcane can very quickly nuke down these relatively low health targets. Killing Pestering Fiends is generally not a good use of an Arcane Mages' time, as Arcane gains no priority damage out of hitting them, whereas other classes can multi-dot or cleave them to gain more damage on priority targets.

7.1.2.

Phase 2

Nuking down the Shade of Kael'thas should be your priority here, as the Reborn Phoenix adds do not give you any priority target damage. Generally you will want to hold onto your cooldowns for the Shade as well, if you do not have to hold onto them too long.

If you have the Ember Blast Icon Ember Blast debuff, you can solo soak this with Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility or Ice Block Icon Ice Block if necessary.

7.1.3.

Mythic Tips

During Phase 2, you will want to line up your Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power with one of the Cloak of Flames Icon Cloak of Flames and Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power with the other Cloak of Flames to assist in breaking them quickly.

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

8.

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: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

You can swap to Resonance Icon Resonance here if your group is struggling with killing the adds that spawn from Concentrated Anima Icon Concentrated Anima, however as this is largely a single-target DPS race fight, Arcane Echo Icon Arcane Echo is generally preferred.

8.1.

Tips

As a Mage, you can easily use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get to the far away Bottled Anima Icon Bottled Animas to soak them.

The adds that spawn from Concentrated Anima Icon Concentrated Anima can be dealt with very effectively with the Arcane Mage AoE combo described on our rotation page.

8.1.1.

Mythic Tips

You can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block during the Concentrated Anima Icon Concentrated Anima cast to have a chance to negate the Add from spawning altogether. The boss picks random targets for this ability, and if it picked you while you were in Ice Block, 1 less add spawns.

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

9.

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: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

9.1.

Tips

You should make sure you have Presence of Mind Icon Presence of Mind for when you are targeted with Dark Recital Icon Dark Recital, so you can use it to cast while moving.

You should try to line up your cooldowns to be up right after Danse Macabre Icon Danse Macabre to try to combine them with multiple stacks of Fancy Footwork Icon Fancy Footwork.

9.1.1.

Mythic Tips

We have no Mythic specific tips for the Council of Blood.

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

10.

Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following talents against Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sludgefist: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

10.1.

Tips

Avoid using Shimmer Icon Shimmer when you are linked to a different player with Chain Link Icon Chain Link, as it will cause you to take extremely high damage.

Line up your damage cooldowns for Destructive Impact Icon Destructive Impact. This happens from 1 minute into the fight and then every minute, which generally will mean you will use your Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power on the pull, and then use Arcane Power for the 2-minute and 4-minute bonus damage phases.

10.1.1.

Mythic tips

There is a common strategy of sacrificing the people affected by Chain Link Icon Chain Link. If you are paired with the person designated to be sacrificed, you can trigger it by using Shimmer Icon Shimmer and Ice Block Icon Ice Block at the same time. This can be done with the following macro:

  • /cast Shimmer
  • /cast Ice Block

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

11.

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: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

11.1.

Tips

Use Alter Time Icon Alter Time -> Shimmer Icon Shimmer when you are targeted for Wicked Blade Icon Wicked Blade and then after it has bounced off of you, re-activate Alter Time to get back to the group.

When knocked back by Prince Renethal's Shattering Blast Icon Shattering Blast, you can cancel the knockback by using Shimmer Icon Shimmer mid air.

On non Mythic difficulties, you can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to get rid of stacks of Serrated Tear Icon Serrated Tear.

11.1.1.

Mythic Tips

We have no Mythic specific tips for the Stone Legion Generals.

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

12.

Sire Denathrius

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: Temporal Warp Icon Temporal Warp.

12.1.

Tips

12.2.

Phase 1

When targeted by Night Hunter's Insatiable Hunger Icon Insatiable Hunger, you can soak this alone with Ice Block Icon Ice Block or Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility.

We strongly suggest using the AoE combo described on our rotation page when the boss casts Cleansing Pain Icon Cleansing Pain and spawns Echo of Sins, as these targets need to die very quickly.

12.3.

Phase 2

When targeted by Impale Icon Impale, you can use Alter Time Icon Alter Time first before using Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get out of the group and re-activating Alter Time to get back into the group.

12.4.

Phase 3

When the boss casts Hand of Destruction Icon Hand of Destruction, use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly get as far away as possible.

The orbs left behind by Fatal Finesse Icon Fatal Finesse can be soaked without damage immunities, but using Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility does reduce the damage significantly so can be useful when soaking an orb.

The knockback from Shattering Pain Icon Shattering Pain can be cancelled by using Shimmer Icon Shimmer, which is especially useful later on in the fight when you have very little room to move.

12.4.1.

Mythic Tips

We have no Mythic specific tips for Denathrius.

For more information, please refer to our Sire Denathrius guide.

13.

Changelog

  • 16 Jan. 2021: Updated tips and recommendations based on new strategies commonly used for bosses.
  • 13 Dec. 2020: Removed Alter Time cheese from Sire Denathrius as it was hotfixed to no longer work.
  • 03 Dec. 2020: Updated Page based on Beta information.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
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