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Arcane Mage DPS Ny'alotha Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Feb 06, 2020 at 14:32 by Dutchmagoz 68 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: Ny'alotha. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

1.

Introduction

As we get to experience the fights, and general raid strategies emerge, this section will be updated with tips and advice for Arcane Mages.

In this section, you will find information and guidance for each boss individually in Ny'alotha 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 Essence Cheatsheet

Wrathion, the Black Emperor Maut The Prophet Skitra Dark Inquisitor Xanesh The Hivemind Shad'har the Insatiable Drest'agath Vexiona Ra-den the Despoiled Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn Carapace of N'Zoth N'Zoth the Corruptor

We advise to use the following talents on Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise to use the following essences on Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise to use the following talents on Maut.

We advise to use the following essences on Maut.

We advise to use the following talents on The Prophet Skitra.

We advise to use the following essences on The Prophet Skitra.

We advise to use the following talents on Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise to use the following essences on Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise to use the following talents on The Hivemind.

We advise to use the following essences on The Hivemind.

We advise to use the following talents on Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise to use the following essences on Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise to use the following talents on Drest'agath.

We advise to use the following essences on Drest'agath.

We advise to use the following talents on Vexiona.

We advise to use the following essences on Vexiona.

We advise to use the following talents on Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise to use the following essences on Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise to use the following talents on Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise to use the following essences on Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise to use the following talents on Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise to use the following essences on Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise to use the following talents on N'Zoth the Corruptor.

We advise to use the following essences on N'Zoth the Corruptor.

3.

Wrathion, the Black Emperor

We advise you to use the following talents against Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

We advise you to use the following essences against Wrathion, the Black Emperor.

If your group is struggling a lot with killing groups of Crackling Shard Icon Crackling Shards, you can opt into a more aggressive AoE build by taking Resonance Icon Resonance and Reverberate Icon Reverberate.

3.1.

Tips

Make sure you watch the boss mod timer for Smoke and Mirrors, and do not activate your cooldowns, like Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power or Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power, right before he casts it, as he becomes immune after the cast.

During the Smoke and Mirrors phase, prioritize single isolated Crackling Shard Icon Crackling Shards, since Arcane can burst these down quickly. If you went for the more AoE focused build listed above, you should instead focus down the groups of Shards.

Arcane is a relatively good spec at doing the Scales of Wrathion Icon Scales of Wrathion soaking and then destroying (or weakening on Mythic) Crackling Shard Icon Crackling Shards by activating Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility right before running through a group of Shards. Try to get as many Shards as possible during the Greater Invisibility damage reduction, by utilizing Shimmer Icon Shimmer.

For more information, please refer to our Wrathion, the Black Emperor guide.

4.

Maut

We advise you to use the following talents against Maut.

We advise you to use the following essences against Maut.

4.1.

Tips

You should try to have your DPS cooldowns (e.g. Arcane Power Icon Arcane Power) ready for the second phase, since the boss has to be burst very hard in this phase. Depending on your raid's DPS, this usually means you can use your cooldowns on the pull, and then hold them for the second phase.

During the second phase, you should watch your health carefully, since you will be reflecting all damage you do to the boss. You can use Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility to reduce this damage if you are falling low.

When an Orb gets soaked, you will get a large amount of Mana regeneration. When you have this bonus Mana regen, you should be able to constantly remain in your burn phase, and do not have to do any Mana conservation.

For more information, please refer to our Maut guide.

5.

The Prophet Skitra

We advise you to use the following talents against The Prophet Skitra.

We advise you to use the following essences against The Prophet Skitra.

5.1.

Tips

You can use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to Shimmer through the Images of Absolution Icon Images of Absolution without taking any damage from them.

For more information, please refer to our The Prophet Skitra guide.

6.

Dark Inquisitor Xanesh

We advise you to use the following talents against Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

We advise you to use the following essences against Dark Inquisitor Xanesh.

6.1.

Tips

We do not currently have specific Arcane tips for this fight, however, as more tips are discovered, they will be added here.

For more information, please refer to our Dark Inquisitor Xanesh guide.

7.

The Hivemind

We advise you to use the following talents against The Hivemind.

We advise you to use the following essences against The Hivemind.

This fight has a lot of cleave and AoE, however, depending on the strategy used by your group, you can either focus on boss damage, or you can pick Resonance Icon Resonance and Reverberate Icon Reverberate to focus down Aqir Drones. For a more hybrid approach, you can pick Nether Tempest Icon Nether Tempest.

7.1.

Tips

You can use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to avoid getting hit by the Aqir Drones, and kite them over other Drones, so they can be AoEd down more efficiently.

For more information, please refer to our The Hivemind guide.

8.

Shad'har the Insatiable

We advise you to use the following talents against Shad'har the Insatiable.

We advise you to use the following essences against Shad'har the Insatiable.

8.1.

Tips

Arcane Mages are good at dealing with the Entropic Buildup Icon Entropic Buildup pools. You can not use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to remove the debuff from soaking the pool, however, you can use it to stop the damage from it while Ice Blocked. Additionally, when Ice Block is on cooldown, you can use Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility to reduce the damage taken from soaking.

To optimize DPS, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to Shimmer out of the raid to the edge of the room when you are fixated by the Living Miasma. You can then Displacement Icon Displacement back into the group.

For more information, please refer to our Shad'har the Insatiable guide.

9.

Drest'agath

We advise you to use the following talents against Drest'agath.

We advise you to use the following essences against Drest'agath.

9.1.

Tips

When affected by Mutterings of Insanity Icon Mutterings of Insanity, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get far away from the rest of the raid.

You should aim to have your cooldowns ready for most of the times you take the buff from a Void Infused Ichor Icon Void Infused Ichor, to maximize damage to the boss.

For more information, please refer to our Drest'agath guide.

10.

Vexiona

We advise you to use the following talents against Vexiona.

We advise you to use the following essences against Vexiona.

Nether Tempest Icon Nether Tempest is a great choice on this fight to do good boss DPS, while getting some additional cleave DPS out of it to do damage to the many adds. You can stick to Touch of the Magi Icon Touch of the Magi if you do not need the extra cleave DPS, because your group already has high cleave damage.

Choosing between Resonance Icon Resonance and Charged Up Icon Charged Up is a similar choice. Resonance can be used for more add damage, but at the cost of reasonable single-target DPS. However, a lot the adds are quite important to kill quickly, which makes both options a good choice.

10.1.

Tips

When you get Encroaching Shadows Icon Encroaching Shadows, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get away from the raid and use Displacement Icon Displacement to get back into the raid.

For more information, please refer to our Vexiona guide.

11.

Ra-den the Despoiled

We advise you to use the following talents against Ra-den the Despoiled.

We advise you to use the following essences against Ra-den the Despoiled.

11.1.

Tips

11.1.1.

Phase 1

When affected by Unstable Vita Icon Unstable Vita, you will want to use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to Shimmer to one of the assigned locations to deal with Unstable Vita. When you are done dealing with the Unstable Vita, you can use Displacement Icon Displacement to get back into the group.

You can use Ice Block Icon Ice Block to solo soak the Void Collapse Icon Void Collapse if you get affected by it. On Normal and Heroic, you can also use Greater Invisibility Icon Greater Invisibility to solo soak this.

11.1.2.

Phase 2

You should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly break the Charged Bonds Icon Charged Bonds.

For more information, please refer to our Ra-den the Despoiled guide.

12.

Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn

We advise you to use the following talents against Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

We advise you to use the following essences against Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn.

12.1.

Tips

12.1.1.

Intermission Phase

When affected by Cursed Blood Icon Cursed Blood, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly Shimmer out of the group, and use Displacement Icon Displacement to get back into the group.

For more information, please refer to our Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn guide.

13.

Carapace of N'Zoth

We advise you to use the following talents against Carapace of N'Zoth.

We advise you to use the following essences against Carapace of N'Zoth.

Nether Tempest Icon Nether Tempest can be used to increase the damage to the various types of adds throughout the encounter, without giving up too much priority DPS. Picking between Nether Tempest and Touch of the Magi Icon Touch of the Magi largely comes down to whether your group needs more priority DPS or more cleave DPS.

13.1.

Tips

13.1.1.

Phase 1

You should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly get away from other players when affected by Madness Bomb Icon Madness Bomb and you can use Displacement Icon Displacement to get back to your original position if needed.

13.1.2.

Intermission to Phase 2

You can use Arcane Explosion Icon Arcane Explosion while moving towards the Synthesis Growths, to reduce the size of the Mycelial Cysts.

13.1.3.

Phase 2

Make sure to watch the timer for Occipital Blast Icon Occipital Blast to avoid using your cooldowns right before N'Zoth casts this spell, as you will very likely have to move.

13.1.4.

Phase 3

Just like in Phase 1, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to quickly get away from other players when affected by Insanity Bomb Icon Insanity Bomb. Generally speaking, you will want to ignore DPSing the Nightmare Antigen adds and let cleave classes kill these at the correct time, and focus on DPSing the boss, but this will depend on your strategy.

For more information, please refer to our Carapace of N'Zoth guide.

14.

N'Zoth the Corruptor

We advise you to use the following talents against N'Zoth the Corruptor.

We advise you to use the following essences against N'Zoth the Corruptor.

14.1.

Tips

14.1.1.

Phase 1

Your main job in this phase early on should be to focus on killing Exposed Synapses that are being killed next. However, when Psychus gets multiple stacks of Synaptic Shock Icon Synaptic Shock, if it is viable for your group setup, you should let classes that can cleave and multi-dot focus on dealing with the Synapses, while you focus purely on Psychus damage.

When Psychus has a lot of stacks of Synaptic Shock Icon Synaptic Shock, you should use all your DPS cooldowns. What is considered "a lot" depends on your strategy. Generally speaking, 6 to 7 stacks is when you should use all your DPS cooldowns.

14.1.2.

Phase 2

When affected by Paranoia Icon Paranoia, you should use Shimmer Icon Shimmer to get to your linked partner as quick as possible.

When you go back into the dream realm, you should play it the same as described in Phase 1.

14.1.3.

Phase 3

Since Phase 3 is largely a DPS check phase, you should focus on optimizing your damage here. The main thing to look for is that you do not use Rune of Power Icon Rune of Power shortly before Evoke Anguish Icon Evoke Anguish as this will force you to move out of your Rune.

For more information, please refer to our N'Zoth the Corruptor guide.

15.

Changelog

  • 06 Feb. 2020: Updated pages for more information from live servers.
  • 21 Jan. 2020: Page added.
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