Arms Warrior DPS Sepulcher of the First Ones Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Apr 04, 2022 at 21:00 by Archimtiros 41 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Arms Warrior for each boss of the following raid: Sepulcher of the First Ones. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.

1.

Introduction

On this page, you will find Arms Warrior specific information to deal with each boss in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Arms Warrior and what you can do to deal with each fight as best as possible.

Because the Pile On Icon Arms Warrior 4-Piece tier bonus and Unity Icon Unity are largely accessible to most players now, this guide has been updated to reflect their use.

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Talent Cheatsheet

Vigilant Guardian Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener Artificer Xy'mox Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle Prototype Pantheon Lihuvim, Principal Architect Halondrus the Reclaimer Anduin Wrynn Lords of Dread Rygelon The Jailer

We advise to use the following talents on Vigilant Guardian.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Vigilant Guardian.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings

We advise to use the following talents on Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

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

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Artificer Xy'mox.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

We advise to use the following talents on Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

We advise to use the following talents on Prototype Pantheon.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Prototype Pantheon.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

We advise to use the following talents on Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

We advise to use the following talents on Halondrus the Reclaimer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Halondrus the Reclaimer.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

We advise to use the following talents on Anduin Wrynn.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Anduin Wrynn.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

We advise to use the following talents on Lords of Dread.

We advise to use the following talents on Rygelon.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Rygelon.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

We advise to use the following talents on The Jailer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Jailer.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow
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Vigilant Guardian

We advise you to use the following talents against Vigilant Guardian.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Vigilant Guardian.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings

This is a heavy AoE encounter with various priority kill targets and a single-target burn during the final 15%. On Mythic difficulty, the boss is active the entire time, rather than only the end of the encounter, allowing a consistent target to stack Frenzy Icon Frenzy on.

Dodge the many swirlies that appear while moving with your group as needed to group up all the adds present and empower two Automated Defense Matrix adds around the encounter area. Aim the red Deresolution Icon Deresolution lines away from your raid members whenever possible.

Once the Automated Defense Matrix adds are empowered at 100 Energy, stay inside the small bubble they create, and use healing cooldowns to survive the extreme burst damage going out until an Unstable Core Icon Unstable Core spawns.

Run the Matter Dissolution Icon Matter Dissolution away from the raid, and save Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap to get back, since it will apply a slow.

For more information, please refer to our Vigilant Guardian guide.

4.

Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener

We advise you to use the following talents against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

On Mythic difficulty, permanent damaging ground effect pools will be created for every person hit by any avoidable mechanic, on top of those created by the bosses attacks.

Devouring Blood Icon Devouring Blood comes out every 8 seconds, requiring frequent movement that may make Field of Blossoms Icon Field of Blossoms more difficult to maximize, though the timing is predictable.

Ephemera Dust Icon Ephemera Dust can be Spell Reflected to avoid a stack, but not negated entirely.

For more information, please refer to our Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener guide.

5.

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.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

This is a single-target boss, with AoE add phases at 75% and 50% boss health. On Mythic difficulty, there will be additional adds on a nearby platform at the start of the fight and immediately following each intermission.

Signet of Tormented Kings Icon Signet of Tormented Kings is better for dealing with adds, but Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow will be better for ending the encounter. Either way, at least Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm should be saved for add phases at 75% and 50% health, along with other cooldowns as able.

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Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle

We advise you to use the following talents against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

High uptime on two-target cleave aligns very well with Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes, making Arms a strong choice for this encounter as long as the Core is not being destroyed too quickly.

Night Fae Soulshape Icon Soulshape or Venthyr Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows are effectively required to survive the Disintegration Halo Icon Disintegration Halo overlaps on Mythic difficulty. Heroic Leap will not avoid the debuff.

Shattering Throw Icon Shattering Throw will deal extra damage during the Siphoned Barrier Icon Siphoned Barrier.

For more information, please refer to our Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle guide.

7.

Prototype Pantheon

We advise you to use the following talents against Prototype Pantheon.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Prototype Pantheon.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

Phase 1 and 2 have two bosses active, with all four up during the last phase, making Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes very strong. For the same reason Collateral Damage Icon Collateral Damage can contribute a great deal of damage over the course of the encounter, although Warbreaker Icon Warbreaker may be preferred for the final burn.

Help interrupt Gloom Bolt Icon Gloom Bolt from the Prototype of War and Anima Bolt Icon Anima Bolt from the Prototype of Renewal whenever possible.

Sinful Projection Icon Sinful Projection can be Spell Reflected to avoid the stun, as can the individually targeted bolts.

For more information, please refer to our Prototype Pantheon guide.

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Lihuvim, Principal Architect

We advise you to use the following talents against Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

This is a highly scripted encounter on Mythic difficulty, with more emphasis placed on killing adds than the boss, so time cooldowns appriopriately. Although cooldowns are generally saved for the first Schematic, Avatar and Warbreaker should be used on the pull and then on cooldown in order for them to line up with the intermission AoE burst.

The boss gains 1 energy per second, serving as a easy indicator of when it will transition to the next phase.

Cosmic Shift Icon Cosmic Shift deals significant raid-wide damage and can push players into unstable motes. Use Charge Icon Charge and Heroic Leap Icon Heroic Leap to avoid causing extra damage and reducing the encounter area.

For more information, please refer to our Lihuvim, Principal Architect guide.

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Halondrus the Reclaimer

We advise you to use the following talents against Halondrus the Reclaimer.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Halondrus the Reclaimer.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

This is a pure single-target encounter with moderate to high movement, making Field of Blossoms Icon Field of Blossoms difficult to maximize.

Earthbreaker Missiles Icon Earthbreaker Missiles hits twice, inflicting direct damage and leaving an aftershock on the ground to avoid. Be sure to leave enough room to move out safely and not cut off others.

The boss will stand and move to a new area at 80%, 50%, and 30% health, while still firing missiles and causing periodic knockbacks that can be countered with Charge.

For more information, please refer to our Halondrus the Reclaimer guide.

10.

Anduin Wrynn

We advise you to use the following talents against Anduin Wrynn.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Anduin Wrynn.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

This encounter is a mix of single-target against Anduin and heavy AoE in the intermission. Frequent add spawns allow for high uptime on First Strike Icon First Strike.

Warriors should aim to be a part of the first Kingsmourne group, so that cooldowns can be used on the pull, during Kingsmourne, and during the intermission 3 minutes into the encounter. This sequence will then repeat, with the second intermission at 7 minutes in. The rest of the encounter from 10% onward is a single-target burn.

Nothing can be Spell Reflected, but it can be a useful defensive cooldown for many mechanics. Rallying Cry Icon Rallying Cry is also very useful while soaking Befouled Barrier Icon Befouled Barrier.

11.

Lords of Dread

We advise you to use the following talents against Lords of Dread.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lords Dread.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

The two bosses are stacked the entire time, which makes Merciless Bonegrinder Icon Merciless Bonegrinder a great Conduit to use. Collateral Damage Icon Collateral Damage is also a good choice, and the two are extremely powerful when combined during the Swarm phase.

Each boss will gain 1 Energy per second, casting an ultimate ability when they reach 100. Mal'Ganis will use Swarm of Decay Icon Swarm of Decay causing both bosses to take double damage for 20 seconds, making it very important to save all cooldowns.

Kin'tessa will instead use Infiltration of Dread Icon Infiltration of Dread, a time-consuming group coordination check, during which time the bosses cannot be targeted.

Because Mal'Ganis starts with 50 Energy, he will reach 100 Energy 50 seconds into the encounter. Therefore, any cooldowns under 1 minute can be used on the pull, with the rest saved for that first Swarm phase. Ideally, Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes should be used when Mal'Ganis has about 85 Energy, so that the buff expires just as the Swarm phase begins. This way, Rend Icon Rend and Colossus Smash Icon Colossus Smash can be applied to both bosses as Sweeping Strikes fades, followed by the full burst rotation: Ancient Aftershock Icon Ancient Aftershock/Spear of Bastion Icon Spear of Bastion -> Bladestorm Icon Bladestorm -> Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind until the Merciless Bonegrinder buff falls, followed by another use of Sweeping Strikes and the normal single-target rotation.

Once the phase ends, cooldowns can be used freely until after the Infiltration intermission, after which they should be timed appropriately based on Mal'Ganis' Energy.

For more information, please refer to our Lords of Dread guide.

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Rygelon

We advise you to use the following talents against Rygelon.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Rygelon.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

Although this is mainly a single-target fight, the frequent Collapsing Quasar motes can be hit by Sweeping Strikes Icon Sweeping Strikes or Whirlwind Icon Whirlwind to continually trigger First Strike Icon First Strike or Hammer of Genesis Icon Hammer of Genesis.

Collateral Damage Icon Collateral Damage may also be used, but rarely stacks very high due to how quickly motes are defeated.

The rest of the encounter is simply avoiding dangerous ground effects, obeying encounter mechanics, and claiming your spot during the Unstable Matter transition to avoid standing with another player and dying.

For more information, please refer to our Rygelon guide.

13.

The Jailer

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

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against The Jailer.

  1. Nature's Fury Icon Nature's Fury
  2. Enduring Blow Icon Enduring Blow

TBD

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

14.

Changelog

  • 04 Apr. 2022: Updated for double Legendary, added new tips, and reorganized.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page added.
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