Blood Death Knight Tank Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.2

Last updated on Dec 19, 2020 at 00:37 by Mandl and Panthea 22 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Blood Death Knight for each boss of the following raid: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.0.2.

1.

Disclaimer

In this section, you will find information pertaining to each boss individually in Castle Nathria.

This advice is extremely preliminary in nature — this guide will be updated regularly over the next few weeks as bosses have undergone several changes since they were tested, and we will be reliant on data from when they are experienced in their live state.

A note on Level 50 talents: The recommendations will show either Purgatory Icon Purgatory or Red Thirst Icon Red Thirst for all bosses. Purgatory Icon Purgatory will be used when learning the encounter and the tank damage patterns. Once you are comfortable with those, Red Thirst Icon Red Thirst will yield better results.

2.

Talent 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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

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

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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

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

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

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

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

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

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

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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

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

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

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

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

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

3.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

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

3.1.

Tips

  • Swap after each cast of Exsanguinating Bite Icon Exsanguinating Bite.
  • Exsanguinating Bite Icon Exsanguinating Bite will apply 10 stacks of the Exsanguinated Icon Exsanguinated bleed which reduces healing received by 10%, and increases Physical damage taken by 5% per stack. You will lose 1 stack of this debuff every 1.5 seconds.
  • Ensure you are on full or high health before Exsanguinating Bite Icon Exsanguinating Bite. If necessary it can be wise to cast Death Strike Icon Death Strike before to have an absorb shield from your Mastery.
  • If you are a Kyrian, you can remove Exsanguinated Icon Exsanguinated with Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity.
  • Avoid being hit by the sonar orbs created by the boss. If you are hit by any of these it will trigger Descent Icon Descent.
  • Mythic: You will not be able to see any of the Sonar orbs from the boss and will need to gain stacks of Bloodlight Icon Bloodlight from The Blood Lantern Icon The Blood Lantern to see them.

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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

4.1.

Tips

  • Swap on 2-3 stacks of Jagged Claws Icon Jagged Claws bleed from Margore. If you are a Kyrian you can use Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity to remove this bleed should it be required
  • If you are tanking Bargast, drag him away before Rip Soul Icon Rip Soul and Shades of Bargast Icon Shades of Bargast.
  • Ensure you have a high amount of health and Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell so that the add from Rip Soul Icon Rip Soul spawns on high health (If you are full health it will spawn on 90% health).
  • Hecutis will apply the Crushing Stone Icon Crushing Stone buff to himself after every swing (even if you parry it).
  • Crushing Stone Icon Crushing Stone can be removed by moving Hecutis. One stack will be removed at a time, however it will deal raid wide damage.

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

5.

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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

5.1.

Tips

  • Phase 1: Swap on 2 stacks of Vanquished Icon Vanquished. If you are a Kyrian you can use Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity to remove these stacks should it be required.
  • Keep threat on the adds spawning in this phase.
  • Help interrupt Vulgar Brand Icon Vulgar Brand from the Vile Occultists.
  • Utilise Death Grip Icon Death Grip Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp, and Chains of Ice Icon Chains of Ice on the Soul Infuser adds to prevent them from reaching Kael'thas.
  • Phase 2: Swap on 2-3 stacks of Burning Remnants Icon Burning Remnants.
  • When you are not tanking the Shade do not be in front of the boss.

For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation 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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

6.1.

Tips

  • Pay attention to where Dimensional Tear Icon Dimensional Tear are being placed by members in your raid. You will need to use these to cover a large distance to detonate Glyph of Destruction Icon Glyph of Destruction away from the raid should you not have any other mobility tools available such as Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk, Soulshape Icon Soulshape or Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows.
  • The above movement tools should also be used to help the raid move Seeds of Extinction Icon Seeds of Extinction in Phase 2.
  • in Phase 3, Edge of Annihilation Icon Edge of Annihilation is the main mechanic from the boss. You will need to use your movement abilities to avoid being in the centre of the room when this detonates.

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

7.

Hungering Destroyer

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

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

7.1.

Tips

  • Each melee swing buffs the boss with a stack of Growing Hunger Icon Growing Hunger, which increases the amount of health the boss will leech from the tank. The buffs reset when the boss hits a new target. Keep stacks low.
  • If there are any Gluttonous Miasma Icon Gluttonous Miasma in melee, help soak these to make best use of spare Death Strike Icon Death Strikes whilst not actively tanking.
  • Ensure you are on high health for Overwhelm Icon Overwhelm. Otherwise make use a personal cooldowns or an external cooldown.
  • Drag the boss to the edge of the room for Consume Icon Consume at 100 energy to give the raid more space to move.
  • Heroic/Mythic: Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance will negate the knockback from soaking Obliterating Rift Icon Obliterating Rift.

For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer 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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

8.1.

Tips

  • Swap on 2 stacks of Expose Desires Icon Expose Desires.
  • Container of Desires 33% Energy and above: Shared Cognition Icon Shared Cognition is active/ Damage taken from Expose Desires Icon Expose Desires will be replicated to other players.
  • Container of Desires 66% Energy and above: Use your mobility cooldowns such as Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk, Soulshape Icon Soulshape or Door of Shadows Icon Door of Shadows to help get to away from the raid for Change of Heart Icon Change of Heart. Alternatively, you can use Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell before it has applied to negate the mechanic.
  • The tank who is not actively tanking the boss should tank the Harnessed Specter add when it spawns. Once it spawns it is immobile. This add will cast Unconscionable Guilt Icon Unconscionable Guilt which increases the damage of Warped Desires Icon Warped Desires.
  • Container of Concentrated Anima 33% Energy and above: Rooted in Anima Icon Rooted in Anima is applied to the players with Concentrated Anima Icon Concentrated Anima. Ideally the raid should be pre-positioned on the boss, however should this not be the case, the non-boss tank will need to move to the location of the Harnessed Specter as soon as possible.
  • Container of Sin 33% Energy and above: Anima Web Icon Anima Web will link the 3 Sins of the Past orbs together. Aim to have the boss near the side of the room at all times to not get caught in the middle of this.

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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

9.1.

Tips

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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

10.1.

Tips

  • Ensure you are NOT the main tank in this fight as damage you receive is dealt to your co-tank. As Blood Death Knights take more damage than any other tank by design, this would mean that your tanking partner would take just as much which should be avoided where possible.
  • Make sure to stand on your co-tank for Giant Fists Icon Giant Fists.
  • Run out of Destructive Stomp Icon Destructive Stomp.
  • Aim the boss towards a pillar for Hateful Gaze Icon Hateful Gaze.
  • When the boss reaches 20% health, he will buff himself with Gruesome Rage Icon Gruesome Rage.

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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

11.1.

Tips

  • Utilise the Stone Breaker's Combo Icon Stone Breaker's Combo to remove bleeds gained throughout the encounter.
  • Stone Breaker's Combo Icon Stone Breaker's Combo is cast on random raid members and never the tank. If they are not near the boss, go to them if you need to clear your debuffs.
  • There should strictly be one tank on the boss and one on adds during Phase 1 and 2. In Phase 3, both bosses will be active and you will take one boss each.
  • When your tanking partner is clearing their bleeds in Phase 3 have defensive cooldowns ready as you will likely be tanking both bosses for a short period of time.

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: Superstrain Icon Superstrain.

12.1.

Tips

  • Phase 1: Swap after each cast of Cleansing Pain.
  • Intermission: You can pre-cast Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance as the intermission begins to avoid the slow from March of the Penitent Icon March of the Penitent.
  • Phase 2: There will be two active bosses. Each tank will have a boss each. Swap on 4-6 stacks of Carnage Icon Carnage. If you are a Kyrian you can remove these stacks with Phial of Serenity Icon Phial of Serenity should it be required.
  • Point Sire Dentharius towards the Crimson Cabalists when he casts Wracking Pain Icon Wracking Pain as this will apply the damage taken debuff on them too.
  • Ensure you tank near a mirror so you can move away from Hand of Destruction Icon Hand of Destruction quickly.
  • Phase 3: Only one boss in this phase. Swap on 4-6 stacks of Scorn Icon Scorn. Movement cooldowns will be required to get away from Hand of Destruction Icon Hand of Destruction as you can no longer use the mirrors.

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

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Changelog

  • 19 Dec. 2020: Updated Huntsman to explain adds spawn on 90% if you're full health. Added note on Sire Dentharius to explain how to debuff adds.
  • 06 Dec. 2020: Added guide.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
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