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Blood Death Knight Tank Ny'alotha Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Feb 20, 2020 at 09:40 by Mandl and Panthea 54 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: Ny'alotha. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3.

1.

Introduction for Blood Death Knight Boss Advice in Ny'alotha

In this section, you will find information pertaining to each boss individually in Ny'alotha.

This advice is extremely preliminary in nature — this guide will be updated regularly over the next few weeks as bosses are experienced in their live state.

The essence choices in this guide are with general play in mind. If you are progressing on a boss, I would recommend swapping the Major essence to Touch of the Everlasting Icon Touch of the Everlasting for its cheat death effect. It will be invaluable to have an extra cheat death whilst you are learning the damage patterns for yourself.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

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

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

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 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.

3.1.

Tips

  • While you are not actively tanking, do not stand in front of Wrathion, as he will cast Searing Breath Icon Searing Breath, or behind Wrathion, as he will cast Tail Swipe Icon Tail Swipe.
  • You will want to conduct a tank swap on two stacks of Searing Breath Icon Searing Breath. Plan to use Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell on the 2nd hit.
  • Heroic:During Phase 2, you will want to help the raid with gripping the adds together for efficient DPS on top of the shards.
  • Mythic:You are immune to gaining Creeping Madness Icon Creeping Madness stacks whilst Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell is active.

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

  • During Phase 1, if you need to conduct a tank swap and multiple adds are alive, you can taunt two of them with Death Grip Icon Death Grip and Dark Command Icon Dark Command.
  • When Maut casts Stygian Annihilation Icon Stygian Annihilation, ensure you are stood within a Devoured Abyss Icon Devoured Abyss zone to avoid the damage.
  • During Phase 2, aim to soak the Mana Orbs from the edges of the room as soon as possible, as the further they travel, the more damage the raid will take.
  • Mythic:If you are add-tanking, utilise the Devoured Abyss Icon Devoured Abyss zones to remove your Ancient Curse Icon Ancient Curse. If you are boss-tanking, request a dispel from a Mage/Shaman/Druid.

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

  • This boss does not do any melee abilities, therefore Dancing Rune Weapon Icon Dancing Rune Weapon can be used offensively throughout the entire encounter and you will not lose any charges of Bone Shield Icon Bone Shield (however you will still need to refresh the duration every 30 seconds).
  • Heroic: Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp is very useful to create a path for your raid when the Images of Absolution Icon Images of Absolution wall is active.
  • Mythic:Ensure you communicate with your raid where mechanics are happening, as you will be split into two debuff groups.

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

  • Death's Advance Icon Death's Advance can be used to negate the knockback from Abyssal Strike Icon Abyssal Strike.
  • If you do get knocked by Abyssal Strike Icon Abyssal Strike, ensure you do not get knocked off the platform or into Queen Azshara.
  • Ensure the boss is positioned in a way that there is space all around her, so your raid can complete the Void Ritual Icon Void Ritual mechanic.
  • Mythic: Voidwoken Icon Voidwoken is now permanent, which means you may be involved in the football mechanic.

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.

7.1.

Tips

  • Your role in the encounter is to help the DPS be more efficient with their cleave and AoE by bringing priority targets together with Death Grip Icon Death Grip and Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp
  • When the Aqir Darters are active, you will need to kill them one at a time. Utilise Death Grip Icon Death Grip to bring them on top of the boss.
  • If the Aqir Darter is about to complete its cast, use Asphyxiate Icon Asphyxiate to stun it.
  • In the Drone waves where Ka'zir's Hivemind Control Icon Ka'zir's Hivemind Control is active, there will be a Volatile Drone which is immobile and will need to be cleaved from, so you will use Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp to bring all the Drones together for cleave.
  • Heroic:In the Drone waves where Tek'ris's Hivemind Control Icon Tek'ris's Hivemind Control is active, there will be a Ravager which will need to be cleaved from, so you will use Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp to bring all the Drones together for cleave.

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

  • You should aim to be the "off-tank" for this encounter, as you have two taunts with Dark Command Icon Dark Command and Death Grip Icon Death Grip. You can ensure that your co-tank starts on the boss and, if the first cast is Dissolve Icon Dissolve, you can taunt and still have another taunt available if a second dissolve occurs in the Dissolve/Crush/Dissolve combination.
  • Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell can be used whenever you have Dissolve Icon Dissolve on you, as it will always get full value.
  • In Phase 1 + 2, the boss should be tanked centrally to allow the raid to spread.
  • In Phase 3, the boss will be tanked on the edge and you move as/when necessary based on the raid situation.

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

  • Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is a must have on this encounter, as there will be frequent periods of large movement to place Volatile Seed Icon Volatile Seed on Tentacles which are far away to debuff them (60% increased damage taken!).
  • There must always be a tank in range of the boss.
  • Do not tank if you have just run out with Volatile Seed Icon Volatile Seed, as you will have Volatile Vulnerability Icon Volatile Vulnerability.

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

10.

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.

10.1.

Tips

  • You will be swapping on two stacks of Eye of N'Zoth Icon Eye of N'Zoth. The second of these will deal a lot of damage. Consider rotating defensive cooldowns for these.
  • As the fight goes on, more and more adds will spawn. Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp can be very useful here to grip them all together to make DPS more efficient.
  • Mythic: Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell can be used to negate the debuff from Cursed Blood Icon Cursed Blood (should your strategy require this).

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

11.

Vexiona

We advise you to use the following talents against Vexiona.

We advise you to use the following essences against Vexiona.

11.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Vexiona guide.

12.

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.

12.1.

Tips

  • The raid will be alternating which Essence they will be empowering the boss with. If the incorrect one is getting too close, you may need to kite the boss.
  • If you are not tanking the boss, the Essence which empowered the boss will have an add spawning from the portal it came from. Be ready to pick it up.
  • In Phase 1, when Ra-den reaches 100 Energy, he will cast Nullifying Strike Icon Nullifying Strike. his will reduce your maximum health by 25% per stack.
  • In Phase 2, when Ra-den reaches 100 Energy, he will cast Decaying Strike Icon Decaying Strike. This will apply a DoT on you for your remaining health after the hit with Decaying Wound Icon Decaying Wound.

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

13.1.

Tips

  • Throughout the encounter, you will be swapping at 2 stacks of Black Scar Icon Black Scar.
  • You can negate gaining the Black Scar Icon Black Scar debuff by having Anti-Magic Shell Icon Anti-Magic Shell active when Mandible Slam Icon Mandible Slam is being cast.
  • During Phase 1, you will want to tank the boss on top of the tentacles when they spawn, and keep him away from the shadow of the Growth-Covered Tentacle.
  • After the Growth-Covered Tentacle has spawned, lots of adds will spawn. Group them together with Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp.
  • During Phase 2, once you have destroyed all the Growths on the sides of the room and the boss is active again, you will need to keep him out of the Mycelial Growth Icon Mycelial Growth patches, as they will give him 100% increased damage.
  • During Phase 3, adds will spawn after each Insanity Bomb Icon Insanity Bomb. Be prepared to group them together with Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp.

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

  • During Phase 1, you will need to tank Psychus near the tentacles, as when one dies, he will take 50% more damage from Synaptic Shock Icon Synaptic Shock.
  • During Phase 2, if you are in the Physical Realm, Wraith Walk Icon Wraith Walk is essential for reaching the new tentacle waves when they spawn. If there is no tank, it will start to deal massive damage to the whole raid.
  • During Phase 2, if you are in the Mindscape, this will work the same as Phase 1, but have an added ability. If it is Deathwing, avoid the fire on the floor. If it is Azshara/Sylvanas, avoid moving, apart from where necessary.
  • During Phase 3, you will want to tank the Thought Devourer on top of N'Zoth for cleave DPS.

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

15.

Changelog

  • 20 Feb. 2020: Large update on boss tips.
  • 21 Jan. 2020: Guide added.
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