Brackenhide Hollow Dungeon Guide: Location, Boss Strategies, Trash, and Loot
Welcome to our guide to the Brackenhide Hollow dungeon in the Dragonflight World of Warcraft expansion. This guide will cover everything you need to know about the dungeon, including how to get to it, its layout, the trash and boss mechanics within, and its loot.
Getting into Brackenhide Hollow
Brackenhide Hollow is a leveling dungeon located in the newly introduced zone of The Azure Span in the Dragon Isles. The nearest flight point for both Alliance and Horde players is Iskaara, Azure Span, just a few feet away from the dungeon.
This guide will focus on an extensive overview of the dungeon, providing vital information to complete it across all difficulties (Normal, Heroic, and Mythic). We will cover all 4 boss fights supported by the most notable trash enemies in the dungeon and their important abilities. If you would like to learn about the other Dragonflight Dungeons or the upcoming Mythic+ season instead, please see our overviews linked below. Otherwise without further ado, let us begin!
Brackenhide Hollow Layout
Unlock Unique Bonuses in Brackenhide Hollow
Throughout the entire dungeon, you will find several locations where Decaying Cauldron is present. In order to activate it, one of your party members must have at least 25 skill in Dragon Isles Alchemy. Below you can find more details on how to make the best use out of it:
- Once you activate the Decaying Cauldron, you and each of your party members can collect their Cleansed Rot brew that can be used to clear one Disease of your choice (using the extra action button to trigger it).
- Upon consumption, the Cleansed Rot will disappear and the only way to get it again is if you get back to the Decaying Cauldron and collect it.
- Luckily, there are several locations where you can obtain the brew, spread across the entire map of Brackenhide Hollow!
Lost Kanniak and Hackclaw's War-Band
Notable Trash Before Hackclaw's War-Band
Before we continue with the further details of the trash enemies in this dungeon, we have to mention that there is an extensive event that must be completed to be able to summon the first boss, Hackclaw's War-Band. The event consists of freeing 5 Tuskarr located in Meat Storage cages around the Lost Kanniak area. You can choose which cages to open, and design your route the way it suits your taste. Just know that whichever cage you choose to open, it is surrounded by packs of angry gnolls! Here is what you should know about them and their abilities:
- Claw Fighter is one of the "tank-buster" mobs in this dungeon, with its dangerous Bloody Bite cast not only inflicting initial damage but also applying a stacking Bleed effect. Occasionally they also fixate random players with Vicious Clawmangle. Kite the enemy away or use combat-reset abilities to cancel the cast (such as a Rogue's Vanish, for example).
- Bonecrusher is a similar trash mob; it will cast Bloody Bite and Crushing Smash on your tank, slowing their movement speed by 30% for 12 sec.
- ViciousHyena will reduce your tank's healing intake with its Infected Bite cast. This in combination with the rest of the "tank-buster" mobs will make them difficult to heal, so watch out!
- Bonebolt Hunter will be one of the higher-priority targets not only because of its unavoidable Shoot damage on random targets, but also because of its Bone Bolt, dealing high initial damage to a random player and leaving a tough Bleed effect afterwards. Avoid triggering its Toxic Trap at all cost.
- TrickclawMystic is one of the static mobs of this dungeon. Interrupt its Earth Bolt so it can come closer to you. The mob itself is not dangerous, but it will significantly increase its difficulty if it unlocks its unique Witherbolt ability, usable there is a Rotchanting Totem nearby. Focus the totem quickly to prevent it from empowering the Mystic.
- Speaking about Rotchanting Totem, Decay Speaker is the only one who spawns it. This is the highest-priority target in the dungeon as not only can they empower nearby TrickclawMystics with their totem, but will also have a single-target high damage Decay Surge spell and a Withering Burst Disease effect. The Withering Disease effect will stack and it will make this dungeon a hell of a journey, so focus it immediately.
- Speaking about high-alert mobs, I would advise to not pull Bracken Warscourge with a large quantity of mobs due to its Pack Tactics aura affecting every other mob. Interrupt Hideous Cackle at all cost, as the AoE fear effect will send you shrieking in fear for 7 seconds, which is likely to result in a wipe. In addition, step out of their Ragestorm and do not ever stay in it.
Hackclaw's War-Band Boss Guide
You will be simultaneously fighting the 3 chief gnolls, Rira Hackclaw, Gashtooth and Tricktotem, each of them having unique abilities under their belt. Here is a more detailed breakdown of the boss fight:
- Avoid being hit by Rira Hackclaw's Bladestorm; she will be slowed by 70% during the cast, which will make dodging much easier.
- Interrupt Greater Healing Rapids at all cost to prevent the bosses from healing.
- Any spare interrupts should go towards Earth Bolt casts.
- Beware of Bloodfrenzy; if one of the gnolls drops below 15% health, this will automatically trigger. You want to cleave them equally until they are all at 15% HP to prevent increasing the difficulty of the fight.
- Quickly nuke the Hextrick Totem to prevent your teammates from being Hextricked.
- Be careful of how you position Rira Hackclaw, since her auto attacks Cleave all players in front of her within an 8-yard cone.
- Periodically, Rira Hackclaw will charge a random member of your party with Savage Charge. It is your responsibility to stay in front of the charge and soak the damage incoming damage, or else they will die. Unless your party member specifically instructs you not do it because they have an immunity available, you should pay attention to this cast at all costs!
- Gashtooth will occasionally cast Gash Frenzy, shadowstepping behind every player and applying a Bleed effect for 45 sec, which you can remove if you heal your teammates above 90% health!
- On Mythic difficulty, Gashtooth will additionally cast Marked for Butchery on one player; use your external defensive cooldowns on them and spot-heal!
- Dispel Gashtooth's Decayed Senses as quickly as you can to prevent your team member from being crowd-controlled for 15 sec.
- >On Mythic difficulty, during the entire boss fight there will be a Prey on the Weak aura that will empower each boss with the Predatory Instincts stackable buff based on their missing health. It is your duty to keep everyone above 90% health at all times!
Gutshot Overlook and Gutshot
Notable Trash Before Gutshot
Once you have defeated Hackclaw's War-Band, the gate in front of you will open, leaving you with the choice of either going left toward Gutshot or going right toward Treemouth. We recommend going toward the left side since it is slightly more time efficient. Here is what you should know on the way there:
- Fleshripper Vulture is the first trash mob you will be facing. The only ability to watch out for is Screech; interrupt it as soon as it casts it.
- Gutchewer Bear has slightly more health, with the only important ability being Maul
- Rotbow Stalker is going to be the hardest mob in this area for several reasons. First they will have Pack Tactics aura buff that will empower all the enemies around them, followed by its Shoot and Bone Bolt abilities that can go on a random target from your party. Avoid their Bone Bolt Volley frontal damage (it has a 40-yard range so you have to side-step it rather than out-range it). Finally, this mob will empower nearby Fleshripper Vultures and ViciousHyenas with Scented Meat to chase one random member of your party. Help your teammates with stuns, slows, and other disruption effects to prevent them from facing certain death.
As soon as you pass the first "room" there will be more terrain that appears to only have the already-known Bracken Warscourge. It is a trap! There will be 6 stealthed Gutstabbers that will cast Bloody Bite to your tank and Withering Poison to a random target.
Gutshot Boss Guide
Right from the beginning of the boss fight Gutshot will have 2 Rotfang Hyenas next to her. They will attack only the tank until Gutshot casts Meat Toss. Your highest priority is to defeat them before she casts Call Hyenas again, calling 2 more of them. Finally, the boss has a Huntleader's Tactics aura, further empowering both Rotfang Hyenas, another reason why you should focus them! Below you can find more information about the boss fight:
- Focus on any existing Rotfang Hyena and kill them immediately, since they will attack the target debuffed by Meat Toss.
- Speaking about Meat Toss, it will be cast on a random target making them Smell Like Meat. Kite away from the Hyenas and never let them catch you. On Mythic difficulty, the Rotfang Hyenas will gain the Feeding Frenzy Enrage effect and upon inflicting damage will also apply a Bleed effect from their Crippling Bite ability.
- You should watch out for their Bounding Leap ground animation; it does massive damage and stuns you if you get caught in it!
- Dodge the Ensnaring Trap on the ground. Note that you can kite the existing Rotfang Hyenas into them! On Mythic difficulty, upon the trap being triggered for the first time, it will rearm itself after 5.2 seconds!
- Gutshot will periodically cast Master's Call, freeing any Rotfang Hyenas from Ensnaring Trap and giving them 15% movement speed for 5 sec. Once you see the boss casting it get away from any hyenas!
- Kite the Rotfang Hyena into the Ensnaring Traps if they do are not chasing anyone with a Smell Like Meat debuff on them.
- Beware of the Gut Shot ability. It deals high damage and knocks you back, so be careful to not be caught in one of the Ensnaring Traps on the ground!
- Focus on healing your teammates if they get caught by one of the Rotfang Hyenas; do your best to keep them away from your party!
Once you defeat Gutshot, this will be your new spawn point if you end up dying!
The Rotwood and Treemouth
Notable Trash Before Treemouth
There are not many new non-boss-enemies heading toward Treemouth, and the distance is relatively short if you do head left upon defeating Gutshot. Now keep in mind, if you decided to go from the right side through the river after defeating Hackclaw's War-Band, there are a few unique non-boss-enemies. But for the purpose of the guide, we will stick to our recommended route. Here is more about it:
The only new enemy that will appear in this area is going to be Stinkbreath. It has much more health than the average mob, hence why it is considered a "mini-boss". He has several abilities to watch out for:
- Violent Whirlwind will deal Physical damage to all enemies within 7 yards and knock them back; get away from it immediately!
- He will occasionally cast Stinkbreath; if you are caught in the frontal ability, you will become Disoriented for 4 seconds so watch out!
Treemouth Boss Guide
Treemouth will periodically regenerate its Energy. Upon reaching 100 Energy it will cast Grasping Vines, dragging all players towards it for 4 sec. There are several more abilities to watch out for in the fight:
- Dodge the Decay Spray frontal ability.
- Immediately after Decay Spray, Treemouth will spawn 4 Decaying Slimes that will cast Gushing Ooze; use your interrupts to stop them!
- Upon defeating Decaying Slime they will cast Burst, dealing damage to any players within 5 yards and leaving a pool of decay on the ground for 30 seconds. Standing in the pool will damage you due to Withering Away!, so you better watch out!
- Once Treemouth begins its Grasping Vines it will Consume the first player to be dragged in before the end of the cast, dealing damage and creating an absorb shield. Once you break the shield, the player that was consumed will be spat out and continue the fight. Even if you are being Consumed, you can still use your abilities!
On Mythic difficulty, Grasping Vines works a bit differently:
- All players within 10 yards of Treemouth will get Consumed at the end of the Grasping Vines cast. If no players are within 10 yards, then the boss does not Consume anyone and instead gets permanently Enraged through Starving Frenzy. Because of this, you have to deliberately let the most durable member of your team be Consumed.
- One more detail is that you cannot let the same person be Consumed twice in a row due to the Partially Digested debuff, so you will want to alternate players!
- Vine Whip is a frontal ability that will follow your direction until the end of the cast. Be careful how you aim it, you do not want to endanger the life of your teammates!
- Spot-heal the player that is being Consumed!
Den of Decay and Decatriarch Wratheye
Notable Trash Before Decatriarch Wratheye
Once you defeat Treemouth, head to the right where you will find one of the roads leading toward the Den of Decay, where you will find the last boss of the dungeon, Decatriarch Wratheye. However, there are several trash mobs to watch out for:
- Filth Caller is going to be the first trash mob you have to deal with. Interrupt its Decay Surge cast and beware of Rotting Surge toxins on the ground.
- Pay attention to Disease Slasher's Decay Claws and Bloody Bite, as it will endanger the life of your tank!
- Fetid Rotsinger is going to be one of the hardest enemies in this area. They will have the Pack Tactics aura and an important cast to interrupt called Burst of Decay. However, as soon as it casts Summon Totem, swap to the totem and nuke it immediately to prevent your group from taking the Withering Disease effect.
- Vile Rothexer is another caster that spreads Disease effects. Maintain at least 5 yards of distance between each other to prevent Withering Contagion from spreading and do your best to prevent them from empowering with Siphon Decay by standing further than 30 yards away before they finish their cast.
- Wither Biter will also be included in every pack. Even though they are non-elite mobs, they can apply Bloody Bite to your tank!
Decatriarch Wratheye Boss Guide
The final boss of the dungeon, Decatriarch Wratheye will have Energy as her resource. Upon reaching maximum Energy (100) she will cast Decaying Strength, empowering herself and applying Withered Eruption to your entire party. Here is more about the fight:
- Avoid being hit by Choking Rotcloud; it will deal damage and silence you if you stay in the cloud. Getting hit by the cloud will apply a stackable Withering Rot damage-over-time effect on you, inflicting damage and reducing your damage done by 5% for 15 sec.
- On Mythic difficulty, Withering Rot does not expire until Decatriarch Wratheye absorbs it with Decaying Strength or the encounter ends.
- Swap to the Rotburst Totem as soon as the boss is about to spawn it. The longer the Rotburst Totem stays alive the more pulsating AoE damage your whole group will take, followed by applying a Withering Rot debuff.
- Once the boss casts Decaying Strength, she will apply Withered Eruption to everyone on your team. The more application of Withering Rot you have, the larger the size of the effect will be, so make sure to spread accordingly!
- Use active mitigation when the boss applies Decaystrike on you. Be careful, this stacks!
- Move Decatriarch Wratheye close to the Rotburst Totem to allow your party to cleave both targets simultaneously.
- Heal up the Decaystrike from your tank as quickly as you can.
- Use healing cooldowns once you see Rotburst Totem being spawned. The longer it stays alive the more damage it will deal to your party!
Brackenhide Hollow Loot Table
|2H Mace||Ancestral Stoneshaper||Mastery/Haste|
|Ring||Bloodied Wedding Ring||Mastery/Vers|
|Trinket||Frenzying Signoll Flare||Agi/Str|
|Polearm||Poached Kalu'ak Spear||Agi, Crit/Haste|
|Cloth Feet||Ravenous Pursuer's Footwraps||Vers/Haste|
|Cloth Shoulder||Boastful Stalker's Epaulets||Vers/Haste|
|Leather Wrist||Ferocious Hyena Hidebinders||Vers/Crit|
|Crossbow||Gutshot's Trophy Hunter||Mastery/Haste|
|Plate Waist||Trapmaster's Utility Belt||Haste/Vers|
|Necl||Tuskarr Bone Necklace||Crit/Vers|
|Leather Feet||Ancient Rotwalkers||Crit/Mastery|
|Plate Wrist||Binders of the Moldering||Vers/Haste|
|2H Mace||Bough of Deterioration||Mastery/Crit|
|Cloth Head||Mask of Imperishable Leaves||Vers/Mastery|
|Mail Shoulder||Rooted Shoulders of Putrefaction||Haste/Vers|
|Mail Waist||Swollen Bark Clasp||Crit/Haste|
|Trinket||Treemouth's Festering Splinter||Agi/Str|
|Leather Hands||Blightweaver's Clutches||Crit/Haste|
|1H Mace||Decatriarch's Bone Pestle||Int, Mastery/Crit|
|Plate Head||Decay Mother's Wrathful Gaze||Vers/Haste|
|Trinket||Idol of Pure Decay||Agi/Int|
|Dagger||Rot-Carved Totemic Shank||Agi, Crit/Vers|
|Mail Legs||Tassets of Densified Ooze||Mastery/Vers|
Bracken Hollow Achievements
There are 10 total achievements to obtain in Brackenhide Hollow:
|Brackenhide Hollow||Defeat Decatriarch Wratheye in Brackenhide Hollow.|
|Heroic: Brackenhide Hollow||Defeat Decatriarch Wratheye in Brackenhide Hollow on Heroic difficulty or higher.|
|Mythic: Brackenhide Hollow||Defeat Decatriarch Wratheye in Brackenhide Hollow on Mythic or Mythic Keystone difficulty.|
|Mythic: Brackenhide Hollow Guild Run||Defeat Decatriarch Wratheye in Brackenhide Hollow on Mythic difficulty while in a guild group.|
|Keystone Hero: Brackenhide Hollow||Complete Brackenhide Hollow at Mythic Level 20 or higher, within the time limit.|
|All Bark, All Bite||Defeat Treemouth after every player has been consumed at least once in Brackenhide Hollow on Mythic difficulty.|
|Growlbossify||Defeat Hackclaw's War-Band after freeing Chief Softpaw, equipping her with a spear and shield, and making sure she survives in Brackenhide Hollow on Mythic difficulty.|
|So You Can Kill This in a Way That Matters...||Defeat Decatriarch Wratheye after finding and planting three Resilent Mushrooms, then destroying them with Decaystrike in Brackenhide Hollow on Mythic difficulty.|
|Subscribed to Hyena Facts||Learn five hyena facts from Gwybod in a single visit to Brackenhide Hollow on Mythic difficulty.|
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