Brewmaster Monk Tank Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Dragonflight 10.0.0
On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Brewmaster Monk for each boss of the following raid: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.0.
Introduction and Disclaimer
This section will be devoted to providing you with insight into fighting the bosses of Castle Nathria as a Brewmaster Monk. It is meant to give you advice on ideal Talent and Legendary Power choices for each encounter, as well as offer tips that may help your specialization in particular. These will not be full encounter breakdowns, but rather a quick summation of what to expect as a Brewmaster and how to more easily succeed.
During the Dragonflight Pre-Patch, Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will be simultaneously featured as Fated Raids. During this time encounters within each specific raid will include an additional mechanic and items will drop at increased item levels. If you would like to learn more general information about the Fated Raids system as a whole, please see our overview below. Otherwise, continue to use this page for specialization-specific tips.
Resetting Encounters with Transcendence
All Monk specializations — but especially Brewmasters — are capable of resetting most boss encounters with the use of Transcendence and Transcendence: Transfer. This can be especially useful in a progression environment to save on both repair costs and allow players to keep their consumable buffs, such as food from a Feast of Gluttonous Hedonism. All you have to do as a Monk is place your Transcendence spirit beyond the area that will normally be closed off after engaging the boss. Then, if you would like to reset the encounter, simply get the attention of the boss with Provoke and teleport outside of the encounter area with Transcendence: Transfer. If done successfully, the boss will follow you outside and de-spawn.
Unless otherwise used during an encounter or mentioned in its tips section, it is highly recommended to get into the habit of setting up this form of fight reset. However, you should never feel forced to do so if there is a point in an encounter that you prefer having access to one of your most powerful mobility tools.
The following talent tree is recommended for general use in raid encounters. Be aware that you may wish to switch some points around to gain specific utility against certain mechanics. It can be easily imported directly into the game using the following string:
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Shriekwing: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- Swap who is tanking after each cast of Exsanguinating Bite.
- Aim to have high health and be ready to use Purifying Brew with each Exsanguinating Bite.
- Although you are both unhealable and are taking increased Physical damage temporarily due to the 10 stacks of Exsanguinated that are applied with each Exsanguinating Bite, Celestial Brew and other absorbs can still be used without any penalty!
- The Exsanguinated debuff can be removed with a Kyrian's Phial of Serenity.
- Consider placing your Transcendence spirit behind a pillar or other location to easily hide from Earsplitting Shriek.
- During Phase 2, Shriekwing is effectively immune to damage. Consider healing your allies with Vivify instead.
- In Heroic, avoid touching any orbs created by Echoing Shriek. These will trigger a Descent around you.
- In Mythic, the orbs from Echoing Shriek cannot be seen without the Bloodlight debuff, which is gained by standing near The Blood Lantern.
For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- While Margore is active, swap tanking between Altimor and the beast on 2-3 stacks of Jagged Bleed. A Kyrian's Phial of Serenity can also remove this debuff.
- While Bargast is active, be ready to move him away from Altimor before each cast of Shades of Bargast and Rip Soul.
- So long as you are still at 100% Health after being hit by Rip Soul, your spawned soul will only require minimal healing. Coordinate with your healers and make clever use of Celestial Brew!
- Ring of Peace can help knock away a Shade of Barghast that has spawned too close to the group. In addition to this, Paralysis can be used to help apply more stacks of Destabilize or interrupt Deathly Roar.
- While Hecutis active, all of its auto-attacks will apply Crushing Stone even if you successfully dodge them with Mastery: Elusive Brawler.
- Avoid having Hecutis' Crushing Stone buff go over 2-3 stacks.
- In Mythic, be ready to move Huntsman Altimor after Sinseeker when Bargast or Hecutis are active. There will be multiple souls spawned from Pierce Soul that must not reach the boss.
For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.
Sun King's Salvation
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sun King's Salvation: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- While a Shade of Kael'thas is not present, swap on 2 stacks of Vanquished from a Rockbound Vanquisher. A Kyrian's Phial of Serenity can also remove this debuff.
- Summon Black Ox Statue can help you gain threat on the adds that are constantly spawning throughout this encounter.
- Help interrupt Vulgar Brand from the Vile Occultists.
- Neither Ring of Peace nor Clash can be used to help keep Soul Infusers away from the Soul Pedestals at the front of the room. Paralysis and Leg Sweep can be used on them, however, at a reduced duration on each.
- When a Shade of Kael'thas is active, swap tanking duties on every 2-3 stacks of Burning Remnants received from Fiery Strike.
- Fiery Strike is a frontal cone. Do not be in front of the Shade of Kael'thas if not actively tanking it.
- In Heroic, be aware that Blazing Surge will not be targeting you.
- In Mythic, it may be useful to take advantage of the bonus movement speed from Provoke to more quickly reposition the Shade of Kael'thas. He cannot move while attempting to cast Unleashed Pyroclasm.
For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'Mox: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- Swap tanking during each cast of Glyph of Destruction. The boss will not move while applying this debuff.
- Make use of the Dimensional Tears to get far away from your raid when given the Glyph of Destruction debuff. Dampen Harm and Zen Meditation can also be useful for reducing your damage taken while far away from your healers.
- The bonus movement speed from Provoke can be very useful for getting the boss where you want them throughout the fight.
- Ring of Peace cannot be used to help keep Fleeting Spirit from reaching their targets, but you also cannot be targeted by their Fixate as a tank.
- During the final phase, avoid being near the center of the room as Edge of Annihilation attempts to drag you closer.
- Night Fae and Venthyr players have an advantage in this fight with the added mobility from Soulshape and Door of Shadows.
For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Hungering Destroyer: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- Although auto-attack damage can be dodged with Mastery: Elusive Brawler, the damage dealt from Hungering Strikes cannot. Keep the stacks of Growing Hunger below 5-6 when possible by alternating tanking duties on every cast of Overwhelm.
- An especially good time to make use of Purifying Brew is immediately after each cast of Overwhelm.
- Transcendence can be useful to place before beginning the encounter in an area of the room that you can teleport to avoid standing by other players during Expunge — and place your Obliterating Rift far away from the action in Heroic.
- Move the boss near an edge of the room before it reaches 100 Energy and casts Consume to provide your raiders with more room to escape.
- In Heroic, Obliterating Rifts will gradually take up space within the room. Although you can help remove them as a tank by running into them, the job is better suited to an immunity.
- In Mythic, it is important to help stand near allies that have Gluttonous Miasma, but only when not actively tanking to avoid causing extra strain from the stacks of Essence Sap you will receive.
For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.
Lady Inerva Darkvein
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lady Inerva Darkvein: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- Swap tanking duties every 2 stacks of Expose Desires.
- While the Container of Desires is 66% or more full, you will cause an explosion when Warped Desires expires through Change of Heart. Move away from your allies to reduce the overall damage dealt. Night Fae and Venthyr players will have an advantage here, but Transcendence can also be useful.
- Immediately run to or place a Summon Black Ox Statue next to a Harnessed Specter as it spawns. It cannot move from its initial location and will immediately cast Condemn if a tank is not next to it.
- Avoid tanking Inerva while you have stacks of Unconscionable Guilt, as it will increase the damage taken from Warped Desires. This may not always be possible, however.
- While the Container of Sin is 33% or more full, avoid having the boss near the center of the room, as the orbs created by Sins and Suffering will be connected to each other with an Anima Web.
- While the Container of Concentrated Anima is 33% or more full, victims of Concentrated Anima will be rooted. This root can be removed with Tiger's Lust to help them better position themselves.
- Bottled Anima will be thrown far away from the boss no matter where she is in the room. It cannot be helped, sadly.
- In Mythic, you will be rooted during each cast of Expose Desires while tanking Inerva and must face toward the two red images of the boss that will charge at you. This may include times where you are forced to briefly turn your back to Inerva.
- In Mythic, it is recommended that you do not personally attempt to catch any Bottled Anima, or you may end up rooted in a patch of Lingering Anima.
For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.
The Council of Blood
We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Council of Blood: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- A commonly used kill order, especially in Mythic, is Baroness Frieda first, Lord Stavros second, and Castellan Niklaus last.
- As the remaining bosses will fully heal upon slaying one, focus on one at a time throughout the encounter. Killing bosses in a different order will slightly change the mechanics that are seen.
- If killing Baroness Frieda last, Dampen Harm and Zen Meditation make for fantastic defensive tools to limit the damage dealt by Soul Spikes.
- Help interrupt Dreadbolt Volley when you are tanking Baroness Frieda.
- Due to Lord Stavros' Evasive Lunge causing him to teleport behind you before dashing, tank him while not facing toward the raid to reduce the risk of hitting other players.
- While tanking Lord Stavros or Castellan Niklaus, swap tanking duties on 2 stacks of either Evasive Lunge or Duelist's Riposte.
- If not killing Castellan Niklaus first, be prepared to gather up a number of additional Begrudging Waiters and Veteran Stoneguards throughout the encounter. If killing him last and in Heroic, you must also ensure that enemies die at least 12 yards away from each other to avoid empowering the survivors with Castellan's Fury.
- Summon Black Ox Statue can be placed far away from the action to lure certain spawns of Begrudging Waiters to it. They will neither autoattack the statue nor attempt to throw food while passively gathering around it.
- In Heroic and if killing Lord Stavros last, movement abilities such as Roll, Tiger's Lust, and Transcendence can be used to help negate the penalty of Two Left Feet. Night Fae and Venthyr players have additional advantages with Soulshape and Door of Shadows.
- In Mythic and if killing Castellan Niklaus last, you will likely be kiting the Veteran Stoneguard rather than killing it outright. It cannot be snared, so planning your movement abilities will be key if you take on this role.
For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sludgefist: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- As Giant Fists causes all auto-attacks to hit another target within 5 yards, always make sure you are standing on top of your co-tank.
- Run out of Destructive Stomp.
- Run against Colossal Roar to limit its knockback. You can also use the first cast of Colossal Roar after each Pillar's destruction to help reposition yourself more quickly.
- Keep the boss away from nearby Pillars, or they will be destroyed by Destructive Stomp.
- While targeted by Hateful Gaze, run behind a pillar and do not let the boss collide with a wall instead. The tank closest to Sludgefist upon reaching 100 Rage will be the target of this ability.
- At 30% Health, Sludgefist will gain Gruesome Rage for the rest of the encounter.
- In Mythic, you will be attached to your co-tank for most of the fight with Chain Link. Remember that you are likely more mobile than them and do not accidentally trigger Shattering Chain from separating too much.
- In Mythic, you will also take damage from Seismic Shift as it is often too difficult to avoid while staying with your co-tank.
- In Mythic, every Pillar's destruction will create four circles of Fractured Boulder. After soaking these, each area will create two, smaller circles of Fractured Debris nearby. You and your co-tank will be responsible for one set of Fractured Boulder and its Fractured Debris on each Pillar. Communicate with each other to help with this soaking.
For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.
Stone Legion Generals
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Stone Legion Generals: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- During a Stone Breaker's Combo, you will be briefly stunned and suffer Nature damage. Ensure you are at high health or have a Celestial Brew active to stay safe. Being stunned by Crystalize will also remove any bleed effects present on you.
- For most of the fight, your responsibility will alternate between getting the attention of Stone Legion Goliaths and being attacked by the active boss. In the final 50%, both bosses will be active and must be tanked by one player each.
- Summon Black Ox Statue can help ensure that freshly-spawned Stone Legion Goliaths do not target another player.
- There are plenty of targets for you to make use of Touch of Death on, such as the Stone Legion Goliaths attempting to apply stacks of Soultaint
- While General Grashaal is active, switch tanking duties after every cast of Stone Fist. Do not get knocked off the platform by its knockback!
- Within the final phase, there will be times when the tank handling General Kaal will need to stand in a Stone Breaker's Combo. During this time, one player will be momentarily tanking both bosses. Be prepared.
- On Mythic, all bleed effects are permanent and cannot be removed with Phial of Serenity or any other player ability. Instead, you must make use of Stone Breaker's Combo to remove any bleeds you have accrued.
For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.
We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: Stormstout's Last Keg.
- During Phase 1, swap tanking duties after each cast of Cleansing Pain and keep the boss near an edge of the room facing a wall.
- During the March of the Penitent, you will be able to reach the center even if you have up to 2 stacks of Burden of Sin.
- While waiting in the center for March of the Penitent to finish, you can assist slower players by providing them with Tiger's Lust.
- During Phase 2, there are two active bosses to tank. Swap who is tanking Denathrius and Remornia — the sword — every cast of Wracking Pain. Remornia's Carnage is not nearly as deadly, though a Kyrian's Phial of Serenity can remove this debuff in an emergency.
- In Phase 2 of Normal and Heroic, the first set of Crimson Cabalists will spawn to the North, the second to the South, and the third at the East and West simultaneously. Make use of the mirrors to help reach them, and aim to reach Phase 3 before the third set appears.
- While in Phase 2, avoid facing Denathrius toward your allies so as not to accidentally hit any players with Wracking Pain. However, the debuff increasing damage taken can also be applied to Crimson Cabalists!
- Within Phase 2, keep Denathrius near one of the four large mirrors in the room; they can be used to help escape from Hand of Destruction.
- During Phase 3, swap tanking on 4-6 stacks of Scorn. Your Mastery: Elusive Brawler will prevent you from getting stacks of this debuff when you successfully dodge.
- In Phase 3, be careful to not have your back too close to an edge, or you may be knocked off by the final hit of Shattering Pain. After its knockback, a single Roll will cover most of the distance separating you from the boss. Transcendence can also be effective.
- There are no mirrors left to assist you against Hand of Destruction in Phase 3. Position Denathrius accordingly.
For more information, please refer to our Sire Denathrius guide.
- 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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