Cenarius Guide for The Emerald Nightmare

Last updated on Nov 08, 2016 at 18:50 by Damien 5 comments

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General Information

Welcome to our World of Warcraft encounter guide for Cenarius in The Emerald Nightmare. We will teach you everything you need to know to defeat the boss in every difficulty.

On this particular page, we will give you a short overview of the fight as well as a list of things to watch out for (include LFR tips when applicable).

The other pages of our Cenarius guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

About our Reviewer

This guide has been reviewed and approved by Pottm from Serenity.



To make it easy to navigate the guide, we have split it into 4 pages:



Cenarius is the sixth boss in the Emerald Nightmare Raid Instance.

The demigod Cenarius is the father of druidism in Azeroth, and one of Azeroth's oldest and most powerful protectors. His disturbing slumber within the groves of Val'sharah was the first sign that the depth of the growing threat from within the Nightmare. That dark power now has complete hold over him, and he may lie beyond hope of redemption.



The fight against Cenarius has two Phases. During Phase One, you fight Cenarius and a number of adds that he regularly summons. Thanks for Malfurion, in every set of adds, you can cleanse one to fight for you and give you a beneficial buff. At the same time, you need to avoid a number of abilities and keep the stacks of a damaging debuff under control through various mechanics. Phase Two is a much more simple proposition where raid has to burn the boss before running out of place on the platform.

Here is a preview of the fight from the Legion Alpha/Beta.




Boss Tank

  • Phase One
    • Boss Tank — Bring Cenarius to the add to be cleansed after a cast of Forces of Nightmare Icon Forces of Nightmare.
    • Adds Tank — Pick up the adds and tank them (except for Corrupted Wisps).
    • Ensure that Cenarius and the adds are tanked far away (at least 20 yards in Normal mode and 30 in Heroic mode), because of Aura of Dread Thorns Icon Aura of Dread Thorns.
  • Phase Two
    • Tank swap Cenarius after every Spear of Nightmares Icon Spear of Nightmares.
    • Establish a cooldown rotation with the healers to reduce the damage of each Spear of Nightmares.
    • Move Cenarius out of Spear of Nightmares void zones.


  • Phase One
  • Phase Two
    • Establish a cooldown rotation with the tanks to reduce the damage of each Spear of Nightmares.






  • 08 Nov. 2016 (mythic page): Added Mythic strategy.
  • 21 Sep. 2016 (strategy page): Added more details following pottm's review.
  • 21 Sep. 2016 (abilities page): Added more details following pottm's review.
  • 18 Sep. 2016 (this page): Guide added.
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