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Destruction Warlock DPS Ny'alotha Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.3

Last updated on Jan 21, 2020 at 21:50 by Motoko 67 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Destruction Warlock 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 Destruction Warlock Boss Advice in Ny'alotha

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

The advice in this section is in a state of being continually updated, as the content is still extremely fresh. As we experience the bosses in their live and properly finished states, additional tips and advanced techniques will be added.

2.

Talent and Essence Cheatsheet

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

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

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

This is a 2-phase encounter with pure single-target during Phase 1 and a brief intermission with multiple targets and some AoE potential in Phase 2.

Use Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and eventually Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway to minimize movements, if you are targeted by Incineration Icon Incineration. Alternatively place Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway to help reach the safe spot during phase 2, for classes/spec with less mobility.

During Phase 2, Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire will reveal Assassin, impairing their ability to stun a player for 10 seconds.

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

This is yet another 2-phase boss with frequent opportunities to cleave an additional add during Phase 1.

Make use of Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway to nullify Dark Manifestation Icon Dark Manifestation pull, but make sure to not touch existing void zones. Since this add will only lose mana and not health, this is a great fight to have a high uptime of Flashpoint Icon Flashpoint.

Drain Essence Icon Drain Essence can be dispelled with your Imp' Singe Magic Icon Singe Magic, but make sure to not overlap too many AoE explosions, and to be at least 8 yards away from everyone else.

Time cooldowns to get 1 activation per Maut's Obsidian Skin Icon Obsidian Skin, as it is extremely important to deal as much damage as possible during that phase.

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 is a single-target encounter with periodic add spawns and a fair bit of movement involved.

Make use of Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway and Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle to minimize movements when affected by Shred Psyche.

Images of Absolution are immune to damage for the first 30 seconds and can be stunned with Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury or banished with Banish Icon Banish. They still generate resources if you apply Immolate Icon Immolate and will increase the uptime of Flashpoint Icon Flashpoint.

During Phase 2, when the Illusionary Projections appear, feel free to apply your Damage over time spells and Havoc Icon Havoc, in order to gain resources and increase your single target damage, but make sure to not accidentally kill the wrong ones to avoid unleashing heavy damage on the whole raid.

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

This is a strict single-target fight in normal and heroic, with lot of movements involved. Mythic difficulty will also spawn adds.

Movement options like Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle, Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can help when dealing with both Soul Flay Icon Soul Flay and Void Ritual Icon Void Ritual, however be mindful of your gateway placement as subsequent Ritual Obelisk can still damage players when spawning in between Gateway portals.

Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve can be used in a pinch to soak Azshara's torment when Voidwoken.

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

Two targets fight with multiple adds waves during the course of the fight and a second alternating phase where focused damage is paramount instead.

This is a two-target fight with multiple adds waves during the course of the fight and a second alternating phase where focused damage is paramount instead.

During Tek'ris' Hivemind control, the 2 bosses will be stacked and adds waves will spawn. Keep Havoc Icon Havoc on cooldown and the bosses Immolate Icon Immolated. Both Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm and Fire and Brimstone Icon Fire and Brimstone can net an absurd amount of shards, but if your raid melt adds too quickly it is better to spend shards on Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolts on bosses and priority damage rather than on Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire. Pay attention to Echoing Void timer and make sure to be at least 4 yards from anybody in your raid, to avoid unnecessary damage.

During Ka'zir's Hivemind control time your cooldowns around Volatile Eruption, in order to nuke them before the timer expires. Place a Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle at the edge of the boss room to easily dodge Acidic Aqir.

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

This is a single-target fight split in 3 phases with a fair amount of movements involved.

Place Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle at the edge of the arena to quickly separate yourself from the rest of the raid when Living Miasma fixates on you.

Due to the nature of the encounter, talenting Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin can mitigate a lot of incoming damage, but Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact has its uses too, when soaking Entropic Buildup Icon Entropic Buildup, coupled with Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve to mitigate most of the damage over time.

While you can technically tank 1 hit from Breath and/or Eruptions, it is better to avoid them.

Depending on the strategy used, Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can be used to cross over the damaging water and reach the only other emerged terrain in the

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

This is an encounter with multiple high HP targets, with the boss being vulnerable only once per minute when debuffed by Void Infused Ichor Icon Void Infused Ichor.

The fight will offer up to 4 targets that will net a constant flow of resources, through Immolate Icon Immolate, allowing Destruction to efficiently cleave with Havoc Icon Havoc, especially when using Rolling Havoc Icon Rolling Havoc.

Place Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway to help whole raid handle the Mutterings of Insanity Icon Mutterings of Insanity mechanic, and remember Imp Singe Magic Icon Singe Magic can dispel the Unleashed Insanity Icon Unleashed Insanity 12 seconds stun.

Make use of Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle to minimize movements while still avoiding ground targeted damage from various abilities.

When Maw of Drest'agath is up make sure to be at least 4 yards away from everyone else to avoid the splash damage from Acid Splash Icon Acid Splash.

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

10.

Vexiona

We advise you to use the following talents against Vexiona.

We advise you to use the following essences against Vexiona.

10.1.

Tips

This is a single-target fight with frequent cleaving opportunities.

Make use of Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle to deal with the Encroaching Shadows Icon Encroaching Shadows debuff and minimize movements. Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can be used during the intermission to help the raid dodge Vexiona's deadly breath.

Time Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm for each add wave as the resources generated will be noticeable.

During the last phase, Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle will be extremely beneficial to handle the Heart of Darkness Icon Heart of Darkness mechanic, but make sure to have someone nearby when you teleport back, else you will suffer fear and additional void corruption stacks.

For more information, please refer to our Vexiona guide.

11.

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.

11.1.

Tips

This is a 2-phase single-boss fight with periodic priority targets.

Pool resources to burst the desired Essence of choice each time they spawn.

Make use of Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle to bait the Unstable Vita and minimize movements; Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway smart placement can also help the rest of the raid in that situation.

Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact can be talented to help dealing with Unstable Void Icon Unstable Void mechanic, trivializing the incoming damage.

During Phase 2, Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle can be used to quickly break Charged Bonds Icon Charged Bonds.

Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush can be used when affected by Corrupted Existence Icon Corrupted Existence to avoid reaching max health during the debuff.

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

12.

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.

12.1.

Tips

This is a single-target boss split in 2 phases with additional enemies spawning periodically that can be used to funnel more priority damage.

Touch of the Corruptor Icon Touch of the Corruptor targets can be crowd controlled but it is generally better to avoid fear/horror effect as those might push players in contact with others not mind controlled.

Blood of Ny'alotha from organs can be stunned with Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury.

Singe Magic Icon Singe Magic can be used to dispel both Blood of Ny'alotha Recurring Nightmare Icon Recurring Nightmare damage over time and the Cursed Blood Icon Cursed Blood, but try to not trigger too many Cursebreaks at the same time.

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

This is a multi-target fight with 3 different phases.

During Phase 1, save resources to burn the Gaze of Madness when it spawns, and place Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle in a position where you will not hit anyone if targeted by Madness Bomb Icon Madness Bomb. Avoid Tentacles slams and place Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway close to Wrathion to help with movements when people use the Extra Action Button.

During Phase 2, Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush will bypass the movement speed reduction from Mycelial Cysts growth, and smart Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway placement can facilitate navigating through the sides.

In the last phase, keep avoiding Tentacle smashes and spread out if targeted by Insanity Bomb Icon Insanity Bomb.

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

This is a multiple-phase fight with several additional targets spawning and a fair amount of movement involved.

In Phase 1, your Imp's Singe Magic Icon Singe Magic can dispel the Corruptor Tentacle's Corrupted Mind Icon Corrupted Mind effect, but on the other hand having Felhunter out can help interrupt that cast. Inside the Mindgate, Flames of Insanity Icon Flames of Insanity can also be dispelled.

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

15.

Changelog

  • 21 Jan. 2020: Guide added.
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