Destruction Warlock DPS Sepulcher of the First Ones Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 30, 2022 at 15:28 by Motoko 44 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: Sepulcher of the First Ones. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

1.

Introduction

In this section, you will find information and guidance for each boss individually in Sepulcher of the First Ones as a Destruction Warlock. These are not complete encounter guides, but rather provide specific tips for any Destruction Warlock on each boss.

During Shadowlands Season 4, Castle Nathria, Sanctum of Domination, and Sepulcher of the First Ones will each spend time being featured as a Fated Raid. During these times encounters within the 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.

2.

Talent and Legendary Cheatsheet

Vigilant Guardian Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener Artificer Xy'mox Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle Prototype Pantheon Lihuvim, Principal Architect Halondrus the Reclaimer Anduin Wrynn Lords of Dread Rygelon The Jailer

We advise to use the following talents on Vigilant Guardian.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Vigilant Guardian: Embers of the Diabolic Raiment Icon Embers of the Diabolic Raiment.

We advise to use the following talents on Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Artificer Xy'mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Artificer Xy'mox: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Prototype Pantheon.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Prototype Pantheon: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lihuvim, Principal Architect: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Halondrus the Reclaimer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Halondrus the Reclaimer: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Anduin Wrynn.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Anduin Wrynn: Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning.

We advise to use the following talents on Lords of Dread.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lords of Dread: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on Rygelon.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Rygelon: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

We advise to use the following talents on The Jailer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on The Jailer: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

3.

Vigilant Guardian

We advise you to use the following talents against Vigilant Guardian.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Vigilant Guardian: Embers of the Diabolic Raiment Icon Embers of the Diabolic Raiment.

3.1.

Tips

This is a three-phase boss with adds and a single-target burn.

During Phase 1 pool resources for the Pre-Fabricated Sentry. There will be plenty of opportunities to make great use of Havoc Icon Havoc and especially Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn. Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can be used to facilitate the bomb mechanic.

In Phase 2 Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle can trivialise the Matter Dissolution Icon Matter Dissolution mechanic.

Try to enter Phase 3 with all cooldowns since it is either kill or be killed.

For more information, please refer to our Vigilant Guardian guide.

4.

Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener

We advise you to use the following talents against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

4.1.

Tips

This is a single-target fight with periodic wide movements.

Pay attention to Retch Icon Retch and try to not have your cooldowns rolling during that ability. Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle can be used to both dodge Retch Icon Retch or nullify the knockup from the Ravening Burrow Icon Ravening Burrow later on.

For more information, please refer to our Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener guide.

5.

Artificer Xy'Mox

We advise you to use the following talents against Artificer Xy'mox.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'mox: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

5.1.

Tips

This is a two-phase boss with mostly single-target and few adds in Phase 2.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle can bypass the Genesis Rings Icon Genesis Rings mechanic entirely, reducing the need for additional movements.

During Phase 2 Destruction can funnel and cleave 2 targets at time through Havoc Icon Havoc. Make sure to have Immolate Icon Immolate rolling on as many targets as possible to ensure a constant flow of Shards.

6.

Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle

We advise you to use the following talents against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

6.1.

Tips

This is a single-target fight with occasional cleave.

Focus the Domination Core down using Havoc Icon Havoc on the boss instead.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle can be used to nullify Disintegration Halo Icon Disintegration Halo damage. Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can also be used to help the raid navigate across the platform during these movements.

Save cooldowns for when the boss casts Inevitable Dominion Icon Inevitable Dominion.

For more information, please refer to our Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle guide.

7.

Prototype Pantheon

We advise you to use the following talents against Prototype Pantheon.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Prototype Pantheon: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

7.1.

Tips

This is a council fight with 2 to 4 targets in the fight.

Use Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway and/or Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle to get in range and DPS Necrotic Ritualists and to counter the Pinning Volley Icon Pinning Volley.

Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues can be used to slow down the frequency of Gloom Bolt Icon Gloom Bolts.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle should be used to disengage from Hand of Destruction Icon Hand of Destruction.

8.

Lihuvim, Principal Architect

We advise you to use the following talents against Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lihuvim, Principal Architect: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

8.1.

Tips

This is a two-phase single-target boss with several adds in the second phase.

Save cooldowns to burn down the designated add before it activates going into Phase 2.

As usual Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can be used to facilitate maneuvering across the arena.

For more information, please refer to our Lihuvim, Principal Architect guide.

9.

Halondrus the Reclaimer

We advise you to use the following talents against Halondrus the Reclaimer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Halondrus the Reclaimer: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

9.1.

Tips

This is a three-phase, single-target boss.

In Phase 1 it is extremely important to prioritise soaking orbs. Save cooldowns for when the boss reaches 100 Energy and has the Reclaim Icon Reclaim shield.

The Crushing Prism Icon Crushing Prism magic effect can be dispelled by Imp.

During intermissions stay ahead of the boss to avoid any unwanted knockback.

Across the whole fight Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle can be used to bypass Planetcracker Beam Icon Planetcracker Beam safely.

For more information, please refer to our Halondrus the Reclaimer guide.

10.

Anduin Wrynn

We advise you to use the following talents against Anduin Wrynn.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Anduin Wrynn: Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning Icon Wilfred's Sigil of Superior Summoning.

10.1.

Tips

In the Shadow Realm funnel down the Anduin's Despair add, using the Anduin's Doubt small adds to generate extra resources with Havoc Icon Havoc.

Save cooldowns for when the boss reaches 100 Willpower as it will cast a powerful buff on the whole raid entering the first intermission.

In Phase 2 use Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues on Grim Reflection adds to reduce the amount of interrupts needed.

For more information, please refer to our Anduin Wrynn guide.

11.

Lords of Dread

We advise you to use the following talents against Lords of Dread.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lords of Dread: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

11.1.

Tips

This is a two-target boss fight.

Make sure to apply Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues on Manifest Shadows Icon Manifest Shadows add only after it is fully healed.

Save cooldowns for when Mal'Ganis reaches 100 energy and cast Unto Darkness Icon Unto Darkness. During this phase if Havoc Icon Havoc is up, duplicating Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolts net more damage than using Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire.

For more information, please refer to our Lords of Dread guide.

12.

Rygelon

We advise you to use the following talents against Rygelon.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Rygelon: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

12.1.

Tips

This is a two-phase fight with multiple adds in the first and boss in the second.

In Phase 1 there will be plenty of opportunities to generate extra shards from Orbs, using Havoc Icon Havoc and even Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn.

Additional orbs will still be attackable for additional resources with Immolate Icon Immolate but cannot be killed so avoid using Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn and Havoc Icon Havoc unless you need to burst them down for the Massive Bang Icon Massive Bang.

For more information, please refer to our Rygelon guide.

13.

The Jailer

We advise you to use the following talents against The Jailer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Jailer: Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir.

13.1.

Tips

This is a three-phase boss fight.

Movement tools such as Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can help handling the line-of-sight requirement for Relentless Domination Icon Relentless Domination although these are better used to handle the Chains of Oppression Icon Chains of Oppression pull.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle in Phase 2 can be used to avoid a knock out of the platform after a Decimator Icon Decimator.

In Phase 3 use active damage mitigation when soaking Desolation Icon Desolation.

Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle and Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway can be used to handle the Chains of Anguish Icon Chains of Anguish mechanic.

Do not step into Defile Icon Defile. Please.

Use Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues on the Torment add and focus it down.

For more information, please refer to our The Jailer guide.

14.

Changelog

  • 30 Jul. 2022: Updated page for Season 4.
  • 10 Mar. 2022: Updated last bosses section.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page added.
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