Elemental Shaman DPS Uldir Boss by Boss — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1

Last updated on Dec 10, 2018 at 15:35 by Stormy 43 comments

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Elemental Shaman for each boss of Uldir. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.1.

Introduction for Elemental Shaman Boss Advice

In this section you will find information pertaining to each boss individually in the Uldir raid. It is generally recommended you follow the standard talent build found in the Builds, Talents, and Glyphs section of the guide, unless otherwise advised on a per boss basis. Much of the information is geared towards Mythic encounters, though it can usually be applied equally to the lesser difficulties.

1. Talent Cheatsheet for Elemental Shaman in Uldir

Taloc M.O.T.H.E.R. Fetid Devourer Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth Vectis Zul, Reborn Mythrax the Unraveler G'huun

2. Taloc

The fight is comprised of two main mechanics, Plasma Discharge Icon Plasma Discharge and Sanguine Static Icon Sanguine Static. Sanguine Static targets a player in the raid and shoots 5 blood orbs at towards target. Be ready to sidestep the projectiles when he finishes the cast. Try to delay an instant for the knockback, like Earth Shock Icon Earth Shock or Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock.

A location to drop Plasma Discharge Icon Plasma Discharge should be marked before the fight begins. Unless you spec for Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem there is no quick way for elemental shamans to drop these and go back quickly, you will most likely want to use Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf to get the debuff out and place it in an optimal spot, away from the raid. If Taloc has cast Cudgel of Gore Icon Cudgel of Gore and his weapon remains on the ground, do not stand between the boss and his weapon at any time in Phase One or Phase Three.

In Phase Two, you begin your descent into the raid. Taloc goes immune to all damage and begins to spawn two sets of adds. Coalesced Blood is the Phase Two exclusive add and must be prioritized over all other targets. Volatile Droplet will be soaked or burned down quickly as a secondary target. If soaking is not ideal, you can help deal with Volatile Droplets by using Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem or Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm.

3. M.O.T.H.E.R.

M.O.T.H.E.R is another 3-phase fight, split into three rectangular boss rooms. Each room is on a timer based on when the boss enters. All players must pass through the barrier and reach the end to defeat M.O.T.H.E.R. before they are incinerated.

Each room has set mechanics. While the boss is in the first room, she will cast Wind Tunnel Icon Wind Tunnel and Purifying Flame Icon Purifying Flame, and once she enters the second room, she can cast Uldir Defensive Beam Icon Uldir Defensive Beam. Once she reaches the final room, she begins to take additional damage and the fight ends quickly thereafter.

Wind Tunnel Icon Wind Tunnel conjures a gust of wind in the room, which pushes you towards zones of fire. It has about a 40-second cooldown and lasts for 10-seconds. Try to position yourself so you do not lose too many casts during that ability, although as an elemental Shaman there is only so much you can do. Purifying Flame Icon Purifying Flame creates several void zones beneath players that must be moved from. Once she enters the second room, she begins to cast Uldir Defensive Beam Icon Uldir Defensive Beam. These create either vertically or horizontally traveling beams that cover the whole room except for one safe spot.

The main fight mechanic revolves around Defense Grid Icon Defense Grid. Every time players cross into the next room, the entire raid takes damage and adds spawn, based on how many players crossed the threshold. If many players are crossing over, make sure you preemptively cast Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift.

These adds are the top priority in this encounter. They must be stunned, interrupted, and knocked back until they are dead. If their cast completes, the raid will wipe. Depending on how many people move over at once, you should either burn them down one after the other, or AoE them down if there are 3 or more close to each other. Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper comes in handy there.

When the boss enters the last room, she will gain a 100% damage taken debuff. Because of this, you should try to keep both your elemental(s) and your second potion for this part, unless you really need them to deal with the adds.

4. Fetid Devourer

Fetid Devourer is mostly about swapping to priority targets and bursting down the boss during his vulnerability phase. The boss will take increased damage when he gets below 50% Health. If the boss is close to 50%, save your cooldowns to burn him down.

The main boss casts very few abilities. Rotting Regurgitation Icon Rotting Regurgitation is a cone ability targeted at a random player, which must be dodged or you will take a large amount of damage and have Malodorous Miasma Icon Malodorous Miasma applied to you. If you are afflicted with Malodorus Miasma, be it random or through the breath, it will evolve into Putrid Paroxysm Icon Putrid Paroxysm, which is another debuff which does substantially more damage in a short duration. If you have this debuff, consider casting Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift, especially if it lines up with Shockwave Stomp Icon Shockwave Stomp.

Shockwave Stomp Icon Shockwave Stomp (Heroic and up) is a raid-wide knockback, which pushes you backwards a considerable distance. Try to have your back to a wall if possible.

Two adds will spawn from six waste disposal units at random. Burst them down quickly so the boss does not get to consume them for Health and Energy.

5. Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth

This encounter was split into three phases with a few basic mechanics that persist through the whole fight. The main mechanic is Surging Darkness Icon Surging Darkness. This creates three zones of darkness centering where the boss cast the ability. One zone will be safe for every pulse. If possible, try to delay your Shocks so you can use them to move.

Phase One spawns many Silithid Warriors that fixate a target and can be stunned and burned down effortlessly. Stormkeeper Icon Stormkeeper and Liquid Magma Totem Icon Liquid Magma Totem should help do the job nicely, and you may want to use Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem to help keeping them stunned.

During Phase One, players will be targeted with Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam at random. Players fixated by C'Thun's gaze will have a small indicator below them that will show if they are standing close enough to cleave another player. Always avoid having other players in your circle while being fixated and use a Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift.

Phase Two, is a priority damage phase. Three adds will spawn and will begin casting on players. These casters can be interrupted, stunned, crowd-controlled, but not moved. Make sure you use Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear on cooldown. During this phase, Roiling Deceit Icon Roiling Deceit is cast on a handful of players. These players will take damage and then drop a cloud at their feet upon expiration. Get this cloud out of the raid by running out before the debuff expires.

Phase Three is the final phase of the fight. There will be no more adds or previous Old God mechanics during this phase. Instead, the boss will spawn Orb of Corruption Icon Orb of Corruptions around the boss room. These orbs must be soaked by players. Players who soak the orb get a temporary damage increase and once the buff times out, they will be mind controlled until killed. Mind controlled targets must be silenced, stunned, or interrupted while they live.

You can talent and gear based on your role during this encounter. If your group is light on multi-target damage, consider talenting for multi-target. If you struggle to kill the caster adds quickly enough, swap to a more consistent damage build and sacrifice your multi-target slightly. If you are an assigned orb soaker in Phase Three, save your cooldowns and spec into burst abilities.

6. Vectis

This fight is split into two phases. There are very few mechanics but they are all deadly.

Vectis will begin the fight casting Omega Vector Icon Omega Vector on a few party members. This debuff does not expire and will bounce from target to target the entire fight. Everytime the debuff bounces, the player contracts one stack of Lingering Infection Icon Lingering Infection, which increases all nature damage taken. While Omega Vector deals shadow damage, other fight mechanics deal nature damage.

During the "up phase", the boss will cast two abilities. Contagion Icon Contagion is a raid-wide nature damage explosion and Gestate Icon Gestate stuns the target dealing shadow damage to all players around the target and spawns an add. This add must be burned down immediately or the healing absorb debuff it casts on the raid will be too much for your healers.

Vectis submerges and spawns Plague Bomb Icon Plague Bombs, which must be soaked by players. During this phase, Vectis will also send out waves of blood that must be sidestepped or the player will take a stack of Lingering Infection Icon Lingering Infection. These waves of blood move quickly and are harder to dodge the closer you are to the submerged boss. Staying in Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf form is recommended, and Spirit Wolf Icon Spirit Wolf gets good value.

7. Zul, Reborn

The main mechanic that Elemental Shamans can handle is Pool of Darkness Icon Pool of Darkness (Heroic and up). Soaking these prevent raid damage but causes you to take heavy damage every 2 seconds for 20 seconds. Elemental is not the best spec to handle these, but if you have to, use first Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift and potentially Harden Skin Icon Harden Skin. Do not hesitate to cast Healing Surge Icon Healing Surge on yourself if you have any doubt.

There are three sets of adds that spawn in Phase One. Nazmani Bloodhexer spawn in packs of two and must remain separated. Focus these first and kill them quickly. The second Bloodhexer may possibly cast Congeal Blood Icon Congeal Blood and the add that spawns from this cast is the only target that takes priority over the two Bloodhexers. Bloodhexers can be hexed, knocked back, stunned, and silenced; so can the add that they spawn, and those must be burned down quickly.

Nazmani Crushers are your second priority and Bloodthirsty Crawgs are normally just burned down through passive cleave. The Crushers will spawn one at a time and the Crawgs will spawn four at a time. When there are no Nazmani Bloodhexers active, target the Crusher and cleave off of him.

It is possible to dispel the fears from Minions of Zul with Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem , or to purge the adds themselves, which kills them instantly. Generally however a priest should be dealing with these adds. Note that Tremor Totem does NOT work with the fear associated with the Deathwish Icon Deathwish ability.

8. Mythrax the Unraveler

This fight consists of a boss phase and an intermission phase. During the boss phase, just be aware of any Annihilation Icon Annihilation stacks you have. Clear them if they get too high or if you are called to clear them using Existence Fragment Icon Existence Fragments. You can limit the number of stacks you receive by avoiding casts of Obliteration Blast Icon Obliteration Blast, which targets a random player and shoots a laser at them and its intermission counterpart, Obliteration Beam Icon Obliteration Beam.

Occasionally, players will be targeted with Oblivion Sphere Icon Oblivion Sphere and become mind controlled. These players can be knocked out of the mind control zone if you cast Thunderstorm Icon Thunderstorm near them. Otherwise, damaging them will slowly knock them out of the mind control zone as well.

When the boss reaches 75% Health the intermission phase begins. The boss moves into the middle of the room and takes 99% less damage, so make sure you do not use any DPS cooldown shortly before that. During the intermission, two large N'raqi Destroyers spawn and must stay separated while being burned down. Additionally, several players will be targeted with Visions of Madness Icon Visions of Madness. Try to stay grouped so players can cleave them down easily. Interrupt any adds that are out of the main group with Wind Shear Icon Wind Shear. Interrupt N'raqi Destroyers' Void Volley Icon Void Volley as well.

Damage timings are very announced during this fight. Raid-wide damage is dealt after every mind control break, at the beginning of every intermission, and also when Imminent Ruin Icon Imminent Ruin expires. If any mechanics line up or you are afflicted with Imminent Ruin, be sure to use Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift.

9. G'huun

G'huun is the final boss of the raid. The encounter consists of an upstairs minigame portion as well as three downstairs phases.

Phase One is the add phase. Your focus in this phase is to cleave down all enemies, but have at least one target ready to be focused down. The priority is Blightspreader Tendril (Heroic and up), then Cyclopean Terror, and finally Dark Young. Make sure all casts during this phase are kicked. The Dark Young add will cast an ability called Dark Bargain Icon Dark Bargain in a circle around itself. If you take one stack, you deal increased damage and healing but also take increased damage. If you get a second stack, you will be mind controlled. During this phase, G'huun will also cast Explosive Corruption Icon Explosive Corruption on one random player (two in Mythic). This player should move to the edges of the room so he does not infect any other members. This ability will persist throughout the fight.

When G'huun is forced from his lair, he stops stops spawning the adds from the previous phase and brings new mechanics to the fight. Be sure to spread to reduce stacks of Putrid Blood Icon Putrid Blood contracted from the Wave of Corruption Icon Wave of Corruption. A player will be targeted with Blood Feast Icon Blood Feast and be rooted to the ground. Stack up on that player to remove all stacks of Putrid Blood. He will spawn a Gibbering Horror, whose strength is increased by the amount of Putrid Blood stacks that were removed. Focus this down when it is active and avoid being interrupted by Mind-Numbing Chatter Icon Mind-Numbing Chatter.

The upstairs phase is a minigame separate from the rest of the boss encounter. Players must run through a gauntlet to deposit a Power Matrix Icon Power Matrix. After 5-seconds of holding the Power Matrix, you will become rooted to the ground and have to throw it to another player using your extra action button. The power matrix is not the only thing to slow you down while traversing the upper platform. The path is covered in Amorphous Cyst that will slow you considerably. When damaged, they are forced to shrink. As an Elemental Shaman, you are most likely never going to be participating in this, apart from maybe picking up the Power Matrix where it spawns and throwing it to someone better suited for the job.

When three Power Matrix Icon Power Matrix are deposited, Phase One will end. If three are deposited in Phase Two, the boss and any boss adds will be stunned and take 100% additional damage for 24-seconds. Be sure to save cooldowns for these vulnerability phases, as well as defensive cooldowns because players are taking damage as well.

At 15% health, the final phase begins. The upstairs mechanics end and the raid takes a large amount of damage. Only two new mechanics are added to the phase, but you are no longer able to remove Putrid Blood Icon Putrid Blood, so spreading is very important. Malignant Growth Icon Malignant Growth (Heroic and up) must be moved away from if they spawn nearby and G'huun will also be casting Gaze of G'huun Icon Gaze of G'huun, which will fear you if you face him and that should never happen. Note that Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem works on this fear.

10. Changelog

  • 10 Dec. 2018: Updated talent recommendations for 8.1 changes.
  • 31 Aug. 2018: Added Uldir guide.
  • 11 Aug. 2018: Added placeholder page for now.
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