Enhancement Shaman DPS Sepulcher of the First Ones Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 30, 2022 at 00:27 by Wordup 25 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Enhancement Shaman 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

On this page, you will find Enhancement-Shaman-specific information to deal with each boss in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Enhancement Shamans and what you can do to deal with each fight as best as possible.

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.

Since in Season 4 Sepulcher is the most recent raid, it was done with all of our current tools so the approach to each encounter for Enhancement remains largely the same.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

Enhancement has two distinct builds for raids that are fairly locked, each being very focused at different damage profiles. Your choice is dictated usually by how many targets are present in a fight.

2.1.

Single Target: Night Fae + Wolf Bones

This build focuses on doing as much single-target as possible, and revolves around playing with the Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Legendary. There is very little flexibility in this, but it excels at this damage profile.

Covenant: Night Fae

Legendaries: Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones with Seeds of Rampant Growth Icon Seeds of Rampant Growth

Soulbind: Dreamweaver (Link)

2.2.

Multi-target/Funnel: Necrolord + Primal Lava Actuators

This leverages the benefit of Flame Shock Icon Flame Shock spread and turns it into either more AoE through maintaining the Lashing Flames Icon Lashing Flames debuff or funnel into one target through more Lava Lash Icon Lava Lash casts. This works best with Necrolord.

Covenant: Necrolord

Legendaries: Primal Lava Actuators Icon Primal Lava Actuators with Splintered Elements Icon Splintered Elements

Soulbind: Plague Deviser Marileth (Link)

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 to use the following Legendaries on Vigilant Guardian.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Prototype Pantheon.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Prototype Pantheon.

  1. Primal Lava Actuators Icon Primal Lava Actuators
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Anduin Wrynn.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Anduin Wrynn.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

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

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

  1. Primal Lava Actuators Icon Primal Lava Actuators
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Rygelon.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Rygelon.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on The Jailer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Jailer.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity
3.

Vigilant Guardian

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

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

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Vigilant Guardian has a lot of add spawns, but these are usually better dealt with by other players (especially on Mythic) while we focus on priority targets. Most of our AoE delivery methods do not work because adds die before we can capitalizeon it, so focusing on a Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones single-target build works best.

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 Legendaries against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

This is a pure single-target fight with a lot of back and forth movement, but is otherwise very simple to deal with.

  • Use Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf if you are caught in a bad place during Retch Icon Retch casts.
  • Use Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift when your raid group stacks up to trigger Ravening Burrow Icon Ravening Burrow.
  • Use Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk to get back to the boss quickly after Ravening Burrow Icon Ravening Burrow.
  • For situations where you need to stack on the raid but cannot use a Warlock gateway, save Soulshape Icon Soulshape to get into the stack quickly.
  • Be active with movement to avoid Devouring Blood Icon Devouring Blood pools — reduced Haste is bad.
  • As a melee make sure to avoid the Tanks, as the Wormhole Jaws Icon Wormhole Jaws damage split is lethal if it picks you.

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.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

There are add phases here, but are usually very short-lived so it is better to focus on dealing as much boss damage as possible to push through each phase faster. The benefit of having Soulshape Icon Soulshape in case of emergency is also great.

  • Make sure you have Sundering Icon Sundering ready to AoE and interrupt the add spawns in each intermission after being stacked up.
  • Use Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift at higher stacks of Genesis Supernova Icon Genesis Supernova, or during the tank explosion from Glyph of Relocation Icon Glyph of Relocation.
  • If you are caught out by Genesis Rings Icon Genesis Rings and cannot make it to the Dimensional Tears, Soulshape Icon Soulshape can be used in an emergency to leap the ring.
  • Remember the boss goes immune at 75% and 50% for the intermission, so avoid committing big cooldowns like Fae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion if this is about to happen.
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 Legendaries against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Adds are important to burn down here, but this is predominantly a single-target encounter. Therefore a Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones especially because it grants Soulshape Icon Soulshape works out best here.

  • Use Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk and Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf to adjust around each Disintegration Halo Icon Disintegration Halo spawn to not take lethal damage.
  • Aim to have burst with Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit and if possible also Fae Transfusion Icon Fae Transfusion to burn through the Siphoned Barrier Icon Siphoned Barrier absorb shield.
  • Similarly, Feral Spirit Icon Feral Spirit being up to burn through the Domination Core spawns is very useful to kill them before too many Encroaching Dominion Icon Encroaching Dominion pools spawn.
  • When the boss is beginning to create the Disintegration Halo Icon Disintegration Halos, you can see which order they will spawn in by carefully watching the Dominated Reservoirs (the pillars) in the four points of the room. Pre-position and plan out your route to avoid dying to multiple stacks of the debuff.
  • Soulshape Icon Soulshape is invaluable here as it can allow you to skip multiple Halos at once, and repeat casts while it is up can also let you skip the triple rings at the end of the fight.

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 Legendaries against Prototype Pantheon.

  1. Primal Lava Actuators Icon Primal Lava Actuators
  2. Unity Icon Unity

The fight is split between periods of 2 and 4 target cleave for extended periods of time, letting us leverage our funnel/DoT profile with Primal Lava Actuators Icon Primal Lava Actuators paired with Necrolord.

For more information, please refer to our Prototype Pantheon guide.

8.

Lihuvim, Principal Architect

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

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

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

The majority of the important damage here is pure single-target on the boss with burn periods on single adds, so boss damage build suits best here.

  • Soulshape Icon Soulshape should be used to counteract the Cosmic Shift Icon Cosmic Shift knockback if you are targeted by the push. This should be up ready for every time this happens.
  • Aim to have Sundering Icon Sundering ready for Degeneration Automa spawns after the intermission to lock them down.
  • Save Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk in case you get a Mote applied by a dying Degeneration Automa so you can drop it out of melee.
  • Use Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift during the intermission if the raid is unstable from the ticking Protoform Radiance Icon Protoform Radiance damage.
  • Watch out for the Tank positioning as the Resonance Icon Resonance circles from the combo are lethal.
  • Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem can be taken to help the group get back to the boss after each intermission phase.

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 Legendaries against Halondrus the Reclaimer.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Halondrus is a pure single-target fight with some situations that can force you off, with very high raid damage.

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 Legendaries against Anduin Wrynn.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Anduin has a lot of moving parts, but the majority of important damage we deliver is dealt to adds or during the intermission, therefore Korayn is recommended with a single-target oriented build to make use of First Strike Icon First Strike.

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 Legendaries against Lords of Dread.

  1. Primal Lava Actuators Icon Primal Lava Actuators
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Lords of Dread has a near constant 2 target uptime with some high burst windows roughly every 2 minutes, making for a great Primal Lava Actuators Icon Primal Lava Actuators build paired with Night Fae. This also means you avoid Essential Extraction Icon Essential Extraction due to the cooldown holding.

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 Legendaries against Rygelon.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Mostly single-target oriented fight with some add spawns that have extremely low health, so is best to play for boss damage with Korayn to make use of First Strike Icon First Strike.

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 Legendaries against The Jailer.

  1. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones
  2. Unity Icon Unity

There is a lot going on in this encounter but most of it is mechanical — the thing that matters is how much boss damage you can do over a long period of time. We are not efficient at dealing with the few adds that spawn, and they are infrequent enough that it is not worth the sacrifice. Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones Icon Witch Doctor's Wolf Bones and a pure single-target build is recommended.

  • Due to the sheer amount of mechanics that force movement and get in the way of uptime, it is recommended to switch to Niya here, as Field of Blossoms Icon Field of Blossoms uptime is extremely low.
  • Wind Rush Totem Icon Wind Rush Totem is invaluable throughout the fight to re-adjust when the boss moves, but Feral Lunge Icon Feral Lunge can also be taken as a selfish option to deal with Rune of Damnation Icon Rune of Damnation knock-ups.
  • Sundering Icon Sundering in Phase 2 should be saved for the Rune of Compulsion Icon Rune of Compulsion spawns to lock them down briefly.
  • Similarly, if you are targeted by Rune of Compulsion Icon Rune of Compulsion you should cast Tremor Totem Icon Tremor Totem to break yourself out instantly (this does not work on allies).
  • Astral Shift Icon Astral Shift has a lot of situations to be used throughout the fight and should be used liberally, especially when soaking Martyrdom Icon Martyrdom in Phase 1, and when Chains of Anguish Icon Chains of Anguish are being snapped in Phase 3.
  • Both Spirit Walk Icon Spirit Walk and Ghost Wolf Icon Ghost Wolf are used to deal with most mechanics due to how much movement everything involves, rather than at fixed spots.

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

14.

Changelog

  • 30 Jul. 2022: Updated for Season 4.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page added.
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