Feral Druid DPS Sepulcher of the First Ones Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.7

Last updated on Jul 30, 2022 at 14:50 by Wordup 22 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Feral Druid for each boss of the following raid: Sepulcher of the First Ones. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.7.

1.

Introduction

On this page, you will find Feral-Druid-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 Feral Druids 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 Feral remains largely the same.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

Feral only has one real build that it focuses on no matter the situation, with some very small deviations if needed. In particular your Legendary choice is mostly Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband, while Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving has some niche benefits for fights that can make use of funnel.

Covenant: Night Fae

Legendaries: Celestial Spirits Icon Celestial Spirits with either Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband or Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving

Soulbind: Niya (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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  3. 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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

We advise to use the following talents on Rygelon.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Rygelon.

  1. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

This fight is split into two, with the first phase having lots of adds (including the boss on Mythic), and the final phase being a pure burn on the boss. Due to the short-lived nature of most adds, Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath can be used but will often lose a lot of value. Opting for full single-target with Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband is the highest value.

  • Berserk Icon Berserk should ideally be used on cooldown, ideally hitting multiple adds to get value from the 4-piece bonus. Aim to have it lined up with the final 15% burn if possible.
  • Be careful casting Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits when adds are inside the Force Field Icon Force Field; spells can hit adds with damage reduction.
  • Use Soulshape Icon Soulshape to quickly get out of the group if targeted by Deresolution Icon Deresolution beams.
  • Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin liberally, but aim to have it ready along with Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts for the tail end of Core Overload Icon Core Overload when raid damage gets intense at the end of the fight.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Adds are important to burn down here, but this is predominantly a single-target encounter with some high burst damage windows, so Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband works best here.

  • The first Domination Core add spawns roughly 10 seconds into the fight, so holding Berserk Icon Berserk briefly to hit both targets and gain value with the 4-piece bonus is good. Watch the timer to see if briefly holding this can be done throughout the fight.
  • Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits can be very useful to help break the Siphoned Barrier Icon Siphoned Barrier or burn down adds if needed.
  • Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin during the Inevitable Dominion Icon Inevitable Dominion channel.
  • 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.
  • Save Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts for situations where you might need to take back to back Disintegration Halo Icon Disintegration Halo hits.
  • Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar is useful to help your raid avoid the Halos and reposition. Similarly, Soulshape Icon Soulshape can be used to blink over multiple Halos if you are caught in a bad spot.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving
  3. Unity Icon Unity

The fight is split between two periods of 2 targets active with a final burn with all 4 active. There is an argument to be made for Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath and Apex Predator's Craving Icon Apex Predator's Craving, but with the high value of burst in the final phase Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband is still the default.

  • Try to maintain Bleeds on as many targets as possible, especially early on with only two targets active.
  • Plan your cooldowns around the final phase, aiming to have Berserk Icon Berserk ready when the transition begins to make use of the 4-piece on all 4 targets.
  • Save Dash Icon Dash to make sure you can get into the Bastion's Ward Icon Bastion's Ward circles if you are targeted by Runecarver's Deathtouch Icon Runecarver's Deathtouch.
  • In Mythic, this also applies to Night Hunter Icon Night Hunters.
  • Save Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts for Hand of Destruction Icon Hand of Destruction during the second phase, especially if you are hit by Sinful Projection Icon Sinful Projection.
  • Be aware that on Heroic and Mythic difficulties, the four bosses do not share health and must be defeated at roughly the same time.
  • Make sure to focus target either Prototype of War or Prototype of Renewal and interrupt Gloom Bolt Icon Gloom Bolt / Anima Bolt Icon Anima Bolt respectively with Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash as often as possible.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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 Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband for additional burst and boss damage suits best.

  • 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.
  • Holding Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits can be helpful if you need additional damage to deal with the intermission schematic add.
  • If possible try to line up Berserk Icon Berserk for Degeneration Automa spawns after the intermission make use of the 4-piece bonus.
  • Save Dash Icon Dash in case you get a Mote applied by a dying Degeneration Automa so you can drop it out of melee.
  • Use Barkskin Icon Barkskin 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.
  • Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar can be taken to help the group get back to the boss after each intermission phase.
  • You can use Predatory Swiftness Icon Predatory Swiftness procs to keep any Acquisitions Automa spawns rooted via Entangling Roots Icon Entangling Roots away from the raid.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Halondrus is a pure single-target fight with some situations that can force you away, 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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Anduin has a lot of moving parts, but the majority of important damage happens during the intermission. There is a strong argument for Primal Wrath Icon Primal Wrath to deal with the large add waves that happen throughout, but the high value of burst makes Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband stronger.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  2. Unity Icon Unity

Lords of Dread has a near constant 2 target uptime with some high burst windows roughly every 2 minutes, making Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband ideal to deal as much during these windows reliably as possible.

  • Try to maintain Bleeds on both targets as much as possible throughout the fight, they should be stacked.
  • You should hold both Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits and Berserk Icon Berserk on the pull, and use them on the first Unto Darkness Icon Unto Darkness slightly under a minute in. After this, they should align every 2 minutes after but hold Berserk if necessary.
  • Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity is really useful here to keep range on the boss while dodging Cloud of Carrion Icon Cloud of Carrion pools.
  • Barkskin Icon Barkskin and Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts should always be saved for each Unto Darkness Icon Unto Darkness phase, as the raid takes huge damage during this channel.
  • Save Soulshape Icon Soulshape and Dash Icon Dash for Fearful Trepidation Icon Fearful Trepidation in case you need to move far out to the ranged to clear pools.
  • On Mythic, if you stand directly under Mal'Ganis you can avoid the pools spawned by Aura of Carrion Icon Aura of Carrion, but make sure you are underneath otherwise you will get hit.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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.

  • Collapsing Quasars have huge hitboxes, meaning you can weave in Swipe Icon Swipe even when mostly standing in melee range, especially with Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity.
  • Dash Icon Dash is best saved to get into your assigned Collapsing Quasar Field Icon Collapsing Quasar Field if targeted by Dark Eclipse Icon Dark Eclipse. Otherwise, it is useful in the intermission to keep up with the boss after soaking Unstable Cores.
  • Barkskin Icon Barkskin should be used in every intermission during the Unstable Core soaks, while Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts should be held for the intermission that your raid is struggling the most with.
  • Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge is extremely useful here specifically to jump back to the boss during Massive Bang Icon Massive Bang and get into a circle comfortably.
  • In Mythic, Soulshape Icon Soulshape can be saved to deal with the Dark Quasar Icon Dark Quasar circles to get out of the group quickly.

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. Frezyband 4 Icon Frenzyband
  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. Most of the adds that spawn die very quickly, so a full single-target build is ideal.

  • Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar is invaluable throughout the fight to re-adjust when the boss moves, and should be coordinated with your raid to overlap the heaviest movement periods.
  • You can use either Skull Bash Icon Skull Bash or Wild Charge Icon Wild Charge to re-engage the boss after being knocked up by Rune of Damnation Icon Rune of Damnation.
  • In an absolute emergency you can use a well placed Typhoon Icon Typhoon to keep players affected by Rune of Compulsion Icon Rune of Compulsion on the platform, but be very careful when doing this.
  • Barkskin Icon Barkskin 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.
  • In Phase 3 it can be useful to try to overlap Berserk Icon Berserk with the Torment add spawns to make use of the 4-piece bonus.
  • Survival Instincts Icon Survival Instincts can be used at many points in the fight, but make sure to have it ready on Mythic for the Meteor Cleave Icon Meteor Cleave soaks in the final phase.

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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