Garothi Worldbreaker Strategy/Tactics for Normal/Heroic

Last updated on Oct 15, 2017 at 21:27 by Furty 5 comments

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General Information

On this page, you will find a working strategy to defeat Garothi Worldbreaker in Antorus, the Burning Throne for both Normal and Heroic modes, which usually only differ by the tuning of the boss.

Here, we assume that you have read our descriptions of the abilities for this encounter.

The other pages of our Garothi Worldbreaker guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.


Positioning and Strategy

The Garothi Worldbreaker is a stationary boss, locked in place to his starting position. Melee range by at least 1 player must be maintained whenever the boss is not casting mechanics to avoid casts of Carnage Icon Carnage. The melee are free to stand where they choose, though it is generally best to have the tanks occupy one side of the boss while the melee camp groups up on the opposite side.

Ranged DPS and Healers should form a loose spread around the middle of the room, allowing them to easily spread to soak casts of Annihilation Icon Annihilation. It is important to reform that loose grouping after each soak, however, to give players targeted with Decimation Icon Decimation space to spread out. Ideally, Decimation targets should spread to the edges of the room, allowing them to maintain range on their targets but leaving the center of the room clear for the rest of the group to perform their roles safely.

Garothi Worldbreaker positioning

Tanks should perform a taunt swap following the application of Fel Bombardment Icon Fel Bombardment. The debuffed Tank should make their way to the edge of the room and ensure all the incoming missiles are avoided. Mobility cooldowns may be necessary, and less mobile Tanks (such as Death Knights) may want to stay clear of the very edge to avoid being accidentally knocked off the platform if they make a mistake. Tanks should always go to the same side of the room with Fel Bombardment for consistency, and this area must be designated off limits for the placement of other mechanics. Namely, any melee targeted with Decimation Icon Decimation should stay clear of the Tanks' Bombardment zone.

At 65% and 25% the Garothi Worldbreaker will enter a pseudo-intermission phase, beginning Apocalypse Drive Icon Apocalypse Drive. The Garothi Worldbreaker will become untargetable, and its 2 weapons, the Annihilator and the Decimator, will appear. Destroying one of the weapons will interrupt the cast of Apocalypse Drive and prevent a raid wipe and remove a mechanic from the encounter.

For the first Apocalypse Drive Icon Apocalypse Drive, it is recommended you destroy the Annihilator, removing the Annihilation Icon Annihilation mechanic entirely, which is the most disruptive. On Heroic difficulty and above, the raid will also have to avoid Surging Fel Icon Surging Fel, which can simply be dodged on either side. During the second Apocalypse Drive Icon Apocalypse Drive, only the Decimator will remain and it will then be destroyed.

If the raid successfully destroys a weapon system before the conclusion of Apocalypse Drive Icon Apocalypse Drive, the boss will return and recommence its assault on the group. Be aware, however, that this will begin with a single cast of Eradication Icon Eradication each time Apocalypse Drive ends. The entire raid should escape to the back of the room. Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, in particular, is very useful for achieving this easily. Healing cooldowns may be necessary, however, as long as everyone is at maximum range there should be no issues with survivability.

Additionally, damage will be increased by 20% each time a weapon is destroyed via Empowered Icon Empowered, resulting in a 40% damage increase by the time the fight concludes.


Tank Concerns

The major tank concern on this encounter is Fel Bombardment Icon Fel Bombardment. The debuffed tank must always be careful to ensure they are not knocked off the platform when dealing with this debuff, avoiding as many missiles as possible each time. The melee and ranged must also keep the designated area free of Decimation Icon Decimation debuffs, as the extra damage could be lethal or force the use of unnecessary cooldowns.

Tanks can also assist with Annihilation Icon Annihilation soaking when possible, as there are generally several spawns within melee range.


Healing Concerns

There are not many points of significant threat to the raid throughout this encounter. Eradication Icon Eradication is the main ability that will cause a large spike in group health, however, there is little follow up damage meaning deaths are unlikely unless they are killed in a single hit. Later Eradication casts in particular should be managed with raid cooldowns, due to the buff from Empowered Icon Empowered.


Useful Tips

Pay special attention to:

  • dropping Decimation Icon Decimation on the edges of the room;
  • soaking every cast of Annihilation Icon Annihilation;
  • avoiding Surging Fel Icon Surging Fel on Heroic difficulty;
  • focusing down one weapon during Apocalypse Drive Icon Apocalypse Drive;
  • getting at least 40 yards from the boss during Eradication Icon Eradication.

Overall, this boss is very straightforward and should pose little trouble to most groups.


Bloodlust/Heroism/Time Warp

We advise you to use Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism/Time Warp Icon Time Warp as the fight begins. The group should have no trouble destroying a weapon without the use of Bloodlust, and despite the damage buff from Empowered Icon Empowered, the removal of mechanics makes the fight progressively simpler with each Apocalypse Drive Icon Apocalypse Drive.



  • 15 Oct. 2017: Page added.
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