Guardian Druid Tank Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2.5

Last updated on Jul 31, 2022 at 18:33 by Pumps 18 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Guardian Druid for each boss of the following raid: Castle Nathria. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.5.

1.

Introduction

On this page, you will find Guardian Druid specific information to deal with each boss in the Castle Nathria 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 Guardian Druid and what you can do to deal with each fight as best as possible.

The following Legendary Power recommendations are going to suggest using either The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will or Ursoc's Fury Remembered Icon Ursoc's Fury Remembered as defensive options and Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper for an offensive choice.

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 Cheatsheet

Shriekwing Huntsman Altimor Hungering Destroyer Artificer Xy'Mox Sun King's Salvation Lady Inerva Darkvein The Council of Blood Sludgefist Stone Legion Generals Sire Denathrius

We advise to use the following talents on Shriekwing.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Shriekwing.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Huntsman Altimor.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Hungering Destroyer.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

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

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

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

We advise to use the following talents on Sun King's Salvation.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sun King's Salvation.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

We advise to use the following talents on Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Lady Inerva Darkvein.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

We advise to use the following talents on The Council of Blood.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on The Council of Blood.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sludgefist.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

We advise to use the following talents on Stone Legion Generals.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Stone Legion Generals.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise to use the following Legendaries on Sire Denathrius.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
3.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Shriekwing.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
3.1.

Tips

  • As a tank you want to position the boss close to one of the several pillars around the room so that the raid can safely line of sight some of his casts.
  • Taunt swap each time the boss casts Exsanguinating Bite Icon Exsanguinating Bite.
  • There is no Mythic-specific mechanical changes from Normal/Heroic making this quite an easy fight for tanks, as we just taunt swap on Exsanguinating Bite Icon Exsanguinating Bite and dodge the Echoing Screech Icon Echoing Screech rings on the ground.

For more information, please refer to our Shriekwing guide.

4.

Huntsman Altimor

We advise you to use the following talents against Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Huntsman Altimor.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
4.1.

Tips

  • Tank the main boss centrally for the majority of the fight.
  • In terms of CC for the Destabilize Icon Destabilize mechanic, you can use Hibernate Icon Hibernate.
  • Use a defensive cooldown each time Rip Soul Icon Rip Soul is cast on you if you are tanking that dog at the time.
  • If you are solely tanking the Huntsman himself, then it should be noted that Earthwarden Icon Earthwarden does not work on his attacks and will likely be a waste of talent on this fight.
  • Taunt swap at 2-3 stacks of Jagged Claws Icon Jagged Claws.
  • There is nothing mechanically different for Mythic compared to Normal/Heroic for tanks on this fight.

For more information, please refer to our Huntsman Altimor guide.

5.

Hungering Destroyer

We advise you to use the following talents against Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Hungering Destroyer.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
5.1.

Tips

  • Tank the boss at an outside edge of the room.
  • Taunt swap on each Overwhelm Icon Overwhelm or when the boss hits 5 stacks of Hungering Strikes Icon Hungering Strikes.
  • Use Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar when the boss casts Consume Icon Consume.
  • There is no significant changes for the Mythic version of this boss for us as tanks.

For more information, please refer to our Hungering Destroyer guide.

6.

Artificer Xy'Mox

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

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Artificer Xy'Mox.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
6.1.

Tips

For more information, please refer to our Artificer Xy'Mox guide.

7.

Sun King's Salvation

We advise you to use the following talents against Sun King's Salvation.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sun King's Salvation.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
7.1.

Tips

  • Face the Shade of Kael'thas away from the raid at all times.
  • Assist your raid in soaking Ember Blast Icon Ember Blast when you are not actively tanking the boss.
  • Interrupt Vulgar Brand Icon Vulgar Brand as often as you can.
  • In Mythic, it is quite frequent to heal the boss up extremely quickly, you can assist with this but using Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild and Restoration Affinity Icon Restoration Affinity.

For more information, please refer to our Sun King's Salvation guide.

8.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

We advise you to use the following talents against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Lady Inerva Darkvein.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
8.1.

Tips

  • Tank the boss centrally, towards the canisters.
  • Cycle defensives on each Expose Desires Icon Expose Desires.
  • On Mythic, Expose Desires Icon Expose Desires will summon small ghosts that you must face as they charge through you or will take massive amounts of damage and very likely die.

For more information, please refer to our Lady Inerva Darkvein guide.

9.

The Council of Blood

We advise you to use the following talents against The Council of Blood.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against The Council of Blood.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
9.1.

Tips

  • Tank all of the bosses together, but face Lord Stavros away from the raid.
  • Taunt swap at 2-3 stacks of Evasive Lunge Icon Evasive Lunge and Duelist's Riposte Icon Duelist's Riposte.
  • Interrupt Dreadbolt Volley Icon Dreadbolt Volley.
  • In Mythic, there is Dancing Fever Icon Dancing Fever, which will cause a lot more tank/raid damage and you will likely have to run over and tank some large gargoyle adds in the last phase.

For more information, please refer to our The Council of Blood guide.

10.

Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following talents against Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sludgefist.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
10.1.

Tips

  • Tank the boss where he spawns and keep him at least 20 yards away from any pillars at all times.
  • Always stay within 5 yards of your co-tank as all of the boss's attacks cleave.
  • When the boss casts Heedless Charge Icon Heedless Charge, aim him towards a pillar.
  • Save defensives for below 30%, as the boss enrages and does significantly more damage.
  • For Mythic, you will have to soak the debris that fall from the ground without breaking your chain to the other tank. This can be quite a bit of tank damage so start off playing relatively defensively.

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

11.

Stone Legion Generals

We advise you to use the following talents against Stone Legion Generals.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Stone Legion Generals.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
11.1.

Tips

  • Tank the bosses in the middle of the room.
  • Taunt swap on every cast of Crystalize Icon Crystalize, and then stand on the player with the yellow circle to cleanse your debuff.
  • In Mythic, there are quite a few more adds that come in throughout the fight, but apart from that it is quite similar to Normal/Heroic.

For more information, please refer to our Stone Legion Generals guide.

12.

Sire Denathrius

We advise you to use the following talents against Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendaries against Sire Denathrius.

  1. Legacy of the Sleeper Icon Legacy of the Sleeper
  2. The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will
12.1.

Tips

  • Pull the boss towards the middle of the room before he casts Command: Ravage Icon Command: Ravage.
  • Soak every second cast of Cleansing Pain Icon Cleansing Pain in Phase One.
  • Cycle defensives on each cast of Shattering Pain Icon Shattering Pain.
  • In Phase Three, taunt swap each time your Scorn Icon Scorn debuff expires.
  • The Mythic version of this fight is relatively similar to Normal/Heroic, the main difference for us as tanks is the mirror mechanic which splits the group makes it so you wont receive as much healing as you are used to.

For more information, please refer to our Sire Denathrius guide.

13.

Changelog

  • 31 Jul. 2022: Updated for Shadowlands Season 4.
  • 31 Dec. 2020: Updated Castle Nathria builds and added some mythic notes.
  • 06 Dec. 2020: Updated for Castle Nathria release.
  • 01 Dec. 2020: Added placeholder Castle Nathria page.
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