Guardian Druid Tank Castle Nathria Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.0.5

Last updated on Dec 31, 2020 at 13:40 by Pumps 17 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 9.0.5.

1.

Introduction

In this section, you will find information and guidance for Guardian Druids on each boss individually in the Castle Nathria raid. These are not complete encounter guides, but rather provide specific tips for doing the bosses as a Guardian Druid.

2.

Guardian Druids in Castle Nathria

Heading into Castle Nathria, Guardian should be performing exceptionally well. Our overall survivability is incredibly strong, we are feeling very sturdy and can manage all the tank mechanics throughout the raid with our large toolkit. Our single target damage and raid utility is also excellent.

The following Legendary Power recommendations are going to suggest using The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will for basically everything. As an optional alternative, you can use Ursoc's Fury Remembered Icon Ursoc's Fury Remembered or Luffa-Infused Embrace Icon Luffa-Infused Embrace for higher DPS options if you are finding yourself quite safe on bosses not needing the massive defensive boost from The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

3.

Talent and Legendary 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 you to use the following Legendary on Shriekwing: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

We advise to use the following talents on Huntsman Altimor.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Huntsman Altimor: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

We advise to use the following talents on Hungering Destroyer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Hungering Destroyer: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Artificer Xy'Mox: 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 you to use the following Legendary on Sun King's Salvation: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lady Inerva Darkvein: 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 you to use the following Legendary on The Council of Blood: Ursoc's Fury Remembered Icon Ursoc's Fury Remembered.

We advise to use the following talents on Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sludgefist: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Stone Legion Generals: Ursoc's Fury Remembered Icon Ursoc's Fury Remembered.

We advise to use the following talents on Sire Denathrius.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Sire Denathrius: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

4.

Shriekwing

We advise you to use the following talents against Shriekwing.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Shriekwing: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

4.1.

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.

5.

Huntsman Altimor

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Huntsman Altimor: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

5.1.

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.

6.

Hungering Destroyer

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Hungering Destroyer: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

6.1.

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.

7.

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: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

7.1.

Tips

Tank the boss in the right side of the room as often as possible.

Taunt swap on each cast of Glyph of Destruction Icon Glyph of Destruction.

Use Stampeding Roar Icon Stampeding Roar to help your raid run out of Edge of Annihilation Icon Edge of Annihilation.

The Glyph of Destruction Icon Glyph of Destruction can be quite painful on Mythic so make sure you rotate your cooldowns comfortably.

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

8.

Sun King's Salvation

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sun King's Salvation: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

8.1.

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.

9.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lady Inerva Darkvein: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

9.1.

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.

10.

The Council of Blood

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Council of Blood: Ursoc's Fury Remembered Icon Ursoc's Fury Remembered.

10.1.

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.

11.

Sludgefist

We advise you to use the following talents against Sludgefist.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sludgefist: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

11.1.

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 of tank damage so start off playing relatively defensively.

For more information, please refer to our Sludgefist guide.

12.

Stone Legion Generals

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Stone Legion Generals: Ursoc's Fury Remembered Icon Ursoc's Fury Remembered.

12.1.

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.

13.

Sire Denathrius

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Sire Denathrius: The Natural Order's Will Icon The Natural Order's Will.

13.1.

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.

14.

Changelog

  • 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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