Orgozoa Strategy Guide in The Eternal Palace Raid
Welcome to our strategy guide for the encounter with Orgozoa in The Eternal Palace raid. Here, you will first find the strategy to defeat the boss, followed by a detailed analysis of the abilities.
To familiarize yourself with the encounter, we suggest you watch this short video guide from Hazel Nutty.
The encounter against Orgozoa is a two-phase fight that is especially hard on your healers. Throughout the fight, the raid and the tanks will take large amounts of damage from various sources, making any avoidable damage that raid members take become truly problematic for the healers.
The boss uses the same abilities in both Phase One and Phase Two (which are very similar), and you will also need to go through a Transition Phase. The transition into Phase Two happens after 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Strategy / Fight Summary
During Phase One, the tanks have the most important role: they must make use of the Desensitizing Sting debuff (which reduces damage taken) the boss stacks on the current tank to soak the Amniotic Splatter void zones that the Zoatroid adds leave behind when they die. These void zones will wipe the raid if they are not soaked, and only the tank with a high number of Desensitizing Sting stacks (8 or 9, ideally — at 10 stacks the tank is instantly killed) can survive the damage they deal if they are soaked.
In practice, this is what should happen.
- Tank A starts tanking the boss until the Zoatroid adds spawn.
- When the adds have spawned, tank B should taunt the boss and tank A should pick up the adds and move them away from the boss (at least 15 yards away, so that the boss does not buff them with Chaotic Growth).
- The adds should be focused down by the raid and quickly killed.
- Tank A, who should still have the Desensitizing Sting debuff active, must stand in each of the void zones for 5 seconds after it appears, at which point the void zone explodes. This should only deal minor damage to the soaking tank, but keep in mind that it does also deal an amount of raid-wide damage.
- Tank A must then take over the boss before Tank B's Desensitizing Sting stacks reach 10.
- From here, each time a set of adds spawns, the tank who is not currently tanking the boss should pick them up and then handle soaking the resulting void zones.
Keep in mind that you can also soak these void zones with player immunities like Ice Block, should your tank's stacks have somehow dropped off by the time the void zones must be soaked (if, for example, the adds took to long to die).
Aside from this, during Phase One, all raid members will have to be careful to properly avoid the damaging areas of Dribbling Ichor, which simply requires good reactions and clever positioning in the safe zones (see image below).
The last ability for this phase is the Incubation Fluid debuff. This is primarily the concern of the healers, who will need to keep up with the damage that the players affected by this debuff (which will eventually affect most of the raid by the end of the phase) take.
However, due to the fact that the boss regularly casts Arcing Current, players affected by Incubation Fluid must make sure to always be far enough away from any raid members not affected by this, as otherwise they will also be damaged and Incubation Fluid will spread to them as well.
The ramping damage of Incubation Fluid to the raid will cause significant strain on the healers, who may need to resort to rotating cooldowns by the end of the phase. Any carelessness in positioning that leads to additional Incubation Fluid debuffs being applied early due to chaining Arcing Current will only make the phase that much harder, and this could be enough to overwhelm the raid.
After 3 minutes and 30 seconds, the Transition Phase begins. All Incubation Fluid stacks will be removed, but you will have to deal with the final spawn of Zoatroid adds, which happens a few seconds before the end of Phase One.
The best strategy currently seems to be to deal with the Zoatroids in the Phase One area, just as you dealt with the previous spawns of Zoatroids during Phase One.
As soon as the adds are dead, all raid members must make their way down towards the boss. The tank who must soak the Amniotic Splatter void zones should stay behind to perform this task and then catch up to the raid.
Moving down towards the boss should be a simple enough process: all raid members must avoid coming within 5 yards of any eggs (marked in red in the image below), as this will damage and knock them back, and players must also be careful not to be knocked back by the falling projectiles (crash zone marked with swirly blue void zones).
Once at the bottom of the ramp, you will have to make sure to interrupt the boss's Massive Incubator cast. If you moved to the boss quickly enough, you can take advantage of the fact that he is still casting (and not doing anything else) and do some damage to him before interrupting the cast as late as possible.
Phase Two is mechanically identical to Phase One, except for the 3 new types of adds. We explain how to deal with these adds below, but aside from this, your execution of the phase should be exactly the same as what you were doing during Phase One.
Every minute or so, 2 adds spawn. They can be of 3 different types (Zanj'ir Myrmidons, Azsh'ari Witches, and Dreadcoil Hulks) and must be kept at least 15 yards away from the boss (its Chaotic Growth ability buffs them just like it buffs the Zoatroids), and they must be quickly killed when they spawn.
You can group these adds up (together with any Zoatroids that spawn in Heroic and Mythic difficulties), in order to AoE them all down.
Players targeted by the Myrmidons' Aqua Lance should move to the side of the room, so that the void zone that appears 4 seconds later is not placed in a location where it could impede the raid.
The Witches' Conductive Pulse casts should be interrupted, while the damage they deal to random raid members with Shocking Lightning must simply be healed through.
Finally, the Hulks' Powerful Stomp must be soaked in order to prevent Reverberating Tremor from dealing massive, wipe-inducing damage to the raid. We recommend that the tank handling the adds be the only one in range of the Hulk when Powerful Stomp is cast, as their Desensitizing Sting stacks should allow them to survive. They should be tanking the Hulks anyway, so it is up to other players to make sure they do not somehow end up splitting the damage with the tank, since this will most certainly kill them.
As stated later on in the guide, Orgozoa deals extremely high melee damage. This is typically mitigated by the Desensitizing Sting debuff the boss stacks on its current target, but whenever a tank starts tanking Orgozoa (the start of the fight, the start of Phase Two, and each time after a tank swap), they will have no Desensitizing Sting stacks, and will therefore take all the damage.
Tanks will need to save personal cooldowns for these moments (whether or not active mitigation is sufficient will depend on a variety of factors such as gear level and encounter difficulty), and healers should also be prepared for this high incoming tank damage.
We recommend using Heroism/ Bloodlust/ Time Warp towards the end of the fight, in Phase Two. This is because Phase Two is the most difficult part of the fight, and particularly towards the end the raid will take very high damage (almost everyone will be debuffed by Incubation Fluid, among other things), and using it here will also help increase the healers' throughput.
That said, it may prove to be acceptable to use it on the pull as well, in order to maximize its effect on raid DPS and therefore shorten the fight.
Summary for Tanks
- In Phase One and Two, tank swap before the current tank's Desensitizing Sting stacks reach 10.
- The off-tank must pick up the Zoatroid adds during Phase One (and during Phase Two, on Heroic mode), and tank them more than 15 yards away from the boss. After they are dead, this tank must soak the resulting void zones.
- During Phase Two, all adds must be picked up and tanked more than 15 yards away from the boss.
Summary for Healers and DPS
- DPS players must focus on killing the Zoatroid adds when they spawn.
- Avoid being hit by Dribbling Ichor.
- Players affected by Incubation Fluid should stay away from other raid members.
- Healers must account for the increased damage taken by players affected by Incubation Fluid.
- Move down the ramp to the boss's new location without touching purple eggs and while dodging the marked areas on the ground.
- Perform the same tasks as during Phase One. On Heroic mode, the Zoatroid adds will also be present during this phase.
- DPS any new adds that spawn during this phase.
- Interrupt the Witches' Conductive Pulse.
- If targeted by Aqua Lance, move away from the raid, to the side of the room, to drop the resulting void zone.
- Move away from the Hulks when they are casting Reverberating Tremor.
The encounter against Orgozoa is a two-phase fight during which the raid must face the boss as well as several types of adds.
Phase One lasts approximately 3 minutes and 30 seconds, at which point the boss will leave the arena and descend to a second location (the fighting area for Phase Two). Your raid must make its way down to the boss by navigating a a ramp, and then interrupt the boss's cast of Massive Incubator to start Phase Two.
Phase Two lasts until the boss is killed.
During Phase One, Orgozoa uses a number of abilities against your raid. In addition to this, the boss regularly spawns Zoatroid adds.
Desensitizing Sting (Tank Debuff)
Orgozoa's melee attacks are particularly powerful. However, the boss stacks Desensitizing Sting on its current target. This stacking debuff has a 45-second duration and it reduces all damage taken by the target by 10% per stack. If Desensitizing Sting reaches 10 stacks, the target immediately dies (due to something called Heart-Stopping Paralysis).
Incubation Fluid is a debuff that lasts for the entire duration of the phase, and which deals Nature damage every second to the affected player.
The boss will debuff a random raid member with Incubation Fluid at the start of Phase One, and then additional players will be debuffed as the phase goes on. By the end of the phase, most of the raid will be affected by this debuff, resulting in very high raid-wide damage.
Moreover, the boss will regularly cast Arcing Current at a random player affected by Incubation Fluid. This deals a burst of Nature damage to that player, and chains to up to 3 nearby targets (we are not sure what the range is exactly, but it appears to be around 8 yards), also afflicting them with Incubation Fluid, if they did not already have it.
Throughout Phase One, Dribbling Ichor will sometimes cause most of the room to be marked by areas where damage ichor will fall from the roof for a few seconds. Although most of the room is covered, there are always safe spaces between the many marked areas where players can stand to avoid being damaged.
The boss typically casts Dribbling Ichor 3 times in quick succession, with the safe areas changing each time.
Here is what the Dribbling Ichor looks like; you can also see safe zones.
Chaotic Growth is a passive ability of Orgozoa which buffs any adds within 15 yards of the boss, increasing their damage done and reducing their damage taken by 50%.
40 seconds after the start of the fight, and roughly every 1 minute and 20 seconds after that, the boss will summon 3 Zoatroid adds.
These adds melee and must be tanked. While alive, they sometimes cast Pervasive Shock, which deals a small amount of raid-wide Nature damage.
When killed, each Zoatroid leaves behind an Amniotic Splatter void zone. This lasts for 5 seconds, at which point it explodes. If no players are within the void zone when it explodes, it deals extremely high raid-wide damage as well as dealing more raid-wide damage every 2 seconds for 30 seconds. The raid-wide damage caused by this is so high that it essentially guarantees a wipe.
If, however, there is at least one player inside the Amniotic Splatter void zone when it explodes, this player will take an extremely high amount of damage, and the raid will take a much smaller and more manageable amount of time, once (without any damage over time component).
About 3 minutes and 30 seconds after the start of Phase One, the boss will disappear and a way will open up allowing the raid to follow it to its new location.
This moment coincides with a set of new Zoatroid adds spawning (actually, the adds spawn just a few seconds before the boss disappears). When Phase One ends, all Incubation Fluid stacks are also removed from raid members.
When moving down the ramp to the boss's new location, there are two mechanics for the raid to look out for.
There are many purple eggs located on the descending ramp, and getting too close (within 5 yards) to one will trigger an Eggsplosion, dealing damage to that player and knocking them back.
In addition to the eggs, random areas of the ground are also constantly marked, and projectiles land in each area a few moments later, knocking back any players hit by them.
At the bottom of the ramp, the boss is casting Massive Incubator. We are not sure what happens if the boss completes this cast, but it certainly has a negative effect on the encounter and should be avoided. The cast is interruptible and, normally, your raid should reach the boss in time before the cast ends. Once Massive Incubator is interrupted, Phase Two begins.
Phase Two is almost identical to Phase One, except that it takes place in the new fighting area, which is somewhat larger than the Phase One area.
The boss keeps using the same abilities from Phase One, but spawns 2 adds every 80 seconds or so. These can be of 3 different types, which we detail below. We have not noticed any pattern for the add spawns during Phase Two. In Heroic and Mythic difficulty, the boss also spawns Zoatroid adds, but PTR testing did not seem to have them.
Zanj'ir Myrmidons cast Aqua Lance at random raid members. This marks a target and, 4 seconds later, hits it with a projectile that deals damage and leaves behind a Raging Rapids void zone at their location, lasting approximately 40 seconds.
Azsh'ari Witches deal unavoidable damage to random raid members with Shocking Lightning, and also attempt to cast the interruptible Conductive Pulse, which stuns all raid members for 3 seconds it successfully cast.
Dreadcoil Hulk adds cast Powerful Stomp, which deals a massive amount of Physical damage split between players within 16 yards of the Hulk. If no players are hit by Powerful Stomp, then the entire raid will take high Physical damage from Reverberating Tremor.
Heroic Difficulty Changes
In Heroic mode, the Zoatroid adds continue to spawn even during Phase Two, and this is the only change from LFR/Normal mode.
Mythic Difficulty Changes
In Mythic mode, Arcing Current targets all players affected by Incubation Fluid.
Moreover, Zoatroid adds spawn much more frequently in Mythic mode, including during Dribbling Ichor casts, making picking them up and generally dealing with them much more difficult.
Aside from this, the boss and the adds have increased health and deal increased damage.
The fight is almost the same as in Heroic mode, with both of the mechanical changes really just resulting in more damage taken by the raid, and more adds to be dealt with (which, in the end, is also just more damage taken).
Healers will have to have increased output to deal with the higher damage caused by all Incubation Fluid players being hit by Arcing Current. Due to this, properly spreading out is even more important in Mythic mode than in Heroic.
Tanks will need to pick up more Zoatroids, including during Dribbling Ichor, but aside from making sure to use damage mitigation to compensate for the additional damage they may take, nothing much should change for them in Mythic.
|Hatchery Scraper||Fist Weapon|
|Tentacle Crusher||Mace||Two Hand|
|Great Reef Barrier||Shield||Off Hand|
|Orgozoa's Paralytic Barb||Sword||One Hand|
|Incubator's Bellcap||Cloth Armor||Head|
|Cephalopod's Sash||Cloth Armor||Waist|
|Tidal Drifter's Shoulders||Leather Armor||Shoulders|
|Formcrafter's Pants||Leather Armor||Legs|
|Scalemail of Unnatural Selection||Mail Armor||Chest|
|Greathelm of the Tender||Plate Armor||Head|
|Drape of the Hatcher||Accessory||Back|
|Zoatroid Egg Sac||Accessory||Trinket|
For more information, please refer to our Eternal Palace Loot and Essence guide.
- 15 Jul. 2019: Added Mythic section.
- 09 Jul. 2019: Removed mention of being able to shortcut the transition phase.
- 08 Jul. 2019: Added loot.
- 05 Jul. 2019: Guide added.
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