Protection Paladin Tank The Eternal Palace Raid Guide — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5

Last updated on Aug 26, 2019 at 10:14 by Treckie 35 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Protection Paladin for each boss of the following raid: The Eternal Palace. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Battle for Azeroth (BfA) 8.2.5.

1.

The Eternal Palace Boss Tips for Protection Paladins

This page will focus on how to best prepare as a Protection Paladin for The The Eternal Palace encounters, rather than a general guide for the instance. These guides and their talent recommendations are purely for progression kills, allowing you to increase your chances of killing the bosses. Once you have killed a boss and are more familiar with the fight and feel comfortable with it, you may very well wish to change talents in order to do more damage.

Keep in mind this page is based on PTR testing alone and may not perfectly reflect the exact encounter released on live, as changes to the encounters are very common. Frequent updates during the first Heroic week, as well as upcoming Mythic weeks will complete the encounter information. Mythic tips and tricks will be added once the fights have been defeated.

Minor Essences such as Strife Icon Strife, Sphere of Suppression Icon Sphere of Suppression, and Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood, which give more or less passive Versatility, Haste, or Strength are always viable options should no encounter specific abilities play much of a role with other Essences.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

Abyssal Commander Sivara Blackwater Behemoth Radiance of Azshara Lady Ashvane Orgozoa The Queen's Court Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha Queen Azshara

We advise to use the following talents on Abyssal Commander Sivara.

We advise to use the following essences on Abyssal Commander Sivara.

We advise to use the following talents on Blackwater Behemoth.

We advise to use the following essences on Blackwater Behemoth.

We advise to use the following talents on Radiance of Azshara.

We advise to use the following essences on Radiance of Azshara.

We advise to use the following talents on Lady Ashvane.

We advise to use the following essences on Lady Ashvane.

We advise to use the following talents on Orgozoa.

We advise to use the following essences on Orgozoa.

We advise to use the following talents on The Queen's Court.

We advise to use the following essences on The Queen's Court.

We advise to use the following talents on Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

We advise to use the following essences on Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

We advise to use the following talents on Queen Azshara.

We advise to use the following essences on Queen Azshara.

3.

Abyssal Commander Sivara

We advise you to use the following talents against Abyssal Commander Sivara.

We advise you to use the following essences against Abyssal Commander Sivara.

3.1.

Tips

Make sure to try to stand still if you have Toxic Brand Icon Toxic Brand, or constantly move around on the spot should you have Frost Mark Icon Frost Mark. Every time you tank swap to drop your debuff (Rimefrost Icon Rimefrost/Septic Taint Icon Septic Taint), take care for when the duration expires, as it will create a pool on the ground, with its size depending on how many stacks you had.

The damage from Crushing Reverberation Icon Crushing Reverberation is split between all targets within 5 yards. This damage is rather manageable to solo as long as Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous is active, and there is no need to stack.

For more information, please refer to our Abyssal Commander Sivara strategy guide.

3.1.1.

Mythic

Nothing really changes on Mythic other than you get stacks slightly faster. This should be a rather irrelevant change for tanks, but you may want to reset them more often.

4.

Blackwater Behemoth

We advise you to use the following talents against Blackwater Behemoth.

We advise you to use the following essences against Blackwater Behemoth.

4.1.

Tips

Avoid picking up Bioluminescence Icon Bioluminescence from the cloud, as tanks will be able to be healed again due to the Radiant Biomass Icon Radiant Biomass debuff the boss applies and refreshes on you every time he hits. By swapping shortly before or after the debuff fades, you will also naturally reset his Feeding Frenzy Icon Feeding Frenzy, which would otherwise force him to hit very quickly.

Note that Divine Steed Icon Divine Steed does not work on this fight as you are swimming. Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding is also useful because it makes you immune to the damage over time effect when tanking. You can also throw Blessing of Spellwarding on another player who find themselves unable to be healed but may be on very low health when a Shock Pulse Icon Shock Pulse is incoming.

For more information, please refer to our Blackwater Behemoth strategy guide.

4.1.1.

Mythic

Mythic changes nothing for tanks, and the only thing that is added is Piercing Barb Icon Piercing Barb. This is a 1.3-million Nature damage hit, which one person will take after a channel on this person. You want to help soak this beam that goes between the boss and the player in order to split the damage. Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding will make the player immune to the damage and they can effectively solo it with Spellwarding.

5.

Radiance of Azshara

We advise you to use the following talents against Radiance of Azshara.

We advise you to use the following essences against Radiance of Azshara.

5.1.

Tips

You are safe to taunt during the Tide Fist Icon Tide Fist cast. The boss frequently knocks the tanks back, so you will not have to tank for very long at a time. Make sure to always have 3 charges of Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous saved up for when you start tanking.

Paladins are great at helping interrupt the Stormlings adds which damages the group. Try to keep them interrupted and silenced right before the Gale Buffet Icon Gale Buffet cast.

For more information, please refer to our Radiance of Azshara strategy guide.

5.1.1.

Mythic

The Mythic mechanic here splits the raid into two groups during the intermission. This means that you will have to tank the big Stormwraith as well as all 3 Stormlings by yourself. Each wave of Stormlings spawn in the exact middle of the Eye of the Storm, so try to keep the Stormwraith close so Avenger's Shield Icon Avenger's Shield always hits all 4 targets.

6.

Lady Ashvane

We advise you to use the following talents against Lady Ashvane.

We advise you to use the following essences against Lady Ashvane.

6.1.

Tips

While tanking, make sure to keep Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous active against Barnacle Bash Icon Barnacle Bash. Tanks can and will be the target of several abilities on this encounter, meaning that you may sometimes have to take an extra stack at times. You are able to use Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding as well as Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield before you get stunned by the Briny Bubble Icon Briny Bubble in order to not spawn the bubble on you.

For more information, please refer to our Lady Ashvane strategy guide.

6.1.1.

Mythic

There are two popular strategies for Lady Ashvane, one involves 3 tanking it while dealing with 3 Shield Phases, while one strategy involves 2-phasing it with only 2 tanks. Generally speaking either case will be somewhat of a DPS race, and it can be recommended to use more offensive Essences such as Concentrated Flame Icon Concentrated Flame together with Seraphim Icon Seraphim to deal more damage, however only do this if you feel comfortable doing so without dying. If you have Null Barrier Icon Null Barrier from Nullification Dynamo Rank 3, it will deal a lot of damage. Make sure to pick up a Waterlogged Icon Waterlogged debuff from the very first wave, as it will keep it proccing for a lot of extra damage through the whole fight.

Should you be 2-phasing the fight (i.e., you expect to deal about 50% of her health in damage during each Exposed Azerite phase and have her dead on the second phase), you can generally go for a more offensive setup, as the fight will be a lot shorter. You should most likely help by soaking the very last Rippling Wave Icon Rippling Wave before you break the second shield, and take a bunch of Waterlogged Icon Waterlogged stacks so the raid does not have to.

Should you be 3-tanking it, one tank is designated to be soaking most of the Rippling Wave Icon Rippling Wave bubbles. Paladin tanks do this task very well due to having immunities to survive when you run around and pick up the bubbles as you should be reaching around 20+ stacks. It also involves Combat Resurrections on you as healers will not be able to keep you alive for prolonged periods of time. This strategy is falling out of favor as better gear (and more DPS) makes the 2-phase strategy easier.

7.

Orgozoa

We advise you to use the following talents against Orgozoa.

We advise you to use the following essences against Orgozoa.

7.1.

Tips

As the boss damage will be incredibly high before you have obtained a couple of Desensitizing Sting Icon Desensitizing Sting debuffs, you will need to start tanking with heavy cooldowns or externals active right away as Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous is not enough alone at the start.

You are able to soak the pools on the ground in Phase 1 with Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield, as well as Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding should you need to soak without Desensitizing Sting Icon Desensitizing Sting debuffs.

Help interrupt all casts from the Azshari Witch should it spawn.

For more information, please refer to our Orgozoa strategy guide.

7.1.1.

Mythic

Outside of Mythic hitting a lot harder, Orgozoa spawns adds a lot faster as well. Most guilds use 3 tanks on the boss for this reason, as it makes swapping tanks a lot easier with one tank on adds full time, and the other two swapping on boss and soaking the pools on the ground that Zoatroids spawn. If you are tanking the Zoatroids you are not going to be taking a lot of damage and can basically focus on damage output on those adds instead. If you are tanking the boss, make sure you have a heavy cooldown as well as Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous for the first few stacks, as the boss deals an incredible amount of damage. If you soak a wave of Zoatroid Amniotic Splatter Icon Amniotic Splatter with Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield or Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding, you can offset when you need to change tanks, and can let the tanks reach 9 stacks a lot more often and make it safer to tank and soak.

In Phase two you also need to tank and soak the Dreadcoil Hulk and its Powerful Stomp Icon Powerful Stomp, which deals 2 million Nature damage split between people in the circle. Note that the Dungeon Journal says it is Physical damage, but this has been changed to Nature damage and not been updated properly. This is a lot of damage and you definitely need some form of cooldown or immunity to survive it even with 7 stacks of Desensitizing Sting Icon Desensitizing Sting. Help interrupt the Azshari Witch as much as you can when you are not on the boss.

8.

The Queen's Court

We advise you to use the following talents against The Queen's Court.

We advise you to use the following essences against The Queen's Court.

8.1.

Tips

You can use Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding against Deferred Sentence Icon Deferred Sentence to move around freely without taking damage. It can also be used to help another player solo soak the Frenetic Charge Icon Frenetic Charge from Silivaz the Zealous.

You are able to use abilities such as Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous and Rebuke Icon Rebuke during Repeat Performance Icon Repeat Performance should you want to cast 2x Judgment Icon Judgment or Hammer of the Righteous Icon Hammer of the Righteous/Blessed Hammer Icon Blessed Hammer in a row.

For more information, please refer to our The Queen's Court strategy guide.

8.1.1.

Mythic

On Mythic, there is no downtime between edicts, and they simply rotate around the room quickly (disabling a big part of the room close to the corresponding banner). This leads to some complicated overlaps, but mainly the one right after Deferred Sentence Icon Deferred Sentence ends and the Obey or Suffer Icon Obey or Suffer phase begins. Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield as well as Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding prevents the application of Suffering Icon Suffering which makes you immune to healing for 5 seconds, this is especially useful if you are tanking Pashmar the Fanatical during Zealous Eruption Icon Zealous Eruption, as you will be immune to both. Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding is also a powerful tool against certain Frenetic Charge Icon Frenetic Charge during awkward timings should people not have their own immunities. Aegis of Light Icon Aegis of Light can be a great tool to help your raid survive Potent Spark Icon Potent Spark overlapping with Form Ranks Icon Form Ranks.

9.

Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha

We advise you to use the following talents against Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

We advise you to use the following essences against Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha.

9.1.

Tips

When main-tanking, make sure to try to take as little damage as possible with high effective uptime of Shield of the Righteous Icon Shield of the Righteous to make life easier for your co-tank.

If you should be off-tanking, you are able to use Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding to avoid taking any damage from your co-tank through Mind Tether Icon Mind Tether.

For more information, please refer to our Za'qul, Harbinger of Ny'alotha strategy guide.

9.1.1.

Mythic

This fight is a lot about having proper movement with the boss, out of tentacles, into adds, and into the Maddening Eruption Icon Maddening Eruption as well as constantly picking up all the small Horrific Vision adds. We heavily recommend using Aegis of Light Icon Aegis of Light against specific Dread Icon Dread and Manic Dread Icon Manic Dread dispells, as most guilds mass dispell them or Tremor totem to dispell them all at once. If you are off-tanking, you should be able to survive just fine with Seraphim Icon Seraphim, considering you will take close to no Physical damage and all the damage you do take is magic.

Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding can be used to make sure people who come out of the Delirium Realm Icon Delirium Realm with a lot of stacks of Hysteria Icon Hysteria to help them survive.

10.

Queen Azshara

We advise you to use the following talents against Queen Azshara.

We advise you to use the following essences against Queen Azshara.

10.1.

Tips

Prepare to be mainly taking Physical damage when tanking Cyranus, while mostly Physical with a lot of Magic burst when tanking Aethanel. Make sure you keep them out of line of sight of each other during Painful Memories Icon Painful Memories and within line of sight of each other during Longing Icon Longing. During Phase One, keep an eye on the energy bar of the boss you are tanking, as they will drop a puddle of Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart under you whenever they reach 100 energy (keep in mind they sometimes cast it on themselves when they are casting other spells.

Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding will make a person immune to Sanction Icon Sanction dot damage should they have a few too many stacks.

Tanking Azshara herself will involve taking a fair amount of spiky Arcane damage regularly, most of which you can avoid with Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding, including Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation.

Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield can be used to remove the System Shock Icon System Shock debuff in the last phase, should you be clicking the console.

For more information, please refer to our Queen Azshara strategy guide.

10.1.1.

Mythic

This encounter changes a fair amount in Mythic, but from a tanking perspective it is very similar. The biggest difference is generally the Queen's Decree, which is not tank specific and the whole raid has to deal with it.

In Phase Two, Queen Azshara radiates Arcane Mastery Icon Arcane Mastery, which stacks Arcane Vulnerability Icon Arcane Vulnerability throughout the whole fight every few seconds. This only lasts for 5 seconds on DPS and healers, but it lasts for 15 seconds on tanks due to us naturally getting vulnerability from Arcane Jolt Icon Arcane Jolt. This means you will need to reset by line of sighting the boss for quite a while every time you tank swap.

Be careful when she casts Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation as she may sometimes cast Arcane Jolt Icon Arcane Jolt instantly through line of sight, if that should be her next ability as soon as the detonation ends.

In Phase Three, raid position as well as tank position can be awkward to make sure you are in line of sight and be able to be healed in the first place. Make sure you and your healers know where you guys want to be standing to make sure you can receive healing.

As mentioned above, you can pre-Blessing of Spellwarding Icon Blessing of Spellwarding the System Shock Icon System Shock, or Divine Shield Icon Divine Shield it away if you are clicking the console.

11.

Changelog

  • 26 Aug. 2019: Updated and added Mythic tips.
  • 13 Jul. 2019: Updated Za'qul Main tank and Off tank Essence recommendations.
  • 12 Jul. 2019: Updated Essence recommendations.
  • 09 Jul. 2019: Added Eternal Palace advice for Protection Paladins.
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