Queen Azshara Strategy Guide in The Eternal Palace Raid

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General Information

Welcome to our strategy guide for the encounter with Queen Azshara 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.

1. Fight Overview

The fight against Queen Azshara is a long, complex, and difficult 4-phase fight (with an additional 2 transition phases). If the previous fights in The Eternal Palace tested and stresses various aspects of your raid group, this encounter will put every element of your group to the test.

2. Strategy / Fight Summary

The fight against Queen Azshara does not really progress by building up from each phase. Instead, the four phases and the two transition phases are quite distinct from each other (although the two transition phases themselves are almost identical), with only a handful of elements being shared (the most important of which are Ancient Wards).

2.1. Handling the Ancient Wards

One constant throughout the fight is your raid's requirement to handle the Ancient Wards and the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power (circles on the ground that need to have their energy recharged by having players stand in them). We will go over what this means for your raid on a phase-by-phase basis. Note that the Ancient Wards should not normally lose Energy during Transition Phases.

To put it very simply, you must always ensure that no Ancient Wards reach 0 Energy, since this will trigger a Pressure Surge Icon Pressure Surge and deal-raid wide damage, and certainly that all 3 Wards are never at 0 Energy, since this will guarantee a wipe.

Your raid will have to establish a rotation (most likely on-the-fly, adjusted dynamically based on what is happening in the fight) of players to stand on the Wards to recharge them (and in the process receive stacks of Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul). These players must then wait for their Drained Soul to expire before they can charge another Ward.

In other words, the players who are not affected by Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul will have to be prepared to recharge which ever Ancient Ward needs to be recharged.

Below, we show you the various states of the UI indicator for the Ancient Wards and the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power.

Queen Azshara - Ancient Wards all charged up Ancient Wards all charged up (beginning of the fight) Queen Azshara - Ancient Wards drained by Azshara Azshara draining an Ancient Ward Queen Azshara - Activation of Ward of Power in Phase Two Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power active in Phase Two

2.2. Phase One

During Phase One, the raid fights Aethanel and Cyranus (while Azshara flies over the room and throws some abilities). This phase revolves around the following guidelines.

  • Correctly handle the Ancient Wards (as described below).
  • Have one tank pick up Aethanel and the other Cyranus.
    • The two tanks will have to perform a tank swap to deal with the effects of Cold Blast Icon Cold Blast (at 3 stacks).
    • The two mini-bosses must be kept in line of sight of one another when affected by Longing Icon Longing, and out of line of sight of one another (using the pillars or the Titan Console) when affected by Painful Memories Icon Painful Memories.
    • While affected by Longing Icon Longing, the mini-bosses should be kept to the absolute edges of the room in an attempt to place the resulting Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones in as safe a location as possible.
  • Ranged DPS players should aim to be as far as possible from the center of the room when Beckon Icon Beckon is about to be cast, so as to ensure that the effect runs out before they are pulled to the center.
    • If any players are not far enough and do reach the center, the bubbles in which they are encased must be killed with priority in order to free these players.
  • DPS the Overzealous Hulk before it has time to reach its target Ancient Ward. You can use one crowd control on this add before it becomes Infuriated Icon Infuriated and immune to further crowd control, so we recommend a long stun.
  • Interrupt Aethanel's Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and avoid the Lightning Orbs Icon Lightning Orbs he creates.
  • Players targeted by Cyranus' Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear should move away from other raid members.
  • Make sure to soak the Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs that spawn before their 20-second duration comes to and end and they explode.

This phase ends when both the mini-bosses have been killed. Try to avoid transitioning just as a new set of Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs spawns, because doing so will overlap these orbs with the Arcane Orbs that spawn naturally during the First Transition Phase, which could lead to deaths.

Queen Azshara - Pillar Pillar Queen Azshara - Titan Console Titan Console Queen Azshara - Cursed Heart Void Zone Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart Void Zone Queen Azshara - Cursed Heart Void Zone Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart Void Zone Queen Azshara - Overzealous Hulk Overzealous Hulk Queen Azshara - Aethanel's Lightning Orbs Aethanel's Lightning Orbs Icon Lightning Orbs Queen Azshara - Arcane Orbs Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs

2.2.1. Handling Ancient Wards

During Phase One, the raid will simply have to rotate players to stand on the Wards that have had some of their Energy depleted (by the boss's Drain Ancient Ward Icon Drain Ancient Ward) in order to increase their Energy.

Because standing on an Ancient Ward debuffs players with a stack of Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul every second, your raid will have to come up with rotations of players to recharge Ancient Wards as needed, without having players refresh their Drained Soul debuff, as that would be quite detrimental.

The recommended strategy is for players to go in and gain multiple stacks of Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul at once, and then stay off any Ancient Wards until Drained Soul has expired, to prevent refreshing it.

Moreover, during Phase One, the Overzealous Hulk can drain an Ancient Ward's Energy rather aggressively if not stopped/killed in time, so players will need to be ready to react to this and charge up that specific Ward.

2.3. First Transition Phase

The First Transition Phase requires that your raid follow Azshara's decrees.

In Heroic mode, you will be affected by two decrees at the same time (and the Stay! Icon Stay! decree, which requires you not to move, is also a potential candidate). This complicates the transition phase, but overall it should not be too bad.

2.4. Phase Two

Phase Two has the raid finally face Azshara herself. Here, you will have to perform the following tasks.

  • Correctly handle the Ancient Wards and the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power (as described below).
  • Tanks must perform a tank swap to deal with the Arcane Jolt Icon Arcane Jolt ability and the Arcane Vulnerability Icon Arcane Vulnerability debuff this applies.
  • Tanks must also attempt to bring the boss close to a pillar or to the Titan Console when her Energy is about to reach 100% and she is about to cast Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation.
  • Healers must keep up with the various sources of damage, including Arcane Mastery Icon Arcane Mastery.
    • It is true that the damage of Arcane Mastery Icon Arcane Mastery can be avoided by being out of line of sight of the boss, but this is not something we recommend trying to do. Healers may get away with it sometimes (by being in line of sight of the raid but not of the boss), but generally you will benefit more from correctly executing the other mechanics of the fight.
  • Players affected by Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst must move out of line of sight of everyone else (and in Heroic mode, even of the boss) when the 30-second debuff is expiring.
  • Ranged DPS players must stand as far away as possible from the boss when Beckon Icon Beckon is about to be cast, so that the effect runs out before they reach the boss.
    • It can help to position in such a way that the Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones from Phase One are between ranged DPS players and the boss, so that any players affected by Beckon Icon Beckon are slowed running through these void zones.
    • Any players who do reach the boss and become mind controlled must be damaged until the mind control is removed.
  • DPS must focus down the Azshara's Indomitable and Azshara's Devoted adds whenever they spawn, in attempts to prevent them from reaching the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power. The Devoted adds can and should be crowd-controlled.

The transition timing (when the boss reaches 70% health) is somewhat important here as well. Particularly, you want to avoid pushing the boss over while Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst is active on players, since this could complications during the transition phase.

Queen Azshara - Arcane Detonation Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation about to go off

2.4.1. Handling Ancient Wards and Wards of Power

Starting in Phase Two, you will not only need to make sure to power up the Ancient Wards, but also have players stand in the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power to drain its energy.

The boss's Titanic Machinations Icon Titanic Machinations will drain Energy from the nearest Ancient Ward or grant Energy to the central Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power, if it is nearest to her. This actually allows the raid a measure of control over which Wards are being drained.

In practice, you should employ the same general strategy as during Phase One (rotating players to power up Wards, as their Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul debuff allows), but you have the added "luxury" of being able to move the boss next to a fully powered up Ward if you cannot afford to charge up the one next to the boss immediately.

During this phase you will no longer need to worry about Drain Ancient Ward Icon Drain Ancient Ward randomly draining Wards; the result of this is that, in theory, you could spend the entire phase next to the same Ancient Ward, charging it up as the boss drains it.

You will also have to contend with the centrally-located Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power. The absolutely ideal scenario is that the Ward of Power is on 0 Energy (always drained) since any Energy that this Ward does have will buff the damage the boss does. For example, you could have an Ancient Ward on 20 Energy, and while this is quite low, it presents no "danger" as it will not affect the raid in any way until it reaches 0, whereas the Ward of Power on any amount of Energy will already be buffing the boss.

The adds that spawn during this phase, Azshara's Indomitable and Azshara's Devoted will go straight for the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power and, if they reach it, kill themselves and grant it power. Under optimal circumstances, these adds should never make it, but if they do, you will have to drain the Ward of Power.

Finally, in Heroic mode, the boss will sometimes cast Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune during this phase. This will swap the location of an Ancient Ward with that of the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power. Since, as we established, it is preferable to have the Ward of Power on 0 Energy, if the Ward next to where the boss is turns into the Ward of Power, you should move the boss so that the closest Ward to her is not the Ward of Power.

2.5. Second Transition Phase

The Second Transition Phase is very similar to the first. The boss will be attackable during this phase, and the raid should take advantage of this and deal as much damage as possible to the boss while still dealing with her decrees.

On Heroic mode, a new potential decree is introduced, March! Icon March!. This can lead to a few difficult combinations.

  • Stand Together! Icon Stand Together! + March! Icon March!: ideally, the players affected by both of these decrees will group together and move as a whole.
  • Suffer! Icon Suffer! + March! Icon March!: players affected by these two decrees will have to keep moving while soaking Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs.

2.6. Phase Three

In Phase Three, the main objective of the raid will be to kill the two Tidemistresses as quickly as possible and push the boss into Phase Four.

Since the two Tidemistresses will eventually shield themselves in Crystalline Shield Icon Crystalline Shield, the raid will have to make use of the Loyal Myrmidon's Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear to break these shields down. This means that the Myrmidon will have to be kept alive, and players will have to position themselves so as to put the Tidemistress between themselves and the Myrmidon so that Charged Spear hits the shielded Tidemistress.

Aside from that, and from dealing with the Wards (described below), the raid will have to perform a number of tasks.

  • DPS the Tidemistresses as quickly as possible to end the phase.
  • Keep the Loyal Myrmidon add alive until both Tidemistresses' Crystalline Shield Icon Crystalline Shields have been broken by its Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear.
  • If targeted by Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear, move away from other players.
  • Interrupt the Tidemistresses' Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning whenever possible.
  • If affected by Static Shock Icon Static Shock, move away from other players until the debuff expires.
  • Stand more than 8 yards away from other players when Beckon Icon Beckon is about to be cast, as otherwise the movement speed increases(s) from Jealousy Icon Jealousy will mean you will get to the boss before your forced movement runs out and you will become mind controlled. Ranged DPS players will still want to be as far away from the boss as possible when Beckon is cast, and placing the Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones form phase one in their potential path towards the boss can help.
  • Deal with Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst, Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation, Arcane Jolt Icon Arcane Jolt, and Arcane Mastery Icon Arcane Mastery the same as during Phase Two.

2.6.1. Handling Ancient Wards and Wards of Power

In terms of handling the Wards, nothing much changes in Phase Three compared to Phase Two. The major differences are that the boss starts using Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune in Normal mode, and in Heroic mode the boss starts using Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune.

Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune basically means that, at some point during this phase, there will be 3 Wards of Power and a single Ancient Ward. Making sure the Ancient Ward is not fully drained is a top priority, since if that does happen, a wipe-inducing Catastrophic Failure Icon Catastrophic Failure will occur.

As a result, the raid will have to contend with the increased boss and add damage that happens as a result of the boss granting some Energy to the various Wards of Power, and it is in draining these Wards of Energy that your raid's efforts should be spent.

Moreover, your raid will have to deal with the effects of the two Tidemistresses. These adds will constantly drain Energy from the Ancient Wards on which they spawn (which the raid must re-charge), and, after Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune or Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune, they may grant Energy to the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power, which the raid must counter by depleting.

2.7. Phase Four

During this final phase of the fight, you will still have to deal with the Ancient Wards and the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power (explained below), more or less in the same way as up to now.

In addition to this, you will have to manage the Overload Icon Overloaded Titan Console. Essentially, players should, in a staggered fashion that allows healers to top up the raid, trigger Controlled Burst Icon Controlled Bursts by interacting with the Titan Console. The goal is to remove all of its energy before it has a chance to explode.

Aside from that, the raid will have to perform a few tasks.

  • The tanks should perform a tank swap on the boss to deal with the Void Touched Icon Void Touched debuff she applies.
  • Everyone must move out of the Piercing Gaze Icon Piercing Gaze beam and must avoid standing in Nether Portal Icon Nether Portal void zones.
  • Ranged DPS players must stand as far as possible from Azshara and spread out before Beckon Icon Beckon is cast.
    • As before, ranged DPS players should spread out in preparation for Beckon Icon Beckon being cast, and they should try to position so that the Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones from Phase One are between themselves and the boss.
    • Any players who are mind controlled by the boss as a result of Beckon Icon Beckon should be killed.
  • Healers must beware of the damage spikes coming in from each Controlled Burst Icon Controlled Burst, and in particular must pay attention to players who become affected by System Shock Icon System Shock as a result of interacting with the Titan Console as well.

2.7.1. Handling Ancient Wards and Wards of Power

During Phase Four, the boss still retains her Titanic Machinations Icon Titanic Machinations passive, draining the nearest Ancient Ward or, if a Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power is nearest, granting it Energy.

The new addition here comes in the form of Short Circuit Icon Short Circuit, one of 3 possible effects that happen when a player interacts with the Titan Console. Short Circuit fully drains an Ancient Ward of its power.

We are not certain exactly how quickly Short Circuit performs its Energy-draining effect, but assuming that it is instant or too quick for players to be able to counter by charging the Ward while it is happening, you will have to avoid interacting with the Titan Console while Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune has made it so that there is a single Ancient Ward in the entire fight (as draining it to 0 would result in an immediate wipe).

In Normal mode (where Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune does not happen), Short Circuit Icon Short Circuits only mean that sometimes, you will have to more aggressively gain Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul stacks to power up the fully depleted Ancient Ward.

2.8. Heroism/Bloodlust/Time Warp

The optimal timing for Heroism Icon Heroism/Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Time Warp Icon Time Warp is during the last phase of the fight, which is the most difficult part. This phase is especially dangerous in terms of preventing Ancient Wards from being depleted, and failing to do so will lead to a certain wipe.

2.9. Summary for Tanks

  • During Phase One
    • Pick up the two mini-bosses, one tank each.
    • Perform a tank swap when Cold Blast Icon Cold Blast reaches 3 stacks on Aethanel's tank.
    • Interrupt Aethanel's Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning.
    • Move the two mini-bosses out of line of sight of each other when they are affected by Painful Memories Icon Painful Memories and keep them in line of sight of each other when they are affected by Longing Icon Longing.
    • During Longing Icon Longing, both mini-bosses will leave behind Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones that last until the end of the fight; keep the mini-bosses close to the edges of the room so that these void zones do not cause problems down the line.
  • During Phase Two
    • Perform a tank swap on Queen Azshara to handle her Arcane Jolt Icon Arcane Jolt ability.
    • The boss will constantly drain Energy from the nearest Ancient Ward through Titanic Machinations Icon Titanic Machinations; make sure to move her to a different Ward if the current one is getting dangerously low on Energy.
    • If Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune (Heroic-only) changes the closest Ancient Ward to a Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power, move her away from it so it does not gain Energy.
    • When the boss's Energy bar nears 100%, move her close to a pillar or to the Titan Console, so that players can easily line of sight her when she casts Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation.
    • Keep in mind the fact that ranged DPS players want to keep as far as possible from the boss before Beckon Icon Beckon is being cast; keep in mind also that they may try to have the Phase One Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones between themselves and the boss.
  • During Phase Three
    • Perform a tank swap on Queen Azshara in the same way as during Phase Two.
    • The off-tank should handle the Loyal Myrmidon add, making sure that it does not die. This add will have to be positioned so that the Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear it throws at the raid goes through and breaks the Tidemistress's Crystalline Shield Icon Crystalline Shield.
    • The Ancient Wards must be handled in the same way as during Phase Two. Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune appears in Normal mode as well. In Heroic mode, if Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune makes it so that there is a single Ancient Ward, the boss must be kept away from it.
  • During Phase Four
    • Perform a tank swap on Queen Azshara to handle the Void Touched Icon Void Touched debuff she applies (swap when the off-tank's debuff has run out).
    • Keep in mind the same Beckon Icon Beckon and Ancient Ward positioning as before.

During both the First and Second transition phases, do the same as the DPS and healers (described below).

2.10. Summary for Healers and DPS

  • During Phase One
    • Ranged DPS players be as far as possible from the center of the room when Beckon Icon Beckon is about to be cast.
    • The bubbles that any players are trapped in must be killed with priority in order to free these players.
    • DPS the Overzealous Hulk. You can use one crowd control on this add before it becomes immune to crowd control; use a long stun.
    • Interrupt Aethanel's Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning and avoid the Lightning Orbs Icon Lightning Orbs he creates.
    • Players targeted by Cyranus' Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear should move away from other raid members.
    • Soak the Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs that spawn before their 20-second duration comes to and end and they explode.
    • Manage the Ancient Wards' Energy: never let an Ancient Ward reaches 0 Energy, taking turns to stand on the Ancient Wards to power them while not letting your Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul stacks get too high or get refreshed before they can expire.
  • During the First Transition Phase
    • Perform the decree Queen Azshara issues to you.
  • During Phase Two
    • Line of sight Azshara when Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation is being cast (her Energy bar indicates it).
    • Players affected by Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst move out of line of sight of everyone else (and in Heroic mode, even of the boss) when the debuff expires.
    • Ranged DPS players be as far away as possible from the boss when Beckon Icon Beckon is about to be cast. Put the Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones from Phase One between yourselves and the boss to slow down your movement speed.
    • Any players who do reach the boss and become mind controlled by Beckon Icon Beckon must be damaged until the mind control is removed.
    • DPS focus down the Azshara's Indomitable and Azshara's Devoted adds whenever they spawn.
    • Manage the Ancient Wards' and the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power's Energy levels. Stand on Ancient Wards if they are in danger of running out of Energy, and stand on the Ward of Power if it gains too much. Make sure not to stack Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul too high or to refresh it. Watch out for Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune changing Ancient Wards into Wards of Power and vice-versa.
  • During the Second Transition Phase
    • Perform the decree Queen Azshara issues to you.
    • DPS Queen Azshara as much as possible.
  • During Phase Three
    • Line of sight Azshara when Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation is being cast.
    • Players affected by Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst move out of line of sight of everyone else (and in Heroic mode, even of the boss) when the debuff expires.
    • Players affected by Static Shock Icon Static Shock move more than 8 yards away from others.
    • Ranged DPS players be as far away as possible from the boss and spread out more than 8 yards apart when Beckon Icon Beckon is about to be cast. Put the Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones from Phase One between yourselves and the boss to slow down your movement speed.
    • Any players who do reach the boss and become mind controlled by Beckon Icon Beckon must be damaged until the mind control is removed.
    • Keep the Loyal Myrmidon alive until the raid has used its Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear attack to break the Tidemistresses' Crystalline Shield Icon Crystalline Shields. Then kill it.
    • Kill the two Tidemistresses as quickly as possible, and interrupt their Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning.
    • Manage the Ancient Wards' and the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power's Energy levels. Stand on Ancient Wards if they are in danger of running out of Energy (this will happen for the Wards on which the Tidemistresses are standing), and stand on the Ward of Power if it gains too much. Make sure not to stack Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul too high or to refresh it. Watch out for Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune and Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune changing Ancient Wards into Wards of Power and vice-versa.
  • During Phase Four
    • Do not standing in Nether Portal Icon Nether Portal void zones.
    • Avoid the boss's Piercing Gaze Icon Piercing Gaze beam.
    • Ranged DPS players be as far away as possible from the boss and spread out more than 8 yards apart when Beckon Icon Beckon is about to be cast. Put the Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones from Phase One between yourselves and the boss to slow down your movement speed.
    • Any players who do reach the boss and become permanently mind controlled by Beckon Icon Beckon must be killed.
    • Manage the Ancient Wards' and the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power's Energy levels. Stand on Ancient Wards if they are in danger of running out of Energy, and stand on the Ward of Power if it gains too much. Make sure not to stack Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul too high or to refresh it. Watch out for Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune and Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune changing Ancient Wards into Wards of Power and vice-versa.
    • Manage the Titan Console, interacting with it in a staggered manner to trigger Controlled Burst Icon Controlled Bursts and prevent it from releasing too much energy at once.
    • Healers pay special attention to players affected by System Shock Icon System Shock as a result of interacting with the Titan Console.

3. Fight Structure and General Considerations

The Queen Azshara encounter is a 4-phase fight (including two transition phases). In the many sections that follow we will look at the mechanics of each phase, and to begin with, we will look at the Ancient Ward mechanics that are present throughout the fight and are particularly important.

Before anything else, though, here is the breakdown of when the various phases start and end.

  • Phase One starts at the pull and lasts until Aethanel and Cyranus (the two mini-bosses you fight during this phase) are killed.
  • The First Intermission Phase lasts roughly 40 seconds.
  • Phase Two ends when Queen Azshara reaches 70% health.
  • The Second Intermission Phase lasts the same as the First Intermission Phase, roughly 40 seconds.
  • Phase Three ends when the two Tidemistress adds that spawn during this phase are killed, or when Queen Azshara reaches 40% health.
  • Phase Four starts when the Tidemistresses are killed and ends when Queen Azshara is defeated.

3.1. Ancient Wards

Throughout the fight, all players' interfaces will display the state of 3 Ancient Wards (and, starting from Phase Two, a Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power as well).

This mechanic is fairly complex, it is present throughout the fight, and is very important. We will go over it in detail in this section. That said, the "additions" to the Ancient Wards that various phases bring will be detailed later.

Queen Azshara - Ancient Wards all charged up Ancient Wards all charged up (beginning of the fight) Queen Azshara - Ancient Wards drained by Azshara Azshara draining an Ancient Ward Queen Azshara - Activation of Ward of Power in Phase Two Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power active in Phase Two

Three Ancient Wards (large circles) exist on the ground of the room, placed roughly in a triangle pattern. Each Ancient Ward has an Energy level (indicated on the UI seen above). The Energy of an Ancient Ward can be increased or decreased throughout the fight, as we will see.

  • All Ancient Wards start out at 60 Energy at the start of the fight.
  • If an Ancient Ward reaches 0 Energy, it will trigger a Pressure Surge Icon Pressure Surge, which deals moderate ticking Physical raid-wide damage while it is on 0 Energy.
  • If all 3 Ancient Wards are on 0 Energy at the same time, this triggers a Catastrophic Failure Icon Catastrophic Failure, which will instantly wipe the raid.
  • Players can grant Energy to an Ancient Ward by standing on it. Every second that a player stands on the ward, they gain a stack of the Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul debuff, which lasts 108 seconds and reduces maximum health by 10% per stack. The exact amount of Energy restored by to the rune is unclear, and it appears to depend on the raid size (smaller raids have higher Energy restoration).
  • There are many different mechanics throughout the encounter that drain the Energy of Ancient Wards, and we will cover these on a phase-by-phase basis below.

Starting in Phase Two, there will be a fourth Ward present in the center of the room (and also shown on the interface). This is a Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power, and it works something like the opposite of the Ancient Wards.

  • The more Energy the Ward of Power has, the more damage the boss and any adds that are alive at the time will deal, proportionally to the Energy the Ward of Power has.
  • When players stand in the Ward of Power, they drain its Energy, and in doing so gain stacks of Drained Soul Icon Drained Soul.
  • The boss will grant Energy to the Ward of Power through various means throughout the fight.

The Ancient Wards and the Ward of Power will sometimes have their locations swapped (one Ancient Ward will become the Ward of Power, while the central Ward of Power becomes an Ancient Ward, in LFR/Normal mode; in Heroic Mode, all Ancient Wards become Wards of Power, while the central Ward of Power becomes an Ancient Ward).

3.2. Fighting Area

The fight takes place in a large circular room. Aside from the 3 Ancient Wards described above (as well as the 4th, central Ward), there is one other notable feature of the room.

There are two large pillars (each located next to an Ancient Ward), and the, and one "Titan Console" (located next to the third Ancient Ward). These elements are present throughout the fight, and they block line of sight. As we will see, this is important, as line of sight plays a part at various points in the fight.

4. Phase One Abilities

Queen Azshara herself is not present during Phase One (although she does use 3 abilities), and instead the raid has to defeat two mini-bosses: Aethanel and Cyranus.

4.1. Aethanel and Cyranus

The two mini-bosses do not share health, and they have a number of shared abilities, as well as a few individual abilities (at which we will look in the sub-sections that follow).

Both mini-bosses are buffed by either Painful Memories Icon Painful Memories or Longing Icon Longing at various points in the phase.

  • While buffed by Painful Memories Icon Painful Memories, the bosses will gain the Tormented buff if they are within line of sight of one another.
  • While buffed by Longing Icon Longing, the bosses will gain Tormented if they are not within line of sight of one another.

Tormented buffs the target's Haste by 65% and damage by 100%. When one is killed the other gains the Tormented buff until their own death.

Finally, while they are buffed by Longing Icon Longing, the two bosses will leave behind Cursed Heart Icon Cursed Heart void zones at their location every second. These void zones deal Shadow damage to any players standing in them, as well as reducing affect players' attack, casting, and movement speeds by 30% while in the void zone. It appears that these void zones never despawn.

4.1.1. Aethanel

Aethanel uses 3 abilities against the raid.

  • Cold Blast Icon Cold Blast deals a large amount of Frost damage to Aethanel's current target, and debuffs them with a stack of Cold Blast for 30 seconds. If Aethanel uses Cold Blast against a target with 3 stacks, it will stun the target for 5 seconds and deal a massive amount of Frost damage to them (Ice Shard Icon Ice Shard).
  • Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning is an interruptible spell that deals Nature damage to a random raid member, chaining up to 3 nearby allies (with each subsequent target taking reduced damage).
  • Lightning Orbs Icon Lightning Orbs summons several orbs in the room, which appear in the air and which bounce towards locations on the ground marked by blue areas. Each orb will bounce 3 times before despawning, but if it comes into contact with a player, it will despawn immediately. Players who come into contact with a Lightning Orb will take a very high amount of Nature damage.

4.1.2. Cyranus

Cyranus uses two abilities against the raid.

  • Serrated Edge Icon Serrated Edge applies a 6-second stacking Physical damage DoT on Cyranus' current target.
  • Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear chooses a random melee DPS player and, a few seconds later, throws a spear at that player. Anyone hit by the traveling spear will take moderate Arcane damage, and when the spear reaches its target, the entire raid will take high Arcane damage.

4.2. Overzealous Hulk

At regular intervals throughout Phase One, a single Overzealous Hulk add will spawn.

This add cannot be tanked, and does not deal any damage. Instead, it simply runs towards a random Ancient Ward, and when it reaches it, it begins channeling Ground Pound Icon Ground Pound on it, dealing a low amount of ticking raid-wide Physical damage and draining Energy from that Ancient Ward.

The Overzealous Hulk can be crowd controlled and stunned, but once a single crowd control effect has been cast on it, it will buff itself with Infuriated Icon Infuriated, preventing any future crowd control effects.

4.3. Queen Azshara

Throughout Phase One, Queen Azshara uses 3 abilities against the raid.

4.3.1. Drain Ancient Ward

Drain Ancient Ward Icon Drain Ancient Ward is an ability that Azshara uses to drain some Energy (about 30/40/60 in LFR/Normal/Heroic) from a randomly chosen Ancient Ward over 10 seconds.

4.3.2. Beckon

Beckon Icon Beckon is used after each Drain Ancient Ward Icon Drain Ancient Ward cast, selecting several random ranged DPS players and forcing them to move towards the center of the room over a period of 8 seconds.

Any players that reach the center of the room before the 8 seconds are up (at which point they regain control of their character) become encased in a bubble that damages them for 8% of their maximum health per second, and which must be killed by the raid for the player to be freed.

4.3.3. Arcane Orbs

Throughout Phase One, Queen Azshara will summon a number of Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs around the room. These orbs will remain active for 20 seconds, at which point they will explode, dealing potentially very high raid-wide Arcane damage.

If players stand within the Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs while they are active, they progressively drain the orbs, reducing the damage of their final explosion the longer they stand there. If sufficiently drained, an Arcane Orb can even despawn entirely before it has a chance to explode.

Players who stand in Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs to drain them take moderate Arcane damage every second.

5. First Transition Phase Abilities

When Aethanel and Cyranus are both killed, Phase One ends and a 40-second transition phase starts.

At the start of the transition phase, several Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs will spawn in the center of the room. Moreover, Queen Azshara will issue an order (decree) to each raid member, as described below. Failing to execute Azshara's order will debuff players with a stack of Sanction Icon Sanction each second that they are not following the order, which deals Arcane damage over 10 seconds.

Queen Azshara can choose between one of the following 4 decrees to issue to each player. Each decree only lasts 20 seconds, the same duration that Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs are active.

  • Suffer! Icon Suffer! requires the player to soak an Arcane Orb, and they gain a stack of Sanction Icon Sanction every second during which they are not soaking.
  • Obey! Icon Obey! requires the player not to soak an Arcane Orb, and they gain a stack of Sanction Icon Sanction every second during which they are soaking.
  • Stand Together! Icon Stand Together! requires the player to stand close to (we are not sure of the exact range) an ally, and they gain a stack of Sanction Icon Sanction every second during which they are by themselves.
  • Stand Alone! Icon Stand Alone! requires the player to stand away from other players, and they gain a stack of Sanction Icon Sanction every second that another player is next to them (we do not know if multiple players being in range at the same time grant multiple stacks, but we suspect not).

On Heroic mode, Queen Azshara issues two decrees to each player, chosen from among the 4 described above, and one new, Heroic-only decree: Stay! Icon Stay!. Stay requires the player to stand still, and any movement will grant stacks of Sanction Icon Sanction.

About 10 seconds after the Arcane Orbs Icon Arcane Orbs despawn (or explode, if improperly soaked) and the decrees end, Queen Azshara will become active and Phase Two will begin.

6. Phase Two Abilities

Once the First Intermission Phase ends, Queen Azshara herself becomes active and must be picked up by the tank.

Practically none of the mechanics from Phase One are still in use during Phase Two. The big exception are the Ancient Wards, which are still present and still work the same way. As mentioned, the central rune towards which Beckon Icon Beckoned players walked to during Phase One becomes a Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power.

Queen Azshara uses 6 abilities during this phase, and there are also two types of adds that spawn.

6.1. Queen Azshara

6.1.1. Titanic Machinations

Throughout Phase Two, Queen Azshara's Titanic Machinations Icon Titanic Machinations (essentially a passive ability) will affect whichever Ancient Ward (or Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power) she is nearest to. If she is nearest to an Ancient Ward, she will drain its Energy over time, while if she is nearest to the Ward of Power, she will grant it Energy over time.

Note that this ability will always affect one Ward (the closest one), and it is not possible to move the boss in a such way that no Ward is affected.

6.1.2. Arcane Burst

Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst is a 30-second dispellable debuff the boss places on several random raid members. This does nothing while active, but at the end of the duration, or when dispelled, this causes all raid members in line of sight of the affected player to take a high amount of Arcane damage.

On Heroic mode, if any players are in line of sight of the boss when their Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst is triggered, they will apply Feedback Icon Feedback to the boss, which will cause her to re-cast Arcane Burst again.

6.1.3. Arcane Detonation

Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation is an ability Queen Azshara uses when she reaches 100 Energy (which she gains progressively, only as a means to show when this ability will be cast). Arcane Detonation deals extremely high Arcane damage to all raid members in line of sight of her.

6.1.4. Arcane Jolt

Arcane Jolt Icon Arcane Jolt is an ability Azshara uses against her current target, dealing Arcane damage to them and debuffing them with a stack of Arcane Vulnerability Icon Arcane Vulnerability, which increases Arcane damage taken by 3% for 7 seconds.

This ability requires a tank swap.

6.1.5. Arcane Mastery

Arcane Mastery Icon Arcane Mastery is another passive ability of Azshara, which deals raid-wide Arcane damage every 3 seconds. This ability only affects players who are within line of sight of the boss.

6.1.6. Beckon

Beckon Icon Beckon is used again throughout Phase Two, but it is somewhat different from the Phase One version. In this phase, ranged raid members targeted by Beckon are forced to run to Queen Azshara and, if they reach her, they become mind controlled and have a damage absorption shield applied to them. The mind control is broken when the shield has been broken by the raid's damage.

Like the Phase One Beckon Icon Beckon, players can avoid being mind controlled if they are far enough from the boss when the ability is cast, as the forced movement will end after a certain amount of time.

6.1.7. Reversal of Fortune (Heroic-only)

Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune is a new ability Queen Azshara gains in Heroic mode (as we will see later, in Normal mode she gains this in Phase Three). When this is used, the locations of the Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power and a random Ancient Ward are swapped. The change is permanent (until a Reversal of Fortune is cast).

6.2. Adds

There are two types of adds that spawn throughout Phase Two: Azshara's Indomitable and Azshara's Devoted. Both types of adds do the same thing: run towards Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power and kill themselves when they reach it, granting it Energy. They have no other abilities and cannot be tanked.

The Azshara's Indomitable adds spawn one at a time, have a high amount of health, move slowly, and cannot be crowd controlled. The Devoted spawn in packs, have lower health, move quickly, and are susceptible to crowd control.

7. Second Transition Phase Abilities

Once Queen Azshara reaches 70% health, the Second Transition Phase will begin.

This transition phase also lasts about 40 seconds and is very similar to the first one, with a few differences.

  • Queen Azshara remains active during this phase; she can be damaged, but does not use any abilities nor does she need to be tanked.
  • In Heroic mode, there is a new decree that Azshara can choose to use on raid members: March! Icon March!. March requires that the targeted players keep moving, and not moving will apply stacks Sanction Icon Sanction.

8. Phase Three Abilities

At the start of Phase Three, Queen Azshara will start using abilities again. In addition to this, three new adds will spawn, and the Phase Two adds (Azshara's Indomitable and Azshara's Devoted) will no longer spawn.

8.1. Queen Azshara

In Phase Three, Queen Azshara continues to use Titanic Machinations Icon Titanic Machinations, Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst, Arcane Detonation Icon Arcane Detonation, Arcane Jolt Icon Arcane Jolt, and Arcane Mastery Icon Arcane Mastery, which are all identical to the Phase Two versions.

8.1.1. Beckon

She also continues using Beckon Icon Beckon, during Phase Three, but this is somewhat changed from Phase Two.

When the ability is cast, each affected player gains a stack of Jealousy Icon Jealousy for every other raid member within 8 yards of them. This grants them a movement speed increase (5%/10%/20% in LFR/Normal/Heroic) per stack for the duration of the forced movement of Beckon Icon Beckon. Aside from this, the ability works the same way as during Phase Two.

8.1.2. Reversal of Fortune and Greater Reversal of Fortune

In LFR/Normal mode, the boss now gains access to the Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune ability described in Phase Two, working in exactly the same way.

In Heroic mode, in Phase Three Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune becomes Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune. What this does is turn all Ancient Wards into a Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power, while the old Ward of Power turns into an Ancient Ward. When the ability is used again, all the Wards are swapped back.

8.2. Tidemistress Adds

At the start of the phase, two Tidemistress adds will spawn, each one on top of an Ancient Ward. These adds will never move from their Wards, and instead slowly drain Energy from them while they are alive. If the Ward on which a Tidemistress is located is turned into a Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power, then she will instead give Energy to the ward.

These adds have a number of abilities, and when they are both killed, the phase ends and Phase Four begins. Note that the phase will end when Queen Azshara reaches 40% health, even if the Tidemistresses have not been killed yet.

8.2.1. Static Shock

Static Shock Icon Static Shock is a 6-second Nature damage DoT that deals damage to the target and any players within 8 yards every second.

8.2.2. Chain Lightning

Chain Lightning Icon Chain Lightning is a standard, interruptible Chain Lightning spell.

8.2.3. Crystalline Shield

Each Tidemistresses will, at some point, place a Crystalline Shield Icon Crystalline Shield on herself, becoming immune to all damage, silence, and interrupts.

The only way for this buff to be removed is for the Tidemistress to be hit by the Loyal Myrmidon's Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear. Doing so also deals a moderate amount of raid-wide damage through Shattered Shield Icon Shattered Shield.

8.3. Loyal Myrmidon

At the start of Phase Three, a Loyal Myrmidon will spawn, which needs to be picked up and tanked. It has only one ability, Charged Spear Icon Charged Spear, which works like the Phase One ability used by Cyranus. The only differences are that the ability can target any random raid member (except tanks), and that if it come in contact with a Tidemistress's Crystalline Shield Icon Crystalline Shield, it will break it.

9. Phase Four Abilities

Phase Four begins when both the Tidemistresses from Phase Three have been killed or when the boss reaches 40% health. During this phase, Queen Azshara gives up using most of the abilities used previously, gains a few new abilities, and no longer spawns any adds.

9.1. Queen Azshara

The boss retains Titanic Machinations Icon Titanic Machinations, Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune (and Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune in Heroic mode), and Beckon Icon Beckon (although it has been modified yet again) from the previous phases.

9.1.1. Beckon

The only difference to Beckon Icon Beckon from Phase Three is that the players who reach Azshara and become mind controlled will remain mind controlled until they are killed.

9.1.2. Void Touched (Tank Debuff)

Void Touched Icon Void Touched is a stacking 30-second debuff that Azshara regularly applies to her current target. Each stack reduces healing received by the target by 10%, and each application also does a moderate amount of Shadow damage.

9.1.3. Nether Portal

Nether Portal Icon Nether Portal is a void zone that lasts for 2 minutes and that deals Shadow damage every second to players standing in it.

9.1.4. Piercing Gaze

Piercing Gaze Icon Piercing Gaze is an ability that the boss uses to deal Shadow damage to all players caught in a line in front of it (we suspect that the boss faces in a random direction when casting this, but we are not sure).

9.2. Titan Console

At the start of Phase Four, Azshara Overload Icon Overloads the Titan Console present in the encounter area. This makes the console clickable by players, and also empowers it, charging it with energy (which has nothing to do with the Energy of the Wards).

After a certain amount of time (we are unsure how long), the Titan Console will release all the energy it contains through Massive Energy Spike Icon Massive Energy Spike, dealing raid-wide damage based on how much energy was left.

Interacting with the console will trigger a Controlled Burst Icon Controlled Burst, which releases some of the energy stored within the Titan Console. Each Controlled burst deals a moderate amount of raid-wide Spellstrike damage, and also triggers one of the following 3 effects, at random.

  • System Shock Icon System Shock is a 10-second Spellstrike DoT placed on the player who interacted with the Titan Console.
  • Short Circuit Icon Short Circuit will drain one of the Ancient Wards of all its Energy.
  • Essence of Azeroth Icon Essence of Azeroth is a 40-second buff that is placed on a random DPS player. This grants them 50% increased melee and ranged Haste, increased resource generation, and makes their spells instant cast for its duration. At the end of the 40 seconds, however, the player is unavoidably killed.

10. Heroic Difficulty Changes

Heroic mode brings with it a few changes.

  • Drain Ancient Ward Icon Drain Ancient Ward in Phase One drains 60 Energy from an Ancient Ward, up from 20/40 in LFR/Normal.
  • During transition phases, each player is affected by two decrees, up from 1. Heroic mode also brings in the new Stay! Icon Stay! (starting in the First Transition Phase) and March! Icon March! (starting in the Second Transition Phase) decrees.
    • Stay! Icon Stay! requires the player to stand still, and any movement will grant stacks of Sanction Icon Sanction.
    • March! Icon March! requires the player to keep moving, and standing still will grant stacks of Sanction Icon Sanction.
  • The boss starts using Reversal of Fortune Icon Reversal of Fortune in Phase Two (as opposed to starting in Phase Three, in LFR/Normal mode).
  • In Phases Three and Four, the boss uses Greater Reversal of Fortune Icon Greater Reversal of Fortune instead, which turns all Ancient Wards into a Ward of Power Icon Ward of Power and vice-versa.
  • The Jealousy Icon Jealousy buff that players affected by Beckon Icon Beckon gain in Phase Three increases movement speed by 20%, up from 5%/10% in LFR/Normal mode.
  • Hitting the boss with the detonation of Arcane Burst Icon Arcane Burst during Phases Two and Three causes the next cast of Arcane Burst to affect an additional raid member for each player that hits the boss with Arcane Burst.

11. Loot

In Mythic difficulty, Queen Azshara drops Sparkling Elemental Heart Icon Sparkling Elemental Heart, Web of Unbridled Vitality Icon Web of Unbridled Vitality, and Dazzling Azerite Formation Icon Dazzling Azerite Formation. These are rank 4 upgrades for the 3 essences that are specific to The Eternal Palace: Condensed Life-Force (for DPS), Vitality Conduit (for healers), and Azeroth's Undying Gift (for tanks).

Item> Type Slot
Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal Icon Anu-Azshara, Staff of the Eternal Staff Two Hand
Handguards of the Highest-Born Icon Handguards of the Highest-Born Cloth Armor Hands
Slippers of the Sorceress-Queen Icon Slippers of the Sorceress-Queen Cloth Armor Feet
Gloves of Incomparable Beauty Icon Gloves of Incomparable Beauty Leather Armor Hands
Beloved Monarch's Waistwrap Icon Beloved Monarch's Waistwrap Leather Armor Waist
Cherished Empress's Leggings Icon Cherished Empress's Leggings Mail Armor Legs
Vethan's Icewalkers Icon Vethan's Icewalkers Mail Armor Feet
Eternity Keeper's Greatbelt Icon Eternity Keeper's Greatbelt Plate Armor Waist
Tide Goddess's Wargreaves Icon Tide Goddess's Wargreaves Plate Armor Legs
Cursed Lover's Ring Icon Cursed Lover's Ring Accessory Ring
Azshara's Font of Power Icon Azshara's Font of Power Accessory Trinket
Aqueous Reliquary Icon Aqueous Reliquary Essence upgrades
Zanj'ir Poker Icon Zanj'ir Poker Pet

For more information, please refer to our Eternal Palace Loot and Essence guide.

13. Changelog

  • 22 Jul. 2019: Updated Heroism/Bloodlust timing recommendation and clarified Arcane Burst on Heroic mode.
  • 17 Jul. 2019: Updated Phase Three transition information.
  • 08 Jul. 2019: Guide added.
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