Restoration Druid Healing Sepulcher of the First Ones Raid Guide — Shadowlands 9.2

Last updated on Apr 23, 2022 at 22:15 by Torty 54 comments
General Information

On this page, you will find tips, tricks, and strategies tailored to your Restoration Druid for each boss of the following raid: Sepulcher of the First Ones. All our content is updated for World of Warcraft — Shadowlands 9.2.

1.

Introduction

On this page, you will find Restoration-Druid-specific information to deal with each boss in the Sepulcher of the First Ones raid.

This page assumes that you already understand most of the mechanics of each encounter. These can be found on the full raid guide, so what is contained here are details specifically tailored toward Restoration Druid and what you can do to deal with each fight as best as possible.

Keep in mind that Lords of Dread, Rygelon and The Jailer were not available for PTR testing and little is known about how the bosses will be played out. Once the raid comes to live servers and we are able to test interactions, talents, legendaries, the page will be updated. Until then it is important to note that recommendations are based on speculation and PTR testing.

All advice on this page assumes you do not have access to Ephemeral Blossom Icon Restoration Druid 4-Piece set bonus yet. This will change once we reach week 2 of the tier. Unless stated otherwise, you are expected to play Night Fae Covenant with Dreamweaver Soulbind.

2.

Talent Cheatsheet

Vigilant Guardian Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener Artificer Xy'mox Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle Prototype Pantheon Lihuvim, Principal Architect Halondrus the Reclaimer Anduin Wrynn Lords of Dread Rygelon The Jailer

We advise to use the following talents on Vigilant Guardian.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Vigilant Guardian: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Artificer Xy'mox: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on Prototype Pantheon.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Prototype Pantheon: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lihuvim, Principal Architect: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on Halondrus the Reclaimer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Halondrus the Reclaimer: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on Anduin Wrynn.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Anduin Wrynn: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on Lords of Dread.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Lords of Dread: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on Rygelon.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on Rygelon: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

We advise to use the following talents on The Jailer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary on The Jailer: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

3.

Vigilant Guardian

3.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Vigilant Guardian.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Vigilant Guardian: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

3.2.

Tips

Make sure you spot heal players targeted by Searing Ablation Icon Searing Ablation. During Phase 2 make sure you do not spend too much Mana, save around half of it for Phase 3. Phase 3 is essentially a DPS race with increasing damage taken by the raid. Try to time your cooldowns so that they cover as low boss Health percent as possible. This is a good damage profile to use all cooldowns together. Heavily ramp up with some Rejuvenation Icon Rejuvenations, Wild Growth Icon Wild Growth, cast Tranquility Icon Tranquility, then immediately do Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits. In case you proc Flourish Icon Flourish here, wait with your Flourish cast until the first buff expires.

3.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
367571 Sear Icon Sear
366393 Searing Ablation Icon Searing Ablation
360458 Unstable Core Icon Unstable Core

For more information, please refer to our Vigilant Guardian guide.

4.

Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener

4.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

4.2.

Tips

The basic idea is to ramp your Mana usage as the stacks keep going up towards the raid soak. Do not waste Mana while the stacks are low. Keep extra attention on players soaking extra Ephemera Dust Icon Ephemera Dust stacks. They will be taking substantially more damage.

The enrage timer is 6 minutes and you will be able to cover all melee players plus tanks with your Efflorescence Icon Efflorescence so Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms is usually by far the better choice.

4.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
359778 Ephemera Dust Icon Ephemera Dust
364522 Devouring Blood Icon Devouring Blood

For more information, please refer to our Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener guide.

5.

Artificer Xy'Mox

5.1.

Character Setup

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

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Artificer Xy'mox: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

5.2.

Tips

Each add phase will make more rings spawn, which makes damage overlap with other mechanics as well as forcing tanks to stand closer to the raid. Make sure you plan your Mana accordingly and save more toward the end. Use Soulshape Icon Soulshape liberally to jump over rings if you are unsure about reaching the portal in time.

The most dangerous raid damage will happen during intermissions. Make sure you know when your raid will push the boss to 75% and 50% Health respectively and plan cooldowns accordingly.

5.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
362850 Hyperlight Sparknova Icon Hyperlight Sparknova
362803 Glyph of Relocation Icon Glyph of Relocation
363114 Genesis Supernova Icon Genesis Supernova
6.

Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle

6.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

6.2.

Tips

Save all your cooldowns and most of your Mana for Dausegne draining the pillars. It happens when she reaches 0 Mana, which makes it fairly easy to track. Use Soulshape Icon Soulshape to jump over Disintegration Halo Icon Disintegration Halo to avoid taking damage. Since shields happen exactly every 2 minutes, you should be playing Inner Peace Icon Inner Peace and using Tranquility Icon Tranquility on each one. Make sure your Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits and Flourish Icon Flourish are also off cooldown for them.

6.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
360959 Staggering Barrage Icon Staggering Barrage

For more information, please refer to our Dausegne, the Fallen Oracle guide.

7.

Prototype Pantheon

7.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Prototype Pantheon.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Prototype Pantheon: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

7.2.

Tips

Dispel Runecarver's Deathtouch Icon Runecarver's Deathtouch once you see players standing inside wards. Make sure you heal Withering Seeds Icon Withering Seeds to full. You should save a larger portion of your Mana and cooldowns for Phase 3 when all 4 bosses are present.

Phase 1 requires almost no healing. You should focus on helping with damage and trying to enter Phase 2 with full Mana, all cooldowns ready, and the entire raid at full Health.

Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity offers an extra 5-yard range to all your spells which can be extremely helpful due to the size of the room.

On Mythic difficulty you can soak Night Hunter Icon Night Hunter without any help by just going into Bear Form Icon Bear Form when it is about to hit you.

7.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
360687 Runecarver's Deathtouch Icon Runecarver's Deathtouch
361608 Burden of Sin Icon Burden of Sin
360295 Necrotic Ritual Icon Necrotic Ritual
360259 Gloom Bolt Icon Gloom Bolt

For more information, please refer to our Prototype Pantheon guide.

8.

Lihuvim, Principal Architect

8.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Lihuvim, Principal Architect.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lihuvim, Principal Architect: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

8.2.

Tips

Heal players being targeted by Degeneration adds, and save cooldowns for the Synthesize Icon Synthesize cast. It does damage over 15 seconds which is ideal for Restoration Druids. This happens every 2 minutes, so make sure you are specced into Inner Peace Icon Inner Peace.

On Mythic difficulty the first Synthesize happens only 35 seconds into the pull. To make sure you have your Ephemeral Blossom Icon Restoration Druid 4-Piece ready, you have to cast Swiftmend Icon Swiftmend exactly on pull, then a second one as the cooldown is over.

For more information, please refer to our Lihuvim, Principal Architect guide.

9.

Halondrus the Reclaimer

9.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Halondrus the Reclaimer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Halondrus the Reclaimer: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

9.2.

Tips

Inner Peace Icon Inner Peace is a strong option on this fight, both due to knockback protection and due to lack of stacking for Spring Blossoms Icon Spring Blossoms to be good. Balance Affinity Icon Balance Affinity will help with reaching more players. On Mythic difficulty you might have to play Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity to be able to knock away Ephemeral Motes in Phase 3 without dying.

Since you are very mobile and tanky, you should be soaking motes. Make sure you have Barkskin Icon Barkskin ready if it overlaps with other damage events.

On Mythic difficulty the most damage happens during Reclaim Icon Reclaim casts and during intermissions. Try to plan your Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits and Flourish Icon Flourish casts around Reclaim since it is by far the deadliest mechanic of the fight.

Try to use both Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits and Tranquility Icon Tranquility during intermissions since none of the other healing specs are able to cast as much or as freely as Restoration Druids.

In Phase 3 your focus should be on standing 10-15 yards away from the boss and knocking as many motes as you can without dying. Do not be afraid to go into Bear Form Icon Bear Form and use Frenzied Regeneration Icon Frenzied Regeneration. Keep in mind that Heart of the Wild Icon Heart of the Wild with Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity gives you extra Health in Bear Form and a second charge of Frenzied Regeneration.

9.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
365294 Crushing Prism Icon Crushing Prism
368957 Volatile Charges Icon Volatile Charges

For more information, please refer to our Halondrus the Reclaimer guide.

10.

Anduin Wrynn

10.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Anduin Wrynn.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Anduin Wrynn: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

10.2.

Tips

Heal Anduin's Hope adds in the Kingsmourne realm. Use most of your cooldowns during Befouled Barrier Icon Befouled Barrier. Make sure you pace your Mana, since the fight can be very long.

On Mythic difficulty, depending on your assignments, you will have to commit Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits, Flourish Icon Flourish, or both to heal Anduin's Hope adds inside Kingsmourne Hungers Icon Kingsmourne Hungers. You can use Tranquility Icon Tranquility on the first Befouled Barrier Icon Befouled Barrier, then have it back for the tail end of each Intermission.

Guardian Affinity Icon Guardian Affinity can be useful for setups that do not have enough AoE interrupts for Lost Soul Icon Lost Soul adds due to giving you Incapacitating Roar Icon Incapacitating Roar. In all other situations use Feral Affinity Icon Feral Affinity.

10.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
366849 Domination Word: Pain Icon Domination Word: Pain
365293 Befouled Barrier Icon Befouled Barrier

For more information, please refer to our Anduin Wrynn guide.

11.

Lords of Dread

11.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Lords of Dread.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Lords of Dread: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

11.2.

Tips

By far the most damage happens during Swarm casts (Swarm of Decay Icon Swarm of Decay and Swarm of Darkness Icon Swarm of Darkness). This damage phase lasts 20 seconds and happens roughly every 2:20-2:30 minutes. As such, you should be using Inner Peace Icon Inner Peace, use both Flourish Icon Flourish and Tranquility Icon Tranquility there. You should be able to use Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits between each Swarm cast, but only if you do it before Infiltration of Dread Icon Infiltration of Dread.

Keep an eye on players with Cloud of Carrion Icon Cloud of Carrion. Players with high stacks will be taking significant damage. If they happen to have the debuff during Swarms, make sure to use Ironbark Icon Ironbark on them. It is a good idea to take the debuff off them at some point during the swarm to avoid almost certain death.

11.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
360006 Cloud of Carrion Icon Cloud of Carrion
360148 Bursting Dread Icon Bursting Dread
360241 Unsettling Dreams Icon Unsettling Dreams
360284 Anguishing Strike Icon Anguishing Strike

For more information, please refer to our Lords of Dread guide.

12.

Rygelon

12.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against Rygelon.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against Rygelon: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

12.2.

Tips

On Normal and Heroic difficulties by far the most damage will happen during intermissions. They happen roughly every 1:50 minutes. As such, you should save your Flourish Icon Flourish, but you can use Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits once between each intermission. Use Tranquility Icon Tranquility in the first and third ones. There are not any targets to specifically keep an eye on, as the raid damage will be evenly spread.

On Mythic difficulty, the most dangerous parts of the fight happen during the Stellar Shroud Icon Stellar Shroud absorbs cast by Rygelon, which happens 4 times per phase. Players will explode with Dark Eclipse Icon Dark Eclipse expiring and take damage from soaking Manifest Cosmos Icon Manifest Cosmos orbs (Cosmic Ejection Icon Cosmic Ejection debuff). Particularly dangerous overlaps happen on third and fourth casts of Stellar Shroud in each phase. Depending on your assignments you should be using Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits almost on cooldown Flourish Icon Flourish on every other Convoke. Use Tranquility Icon Tranquility to fill in the gaps.

Pay special attention to players soaking Manifest Cosmos Icon Manifest Cosmos. They will be taking extremely high damage and will require a lot of healing in a short period of time.

12.3.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
361548 Dark Eclipse Icon Dark Eclipse
362081 Cosmic Ejection Icon Cosmic Ejection
362088 Cosmic Irregularity Icon Cosmic Irregularity

For more information, please refer to our Rygelon guide.

13.

The Jailer

13.1.

Character Setup

We advise you to use the following talents against The Jailer.

We advise you to use the following Legendary against The Jailer: Vision of Unending Growth Icon Vision of Unending Growth.

There are not any real outliers in raid damage. Huge raid hits will happen with great frequency all throughout the fight. There are a few mechanics that you should watch out for nonetheless.

Make sure you spot heal players with the bombs all through Phases 1 and 2. They are not in particularly a lot of danger, but can easily die if they receive no healing at all.

In Phase 1 we recommend using Tranquility Icon Tranquility on Suffering Icon Suffering. You can use Convoke the Spirits Icon Convoke the Spirits and Flourish Icon Flourish liberally on any of the other mechanics: the tank knockback and Chain Breaker Icon Chain Breaker are good places for these.

Phase 2 has a lot of instant-damage mechanics which are not ideal for Restoration Druids. Use your cooldowns whenever possible. Use Ursol's Vortex Icon Ursol's Vortex to help players affected by Rune of Compulsion Icon Rune of Compulsion

Phase 3 will require a lot more healing and have your raid move more. Make sure you save your bigger healing cooldowns for Dominating Will Icon Dominating Will healing. You can even use all 3 cooldowns just to get this debuff off everyone since it is extremely dangerous.

13.2.

Raid Frame Setup

Spell ID Spell Name
360282 Rune of Damnation Icon Rune of Damnation
265151 Rune of Domination Icon Rune of Domination
366030 Tyranny Icon Tyranny
362194 Suffering Icon Suffering
359868 Shattering Blast Icon Shattering Blast
360565 Decimator Icon Decimator
365153 Dominating Will Icon Dominating Will
365219 Chains of Anguish Icon Chains of Anguish

For more information, please refer to our The Jailer guide.

14.

Changelog

  • 23 Apr. 2022: Updated boss recommendations.
  • 06 Mar. 2022: Updated some advice based on Heroic week.
  • 28 Feb. 2022: Page added.
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