Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth Strategy/Tactics for Normal/Heroic

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General Information

On this page, you will find a working strategy to defeat Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth in Uldir for both Normal and Heroic modes, which usually only differ by the tuning of the boss.

Here, we assume that you have read our descriptions of the abilities for this encounter.

The other pages of our Zek'voz, Herald of N'Zoth guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.


Positioning and Strategy


Phase One

Tank Zek'voz where he stands, and spread the raid loosely behind him, so that the Silithid Warriors do not run all over the place. When they do spawn, have your raid crowd control them to make them easier to kill. Gorefiend's Grasp Icon Gorefiend's Grasp is excellent to group them up, followed up by a Capacitor Totem Icon Capacitor Totem or Leg Sweep Icon Leg Sweep, or a Ring of Peace Icon Ring of Peace on the group if they get too close.

Make sure that you are aware of when Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam is coming, and are ready to move so it does not chain onto other players. This mechanic can be incredibly unforgiving, because you might not just kill whoever was too close to you, but anyone who was too close to them, and so on and so forth.

Eye Beam can also be especially dangerous during Surging Darkness Icon Surging Darkness casts, as space in he room will be limited.


Phase Two

When Zek'voz reaches 65% Health he will transition into phase two, and will no longer cast Eye Beam Icon Eye Beam or summon Silithid Warriors. Instead, he will periodically summon Nerubian Voidweavers and cast Roiling Deceit Icon Roiling Deceit on players.

When Voidweavers spawn, the boss should be tanked on each one as they are cleaved down, and the raid should be focused on interrupting them with kicks, stuns, and anything else to prevent a cast from getting off. Tanks need to be aware of when Zek'voz is going to cast Might of the Void Icon Might of the Void so they do not accidentally hit the raid with Void Lash Icon Void Lash. By that same token, DPS and healers, need to be aware of when the boss is going to be moved, and plan accordingly.

Players afflicted with Roiling Deceit Icon Roiling Deceit need to run to the edges of the room to drop their Ominous Clouds away from the raid. These clouds slowly drift around, so it is important to just get them as far away as possible to ensure no one steps in it and spawns a Guardian of Yogg-Saron. Note that at certain points, Roiling Deceit will go out during a Surging Darkness Icon Surging Darkness, making it very difficult to drop the clouds in a good spot.


Phase Three

At 30%, Zek'voz will transition into his last phase, no longer summoning Nerubian Voidweavers, or casting Roiling Deceit Icon Roiling Deceit. Instead, Titan Spark Icon Titan Spark will happen more frequently and Orb of Corruption Icon Orb of Corruptions will be spawned. Assign DPS who can dish out the most damage possible in 30 seconds to soak the orbs. Keep in mind that these Orbs will still need to be intercepted during Surging Darkness Icon Surging Darkness, so it is wise to save classes with immunities to soak the orb should it land in an unsafe zone. When their Corruptor's Pact Icon Corruptor's Pact expires, the soakers will be mind controlled and must be damaged until they either break free (on Normal difficulty) or are killed (on Heroic difficulty). On Heroic, make sure no one is near them when they die, as they will deal AoE damage and fear anyone within 8 yards.


Tank Concerns

Because the taunt swap on this fight involves a combo that deals AoE damage, movement can be tricky. Be sure to be aware of when Might of the Void Icon Might of the Void is coming, so you can plan any movement that might be needed. It should be noted that Might of the Void will happen during Surging Darkness Icon Surging Darkness, so be very aware of your raid's position.

Equally, during Might of the Void Icon Might of the Void, since the first Void Lash Icon Void Lash reduces healing taken, it is important to do whatever you can to lessen the blow of Shatter Icon Shatter in preparation for the second Void Lash.


Healing Concerns

Healers need to be mindful of how Titan Spark Icon Titan Spark is hitting the raid. It is possible for a single person to be targeted by every single tick of the spark, so it is very important to make sure that no one is lingering at low Health.

During Surging Darkness Icon Surging Darkness, it is a good idea to use cooldowns, not necessarily because the damage is particularly threatening, but more for the Mana efficiency.

Be aware of where players with Roiling Deceit Icon Roiling Deceit are running, as they will likely be out of range while dropping off their debuff. The damage it deals is reasonably large, so if they are not topped off before they need to duck out of range, then the chances of them dying rises dramatically.

On the topic of keeping people topped off, it is a wise idea to track Might of the Void Icon Might of the Void, so that you can make sure your Tank is healthy going into the combo.


Bloodlust/Heroism/Time Warp

We advise you to use Bloodlust Icon Bloodlust/Heroism Icon Heroism/Time Warp Icon Time Warp in the final phase to help with healing from the increased number of Titan Spark Icon Titan Spark casts (due to Overload), as well as to synergize with Corruptor's Pact Icon Corruptor's Pact buff that will be spreading through the raid.