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Soloing heroic Halls of Lightning

Another weekend heroic, this time Halls of Lightning. Slowly whittling away at my list.

Usual set up: feral tank spec and gear, ilvl 346 or thereabouts. The clear took about 30 minutes, I avoided a fair bit of trash.

Trash

The trash in here was fairly easy, although a bit painful in the first few groups, what with disengaging and knocking back aplenty. I cleared the right hand arc of the entry area, so I could engage Bjarngrim without picking up adds.

I then cleared through the Slag gauntlet, pulling them up to the stairs. Their death explosions don’t dent the lvl 85 health pool.

Clearing the Slag.

The I cleared the first elemental pack, but stealthed past the rest – they didn’t present much of a challenge, and I wanted to push on.

Onto the ‘statue’ corridor after Volkhan. The Siegebreakers fear when they die. I cleared the first group, and tried stealthing past the second. But they pop into life anyway, and still aggroed on me. So I cleared the rest.

In the last large room after Ionar, I cleared the entry golems and one pack of Stormforged guys, but basically stuck to the right hand wall, and you can avoid most of this room at 85, even without stealth. Just keep an eye on the patrols.

Bosses

None of the bosses presented particular issues. I tanked them all in bear form, and I didn’t need mitigation cooldowns – so any tank class (and probably lots of other nontanks) could solo them.

General Bjarngrim

As I stated above, I cleared the area. I pulled him with his lieutenants then popped beserk, and killed them before moving onto him. Whether he was in berserker or defensive stances, he didn’t do much damage.

How can it be? Flesh is not... stronger...

Admittedly, I didn’t try him when he was lightning charged,. It would have been less waiting for him to patrol, but I wasn’t sure how I’d go. I think it would have been fine.

Volkhan

Another easy tank and spank. I ignored his adds and just single targeted him down.

The master was right... to be concerned...

I guess because I ignored the adds, they didn’t ever get low enough for him to shatter them. I spent spent the whole fight ready to step away from the adds, but never needed to.

Ionar

Again simple tank and spank, except for his dispersion. Once he dispersed, I kited the sparks down the centre of the stairs and then back up the side wall, so I didn’t get any stacks.

I'm in there somewhere...

But because it was just me, I spent the whole fight with the annoying dot going –  I was on about half health by the time he died.

Loken

And lastly, another easy ye olde tanke and spanke. I didn’t run out for nova, just barkskinned the first and SIed the second – but to be honest all of that was unnecessary.

Loken sharp today Larry!

And that’s that! Possibly the easiest of all of the wrath heroics I’ve yet attempted.

Soloing heroic Ahn’kahet: The Old Kingdom

More free time on my plate, so back to soloing stuff! Working down my soloing list sequentially, which mean Old Kingdom was today’s project.

Entrance to the Old Kingdom

Usual set up: feral tank spec and gear, ilvl 346 or thereabouts.

Trash

Trash was fairly trivial…. except for the Spell flingers. They do an attack that does 80% of your max health, so if you accidentally aggro two groups, you will probably die. I aggroed two groups. I died.

Two of these and you're toast.

The rest was pretty easy. The entrance watchers are stealth detectors, so even if you’re a stealther you’ll need to clear these guys. Lots of the rest of the trash was avoidable just by walking around it.

Bosses

The bosses were all easy…. except for Taldaram.

Elder Nadox

I went bear and single targeted him and swiped/thrashed the small adds as the arrived. Once the guardians arrive, switch to them and kill them, then back to the boss. Didn’t take much damage so he was easy.

Elder Nadox

No druid loot though, woe! 😉

Prince Taldaram

Ok Taldaram was tough. I tanked him in bear form.

Possibly I should have started popping cooldowns earlier to keep my health high  so I didn’t run out of cooldowns late in the fight. His channelling is nasty with noone to break you out. Not deadly, just an unmitigatable dot and a humiliating posture.

It's not what you think! We were just hugging.

Yes well. Humiliating. But I did kill him so I guess I get the last laugh. Poor bear though 😦

Jedoga Shadowseeker

Jegoda was fine. I tanked her in bear then popped into kitty when she called a supplicant. Still, I only just killed the supplicant in time – it probably wouldn’t have mattered if I didn’t, she didn’t do much damage herself.

Jedi bosses. Gotta love them.

I stayed out of her lightning patches and just burned her down in bear form.

Amanitar

He was really easy. So easy in fact that the door bell rang and I had to afk for a while.

Mushrooms.... many many mushroooms.

Didn’t need cooldowns, just tanked him next to a healthy mushroom and broke it whenever I was shrunk. Though tiny bears are pretty cute 🙂

Herald Volazj

Lastly Mr Mind Control. Except not, as it was just me. He channelled Insanity at his 66% and 33% marks, but there was no insanity for me.

He whispers to me about my guild. "Those who dine on lost souls..."

Once I realised I could skull bash ll of his mind flays, he was a simple tank and spank.

So that’s it, one more wrath heroic down, and yet again it was the San’layn prince that was the hard part.

Soloing heroic Azjol-Nerub

Intro

Kind of despondent after a failed attempt at soloing Naxx bosses, I headed out to Azjol Nerub to see if that was soloable at 85.

My usual set up: feral druid tank spec and gear, 346ish ilvl.

Trash

The only really bad trash were the watchers before Krik’thir. I wiped the first time due to being locked down during their web wrap ability.

I ran back in with a clear plan: kill the watchers. I know that sounds obvious, but the first time around I was taking it causally, swiping and thrashing to my heart’s content. Second time around I pulled each watcher group one by one, worked hard at my single target rotation, and ignored the other two mobs until each watcher died.

Mmm comfy little web blanket caccoon

This worked much better, and I killed them with only a couple of web wraps to contend with.

Bosses

Krik’thir the Gatewatcher

As soon as the last watcher group died, Krik’thir engaged. He started out fairly well, but he puts up a series of poisons and curses, so I got fairly low by the end.

And the blanket unravelled

A swipe and a thrash was enough to kill is small adds. The large adds I killed with berserk on the first wave, and ignored the second wave as I was close to downing the boss.

All and all he wasn’t too bad, best to save mitigation cooldowns to use towards the end.

Hadronox

He was much easier, but again, I only just killed the three groups guardians by the time he’d killed his own adds.

Hadronox - I don't remember such a vivid selection circle before...

Once I’d engaged he was a simple tank and spank. I shuffled out of the gas clouds, but that’s the only fancy footwork required.

Anub’arak

He was quite tough. I’d never tanked him before, so it took me a while to get the hang of avoiding his Pound; it would be much easier if I’d done a good job of that.

Simple tank and spank at the start, then the first wave of adds was fine. After the second/third wave I started to take a bit of poison damage – I really should have focussed down the Venomancers.

But once he was back up after the last add wave,  I popped cooldowns and down her went.

Anub'shiash,... er Anub'rekhan... ern... what was your name again?

So not bad for 20 minutes of entertainment, certainly perked me up after the failed Naxx run. ANother one to cross off my list.

Soloing Heroic Violet Hold

Violet Hold was a boring heroic during Wrath, so I was kind of putting off going in there to solo it. Each time I ‘ported into Dalaran, I’d fly past the entrance on the way out to another dungeon, and pretend I hadn’t noticed it.

This weekend I finally went in to have a look. And to be honest, it wasn’t too bad.

Usual set up: feral tankish spec and gear, ilvl 346 or thereabouts.

Trash

The main worry I had as I entered the instance: would I be able to kill the trash quickly enough to avoid having  overlapping portal spawning? Luckily that didn’t happen (during the trash anyway). I did sometimes end up with a mini-add left over from the single-mob portals, but in general speed wasn’t an issue.

Trash in Heroic Violet Hold

For groups I stayed in bear form and single target DPSed them down one by one. For the single mobs I generally stayed in kitty form.

The only real thing to watch for is that one of the dragons puts a bleed that doesn’t drop until you’re healed to full. I just saved Frenzied regeneration for that.

Bosses

Well I got lucky, and got the two arguable easiest bosses, if not the simplest.

Ichoron

My first boss was Ichoron. I stayed in bear form, but in hindsight perhaps cat form would have been better. She doesn’t throw out much damage, and I just pulled her to a switch between each split so that I could use them to kill her globules.

Surprise! Not all globules are globules...

As I pulled the last switch, I turned to meet some very dragonny looking globules marching towards the gate. Oh goodie, the next portal had spawned, and I hadn’t noticed. 7/18…

I took Ichoron to the door, swiped the dragons, and finished her watery highness off there, before turning back to the adds. I barely killed them as the next portal spawned, but from then on everything stayed under control.

Lavanthor

An easy tank and spank. With this beast I started out in bearform, but quickly switched to kitty and popped berserk. The only real precautions I took was to strafe out of his fire.

Brashly, you have come to wrest the secrets of the Living Flame! Oh, wait.

Cyanigosa

She was a similar story. I started out in bear form, but after taking stock of her puny arms I realised she wasn’t hitting very hard, so switched into cat form for the remainder. Again, the habit of aeons forced me to strafe out of her blizzards.

A valiant defense, but this city must be razed. (I think the Kirin Tor already raised it. Har har.)

So not a very useful ‘guide’, as the bosses I encountered were quite simple, but nonetheless a recount of my latest adventures for my list. 🙂 Go solo it! It’s got a few challenges that make it much more fun than it was at 80.

Footnote

The entrance to the Violet hold

And a footnote: a screenshot for Voros to show that I’m practising. Check out his screenshot posts here: The Art of Screen Shots

Soloing Heroic Nexus

After a bit of a break, time to get back into soloing (work has been crazily busy and I’ve been unwell, so I’ve been focussing on just getting through raids without falling over).

As a nice easy warm-up, I headed into the Nexus with my usual setup: feral tank spec – 346ish ilvl gear.

The trash was fairly easy, so after clearing a few packs I tended to stealth past whatever I could. The patrolling dragons in the entrance corridors, and the Mage slayer hounds can all detect stealth, so you’ll want to take those out in any case. Also, the chaotic rifts zap anything close (breaking stealth) so you’ll want to give those a wide birth, or just take out those mana wraith groups.

Kolurg was a simple tank and spank, I just popped berserk on the pull to burn down his priests.

Urg, Commander Kolurg

Telestra I tanked mostly in kitty form, just shifting into bear on the split phases, then back in kitty to be thrown around the room, trying to put up bleeds as I whizzed past…

Paying my Telestra bills online

Onto Anomalus, who was pretty much a tank and spank in bear form. again I popped berserk on the rifts when they were close.

Anomalus looking as threatening as a glowy thing can

I stealthed through the gauntlet, gasping at the stupid new bright yellow treant models, and onto Ormorok. He was the simplest of the instance, truly stand-and-hit bear-tanking.

Ormorok the bear-shaper. Er, tree-shaper.

Finally to Keristrasza, avoiding her stealth-detecting patrollers, and killing the one in her room before engaging. Then it was jump, jump, jump while burning her down. I seemed to resist all but one of her frost snares, so didn’t end up taking much damage from her.

Keristrasza and the jumping bear

In summary – any tanking class could solo this heroic easily at 85. I didn’t need to use any self healing or major cooldowns. It’s fairly quick with stealth, about 20 minutes all up, even without stealth, the trash would be mostly avoidable or able to be burned down pretty quickly.

Reasons for doing this heroic at 85? Well there is no mount/pet – so in my case it’s just to cross it off my list.

And finally, a screenshot for Voros:

Keristrazsa, frozen in time

This week in images

Some great pugs this week (and amusing guild chat)

And some great guild heroics

Evissar levitates down to Nef's room

Chimaeron surprises us all by dying first pull

Atramedes roars

Voros and Glowberry attempt to 2-man Onyxia

Glowberry in full Stormrage... except the hat is the lvl 80 version

Tiny shale spider

Kael drops the Ashes, everyone is too polite to roll 🙂

Soloing heroic UP and DTK

On the weekend I soloed heroic Utgarde Pinnacle and Drak’Tharon Keep. No surprise that DTK was pretty easy, but h-UP raised a few hairy moments. Trash in both instances was straight forward, so I’ll just chat about the bosses.

Utgarde Pinnacle

Svala Sorrowgrave

I started out in cat form, eager to dps her down as quickly as possible before her air phase. This was probably a bad move, I kind of forgot I’d be stunned during the air phase and would take unavoidable damage from a large sword falling on my head. I’d recommend making sure you are topped up before this phase.

The sensation was beyond my imagining. Or something.

I didn’t actually die, but in hindsight it would have been better to be at full health for the sword. In any case, I killed her in her next ground phase.

Gortok Palehoof

He was a simple fight, tanked the adds and him in bear form. Discovered lots of aibilites I didn’t know the adds had because we always killed them so fast at 80. But nothing worthy of wipeage.

Who even knew the worm mini boss calls adds?

Skadi the Ruthless

This is where things heated up. Skadi’s gauntlet was painful because I had to keep stopping and gathering up the harpoons as I went. The gauntlet adds don’t do a *huge* amount of damage, but you want to be pretty much at full health when you pull Skadi down, so I took it fairly slowly and only took on 4-5 of them at once.

As soon as I had 4 harpoons I positioned myself near the launchers ready for his proximity emote. If I had too many adds up this was messy, as it pops me out of bear form when using the harpoon lanchers. Nonetheless, I ran along and fired each off in sequence and then back to the centre one for a fourth shot to ensure he landed. I then shifted back into bear form and Beserked, to burn all of the adds down while concentrating on Skadi.

It's just you and me, Skadi.

Once the leftover adds died, it’s much simpler. His whirlwind still hurts, I had to run out of that, but other than that it was just self healing through his melee and poison bolts.

King Ymiron

Ymiron was a challenge. The first time I attmpted him, I had him at about 1% when I died.

He has two abilities that  you need to watch for. Firstly Dark slash, which halves your current health. Needless to say, the first time he did that I freaked out. He seemed to do it about once per active phase. Don’t panic, as long as you keep yourself on enough health to wear his incidental damage and Bane, you don’t need to be topped up.

The other ability that may cause you issues is Bane. In 5 mans, we usually did enough damage that we forced him into his RP phases without ever casting it, but soloing him I think he cast it every phase. Basically once he’s buffed with Bane he’ll pulse a shadow damage aura if you do any direct damage to him. That’s not an issue unless you’re on low health, and I always was on low health by the final phase.

One trick I did use was my pvp trinket. I’d brought it with me to try it on Keleseth in UK, so I equipped it and tried it in Ymiron. It will pop you out of the stun he uses when RPing. I got to use it twice by using it on the first and then the final stun. I broke the stun, flipped into caster form and strafed away from him hotting myself. Then I shifted back into bear form when he got close.

Apart from that it’s the usual – kill the ghost adds with aoe (who even knew he did that!?), kite him away from the orbs, and try not to hit him when he’s Baned.

Ronalf of the screaming RP, save me from this heroic.

Drak’Tharon Keep

Trollgore

Care in clearing Trollgore’s room; I got a bit carried away by charging  in there. I got a bit low on health.

Trollgore himself was a simple tank and spank. I did edge away from his troll corpses to avoid being corpse exploded upon, but nothing too dramatic.

Clearing Trollgore's room

Novos the Summoner

Novos bugged out for me. I’m not sure why, but he never popped his dome, and he remained active all of phase one – spamming frost bolts and blizzards, throwing around curses and calling waves of zombies… as well as the usual 4 crystal handlers and undead from the stairs. Of course, he wasn’t polite enough to allow me to retaliate, he was still un-targetable.

This made the fight more difficult than I anticipated, but nonetheless it was the usual: kill the crystal handlers, offtank the rest of the rubbish, then kill him.

King Dred

Dread was fine – I was concerned about his fear and his bleed (that won’t go away until you’re topped off) but it wasn’t too bad. I popped Beserk to break his first fear and that also helped burn down the extra raptors that he called. I tanked him well outside his area, but he called them anyway, so I assume I couldn’t avoid them without clearing his whole space. Popped my mitigation and healing cooldowns as I needed them, and he died fairly quickly.

I don't see anything in my rear view mirror.

After I killed him I just sat and ate to clear his bleed. Curse my feeble feral healing 😉

The Prophet Tharon’ja

Lastly Tharon’ja. Raving, incoherent Tharon’ja. His emotes as usual were his biggest threat. He was the simplest boss in the instance, an easy tank and spank, then dance around as a skeleton, then back to the killing.

THARON'JA! THARON'JA IS ETERNAL!!! sigh. tantrums.

And that’s it for soloing heroic DTK. A lot simpler than UP, which I guess is to be expected, but another one to tick off the list. 🙂