I’m not exalted with Brood of Nozdormu rep on Glowberry. I wish I could pull across my exalted reputation from my original druid, but alas such is the price of a reroll. Thought I’d have a look and see how much of AQ40 is solo farmable at 80, considering we three manned the first 5 bosses for a few weeks at 80. It’s about 2500 rep for that mini clear – not a bad weekly grind.
I went in with my usual setup – feral spec, 346ish ilvl gear.
You can mount throughout the instance to move from area to area. Trash has a chance to drop AQ bug mounts, usable only in the instance. There are four mounts to collect; the red one being rare and the subject of a Feat of Strength. All four count towards the Mountain’o’Mounts achievements, and you will definitely get sick of looting the common blue/green/yellow ones 🙂
The entrance trash before Skeram is easy – if your aim is only to grind rep, and you’re honored or below – the entrance mobs respawn every 20 minutes, so if you’re patient you can farm here all week for rep before heading through to clear the rest of the instance.
Trash stop giving rep at revered, but have a small chance to drop Ancient Qiraji Artifact which you can turn in for 1000 rep at any level. While these are a nice bonus, it’s common to do a pretty full trash clear and not get even one of these.
The trash from Skeram on is mainly packs of Vekniss (melee bug-like sillithids) and Qiraji caster types. The Vekniss guardians are annoying, they have a HUGE knockback that will cause massive fall damage if you don’t position well. Try to stay with your back to a wall and in areas with low ceilings. The Vekniss Borers spawn lots of low health adds when they die. The Qiraji casters are pretty harmless at 85.
The rest of the trash in the instance is silithids/insectoids or battleguards – but they are all pretty harmless. Only the Vekness guardians are truly dangerous.
The gauntlet after Sartura is mostly avoidable at 85 if you’re careful/lucky. Mount up and ride through, staying to the leftish, and avoiding what you can. Just before Fankriss there is a little ramp/platform that’s safe. Kite any aggroed adds from the gauntlet to this spot and AOE them down.
Easier to solo at 80/85 than he is to do in a small group, because he has no secondary targets to mind control. Just burn him down, when he splits at 75%, 50%, 25% dps his mirror images (that have only 46k health or so) then back to him. Make sure you loot him – it’s the Qiraji Lord’s Insignia each boss drops that you turn in for rep, rather than the kill itself.
After Skeram, to the left, are three dragon NPCs. This is where you check in your Insignia or any Artefacts you’ve found. Also if you pick up the Bindings (or other armor tokens) from later bosses, these are checked in here with idols and scarabs for ‘tier 2.5’ items. All of these check-ins give Brood rep.
Sartura comes with three adds that… knockback. You will be very sick of knockback by the time you get to her, as most of the trash groups will have sent you flying. Position yourself against a wall and kill the adds, then her. The knockback is the only dangerous thing at 85. Her scary whirlwind attack that owned us at 60 doesn’t dent at 85, so just make sure you’re safely positioned and she’ll be cake.
This boss was worrying me more than any other, and he was tough. He actually deserved more respect than I ended up giving him, and I almost died at the end.
His cleaves apply a stacking 10% healing reduction on you. Which stacks to 10, so no healing when it’s maxed. It got to 10 fairly frequently for me, but always dropped after a while. It may help to stack dodge gear, not sure. I saved damage reduction cooldowns for when my stack was high, and used healing cooldowns when my stack was low.
Fairly frequently throughout the fight, he’ll teleport you to a corner and web wrap you, surrounding you with a new wave of adds and rendering you effectively stunned. I don’t think that’s resistible, I was web wrapped… a lot. If I was getting beaten on by adds and my stack was high, I’d pop barkskin. He and any other adds will wander over as well to start gnawing on you. I didn’t worry about positioning, you get moved around so much you can’t – plus the time it takes for Fankriss to get to you after a teleport is advantageous – more time for the stack to drop. Once the web fell, I’d swipe/thrash to kill the adds, then back on burning Fankriss.
The real killer here is the same as it always was – the Spawn of Fankriss ‘worm’ adds. You need to quickly kill these as they arrive, or they enrage. An enraged spawn was hitting me for 5-6k a hit, and hitting quickly. I’d decided when Fankriss hit about 10% to ignore the adds and focus on the boss. Bad mistake, and I nearly died. My advice would be to keep switching to the Spawns and killing them as a priority right till the bitter end.
Huhu was a “kill her before I die” experience. Knowing this is how it would roll, I started off in cat form and pushed all my dps cooldowns early. Got her to about 50% before I started to hurt too much and switched to bear. Then popped mitigation/healing cooldowns in sequence, and kept burning as hard as I could. At the end, she died… my stack was high (20 or so) and I was silenced by her poison so couldn’t heal… so I died too. Looooooong run back to get my loot 🙂
Royal family – Vem, Yauj and Kri
After Huhu, I did go back and attempt these guys a few times. I got pretty close, but was getting tired and the OMGMOREKNOCKBACK was starting to wear on me.
This fight is all about Yauj. If you can’t interrupt her heals, then you will never get anywhere. The complications being that she fears, and Kri has a huge knockback, so being able to interrupt is touch and go. On my closest attempt I had her to about 10% before I lost control again.
I started out in cat form for maximum interrupts. I popped berserk early, giving my a dps burst, but more importantly giving fear immunity for 20 seconds. My current feeling is that if I get lucky with knockbacks, I can kill her in that 20 second window, and then it’s a free ride to finishing them off.
I didn’t attempt – I can’t see myself getting 200 frost attacks on him in 15 seconds. I may go back and see if that mechanic is still necessary at 85.