Glow's branches

Ramblings of a resto druid

Tag Archives: wrath heroics

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 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