Protection Warrior raid bosses guide

Patch 9.1.5 Last Updated: 27th Oct, 2021
Tokaine Protection Warrior Author
Tokaine
Sylvanas Windrunner Boss Guide Sanctum of Domination Mythic Boss Guides

Raid Bosses

Sanctum of Domination

The Tarragrue

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: There really isn’t much to this boss. I recommend taking the following anima powers - Blade of the Lifetaker, Elethium Diffuser, Elethium Weights, Overgrowth Seedling. These are the ones you should look out for.

Taunt swap each time the boss uses Overpower and you can help your team out by soaking the torments try and avoid taking the physical damage taken increase torment if possible or you risk the boss slapping you already more than he does. When he drops below 10% you can just taunt juggle him back and forth between your co tank and when he reaches taunt DR just pop every CD and get every external and tank him, he should be dead very quickly after that!

Eye of the Jailer

2 Target Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: Make sure you’re picking up the Stygian Abductors when they are pulled to the platform and keep them close to the boss for cleave damage. Their Assailing Lance will slowly stack up on you if you’re not careful so make sure to swap with your co-tank if your stacks get too high.

Swap after every application of Deathlink and make sure you use a DR before it comes in to reduce the damage the raid will take. When the Deathseeker Eyes spawn make sure you keep them far enough apart so as to not trigger Shared Suffering which will most likely wipe you. If you get the debuff Spreading Misery make sure you’re in a safe location when it expires as it will drop a pool, you can run into older pools to reduce the space this will take up on the platform. You can use Spell Reflect on the Deathseeker Eye’s Piercing Lens but not the bosses.

The Nine

Single Target / Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: In phase 1 swap on 2-3 stacks of Unending Strike to reduce the raid damage. Keep both Kyra and Signe stacked up for maximum cleave damage but keep an eye out for their energy because at 100 they will both do powerful abilities. Kyra starts with a higher amount of energy so she will cast hers first. At 100 she will cast Wings of Rage, pulling everyone towards her. Make sure she is away from Signe before this cast so melee can continue to hit the boss.

Make sure to taunt the Formless Mass add when it spawns so it doesn’t melee down the DPS or Healers. When Skyja becomes active look to swap with your co tank at around 3 stacks of Pierce Soul. One thing to look out for is Annhylde’s Bright Aegis as this will put a very large shield on the location of Skyja, it is advised to position her near the edge of the room until both the shield and the Word of Recall recast have been cast, you should then move her to the middle of the room.

Remnant of Ner'zhul

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal 

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: The main job for the tanks in this fight is to make sure you hit the Orb’s of Torment with Suffering allowing them to be killed. Other than that make sure you swap after each cast of Suffering as well as doing your best to not hit any other member of the raid with the beam.

Warrior is really good in this fight as you are able to Charge every Malevolence knockback and you can also Heroic Leap out with the orbs and instantly throw them off.

Soulrender Dormazain

Single Target / Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: Swap after every stack of Ruinblade. Keep an eye out for Tormented Eruptions and move the boss to the safe spot shown. It is advised to keep the boss near the front of the room to give your raid the most time possible to move out of the Tormented Eruptions.

When the adds spawn make sure to keep the boss on top of them for maximum cleave uptime. Just before his energy reaches 100 you can move him near the back of the room so he has more time to run before he starts casting Tormented Eruptions.

Painsmith Raznal

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: Try and keep the boss as central as possible (Heroic). When the boss is throwing one of his weapons at you make sure you run to max range to reduce the fall off damage as much as possible. When the Spiked Balls spawn, move the boss on top of the balls for maximum cleave uptime. Always be conscious of your raids positioning on this boss as you can easily kill them with a wave of spikes from your tank AoE explosion.

Guardian of the First Ones

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: Keep an eye out for the Elimination Pattern tank combo. The combo has 2 abilities, Sunder and Obliterate. Sunder is a big AoE physical slam that only the tank wants to take, Obliterate is a big physical slam on just the tank and a magic damage AoE that needs to be soaked by members of the raid.

Face the boss away during a Sunder cast and turn the boss into the correct soak group for the Obliterate cast. Make sure to move the boss to an Energy Core when his energy is depleted and you can’t take another stack of Purging Protocol

Fatescribe Roh-Kalo

Single Target / Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: On this boss every time you swap you will take a burst of spike magic damage due to Diviner’s Probe so be careful of that! The main tank swap will come when the boss casts Invoke Destiny. You should run away from the raid as the damage drops off the further away people are from you. When you explode you will spawn an add, and you want to make sure that you don't let this add hit you as you will wipe if it does.

Try and position yourself so the add will run through the boss and keep moving so the raid gets uptime on the cleave with the add and the boss. In the intermission the boss will spawn 2 Fatespawn Monstrosities, make sure you send the more mobile tank to pick up the one which spawns in the distance and slowly bring them together for optimal cleave, these adds start ramping up in damage due to Monstrosity’s Boon and begin to hit very hard near the end so make sure you start rolling your cooldowns when the phase is nearing its end. In Mythic you are unable to interrupt Despair but there are parts of the room which allow the melees in your raid to line of sight the cast of Despair.

Kel'Thuzad

Single Target / Add Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: When the boss uses Soul Fracture on you make sure your co tank taunts off you as you will most likely be one shot if you are meleed by him again. After the Soul Shards which spawn from this ability are killed make sure to run over their corpses to regain a piece of your soul. If you do not kill all 3 adds (5 on mythic) and remove Soul Exhaustion in 1 minute you will die.

When Kel’thuzad dies and is pushed into his phylactery make sure you are ready to pick up the Unstoppable Abomination. These hit VERY HARD, make sure you are prepared with cooldowns and externals. Try to tank them together for optimal cleave uptime. Be careful of the Soul Reavers as they do have an aggro table and will melee you very hard if you’re too close, let ranged deal with them.

Sylvanas Windrunner

Single Target / Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: A lot of the damage from this fight comes from Sylvanas’ Ranger’s Heartseeker make sure to never take 2 in a row, there is a brief respite between the casts so you should try and taunt swap between them. Another thing to watch out for which isn’t mentioned in the dungeon journal is her ranged “Auto Attack” Ranger Shot. This basically allows her to continue to hit you even when you’re at range, the main issue with this is that each Ranger Shot increases the damage of the next one by 20% this buff resets when she melees you, this is to stop cheesing by always being away from her and can be a very hidden deadly part of her bossfight.

In Phase 1 you should keep an eye out for Wailing Arrow and make sure that you get a good distance away from your raid as the AoE damage is falloff, reducing it by range of the impact zone. Other than this keep an eye on your co tanks stacks and make sure you don’t get dragged into your Domination Chains as you will take massive damage (or Wipe the raid on Mythic)

In Phase 2 you should make sure you dodge the Haunting Waves as being hit by this will push you back and apply a very high damage stacking DoT on you. Each platform will have a variety of adds, as tanks the main ones we need to be careful of are the Mawforged Goliaths as their ability Fury will cause each attack on the same target to hit harder and faster, you can just simply taunt swap on heroic (or have a dps warrior taunt and use Die by the Sword on mythic to reset it’s stacks). The Mawforged Souljudge also has a stacking debuff called Lashing Strike that you should juggle with your co tank, ideally around the 2 stack mark. Other than these adds, make sure you move out of the Veil of Darkness and do not splash any other raid members when Sylvannas uses Banshee Wail.

Phase 3 is the hardest phase for tanks as you have a very important job and that is space management. The main mechanic of this phase is the Banshee’s Bane debuff which is permanent in this phase, only being removed via a dispel. If any member of the raid has this debuff on them when Sylvannas finishes casting Banshee’s Fury then you will most likely wipe as it does extra raid damage per stack on the raid (Heroic+). The issue is Sylvannas will periodically cast Bane Arrow, creating several puddles on the platforms which will give players stacks of Banshee’s Bane if run through. Your job as a tank is to pick these pools up and hold the Banshee’s Bane stacks on yourself. Sylvannas is also casting her Ranger’s Heartseeker in this phase, giving you even more stacks. However, holding them instead of having them on the platform makes the phase a lot easier for the raid as they have a lot more room to spread out for the Veil of Darkness, which is the main killer in Phase 3.

Ideally you want to bring as many stacks from the other platforms to the platform you’re fighting on, hold those stacks and then have them dispelled just before she destroys the platform with Raze as clearing the platforms ahead of you will stop you being overwhelmed later on in the phase. You should also keep an eye out for Shadow Dagger’s as getting hit by these will just give you another DoT which you really can’t afford to have in this phase when you’re already being murdered by the Banshee’s Bane stacks! Spell reflect should be used for every Ranger’s Heartseeker as you are able to mitigate some of the damage and straight up deflect a portion of the first hit.

Castle Nathria

Shriekwing

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: You want to have something for every Exsanguinating Bite. Make sure you have Shield Block up and some Ignore Pain shield before it comes in. Feel free to use Shield Wall or Last Stand if you feel like you’re low as it’s about to hit you. If you’re using Reprisal use the time when you’re not tanking to Heroic Leap or Intervene out so you can Charge back in.

Huntsman Altimor

2 Target Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: If you’re tanking the dogs make sure you always Spell Reflect and a decent ignore pain shield up before the Rip Soul comes in. Additionally you should make sure that you use Shield Wall or another damage reducing external as we don’t really have much in our kit to reduce a large magic damage nuke.

Your Shockwave and Intimidating shout can be used to interrupt the Shade of Barghasts Deathly Roar. Use Rallying Cry before you take the 3rd dog for a large walk.

Sun King's Salvation

Heavy Add Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Seismic Reverberation (Kind of pad)

Notes: Position the boss so the frontal does not hit the raid. You can use Challenging Shout to taunt all the adds onto you if any are running loose. You should make sure that you are using Execute as much as possible in the last phase to burn the boss down.

Artificer Xy'mox

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: Make use of the Dimensional Rift instead of using your mobility to get away from the boss with the bomb. Instead use your mobility to get back to the boss!

When not possible, you can Heroic Leap away or pre move as he starts casting so you can Heroic Leap and Charge back in after the Glyph of Destruction goes off. When the boss is pulling you into the middle of the room, use this opportunity to double Charge and generate some nice additional rage. You can soak a single Stasis Trap with Spell Reflect.

Hungering Destroyer

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: During Expunge you are able to either Spell Reflect the initial explosion or the orb left behind after. If you’re staying near the boss it is recommended you soak the orb otherwise it might displace the precise boss positioning from you being knocked back by it. Additionally you should use your Rallying Cry if the raid looks low for either an Expunge or a Consume.

Lady Inerva Darkvein

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: Make sure you do the tank mechanic of facing the “ghosts”(Mythic Only). This fight is heavy on magic damage which protection warriors suffer from. You should use your Spell Reflect when you reach 2 stacks of Warped Desires to help smooth some of the damage. If you’re not tanking you can Heroic Leap out to help soak the Bottled Anima however do not do this if you’re tanking either the boss or the add. Make sure that after the adds are spawned the boss is positioned between them so you have the maximum uptime on cleave.

The Council of Blood

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: This is a fight where you will have some downtime on your active mitigation. Make sure you always have Shield Block up for Niklaus’ Duelist’s Riposte. Additionally, make sure to aim Stavros in a way where his Evasive Lunge will not hit the raid. You should Spam Thunder Clap during the dance to generate rage for free.

Sludgefist

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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: (Mythic Only) You need to be careful when charging on this boss as you don’t want to snap your partners chain, it is advised that you take a step or 2 backwards before charging, giving your partner a chance to run forward so that you won't snap when you Charge.

If the raid looks low and the boss is about to charge into a pillar you should consider using Rallying Cry to help with the raid's survival. Make sure you stack on your co tank as much as possible so you only take 1 of his 2 melee attacks.

Stone Legion Generals

Frequent Add Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 1 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Seismic Reverberation

Notes: Keep an eye on your stacks of Serrated Swipe and make sure you clear using Crystalize. Warrior is much better suited to be the Goliath tank as they do not deal very well with bleeds, however, most tanks have a weakness in dealing with bleeds.

(Mythic Only) If you're a kyrian make sure to place Spear of Bastion down on the skirmishers so they don’t blink out. When the Goliath jumps you are able to Intervene it’s target redirecting 100% of the damage to yourself.

Sire Denathrius

Single Target / Cleave
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Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 3 (Defensive) Recommended Legendary The Wall

Talents: 3 1 2 2 2 1 1 (Offensive) Recommended Legendary Reprisal

Notes: Making sure to hit the 4 adds in Phase 2 with the tank-frontal is very important in order to meet certain damage checks. Make sure you and your co-tank are well informed as to where each tank-frontal should be aimed at.

In Phase 3 the boss does an insane amount of tank damage so don’t be afraid of doubling up on mitigation. You should make sure to always Spell Reflect the blood price as you can negate some of its damage that way. Always try to Charge back to the boss after a Blood Price or Shattering Pain for free rage generation. We’re one of the weaker tanks when dealing with Remornia due to her bleed so if you’re co tank is something like a Brewmaster you should consider having them tank her far more than you.