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Dathea, Ascended heroic Boss Guide

Raszageth the Storm-Eater Boss Guide
Purke
Last Updated: 1st Dec, 2022

Raid Setup

Introduction

Mostly a Single Target fight with occasional burst AoE moments.

Recommended Setup: 2 Tanks / 4-5 Healers / 13+ DPS

Useful utilities: Druid Roar/Shaman Totem, Knock-back prevention skills, Evoker's Timer Spiral talent

Easy Mode

  • Tank swap each 1-2 Zephyr Slam
  • Be spread at all times
  • Stay away from everyone when you have the Conductive Mark debuff
  • Dodge Raging Tempest (Mini-Tornados)
  • Use movement abilities during Cyclone
  • Interrupt and kill Volatile Infuser and get knocked to the side platform when it dies
  • Stack, stun and kill Thunder Callers + Interrupt and kill Volatile Infuser on the side platform
  • Once the Volatile Infuser dies, get knocked back to the main platform
  • Repeat

Mechanics

Dathea
Zephyr Slam Mechanic Icon

Zephyr Slam

Tank Ability

Dathea slams the current target (tank) inflicting 240,325 physical damage and knocking them back. Each slam increases the damage and knockback taken by 50% for 55sec. This stacks.

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Aerial Buffet

Tank Ability

If Dathea’s current target is not within reach, she blasts them with a buffet of air that inflicts 96,130 Nature damage. This ability basically only exists because of Zephyr Slam and the knockback it does on the tank when hit. Anti-Knockback abilities in this case count as damage mitigation abilities and should be used as much as possible (Death’s Advance, Transcendence etc).

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Raging Burst

Dodge

Dathea creates multiple swirls on the ground that inflict 48,089 Nature damage on impact to all players within 6 yards (basically those that are standing in the swirl) and creates a Raging Tempest at their location (the Tempest gets created even if nobody gets hit).

Raging Tempest Mechanic Icon

Raging Tempest

Dodge

Is a mini-tornado that moves slowly around the spawn area. Players that touch the tempest take 96,130 Nature Damage and get knocked up into the air.

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Raging Winds

Heal

Raging Tempest periodically inflicts 2,403 Nature damage to all players every 4sec.

This is just additional raid damage and you simply heal through it.

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Crosswinds

Check where the arrows are pointing at and dodge if needed

Dathea adjusts the location of every Raging Tempest. Upon arriving at their new location, each Tempest unleashes a burst of wind, inflicting 72,097 Nature damage to all players within 7 yards.

There will be an arrow pointing away from Raging Tempest to indicate the path it will take and a swirl on the opposite side which will be the new position of the Raging Tempest after the Crosswind cast. Players caught in its path will take damage and get knocked up into the air. 

Warning: It's very fast so don't test your luck

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Conductive Mark

Stay away from everyone... seriously just get away

Dathea marks the player with lighting, inflicting 48,082 Nature damage on impact, 7,210 Nature damage every 1 second and increasing Nature damage taken by 10% for 15 sec. This stacks.

Moving within 4 yards of other players will duplicate and refresh Conductive Mark.

This might seem harmless, but it's probably the hardest ability to deal with in this fight. It overlaps with pretty much every other ability, since it increases Nature damage taken and you can spread it easily to everyone if you get caught in a bad position. Find a safe spot, away from everyone and make sure to avoid getting hit by any Tornados while you have the Mark since you will take extra damage. DO NOT hesitate to use personal defensives if you do get hit by other abilities, or if you feel like the Healers are sleeping.

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Cyclone

Use movement ability

Dathea creates a vortex at her location, pulling players towards her and inflicting 28,839 Nature Damage every 1 sec for 10 seconds. If a player is pulled into the vortex, they are knocked upwards.

The raid or player will need to use some speed-boosts to avoid getting pulled into the vortex. This is also a great opportunity to use Evoker’s Time Spiral talent, which allows everyone to use their major movement ability even if it's on cooldown.

Coalescing Storm (Platforms) Mechanic Icon

Coalescing Storm (Platforms)

Intermission

Dathea harnesses primal energies to summon Volatile Infusers and Thunder Callers.

This is like an intermission phase, but the boss is still present and can be attacked.

She will spawn 2x Volatile Infusers and 6x Thunder Callers.

There will be 1x Volatile Infuser in the main area and 1x Volatile Infuser on the side platform.

The Thunder Callers only spawn on the side platform.

Volatile Infuser
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Aerial Slash

Tank Ability

Hits the main target for 156,211 Nature damage. This just means that the Infuser needs to be tanked.

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Blowback

Knockback when you kill Volatile Infuser

Upon death the Volatile Infuser explodes inflicting 60,090 nature damage to all players and knocks them back. You will need to make use of this knockback to reach one of the side-platforms and to go back to the main platform.

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Diverted Essence

Interrupt

The Volatile Infuser channels its essence into Dathea, periodically increasing her damage by 20% for 20 sec. This stacks.

Note that both Infusers will cast this, however, you will only be able to interrupt the Infuser in the main area. Once you reach the side-platform with Blowback you can interrupt the other one. You should always interrupt this as soon as possible.

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Unstable Gusts

Dodge

The Volatile infuser periodically expels Unstable Gusts (swirls) inflicting 96,130 Nature damage to players within 5 yards of the impact locations (standing in swirl).

Thunder Caller
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Storm Bolt

Interrupt / Stun

Thunder Callers are permanently casting this ability towards random players, inflicting 19,226 Nature damage. This is interruptible + you are able to stun the Thunder Callers. You should try to stack them up, followed by an AoE stun and simply kill them.

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Thunderbolt

Heal

When Thunder Callers spawn, a thunderstorm lingers causing lighting to strike players for 7,210 Nature damage every 2 sec. Each strike increases damage taken from Thunderbolt by 50% for 1.2min. This stacks. Only players that are on the same platform as the Thunder Callers get hit by this.

During testing this debuff would drop before you had to go kill Thunder Callers/Infuser again. Meaning its only purpose was to force you to kill the adds faster, before the damage ramps up. If this changes on live, we will update the guide.

Strategy

There are no fixed positions in this fight, you generally want to use the room as much as possible and avoid stacking at all times. By doing this, you will never have to worry about getting a random Conductive Mark from someone and you also won’t spread it to other players in case it's cast on you. Always make sure there is enough space for you to doge Raging Tempest without running into someone, and pay attention to other players' positions when Dathea casts Cyclone.

Example positioning:

dathea ascended example positioning

Tanks should swap on the boss every 1-2 Zephyr Slam and make sure that the off-tank always picks up Volatile Infuser when it spawns.

Players with Conductive Mark on them have to pay extra attention to their HP and make sure to avoid getting hit by Raging Tempest as it will do extra damage. Healers should also assign someone to do extra spot healing on the targets with Conductive Mark. Do not hesitate to use defensive abilities as much as possible.

Make sure to have a movement ability ready for the Cyclone cast, having an Evoker in raid using Time Spiral talent will make sure everybody is able to use one major movement ability during Cyclone.

Every Crosswind cast, all players should check Raging Tempest position and which direction the arrow is pointing at. Raging Tempest will move pretty fast so it's hard to avoid it if you are standing in its path.

Once Dathea reaches full energy, she will cast Coalescing Storm!

One Volatile Infuser will spawn on the main platform, and Thunder Callers + Volatile Infuser will spawn on one of the 3 side platforms.

The Tank who is picking up the Infuser should check which side platform is active (has adds).

Interrupt the Diverted Essence cast and move the Infuser close to the edge of the platform, leaving enough space for the players to stand in between the Infuser and the side platform.

Once everyone is in position, DPS should kill the Infuser. Do not attack the Infuser before everyone is ready as it doesn’t have much HP, and killing it in a random position will most certainly result in a wipe. Small DoTs etc are fine.

Players with Conductive Mark should make sure to stand to the side of the group, so they get knocked into a safe spot on the side platform. 

dathea ascended side platform knock

During testing, you would send the entire team on the side platform to deal with the adds except 1 tank, 1 healer and 2-3 DPS. If you leave more DPS behind, you will be slower on the side platform and it will be harder for the 1 Healer on the main platform to keep up with the healing. 

Players that are staying on the main platform should be positioned somewhere behind the Infuser so they don't get knocked off the platform, or simply use anti-knock-back abilities. 

Once on the side platform, interrupt the Diverted Essence cast as soon as possible and stack up the Thunder Callers on top of Volatile Infuser. Once all adds are properly stacked, stun the Thunder Callers and kill everything, including Volatile Infuser. Make sure the Thunder Callers die before or at the same time as Volatile Infuser since you will get knocked back once Volatile Infuser dies. Make sure you dodge all Unstable Gusts on the ground. Healers should be ready to heal extra damage from Thunderbolt while on the side platform.

When Infuser dies, everyone on the side platform should stand in between the infuser and the main platform, so you can get knocked back. 

dathea ascended side platform return

From here, the entire fight repeats. You will get a different side platform each time, but that doesn’t really change anything. 

There will be more Raging Tempest present on the main platform the longer the fight goes on, so pay extra attention to that. Depending on your DPS, you may choose to skip the last platform and simply nuke the boss down if she is low enough, but you should still send one person to the side platform to interrupt the Diverted Essence cast. Sadly that player will have a very bad log.