Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Healing on the run: Razorscale

If you've been pulled into an Ulduar group, but you haven't had the time to watch the vids or read the blogs, here's a quick reference guide on what you *should* know about the Razorscale fight. Good luck!


Phase 1:

Where to stand - You'll want to be near the middle of the circle, shading to the left, center or right, depending on where your assigned tank is picking up the adds.

What to watch for -

1. Flame breath! If you see a blue ball fall on your head or blue flames covering the ground, run! Trees and fire do not mix.

2. Fire balls. Razorscale throws these down at random toons quite frequently. They hit marginally hard. Healing through these is truly like wack-a-mole.

3. Chain lightning. As always, chain lightning hurts if you're not spread out. Watch your range and hope everyone else does as well.

Should I freak? - No. Phase 1 moves at a fairly slow pace. Use your down time to conserve mana and to keep an eye out for blue flame.

Phase 2:

Where to stand - Anywhere EXCEPT for in front of Razorscale. She doesn't have a tail whip, so when she comes down to the ground you can move freely behind her and to the sides to throw your heals out.

What to watch for -

1. Main tank damage. This phase of the fight is basically tank and spank. Keep your main tank topped off and watch your off tanks while they hold the adds.

2. Deep breath. If your raid doesn't get Razorscale down to 50% health in a certain amount of time, she will fly back up out of reach and you'll start phase 1 again. When this happens, she'll toss everyone in the raid into the air doing a little bit of fall damage. It's easy to recover from, so hustle back to your spot and pick up where you left off.

Should I freak? - No. Phase two is all about rolling HoTs on your tanks. If there are adds up or if there's a flame breath in the middle of the circle things could get interesting. Otherwise, it's a piece of cake.

Phase 3:

Where to stand - In the middle of the circle again. Your main tank will be kiting Razorscale around the raid, so as long as you stay in the middle you won't take much damage.

What to watch for -

1. Your main tank! Razorscale hits hard and hits consistently in this phase. Get all of your tanks topped off and keep them there until the fight ends.

2. Fuse armor. Your tanks will get this debuff as they engage Razorscale. Eventually they will stack to the point where another tank has to taunt off this boss. When that happens, switch your focus immediately to the new tank.

3. Adds. There will likely still be some dwarf adds running around. Your off tanks will be picking them up, so you'll need to give them some love.

4. Wing buffet. At the start of phase 3, Razorscale will knock everyone back doing a fair amount of damage to the raid. You'll have bigger fish to fry at this point, but you should get everyone topped off sooner rather than later.

Should I freak? - Still no. Phase three is the hardest part of this fight, but as long as you're paying attention to which tank has aggro your job is easy. Watch your mana, and try to toss an innervate out to a priest or shaman near the end of this fight.

Razorscale is probably the easiest boss to heal in Ulduar. However, it also gives you a taste of how important it is to pay attention to where you are standing. If EVERYONE stays out of the blue flame, this fight is straight forward. Have fun in there!

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