The latest World of Warcraft raid, Aberrus, The Shadowed Crucible, presents a new challenge for raiders with the formidable Kazara encounter. In this boss guide, we will walk you through the mechanics of the fight in both normal and heroic modes, providing you with strategies to defeat Kazara and its Hellsteel Carnage armor.
Hellsteel Carnage Armor & Raid Positioning
During the encounter, Kazara is covered in Hellsteel Carnage armor that shatters at 70%, 50%, and 30% health, launching Hellsteel Fragments and Revenant's Blood at the raid. These projectiles cause damage to players within four and three yards of impact. To avoid damage, the raid should stay close to the boss while tanks move the group around the room as necessary.
Use Hero/Bloodlust at the beginning of each Hellsteel Carnage Armor phase (70%, 50%, and 30% health) to maximize damage output.
Infernal Heart & Healing CDs
Infernal Heart is a raid-wide AOE ability that may require a healing cooldown later in the fight. Coordinate with your healers to ensure sufficient healing is available when needed.
Dreadrifts & Rift Management
Kazara targets several players with a 5-yard circle called Dreadrifts, opening rifts under their feet. After five seconds, these rifts damage anyone standing within them. To maximize space, choose one side of the boss to drop the rifts. However, avoid placing them too far away because, in heroic mode, they're needed to neutralize the next ability, Rays of Anguish.
Rays of Anguish & Heroic Neutralization
Rays of Anguish put an arrow above hunted players and chase them, leaving molten scars in their wake. In heroic mode, players must run over a Dreadrift to stop the Rays from pursuing them. This mechanic requires precise positioning and coordination among the raid members.
Relentless Torment in Heroic Mode
In heroic mode, Relentless Torment accelerates any Rays of Anguish that players have failed to clear, causing raid-wide damage that increases by 50 with each pulse. This mechanic demands heightened awareness and quick reaction times.
Wings of Extinction & Knockbacks
Throughout the fight, Kazara's Wings of Extinction frequently cause knockbacks, leaving a 20-second damage over time effect on the raid. Players must avoid positioning themselves with their back to any Dreadrifts and gather together after the knockback to facilitate healing.
Terror Claws & Tank Swaps
Tanks will be targeted by Terror Claws, which deal physical and Shadow Flame damage and apply a 25-second dot that increases Terror Claws damage by 200%. To manage this mechanic, tanks should swap every cast.
Hellbeam at 100 Energy
At 100 energy, Kazara will cast Hellbeam, discharging additional Revenant's Blood and shooting a lethal Hell Beam at a random player. To avoid casualties, stay vigilant and react quickly to this ability.
As the fight progresses, the number of Dreadrifts and Rays of Anguish increases, demanding excellent coordination and communication among the raid members.
The Kazara encounter in Aberrus, The Shadowed Crucible raid is a thrilling and challenging fight that requires skill, strategy, and teamwork. With this guide and a well-coordinated group, you'll be able to defeat Kazara in both normal and heroic modes. Good luck, and happy raiding!