Anub'arak (Trial of the Crusader tactics)

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BossAnub'arak
Image of Anub'arak
Gender Male
Race Crypt lord (Undead)
Level ?? Boss
Health
10 4,183,500
10H 5,438,550
25 20,917,500
25H 27,192,750
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Scourge
Location The Icy Depths beneath Crusaders' Coliseum
Status Killable
This article is about information on how to defeat Anub'arak in the Trial of the Crusader instance. For character biography and WCIII appearances, see Anub'arak. For information on how to defeat Anub'arak in Azjol-Nerub, see Anub'arak (tactics).

Anub'arak is the fifth and final boss of the Trial of the Crusader, an instance in the Crusaders' Coliseum. Anub'arak has returned from his freedom of undeath by the Lich Kings power of reanimation. He is now bigger, stronger, deadlier and faster along with being imbuded with frost power to slay the champions that defeat the invading Twin Val'kyr sisters. He has an enrage timer of 10 minutes.

Permafrost

6 Frost Spheres spawn floating over room when the pull is initiated. Permafrost is created by killing an orb. These will respawn infinitely on normal mode. In 10-man regular, the orbs have exactly 3,000 hp, and 9,000 hp in 25-man regular.

  • Spell frost glacier.png  Permafrost — Freezes the ground in a small area, preventing most creatures from burrowing through it and reducing movement speed over the area by 20% (80% hardmode). Instant

Abilities

25-player

Phase One - Anub'arak on the ground.

  • Melee - Anub'arak melees for 25,000 - 30,000 on a tank
  • Spell frost frostblast.png  Freezing Slash — Inflicts 25% Froststrike weapon damage (Frost or Physical, whichever will cause more damage to the target) damage to Anub'Arak's target and freezes them in a block of ice for 3 sec. Instant
  • Spell frost coldhearted.png  Penetrating Cold 50,000 yd range — Cast on five random players. 3,500 (Hard mode 6,000) frost damage every 3 seconds for 18 seconds. As this falls off the first five players another five will be afflicted. Instant
  • Ability vanish.png  Submerge — 2.5 seconds cast - Burrows into the ground. Switches to Phase Two. Will not be cast in phase 3.
  • Summon Nerubian Burrower - Summons two (hard mode four) Nerubian Burrowers. Will not be cast in phase 3.

Phase Two - Anub'arak burrows.

  • Ability hunter snipershot.png  Pursued by Anub'arak 50,000 yd range — Anub'arak is pursuing you. Instant
  • Trade engineering.png  Pursuing Spikes — Fires a spike through the floor, impaling all targets within 4 yards, dealing 2,828 to 3,172 damage and knocking them up in the air. This attack ignores armor. Instant
  • Spell nature earthquake.png  Impale — When Anub'arak reaches his target he will cast this spell. Fires a spike up through the floor above Anub'arak, inflicting 17672 to 19828 Physical damage to anyone within 6 yards. This attack ignores armor, but cannot penetrate Permafrost. Instant
  • Spell nature wispsplodegreen.png  Summon Scarab — A Swarm Scarab emerges from the ground.

Phase Three - The leeching swarm.

  • Spell nature insectswarm.png  Leeching Swarm 50,000 yd range — At 30% Anub'arak releases a swarm of insects that attack the caster's enemies, leeching 10% (Hard Mode 30%) of each target's CURRENT (not maximum) health every 1 second. A minimum of 250 health will be leeched. This ability heals Anub'arak 1.5 second cast

Nerubian Burrower - 750,000 HP, melees for about 3,500

  • Submerge - Attempts to burrow underground and heal to full. Uninterruptable. Can be stunned. Will fail if on-top of an ice patch.
  • Expose Weakness - Often applied on melee swing. Increases physical damage taken by target by 25%. Stacks up to 9 (225%)
  • Short range aura - Increases melee haste casting speed and movement speed for other nearby Burrowers (not self). Similar to Sanctum Sentries for Auriaya.
  • Shadow Strike (hard mode only) - 8 second cast, attempts to step through the shadows and strike target for 40,000 shadow damage. Interruptable. Cast on a set timer. Appears to prioritize ranged targets. Will not be cast in phase 2.

Swarm Scarab - Aprox 100,000 HP, weak melee attack. Persues a random raid target (20k initial threat)

  • Acid Drenched Mandibles - Applied on every melee attack regardless of avoidance. Deals nature damage every 3 seconds for 1 minute. Stacks to 99. Deals significantly more damage on hardmode.
  • Determination - Random chance to enrage healing scarab to full, increasing movement and attack speed and causing the scarab to become immune to stuns and slows.

Hard Mode Changes

  • - Four Nerubian Burrowers are summoned at a time instead of two.
  • - Permafrost orbs will not respawn. Limited to 6 orbs for the duration of the encounter.
  • - Nerubian Burrowers gain Shadow Strike.
  • - Anub'arak will continue summoning Nerubian Burrowers in phase three.

10-player

Phase One - Anub'arak on the ground.

  • Melee - Anub'arak melees for 17,500 - 20,000 on a tank
  • Spell frost frostblast.png  Freezing Slash — Inflicts 25% Froststrike weapon damage (Frost or Physical, whichever will cause more damage to the target) damage to Anub'Arak's target and freezes them in a block of ice for 3 sec. Instant
  • Spell frost coldhearted.png  Penetrating Cold 50,000 yd range — Cast on two random players. 3,500 (Hard mode 6,000) frost damage every 3 seconds for 18 seconds. As this falls off the first two players two more will be afflicted. Instant
  • Ability vanish.png  Submerge — 2.5 seconds cast - Burrows into the ground. Switches to Phase Two. Will not be cast in phase 3.
  • Summon Nerubian Burrower: Summons one (hard mode two) Nerubian Burrower. Will not be cast in phase 3.

. Phase Two - Anub'arak burrows.

  • Ability hunter snipershot.png  Pursued by Anub'arak 50,000 yd range — Anub'arak is pursuing you. Instant
  • Trade engineering.png  Pursuing Spikes — Fires a spike through the floor, impaling all targets within 4 yards, dealing 2,828 to 3,172 damage and knocking them up in the air. This attack ignores armor. Instant
  • Spell nature earthquake.png  Impale — When Anub'arak reaches his target he will cast this spell. Fires a spike up through the floor above Anub'arak, inflicting 17672 to 19828 Physical damage to anyone within 6 yards. This attack ignores armor, but cannot penetrate Permafrost. Instant
  • Spell nature wispsplodegreen.png  Summon Scarab — A Swarm Scarab emerges from the ground.

Phase Three - The leeching swarm.

  • Spell nature insectswarm.png  Leeching Swarm 50,000 yd range — At 30% Anub'arak releases a swarm of insects that attack the caster's enemies, leeching 10% (Hard Mode 20%) of each target's CURRENT (not maximum) health every 1 second. A minimum of 250 health will be leeched. This ability heals Anub'arak. 1.5 second cast

Nerubian Burrower - 200,000 HP, melees for about 2,700

  • Submerge - Attempts to burrow underground and heal to full. Uninterruptable. Can be stunned. Will fail if on-top of an ice patch.
  • Expose Weakness - Often applied on melee swing. Increases physical damage taken by target by 25%. Stacks up to 9 (225%)
  • Short range aura - Increases melee haste casting speed and movement speed for other nearby Burrowers (not self). Similar to Sanctum Sentries for Auriaya.
  • Shadow Strike (hard mode only) - 8 second cast, attempts to step through the shadows and strike target for 40,000 shadow damage. Interruptable. Cast on a set timer. Appears to prioritize ranged targets. Will not be cast in phase 2.

Swarm Scarab - Aprox 25,000 HP, weak melee attack. Persues a random raid target (20k initial threat)

  • Acid Drenched Mandibles - Applied on every melee attack regardless of avoidance. Deals nature damage every 3 seconds for 1 minute. Stacks to 99. Deals significantly more damage on hardmode.
  • Determination - Random chance to enrage healing scarab to full, increasing movement and attack speed and causing the scarab to become immune to stuns and slows.

Hard Mode Changes

  • - Two Nerubian Burrowers are summoned at a time instead of one.
  • - Permafrost orbs will not respawn. Limited to 6 orbs for the duration of the encounter.
  • - Nerubian Burrowers gain Shadow Strike.
  • - Anub'arak will continue summoning Nerubian Burrowers in phase three.

Strategy

Normal

Phase One: Gather up, have one designated ranged DPS shoot down the frost orbs above to form permafrost on the ground.

Nerubian Burrower adds will spawn in phase one and they stack an Expose Armor debuff on their tanks, up to 9 stacks which increases physical damage taken. These need to be tanked on the permafrost or else they will burrow and heal back to full. The raid should have 2 off tanks (on 25 man) to pick these up. By the time Anub'arak burrows, there should only be 4 of them up; 2 on each tank. They should be killed during phase 2, when the raid has nothing else to do. For groups with only one tank for the burrowers it is advisable to just kill them as they spawn to reduce offtank damage taken.

Phase Two: Anub'arak will burrow approximately every 90 seconds, starting phase 2. He will pursue a random target with spikes throughout the phase and when he reaches them he will cast Impale. The spikes will gradually speed up until they hit the target, or hit a patch of permafrost. Standing on the permafrost (or being on the other side of permafrost from the spikes) will enable you to avoid the impale, but the permafrost will despawn. After a few seconds, he will select another target. Aggro dropping abilities (Feign Death, Vanish, Divine Shield, Iceblock) will cause the spikes to change target, but their speed will not be reduced.

Swarm Scarabs will spawn rapidly, scarabs have little hp, start with 20k threat on a random raid member. They all stack the same nature damage debuff on their targets and should be range kited and killed, or killed by melee not being chased by them. They can be slowed by permafrost to gain more distance. After about one minute Anub'arak will surface and begin phase one again. He keeps threat from phase one.

Phase Three: It is advisable to kill off any adds currently active before pushing Anub'arak under 30%. He will not submerge or summon any more adds at this point (on normal mode). Anub'arak needs to die very quickly after hitting 30% as you will not last long under the effects of leeching swarm. It is not ideal to top off raid members as they will then be taking full damage from the leeching swarm, healing Anub'arak and prolonging the phase. Instead you will want to keep people as low as your healers feel comfortable with (recommended under 50% hp) in order to minimize the healing Anub'arak receives (Anub'arak will be healed for ~60,000 HP a second if the entire raid is at full HP on 25-man mode). Beware of people getting gibbed by penetrating cold. The main tank (and offtank if adds are still alive) will need to be topped off and people with penetrating cold will need some healing. Anub'arak does not have any other tricks and will die upon reaching 0% HP. NOTE: Anub'arak can be healed above 30% by the leeching swarm. The swarm will not turn off once activated. It is recommended to save [Bloodlust]/ [Heroism] for phase 3.

10-player Heroic

Phase One: Designate one ranged DPS to bring down permafrost. Placement of permafrost is essential to this fight. Try to get one to the left and one to the right of Anub so that his spikes can easily travel past them in pursuit of a person while in phase two. [Death Grip] helps with positioning orbs. Also shoot down a third one in the back of the room. The main tank should position him so that his rear is near enough to the permafrost that melee can hit adds that will be tanked there. The off tank's job is usually very difficult during this phase as he must get aggro on both adds and position them before dps can start. The adds must be dragged onto the permafrost near the back side of the boss. Have people designated to interrupt each target. While tanking these adds the off tank preferably needs to position themselves off the permafrost so that movement is not slowed when phase two starts. Hand of Freedom can be used to negate the slowing effect of the permafrost on the tank and allow easier positioning. It is best to single target dps these down one at a time as quickly as possible while still doing as much damage to Anub as one can. Both adds need to die before the 2nd set spawns.

Phase Two: During this phase Anub will burrow. Everyone except for Anub'arak's pursuit target will need to kill the scarab adds before they have a chance to enrage themselves. The objective of phase two is to let the Pursuing Spikes follow someone as long as possible while making sure that person stays alive. The spikes will continue to gain speed until they eventually hit a permafrost. Just before Anub burrows everyone will need to be in LoS of the spikes in between the front two permafrost as to not use (waste) one of them early. Once someone is targeted everyone will need to get away from the space in between the spikes and the pursued person. Rogues can vanish from the spikes, hunters feign death, and mages go invisible from the spikes, however, doing so will not reset their speed, and thus doing so must be done very carefully. Hand of Protection makes the player immune to the spike damage but will not force a target change, thus can extend the time that the spikes follow a target. A good strategy is to have whoever is getting chased run directly back towards the permafrost in the back of the room. Then simply stand in front of it and get bubbled by a paladin. When 2 or 3 seconds are left on the bubble that person must then run into the permafrost and Anub will begin chasing another victim. (Note: although he seems to favor changing targets it has occurred where Anub will chase the same target for a second time and it is recommended to run as far away after Anub hits permafrost.) Communication is key here as using too much permafrost too quickly is a definite wipe. Rogues and hunters are great at evading the spikes and at the last possible second losing aggro. If you can drag this out long enough you should have at least 1 or maybe even 2 permafrost still up. Once Anub surfaces the rest of the adds must be killed quickly and permafrost must be set back up as was in phase 1. The two Burrowers will spawn within 3 to 8 seconds so the off tank must be ready again. Since there is no aggro drop the main tank can get into position before Anub'arak comes back up without worrying about picking him up.

Phase Three: Anub casts Leeching Swarm. The raid will be taking a lot of damage from this ability and it is not uncommon to see wipes during this phase. The Burrowers do NOT stop spawning and therefor must continue being tanked like normal even while taking 20% damage every 1 second and must be killed as usual. Alternatively, the adds can be allowed to burrow instead of being tanked and killed, this allows more damage on the boss but virtually guarantees a wipe after they resurface. It is advisable for the off tank to use cooldowns and armor pots in order to stay alive. Max damage during this part of the fight is necessary or it WILL be a wipe. Bloodlust/Heroism and trinkets should be popped just as the boss casts this ability and all AOE healing abilities and cooldowns should be used and spread out during the duration of the 3rd phase.

25-player Heroic

Kiting Flowchart:

http://coldbear.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/heroic-anub-kiting-flowchart.png

StratFU:

http://www.stratfu.com/strats/anubarak/anubarak-25-hardmode

TankSpot:

http://www.tankspot.com/forums/f206/55360-coliseum-anubarak-hard-mode.html

Loot

As with the other bosses in the instances, there are separate versions of each item for Alliance raids and for Horde raids.

10-man

Alliance Alliance Type Horde Horde
 [The Lion's Maw] (H) Agility one-hand axe  [Frostblade Hatchet] (H)
 [Baelgun's Heavy Crossbow] (H) Crossbow  [Darkmaw Crossbow] (H)
 [The Grinder] (H) Agility one-hand mace  [Blackhorn Bludgeon] (H)
 [Argent Resolve] (H) Spirit one-hand mace  [Mace of the Earthborn Chieftain] (H)
 [Fordragon Blades] (H) Agility polearm  [Anguish] (H)
 [Cold Convergence] (H) Caster staff  [Perdition] (H)
 [Westfall Saber] (H) Agility one-hand sword  [Forsaken Bonecarver] (H)
 [Crusader's Glory] (H) Tank one-hand sword  [Ardent Guard] (H)
 [Vigilant Ward] (H) Spirit shield  [Pride of the Kor'kron] (H)
 [Bulwark of the Royal Guard] (H) Tank shield  [Aegis of the Coliseum] (H)
 [Vestments of the Sleepless] (H) DPS cloth chest  [Robes of the Sleepless] (H)
 [Cinch of the Undying] (H) Spirit cloth belt  [Belt of the Eternal] (H)
 [Spaulders of the Snow Bandit] (H) Agility leather shoulders  [Shoulderpads of the Snow Bandit] (H)
 [Pauldrons of the Timeless Hunter] (H) Agility mail shoulders  [Pauldrons of the Shadow Hunter] (H)
 [Helmet of the Crypt Lord] (H) Caster mail helm  [Helm of the Crypt Lord] (H)
 [Legplates of the Silver Hand] (H) DPS plate leggings  [Legplates of Redeemed Blood] (H)
 [Legplates of the Immortal Spider] (H) Spirit plate leggings  [Sunwalker Legguards] (H)
 [Chestguard of the Warden] (H) Tank plate chest  [Stoneskin Chestplate] (H)

25-man

Alliance Alliance Type Horde Horde
 [Stormpike Cleaver] (H) Agility one-hand axe  [Hellscream Slicer] (H)
 [Misery's End] (H) Spirit one-hand mace  [Suffering's End] (H)
 [Archon Glaive] (H) Agility polearm  [Hellion Glaive] (H)
 [Footpads of the Icy Floe] (H) DPS cloth boots  [Boots of the Icy Floe] (H)
 [Leggings of the Deepening Void] (H) DPS cloth leggings  [Breeches of the Deepening Void] (H)
 [Gloves of the Lifeless Touch] (H) Caster cloth bracers  [Handwraps of the Lifeless Touch] (H)
 [Armbands of the Ashen Saint] (H) Spirit cloth bracers  [Bindings of the Ashen Saint] (H)
 [Bracers of Dark Determination] (H) Agility leather bracers  [Armbands of Dark Determination] (H)
 [Legwraps of the Awakening] (H) Caster leather leggings  [Leggings of the Awakening] (H)
 [Legguards of the Lurking Threat] (H) Agility mail leggings  [Leggings of the Lurking Threat] (H)
 [Belt of Deathly Dominion] (H) Agility mail belt  [Waistguard of Deathly Dominion] (H)
 [Chestguard of Flowing Elements] (H) Spirit mail helm  [Cuirass of Flowing Elements] (H)
 [Greaves of the 7th Legion] (H) DPS plate boots  [Greaves of the Saronite Citadel] (H)
 [Gloves of Bitter Reprisal] (H) Caster plate gloves  [Gauntlets of Bitter Reprisal] (H)
 [Belt of the Forgotten Martyr] (H) Spirit plate belt  [Girdle of the Forgotten Martyr] (H)
 [Strength of the Nerub] (H) Strength DPS cloak  [Might of the Nerub] (H)
 [Maiden's Favor] (H) Spirit cloak  [Maiden's Adoration] (H)
 [Band of Deplorable Violence] (H) Spirit ring  [Lurid Manifestation] (H)
 [Signet of the Traitor King] (H) Tank ring  [Band of the Traitor King] (H)
 [Reign of the Unliving] (H) Caster DPS ring  [Reign of the Dead] (H)
 [Trophy of the Crusade] Armor token  [Trophy of the Crusade]
 [Crusader Orb] Trade goods  [Crusader Orb]

Related achievements

Quotes

Barrett Ramsey
Splendid, you've proven yourselves as great champions here today. With you fighting alongside the Argent Crusade, victory against the Scourge is inevitable!

Gossip Your words of praise are appreciated, Coliseum Master.

The praise is well deserved. Tirion will want to praise you himself, shortly. Hey, have you noticed it getting a bit cold all of a sudden?

Gossip That is strange...

Intro
Highlord Tirion Fordring yells: A mighty blow has been dealt to the Lich King! You have proven yourselves as able bodied champions of the Argent Crusade. Together we will strike against Icecrown Citadel and destroy what remains of the Scourge! There is no challenge that we cannot face united!
The Lich King yells: You will have your challenge, Fordring.
The Lich King appears in front of the gate and walks near the center.
Highlord Tirion Fordring yells: Arthas! You are hopelessly outnumbered! Lay down Frostmourne and I will grant you a just death.
The Lich King laughs.
The Lich King yells: The Nerubians built an empire beneath the frozen wastes of Northrend. An empire that you so foolishly built your structures upon. MY EMPIRE.
The Lich King destroys the floor of the arena, causing the players to fall down into the Icy Depths.
The Lich King yells: The souls of your fallen champions will be mine, Fordring.
Intro
Ahhh, our guests have arrived, just as the master promised.
Aggro
This place will serve as your tomb!
Submerge
Auum na-l ak-k-k-k, isshhh. Rise, minions. Devour...
Leeching Swarm
The swarm shall overtake you!
Anub'arak unleashes a Leeching Swarm to heal himself!
Killing a player
  • F-lakkh shir!
  • Another soul to sate the host.
Death
I have failed you, master...
Outro
Highlord Tirion Fordring yells: Champions, you're alive! Not only have you defeated every challenge of the Trial of the Crusader, but also thwarted Arthas' plans! Your skill and cunning will prove to be a powerful weapon against the Scourge. Well done! Allow one of the Crusade's mages to transport you to the surface!
Tirion

The quantity and quality of rewards inside the tribute chest is based upon how many unsuccessful attempts you had during the Trial of the Grand Crusader. The fewer unsuccessful attempts, the better the rewards.

Argent Mage

Congratulations, please take the portal to Dalaran when you're ready!

Video

10-player Normal Encounter

10-player Heroic Encounter

25-player Normal Encounter

25-player Heroic Encounter

Additional Videos

10-Player

25-Player

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2009-09-09): "In the Trial of the Crusader Anub'arak encounter, the frost patches created by destroying frost spheres will now last longer and should disappear only through the encounter's mechanics and not by themselves."
  • Hotfix (2009-09-03): "A hotfix has been deployed that will prevent the instance from entering a bugged state where Barrett Ramsey does not spawn after a soft reset. If you haven't gotten to Anub'arak yet, you'll be fine now.

    For those of you already afflicted with this bug in your saved raid, I'm still working on a method to correct the issue via hotfix for everyone so afflicted.

    In the meantime, our customer service staff has been informed how they can resolve the bug for a raid with a bugged instance."
  • WotLK Patch 3.2.0 (2009-08-04): Added.

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