Dragon Soul (instance)
- "The Dragon Soul" redirects here. For the formerly named artifact, see Demon Soul.
|Caverns of Time|
The Dragon Soul is the final raid instance of the Cataclysm expansion. It was released with Patch 4.3.0 on November 29, 2011. Dragon Soul contains eight bosses, in multiple locations, culminating in the battle with Deathwing. It is the most difficult raid instance in Cataclysm, coming after the Firelands raid.
Characters will progress through Dragonblight, where Deathwing's forces are besieging the Wyrmrest Temple; the Eye of Eternity, the former sanctum of Malygos; and the trek through the ocean into the Maelstrom.
Description from site
Forged by Deathwing during the War of the Ancients, the Dragon Soul harnessed the power of the other dragonflights, until it was ultimately destroyed. After recovering a version of the artifact from the Caverns of Time, Thrall and the allied dragonflights now rally at Wyrmrest Temple in a desperate bid to use its might to defeat Deathwing.
Created by the titans as a sanctuary for all Dragonkind, the crumbling Wyrmrest Temple is now the final hope for the forces allied against the black dragon Neltharion, once the Earth-Warder and protector of Azeroth, now Deathwing the Destroyer. It is here that the remaining aspects -- Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, Kalecgos, and Thrall -- have gathered to empower the Dragon Soul -- Azeroth's last chance to stop the great behemoth. As they begin to charge the Dragon Soul with energy, Deathwing and his entire army assault Wyrmrest Temple. Players must thwart the attacking forces long enough for Thrall to charge the Dragon Soul.
Forged by Deathwing during the War of the Ancients, the Dragon Soul harnessed the combined power of the dragonflights until it was ultimately destroyed. Through the Caverns of Time, Thrall and the remaining dragonflights were able to recover the powerful artifact before its destruction. Now they have rallied at Wyrmrest Temple in a desperate attempt to use the might of the Dragon Soul against Deathwing himself.
The raid picks up right where the Hour of Twilight instance finishes. Thrall and the Dragon Soul are now nearby Wyrmrest Temple and raiders begin by attempting to relieve the beleaguered Aspects under siege by the Twilight's Hammer, the Twilight dragonflight and the Black dragonflight. Along with an army of mortal races and dragons led by you battle your way through the army and stop an earth elemental at the base of Wyrmrest Temple. is pounding at the foundations of the spire trying to level it.
Once inside Wyrmrest Tyrygosa explains that Deathwing has summoned extremely powerful Faceless ones to assault the Temple as well, and Maws of the Old Gods are erupting from the nearby earth. Once they're dead the temple is all but reclaimed and the Aspects decide now its the time to strike. However upon meeting with them Thrall explains that using the full power of the Dragon Soul would likely kill him in the process, but Kalecgos believes they can use the Focusing Iris from the Eye of Eternity to stabilize it. The Twilight's Hammer knew about the weakness and sent several of their most powerful shamans under the leadership of to ambush the heroes at the Eye. Once Hagara is defeated the Focusing Iris is taken back to Wrymrest. As the Aspects want to empower the Dragon Soul Deathwing realizes what's happening and sends dozens of twilight drakes to stop them. Once the drakes are defeated the Aspects begin to empower the Dragon Soul with their own energies. With their focus on the Dragon Soul, Deathwing sends his ultimate minion to finish them off - the ultimate Twilight dragon experiment who is meant to cause the Hour of Twilight by slaying the Dragon Aspects at this juncture. After his defeat the Dragon Soul is fully charged and Thrall unleashs it at Deathwing, blowing one of the elementium plates off his back. Realizing that the battle is lost, Deathwing destroys a Horde Gunship and flies off to the Maelstrom so that he can escape into the relative safety of Deepholm. The Aspects, the heroes, and the surviving crew board The Skyfire and chase after Deathwing. On the way, Twilight's Hammer drake riders, led by the Twilight's Hammer , harry them. When the Skyfire catches up the drakes attack the Skyfire's engines and allow Deathwing to escape. The heroes manage to kill all of the drakes and Warmaster Blackhorn, then repair the engines and resume their chase.
Upon catching up to Deathwing they parachute onto his back and begin to rip off the armor plates and prying a hole big enough to give Thrall a clean shot with the Dragon Soul, this time burning a hole through his chest. Deathwing plummets into the Maelstrom and is presumed dead. The players and the Aspects land at the Maelstrom. As they celebrate the defeat of Deathwing, Nozdormu warns them to be quick, as Deathwing re-emerges shortly afterwards. The final stage of the raid begins when Deathwing's deformed body rises out of the Maelstrom to face off against the players in the final showdown with many phases. The first phase is moving around the isles around the Maelstrom. Players have to fight his claws, wings, tail alone and the tentacles. Once Deathwing is weakened the Aspects channel all their remaining powers into the Dragon Soul and fire it at Deathwing, completely "unmaking" him but also making them mortals. With the loss of Nozdormu's powers, the Dragon Soul was returned back in time to the point where it was taken.
|Above the Frozen Sea · Azure Dragonshrine · Deathwing · The Dragon Wastes · Eye of Eternity · The Maelstrom · Maw of Destruction · Maw of Go'rath · Maw of Shu'ma · Path of the Titans · The Skyfire · Wyrmrest Summit · Wyrmrest Temple|
- Faceless ones
- Night elves
- Stone golem
|1||Path of the Titans|
|The Dragon Wastes|
|Maw of Go'rath|
|Maw of Shu'ma|
|Eye of Eternity|
|Above the Frozen Sea|
- Main article: Dragon Soul loot
- Only 25-man mode is supported
- The raid is split into two parts of four bosses each, with a 250 rewarded for defeating the final boss of each part.
- The difficulty of many boss fights is reduced
- The loot table for many bosses is shared
- No Raid lockout applies; every character may loot each boss once per week
Power of the Aspects
- Main article: Power of the Aspects
Effective beginning the completion of server maintenance for the week of January 31st, 2012, the debuff "Power of the Aspects" is applied to all enemies in Dragon Soul, which reduces their health and damage dealt. The spell can be disabled by talking to Lord Afrasastrasz at the beginning of Dragon Soul if a raid wishes to attempt the encounters without the aid of the Dragon Aspects.
- Dragon Soul cinematic - part 1
- Dragon Soul cinematic - part 2
- Dragon Soul cinematic - part 3
- Dragon Soul cinematic - part 4
Patches and hotfixes
- Hotfix (2011-12-02): All bosses in Dragon Soul are now awarding both guild XP and reputation when defeated, in normal and Heroic raid difficulties.
- Patch 4.3.0 (2011-11-29): Added.
- ^ Patch 4.3 Interviews, Blue Posts, Diablo III Beta, Art Gallery Update 3 Sep 2011
- ^ Brian Crecente 2011-08-17. World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Comes Full Circle; Deathwing Is Going Down. Kotaku. Retrieved on 2012-02-23.
- ^ Patch 4.3 Raid Preview: Dragon Soul
- ^ Raid Finder Q&A (2011-11-29). Retrieved on 2012-02-23.