Protectors of the Endless

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BossProtectors of the Endless
Image of Protectors of the Endless
Race Jinyu (Humanoid)
Level ?? Boss
Health
10192,571,928
10H344,112,096
LFR361,993,696
25638,906,432
25H1,036,772,416
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Terrace of Endless Spring
Status Killable

Protectors of the Endless, a three-target council encounter, is the first boss encounter in the Terrace of Endless Spring. It is also the first encounter since Ulduar back in Patch 3.1 to have what is now referred to as an elite mode, which is distinct from Heroic mode as it uses boss mechanics to make the encounter more difficult rather than the raid leader changing modes in the UI.

Background

Adventure Guide

When the Sha of Fear invaded the Terrace of Endless Spring, three venerated jinyu protectors were corrupted, and they betrayed the other mortal sentinels, slaying them all. The twisted guardians have now turned their attention to any intruders who might interrupt the sha's attack on the area's last defenses.

Spells and abilities

  • Spell shadow summonvoidwalker.png  Sha Corruption — Killing a member of the Protectors causes Sha Corruption to explode from their bodies and possess the remaining Protectors. Sha Corruption heals each Protector to their maximum health, increases their damage done by 25% and grants them additional abilities.

Protector Kaolan

  • 10: 83,764,464
  • 10H: 160,934,560
  • LFR: 157,009,312
  • 25: 276,214,912
  • 25H: 483,239,808
  • Spell shadow curseoftounges.png  Touch of Sha — Protector Kaolan corrupts a player, inflicting 40,000 Shadow damage every 3 seconds for the remainder of the fight.
  • Spell shadow focusedpower.png  Defiled Ground Tank Alert — This ability is granted by 1 charge of Sha Corruption. Protector Kaolan desecrates the land beneath a player's location for the remainder of the fight, inflicting 100,000 Shadow damage every second and increasing damage taken from Defiled Ground by 10% for 30 sec. This effect stacks.
  • Spell shadow soulleech.png  Expel Corruption — This ability is granted by 2 charges of Sha Corruption. Protector Kaolan expels a mass of corruption at his location for the remainder of the fight, inflicting 100,000 Shadow damage to all players within 30 yards every 3 seconds. The damage of Expelled Corruption is decreased the further a player is from the source of corruption.

Elder Regail

  • 10: 54,403,732
  • 10H: 91,588,768
  • LFR: 102,492,192
  • 25: 181,345,760
  • 25H: 276,766,304
  • Spell nature lightningoverload.png  Lightning Bolt Interruptible — Elder Regail hurls a bolt of lightning, inflicting 100,000 Nature damage.
  • Spell shaman staticshock.png  Lightning Prison Magic Effect — Elder Regail imprisons 2 players in a field of lightning, stunning them and causing them to inflict 70,000 Nature damage every second to all players within 7 yards. In 25 player Difficulty, Elder Regail imprisons 5 players.
  • Spell shaman thunderstorm.png  Lightning Storm — This ability is granted by 1 charge of Sha Corruption. Elder Regail summons a Lightning Storm, causing several lightning strikes. First striking at Elder Regail's location and then in a ring around him at 20, 40, 60 and 80 yards. Each strike inflicts 100,000 Nature damage to all players within 10 yards of Lightning Storm's impact.
  • Sha spell shadow shadesofdarkness.png  Overwhelming Corruption — This ability is granted by 2 charges of Sha Corruption. Elder Regail is overwhelmed with corruption, inflicting 30,000 Shadow damage to all players every 3 seconds and increases damage taken from Overwhelming Corruption by 5%. This effect stacks.

Elder Asani

  • 10: 54,403,732
  • 10H: 91,588,768
  • LFR: 102,492,192
  • 25: 181,345,760
  • 25H: 276,766,304
  • Inv elemental crystal water.png  Water Bolt Interruptible — Elder Asani hurls a bolt of water at an enemy's location, inflicting 75,000 Nature damage to all players within 3 yards of the targeted location.
  • Ability shaman fortifyingwaters.png  Cleansing Waters Magic Effect — Elder Asani summons a globe of Cleansing Waters at a Protector's location. When the globe reaches the ground, all targets within 3 yards are healed every second for 10 sec.
  • Spell shaman measuredinsight.png  Corrupted Waters — This ability is granted by 1 charge of Sha Corruption. Elder Asani summons a globe of Corrupted Water that Empowers all Protectors, granting them 100% melee and casting speed until it is destroyed.
    • Spell holy aspiration.png  Purified — Destroying the Corrupted Waters grants all players within 15 yards the Purified effect, increasing melee, ranged and spell casting speed by 25% for 20 sec.
  • Sha spell shadow shadesofdarkness.png  Overwhelming Corruption — This ability is granted by 2 charges of Sha Corruption. Elder Asani is overwhelmed with corruption, inflicting 30,000 Shadow damage to all players every 3 seconds and increases damage taken from Overwhelming Corruption by 5%. This effect stacks.

Minions of Fear Heroic Difficulty

  • 10H: 1,264,776
  • 25H: 3,794,328

Minions of Fear pour from the Terrace of Endless Spring, pursuing the Protector with the lowest remaining health.

  • Spell shadow coneofsilence.png  Corrupted Essence Heroic Difficulty — When a Minion of Fear dies, it fills the 2 closest players with Corrupted Essence, increasing their damage done by 10% for 45 sec. This effect stacks up to 10 times. If Corrupted Essence ever reaches 10 stacks, it is removed and the Essence of Fear is unleashed. In 25 player Difficulty, Corrupted Essence fills the 5 closest players.
    • Spell shadow psychichorrors.png  Essence of Fear Heroic Difficulty — The Essence of Fear inflicts 250,000 Shadow damage to all players within 30 yards.
  • Spell shadow deathsembrace.png  Greater Corrupted Essence Heroic Difficulty — When a Minion of Fear reaches a Protector, it fills them with Greater Corrupted Essence, increasing their damage done by 10% for 1 min. This effect stacks up to 10 times. If Greater Corrupted Essence ever reaches 10 stacks, it is removed and the Greater Essence of Fear is unleashed.
    • Spell shadow painandsuffering.png  Greater Essence of Fear Heroic Difficulty Deadly — The Greater Essence of Fear inflicts 400,000 Shadow damage to all players, horrifying them for 3 sec.

Strategy

This is a council encounter, where the order of the kills reflects the difficulty level and the abilities the three protectors use. The easiest method is to kill Protector Kaolan first, then Elder Regail second, then Elder Asani last. Note that with Sha Corruption, using area of effect abilities to do damage to all three bosses is ill-advised, because as soon as one boss dies, the remaining bosses are healed to full health. To earn elite mode loot, kill Protector Kaolan last.

Phase one

At the beginning of the encounter, all bosses have an ability or two, and gain abilities upon the death of another boss. Kaolan uses Touch of Sha to do some damage over time to a random unit for the rest of the encounter. Regail casts Lightning Bolt for a decent amount of damage, but is interruptible, and summons Lightning Prisons that do damage to grouped players. Asani casts Water Bolts that do splash damage around his target and summons Cleansing Waters pools to heal the protectors. Cleansing Waters must be dispelled instantly, or it will heal for a decent proportion of the protector's health.

Start by focusing on Kaolan, as the Touch of Sha debuff does not have a set duration and will last the rest of the encounter unless he is killed early. Spread out to avoid splash damage from Lightning Prison and Water Bolts. Tanks should consider moving the current target when Asani casts Cleansing Waters, and dispellers should all try to remove the buff from the current target as well. Remember that damage dealt to the other bosses is erased by the full heal given on the death of another.

Phase two

Once the first boss is down, the remaining two retain their first-phase abilities, but gain new abilities. Kaolan casts Defiled Ground, which drops a void zone on the ground underneath a player for the rest of the fight. Regail starts casting Lightning Storm on a timer, which calls down pools of lightning in concentric rings 20 yards wide from his position with a little overlap. Asani casts Corrupted Waters, summoning a globe of water that grants the protectors 100% melee and casting speed until it is destroyed.

Lightning Storm is the big raid-wiping ability in this phase, as players will have to move to dodge lightning strikes. Regail will root himself in place then start winding up a very long channel. Those in melee range will have to run 20 yards away to get out of the initial strike, then get back inside to avoid the second. Players at range will have to move on one side of a 20-yard wide ring (moving with the melee out to 25 yards to avoid the first strike or in to 35 yards to avoid the third). Asani starts summoning Corrupted Waters, which becomes the primary target and must be killed as quickly as possible before moving back to the boss. However, attackers should stand within 20 yards of the water globule, as when it is destroyed, they are Purified and gain +25% melee, ranged, and casting speed for 20 seconds. Kaolan will summon Defiled Ground void zones that will start limiting the available space unless some creative positioning is employed.

Phase three

After the death of the second boss, the remaining boss is again healed to full health and gains one last ability. Kaolan will cast Expel Corruption beneath his position, dropping another void zone that lasts the rest of the encounter that deals damage to the entire raid. Regail and Asani both gain Overwhelming Corruption, which stacks a debuff dealing increasing Shadow damage to all players every three seconds for the rest of the encounter.

This turns into a DPS race, and long-duration cooldowns ( [Bloodlust], [Heroism], [Time Warp], etc...) should be used now. If Kaolan is the last protector up, his Expel Corruption ability means that players want to be as far as possible away from the void zones, as it does less damage the further away it is. Regail and Asani start stacking a debuff, acting as a soft enrage. Pull out all the stops and blow them away while dealing with their first- and second-phase abilities too.

Loot

Item Type
 [Sigil of Power] Quest item
 [Sigil of Wisdom] Quest item
 [Asani's Uncleansed Sandals] (LFR · E · H · HE) Spirit leather boots
 [Bracers of Defiled Earth] (LFR · E · H · HE) DPS plate bracers
 [Casque of Expelled Corruption] (LFR · E · H · HE) Spirit plate helm
 [Cloak of Overwhelming Corruption] (LFR · E · H · HE) Caster cloak
 [Cuffs of the Corrupted Waters] (LFR · E · H · HE) Spirit cloth bracers
 [Deepwater Greatboots] (LFR · E · H · HE) Tank plate boots
 [Kaolan's Withering Necklace] (LFR · E · H · HE) Tank necklace
 [Legguards of Failing Purification] (LFR · E · H · HE) Agility leather leggings
 [Lightning Prisoner's Boots] (LFR · E · H · HE) Spirit mail boots
 [Regail's Band of the Endless] (LFR · E · H · HE) Agility ring
 [Regail's Crackling Dagger] (LFR · E · H · HE) Caster dagger
 [Shackle of Eversparks] (LFR · E · H · HE) Strength necklace
 [Waterborne Shoulderguards] (LFR · E · H · HE) Agility mail shoulders
 [Watersoul Signet] (LFR · E · H · HE) Spirit ring
 [Soothsayer's Runes] Darkmoon Faire item

Related Achievements

Quotes

Intro
Protector Kaolan yells: The terrace was not meant for your kind.
Aggro
  • Elder Asani yells: The endless waters will cleanse you from this place.
  • Elder Regail yells: A storm approaches.
Protector Kaolan dies first
  • Elder Asani yells: The tide cannot be stopped!
  • Elder Regail yells: I command the elements, to destroy you!
Elder Asani dies first
  • Protector Kaolan yells: My strength grows!
  • Elder Regail yells: I command the elements, to destroy you!
Corrupted Waters
Elder Asani yells: The waters will consume you!
Lightning Storm
Elder Regail yells: You cannot escape the storm!
Expel Corruption
Protector Kaolan yells: I will not be controlled!
Elder Regail dies second
  • Elder Asani yells: Drown in fear!
  • Protector Kaolan yells: None can match my strength!
Elder Asani dies second
  • Elder Regail yells: Your fear will consume you!
  • Protector Kaolan yells: None can match my strength!
Killing a player
  • Elder Asani yells: You are unfit to stand before me!
  • Elder Asani yells: Flee, child!
  • Elder Regail yells: How dare you trespass here!
  • Elder Regail yells: Shocking.
  • Protector Kaolan yells: Weakling!
  • Protector Kaolan yells: Begone!
Death
  • Elder Asani yells: The Sha...must be...stopped.
  • Elder Regail yells: The Terrace... must not... fall...
  • Protector Kaolan yells: We...are endless...
Unused quote
Elder Asani: Drown in your fear!

Videos

10-man Heroic

10-man Heroic Elite

10-man Normal

10-man Normal Elite

Raid Finder

25-man Heroic

25-man Heroic Elite

25-man Normal

25-man Normal Elite

Trivia

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2016-04-11): "Fixed an issue where defeating Protectors of the Endless may cause players to not receive loot if Protector Kaolan is defeated last."
  • Hotfix (2014-10-15): "Damage of Protectors of the Endless' Lightning Prison ability has been squished."
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.

External links

Protector Kaolan Elder Regail Elder Asani
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