High Priestess Mar'li (Classic)

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For the boss in the Throne of Thunder, see High Priestess Mar'li.

BossHigh Priestess Mar'li
Image of High Priestess Mar'li
Gender Female
Race Jungle troll (Humanoid)
Level ?? Boss
Health 330,000
Mana 13,100
Wealth 37g 38s 9c
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Zul'Gurub
Status Killable
High Priestess Mar'li's spider form

Mar'li was the High Priestess of the spider loa, Shadra.

In order to quell Hakkar the Soulflayer, the trolls of the land banded together and sent a contingent of High Priests into the ancient city of Zul'Gurub. Each priest was a powerful champion of the Primal Gods, but despite their best efforts they fell under the sway of Hakkar. Now the champions and their Primal God aspects feed the awesome power of the Soulflayer. Any adventurers brave enough to venture into the foreboding ruins must overcome the High Priests if they are to have any hope of confronting the mighty blood god.

Mar'li has two main forms, like the other bosses in Zul'Gurub. She starts off in her troll form where she can spawn adds and cast 30 yard AoE poison. These spider adds quickly gain strength and size if not killed quickly. When she transforms into her spider form she will web everyone standing near her in place and charge. As soon as she webs everyone she will attack the person with the highest aggro that has not been webbed (usually a healer if they are out of range.)


  • Spell nature corrosivebreath.png  Poison Bolt Volley — Shoots poison at an enemy, inflicting Nature damage, then additional damage every 2 sec. for 10 sec.
  • Spell nature strength.png  Enlarge — Increases the Physical damage dealt by an ally by 50 for 1 minute.
  • Spell nature earthbind.png  Enveloping Webs — Immobilizes an enemy, increases the time between its attacks by 100%, and prevents it from casting spells for 8 seconds.
  • Spell shadow lifedrain02.png  Drain Life — Drains 3500 (+10% SP) health from an enemy over 7 seconds, transferring it to the caster.


For this fight you need two tanks. To start the fight, have a priest [Mind Control] the Speaker and make the Speaker attack Mar'li. At this point four spiders will spawn that need to be AoE'ed down right away. Once the spiders are down, and the Speaker gets pwned by Mar'li, the tank will pick up aggro and all ranged classes should cluster up outside of her AoE range. So set up like this:

xx                r
xx  OT          r BOSS MT
xx                r

x = Ranged / Healers
MT = tank #1 (Main tank)
OT = tank #2 (Off tank)
r = Rogues

Once the tank gets aggro, all melee apart from the OT begin attacking. Periodically, she will shapeshift into a spider form. When she does this, she'll web all the melee around her and wipe their aggro. She'll then charge the ranged group where the other tank will be waiting to pick up aggro and pull her back to the MT position. The OT is now the main tank, and the MT heads back to the ranged group to pick up the next charge. Be sure the ranged stay clustered up, otherwise it will be difficult for the tank to pick her up right away.

Periodically, a spider will spawn. If the spider is not immediately killed it will grow larger and more powerful and will wipe the raid. Just call it out and have your ranged deal with them right away, they drop quickly.

When in caster form, Mar'li will attempt to life drain someone. Be sure to immediately counter this with an interrupt ability such as [Kick] or [Shield Bash]. It is sometimes hard to see if she is life draining or not, so pay attention. Do not let her heal herself; it is a significant amount. There is some debate about the usefulness of mana drain. Some claim that it will not prevent her from casting her life drain, but direct experience from others contradicts this. Mana drain does appear to be a useful tactic.

Alternate opening Strategy

The OT should tank the Speaker, while the MT tank the boss. The OT take the speaker back to the main raid place. Its pretty fast killing, so the OT will have the time to get to his place and be ready to the Archnopoly. This way you don't need the MC, just two tanks.


Spawn spiders:

  • Aid me my brood!

Shadra form:

  • Draw me to your web mistress Shadra, unleash your venom!
  • Shadra, make of me your avatar!

Troll form:

  • The brood shall not fall!


  • Bless you, mortals, for this release...Hakkar controls me no longer.


Primal Hakkari armor tokens
Inv bracer 18.png [Primal Hakkari Armsplint] Inv bracer 05.png [Primal Hakkari Bindings]
Inv bracer 14.png [Primal Hakkari Stanchion] Inv belt 12.png [Primal Hakkari Girdle]
Inv shoulder 19.png [Primal Hakkari Shawl] Inv belt 07.png [Primal Hakkari Sash]
Inv chest chain 12.png [Primal Hakkari Aegis] Inv shirt 07.png [Primal Hakkari Kossack]
Inv banner 01.png [Primal Hakkari Tabard]
Shared with other High Priests
Inv jewelry ring 16.png [Band of Servitude] Inv jewelry ring 20.png [Seal of the Gurubashi Berserker]
Inv belt 01.png [Belt of Untapped Power] Inv helmet 41.png [Blooddrenched Mask]
Inv misc cape 16.png [Cloak of the Hakkari Worshippers] Inv gauntlets 10.png [Gloves of the Tormented]
Inv misc cape 16.png [Might of the Tribe] Inv gauntlets 31.png [Sacrificial Gauntlets]
Inv helmet 61.png [Zulian Headdress] Inv waepon bow zulgrub d 01.png [Zulian Scepter of Rites]
Inv misc head troll 02.png [Channeler's Head]
Loot Specific to Mar'li
Inv chest cloth 25.png [Flowing Ritual Robes] Inv wand 06.png [Mar'li's Touch]
Inv jewelry ring 44.png [Band of Jin] Inv boots chain 04.png [Bloodstained Greaves]
Inv zulgurubtrinket.png [Mar'li's Eye] Inv jewelry necklace 21.png [Talisman of Protection]

Patch changes

  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Removed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): High Priestess Mar'li will now despawn her summoned spiders when she returns from combat.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.7.0 (2005-09-22): Added.

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