Malkorok (tactics)

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BossMalkorok
Image of Malkorok
Gender Male
Race Dire orc (Humanoid)
Level ?? Boss
Health
LFR Scales
Normal + Scales
Heroic + Scales
Mythic 28,421,072
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Siege of Orgrimmar
Status Killable

Malkorok is the ninth boss of Siege of Orgrimmar. The encounter is a high-damage Gear check and contains an interesting healing mechanic due to the Ancient Miasma.

Background

Main article: Malkorok

Adventure Guide

Malkorok has been Garrosh's most loyal and trusted lieutenant throughout the Pandaria campaign. When the Warchief needed a volunteer to infuse with the power of Y'Shaarj, it was only natural that Malkorok would offer without hesitation.

Encounter Design

Players who stuck around after the completion of the Dark Heart of Pandaria scenario may have had some inkling that they would be facing off against Malkorok someday in the near future. This is our “Patchwerk-style” boss of the zone, though of course he does have a couple more mechanics than Patchwerk did.[1]

Overview

Malkorok's platform begins covered with a dark miasma that absorbs all healing done to players, converting it into an absorption shield instead. Malkorok strikes the ground with a large cone smash three times in sequence, and then causes the same three areas struck to erupt simultaneously with dark energy. Malkorok draws in the miasma, entering a Blood Rage and empowering his melee attacks but allowing players to heal normally for a time. Malkorok then exhales the dark energy, and the cycle repeats until he is defeated.

Dps icon.png Damage Dealers

  • Be mindful of the locations of Malkorok's Arcing Smashes and avoid those locations when he casts Breath of Y'Shaarj.
  • If you have a strong absorption shield, stand in Imploding Energy to prevent raidwide damage.
  • Move away from allies if afflicted with Displaced Energy.
  • Clump to split the damage from Malkorok's attacks during his Blood Rage.

Healer icon.png Healers

  • Heal aggressively to keep allies' Ancient Barrier maximized while Ancient Miasma is active.
  • Be mindful of the locations of Malkorok's Arcing Smashes and avoid those locations when he casts Breath of Y'Shaarj.
  • If you have a strong absorption shield, stand in Imploding Energy to prevent heavy raidwide damage.
  • Dispel Displaced Energy once allies are clear of the raid.

Tank icon.png Tanks

  • Take turns tanking Malkorok to allow Fatal Strikes to reset.
  • Clump to split the damage from Malkorok's attacks during his Blood Rage.

Abilities

  • Warlock siphonlife.png  Ancient Miasma Important Healer Alert — An Ancient Miasma fills the room, absorbing all healing received but creating an Ancient Barrier that absorbs damage equal to the amount of healing absorbed, up to a cap of 100% of maximum health. In addition, the Miasma inflicts 30,000 Shadow damage every 2 sec.
    • Ability priest surgeofdarkness.png  Ancient Barrier — Whenever Ancient Miasma absorbs healing it creates an Ancient Barrier on the player, absorbing damage equal to the amount of healing absorbed. The damage absorbed from Ancient Barrier cannot be greater than 100% of the player's maximum health. This effect is able to absorb damage taken from falling.
    • Ability warlock everlastingaffliction.png  Essence of Y'Shaarj Heroic Difficulty — The Ancient Miasma forms 3 orbs of corruption every 3 seconds that persist for the remainder of the fight. If a player comes into contact with an orb, it is consumed, removing Ancient Barrier and inflicting 300,000 Shadow damage to them. If Malkorok comes into contact with an orb, he also consumes it, healing him for 5% of his health and generating 5 Rage. In 25-player mode, 6 orbs of corruption are created every 3 sec.
  • Ability warrior endlessrage.png  Endless Rage — Whenever Malkorok inflicts damage that causes a player to lose health, he gains Rage proportional to the amount of health lost. When Malkorok reaches 100 Rage, he absorbs the Ancient Miasma and enters a Blood Rage.
    • Racial orc berserkerstrength.png  Blood Rage Deadly — When Malkorok reaches 100 Rage, he enters a Blood Rage, causing each melee attack to inflict 3,500,000 Physical damage, split among all enemies hit. Blood Rage causes Malkorok to lose 5 Rage every second and ends when he no longer has any Rage. When Blood Rage expires, Malkorok expels the Ancient Miasma from his body.
    • Ability warlock haunt.png  Displaced Energy Magic Effect — While in a Blood Rage, energy arcs off of Malkorok's body, afflicting players with Displaced Energy. This effect inflicts 250,000 Shadow damage every 3 sec for 9 sec. When Displaced Energy expires, the energy explodes outward, inflicting 450,000 Shadow damage to all allies within 8 yards who are not afflicted with Displaced Energy. In Heroic Difficulty, Displaced Energy roots the target in place.
    • Ability warrior strengthofarms.png  Relentless Assault — When Blood Rage expires, Malkorok gains Relentless Assault, increasing all damage done by 35%. This effect stacks.

Might of the Kor'kron

  • Spell shaman earthquake.png  Arcing Smash — Malkorok faces a random player and unleashes a devastating overhead attack, inflicting 500,000 Physical damage to all players within a 40 yard cone in front of him.
  • Spell nature earthquake.png  Seismic Slam — Malkorok slams the ground, inflicting 350 Physical damage in a 5-yard radius around a random player, knocking all injured targets into the air.
    • <span id="Ability:Living Corruption">Living Corruption Heroic Difficulty — Seismic Slam causes Living Corruption to ooze out of the ground and attack players.
      • Ability warlock soulswap.png  Languish Heroic Difficulty — Living Corruption weakens all players within 8 yards of them, reducing movement speed and spell casting speed by 75%.
  • Spell shadow shadesofdarkness.png  Breath of Y'Shaarj — Malkorok channels the power of Y'Shaarj, causing the areas recently hit by Arcing Smash and Seismic Slam to explode, inflicting 1,200,000 Shadow damage.
  • Spell warlock demonicportal purple.png  Imploding Energy — Malkorok's corruption opens 3 tears of dark energy that inflict 800,000 Shadow damage to all players within 5 yards after 3 sec. If the implosion of energy does not hit a player, it instead inflicts 800,000 Shadow damage to all players. In 25-player mode, Malkorok opens 8 tears with each cast.
  • Warrior wild strike.png  Fatal Strike Tank Alert — Malkorok viciously assaults his target, inflicting 1,000,000 Physical damage and increasing all damage dealt and received by 35% for 30 sec. This attack cannot be blocked, dodged or parried.
  • Ability warlock howlofterror.png  Eradicate Deadly — Malkorok kills all players if he is not defeated within 12 minutes.

Strategy

Malkorok is a simple, but extremely brutal, gear check encounter. The fight alternates between two phases on a set timer, and has both a soft enrage (Relentless Assault) and a six minute hard enrage timer.

Phase 1

At the beginning of the phase, Malkorok will apply Ancient Miasma which converts all heals into absorption shields with an upper limit of 100% of the target's maximum health (similar to the shields on heroic Tortos). This mechanic makes it important that players avoid taking unnecessary damage, as players who lose their absorption shield and take damage cannot be healed up in this phase. It is also to note that any damage event greater than 100% of the target's maximum health will still one-shot raid members, irrespective of the strength of the absorption shield. Ancient Miasma does additionally do low ticking damage which the healers should be mindful about.

The raid will need to spread out to minimize raid damage from Seismic Slam. Healers should try to top up the absorption shields for this, as the shields will soak fall damage.

Tanks will need to watch their Fatal Strike debuff and swap when necessary. The first swap should occur at 12-15 stacks; thereafter, the tank not on the boss should taunt whenever his stacks drop.

Malkorok will regularly cast Arcing Smash, with Imploding Energy immediately following. Avoiding Arcing Smash simply requires raid members to move, while Imploding Energy requires that one player (and only one player) stand in each void zone to prevent significant raid damage. 10-man groups will have 3 pools, scaling up to 7 pools in 25-man groups.

Around 10 seconds after the third Arcing Smash, Malkorok will cast Breath of Y'sharrj. This will cause the three locations previously struck by Arcing Smash to erupt again, and one-shot anyone caught within. There is no ground-effect warning and no time to move, so the raid leader or a raid assist should throw raid markers on areas affected by Arcing Smash, and the raid should avoid these areas as much as possible until the Breath of Y'sharrj cast.

After two minutes, which will be shortly after the second Breath cast, he will enter Phase 2.

Phase 2

Malkorok will apply Blood Rage to himself, causing his melee attacks to deal an insane amount of damage split amongst all targets. The entire raid will need to stack in front of the boss to split the damage, and chain any available defensive cooldowns in order to survive. Players who have experienced the Majordomo Staghelm encounter in the Firelands may find this mechanic familiar.

Raid members affected by Displaced Energy must move out of the raid, and wait until either they are dispelled or their debuff expires, at which point they may move back in.

Ancient Miasma will no longer be in effect, but any leftover absorption shields will soak any incoming damage until they run out.

After 20 seconds, Malkorok will gain a stack of Relentless Assault, permanently buffing his damage, before re-entering Phase 1. Notably, there will be a short window of time before Ancient Miasma comes back into effect, giving the healers their only chance to top the raid off before their healing is absorbed.

Achievement: Unlimited Potential

To earn [Unlimited Potential], the raid will first need to locate the Corrupted Skullsplitter; this mob is located at the bottom of the stairs leading to Malkorok's platform. This mob will need to be kited to Malkorok and kept alive until Malkorok casts Breath of Y'shaarj, at which point the raid needs to make sure it gets hit by this ability (using stuns or knockbacks). If the Corrupted Skullsplitter is hit by Breath of Y'shaarj, it will transform into a Corrupted Amalgamation; the raid must kill this mob quickly, then proceed to finish the fight normally.

The Corrupted Skullsplitter has abilities that mirror Malkorok's Arcing Smash and Breath of Y'shaarj abilities in both effect and potency, and the raid needs to handle these abilities in the same way as Malkorok's. However, the Corrupted Skullsplitter can be crowd controlled, and a raid with good crowd control should keep the mob CC'd until it needs to be placed in Malkorok's Breath of Y'shaarj.

Unlike the achievement on the previous fight, the achievement mob will reset if the raid wipes.

Loot

Malkorok
Item Type Description
Black-Blooded Drape (LFR · H · M) Cloak Spirit
Blood Rage Bracers (LFR · H · M) Plate wrist Strength tank
Boots of Perilous Infusion (LFR · H · M) Leather feet Intellect DPS
Bracers of Averted Fatality (LFR · H · M) Leather wrist Spirit
Ebon Blood Chestguard (LFR · H · M) Mail chest Spirit
Frenzied Crystal of Rage (LFR · H · M) Trinket Intellect DPS
Halberd of Inner Shadows (LFR · H · M) Polearm Agility DPS
Hood of Perpetual Implosion (LFR · H · M) Cloth head Spirit
 [Kor'kron Hand Cannon] (LFR · H · M) Gun Agility DPS
Lazahk's Lost Shadowrap (LFR · H · M) Leather chest Agility DPS
Legplates of Willful Doom (LFR · H · M) Plate legs Strength DPS
Malkorok's Giant Stompers (LFR · H · M) Plate feet Strength tank
Malkorok's Skullcleaver (LFR · H · M) Axe (1H) Strength DPS
Malkorok's Tainted Dog Tags (LFR · H · M) Neck Strength DPS
Miasmic Skullbelt (LFR · H · M) Cloth waist Intellect DPS
Ring of Restless Energy (LFR · H · M) Finger Agility DPS
 [Robes of Riven Dreams] (LFR · H · M) Cloth chest Spirit
 [Seal of Sullen Fury] (LFR · H · M) Finger Spirit
 [Terrorguard Chestplate] (LFR · H · M) Plate chest Spirit
 [Vial of Living Corruption] (LFR · H · M) Trinket Tank
 [Visage of the Monstrous] (LFR · H · M) Shield Spirit
 [Wristguards of Ruination] (LFR · H · M) Mail wrist Agility DPS

Related Achievements

Quotes

Event
Nazgrim has failed us. Kor'kron, destroy these intruders!
Aggro
I will never fail the Warchief!
Arcing Smash
  • Weaklings!
  • You dare challenge the Warchief?
  • Garrosh gives me strength!
Breath of Y'shaarj
  • Witness the might of the True Horde!
  • The power of the Warchief will overwhelm you!
Blood Rage
  • The True Horde cannot be STOPPED!
  • Stand and FACE ME!
Berserk
The overwhelming power!
Wipe
The Warchief demands it!
Death
To die... for the warchief... is... an... honor...

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2013-10-29): "Malkorok's health has been reduced by 10% on Raid Finder difficulty."
  • Hotfix (2013-10-04): "Resolved an issue where Malkorok may sometimes fail to respawn after a soft reset of the raid instance on Heroic difficulty."
  • Hotfix (2013-09-17): "Ancient Barrier should now allow Surging Mist glyphed with Glyph of Surging Mist to generate Chi normally."
  • Hotfix (2013-09-13): "
    • Malkorok will now correctly apply Fatal Strikes on a tank even if they successfully dodge his melee attacks.
    • Kor'kron War Wolf's Dread Howl now works like a normal fear and can be removed or dispelled by non-self cast abilities. Self-cast abilities like Berserker Rage or Will of the Forsaken do not work at this time and will be addressed in a future patch.
    • Mistweaver Monks stunned with the Touch of Y'Shaarj affliction will no longer be impossible to hit due to Dematerialize."
  • MoP Patch 5.4.0 (2013-09-10): Added.

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