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Ras Frostwhisper

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BossRas Frostwhisper
Image of Ras Frostwhisper
Gender Male
Race Lich (Undead)
Level 43 Elite
Class Mage[1]
Health 41,190
Mana 8,592
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Scourge, Cult of the Damned
Former affiliation(s) Stromgarde
Occupation Overseer of the Scholomance
Location Laboratory, Scholomance
Status Deceased
Ras Frostwhisper in his human form.

Ras Frostwhisper was a level 43 elite lich of the Scourge and overseer of everything that happened in Scholomance. He watched over and taught all those who rose to the position of 'Dark Master'. He was a lieutenant and favored pupil of Kel'Thuzad.[2]

Background

Ras Frostwhisper was once a human mage from Stromgarde. He was a hedge mage, a rogue wizard that never received his formal training from Dalaran. He was among the first to join the Cult of the Damned and quickly advanced through its ranks. He turned himself over to the Lich King when the Scourge invaded, in return for immortality. Upon the ground in Stratholme, within the Slaughterhouse, Ras Frostwhisper took a dagger to his own neck and cut from one side to the other—all the time with a smile upon his face. His corpse fell onto Menethil's Gift and it is there that the Lich King raised his fallen corpse as a Lich, granting him immortality while Leonid Barthalomew the Revered looked on. He spent his time overseeing the operations in the necromancy school of Scholomance.[2] Magistrate Marduke has a plan to rob the lich of his powers, return him to his mortal form, and slay him once and for all. He had an ogre servant Kormok.

After the Cataclysm a new quest from Alexi Barov to kill him once more was added. During the liberation of Stratholme Eligor Dawnbringer commented that Ras still haunts Scholomance,[3] though he should already be killed at this point. The fact that he doesn't appear in the updated instance indicates that he is killed. Eligor's text would then be considered an error.

Conversion to Mortality

It seems that Ras Frostwhisper does not have a phylactery to contain his soul, like most liches. The soul of the fallen can still be found at Menethil's Gift, where he rose as a lich. The soul will cling to a  [Keepsake of Remembrance] from the lich's earlier life, and then to the physical form of Ras Frostwhisper, restoring his mortality. This is one of the few instances of an undead having his mortality restored.

Abilities

  • Chill Nova - Blasts nearby enemies for Frost damage, knocking them back and reducing their movement speed for up to 5 sec.
  • Fear - Strikes fear in an enemy, causing it to flee in terror for 6 sec. Only 1 target can be feared at a time.
  • Freeze - Stuns an enemy and inflicts Frost damage every 2 sec. for 8 sec.
  • Frost Armor - Encases the caster in a layer of frost that lasts 30 min. The thick ice increases armor, slows melee attackers' movement, and increases the time between their attacks for 5 sec.
  • Frostbolt Volley - Inflicts Frost damage to nearby enemies, reducing their movement speed by 50% for 4 sec.

Strategy

It's not too difficult to kill Ras Frostwhisper as long as the healer keeps the tank alive. He has quite a lot of health.

Using the  [Soulbound Keepsake] for the quest can be tricky as it channels for 20 seconds, has a 15 yard range, and causes threat. However, a competent team should be able to keep him busy for the duration.

If you try to solo the conversion process you may find it a bit difficult, since he usually will cast Ice Block before you are done channeling, which will break the channel. I found if I cast a stun on him at the start of the fight, I had enough time before he got to the Ice Block spell (Since he usually does them in a certain order). Another nice thing is that if your a pally and you do the quest to turn him normal again, he actually is still "undead" after you convert him to mortal, so your undead spells will still work!

Objective of

Notes

  • When transformed into a human, Frostwhisper still retains all of his abilities, and will count for the Scholomance achievement.

Loot

Notable Loot
Inv chest cloth 12.png [Alanna's Embrace] Inv hammer 13.png [Bonechill Hammer]
Inv gauntlets 29.png [Boneclenched Gauntlets] Inv shoulder 25.png [Death's Clutch]
Inv chest cloth 46.png [Freezing Lich Robes] Inv belt 10.png [Frostbite Girdle]
Inv axe 03.png [Iceblade Hacker] Inv shield 02.png [Intricately Runed Shield]
Inv pants 04.png [Maelstrom Leggings] Inv shoulder 23.png [Magister's Mantle]
Inv boots 01.png [Shadowy Mail Greaves] Inv gauntlets 16.png [Shivery Handwraps]
Inv misc book 06.png [Spellbound Tome] Inv scroll 06.png [Recipe: Flask of Supreme Power]
Inv jewelry talisman 12.png [Corruptor's Scourgestone] Inv misc head scourge 01.png [Human Head of Ras Frostwhisper]

Trivia

Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Removed.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Level reduced from 62 to 43.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): Ras Frostwhisper will always drop at least two Rare items.

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