Teron Gorefiend (tactics)

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BossTeron Gorefiend
Image of Teron Gorefiend
Gender Male
Race Undead (Undead)
Level ?? Boss
Class Death knight
Health 4,382,070
Mana 1,693,500
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Gorefiend's Vigil, Black Temple
Status Killable
Crushing Shadows
Doom Blossom
This article is about the in-game raid boss. For character biography and other appearances, see Teron Gorefiend.

Teron Gorefiend is a boss in the Black Temple. The fight is basically a DPS race, with a twist. Killing Gorefiend is a prerequisite for opening the door leading to Mother Shahraz. He's usually killed fourth when clearing BT.

Overview

Teron Gorefiend periodically marks a player with Shadow of Death, killing them instantly. The slain player then returns as a Vengeful Spirit, with the unique ability to hinder and destroy Shadowy Constructs that will otherwise decimate other players.

Dps icon.png Damage Dealers

  • Be prepared to become a Shadow of Death.

Healer icon.png Healers

  • Be prepared to become a Shadow of Death.
  • Be quick to dispel Incinerate to avoid damage.
  • Targets afflicted by Crushing Shadows are especially susceptible to Shadow damage.

Tank icon.png Tanks

  • Hold the attention of Teron Gorefiend.

Abilities

  • Spell arcane prismaticcloak.png  Shadow of Death Deadly Important — The shadow of death looms. Killing the target after 55 sec. The defeated player will take the form of a Vengeful Spirit. Additionally several Shadowy Constructs will spawn at the location of the defeated player.
    • Shadowy Construct Deadly Important — Immune to all damage from players in the corporeal world.
      • Ability creature disease 05.png  Atrophy — Deals damage and weakens the target, decreasing melee, ranged, and spell casting speed by 5%.
      • Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice.png  Shadow Strikes — Deals Shadow damage on every attack.
    • Vengeful Spirit — Able to defeat the Shadowy Construct.
      • Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice.png  Spirit Strike — A powerful strike that weakens the target, reducing the damage it deals by 10% for 5 sec.
      • Spell frost frostbolt.png  Spirit Lance — Fires a burst of spirit energy at a single target, dealing 11115 to 12285 damage and halting its movement briefly. Targets hit by Spirit Lance will gradually regain mobility as the effect fades. Only usable on shadowy beings.
      • Spell frost chainsofice.png  Spirit Chains — Shackles nearby targets in chains of spirit energy, preventing all action for 5 sec. Any damage caused will break the effect. Only usable on shadowy beings.
      • Spell frost icestorm.png  Spirit Volley — Fires a concentrated volley of spirit energy, dealing 17820 to 21780 damage to all targets within 12 yards. Only usable on shadowy beings.
  • Spell shadow soulgem.png  Summon Doom Blossom — Summons a Doom Blossom at a nearby location that periodically casts Shadow Bolts.
    • Spell shadow shadowbolt.png  Shadow Bolt — Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy, inflicting Shadow damage.
  • Spell fire burnout.png  Incinerate Magic Effect — Deals 2775 to 3225 Fire damage on impact and an additional 8325 to 9675 damage over 3 sec.
  • Spell shadow unholyfrenzy.png  Crushing Shadows — Afflicts enemy targets, increasing Shadow damage dealt to them by 60% for 15 sec.

Preparation

Only one single tank is needed, all other tanks should switch to DPS or Healing gear. The Gorefiend tank has to deal with solid melee damage. The usual mix of damage dealers and healers (6-8) is reasonable for this fight.

The whole raid needs the [Shadow Protection] buff.  [Cauldron of Major Shadow Protection] is also really useful. It's possible to wear some extra shadow resistance, but not much - it's a DPS race, not a battle for survival. Soulstones should be created pre-fight, but not pre-cast. They are needed for healers getting Shadow of Death.

Teron can be tanked right where he stands, and ranged DPS should group behind the MT opposite to the entrance. This gives the whole length of the room for the Ghost form players to kill the Shadowy Constructs.

Teron Gorefiend

Teron himself has a relatively low amount of health and must be killed as quickly as possible. It's fairly standard tank and spank, he's not tauntable, but a good tank can control him rather easily. As usual, melee DPS must stand behind him to avoid increasing his attack speed by parries. 3-4 healers should be able to keep the tank up, the other healers should take care of the massive damage the raid takes (this is another fight where [Chain Heal] and [Circle of Healing] are very effective).

Incinerate (the fire dot) must be dispelled as soon as possible, two Priests or Paladin dispellers should be predesignated.

All damage enhancing, long-cooldown abilities like [Bloodlust] (or [Heroism]) should be used as early as possbile after the tank has settled into an initial threat lead.

Shadow of Death

Every 30 seconds, a random raid member (not the person with aggro) receives this debuff. After 55 seconds, the debuff turns the player into a Ghost and spawns four Shadowy Constructs. The Constructs attack the raid, and usually cause a wipe if they succeed. Therefore, the Ghost player must kill them before they reach the raid, by kiting and nuking them with the Ghost abilities.

After the 60 seconds ghost phase, the player simply dies. Healers (ex. Shamans with an available Ankh) should get a Soulstone when they receive the debuff, so that they can resurrect at this point.

About 15–20 seconds before the debuff runs out, the affected raid member must move to the south end (as far away from the raid as possible). The first action after turning into a Ghost should be to AoE damage the Constructs with Spirit Volley (key '5'), move with the group and then AoE freeze them with Spirit Chains (key '4') as soon as the GCD allows. During the 15 sec cooldown, the Constructs must be nuked with Spirit Lance (key '3'), which damages and slows a single Construct.

This is the most difficult phase for the Ghost player - while slowly moving backwards towards the raid, all four constructs must be hit with Spirit Lance in turn to keep them all slowed and close together. Each Spirit Lance should hit a different target (either using the Tab key or mouse for targeting in a rotation). After 15 seconds, a second combination of Volley ('5') and Chains ('4') is available, after that the Constructs should have taken enough damage to die with 2-3 more Spirit Lances.

After the four Constructs are dead, it is a good idea to look for Constructs from the next player, and help kill them. If no Constructs are up, it's possible to move to the raid and buff a healer with Spirit Shield ('7'), and then get within melee range of Teron and attack him with Spirit Strike ('1').

Since learning the Kite'n'Nuke technique required for killing the Constructs may be difficult for classes which normally do not kite, and learning it under raid conditions is rather expensive (one wipe per try), it's a good idea if all raid members practice using the Teron Gorefiend's Shadowy Construct simulator before attempting him. The simulator is not a replacement for the real thing, but it gives players the general idea what to expect.

Do not try to exploit this encounter by disconnecting or hearthing out. Doing so immediately spawns the constructs with no friendly ghost to kill them. That is a wipe.

Notes

  • Players with the debuff should not die by any other cause while still fighting Gorefiend, because in that case the Constructs spawn directly in the raid, and this frequently starts a wipe
  • If someone is slow in killing the constructs, the next person with the debuff may draw aggro from a construct while on the way to the back of the room. Healers must be aware of this possibility and keep the running player up
  • If there are any problems (like high latency or slow reaction time), it's better to skip the first Spirit Volley. The safest approach in that case is to spam '4' for the last seconds before the debuff runs out, to make sure the Constructs are frozen
  • For the tank it's tank & spank and because he hits fairly hard, Gorefiend is usually regarded as an excellent encounter to test threat techniques and maximizing it.

Ghost controls

Some UI mods can lead to the Ghost form ability controls to appear at an unexpected location (or even not at all). When preparing for this encounter and using an action bar mod, it's a good idea to test whether the ghost controls are visible. The cheapest method to test this is the  [Battered Steam Tonk Controller], or a  [Steam Tonk Controller] crafted by an engineer.

Bartender, Bongos3, Dominoes all have an extra action bar called 'posses' bar, which is used when the player takes direct control over another entity. Players should configure their mod so that this bar is visible.

Avoiding Shadow of Death

Classes which can remove themselves from combat can completely avoid Shadow of Death. By using [Vanish], [Feign Death], [Divine Shield] or [Ice Block] during the cast time of Shadow of Death, players avoid getting the debuff, and Teron does not cast it again until 30 seconds later.

The ability must be used during the 1 second cast time. Teron regularly targets random players to use one of his abilities, but Shadow of Death is his only ability with a cast time. The targeted player needs to react very quickly. It may be useful to facilitate this with the following macro:

 /stopcasting
 /cast <ability name>

If players with these abilities do manage to avoid Shadow of Death, the raid effectively saves one entire Shadowy Construct cycle, which is a big boon.

Soloing

Any players with pets should dismiss them before starting the fight, and those that can call temporary pets (such as mages' Mirror Image) should avoid doing so. This will prevent Gorefiend from casting Shadow of Death and turns the fight into an ordinary DPS race, one that most classes at level 90 should win with ease.

Loot

Teron Gorefiend loot

Quotes

Intro
I was the first you know. For me the wheel of death has spun many times. <laughs> So much time has passed... I have a lot of catching up to do.
Aggro
Vengeance is mine!
Killing a player
  • I have use for you!
  • It gets worse.
Doom Blossom
  • Death <chuckles> really isn't so bad.
  • I have something for you...
Incinerate
  • YOU WILL SHOW THE PROPER RESPECT!
  • What are you afraid of?
Crushing Shadows
Give in!
Death
The wheel... spins... again.
The door to The Den of Mortal Delights has opened.

Trivia

Patch changes

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