Xavius (tactics)

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BossXavius
Image of Xavius
Title <The Nightmare Lord>
Gender Male
Race Satyr (Demon)
Level ?? Boss
Health
LFRScales
Normal +Scales
Heroic +Scales
Mythic1,923,896,448
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Burning Legion
Location Rift of Aln, Emerald Nightmare
Status Killable

Xavius is the final boss of the Emerald Nightmare.

Background

Adventure Guide

Once a powerful mage, and a councilor to Queen Azshara, Xavius forged a pact with Sargeras to enable the Legion's first invasion of Azeroth. Cursed and tormented in the wake of that defeat, Xavius plots vengeance against the world from within the Rift of Aln. Those who venture into the Nightmare will face the full extent of his power, and his true form - a grotesque and distended monstrosity.

Overview

Most of Nightmare Lord Xavius's attacks inflict Corruption on their victims. As a player gains more Corruption, they become increasingly vulnerable to the power of the Nightmare, eventually losing control entirely and turning against their friends at maximum Corruption. Players' only hope lies in the power of Ysera, who puts many of them into a deep slumber and forms a Dream Simulacrum of those players. When their Simulacrum perishes, the affected player will awaken, as any Corruption gained by their Simulacrum dissipates harmlessly.

Dps icon.png Damage Dealers

  • Players affected by Dream Simulacrum should protect non-dreaming players by handling any abilities that spread Corruption.
  • Defeat Inconceivable Horrors before they can get close enough to cast Dark Ruination on Xavius.
  • Absorb Tainted Discharge before it can reform back into Inconceivable Horrors.

Healer icon.png Healers

  • Players affected by Dream Simulacrum should protect non-dreaming players by handling any abilities that spread corruption.
  • Dispel Darkening Soul and Blackening Soul as sparingly as possible to manage the amount of Corruption you gain.
  • Absorb Tainted Discharge before it can reform back into Inconceivable Horrors.

Tank icon.png Tanks

  • Players affected by Dream Simulacrum should protect non-dreaming players by handling any abilities that spread corruption.
  • Move away from others when Darkening Soul and Blackening Soul is about to be dispelled from you.
  • Quickly pick up Corruption Horrors when Manifest Corruption is cast.
  • Absorb Tainted Discharge before it can reform back into Inconceivable Horrors.

Abilities

The Dream

When Xavius reaches 95% and 60% health, the Dream of Ysera puts half of the party into a Dreaming State. Affected players fall asleep while a Dream Simulacrum of them rises to fight Xavius. If the Dream Simulacrum should ever die, the player's actual body will awaken. All Nightmare Corruption gained by the Dream Simulacrum is lost when the player returns to their body.

Nightmare Corruption

Many of Xavius's spells spread Nightmare Corruption to those hit. The more corrupted a player becomes, the more the nightmare becomes real to the player. Should any player ever become completely corrupted, they will become dominated by Xavius.

  • Dread Abomination — At 33 points of Corruption, colossal Nightmare creatures materialize from the player's mind, smashing the world around the player.
    • Ability xavius crushingshadows.png  Corruption: Crushing Shadows — Inflicts 1800000 Physical damage at the center. Allies further from the center take less damage. This damage ignores armor. Corruption: Crushing Shadows affects any player with more than 33 corruption.
  • Sha spell fire bluerainoffire nightmare.png  Corruption: Unfathomable Reality — The essence of Nightmares erupts into this reality, inflicting 570000 to 630000 Fire damage and causes 5 Nightmare Corruption. Corruption: Unfathomable Reality affects any player with more than 66 corruption.
    • Sha spell warlock demonsoul nightmare.png  ImportantCorruption: Descent into Madness — Increases damage and healing done by 150%. Upon expiration the player is overwhelmed by corruption, becoming Charmed and transforming into a Creature of Madness. Descent into Madness is triggered upon reaching 100 Corruption.

Stage One: The Descent Into Madness

  • Ability xavius darkeningsoul.png  Darkening Soul Tank Alert Healer Alert Magic Effect — Xavius taints the target's soul, inflicting 150000 Shadow damage every 1 sec until removed. Dispelling this Darkening Soul inflicts 1140000 to 1260000 Shadow damage to all enemies in a 25 yd radius. The dispeller gains 25 Corruption and suffers Shadow damage.
    • Ability xavius darkeningsoul.png  Darkened Tainting — The player dispelling Darkening Soul gains 25 Corruption and takes 600000 Shadow damage.
  • Ability xavius nightmareblades.png  Nightmare Blades — A wall of blades erupts from the ground inflicting 1030750 to 1139250 Physical damage to anyone in the area and knocking them back. This damage ignores armor.
  • Sha ability rogue envelopingshadows nightmare.png  Manifest Corruption Tank Alert — Xavius coalesces nightmare energy to create a Corruption Horror, inflicting 912000 to 1008000 Shadow damage to all enemies to all enemies in a 150 yd. radius.
    • Corruption Horror
      • Ability xavius corruptingnova.png  Corrupting Nova — Inflicts 798000 to 882000 Shadow damage to all nearby enemies. Anyone hit gains 5 Corruption
      • Ability xavius tormentingswipe.png  Tormenting Swipe — Slashes at all enemies in front of caster, inflicting 1235000 to 1365000 Shadow damage. Anyone hit gains 10 Nightmare Corruption.
  • Ability xavius tormentingdetonation.png  Lurking Eruption Important — Nightmare energy erupts from below the target, summoning a Lurking Terror and inflicting 1000350 to 1105650 Shadow damage to all enemies in a 6 yd. radius.
    • Lurking Terror
      • Ability fixated state red.png  Tormenting Fixation — The Lurking Terror selects a target to Fixate on.
      • Ability xavius tormentingdetonation.png  Tormenting Detonation — The Lurking Terror explodes if it gets near an enemy, inflicting 1410750 to 1559250 Shadow damage and causing 30 Corruption to all nearby enemies.
      • Sha inv misc slime 01 nightmare.png  Tormenting Infection — The Lurking Terror infects the first enemy it gets near, inflicting 1045000 to 1155000 Shadow damage and causing 20 Corruption.

Stage Two: From the Shadows

Upon reaching 65% health remaining, Xavius intensifies his attack.

  • Ability xavius blackeningsoul.png  Blackening Soul Tank Alert Healer Alert Magic Effect — Xavius blackens the target's soul, inflicting 150000 Shadow damage every 1 sec until removed. Dispelling this effect triggers Blackened on the target. The dispeller gains 25 Corruption and suffers Shadow damage.
    • Ability xavius blackened.png  Blackened Important — All Physical damage taken is increased 150%.
    • Ability xavius blackeningsoul.png  Blackened Tainting Important — The player dispelling Blackening Soul gains 25 Corruption and takes 600000 Shadow damage.
  • Ability xavius corruptionmeteor.png  Corruption Meteor Deadly — Deals 7000000 Shadow damage and spreads 40 Corruption, split between all enemies.
  • Ability xavius darkruination.png  Bonds of Terror — Nightmare bonds tether a target to an ally, inflicting 111000 Shadow damage every 1 sec. to both. Standing within 3 yards of the ally dispels the Bonds of Terror.
  • Ability xavius nightmareinfusion.png  Nightmare Infusion Tank Alert — Empowers the melee attacks of Xavius, causing them to spread 5 Corruption to the target for 30 sec.
  • Sha spell shadow shadesofdarkness nightmare.png  Call of Nightmares Important — Xavius calls into the darkness of the nightmare, drawing forth Inconceivable Horrors to empower him.
    • Inconceivable Horror
      • Sha ability rogue envelopingshadows nightmare.png  Dark Ruination — Overcharges Xavius with Nightmare energy, inflicting 225000 Shadow damage and causing 1 Corruption to all enemies every 1 sec. for 5 sec.
      • Sha inv elemental primal shadow nightmare.png  Tainted Discharge — Corruption erupts from the target's body, leaving pools of corruption that inflict 270000 Shadow damage and spreads 4 Corruption every 1 sec. The Tainted Discharge dissipates as enemies stand in it. After 15 sec Tainted Discharge will reform into an Inconceivable Horror.

Stage Three: World of Darkness

Upon reaching 30% health remaining, Xavius calls upon the purest Nightmare to engulf his enemies.

  • Ability xavius blackeningsoul.png  Blackening Soul Tank Alert Healer Alert Magic Effect — Xavius blackens the target's soul, inflicting 150000 Shadow damage every 1 sec until removed. Dispelling this effect triggers Blackened on the target. The dispeller gains 25 Corruption and suffers Shadow damage.
    • Ability xavius blackened.png  Blackened Important — All Physical damage taken is increased 150%.
    • Ability xavius blackeningsoul.png  Blackened Tainting Important — The player dispelling Blackening Soul gains 25 Corruption and takes 600000 Shadow damage.
  • Ability xavius nightmareblades.png  Nightmare Blades — A wall of blades erupts from the ground inflicting 1030750 to 1139250 Physical damage to anyone in the area and knocking them back. This damage ignores armor.
  • Ability xavius nightmareinfusion.png  Nightmare Infusion Tank Alert — Empowers the melee attacks of Xavius, causing them to spread 5 Corruption to the target for 30 sec.
  • Ability xavius corruptionmeteor.png  Corruption Meteor Deadly — Deals 7000000 Shadow damage and spreads 40 Corruption, split between all enemies.
  • Sha spell shadow shadesofdarkness nightmare.png  Writhing Deep Important — Xavius calls into the darkness of the nightmare, summoning tentacles around him.
    • Nightmare Tentacle
      • Sha spell fire fireball02 nightmare.png  Nightmare Bolt — Throws a bolt of nightmare energy inflicting 106875 to 118125 Shadow damage and causes 3 Corruption.

Strategy

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Loot

Item Type
 [Azsharan Councillor's Clasp] (LFR · H · M) Fel Artifact Relic
 [Crystallized Drop of Eternity] (LFR · H · M) Arcane Artifact Relic
 [Fragment of Eternal Spite] (LFR · H · M) Fire Artifact Relic
 [Illusion: Nightmare] Weapon illusion
 [Nightmarish Elm Branch] (LFR · H · M) Shadow Artifact Relic
 [Hood of Darkened Visions] (LFR · H · M) Cloth helmet
 [Blackened Portalstone Necklace] (LFR · H · M) Necklace
 [Midnight Herald's Pauldrons] (LFR · H · M) Plate shoulders
 [Maddening Robe of Secrets] (LFR · H · M) Cloth chest
 [Manacles of the Nightmare Colossus] (LFR · H · M) Mail bracers
 [Eon-Tempered Waistplate] (LFR · H · M) Plate belt
 [Disjointed Linkage Leggings] (LFR · H · M) Mail leggings
 [Repulsive Leathery Pants] (LFR · H · M) Leather leggings
 [Boots of Endless Betrayal] (LFR · H · M) Leather boots
 [Twice-Warped Azsharan Signet] (LFR · H · M) Ring
 [Bough of Corruption] (LFR · H · M) Caster DPS trinket
 [Grotesque Statuette] (LFR · H · M) Tank trinket

Related Achievements

Quotes

Aggro
The Nightmare has corrupted dragons, gods, and legends. Your downfall will be simple and swift!
Dream of Ysera
Dream of Ysera yells: Embrace the dreaming, champions! It can save you!
Xavius yells: NO! I will not permit it!
Player out of the Dream
  • No more dreams! Only nightmares!!
  • Your respit is over. Awaken and face your doom!
Nightmare Blades
  • I'll slice into the heart of you!
  • Time to cut the last tether to your mortal life!
  • I will sever you from the waking world!
Corruption Meteor
  • I'll level you one by one!
  • Time to crush your dreams!
  • Feel the devastation of the Nightmare!
Killed a player
  • Another dreamer for my nightmare!
  • Eternal Slumber! Eternal madness!
  • My victory draws near!
  • This fate awaits you all!
  • You will never stir again!
Wipe
  • Your souls are mine! Woven for all time into the fabric of the Nightmare.
  • My victory is absolute! The power of nightmare grows...
Death
  • My work... left unfinished...
  • Nightmares are... never... forgotten...
Outro
As Xavius falls, the Rift of Aln dissipates around the raid; when vision is restored, the Emerald Nightmare has vanished, and the Dream has been restored. The corpse of Xavius - now reverted to his night elf form - lies some distance ahead. The cleansed spirits of the guardians of the Dream - Cenarius, Ursoc, Elothir, Elerethe Renferal and Thaon Moonclaw wait down the path.
Cenarius says: Heroes! Champions! Step forth and hear me!
Cenarius says: The Nightmare has long been a cancer eager to consume the Emerald Dream. Had Xavius succeeded, his corruption would have overwhelmed Azeroth, giving rise to a living Nightmare.
Cenarius says: Your triumph this day restores the Dream and safeguards your world. The allies of Xavius will never relent, but this road, at least, is closed to them.
Cenarius says: To honor your courage, I offer passage into the pure heart of the Dream. As you feel the essence of life blooming beneath your feet, know that it endures thanks to what you achieved this day.
Unused
  • Dream of Ysera yells: Let the dreaming wash away his darkness!
  • Xavius yells: You dare trespass at the heart of the Nightmare itself? Foolish mortals! Here, my will is absolute. Here, I am the master!
  • Xavius yells: Succumb to the madness!
  • Xavius yells: Give in to the Nightmare!
  • Xavius yells: Your Dreams are mine!
  • Xavius yells: Your torment will be unending!
  • Xavius yells: There is no escape!
  • Xavius yells: They are mine Ysera! You cannot save them!

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