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Freehold, Healer Guide

Updated 3 years, 2 months ago for patch 8.3 by Preston. View the change log.

This page covers healer-focused strategies for the Freehold dungeon. While it's tailored for healers, other roles may also find the information useful. If you have any suggestions or feedback, you can leave a comment below or tweet @PrestonDvorak.

This guide has been updated and maintained based on my own experiences as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.


Below are guides for the bosses in Freehold, including their abilities, healer notes, and addon settings.

Skycap'n Kragg Dungeon Journal Model Skycap'n Kragg

Stage One - mounted combat 

During this stage, Kragg is mounted on his companion, Sharkbait.

  • Don't stand between Sharkbait and the location targeted by Charrrrrge.
  • Targets random players with Pistol Shot.

Stage Two - death rains from above

During this stage, Sharkbait takes to the skies and players fight Kragg directly.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track
  • There are no particular debuffs to track on this fight.

Healer DBM Settings for Skycap'n Kragg

Captain Raoul Dungeon Journal Model Council o' Captains

During this fight, players will be fighting against several members of the council at the same time. Before engaging, you can become an ally of one of the captains by completing a short "quest" before the boss. The quest involves following a Perky Pug around to free prisoners, or defeating several highlighted enemies. This will remove the Under One Banner buff the captains would receive otherwise.

Captain Raoul

  • Targets random players with Blackout Barrel.
    • This should be attacked and destroyed.
  • Avoid standing near Raoul during Barrel Smash.
  • When allied with RaoulTapped Keg increases player's damage dealt by 15% when standing near the keg.

Captain Eudora

  • Targets random players with Powder Shot, dealing heavy damage.
  • Avoid being in front of Eudora during Grapeshot as she rotates slowly.
  • When allied with EudoraChain Shot will periodically stun a random captain.

Captain Jolly

Rummy Mancomb

On Heroic, Freehold's bartender will continue to serve drinks as the fight goes on. He's not directly attackable.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Council o' Captains

Trothak Dungeon Journal Model Ring of Booty

After fighting several minor enemies in the Ring of Booty, the reigning champion, Trothak, will enter the ring.

Minor Enemies

  • Lightning
    • A slippery, non-hostile pig that must be captured!
  • Ludwig Von Tortollen
    • Avoid the shells moving around the arena from Shell Bounce.


  • Avoid standing near Trothak during Shark Tornado.
  • Avoid the Flailing Sharks that appear.
    • These will slowly hop towards nearby players.
  • Targets random players with Ripper Punch, dealing light damage over time.
  • Stay at least 8-yards away from other players to avoid extra damage from Shark Toss.
  • Avoid the path between Trothak and the Flailing Shark he's chosen during Rearm.
  • On Heroic, kite Flailing Shark through Throw Chum to slow their movement speed.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Ring of Booty

Harlan Sweete Dungeon Journal Model Harlan Sweete

  • At 60% health, Harlan gains Loaded Dice: All Hands!, causing his abilities to target additional players.
  • At 30% health, Harlan gains Loaded Dice: Man-O-War, increasing his attack speed and damage taken.
  • Avoid the vortexes created by Swiftwind Saber, these are targeted in random directions.
  • When affected by Cannon Barrage, move away from the group and out of the targeted locations as they appear.
    • Being hit deals moderate damage and then light damage over time from Flaming Shrapnel.
  • Avast, ye! summons an Irontide Grenadier that charges a random player.
    • These can be stunned, knocked back, and killed.
    • If they reach the player, their Black Powder Bomb deals moderate damage within 5-yards.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Harlan Sweete


 Trash Mobs

Below are notes for the trash mobs in Freehold. Freehold has a relatively linear layout. The trash below is ordered as if you're completing the bosses in the order they're listed above. Some spells don't exist in the database and will be added as soon as they're available.

Entrance thru Skycap'n Kragg

Skycap'n Kragg thru Council o' Captains

  • Irontide Oarsman
  • Irontide Buccaneer
    • [Blade Barrage] deals heavy damage to nearby enemies.
  • Irontide Brute
    • Avoid Earth Shaker, this deals heavy damage to anyone affected.
      • I couldn't tell exactly how this ability was working when watching my video, I'll update this after I get a chance to do another run.
  • Bilge Rat Brinescale
    • Frost Blast targets a random player and deals light damage to all players in a cone, slowing their movement speed.
  • Vermin Trapper
  • This area also includes Irontide Crackshots, detailed above.

Council o' Captains thru Ring of Booty

  • Blacktooth Scrapper
    • When fixated by Blind Rage (dispel, enrage), kite the Scrapper to avoid being hit.
  • Blacktooth Knuckleduster
  • Irontide Crusher
    • Avoid the impact location of [Boulder Throw].
    • Stay away from these to avoid Ground Shatter.
  • Cutwater Knife Juggler
  • Cutwater Harpooner
  • Bilge Rat Buccaneer
  • This area also includes Irontide Oarsman, detailed above.

Ring of Booty thru Harlan Sweete

  • Irontide Stormcaller
  • Irontide Ravager
  • Irontide Officer
    • Dispel Oiled Blade (magic), or be prepared for the affected player (usually the tank) to take 75% reduced healing.
  • This area also includes Irontide Oarsman, Irontide Buccaneer, and Irontide Mastiff detailed above.

 Trash Debuffs to Track

 Trash Addons

Healer DBM Settings for Freehold Trash


Mythic 10, 2 Upgrade Clear, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me clearing Freehold on Mythic 10 difficulty in time for a 2 upgrade.

Normal Clear, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me clearing Freehold on Normal difficulty on the Battle for Azeroth Alpha.

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

March 11, 2019 - 7:06 pm (Healer) - Reviewed guide for patch 8.1.5, no changes needed, added Mythic 6 clear video.

September 26, 2018 - 5:12 pm (Healer) - Added DBM settings for bosses and trash.

September 02, 2018 - 8:07 am (Healer) - Added Enrage effects and buffs to Purge to the Trash Debuffs section.

August 22, 2018 - 1:58 am (Healer) - Added Vermin Trapper and Bilge Rat Buccaneer to the Trash Mobs list.

August 18, 2018 - 12:14 am (Healer) - Added Cutwater Harpooner to the Trash Mobs list.

August 06, 2018 - 10:25 pm (Healer) - Minor spell and wording updates.