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Siege of Boralus, Healer Guide

Updated 2 months ago for patch 8.0 by Preston. View the change log.

This page covers healer-focused strategies for the Siege of Boralus 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.



 Bosses

Below are guides for the bosses in King's Rest, including their abilities, healer notes, and addon settings.

Sergeant Bainbridge Dungeon Journal Model Sergeant Bainbridge / Chopper Redhook

Which boss you fight depends on whether you're Horde or Alliance. Horde fights Bainbridge, Alliance fights Redhook. The fights are identical but some abilities have different names.

 Healing Notes

  • Watch for players affected by Meat Hook or Iron Gaze as they may need significant healing.
 Debuffs to Track
 Addons

Healer DBM Settings for Sergeant Bainbridge / Chopper Redhook


Dread Captain Lockwood Dungeon Journal Model Dread Captain Lockwood

  • Occasionally uses Evasion to vault away from players.
    • Targets random players with Gut Shot when no one is in melee range.
  • Avoid the impact location of Clear the Deck.
  • At 100% energy, Lockwood Withdraws to her ship.
    • Fire Unstable Ordnance dropped by Ashvane Cannonerrs at her ship to force her to return. 
    • Targets random players with Dread Volley.
    • Summons several deckhands.
      • Ashvane Deckhand
      • Ashvane Cannoneer
        • Targets random players with Broadside, dealing damage to all players in the path.
        • When killed, these leave behind Unstable Ordnance.

 Healing Notes

  • Use Cooldowns during the Withdraw phase, especially if it's taking awhile to get out of it.
  • Watch for players caught in Clear the Deck as they'll take critical damage.
 Debuffs to Track
  • There are no particular debuffs that need to be tracked on this fight.
 Addons

Healer DBM Settings for Dread Captain Lockwood


Hadal Darkfathom Dungeon Journal Model Hadal Darkfathom

  • Avoid the Brine Pools left behind by Hadal's abilities.
  • Don't be in front of the boss to avoid Crashing Tide.
  • Avoid the impact locations of Break Water.
  • At 100% energy, use the statue in the center of the room to avoid being hit by Tidal Surge.

 Healing Notes

  • Be aware of players caught in Tidal Surge as they'll need extra healing.
 Debuffs to Track
  • There are no particular debuffs that need to be tracked on this fight.
 Addons

Healer DBM Settings for Hadal Darkfathom


Viq'goth Dungeon Journal Model Viq'goth

During this encounter, you'll be making your way through four platforms to release Kul Tiran Engineers.

  • Several types of tentacles are present at each platform.
    • Gripping Terrors
      • Kill these to free Kul Tiran Engineers so they can repair the Cannons.
      • Must be killed before moving on to the next platform.
    • Demolishing Terrors
      • If no players are in melee range, continuously casts Hull Cracker.
      • Don't be in front of these to avoid Slam.
      • Must be killed before moving on to the next platform.
    • Constricting Tentacle
      • Grabs players that have been in the water too long, dealing damage over time with Crushing Embrace.
      • Should be killed if a player gets caught.
  • When affected by Putrid Waters (dispel, magic), move away from the group so it can be safely dispelled.
  • Avoid the impact location of Call of the Deep.
  • Avoid the impact location of Eradication.
  • Use repaired Cannons to [Blast] Viq'goth before leaving each platform.

 Healing Notes

  • Watch where players are running so you can keep everyone in range for healing.
  • Dispel Putrid Waters quickly so it doesn't get out of control.
 Debuffs to Track
 Addons

Healer DBM Settings for Viq'goth

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 Trash Mobs

Below are notes for the trash mobs in Siege of Boralus. Siege of Boralus has a relatively open layout. The trash below is ordered as if you're killing the bosses in the order they appear above.

Entrance thru Sergeant Bainbridge

  • Kul Tiran Halberd
  • Kul Tiran Wavetender
    • Interrupt Watertight Shell (dispel, purge) to avoid the reduced damage taken and extra damage dealt to the group.
  • Kul Tiran Marksman
  • Kul Tiran Vanguard

Sergeant Bainbridge thru Dread Captain Lockwood

  • Irontide Marauder
  • Irontide Raider
    • Targets random players with Iron Hook, pulling them into melee range.
    • Don't stand near these during Savage Tempest.
  • Ashvane Commander
    • Targets random players with Trample, stunning all players in its path.
    • Stun to interrupt Bolstering Shout to prevent the reduced damage taken.
  • Irontide Powdershot
  • Irontide Waveshaper
    • Interrupt Watertight Shell to avoid the reduced damage taken and extra damage dealt to the group.
  • There is a small gauntlet with an Ashvane Spotter at the end.
    • When moving through here, break line of sight while the area is being bombarded with bullets to avoid taking critical damage (I need to figure out if this is associated with a spell).
  • Ashvane Spotter
  • Ashvane Deckhand
  • Ashvane Cannoneer
    • Targets random players with Broadside, dealing damage to all players in the path.
  • This area also includes , detailed above.

Dread Captain Lockwood thru Hadal Darkfathom

  • There is a another gauntlet with more Ashvane Spotters at the end.
    • When moving through here, break line of sight while the area is being bombarded with bullets to avoid taking critical damage (I need to figure out if this is associated with a spell).
  • Bilge Rat Demolisher
  • Bilge Rat Tempest
  • Bilge Rat Buccaneer
    • During Banana Rampage, avoid the impact locations of the bananas and avoid walking over the bananas left behind.
  • Bilge Rat Pillager
  • Bilge Rat Cutthroat
    • Stun to interrupt or dispel Rotting Wounds (disease) to prevent the reduced healing taken.
  • Ashvane Sniper
  • Ashvane Invader
  • Ashvane Destroyer
  • This area also includes Ashvane Spotters, Ashvane Commanders as detailed above.

Hadal Darkfathom thru Viq'goth

  • Here you just need to make it through a short gauntlet, avoid the water spout impact locations until reaching the end.

 Trash Debuffs to Track


 Trash Addons

Healer DBM Settings for Siege of Boralus Trash



 Videos

Mythic 0 Clear, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me clearing Siege of Boralus on Mythic difficulty.


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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

October 10, 2018 - 3:41 pm (Healer) - Added DBM settings to bosses and trash.

October 05, 2018 - 12:22 am (Healer) - Added alternate abilities for the Bainbridge/Redhook encounter, which differ based on if you're horde or alliance.

October 01, 2018 - 12:27 pm (Healer) - Corrected information on how to handle Bainbride's Meat Hook ability.

September 02, 2018 - 8:28 am (Healer) - Added Enrages to dispel and buffs to Purge to Trash Mobs.

August 30, 2018 - 10:22 am (Healer) - Added Mythic 0 clear video.

August 22, 2018 - 7:14 pm (Healer) - Completed a full guide review and added Trash Mob information.