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Tol Dagor, 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 Tol Dagor 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 Tol Dagor, including their abilities, healer notes, and addon settings.

The Sand Queen Dungeon Journal Model The Sand Queen

  • Avoid the Sand Traps.
  • Avoid the player targeted by Upheaval after The Sand Queen burrows.
  • During Sandstorm, avoid being pushed into Sand Traps.
  • At 30% health, gains Enrage, increasing haste and damage dealt.
  • On Heroic, each of The Sand Queen's abilities summons a Buzzing Drone.
    • Targets random players with Itchy Bite.
    • When killed, grants The Sand Queen a stack of Enrage.

 Healing Notes

  • Use Cooldowns on Sandstorm, especially when Buzzing Drones are active.
 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for The Sand Queen

Jes Howlis Dungeon Journal Model Jes Howlis

  • When Flashing Daggers is cast, break line of sight of the boss until it ends to avoid the heavy damage.
  • Dispel Crippling Shiv (poison).
  • Interrupt Howling Fear to prevent all players from being Feared.
  • Smoke Powder stuns all players and allows Jes to release several prisoners.
    • Irontide Raiders have no special abilities and should just be tanked.
    • On Heroic, Bobby Howlis
  • Interrupt Motivating Cry to prevent stacks of Motivated being applied to enemies.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Jes Howlis

Knight Captain Valyri Dungeon Journal Model Knight Captain Valyri

  • Don't stand in front of the boss to avoid Cinderflame.
  • Avoid the Ignition circles, unless you must move a Munitions Barrel as detailed below.
  • Dispel Fuselighter (magic).
  • During the fight, Munitions Barrels are randomly dropped around the room.
    • If a Munitions Barrel is hit by IgnitionCinderflame, or picked up by a player affected by Fuselighter it will trigger Burning Arsenal.
    • Players can click on Munitions Barrels to pick them up and move them.
    • Generally, you want to move just enough barrels to ensure there's a safe corner when they detonate.
  • If a Munitions Barrel comes in contact with any fire source, avoid the large Burning Arsenal circle.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Knight Captain Valyri

Overseer Korgus Dungeon Journal Model Overseer Korgus

  • Avoid the Cross Ignition lines.
  • When affected by Explosive Burst, move at least 5-yards away from other players.
  • Deadeye should be blocked by a player that doesn't already have the Deadeye debuff from previously blocking one.
  • Avoid the Massive Blast cone from the cannons on the edge of the roof.
  • Korgus will periodically load Azerite Ammunition into a cannon.
  • On Heroic, all players will be dealing with Heartstopper Venom.
    • Avoid moving and filling up the Extra Resource Bar on your UI. Moving too much will cause you to be stunned.
    • The best way to deal with this is to put your back against the wall to minimize forced movement from knock backs.

 Healing Notes

  • Use Cooldowns if Incendiary Rounds stacks get too high.
  • Be aware of players affected by Deadeye as they may need to be healed up before being hit.
 Debuffs to Track

Healer DBM Settings for Overseer Korgus


 Trash Mobs

Below are notes for the trash mobs in Tol Dagor. Tol Dagor has a relatively linear layout. The trash below is ordered as if you're completing the bosses in the order they're listed above.

Entrance thru The Sand Queen

  • Sewer Vicejaw
    • Applies stacks of Massive Chomp to their current aggro target, reducing maximum health.
  • Silt Crab

The Sand Queen thru Jes Howlis

  • Blight Toad
    • Avoid the exploding area from these after they die.
  • Stinging Parasite
  • Prison Doors
    • Rogues are able to open several prison doors in this area. Cells with friendly NPCs inside will often grant the group a buff.
  • Cutwater Striker
    • Attempt to run away at low health.
  • Despondent Scallywag
    • Attempt to run away at low health.
  • Irontide Thug
    • Interrupt Debilitating Shout (dispel, magic) to prevent the increased damage taken debuff.
  • Blacktooth Arsonist
  • Bilgerat Looter
    • Targets random players with Makeshift Shiv.
    • Targets random players with Darkstep (dispel, purge) increasing their haste.
  • Bilgerate Seaspeaker
    • Interrupt Watery Dome (dispel, purge) to prevent the absorption shield.
  • Irontide Raider
    • Attempt to run away at low health.
  • This area also contains Sewer Vicejaws, detailed above.

Jes Howlis thru Knight Captain Valyri

  • Ashvane Jailer, Ashvane Officer
    • Interrupt Handcuff to remove the silence effect.
    • Stun to interrupt Riot Shield to prevent the reduced spell damage taken.
  • Ashvane Marine, Ashvale Spotter
  • Bilge Rat Looter
    • Attempt to run away at low health.
  • Avoid the large Burning Arsenal circles from Munitions Barrels.
  • Ashvane Flamecaster
    • Interrupt or avoid the impact locations of Fuselighter.
  • Some trash in this area can be killed using the large cannons at the edges of the balcony.
  • This area also contains Bilgerat Looters, Irontide Thug, detailed above.

Knight Captain Valyri thru Overseer Korgus

  • Most trash in this area can be killed using the large cannons at the edges of the balcony.
  • Ashvane Priest
  • Ashvane Warden

 Trash Debuffs to Track

 Trash Addons

Healer DBM Settings for Tol Dagor Trash

 Mythic+ Notes

In this section you'll find notes about certain interactions bosses and trash mobs have with the Mythic+ difficulty increase or certain affixes that make them more troublesome than normal.

Trash Mobs

  • Cutwater Striker, Bilgerate Seaspeaker
    • Can be difficult to move out of Sanguine.
  • Stinging Parasite, Blight Toad
  • Ashvane Flamecaster


Mythic 11, 1 Upgrade Clear, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me clearing Tol Dagor on Mythic 11 difficulty in time for a 1 upgrade.

Mythic 0 Clear, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me clearing Tol Dagor on Mythic difficulty.

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

March 11, 2019 - 7:26 pm (Healer) - Reviewed guide for 8.1.5, made minor wording changes/clarifications.

October 17, 2018 - 11:34 am (Healer) - Completed a full guide review and added Mythic+ notes.

October 07, 2018 - 4:31 pm (Healer) - Added DBM setting to bosses and trash.

September 03, 2018 - 5:06 pm (Healer) - Added mythic clear video.

September 02, 2018 - 8:41 am (Healer) - Added Enrage effects to dispel and buffs to Purge to Trash Mobs.

August 17, 2018 - 11:39 pm (Healer) - Corrected some information for The Sand Queen.