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The Necrotic Wake, Healer Guide

Updated 1 month ago for patch 9.0 by Preston. View the change log.

This page covers healer-focused strategies for The Necrotic Wake dungeon in Shadowlands. 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 and combat log information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.



 Bosses

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

Blightbone Dungeon Journal Model Blightbone

  • The tank will be dealing with Crunch.
  • Don't stand in front of the boss when it turns to cast Heaving Retch (dispel, disease) on a random player.
    • Spawns Carrion Worms.
      • Carrion Worm
        • Susceptible to stuns, snares, knock backs, and other crowd control.
        • Targets random players, gaining a stack of Blood Gorge with each successful attack, increasing size and damage dealt.
          • Three stacks triggers Carrion Eruption, dealing moderate damage over time to all players for 30-seconds.
        • On Mythic, avoid the Fetid Gas pools left behind upon death.
  • When Fetid Gas is cast, stay at least 10-yards away from the boss and avoid the resulting Fetid Gas pool left behind.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track
 Addons
  • Useful addons will be added as they're available.

Amarth, The Reanimator Dungeon Journal Model Amarth, The Reanimator

  • The tank will be dealing with Necrotic Bolt, which can be interrupted when possible.
  • Don't stand in front of the boss when Necrotic Breath is cast to avoid the damage and reduced healing received effect.
    • On Mythic, players are also affected by Necrotic Ichor, dealing light damage over time and further reducing healing received.
  • Dispel Unholy Frenzy (enrage) to remove the increased attack speed effect.
  • Land of the Dead summons various undead minions.
    • Reanimated Warrior
      • The tank will be dealing with Bonerend.
    • Reanimated Mage
      • Interrupt Frostbolt Volley to prevent the moderate damage dealt to all players and stacking decreased movement speed effect from Chilled (dispel, magic).
    • On Mythic, Reanimated Crossbowman
      • Deal light damage to random players with Shoot.
  • When Final Harvest is cast:
    • Stay at least 8-yards away from undead minion corpses to avoid heavy damage.
    • Any undead minions that are still alive explode and deal heavy damage to all players.
      • On Mythic, Amarth gains a stack of Tortured Echoes for each enemy or player killed by the effects of Final Harvest.
        • Tortured Echoes deals increasing damage over time to all players for the remainder of the encounter.

 Healing Notes

  • Be prepared to use an external defensive cooldown on the tank during Unholy Frenzy if no Enrage dispel is available.
  • Use cooldowns if any undead minions are still alive when Final Harvest is cast.
 Debuffs to Track
 Addons
  • Useful addons will be added as they're available.

Surgeon Stitchflesh Dungeon Journal Model Surgeon Stitchflesh

  • Avoid the impact locations of Embalming Ichor and the Embalming Ichor pools left behind.
  • Targets random players with Stitchneedle, dealing moderate damage and then light damage over time.
    • On Mythic, while not at the worktable, Stitchneedle hits all players.
  • While at his worktable, Stitchflesh is immune to damage due to Noxious Fog.
    • From his worktable he'll Summon Creations.
      • Stitchflesh's Creation
        • The tank will be dealing with Mutilate.
        • Steadily gains stacks of Festering Rot, increasing physical damage dealt and dealing increasing damage over time to all players.
        • When targeted by Meat Hook, position so Stitchflesh is the first target hit to pull him away from his table.
          • Players positioning themselves near Stitchflesh will be taking heavy damage from Noxious Fog.
  • After being pulled from his worktable, Stitchflesh will be vulnerable to damage before he Escapes back to his worktable.

 Healing Notes

  • Players targeted by Meat Hook will be taking heavy damage from Noxious Fog while they position themselves properly near Stitchflesh.
 Debuffs to Track
 Addons
  • Useful addons will be added as they're available.

Nalthor the Rimebinder Dungeon Journal Model Nalthor the Rimebinder

  • The tank will be dealing with Icy Shard.
  • Avoid the impact locations of Comet Storm.
  • Move at least 16-yards away from the player affected by Frozen Binds (dispel, magic).
  • While Icebound Aegis is active, all players take light damage over time.
    • On Mythic, taking damage applies a stack of Icebound Aegis, further increasing damage taken.
  • At 100% Energy, a player is sent into Dark Exile.
    • The affected player has 50-seconds to kill the Zolramus Siphoner and escape before being killed.
    • Avoid the impact locations of Comet Storm.
    • Avoid the locations of Blizzard.
    • Zolramus Siphoner
      • Interrupt Enfeeble to prevent the reduced haste and movement speed effect.
    • On Mythic, players gain stacks of Frigid Cold, reducing movement speed.
      • When the stacks expire, avoid the Razorshard Ice patch that's left behind. This patch will be larger the higher the stacks.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track
 Addons
  • Useful addons will be added as they're available.

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 Trash Mobs

Below are notes for the trash mobs in The Necrotic Wake. The Necrotic Wake is a relatively linear dungeon. The trash below is ordered as if you're completing the bosses in the order they're listed above.

Entrance thru Blightbone

  • Corpse Harvester
    • Interrupt Drain Fluids to prevent the incapacitating effect and light damage over time.
    • Deal light damage to random players with Throw Flesh.
  • Stitched Vanguard
    • Interrupt Meat Shield to prevent the damage absorption effect.
  • Zolramus Gatekeeper
    • Targets random players with Clinging Darkness (dispel, magic), dealing light damage over time. Dispelling causes the effect to jump to another player.
    • Deal light damage to all players with Wrath of Zolramus, the impact locations are technically avoidable, but they impact rapidly.

Blightbone thru Amarth, The Reanimator

  • Zolramus Sorcerer
  • Zolramus Bonecarver
    • The tank will be dealing with Boneflay, reducing maximum health and dealing light damage over time.
  • Zolramus Necromancer
    • When affected by Grim Fate, move at least 6-yards away from other players.
  • Nar'zudah
    • Purge Dark Shroud to remove the immunity to physical damage and damage dealt to nearby players effect.
    • When affected by Shared Agony, move at least 25-yards from the other linked player to break the effect.
    • When affected by Grim Fate, move at least 6-yards away from other players.
  • Skeletal Marauder
    • Stay at least 10-yards away or interrupt Guttural Scream (dispel, magic) to prevent the Fear effect.
    • Don't stand in front of these to avoid Gruesome Cleave.
  • Skeletal Monstrosity
    • (Need Spell Name) The tank will be dealing with a stacking effect.
    • While Reaping Winds is channeled, run against the pull to avoid Chill Scythe when the channel ends.
    • Avoid the impact locations of Grave Spikes.
  • Zolramus Bonemender
    • Interrupt Bonemend to prevent the healing.
    • Heals an enemy with Final Bargain before dealing heavy damage over time.

Amarth, The Reanimator thru Surgeon Stitchflesh

  • Corpse Collector
    • Interrupt Goresplatter (dispel, disease) to prevent the light damage over time effect applied to all players.
    • Interrupt Drain Fluids to prevent the incapacitating effect and light damage over time.
    • Targets random players with Throw Cleaver, dealing moderate damage to the first player hit.
    • Deals light damage to random players with Throw Flesh.
  • Flesh Crafter
  • Kyrian Stitchwerk / Goregrind
    • The tank will be dealing with stacks of Tenderize, increasing physical damage taken.
    • Deals moderate damage to the tank with Mutilate.
  • Loyal Creation
    • When Spine Crush is cast, stay at least 8-yards away to avoid the moderate damage and knock back effect.
  • Rotspew
    • Deals moderate damage to the tank with Mutilate.
    • Targets random players with Spew Disease, leaving a poison patch at their location.
  • Stitching Assistant
    • Targets random players with Throw Cleaver, dealing moderate damage to the first player hit.
    • Deals light damage to random players with Throw Flesh.
  • Separation Assistant
    • When targeted by Morbid Fixation, run away from the Assistant to avoid taking heavy damage.
    • Targets random players with Throw Cleaver, dealing moderate damage to the first player hit.

Surgeon Stitchflesh thru Nalthor the Rimebinder

  • There are no trash mobs between these two bosses.

 Trash Debuffs to Track


 Trash Addons

  • Useful addons will be added as they're available.


 Mythic+ Notes

Below are notes that pertain to high mythic+ levels and certain affixes. What constitutes a high mythic+ level will depend on your gear and group, so if you out-gear a particular mythic+ level these notes may not apply. The notes are grouped by affix but are in no particular order.

  • Tyrannical
  • Fortified
    • Zolramus Gatekeeper
    • Zolramus Bonecarver
      • The tank may need external defensive cooldowns at higher stacks of Boneflay.
    • Kyrian Stitchwerk / Goregrind
      • The tank may need external defensive cooldowns at higher stacks of Tenderize.
  • Sanguine
    • Zolramus Gatekeeper
    • Skeletal Monstrosity
      • Will not move while channeling Reaping Winds, and cannot be knocked back.
    • The following enemies can be difficult to move due to their preference for casting spells. Be ready with knock backs and interrupts.
      • Corpse Harvester
      • Zolramus Necromancer
      • Zolramus Sorcerer
      • Brittlebone Mage
      • Zolramus Bonemenber
      • Corpse Collector
  • Bolstering
    • Nar'zudah
      • Should probably be killed first, or carefully killed at the same time as other enemies.
  • Raging

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

August 16, 2020 - 1:59 am (Healer) - Updated various boss abilities and spell ID's.

August 13, 2020 - 6:01 pm (Healer) - Added trash mob notes, early mythic+ notes, and made some clarifications on bosses.