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King Rastakhan, Healer Guide

Updated 3 days, 11 hours ago for patch 8.1 by Preston. View the change log.

King Rastakhan Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor. 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 with the encounter as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.

General Mechanics and Abilities

Normal and Heroic

This is a multi-stage encounter during which players will be fighting through Rastakhan's guards to eventually face him and the power of Bwonsamdi.

This is a "flashback" encounter for Horde players, meaning they'll be completing it as Alliance races.

Stage One - Zandalari Honor Guard

This stage begins the encounter and ends when the two Honor Guards are killed.

King Rastakhan
  • All damage taken is redirected to the Honor Guards through Bind Souls.
  • The tanks will be dealing with Scorching Detonation.
    • The affected tank should run as far away from the group as possible to minimize the damage the group takes.
  • During Plague of Toads, avoid the Toads hopping across the room.
  • On Heroic, avoid the Serpent's Breath cones from Greater Serpent Totems.
Prelate Za'lan
Siegebreaker Roka
  • Stack with the player affected by Meteor Leap to split the damage dealt.
  • The tanks get targeted by Crushing Leap.
    • This applies a stack of Crushed and will likely force a tank swap.
Headhunter Gal'wana
  • Heroic only.
  • Targets random players with Grievous Axe, dealing damage over time until the player is healed above 90% health.

Stage Two - Bwonsamdi's Pact

This stage beings after the two Honor Guards are killed and ends when Rastakhan reaches 60% health.

King Rastakhan

Stage Three - Enter the Death Realm

This stage begins when Rastakhan reaches 60% health and ends when Bwonsamdi reaches 50% health.

To begin this stage, half of the group closest to Bwonsamdi will be pulled into the Death Realm.

Living Realm
Death Realm
  • All players in the Death Realm gain a stack of Deathly Withering every 3-seconds.
  •  Bwonsamdi
    • Targets random players with Caress of Death, dealing damage over time and temporarily absorbing healing.
    • During Inevitable End, avoid being pulled into the death zone.
    • Avoid the Dread Reaping pools as they travel across the room.
      • Any shards that hit a Death's Door will travel to the Living Realm.
    • During Plague of Fire, stay at least 7-yards away from other players to minimize the number of jumps.

Stage Four - Uncontrollable Power

This stage begins when Bwonsamdi reaches 50% health and ends when Rastakhan is killed.

Mythic Differences

Stage Three - Enter the Death Realm

Phantoms now return to the Death Realm after being killed due to Empowered Spirit, leaving behind a Death's Door.


Healing Notes

Quick Notes, All Difficulties

The notes below mostly pertain to progression difficulty, meaning if you out-gear the difficulty you're on or use extra healers they may not apply.

Debuffs to Track


  • Caress of Death prevents players from receiving healing.
  • Grievous Axe causes players to need to be healed above 90% health to remove the damage over time effect.
  • Focused Demise causes players to need additional healing.


 DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for King Rastakhan. You can set them up however you'd like, but these ones should work well as a starting point. Some settings may be Mythic only.

Healer DBM Settings for King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor Thumbnail
Healer DBM Settings for King Rastakhan in Battle of Dazar'alor

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

January 21, 2019 - 9:08 pm (Opulence) - Minor ability updates and clarifications, added DBM settings.

January 20, 2019 - 4:10 pm (Lady Jaina Proudmoore) - Mechanic and ability clarifications and corrections, added DBM settings.

January 19, 2019 - 10:02 pm (Stormwall Blockade) - Minor ability and mechanic clarifications, added DBM settings.

January 19, 2019 - 2:02 pm (High Tinker Mekkatorque) - Added DBM settings.

January 19, 2019 - 12:55 pm (King Rastakhan) - Corrected Focused Demise spell id.

January 18, 2019 - 11:29 pm (High Tinker Mekkatorque) - Minor ability and mechanic clarifications.

January 18, 2019 - 11:01 pm (King Rastakhan) - Ability and mechanic clarifications and corrections, added DBM settings.

January 18, 2019 - 1:52 pm (Jadefire Masters) - Added DBM settings.

January 18, 2019 - 1:43 pm (Grong, the Revenant (A)) - Added DBM settings.

January 18, 2019 - 1:39 pm (Grong, the Jungle Lord (H)) - Added DBM settings.