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Ra-den the Despoiled, Healer Guide

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago for patch 8.3 by Preston. View the change log.

Ra-den the Despoiled Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Ra-den the Despoiled in Ny'alotha, the Waking City. 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, logs information, and Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.

General Mechanics and Abilities

Normal and Heroic

Stage One - Gathering Power

This stage begins the encounter and ends when Ra-den reaches 40% health.

  • The tanks will be dealing with Nullifying Strike, which will likely force a tank switch.
  • One Essence of Vita and one Essence of Void are drawn towards Ra-den from the two portals in the front corners of the room.
    • Each Essence that reaches Ra-den grants a stack of Unclaimed Vita or Unclaimed Void.
      • At 2-stacks, Overwhelming Rage greatly increases Ra'den's damage dealt.
      • One Essence should be allowed to reach Ra'den if its corresponding Unclaimed buff isn't active in order to trigger the next Empowerment (detailed below).
    • Once one Essence is killed, the other becomes immune to damage.
  • After absorbing an Essence of Vita and gaining Vita Empowered:
    • Deals moderate damage to all players with Unleashed Vita.
    • Targets a random player with Unstable Vita, other players must rotate being the farthest from the affected player to consume one stack each until all stacks are gone.
      • Consuming a stack or being in the path of the affected player and the farthest player away applies Instability Exposure, making subsequent stacks deal fatal damage while the debuff is active.
    • Summons a Crackling Stalker.
      • Crackling Stalker
  • After absorbing an Essence of Void and gaining Void Empowered:
    • Applies a moderate healing absorption shield to all players, causing them to take light damage over time, with Unleashed Void.
    • Players must soak the impact location of Unstable Void.
      • Based on the damage dealt, 2-3 players will likely need to soak each impact.
      • Soaking the impact applies Instability Exposure, making subsequent soaks deal fatal damage while the debuff is active.
      • Failing to soak an impact causes it to deal moderate damage to all players, silence all players for 8-seconds, and apply Instability Exposure to all players.
    • Summons a Void Hunter.
      • Void Hunter
        • Casts Void Collapse on the largest group of players that are within at least 8-yards of each other, dealing 1 million damage split between them.

Stage Two - Unleashed Wrath

This stage begins when Ra-den is at 40% health and ends when he's killed.

  • The tanks will be dealing with Decaying Strike.
    • This applies Decaying Wound, dealing 50% of the tank's current health as damage every 2-seconds for 10-seconds.
  • Deals increasing damage over time to all players with Ruin for the rest of the encounter.
  • Steadily gains stacks of Lingering Energies, increasing damage dealt.
  • Avoid the impact locations of Void Eruption.
  • When affected by Charged Bonds run at least 40-yards away from the chained player to break the effect.

Mythic Differences

Stage One - Gathering Power

  • An Essence of Nightmare is also drawn towards Ra'den in addition to the Vita Essence and Void Essence.
    • Because only one Essence can be killed, you'll be dealing with two sets of Empowerments at a time.
  • After absorbing an Essence of Nightmare and gaining Nightmare Empowerment:
    • Avoid the impact locations of Unleashed Nightmare.
    • The player affected by Unstable Nightmare must have the damage soaked when the effect expires.
      • Soaking applies Instability Exposure, making subsequent soaks deal fatal damage while the debuff is active.
      • The player closest to the affected player will gain Unstable Nightmare if any stacks remained.
    • Summons a Night Terror.
      • Night Terror
        • Avoid the Dread Infernos as they follow players around the room.
  • After absorbing an Essence of Vita and gaining Vita Empowered.
    • Crackling Stalker
      • Chain Lightning now deals increased damage each time it jumps to a new player.

Stage Two - Unleashed Wrath

  • Targets three random players with Corrupted Existence dealing critical damage and causing the player to die if they reach 100% health while the debuff is active.

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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

Major

Minor



 DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for Ra-den the Despoiled. 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 Ra-den the Despoiled Thumbnail
Healer DBM Settings for Ra-den the Despoiled


Heroic Ra-den the Despoiled, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me killing Ra-den in a Heroic PUG.


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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

March 02, 2020 - 9:54 pm (The Prophet Skitra) - Updated intermission health breakpoints.

February 27, 2020 - 3:12 pm (Dark Inquisitor Xanesh) - Added heroic kill video, reviewed the guide but no changes needed.

February 25, 2020 - 7:03 pm (Ra-den the Despoiled) - Added heroic kill video.

February 24, 2020 - 1:25 pm (The Hivemind) - Added heroic kill video.

February 14, 2020 - 10:05 pm (The Prophet Skitra) - Added heroic kill video.

January 24, 2020 - 10:59 am (N'zoth the Corruptor) - Added DBM settings.

January 24, 2020 - 10:40 am (Carapace of N'zoth) - Added DBM settings.

January 21, 2020 - 2:38 pm (Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn) - Added DBM settings.

January 21, 2020 - 2:32 pm (Ra-den the Despoiled) - Added DBM settings.

January 21, 2020 - 2:17 pm (Vexiona) - Added DBM settings.