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The Hivemind, Healer Guide

Posted 3 weeks ago for patch 8.3 by Preston.

Ka'zir Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for The Hivemind 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

  • Control of the Hivemind will switch between Tek'ris and Ka'zir.
    • Tek'ris's Control
      • If Tek'ris and Ka'zir are more than 20-yards apart, all enemies take 99% less damage due to Shadow Veil.
        • Any Aqir summoned while active gain Void Infusion, which stacks over time. 
    • Ka'zir's Control
      • If Tek'ris and Ka'zir are within 20-yards of one another, all enemies take 99% less damage due to Shadow Veil.
    • On Heroic, when the Hivemind changes hosts it triggers Devouring Frenzy, dealing damage over time to all players.
  • The Hivemind spawns Aqir enemies throughout the encounter.
    • Aqir Drone
      • Attack random players due to Mindless.
      • On Heroic, avoid the pools of Acidic Blood left behind upon death.
    • Aqir Darter
      • Teleport to random locations and deal damage to all players with Psionic Resonance.
  • Tek'ris
    • Don't stand in front of the boss when it turns to cast Nullification Blast.
    • Stay at least 4-yards away from other players when Echoing Void is cast to avoid taking additional damage.
    • On Heroic, transforms an Aqir Drone into an Aqir Ravager with Accelerated Evolution.
      • Aqir Ravager
        • Must be tanked.
        • Applies Ravage to the tank, dealing moderate damage over time.
  • Ka'zir
    • Targets an Aqir Drone with Volatile Eruption, granting it immunity to crowd control effects and increased health.
      • The Drone must be killed within 20-seconds to prevent it from exploding and dealing critical damage to all players.
    • Avoid the paths of Spawn Acidic Aqir.
      • Being hit deals heavy damage and applies Corrosion, dealing light damage over time and increasing all damage taken.
    • Interrupt Mind-Numbing Nova to prevent the damage over time and reduced haste effect being applied to all players.

Mythic Differences

  • Ka'zir
    • Acid now seeps from the Acidic Aqir Eggs.
  • Tek'ris

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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

  • Corrosion causes players to need additional healing.
  • Nullification affected players receive reduced healing.

Minor

  • Ravage causes the tank to need additional healing.
  • Mindless causes players to need additional healing.
  • (Optional) Mind-Numbing Nova (dispel, poison) should be dispelled.

 DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for The Hivemind. 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.

DBM settings will be added closer to release.


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