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Ragnaros, Healer Guide

Updated 2 years ago for patch 1.13 by Preston. View the change log.

Ragnaros Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Ragnaros in Molten Core. 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

During the encounter you'll be alternating between two stages.

All Stages

  • Stay ~10-yards away from all lava pools in the room to avoid the periodic splashing damage originating from them.

Stage One - Ragnaros

This stage begins the encounter and ends after three minutes, it will begin again when all Sons of Flame are killed.

  • The tanks will be dealing with Elemental Fire, taking moderate damage over time while effected.
  • Stay at least 25-yards away to avoid Wrath of Ragnaros.
    • Melee should attempt to move away from Ragnaros before this is cast.
    • This will force a tank swap unless the main tank has enough Fire Resistance to resist the effect.
  • Stay at least 10-yards away from as many players as possible to mitigate the number of players affected by Hand of Ragnaros.
    • Fire Resistance gear, items, and buffs can help mitigate this effect.
  • Targets random players with Magma Blast if no players are in melee range.
  • Melee attackers have a chance to lose additional weapon durability when attacking Ragnaros due to Melt Weapon.

Stage Two - Sons of Flame

This stage begins after three minutes in stage one and ends when all Sons of Flame are killed.

  • Son of Flame
    • Stay at least 10-yards away to avoid the mana drain effect from Lava Shield
    • Should be crowd-controlled, snared, and slowed as much as possible while being killed.

Resistance Levels

  • Tanks: ~315 Fire Resistance
  • Melee: ~200 Fire Resistance (if not moving out for Wrath of Ragnaros)
  • Ranged/Healers: ~100+ Fire Resistance

Healing Notes

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.

  • Be prepared for a players or two to be hit by Magma Blast while the next tank is getting into position after Wrath of Ragnaros.
  • Keep players near full health so they survive Hand of Ragnaros and Wrath of Ragnaros.
  • Be prepared to move to avoid Sons of Flame in stage two, there shouldn't be much healing to be done at this point.

Debuffs to Track


Healer DBM Settings for Ragnaros Thumbnail
Healer DBM Settings for Ragnaros


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October 08, 2019 - 6:17 pm (Magmadar) - Added DBM settings.

October 08, 2019 - 6:14 pm (Gehennas) - Added DBM settings.

October 08, 2019 - 6:11 pm (Garr) - Added DBM settings.

October 08, 2019 - 6:07 pm (Baron Geddon) - Added DBM settings.

October 08, 2019 - 6:05 pm (Shazzrah) - Added DBM settings.

October 08, 2019 - 5:46 pm (Sulfuron Harbinger) - Added DBM settings.

October 07, 2019 - 2:42 pm (Majordomo Executus) - Added DBM settings.

October 04, 2019 - 6:57 pm (Ragnaros) - Added DBM settings.

September 23, 2019 - 4:53 pm (Magmadar) - Added resistance recommendations.

September 23, 2019 - 4:50 pm (Gehennas) - Added resistance recommendations.