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Painsmith Raznal, Healer Guide

Updated 2 months, 3 weeks ago for patch 9.1.0 by Preston. View the change log.

Painsmith Raznal Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination 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 with the encounter, combat log information, and Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.

General Mechanics and Abilities

Normal and Heroic

During this encounter, players will be alternating between the two stages.

Stage One - A Chamber of Agony

This stage begins the encounter and ends when Raznal reached 70% and 40% health. It begins again after Raznal has forged a new weapon in stage two.

  • Raznal wields different Instruments of Pain throughout the encounter, these are swapped out in the order below each time stage two ends.
    • The tanks will be dealing with stacks of Blackened Armor, requiring a tank switch.
    • Each time a weapon is used, players will need to avoid a Spiked pattern, noted below under each weapon.
    • To start the encounter, during Cruciform Axe, stay as far away from the tank as possible to mitigate the damage taken.
      • When the cast ends, Spiked occurs immediately in a plus (+) pattern across the entire platform with the tank at its center.
    • After the first time in stage two, during Reverberating Hammer, stay as far away from the tank as possible to mitigate the damage taken.
      • When the cast ends, Spiked occurs in a square pattern that slowly emanates out from the tank in a slow wave.
    • After the second time in stage two, during Dualblade Scythe, stay as far away from the tank as possible to mitigate the damage taken.
      • When the cast ends, Spiked occurs using both patterns above, occurring immediately in a plus (+) pattern as well as slowly emanating out from the tank.
  • When affected by
  • When Spiked Balls begin rolling across the room, at least one of them must be killed to create a safe passage for players.
  • On Heroic, when targeted by Flameclasp Trap, move away from other players to drop the resulting Flameclasp Trap.

Stage Two - The Screaming Anvil

This stage begins when Raznal reached 70% and 40% health, and ends after he's forged a new weapon.

  • Avoid the "waves" of Spiked as they move across the platform. Each "wave" will have a safe section to pass through.
  • Avoid the impact locations of Shadowsteel Embers.
  • Frequently deals moderate damage to all players with Black Flames, applying stacks of Lingering Flames, which deals stacking light damage over time.

Mythic Differences

Stage One - A Chamber of Agony

Stage Two - The Screaming Anvil

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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



Useful Addons

DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for Painsmith Raznal in Sanctum of Domination. 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.

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Healer DBM Settings for Painsmith Raznal

Boss Mechanic Practice

While not technically an addon, the browser-based minigame Sanctum of Pineapples is a great way to practice Sanctum of Domination boss mechanics in a low-stress environment.


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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

August 04, 2021 - 1:31 pm (Painsmith Raznal) - Changed cooldown usage recommendations.

August 04, 2021 - 11:15 am (Sylvanas Windrunner) - Clarified Domination Chain information.

July 28, 2021 - 11:59 am (Sylvanas Windrunner) - Made minor guide updates and clarifications, fixed some broken spell links.

July 13, 2021 - 9:06 pm (Sylvanas Windrunner) - Updated health breakpoint for ending stage one based on hotfix notes.

July 10, 2021 - 6:02 pm (Painsmith Raznal) - Added better Spiked information.

July 10, 2021 - 1:33 am (Painsmith Raznal) - Updated Shadowsteel Chains spell ID, hopefully for the last time.

July 09, 2021 - 9:49 pm (Soulrender Dormazain) - Updated Torment and Tormented Eruptions information.

July 08, 2021 - 4:55 pm (Guardian of the First Ones) - Updated Obliterate spell ID.

July 08, 2021 - 4:34 pm (Painsmith Raznal) - Updated Shadowsteel Chains and Spiked spell ID.

July 06, 2021 - 11:39 pm (The Nine) - Updated Fragments of Destiny spell ID.