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Remnant of Ner'zhul, Healer Guide

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

Remnant of Ner'zhul Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Remnant of Ner'zhul 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

  • Dispel Malevolence (magic) in a controlled manner to ensure no players are knocked off the edge or into other harmful abilities.
  • At 100% energy, don't stand in front of the boss to avoid Suffering.
    • This should be aimed by the tanks and pointed towards Orbs of Torment to remove their Eternal Torment effect, noted below.
  • Spawns Orbs of Torment throughout the encounter.
    • Orb of Torment
      • Immune to damage due to Eternal Torment.
        • This effect is removed if the Orb is hit by Suffering.
      • Deals light damage over time to random players with Torment.
      • After being killed, can be picked up by players and carried to the edge of the platform. From there, the Extra Action Button can be used to throw it off the edge, removing it from the encounter.
        • Players carrying an Orb have their movement speed slowed and take light damage over time from Sorrowful Procession.
  • Avoid the lines of Grasp of Malice.
  • Deals light damage over time to all players throughout the encounter with Aura of Spite.
  • At 80%, 60%, and 30% health, Shatter deals light damage to all players.

Mythic Differences

  • At 80%, 60%, and 30% health, Shatter now also drops a piece of armor at Ner'zhul's location which will remain for the rest of the encounter.
    • At 80% health, Helm of Suffering drops and will also cast Suffering when Ner'zhul reaches 100% energy.
    • At 60% health, Gauntlet of Malice drops and will cause additional Grasp of Malice lines.
    • At 30% health, Rattlecage of Agony drops and will cause an additional Malevolence (dispel, magic) debuff.


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


  • Malevolence (dispel, magic) should be dispelled in a controlled manner as it knocks back all players.


Useful Addons

DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for Remnant of Ner'zhul 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 Remnant of Ner'zhul

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.