This page covers a healer-focused strategy for The Lurker Below in Serpentshrine Cavern in The Burning Crusade. 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
To begin the encounter, players with at least 300 fishing skill must fish from the 'Strange Pool until The Lurker is "caught." During the encounter, players will be alternating between the two stages.
- Players in the water take light damage over time from Scalding Water.
Stage One - The Lurker
This stage begins the encounter and ends after 2-minutes, it begins again following 60-seconds in stage two.
- If no players are in melee range, Water Bolt deals heavy damage to random players.
- Stay more than 10-yards away from other players to avoid chaining the damage and knock back from Geyser.
- During Spout, avoid the beam as the boss rotates around. This is usually avoided by jumping into the water and swimming down slightly until the beam has passed.
Stage Two - The Coilfang
This stage begins after 2-minutes in stage one and ends after 60-seconds, it begins again after 2-minutes in stage one.
- Spawns two Coilfang Ambushers on each of the three outer platforms.
- Spawns three Coilfang Guardians on the main platform.
The notes below mostly pertain to progression difficulty, meaning if you out-gear the encounter or use extra healers they may not apply.
- Use Cooldowns
- during stage two
- as-needed during Spout
- Other things to watch for
- Players may end up out of line of sight if you're jumping into the water for Spout.
Debuffs to Track
- There are no particular debuffs to track.
Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for The Lurker Below in Serpentshrine Cavern. You can set them up however you'd like, but these ones should work well as a starting point.