Varimathras, Healer Guide

Patch 7.3.2 Updated
November 21, 2017

Varimathras Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Varimathras in Antorus, the Burning Throne. 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 fight as well as Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.

 General Mechanics and Abilities

 Normal and Heroic

This is a single-Stage encounter during which you fight Varimathras inside his prison cell.

  • The group will be taking constant, light damage over time from Torment of Flames or Torment of Shadows.
  • Taking Shadow damage causes players to be unhealable for 7-seconds and take increased Physical damage due to Misery.
  • The tanks will be dealing with Shadow Strike.
    • This will apply Misery.
    • On Heroic, don't stand in front of the boss to avoid the cone effect.
  • Stay within at least 8-yards of one other player to avoid being hit by Alone in the Darkness.
    • The best way to handle this is to have one melee and one ranged group.
  • Move out of Dark Fissure before they expire.
  • When affected by Marked Prey, position so you remain within range of other players after being knocked back.
  • On Heroic, when affected by Necrotic Embrace, move at least 10-yards away from other players to prevent it from spreading.

Mythic Raid Icon Mythic Differences

  • When Alone in the Darkness is triggered, a Shadow of Varimathras is left behind.
    • When affected by Echoes of Doom, move away from the group to drop the magic field out of the way.


 Healing Notes

Quick Notes, All Difficulties

  • Be aware of players affected by Misery so you're not healing them when they take no healing.
  • On Heroic, be prepared for the steadily increasing damage during Torment of Fel.
    • This may require a group-healing cooldown when combined with other abilities.
  • Players affected by Marked Prey will take a spike of damage.

 Debuffs to Track

  • Misery causes players to be immune to healing.
  • Marked Prey causes players to need additional healing.
  • On Heroic, Necrotic Embrace causes players to need additional healing.

 DBM Settings

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

Healer DBM settings for Varimathras


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