This page covers a healer-focused strategy for the Dragons of Nightmare in The Emerald Nightmare. 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.
During this fight you will encounter three different dragons every week. One will always be Ysondre, and the other two will vary. For the purposes of organization, each dragon's mechanics will be explained separately. Some dragons have abilities they only use when grounded or flying, these will be noted.
The information below covers the new abilities and strategies introduced in Mythic difficulty. In addition to new things, you can expect all previous abilities to hit significantly harder.
This fight has several debuffs that will cause the affected players to need additional healing. The entire group will naturally start taking more damage from their Mark of the Nightmare debuffs as the fight goes on.
Below are debuffs you should track on your raid frames.
Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for the Dragons of Nightmare. 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 abilities, which will be added to this guide soon.
Below is a video of me and my guild defeating the Dragons of Nightmare on Heroic difficulty. There is no commentary, only game sounds.
Below is a video of me and my guild defeating Dragons of Nightmare on Mythic difficulty. Again, there is no commentary, only game sounds.
March 24, 2017 - Guides reviewed for patch 7.2, no major updates made.
Januray 9, 2017 - Reviewed for patch 7.1.5.
December 25, 2016 - Updated Healer guide for Xavius, adding Mythic kill video and additional Mythic information.
December 18. 2016 - Updated Mythic Healer guide for Cenarius and added Mythic kill video.
November 24, 2016 - Added Mythic video to Il'gynoth Healer guide.
November 14, 2016 - Added Mythic videos to Ursoc and Dragons of Nightmare healer guides.
November 12, 2016 - The Mythic information on the healer guide for Dragons of Nightmare was updated.
October 23, 2016 - Added additional clarifications to the Mythic section of the Elerethe Healer guide, along with a Mythic video.
October 22, 2016 - Added Heroic video to the Xavius Healer guide.
October 20, 2016 - Added videos to the Healer guides for Nythendra (mythic), Il'gynoth, and Cenarius.