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The Desolate Host, Healer Guide

Patch 7.2.5 Updated
June 27, 2017

Desolate Host Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for The Desolate Host in the Tomb of Sargeras. 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 fight takes place across two realms, the Corporeal Realm (living) and the Spirit Realm. Several adds are also present in each realm.

Both Realms
  • Players can traverse between the two realms using Spiritual Fonts, which are small braziers around the outside of the room.
    • You can safely use these before the fight to get into the realm you need to be in.
  • On Heroic, try to stay mostly spread out to avoid extra damage from Dissonance.
Corporeal Realm
  • Engine of Souls
    • The tanks will be dealing with Bone Shards.
    • Avoid standing in Collapsing Fissures.
    • When affected by Tormented Cries, point the cone away from the group.
      • Standing in the infected ground left behind causes moderate damage over time and silences.
    • If no players are in the Corporeal Realm, Quietus will be cast continuously.
    • On Heroic, when affected by Spear of Anguish, move away from other players to prevent spreading the healing absorb.
  • Reanimated Templar
  • Ghastly Bonewarden
    • When affected by Grasping Darkness, move away from other players to avoid spreading it.
    • At 50% health, these also gain Bonecage Armor.
      • This is once again removed by players affected by Shattering Scream, which is cast by Fallen Priestesses in the Spirit Realm.
Spirit Realm
  • Soul Queen Dejahna
    • Crush Mind is interruptible and deals heavy damage to a random player if not interrupted.
    • When affected by Soulbind, move to the other linked player to break the effect.
    • Wailing Souls deals moderate damage over time to all players in the Spirit Realm for 1-minute when used. This will likely require a group-healing cooldown.
    • If no players are in the Spirit Realm, Quietus will be cast continuously.
    • On Heroic, Wither deals light damage over time and doubles the damage taken from Wailing Souls.
  • Fallen Priestess
    • Shattering Scream deals moderate damage over time and applies a stacking movement speed decrease.
      • Upon reaching 5-stacks, it explodes, removing Bonecage Armor from all enemies within 5-yards.
    • Spirit Chains deals moderate damage, slows movement speed, and prevents the use of Spiritual Fonts.
  • Soul Residue
    • Avoid standing in the pools of Soul Rot left behind at these move.
    • Don't stand near these when they die to avoid Soul Eruption.
The Desolate Host

At 30% health, the Engine of Souls becomes the Desolate Host. The Desolate Host has several abilities that will be handled differently depending which realm you're in. However, players in both realms are able to see and attack it.

  • Sundering Doom
    • Corporeal Realm: Stack inside the Doom to help split the damage.
    • Spirit Realm: Run as far away from the boss as possible to mitigate the damage taken.
  • Doomed Sundering
    • Corporeal Realm: Run as far away from the boss as possible to mitigate the damage taken.
    • Spirit Realm: Stack inside the Doom to help split the damage.
  • Torment applies a stacking damage increase to the Desolate Host.

Mythic Differences

  • Players can now only voluntarily switch realms when below 50% health.
  • Reanimated Templar, Ghastly Bonewarden, Fallen Priestess, and Soul Residue are now affected by Bound Essence, causing them to switch realms when killed.
  • Soul Residue will also periodically use Unrelenting, increasing their damage and movement speed.
  • At 30% health, when The Desolate Host is active, Spiritual Fonts are destroyed in a slow, chain reaction.


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Healing Strategy

Both Realms

  • On Heroic, players may need extra healing from Dissonance.

Corporeal Realm

  • On Heroic, players with Spear of Anguish will need healing to remove the healing absorb effect.
  • Players affected by Grasping Darkness will need light to moderate healing depending how many times the effect bounces.

Spirit Realm

  • Players affected by Soulbind will need moderate healing over time until the effect is broken.
  • Wailing Souls deals moderate damage to the entire group, and will likely require a group-healing cooldown.
  • Players affected by Shattering Scream will need moderate healing over time.
  • On Heroic, players affected by Wither will need light healing over a very long time.
  • Spirit Chains will deal moderate damage to random players.

The Desolate Host

  • Sundering Doom and Doomed Sundering can deal heavy damage if there aren't enough players available to stack inside it, or if players don't run far enough away, depending on which realm they're in.

Debuffs to Track

DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for The Desolate Host. 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.

Settings will be added the week Tomb of Sargeras is released.


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