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The Hivemind, Healer Guide

Updated 3 years, 3 months ago for patch 8.3 by Preston. View the change log.

Ka'zir Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for The Hivemind in Ny'alotha, the Waking City. 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, logs information, and Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.

General Mechanics and Abilities

Normal and Heroic

  • Tek'ris and Ka'zir must be killed at the same time to avoid them healing from Dark Reconstitution.
  • Control of the Hivemind will switch between Tek'ris and Ka'zir.
    • Tek'ris's Control
      • If Tek'ris and Ka'zir are more than 20-yards apart, all enemies take 99% less damage due to Shadow Veil.
        • Any Aqir summoned while active gain Void Infusion, increasing damage dealt and movement speed over time. 
      • On Heroic, transforms an Aqir Drone into an Aqir Ravager with Accelerated Evolution.
        • Aqir Ravager
          • Must be tanked.
          • Applies Ravage to the tank, dealing moderate damage over time.
    • Ka'zir's Control
      • If Tek'ris and Ka'zir are within 20-yards of one another, all enemies take 99% less damage due to Shadow Veil.
      • Targets an Aqir Drone with Volatile Eruption, granting it immunity to crowd control effects and increased health.
        • The Drone must be killed within 20-seconds to prevent it from exploding and dealing critical damage to all players.
    • On Heroic, when the Hivemind changes hosts it triggers Devouring Frenzy, dealing damage over time to all players.
  • The Hivemind spawns Aqir enemies throughout the encounter.
    • All adds are susceptible to crowd control, stuns, snares, etc.
    • Aqir Drone
      • Attack random players due to Mindless.
      • On Heroic, avoid the pools of Acidic Blood left behind upon death.
    • Aqir Darter
      • Teleport to random locations and deal damage to all players with Psionic Resonance.
  • Tek'ris
    • Don't stand in front of the boss to avoid Nullification Blast.
    • Stay at least 4-yards away from other players when Echoing Void is cast to avoid taking additional damage.
  • Ka'zir
    • Avoid the paths of Spawn Acidic Aqir as they roll across the room.
      • Being hit deals heavy damage and applies Corrosion, dealing light damage over time and increasing all damage taken.
    • Interrupt Mind-Numbing Nova to prevent the damage over time and reduced haste effect being applied to all players.

Mythic Differences

  • Ka'zir
    • Acid now seeps from the Acidic Aqir Eggs.
  • Tek'ris


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


  • Corrosion causes players to need additional healing.
  • Nullification affected players receive reduced healing.


  • Ravage causes the tank to need additional healing.
  • Mindless causes players to need additional healing.
  • (Optional) Mind-Numbing Nova (dispel, poison) should be dispelled.

 DBM Settings

Below are the DBM settings I'll be using for The Hivemind. 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 The Hivemind Thumbnail
Healer DBM Settings for The Hivemind


Heroic Hivemind, Restoration Druid PoV

Below is a video of me killing The Hivemind in a Heroic PUG.

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

March 02, 2020 - 9:54 pm (The Prophet Skitra) - Updated intermission health breakpoints.

February 27, 2020 - 3:12 pm (Dark Inquisitor Xanesh) - Added heroic kill video, reviewed the guide but no changes needed.

February 25, 2020 - 7:03 pm (Ra-den the Despoiled) - Added heroic kill video.

February 24, 2020 - 1:25 pm (The Hivemind) - Added heroic kill video.

February 14, 2020 - 10:05 pm (The Prophet Skitra) - Added heroic kill video.

February 13, 2020 - 11:05 pm (Maut) - Added heroic kill video and made minor updates to DBM settings.

February 10, 2020 - 7:49 am (Wrathion, the Black Emperor) - Added heroic kill video and adjusted potion of replenishment time.

January 24, 2020 - 10:59 am (N'zoth the Corruptor) - Added DBM settings.

January 24, 2020 - 10:40 am (Carapace of N'zoth) - Added DBM settings.

January 21, 2020 - 2:38 pm (Il'gynoth, Corruption Reborn) - Added DBM settings.