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Sapphiron, Healer Guide

Updated 9 months, 4 weeks ago for patch 1.13.6 and Season of Mastery by Preston. View the change log.

Sapphiron Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Sapphiron in Naxxramas. 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

  • Immune to frost spells.
  • Deals moderate damage over time to all players for the duration of the encounter with Frost Aura.
  • Alternates between being on the ground and in the air.
  • While on the ground:
    • Sapphiron initially spends ~45-seconds on the ground, then ~60-seconds each subsequent time.
    • Don't stand in front to avoid Cleave.
    • Don't stand behind to avoid Tail Sweep.
    • Dispel Life Drain (curse) quickly to minimize the healing done.
    • Avoid the Chill patches as they move around the room.
  • While in the air:
    • Sapphiron spends ~30-seconds in the air.
    • Targets up to six random players with Icebolt, dealing moderate damage and turning them into an Ice Block.
    • During Frost Breath, players must break line of sight on the impact location using an Icebolt Ice Block.

Season of Mastery Differences

  • Currently, I'm not aware of any mechanical differences.
  • There are new quests offered by Archmage Tarsis Kir-Moldir just inside Naxxramas, and it was suggested that these could lead to surprises that "have a significant impact" inside and outside Naxxramas.

Resistance Levels

  • All players should be as close to 315 Frost Resistance as possible, without sacrificing too many other stats where they become ineffective in their role.

Healing Notes

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.

  • The healing required during this encounter is essentially endless, and mana management will be important as well as avoiding overhealing.
  • It's very important that Life Drain (dispel, curse) is dispelled quickly to prevent the fight from going on any longer than it has to.

Debuffs to Track


Healer DBM Settings for Sapphiron Thumbnail
Healer DBM Settings for Sapphiron


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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

August 05, 2022 - 8:08 pm (Healer) - Reviewed for Season of Mastery. Some minor clarifications and spell ID corrections were made.

August 05, 2022 - 8:08 pm (Healer) - Reviewed for Season of Mastery. Some minor clarifications and spell ID corrections were made.