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Zskarn, Healer Guide

Updated 3 weeks, 4 days ago for patch 10.1 by Preston. View the change log.

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn in Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible in Dragonflight. 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 contact me.

This guide has been updated and maintained based on my own experiences with the encounter, combat log information, and Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn ModelGeneral Mechanics and Abilities

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn ModelNormal and Heroic

  • The tanks will be dealing with stacking light to moderate damage over time from Searing Claws.
  • The tanks, or potentially other players with strong defensive cooldowns, will be dealing with triggering Shrapnel Bombs.
    • Players triggering a Shrapnel Bomb take moderate damage and then moderate damage over time from Shrapnel Bomb.
    • Failing to trigger a Shrapnel Bomb before it expires about 20-seconds after being placed causes it to instead deal moderate damage and then moderate damage over time to all players with Shrapnel Bomb.
  • On Heroic, when affected by Unstable Embers, stay more than 5-yards away from other players to avoid chaining the damage dealt.
  • At 35-seconds into the encounter, and every 60-seconds after that, two to four Dragonfire Golems spawn.
    • Dragonfire Golem
      • Susceptible to most Stuns, Snares, and other crowd control.
      • Only attacks players if all Dragonfire Traps are already active.
      • Interrupt Activate Dragonfire Trap to prevent Dragonfire Traps from being activated.
      • Once killed, players can interact with the corpse to gain Salvage Parts and the Deactivate Dragonfire Trap Extra Active Button, which is used to deactivate a targeted Dragonfire Trap.
  • At 100% Energy, 50-seconds into the encounter and every 60-seconds after that, during Tactical Destruction: avoid the blasts emanating from dragon statues near the edge of the platform. Players hit take likely-fatal damage.
  • Stay more than 10-yards away from active Dragonfire Traps. Players hit take stacking light damage over time from Dragonfire Traps (dispel, magic).
  • Every 35-seconds, deals moderate damage and then heavy damage over time to all players and knocks them back with Blast Wave.

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn ModelMythic Differences

  • Avoid standing between Zskarn and players affected by Unstable Embers to avoid the Elimination Protocol beams when the effect expires. Players hit take moderate damage and greatly increased damage from subsequwent Elimination Protocol beams while the effect persists.
  • Dragonfire Golem
    • At 50% health or at 100% Energy (about 30-seconds), becomes immune to crowd control due to Reinforced.


The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn ModelHealing 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.

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn ModelDebuffs to Track


  • Dragonfire Traps (dispel, magic) can be dispelled immediately.
  • Several abilities cause players to need additional healing over time.


  • Searing Claws causes the tanks to need additional light to moderate healing over time.

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn ModelUseful Addons

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible DBM Import Code for Healers - +

To use this import code, install the Deadly Boss Mods addon, type /dbm in your chat, expand the Dragonflight header in the left-hand panel, click on the Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible heading, click on the Load AddOn button in the right-hand panel if necessary, click on the Import Profile button, paste the code into the box and click Import. Note that importing this code will replace all of your current settings for all Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible bosses.

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

May 15, 2023 - 3:16 am (Echo of Neltharion) - Added Rushing Darkness as a Major debuff to track. Clarified information regarding Twisted Earth. Made minor clarifications to other abilities.

May 15, 2023 - 3:08 am (Rashok, the Elder) - Clarified Wrath of the Djaruun, and made minor clarifications to other abilities.

May 15, 2023 - 3:03 am (Assault of the Zaqali) - Clarified Cave Rubble usage, and made other minor clarifications to some abilities.

May 15, 2023 - 2:44 am (The Amalgamation Chamber) - Made minor clarifications to some abilities.

May 15, 2023 - 2:34 am (Kazzara, the Hellforged) - Made minor clarifications to some abilities.

May 09, 2023 - 5:21 pm (Healer) - Added DBM import code.

May 09, 2023 - 5:21 pm (Healer) - Added DBM import code.