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Sun King's Salvation, Healer Guide

Updated 9 months ago for patch 9.2.7 by Preston. View the change log.

Kael'thas Sunstrider Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Sun King's Salvation in Castle Nathria in Shadowlands. 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, combat log information, and Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.


Sun King's Salvation ModelGeneral Mechanics and Abilities

Sun King's Salvation ModelNormal and Heroic

During this encounter players must heal Kael'thas while fending off Sire Denathrius' forces.

  • High Torturer Darithos is present to begin the encounter.
  • Ministers of Vice will join throughout the encounter.
    • Rockbound Vanquisher
    • Bleakwing Assassin
    • Vile Occultist
    • Soul Infuser
      • Channels Soul Infusion, damaging Kael'thas.
        • If the Shade of Kael'thas (detailed below) is active, this heals Kael'thas instead.
    • Pestering Fiend
      • Stay at least 3-yards away from other players to minimize the damage from Shattering Ruby.
      • On Heroic, upon death, stay at least 7-yards away to avoid Fragmentation.
  • Various Infusing Essences will become available throughout the encounter to assist in healing Kael'Thas.
    • Vile Occultist
      • Upon death, drops an Essence Font.
        • Essence Font
          • Loses health over time at an increasing rate due to Cracked Reservoir. At 0% health the Font is lost.
          • At 100% health, triggers Essence Overflow, healing Kael'thas.
    • Soul Infuser
      • Upon death, leaves behind an Infuser's Orb. Clicking on the Orb grants a stack of Infuser's Boon, increasing healing done for 15-seconds.
    • Soul Pedestals are located around the room.
      • Soul Pedestal
        • Clicking on a Pedestal channels (339232) , sacrificing health to heal Kael'thas over 15-seconds.
          • Additionally, applies Drained Soul, preventing the use of Soul Pedestals for 1-minute.
  • When Kael'thas reached 40% and 90% health, a Shade of Kael'thas spawns.

Sun King's Salvation ModelMythic Differences

  • Kael'thas
  • Shade of Kael'thas
    • Reborn Phoenix
      • No longer disappear when the Shade is killed.


Sun King's Salvation 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.

  • Use Major Cooldowns
    • to heal Essence Fonts and Kael'thas directly, especially with stacks of Infuser's Boon
  • Use Minor Cooldowns
    • on Ember Blast [occurs about every 25-seconds while Shade of Kael'thas is active]
    • to heal Essence Fonts and Kael'thas directly
  • Pre-heal Before (mainly for heal over time classes)
  • Potion of Spiritual Clarity use
    • just before Shade of Kael'thas reaches 45% health
  • Other things to watch for
    • Be careful not to heal any Essence Fonts while the Shade of Kael'thas is alive as the healing will be absorbed.
    • If Vulgar Brand (dispel, magic) is not interrupted, dispel it from the tanks quickly.

Sun King's Salvation ModelDebuffs to Track



Sun King's Salvation ModelUseful Addons

Castle Nathria DBM Import Code for Healers - +

To use this import code, install the Deadly Boss Mods addon, type /dbm in your chat, expand the Shadowlands header in the left-hand panel, click on the Sanctum of Domination 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 Castle Nathria bosses.

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Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

August 24, 2022 - 8:08 pm (Healer) - Updated Healing Notes for all bosses, added occurrence frequency for suggested cooldown usage.

August 24, 2022 - 8:08 pm (Healer) - Updated Healing Notes for all bosses, added occurrence frequency for suggested cooldown usage.

August 04, 2022 - 1:14 am (Sun King's Salvation) - Added Eyes on Target as a precursor to Crimson Flurry.

July 29, 2022 - 4:49 pm (Healer) - Added DBM import code.

July 29, 2022 - 4:49 pm (Healer) - Added DBM import code.

January 26, 2021 - 3:49 pm (Stone Legion Generals) - Removed the note about the dispeller receiving Heart Hemorrhage on Mythic difficulty, this was removed in a patch.

January 11, 2021 - 6:07 pm (Sire Denathrius) - Added DBM settings.

January 11, 2021 - 5:59 pm (Stone Legion Generals) - Added DBM settings.

January 11, 2021 - 5:18 pm (Sludgefist) - Added DBM settings.

January 11, 2021 - 3:50 pm (The Council of Blood) - Added DBM settings.