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Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom, Healer Guide

Updated 4 months, 1 week ago for patch 3.4.0 by Preston. View the change log.

This page covers healer-focused strategies for the Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom dungeon in Wrath of the Lich King. 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 as well as Dungeon Journal and combat log information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.



Trash Mob IconBosses

Below are guides for the bosses in Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom, including their abilities, healer notes, and addon settings.

Elder Nadox Dungeon Journal Model Elder Nadox


  • Dispel Brood Plague (disease) to remove the light damage over time effect.
  • Soothe Brood Rage from nearby Ahn'kahar Swarmers to remove the increased damage dealt and increased maximum health effect.
  • An Ahn'kahar Guardian periodically spawns.
    • Ahn'kahar Guardian
      • Dispel Deadly Poison (poison) to remove the light damage over time effect.
      • Makes all other enemies immune to damage with Guardian Aura.
      • Increases its movement speed with Sprint.
  • A large amount of Ahn'kahar Swarmers periodically spawn.
    • Ahn'kahar Swarmer
      • Increases damage done and movement speed of other Swarmers within 10-yards with Swarm.
      • Increases its movement speed with Sprint.

 Healing Notes

  • Use cooldowns as-needed while Ahn'kahar Guardians are active, as it may be impossible for the tank to gain threat on enemies.
 Debuffs to Track
 Addons

Wrath of the Lich King Dungeons DBM Import Code for Healers - +

To use this import code, install the Deadly Boss Mods addon, type /dbm in your chat, expand the Wrath of the Lich King header in the left-hand panel, click on the Dungeons (WotLK) 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 Warlords of Draenor dungeons.


Prince Taldaram Dungeon Journal ModelPrince Taldaram


  • The tank will be dealing with Bloodthirst, during which they should use avoidance abilities if possible to prevent the healing.
  • During Conjure Flame Sphere, avoid the 18-yard wide path of the sphere as much as possible as it travels in a straight line from the boss.
    • On Heroic, three spheres spawn in a triangular configuration, meaning players will likely take light to moderate damage no matter what.
  • Vanishes before targeting a random player with Embrace of the Vampyr, stunning them, dealing moderate damage over time, and making them immune to healing until the effect expires or Taldaram sustains enough damage.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track
 Addons

Wrath of the Lich King Dungeons DBM Import Code for Healers - +

To use this import code, install the Deadly Boss Mods addon, type /dbm in your chat, expand the Wrath of the Lich King header in the left-hand panel, click on the Dungeons (WotLK) 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 Warlords of Draenor dungeons.


Jedoga Shadowseeker Dungeon Journal ModelJedoga Shadowseeker


  • The tank will be dealing with Lightning Bolt.
  • Stay more than 6-yards away to avoid Cyclone Strike.
  • Avoid the location of Thundershock.
  • At 50% health, Jedoga floats into the air, becoming immune to damage.
    • A Twilight Volunteer from the groups nearby attempts to reach her. If it reaches the circle below her before being killed, she gains Gift of the Herald, healing and increasing damage dealt based on the Twilight Volunteer's remaining health.

 Healing Notes

  • If possible, help damage the Twilight Volunteer to ensure it's killed before reaching Jedoga.
 Debuffs to Track
  • There are no particular debuffs to track.
 Addons

Wrath of the Lich King Dungeons DBM Import Code for Healers - +

To use this import code, install the Deadly Boss Mods addon, type /dbm in your chat, expand the Wrath of the Lich King header in the left-hand panel, click on the Dungeons (WotLK) 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 Warlords of Draenor dungeons.


Amanitar Dungeon Journal ModelAmanitar


Available on Heroic only.

  • The tank will be dealing with extra damage from Bash.
  • Stay more than 5-yards away from Poisonous Mushrooms to avoid Poison Cloud (dispel, poison).
  • When affected by Mini, stand within 4-yards of a Healthy Mushroom before killing it to remove the decreased damage dealt effect.
    • Killing a Healthy Mushroom removes Mini from all players within 4-yards and grants them Potent Fungus, greatly increasing damage dealt.
  • Dispel Entangling Roots (magic) to remove the light damage over time and root effect.
  • Deals light damage to all players with Venom Bolt Volley.

 Healing Notes

 Debuffs to Track
 Addons

Wrath of the Lich King Dungeons DBM Import Code for Healers - +

To use this import code, install the Deadly Boss Mods addon, type /dbm in your chat, expand the Wrath of the Lich King header in the left-hand panel, click on the Dungeons (WotLK) 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 Warlords of Draenor dungeons.


Herald Volazj Dungeon Journal ModelHerald Volazj


  • The tank will be dealing with Mind Flay.
  • Dispel Shiver (curse) to prevent the additional damage dealt.
  • Deals light damage to all players with Shadow Bolt Volley.
  • During Insanity:
    • Players must kill their group member's hostile clones.
    • When one player kills all their clones, they'll join another member of the group who hasn't killed their clones.
    • When all player's clones are killed, the fight continues as before.

 Healing Notes

  • Use cooldowns as-needed before Insanity to ensure players begin with full health.
 Debuffs to Track
  • Major: Shiver (dispel, curse)
 Addons

Wrath of the Lich King Dungeons DBM Import Code for Healers - +

To use this import code, install the Deadly Boss Mods addon, type /dbm in your chat, expand the Wrath of the Lich King header in the left-hand panel, click on the Dungeons (WotLK) 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 Warlords of Draenor dungeons.

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Trash Mob IconTrash Mobs

Below are notes for the trash mobs in Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom. Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom has a relatively linear layout. The trash below is listed as if you're completing the bosses in the order they're listed above.

Entrance thru Krik'thir

  • Ahn'kahar Watcher
    • The tank will be dealing with extra damage from Triple Slash.
    • Don't stand in front to avoid Cleave.
    • Soothe Enrage to remove the increased attack speed effect.
  • Deep Crawler
    • The tank will be dealing with extra damage from Combined Toxins.
    • Dispel Glutinous Poison (poison) to remove the increased resource cost effect.
    • Dispel Fatal Sting (poison) to remove the moderate damage over time effect.
  • Ahn'kahar Slasher
    • The tank will be dealing with extra damage from Triple Slash.
    • Don't stand in front to avoid Cleave.
    • Soothe Enrage to remove the increased attack speed effect.
  • Ahn'kahar Web Winder
    • When possible, stay more than 25-yards away to avoid the root effect from Tangled Webs.
    • Deals light damage to all players, pulling them into melee range and rooting them with Web Grab.
  • Ahn'kahar Spell Flinger
    • Interrupt Shadow Blast to prevent the critical damage dealt to a random player.
    • Deals light damage to all players with Shadow Sickle.
  • Ahn'kahar Swarmer
    • Increases damage done and movement speed of other Swarmers within 10-yards with Swarm.
    • Increases its movement speed with Sprint.
  • Plague Walker
    • Dispel Contagion of Rot (disease) to remove the reduced attack and casting speed effect.
    • Gradually applies stacks of Aura of Lost Hope to all players, reducing maximum health.

Krik'thir thru Taldaram

  • Plundering Geist
  • Frostbringer
    • Interrupt Frostbolt to prevent the light damage dealt to the tank.
    • Stay more than 10-yards away to avoid Frost Nova (dispel, magic).
    • Purge Icy Winds to prevent the reduced movement and casting speed effect on players within 5-yards.
  • Eye of Taldaram
  • Bonegrinder
    • Stay more than 10-yards away to avoid Intimidating Shout.
    • When possible, stay more than 20-yards away to avoid Trample.
    • Soothe Enrage to remove in increased attack speed and physical damage dealt effect.
    • Knocks all players back with Stomp.

Taldaram thru Jedoga

  • Twilight Darkcaster
    • Interrupt Shadow Bolt to prevent the light damage dealt to the tank.
    • Dispel Curse of Tongues (curse) to remove the reduced cast speed effect.
    • Dispel Corruption (magic) to remove the light damage over time effect.
  • Twilight Apostle
    • Interrupt Healing Wave to prevent the healing.
    • Purge Bloodlust to remove the increased attack speed effect.
    • Purge Lightning Shield to remove the damage dealt to melee attackers effect.
  • Twilight Worshipper
    • The tank will be dealing with Fireball.
    • Interrupt or avoid the impact location of Flamestrike.
  • Bound Air Elemental
  • Bound Fire Elemental
    • Interrupt or stay more than 10-yards away to avoid Fire Nova.
    • When possible, interrupt Scorch to prevent the light damage dealt to the tank.
  • Bound Water Elemental
    • Don't stand in front to avoid Water Spout.
    • When possible, interrupt Water Bolt to prevent the light damage dealt to the tank.
  • Twilight Initiate
    • Deals light melee damage, but usually comes in large groups.

Jedoga thru Amanitar

  • Savage Cave Beast
    • The tank will be dealing with the knock back from Uppercut.
    • Avoid the location of Poison Cloud.
    • Soothe Enrage to remove the increased attack speed and physical damage dealt.

Amanitar thru Herald Volazj


 Trash Debuffs to Track


 Trash Addons

Wrath of the Lich King Dungeons DBM Import Code for Healers - +

To use this import code, install the Deadly Boss Mods addon, type /dbm in your chat, expand the Wrath of the Lich King header in the left-hand panel, click on the Dungeons (WotLK) 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 Warlords of Draenor dungeons.


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