Skip to main content

Anub'Rekhan, Healer Guide

Updated 7 months, 2 weeks ago for patch 3.4.1 by Preston. View the change log.

Anub'rekhan Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Anub'Rekhan in Naxxramas 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 with the encounter, combat log information, and Dungeon Journal information. I'll continue to update it as-needed.


Anub'Rekhan ModelGeneral Mechanics and Abilities

  • Accompanied by two Crypt Guards.
    • Crypt Guard
      • Susceptible to stuns.
      • The tanks will be dealing with stacks of Acid Spit (Acid Spit on 10-Player).
      • Don't stand in front to avoid Cleave.
      • At 50% health, goes into a Frenzy, increasing Attack Speed and damage dealt.
    • On 10-Player, there are no Crypt Guards to begin the encounter, but one Crypt Guard spawns after 20-seconds.
  • Don't stand in front when it turns to cast Impale towards a random player. Players hit take light damage and are knocked into the air, taking fall damage.
  • During Locus Swarm, stay more than 30-yards away to avoid the stacking damage over time and pacification effect from Locus Swarm (Locust Swarm on 10-Player).
    • This summons a new Crypt Guard, which functions the same as noted above.
  • Summons ten Corpse Scarabs from Crypt Guards and five Corpse Scarabs from players when they die.
    • Corpse Scarab
      • Melee attack random players, dealing light damage.


Anub'Rekhan 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 Cooldowns
    • as-needed to handle the following abilities
  • Pre-heal Before (mainly for heal over time classes)
  • Other things to watch for
    • Be aware of tanks with high stacks of Acid Spit (Acid Spit on 10-Player), they may need an external defensive cooldown to survive.

Anub'Rekhan ModelDebuffs to Track


  • Acid Spit (Acid Spit on 10-Player) causes the tanks to need additional healing over time.


Anub'Rekhan ModelUseful Addons

Naxxramas 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 Naxxramas 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 Naxxramas bosses.


Comment on Anub'Rekhan, Healer Guide

Changelog - View the last ten changes. - +

October 10, 2022 - 2:28 pm (Healer) - Added DBM import code for Healers.

October 10, 2022 - 2:28 pm (Healer) - Added DBM import code for Healers.