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Gothik the Harvester, Healer Guide

Updated 7 months, 3 weeks ago for patch 3.4.1 by Preston. View the change log.

Gothik the Harvester Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Gothik the Harvester 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.

Gothik the Harvester ModelGeneral Mechanics and Abilities

During this encounter, players fight against Gothik's minions in separate groups before engaging him directly.

Stage One - Divided Efforts

This stage begins the encounter and ends after about 4.5-minutes.

  • The room is divided into two sides. The side you first enter is called the Living Side, the other side is called the Undead Side.
  • When Gothik is engaged, the gate between the two sides closes and Gothik teleports to his balcony, out of reach of players.
  • Enemies spawn in waves, first on the Living Side, then when killed, spawn a similar enemy on the Undead Side.
  • Living Side
    • Enemies are susceptible to most forms of crowd control, slows, and snares, except where noted.
    • Unrelenting Trainee
    • Unrelenting Deathknight
    • Unrelenting Rider
  • Undead Side
    • Enemies are generally not susceptible to crowd control. Only non-elite enemies are susceptible to Shackle Undead
    • Spectral Trainee
    • Spectral Deathknight
      • Stay more than 5-yards away to avoid Whirlwind.
    • Spectral Rider
      • Interrupt or dispel Drain Life (Drain Life on 10-Player) (magic) to prevent the healing over time.
      • Deals light damage over time to all players with Unholy Aura.
    • Spectral Horse
      • Don't stand in front to avoid Stomp.

Stage Two - The Harvester

This stage begins after 4.5-minutes in stage one and ends when Gothik is killed.

  • Any enemies leftover from stage one will need to be dealt with, either by crowd controlling or killing them.
  • Gothik
    • Joins the encounter starting on the Living Side, and switches sides about every 20-seconds.
      • At 30% health, the gate dividing the sides opens.
    • The tanks will be dealing with Shadow Bolt.
    • Applies stacks of Harvest Soul to all players every 20-seconds, reducing all stats.

Gothik the Harvester 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
  • Pre-heal Before (mainly for heal over time classes)
    • Unrelenting Riders/Spectral Riders or Spectral Trainees are active
  • Other things to watch for
    • Tanks and melee players are likely to be taking most of the damage throughout the encounter.
    • As mana and healing permit, help DPS Gothik during stage two to help end the encounter faster before Harvest Soul stacks get too high.

Gothik the Harvester ModelDebuffs to Track


Gothik the Harvester 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.


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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.