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Instructor Razuvious, Healer Guide

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago for patch 3.4.1 by Preston. View the change log.

Instructor Razuvious Dungeon Journal ModelThis page covers a healer-focused strategy for Instructor Razuvious 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.

Instructor Razuvious ModelGeneral Mechanics and Abilities

  • Accompanied by four (two on 10-Player) Deathknight Understudies.
    • Deathknight Understudy
      • On 25-Player: Must be Mind Controlled by a Priest to tank Instructor Razuvious.
      • On 10-Player: Must be mind controlled using the two Orbs of Domination near the ramp to tank Instructor Razuvious.
      • Abilities while mind controlled, their hotkey number noted in parenthesis:
        • Blood Strike (4) - Deals damage to the targeted enemy.
        • Taunt (5) - Forces the targeted enemy to attack the Understudy.
        • Bone Barrier (6) - Reduces damage taken by the Understudy.
      • When Instructor Razuvious dies, Hopeless greatly increases damage taken.
  • The tanks (Understudies) will be dealing with the extra damage and reduced Defense effect from Unbalancing Strike.
  • Deals moderate damage and then light damage over time to random players with Jagged Knife.
  • Deals moderate damage to all players with Disrupting Shout.

Instructor Razuvious 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)
    • There's nothing to pre-heal before, but damage is rather persistent, so keeping heal over time effects active on Understudies and players affected by Jagged Knife can be beneficial.
  • Other things to watch for
    • Mind controlled Deathknight Understudies can be healed, and will be taking the brunt of the damage during the encounter.

Instructor Razuvious ModelDebuffs to Track


  • Jagged Knife causes players to need additional light healing over time.

Instructor Razuvious 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.