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Warmaster Blackhorn DPS Strategy Guide

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Boss Icon - Warmaster BlackhornThis guide is intended to provide a comprehensive description of theencounter with Warmaster Blackhorn in Dragon Soul. It is mostly targeted to DPSwho desire to have a short but detailed overview of what is expected ofthem during that fight.

This guide applies to patch 4.3 of World of Warcraft.


The Warmaster Blackhorn encounter is a two-phase fight during which youwill have to deal with many types of adds, before finally performing a DPSburn against Backhorn himself. The encounter is very reminiscent of theGunship Battle from Icecrown Citadel, although much more difficult.

DPS players will have to properly prioritise targets, while avoiding variousabilities and performing a variety of different tasks.


1. Overview of the Fight↑top

The Warmaster Blackhorn encounter takes place on a flying gunship. The shiphas a health pool and can be damaged by various abilities during theencounter. Aside from defeating Warmaster Blackhorn, you will also have toensure the survival of your ship, if you wish to succeed in this encounter.

The encounter is a two phase fight. During the firstphase, your raid will mainly have to deal with 4 different types of adds (3types of adds in LFR). You will also have to watch out for many void zones inwhich you must stand in order to protect the gunship. If 3 waves of adds aredealt with successfully, the second phase will begin. During this phase, yourraid will have to deal with Warmaster Blackhorn himself.

Phase OnePhase Two
         Dragon Soul - Blackhorn - Adds                  Dragon Soul - Blackhorn - Twilight Flames        

2. Phase One↑top

During Phase one, the raid will be spread out all over the ship and you willhave to perform a few simple tasks, given below, in order of priority.

  1.      Dragon Soul - Blackhorn - Twilight Onslaught    Move into the large swirling void zones created by Twilight Onslaught Icon Twilight Onslaught (10-man/25-man/LFR), inorder to soak the damage from the impact. Move out immediately afterwards.
  2. DPS the Twilight Sappers as soon as they land (does not apply inLFR, where these adds do not exist).
  3. DPS the Twilight Assault Drakes when they are close to the ship(NPCs will harpoon and reel them in regularly).
  4. Move into the small swirling void zones created by Twilight Barrage Icon Twilight Barrage, in orderto soak the damage from the impact. Keep in mind that there should be at leasttwo people in each Twilight Barrage void zone for the damage not to befatal.
  5. DPS the Twilight Elite Slayers and Twilight Elite Dreadblades.

3. Phase Two↑top

Phase Two begins as soon as all the Twilight Assault Drakes have beenkilled. During this phase, the strategy can be summarised as follows.

  1.      Dragon Soul - Blackhorn - Shockwave    DPS Goriona to 25% health (melee players should skip this step, asshe is out of their range);
  2. DPS Warmaster Blackhorn, while dealing with the following mechanics:
    • avoid the large purple void zones that Goriona lays on the ground;
    • move away from the area that the boss will cast Shockwave Icon Shockwavein (he faces a random player, and the conic area is marked by a clearlyvisible ground effect for a few seconds prior to the damage);
    • casters stay out of a 10 yard range of Blackhorn to avoid an interrupt andsilence effect.

Moving out of the Shockwave area is easier the closer you are to the boss,so attempt to stay as close to him as possible. There is no requirement to bespread out during this phase.

4. Heroic Mode↑top

As a DPS player, the heroic mode of Warmaster Blackhorn is very similarto the normal mode, with only a few relevant changes.

4.1. Differences from Normal Mode

In addition to increased health and damage, the following changes are ofimportance to you:

  • During Phase One, parts of the ship's deck will be randomly covered infire. Simply move out of the fire. The fires will progressively be put out byNPCs, freeing up space.
  • Taking damage from a Twilight Barrage Icon Twilight Barrage (small void zone) will leave adebuff on you for 15 seconds, that increases the Shadow damage you take by50%.
  • During Phase Two, when Goriona reaches 80% health she lands and must betanked and DPSed down. At 20% health, she flies away.

4.2. Strategy

4.2.1. Phase One

During Phase One, you only have two added concerns:

  • Stay out of the fires on the deck of the ship;
  • Make sure that, while soaking damage from Twilight Barrage Icon Twilight Barrage, you donot have the Shadow damage increasing debuff.

Because the number of Twilight Barrages is affected by how manyTwilight Assault Drakes are currently alive, the Drakes have a high killpriority, and you should switch to them each time they are harpooned (even ifyou are a melee DPS player).

If you are a ranged DPS player, you can move to the very top of the shipat the start of the fight (by climbing up the stairs next to the ship'scabin) and from there you can nuke and DoT the Twilight Assault Drake thatis in range.

Additionally, you can also attack and DoT Goriona (although you shouldfocus on the Twilight Assault Drake until it is dead).

4.2.2. Phase Two

During Phase Two, simply do as in normal mode (melee DPS on Blackhorn,ranged DPS on Goriona) until Goriona lands. After Goriona lands, burn herdown. She has a breath attack and will be tanked facing away from the raid.

After Goriona flies away, simply focus on finishing off WarmasterBlackhorn.

Lastly, it is likely that you will be asked to stack together in a groupduring Phase Two, in order to more efficiently be healed through one ofGoriona's heroic-only abilities (which is, otherwise, of no concern to you).Pay attention to your raid leader's instructions.


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