BossAdvisor Melandrus
Image of Advisor Melandrus
Title <First Blade of Elisande>
Gender Male
Race Nightborne (Humanoid)
Level 47 Elite
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Burning Legion
Location Court of Stars
Status Killable
Court of Stars

Patrol Captain Gerdo
Talixae Flamewreath
Advisor Melandrus



Advisor Melandrus, First Blade of Grand Magistrix Elisande, is a high-ranking nightborne and the final boss of the Court of Stars. He was the one responsible for betraying First Arcanist Thalyssra when she attempted to prevent Elisande from allying with Burning Legion, leading to Thalyssra's exile and transformation into a nightfallen.


Twilight of Suramar

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Melandrus in World of Warcraft.

Melandrus was present when Gul'dan, emissary of the demonic Burning Legion, appeared before the nightborne with his offer: bring down the barrier around Suramar, give him access to the Nightwell and become allies of the Legion, or be destroyed. While First Arcanist Thalyssra argued that the Legion would not be making offers if they were actually capable of destroying the barrier, Melandrus countered by theorizing that the demons must be desperate and needed the Nightwell's power immediately. When Thalyssra and Advisor Vandros then began to argue whether or not to accept the Legion's offer, Melandrus told his fellow advisor that even though they could argue all night, the decision ultimately lay with Grand Magistrix Elisande.

Two days later, however, Melandrus, saying that the nightborne would not become the Legion's honored allies, but its fel-cursed servants, joined Thalyssra and several others in planning a rebellion against the Grand Magistrix to prevent her from giving in to the Legion's threats. During the night, the rebels stormed into the city, but were ambushed by Elisande's soldiers. Melandrus and Thalyssra managed to evade the fighting, making their way to just outside the Magistrix's palace. However, in that moment, Melandrus raised his sword and stabbed Thalyssra through the back, saying "I am sorry, my friend... but allegiance is the only way". He then pushed her over the edge, sending her into the river below, before joining Advisor Vandros and the Grand Magistrix in bringing the barrier down.[1]

Adventure Guide

First Blade of the Grand Magistrix, Melandrus rarely leaves Elisande's side. He has eschewed the magical arts, instead harnessing the power of the Nightwell to heighten his reflexes and his movements to inhuman levels.


Melandrus uses a variety of sword strikes to cripple his enemies, pairing magic with skill in a frightening fashion.

Damage Dealer Alert Damage Dealers

  • Spread out to minimize damage taken from Blade Surge.
  • Keep an eye on the direction that the images of Melandrus are facing to predict the path of Piercing Gale.

Healer Alert Healers

  • Spread out to minimize damage taken from Blade Surge.
  • Slicing Maelstrom inflicts increasing damage as the fight progresses.

Tank Alert Tanks

  • Spread out to avoid getting multiple party members hit by Blade Surge at the same time.
  • Keep an eye on the direction that the images of Melandrus are facing to predict the path of Piercing Gale.


  • Ability rogue sprint blue.png  Blade Surge Important — Dashes to a player, inflicting 269503 to 297872 Physical damage to targets within 5 yds. Players struck are left bleeding for 118350 Physical damage every 2 sec for 12 sec. Blade Surge leaves behind an image of Advisor Melandrus.
  • Ability skyreach wind.png  Enveloping Winds Heroic Difficulty — Enveloping Winds periodically traverse the balcony, stunning players they come in contact with for 4 sec.
  • Inv tradeskillitem sorcererswind.png  Piercing Gale — Slashes out with the power of wind, inflicting 377803 to 417572 Physical damage to players in a straight line. Images of Advisor Melandrus also copy this ability when cast.
  • Ability skyreach four wind.png  Slicing Maelstrom Healer Alert — Channels a fierce storm of blades, inflicting 37181 to 41096 Physical damage to all players every 1 sec for 4 sec. Images of Advisor Melandrus also copy this ability when cast.


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Advisor Melandrus is generally the most difficult boss in Court of Stars. The encounter is somewhat punishing in terms of melee uptime, and so it is important that melee plan movement out so they may react to Melandrus' frequent dashes. A death knight tank is highly recommended on higher Tyrannical keystones, as [Vampiric Aura] (20% leech for 15 seconds to the party upon casting Consumption) is extremely helpful in dealing with Slicing Maelstrom.

Over time, clones progressively spawn throughout the encounter (at most eight may be active). It is important that party members do not stand near these, for they amplify the damage of Slicing Maelstrom. Additionally, their Piercing Gale lines must be avoided.

Slicing Maelstrom is the mechanic that singularly makes this boss the hardest in the instance. Advisor Melandrus casts this ability once every 25 seconds after being engaged, and it deals progressively higher damage as additional clones spawn from Blade Surge. Generally speaking everyone should have a defensive cooldown active for this (Prydaz helps, though it does not line up perfectly) and the healer should have a cooldown rotation prepared for the later Maelstrom casts at higher keystone levels. As noted earlier, death knight tanks can mostly trivialize this boss by use of Consumption (which is available for every second Maelstrom cast).

It should be noted that Melandrus' actual tank damage is quite low, and therefore tanks can in some cases continue in the event of a near-full wipe to Slicing Maelstrom and go on to kill the boss, even on higher Tyrannical keystones.


Item Type
 [Crux of Blind Faith] Holy artifact relic
 [Edge of the First Blade] Storm artifact relic
 [Helmet of Reverent Loyalty] Plate helmet
 [Veil of Unseen Strikes] Leather helmet
 [Strand of the Stars] Necklace
 [Amice of the Unfurling Tempest] Cloth shoulders
 [Luminous Bladesworn Hauberk] Mail chest
 [Manawracker Bindings] Cloth bracers
 [Arcane-Bound Gale Chain] Mail belt
 [Roaring Breeze Waistguard] Plate belt
 [Swordsinger's Belt] Leather belt
 [Arcane Defender's Pants] Plate leggings
 [Suramar Magistrate Leggings] Cloth leggings
 [Footpads of the Swift Balestra] Leather boots
 [Ley Dragoon's Stompers] Mail boots
 [Jeweled Signet of Melandrus] Ring
 [Windscar Whetstone] Melee DPS trinket

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Intro (non-achievement)
Advisor Melandrus says: Must you leave so soon, Grand Magistrix?
Elisande says: Do you expect me to waste time chattering with vapid nobles even as my enemies close in? Look there, you fool! We are not alone.
Advisor Melandrus says: Impossible! My guards would never permit such an intrusion!
Elisande says: Yet another failure, Melandrus. Consider this your chance to correct it. Dispose of these outsiders. I must return to the Nighthold.
Intro ( [Dropping Some Eaves])
Main article: Dropping Some Eaves#Conversation
Finally. I'll make this quick!
Slicing Maelstrom
  • Death by a thousand cuts!
  • You can't counter what you can't see!
  • Bleed for the Grand Magistrix!
Blade Surge
  • I will speed you towards your demise!
  • The wind slices to the bone!
  • If you blink... you bleed!
Killed a player
  • Another victim of my artistry!
  • Never heard my blade coming!
  • Let your names be forgotten!
How dare you interrupt your betters!
Elisande... forgive me!
Ly'leth Lunastre says: We may have missed our chance at the Grand Magistrix tonight, but her time will come. Sooner or later we'll find another way to settle the score...

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Preceded by:
First Blade of Suramar
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