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For the character's history and lore, see Kel'Thuzad.
BossKel'Thuzad
Image of Kel'Thuzad
Gender Male
Race Lich (Undead)
Level ?? Boss
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Throne of the Damned, Sanctum of Domination
Status Killable

Kel'Thuzad is a boss located at the Throne of the Damned in the Sanctum of Domination.

Adventure Guide

The nefarious Kel'Thuzad awaits at the apex of the soul river, allowing the lich to draw upon an unlimited well of power. All his countless schemes and machinations have led to this final confrontation, where he has plotted the mortal champions' ultimate demise in service of his true master.

Overview

Kel'Thuzad can only be truly defeated once his phylactery is destroyed. Until then, when Kel'Thuzad reaches 0 health remaining he calls forth his minions to protect him while the phylactery opens and empowers him. During this window, players may enter the phylactery and attempt to destroy the Remnant of Kel'Thuzad. Once fully recovered, Kel'Thuzad gains a stack of Necrotic Surge and engages the players once more.

When the Remnant is destroyed, the phylactery shatters and Kel'Thuzad summons a Deep Freeze to unleash all his power before death can finally take him.

Damage Dealers –
  • Soul Shards continuously cast Piercing Wail inflicting damage to the raid.
  • Enemies alive at the end of Stage Two receive Necrotic Empowerment.
  • Kel'Thuzad cannot be defeated while the Remnant of Kel'Thuzad is alive.
Healers –
  • Frost Blast roots players during moments when mobility is paramount.
  • Sinister Miasma continually stacks damage on players within the phylactery.
Tanks –
  • Each Soul Shard created applies Soul Exhaustion to its summoner which cannot be removed unitl it is absorbed.
  • Unstoppable Abominations inflict heavy damage.

Abilities

Stage One: Chains and Ice

Kel'Thuzad is a master of frost and shadow and until the phylactery is destroyed, remains immortal.

  • Howling Blizzard — When depleted of mana, Kel'Thuzad summons a blizzard that creates ice patches. Standing in an ice patch inflicts 18471 Frost damage every 1 sec. These patches grow over 20 sec before exploding, inflicting 66100 Frost damage to enemies within 8 yards.
  • Dark Evocation — Kel'Thuzad revives Frostbound Devoted to stalk his enemies. In addition, all slain players are resurrected and become thralls of Kel'Thuzad until they are slain once more.
  • Soul Fracture — Kel'Thuzad flays his current target, inflicting 44016 Shadow damage and knocking the player away. In addition, the target's soul is sundered into 5 Soul Shards, applying stacks of Soul Exhaustion for each shard created.
    • Soul Shard — Once slain, their creator can collect their essence by touching the Soul Shard to remove one application of Soul Exhaustion.
      • Piercing Wail — The shard screams, inflicting 16525 Shadow damage to all players.
      • Soul Exhaustion — Soul Shards bind the essence of the target, increasing Physical damage taken by 500% for 1 min. If this effect is not removed before the duration expires the target is slain outright.
  • Glacial Wrath — Kel'Thuzad summons Glacial Spikes at player destinations, inflicting 38558 Frost damage to players within 6 yards and knocking them back.
    • Glacial Spike — Once summoned, the Glacial Spike loses 5% health every 2 sec. Upon death the spike erupts, causing Frozen Destruction.
      • Frozen Destruction — The spike erupts, inflicting 22033 Frost damage to all players and an additional 2754 Frost damage every 1 sec for 10 sec. This effect stacks.
  • Oblivion's Echo — Kel'Thuzad shrouds random players with necrotic energy for 6 sec, causing them to silence and pacify all players and Soul Shards within 10 yards. Upon expiration, the wearer drops a field of silence at their destination that summons a Frostbound Devoted after 6 sec.
    • Frostbound Devoted — These skeletal constructs move towards a random player and detonate if they reach them.
      • Relentless Haunt — Frostbound Devoted erupt upon reaching their target, inflicting 44067 Shadow damage to enemies within 0 yards.
  • Frost Blast — Kel'Thuzad hurls a chunk of ice at an enemy, inflicting 206561 Frost damage divided evenly among players within 8 yards and inflicts 3856 Frost damage every 1 sec for 8 sec. In addition, this effect applies Frozen Binds.
    • Frozen Binds — Targets effected by Kel'Thuzad's Frost Blast are bound by icy restraints, rooting them for 8 sec.
  • Ice Shard — Hurls an ice shard at the current target that inflicts 75% attack damage as Physical.

Stage Two: The Phylactery Opens

When Kel'Thuzad is defeated, the phylactery opens and restores him to life once more. While open, players can enter the phylactery to battle the last remnant of Kel'Thuzad's soul. It is during this time Kel'Thuzad uses March of the Forsaken to summon his minions to protect his exposed phylactery.

  • Sinister Miasma — Continually inflicts 826 Shadow damage every 2 sec as long as a player is within the phylactery. This effect stacks.
  • Necrotic Surge — Each time Kel'Thuzad is revived by the phylactery, necrotic power surges through him increasing his damage done by 5%. Additionally, each application also increases the number of players targeted by Oblivion's Echo and Glacial Wrath. In Mythic difficulty, Kel'Thuzad starts with applications of Necrotic Surge.
  • Necrotic Empowerment — After being revived by the phylactery, Kel'Thuzad empowers any of his minions still alive, increasing their damage by 100% and making them immune to all loss of control effects until they are slain.
  • Vengeful Destruction — Kel'Thuzad unleashes a wave of death, inflicting 66100 Shadow damage to all players. This cast is interrupted if the Remnant of Kel'Thuzad loses 33% of its max health.
  • March of the Forsaken — Kel'Thuzad drags souls from oblivion and onto the battlefield.
    • Unstoppable Abomination — The Unstoppable Abomination's unholy strength allows it to inflict punishing melee attacks.
      • Demolish — The Unstoppable Abomination unleashes a wave of necrotic energy in a line towards a random player, inflicting 41312 Shadow damage to all players caught in the effect.
    • Soul Reaver — Soul Reaver's periodically unleash Banshee's Cry.
      • Banshee's Cry — Every 1 sec the spirit launches missiles at random players that inflicts 36019 Shadow damage. In addition, each successful cast increases the damage of the next Banshee's Cry by 25%.
  • Undying — Unstoppable Abominations and Soul Reavers defeated while the phylactery is open revive after 10 sec and return to the fight.
  • Remnant of Kel'Thuzad — At 60% and 20% health, the Remnant of Kel'Thuzad attempts to destroy anyone reamining within the phylactery with Undying Wrath and interrupts Kel'Thuzad's cast of Vengeful Destruction.
    • Foul Winds — The Remnant of Kel'Thuzad summons foul winds to push players towards the edge of the phylactery.
    • Shadow Fissure — The Remnant constantly opens fissures at random target destinations, inflicting 41312 Shadow damage to enemies within 4 yards, knocking them back, and leaves a Shadow Pool for 10 sec. In Mythic difficulty, Shadow fissures create Shadow Pools.
      • Shadow Pool — Shadow Pools inflict 25081 Shadow damage every 1 sec while standing within it.
    • Freezing Blast — The Remnant of Kel'Thuzad unleashes a wave of ice over players in a line, inflicting 110166 Frost damage and rooting them for 4 sec.
    • Glacial Winds — When the Remnant of Kel'Thuzad reaches 33% health remaining it begins unleashing tornadoes that radiate out from the caster, inflicting 1284 Frost Damage and rooting anyone they touch for 4 sec.
    • Undying Wrath — The Remnant of Kel'Thuzad becomes immune to damage and unleashes a barrage of necrotic energy, inflicting 66100 Shadow damage to all players within the phylactery and knocking them back.
  • Soul Marked — You are barred from re-entering Kel'Thuzad's Phylactery

Stage Three: The Final Stand

With the phylactery destroyed, true death awaits. Kel'Thuzad unleashes his full power to make his violent last stand.

  • Sinister Miasma — Continually inflicts 826 Shadow damage every 2 sec as long as a player is within the phylactery. This effect stacks.
  • Deep Freeze — Kel'Thuzad chills the air causing ice patches to continually form on the ground and last for the remainder of the encounter. Standing within these ice patches inflicts 18471 Frost damage every 1 sec.
  • Onslaught of the Damned — Kel'Thuzad calls the armies of the damned to his aid. In addition, slain players are also added to these ranks, now in the thrall of Kel'Thuzad until they are slain once more.
    • Unstoppable Abomination — The Unstoppable Abomination's unholy strength allows it to inflict punishing melee attacks.
      • Demolish — The Unstoppable Abomination unleashes a wave of necrotic energy in a line towards a random player, inflicting 41312 Shadow damage to all players caught in the effect.
    • Soul Reaver — Soul Reaver's periodically unleash Banshee's Cry.
      • Banshee's Cry — Every 1 sec the spirit launches missiles at random players that inflicts 36019 Shadow damage. In addition, each successful cast increases the damage of the next Banshee's Cry by 25%.
    • Frostbound Devoted — These skeletal constructs move towards a random player and detonate if they reach them.
      • Relentless Haunt — Frostbound Devoted erupt upon reaching their target, inflicting 44067 Shadow damage to enemies within 0 yards.
  • Frost Blast — Kel'Thuzad hurls a chunk of ice at an enemy, inflicting 206561 Frost damage divided evenly among players within 8 yards and inflicts 3856 Frost damage every 1 sec for 8 sec. In addition, this effect applies Frozen Binds.
    • Frozen Binds — Targets effected by Kel'Thuzad's Frost Blast are bound by icy restraints, rooting them for 8 sec.
  • Ice Shard — Hurls an ice shard at the current target that inflicts 75% attack damage as Physical.

Quotes

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When entering the Crown of Gorgoa
How fitting that we should face one another here, upon the precipice of Death's victory.
For too long I've had to disguise my true motives. Pretend to serve false masters. When all the while, it was I who helped architect Azeroth's end!
The hour has come to make you pay for the indignities I suffered at Naxxramas! Now, at long last, you will kneel before Kel'Thuzad!
Aggro
You've meddled with my affairs for the last time!
Encounter
  • Armies of the damned! Destroy them!
  • Can you feel the chill in your bones?
  • Death is my domain!
  • Did you really think you had won? Ignorant fools! (Phase 2 start)
  • Freeze and shatter! (Ice Shard)
  • I tire of this game! Let the onslaught begin!
  • I will cast you into the blackest pit of the Maw!
  • Know the abyss!
  • My mastery over death is absolute!
  • My phylactery!
  • None can resist my power! (Dark Evocation)
  • Only ice and rime await you!
  • Servants of the frozen waste, arise!
  • The cold will shatter you!
  • The freezing winds howl for your demise!
  • The shadows beckon!
  • Through death, my power grows!
  • You expect to kill me? I command death itself!
  • You lack the power to best me! (Phase 2 start)
  • Your souls will rot in the frozen wastes!
10% health
Wait! Stop! I can offer you unimaginable power!
Wipe
Fools. You cannot kill a lich.
Death
Kel'Thuzad yells: No! Impossible! Death... answers... to me!
Bolvar, Jaina, Thrall, and the Four Horsemen enter the Throne of the Damned.
Highlord Bolvar Fordragon says: Kel'Thuzad was one of the Jailer's most obedient lapdogs. I will attempt to twist what remains of his power and open a gateway that takes us straight to his master.
Bolvar and the Horsemen open a death gate to the Pinnacle of Domination.
Lady Jaina Proudmoore says: Light be with us all!
Thrall says: Fight to save our world!
Highlord Bolvar Fordragon says: For Azeroth!
Bolvar, Jaina, and Thrall disappear through the gate.

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