For the character's lore, see Nathanos Blightcaller.
The subject of this article or section was part of Death Rising, a world event that heralded the opening of the Shadowlands.
BossNathanos Blightcaller
Image of Nathanos Blightcaller
Title <Champion of the Banshee Queen>
Gender Male
Race Undead (Humanoid)
Level ?? Boss
Resource Mana
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Banshee loyalists
Location Marris Stead, Eastern Plaguelands[23.5, 68.3]
Status Defeatable

Nathanos Blightcaller, alongside his pets Blight-Howl and Plaguefang, is a world boss encounter located at the Marris Stead in the Eastern Plaguelands during Death Rising. He is initially surrounded by Argent Paladins and Argent Priests.

He respawns every 90 seconds.


  • Inv ammo arrow 04.png  Plague-Tipped Arrows 100 yd range — Plague-Tipped arrows soar towards enemies, leaving a toxic gas at their location. 4 sec cast. Targets up to three players, including players not in combat with Nathanos. Affected players are immediately debuffed with...
    • Inv ammo arrow 04.png  Plague-Tipped Arrows — You have been chosen for Searing Brand! Instant. 4 sec debuff. On expiration, (as Nathanos finishes his cast) spawns a green pool at the player's position on the ground. Players standing in it are debuffed with...
      • Inv ammo arrow 04.png  Plague-Tipped Arrows — Inflicts Nature damage every second. Also has a hidden -50% run speed modifier. Pool lasts for 30 seconds
  • Ability theblackarrow.png  Rain of Arrows Unlimited yd range — The caster calls arrows from the ramparts, inflicting X Physical damage every 1.3 sec to anyone in the area. Instant. Targets up to three players. Spawns an orange pool on the ground that debuffs players with...
    • Ability theblackarrow.png  Rain of Arrows — X Physical damage every 1.25 sec Pool lasts for 10 seconds
  • Ability theblackarrow.png  Shadowburn Shot 60 yd range — Inflicts Shadow damage to all enemies in a line 60 yards long in front of the caster. 1.5 sec cast
  • Ability priest voidentropy.png  Dark Revival 500 yd range — Instant. Resurrects Plaguefang and Blight-Howl.
  • Ability marksmanship.png  Shoot 45 yd range — Shoots at an enemy, inflicting Physical damage. 1.5 sec cast. Basic attack
Blight-Howl and Plaguefang
  • Basic melee
  • Fixate
  • Spell shadow lifedrain.png  Plague Swipe Melee range — Inflicts Physical damage, and causes the enemy to bleed. Instant. Debuffs players for six seconds that deals Physical damage every 2 sec. for 6 sec.
  • Spell shadow unholyfrenzy.png  Unstoppable Frenzy — Increases the caster's damage and attack speed by 30% for 30 sec. Instant. Buffs the hound with an Enrage for 30 sec that causes it to go immune to movement imparing effects.


Nathanos will need some healers, and lots of DPS, but not any tanks. Spread out. Nathanos is planted on a small hill and will not move, but must have targets in line of sight. Don't attempt the encounter from the roof of his house or inside it!

Blight-Howl and Plaguefang each have a fixate, so they cannot be tanked normally. Try to split off a little DPS to take them out, but Nathanos will constantly raise them with Dark Revival.

Run away from other players if targeted with the Plague-Tipped Arrows to not drop the green gas cloud in melee that lasts for thirty seconds.

Get out of the orange Rain of Arrows on the ground, which lasts for ten seconds.

Don't stand in line with the targeted player of Shadowburn Shot. The targeted player can sidestep out of the way, as Nathanos will not turn to follow.

The encounter is one phase from 100% to 10%, at which point a cutscene plays and Nathanos dies a few seconds later.


Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Well, well, well. If it isn't Azeroth's mightiest "champions".
Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Congratulations! You've managed to track me to the most unlikely of places... my very own home.
Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Seeking retribution for all the bad, bad things I've done, I suppose? How frightfully predictable.
Nathanos Blightcaller yells: I've been waiting a long time for this. Let's get on with it, shall we?
Casting Shadowburn shot, occasionally one of
  • Nathanos Blightcaller says: Stand and face me, cowards!
  • Nathanos Blightcaller says: I see you cowering there!
Raising Blight-Howl and/or Plaguefang
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Back into the fray with you!
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Rise! Attack!
At 75%, one of
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Alliance... Horde... Pathetic, the lot of you!
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Hahahahaha! Yes! Such delicious hatred!
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: So disappointing! I expected more from you "heroes".
At 50%, one of
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Even that decrepit Saurfang put up a better fight than this!
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: Refreshing, isn't it? Facing one another at long last!
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: You call this fighting? Trained by amateurs, I see!
At 25%, one of
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: I've never been much for sentiment, but this takes me back to the old days!
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: My hounds will make a meal of your pitiful flesh!
  • Nathanos Blightcaller yells: You honestly believe you have a chance against me? How rich!
At 10%
Nathanos Blightcaller yells: This grows tiresome. Give me a real challenge!
A cinematic plays, "For Teldrassil":

Closing cinematic

Nathanos laughs as he fires several arrows at his foes, his Darkhounds leaping into the fray.

Nathanos Blightcaller: Come on! Is this the best you can do?

A change in the air makes Nathanos stop. Looking to the sky, the sun is suddenly eclipsed. A familiar white owl is circling overhead. Nathanos lowers his gaze as a thick fog falls upon the Marris Stead. An arrow flies through the fog and slams into Nathanos' shoulder, sending him flying back and pinning him against the wall of his home. Nathanos hisses in pain, then chuckles darkly. He spots Tyrande Whisperwind walking through the fog, her twin blades at the ready.

Nathanos Blightcaller: Ah, now... Now it's getting interesting.

Nathanos snaps off the end of the arrow pinning him to his house, then pulls himself forward with a grunt. As he staggers, Plaguefang and Blight-Howl charge from the fog behind Tyrande. With no apparent effort, Tyrande vaporizes them both with a blast of Moonfire. As she gets close, Nathanos narrows his eyes, reaches down and picks up his twin handaxes. After a moment of locked gazes, Nathanos charges. Despite his skill, Tyrande blocks his attacks easily, and quickly overwhelms him before delivering a vicious slice across his midsection. Nathanos falls to his knees, but Tyrande holds her blade against his throat. Dori'thur flies over and lands on a nearby fencepost. Nathanos gasps, but still finds the energy to chuckle.

Nathanos Blightcaller: Your power... has grown.

Tyrande presses the blade further against his throat.

Tyrande Whisperwind: Where is she?

Nathanos Blightcaller: With him, of course. In the darkest place. Along with every soul burnt to ash in your precious tree--

Tyrande pushes her blade into his neck again, enunciating every word with a growl.

Tyrande Whisperwind: Where is she?

Nathanos Blightcaller: Go on. Kill me. You'll send me right to my lady. Beyond the veil she shattered. Oh, Tyrande! High Priestess. Night Warrior. Completely powerless to stop the com--

With a scowl, looking away from Nathanos, Tyrande thrusts the blade. Nathanos gives a single gasp before going limp and slumping to the ground. Dori'thur gazes at the display for a few moments before taking flight. Tyrande gives the corpse of Nathanos Blightcaller one last, bitter look before walking into the fog.

Tyrande Whisperwind: For Teldrassil.

Objective of


  • Players who are not on the quest B [50] The Banshee's Champion will see Nathanos stop attacking at 10%, then die a few seconds later.

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