- For the character's biography, see Sire Denathrius.
|Race||Eternal One (Humanoid)|
|Location||Nightcloak Sanctum, Castle Nathria|
Sire Denathrius is the final boss of Castle Nathria. The Master of Revendreth has fallen prey to the very sins he was meant to excise from others, now seeking to rule the realms. As the one responsible for the severe anima drought throughout the Shadowlands, and one of The Jailer's foremost allies, Denathrius must be overthrown if the Covenants are to prevail against the Jailer.
The battle against Denathrius is a very long one which consists of 3 different phases. Phase 1 revolves around the raid managing their Burden of Sin stacks and avoiding Denathrius' sneak attacks. Phase 2 involves battling Denathrius, his living sword Remornia, and his loyal followers, while using the room's teleportation mirrors to dodge his Hands of Destruction spells. The final phase is a race to finish him off as the room becomes filled with blood.
For countless ages, Sire Denathrius stood among the Eternal Ones who rule the realms of Death. But in the Shadowlands' darkest hour, he has betrayed his sacred duty. With his bloodthirsty living blade Remornia at his side and defended by his most sycophantic loyalists, Denathrius will cut a swath through any who stand against him and cast their remains into the inescapable terror of the Maw.
This fight requires 2 tanks. should be saved for the final phase where the raid begins to run out of room the longer the phase goes on for. The raid should have enough ranged DPS to kill the Crimson Cabalists in the 2nd phase that are beyond the melee players' reach. Denathrius has a unique skill, Inevitable, which will allow him to instantly teleport to the target of his aggro no matter where they are.
The fight starts in a round room, with Denathrius fighting the raid and his sword Remornia standing in the center. Random players will be targeted by Feeding Time, causing circles to appear underneath them. 5 seconds later, the boss will strike each player and heal for 150% of the damage caused to all players in the circle. Simply move out of the raid to minimize raid damage. This phase has a hard timer due to Remornia's Ravage cast: After a 6 second cast, Remornia will fill one third of the room with blood which does heavy damage to those within it. After 3 casts, the raid will wipe. The raid must get Denathrius down to 70% health to transition him to Phase 2 prior to the third Ravage, but they cannot do this unless everyone has 2 or less Burden of Sin stacks.
Burden of Sin and the Transition: Each member of the raid starts with 4 Burden of Sin stacks. These stacks serve to slow your movement speed during the transition from Phase 1 to 2. During the transition, Denathrius will knock all raid members to the wall, them, and command them to come to the center of the arena where it is safe, channeling for 15 seconds. If a player has too many stacks, they will be too slow to reach the center by the time the boss finishes and they will die. Players must have a maximum of 2 stacks to survive.
Managing Burden of Sin: To clear your stacks, players need to be struck by the boss' Cleansing Pain attack. This is a frontal cone that targets the tanks and players near them in a cone. Being hit will drop a stack from each player hit, but also cause an Echo of Sin add to spawn. These are low health mobs, but deal high AOE damage and can potentially be lethal if too many players are hit at once. Thus, to ensure everyone loses stacks at a steady rate, but the Echoes are kept manageable, the raid should be divided into 2 teams, each with 1 tank: One group to take 2 Cleansing Pain attacks first, and the other takes the last 2. However, this also has a caveat due to the Blood Price spell.
Blood Price stuns each player for 3 seconds, lifts them into the air, and tosses them back, dealing higher damage the more people there are with the same amount of Burden of Sin stacks. If everyone has the same amount, this ability becomes lethal. To counter this, ensure each of the 2 groups has a different number of stacks at all times. This is done by having the first two Cleansing Pains hit Group 1, and the last two Cleansing Pains hitting Group 2. This will ensure the damage from Blood Price is kept to a minimum.
Note that the transition can be cheesed by Death Knights who activate prior to being silenced. The same is true for players who chose the Night Fae Covenant who and Shamans who use prior to the silence. Priest healers who make it to the center can also use to pull players who have too many stacks inside the safe zone for the transition.
By the time everyone only has 2 stacks, (making the transition survivable) the boss should be just about at 70%. Ensure everyone is topped up, head to the center during the transition, and Phase 2 will begin.
All players who made it safely to the center of the arena will drop down into a new one, with a large central area, and 4 walkways that lead to 4 mirrors at the ends. These mirrors serve as teleporters to the mirror at the opposite edge of the room, which will become vital during this phase. Remornia will become active and start attacking the raid, applying hard-hitting bleed stacks. These can be removed either by a Kyrian player's , a dwarf player's , or simply allowing the debuff to drop off after 15 seconds. Meanwhile, Denathrius replaces Cleansing Pain with Wracking Pain, a frontal cone that increases all damage taken. Tanks typically want to swap every single application of Wracking Pain.
The DPS will want to focus on the Crimson Cabalists, adds which do nothing except channel Shadow damage to the entire raid. Two will spawn next to a mirror, and 1 other will spawn across a chasm which only ranged players can target. The tank holding Denathrius should draw him close to the adds to be cleaved while the DPS focus on the adds, keeping him faced away from the DPS to avoid them being hit by Wracking Pain. However, Wracking Pain can also hit the adds, increasing their damage taken by 50%. Communicate with the raid so that the DPS quickly move out of the way, and the tank can strike both adds at once, helping them go down quickly.
The raid will typically want to stand close to the mirrors for Hand of Destruction. Denathrius will pull all players to his location, leaving an afterimage that will explode after 6 seconds, dealing lethal damage to those close by and moderate damage to those far away. Use the mirrors to teleport away. The boss' Inevitable skill will activate, allowing him to follow the raid instantly across the room.
Remornia: Denathrius' sword will not just be attacking the off-tank, but also using abilities of her own. Impale will cause Remornia to temporarily become unhittable and target 3 random players. A few seconds later, she will rush through these players, one after the other in a line indicated by arrows on the floor, and apply a bleed to anyone hit. Keep one side of the arena clear so people who are targeted by Impale can safely move to the side without fear of hitting anyone else. She will also periodically use Massacre, creating lines on the floor that will be slashed through with massive swords after a few seconds. Be ready to dodge, especially if the raid is clumped close together as there will be a lot of sword-lines close to each other, which could potentially make it difficult to dodge.
Ideally, this phase should only see about 3-4 waves of Crimson Cabalists, killing any remaining adds as the boss reaches 40% health. Any additional adds who are still alive during the transition will remain in Phase 3, which can be disasterous for multiple reasons: The last phase is a hard race against time where all DPS needs to be alive and focused on the boss. There is also a large amount of raid-wide damage going out in Phase 3 which, when combined with the Crimson Cabalists' passive Shadow damage, can easily prove lethal. Watch DPS, be patient, and wait for a moment to perform a clean transition.
Denathrius will teleport to the center of the arena, shatter the mirrors, and cause red fog to envelop the outer edges of the arena, beginning the final phase. He will now wield Remornia, reducing his attack speed, but drastically increasing his attack power. His attacks also apply a stacking DOT called Scorn. Tanks typically want to swap at 4-6 stacks to keep damage low.
In addition, Denathrius also gains two of Remornia's abilities: Massacre from Phase 2 and Ravage from Phase 1. Both of these abilities are the same, including the hard enrage that Ravage creates from slowly covering the arena in damaging blood. Three uses of Ravage and the raid will wipe, so Bloodlust should be used at the start of this phase. Dodge Massacre as normal.
In addition to keeping his Hand of Destruction cast, which the raid now needs to run away from normally instead of using mirrors, the boss will also gain a few final abilities. Fatal Finesse will mark 3 players with large circles. Similar to Feeding Time, this only deals damage to those caught in the circle, so step out of the raid to avoid damaging teammates. Lastly is Shattering Pain, which hits the tank with heavy physical damage, then damages and knocks back all players. Players should be mindful to never stand too close to the edge of the arena, as Shattering Pain could potentially knock them over the side. Tanks should position the boss closer to the center when he uses Shattering Pain, but closer to the edge when using Hand of Destruction to keep raid damage at a minimum.
This last phase is about being mindful of the limited space the raid has to work with, and using it to its full potential: Keeping Fatal Finesses away, knowing where to run during Hand of Destruction, and keeping DPS high to beat the enrage. If all these steps are followed, Denathrius should go down.
- Sire Denathrius yells: Look, Remornia! These daring rebels have persevered through every obstacle put before them! It seems we have little choice left but to surrender.
- Remornia yells: I have a better idea, Master! Let me carve them up instead!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Hmm, now there's a thought... We could flay these petulant, small-minded creatures and use their bones to pave the path for our ascension. What to do, what to do...
- Remornia yells: Pleeeeeaaaase, Master! It's been so long since I cut into living flesh!
- Remornia yells: Let me skewer them! Slice them! Slash them! Vivisect them! Cut ribbons from their--
- Sire Denathrius yells: Pace yourself, Remornia. Rushing one's work is so... unflattering.
- Sire Denathrius yells: I shall assist our guests with their atonement. Once they have repented, I will permit you to rend their bodies and send their souls screaming into the Maw.
- Sire Denathrius yells: You will answer for your arrogance!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Let your penance begin!
- Cleansing Pain
- Sire Denathrius yells: Confess your sins, lest they consume you!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Pain cleanses the soul.
- Blood Price
- Sire Denathrius yells: Your hubris amassed a debt you cannot pay!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Your vanity will cost you everything!
- Command: Ravage
- Sire Denathrius yells: Remornia! Exterminate this vermin.
- Remornia yells: I'll splatter them across your walls!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Remornia! Rid my castle of these pests.
- Remornia yells: I'll carve them into itty-bitty pieces!
- Intermission: March of the Penitent
- Sire Denathrius yells: It is time you remembered your place mortals.
- Sire Denathrius yells: Crawl to me on your knees. Surrender, and I will grant you a merciful end.
- Stage Two: The Crimson Chorus
- Sire Denathrius yells: Servants! Remove this refuse from my sight.
- Wracking Pain
- Sire Denathrius yells: Scream for me!
- Sire Denathrius yells: I will cut you down!
- Hand of Destruction
- Sire Denathrius yells: Shadows consume you!
- Sire Denathrius yells: You will all die at my feet!
- Sire Denathrius yells: None will survive!
- Sire Denathrius yells: You will perish together!
- Command: Massacre
- Sire Denathrius yells: Remornia! Massacre these whelps!
- Remornia yells: Yes! Yes! I'll hack them to pieces!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Remornia! Carve screams from their flesh!
- Remornia yells: Their agony will echo across the realms of Death!
- Crimson Cabalist
- Sire Denathrius yells: Devoted apostles! Handle this filth.
- Sire Denathrius yells: Cabal! Feast upon these meddlers.
- Stage Three: Indignation
- Sire Denathrius yells: Enough! I have been a patient host. I showed restraint. Even courtesy.
- Sire Denathrius yells: Yet you continue to provoke my wrath. Very well. You shall have it!
- Sinister Reflection
- Sire Denathrius yells: My reign is everlasting!
- Remornia yells: Their anguish is delicious!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Fools! I am Revendreth!
- Remornia yells: Let us bathe in their torment!
- Killing a player
- Sire Denathrius yells: Brought to heel!
- Sire Denathrius yells: You were never my equal!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Your defiance is ended!
- Sire Denathrius yells: Impossible! I am... eternal...
- Remornia yells: This is not the end, Master! Let me preserve you!
- Denathrius' soul is pulled into Remornia. His shoulderpads clatter to the floor as Remornia begins to escape.
- General Draven yells: The blade has drawn in his essence!
- Remornia yells: Zovaal shall restore you, Master! We will have vengeance!
- Prince Renethal yells: No. Denathrius will answer for his betrayal.
- Renethal channels a spell that seals Remornia in place.
- Remornia yells: Treacherous Prince! I will skewer you! Slice you! Slash you! Vivisect you! Cut ribbons from your--
- Prince Renethal yells: We've all heard quite enough from you!
- Renethal silences the blade.
- General Draven says: If that sword truly holds the Sire's essence, I fear your spells alone cannot keep his power contained.
- Prince Renethal says: We will bring the blade to Sinfall. The naaru that the mortals rescued, Z'rali, has pledged to aid our cause.
- Prince Renethal says: For too long, Denathrius has used the Light as a weapon against our people in the Ember Ward. Now it will be used to bind him.
- General Draven says: A fitting fate for one so prideful. He will watch helplessly as we restore Revendreth and thwart the Jailer's schemes.
- Prince Renethal says: Yes, my friend. Together with these mortals, we will claim victory.
- Patch 9.0.2 (2020-11-17): Added.