- "Jade Guardian" redirects here. For other mobs called "Jade Guardian", see Jade Guardian (disambiguation).
- This article is about the raid encounter in Mogu'shan Vaults. For the PvP achievement, see . For the pre-2.0 honor system title, see Stone Guard (Legacy).
- 1 Background
- 2 Spells and Abilities
- 3 Strategy
- 4 Loot
- 5 Related Achievements
- 6 Videos
- 7 Patch changes
- 8 External links
The first line of defense against those daring to enter the vaults is a stolid row of enchanted, bestial statues. Hard as granite and ceaseless in their vigil, the sentries of the Stone Guard present an insurmountable wall of flame, fangs, and claws.
Spells and Abilities
Each guardian gains energy when it is within 12 yards of another guardian. This energy can be used to cast its colored Overload. If no other guardian is within range, the guardian instead gains the Solid Stone effect.
- Note: In Raid Finder and 10-player modes, a rotating set of three of the four guardians are present each week. This set is selected by the server at the reset and will remain the same the entire week.
- Amethyst Pool — The Amethyst Guardian creates a pool that inflicts 33,000 (Raid Finder), 60,000 (Normal) or 70,000 (Heroic) Shadow damage every 1 sec. to enemies who enter the area. Lasts 1.33 min.
- Amethyst Overload — Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 120,000 (Raid Finder), 250,000 (Normal) or 500,000 (Heroic) Shadow damage to all enemies and interrupting Amethyst Petrification. Does not free fully petrified enemies.
- Amethyst Petrification — The guardian attempts to turn its enemies to amethyst, reducing the Shadow damage they take by 90% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of petrification turn to stone and cannot move or act.
- Cobalt Mine — Launches a charged cobalt shard at a player's location. After a 3 sec arming time, any player within 7 yds will detonate the shard, inflicting 95,000 (Raid Finder), 175,000 (Normal), or 340,000 (Heroic) Arcane damage and rooting all players within 7 yds for 6 sec.
- Cobalt Overload — Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 120,000 (Raid Finder), 250,000 (Normal) or 500,000 (Heroic) Arcane damage to all enemies and interrupting Cobalt Petrification. Does not free fully petrified enemies.
- Cobalt Petrification — The guardian attempts to turn its enemies to cobalt, reducing the Arcane damage they take by 90% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of petrification turn to stone and are unable to move or act.
- Jade Shards — The Jade Guardian fire shards of jade in all directions, inflicting 27,500 (Raid Finder), 50,000 (Normal) or 87,500 (Heroic) Nature damage to all enemies.
- Jade Overload — Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 120,000 (Raid Finder), 250,000 (Normal) or 500,000 (Heroic) Nature damage to all enemies and interrupting Jade Petrification. Does not free fully petrified enemies.
- Jade Petrification — The guardian attempts to turn its enemies to jade, reducing the Nature damage they take by 90% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of petrification turn to stone and are unable to move or act.
- Jasper Chains — The Jasper Guardian chains two enemy targets together. While the targets are over 10 yds apart the chains inflict 20,000 (Raid Finder) or 35,000 (Normal and Heroic) Fire damage, increased by 10% (Raid Finder), 15% (Normal) or 25% (Heroic) for each second they remain apart. The chains will break if the targets remain apart for 15 total seconds.
- Jasper Overload — Upon reaching full energy the guardian overloads, inflicting 120,000 (Raid Finder), 250,000 (Normal) or 500,000 (Heroic) Fire damage to all enemies and interrupting Jasper Petrification. Does not free fully petrified enemies.
- Jasper Petrification — The guardian attempts to turn its enemies to jasper, reducing the Fire damage they take by 90% but progressively slowing their movement speed. Enemies who reach 100 stacks of petrification turn to stone and are unable to move or act.
All four guardians have access to these abilities:
- Solid Stone — When no other stone guards are nearby the Guardian reverts to stone form. While in this form it takes 90% reduced damage but cannot gain energy.
- Rend Flesh — The Guardian rends the flesh of the target, causing 36,650 (Raid Finder), 50,000 (10 Normal), 66,650 (25 Normal), 85,000 (10 Heroic) or 113,350 (25 Heroic) Physical damage every 1 sec. Lasts 15 sec.
- Power Down — When the guardians reach 85%, 65%, and 40% remaining health, one of them will power down all Energized Tiles in the room to prevent players from using the energy.
Encounter Area (Heroic only)
- White Floor Tiles — These tiles absorb the energy from Living Amethyst, Living Cobalt, Living Jade, and Living Jasper when a player stands on them. Each tile can absorb one charge of energy. For each energized tile in the room, the raid gains a stack of Energized Tiles.
- Living Amethyst Crystal — The energy that powers the Amethyst Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal will be afflicted with the Living Amethyst effect.
- Living Amethyst — 5 charges of the energy that animates the Amethyst Guardian tear through your body. Each charge inflicts 13000 Shadow damage every 1 sec. Charges of this energy can be drained into white floor tiles to energize them.
- Living Cobalt Crystal — The energy that powers the Cobalt Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal will be afflicted with the Living Cobalt effect.
- Living Cobalt — 5 charges of the energy that animates the Cobalt Guardian tear through your body. Each charge inflicts 13000 Arcane damage every 1 sec. Charges of this energy can be drained into white floor tiles to energize them.
- Living Jade Crystal — The energy that powers the Jade Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal will be afflicted with the Living Jade effect.
- Living Jade — 5 charges of the energy that animates the Jade Guardian tear through your body. Each charge inflicts 13000 Nature damage every 1 sec. Charges of this energy can be drained into white floor tiles to energize them.
- Living Jasper Crystal — The energy that powers the Jasper Guardian forms into a crystal. Players who interact with this crystal will be afflicted with the Living Jasper effect.
- Living Jasper — 5 charges of the energy that animates the Jasper Guardian tear through your body. Each charge inflicts 13000 Fire damage every 1 sec. Charges of this energy can be drained into white floor tiles to energize them.
The Stone Guard is a one-phase council-style encounter where the raid will encounter a series of three (10-player and LFR) or four (25-player) Quilen Guardians. The Guardians have a shared health pool and each has its own resource bar which represents its energy.
Each Guardian gains energy when it is being tanked within 10 yards of another Guardian, and at max energy will use its Overload ability, which will do a large amount of raid-wide damage. Simultaneously, one Guardian will always be petrifying the raid, reducing the damage it deals by its own abilities by 90% and slowly turning the raid to stone. If petrification reaches 100 stacks the raid will wipe by virtue of being unable to move or act, but the petrification process can be interrupted if the guardian that is petrifying Overloads before petrification finishes.
As such, the primary focus of the encounter on all difficulty levels is for tanks to juggle aggro on the Guardians such that the Guardians only Overload when they are also petrifying while healers and DPS focus on dealing with the Guardians' various other abilities.
- Note: For the purposes of this guide 'main tank' will refer to whichever tank has two Guardians at the time, while 'off tank(s)' will refer to whichever tanks only have one Guardian at the time.
These are the ideal raid compositions, but similar configurations may work just as well. Note that proper execution of the optimal strategy does require two tanks on 10-player mode and three tanks on 25-player mode.
- 10-player Normal: 2 Tanks, 3 Healers, 5 DPS
- 10-player Heroic: 2 Tanks, 3 Healers, 5 DPS
- 25-player Normal: 3 Tanks, 7 Healers, 16 DPS
- 25-player Heroic: 3 Tanks, 6 Healers, 17 DPS
The encounter has an 8 minute hard enrage timer and no soft enrage mechanics. After 8 minutes the Guardians will gain vastly increased attack speed and damage and will wipe the raid in a matter of seconds.
Raid Finder Mode
In LFR, it is advised to simply gather all three Guardians in the center of the room and attack all three simultaneously, while simply healing through Overloads and raid damage, as these abilities do far less damage in LFR. Players must still avoid Cobalt Mines and Amethyst Pools, and remain near each other when affected by Jasper Chains, as described below.
At the Pull
On 10-player mode and LFR, the main tank should pick up the two Guardians that are on the same side, while the off-tank should pick up the third. The Guardians should, initially, be tanked near where they spawn.
On 25-player mode, the main tank should pick up two Guardians and the off-tanks should pick up one each. One of the off-tanks should move their Guardian back towards the stairs leading to the entrance, while being careful not to be out of range of the healers or out of taunt range for the other tanks' Guardians. The other two tanks should remain close to where their Guardians spawn.
In both raid sizes, it is best if ranged DPS and healers spread out loosely in the center of the room while melee DPS stack with the current main tank.
One of the Guardians will start petrifying the raid shortly after the pull. If an off-tank's Guardian is petrifying, that off-tank needs to taunt one of the main tank's Guardians. If one of the main tank's Guardians is petrifying, the tanks do not need to do any juggling just yet.
When the petrifying Guardian reaches 50 energy, one of the off-tanks should taunt the petrifying Guardian. When the petrifying Guardian reaches 100 energy it will overload, dealing very little damage as petrification reduces its damage by 90%. At this point, two Guardians will have 50 energy and one Guardian will have zero. From this point forward, the tanks will need to repeatedly swap the petrifying Guardian to ensure that, as much as possible, the one that will Overload is also the one currently petrifying.
If a Guardian overloads when it is not petrifying, tanks should use their defensive cooldowns to buy healers necessary time to heal the raid.
Healers should pay attention to Rend Flesh on their tanks and try to prevent or effectively heal through this damage quickly.
While proper execution of the tank swaps should result in Overloads from non-petrifying Guardians being rare or nonexistent, it is best for healers to save their burst healing cooldowns for these, as they are extremely damaging and may result in multiple deaths.
It is generally not worth going through the trouble of breaking the Jasper Chains, but if your raid opts to do so, you should only do it when the Jasper Guardian is petrifying, and healers may need to focus additional healing on the affected players. Affected players should check the Guardians' energy to avoid doing this too close to an Overload.
Since the Guardians share a health pool, it is best to take advantage of this with cleaves and multidotting on the two Guardians being held by the main tank. No DPS should be focused on the Guardian(s) being tanked separately, as Solid Stone will reduce damage on these by 90%.
All members of the raid need to be aware of the Amethyst Pools and Cobalt Mines and make an effort to move out of both of them. The Amethyst Pools do constant damage to any players standing in them, while the Cobalt Mines will arm after a few seconds and then explode if anyone is in or enters the circle, dealing damage and rooting all affected players in place. Cobalt Mines that never explode should be cleared by DPS or healers whenever the Cobalt Guardian is petrifying, as this will reduce their damage by 90%.
Players affected by Jasper Chains should stay close to the player they are chained to. While it is preferable for ranged DPS and healers to stay in the center of the room, if they are affected by Jasper Chains they should move into melee range if chained to a melee DPS.
Breaking the chains should only be attempted when the Jasper Guardian is petrifying, reducing most of the damage from the chains. However, the players must ensure that the Jasper Guardian will not overload before the chain breaks, because this may result in one or both of the players dying. The Jasper Guardian does use Jasper Chains fairly often, and it is often advantageous to simply have players who are chained stay near each other rather than worrying about breaking them. This can however be very inconvenient when a melee DPS is chained to a Healer or a ranged DPS as the melee has to move a lot to keep in range of the Guardians being tanked together and to dodge the Amethyst Pools and Cobalt Mines.
Given that this is a single-phase encounter that does not become progressively more difficult over the course of the fight, it is best to use these abilities at the pull when all players are alive and can benefit from their procs and cooldowns when attempting it on Normal mode. On Heroic mode, it would be best to use it when the floor has as many energized tiles as possible.
In general, the encounter on Heroic Mode is very similar to its Normal Mode counterpart, but does introduce a new mechanic relating to the tiles on the floor. After the pull, a crystal will be present where each Guardian spawns. If a player clicks this crystal they will receive a debuff called Living Jasper, Living Jade, Living Amethyst or Living Cobalt applicable to the color ofthe Guardian that spawns there. On 10-player mode, the player will receive 10 stacks and on 25-player mode they will receive 7.
This debuff does damage every second to the affected player, but stacks may be quickly dropped by running across the white tiles on the floor of the room. When a player runs over a tile while the debuff is active, it will become an Energized Tile and glow brightly and the player will lose one stack of the debuff. Each tile that has been energized will increase the raid's damage and Spirit by 1%, and this effect stacks for each additional tile that becomes energized. The raid leader should assign a few DPS players to click the crystals after the pull and then these players should energize tiles in the room until the number that your raid is comfortable with have been energized.
The Guardians will reset the energized tiles with their Power Down ability when they reach 75% health and again when they reach 40% health, thus requiring the raid to energize them again in order to restore the buff.
The only other difference on heroic mode, which does not necessitate a change in strategy, is that the Guardian(s) tanked by the off tanks will not lose their current energy when they are in Solid Stone state.
- The Stone Guard (LFR) (1080p) - Fury Warrior
- The Stone Guard (1080p) - Elemental Shaman
Beta / PTR
- 10N Raid Testing Preview (HD Quality) - Rogue PoV - Mogu'shan Vaults "The Stone Guard" Beta Raid Testing
- Towelliee Beta
- Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.
- Amethyst Guardian
- Cobalt Guardian
- Jade Guardian
- Jasper Guardian