BossThe Prophet Tharon'ja
Image of The Prophet Tharon'ja
Gender Male
Race Skeletal wind serpent (Undead)
Level 65 - 82 Elite
Resource Mana
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation(s) Scourge
Occupation Prophet
Location Drak'Tharon Overlook, Drak'Tharon Keep
Status Deceased (lore),
Killable Wrath of the Lich King
Drak'Tharon Keep

Novos the Summoner
King Dred
The Prophet Tharon'ja



The Prophet Tharon'ja is the last boss of Drak'Tharon Keep. He is a Drakkari troll prophet who has taken the form of a large skeletal wind serpent much like the Avatar of Hakkar. The Prophet Tharon'ja is known for ripping the flesh from the bones of some of the most formidable ice troll warriors. From the upper tiers of the fortress, Tharon'ja watches as waves of undead trolls pour from the keep's corridors to bolster the Scourge ranks in their assault on Zul'Drak.[1] In Drak'Tharon Keep he became an ally of the Scourge after turning undead. Drakuru sent agents to kill him because "Drakuru is a shady troll." His current loyalties are unknown.[2]

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During the Scourge resurgence, the prophet was one of the undead forces reanimated by Mawsworn kyrian in Scourgeholme in Icecrown. Later, adventurers of both the Alliance and the Horde were sent by the Argent Crusade to kill him once again.

Adventure Guide

Not even the stolen powers of a loa could stay death's hand as the Scourge marched on Drak'Tharon Keep. Tharon'ja now prophesies only triumph for his new master as legions of trolls are slaughtered before the Lich King.


Phase 1: The Prophet

  • Spell shadow shadowbolt.png  Shadowbolt Volley — The Prophet Tharon'ja hurls missiles of dark magic at all players, inflicting Shadow damage.
  • Spell shadow rainoffire.png  Rain of Fire — The Prophet Tharon'ja calls down a molten rain, burning all players in a selected area for Fire damage every 2 sec. for 6 sec.
  • Ability creature disease 05.png  Curse of Life — The Prophet Tharon'ja curses a player, inflicting Shadow damage every 3 sec. for 9 sec. The effect is removed if the target falls below 50% of their maximum life.
  • Spell holy excorcism.png  Decay Flesh — The Prophet Tharon'ja stuns all players for 3 sec, burning their flesh away.

Phase 2: The Curse of Flesh

  • Spell shadow raisedead.png  Gift of Tharon'ja — The Prophet Tharon'ja transforms all players into Skeleton, granting them new abilities.
    • Ability creature cursed 03.png  Touch of Life — Players steal life from The Prophet Tharon'ja.
    • Spell shadow ritualofsacrifice.png  Slaying Strike — Players inflict Physical damage to The Prophet Tharon'ja.
    • Spell nature reincarnation.png  Taunt — Players taunt The Prophet Tharon'ja, forcing him to attack them for 3 sec.
    • Spell shadow unholystrength.png  Bone Armor — Players encase themselves in bone armor, absorbing 4500 damage for 10 sec. While the armor holds, spellcasting cannot be interrupted by Physical attacks.
  • Spell nature lightning.png  Lightning Breath — The Prophet Tharon'ja breathes lightning at a player, inflicting Nature damage.
  • Spell shadow lifedrain02.png  Eye Beam — The Prophet Tharon'ja glares at a player, inflicting Nature damage every 2 sec for 5 sec.
  • Spell nature wispsplodegreen.png  Poison Cloud — The Prophet Tharon'ja summons a poisonous cloud that inflicts Nature damage to all players within the cloud every 1 sec.
  • Spell holy excorcism.png  Return Flesh — The Prophet Tharon'ja stuns all players for 3 sec, returning them to their original form.


He begins the fight as a skeletal serpent with a few abilities:

  • Shadowbolt (2000 damage)
  • Curse of Life (Drains 50% of the enemy's health.)

At about 50% of HP, he uses Decay Flesh, which drains party members' health and turns Tharon'ja into a mortal Windserpent while turning the players into undead skeletons. When in this form, the skeleton players have four spells, in order of how they show up on the bar.

  • Slaying Strike: Instant cast, 8 yard range, requires melee weapon, inflicts about normal weapon damage.1 sec cooldown.
  • Taunt: Instant cast, 10 yard range, taunts the creature, increasing the chance that it will attack the caster.
  • Bone Armor: Instant cast, encases the caster in bone armor, absorbing 4163 to 4837 damage for 10 sec. While the armor holds, spellcasting cannot be interrupted by physical attacks. 10 second cooldown.
  • Touch of Life: Instant cast, 20 yard range, steals 1900 to 2100 life from target enemy. 5 second cooldown.

Tanks should use Bone Armor on cooldown and spam Taunt. Everyone else should spam Slaying Strike.

When in mortal Windserpent form, Tharon'ja will occasionally cast a ground-targeted AoE, which does 800 to 900 Nature damage per tick to any player standing in the area. It can be avoided by simply moving around and out of that area.

After a certain percentage of damage is done in this form, everyone switches back. Tharon'ja's switch to mortal Windserpent form and back to skeletal form are both aggro wipes.

Alternate Strategy: This fight can be done with two or more hunters. The pets will continue to attack even during the skeletal phase, which will nuke the boss down in seconds. Be sure to rotate taunts between party members. Each time the skeletal phase is about to begin and as soon as it ends, cast [Mend Pet] (and/or [Lick Your Wounds] if specced). Any pet class can do this - Hunters, Warlocks, or Unholy Death Knights. All pets avoid the Decay Flesh debuff and continue to attack.


Normal mode
Heroic mode

Related achievements


Tharon'ja sees all! The work of mortals shall not end the eternal dynasty!
Decay Flesh
  • Your flesh serves Tharon'ja now!
  • Tharon'ja has a use for your mortal shell!
Return Flesh
  • No! A taste...all too brief!
  • Agghh! Tharon'ja will have more!
Killing a player
  • As Tharon'ja predicted!
  • As it was written!
Im... impossible! Tharon'ja is eternal! Tharon'ja... is...

Notes and trivia

Patch changes

  • Wrath of the Lich King Hotfix (2009-12-16): Prophet Tharon'ja of Drak'Tharon will now only steal your flesh one time during the encounter.
  • Wrath of the Lich King Patch 3.0.2 (2008-10-14): Added.

See also

  • The Prophet Tharon'ja Image


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