Evidently the Twilight’s Hammer thinks it’s a good idea to let an ettin handle their dragons. I’m not so convinced. He’s effectively the gatekeeper for the Bastion of Twilight. If you can’t get this guy down, you need to find a different raid to do.
- Name: Halfus Wyrmbreaker
- Raid: Bastion of Twilight
- Phases: 2
- Catch: This fight changes based on the drakes you have access to.
- Tanks needed: 2
- This guide is for the normal encounter. Heroic guide found here.
Upon entering the room for Halfus, you’ll see 5 drakes scattered around the room, two of which are unresponsive, and don’t do anything for you in your encounter. The remaining three give Halfus different buffs through the fight. If you free them, they will also debuff the boss that will at least partially mitigate the buffs they are giving him. If you free them, you’ll have to kill them.
So let’s talk about the drakes…
- Slate Dragon
- Nether Scion
- Time Warden
- Orphaned Emerald Whelp (There’s 8)
- Storm Rider
The order that you free the drakes is greatly dependent on your group makeup, and which ones you have available. I really don’t recommend freeing the Nether Scion and Slate Dragon at the same time because of the healing debuff to the boss’ melee swings, but also makes them stack twice as fast. Time Warden and Emerald Whelps are another bad combination because of the sheer amount of raid damage going out.
For each drake that you free, you’ll debuff the boss with Dragon’s Vengeance, giving you a damage output advantage, and helping you against that 6-minute enrage timer.
This is really the hard phase — Halfus only has the abilities that the drakes give him, and the Proto Behemoth flying around will shoot fireballs at your raid. This is where you’ll be freeing drakes, killing them, and DPSing the boss. There can be a lot going on in this phase, so it’s important to be vocal on vent with the strategy — and be very familiar with the drakes abilities that you’ll be releasing. If your raid has decided to take 2 drakes at once, you’ll want to use Heroism/Bloodlust/Time Warp/Ancient Hysteria here. This phase lasts until Halfus is at 50%.
At 50%, you’ll want all the drakes dead. Halfus will start using Furious Roar frequently through the remainder of the fight, typically 3 times in a row. Every roar will stun you for 2 seconds, so make sure you’re focusing on your instant abilities. This is your burn phase, so make sure you’re using your cooldowns and DPSing as hard as you can.
What does a hunter need to know?
As drakes are being released, make sure you’re ready to misdirect them to the correct tank. If you’re dealing with Whelps, make sure you’re using Frost Traps to help keep them grouped up for AOE’s. As always, stay out of the fire on the ground. DPS the correct drake, burn the boss when you can. During phase 2, DPS your brains out.
Hunter Loot from Halfus Wyrmbreaker:
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