Strategy: Heroic Halfus Wyrmbreaker

Morynne —  May 25, 2011 — 3 Comments

Heroic Halfus is quite chaotic by comparison to the regular encounter, but is pretty easy once you’ve got a strategy down pat to dealing with all of the drakes at the same time.

  • Name: Halfus Wyrmbreaker
  • Raid: Bastion of Twilight
  • Phases: 2
  • Catch: You have to deal with all the drakes at the same time.
  • Tanks needed: 2ish
  • This guide is for the heroic encounter. Normal guide found here.

In order to properly handle the Malevolent Strikes debuff, we had 2.5 tanks.  Prot Warrior, Feral Druid, and a Feral Druid in DPS gear, but tank spec.

Here’s what we did:

  • Warrior tank pulls boss. Bear tank pulls the Storm Rider, Time Warden at the same time. Bear/Kitty tank pulls the Nether Scion.  Leave the Slate dragon alone.  If you try to have every single one down, you’ll lose to the enrage timer.
  • Heroism is blown at the beginning of the fight once threat is solid on the Nether Scion, DPS burns that down first.
  • Second target is the Storm Rider, burn that down, then the Time Warden.  When the time warden is at about half, release the Whelps, and focus DPS on Halfus.  If you have any range that can do “splash damage” to whelps, even better.
  • Burn Halfus.

The Furious Roars in the heroic encounter is brutal.  Not one can be missed.

Just like in the regular encounter, at 50%, Halfus enters phase 2 with the same abilities.  Once you’ve dealt with the drakes, you’ve hit the easiest part of this encounter.

What does a Hunter need to know?

Once the Nether Scion is down, and you’re moving to DPS the other drakes, it’s worth throwing out a Multi-Shot to do a little damage to everything that’s up.  When you switch targets, you’ll already be a little ahead.  When the whelps are released, main target Halfus, and add a Multi-Shot into your rotation, the drakes will die over time.  After that, it’s cake.  Just make sure you stay out of fire balls.

Hunter Loot from Heroic Halfus Wyrmbreaker

Having trouble? Ask questions in the comments, or check out Tankspot’s Video.

Good luck!


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Morynne is an avid hunter, and prefers Marksmanship. She has co-hosted the Hunting Party Podcast, and appeared on the Twisted Nether Blogcast. For more information, click here.

3 responses to Strategy: Heroic Halfus Wyrmbreaker

  1. This is one of the easiest of the Heroic modes. And yet because it is "heroic" I constantly find resistance to tackling it.


  2. Hey, found ya from twitter, normally we release the whelps right away along with time, and storm and have a tank pick all that up while dps waits for threat and we have a hunter misdirect nether over to the same tank it may seem like a lot but theres now only 2 tanks to heal virtually everyone else is taking no damage at all. Good guide man glad I found this place

    • I'm sure the 2-tank setup works too, we're just fortunate enough to run with 2 full time tanks, and someone who moonlights as a tank — so we have the extra body to spare. Plus bear damage is pretty freaking good, so we're really not even down any DPS.

      Glad you like the guide! Thanks for your feedback!

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