- Name: Lord Rhyolith
- Raid: Firelands
- Tanks Needed: 2
- Phases: 2
- Catch: Steering is hard! Add management. Lasers.
- This strategy is for the heroic encounter. Normal strategy found here.
I want to be very up front with this encounter: from a range DPS perspective, there is absolutely no difference in strategy, but there needs to be an increased focus on self-positioning awareness than on the regular mode.
Rhyolith is still steered by putting damage on his legs where he’ll run over volcanoes, knocking off some of his armor. The difference? There’s little molten armor oozeling adds that, if they reach him, will attach and put back some of his armor — but that’s not really what needs to be paid attention to. If you’re AOE spamming the Fragments of Rhyolith, the oozeling adds will die, and very few of them will reach the boss.
The Fragments of Rhyolith have a new twist. They deal damage equal to their amount of health to the raid if they don’t die within 30 seconds, so they MUST take DPS priority when they’re up.
Ultimately you’ll get to a point where you just want to push the boss to 25% health and force him into phase 2. For the raids I’ve been in, this should happen after the 3rd Spark has spawned and died. When Rhyolith phases to the final burn phase, the remaining adds should despawn.
In Phase 2, eye lasers are added. Your group should be loosely gathered in the AOE healing spells, and if someone is chased by the eye laser, they need to lead it AWAY from the remainder of the raid. During this phase, since his armor is gone, he should drop pretty quickly, and you win.
What does a Hunter need to know?
Phase 1: Know what tank is handling which type of adds. Misdirect appropriately. The sparks will be tanked further off into the distance, where the fragments will likely be closer range. There is a lot of damage going out on this phase, so any mitigation will be helpful. If you’re having difficulty staying alive, it might be worth glyphing Raptor Strike since you’re likely to have a bunch of small adds close to use it on. Stay out of the lines, and staying vocal about when they’re spawning will help your raid immensely. Do not get separated from the AOE healing group. The amount of raid wide damage going out is extremely high, and if you can’t stick together, you’ll end up wiping the raid.
Phase 2: Misdirect to the tank, since he no longer ignores his aggro table. Light up the boss. Blow cooldowns, use potions. Lead eye lasers AWAY from the raid.
Hunter Loot from Heroic Lord Rhyolith
- Crystalized Firestone (this upgrades some BoE raid drops to heroic)
- Arbalest of Erupting Fury
- Flaming Core Chestguard
- Dreadfire Drape
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