Raid Guide – Hellfire High Council (Normal / Heroic)

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Thousands of Iron Horde orcs accepted the blood of Mannoroth, but few grew as powerful as these three champions. Dia Darkwhisper, master of Void magic and an outcast of the Shadowmoon, rose quickly to power as the left hand of Gul’dan. Gurtogg, with his insatiable hunger for blood, emerged the victor in hundreds of trials by combat. He has met his match only once, fighting Blademaster Jubei’thos to a draw. Tainted with fel sickness, they serve Gul’dan as both Highguard and Council of War.

Two of three members of this council should be familiar faces – Jubei’thos, a fel orc Blademaster from Warcraft III and Gurtogg Bloodboil, a fel orc from Black Temple. Unlike a majority of council fights, these orcs do not share a health pool. Each member of the council has a special attack that they will only use below 30% health. These effects will persist until the end of the encounter. Tentative kill order before 6.2 goes live could look something like – Gurtogg -> Jubei’thos -> Dia. Dia’s sub-30% ability is arguably one of the most dangerous.

Tank Mechanics

  • One tank on Dia, the other on Jubei’thos and Gurtogg.
  • Keep Dia at least 25 yards away from Gurtogg and Jubei’thos.
  • Stacks of Acidic Wound can be dropped by running away from the Fel Rage player near the end of the channel.
  • Use defensive cooldowns when tanking Dia during Nightmare Visage.
  • Run to the outer edges of the room if you are afflicted with Mark of the Necromancer during the Reap cast.
  • Avoid:
    • Fel Blade from Jubei’thos. There is an arrow pointing from him in the direction it will travel and then back to him.
      • There will be multiple copies of the blade during Mirror Images.
    • Horrors during Wailing Horror (large purple spirits).
    • Demolishing Leap from Gurtogg (large brown swirls).
    • Pools left behind by Reap.

Other Roles

Overview for All Roles

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Overview:

Tanks:

  • When Dia Darkwhisper uses Nightmare Visage, use defensive abilities to reduce the damage you take.
  • Keep Dia Darkwhisper away form her allies, else they will gain the effects of Void Haze.
  • Move away from the impact point of Gurtogg Bloodboil’s Demolishing Leap to minimize damage taken.

Damage Dealers:

  • If you are afflicted with Mark of the Necromancer when Dia Darkwhisper casts Reap, the ground beneath your position will burn for the remainder of the encounter, so position yourself carefully.
  • Use defensive abilities to maximize your chance of survival if Gurtogg Bloodboil targets you with his Fel Rage.
  • Move away from the impact point of Gurtogg Bloodboil’s Demolishing Leap to minimize damage taken.

Healers:

  • Dispel Dia Darkwhisper’s Mark of the Necromancer before its damage becomes lethal, but do not dispel prematurely as doing so causes the effect to transfer to 2 additional targets when dispelled.
  • Use defensive abilities to maximize your chance of survival if Gurtogg Bloodboil targets you with his Fel Rage.
  • Move away from the impact point of Gurtogg Bloodboil’s Demolishing Leap to minimize damage taken.

Blademaster Jubei’thos

  • Fel Blade: Jubei’thos hurls his flaming blade, inflicting damage to enemies with which it comes into contact.
  • Felstorm: Jubei’thos whirls a fiery tempest at enemies, inflicting Fire damage to all enemies every second for 8 sec.
  • Windwalk: Jubei’thos disappears into the wind, summoning Mirror Images.
    He will re-emerge after 45 seconds or when all images have been defeated, whichever occurs first.
    • Mirror Images: Jubei’thos summons decoys of himself. He will re-emerge when all of his images have been destroyed, or after enough time has passed.
  • His Final Hour: Upon reaching 30% health remaining, Jubei’thos will begin to cast Wicked Strike. After his death the images of Jubei’thos will continue to haunt players, striking them from the shadows.
    • Wicked Strike: An image of Jubei’thos appears behind half of all living players, striking them for Fire damage. This effect increases in damage over time.
      When Jubei’thos is defeated, he continues to haunt players from the grave, Wicked Striking them until the encounter is defeated.

Dia Darkwhisper

  • Void Bolt: Dia focuses void energy at her primary target, inflicting Shadow damage.
  • Void Haze: Dia’s dark presence shrouds allies in a dark haze, absorbing all damage taken for as long as they stand within 25 yards of her.
  • Nightmare Visage: Dia transforms into a visage of nightmares, unleashing a flurry of attacks on her primary target.
  • Mark of the Necromancer: Dia marks random enemies with the sigil of the necromancer, inflicting increasing Shadow damage over time. When dispelled, this effect bounces to 2 nearby allies of the afflicted player.

    • Reap: Dia reaps all marked targets, causing her mark to burn into the ground. This mark inflicts Shadow damage to all enemies within the effect every second.
  • Wailing Horror: Dia shrouds the room in darkness, inflicting Shadow damage to all enemies every second. Darkness amasses, causing Wailing Horrors to form in random locations and sail across the room. These horrors will inflict Shadow damage to enemies with which they come into contact.
  • Her Final Hour: Upon reaching 30% health remaining, Dia Darkwhisper is overcome by darkness, applying Mark of the Necromancer to half of all remaining foes. In her madness, she will no longer use Reap.

Gurtogg Bloodboil

  • Bloodboil: Gurtogg causes the 5 furthest enemies’ blood to boil, inflicting Physical damage.
  • Acidic Wound: Gurtogg’s fel sickness infects the wounds of his current target, inflicting Nature damage every 2 sec. and reducing armor by 100. Stacks up to 60 times, lasts 30 sec.
  • Fel Rage: Gurtogg goes into a fel rage, focusing on a random enemy. A sickening fel energy courses through their veins, causing them to gain extra defenses. Successful melee attacks will cause Gurtogg to increase his attack speed by 10%.
  • Demolishing Leap: Gurtogg crashes around the room, inflicting up to Physical damage to players based on proximity to his impact.
  • His Final Hour: Upon reaching 30% health remaining, Gurtogg begins to cast Tainted Blood until he is defeated.
    • Tainted Blood: Gurtogg taints the blood of his enemies, limiting their maximum health value by 10% per application. This effect stacks, and persists until the encounter is over.

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