Posted by: Makakai | February 11, 2014

Siege of Niuzao Temple Healing 101

Siege of Niuzao Temple Loading ScreenThis next post of my Pandaria Healing 101 WoW dungeon guides will cover another mid-level dungeon, the next level bracket after the Monastery and the Palace. Niuzao Temple is a 5-man dungeon located in Townlong Steppes and has a Normal-difficulty and a Heroic-difficulty version of the dungeon. There are four bosses in this dungeon. There are no differences in mechanics between Normal and Heroic modes for the Mogu’Shan Palace. The only differences are increased health and damage done for all bosses and enemies. There are three achievements and 1 step to complete in this Heroic dungeon that count toward the meta-Achievement Glory of the Pandaria Hero: Return to Sender, Run with the Wind, and Where’s My Air Support?. The first boss in this instance is needed for the achievement Polyformic Acid Science.

Vizier Jin’bak
The fight with Vizier Jin’bak revolves around the yellow-orange Sap Puddle in the center of the room. The Sap Globules that  Jin’bak summons periodically throughout the fight need to be killed before they reach the Sap Puddle, because they cause it to grow in size. To shrink the Sap Puddle, you can stand in it, but this does Sap Residue damage, so try to get the Sap Globules killed. The size of the Sap Puddle determines the damage done to all party members by Detonate, so you’ll want to use your cooldowns toward the end of the fight.

Quick Tactics: Kill globules before they reach puddle. Stand in the puddle if you need to make it smaller. When he casts Detonate, party will take damage depending on size of pool.

Gear
Hood of Viridian Residue – Leather Helm +Crit
Girdle of soothing Detonation – Plate belt +Crit

Commander Vo’jak
Commander Vo’jak is essentially a two phase fight, the first dealing with adds and the second phase with the boss. During Phase One, Li and Lo Chu, will position and prepare mantid tar kegs for use in the battle. Players can throw the kegs of Caustic Tar onto the steps leading up to the platform to slow and damage the adds. The little pots along edge of the platform can be clicked on, then use the targeting circle to click and throw the caustic tar onto the adds. Target a little ahead of the adds to get them with the tar. A good group will have only the elite adds actually make it up to the platform. Throughout this phase you’ll also have a Sik’thik Amberwing regularly bombing the platform, so you’ll need to move around for that. Once his forces are down, Commander Vo’jak will engage the group. Someone in the group can use the caustic tar to remove Rising Speed from Vo’jak, a stacking attack speed increasing buff. Stay at range from the boss if possible (you too monks) to avoid Thousand Blades. He will also do a Dashing Strike, that will do significant damage and knock back a player. If you see someone go flying, ready your big heals.

Quick Tactics: First phase avoid bombs, use Caustic Tar to slow adds. Second phase use caustic tar to remove buff on boss, get out of the Blades. Heal up the target of Dashing Strike, as they will take lots of damage.

Gear
Bombardment Bracers – Cloth bracers +Haste
Chestwrap of Arcing Flame – Leather chest +Crit

General Pa’valak
The basic fight with General Pa’valak is pretty straight forward, it’s the Add portion of the fight that can trip up a group. Pa’valak’s two general abilities are Blade Rush and Tempest. Don’t stand near him for Tempest and move away from his sword target for Blade Rush. The important mechanic that everyone needs to pay attention to occurs when he reaches 65% and 35% health. At these points he puts up Bulwark and summons waves of Sik’thik Soldiers. Throughout these waves of Soldiers, the Amber-Sappers will be throwing bombs onto the field. Click on them within the first 3 seconds after they touch the ground. You can then throw them to kill the Soldier waves. If you don’t click on the bombs right away move at least 7 yards away from them as they will explode. Once all of the soldiers are dead, Pa’valak will join the fight again. Note that the adds will tend to target the healer (HoT aggro you know) so you’ll want to stick close to the tank.

Quick Tactics: Kill adds by picking up bombs and throwing them at them. If you can’t click a bomb, get away from it. When boss throws sword, get away from it.

Gear
Breezebinder Handwraps – Cloth gloves +Haste
Siegeworn Bracers – Plate bracers +Crit
Vial of Ichorous Blood – Trinket +Int (on use spirit)

Wing Leader Ner’onok
The last boss fight with Wing Leader Ner’onok is my favorite one of the Mists of Pandaria dungeons. Ner’onok essentially has two sets of abilities he uses. The first set is his main attacks, Hurl Brick, Caustic Pitch, and Quick-Dry Resin; the second set is when he takes off and flies to the other end of the bridge and casts Gusting Winds. Watch your tank damage for Hurl Brick, don’t stand in the Caustic Pitch puddles, and if you get Quick-Dry Resin, jump up and down to prevent being encased.At 66% and 33% health, Ner’onok will fly to the other end of the bridge. Once he gets there, he will channel/cast Gusting Winds. The idea here is to reach Ner’onok at the other side of the bridge and interrupt a cast of Gusting Winds, which causes him to resume fighting. The small walls that you noticed walking up to him will block the wind allowing you to reach him on the other side of the bridge.

Quick Tactics: If you get Quick-Dry Resin, jump to remove it. When he flies to other side of the bridge, get to him using walls to get in the way of his winds and Pitch puddles to prevent you moving, and interrupt him.

Gear
Airbender Sandals – Mail boots +Haste
Belt of Totemic Binding – Mail waist +Haste
Breezeswept Hood – Cloth helm +Haste/Mastery (no spirit)
Gustwalker Staff – Staff +Mastery/Spell Power
Whisperwind Spaulders – Cloth shoulders +Haste/Mastery (no spirit)

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