Posted by: Makakai | August 9, 2016

Grimrail Depot Healing 101

Grimrail Depot Loading ScreenThis next Warlords of Draenor Healing 101 WoW dungeon guide covers the first level 100 dungeon for this expansion. This is probably my least-favorite dungeon of this expansion so my personal comments will probably be more pessimistic than usual. Grimrail Depot is located in the northern part of Gorgrond and has both a Normal-difficulty and a Heroic-difficulty version of the dungeon. There are only three bosses in this dungeon and minimal but hard-hitting trash packs. There are a few mechanical differences between Normal and Heroic modes that will be called out for each fight in the guide below. One difference in my Draenor guides from previous guides is that the gear called out after each boss are limited to pieces of particular note from among all of the drops in this dungeon.

There are two achievements to complete in this Heroic dungeon that count toward the meta-Achievement: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things and No Ticket. Also, players that were working on the legendary ring quest-line needed to remember to pick up their Core of Iron.

Railmaster Rocketspark
Railmaster Rocketspark is accompanied by Borka the Brute in this first encounter. The fight will start off with Rocketspark flying around the room, launching VX18-B Target Eliminator missiles at two random targets. You’ll need to continually step out of the red targeting circle to avoid the damage from the missles. Meanwhile, Borka will be Slam-ing the floor in front of him, doing a decent amount of damage to your tank. Throughout the fight, Rocketspark will rise up into the air and channel a stream of X21-01A Missile Barrage. The tank should point Borka at Rocketspark such that Mad Dash knocks him down, so you’ll want to move out of the way. If for some reason, Rocketspark dies before Borka you’ll need to use all of your cooldowns to keep the tank alive through Unmanaged Aggression.

Heroic: Slam will also disrupt spellcasting, so watch for the effect from Borka.

Quick Tactics: Don’t stand in Missile targeting circles. Use cooldowns on the tank if Rocketspark dies first and AoE heals if Borka dies first.

Gear
Rings drop for Druid, Priest, Shaman and Waists for Druid, Priest, Shaman.

Nitrogg Thundertower
The Nitrogg Thundertower encounter starts out in a small space at the front of a train car, and begins as fairly straight-forward tank-and-spank encounter. The two main abilities you’ll want to avoid are Blackrock Mortar and Blackrock Grenade, that are basically straight-forward fire damage. At 60% health is when Nitrogg gets into his Assult Cannon and the fun begins. Throughout this phase of the fight he will call reinforcements that the DPS will need to be dealing with. They should be prioritizing the reinforcements as Boomers > Grenadier > Infantry. You can help out the party by placing DoTs or otherwise attack the Assault Cannon between waves of reinforcements. The key to the fight is to loot the Boomer’s body to gain a Blackrock Mortar Shell, as about three of them when used in the Turrets should be enough to take out the Assault Cannon. He will also target players with Suppressive Fire, which you’ll want to break line of sight for by ducking behind a pillar or a large stack of crates. Once the Assault Cannon has been destroyed, Nitrogg again joins the fight and the party can finish him off.

Heroic: Nitrogg’s Assault Cannon gains Slag Blast, which will cover a section of the train car in fire. You will also gain an additional reinforcement, Gunner. Gunners drop Shrapnel which can be used in the Turrets to quickly kill adds.

Quick Tactics: Line-of-sight the Suppressive Fire and assist with DoTs on the Assault Cannon. Don’t stand in Fire!

Gear
Chests drop for Druids and Shaman and Necks for Druids, Priests, and Shaman.

Skylord Tovra
Skylord Torva is mostly a “don’t stand in it” fight for the healer. Torva throws out Freezing Snares which will do moderate damage and root you in place. Secondly, she does a Spinning Spear effect that do targeted whirlwind type damage. She is accompanied by Rakun whom flies overhead and casts Thunderous Breath periodically creating Diffused Energy over a portion of the rail car.

Heroic: In heroic, Tovra will now target random players with Hunter’s Mark, after 6-seconds, she will then launch an Explosive Spear at the player’s location. Move around to avoid dropping the Spear on your party.

Quick Tactics: Don’t stand in the bad stuff.

Gear
Torva’s Lightning Repository – +Int/Mastery Trinket
There is also a weapon that might be useful for healers is you still need an upgrade.
Gloves drop for Priest, Druid, Monk, Shaman; Legs drop for Paladin and Priest; and Bracers drop for Priests.

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