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Skolex, the Insatiable Ravener

Updated on 3/2/2022, 12:12:15

With the Sepulcher of the First Ones vunerable, devourers flood in to feed their hunger. Among these beasts is the ravenous Skolex. As the great worm consumes vast amounts of ephemra, the sepulcher is thrown out of balance and threatens to collapse onto itself.

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    Fight Summary

    This is a single plase encounter where you are aiming to not be overwhelmed by Empemera Dust stacks and avoiding all of the mechanics. In order to reset your Empemera Dust stacks the ENTIRE RAID must stack together which will force the boss to cast Ravening Burrow and move to your location, if you are INSIDE this knockback your stacks will be removed.

    The basic flow of the fight is: 

    Tank Combo> Retch > Tank Combo >Retch >Raid Stacks to Move Boss > Soak the boss hit (Repeat)

    Raid Mechanics

    Empemera Dust - Stacking DoT by various mechanics. Can be reset with Ravening Burrow.

    Dust Blast - The furthest 3 players (and all players within 10 yards of them) are hit with this on each hit of the Tank Combo. 

    Devouring Blood - Skolex will fire bolts on melee player locations. Failure to move will apply a DoT and reduce your Haste by 33%!

    Retch - Targets a random ranged player and make them the centre of this cone. Move out of it when it spawns to pre-designated locations.

    Ravening Burrow - When all players (including Melee DPS & Tanks) are stacked together Skolex will burrow underground and reemerge at this location. Getting hit by the boss reemerging removes all Empemera Dust stacks.

    Tank Mechanics

    Wormhole Jaws - Stack on your co-tank unless there's a Tank Combo happening. If there is no other player within 10 yards the tank will be hit twice.

    If you Dodge/Parry the attack, Wormhole Jaws will not be triggered. 

    Tank Combo

    At full energy a 3 part Combo will happen. The hits will either be Rend or Riftmaw. Swap on each hit of Riftmaw.

    Rend - Big stacking Bleed.

    This bleed can be removed with Blessing of Protection, Stoneform (Dwarf Racial), Fireblood (Dark Iron Dwarf Racial) and Phial of Serenity (Kyrian Potion).

    Riftmaw - Large Shadow damage hit and applies debuff to increase damage taken by Riftmaw for 500% for 6 seconds. Swap after each hit! 

    [Heroic/Mythic] Rend and Riftmaw will be applied to everyone in front of the boss.

    Tank Damage Profile

    75% Physical
    15% Shadow
    10% Cosmic
    40% Auto Attack 
    Empemera Dust 

    Skolex Swing Timer: 2s (Curse of Weakness 2.4s)

    Class Tips/Tricks

    Brewmaster Monk

    You should ideally be the main tank for this fight as if you Dodge the initial hit from Skolex your co-tank will not be hit by Wormhole Jaws.

    You will have Celestial Brew available for each Tank Combo.

    Vengeance Demon Hunter

    If you are playing with the Fiery Soul legendary you will have Fiery Brand available for every Tank Combo.

    Fiery Brand if used part way through the first cast of the Tank Combo will last for all three hits.

    Use Infernal Strike to move to the raid stack point. 

    Protection Paladin

    Divine Shield and Blessing of Protection will remove the stacking bleed from Rend.

    Alternate using Ardent Defender, Guardian of Ancient Kings and your free Word of Glory charges for the Tank Combos.

    Protection Warrior

    Spell Reflection can be used to deflect a stack of Ephemera Dust, however it is best used to mitigate damage from Riftmaw.

    Rallying Cry is best used to help the raid survive whilst stacked together and getting knocked back.

    Rend and Wormhole Jaws can be blocked.

    Guardian Druid

    Stampeding Roar is useful to help the melee move to the raid stack spot.

    Blood Death Knight

    Rune Tap and Anti-Magic Shell are best used to mitigate damage from Riftmaw.

    Deaths Advance negates the knockback from Ravening Burrow.

    Wraith Walk to move to the raid stack point.

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