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Onyxia Guide

The Brood Mother returned in World of Warcraft’s patch 3.2.2 bumping up her level to level 80 and making her return again as if it was a prelude to Cataclysm. She’s got nearly the same fight so veterans of the old fight will just need to know what’s new and a tad bit of a refresher to jump in. Otherwise, it’s a fairly simple fight with some awesome loot drops.

The 10man version is easily puggable and has fewer requirements than the 25man version, but it’s not unheard of to pug the 25man version if the pug is either ran by a group of people (tanks/healers) who are decently geared and know the fight or if it’s ran by a partial guild that finds Onyxia to be trivial. The 10 man version can be done easily.

Consider it slightly harder than VoA. If you can do well in VoA than you can probably do alright in Onyxia. The good news is that you won’t save until she’s dead.

Onyxia Basics
Onyxia has the standard Tuesday lockout timer, so you can do her once a week in both versions. She does drop 3 Triumph Badges in each difficulty meaning you can get an additional six badges per week.

The only difference between the old Onyxia and the new Onyxia is that she can’t be hit by melee in phase 2, she no longer drops aggro when she flies, Deep Breath takes a little longer to cast (it still can kill even geared people), and Lair Guards will spawn in the second phase.

If you don’t know where she’s at (it’s ok, old world is nearly forgotten now) then look no further than Dustwallow Marsh. She’s in the southern area, in a cave. There is NO attunement.

If you got the achievement before this came out for Onyxia then it’ll be a Feat of Strength.

Raid composition should be 2 tanks (3 tanks if you’re undergeared), 2 healers in 10-man, 5 healers in 25-man, and the rest DPS.

More Dots!: Get her down within 5 minutes and this is yours.
Many Whelps! Handle It!: Spawn 50 Onyxia Whelpings within 10 seconds then defeat Onyxia. It’s easy as pie if you have the gear/skill to handle it. If you run into the cave you can spawn whelps. Do that and spawn enough of them and defeat them. It’s simple, but hard. You need the gear and skill to handle it. Have all your ranged DPS to focus on it.
She Deep Breaths More: Defeat Onyxia without anyone taking a deep breath. You’ll just need everyone in the raid on their toes for this. You’ll want to take phase 2 slower but faster, as in when she deep breaths get EVERYONE away but have your DPS going nuts when she’s not breathing.
Onyxia’s Lair: Easy, kill Onyxia
Onyxia’s Lair (Old World): No longer attainable, it’s now a feat of strength.

Phase 1 (100% health to 65% Health)

The tank needs to run ahead of the raid and pull Onyxia and move quickly to the back wall positioning Onyxia facing the wall. This needs to happen fast so she doesn’t Breath or Cleave the raid. DPS should trail behind doing light DPS and avoiding the tail. When Onyxia is in position then the melee needs to be position on her sides avoiding the frontal cone (where she cleaves, breaths, and buffets) and the tail (where she will tail smack you). If you get tail smacked into the whelps you can wipe, so don’t even mess with her tail.

Phase 2 (65% to 45%)

There will be MANY WHELPS of which you will want to HANDLE THEM. 20 from each side and you want your tank to chill in the middle with EVERYONE else so the whelps all go into the middle. Just call to collapse into the middle for EVERYONE and then have your melee and some of the ranged to AoE down the whelps fast. A tank can easily handle it for a bit (Paladin tanks rock here) but 40 mobs will easily eat through even the strongest defense over time so get them down fast.

Phase 3 (45% until dead)

This is a repeat of phase one. The tank will have aggro when she lands and everyone will want to get away from her as she’s dragged back to the wall to be tanked again. She’ll fear so put Fear Ward on the tank and your healers will need to do a bit of raid healing to make up for the Eruption damage.

At this point if your raid is mostly alive then you should have Onyxia down. She drops a plethora of loot in both modes including a 22 slot bag, a bag of gems, and her head which gives an awesome healing ring. A rare mount and pet drops, as well. Not to mention Tier 2 replacement helms with level 80 stats.