Nightmare Dragons World Boss Strat: Taerar

Taerar is one of the 4 Dragons of Nightmare available in WoW Classic in phase 4 which went live on April 15th 2020.  

As with other world bosses in WoW Classic, this boss will spawn at a random time between 2 to 4 days since it was last killed. World bosses spawn out in the world, so they can only be killed and looted once per spawn. The loot will go to the first person or raid that hits the boss. You can tell if you have the tag, and will get the loot, if the boss’s health bar is red. If the health bar is grey it will not be your loot.

Where is Taerar Located in WoW Classic

There are four portals out in the world where Taerar can randomly spawn. All of the Dragons of Nightmare will spawn at the same time and one at each portal, although the window that they will spawn is over at 48 hour period of time. The spawn locations are Duskwood in the Twilight Grove, Hinterlands in Seradane, Feralas in the Dream Bough and Ashenvale in the Bough Shadow.

How to Fight Taerar in WoW Classic

Taerar is a raid boss which will need between 20 and 40 players to defeat, depending on the skill and gear of those participating. Similar to Onyxia and other dragons, you will position the tank away from the rest of the raid.  The healers and damage dealing players will be on either side of the boss avoiding the tail and the head.

Taerar is considered one of the easier of the 4 Dragons of Nightmare.  His unique abilities are a fear, knock back and splitting into 3 dragons every 25% of his health.

Fighting Taerar as a Tank

  • 3-4 Tanks with +200 Nature resistance if you have it but not necessary.
  • Taerar’s health reaches 75%, 50% and 25% he will split into 3 dragons that all need to be tanked and facing away from the raid.  Do not move too far away from the fight area since you do not want to outrange healers.
  • Taerar will fear! Get your stance dancing muscles ready.  Fear wards and tremor totems are also nice.
  • Tank the boss facing away from the raid.  All players that are not currently tanking should stand on either side of the boss to avoid the breathe and the Tail Sweep.
  • Tanks will switch at 3 stacks of Noxious Breath. If using a NR geared tank, the debuff should be resisted.
  • Be sure to frontload high threat abilities early in your tank swap.  As you get additional stacks of the debuff, your ability to generate threat will suffer. Each rank of your abilities will be on a different extended cooldown so once you get high stacks you can go through all the different ranks of your abilities.
  • Avoid Dream Fog which looks like clouds of gas moving slowly around the area. Also keep in mind that you could get knocked back into one of these clouds from Taerar’s Arcane Blast.  
  • DON’T DIE! If you die you get a debuff that prevents you from making further lasting contributions to the fight.
  • BONUS: You can attempt to use the Dragon’s tail to knock those that are asleep out of the Dream Fog.

Fighting Taerar as Damage

  • Avoid the front and back of the Dragon and stand in the safer position to the boss’s side.
  • Avoid Dream Fog which looks like clouds of gas moving slowly around the area. Also keep in mind that you could get knocked back into one of these clouds from Taerar’s Arcane Blast.  
  • Ranged DPS should stand at max range to avoid the fear.
  • Melee DPS need to watch out for the Shades of Taerar’s Poison Cloud ability, don’t stand in the poison.
  • DON’T DIE! If you die you get a debuff that prevents you from making further lasting contributions to the fight.

Fighting Taerar as a Healer

  • Assign healers to heal the tanks for when when Taerar’s health reaches 75%, 50% and 25% and one dragon turns into 3.
  • Healers should stand at max range from the tanks to avoid the fear. Cast fear ward or have tremor totems for the tanks and melee.
  • Avoid the front and back of the Dragon and stand in the safer position to the boss’s side.
  • Avoid Dream Fog which looks like clouds of gas moving slowly around the area. Also keep in mind that you could get knocked back into one of these clouds from Taerar’s Arcane Blast.  
  • DON’T DIE! If you die you get a debuff that prevents you from making further lasting contributions to the fight.

List of Taerar Abilities in WoW Classic

Noxious Breath – Frontal cone breath that applies a stacking debuff to those that are hit. Ideally, only your tanks should be getting hit by this. For each stack of the debuff, the cooldowns on all abilities are increased by 10 seconds..

Dream Fog – Two clouds will be up at a time and will move around the boss for the duration of the fight. You will have 10 seconds from the time the cloud spawns to get out of it, after that it will put anyone caught in the cloud to sleep.  

Tail Sweep – Inflicts 600 to 1000 damage on enemies in a 30 radius cone behind the dragon, knocking them back. Avoiding the tail is even more important on these 

Mark of Nature – Players kill by nightmare dragons gain a 15-minute debuff which essentially takes the player out of the fight for the duration of this debuff due to Aura of Nature

Aura of Nature – If a player with Mark of Nature comes within 100 yards of the boss, this will cause the player to enter into an undispellable sleep for 2 minutes.

Bellowing Roar – Similar to Onyxia and Nefarian,Taerar will cast a fear within 35 yards. This can be outraged by most ranged dps and healers.

Arcane Blast – This spell hits all players within 100 yards for around 1000 damage and will also knock everyone back. 

Shades of Taerar – Taerar will become banished for a short period of time and 3 smaller versions of himself will spawn. The shades have 66,620 HP each and two abilities:

  • Poison Cloud – Periodically spawns a poison cloud at the shade’s feet. Tanks and melee DPS will need to move out of this
  • Acid Breath – Inflicts around 1000  Nature damage and an additional 150 damage every 3 seconds for 45 seconds to enemies in a 20 yard cone in front of the dragon. This debuff can stack so only the tank should be getting hit by these breaths.

Want to know more about Taerar’s story? Head over to the WoWWiki to learn the lore

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