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Unholy Death Knight Artifact Challenge Guide
Welcome to the Unholy Death Knight Artifact Challenge Guide for
An Impossible Foe
, updated for World of Warcraft Legion Patch 7.2! This guide is written by
. I've been a raider in various DPS capacities for 9 years, and am currently 7/10M in Nighthold, raiding with
No Big Deal
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Rotation & Abilities
Macros & Addons
is a fairly challenging solo encounter, with several moving parts you definitely always want to be aware of. The mechanics for the first half of the fight pretty much just repeat over and over, so once we get towards the second half, we’ll start seeing some changes to the formula that make things a lot more difficult. I completed this at item level 906, with the following points in my artifact:
I recommend a minimum item level of 895 for this challenge, and/or at least 36 points in your Empowered Artifact weapon; anything lower than that, and you may have serious issues meeting some of the add DPS checks, as well as surviving the damage output present in this encounter. It is still possible to complete at lower item levels, but it is much more challenging the lower you are.
Flask of the Countless Armies
Drums of Fury
Lavish Suramar Feast
Nightborne Delicacy Platter
Defiled Augment Rune
I completed this challenge using only a
Flask of the Countless Armies
Nightborne Delicacy Platter
, so if you're at a similar or slightly lower item level, you will probably have an easier time as well, using the additional resources listed above.
I used the following talents for this challenge. Some are variable, depending on your current build and points. Bursting Sores can substitute well for Ebon Fever, and Infected Claws can work well in place of Necrosis if you are not comfortable using this talent. Defile is also a strong option if you have the
Due to the nature of this encounter requiring either very high burst output, or very strong defensive capabilities, several legendary items available to Unholy Death Knights are useful here.
The Instructor's Fourth Lesson
Kil'jaeden's Burning Wish
as my legendaries here, but the following are also very strong options if you are missing one or both of these.
: Defile and Death and Decay are great in this fight, as you often need to cleave down a large amount of adds, this legendary will greatly aid you in accomplishing that goal.
: There is quite a bit of magical damage on this fight, and the ability to heal from it while negating it, makes Acherus Drapes quite strong.
: There are several abilities that need to be interrupted on this fight, and several adds that can be Death Gripped, or stunned, making Sephuz a very solid contender legendary here, as you can proc it almost on cooldown.
Prydaz, Xavaric's Magnum Opus
: Prydaz shines here the same as it always does, by mitigating a ton of damage while also being a very strong and reliable stat stick.
The main thing to note is that this fight is all about prioritizing adds over the boss. If you let yourself become overwhelmed by adds or don't kill them in the correct priority, you will have a much more difficult time completing this challenge than is necessary.
During Phase 1, you're introduced to the first few mechanics of the fight.
s will spawn beneath or behind
, and fixate on you, casting the uninterruptible
once they reach you, which leaves a slowing, damaging zone beneath them, if the cast completes, for the remainder of the fight. This is VERY important. If you can kill them before they begin or complete the cast, the zone is not created.
s will spawn beneath Agatha and cast
at you repeatedly.
s will spawn beneath Agatha and cast a variety of spells, including
at you, maintaining
on Agatha while they exist, and casting
periodically to shift their position.
s will spawn from the back end of the room, walk up to Agatha and begin channeling
This is the priority in which you should ensure you kill adds, from most important to least, beginning with the Fuming Imps.
Throughout Phase 1, Agatha will also cast abilities of her own.
, which targets the ground randomly, and must be avoided.
, an infinite channel, that increases in damage with every tick. Agatha will shield herself before casting this, and the shield must be broken before the spell can be interrupted. The Shield cannot be broken while Umbral Imps exist. Be sure to save your interrupt specifically for this, as you will be tempted to interrupt the Imp Servants, and if you do so, you can find yourself very quickly dead from the ramping damage while you wait a few seconds for your next interrupt.
is periodic, unavoidable damage.
Focus Agatha during any add-free time.
Upon being reduced to 50% health (This phase change can be slightly delayed is Agatha is casting a spell or otherwise occupied), Agatha will cast
, teleporting herself to the far end of the room.
At this point in the encounter, fiery boulders will begin falling periodically from that end of the room, encompassing three lanes, Left, Middle and Right. Being hit by one of these boulders will stun you temporarily and deal a LARGE amount of damage to you (About 2.5 million), almost assuredly either killing you, or setting you so far behind that you cannot recover. Avoiding these is your greatest priority.
Every 10% HP thereafter (40, 30, 20, and 10%) Agatha will again cast
, teleporting to the opposite end of the room.
All of the effects, adds and mechanics from Phase one will also persist. Imp Servants will now spawn from just behind the center point of the room, opposite Agatha, and will chase after her if she casts
while they are alive. You can clean them up easily while on the move as well.
Completing this encounter is very much about mechanical and effect awareness, and using your cooldowns and procs effectively. You do not necessarily need very high DPS to succeed, but you need to meet minimum burst requirements or you will be overwhelmed by adds very quickly. Continue keeping adds handled, avoiding rocks, and keeping Dark Fury interrupted, and you'll win.
Add Tips and Tricks
You can deal with a lot of these mechanics very simply:
s and dispatch them with Clawing Shadows and Death Coil.
Death and Decay
to quickly clear up Umbral and Smoldering Imps.
s reach Agatha, cast Outbreak on the farthest one from your side of the lane, and Death Grip him between Agatha and the other Imp Servant, to spread the disease and dispatch both enemies relatively easily.
Remember that each add that dies will proc your
. Be sure to use these procs before killing more minions to keep yourself healthy and avoid wasting them.
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