Hunter Durendil Solo’s Sire Denathrius at Castle Nathria – World of Warcraft

I love hearing from Durendil. I always wonder what will be the next exploit that he will tell me about and what will be the boss of WoW that will have fallen under his blows. I remind you that he specializes in solo bosses, which is a dangerous exercise, but oh so rewarding. This time the Hunter has overcome Sir Denathriusthe final boss of Castle Nathria.

It’s pretty monstrous, and as you’ll see, Durendil needed a lot of courage and tenacity to defeat Denathrius solo. 733 attempts. SEVEN HUNDRED AND THIRTY THREE 😀

We can warmly congratulate him and I leave it to him to detail the match below. It’s interesting and proves that you should never stop thinking, even if it means going back to a strategy that didn’t seem optimal at first.

I finally managed, after 8 weeks of intense trying and 20 different sub-strategies, to get Denathrius! I made a video with description and strategy in the subtitles, but for non-English speakers here is a little explanation.

Last year I lamented the lack of truly epic bosses in BFA. I could have fun with Tazavesh, but he was slightly worse than Mechagon (and I didn’t manage to get the final boss – shame). But there is no equivalent to the Mythic Kil’Jaeden, the absolutely amazing bosses you get once per game. set.

But much to my delight, Shadowlands had an epic and nearly impossible boss… Denathrius! Finally, like KJ, he would have been very very possible in the next patch, but like KJ, I dropped him a week early because otherwise it was to concede defeat to a boss that was easily beaten by 10 non-hunters in thing 200.

Honestly, I’d even say he was a bit harder than KJ Mythic – because there are 20 different ways to approach P2, which is hyper chaotic and determines the boss’s life in P3 – you have to pass the boss at 41% before the timer runs out – and decide if you survive P3 as there are 12 cabalists and you have to kill as few as possible but enough to survive.

So I had to 733 attempts, but the P1 cost me 75-80% – even by optimizing the dps I had trouble passing regularly and the fart was taken from those slaps… The P3 was even harder in terms of dps and you have to chain the heal on the pet as well – causing you to lose GCDs. And after 12 minutes he went berserk and AoE one-shot everyone.

And I’m not even talking about the 8 Mythical+ per week (so 64) for the weekly chest where I heroically fought the urge to do something else with my life.

But in the end, after a “perfect” try (boss at 41% in P3, no pet death) at 8% in AoE spec (because max survivability), I switched to Mono spec. I optimized the dps and especially the survivability because I had lost that third of my puncture. Try perfect and the boss is at 6%. At 40%, it is still a lot.

So I pulled everything I could: Mono spec with Execute talents! Which didn’t help for napkins in P1, low dps in P2, and even worse survivability. So I had to optimize the P2 to death and put the boss tank hit on the adds to have to hit them less.

Another perfect attempt, but really perfect, and there… 4%. That’s 10% of 40%, 380k, no burst, that’s 30 seconds.

It was dead. I had the spec that did the most dps in Mono Execute then in P3 and I had passed the boss at 41%. Twenty tries, including 3 perfect ones, and it’s not going down any further. I had Vantus and everything. Even if I looted Rygelon’s weapons, it wouldn’t be enough.

But I was aware of another strat, discarded against the 250 pullover because it was not functional: if the P3 lasts 4 minutes 20, why not keep its 2 minute CDs for burst 3 times? The reason was simple: if I do that, I either fail P1 or I pass P3 with 47% at best.

Except I had an AoE spec. Who had the worst dps in P3 but the best in P2 with 2 targets (boss + sword). And I had spent 400 trying to optimize P2 (and dry in P1. Often.). And this spec has a lot more survivability so you can ignore 2 more cabalists than the Mono Execute spec.

As a result, it was quite difficult, but I managed to get the boss to P3 at 41% stack, using only a 2 minute Burst, and with 4:30 minutes before the rampage.

And everything fell like dominoes. With the previous spec I used my 2nd pot in 6 minutes so my second P3 burst was 11 minutes. There it was at 9:40. So it hit 20% really quickly and I could start chaining killshots – and get a lot of dps. Additionally, the AoE spec is the one with the most focusing issues, so regular downtime. So I lost less dps to take care of the pet as I often managed to stop it in dead time.

And that’s how I succeeded in the last mono dps run of Denathrius: with my AoE spec. That’s why I love to solo. And that I love this boss.

Next expansion, I’ll do it in Mythic. Where the boss has much more life and P3 lasts 3min15 instead of 4min20. So I’m super excited for Dragonflight, I think Shadowlands raids will be great for solo.

See you soon, whether it’s in season 4 or 10.0.

Durendil, soloist

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