The Nighthold is Legion’s third raid, opening on January 17th
There are ten boss encounters and we have strategy guides covering the bosses and their trash on all difficulties: Skorpyron, Chronomatic Anomaly, Trilliax, Spellblade Aluriel, Star Augur Etraeus, High Botanist Tel’arn, Krosus, Tichondrius, Elisande, and Gul’dan.
Skorpyron’s lair is a constantly spawning chamber of scorpids that join the battle following [Call of the Scorpid] , but which also attack if any player strays too close.
The rate at which time flows fluctuates over the course of the encounter. These changes affect players’ movement and actions, but the Chronomatic Anomaly is exceptionally sensitive to the flow of time and its abilities may be drastically affected.
As the fight progresses, the malfunctioning construct swaps between various modes that determine what abilities it uses. During Cleaner mode, eat [Toxic Slices] . During Maniac mode, avoid [Annihilation] . While Trilliax is in Caretaker mode, hop onto scrubbers when they malfuction to prevent the raid taking damage from [Cleansing Destruction]. On Mythic difficulty, Trilliax uses Personality Transference to activate additional constructs. When Trilliax’s current mode matches the additional construct’s, they activate Dual Personalities.
Spellblade Aluriel cycles between three enchantments: Frost, Fire, and Arcane. Each enchantment grants her an ability that she can only use while she’s under the effect of that enchantment. She will then manipulate that magic with a few commands: replicate, detonate, and animate.
Star Augur Etraeus fights within a stellar observatory of his own construction. At 90%, 60%, and 30% health remaining, he will activate his observation deck to project the raid through the nether overlooking different worlds, siphoning the energies of those worlds to empower his abilities in different ways.
Players encounter Krosus on a broken section of bridge. Over the course of the encounter, Krosus smashes sections of the bridge, forcing players to retreat into a dwindling space. If Krosus is not defeated in time, players will be left with no foothold, and will plunge into the sea and perish.
High Botanist Tel’arn uses Arcane, Nature, and Solar magic to defend his garden. When he reaches 75% and 50% health remaining he divides his energy, creating empowered forms that focus in a particular school of magic. This division removes High Botanist Tel’arn’s access to that school of magic, but the empowered form gains new abilities.
Tichondrius wields foul carrion magic, unleashing waves of chaos and pestilence to assault the raid.
As the fight progresses, Tichondrius periodically uses [Illusionary Night] to trap all players in an illusion, within which they may find some respite if they can endure his [Carrion Nightmare] assault for 30 sec.
Grand Magistrix Elisande harness the power of the Nightwell to shape time itself. When her health is low and she is nearing defeat, she rewinds time to send players back to the point at which they first engaged her. The fight recommences from this point, but Elisande uses new abilities mixed in with echoes of her past actions. She can perform this feat twice, after which time can no longer save her.
Guld’dan PTR tactics
The Nighthold is a partially non-linear raid. Players must defeat Skorpyron, Chronomatic Anomaly, and Trilliax, and Spellblade Aluriel in that order to access four bosses which can be killed in any order. Players will likely kill these in the following order: Star Augur Etraeus, High Botanist Tel’arn, Krosus, Tichondrius. From there, the remaining two bosses must be defeated in order: Elisande, and Gul’dan.
Nighthold bosses drop Tier 19 armor: Elisande Helm, Krosus Chest, Tichondrius Shoulder, Star Augur Etraeus Gloves, Gul’dan Legs, Trilliax Cloak.
The boss loot from Nighthold increases in ilvl as you progress farther through the instance.
Skorpyron, Chronomatic Anomaly and Trilliax are ilvl 855 LFR, ilvl 870 Normal, ilvl 885 Heroic, and ilvl 900 Mythic.
Spellblade Aluriel, Tichondrius, Krosus, High Botanist Tel’arn, Star Augur Etraeus, Elisande are ilvl 860 LFR, ilvl 875 Normal, ilvl 890 Heroic, and ilvl 905 Mythic.
Gul’dan is ilvl 865 LFR, ilvl 880 Normal, ilvl 895 Heroic, and ilvl 910 Mythic.
The Nighthold Raid has no attunement requirements.