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This article is about the strategy for defeating Queen Lana'thel in Icecrown Citadel. For her character biography, see Blood-Queen Lana'thel.
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Blood Queen Lana'thel (tactics)
Title <The San'layn>
Gender Female
Race Darkfallen (Undead)
Level  ?? Boss
Health 14,200,000 (10-man Normal)
59,400,000 (25-man Normal)
18,900,000 (10-man Heroic)
71,300,000 (25-man Heroic)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation The Scourge
The San'layn
Location Icecrown Citadel
Status Killable
See Icon-3D-48x48

Blood-Queen Lana'thel is the leader of the San'layn and a boss of the Icecrown Citadel raid. The fight is a cross between a very intense DPS race and a hellish battle for survival. High raid awareness and understanding of the fight are critical, even a single player death can mean a wipe.

This boss is available since January 19, 2010 on US servers and January 20 on EU servers.

Abilities

10-player mode

Ground phase

  • Spell shadow improvedvampiricembrace  [Blood Mirror]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—100% of damage done to you is dealt to the linked source. This affects the person closest to the tank.
  • Ability warlock everlastingaffliction  [Delirious Slash]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ) 10 yd range—Inflicts 50% of weapon damage to an enemy and causes it to bleed for 4500 to 5500 damage per application every 3 sec. for 15 sec. Instant. 75% of weapon damage+6125-7825/3 on Heroic
  • Inv misc monsterfang 01  [Vampiric Bite]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ) 100 yd range—Deals 12025 to 13975 damage to the target, granting them the Essence of the Vampyr Queen. Instant. 13875 to 16125 on Heroic. Triggers...
    • Ability warlock improvedsoulleech  [Essence of the Blood Queen]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ) 100 yd range—You are infused with the blood of the Vampyr Queen. Damage done increased by 100%. Attacks heal caster. Instant. 75 second duration. Healed for 10% of all damage inflicted. Attacks cause no threat. As it wears off, triggers...
      • Ability warrior rampage  [Frenzied Bloodthirst]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—The caster must satiate their need for blood, otherwise they will lose their will to Queen Lana'thel. Instant. 15 second duration. "Vampiric Bite" replaces the caster's action bars. If not sated after 15 seconds...
        • Spell shadow charm  [Uncontrollable Frenzy]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—Charmed. Increases damage done by 100%. Health increased by 5000%. Increases healing done by 1000%. Instant
  • Spell shadow destructivesoul  [Pact of the Darkfallen]ω ϖ 100 yd range—Deals Shadow damage to you and nearby non-linked allies. This effect expires when all linked targets are within 5 yards of each other. Instant. 5000 Shadow damage every 2 seconds. 2 targets are linked. Triggers...
  • Spell shadow shadesofdarkness  [Shroud of Sorrow]ω ϖ—An aura of sorrow and despair emanates from the caster, inflicting 4500 Shadow damage every 3 sec. to nearby enemies. Instant. 40 yard radius
  • Ability rogue shadowdance  [Swarming Shadows]ω ϖ—A swarming void consumes the target, causing a mass of shadows to appear beneath the target and dealing 2,313 to 2,687 Shadow damage every 2 seconds. This creates a cloud of shadows on the ground that deals damage to players who stand in it.
  • Spell shadow felmending  [Twilight Bloodbolt]ω ϖ—Hurls a bolt of dark blood at the target, dealing 9,250 to 10,750 damage to the target and surrounding allies within 6 yards.

Air phase

  • Spell shadow rune  [Incite Terror]—Magic dispellable 4-second fear on the entire raid to begin the air phase.
  • Spell nature astralrecal  [Bloodbolt Whirl]ω ϖ—Summons a maelstrom of whirling Bloodbolts every 2 seconds for 6 seconds.
    • Spell shadow bloodboil  [Bloodbolt Whirl]ω ϖ—Hurls a bolt of dark blood at the target, dealing 9,250 to 10750 shadow damage to the target and surrounding allies within 50,000 yards.

25-player mode

Ground phase

  • Spell shadow improvedvampiricembrace  [Blood Mirror]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—100% of damage done to you is dealt to the linked source. This affects the person closest to the tank.
  • Ability warlock everlastingaffliction  [Delirious Slash]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ) 10 yd range—Inflicts 50% of weapon damage to an enemy and causes it to bleed for 5250 to 6750 damage per application every 3 sec. for 15 sec. Instant. 75% of weapon damage+7000-9000/3 on Heroic
  • Inv misc monsterfang 01  [Vampiric Bite]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ) 100 yd range—Deals 12025 to 13975 damage to the target, granting them the Essence of the Vampyr Queen. Instant. 13875 to 16125 on Heroic. Triggers...
    • Ability warlock improvedsoulleech  [Essence of the Blood Queen]ω ϖ (Heroic modeω ϖ) 100 yd range—You are infused with the blood of the Vampyr Queen. Damage done increased by 100%. Attacks heal caster. Instant. 60 second duration. Healed for 10% of all damage inflicted. Attacks cause no threat. As it wears off, triggers...
      • Ability warrior rampage  [Frenzied Bloodthirst]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—The caster must satiate their need for blood, otherwise they will lose their will to Queen Lana'thel. Instant. 10 second duration. "Vampiric Bite" replaces the caster's action bars. If not sated after 10 seconds...
        • Spell shadow charm  [Uncontrollable Frenzy]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—Charmed. Increases damage done by 100%. Health increased by 5000%. Increases healing done by 1000%. Instant
  • Spell shadow destructivesoul  [Pact of the Darkfallen]ω ϖ 100 yd range—Deals Shadow damage to you and nearby non-linked allies. This effect expires when all linked targets are within 5 yards of each other. Instant. 5000 Shadow damage every 2 seconds. 3 targets are linked. Triggers...
  • Spell shadow shadesofdarkness  [Shroud of Sorrow]ω ϖ—An aura of sorrow and despair emanates from the caster, inflicting 4500 Shadow damage every 3 sec. to nearby enemies. Instant. 40 yard radius
  • Ability rogue shadowdance  [Swarming Shadows]ω ϖ—A swarming void consumes the target, causing a mass of shadows to appear beneath the target and dealing 2,313 to 2,687 Shadow damage every 2 seconds. This creates a cloud of shadows on the ground that deals damage to players who stand in it.
  • Spell shadow felmending  [Twilight Bloodbolt]ω ϖ—Hurls a bolt of dark blood at the target, dealing 9,250 to 10,750 damage to the target and surrounding allies within 6 yards.

Air phase

  • Spell shadow rune  [Incite Terror]—Magic dispellable four second fear on the entire raid to begin the air phase.
  • Spell nature astralrecal  [Bloodbolt Whirl]ω ϖ—Summons a maelstrom of whirling Bloodbolts every 2 seconds for 6 seconds.
    • Spell shadow bloodboil  [Bloodbolt Whirl]ω ϖ—Hurls a bolt of dark blood at the target, dealing 9,250 to 10750 damage to the target and surrounding allies within 50,000 yards.

Preparation

She should be tanked right at her starting position. She requires two tanks, because she links her primary tank to the player standing closest to the tank (Blood Mirror), which means the linked target takes the same amount of damage as the tank. Shamans should use Tremor Totem, and it's a good idea to have all healers in a group with a shaman. If no shamans are available, Priests should Fear Ward healers.

The raid needs to stay distributed throughout the encounter (6 yards away from everyone else). It's a good idea to keep a circle of about 10 yards free of players right in the center of the room, and also to have everyone stay away from the walls. Ranged DPS make a semicircle at maximum range.

Strategy

The fight has only one phase. Although every two minutes she performs a very short air phase, the mechanics of the fight remain basically the same at all times.

Every player constantly takes damage from her aura (initially 4.5k per tick, increasing with each vampire in the room).

At random intervals, a random raid member gets Swarming Shadows, which makes them drop Shadow Fire on the ground until the debuff expires. Affected players can avoid taking any damage by running. It's a good idea to keep the walls free of other players, so that players with Swarming Shadows can simply run along the walls.

Another ability which she randomly uses is Pact of the Darkfallen. This links 2/3 (10/25 man) players to each other, they take increasing amounts of damage until they stand on top of each other. Linked players should meet in the center of the room.

Every two minutes she takes off, fears the whole raid and launches three extra Blood Bolts at every player. When she takes off, ranged DPS should run to the walls of the room while melee spread out in the middle. Healers should be in a circle between melee and ranged. After the fear is over, players must spread out again very quickly, else the Blood Bolts can be lethal. Healers should move only minimally after the fear and instead start a massive spam of AoE heals right away.

Vampire debuff

The Blood Queen has an extreme amount of hitpoints and a 5:30 minute enrage timer. An average of 9.8k/7.8k (25/10 player) DPS is required to beat it (assuming 2 tanks and 5/3 healers). Virtually all raids use the Vampire debuff to boost their DPS (although it's theoretically possible to beat her without using it).

15 seconds after the start of the encounter Blood-Queen Lana'thel bites the highest threat player which is not tanking, dealing the Vampire debuff. Becoming a Vampire has the following effects:

  • Targets deal 100% more damage while also creating no more threat
  • Targets heal themselves for 10% of the damage they deal
  • After 75 seconds, targets must bite other non-Vampiric players or become mind controlled after 15 sec

The Blood Queen bites only one player throughout the whole fight. After 60 seconds, this person must bite another raid member. After 60 more seconds, both need to bite two more players, next four, and so on. It's extremely important that damage dealers get bitten first (starting with the highest DPS first), and healers last. DPS cooldowns should only be used after all damage dealers are bitten.

Some raids establish a fixed bite order. One damage dealer can use all cooldowns while the others hold back a little, making sure who gets bitten first. Assuming 8 melee and 8 ranged DPS, everyone biting within 3 seconds after the Vampire debuff expires, an example bite order can go as follows:

0'15"
  • Bite 1
    • Melee 1 gets bitten
1'18"
  • Bite 2
    • Melee 1 bites Ranged 1 who comes into melee to get bitten then moves back to range
2'21"
  • Bite 3 melee
    • Melee 1 bites melee 2
  • Bite 3 ranged
    • Ranged 1 bites ranged 2
3'24"
  • Bite 4 melee
    • Melee 1 bites melee 3
    • Melee 2 bites melee 4
  • Bite 4 ranged
    • Ranged 1 bites ranged 3
    • Ranged 2 bites ranged 4
4'27"
  • Bite 5 melee
    • Melee 1 bites melee 5
    • Melee 2 bites melee 6
    • Melee 3 bites melee 7
    • Melee 4 bites melee 8
  • Bite 5 ranged
    • Ranged 1 bites ranged 5
    • Ranged 2 bites ranged 6
    • Ranged 3 bites ranged 7
    • Ranged 4 bites ranged 8

16 vampires are out, Bloodlust or Heroism now. It may be advisable to delay the first two rounds of biting a little, in order to avoid conflicts during the air phase - else it's possible that some players must bite during or shortly after the fear, which may mess up the bite order.

After the 5th round of bites, there's no need to bite anyone anymore, because she enrages at 5:30. With this organization no one should ever get mind controlled as long as they memorize their targets before the encounter begins. Healers should keep in mind that when a bite round is occuring, especially the final bite round people absolutely have to bite their targets even if they have Pact of the Darkfallen or Swarming Shadows. Divine Sacrifice or Aura Mastery Shadow can mitigate this if used at the right time, assuming they're available since they're also highly useful in the air phase.

Tips

  • Hunters may use Deterrence during Lana'thel's air phase to mitigate damage done to the raid.
  • Use Fear Ward on ranged DPS or a priest before she fears the raid to put in some extra damage or to dispel fear.
  • For 10-man at least, it is possible to have a holy pally OT and heal by beaconing himself if your MT is over geared for the fight.

Heroic Mode

In heroic mode, Blood Queen Lana'thel gains a stack of Presence of the Darkfallen for each vampire present. Each stack of this buff increases the power of her Shroud of Sorrow for 5%.

Loot

Normal mode

10 man Type Description Slot 25 man Type Description Slot
Inv weapon shortblade 102 [Bloodsipper] One hand melee Dagger Inv weapon staff 109 [Bloodfall] Two hand Melee Polearm
Inv weapon rifle 39 [Stakethrower] Gun Physical Ranged Inv shield 75 [Icecrown Glacial Wall] Shield Tank Shield
Inv wand 35 [Lana'thel's Bloody Nail] Wand Caster Ranged Inv staff 106 [Dying Light] Two hand Caster Staff
Inv gauntlets 86 [Throatrender Handguards] Plate Melee Hands Inv jewelry necklace 50 [Lana'thel's Chain of Flagellation] Necklace Melee Neck
Inv belt 70 [Tightening Waistband] Plate Healer Waist Inv jewelcrafting crimsonspinel 02 [Blood Queen's Crimson Choker] Necklace Caster Neck
Inv gauntlets 86 [Veincrusher Gauntlets] Plate Tank Hands Inv jewelcrafting gem 28 [Bauble of True Blood] Trinket Healer Trinket
Inv chest mail 15 [Chestguard of Siphoned Elements] Mail Healer Chest Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Inv pants leather 34 [Ivory-Inlaid Leggings] Leather Melee Legs Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Conqueror's Mark of Sanctification] Token Paladin, Priest, Warlock
Inv shoulder 111 [Shoulderpads of the Searing Kiss] Leather Caster Shoulders Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Protector's Mark of Sanctification] Token Warrior, Hunter, Shaman
Inv helmet 150purple [Cowl of Malefic Repose] Cloth Caster Head Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Vanquisher's Mark of Sanctification] Token Rogue, DK, Mage, Druid
Inv jewelry ring 70 [Seal of the Twilight Queen] Ring Melee Ring Inv enchant shardshadowfrostlarge [Shadowfrost Shard] Quest Item
Inv jewelry necklace 48 [Collar of Haughty Disdain] Necklace Melee Neck Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient

Heroic mode

10 man Type Description Slot 25 man Type Description Slot
Inv weapon shortblade 102 [Bloodsipper] One hand Melee Dagger Inv weapon staff 109 [Bloodfall] Two hand Melee Polearm
Inv weapon rifle 39 [Stakethrower] Gun Physical Ranged Inv shield 75 [Icecrown Glacial Wall] Shield Tank Shield
Inv wand 35 [Lana'thel's Bloody Nail] Wand Caster Ranged Inv staff 106 [Dying Light] Two hand Caster Staff
Inv gauntlets 87 [Throatrender Handguards] Plate Melee Hands Inv jewelry necklace 50 [Lana'thel's Chain of Flagellation] Necklace Melee Neck
Inv belt 70 [Tightening Waistband] Plate Healer Waist Inv jewelcrafting crimsonspinel 02 [Blood Queen's Crimson Choker] Necklace Caster Neck
Inv gauntlets 87 [Veincrusher Gauntlets] Plate Tank Hands Inv jewelcrafting gem 28 [Bauble of True Blood] Trinket Healer Trinket
Inv chest mail 15 [Chestguard of Siphoned Elements] Mail Healer Chest Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Inv pants leather 34 [Ivory-Inlaid Leggings] Leather Melee Legs Ability paladin judgementsofthejust [Conqueror's Mark of Sanctification] Token Paladin, Priest, Warlock
Inv shoulder 111 [Shoulderpads of the Searing Kiss] Leather Caster Shoulders Ability paladin judgementsofthejust [Protector's Mark of Sanctification] Token Warrior, Hunter, Shaman
Inv helmet 152 [Cowl of Malefic Repose] Cloth Caster Head Ability paladin judgementsofthejust [Vanquisher's Mark of Sanctification] Token Rogue, DK, Mage, Druid
Inv jewelry ring 70 [Seal of the Twilight Queen] Ring Melee Ring Inv enchant shardshadowfrostlarge [Shadowfrost Shard] Quest Item
Inv jewelry necklace 48 [Collar of Haughty Disdain] Necklace Melee Neck Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient
Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Conqueror's Mark of Sanctification] Token Paladin, Priest, Warlock
Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Protector's Mark of Sanctification] Token Warrior, Hunter, Shaman
Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Vanquisher's Mark of Sanctification] Token Rogue, DK, Mage, Druid
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient

Quotes

Aggro
  • You have made an... unwise... decision.
Vampiric Bite
  • Just a taste...
  • Know my hunger!
Swarming Shadows
  • SUFFER!
Pact of the Darkfallen
  • Can you handle this?
Player mind controlled
  • Yes... feed my precious one! You're mine now!
Player killed
  • Is that all you got?
Air Phase
  • Here it comes.
Berserk
  • THIS ENDS NOW!
Death
  • But... we were getting along... so well...

Sound files

See Sound Files of Icecrown Citadel: Blood-Queen Lana'thel

Related achievement

10-player mode 25-player mode Objective
Achievement dungeon crimsonhall [The Crimson Hall] (Money achievement Heroic) Achievement dungeon crimsonhall [The Crimson Hall] (Money achievement Heroic) Defeat the bosses of The Crimson Hall in Icecrown Citadel
Achievement boss lanathel [Once Bitten, Twice Shy] Achievement boss lanathel [Once Bitten, Twice Shy] Defeat the Blood Queen once as a vampire and again without becoming a vampire

Videos

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10 player Normal encounter

10 player Heroic encounter

25 player Normal encounter

25 player Heroic encounter

Patches and Hotfixes

  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.3 (2010-03-23): Pact of the Darkfallen now applies damage twice as often, but for half the damage. This change will make the removal of the spell a bit more responsive.
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2010-02-10): "Dying during the Blood-Queen Lana'thel encounter will no longer prevent you from gaining Once Bitten, Twice Shy achievement."
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2010-02-03): "Blood Queen Lana’thel will now begin her flight phase a little earlier in 25 player mode, Vampiric Bite is no longer mitigated by armor, and the damage of Vampiric Bite has been reduced."
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2010-01-22): "
    • The Blood-Queen is no longer spawned until the Blood Princes dies. This will prevent any unfortunate entry of her highness while a raid is fighting the Blood Princes. The initial hotfix for this causes the Blood-Queen to not spawn at all in a particular circumstance, but this was also fixed last night.
    • The duration of Essence of the Blood Queen to 60 seconds in 25 player difficulty, and 75 seconds in 10 player difficulty. A strategy developed for managing the Essences throughout the fight that involved intentionally killing a player, and this change addresses that strategy. The new timing does interact with some of her other abilities in new ways, but there are methods that players have to lessen that impact."
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2010-01-21): "
    • Blood Queen Lana’thel will only be available after the Blood Prince Council is defeated.
    • Blood Queen Lana’thel's Essence has a longer duration.
    • Kinetic Bombs no longer aggro Blood Queen Lana’thel during the Blood Princes encounter.
    • Blood Queen Lanathel should no longer cast Vampiric Bite on pets."
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Added.

References

Blizz
Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Throne Blizzard Entertainment
The Crimson Hall contains the leaders of the San'layn, undead blood elves who oversee the Scourge's operations throughout Azeroth. The blood-princes Valanar, Keleseth, and Taldaram were raised into undeath by the Lich King to avenge themselves while protecting their blood-queen, Lana'thel.

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