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Blood Princes
Race Darkfallen (Undead)
Level  ?? Boss
Health 5,620,000 (10 normal)
22,500,000 (25 normal)
7,624,000 (10 heroic)
30,497,000 (25 heroic)
Location Crimson Hall, Icecrown Citadel
See Icon-3D-48x48

The Blood Prince Council is the first encounter in the Crimson Hall wing in Icecrown Citadel. The council consists of the darkfallen princes Keleseth, Valanar and Taldaram. The fight is pretty straightforward, with just a few quirks.

All of them have been fought and killed by players (Keleseth in Utgarde Keep, Valanar at Naxxanar in Borean Tundra, and Taldaram in Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom) and brought back to Icecrown Citadel to once again serve the Lich King.

This encounter was made available January 19, 2010 on US servers and January 20 on EU servers.

AbilitiesEdit

10 playerEdit

Prince ValanarEdit

  • Shock Vortex 50,000 yd range — Creates a vortex of swirling force near an enemy target that inflicts damage and knocks back enemies near it. 1.5 second cast.
    • Spell nature earthbind   Shock Vortex— Deals 8000 damage to all enemies within 12 yards and knocks them back.
  • Spell holy pureofheart   Kinetic Bomb 50 yd range — Summons a Kinetic Bomb. The bomb drifts toward the ground and explodes on contact. Direct damage is absorbed by the bomb and converted into energy, propelling the bomb higher in the air with each hit. Instant cast.
    • Spell holy circleofrenewal   Kinetic Bomb— Explodes on impact with the ground, inflicting 10800 to 13200 Physical damage and knocking enemies back in a wide area.
  • Spell nature earthbind   Empowered Shock Vortex 50,000 yd range — Creates force vortices on all nearby enemies, inflicting 5000 Physical damage and knocking enemies with ~12 yds of the the target away. 4.5 second cast.

Prince TaldaramEdit

  • Spell fire sealoffire  [Conjure Flame]ω ϖ 50 yd range—Conjures a ball of flames that flies through the air toward the target and explodes on impact.
    • Spell fire sealoffire  [Flames]ω ϖ—Explode violently, inflicting a minimum of 7500 Fire damage to nearby enemies. Larger balls of flame deal additional damage based on size.
  • Spell fire sealoffire  [Conjure Empowered Flame]ω ϖ 50 yd range—Conjures an empowered ball of flames that flies through the air toward the target and explodes on impact. 3 second cast.
    • Spell fire sealoffire  [Flames]ω ϖ—Explode violently, inflicting a minimum of 7500 Fire damage to nearby enemies. Larger balls of flame deal additional damage based on size.
    • Spell fire soulburn  [Empowered Flare]ω ϖ—Empowered Flames discharge some of their stored energy, inflicting 1000 Fire damage to a random nearby target.
  • Spell fire flare  [Glittering Sparks]ω ϖ 90 yd range—Glittering sparks shoot from the caster's hands in a cone, burning enemies for 12920 Fire damage over 8 sec and reducing their movement speed by 20%. Instant, Magic Dispellable

Prince KelesethEdit

  • Spell shadow shadowbolt  [Shadow Lance]ω ϖ 40 yd range—Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy, inflicting 15600 to 16400 Shadow damage. 1.5 second cast.
  • Spell shadow rune  [Shadow Resonance]ω ϖ—Summons a Dark Nucleus. Dark Nuclei feed on their own energy, causing them to destroy themselves over time. Instant
    • Spell shadow rune  [Shadow Resonance]ω ϖ—The nearest target resonates with shadow, suffering 1000 damage and reducing Shadow damage taken from all sources by 35% for until cancelled.
  • Spell shadow shadowbolt  [Empowered Shadow Lance]ω ϖ 40 yd range—Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy, inflicting 78000 to 82000 Shadow damage. 1.5 second cast.
Dark NucleusEdit
  • Spell shadow twilight  [Shadow Resonance]ω ϖ 15 yd range—The nearest target resonates with shadow, suffering 1000 damage and reducing Shadow damage taken from all sources by 35% for until cancelled. Channeled, lasts 6 seconds.

Hardmode Edit

  • Ability druid typhoon  [Shadow Prison]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—Binds an enemy. Movement by a bound enemy inflicts 350 initial Shadow damage, increasing by 500 for each second of movement. Remaining motionless for 10 sec will reset the stack. Instant

25 playerEdit

Prince ValanarEdit

  • Spell nature earthbind  [Shock Vortex] 50,000 yd range—Creates a vortex of swirling force near an enemy target that inflicts damage and knocks back enemies near it. 1.5 sec cast
  • Spell holy circleofrenewal  [Kinetic Bomb] 50 yd range—Summons a Kinetic Bomb that floats towards the floor and explodes for 12,000 physical damage to every player in the room, knocking them back 200 yards. 3 second cast.
  • Spell nature earthbind  [Empowered Shock Vortex] 50,000 yd range—Creates force vortices on all enemies, inflicting 7,000 Physical damage and knocking enemies near the target away.

Prince TaldaramEdit

  • Spell fire flare  [Conjure Ball of Flames] 50 yd range—Conjures a ball of flames that flies through the air toward the target and explodes on impact. 10,000 damage minimum.
  • Spell fire flare  [Conjure Empowered Ball of Flames] 50 yd range—Conjures a ball of flames that flies through the air toward the target and explodes on impact, dealing fire damage to nearby enemies along the way. 3 second cast.
  • Spell nature lightning  [Glittering Sparks] 90 yd range—Glittering sparks shoot from the caster's hands in a cone, burning enemies for 16,152 Fire damage over 8 seconds and reducing their movement speed by 20%. Instant

Prince KelesethEdit

  • Spell shadow shadowbolt  [Shadow Lance] 40 yd range—Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy, inflicting 17063 to 17937 Shadow damage. 1.5 second cast.
  • Spell shadow rune  [Shadow Resonance]—Summons a Dark Nucleus. Instant
  • Spell shadow shadowbolt  [Empowered Shadow Lance] 40 yd range—Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy, inflicting 85,313 to 89,687 unresistable Shadow damage. 1.5 second cast.
Dark NucleusEdit
  • Spell shadow twilight  [Shadow Resonance] 15 yd range—The nearest target resonates with shadow, suffering 1,000 damage and reducing Shadow damage taken from all sources by 35% for until canceled [sic].

Hardmode Edit

  • Ability druid typhoon  [Shadow Prison]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—Binds an enemy. Movement by a bound enemy inflicts 350 initial Shadow damage, increasing by 500 for each second of movement. Remaining motionless for 10 sec will reset the stack. Instant
  • Spell holy circleofrenewal  [Kinetic Bomb] 50 yd range—The Kenetic Bombs will now fall 2x-3x times faster. It's a smart idea to have either a few dedicated bomb hitters or if you raid can manage the awareness, have all range target any bombs near them. 3 second cast.

Strategy Edit

The encounter consists of one phase. The 10 minute enrage timer is generous and should not be of any consequence. Three tanks are required, one of them can be a ranged tank (e.g. Warlock).

At all times, one of the three princes has Invocation of Blood. The two without the buff have 1 HP and cannot be damaged, only the buffed prince has a proper health score and can take damage.

Invocation of blood always starts on Prince Valanar (middle), and switches randomly every 30 seconds to another prince.

All three princes have rather low armor and thus take high melee damage. DPS cooldowns should be used on Keleseth, if the tank has sufficient threat, since he frequently casts Shadow Lance which makes it impossible for him to dodge.

Prince KelesethEdit

This prince can basically be tanked by any class with a ranged attack. He does not use any melee abilities, he instead spams Shadow Lance.

For this reason, the Keleseth tank must gain shadow mitigation from the Dark Nuclei. These spawn randomly around the room, and the Keleseth tank must grab them to gain the stacking Shadow Resonance buff. Dark Nuclei do not follow the normal aggro table, they instead attack the last player that hit them. Melee aoe abilities do not pull Dark Nuclei off the Keleseth tank (excepting Hammer of the Righteous and Heartstrike). The Dark Nuclei destroy themselves over time, necessitating finding more to keep the shadow resistance buff up. Note that the damage reduction from Dark Nuclei is multiplicative not additive, so even with 6 Nuclei the tank still takes some damage. More than 6 Nuclei is not advisable, since at that point the tank takes more damage from the Nuclei than from Shadow Lance.

Some 10 player groups have had success using a tanking geared Death Knight, or a Protection Paladin as the ranged tank. The other tank then tanks Valanar and Taladaram. 3 healers can be positioned between the 2 tanks. When Keleseth is empowered, and the ranged tank requires more attention from the healers, the Valanar/Taladaram tank can use a survival cooldown or two, during this time.

Prince ValanarEdit

Valanar summons Kinetic bombs so that 2/3 (10/25 player) are up at all times. These Bombs float in the air and slowly move to the floor, upon impact they explode for ~16k damage. Every time they take damage, they float a little upwards. After 1 minute, they despawn.

To prevent the bombs from exploding, they must be continually damaged. The easiest method to achieve this is to use a warlock or hunter melee pet. A melee pet set on a bomb just sits below the bomb until it floats low enough, then attacks it until it floats up out of range again. This may fail though when the pet is effectively kicking the bomb up the stairs. They best way to ensure that this does not happen is to position the pet so that the bomb is between the door from which the raid enters the room and the pet, not the pet between the door and the bomb. Using a warlock imp is not optimal either, as the imp may use all its mana and then be unable to keep the bomb up.

Ranged damage dealers can do this too, but this leads to loss of DPS on the bosses. Players thus want to switch from the Bomb to a boss and back, but this can lead to errors (like accidentally targeting Nuclei). Switching on nameplates or using a targeting macro will help avoid these errors.

Sometimes a kinetic bomb glitches and gets stuck in the floor and not go back up, no matter how hard it's being hit. If this is the case, then someone needs to continually beat on the bomb until it dissipates, otherwise it explodes. This tends to happen on the raised stage in the back of the room.

Valanar puts shock vortexes under random raid members, which are preceded by a small white swirl for 1.5 seconds before expanding into a full vortex, knocking back any player that enters it. The white colored vortexes have a radius of approximately 12 yards, persist for about 20 seconds, and should not be approached. Because of the short cast time, not much can be done about this attack.

When he gains Invocation of Blood he casts Empowered Shock Vortex which creates this effect on every player in the room; melee needs to scatter and get away from each other, while the rest of the raid should already be spread out. Players must keep 12 yards away from everyone else to avoid damaging and knocking around other raid members when it goes off.

Prince TaldaramEdit

Prince Taldaram conjures balls of flame which follow a random raid member and explode when they reach their target. When they pass through other players, the damage they do is reduced, down to a minimum of 10k. When Taldaram has Invocation of Blood he launches Empowered Balls of Flame which follow the same mechanism, but deal higher damage, and also damage the players they pass on their way to their target.

Players who are NOT targeted by Empowered Balls of Flame should stick together and stay close to the route of the ball, especially ranged dps. In this way you drain the energy of the Empowered Balls of Flame and that makes it hurt less.

Also Priests should avoid fading during this fight while an Orb is in play, as this can cause the Orbs to detarget and change directions. This is especially bad during an Empowered Orb.


Taldaram also casts Glittering Sparks in a random player's direction so spreading out mitigates that somewhat.

Heroic DifficultyEdit

In Heroic Mode, the Shadow Prison debuff is added, which does increasing damage to players every second whenever they move or jump. Therefore, all players (except the Keleseth tank) must minimise movement during the entire fight.

Kinetic Bombs are now summoned closer to the ground and drop faster. With the reduced movement, one or two ranged players cannot keep all Kinetic Bombs in the air. Spread ranged players all over the room, and all of are responsible for any Kinetic Bombs in their area. This is especially important when someone in their area is targetted for Empowered Conjured Flame.

Glittering Sparks now reduces movement speed by 40%. Assign a priest to mass dispel melees when Valanar is empowered so they can run out for Empowered Shock Vortex. A chained Empowered Shock Vortex most likely results in multiple deaths.

Keleseth also hits much harder in heroic mode. A normal melee tank is therefore recommended over a ranged tank.

LootEdit

Normal modeEdit

10 man Type Description Slot 25 man Type Description Slot
Inv weapon staff 109 [Hersir's Greatspear] Two hand Melee Polearm Inv weapon hand 33 [Keleseth's Seducer] Off hand Melee Fist weapon
Inv sword 151 [Soulbreaker] One hand Melee Sword Inv mace 116 [Cryptmaker] Two hand Melee Mace
Inv wand 34 [Wand of Ruby Claret] Wand Caster +hit Ranged Inv misc thread 01 [Shadow Silk Spindle] Off hand Caster Off hand
Inv pants plate 32 [Battle-Maiden's Legguards] Plate Melee Legs Inv helmet 158 [Landsoul's Horned Greathelm] Plate Melee Head
Inv shoulder 129 [Spaulders of the Blood Princes] Plate Tank Shoulders Inv bracer 46 [Crypt Keeper's Bracers] Plate Healer Wrist
Inv belt 60 [Blood-Drinker's Girdle] Mail Melee Waist Inv gauntlets 86 [Taldaram's Plated Fists] Plate Tank Hands
Inv boots leather 07 [Taldaram's Soft Slippers] Leather Melee Feet Inv boots mail 06 [Treads of the Wasteland] Mail Melee Feet
Inv chest cloth 80 [Bloodsoul Raiment] Cloth Caster Chest Inv chest mail 15 [Mail of Crimson Coins] Mail Healer Chest
Inv boots cloth 27 [Pale Corpse Boots] Cloth Caster Feet Inv helmet 149 [Geistlord's Punishment Sack] Leather Melee Head
Inv misc cape 20 [Heartsick Mender's Cape] Cloak Healer Back Inv shoulder 111 [Shoulders of Frost-Tipped Thorns] Leather Caster Shoulders
Item icecrownringb [Thrice Fanged Signet] Ring Melee Ring Inv chest cloth 80 [Sanguine Silk Robes] Cloth Caster Chest
Item icecrownringc [Cerise Coiled Ring] Ring Caster Ring Inv gauntlets 92 [San'layn Ritualist Gloves] Cloth Caster Hands
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency Inv misc cape 18 [Royal Crimson Cloak] Cloak Tank Back
Inv jewelry ring 81 [Valanar's Other Signet Ring] Ring Caster +hit Ring
Inv jewelry ring 84 [Incarnadine Band of Mending] Ring Healer Ring
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient
Inv enchant shardshadowfrostlarge [Shadowfrost Shard] Quest Item

Heroic modeEdit

10 man Type Description Slot 25 man Type Description Slot
Inv weapon staff 109 [Hersir's Greatspear] Two hand Melee Polearm Inv weapon hand 33 [Keleseth's Seducer] Off hand Melee Fist weapon
Inv sword 151 [Soulbreaker] One hand Melee Sword Inv mace 116 [Cryptmaker] Two hand Melee Mace
Inv wand 34 [Wand of Ruby Claret] Wand Caster +hit Ranged Inv misc thread 01 [Shadow Silk Spindle] Off hand Caster Off hand
Inv pants plate 31 [Battle-Maiden's Legguards] Plate Melee Legs Inv helmet 151 [Landsoul's Horned Greathelm] Plate Melee Head
Inv shoulder 130 [Spaulders of the Blood Princes] Plate Tank Shoulders Inv bracer 46 [Crypt Keeper's Bracers] Plate healer Wrist
Inv belt 60 [Blood-Drinker's Girdle] Mail Melee Waist Inv gauntlets 87 [Taldaram's Plated Fists] Plate Tank Hands
Inv boots leather 07 [Taldaram's Soft Slippers] Leather Melee Feet Inv boots mail 06 [Treads of the Wasteland] Mail Melee Feet
Inv chest cloth 80 [Bloodsoul Raiment] Cloth Caster Chest Inv chest mail 15 [Mail of Crimson Coins] Mail Healer Chest
Inv boots cloth 27 [Pale Corpse Boots] Cloth Caster Feet Inv helmet 149 [Geistlord's Punishment Sack] Leather Melee Head
Inv misc cape 20 [Heartsick Mender's Cape] Cloak Healer Back Inv shoulder 111 [Shoulders of Frost-Tipped Thorns] Leather Caster Shoulders
Item icecrownringb [Thrice Fanged Signet] Ring Melee Ring Inv chest cloth 80 [Sanguine Silk Robes] Cloth Caster Chest
Item icecrownringc [Cerise Coiled Ring] Ring Caster Ring Inv gauntlets 92 [San'layn Ritualist Gloves] Cloth Caster Hands
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency Inv misc cape 18 [Royal Crimson Cloak] Cloak Tank Back
Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient Inv jewelry ring 81 [Valanar's Other Signet Ring] Ring Caster +hit Ring
Inv jewelry ring 84 [Incarnadine Band of Mending] Ring Healer Ring
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient
Inv enchant shardshadowfrostlarge [Shadowfrost Shard] Quest Item

QuotesEdit

Intro
Blood-Queen Lana'thel yells: Foolish mortals. You thought us defeated so easily? The San'layn are the Lich King's immortal soldiers! Now you shall face their might combined!
Blood-Queen Lana'thel yells: Rise up, brothers, and destroy our enemies.

Prince KelesethEdit

Invocation of Blood
  • Such wondrous power! The Darkfallen Orb has made me INVINCIBLE!
Special ability
  • Blood will flow!
Killing a player
  • Were you ever a threat?
  • Truth is found in death.
Berserk
  • Prince Keleseth cackles maniacally!
Death
  • My queen... they come...

Prince TaldaramEdit

Invocation of Blood
  • Tremble before Taldaram, mortals, for the power of the orb flows through me!
Special ability
  • Delight in the pain!
Killing a player
  • Worm food.
  • Beg for mercy!
Berserk
  • Prince Taldaram laughs.
Death
  • Prince Taldaram gurgles and dies.

Prince ValanarEdit

Invocation of Blood
Special ability
  • My cup runneth over.
Killing a player
  • Dinner... is served.
  • Do you see NOW the power of the Darkfallen?
Berserk
  • BOW DOWN BEFORE THE SAN'LAYN!
Death
  • ...why...?

TriviaEdit

  • Valanar's quotes:

Related achievementsEdit

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 princetaldaram [The Orb Whisperer] Achievement boss princetaldaram [The Orb Whisperer] Defeat the Blood Council without anyone in the raid taking more than 21,000 spell damage in a single hit.

VideosEdit

Solo Heroic encounterEdit

How to Solo The Blood Prince Council 10 man HC03:25

How to Solo The Blood Prince Council 10 man HC

10-player Normal encounterEdit

Lost Society vs Blood Prince Council (10 man) shattered halls eu06:14

Lost Society vs Blood Prince Council (10 man) shattered halls eu

Tremor's Strategy vs07:16

Tremor's Strategy vs. Blood Princes 10-man

10-player Heroic encounterEdit

Lost Society vs Heroic Blood-Prince Council (10 man) Shattered Halls Eu06:55

Lost Society vs Heroic Blood-Prince Council (10 man) Shattered Halls Eu

25-player Normal encounterEdit

How to Guide Blood Prince Council - love2playwow06:10

How to Guide Blood Prince Council - love2playwow.com

Lost Society vs Blood Prince Council (25 man) Shattered halls Eu08:39

Lost Society vs Blood Prince Council (25 man) Shattered halls Eu

25-player Heroic encounterEdit

Midwinter versus Blood Princes (25) - HEROIC06:03

Midwinter versus Blood Princes (25) - HEROIC

Lost Society vs heroic Blood Prince Council (25 man) Shattered Halls Eu09:37

Lost Society vs heroic Blood Prince Council (25 man) Shattered Halls Eu

Additional videosEdit

Patches and HotfixesEdit

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2010-01-22): "
    • Prince Keleseth will no longer melee players. So if you get knocked into Keleseth or happen to move by him, he won't swipe in between his casts and kill a non-tank.
    • The first Shadow Resonance should appear earlier in the fight, which will allow the Keleseth tank to have more orbs on him or her if Keleseth is empowered second instead of third. We didn't want which Blood Prince was empowered second to be a major element of the difficulty in the fight.
    • We reduced the melee damage for the Princes by 10% for the 10 player difficulty. They were doing less damage than the 25 player before the hotfix, but this change lowers the damage further.
    • Empowered Flames will now run out of power after shooting fewer firebolts in the 10 player difficulty. We did not change the initial impact damage."
  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2010-01-21): "Kinetic Bombs no longer aggro Blood Queen Lana’thel."
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Added.

External linksEdit

Prince Keleseth Prince Valanar Prince Taldaram

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