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Druids guide to Molten Core

This document is intended to serve as a guide specific to druids in Molten Core. There are several general guides already around (which will be linked to many times in this document), but this is meant to serve as a repository for druid hints and tricks to make the trip smoother.

References Edit

Before delving into this, if you aren't familiar with MC I'd suggest taking a look at some of these general guides first:

Feel free to add useful documents here at any time.

Preparation Edit

Probably the most important thing a druid can do for Molten Core is come prepared. It's a well known fact that druids are one of the most gear dependent classes in Warcraft - bring everything you need to be able to fill just about any role. You can leave the Catform set in the vault if you like, but it's not uncommon at all for a Druid to have to swap in the tank gear from time to time. At a minimum, I'd suggest bringing your best gear for the following roles:

Also remember to bring plenty of potions along, you never know when you might need them. Here is a list of consumables that a lot of druids pack with them:

Of course there are other consumables you can bring for a bit more of an edge (Shadow protection for Gehennas, Arcane Protection for Shazzarah, Arcane Elixir for Balance druids), but they aren't nearly as useful throughout the entire run as the ones listed above.

Also, don't forget to bring your Reagants (lots of em):

And last but not least - DON'T FORGET TO REPAIR

Healing Gear Edit

Before I go any further, I want to say something first - Stamina is Key! You need a lot of Hitpoints to live through even the trash mobs looking your way for a few seconds, and you're no good if you're dead. Do NOT neglect your Stamina in favor of anything else listed here.

Anyways, I'm only putting this section here to keep this document continuous. Most druids know how to gear up for healing, but there are a few things different during a full raid that the uninitiated druid might benefit from knowing about.

First of all - up until full on raid encounters, mana regeneration doesn't play that big a roll. Fights don't last that long, and a larger manapool is plenty to get you through things. When you start fighting bosses in MC, this changes - Spirit and Mana Regen become key. I'm not going to make a list here - check [1] or [2] for Spirit and Mana Regen items. The Wildheart gear has very high spirit - for PvP and 5 man instances this kinda sucks, but for a 5+ minute fight it becomes darn nice.

Tanking Gear Edit

Being the 2nd best tank in WoW, Feral Druids will often be called up for tanking. This is a short list of tanking gear to get you started.

Mostly, we're looking for non-armor pieces that have unusual amounts of Armor and Stamina.

  • Trinkets (this is a big one, since these really don't sacrifice any stats)

When tanking also Stamina and Armor are the most important. Don't worry too much about defense, since it is not as important for a Druid tanking since you cannot get enough of it. You need stamina more than Defense. Stamina and Armor are the top two stats for druids.

Fire Resistance Gear Edit

Ahh, the FR gear. There are a few times in MC that Fire Resistance is very helpful (and one that it's absolutely necessary). Therefore, you should save all your fire resist items you run across. For this set, don't be afraid to toss in a few pieces of cloth - when you're wearing it, you won't be getting hit anyways. If you're just getting started collecting, here are a few easier ones to shoot for:

Trinkets:

Necklace:

Rings: Not much here. Pick up the quest from Duke Hydraxis as soon as possible though - there's an FR ring at the end of the questline.

Weapons: Not much here either. However, for the offhand:

Back:

Armor:

See below for when to wear this stuff. The down and dirty version: Lava Packs, Baron Geddon, and Ragnaros.

General Hints Edit

Hmm, general hints. Nothing in this section that isn't going to be common sense.

  • Watch your aggro
  • Don't be afraid to go Bear when you think a mob is going to gun for you
  • Remove Curses or Cure Poison when you can - if it's something you can cure, cure it
  • Conserve your mana by not overhealing - never know when you might need the extra boost

Trash Mobs Edit

FYI - this isn't going to get into how your raid handles these encounters. Only to help what could be done with healing druids. Feral Druids will have different roles if healing is covered and they are not needed for healing.

Molten Giants/Molten Destroyers Edit

For Giants, just keep your distance. Don't get aggro, keep your tanks up, and toss a few nukes. No biggie at all.

For Destroyers, same deal except you'll need to heal a lot of splash damage as well. Make sure you stay out of range, the AE stun they do sucks.

Lava Annihilators Edit

Total pansies. Do what you want with these guys, just try not to grab aggro.

Firelords Edit

Make sure that your cleansers are doing their job. Heal when necessary, feel free to nuke these guys down. Easy fights.

If you get 2 at once, you'll mostly be on healing duty.

Lava Surgers Edit

Ug, surgers. If your raid wants everyone in melee range, then by god stay in melee range (might as well melee too). Keep rejuvs ticking on everyone in your group if you don't have a priest spamming Prayer, maybe get a few Ticks of Tranquility off between surges. Basically, do what you can to keep everyone alive.

Ancient Core Hounds Edit

Ahh, the big Core Hounds. These guys have several different special attacks, only a couple of which are really a pain.

WARNING: if you are a feral druid, you've probably been meleeing everything else in the instance. With these guys, try not to - they have a tendency to turn around and bite you for huge damage.

Besides the hounds that confuse and stun, these are cake. Heal/nuke, avoid melee range if you can.

Fire Imps Edit

There's only one spot that you have to fight Imps - right before Lucifron. They have random AEs they cast, so keep your distance.

These really don't hit hard, just don't stand in the middle of them. Keep everyone healed, and toss out a Hurricane when they're all stacked up. No biggie really.

Core hound Packs Edit

If you aren't tanking a hound, this is easy. Just keep the tanks standing, and toss out a Hurricane sometime. Make sure you continue healing even after the dogs die, since the bleed they use HURTS.

If you end up tanking, suit up with your best AF/Stamina gear. Make sure that you have the right Dog targeted (usually someone sets up which tank is responsible for which dog). Use Enrage right before the pull, and use your taunt when it's running by. Use your Maul/Swipe whenever up, and don't be afraid to use your Frenzied Regen halfway through the fight if you have a lot of bleeds on you. Most importantly, just keep aggro.

Lava Packs Edit

Oh god, the lava packs. Biggest pain in the butt in the core. Load up on your FR gear - try to hit 100 unbuffed if you can. It helps A LOT. A dead Druid isn't helping anyone...

Make no mistakes - these fights, you'll be healing. Try not to heal too much if you can - if you do, one of the Rocks will b-line right at you when it becomes un-banished. Keep your tanks and warlocks standing - if they go down, bad things start to happen in a hurry.

Don't be afraid to go bearform if you have one of the rocks looking at you funny. Sure people might give you crap for standing around in Bear, but as soon as the rock comes unbanished and heads over to smack you, they'll understand :)

Bosses Edit

Lucifron Edit

Lucifron is the first fight in Molten Core, though this does not necessarily mean he's the easiest (magmadar has been nerfed somewhat recently and I happen to think he's easier than Luci now). The Lucifron pull involves two guards plus the boss himself. Most guilds use a strategy wherein the boss is pulled to the top of the ramp on the right side, near the stalagmite/stalagtite formation, while the two adds are pulled further down the ramp, nearer to the camp, where they are quickly annihilated. Thus at the beginning of the fight there will be 3 main tanks, each with a designated hunter puller, at the top of the ramp, and everybody else (including druids) will be down the ramp (with the possible exception of a pally to heal the main tank while Luci is pounding on him at the beginning of the fight). This fact doesn't matter much to a druid, since druids will, for the most part, not be healing during this fight (see below).

Abilities and Positioning Edit

Lucifron's main abilities include a magic effect called Impending Doom that deals 2000 shadow damage after 10 sec (during which time it had better get removed by somebody who can remove magic effects; druids can't, so I hope you've made friends with a paladin) and Lucifron's Curse, which doubles the cost of all abilities (skills, spells, whatever, whether they use mana, energy, or rage). There are a couple others as well (mind control, usually cast on the main tank, an aoe shadow shock, and cleave), but basically all these mean to a druid is "don't stand too close to the boss." While we're on positioning, you want to stay at the bottom of the ramp at first, then move up to where Luci is being tanked. Under no circumstances should you go near the door of Magmadar's cavern, since you can easily aggro several imp groups from there, which will do nasty things to your raid.

A Druid's Role Edit

From a druid's perspective, this fight is all about decursing, to remove Lucifron's curse. This fight becomes a LOT harder when everything you do takes twice as much mana (or energy, or rage)...even a guild with full BWL equipment might have trouble completing this fight if the curse never got removed. As such, the most important thing a druid can be doing in this fight is decursing. Leave healing to the priests unless you see somebody who is truly in trouble.

Decursive Edit

There is a mod called "Decursive" out there which basically allows you to remove whatever debuffs your class is capable of removing (for druids, poisons and curses) by spamming a button, without having to switch targets. This mod lets you set priority lists for who gets decursed first...in this fight, my recommendation would be to get it off mana-using healers first, then worry about tanks, and finally get it off the DPS. I personally don't use this mod because I can switch targets manually before the global cooldown on my decurse spell is done anyway....but some people absolutely swear by Decursive for this fight. Outside of the decursing, keep your main tank alive, and you will win.

Loot Edit

Loot of interest for druids includes the Cenarion Boots, the Choker of Enlightenment (though you may have to step on the toes of a few DPS casters to get that one), and perhaps most impressive (and certainly most rare), Salamander Scale Pants.

Magmadar Edit

Magmadar is the second fight in Molten Core. He lives right behind Luci in the big cavern, so after Lucifron he's quite easy to get to. Depending on who you ask, the Magmadar fight is either a bit easier or a bit harder than Luci, but still not too hard by comparison to what you'll be seeing later.

Abilities and PositioningEdit

Magmadar has some rather nasty abilities and as such, positioning is important in this fight. First off, he enrages every so often and must be shot by a hunter with "Tranquilizing Shot" (a skill learned from a book dropped by Luci). Second, his Lava Breath ability will hit people in front of him who are standing too close, so melee people tend to like to sneak around behind him (near the back of the cavern) and attack from there. Third, he will spit lava at people, inflicting large amounts of fire damage over a few seconds. He will also lava bomb people, which not only inflicts damage on them, but also leaves a fire burning on the ground. Don't stand in the fire, it hurts a lot. Finally, his most annoying (and potentially wipe-generating) ability: every 30 seconds he will fear anybody within range of him, for a few seconds...usually just long enough for him to kill the main tank. The usual positioning for this fight has casters in a half-circle around the front of the boss, just outside of his fear range, and melee folks behind the boss, along with a few healers at the very back of the cavern to take care of the melee. If you have a range-extending skill that lengthens the range on your heals/damage spells by 10 yards (to 40), you can stand in one place for the whole fight without getting feared. If not, it's a pretty simple matter to run back, out of range of his fear, every 30 seconds....especially if someone in your raid has the CTRaid mod that warns you 5 seconds before a fear attack is incoming. The value of spreading out is that if he lava-bombs one person, the person next them will not also be hit.

A Note Regarding Magmadar TankingEdit

If you have a dwarf priest, he can fear ward your main tank so that Magmadar's fear doesn't work on the MT. If not, "stance dancing" is the only option. I am informed by many folks who play tanks that stance dancing is somewhat complicated and requires a little practice. Therefore, do not be impatient with your main tank--keeping Magmadar's aggro in this fight is one of the greatest tanking challenges in Molten Core. As such, expect your main tank to screw it up a few times. It may cause a wipe, or it may not...but either way, just think of it as a challenge in healing, and enjoy trying to keep as many people alive as you can, if it happens.

A Druid's RoleEdit

For the Magmadar fight, a resto druids' primary role is healing. A Feral Druid will normally DPS and backup heal when needed. The boss doesn't do any nasty curses, and he doesn't poison, so what else is there to do? Just keep the main tank up, heal casters and melee DPS who get lava spat at them, or lava bombed, or feared into a lava bomb fire. Be aware that most fire damage in this fight is of the damage-over-time persuasion, so heal-over-time spells like rejuvenation are quite valuable here. Unless somebody screws up, most healing will be on a single individual who is hurt relatively badly by one of magmadar's single-target offensive spells. Thus heals need to land on the main tank and whoever is hurt. If everybody is avoiding fear, and the main tank is holding aggro so Magmadar can't spin around and breathe fire on people, healing this fight is relatively laid back and easy.

LootEdit

Cenarion Leggings are the main thing you're interested in off Magmadar, as a healing druid. Salamander Scale Pants strike me as being better stat-wise (mana regen and +heal gear is, in my opinion, better than int and whatever else you get from these pants), but since only druids can wear the Cenarion Leggings, and since they're a much more common drop than the Sally Scale Pants, you'll probably wind up with a pair of the Cenarion ones, even if you don't want them. Magmadar also drops the Medallion of Steadfast might, which is very nice for bear form, and the Aged Core Leather Gloves, which are great for cat form and bear form FR tanking gear.

Gehennas Edit

The Gehennas encounter is very similar to Lucifron

Abilities and PositioningEdit

Gehennas' main abilities include a rain of fire, a random Shadow Bolt, and a curse called (surprise!) Gehennas' Curse that causes healing on the target to be reduced by 75%.

A Druid's RoleEdit

Coordinate with your fellow mages to decurse the MT and melee, heal as needed (or DPS as you like). Depending on the group makeup, the mage's DPS might be better use of their mana, so pick up the slack in decursing.

Garr Edit

Abilities and PositioningEdit

Garr's little rock friends explode so keep your distance. Garr clears the buffs on the raid.

A Druid's RoleEdit

Because Garr clears buffs, it's pretty much a waste of mana to keep buffs on anyone. The only exception is the MT which may have loaded up on a few buffs of his own. Any MotW/Thorns will take up a slot. Therefore, it may help to toss on a Rank 1 MotW & Thorns to let those get eaten instead of the better buffs.

Healing is a standard fight. Be sure to keep the warlocks' VoidWalkers alive too.

DPS and tanking is standard for Feral Druids. Just run away before the little ones explode.

Baron Geddon Edit

Baron Geddon is arguably one of the funnest fights in MC for a druid.

Abilities and PositioningEdit

Baron Geddon's abilities include Inferno (AoE pulse wave), Ignite Mana, and his signature Living Bomb where the player becomes a bomb and explodes for 3200 dmg. If anyone's not paying attention, that person can easily wipe the raid by being the bomb in close proxmitiy to others.

Positioning for healing is to just stay out of range from the Inferno pulses. No FR is required for this fight for healing duty. Positioning for DPS is to run away when Inferno pulses, and do not reengage until the MT has aggro. FR is helpful for this fight if DPSing to resist the initial Inferno pulses.

Finally, know where to go if you're the bomb, and keep an eye out to whoever is the bomb (and run away from them!)

A Druid's RoleEdit

For DPS, remember to run away when Inferno pulses, and do not reengage until the MT has aggro. Put on your FR gear.

For Healing, if you're high on your decurser's list, then you have nothing to fear from Ignite Mana. If you're not top priority, then shapeshift so that you have no mana, and wait for the DoT to be cleared from you.

If you're the Living Bomb, run to your designated area!! Do not sit there and blow up the raid! While running, toss yourself a Rejuvenation and switch to Bear Form. This gives you an extra padding of HP for when the bomb goes off. When it does, you'll be tossed in the air. Shapeshift out and back into Cat Form to mitigate falling damage. Land, bandage, and you're back in business. This "shape dancing" should allow you to stay alive no matter how many times you become the bomb.

Shazzrah Edit

Almost everyone considers this a ranged fight because of Shazzrah's Arcane Explosions

A Druid's RoleEdit

Heal/Decurse shall be your duties. DPS if mana allows, but no DoTs (that means no Moonfire spam!)

Feral Charge helps when tanking this as well.

Sulfuron Harbringer Edit

A Druid's RoleEdit

Heal/DPS/Tank. Nothing special for a druid.

Golemaag the Incinerator Edit

A Druid's RoleEdit

Heal/DPS/Tank. Nothing special for a druid.

Majordomo Executus Edit

A Druid's RoleEdit

Heal/DPS/Tank. Nothing special for a druid. Druids tank Domo especially well.

Ragnaros Edit

Ragnaros the Firelord is the final boss in Molten Core. This is an extremely FR intensive fight.

Abilities and PositioningEdit

There are numerous strategies available. I will mention the Sons of Flame though, as this part is important for druids. After 3 minutes of combat Ragnaros will summon 8 Sons of Flame. They do purely fire-based damage and have an AoE mana burn, so you need to keep them away from your mana-users.

A Druid's RoleEdit

Melee: Do what other melee's do.
Ranged DPS: Do what other ranged DPS do.
Healer: Do what other healers do.

Ragnaros can be engaged from ranged as soon as he is targable, so even if you are healing, be the fastest to draw first blood with that lightning quick Moonfire as soon as the MT steps into range!

During Phase 2 when the Sons of Flame come out, toss off your last few Rejuvinations and go Bear Form. Your job is to taunt the Sons off of the casters and hand them off to the tanks. Once the tank has taken aggro away from you, be ready to taunt the next Son that runs toward the casters. The tanks objective is to hold them in place away from the mana-users. Your main objective is to pull them away from the mana-users and give it to the tanks. Once you're sure all sons are taken care of, then help DPS them down.

After the Sons are down, your mana regen while in bear form should allow you to have a lot more mana than the other healers who were just healing through the Sons. Pickup the healing until the other healing classes can spirit-regen some mana.

All regular Druidish duties apply: Innervates, Chain Battle Resses, etc.

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