This article is about the strategy for defeating Sindragosa in Icecrown Citadel. For her character biography, see Sindragosa.
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Sindragosa
Title <Queen of the Frostbrood>
Gender Female
Race Frost wyrm (Undead)
Level  ?? Boss
Health 11,156,000 (10 player normal)
38,348,000 (25 player normal)
13,950,000 (10 player heroic)
45,950,000 (25 player heroic)
Reaction Alliance Horde
Affiliation Scourge
Location Frostwing Halls, Icecrown Citadel
Status Killable
See Icon-3D-48x48

Sindragosa is the second boss of the Frostwing Halls wing of the Icecrown Citadel raid. The encounter with the undead frost wyrm queen is similar to Sapphiron. She spawns after the defeat of the frost wyrms Rimefang (who escaped the Pit of Saron after Tyrannus' death) and Spinestalker. It is a battle for survival, where players have to manage various debuff stacks.

This boss is available since February 2, 2010 on US servers and February 3 on EU servers.


AbilitesEdit

Sindragosa has a 10-minute enrage timer.

10 player modeEdit

Phase OneEdit

Phase Two (Air Phase)Edit

Although Sindragosa takes to the air on a recurrent timer, her abilities are distinctively different from phase 1 and therefore is considered its own phase.[1][2]

Phase ThreeEdit

All Phase One abilities, plus:

25 player modeEdit

Phase OneEdit

Phase Two (Air Phase)Edit

Although Sindragosa takes to the air on a recurrent timer, her abilities are distinctively different from phase 1 and therefore is considered its own phase.

Phase ThreeEdit

All Phase One abilities, plus:

PreparationEdit

Sindragosa immediately aggros when both Rimefang and Spinestalker are dead. While learning the encounter, it's a good idea to initially reset her, this is accomplished by running back to the teleporter pad or the last room right after the second frost wyrm dies. Sindragosa lands and creates an ice wall in front of where the raid should be. She despawns when she makes it up to that ice wall.

This encounter requires one tank, a second one is a good idea (for Phase 3). Tanks should have a decent amount of frost resistance, the paladin aura or shaman totem should also be used. Low stamina raid members can also consider wearing a few pieces of FR gear.

Like most dragons Sindragosa deals a rear tail swipe and a frontal cleave, thus only the tank stands in front of her. The raid should stand at her side, between tail swipe and cleave. Melee should set up at the outer edge of her (rather large) hitbox, ranged a little further out, but not at maximum range. Players who stand too close may miss an Icy Grip (because they don't fly through the air), those too far out loose too much time airborne and thus may not be fast enough in running away. In preparation of Phase 3, it's a good idea if the raid generally keeps close together, either near her front or hind legs.

Phase OneEdit

During the whole fight she deals stacking debuffs to the whole raid. When melee attacks her, there's a 20% chance per hit on the boss to gain the Permeating Chill stacking debuff which inflicts 1,000 Frost damage every 2 seconds for 8 seconds, per stack. For casters, she periodically debuffs mana users with Unchained Magic, which for 15 seconds causes its victims to gain a stack of Instability every time they cast a spell (including things like Healthstones or Trinkets). Instability expires after 5 sec (unless refreshed by casting another spell). Expiration is unavoidable after Unchained Magic fades. Upon expiration, Instability deals 2k damage per stack.

During Phase 1 these debuff stacks don't hurt a lot (it's safe to take up to 8 stacks), but in Phase 2 they become dangerous (players should try to stay below 4 stacks). For this reason it's a good idea to practise keeping them low even in Phase 1. Managing these debuffs (and the additional one in Phase 2) is the heart of the fight. Players may get used to stopping their attacks/casts when their stacks get high.

In regular intervals, she pulls the whole raid on top of herself (Icy Grip) and then starts a 5 sec cast of Blistering Cold, which deals 35k Frost damage to everyone within 25 yards of her (with enough HP or resistance this is survivable). This means that the raid has 5 seconds to get 25 yards away from her. Players should mouse-turn while flying through the air and immediately run away on touchdown. Hunters can use Aspect of the Pack, the frost aura does not cause the daze effect. After everyone is out of range, it must be switched off immediately. It is possible to slow her cast time with (Curse of Tongues or maybe Mind Numbing Poison), but this may decrease Melee's DPS output because they have to wait longer before running back. The Raider's boot enchant, Tuskkar's Vitality, is valuable for the run out, and the other movement aspects of this fight.

Phase Two (Air Phase)Edit

At 85% and every 1:50 minutes thereafter, Sindragosa takes off, freezes 2/5 (10/25 player) raid members with Ice Tomb and drops four Frost Bombs (one after the other, on random spots). Players who are in line of sight of one of the bomb explosions take ~24k damage, therefore the raid should hide behind the Ice Tombs. After the fourth Bomb she lands and continues with another Phase 1.

Sindragosa puts a Frost Beacon on the Ice Tomb targets about 5 seconds before they get entombed. Since Ice Tombs not only damage their targets, but also everyone else in a 10 yard radius, it's important for the ice tomb targets to move away from all non-targets and from each other. After 20 seconds, she's dropped all her bombs, lands and resumes Phase 1. At this point, the entombed players start to take damage from asphyxiation. Players are freed from the Ice Tombs by destroying them (~450k HP). They should be damaged to about 10% while she drops the bombs, and quickly destroyed after the fourth bomb has exploded.

10 player Edit

In 10 player, the raid can stay on the stairs at all times, tanking her right in front of the stairs. The raid initially groups on her hind legs. The players with Frost Beacon run to where her front legs were (one higher up the other lower down the stairs). When she Frost Beacons the next set of players, they again run to the other side (where her hind legs were), after the Tombs have materialized the raid follows. This movement pattern closely resembles the one used in Phase 3.

25 player Edit

The 10 player technique cannot be used with 25, because it requires very high precision in positioning with 5 frost tombs (6 on heroic) plus the raid on the stairs. It's simpler to tank her some distance (about 20") away from the stairs. All players should be prepared for Frost Beacons, and run up to the top of the stairs. As players get beaconed, they can then step down towards the bottom of the steps, in two rows (three in the front, on the main floor, and two behind, up three or four steps), with the untargeted players running to the beaconed players as soon as they are tombed. By first walking to the top of the stairs then walking down toward the tombs, all players should be able to easily see the location of the first Frost Bomb and position themselves to block line of sight. In 25 player, the rear tombs (furthest up the stairs) can be destroyed even before she lands (but be careful not to destroy a tomb just before a bomb lands). On 25-player heroic, avoid destroying any tombs until after the fourth Frost Bomb, so that those who are freed (and may be disoriented) are not instantly killed by a Frost Bomb. DPS should avoid DoTs, and use direct damage so as to leave the tombs with enough health to keep everyone alive, but low enough that they can be quickly destroyed after the fourth Frost Bomb.

Phase ThreeEdit

Phase 3 starts when Sindragosa is at 35% health. She becomes permanently grounded, and continues all of her abilities from phase 1. Although she stops casting Frost Bombs, Sindragosa continues to cast Frost Beacons and Ice Tombs, which players must use to control her new ability, Mystic Buffet. One stack of this debuff is gained by all players in her line of sight every 4 seconds. Each stack increases magical damage taken by 10%/15% (10/25 player).

Her time between Ice Tomb casts in phase 3 seems to be 20 seconds.

Phase 3 is not a DPS race, but focuses on the players' ability to manage Mystic Buffet and the other debuffs. Mystic Buffet expires after 8 seconds, she refreshes it after 6 (that is with 4 seconds left on the debuff). In effect it's enough to hide behind the Ice Block for just the crucial few seconds when she refreshes it.

The 10 player Ice Block routine can be used for both raid sizes in this phase - Frost Beaconed players run to the other side, raid follows, hides and destroys the Ice Blocks after they have materialized. With two tanks, it's a good idea to switch tanks at this moment too.

Heroic Difficulty Edit

The most important change is that Instability (Unchained Magic's backlash) not only hits the affected player, but also everyone else within 20 yards.

Phase 2 (air phase) Frost Bomb damage is increased to 200,000 and is no longer survivable, and in 25m (10m stays at 2 players) six players are Frost Beaconed instead of five.

Tips and Tricks Edit

LootEdit

Normal modeEdit

10-Player Type Description Slot 25-Player Type Description Slot
Inv weapon shortblade 101 [Bleak Coldarra Carver] Main hand Caster +hit Dagger Inv offhand zulaman d 02 [Sundial of Eternal Dusk] Off hand Caster Off hand
Inv weapon hand 34 [Splintershard] Off hand Melee Fist weapon Inv jewelry ring 40 [Memory of Malygos] Ring Caster Ring
Inv shield 74 [Lost Pavise of the Blue Flight] Shield Healer Shield Inv misc monsterhorn 03 [Sindragosa's Cruel Claw] Necklace Melee Neck
Inv pants plate 32 [Legplates of Aetheric Strife] Plate Melee Legs Inv jewelry trinket 03 [Phylactery of the Nameless Lich] Trinket Caster Trinket
Inv belt 62 [Etched Dragonbone Girdle] Plate Melee Waist Inv jewelry trinket 06 [Sindragosa's Flawless Fang] Trinket Tank Trinket
Inv boots plate 12 [Scourge Fanged Stompers] Plate Tank Feet Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Conqueror's Mark of Sanctification] Token Paladin, Priest, Warlock
Inv boots mail 06 [Wyrmwing Treads] Mail Melee Feet Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Protector's Mark of Sanctification] Token Warrior, Hunter, Shaman
Inv shoulder 133 [Shoulderguards of Crystalline Bone] Mail Caster Shoulders Ability paladin shieldofthetemplar [Vanquisher's Mark of Sanctification] Token Rogue, DK, Mage, Druid
Inv bracer 41 [Vambraces of the Frost Wyrm Queen] Leather Melee Wrist Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Inv gauntlets 83 [Icicle Shapers] Leather Caster Hands Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient
Inv chest cloth 78purple [Robes of Azure Downfall] Cloth Caster Chest Inv enchant shardshadowfrostlarge [Shadowfrost Shard] Quest Item
Inv jewelry amulet 06 [Rimetooth Pendant] Necklace Melee Neck
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency

Heroic modeEdit

10-Player Type Description Slot 25-Player Type Description Slot
Inv weapon shortblade 101 [Bleak Coldarra Carver] Main hand Caster +hit Dagger Inv offhand zulaman d 02 [Sundial of Eternal Dusk] Off hand Caster Off hand
Inv weapon hand 34 [Splintershard] Off hand Melee Fist weapon Inv jewelry ring 40 [Memory of Malygos] Ring Caster Ring
Inv shield 74 [Lost Pavise of the Blue Flight] Shield Healer Shield Inv misc monsterhorn 03 [Sindragosa's Cruel Claw] Necklace Melee Neck
Inv pants plate 31 [Legplates of Aetheric Strife] Plate Melee Legs Inv jewelry trinket 03 [Phylactery of the Nameless Lich] Trinket Caster Trinket
Inv belt 63 [Etched Dragonbone Girdle] Plate Melee Waist Inv jewelry trinket 06 [Sindragosa's Flawless Fang] Trinket Tank Trinket
Inv boots plate 13 [Scourge Fanged Stompers] Plate Tank Feet Ability paladin judgementsofthejust [Conqueror's Mark of Sanctification] Token Paladin, Priest, Warlock
Inv boots mail 06 [Wyrmwing Treads] Mail Melee Feet Ability paladin judgementsofthejust [Protector's Mark of Sanctification] Token Warrior, Hunter, Shaman
Inv shoulder 133 [Shoulderguards of Crystalline Bone] Mail Caster Shoulders Ability paladin judgementsofthejust [Vanquisher's Mark of Sanctification] Token Rogue, DK, Mage, Druid
Inv bracer 41 [Vambraces of the Frost Wyrm Queen] Leather Melee Wrist Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Inv gauntlets 83 [Icicle Shapers] Leather Caster Hands Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient
Inv chest cloth 77 [Robes of Azure Downfall] Cloth Caster Chest Inv enchant shardshadowfrostlarge [Shadowfrost Shard] Quest Item
Inv jewelry amulet 06 [Rimetooth Pendant] Necklace Melee Neck
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
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

QuotesEdit

Aggro
Unchained Magic
Blistering Cold
Respite for a Tormented Soul
Air Phase
Phase 2
Killing a player
Berserk
Death

VideosEdit

Solo Heroic EncounterEdit

How to Solo Sindragosa 10 man HC(05:29)

10 player normal EncounterEdit

Lost Society vs Sindragosa (10 man) shattered halls(09:23)
Tremor's Strategy vsTremor's Strategy vs. Sindragosa 10-man(06:26)

10 player Heroic EncounterEdit

Lost Society vs Heroic Sindragosa (10 man) Shattered Halls EU(09:14)
A Guide to Heroic Sindragosa VOX (ICC)(10:01)

25 player normal encounterEdit

Lost Society vs Sindragosa (25 man) Shattered halls eu(09:12)
How to Guide Sindragosa - love2playwowHow to Guide Sindragosa - love2playwow.com(09:35)

25 player Heroic encounterEdit

How to Guide Sindragosa Heroic - love2playwowHow to Guide Sindragosa Heroic - love2playwow.com(10:29)
Midwinter versus Sindragosa (25) - Hard mode(10:22)

Additional VideosEdit

25-player NormalEdit

25-player HeroicEdit

Related achievementsEdit

10-player mode 25-player mode Objective
Achievement boss sindragosa [All You Can Eat] Achievement boss sindragosa [All You Can Eat] Defeat Sindragosa without any member of your raid receiving more than 4 stacks of Mystic Buffet
Achievement dungeon icecrown frostwinghalls [The Frostwing Halls] (Money achievement Heroic) Achievement dungeon icecrown frostwinghalls [The Frostwing Halls] (Money achievement Heroic) Defeat the bosses of The Frostwing Halls

Patch changes Edit

Known Bugs Edit

It has been reported (and subsequently confirmed multiple times) on the World of Warcraft US and EU forums that many raids are experiencing unusual behaviour when a Death Knight applies Mark of Blood to Sindragosa. The reports suggest that when Sindragosa has the Mark of Blood debuff, she will randomly turn away from the tank that is keeping aggro on her and face the rest of the raid for between 0.5 to 1 seconds. While not significantly detrimental in itself, some of the reports suggest that these turns coincided with casts of Frost Breath, subsequently wiping the raid. It is currently not known whether Blizzard have begun work to correct this.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sindragosa Guide. World of Raids. Retrieved on 2010-07-19.
  2. ^ Gray, Michael 2010-06-03. WoW.com's Guide to Sindragosa. WoW.com. Retrieved on 2010-07-19.
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In the Frostwing Halls players will battle alongside the Ashen Verdict and push into the lair of the deadly frost wyrm Sindragosa, who continues to strengthen her brood with the help of Ymirheim's vrykul. Along the way, the heroes will stumble upon Valithria Dreamwalker, a captured green dragon whom the Scourge is using as a test subject for their own ends....

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