Cataclysm Classic Blackwing Descent Guide

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In this Cataclysm Classic Blackwing Descent guide, you’ll find everything you need to know. From how to get their and raid layout to boss strategies and rewards!

Blackwing Descent Raid Guide

Blackwing Descent is one of two primary raids in Cataclysm Classic Phase 1. Serving as a continuation of Blackwing Lair’s story, Blackwing Descent allows the player to get deeper into Blackrock Mountain and see the culmination of that arc.

Where is Blackwing Descent in Cataclysm Classic

Cataclysm Classic Blackwing Descent Guide

The entrance to Blackwing Descent location is Blackrock Mountain, which appears in both Searing Gorge and Burnings Steppes. One of the highest peaks has a platform with the entrance at coordinates [23.21; 26.36].

How to Get to Blackwing Descent Alliance

Alliance players can take the nearest flight point from Stormwind City or travel to Blackwing Descent entrance on their own.

How to Get to Blackwing Descent Horde

Horde players can teleport from Orgrimmar to Twilight Highlands and fly to Blackrock Mountain. Alternatively, you can take a zeppelin to Stranglethorn Vale and fly to your destination. 

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Full Cataclysm Classic Blackwing Descent Walkthrough

Blackwing Descent Raid Layout

The first level of the raid has two wings, each containing one boss. Defeating both of them in any order allows you to proceed to the second level—a central arena with three more rooms connected to it. Each room has another boss that needs to be defeated before you can confront Nefarian.

Omnotron Defense System Boss Guide 

Omnotron Defense System Boss Guide 

The fight consists of four golems sharing one Health pool. Each has unique mechanics and an Energy bar. Only two out of four constructs are active at a time. When a golem’s Energy reaches 50%, it gets a defensive buff. When Energy reaches 0, the enemy shuts down, and another activates.

Since both golems start the encounter with full Energy, players can use cleaves or DoTs to deal increased damage. Focus on attacking one golem since the other is protected by a defensive buff. Avoid attacking buffed golems to prevent raid damage or harmful status effects.

On Heroic, Nefarian occasionally infuses golems with Shadows, boosting their abilities. 

Magmatron

Electron

Toxitron

Arcanotron

The difficulty comes from pairs being random, so you should be ready to deal with various combinations of the mechanics. Save healing and defensive cooldowns for Magmatron and Electron, the most dangerous combination. Avoid damaging barriers to prevent complications.

Magmaw Boss Guide 

Magmaw Boss Guide 

After Massive Crush, several players can click the boss to climb on its back. Then, use a Launch Hook action and hit a spike to the ground. This will expose the boss’s weak point, making it suffer 100% increased damage.

Chimaeron Boss Guide

Chimaeron Boss Guide

A Bile-O-Tron device grants a buff preventing death if players have over 10,000 current Health. Healers need to make sure that everyone in the raid has enough HP to benefit from this effect. Bile-O-Tron will go offline for a short time, and with it, the buff will be gone, so some mechanics will be solved differently. 

At 25% Health, Bile-O-Tron, and the buff will be gone permanently. 

Atramedes Boss Guide

Atramedes Raid Guide

Each player gets a Sound meter that, when reaching 100, instantly kills them. Sound builds up when players take damage. 

Use Ancient Dwarven Shields scattered around the arena to reset Sound for everyone, interrupt Atramedes casting, and put him in a Vertigo state. Beware, when he recovers, he destroys the shield used. 14 shields are available on Normal, but only 7 on Heroic. You have to defeat the boss before you run out of Shields. 

The boss has two phases:

Grounded

Airborne

Split your resources wisely since Shields are finite. Avoid unnecessary damage to prevent Sound build-up. 

Maloriak Boss Guide

Maloriak Boss Guide

The boss alternates between color phases and abilities. Normal mode has three colors: Red, Blue, and Green, with Green always being third. Heroic mode adds a fourth color, Dark, always the first in the cycle. At 25% health, the boss enters a soft enrage phase.

Red

Blue

Green

Dark (Heroic only)

Last Phase

Use damage buffs and strong cooldowns like Bloodlust for the last phase to down the enemy quickly.

Nefarian Boss Guide

Nefarian Boss Guide

Nefarian has several phases. Every 10% health loss triggers Electrocute — a powerful raid-wide AoE. Avoid overlapping it with other mechanics. Healers need to keep everyone healthy during this.

Phase 1

Defeat Onyxia before her Energy bar fills to 100. Failing to do so will result in a wipe. The bar fills overtime when Nefarian uses Electrocute

If both dragons are close to each other, the Children of the Deathwing buff activates, making them attack 100% faster. Split the bosses to opposite edges of the arena, facing their sides towards the center to avoid this. 

Nefarian

Onyxia

Nefarian Boss Guide: Onyxia

If Onyxia is nearly defeated, and there’s time before her enrage, focus on damaging Nefarian. Kill Onyxia before her Energy reaches 100. Remember, each time Nefarian loses 10% health, he casts Electrocute, which charges Onyxia.

Phase 2 

Onyxia’s death starts the second phase. Nefarian floods the room with lava, leaving only three safe columns. Each has a Chromatic Prototype add. The raid should split into three groups. Members of each group should be decided beforehand. Each must include a healer (even in 10-man runs, getting a 3rd healer is advised) and several interrupts. Defeat these three adds, who cast the Blast Nova AoE non-stop. Use interrupts to prevent it.

Nefarian bombards random players with Shadowflame Barrage, dealing moderate damage. On Heroic, he also applies Explosive Cinders, a DoT that explodes for heavy damage and knockback when it expires. Affected players should use personal mitigation cooldowns and stand in lava until it wears off.

Ranged players can still attack Nefarian during this phase, but beware, as it may trigger Electrocute. When all adds are dead, the lava recedes. The raid should jump off the platforms. 

Phase 3 

This phase is straightforward, similar to the first one but without Onyxia. Nefarian retains all moves from Phase 1 with a new addition:

The scariest thing, especially on Heroic, is Electrocute. This attack deals a lot of damage, so plan your healing and defensive cooldowns in advance. 

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Blackwing Descent Loot Table

All 6 bosses in this Blackwing Descent loot table for 10 and 25 players on Normal and Heroic difficulty drop 359 and 372-item level armor, trinkets, and weapons.

Omnotron Defense System Loot Table

10-Player Normal

NameType
Power Generator HoodCloth 
X-Tron Duct TapeCloth 
Organic Lifeform InverterDagger
Passive Resistor SpauldersLeather 
Poison Protocol PauldronsLeather 
Circuit Design BreastplateMail 
Voltage Source ChestguardMail 
Electron Inductor CoilsPlate 
Jumbotron Power BeltPlate 
Life Force ChargersPlate 
Lightning Conductor BandFinger
Security Measure AlphaFinger

10-Player Heroic

NameType
Power Generator HoodCloth 
X-Tron Duct TapeCloth 
Organic Lifeform InverterDagger
Passive Resistor SpauldersLeather 
Poison Protocol PauldronsLeather 
Circuit Design BreastplateMail 
Voltage Source ChestguardMail 
Electron Inductor CoilsPlate 
Jumbotron Power BeltPlate 
Life Force ChargersPlate 
Lightning Conductor BandFinger
Security Measure AlphaFinger

25-Player Normal

NameType
Power Generator HoodCloth 
X-Tron Duct TapeCloth 
Organic Lifeform InverterDagger
Passive Resistor SpauldersLeather 
Poison Protocol PauldronsLeather 
Circuit Design BreastplateMail 
Voltage Source ChestguardMail 
Electron Inductor CoilsPlate 
Jumbotron Power BeltPlate 
Life Force ChargersPlate 
Lightning Conductor BandFinger
Security Measure AlphaFinger

25-Player Heroic

NameType
Power Generator HoodCloth 
X-Tron Duct TapeCloth 
Organic Lifeform InverterDagger
Passive Resistor SpauldersLeather 
Poison Protocol PauldronsLeather 
Circuit Design BreastplateMail 
Voltage Source ChestguardMail 
Electron Inductor CoilsPlate 
Jumbotron Power BeltPlate 
Life Force ChargersPlate 
Lightning Conductor BandFinger
Security Measure AlphaFinger

Magmaw Loot Table

10-Player Normal

NameType
Crown of Burning WatersCloth
Flame Pillar LeggingsCloth
IncineratusDagger
Parasitic BandsLeather
Scorched Wormling VestLeather
Leggings of Lethal ForceMail
Lifecycle WaistguardMail
Lava SpineOne-Handed Sword
Breastplate of Avenging FlamePlate
Molten Tantrum BootsPlate
Symbiotic WormTrinket
Akirus the Worm-BreakerTwo-Handed Mace

10-Player Heroic

NameType
Crown of Burning WatersCloth
Flame Pillar LeggingsCloth
IncineratusDagger
Parasitic BandsLeather
Scorched Wormling VestLeather
Leggings of Lethal ForceMail
Lifecycle WaistguardMail
Lava SpineOne-Handed Sword
Breastplate of Avenging FlamePlate
Molten Tantrum BootsPlate
Symbiotic WormTrinket
Akirus the Worm-BreakerTwo-Handed Mace

25-Player Normal

NameType
Crown of Burning WatersCloth
Flame Pillar LeggingsCloth
IncineratusDagger
Parasitic BandsLeather 
Scorched Wormling VestLeather 
Leggings of Lethal ForceMail 
Lifecycle WaistguardMail 
Lava SpineOne-Handed Sword
Breastplate of Avenging FlamePlate 
Molten Tantrum BootsPlate 
Symbiotic WormTrinket
Akirus the Worm-BreakerTwo-Handed Mace

25-Player Heroic

NameType
Crown of Burning WatersCloth 
Flame Pillar LeggingsCloth 
IncineratusDagger
Parasitic BandsLeather 
Scorched Wormling VestLeather 
Leggings of Lethal ForceMail 
Lifecycle WaistguardMail 
Lava SpineOne-Handed Sword
Breastplate of Avenging FlamePlate 
Molten Tantrum BootsPlate 
Symbiotic WormTrinket
Akirus the Worm-BreakerTwo-Handed Mace

Chimaeron Loot Table

10-Player Normal

NameType
Brackish GlovesCloth 
Einhorn’s GaloshesCloth 
Double Attack HandguardsLeather 
Manacles of the Sleeping BeastLeather 
Chaos Beast BracersMail 
Chimaeron ArmguardsMail 
Burden of MortalityPlate 
Massacre TreadsPlate 
Plated Fists of ProvocationPlate 
Bile-O-Tron NutFinger
Heart of RageTrinket
Finkle’s Mixer UpperWand

10-Player Heroic

NameType
Brackish GlovesCloth 
Einhorn’s GaloshesCloth 
Double Attack HandguardsLeather 
Manacles of the Sleeping BeastLeather 
Chaos Beast BracersMail 
Chimaeron ArmguardsMail 
Burden of MortalityPlate 
Massacre TreadsPlate 
Plated Fists of ProvocationPlate 
Bile-O-Tron NutFinger
Heart of RageTrinket
Finkle’s Mixer UpperWand

25-Player Normal

NameType
Brackish GlovesCloth 
Einhorn’s GaloshesCloth 
Double Attack HandguardsLeather 
Manacles of the Sleeping BeastLeather 
Chaos Beast BracersMail 
Chimaeron ArmguardsMail 
Burden of MortalityPlate 
Massacre TreadsPlate 
Plated Fists of ProvocationPlate 
Bile-O-Tron NutFinger
Heart of RageTrinket
Finkle’s Mixer UpperWand

25-Player Heroic

NameType
Brackish GlovesCloth 
Einhorn’s GaloshesCloth 
Double Attack HandguardsLeather 
Manacles of the Sleeping BeastLeather 
Chaos Beast BracersMail 
Chimaeron ArmguardsMail 
Burden of MortalityPlate 
Massacre TreadsPlate 
Plated Fists of ProvocationPlate 
Bile-O-Tron NutFinger
Heart of RageTrinket
Finkle’s Mixer UpperWand

Atramedes Loot Table

10-Player Normal

NameType
Ironstar AmuletNeck
Themios the DarkbringerBow
Bracers of the BurningeyeCloth 
Mantle of Roaring FlamesCloth 
Helm of the Blind SeerLeather 
Sark of the UnwatchedLeather 
Boots of VertigoMail 
Gloves of CacophonyMail 
Battleplate of Ancient KingsPlate 
Legguards of the UnseeingPlate 
Kingdom’s HeartShield
Bell of Enraging ResonanceTrinket

10-Player Heroic

NameType
Ironstar AmuletNeck
Gauntlets of the Forlorn ConquerorArmor Token
Gauntlets of the Forlorn ProtectorArmor Token
Gauntlets of the Forlorn VanquisherArmor Token
Themios the DarkbringerBow
Bracers of the BurningeyeCloth 
Mantle of Roaring FlamesCloth 
Helm of the Blind SeerLeather 
Sark of the UnwatchedLeather 
Boots of VertigoMail 
Gloves of CacophonyMail 
Battleplate of Ancient KingsPlate 
Legguards of the UnseeingPlate 
Kingdom’s HeartShield
Bell of Enraging ResonanceTrinket

25-Player Normal

NameType
Ironstar AmuletNeck
Themios the DarkbringerBow
Bracers of the BurningeyeCloth 
Mantle of Roaring FlamesCloth 
Helm of the Blind SeerLeather 
Sark of the UnwatchedLeather 
Boots of VertigoMail 
Gloves of CacophonyMail 
Battleplate of Ancient KingsPlate 
Legguards of the UnseeingPlate 
Kingdom’s HeartShield
Bell of Enraging ResonanceTrinket

25-Player Heroic

NameType
Ironstar AmuletNeck
Gauntlets of the Forlorn ConquerorArmor Token
Gauntlets of the Forlorn ProtectorArmor Token
Gauntlets of the Forlorn VanquisherArmor Token
Themios the DarkbringerBow
Bracers of the BurningeyeCloth 
Mantle of Roaring FlamesCloth 
Helm of the Blind SeerLeather 
Sark of the UnwatchedLeather 
Boots of VertigoMail 
Gloves of CacophonyMail 

Maloriak Loot Table

10-Player Normal

NameType
Cloak of Biting ChillCloak
Belt of Arcane StormsCloth 
Legwraps of the Greatest SonCloth 
Aberration’s LeggingsLeather 
Leggings of Consuming FlamesLeather 
Treads of Flawless CreationMail 
Tunic of Failed ExperimentsMail 
Mace of Acrid DeathOne-Handed Mace
Belt of Absolute ZeroPlate 
Dragon Bone WarhelmPlate 
Flash Freeze GauntletsPlate 
Jar of Ancient RemediesTrinket

10-Player Heroic

NameType
Leggings of the Forlorn ConquerorArmor Token
Leggings of the Forlorn ProtectorArmor Token
Leggings of the Forlorn VanquisherArmor Token
Cloak of Biting ChillCloak
Belt of Arcane StormsCloth 
Legwraps of the Greatest SonCloth 
Aberration’s LeggingsLeather 
Leggings of Consuming FlamesLeather 
Treads of Flawless CreationMail 
Tunic of Failed ExperimentsMail 
Mace of Acrid DeathOne-Handed Mace
Belt of Absolute ZeroPlate 
Dragon Bone WarhelmPlate 
Flash Freeze GauntletsPlate 
Jar of Ancient RemediesTrinket

25-Player Normal

NameType
Cloak of Biting ChillCloak
Belt of Arcane StormsCloth 
Legwraps of the Greatest SonCloth 
Aberration’s LeggingsLeather 
Leggings of Consuming FlamesLeather 
Treads of Flawless CreationMail 
Tunic of Failed ExperimentsMail 
Mace of Acrid DeathOne-Handed Mace
Belt of Absolute ZeroPlate 
Dragon Bone WarhelmPlate 
Flash Freeze GauntletsPlate 
Jar of Ancient RemediesTrinket

25-Player Heroic

NameType
Leggings of the Forlorn ConquerorArmor Token
Leggings of the Forlorn ProtectorArmor Token
Leggings of the Forlorn VanquisherArmor Token
Cloak of Biting ChillCloak
Belt of Arcane StormsCloth 
Legwraps of the Greatest SonCloth 
Aberration’s LeggingsLeather 
Leggings of Consuming FlamesLeather 
Treads of Flawless CreationMail 
Tunic of Failed ExperimentsMail 
Mace of Acrid DeathOne-Handed Mace
Belt of Absolute ZeroPlate 
Dragon Bone WarhelmPlate 
Flash Freeze GauntletsPlate 
Jar of Ancient RemediesTrinket

Nefarian Loot Table

10-Player Normal

NameType
Rage of AgesNeck
Helm of the Forlorn ConquerorArmor Token
Helm of the Forlorn ProtectorArmor Token
Helm of the Forlorn VanquisherArmor Token
Shadow of DreadCloak
Mantle of NefariusCloth 
Shadowblaze RobesCloth 
Belt of the NightmareLeather 
Spaulders of the Scarred LadyMail 
Crul’korak, the Lightning’s ArcOne-Handed Axe
Andoros, Fist of the Dragon KingOne-Handed Mace
Belt of the BlackhandPlate 
Pauldrons of the ApocalypsePlate 
Akmin-Kurai, Dominion’s ShieldShield
Prestor’s Talisman of MachinationTrinket
Reclaimed Ashkandi, Greatsword of the BrotherhoodTwo-Handed Sword

10-Player Heroic

NameType
Rage of AgesNeck
Crown of the Forlorn ConquerorArmor Token
Crown of the Forlorn ProtectorArmor Token
Crown of the Forlorn VanquisherArmor Token
Shadow of DreadCloak
Mantle of NefariusCloth 
Shadowblaze RobesCloth 
Belt of the NightmareLeather 
Spaulders of the Scarred LadyMail 
Crul’korak, the Lightning’s ArcOne-Handed Axe
Andoros, Fist of the Dragon KingOne-Handed Mace
Belt of the BlackhandPlate 
Pauldrons of the ApocalypsePlate 
Akmin-Kurai, Dominion’s ShieldShield
Prestor’s Talisman of MachinationTrinket
Reclaimed Ashkandi, Greatsword of the BrotherhoodTwo-Handed Sword

25-Player Normal

NameType
Rage of AgesNeck
Helm of the Forlorn ConquerorArmor Token
Helm of the Forlorn ProtectorArmor Token
Helm of the Forlorn VanquisherArmor Token
Shadow of DreadCloak
Mantle of NefariusCloth 
Shadowblaze RobesCloth 
Belt of the NightmareLeather 
Spaulders of the Scarred LadyMail 
Crul’korak, the Lightning’s ArcOne-Handed Axe
Andoros, Fist of the Dragon KingOne-Handed Mace
Belt of the BlackhandPlate 
Pauldrons of the ApocalypsePlate 
Akmin-Kurai, Dominion’s ShieldShield
Prestor’s Talisman of MachinationTrinket
Reclaimed Ashkandi, Greatsword of the BrotherhoodTwo-Handed Sword

25-Player Heroic

NameType
Rage of AgesNeck
Crown of the Forlorn ConquerorArmor Token
Crown of the Forlorn ProtectorArmor Token
Crown of the Forlorn VanquisherArmor Token
Shadow of DreadCloak
Mantle of NefariusCloth 
Shadowblaze RobesCloth 
Belt of the NightmareLeather 
Spaulders of the Scarred LadyMail 
Crul’korak, the Lightning’s ArcOne-Handed Axe
Andoros, Fist of the Dragon KingOne-Handed Mace
Belt of the BlackhandPlate 
Pauldrons of the ApocalypsePlate 
Akmin-Kurai, Dominion’s ShieldShield
Prestor’s Talisman of MachinationTrinket
Reclaimed Ashkandi, Greatsword of the BrotherhoodTwo-Handed Sword

Blackwing Descent Achievements

In Blackwing Descent, you can earn a total of 16 achievements:

Personal Achievements

Here are the personal achievements you can earn by participating in the Blackwing Descent raid:

Guild Achievements

Obtaining the following achievements involves grouping up with your guild members:

Miscellaneous Achievements

Each achievement mentioned below is quite tricky to obtain, as you must meet specific requirements during the fight:

Blackwing Descent FAQ

What is the difficulty in Blackwing Descent?

Normal and Heroic. This raid is challenging but not as hard as Firelands or Dragon Soul.

What level is the Blackwing Descent raid?

Blackwing Descent is an 85-level raid, meaning your character must be at level 85 to participate.

Is Blackwing Descent the same as Blackwing Lair?

No, they are not the same. Despite also being in Blackrock Mountain, the Blackwing Descent is its separate raid. It acts as the second part of the story, introduced in Blackwing Lair.

How many bosses are in Blackwing Descent?

There are six bosses in Blackwing Descent, including Magmaw, the Omnotron Defense System, Chimaeron, Atramedes, Maloriak, and Nefarian.

How to go to Blackwing Descent?

To go to the Blackwing Descent raid, follow this sequence:

  1. First, travel to Iron Summit at coordinates [40.80, 68.02] in Searing Gorge.
  2. Afterward, fly directly to Blackrock Mountain at [41.42, 89.89].
  3. Once there, find the Blackwing Descent entrance at [23.15, 26.41] and enter the raid. 

Conclusion

And this is it for our Blackwing Descent bosses guide. We gathered all the information and strategies to make sure you have no trouble clearing this raid with your group. So go on, conquer one of the first raids Cataclysm Classic has to offer!

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