Raid Rx: Healing Ultraxion and Warmaster Blackhorn

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In every expansion, there’s always been at least one raid boss that’s really defined healers. In this expansion, we had Chimaeron back in Blackwing Descent. We’ve got another one in Ultraxion over in the new Dragon Soul raid in patch 4.3. This guy is a (literal) beast. After that, we get another crack on the next gunship encounter.

Setting up to heal Ultraxion

When you’re setting up for Ultraxion, there are a few things you need to do. Decide on the number of healers you wish to use. I would highly recommend opening with five healers. The DPS requirements on normal encounter can be a challenge to match.

The next step is to figure out your buffs. There are three different healing buffs you can get. On 10-man, you get one type of crystal; on 25-man, you get two sets.

  • Gift of Life This comes from Alexstrasza. It’ll be the first set of crystals that spawn. These should be handed out to priests or druids.
  • Essence of Dreams The green buff from Ysera duplicates your direct healing done and distributes it to the rest of the raid. I’ve found this to be extremely powerful for restoration shaman.
  • Source of Magic The last buff you’ll get is my personal favorite. Reducing mana costs by 75% and increasing spell haste by 100% is really juicy especially for priests and paladins.

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