The Pit of Saron is the second wing of the dungeon series located within the Icecrown Citadel stronghold. Before coming to the pit, you need to have completed The The Forge of Souls on either normal, or heroic mode. Upon completing this dungeon, players will be able to pit their wits against the finale of the series, The Halls of Reflection.
This quest will be turned in at the start of the instance following a little theatrical scene with you faction’s hero. Ask your group to allow you to do this, as most groups tend to want to dive head first into the instance. If the group are unwilling to facilitate this request, feel free to come back again with a group of your guild mates or friends later, but run the dungeon anyhow as it is good for Justice Points.
On your way to Garfrost, you will see Laborers/Slavers dotted around with picks chipping away at the walls. To free them right click on their ball and chain attatched to their ankles. Anyone in the group can free a slave, the whole group will get credit, providing they are on the quest.
There is also a quest available to those with the fortune to be on the Battered Hilt quest line, though I will not be talking about this quest in this guide as I believe it is better left for it’s own quest line guide for continuity purposes.
On your journey to the first boss you will experience a number of enemies to combat, most of which are patrolling units. Depending on your tank determines how much of this trash you encounter, as timing your journey can largely dictate the amount of trash you fight. As mentioned, many mobs patrol, so it is a good practice to have your camera rolled out as far as you can in order to move should the situation warrant it.
Conversion Beam> Weakened Resolve
These guys are usually accompanied by a gaggle of skeletons which will die though incidental aoe damage. The main aim is to burn through their 302,400 in a prompt fashion. Their debuff isn’t a nice one to precede a shadow bolt.
With a fairly insignificant 105,840hp, these guys are a simple kill should you encounter them.
Curse of Agony
Again, with a tame 105,840hp these guys are a quick kill. They can lay the foundations for people to take a nice amount of damage, so I do emphasize the Quick Kill. Unless you are farming the instance, you will most likely not encounter this mob.
These mobs are the mount for Ymirjar Skycaller. Altough it might be tempting to attack the big dragon first, the ranged dps should prioritize slaying the rider first, especially if you have a less than average healer. At 252,000hp these dragons take a fair amount of dps to kill efficiently
With no ranged abilities, the ranged dps should focus on killing this guy before the drake it rides. Glacial strike can be problematic for a weaker or knowledgeable healer; especially if it is applied to a melee dps. At 252,000hp the partnership of the drake and it’s master means your group has to dish out just over half a million damage on these pulls.
I think the developers had a little fun with this mob, as he looks goofy and has some fun ability names. However; these mobs can be a pain, especially if they wind up in the middle of other pulls. Blinding Dirt is often cast upon the healer, so, simply burn these fellow’s 264,400hp promptly. Unless freeing the slavers, you will likely have minimal pulls with this type of mob.
This guy is a big bad Mr Smite (Deadmines) style encounter, though oddly enough I would still fancy Mr Smite in a fight between him and Garfrost :/ Any how. This boss requires a bit of concentration on heroic, though should be simple enough. When you pull this guy, a bunch of skeletons will join the party, there is nothing wrong with popping a little aoe to kill them, as they can tend to gang up on the healer if the tank is bad at group aggro. Mr Smite will… I mean Garfrost will apply a stacking debuff (similar to Syndragosa) where as your damage by frost will be increased. To remove this debuff you will want to hide behind a saronite boulder which he will periodically throw as someone in your party. If he is lobbing this at you, you will want to move out of the way, as it can knock you back a fair distance, and cause LoS (line of sight) issues with your healer. You will see he is throwing saronite by a very large shadow, and also party boss mod addons will usually tell you to hoof it. Hiding behind the saronite, particularly when he transitions, will reset the debuff to it’s weakest state. Other than removing the debuff, or running from falling blobs of saronite, DPS this boss fast and efficiently, as this is a challenging fight for a less than average healer. Always follow the golden rule of tanking (unless dragons) and position the boss’ back to the dps and healers, as the cone damage ability can be completely avoided by your team that way.
Please enjoy the following video of the encounter:
Upon the demise of Garfrost, you will be able to turn in your quest and get the follow up from Gorkon Ironskull (H) / Martin Victus (A) who will make an appearance near the steps you climbed to reach the boss.
There are only a couple of new types of mobs you will meet on your way to the next boss. These are as follows;
Geist Ambusher (also known as Pipecritters from ICC)
These little buggers will fly down off of the surrounding cliffs in typical jumpy glory that Geists tend to enjoy. The pack will be about 5-6 mobs worth with little over 100,000hp. Let the tank lead, as the name “Ambusher” tends to imply they like to Ambush.
If you pull these mobs one at a time their 252,000hp should melt away fast, though some tanks like to /flex their ego and pull as many as they can. Either way, focus on one at a time, and try to stay behind them, unless tanking. They will occasionally spit some nice green acid at you that will leave a slick on the floor at your feet. “Voidzones don’t give buffs”, so go ahead and move out of this green pool of death. If your tank does pull many, I would still suggest your team picks one off at a time, as if you AOE a bunch, the slow damage may allow them all to cast Blight Bomb at around the same time, cuasing a lot of spike damage on your tank (which if (s)he does pull a bunch, in truth probably deserves, yes, my main is a healer, ) Do be aware that these mobs crawl all over the place where the next boss hangs out, so you will want to mind your position, and clear the area before the boss encounter.
Ick and Krick – 16 Justice Points
This boss fight rewards those who are able to do their jobs whilst mobile. Players with sounds turned on will want to familiarize themselves with the following lines:
Quickly! Poison them all while they’re still close!
-About to cast Poison Nova, run away from the boss.
Enough moving around! Hold still while I blow them all up!
-About to cast Explosive Barrage; the key to this one is to move in straight lines, at walking speed. As you pull all players should position themselves no closer than 8 yards with one another
No, that one! That one! Get that one!
-shortly after Krick says this, he will randomly chase any member of your party. Ways to know this is you, is if you have a purple bobbing triangle above your head, or you see a very angry zombie bounding towards you. You are suggested to run away.
And that is the strategy in a nutshell. DPS, Tank and Heal similar to any other encounter, but remember to move when you need to.
One last thing to remember, “Much like the fires/voidzones, the poison does not buff you.” so be sure to move if you are stood on a bright green carpet.
Ick has about 903,227hp to burn through, and Krick is ultimately a place holder for the fight, that does not require or allow attacks against him.
Achievement – Don’t look up
This is a relatively easy and fun gauntlet with a very easy achievement if you are a vigilant player/group. Before I get into the meat and potatoes of this part, someone is going to undoubtedly mention there is a skip here, if I do not. You are about to enter the mountainside which looks clear. Only as you walk up, four groups of very tough mobs will block your way in formation on an inverted L shape path. You can mount up as a group and miss the first two groups entirely if you wish, and dismount where the path changes direction.
132,300hp of frost powered skeleton. These mobs are on the second stage of the gauntlet and straight forward to kill. Stay out of the freezing circles and it should be a cakewalk.
119,700hp and deadly. The healer needs to be on dispel double duty as the Blight spell ticks for 2-3000 damage per second. The Blight will jump if not cleansed. If you are not comfortable with your party’s cleansing options, maintain a good distance from other players. It has also said this effect can jump onto players once the rez, thus killing them over again, so cleansers, be ready.
Probably one of the first mobs you want to take out if part of the pull. They can summon, as well as dish out a fair bit of damage. These ladies have 163,800hp
119700hp of firey undead Vrykul! They have a very potent AOE Hellfire which players will want to move out of as soon as they cast. They can use Tactical Blink, then cast this, so make sure you are ready for a blink hellfire.
Once you have cleared the path tot he cave you are ready to enter the gauntlet.
As far as gauntlets go, this one is very simple. Healers will want to try and avoid healing the tank while he or she traverses through the cave with group in tow. Be aware of blue rune circles on the ground, they indicate that part of the ceiling is about to give way, and all party members should avoid them, especially if gunning for the achievement. The tank will be gathering a bunch of Wrathbone Skeletons which are simple melee mobs with just under 38,000hp. In the middle of the gauntlet is a circular disk, which all players need to follow the tank to and stand on for the first spell of DPS. The “boss” of the gauntlet is a;
which is a melee mob, but also casts Avalanche. Just let the tank grab a second or two of aggro then unleash a storm of AOE to kill everything in combat. The mobs will keep coming, so as soon as your tank is ready, move on through the cave much in the same way as you did before. At the end you will repeat the AOE maneuver; but this time without the 252,000hp of the
Disturbed Glacial Revenant.
When you come to the end, heal and mana up, as the next fight will be a unique one for your 5 player dungeon boss.
These quest can be turned in, and the followup obtained upon the completion of the Tyrannus encounter.
Scourgelord Tyrannus is another wonderfully complex, yet esy to master boss fight, especially if you are super geared This fight requires control, and will ultimately humble a tank should he/she have a huge ego. First off, lets take a look at what the boss and his faithful sidekick can do.
This boss has an impressive 1,078,480hp but with controlled DPS should become very simple to kill.
Once in a while he will mark a target for Rimefang to attack. This mark stays where the target was standing when it was cast, so the player should reposition a few yards away from it. Rimefang will Hoarfroast the area, creating a frost trap style area of ground, and stunning the person in this area for 5 seconds if the do not move.
Overlord’s Brand will cause any damage the target deals to the boss to amplify onto the tank, or if on a healer, heal the boss. If you are DPS and you have a red tehter to tbe boss, stop DPS, if you are a healer and share a green tether to the boss, minimize your healing. to also deal damage to the tank. This is a great example of when gearscore goes bad! If you have full 25person heroic ICC gear, and you ignore your brand, your tank will likely explode.
Tanks will want to note that the boss’ enrage is significant as it causes the boss to become untankable for a short period of time. The boss will be dealing a truck load of damage at this point will move with increased speed increased. Before he does this, he will knock the tank back and pause, before advancing after the tank. To survive this enrage the tank will want to put a hoarfrost patch donated by Rimefang in between the themselves and the boss. This will slow the boss makes him kiteable.
If you are unfamiliar to tanking this fight, here is a Wow-pro pro tip. In regular combat, if you put your back to a patch of hoarfrost on the ground his knockback will propel you past frost making it so he has to walk over the patch, thus expending his enrage.
And that’s the fight in a nutshell.
Please note in the following video, the team DPS the boss during the theatrics, this no longer serves a logistic purpose.
Engraved Gargoyle Femur
Nevermelting Ice Crystal
Rusty Frozen Fingerguards
Icebound Bronze Cuirass
Band of Stained Souls
Belt of Rotted Fingernails
Frost Wyrm Ribcage
In closing I would like to thank Eric, whose instance guides provided me with the the template I adapted into this guide.