Grand Widow Faerlina Strategy Guide – Naxxramas (10)

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Grand Widow Faerlina is the second boss of the Arachnid Quarter in Naxxramas. She is the caretaker of the spiders of Naxxramas, surrounded by her cultists and followers ready to give their life in service of Grand Widow Faerlina and the Lich King.

The Grand Widow Faerlina, a botanist in life, breeder and caretaker of arachnids in death, she oversees the spider wing, developing the most potent of poisons for the Lich King.” –Commander Eligor Dawnbringer

This guide will offer a detailed, step-by-step tutorial on how to deal with Grand Widow Faerlina and her loyal followers.

Role Summaries


The abilities of this fight are mostly dealt with using correct positioning, ducking out of Rain of Fire, and making sure to Cleanse the three players closest to Grand Widow Faerlina. Because this fight begins with 5 targets, it only gets easier to manage as you progress and slowly take out the extra targets.

Grand Widow Faerlina

Every 15-seconds Grand Widow Faerlina will hit the ten closest players for 2625 to 3375 Nature damage, as well as applying a poison damage-over-time effect that deals 1480 to 1720 Nature damage every 2-seconds for 8-seconds. This can be dispelled or prevented by killing a Naxxramas Worshipper on top of Faerlina.

Every so often Grand Widow Faerlina will cast Rain of Fire on an area, dealing1750 to 2750 damage every 2-seconds within an 8-yard radius for 6-seconds. Just move out of this as soon as it happens and you’ll be fine.

Around every minute Grand Widow Faerlina enters Frenzy, increasing her Physical damage dealt by 150%, her melee haste by 50% and her size by 50%. This cannot be removed by normal means such as Tranq Shot and instead is removed by killing one of her Naxxramas Worshippers on top of her.

Naxxramas Worshipper

The Naxxramas Worshipper throws a Fireball at the person currently tanking them for a small amount of damage. This isn’t a big concern, just a natural part of their fight instead of melee swings. This gets tanked by your off-tank and is likely quickly healed back up.

When killed, Naxxramas Worshippers will cast Widow’s Embrace, silencing and removing Frenzy from Grand Widow Faerlina if used close to her. This is a key mechanic to the fight and is the only way to stop Frenzy.

Raid Composition & Preparation

This fight has no strict requirements for composition, but it is useful to have at least one person to deal with Poison debuffs.

You will want between 1-3 Healers for this fight. The particular classes aren’t very important. All healing classes are valuable because of their ability to dispel Poison effects with spells such as Abolish Poison, Cleanse, and Cleansing Totem.

There are no strict requirements for DPS classes or specs here, you simply want a combination of good raid buffs and debuffs, as well as the best players you can muster.

You will want 2 tanks for this fight: A main-tank to stick with Grand Widow Faerlina for the fight, and 1 off-tank for the adds. Specific tank classes are not required and they can be any of the 4 tank classes.

The Pull

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On pull, you will want the 2 tanks to go for separate targets. The first tank will want to grab Grand Widow Faerlina and place her on the edge of the circle in the middle of the room. The second will grab the Naxxramas Worshippers, bringing them away from the rest of the mobs so they don’t accidentally die to AoE.

Ideally, your ranged players should spread out on pull so that Rain of Fire hits as few targets as possible, but it isn’t the most important factor as long as they quickly dodge out.

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The Fight

This fight is relatively simple, but it can feel very chaotic at first. Your group will need to make sure they don’t accidentally kill the Naxxramas Worshippers prematurely. Typically this is done by fighting the boss close to the middle of the room and keeping the Naxxramas Worshippers separated from the stack.

Every time Grand Widow Faerlina is about to cast Frenzy, the off-tank should drag the Naxxramas Worshippers on top of her. As soon as Grand Widow Faerlina gains the Frenzy buff, kill the Naxxramas Worshipper to trigger Widow’s Embrace spell. Killing the Naxxramas Worshipper before she has the Frenzy buff will not do anything except waste a Naxxramas Worshipper.

During the fight, Grand Widow Faerlina will periodically drop Rain of Fire onto a random raid member. Everyone in the Rain of Fire will need to quickly weave out of it before they continue what they were doing. Around every 15-seconds, Grand Widow Faerlina will cast Poison Bolt Volley on the three closest targets, which is easily dealt with by dispels.

This really is all there is to the fight, outside of the chaotic beginning there isn’t much to worry about and this should be doable quick and easy.

Here are some of the main things that can typically go wrong in this phase:

  • During the pull, the adds get messy, leading to them spreading and potentially killing players early.
  • The Naxxramas Worshippers are accidentally killed, leading to Faerlina being free to tear the tank apart in Frenzy
  • Players don’t react to Rain of Fire or simply underestimate it

Congratulations on defeating Grand Widow Faerlina! Time to move through the skittering spiders and cobwebs and into Maexxna’s lair.


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