- Author: Passion
- Date: September 7, 2022
- Updated: September 20, 2022
- Expansion: WotLK Classic
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.
The abilities of this fight are mostly dealt with using correct positioning, ducking out of Rain of Fire, and making sure there are Cleansing Totems in groups with the 10 players closest to Grand Widow Faerlina. Because this fight begins with 7 targets, it only gets easier to manage as you progress and slowly take out the extra targets.
Grand Widow Faerlina
Raid Composition & Preparation
On pull, you will want 3 tanks each going 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 close to where your Priests are, but away from the rest of the mobs so they don’t accidentally die to AoE. The third tank will grab the Naxxramas Followers and stack them together with Grand Widow Faerlina but away from your Casters so that they can be AoE’d down effectively.
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.
This fight is relatively simple, but it can feel very chaotic at first. Your group will need to make sure the Naxxramas Followers are stacked with the boss and quickly cleaved down, without killing the Naxxramas Worshippers.
Every time Grand Widow Faerlina is about to cast Frenzy, a Priest should Mind Control one of the Naxxramas Worshippers. As soon as Grand Widow Faerlina gains the Frenzy buff the Naxxramas Worshipper should be sacrificed using the Widow’s Embrace spell. Sacrificing 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 ten closest targets, which is easily dealt with by dispels. An easy solution for this is simply to have the 10 people closest to Grand Widow Faerlina be in 2 groups, each with their own Shaman dropping Cleansing Totem.
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 Followers Silence key players, leading to a tank dying
- The Mind Control is late, resists, or breaks early
- The Priest has action bar addons preventing them from using Mind Control abilities
- 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.