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  • Author: Passion
  • Date: September 17, 2022
  • Expansion: WotLK Classic

Greetings and welcome to our strategy guide for the 25-man version of the Naxxramas raid in World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic! Located on the east side of the Dragonblight area, Naxxramas is one of 4 raids available in Phase 1 of WotLK Classic, and likely to be many people’s first “real” raid!

World of Warcraft (Classic or otherwise!) veterans may remember Naxxramas as the last raid of the vanilla version of the game. Initially an extremely difficult raid for its time, barely any players managed to clear the raid while it was still relevant, and so Blizzard brought the raid in the Wrath of the Lich King version of the game, making it significantly more accessible than its original version, so it’d be experienced by more players.

Players can obtain Tier 7 gear inside Naxxramas, and the 25-man version in particular contains the “Valorous” version of the Tier 7 sets. The raid consists of 15 bosses, culminating with a fight against Arthas’ right-hand, the elder lich Kel’Thuzad himself! Unlike other raids you may be familiar with, Naxxramas is a non-linear raid, consisting of 4 wings that players can choose to tackle in any order, with a final wing available once the first 4 wings are cleared.

This guide aims to help you understand how best to prepare yourself and your raid group for Naxxramas, by giving you an overview of each encounter, providing an in-depth explanation of each boss, discussing positioning and how you can set yourself up for success. We will also cover the attunement process and how you can reach the entrance.

You can find a full list of gear that can drop from this raid in the Naxxramas (25-man) Loot section.

Attunement Process

Unlike its level 60 version, there is no attunement process required to step foot into the raid. The only thing that’s required is a flying mount, or alternatively a Warlock willing to summon your lazy butt to the entrance of the flying necropolis!

Finding the Entrance to Naxxramas

The easiest way to enter Naxxramas is by taking a flight path to Dragonblight; specifically, to Wintergarde Keep for the Alliance or Venomspite for the Horde. From there, you simply need to fly a short distance to the east, as the flying necropolis floats very close by.

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Naxxaramas Location in Dragonblight

Raid Preparation

Naxxramas is a 10-man and 25-man raid in Wrath of the Lich King Classic. Unlike most raids, Naxxramas is split into 5 wings and players can tackle the first 4 wings in any order they please, with the 5th and final wing being unlocked after all the previous ones are completed. These wings and their bosses are:

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Arachnid Quarter

  1. Anub’Rekhan
  2. Grand Widow Faerlina
  3. Maexxna

Construct Quarter

  1. Patchwerk
  2. Grobbulus
  3. Gluth
  4. Thaddius

Plague Quarter

  1. Noth the Plaguebringer
  2. Heigan the Unclean
  3. Loatheb

Military Quarter

  1. Instructor Razuvious
  2. Gothik the Harvester
  3. The Four Horsemen

Frostwyrm’s Lair

  1. Sapphiron
  2. Kel’Thuzad

Trash Mobs

Boss Encounters

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Anub’Rekhan

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  • Tanks
  • Healers
    • Stay at least 30-yards away from the boss
    • Spread as much as possible, to avoid Impale
  • Ranged DPS
  • Melee DPS
    • Focus the boss when Locust Swarm is inactive
    • Try to position yourself to cleave the Crypt Guards with Anub’Rekhan
    • Spread as much as possible, to avoid Impale

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Anub’Rekhan Strategy Guide!

Grand Widow Faerlina

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Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Grand Widow Faerlina Strategy Guide!

Maexxna

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  • Tank
    • Face Maexxna away from the raid at all times
    • Use Defensives pre-emptively for Web Spray
  • Healers
    • Use heal-over-time spells, absorption spells and defensive cooldowns on the tank before Web Spray
    • Dispel Necrotic Poison immediately
  • Ranged DPS

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Maexxna Strategy Guide!

naxx construct quarter route

Patchwerk

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  • Tanks
    • Focus on being top 3 threat at all times
    • Heal yourself however you can between Hateful Strikes
    • Try to save defensives for Frenzy
  • Healers
    • Prepare heals pre-emptively, you need to top tanks quickly
    • DPS whenever you have time to
    • Sync your defensive cooldowns with your raid to not overlap
  • Ranged DPS
    • Make sure you have DPS cooldowns ready for Frenzy
  • Melee DPS
    • Never be top 3 on threat
    • Make sure you have DPS cooldowns ready for Frenzy

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Patchwerk Strategy Guide!

Grobbulus

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  • Tanks
    • Make sure no one has to stand in a Poison Cloud to DPS
    • Keep the boss faced away from the raid
    • Pick up Fallout Slimes as soon as they spawn
  • Healers
    • Wait to dispel until the debuff is away from the raid
  • Ranged DPS
  • Melee DPS

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Grobbulus Strategy Guide!

Gluth

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  • Tanks
  • Healers
    • Keep an eye on the kiting player in case they get hit
    • Prioritize getting the tank healthy after Decimate
  • Ranged DPS
  • Melee DPS

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Gluth Strategy Guide!

Thaddius

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  • Tanks
    • Stay max melee range on Thaddius to avoid Polarity issues
  • Healers
    • Prioritize Instant Spells against Feugen to avoid pushback from Static Field
    • DPS Thaddius whenever you can, the timer can be tight
  • DPS
    • Stop DPS on Feugen or Stalagg if one is dying faster than the other. They need to die at the same time!
    • Combine DPS cooldowns with the damage buff from Polarity

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Thaddius Strategy Guide!

naxx plague quarter route

Noth the Plaguebringer

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Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Noth the Plaguebringer Strategy Guide!

Heigan the Unclean

heigan landing page

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Heigan the Unclean Strategy Guide!

Loatheb

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  • Tanks
    • Don’t let spores die on top of you
  • Healers
    • Save spores for DPS if possible
    • Lean heavily on Absorb spells like PW:S
    • Try to cast a heal that will land just as Necrotic Aura fades away
  • DPS

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Loatheb Strategy Guide!

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Instructor Razuvious

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Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Instructor Razuvious Strategy Guide!

Gothik the Harvester

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Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Gothik the Harvester Strategy Guide!

The Four Horsemen

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  • Tanks
    • Communicate for tank swaps if you have too many stacks of a Mark
    • Against Sir Zeliek and Lady Blaumeux the person closest is the person tanking, regardless of threat
  • Healers
    • Try to position close to the middle to reach as many bosses as possible with your heals
  • Ranged DPS
  • Melee DPS

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our The Four Horsemen Strategy Guide!

naxx frostwyrms lair route

Sapphiron

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  • Tanks
    • Keep Sapphironstationary to avoid positioning issues for the raid
  • Healers
    • Ice Blocks caused by Ice Bolt will block line of sight for heals
    • Avoid Chill
    • Don’t be too far from the raid, to make sure Icebolt is close
    • Decurse Life Drain
  • Ranged DPS
    • Don’t be too far from the raid, to make sure Ice Bolt is close
    • You can DPS while Sapphiron is flying, but make sure to get behind the Ice Bolt target in time
  • Melee DPS
    • Make sure you are never in front of or behind Sapphiron
    • Avoid Chill
    • You can DPS while Sapphiron is flying, but it is inconsistent and may require you to jump

Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Sapphiron Strategy Guide!

Kel’Thuzad

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Check out an in-depth breakdown in our Kel’Thuzad Strategy Guide!

 

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Passion

I love MMOs of all shades, especially the nitty gritty numbers parts of them. You might recognize me from the Shadow Priest discord, otherwise I play a little bit of everything, especially games with support roles available.
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7 days ago

Passion is my favourite guide writer

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most of these links arnt working

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Hey, sorry about this! We’re in the process of updating the guides so some of the links currently don’t work. They’ll all hopefully work in the next couple of days!

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