Heart of Fear – Garalon Goes Down!

Garalon Down

Another good week of raiding and another new boss kill under our belts as SR took down the big bug Garalon last night.  And we did it in epic fashion, beating him on the infamous last pull that Lyss had called out.  Great job guys!  On Tuesday, we blasted through MSV and HoF up to Garalon, one-shotting all eight bosses in a little over two hours, which gave us all Wednesday night to work on the big bug.

This is only a one phase fight, but it involves a lot of positioning and coordination and Garalon has a tight 7 minute enrage timer.

At the start of the fight, Garalon will cast Pheromones on the first raid member to pull him and he will slowly move towards that person.  Pheromones does constant AoE damage to the raid throughout the encounter and lasts 2 minutes on the affected player.  The raid member that pulled Garalon will then begin to drop damaging pools called Pheromone Trails, which do not despawn, so they must kite Garalon around the room to keep from standing in the pools.  This raid member will also receive a stacking debuff called Pungency, which increases the AoE damage that Pheromones does to the raid.

To keep the Pungency stacks from getting too high, you’ll need to pass it off to another raid member and have them kite Garalon around.  Once the pass is made, Garalon will perform an ability called Crush, which does a high damage, raid-wide attack and will stun you for a couple of seconds.  You can also trigger Crush by standing under Garalon, which is the area indicated by the purple circle you’ll see in the fight, so avoid this area at all times.

Garalon’s legs can also be attacked and killed by the raid.  Each time one of his legs dies, Garalon’s movement speed is decreased and his health is also decreased by 3%.  He will mend his legs throughout the fight, so you’ll want to keep killing them to beat the enrage timer.

You need two tanks to handle Garalon, as he will use a frontal cone attack called Furious Swipe.  It does a high amount damage, which the tanks need to soak up.  The reason for this is that if two people do not get hit with this attack, Garalon will receive a buff called Fury, which stacks and increases his damage and speed.

We utilized a different strategy than what most kill guides I’ve read used.  Instead of using the dps to kite the Pheromone Trails and Garalon, we used our tanks (Wok and I) and two of our healers (Slice and Zarm) to handle it, that way our dps could focus on burning down Garalon.  We kited Garalon in a rectangular pattern around the room, starting on the right side going clockwise.  We passed the Pheromones at around 18 to 21 stacks and with four people in the rotation, the debuff would fall off just in time for us to start the cycle over.

This kill puts Shadow Rising at 3/6 in Heart of Fear, which makes us the only guild on Drak with a Garalon kill.  Yeah, our server is pretty weak and all of the top guilds have left, so whatever =P.  I think we are planning on extending the lockout and hopefully we can get some good attempts next week on Wind Lord Mel’jarak and maybe a new boss kill(s). =)

18 responses to “Heart of Fear – Garalon Goes Down!

    • We used three healers, with Van out with the ranged and Slice and Zarm in the Pheromone rotation. On the infamous last pull of the night, even though we didn’t use a brez and no one died, we managed to down Garalon with seconds left to spare on Berserk. It was really close, but we’ll take any kill we get, lol.

  1. My guild just downed Garalon tonight and we used a similar strat – 2 of the healers kited, while they had me spamming absorbs to keep the team stable when we were down a healer. Our main issue was the berserk timer…we kept messing up silly ways, like someone rocket jumping through the purple ring or pheromes being juggled back and forth 2-3 times. Healers kept the team up, but that stuff would put us behind on DPS.

    You say that you guys used your tanks to kite? How did you handle the slashes? DPS with CDs? Really clever positioning? We tried using tanks to kite at first but realized that whichever DPS had to help eat a slash was taking waaaay too much damage.

    • Grats on your kill!

      Yeah, we used two tanks for our kill. Wok (monk) and I (pally) took the first two pheromones. We kited Garalon around in the room and made sure that we were both still in range of the frontal cone slashes and far enough from each other so that we wouldn’t pass the pheromones prematurely. We missed some of the slashes and Garalon would gain a stack of Fury or two, but as long as he doesn’t get any more than that, we were good to go.

      When it was time for me to pass the phermone to one of our healers, we would wait for a slash to happen and then the healer would run to me to grab it. We would do the same thing for the healer to tank switch, wait for the slash, then Wok and the other healer would run to each other to pass the phermone.

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