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Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible, patch 10.1 raid, will be released on May 9. So, it’s time to prepare yourself for the upcoming encounters and get a closer look at the Aberrus boss list, tactics, and valuable loot players can get in this raid.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Overview

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible is the second Dragonflight raid based on the past of Neltharion and dracthyrs. Aberrus is located in the new Dragon Isles zone, the underground location called Zaralek Cavern. Inside the grim laboratory of Neltharion players will face the craziest experiments of ex-Aspect, get an opportunity to defeat Neltharion itself as an echo, and try to kill Scalecommander Sarkareth as the last boss.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

Let’s see the full Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible raid boss list:

  • Kazzara, the Hellforged
  • The Amalgamation Chamber
  • The Forgotten Experiments
  • Assault of the Zaqali
  • Rashok, the Elder
  • The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
  • Magmorax
  • Echo of Neltharion
  • Scalecommander Sarkareth
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Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Raid Release Schedule

In Dragonflight, raids in all difficulties except the LFR open their doors at the same time. For Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible it will be May 9. Cross-faction also will be available immediately, so you can freely play with your friends from opposite factions from the second week of Dragonflight 10.1.

But don’t forget that joining Mythic Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Hall of Fame requires at least 16 out of 20 raiders from the same guild and faction. So you should have a pretty experienced guild to complete this challenge. As always, you can order Aberrus boost on Overgear to skip this part of raid preparations.

But the fans of Looking for Raid mode should be patient because it seems like the three wings of LFR Aberrus will be opened in several steps starting from May 9.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Entrance

You can find the entrance to Aberrus in the north part of Zaralek Cavern, right at the top of the map.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

Without Dragoriding, it’s just impossible to get to the entrance because the platform is located at a decent height, and no one ground mount can’t help you.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Tactics

Now, let’s talk about the Aberrus bosses mechanics you will face in the raid. Please, be aware that these Aberrus tactics aren’t a detailed guide but a short cheat sheet you can use for preparation for the first tries. Also, right now we don’t have tactics on all bosses, but we’ll update our Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible guide as fast as we’ll get the new information.

Don’t forget that you can always find Aberrus Heroic carry and Aberrus Mythic carry on our marketplace and complete this raid without learning the tactics.

Kazzara, the Hellforged Strategy

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

Fighting with the first of Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible bosses will test how good are your raid group in single-target encounters:

  • Every time you will decrease boss HP to 70%, 50%, and 30%, your healers should be ready to protect the raid group from significant DoT damage. Also, during these phases, try to avoid Hellsteel Fragments and Revenants Blood puddles on the ground;
  • Players under the Dread Rift marks should stay away from the others to not damage them. Players which became targets of the Rays of Anguish cast can use Dread Rift puddles to remove the laser damage;
  • Every time boss reaches 100 energy, you should track the path of the Hellbeam spell. Just stay away from its trajectory;
  • Avoid the Wings of Extinction knockback cast to not get damaged by DoT;
  • Tanks should track Terror Claws and replace each other.

The Amalgamation Chamber Strategy

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

The fight with the three bosses simultaneously in two phases:

During the fight, you will deal with Krozgoth, Moltannia, and Molgoth. Also, the room of the boss will have two sides, the Krozgoth side and the Moltannia side. You can stay all the fight in one zone or switch them. In the first case, you will stack too many Fire/Shadow debuffs. In the second case, you will face the new bosses’ abilities when they change their side;

  • On the Krozgoth side, try to place the Umbral Detonation swirls toward the side or back of the room to have room for maneuver;
  • Ranged players should stay in one place to bite Coalescing Void, and after quickly run away from this place (Warlock gates are preferred);
  • During the first phase, the damage on the raid will grow up, so don’t forget to use your personal defensive/healing skills;
  • On the Moltannia side, soak the Fiery Meteor, or use players with immunities to protect the raid from unnecessary damage;
  • Bite Swirling Flame to the sides of the room where your teammates don’t locate;
  • Use BL at the start of the second phase;
  • Tanks should track Shadowflame Burst frontal cast and face the boss away from the raid;
  • At this time, melee players should soak Gloom Conflagration and quickly run away;
  • Players under Blistering Twilight should run away from the raid to place cuddles in safe spots;
  • Don’t forget to soak Convergent Eruption circles and avoid the Orbs that spawn afterward.

The Forgotten Experiments Strategy

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

During this boss fight, your group will face three encounters Neldris, then Thadrion, and finally Rionthus one by one. Mostly, you should prefer single-target DPS builds, but some cleave damage also will not be superfluous:

  • The raid group should stay away from the tanks. Tanks should try to keep Infused Strikes as long as possible to prevent the raid damage;
  • During the fight with Neldris, try to avoid the extra Rending Charge stacks. Run away from the boss during the Bellowing Roar cast and avoid the swirls;
  • When the second encounter (Thadrion) starts, use BL;
  • Players under Unstable Essence should survive until 6-8 stacks. After that, healers can dispel Unstable Essence, and tanks should move the boss to the adds to get an opportunity to cleave all of them;
  • Healers should track the Violent Eruption, while DPS should try to kill all adds before the boss starts casting this spell to decrease damage;
  • Dodge the one-shooting swirls;
  • During the fight with Rionthus, also don’t forget about Unstable Essence, but be aware, that there is no Violent Eruption at this phase;
  • Focus on Temporal Anomaly when it appears;
  • Avoid Disintegrate and Deep Breath trajectory.

Assault of the Zaqali

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

Assault of the Zaqali offers a frenzied encounter with relentless waves of additional enemies. The boss leaps between platforms, adding an extra layer of intensity. The primary objective in this encounter is to effectively thwart the summoned adds, preventing them from breaching the protective barrier and causing damage.

  • Divide the raid into two equal groups. After the start of the encounter, the whole raid fights the boss, after which they run to one of the two platforms
  • On the platforms, each group must kill all the adds and prevent them from reaching the gate. Magma Mystics are the highest priority by far.
  • It is important for healers to exercise caution when multiple Zaqali Wallclimbers appear, as they tend to draw aggression before the tank can engage them effectively.
  • You can prevent new adds from appearing. Just pick up Cave Rubble, and throw it at adds which are scaling the wall.
  • In the second phase, the boss will return to the starting point at the gate. When Boss reaches 100 energy, he will cast a shockwave towards the barrier. At least 10 players have to soak this damage. Use defensive cd’s

Rashok, the Elder Strategy

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Another single-target boss fight, enjoy:

  • Players under the Searing Slam mark should run away from the raid and place it in the corners of the room;
  • Track the Living Lava pools to avoid lava puddles;
  • Soak all the Doom Flame circles;
  • Bite the Shadowlava Blast toward the wall and quickly run away from its trajectory;
  • At 100 energy the boss will start Siphon Energy intermission. Go to the middle of the room and avoid all lava puddles.

The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn Strategy

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

Another mostly single-target encounter, but sometimes you will face the adds you want to cleave:

  • One of the tanks should pull the boss to one of Dragon Statues until the first traps become active. After it, run to the next statue clockwise and repeat;
  • The second tank should soak every Shrapnel Bomb. Players with immunities can help the tank;
  • Stay spread to not damage your teammates with Unstable Embers;
  • When Golems spawn, pull them to the boss to cleave all enemies;
  • Be aware of the Blast Wave cast to not get knocked out at the traps. Healers should do their best every Blast Wave because of high DoT damage;
  • At 100 Energy, the boss will activate several statues and all players should run away from them to find a safe spot.

Magmorax Strategy

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

Clearly single-target encounter, everything that you need:

  • The tanks should position the boss near one of the edges of the platform. The raid should stay right at the back of the boss to be knocked towards the back of the room, away from lava;
  • Also, stay away from Magma Puddle zones;
  • The tanks should swap at 1-2 stacks of Incinerating Maws;
  • During the fight, melee players should place their puddles in the melee zone and casters in the range zones. 3 players should soak the puddle: it’s enough for soaking and prevent other players from unnecessary damage;
  • Sometimes you can leave the Magma Puddle at the edge of the platform if you’re away from other raid members;
  • Don’t soak Magma Puddle during the Igniting Roar cast;
  • In the second half of the fight, it’s better to use Warlock gates to skip Overpowering Stomp. Just stay near gates before the cast and use them in the last 0.5 seconds before the cast finish;
  • In the last 30% of boss HP, leave Magma Puddle at the edge of the platforms and stack your DPS members in one place for massive healing.

Echo of Neltharion

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

The first phase of this fight is full single-target damage. The next phases depend on execution – the worse you get to perform tactics, the more adds.

  • As the phase commences, Neltharion will unleash the formidable spell, Twisted Earth, resulting in the conjuration of a configuration of walls depicted in the pattern presented below.
  • You must destroy the wall with Rushing Darkness. However, the boss casts this spell on several players and only the tank should break the wall with it. The rest of the players must stand against an indestructible wall.
  • If you break too many walls, the entire raid will take massive damage.
  • Some players will be marked with Volcanic Heart, a debuff that explodes after 7 seconds. They should spread out at least 15 yards from other players to avoid damage.
  • After Calamitous Strike, the off-tank should taunt and keep the boss in the main tank’s knocked section for Echoing Fissure to drop.
  • Phase 2 at 70%. The boss builds new walls, so the mechanics of the first phase remain and you still need to carefully break the walls.
  • Kill all three adds while getting Neltharion as close to 35% health as possible.
  • Adds have a shield that can only be damaged by players with the Corruption debuff.
  • In the third phase, stand on top of a portal to avoid being killed by Ebon Destruction

Scalecommander Sarkareth

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide

Scalecommander Sarkareth serves as the ultimate boss encounter in Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible. Initially, he employs conventional Dracthyr abilities. However, as the encounter progresses through various phases, Sarkareth gradually succumbs to the corrupting influence of the void, thereby amplifying his powers and abilities.

  • Scorching Bomb will deal massive damage to the raid when they explode.
  • Pick up 10 Astral Flares in each intermission to start the phase with a large haste buff.
  • Quickly kill any Null Glimmers which spawn in Phase 2 or Phase 3.
  • Glittering Surge will deal a lot of raid damage, so it’s best to stack and use healing cooldowns during its channel.
  • Always taunt swap after each tankbuster hit.
  • To optimize safety during the casting of Scouring Eternity, it is advisable to entice the Astral Formation near the “throne” area. By doing so, a substantial region will be unveiled, enabling players to utilize a line of sight as a protective measure. 
  • Look for a visual indicator in proximity to the Astral Formation, as it will indicate the designated safe spot.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Drop

First of all, you should know that the WoW Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible ilvl within raid difficulty mode became more flexible like it was in Vault of the Incarnation. If, in the previous expansion, players could get higher level items only from the several last bosses, now drop item level increases more often.

Raid difficultyStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4

Also, now several bosses have unique Aberrus loot of higher item levels. You can get rare trinkets from Neltharion or Kazzara, as well as the rarest cloak from Scalecommander Sarkareth.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Tier Sets

Developers promised to make the Aberrus tier set muck powerful than the VotI tier sets, and you already cal look at new bonuses in our Dragonflight Tier Sets guide.

Also, we already know that we’ll still have an opportunity to craft Tier Set Pieces from various items including Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible armor through Catalyst.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Loot Table

Right now, we don’t have too much information about Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible loot, but we’ll update the guide once we get the loot tables. But even now, we can share with you the already known rare items.

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Accessories Drops

BackAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Drape of the Dracthyr TrialsThe Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
BackAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Etchings of the Captive RevenantKazzara, the Hellforged
BackAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Voice of the Silent Star
Very Rare
Scalecommander Sarkareth
FingerAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Entropic Convergence LoopAmalgamation Chamber
FingerAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Onyx Impostor’s BirthrightEcho of Neltharion
FingerAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Tormentor’s Siphoning SignetRashok, the Elder
NeckAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Kagni’s Scorching TalismanAssault of the Zaqali
NeckAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Magmorax’s Fourth CollarMagmorax

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Cloth Drops

ChestAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Reanimator’s Wicked CassockKazzara, the Hellforged
FeetAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Sandals of Ancient FuryRashok, the Elder
FeetAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Treads of Fractured RealitiesEcho of Neltharion
HandsAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Phoenix-Plume GlovesAssault of the Zaqali
HeadAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Attendant’s Concocting CoverAmalgamation Chamber
LegsAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Coattails of the Rightful HeirScalecommander Sarkareth
ShoulderAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Mystic’s Scalding FrameAssault of the Zaqali
WaistAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Discarded Creation’s RestraintThe Forgotten Experiments
WaistAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Sash of Abandoned HopeKazzara, the Hellforged
WristAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Clasps of the Diligent StewardThe Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
WristAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Unstable Vial HandlersAmalgamation Chamber

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Leather Drops

ChestAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Warlord’s Volcanic VestAssault of the Zaqali
FeetAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Failed Applicant’s FootpadsThe Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
FeetAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Flamebound Huntsman’s FootpadsAssault of the Zaqali
HandsAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Oathbreaker’s Obsessive GauntletsScalecommander Sarkareth
HeadAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Violent GravemaskKazzara, the Hellforged
LegsAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Tassets of Blistering TwilightAmalgamation Chamber
ShoulderAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Neldris’s Sinewy ScapulaThe Forgotten Experiments
WaistAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Elder’s Volcanic BindingRashok, the Elder
WaistAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Oblivion’s Immortal CoilScalecommander Sarkareth
WristAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Bloodstench SkinguardsKazzara, the Hellforged
WristAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Cuffs of the Savage SerpentMagmorax

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Mail Drops

ChestAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Cuirass of Meticulous MixtureAmalgamation Chamber
FeetAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Crechebound Soldier’s BootsScalecommander Sarkareth
FeetAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Exacting Augmenter’s SabatonsThe Forgotten Experiments
HandsAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Grasps of Welded AnguishKazzara, the Hellforged
HeadAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Gatecrasher Giant’s CoifAssault of the Zaqali
LegsAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Scalecommander’s Ebon SchynbaldsScalecommander Sarkareth
ShoulderAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Kazzara’s Grafted CompanionKazzara, the Hellforged
WaistAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Gloomfused Chemistry BeltAmalgamation Chamber
WaistAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Hydratooth GirdleMagmorax
WristAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Boulder-Tossing BandsAssault of the Zaqali
WristAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Shackles of the Shadowed BastilleRashok, the Elder

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Plate Drops

ChestAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Sarkareth’s Abyssal EmbraceScalecommander Sarkareth
FeetAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Dreadrift StompersKazzara, the Hellforged
FeetAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Spittle-Resistant SolleretsMagmorax
HandsAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Twisted Vision’s DemigauntsEcho of Neltharion
HeadAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Unyielding Goliath’s BurgonetRashok, the Elder
LegsAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Obsidian Guard’s ChaussesAssault of the Zaqali
ShoulderAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Shoulderplates of Planar IsolationAmalgamation Chamber
WaistAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Recycled Golemskin WaistguardThe Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
WaistAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Seal of the Defiant HordesAssault of the Zaqali
WristAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Bonds of Desperate AscensionScalecommander Sarkareth
WristAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Manacles of Cruel ProgressThe Forgotten Experiments

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Trinket Drops

MasteryAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Beacon to the BeyondScalecommander Sarkareth
AgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Dragonfire Bomb DispenserThe Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
Agility/StrengthAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Elementium Pocket AnvilAmalgamation Chamber
Agility/StrengthAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Enduring DreadplateKazzara, the Hellforged
Agility/IntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Igneous FlowstoneMagmorax
Critical StrikeAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Neltharion’s Call to Chaos
Very Rare — Demon HunterEvokerMagePaladinWarrior
Echo of Neltharion
HasteAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Neltharion’s Call to Dominance
Very Rare — Death KnightDruidPriestRogue
Echo of Neltharion
VersatilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Neltharion’s Call to Suffering
Very Rare — HunterMonkShamanWarlock
Echo of Neltharion
Agility/Strength/IntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Ominous Chromatic EssenceThe Forgotten Experiments
IntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Rashok’s Molten HeartRashok, the Elder
Agility/Strength/IntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Screaming Black Dragonscale
Very Rare
Kazzara, the Hellforged
IntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Vessel of Searing ShadowAmalgamation Chamber
Agility/Strength/IntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Ward of Faceless IreEcho of Neltharion
StrengthAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Zaqali Chaos GrapnelAssault of the Zaqali

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Weapon Drops


AxeStrengthAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Proctor’s Tactical CleaverThe Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
AxeAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Wallclimber’s Incursion HatchetAssault of the Zaqali
DaggerAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Fang of the Sundered FlameScalecommander Sarkareth
DaggerAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Hellsteel MutilatorKazzara, the Hellforged
DaggerIntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Zskarn’s Autopsy ScalpelThe Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
Fist WeaponAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Claws of the Blazing BehemothMagmorax
MaceIntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Bloodfire Extraction ConduitRashok, the Elder
MaceIntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Lavaflow Control RodMagmorax
MaceStrengthAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Scholar’s Thinking CudgelAmalgamation Chamber
WarglaivesAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Rionthus’s Bladed VisageThe Forgotten Experiments


BowAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Brutal Dragonslayer’s TrophyAssault of the Zaqali
GunAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Failure Disposal CannonThe Vigilant Steward, Zskarn

Off-Hand and Shield

Off-handIntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Echo’s Maddening VolumeEcho of Neltharion
Off-handIntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Thadrion’s Erratic ArcanotrodeThe Forgotten Experiments
ShieldStrength/IntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Calamity’s HeraldEcho of Neltharion
ShieldStrength/IntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Experiment 1, KitewingThe Forgotten Experiments


PolearmAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Djaruun, Pillar of the Elder Flame
Very Rare
Rashok, the Elder
PolearmStrengthAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Infernal ShadelanceKazzara, the Hellforged
StaffIntellectAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Erethos, the Empty PromiseScalecommander Sarkareth
StaffAgilityAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Obsidian Stirring StaffAmalgamation Chamber
SwordStrengthAberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Guide Ashkandur, Fall of the BrotherhoodEcho of Neltharion

Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible Rare Drop

Like it was in Vault of the Incarnation, the rare drop items will have an item level that is higher by 6-7 points than the basic drop from current bosses.

TrinketSeething Black DragonscaleKazzara (Boss 1)
TrinketIdol of Chaotic ArroganceNeltharion (Boss 8)
TrinketIdol of Debilitating ArroganceNeltharion (Boss 8)
TrinketIdol of Domineering ArroganceNeltharion (Boss 8)
CloakVoice of the Silent Star Scalecommander Sarkareth (Boss 9)

So, right now it’s all we can tell you about the Aberrus raid. But stay tuned, because we are planning the big updates for this test! Please, don’t forget to give us feedback and tell us what you think about our Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible raid guide.

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