Healing Lord Rhyolith

Summary

Lord Rhyolith is a 2 phase fight with completely different healing needs in each phase.  Only one tank is needed for this encounter.

  • Phase 1: There are a couple of different things going on during this phase that directly impact the healing needs for the encounter.  This phase will remain in effect until Rhyoliths armor has been decreased (by stepping on volcanoes) and his combined health pool reaches 25%.
      • Lord Rhyolith is split into two units that can be targeted: his left foot and his right foot.  Several dps in the raid will have the task of “steering” Rhyolith as he walks continuously by increasing the dps difference between the legs.  The goal is to steer Rhyolith on top of the live volcanoes. We use 3 dps on the legs with a healer tasked with staying in range of them.
      • Adds will spawn throughout this phase.  The Tank will pick them up while the remaining dps will be keeping them under control.
      • Volcanoes will be ignited periodically placing the Eruption debuff on 3 players at a time doing damage and increasing fire damage.
      • Volcanoes that have been crushed will turn into craters and periodically spawn trails of lava, magma flow, that do large amounts of damage to players caught in them.
  • Phase 2:   When Rhyolith’s armor is dissolved, he becomes a flaming red monster.  His health drops really fast at this point.  At 25% he will sit down to indicate the start of Phase 2.  This is where the fun begins.  It’s an all out burn phase for DPS and there is a large amount or raid damage at the same time.  If you beat the soft enrage of 6 minutes, healers are ready and there are no poorly placed volcanoes, this phase should be easy.

This is currently a  5 1/2 to 6 minute fight for us.

Healing Assignments

  • Tank Healer
  • Raid Healer – Rhyolith DPS
  • Raid Healer

Tank Healer

  • In Phase 1, primarily watch the tank on the adds.
  • The adds will be attracted to the healers when they come out.  Move toward your tank to make it easier for them to get their attention.
  • The Spark of Rhyolith does AOE damage to anyone within 12 yards.  Keep this in mind when positioning yourself with respect to your tank.  The damage output of the Spark also increases over time.  Keep this in mind when planning your healing.
  • Keep an eye on the stacks of Eruption on the tank (and others).  Higher stacks indicate that more healing will be needed
  • Help out with raid heals / shields where possible during phase 1, especially if stacks of eruption are high.
  • It’s OK to use a healing cooldown in this phase if damage gets out of control, usually due to stacks of eruption.
  • Watch for Magma Flow (and stay out of the path) throughout the fight.  Learn to recognize when a crater is being activated for a Magma Flow (the center of it rises up).  You have more time to dodge the flow if you stay further away from these.
  • During phase 2, raid damage dramatically increases, but someone needs to make sure the tank gets a little extra attention, so focus on the tank, but help with raid heals as possible.
  • Phase 2 is fast and furious.  You won’t have time to regenerate mana, so plan ahead and make sure you have mana at the start of the phase.
  • Use raid healing / damage reduction cooldowns immediately since phase 2 is very short.

Raid Healers

  • In Phase 1, one raid healer will be designated to keep a closer eye on the dps steering Rhyolith.  The only challenge to this is making sure you stay in range.
  • Periodically, Rhyolith will do his stomp which hits everyone in the raid with about 30K damage.  This is easy to recognize as he picks up his foot, so you can learn to time a raid heal to quickly heal everyone up.  NOTE: this no longer causes a knock back, so you no longer need to worry about your proximity to the boss.
  • The adds will be attracted to the healers when they come out.  Move toward your tank to make it easier for them to get their attention.
  • The Spark of Rhyolith does AOE damage to anyone within 12 yards.  Keep this in mind and quickly move out of the way when it spawns.
  • Keep an eye on the stacks of Eruption on the raid.  Higher stacks indicate that more healing will be needed.
  • It’s OK to use a healing cooldown in this phase if damage gets out of control, usually due to stacks of eruption.
  • Watch for Magma Flow (and stay out of the path) throughout the fight.  Learn to recognize when a crater is being activated for a Magma Flow (the center of it rises up).  You have more time to dodge the flow if you stay further away from these.
  • During phase 2, raid damage dramatically increases, use your biggest raid heals as when the phase starts (indicated by the huge molten Rhyolith sitting down briefly).
  • Phase 2 is fast and furious.  You won’t have time to regenerate mana, so plan ahead and make sure you have mana at the start of the phase.
  • Use raid healing / damage reduction cooldowns immediately since phase 2 is very short.
  • Heal your butt off!

Spells / Debuffs

Eruption – “Deals 12000 Fire damage and increases Fire damage taken by 10%. Stacks up to 20 times. Lasts 15 sec“.  Active volcanoes will periodically place this debuff on 3 raid members at a time.  The longer volcanoes stay active, the more stacks of Eruption raid members will have.  This is probably the most dangerous part of the fight from a healing perspective.  Be aware of the number of stacks and be prepared for heavier raid healing.  If the stacks stay low, then raid healing in phase 1 is quite easy.  If stacks get high and raid member health is getting low, use a raid cooldown like Divine Hymn or Tranquility to get caught up.

Additional Thoughts

  • This fight has a soft enrage at 6 minutes (in normal mode).  If you are in Phase 2 after the 6 minute mark, the boss will start to gain stacks of Superheated. Superheated starts at 6 minutes with 1 stack. After 10 secs, the stack jumps to 4, then 6, then 8.  There isn’t much you can do to heal through this; however, if Superheated is kicking in after you get into the phase, you might still get him down because the phase goes so fast.  If Phase 2 damage seems too crazy to heal, check the length of the fight and look for the Superheated buff on the boss.
  • Read up on the general boss strategy.  One suggestion is Icy Veins.
  • Watch Videos of the encounter to get a feel for it.  Specifically looking for the recognizing active volcanoes, magma flow, concussive stomp and the adds.
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