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  • Getting Ready for Onyxia

    While our ability to put together a guild-only 40-man raid to take this bizzatch down is a while off, I think it's important that all of us are prepared to participate in an Onyxia raid as soon as it's reasonably possible. I remember hearing all of this stuff about Onyxia, how she drops a handful of epics and a ton of other stuff, but never really knew what the steps were to get to her. You will need Onyxia’s Key (the Drakefire Amulet) in order to get to her. So, here is a guide that we all can follow as we level, to make sure that when the time comes, we are all prepared to get 'er done.

    There are 15 steps to this chain, the first of which can be acquired at level 48. This is a LONG chain, guys- this is why I wanted all of us to have a clear outline on the steps we need to take. I've included links to Thottbot for each respective quest, to help you, including a link to the map for anyone you need to speak with.

    Please keep me posted on your progress towards obtaining the key, so that people who need to do certain steps can try to group together to accomplish each quest. If you discover any interesting notes while working on this, please reply with that info so that the people who haven't gotten there yet know what they're in for!

    **Please note: as this took me forever to put together, I am certain that I have made some mistakes along the way. Let me know what I need to correct and I will keep this thread updated accordingly.

    Quest Title, Location, Quest-giver (with map, if available)
    Step 1: Dragonkin Menace Burning Steppes, Helendis Riverhorn
    Quest Info: Slay 15 Black Broodlings, 10 Black Dragonspawn, 4 Black Wyrmkin and 1 Black Drake. Return to Helendis Riverhorn when the task is complete.

    Step 2: The True Masters (Part 1, Redridge) Burning Steppes, Helendis Riverhorn
    Quest Info: Travel to Lakeshire and deliver Helendis Riverhorn's Letter to Magistrate Solomon.

    Step 3: The True Masters (Part 2, Stormwind) Lakshire, Magistrate Solomon
    Quest Info: Travel to Stormwind and deliver Solomon's Plea to Highlord Bolvar Fordragon. Bolvar resides in Stormwind Keep.

    Step 4: The True Masters (Part 3, Redridge) Stormwind, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon
    Quest Info: Take Bolvar's Decree to Magistrate Solomon in Lakeshire.

    Step 5: The True Masters (Part 4, Morgan’s Vigil) Lakeshire, Magistrate Solomon
    Quest Info: Speak with Marshal Maxwell in the Burning Steppes.

    Step 6: Talk to Ragged John Burning Steppes (Flame Crest), Ragged John
    Quest Info: Speak to Ragged John in Flame Crest. (He tells you a long story which includes some info on Marshal Windsor, and you go about your merry way.)

    Step 7: Marshal Windsor Burning Steppes (Morgan’s Vigil), Marshal Maxwell
    Quest Info: Locate Marshal Windsor in Blackrock Depths.
    Notes: Talk to Marshal Maxwell, who gives you this quest. Here’s where the plot thickens. You will need to travel to BRD with a 5-man group and speak with Marshal Windsor. When entering the instance, if you go forward, there is a big round room with lots of patrols. The 1st path to your right will lead to Windsor who is locked up within the prison block. On your way, you will need to get the key to Windsor’s prison cell by killing High Interrogator Gerstahn. Hang onto that key, for future quests on this chain.

    Step 8: Abandoned Hope Abandoned Hope Blackrock Depths, Marshal Windsor
    Quest Info: Return to Marshal Maxwell in Morgan’s Vigil to report about Marshal Windsor.
    Notes: There is no follow-up quest here. See next step.

    Step 9: A Crumpled Up Note Drops from Anvilrage Overseer (Burning Steppes), Doomforge Arcanasmith (BRD), Hammered Patron (BRD), Quarry Slave (BR Mountain)
    Quest Info: Bring the crumpled note back to Marshal Windsor in BRD.
    Notes: This note is acquired from a drop inside of Blackrock Depths, outside in Blackrock Mountain, or out in the Burning Steppes. Once you have the note, go back to Marshal Windsor and show it to him.

    Step 10: A Shred of Hope Blackrock Depths, Marshal Windsor
    Quest Info: Return Windsor’s lost information to him. His lost information is held by General Angerforge, and the Golem Lord Argelmach.
    Notes: You will need to kill both Angerforge and Argelmach, and return that information to Windsor. To get to these bosses, you will need to use your Shadowforge Key (obtained on a different quest) to unlock the gates to your left when entering the instance, and just inside that gate, the next gate to your right. Finally, use the key to unlock the solid door to your left. The room you will enter will have a huge crank on the lower floor that will unlock a path for you upstairs. Go up the first set of stairs, and to the left. If you end up overlooking the arena with all of the patrons, you went too far. Follow that path until you come to the end of a corridor that banks left. There will be steps going down towards the left and right. Towards the left is General Angerforge. The right leads to Argelmach.
    Some intel on the bosses: Angerforge has only a handful of non-elites guarding him, but don’t be deceived. Once his health starts to drop down low, a slew of reinforcements will rush down the steps to heal him and incidentally, kill you. Make sure you bring a mage for crowd control and AOE, and a damn good healer to keep you alive. The Golem Lord Argelmach is down the stairs going right, opposite from the General. There are a million gnomes in the room that you will need to kill before you proceed to the Golem Lord. Argelmach is in a side room, with 2 elite Golems flanking him. Be sure to focus fire on the Golems and eliminate them before you focus on Argelmach.

    Step 11: Jail Break Blackrock Depths, Marshal Windsor
    Quest Info: Escort Marshal Windsor to safety.
    Notes: You will need to clear out the two loops that connect to the big circular room (not the arena- the room with all of the roaming patrols that you enter when going east from the entrance of the instance) and the circular room itself prior to speaking with Windsor and starting the escort. Do not forget to open the supply room door and clear that out, as well as any other potential mobs that would get in your way. It’s worth investing the time to clear everything FIRST, or else your risk of having Windsor die becomes very high. First, Windsor will head back the way you came to the supply room, to get himself some armor. Guards will be in the room again, but not as many as if you didn’t clear the room in the first place. Then, he will head towards the circular room and directly across to the other loop, to try and locate and rescue another prisoner. On the way, you will need to fight various folks who show up to try and kill you, including some of the prisoners. Finally, he will head to the instance entrance, at which point the quest is complete. Make sure you have crowd control, and a healer to accomplish this- better safe than sorry.

    Step 12: Stormwind Rendezvous Burning Steppes, Marshal Maxwell
    Quest Info: Talk to Maxwell in Burning Steppes. He will send you to meet up with Windsor at the gates of Stormwind.

    Step 13: The Great Masquerade Stormwind, Marshal Windsor
    Quest info: Follow Windsor to the Keep and confront Lady Katrina Prestor and her thugs.
    Notes: You apparently can solo this, although I would like to do this with a raid group to be safe. Windsor leads you to the Keep, where Lady Katrina Prestor turns into a Wyrmkin and attacks him and his buddy, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon. 10 or so lvl 60 Elite Onyxia Guards will spawn to defend her. Bolvar is a badass who can apparently kill most of the guards without any help. You can step in and assist, but don’t go getting yourself killed. Be sure to stand back initially, so that Bolvar gets the agro from the guards, not you. Speak to Fordragon afterwards to complete the quest and obtain the next step.

    Step 14: The Dragon’s Eye Stormwind, Highlord Bolvar Fordragon
    Quest Info: You must retrieve the Fragment of the Dragon’s Eye, in Mazthoril, Winterspring.
    Notes: You will need to go to Mazthoril in Winterspring and fight your way through a load of Dragonkin within the cave. At the back of the cave is a rune on the ground that you will need to walk on. This will transport you to Haleh, who you need to speak to to complete the quest.

    Step 15: Drakefire Amulet Winterspring, Haleh
    Quest Info: You must retrieve the Blood of the Black Dragon Champion from General Drakkisath. Drakkisath can be found in his throne room behind the Halls of Ascension in Blackrock Spire. Bring the Blood of the Black Dragon Champion back to Haleh, in Winterspring.
    Last edited by luna; 02-08-2006, 03:38 AM.

  • #2
    Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

    Looks Great.

    Lvl 48 huh ... I am a little ways off. I am glad it is a sticky so I can find this again when I hit that level. Does everyone need the key or all the quests done to go?

    Kemo
    Kemotaha

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    • #3
      Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

      My understanding is yes, we all need this to get to her. Someone confirm, or correct me if I'm wrong?

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      • #4
        Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

        Hey luna, If I hit Level 48 may I go?

        "REMEMBER! Pillage first THEN Burn!"

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        • #5
          Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

          Caldsteven, you can start the chain at lvl 48, but you need a 40-man raid of lvl 60's to take down Onyxia.

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          • #6
            Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

            Oh ok, nvm then :(

            "REMEMBER! Pillage first THEN Burn!"

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            • #7
              Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

              You can certainly get the initial quest and let some of the highbies know what you are working on so we can come and help you out. Some of the quests will require you be of higher level, others need a raid party, but the first 4 steps should be able to be obtained. Confirm this for me when you hit 48, alright?

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              • #8
                Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

                That last part, the general, is that even possible 5 man or can you do that as a raid??

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                • #9
                  Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

                  The general is a 15 man raid. He has 2 body guards by his side that are tough. The best idea to kill the general is to have the main tank stay on the general and have 2 off tanks fight the guards. These guys do massive ammounts of damage and the general has a fear that will kill you. I don't remember what it was called, but I was running around dropping 300 HP every second.

                  Im there when we are ready!
                  Bleue



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                  • #10
                    Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

                    alright luna ill let you know.

                    "REMEMBER! Pillage first THEN Burn!"

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                    • #11
                      Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

                      Can you get quest credit for the raid?? Thats why I asked if it was possible to 5 man.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

                        I believe it must be 5-manned- the escort, anyhow. The last segment is a raid.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

                          Killing the General in UBRS

                          I have seen various tactics for doing this, but the one (and i think easiest) way to fight him is to use Hybernate on his guards. They are Dragonkin and I have personally seen Hybernate work. This allows the whole party to fight the general and then his guards, though it is likely that continual use of hybernation may have diminishing returns.

                          Get used to killing the general, cause he drops each class's set chest piece (blue sets, not epics, stuff like Lightforge) so raiding UBRS is a must to do over and over.

                          Also, there is a seperate quest to kill the general that nets some sweet trinkets (and is a raid quest). To obtain that quest, you must kill the boss of LBRS (the Overlord) and do the quest that he drops. The quest does drop if you kill the Overlord of LBRS in a raid.

                          I hope this might help a bit.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

                            Killign the General for his blood is easy as a 15 person raid, it is also eminently achievable in a 10 person raid. I've never actually done UBRS in more than a 10 person raid, I didn't see the point in spreading the ph4t l00t out amongst that many members. Particularly in the early days when only one blood per raid dropped the max you would ever run with was a 10 person raid. Tank the General, fear one add, destroy the other add. Then destroy the feared add, then the General. Easy :D

                            As for the escort, yes it is a 5 person raid and no you don't need to clear the full figure 8 around lower BRD. Just the bits down to his cell on the first passageway to the right as you enter the main chamber and then the passageway opposite needs to be cleared out too.

                            An important tip: you do not need to fight loads of nasty dragons in Winterspring to get to Haleh via the teleport rune. You can actually ride to her on horseback without having to get off the horse! Follow the mountain range to the left of the cave entrance, go as far up as possible towards the big tree, go past the tree and then you will see Haleh on your right atop one of the rocks. There is only one tricky bit where you have to jump over a small valley, but if you land on a slight angle to the right and then continue going forwards you will successfully climb that section of the valley face and then be on the same level as Haleh and only 10 yards away from her. Easy, see

                            As for Onyxia, she doesn't drop huge amounts of epic loot, just a bit more than the standard MC type of boss. For example we looted an Onyxia Hide Backpack (18 slots), a bag of jewels, some cash, Halo of Transcendence. Judgement Crown, Head of Onyxia and Sapphiron Drape.

                            We got some nice screenies of the 34 members of that raid raid in front of Stormwind's Gates with onyxia's head hung from the arch! Amazingly Onyxia has been downed with just 17 people - which is staggering!

                            TL.

                            Teaelle
                            L60 Mage
                            Silver Oak Guardians
                            Aszune, Europe
                            -=[dMw]=-TeaLeaf
                            deadmen.co.uk
                            Vanilla cleared in vanilla. TBC cleared in TBC.
                            Heroic WotLK cleared. Awaiting Cataclysm.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Getting Ready for Onyxia

                              Second tip: Have good Fire Resist gear and take some Greater Fire Resistance Potions with you unless you like to be hit by 3500hp damage from her 'Deep Breath'. For a cloth-wearer like me 3,500 is about enough to knock me out in one fiery exhale.

                              Third tip: If you don't put enough DPS on her in stage 2 of the fight then you'll find out what Deep Breath is.

                              TL.
                              -=[dMw]=-TeaLeaf
                              deadmen.co.uk
                              Vanilla cleared in vanilla. TBC cleared in TBC.
                              Heroic WotLK cleared. Awaiting Cataclysm.

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