General Vezax in the Ulduar trailer.

General Vezax is the twelfth boss encounter in Ulduar. He can be found in the Descent into Madness guarding the Prison of Yogg-Saron. Mana-based classes will have to deal with a lock on their regen, but will be able to restore it by destroying crystals that drop a residue on the floor.

Hard mode requires players not to break any of these crystals and not regen any mana.

The Descent Into Madness is currently bugged for pet classes, they should dismiss their pets or they will likely pull extra trash or the boss himself by accident.

25-man abilities

30.8 million HP, melees for roughly 30-35k on plate. General Vezax is immune to taunt.

  • Spell shadow painspike.png  Shadow Crash - Fires a shadow missile at a target, dealing 11,310 to 12,690 Shadow damage to all enemies near the impact point and knocking them away. After impact it leaves an energy field that lingers for 20 seconds, increasing magical damage dealt by 100%, increasing casting speed by 100%, reducing healing done by 75%, and reducing mana costs by 70%. He will not cast this on players within 15 yards of him.
  • Spell fire burnout.png  Searing Flames - Deals 13,875 to 16,125 Fire damage to all enemies within 100 yards, superheating their armor and reducing its ability to protect them by 75% for 10 seconds (2-seconds cast time, 5-seconds cooldown, interruptable).
  • Spell shadow shadowpower.png  Surge of Darkness - Empowers the caster with dark might, increasing physical damage by 100% but reducing movement speed by 55% for 10 seconds. (Self-buff on Vezax; you have to kite him around the room while the buff is up. Lasts 10 seconds)
  • Spell shadow corpseexplode.png  Mark of the Faceless - Inflicts an ancient malediction on a target, siphoning 5000 health every second from enemies near the target for 10 seconds. Heals General Vezax for 100,000 per tick. He will not cast this on players within 15 yards of him.
  • Spell shadow shadowfury.png  Aura of Despair - Prevents mana regeneration throughout the fight by all means, except for Judgements of the Wise, Spiritual Attunement, Aspect of the Viper, Thrill of the Hunt, and Shamanistic Rage. Note: Unlike the public test realm version of this encounter, mana potions and active abilities such as Evocation and Life Tap do not function.
  • Inv stone 04.png  Saronite Vapors - About every 30 seconds a green crystal called "Saronite Vapors" forms and floats around the room; each crystal has ~25,000 health. A total of 8 of these "Saronite Vapors" spawns (the eighth spawning at around the 4-minute mark). When destroyed, a crystal drops a green puddle on the ground. Players who stand in this puddle will take Shadow Damage (resistible), but also regenerate mana. A player standing in this puddle will gain a debuff called "Saronite Vapors" which will stack every 2 seconds.
Each stack increases the amount of damage taken and mana regenerated according to the following:
1 Stack 100 mana 200 Damage
2 Stacks 200 mana 400 Damage
3 Stacks 400 mana 800 Damage
4 Stacks 800 mana 1,600 Damage
5 Stacks 1,600 mana 3,200 Damage
6 Stacks 3,200 mana 6,400 Damage
7 Stacks 6,400 mana 12,800 Damage
8 Stacks 12,800 mana 25,600 Damage
No known limit.
General Vezax's hard mode is initiated if you do not destroy any Saronite Vapors and allow 8 Saronite Vapors to spawn; once the eighth one spawns, they coalesce and become a Saronite Animus with 12.6 million hit points. Linked to Achievement
  • Inv elemental primal shadow.png  Profound Darkness - Cast on the entire raid once the Saronite Animus spawns. Inflicts 500 damage to all enemies, and increases Shadow damage taken by 10% per application. This spell only occurs during Hard Mode.

10-man abilities

8.3 million HP, melees for roughly 15-20k on plate. General Vezax is immune to taunt.

  • Spell shadow painspike.png  Shadow Crash - Fires a shadow missile at a target, dealing 11310 to 12690 Shadow damage to all enemies near the impact point and knocking them away. After impact it leaves an energy field that lingers for 20 sec, increasing magical damage dealt by 100%, increasing casting speed by 100%, reducing healing done by 75%, and reducing mana costs by 70%.
  • Spell fire burnout.png  Searing Flames - Deals 13875 to 16125 Fire damage to all enemies within 100 yards, superheating their armor and reducing its ability to protect them by 75% for 10 sec. (2 sec cast time, 10 sec cooldown, interruptable)
  • Spell shadow shadowpower.png  Surge of Darkness - Empowers the caster with dark might, increasing physical damage by 100% but reducing movement speed by 55%, for 10 sec. (Self buff on Vezax, you have to kite him around the room while the buff is up, lasts 10 seconds)
  • Spell shadow corpseexplode.png  Mark of the Faceless - Inflicts an ancient malediction on a target, siphoning 5000 health every 1 sec. from enemies near the target, for 10 sec. Heals General Vezax for a large amount. He will not cast this on players within 15 yards of him.
  • Spell shadow shadowfury.png  Aura of Despair - Prevents mana regeneration throughout the fight by all means, except for Judgements of the Wise, Spiritual Attunement, Aspect of the Viper, Thrill of the Hunt, and Shamanistic Rage. Note: Unlike the public test realm version of this encounter, mana potions and active abilities such as Evocation and Life Tap do not function.
  • Inv stone 04.png  Saronite Vapors - About every 30 seconds, a green crystal named, "Saronite Vapors" will form and float around the room; each crystal has ~12,600 health. A total of 8 of these "Saronite Vapors" will spawn (8th coming around the 4 minute mark). When destroyed, one of these crystals will drop a green puddle on the ground. When a player stands in this puddle the player will take Shadow Damage (resistible) and will regenerate mana. A player standing in this puddle will gain a debuff named "Saronite Vapors" which will stack every 2 seconds.
Each stack will increase the amount of damage taken and mana regenerated according to the following:
1 Stack 100 Mana 200 Damage
2 Stacks 200 Mana 400 Damage
3 Stacks 400 Mana 800 Damage
4 Stacks 800 Mana 1,600 Damage
5 Stacks 1,600 Mana 3,200 Damage
6 Stacks 3,200 Mana 6,400 Damage
7 Stacks 6,400 Mana 12,800 Damage
8 Stacks 12,800 Mana 25,600 Damage
No known limit.
General Vezax's Hardmode is initiated if you do not destroy any Saronite Vapors and allow 8 Saronite Vapors to spawn; once the 8th one spawns, they will coalesce and become a Saronite Animus with 2M(?) hit points. Linked to Achievement
  • Inv elemental primal shadow.png  Profound Darkness - Casted on the entire raid once the Saronite Animus spawns. Inflicts 500 damage to all enemies, and increases Shadow damage taken by 10% per application. This spell only occurs during Hard Mode.

Strategy

Pre-fight

General Vezax strategy step 1:

Before pulling General Vezax assign casters to groups to rotate through the process of regenerating mana through the clouds.

General Vezax strategy step 2:

Pull General Vezax, and start DPSing.

Core fight

General Vezax strategy step 3:

Interrupt Searing Flames when General Vezax starts casting it.

General Vezax strategy step 4:

When General Vezax casts Surge of darkness have the tank kite him, since General Vezax will move 55% slower. It may be helpful for the tank to turn and run forward, otherwise it could happen, that the General will hit him (particulary at the begin of the kiting phase) -> usually wipe. As long, as the DPS-players watch the aggro list, they can do damage while the the kiting phase too (the General is not tauntable, so overhauling the tank will result usually in the death of the careless DPS player and maybe the whole raid).

The tank has to watch for his distance to the boss, if he get more than 15 yards away, it is possible, that he will get the Mark of Faceless, what will made the whole fight - well - interesting (eighter the tank has to kite him further, until the Mark will run out, or all meele dps have to run away from the boss, or you just wipe).

Mention, that the General will continue to cast Searing Flames while the kiting phase, so you have to interrupt him in this phase too (and no, your warrior tank could not use his Shield Bash while kiting the boss)!

The kiting phase should be the perfect time for your casters to start taking the clouds for mana regeneration, and the healers to start AOE healing them.

Rotate through the caster groups to not overwhelm your healers.

Alternately, a damage reduction cooldown on the tank (Pain Suppression, Icebound Fortitude, Shield Wall, etc.) allows this damage burst to be healed through.

Quotes

Aggro:

  • Your destruction will herald a new age of suffering!

Hard Mode activated:

  • Behold, now! Terror, absolute!

Surge of Darkness:

  • The black blood of Yogg-Saron courses through me! I...AM...UNSTOPPABLE!

Killing a player:

  • You thought to stand before the legions of death... <chuckles> and survive?
  • Defiance... <laughter> a flaw of mortality!

Berserk:

  • Your defeat was inevitable!

Death:

  • Mwa-ha-ha-ha! Oh, what horrors await you?

Drops

Normal Mode
Inv bracer 32.png
Inv jewelry necklace 22.png
Inv jewelry ring ahnqiraj 02.png
Inv gauntlets 28.png
Inv weapon halberd 30.png
Inv jewelry necklace 17.png
Inv misc cape 20.png
Inv weapon shortblade 94.png
Inv shoulder 97.png
Inv chest cloth 73.png


Normal Hard Mode
Inv mace 92.png
Inv misc cape 14.png
Inv pants cloth 31.png
Inv staff 94.png
Inv sword 133.png


Heroic Mode
Inv belt 44b.png
Inv belt 10.png
Inv boots chain 06.png
Inv boots plate 06.png
Inv pants mail 09.png
Inv gauntlets 53.png
Inv helmet 138.png
Inv qirajidol strife.png
Inv relics libramofhope.png
Inv weapon halberd 30.png
Inv shoulder 94.png
Inv jewelry ring 35.png
Inv jewelry ring ahnqiraj 02.png
Inv wand 28.png
Inv misc ahnqirajtrinket 05.png
Inv ingot titansteel red.png3030


Heroic Hard Mode
Spell holy summonlightwell.png
Inv gauntlets 71.png
Inv jewelry necklace 45.png
Inv chest leather 12.png
Inv sword 136.png


Related achievements

The following achievements are for the encounter's hard-mode.

Videos

10-man encounter



Namesake

His name bears a strong resemblance to General Rajaxx, a boss in the Ruins of Ahn'Qiraj. This is yet another link between the two Old Gods that have been named to date: C'thun in Ahn'Qiraj, and Yogg-Saron in Ulduar.

Patch changes

  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-05-19): "General Vezax now does 10% less melee damage in normal difficulty. [1]"
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-05-04): "[A]ll of the humanoids in General Vezax's room are no longer immune to stuns, the Faceless Horrors will only go immune and summon Void Beasts once instead of 3 times, and the damage done when a Clockwork Sapper explodes has been significantly reduced. [1]"
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-04-28): "The aggro radius for several trash mobs before General Vezax has been reduced and the health has been reduced on Void Beasts and Faceless Horrors. [1]"
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-04-22): "General Vezax's Shadow Crash ability will no longer benefit non-caster classes. [1]"
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-04-21): "General Vezax's abilities, Mark of the Faceless and Shadow Crash, may hit players in melee range depending on the situation and player setup. [1]"
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-04-21): "The Saronite Animus in the heroic General Vezax encounter has had its health increased. [1]"
  • World of Warcraft Hotfix (2009-04-17): "In the General Vezax encounter on hard mode, the Saronite Animus's Profound Darkness will now hit harder. [1]"

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Blizz.gif Bornakk 2009-04-17. Recent In-Game Fixes - 4/16/09. Retrieved on 2009-05-24.

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