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This article is about the in-game raid boss. For character biography and other appearances, see Teron Gorefiend.

Teron Gorefiend is a boss in the Black Temple. The fight is basically a DPS race, with a twist. Killing Gorefiend is a prerequisite for opening the door leading to Mother Shahraz. He's usually killed fourth when clearing BT.


Teron Gorefiend

  • Health: 4,100,000
  • Mana: 1,693,500
  • Melee: ~6k normal hit on plate (can crush and crit)
  • Incinerate: Cast on a random target and does 2,775 to 3,225 fire damage on impact. Also applies a debuff to the target which does an additional 8,325 fire damage over three seconds. Debuff can be dispelled by priests and paladins.
  • Doom Blossom: A dark cloud appears for over two minutes which casts Shadow Bolts for approximately 1,500 shadow damage at random targets. More than one Doom Blossom can be active at once.
  • Crushing Shadows: Cast on five random raid members and applies a fifteen second debuff which increases shadow damage taken by 60%.
  • Shadow of Death: Cast every 30 seconds on a random target and applies a debuff which kills the target after 55 seconds. When the target dies (by the debuff or any other reason), four Shadowy Constructs spawn at the target's corpse and the target turns into a Ghost for 60 seconds.

Shadowy Constructs

  • Melee: ~300 on cloth
  • Shadow Strike: Melee attack doing roughly 2,500 shadow damage. Not resistible.
  • Atrophy: 60 second debuff applied on melee hit which decreases attack speed by 5%, stacks up to 10 times. Not removable.
  • Immune: Immune to all attacks by normal players, can only be harmed by players in the Ghost form
  • Aggro: random aggro on normal raid members, attack Ghosts only after all other players are dead

Ghost form player

  • Spirit Strike - key '1' - A melee attack which does 638 to 862 frost damage and reduces damage dealt by the target by 10% for 5 seconds. Ability can only be used on Teron Gorefiend.
  • Spirit Lance - key '3' - A ranged attack which does 6,175 to 6,825 damage and applies a debuff on the target which reduces its movement speed by 30% for 9 seconds. The debuff stacks up to the three times. Ability has a 30 yard range and can only be used on Shadowy Constructs.
  • Spirit Chains - key '4' - A short-range AoE shackle which does 1,900 to 2,100 frost damage to targets within 12 yards. Targets are held in place for 5 seconds. Ability has a 15 second cooldown and only affects Shadowy Constructs.
  • Spirit Volley - key '5' - A short range AoE which does 9,900 to 12,100 frost damage. Ability has a 15 second cooldown and only affects Shadowy Constructs.
  • Spirit Shield - key '7' - Applies a 30 second buff on a friendly target which absorbs 11,400 to 12,600 shadow damage. Ability has a 1.5 minute cooldown. Because Ghosts last for 60 seconds, this ability can only be used once per Ghost.


Only one single tank is needed, all other tanks should switch to DPS or Healing gear. The Gorefiend tank has to deal with solid melee damage. The usual mix of damage dealers and healers (6-8) is reasonable for this fight.

The whole raid needs the Shadow Protection buff. Cauldron of Major Shadow Protection is also really useful. It's possible to wear some extra shadow resistance, but not much - it's a DPS race, not a battle for survival. Soulstones should be created pre-fight, but not pre-cast. They are needed for healers getting Shadow of Death.

Teron can be tanked right where he stands, and ranged DPS should group behind the MT opposite to the entrance. This gives the whole length of the room for the Ghost form players to kill the Shadowy Constructs.

Teron Gorefiend

Teron himself has a relatively low amount of health and must be killed as quickly as possible. It's fairly standard tank and spank, he's not tauntable, but a good tank can control him rather easily. As usual, melee DPS must stand behind him to avoid increasing his attack speed by parries. 3-4 healers should be able to keep the tank up, the other healers should take care of the massive damage the raid takes (this is another fight where Chain Heal and Circle of Healing are very effective).

Incinerate (the fire dot) must be dispelled as soon as possible, two Priests or Paladin dispellers should be predesignated.

All damage enhancing, long-cooldown abilities like Bloodlust (or Heroism) should be used as early as possbile after the tank has settled into an initial threat lead.

Shadow of Death

Every 30 seconds, a random raid member (not the person with aggro) receives this debuff. After 55 seconds, the debuff turns the player into a Ghost and spawns four Shadowy Constructs. The Constructs attack the raid, and usually cause a wipe if they succeed. Therefore, the Ghost player must kill them before they reach the raid, by kiting and nuking them with the Ghost abilities.

After the 60 seconds ghost phase, the player simply dies. Healers (ex. Shamans with an available Ankh) should get a Soulstone when they receive the debuff, so that they can resurrect at this point.

About 15-20 seconds before the debuff runs out, the affected raid member must move to the south end (as far away from the raid as possible). The first action after turning into a Ghost should be to AoE damage the Constructs with Spirit Volley (key '5'), move with the group and then AoE freeze them with Spirit Chains (key '4') as soon as the GCD allows. During the 15 sec cooldown, the Constructs must be nuked with Spirit Lance (key '3'), which damages and slows a single Construct.

This is the most difficult phase for the Ghost player - while slowly moving backwards towards the raid, all four constructs must be hit with Spirit Lance in turn to keep them all slowed and close together. Each Spirit Lance should hit a different target (either using the Tab key or mouse for targeting in a rotation). After 15 seconds, a second combination of Volley ('5') and Chains ('4') is available, after that the Constructs should have taken enough damage to die with 2-3 more Spirit Lances.

After the four Constructs are dead, it is a good idea to look for Constructs from the next player, and help kill them. If no Constructs are up, it's possible to move to the raid and buff a healer with Spirit Shield ('7'), and then get within melee range of Teron and attack him with Spirit Strike ('1').

Since learning the Kite'n'Nuke technique required for killing the Constructs may be difficult for classes which normally do not kite, and learning it under raid conditions is rather expensive (one wipe per try), it's a good idea if all raid members practice using the Teron Gorefiend's Shadowy Construct simulator before attempting him. The simulator is not a replacement for the real thing, but it gives players the general idea what to expect.

Do not try to exploit this encounter by disconnecting or hearthing out. Doing so immediately spawns the constructs with no friendly ghost to kill them. That is a wipe.


  • Players with the debuff should not die by any other cause while still fighting Gorefiend, because in that case the Constructs spawn directly in the raid, and this frequently starts a wipe
  • If someone is slow in killing the constructs, the next person with the debuff may draw aggro from a construct while on the way to the back of the room. Healers must be aware of this possibility and keep the running player up
  • If there are any problems (like high latency or slow reaction time), it's better to skip the first Spirit Volley. The safest approach in that case is to spam '4' for the last seconds before the debuff runs out, to make sure the Constructs are frozen
  • For the tank it's tank & spank and because he hits fairly hard, Gorefiend is usually regarded as an excellent encounter to test threat techniques and maximizing it.

Ghost controls

Some UI mods can lead to the Ghost form ability controls to appear at an unexpected location (or even not at all). When preparing for this encounter and using an action bar mod, it's a good idea to test whether the ghost controls are visible. The cheapest method to test this is the Battered Steam Tonk Controller, or a Steam Tonk Controller crafted by an engineer.

Bartender, Bongos3, Dominoes all have an extra action bar called 'posses' bar, which is used when the player takes direct control over another entity. Players should configure their mod so that this bar is visible.

Avoiding Shadow of Death

Classes which can remove themselves from combat can completely avoid Shadow of Death. By using Vanish, Feign Death, Divine Shield or Ice Block during the cast time of Shadow of Death, players avoid getting the debuff, and Teron does not cast it again until 30 seconds later.

The ability must be used during the 1 second cast time. Teron regularly targets random players to use one of his abilities, but Shadow of Death is his only ability with a cast time. The targeted player needs to react very quickly. It may be useful to facilitate this with the following macro:

 /cast <ability name>

If players with these abilities do manage to avoid Shadow of Death, the raid effectively saves one entire Shadowy Construct cycle, which is a big boon.


Teron Gorefiend


  • I was the first, you know. For me, the wheel of death has spun many times. <laughs> So much time has passed. I have a lot of catching up to do...


  • Vengeance is mine!

Killing a player:

  • I have use for you!
  • It gets worse...

Doom Blossom:

  • Death...<chuckles> Really isn't so bad.
  • I have something for you...


  • What are you afraid of?

Crushing Shadows:

  • Give in!


  • The wheel... spins... again...


Teron Gorefiend loot
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Inv belt 28.png
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Inv weapon rifle 21.png
Inv chest cloth 51.png
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Inv boots chain 01.png
Inv axe 60.png
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Patches and hotfixes

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade Patch 2.1.0 (22-May-2007): Added.

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