Raiding Onyxia’s Lair
By Bret Jones
Onyxia’s Lair was redesigned from the 40 man level 60 raid it used to be to a new 10 and 25 man instance for level 80’s in Wrath of the Lich King.
Along with this redesign came newer gear. In a 10 man Onyxia the gear item levels will be 232 and in a 25 man Onyxia the gear item levels will be item level 245. This is an exact match of regular 10 man and 25 man Trial of the Crusader.
Although the loot is new and the encounter levels have changed, the actual encounter has basically not. There are three phases during the fight:
Phase 1: Ground
Phase 2: Air, whelps come out of sides
Phase 3: Ground, crazy AoE Fear
At any given time if someone runs into the sides where the whelp eggs are, they will bring with them a ton of whelps and probably get kicked out of the raid. Since AoE damage has been normalized AoE’ing the whelps is not quite as great of the DPS as it used to be but there are people who will spike as high as 12k dps or more during the whelp stages.
Most of what you’ll be getting for loot will be class specific heads and a few randomized weapons. The Head of Onyxia is usable by all classes and starts a quest that can be exchanged for a few things, an agility based neck, a defense based trinket, or a caster ring.
Unfortunately, due to the recent Icecrown Citadel Patches and Ruby Sanctum it is very rare to find a pick up group that is going to do Onyxia as the setup time and fail rate of players is very high making the rewards not worth the risk and time.
Bret Jones is the author of WoW Gear Guide, a site that shows loot lists for all raids and loot lists for all classes in game for each raid.
Check out the [ ]Onyxia’s Lair Loot List to find the newest items for your character.