Darkmaster Gandling

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BossDarkmaster Gandling
Image of Darkmaster Gandling
Race

Human (Undead)

Level

43 - 92 Elite

Character class

Necromancer

Health

60,060 (Normal)
14,755,000 (Heroic)

Mana

4,296 (Normal)
30,936 (Heroic)

Reaction
Affiliation
Location
Status

Killable (WoW), Deceased (Lore)

Scholomance

Instructor Chillheart
Jandice Barov
Rattlegore
Lilian Voss
Doctor Theolen Krastinov (rare)
Darkmaster Gandling

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Loot
For the pre-Mists of Pandaria encounter, see Darkmaster Gandling (original).

Darkmaster Gandling served as the headmaster of necromancy at the Scholomance and, along with Ras Frostwhisper, oversaw the atrocities committed and many innocent souls.

One of the few classic bosses of the Scholomance to survive until after World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Gandling took up sole rulership of the Scholomance and the remaining scourge of the Western Plaguelands. After losing control of Andorhal as well as losing most of his servants during the Western Plaguelands storyline, he is confronted and killed by adventurers allied with Lilian Voss and Alexei Barov.

Battle for Andorhal

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Gandling appears briefly in the Battle for Andorhal, where he is defeated by the combined might of Koltira Deathweaver and Thassarian before he flees.

Dungeon Journal

Course: Advanced Studies

The recent defeat in Andorhal has put Darkmaster Gandling in the foulest of moods. More than ever, all students of Scholomance are advised to impress him at every turn. Pupils who dissatisfy the headmaster will be removed from class to perform lab work... or become lab work.

Spells and Abilities

The Darkmaster attacks players with Incinerate and Immolate and periodically assigns one a Harsh Lesson, sending the player to a side room to fight Expired Test Students. When a tank or healer is sent, Gandling channels Rise!

  • Spell fire burnout.png  Incinerate — Gandling deals 323 to 376 Fire damage to his target.
  • Ability mage worldinflamesgreen.png  Immolate — Gandling burns an enemy for 150 Fire damage, then inflicts 94 to 105 additional Fire damage every 3 sec. for 21 sec.
  • Spell deathknight armyofthedead.png  Rise! Damage Dealer Alert — Gandling summons a legion of Failed Students to fight for him. The students swarm the area, fighting anything they can. While channelling this spell, the Darkmaster takes 50% less damage.
    • Failed Student — The Darkmaster raises the bodies of failed students to attack players.
  • Inv misc book 01.png  Harsh Lesson Important — Darkmaster Gandling teleports a random player to one of his study rooms for a harsh lesson!

Study Rooms

  • Expired Test Subject — The Darkmaster keeps these former test subjects in the nearby rooms. They attack anyone who enters their rooms.
  • Fresh Test Subject Healer Alert — The Darkmaster keeps these subjects alive in the nearby rooms for testing. Each is afflicted by Explosive Pain.
    • Spell shadow painandsuffering.png  Explosive Pain Magic Effect — Inflicts excruciating pain and explodes when dispelled, inflicting 400 Shadow damage to Expired Test Subjects within 8 yards.

Strategy

Gandling does not need to be tanked normally, as he will only use Incinerate and Immolate from his spot in the middle of the room. He will occasionally teleport a random player in to one of the side rooms. Said player must fight his or her way out back to the study on their own.

There are several possible ways to deal with the Expired Test Subjects when trapped:

  • Damage dealers and tanks can just kill their way out.
  • Healers should dispel the friendly Fresh Test Subjects of their Explosive Pain to kill the Expired Test Subjects. If the healer is a Mistweaver monk, they can instead AoE everyone down with [Spinning Crane Kick].
  • [Alter Time], [Transcendence: Transfer], and [Demonic Gateway] can teleport a stuck player back to the main room, with the necessary preparations.

If a tank or a healer gets teleported, a large number of weakly-hitting skeletons will swarm the room. Focus on them instead of Gandling, as he takes much less damage while Rise is being channeled.

Loot

Item Type
Normal Heroic
 [Headmaster's Will] Intellect/hit Staff
 [Gloves of Explosive Pain]  [Gloves of Explosive Pain] Intellect/spirit Mail hands
 [Incineration Belt]  [Incineration Belt] Intellect/hit Cloth waist
 [Lessons of the Darkmaster]  [Lessons of the Darkmaster] Strength/expertise Trinket
 [Price of Progress]  [Price of Progress] Intellect/mana Trinket
 [Searing Words]  [Searing Words] Agility/crit Trinket
 [Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons]  [Shoulderguards of Painful Lessons] Intellect/spirit Plate shoulder
 [Tombstone Gauntlets]  [Tombstone Gauntlets] Agility/hit Leather hands
 [Vigorsteel Spaulders]  [Vigorsteel Spaulders] Strength/hit Plate shoulder

Achievements

 School's Out Forever

Quotes

Intro
Talking Skull says: Finally.
Darkmaster Gandling yells: If you haven't come to study, I'll use you to teach a lesson.
Talking Skull yells: PREPARE TO DIE, VILLAIN!
Aggro
School is in session!
Killing a player
Dunce.
Death
Darkmaster Gandling yells: Class...dismissed.
Spirit of Lord Alexei Barov says: It's over. The curse is lifted. Thank you, <name>. Thank you!

In the RPG

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Darkmaster Gandling is a mummified wretch. He teaches students how to raise the dead in the Lich King’s name. Formerly a Dalaran wizard, he betrayed his masters for dark power and now revels in undeath. His graduates go on to Stratholme, the Scourge's capital in the Eastern Plaguelands.[1]

Patch changes

  • MoP Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Redesigned from the original fight.

References

  1. ^ Lands of Conflict, pg. 111

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