Lei Shen (tactics)

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BossLei Shen
Image of Lei Shen
Title

<The Thunder King>

Race

Mogu (Humanoid)

Level

?? Boss

Health
10 329,283,424
10H 580,498,368
LFR 608,411,136
25 990,030,976
25H 1,747,600,896
Reaction
Location
Status

Killable

Throne of Thunder

Jin'rokh the Breaker
Horridon
Council of Elders
Tortos
Megaera
Ji-Kun
Durumu the Forgotten
Primordius
Dark Animus
Iron Qon
Twin Consorts
Lei Shen
Ra-den (Heroic only)

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For Lei Shen's character biography, see Lei Shen.

Lei Shen is the twelfth and final boss encounter in the Throne of Thunder on Looking for Raid and Normal Mode.

Background

Main article: Lei Shen

Dungeon Journal

Tyrant. Dictator. Conqueror. Emperor. These titles of the Thunder King were earned by bringing absolute misery to every race of Pandaria. Resurrected into a world where his people no longer rule, Lei Shen is bent on ending the farce and bringing the land under his heel once more.

Encounter design

The core concept for the Lei Shen fight developed during a brainstorming session as members of the encounter design team were throwing around ideas for potential fight mechanics, trying to see if anything would stick. A popular idea was for him to need to pause and recharge periodically, but someone suggested an interesting twist on that idea—the Thunder King isn't just a battery that needs to recharge; he's actually a power source himself. So instead of him drawing power from his citadel, the citadel draws power from him. He is a mighty warrior in his own right, with distinctive weapon and lightning attacks, but his mere presence energizes and activates portions of his citadel’s defenses, and managing those becomes a central element of the encounter. With a wide array of incredible visuals provided by our effects artists, and an awesome dungeon backdrop (those walls aren't entirely decorative...), Lei Shen is an epic final encounter to wrap up an epic raid zone.[1]

Spells and abilities

The Thunder King will go Berserk after 12 minutes, or 15 minutes in Raid Finder mode.

  • Lightning Conduits — While Lei Shen is in range of a Lightning Conduit he will power it, granting him an additional ability specific to that Lightning Conduit. The power level of the Conduit increases the longer Lei Shen is charging it, increasing damage dealt by the granted ability. When the Conduit's power reaches 100, it will increase the level of the Conduit, and the Conduit's power will reset to 0.
    • Spell shaman staticshock.png  North Conduit: Static Shock — Lei Shen charges the target with static electricity which causes a Static Shock after 8 sec. Static Shock inflicts 1,000,000 Nature damage divided among all players within 8 yards. As the level of the Static Electricity Conduit increases, the number of targets Lei Shen afflicts with Static Shock will also increase.
    • Spell nature chainlightning.png  East Conduit: Diffusion Chain — Inflicts 76,875 (LFR: 41,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 102,500) Nature damage, chaining to nearby enemies. When an enemy is hit by Diffusion Chain, a Diffused Lightning spawns at the location. As the level of the Diffusion Chain Conduit increases, the spawned Diffused Lightning elementals grow more powerful.
      • Diffused Lightning — Diffusion Chain creates a Diffused Lightning for every target it strikes. Diffused Lightning's attacks cause a Chain Lightning.
    • Ability thunderking overcharge.png  South Conduit: Overcharge — Lei Shen Overcharges a target player. After 3 sec, Overcharge bursts, emitting a ring of electric energy around the target that quickly expands. Inflicts 179,375 Nature damage, stunning affected targets for 3 sec. As the level of the Overcharge Conduit increases, the number of targets Lei Shen afflicts with Overcharge will also increase.
    • Spell shaman measuredinsight.png  West Conduit: Bouncing Bolt — Lei Shen conjures Bouncing Bolts that target random locations on the ground. Each Bolt inflicts 76,875 (LFR: 51,250 /Heroic Difficulty: 133,250) Nature damage to enemies within 6 yards. If the Bouncing Bolt does not impact with an enemy, an Unharnessed Power is formed, and the Bouncing Bolt will bounce again. As the level of the Bouncing Bolt Conduit increases, the number of Bouncing Bolts that Lei Shen conjures will also increase.
      • Unharnessed Power — When Bouncing Bolts impact the ground and are not absorbed by enemies, an Unharnessed Power is unleashed. Except in Raid Finder mode after the June 14 hotfix.

Stage One: Thunderstruck!

Lei Shen equips his Axe, Thunder, which he can throw with deadly accuracy and cause lightning to strike the ground wherever it lands. Lei Shen will charge any Conduit that he is near.

  • Spell nature purge.png  Discharge Important — If Lei Shen is not charging a Conduit, he will Discharge electricity, inflicting increasing Nature damage every 0.3 sec. to all players.
  • Ability thunderking maim.png  Decapitate Tank Alert Deadly — Lei Shen throws his axe with supernatural force, inflicting 3,000,000 (LFR: 700,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 4,500,000) Physical damage and increasing Physical damage taken by 100% (LFR: 50%) for 30 seconds. The damage inflicted decreases the farther away the target is from Lei Shen.
  • Ability thunderking thunderstruck.png  Thunderstruck Deadly — Lei Shen winds up to hurl his axe at a target location, inflicting 1,025,000 (LFR: 615,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 1,793,750) Nature damage to nearby enemies. The damage inflicted decreases the farther away an enemy is from the impact point. 4 sec cast
  • Spell shaman measuredinsight.png  Lightning Crash — Lei Shen calls down Lightning rapidly on targets causing a Lightning Crash. Inflicts 102,500 (LFR: 66,625 /Heroic Difficulty: 153,750) Nature damage every 1 sec for 45 sec. to players in the affected areas. 0.5 sec cast

Intermission: Supercharge Conduits!

Supercharging the conduits.

At 65% health, Lei Shen casts Supercharge Conduits, becoming invulnerable and activating all four Conduits at once, supercharging them and increasing their level by one. Lei Shen can only maintain Supercharge Conduits for 45 seconds.

  • Spell nature unrelentingstorm.png  Overloaded Circuits — The Conduit with the highest charge after Supercharge Conduits expires becomes Overloaded, disabling the Conduit. An Overloaded Conduit inflicts 25,625 (LFR: 15,375 /Heroic Difficulty: 41,000) Nature damage every 1 sec to that quadrant of the room. Heroic Difficulty: Instead of the Overloaded Conduit becoming disabled, it remains active for the remainder of the fight, granting Lei Shen that ability.
  • Spell nature enchantarmor.png  Helm of Command Heroic Difficulty Deadly — Lei Shen forces the target off the platform by using his Helm of Command. Inflicts 76,875 Nature damage every sec. for 8 seconds.

Stage Two: Lightning Will End You!

Lei Shen equips his Polearm, Lightning, allowing him to call lightning from the sky. Lei Shen will charge any Conduit that he is near.

  • Spell nature purge.png  Discharge Important — If Lei Shen is not charging a Conduit, he will Discharge electricity, inflicting increasing Nature damage every 0.3 sec. to all players.
  • Spell nature thunderclap.png  Fusion Slash Tank Alert — Lei Shen slashes at the target with his polearm, inflicting 410,000 (LFR: 266,500 /Heroic Difficulty: 768,750) Nature damage, knocking the target back and increasing damage taken from Fusion Slash by 100% (LFR: 50%) for 1 min. 2 sec cast
  • Ability thunderking balllightning.png  Summon Ball Lightning — Summon several Ball Lightning elementals at the feet of random targets, inflicting 51,250 (LFR: 15,375 /Heroic Difficulty: 102,500) Nature damage to players within 6 yards of each elemental's creation.
    • Ability thunderking balllightning.png  Ball Lightning — The Ball Lightning periodically rushes towards a random player, inflicting 76,875 Nature damage to that target.
  • Ability thunderking lightningwhip.png  Lightning Whip — Lei Shen cracks a Lightning Whip across the floor, inflicting 615,000 (LFR: 307,500 /Heroic Difficulty: 820,000) Nature damage to enemies in front of him, creating a Lightning Bolt on the ground. The Lightning Bolt effect can be avoided by jumping over it. 4 sec cast.
    • Ability thunderking lightningwhip.png  Lightning Bolt — Lightning Bolt inflicts 25,000 (LFR: 10,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 40,000) Nature damage every 0.25 sec. Lightning Bolt can be avoided by jumping over it.

Intermission: Supercharge Conduits!

At 30% health, Lei Shen casts Supercharge Conduits, becoming invulnerable and activating all four Conduits at once, supercharging them and increasing their level by one. Lei Shen can only maintain Supercharge Conduits for 45 seconds.

  • Spell nature unrelentingstorm.png  Overloaded Circuits — The Conduit with the highest charge after Supercharge Conduits expires becomes Overloaded, disabling the Conduit. An Overloaded Conduit inflicts 25,625 (LFR: 15,375 /Heroic Difficulty: 41,000) Nature damage every 1 sec to that quadrant of the room. Heroic Difficulty: Instead of the Overloaded Conduit becoming disabled, it remains active for the remainder of the fight, granting Lei Shen that ability.
  • Spell nature enchantarmor.png  Helm of Command Heroic Difficulty Deadly — Lei Shen forces the target off the platform by using his Helm of Command. Inflicts 76,875 Nature damage every sec. for 8 seconds.

Stage Three: The Final Countdown!

Lei Shen equips both his Axe and Polearm, wielding Thunder and Lightning in unision against his enemies. Lei Shen casts Overwhelming Power and consumes all electricity from the Throne of Thunder, destroying any remaining functional Conduits, preventing their further activation.

  • Spell shaman focusedstrikes.png  Overwhelming Power Tank Alert — Lei Shen absorbs all of the electrical power from the Throne of Thunder, causing his melee attacks to inflict 8,200 Nature damage over 1 sec and jumps to additional nearby enemies. This effect stacks.
  • Ability druid galewinds.png  Violent Gale Winds — Lei Shen causes the walls of his chamber to open, unleashing the force of Violent Gale Winds. The winds push players in a direction, inflicting 10,000 (LFR: 7,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 15,000) Nature damage every 1 sec. and applies Windburn. Windburn increases the damage taken by Violent Gale Winds by 5% (LFR: 3%) per stack.
  • Ability thunderking thunderstruck.png  Thunderstruck Deadly — Lei Shen winds up to hurl his axe at a target location, inflicting 1,025,000 (LFR: 615,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 1,793,750) Nature damage to nearby enemies. The damage inflicted decreases the farther away an enemy is from the impact point. 4 sec cast
  • Ability thunderking balllightning.png  Summon Ball Lightning — Summon several Ball Lightning elementals at the feet of random targets, inflicting 51,250 (LFR: 15,375 /Heroic Difficulty: 102,500) Nature damage to players within 6 yards of each elemental's creation.
    • Ability thunderking balllightning.png  Ball Lightning — The Ball Lightning periodically rushes towards a random player, inflicting 76,875 Nature damage to that target.
  • Ability thunderking lightningwhip.png  Lightning Whip — Lei Shen cracks a Lightning Whip across the floor, inflicting 615,000 (LFR: 307,500 /Heroic Difficulty: 820,000) Nature damage to enemies in front of him, creating a Lightning Bolt on the ground. The Lightning Bolt effect can be avoided by jumping over it. 4 sec cast.
    • Ability thunderking lightningwhip.png  Lightning Bolt — Lightning Bolt inflicts 25,000 (LFR: 10,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 40,000) Nature damage every 0.25 sec. Lightning Bolt can be avoided by jumping over it.

Strategy

Before starting the encounter, the raid must split in to four groups in order to handle the intermissions. Ideally, the raid should split as evenly as possible (6/6/6/7 or 2/2/2/2). In 25-player raids, a healer should be in each corner. In 10-player, have a healer between two corners, hopefully in range of both sets of players. It helps to use world markers to identify each corner, as they all look the same during the frenzy of combat.

Stage one

Throne of Thunder map
Static Shock Conduit @ 51,42
Diffusion Chain Conduit @ 58,52
Overcharge Conduit @ 51,60
Bouncing Bolt Conduit @ 44,52

Start the encounter by having the tanks charge at Lei Shen from the center of the platform, with the rest of the group following behind, though not stacked on top of one another. Save Bloodlust/Heroism/Time Warp for stage three.

During this stage, no matter where Lei Shen is in the room, he has several abilities: While not charging a conduit, he will Discharge the room, ticking increasing amounts of damage to every player on the platform while he is between conduits. The tanks need to be aware of Decapitate and tank swap after each cast. The rest of the raid needs to be aware of Thunderstruck, a ground-targeted area of effect ability that does less damage the further players are away from the point of impact, and Lightning Crash, which summons a pool of lightning on the ground for 45 seconds.

While Lei Shen is tanked within a few yards of a conduit, he will charge it. This charging is shown by the conduit's power bar, and if the bar fills up, the conduit gains a level and the ability it grants Lei Shen will do more damage and affect more players. Thus, the tanks must move Lei Shen from corner to corner to keep conduits from gaining levels prematurely. Lei Shen is tauntable, so to move him quickly, have the (current) off-tank run toward the next conduit and taunt him from range. Tanks should also be aware of the relative charge levels of each conduit, as in Raid Finder and Normal difficulties, the conduit with the highest charge will be disabled for the rest of the encounter at the end of each intermission. Heroic mode reverses this, as the conduit instead grants Lei Shen its' ability for the remainder of the encounter.

Each quadrant of the room brings a different ability in to play: the north conduit has Static Shock, zapping one player and dealing a huge amount of damage that needs to be split by players stacking on top of the afflicted player. The east conduit has Diffusion Chain, which acts much like [Chain Lightning], but will spawn an add for each player that gets hit by the chain. The south conduit has Overcharge, which roots a player in place and will damage and stun players not within a few yards of the target. Finally, the west conduit has Bouncing Bolt: Lei Shen will launch several bolts that target random locations on the ground (denoted by swirling clouds). Players must stand where the bolt lands and absorb the damage, or the bolt will summon an add and bounce again, repeating until it hits a player.

Damage Lei Shen to 65% health and he will end stage one and start the intermission.

Intermission

During the intermission, Lei Shen will become immune to all damage and run to the center of the room. At this point, the raid must split into the four corners and prepare to handle the conduit abilities. All four conduits are active in this stage, so Lei Shen could cast each of the four abilities on any corner of the room. So, stay spread out by default to limit spawns caused by the Diffusion Chain, and to quickly get to the location of the Bouncing Bolt to keep it's Unharnessed Power adds from spawning, but collapse on players targeted with Static Shock and Overcharge. At best, only a single Diffused Lightning add will spawn whenever Lei Shen casts Diffusion Chain, and those elementals are quickly focused down.

The intermission lasts 45 seconds, and at the end of the intermission, the conduit with the highest power level will overload, disabling it and flooding that quadrant of the room with lightning that deals damage to players standing in it.

Stage two

In this stage, Lei Shen retains Discharge and the remaining active-conduit abilities, but no longer casts Decapitate, Thunderstruck, or Lightning Crash. Tanks must swap after getting hit by Fusion Slash. He will Summon Ball Lightning at the feet of random members of the raid. Stay spread out, then after he summons the ball lightning, have the raid collapse on Lei Shen so the balls are all collected at one spot and can be quickly taken out with AoE damage. He will also crack his Lightning Whip across the floor, inflicting likely-fatal amounts of damage to any player hit by it. If players are stuck on the wrong side of the whip during a conduit transition, they can jump over the lightning graphic on the ground to avoid damage.

In non-Heroic mode, only three conduits remain active, so be aware of which direction Lei Shen is taken around the platform. Lei Shen will end this stage when he reaches 30% health remaining, starting another intermission. In Heroic mode, whichever conduit had the most power will grant that ability to Lei Shen no matter his position in the room.

Intermission redux

Much the same as the first intermission, but this time the group whose conduit has been deactivated should split up evenly, spreading out to the remaining three groups. This intermission also lasts 45 seconds.

Final stage

Lei Shen ends the intermission and starts this final stage by casting Overwhelming Power, destroying the remaining conduits. Lei Shen can be tanked wherever the raid pleases, but should be in the middle of the two non-charged quadrants, as he gains a new ability: Violent Gale Winds, which will push players about the room in a random direction, potentially off the platform, into a lightning whip, or into one of the charged quadrants. He also retains Thunderstruck, Summon Ball Lightning, and Lightning Whip from previous stages. Continue to collapse on Lei Shen after the ball lightning, and run away from the thunderstruck and lightning whip areas of effect.

This is the time to use Bloodlust/Heroism/Time Warp. Violent Gale Winds acts as a soft enrage, but Lei Shen will go berserk after a while.

Loot

Lei Shen
Item Type Description
 [Conduit-Breaker Chain Leggings] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Mail leggings Agility
 [Doomed Crown of Lei Shen] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate helm Strength DPS
 [Fusion Slasher Chestguard] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Leather chest Agility
 [Gloves of the Maimed Vizier] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloth gloves Spirit
 [Grips of Slicing Electricity] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Leather gloves Spirit
 [Leggings of the Violent Gale] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Mail leggings Spirit
 [Legplates of the Lightning Throne] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate leggings Strength DPS
 [Legplates of Whipping Ionization] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Plate leggings Tank
 [Legwraps of Cardinality] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Cloth leggings Caster DPS
 [Lei Shen's Grounded Carapace] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Mail chest Spirit
 [Lei Shen's Orb of Command] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Off-hand Caster
 [Lightning-Imbued Chalice] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Trinket Healing
 [Rune of Re-Origination] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Trinket Agility
 [Shan-Dun, Breaker of Hope] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Polearm Agility
 [Soul Barrier] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Trinket Tank
 [Soul Prism of Lei Shen] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Necklace Spirit
 [Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) One-hand mace Spirit
 [Ultimate Protection of the Emperor] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Shield Tank
 [Unerring Vision of Lei Shen] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Trinket Caster DPS
 [Uroe, Harbinger of Terror] (LFR · TF · H · H TF) Two-hand axe Strength DPS

Achievements

Quotes

Intro
You! You have earned my ire. I will make an example of you, such that all who look upon my might will tremble and submit.
Aggro
I am Lei Shen, slayer of kings and gods. You have made a grave mistake.
Thunderstruck
  • Kneel!
  • Die!
  • Submit!
Lightning Whip
Lightning, seek my foes!
Violent Gale Winds
Wind, heed my call!
Conduit Charge
  • My power cannot be contained!
  • You have sealed your doom!
Phase 2A
You would challenge me in my own sanctum? Witness your folly!
Phase 2B
Bah! I will crush you myself. Let us see how you fare against Lightning.
Phase 3A
You are NOTHING! I wield the power of the heavens!
Phase 3B
NO! You are UNWORTHY! I... AM... THE THUNDER KING!
Berserk
Enough of this!
Killing a player
  • Minuscule.
  • Unworthy.
  • My judgement is final.
  • Lightning strikes.
  • Kneel before me!
Death
I sought only to finish... the work of the Gods...

Videos

10-man Normal

10-man Heroic

25-man Normal

Guides

Trivia

  • World First heroic kill on 25-man achieved on 25.3.2013 by Method of Twisting Nether EU.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Hotfix (2013-06-24): "Mages who cast Alter Time while under the effects of Discharged Energy will no longer incorrectly retain the debuff."
  • Hotfix (2013-06-14): "Bouncing Bolts that do not impact with a player will no longer cause Unharnessed Power to spawn on Raid Finder difficulty."
  • Hotfix (2013-06-10): "Lei Shen will now always drop a Titan Runestone or Secrets of the Empire for players that are on the legendary quest line. [Requires a realm restart]"
  • Hotfix (2013-04-30): "
    • Lei Shen's hitpoints have been reduced by 10% on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Static Shock from the North Conduit now deals 300,000 damage at 0 energy, down from 650,000 on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Diffusion Chain from the East Conduit will now jump to another player up to 6 yards away, down from 8 yards on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Diffused Lightning (including Greater and Lesser varieties) now deals less damage on Raid Finder difficulty.
    • Overcharge from the South Conduit now stuns affected targets for 1 second, down from 3 seconds on Raid Finder difficulty."
  • Hotfix (2013-03-21): "Fixed an issue where damage from Lei Shen's Crashing Thunder, Lightning Whip, Overcharge and Discharged Energy was not being reduced by Feint."
  • Hotfix (2013-03-19): "Fixed an issue where players defeating Lei Shen did not receive credit towards the Pinnacle of Storms achievement."
  • Hotfix (2013-03-12): "Fixed an issue where images of Past Self created by Alter Time could be killed during the encounter."
  • MoP Patch 5.2.0 (2013-03-05): Added.

References

External links

Guides