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- This page is about the Zul'Aman raid. For the history see Zul'Aman. For the 5-man instance added in patch 4.1.0, see Zul'Aman (instance).
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Zul'Amanraid dungeon located in the Ghostlands. Although it requires no attunement and is intended to be more accessible to players on tight schedules, it was designed to be more difficult than Karazhan and with better loot. In fact, the first bosses in ZA require Kara-level gear, while the later bosses need significantly better - even Tier 5 equipped groups don't consider this a walk in the park. Since the instance contains only six bosses, it indeed requires less time than a Karazhan full clear.is a 10-man
The instance involves players fighting four avatars of the forest troll "gods": the bear, eagle, lynx and finally dragonhawk. These gods have been channeled into the bodies of four troll warriors. After defeating the four gods, players face off against the witch doctor that called on the gods, and finally against Zul'jin himself. The final troll boss will not only be a powerful foe; he's also able to draw upon the ghostly spirits of each of the four liberated animal gods and change his own shape to access their powers.
The instance has multiple quest givers outside the entrance for events that occur inside, including time-sensitive missions (e.g. rescues) that offer differing rewards based on how quickly the task is accomplished.
Though the Ghostlands region is Horde territory , the area around Zul'Aman is considered contested.
- Introduced: With patch 2.3.0.
- Location: Southeastern Ghostlands.
- Level: 70.
- Number of players: 10.
- Attunement: None.
- Bosses: 4 Loa-imbued trolls - Bear lord Nalorakk; Eagle lord Akil'zon; Dragonhawk lord Jan'alai; and Lynx lord Halazzi.
- Pre-end boss: a Witch Doctor - Hex Lord Malacrass.
- Final boss: Leader of the Amani, Warlord Zul'jin.
- Instance Reset Timer: 3 days.
- Timed Event: See Zul'Aman timed event page.
- Flight Path: Hatchet Hills, a new flight path location immediately outside the instance portal; connected to Light's Hope Chapel, and for the Horde, to Tranquillien and thus Silvermoon City.
- There is a repair NPC out front of the instance near the flight path, as well as one guarded by the trash in front of , a friendly troll called who is part of a quest chain that starts outside the instance.
- Hatchet Hills flight path marks the first flight path connection between 'classic' Warcraft and Burning Crusade zones. It is also the first flight path to have a loading screen as it leads through the portal between Eastern Plaguelands and the Ghostlands.
See Zul'Aman timed event
The first four bosses in the zone each have a hostage NPC. Upon entering the instance, a timer starts. When it runs out, all remaining hostages are killed. When a hostage is rescued before the timer runs out, it opens a chest with extra loot, and adds some bonus time on the timer. The feeling is quite similar to the infamous 45-minute Stratholme runs () in original WoW. Since the first four bosses can be attempted in any order, there's some leeway for raids to choose a matching boss depending on competence and group make up.
Nalorakk, the Bear Lord is the easiest fight in Zul'Aman. He's a fierce creature the size of a Zul'Gurub berserker with the head of a bear. The encounter is still pretty complex: As the raid makes its way up to the boss's platform, Nalorakk sends waves of trash mobs to attack the party, the last of which consists of trolls mounted on bears accompanied by two trolls. You cannot initiate combat with Nalorakk until these last four trash mobs are dead. During the fight, Narolakk alternates between his troll form and a bear form.
The eagle-headed Akil'zon in the north-western corner is the second-easiest boss and most raids attempt him next after killing Nalorakk. This boss sends waves of non-elite eagles against the raid as they engage elite trolls on the way up and fend off elite trolls from the flank (Akil'zon gauntlet). The boss fight requires some attention and skillful maneuvering by the entire raid, but after some learning is rather easy to master.
Next up: Jan'alai, the Dragonhawk hybrid. The path to him is rather uneventful (when compared to the first two bosses), still packs of fierce trolls and patrols calling for reinforcements offer some challenge. The boss fight itself has an interesting twist. On two pillars, two lairs of dragonhawk eggs are located. If the eggs are smashed, adds spawn from them. During the fight, the boss periodically summons hatchers to smash the eggs. Although it's tempting to kill the hatchers as soon as they spawn, it's better not to do so and let them crush some eggs, because when the boss' health reaches 35%, he spawns all remaining eggs. Besides this, the boss regularly throws a lot of bombs, which the raid has to learn to avoid.
The last of the animal bosses, Halazzi the Lynx Lord, is a very hard-hitting melee/shaman based boss. There's not a lot of fancy tactics, it's mostly a gear check for the tank and healers. With Kara/Gruul gear alone, this fight is very difficult, and at least some SSC/TK/ZA gear is recommended.
Hex Lord Malacrass
After the four animal bosses are all defeated, the way to the inner sanctum opens up, leading to Hex Lord Malacrass and the big man himself. Malacrass earned his lofty title by weaving the dark magic that enslaved the animal gods, but alas, his in-game representation is as inert as the lynx and eagle lords'. The trash mob groups leading to him require some skill to master, and the boss himself needs very good interrupts. Besides dealing large amounts of AoE damage to the entire raid, he frequently casts heals which must be interrupted by all means.
The end boss of the instance is Zul'jin. The fight consists of five phases, while the boss shifts through all of the animal aspects encountered before. Each of the phases requires a different tactic, a key to success is survival — all raid members must learn what to do in each phase. To bring him down is the crowning achievement in any Zul'Aman run.
- Blood Elves (four, Alyson Antille, Brennan, Darwen, and Galathryn)
- Bog beast (one, Fenstalker)
- Dire trolls
- Dwarf (one, Harkor)
- Forest trolls
- Forsakens (two, Deez and Kyren)
- Frogs (critters)
- Gnomes (two, Ashli and Fudgerick)
- Humans (six, Adarrah, Hollee, Christian, Gunter, Harrison Jones, and Mitzi)
- Imp (one, Gazakroth)
- Ogre (one, Thurg)
- Orc (one, Kraz)
- Red dragonspawn (one, Lord Raadan)
- Serpent (one, Slither)
- Snakes (critters)
- Spiders (critters)
- Squirrels (critters)
- Tauren (one, Mannuth)
- Jungle trolls (two, Tanzar and Zungam)
- Wight (one, Koragg)
- Wraith (one, Darkheart)
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