Monday, November 16

The New Icecrown Citadel Instances

With the 3.3 patch, a variety of new content is coming to the game in the Icecrown Citadel Instances. There will be four new instances total with the new Raid instance being The Frozen Throne and additional content appearing in the three new 5 man instances. As of the writing of this guide, testing is underway on the 5 man bosses and the raid bosses, so we don’t yet have complete strategies to go over, but soon enough we’ll be able to take a much closer look at these instances and what they mean for players. Here are some details about each instance:

The Frozen Throne
The Frozen Throne will be the newest 10/25 man raiding instance. It consists of three separate wings, then the final battle with the Lich King, completing the storyline that was started with the release of Wrath of the Lich King. You will join forces with HIghlord Tirion Fordring, High Overlord Saurfang, Muradin Bronzebeard, Highlord Darion Mograine, and King Varian Wrynn to fight the Scourge and the Lich King in this instance.

There are 12 total encounters in this instance (see below) and each encounter can be fought on 10 man or 25 man and on normal or heroic difficulty. You can also now toggle between difficulties with ease on the new UI option added in the 3.3 patch. The items in the instance dropping will be ilvl 251 for normal 10 man, ilvl 264 for heroic 10 man and normal 25 man, and ilvl 277 for heroic 25 player mode.

The instance starts with the breach of the fortress, followed by facing down a legion of undead guards in a gauntlet. This first boss is Lord Marrowgar, a fused together construct of other dead bodies. You will then face Supreme Overseer of the Cult of the Damned, lady Deathwhisper. In addition, there will be a fight between Alliance and Horde characters, led by Saurfang and Bronzebeard aboard the Icecrown airships. After this fight, you will enter the three wings of the instance to face off against the Lich King’s minions before you face him.

  • Lord Marrowgar – Bone Guard leader of the Citadel Defenses
  • Lady Deathwhisper – Supreme Overseer of the Cult of the Damned
  • Airship Battle – Battle between Orgrim’s Hammer and the Skybreaker with the use of cannons, rocketpacks, and catapults between the ships.
  • Lich King’s Death Knight Champion – Probably Saurfang Jr.
  • Festergut – Abomination in the Plagueworks Wing
  • Rotface – Abomination in the Plagueworks Wing Professor Putricide – Creator of
    the Abominations in the Citadel.
  • Price Keleseth, Prince Taldaram, and Prince Valanar – All three of the Darkfallen Princes resurrected by San’layn.
  • Queen Lana’thel – Queen of the San’layn Blood Elves.
  • Valithria Dreamwalker – Green Dragon captured by the Scourge for experimentation.
  • Sindragosa – Queen of the Frostwyrms.
  • The Lich King – Arthas himself!

5 Man Instance ‐ Forge of Souls

The first of the three new 5 man instances is the Forge of Souls. This instance exists to provide an epic quest line in which players must weaken the forces of Icecrown Citadel so they can breach the doorway and get in to attack the Lich King thee. Technically, all three instances are part of the same full instance, but they have their own lockout timers and names. However, you will need to defeat them in order to get into the Frozen Throne.

The goal of this instance in particular is to follow Jaina for Alliance forces and Sylvanas for Horde forces as you work your way deep into the citadel to destroy the Soul Grinders located within its walls. You will need to defeat the following bosses:

Bronjahm, the Godfather of Souls– This boss is the watcher of the engines and Soul Grinders in the Forge of Souls. He must be killed before the grinders can be destroyed.

The Devourer of Souls – This is the operator of the engines in this wing and the guardian of the souls that have been stolen by the Lich King.

5 Man Instance – The Pit of Saron

In this wing of the Citadel, the goal is to defeat Scourgelord Tyrannus. You will first need to free allies that have been captured and enslaved by the Scourge. There are three total encounters as you work your way deeper into the instance and toward the Lich King.

Forgemaster Garfrost – the First boss in this instance is Garfrost who is the master of Scourge Weaponry. He has a number of different weapons and methods of attacking and harming you in this area because of the wide array of different attack methods he carries with him.

Krick and Ick – These are two mindless zombies that serve in the Pit of Saron mines. Krick is a leperous gnome and Ick is a beast of burden that Krick rides around.

Scourgelord Tyrannus – The Scourgelord is the target in this instance and has great power of the other mobs in this area. To move on to the third wing, you must kill him first.

5 Man Instance – Halls of Reflection
For this final wing of the instance, you must follow Jaina or Sylvanas to the Frigid Halls where you will recognize Frostmourne waiting for you. Here you will find the Lich King’s private chambers but first you must defeat a pair of captains and fight the Lich King himself.

Falric and Marwyn – The first encounter is with two of Arthas Menethil’s captains from before he died. They will be fought simultaneously but have separate health meters that play off of each other.

The Lich King – This is the first of two encounters against the Lich King. Obviously, you won’t defeat the Lich King here because you run into him again in the raid, but you will probably see a lot of interesting lore as Sylvanas and Jaina confront him at last.

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