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Herald of the Titans Faq
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1. What is Herald of the Titans?
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Herald of the Titans is a Feat of Strength that grants the title "Herald of the Titans" to receive the feat of strength you must kill Algalon in Ulduar 10 with no one in your raid group wearing anything higher than 226 ilvl gear (232 for weapon/off hand/ranged). You personally may not be higher than lvl 80 to be awarded the Feat of Strength.
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2. I'm lvl 85 and this is my main, why would I want to do this on an alt?
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Because achievements will be account bound in Mists of Pandaria the title should available to all toons level 80 or higher. Plus it’s a fun challenge to work on during cata while we wait for the new expansion.
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3. Where does this gear come from?
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There are BiS lists for all classes, but do not limit yourself to just the items on those lists. Try to pick up any and all items you can. Run everything you can get your hands on. Places to farm gear include Naxx 10/25 EoE 10/25, OS 10/25, Ulduar 10/25 You can also get weapons from Toc10normal. Don't forget about toc5 normal/heroic and the ICC 5 mans (Heroic can only use weapons)
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4. How long is this going to take?
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The gear farm could take you anywhere from 4-8 weeks to accumulate appropriate gear. While you probably won't be working towards full best in slot (because that could take months) Try to be working on getting the best gear possible. Once you start getting a stable amount of gear, and you feel comfortable with your class and spec, you might want to try testing the waters and see how you do. Obviously a trial run through is not going to be an option for everyone but if you can, it won’t hurt.
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5. Do I need to do anything beyond getting gear?
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Yes. It's very important that you get the most out of your toon's potential. This achievement is certainly easier than it was in wrath, but it's by no means a an excuse not to put the effort into it. You will need to know the boss strat explicitly before hand. You should have the best available enchants/gems in your gear. You should also try to have 2 professions that allow you to gain the cata level profession perk, (most of these hover around 500) even gathering professions are better than none. You’ll be able to use Cata grade food and flasks so use that to your advantage!
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6. What is the boss strat?
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The boss strat is pretty simple but the slightest mistake can cause a wipe. When you engage the boss, you’ll most likely have 2 tanks, 3 healers and 5 dps, but sometimes people choose to add an extra dps by dropping a healer.
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Everyone will spread out around the room. The tanks will rotate every 3 stacks of the phase shifting debuff. When a tank takes 5 stacks he'll be phased out and shifted into the other realm.
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Every 25 seconds the boss will do a Cosmic Smash. This ability puts a small spinning red graphic on the ground. Everyone who is near it needs to get away. If you're hit by the ability you'll take massive damage, be shot into the air and take additional fall damage (if you managed to survive the initial blast) you'll likely die. Don't get hit by these.
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In the beginning of the fight he'll summon 3 collapsing stars. It's very important that the ranged dps kill these. They cannot be killed whenever however; it's going to require communication and paying attention. Every time a collapsing star dies it does massive raid wide aoe damage, about 16k per person. Because of your small health pools, you have to make sure everyone is topped off before killing the star, and then quickly top everyone back off before the next one. If you do not kill them, they'll die on their own, causing the massive damage, usually at an inopportune time. Every time a collapsing star dies it causes a black hole to spawn. Please avoid these! They will close when people enter them, and they're very important later in the fight.
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Throughout the fight you will also be getting constellations. These will do damage to people in the raid and will need to be kited into the black holes. The catch is to not close all the black holes however, because they will be required for the big bang ability.
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Every 90 seconds Algalon will cast Big Bang. This move will wipe the raid, unless everyone but the current tank (Who must pop a cool down that is NOT an immunity cool down) goes into (hopefully the same) black hole. Please be aware that you're only shifted for a short time. So do not enter the hole until he's about halfway through his cast. While shifted you will be taking damage so using personal cool downs as necessary to avoid dying will help your healers out. Also there will be adds wandering around that will hit you with damage, you will need to avoid the adds, they hurt and your best defense is to run from them. After the big bang goes off threat is reset. So it's very important that the tank picks him up and re-establishes threat.
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This will continue until 20%, at this point you will switch into phase 2. In phase 2 everything will despawn and Algalon will summon 4 black holes in the corners of the room (ha...circular room, I know) every 30 seconds an add from the other realm will come out of the holes. The tank not currently tanking Algalon will be required to pick up the adds and tank them away from the group while the group burns down the boss. It's recommended that at 20% you switch tanks, so you have a fresh tank on the boss, and have almost a full minute before he would be phase shifted and have a messy swap. It's important you kill Algalon before this point because 1 of 2 things can happen. 1) you'll have to tank swap with multiple adds, or 2) you'll have so many adds up, your raid will be overwhelmed.
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