So, let’s recap our time in Northrend. We killed the Blue Dragon Aspect, we beat back an Old God, we killed trolls…for some reason, and now we’ve taken out Arthas himself. It’s sure as hell time to leave, I heard Deathwing’s throwing a killer barbecue.
What’s this? The Black Dragonflight snuck into the Red Dragonflight’s house for a pre-party and didn’t invite anybody? Well, that’s a definite party foul. We should go…kill them. Or something? I don’t know. Can’t the damn dragons handle this for once?
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
The trash is nothing to speak of, as this is just a filler raid to eat up time between raiding at Icecrown tier and raiding at the first tier of Cataclysm content.
But there are four bosses:
Saviana Ragefire: A Black Dragon, who is basically like a dungeon boss but with a lot of help. Not really complicated. If you get the debuff move away from the raid so as to minimize the radiant damage, and afterwards she’ll launch into an AoE of her own until you can interrupt.
Baltharus the Warborn: A Drakonid, and a real swell guy. Again, move away if you get the debuff or your raid will lose DPS fairly quickly. At half health, he produces a clone of equal health, off tank that sucker and continue to burn down the one you’ve been killing this whole time.
General Zarithrian: A black dragonkin. He’s got a stun and summons some adds throughout the fight. Switch tanks as he stacks up the armor reducing debuff and just DPS him down.
Halion: One of those spooky Twilight Drakes that Deathwing has been hanging out with. He too has a debuff that players must move away from the group with to minimize AoE (it was apparently Debuff Discount Day at Blizzard HQ). Watch the ground to make sure you aren’t killed by a fireball in phase one. In phase two you get transported to the Twilight where you have to choose between your Blood Elf lover and a Worgen with a heart of gold.
Anyway, in phase two everybody but one tank and one healer (who nap) runs through a portal and avoids orbs that shoot lasers and more AoE debuffs (seriously, you guys?).
Phase 3 is a fight on both sides of the portal, so split your raid group. The more damage you do in one realm, the less you do in the other, and that stacks, so you want to keep the damage about even on both sides Do that and collect loot.
Recommended for Levels: 80-85
There is really no point in doing this raid unless you need a little (tiny) bit of Cataclysm flavor or just want to whore out the achievements. Even after it was first released, Ruby Sanctum did not see a lot of play.
Still, the raid itself is very easy and until the last fight has very few weird mechanics, making it a pretty good “starter raid” for people who are new to endgame content. At this point all 85s vastly outlevel this content anyway, so it could be used as a decent teaching tool in the future.