Glory Of The Icecrown Raider – Cataclysm guide to getting those awesome mounts at level 85

Achievements which award a mount are among the most popular in WoW, and one of the coolest mounts in the game, a goddamn skeletal dragon, comes from the achievement Glory Of The Icecrown Raider. Cataclysm makes this achievement easier to get than ever – so, follow along for your guide to getting a Bloodbathed or Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher of your very own!

The 10-man version awards the Reins of the Bloodbathed Frostbrood Vanquisher and requires 16 achievements in total. The 25-man version awards the Reins of the Icebound Frostbrood Vanquisher, and requires 17 achievements in total. Getting an achievement in the 10-man mode will not count towards your total for the 25-man mode, and vice-versa, so if you want both mounts you’ll just have to do everything twice. It’s not possible to get every achievement during a single run, so you might want to plan around two or three separate runs.

Heroic or normal?

You’ll need to defeat every boss in Icecrown citadel, with the exception of the Lich King himself, on heroic mode. That will grant you the first four achievements of this meta-achievement: Heroic: Storming The Citadel, Heroic: The Plagueworks, Heroic: The Crimson Hall and Heroic: The Frostwing Halls.

In addition, each fight has an associated achievement. Importantly, those achievements don’t have to be completed in heroic mode.

Storming the Citadel – Lord Marrowgar, Lady Deathwhisper, Gunship Battle, Deathbringer Saurfang

The achievement for Lord Marrowgar is an easy one. Just make sure no raid member remains impaled on a bone spike for more than 8 seconds. With a bit of coordination and some quick reactions, this is easily achievable.

For Lady Deathwhisper, there’s a bit more of a challenge. You need to have at least 5 different types of cultist active when she dies. That basically means allowing all of her adds to spawn, and not killing any of them. Set your tanks on add control and let the rest of the raid help with slows, etc. Once you have enough adds (Cult Fanatic, Deformed Fanatic, Reanimated Fanatic, Cult Adherent, Reanimated Adherent is a good combination to aim for), pop Bloodlust/Timewarp/Heroism and burn Lady Deathwhisper down as fast as she’ll go. It’ll be pretty chaotic, but it’ll be over quickly. The Deformed Fanatic, in particular, will need to be kited – he hits hard, even at 85. Note – the DPS from the adds can still overwhelm a level 85 raid. It’s best to kill off duplicate adds.

For the Gunship battle, you’ll need to make sure that no raid member visits the enemy ship more than twice during the battle. That means that, rather than having an assigned team to jump over to the enemy ship to kill the mages, you’ll need to cycle people. You’ll should have four battle mages spawn in total, so have your first DPS team take the first two spawns, then switch around and let your second DPS team take the second two spawns. At the time of writing, this achievement seems to be bugged, but in a good way – it’s possible to get the achievement even if you’ve hopped over to the other ship more than twice. Don’t count on that, though – best to plan ahead.

Finally, for Deathbringer Saurfang, the achievement is basically just a DPS race. You need to kill him before he casts Mark Of The Fallen Champion three times. This is one of those achievements that you tend to get by accident – if you’re attempting the fight correctly this achievement should pop right up.

The Plagueworks – Festergut, Rotface and Professor Putricide

Good news everyone! The achievements for this wing are actually reasonably easy to get!

For Rotface, you’ll need to make sure that no Big Ooze manages to cast Unstable Explosion. That basically means that you can’t allow any ooze to merge twice. Allowing the smaller oozes to merge once is fine – indeed, it’s probably a good strategy, since it gives you fewer mobs to deal with – but allowing any ooze to merge twice will inevitably cause the Big Ooze to explode. This achievement is simply a question of organization and good kiting. Alternatively, and this may be simpler, simply ignore the oozes and DPS – your healers should be able to cope.

The achievement for Festergut turns what was already a DPS-race fight into even more of a DPS race. You’ll need to make sure that nobody in the raid ever has more than 2 stacks of Inoculated. That’s the buff you get from the Gas Spores, which gives you resistance to Festergut’s attack. You can allow one or two of these to stack on every player, so you can afford a bit of leeway, but at 85 this achievement just means a bit more pressure on your healers. It’s far from unachievable.

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For Professor Putricide himself, all you need to do for the achievement is make sure that whoever is controlling the Abomination doesn’t use the Regurgitated Ooze ability. During Wrath Of The Lich King, this was pretty challenging, but for a level 85 raid with decent gear it should be a walk in the park – and if your raid found the original Putricide encounter as difficult as ours did, the ease with which you’ll smash through it now will be particularly satisfying.

The Crimson Hall – Blood Princes, Blood Queen Lana’thel and Valithria Dreamwalker

The achievement for the Blood Princes fight is likely to be one that gives you a few problems unless you’ve planned in advance. It sounds simple enough – just make sure that no raid member takes more than 23,00 damage in a single hit (25,000 damage for 25-man raids). It’s easy to make a silly mistake, though, which could cost you the achievement. The things to remember are: Valanar‘s Empowered Shock Vortex will cause more damage if raid members are stacked near each other, so make sure everyone spreads out. Melee DPS, this means you. Taldaram‘s Empowered Flame will do lots of damage, but the damage will decrease the further it has to travel. The target should run like the wind. Have other players stand in the way of the flame to further decrease the damage. Finally, Keleseth‘s Empowered Shadow Lance will spank his tank hard, but the damage can be mitigated with the debuff from Dark Nuclei, so be sure to keep that debuff up.

In order to get the achievement for Blood Queen Lana’thel, you’ll need to do the fight twice – once as a vampire and once as a non-vampire. A bit of coordination is all that’s required here – but remember you’ll need to come back again to get the other half of the achievement if it’s your first time here.

The text for the Valithria Dreamwalker achievement is a bit misleading. It reads “Enter every portal spawned by Valithria Dreamwalker before healing her to full health”. This doesn’t mean that each raid member needs to enter each portal. This is a raid-wide achievement, not a personal one, and simply means that somebody must enter every portal that spawns. Portals disappear of their own accord after a few seconds, so you just need to make sure that somebody enters every portal before it despawns.

The Frostwing Halls – Sindragosa and The Lich King

For the big dead dragon herself, you’ll need to make sure that nobody in the raid gets more than 5 stacks of Mystic Buffet. This is generally regarded as being ‘zergable’ now – that is to say, simply rushing the boss and DPSing as fast as you can will usually net the achievement. If you’re having trouble, remember that stacks will drop off if you’re out of line-of-sight of Sindragosa, and that includes being behind an ice-block.

Get ready to be bored, amused and annoyed by the Arthas and Tirion 1-minute Subtext Cutscene Show all over again. They’re still at it, and you’ll still have to sit through the entire scene after every wipe. For the Lich King fight, you need to allow Necrotic Plague to stack to 30 before you kill the Lich King. Necrotic Plague is the debuff which jumps around from person to person. The basic strategy here is to allow the plague to jump from add to add, and try to avoid dispelling the plague from raid members. Eventually the plagues will all end up on the same add, hopefully hitting 30 stacks.

For the 25-man raid only, the Lich King fight has an additional achievement, which could be the trickiest one yet: Kill every Vile Spirit before it explodes. In order to get this achievement, you’ll need to slow the Vile Spirits as soon as they spawn. Make sure all your raiders move away from the the Vile Spirits – they’ll explode if they come into contact with a player. Slow them, and DPS them down. Of course, you’ll still be dodging Defile and dealing with the small matter of the Lich King himself. Good luck – even at level 85, this is far from easy.

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