Onyxia, the broodmother of the Black Dragonflight, is one of World of Warcraft’s most memorable raid bosses ever. Back in 2004 she was one of two raids first released with the MMO’s launch, and her Bellowing Roar, which would inflict a fear aura that set the entire 40-person raid running away in terror, was despised because unprepared raiders would tend to flee into the dozens of eggs surrounding her lair. Each time an egg was touched, it would break and spawn a whelpling, and enough of those added to the battle would quickly overwhelm a group.
Onyxia became one of WoW’s most notoriously difficult fights, birthing an entire generation of still-funny memes. Earlier this week, however, a team of 40 World of Warcraft Classic players finally took their ultimate revenge by not just defeating her, but by doing it entirely naked. No weapons, no armour, no trinkets. Just fists, a lot of frost bolts, and a ridiculous amount of coordination.
On July 9th, a raid of 40 Alliance players on the Zandalar Tribe EU server managed to complete the fight in little over 12 minutes. A video from the POV of one Dwarf Priest shows the entire encounter through all 3 phases and the group’s performance. Although the Onyxia kill seems like any other classic attempt that brought the best with no meme specs, the lack of gear and stats mean that several things were done differently than normal. If you are in need of Cheap WoW Classic RU Items, come to z2u.com, where you can enjoy the cheapest price online and 3% off with a coupon code “Z2U”.
To achieve this feat, the raid was exclusively composed of casters. The reason behind this is simple: spell casters don’t lose as much DPS as melee classes when they’re unarmed. With this, despite being a whole lot weaker that normal, casters can still inflict damage through their spells, unlike melee classes, who can only fight with their fists and can’t use abilities (you need to be holding a melee weapon to be able to use your abilities).
Tanks had to get creative when it came to holding aggro. Onyxia was first pulled by a Mage using a Rank 1 Frostbolt. A Paladin then casted Greater Blessing of Kings on the Mages, which generates an enormous amount of threat, since by targeting a single Mage, nearly the entire raid ends up getting buffed. According to one of the players in the raid, this ended up generating 1,700 points of threat!