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There’s a new world boss at the Darkmoon Faire. The best part is she’s not faction tagged like the Darkmoon Rabbit but you will need to summon her by killing a number of Moonfang Snarlers followed by Moonfang Dreadhowls on the western side of Darkmoon Island. Once enough have been killed, Moonfang will appear.
Moonfang (174.5M) has several abilities:
- Leap for the Kill - instant kill to the target
- Moonfang’s Curse – cast at 75%, 50%, 25% health
- Moonfang’s Tears – AoE which hits for over 300K each time
- Call the Pack – cast at 66%, 33% health
To see the fight, check out the video.
She can drop a number of items:
Shimmering Moonstone – only available while the Faire is up
It appears you can summon her every hour.
As soon as I logged in yesterday, Veluxia sent me a tell informing me that Oondasta (the new World Boss) was up and she was in a raid to kill it so I quickly logged onto my Alliance toon. Getting out to the Isle was going to take a bit of effort as I hadn’t made the trip there yet. Even before I had started flying, they had pulled the boss so it was a race to get out there in time. With only the skill for basic flying, I took the only option as a summon was now out of the question – a taxi. Veluxia commented on the sheer number of people so I asked if there were hordies there as well. Turns out it was all Alliance – four raids worth of Alliance! By then the boss was at already at 30%!
Once I landed in Zouchin Village (thank goodness I already had the flight path) I took off and flew the last leg of the journey, levitating myself as I fell into the water (since the Isle of Bones is a no-fly zone). It was then a quick race to manoeuvre my way to the middle of the island as fast as I could. Without a direhorn costume, I managed to aggro quite a bit but I passed so many ghosts along the way it acted as a kind of road map to the raid.
By the time I had arrived at the scene, it was a massacre, only a handful of people were alive and I was eager to shoot off my first cast… a few second later I was dead. After the second death, I managed to get a battle rez but this was not a good idea due to his abilities.
One of the first things I noticed amongst the sea of bones was the proximity warning on my screen. But it’s hard to stay at range when you have that many people, particularly if those toons standing next to you are not in your raid. In the handful of times that I died, most of the time was spent casting once, instant dying and then spending a bit of time running back.
Crush – Oondasta crushes his current target, inflicting 462500 to 537500 Physical damage and reducing armor by 25% for 1 min. This effect stacks.
Alpha Male – Oondasta seeks only the most hearty challengers, making him immune to taunts, but also increasing tank-specced players’ threat against him by 100%.
Frill Blast – Oondasta’s armor is more than just for decoration, and can charge up this powerful blast that inflicts 800000 Fire damage to all players in a 60-yard hemisphere in front of Oondasta.
Growing Fury – Oondasta’s rage grows as the fight progresses, increasing all damage by 10%. This effect stacks.
Piercing Roar – Oondasta unleashes a piercing roar, inflicting 200000 Physical damage to all players and interrupting spell-casting, preventing spells of that school from being cast for 10 sec.
Spiritfire Beam – Oondasta fires a beam of spiritfire energy at a player, inflicting 138750 to 161250 Fire damage and jumping to a nearby ally. Up to 20 players can be affected, with damage increasing by 50% with each jump.
Oondasta can drop the Reins of the Cobalt Primordial Direhorn as well as some 522 epic loot. I managed to walk away with an achievement and a Shiny Pile of Refuse which is the Thunder King version of a consolation bag.
Looking at his abilities now, it’s no wonder it took that many people to kill him and the reason for all the instant deaths. From what I’ve read, there were a lot of server firsts yesterday so I’m really happy to be able to say I was one of the first to see him in all his glory. I just hope Cool can take the journey with me next time and on our mains!
Thx again to Veluxia for the alert and invite. You’re a star!
Edit: Oondasta’s health pool has since been nerfed by 50% (872 million to 436 million) so will need a lot less people to kill him these days. Last night we killed him with two raids.
Ah, the Darkmoon Rabbit. A foe I’ve encountered several times but managed to kill twice. My first raid on the beta was… interesting to say the least. When he went live, I didn’t expect to win the pet on my first try but was happy to get the achievement.
Now just look at that face…
I happened to die twice during the encounter but was fortunate enough to get a battle rez after the first death – maybe because I was the top healer at the time. The guy who won rolled an 80. I sure hope he uses him well since I saw the rabbit on Alliance side for 300K the other day. Times like that I wish I had gold over there but not for that price.
Later on, I was Pet Battling in the Valley when I saw in general: Chief Salyis yells “Loot and pillage, bwahahaha!” so I went to get a closer look. I thought he would be engaged already with one side or the other but it seems to be the zone wide alert when he spawns.
I decided to hang around a minute to see what happened. Sure enough, there was a raid forming so I joined. Someone said he only spawns every three days so I felt really lucky to see him. In fact, this is only the second time I’ve seen him on live servers.
Even with a group of Alliance trying to flag people, we managed to kill it without much trouble. I was really happy to win the Robes of Blue Skies and thought I may as well use my extra roll too. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I also won the Stomphowl Pendant.
It’s a little funny that the day I finally decided to mog my set (since setting foot in Pandaria), ended up being the shortest mog ever.
The evening ended with a wave from Veluxia, a fellow pet battler I see often – more often than not with her inner focus going – although I only see the glowy balls during a tamer battle. I did accidentally do the same thing the other day coming out of a dungeon though :P I even gave a 30min tutorial to someone about Pet Battling, when he started asking me questions about it, part of my #26Acts perhaps?