Antorus, the Burning Throne Boss Guides » Varimathras Guide

Varimathras is a boss in the Antorus, the Burning Throne raid in World of Warcraft. Our strategy guide will help you to defeat the Varimathras encounter and the loot listing below contains all of the loot he drops on each difficulty.


Varimathras is the single target Patchwerk style fight of the raid zone. This boss has few abilities, making most of his difficulty the tight damage check before he enrages.

Heroic Changes

  • Torment of Frost fills the encounter area with ice, reducing movement speed and dealing frost damage to the raid.
  • Torment of Fel fills the encounter area with fel flames, dealing increasing periodic damage to the raid.
  • Necrotic Embrace will mark a target, which upon expiration will deal Shadow damage and spread to all players within a 10 yard radius.
  • Heroic specific mechanics and abilities will be marked with throughout the guide.

Strategy and Positioning

  • Two markers should be placed on the back-left, and back-right side of the boss.
  • The entire raid, except the tanks, should start on one of the markers, and move to the other one when Dark Fissures appear.
  • Rogues should stand closer to the boss to intercept Marked Prey, because they can easily Shadowstep back.
  • Never stand in front of the boss if you are a non-tank class.

Strategies by Role

Hopefully these strategies and tips in our Varimathras guide will help you to defeat this encounter!

All Roles

  • Taking any shadow damage will trigger Misery, reducing all healing taken by 100%, and increasing all Physical damage taken by 200% for 7 seconds.
  • Quickly move to the opposite marker when Dark Fissures appear.
  • Move at least 10 yards away from the raid if affected by Necrotic Embrace.
  • Use raidwide movement increasing abilities during Torment of Frost transitions.



  • Players affected by Necrotic Embrace should be at full health before their debuff expires.
  • The main tank will take a large burst of damage whenever the boss reaches full energy.
  • The raid will take increasing damage during Torment of Fel, making healing cooldowns very effective to use during this part of the encounter.


  • The main tank should stand in front of the boss, as close to him as possible, while the off-tank should stand behind the boss within 8 yards of the main tank.
  • Tanks should taunt swap after each cast of Shadow Strike, which occurs every time the boss reaches full energy.
  • The boss should always be tanked facing away from the raid.

Varimathras Abilities

Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
As one the dreadlords overseeing the Legion's forces during the Third War, Varimathras failed to stop the rebellious Lich King. He submitted to an ill-fated alliance with Sylvanas Windrunner, then made one last bid for power before facing a humiliating defeat. In payment for his blunders, Varimathras has been tortured by the Coven of Shivarra. The vindictive sisters stripped away both flesh and sanity, leaving only a singular desire to inflict suffering upon the mortals who cost him everything.

  • Overview - Varimathras uses the darkness of his cell to stalk his prey, attacking them with Alone in the Darkness.
    • Damage Dealers -
    • Healers -
      • Torments of the Shivarra inflict constant raid wide damage.
    • Tanks -
  • Torments of the Shivarra - The Coven of Shivarra designed Varimathras' cell to torture him for all time.
    • Torment of Flames - Flames fill Varimathras' cell, inflicting 247,020 Fire damage to all players every 1 sec.
    • Torment of Frost - Frigid air fills Varimathras' cell, inflicting 247,020 Frost damage to all players every 1 sec. In addition, this effect reduces movement speed by 40%.
    • Torment of Fel - Fel flames fill Varimathras' cell, inflicting 179,000 Fire damage every 5 sec. The damage of this effect increases by 5% every tick.
    • Torment of Shadows - Dark magic fills Varimathras' cell, inflicting 179,000 Shadow damage every 1 sec.
  • The Fallen Nathrezim -
    • Misery - The darkness of Varimathras' cell weakens any player that suffers Shadow damage. This effect prevents all healing effects for 7 sec. In addition, all Physical damage taken is increased by 200%.
    • Alone in the Darkness - Varimathras steps through the darkness, inflicting 1,140,000 Shadow damage to any player if they ever aren't within 8 yards of another player.
    • Shadow Strike - Varimathras stikes all players in front of him, inflicting 3,570,000 Shadow damage in a 15 yard cone.
    • Shadow Strike - Varimathras stikes his target inflicting 5,000,000 Shadow damage.
    • Dark Fissure - Varimathras tears open 3 rifts under random players. Each rift inflicts 357,000 Shadow damage every 3 sec for 6 sec. When the rift expires it inflicts 2,860,000 Shadow damage to all players within its radius.
    • Marked Prey - Varimathras marks his prey, charging through the darkness towards them after 5 sec. As he charges, Varimathras will hunt the first target he hits, inflicting 1,070,000 Shadow damage and knocking the target back.
    • Necrotic Embrace - Varimathras corrupts a random player, inflicting 1,070,000 Shadow damage after 6 sec. When Necrotic Embrace expires, it spreads to all players within 10 yards.
    • Shadow of Varimathras - Whenever Varimathras moves through the darkness, his shadow lingers and attacks players until killed.
      • Echoes of Doom - Marks a random player with Echoes of Doom for 3.5 sec. When this effect expires, dark magic lingers at the target's location for the remainder of the fight. Inflicting 2,000,000 Shadow damage to all players within 8 yards every 3 sec.

Varimathras Achievements

Name Points
Mythic: Varimathras Defeat Varimathras in Antorus, the Burning Throne on Mythic difficulty.
Together We Stand Defeat Varimathras in Antorus, the Burning Throne on Normal difficulty or higher without triggering Alone in the Darkness.

Varimathras Loot List

Varimathras drops item level 915 (LFR), 930 (Normal), 945 (Heroic), 960 (Mythic) loot. Loot can have higher item levels if it becomes Titanforged or Warforged.

Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
Type Slot Name
915NeckNeck Riveted Choker of Delirium
915TrinketTrinket Seeping Scourgewing
915TrinketTrinket Carafe of Searing Light
915ClothWaist Cord of Surging Hysteria
915ClothWrists Blood-Drenched Bindings
915LeatherChest Vest of Unfathomable Anguish
915LeatherWaist Belt of Fractured Sanity
915MailChest Robes of the Forsaken Dreadlord
915MailFeet Nathrezim Shade-Walkers
915PlateLegs Greaves of Mercurial Alliegance
915PlateWrists Varimathras' Shattered Manacles
915Arcane Relic Thu'rayan Lash
915Fire Relic Tormentor's Brand
915Storm Relic Neuroshock Electrode
915Blood Relic Nathrezim Incisor
Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
Type Slot Name
930NeckNeck Riveted Choker of Delirium
930TrinketTrinket Seeping Scourgewing
930TrinketTrinket Carafe of Searing Light
930ClothWaist Cord of Surging Hysteria
930ClothWrists Blood-Drenched Bindings
930LeatherChest Vest of Unfathomable Anguish
930LeatherWaist Belt of Fractured Sanity
930MailChest Robes of the Forsaken Dreadlord
930MailFeet Nathrezim Shade-Walkers
930PlateLegs Greaves of Mercurial Alliegance
930PlateWrists Varimathras' Shattered Manacles
930Arcane Relic Thu'rayan Lash
930Fire Relic Tormentor's Brand
930Storm Relic Neuroshock Electrode
930Blood Relic Nathrezim Incisor
Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
Type Slot Name
945NeckNeck Riveted Choker of Delirium
945TrinketTrinket Seeping Scourgewing
945TrinketTrinket Carafe of Searing Light
945ClothWaist Cord of Surging Hysteria
945ClothWrists Blood-Drenched Bindings
945LeatherChest Vest of Unfathomable Anguish
945LeatherWaist Belt of Fractured Sanity
945MailChest Robes of the Forsaken Dreadlord
945MailFeet Nathrezim Shade-Walkers
945PlateLegs Greaves of Mercurial Alliegance
945PlateWrists Varimathras' Shattered Manacles
945Arcane Relic Thu'rayan Lash
945Fire Relic Tormentor's Brand
945Storm Relic Neuroshock Electrode
945Blood Relic Nathrezim Incisor
Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
Type Slot Name
960NeckNeck Riveted Choker of Delirium
960TrinketTrinket Seeping Scourgewing
960TrinketTrinket Carafe of Searing Light
960ClothWaist Cord of Surging Hysteria
960ClothWrists Blood-Drenched Bindings
960LeatherChest Vest of Unfathomable Anguish
960LeatherWaist Belt of Fractured Sanity
960MailChest Robes of the Forsaken Dreadlord
960MailFeet Nathrezim Shade-Walkers
960PlateLegs Greaves of Mercurial Alliegance
960PlateWrists Varimathras' Shattered Manacles
960Arcane Relic Thu'rayan Lash
960Fire Relic Tormentor's Brand
960Storm Relic Neuroshock Electrode
960Blood Relic Nathrezim Incisor

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