Pike's SuperQuick Guide to Huntering Onxyia


Phase One: Don’t stand behind her! Stand off to her side or something. Misdirect onto the tank. Pewpew!

Phase Two: Onyxia will be in the air, so you can keep shooting her, although your pet won’t be able to reach her. What I’ll typically do here is stick my pet on the “large adds” that show up every once and a while.

Whelps will show up every so often. Once the offtank has a firm grasp on them, Volley to your heart’s content. If your computer is slowish, do not look at the resulting AoE. (You’ll thank me later).

Every so often, Onyxia will do a Deep Breath. You’ll know cause it’ll say “Onxyia takes a deep breath…” This, roughly translated, means “Don’t stand in front of her or you will die.” I’ve found that your best bet here is usually to just get out of the middle and run to the side, as it is surprisingly difficult to keep track of where she is when she’s flying around.

Phase Three: Your pet can attack Onyxia again– yay! Back to a tank and spank, except that Onyxia has this annoying tendency to toss fears around like no tomorrow. Bestial Wrath (and presumably things like the PvP trinket, etc.) will get you out of it, but it won’t be off cooldown nearly enough to save you from all of them. Just grit your teeth and bear it, and don’t stand too close to the whelp caves on the side, lest you are feared into it.

Phase Four: Loots! Whee!

I got a gun out of Onyxia-10 a few days back, which means for the first time since Naxx10, I have a non-sucky ranged weapon. Still holding out for the 25-man version, but this will work nicely in the meantime. I think my favorite part about the new gun is how plain-looking it looks from a distance, although it has some nice little details on it if you zoom in. In the plainness is the beauty, I think. I rolled on some epic crossbow in ToC25 but I’m kind of glad I didn’t win it, my plain lil’ gun is better aesthetically. /huggles it

11 thoughts on “Pike's SuperQuick Guide to Huntering Onxyia”

  1. Better than the MT version of Ony….

    Phase 1: Face full of Dragon Snout and Claws.

    Phase 2: Feel useless because other tanks were assigned to Whelps and Guards

    Phase 3: Face Full of Dragon Snout, Claws and Lava Bursts.

    Phase 4: No loot because Ony hates tanks. 😉

  2. I’ve actually passed minor upgrades when they were guns because I LOVE my bow; I distinctly dislike crossbows; *shudders at Drake Mounted Crossbow*

  3. I find on Phase 3, it’s helpful to stand to the side with your back to a wall (NOT near the whelp caves). 50% chance of getting feared into the wall means less chance of getting a hotfoot, or a tail swipe, and less time spent reorienting myself.

    Also, since ranged and healers are usually directed to stand in the middle of the room starting Phase 2 to make it easier for tanks to grab the whelps, you’re already there when they are collected. Since Volley has no min range, just stay there til chain casting it….and don’t forget to drop an Explosive Trap!

    Explo Trap + Chain Volley = a faceful of yellow numbers =D

  4. Thanks for this, I haven’t had chance to do the new Onyxia yet so wasn’t 100% on the tactics 🙂 pretty much the reason why I haven’t posted about Onyxia on my little blog.

    In other news, my feedburner has decided it doesn’t like your blog anymore and hasn’t updated this feed :< this makes me a sad bunny!

  5. we usually have our hunters (and other misc ranged) on killing Onyxia only, not worry about the whelps. Yesterday we had just the one hunter (only ranged), so no pressure on his shoulder 😉 Took us a few tries to learn how to stay alive long enough during phase 2 so he had time to get her down. But we did it 🙂

  6. “…it is surprisingly difficult to keep track of where she is when she’s flying around.”

    Type or macro the following:
    /console cameraDistanceMax 50
    /console CameraDistanceMaxFactor 3.4

    Then zoom the camera out to its new maximum distance. You’ll never lose sight of Onyxia again, which is particularly important when you’re doing your utmost to pew-pew.

  7. I’ve dropped Ony twice; no Hunter loot either time. Like Durkon, I covet that rifle–aesthetically, it’s a very Dwarven weapon, and it’ll be a nice DPS upgrade over the Tournament rifle.

  8. I did it the first week it was out, and was unlucky enough to BARELY lose a tiebreaking roll on the head, (and subsequently, the sweet neckpiece.)

    It also took us 6 tries due to people not familiar with the fight, semi-bad group composition (good, non-retarded group, but some people were a tad undergeared. Note i didn’t say semi bad GROUP!… lol)

    The following week… Went in, one shotted it, and scored the head.


    In other news, I’m sick as a dog (I work directly with military trainees… when you are a drill sergeant with 60 privates in a confined space, you’re bound to get PWNED by the crud once in a while.)

    I was unfortunately not feeling up to playing much tonight, which is a bummer cuz I actually had some time to do so. Right now I’m grinding lowbie quests for rep.

    AAANYWAYS, bored rambling comment over. Dig the post on mouseover characters. Super cool!

    Fitz 🙂

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