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Pit of Saron Boss Fight Strategy Guide Tactics

December 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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The second wing of the Icecrown Citadel dungeon is the Pit of Saron.  It’s a large open area with mobs scattered all around.  There are three bosses in this 5-man instance: Forgemaster Garfrost, Krick and Ick, and Scourgelord Tyrannus.  You must have beaten the Forge of Souls instance before you can gain access to the Pit of Saron.

Here’s a quick Pit of Saron instance strategy guide.

Pit of Saron Boss Strategy Tactics: Forgemaster Garfrost

The first boss to beat in the Pit of Saron instance is Forgemaster Garfrost.  His abilities are mostly frost-based, so use any extra frost resistance abilities or items you have.  The battle against Forgemaster Garfrost comes in three phases, and he uses different abilities in each of the three phases.

Forgemaster Garfrost Boss Abilities

Forgemaster Garfrost: 499,000 – 647,000 hit points


  • 200 damage
  • Frost damage
  • Instant cast
  • Stacks 30 times
  • 200 yard radius

Throw Saronite

  • 3,500-5,500 damage
  • Physical damage
  • Knockback
  • 150 yard range
  • 2 second cast

Thundering Stomp

  • Stuns you for 2 seconds
  • 50,000 yard range
  • Instant cast

Forge Frozen Blade

  • Doubles his frost damage
  • 4 second cast

Chilling Wave

  • 1,850-2000 damage per second
  • Frost damage
  • 40 yard range (in front of him)
  • 65 yard radius (from the central point where it lands)

Forge Frostborn Mace

  • Doubles his frost damage in regular mode
  • Triples his frost damage in heroic mode
  • 4 second cast

Deep Freeze

  • 4,000-6,000 damage
  • Frost damage
  • Cuts movement speed in half
  • Stuns you for 1 second
  • 14 second cast
  • 50,000 yard range

Forgemaster Garfrost Boss Strategy Guide

  1. For the first phase, Forgemaster Garfrost utilizes only Permafrost, Throw Saronite, and Thundering Stomp.  Start by knocking down the adds which pull with him at the beginning.
  2. Ranged DPS should watch for this emote: “Forgemaster Garfrost hurls a massive saronite boulder at you.”  It means he just cast Throw Saronite at you, so be ready to duck the boulder immediately. 
  3. Pay attention to your Permafrost stack.  The spell stacks up to 30 times, which will kill you if you don’t pay attention to it.  Healers may not be able to keep with you if your stack gets too high.  Remember that Permafrost will stack about every three seconds.
  4. Phase two of the Forgemaster Garfrost battle begins when he emotes, “Axe too weak.  Garfrost make better and Crush you!”  At this point he also creates a new weapon, which you’ll find under Forge Frozen Blade.  All party members should stand back and let their de-buffs run out while he’s forging his blade.  Remember, the new blade doubles his damage output, so be ready for even more damage.
  5. Phase two also brings the ability Chilling Wave into the mix.  The healer and ALL DPS should stay behind Forgemaster Garfrost to avoid this ability.
  6. Phase three begins when Forgemaster Garfrost is at 33% life.  He creates another new weapon at this point, which you can check out under Forge Frostborn Mace.  This new weapon doubles or triples his damage output again, so be ready.
  7. Phase three also adds in the ability Deep Freeze.  Healers keep an extra eye on the players who get hit by Deep Freeze because it’s a hard hitter.

Pit of Saron Boss Strategy Tactics: Krick and Ick

The second encounter you’ll face in the Pit of Saron instance is Krick and Ick.  This duo works together for a very active encounter.  There’s a lot of running in this encounter, so be ready to move with them.

Krick and Ick Boss Abilities

Krick and Ick: 600,000 – 903,227 hit points

Toxic Waste

  • Damage 25 percent of your total health every 2 seconds
  • Nature damage
  • Lasts 10 seconds
  • Instant cast
  • 40 yard range

Mighty Kick

  • 150 percent weapon damage
  • Instant cast
  • 10 yard range

Shadow Bolt

  • 2,125 – 2,900 damage
  • Shadow damage
  • 40 yard range


  • Ick starts chasing one party member

Pursuit Confusion

  • Buffs Ick to cut movement speed in half and double damage dealt

Poison Nova

  • 12,000 – 30,000 damage plus 1,500 – 6,500 damage every 3 seconds
  • Nature damage
  • Lasts 21 seconds

Explosive Barrage

  • 3,000 – 6,000 damage
  • Arcane damage
  • 6 yard range

Krick and Ick Boss Boss Strategy Guide

  1. This is a very simple fight.  Ick is the only one who can be targeted, and you may not even notice Krick hanging onto Ick, although he sure does talk a lot.
  2. The main thing to remember in this battle is not to stand in the green areas on the ground.  Stay out of the poison, and you’ll be fine.  Tanks can help by keeping the movement going and continually dragging Ick out of the poison areas.  Also watch out for Poison Nova and jump away when Ick casts it.  Watch for: “Ick begins to unleash a toxic poison cloud!”
  3. Krick’s main function in the fight is to throw down mines around the fight area, so watch out for those and just keep moving.  This is definitely not a fight in which you can just stand in one place.

Pit of Saron Boss Strategy Tactics: Scourgelord Tyrannus

The third and final encounter in the Pit of Saron instance is Scourgelord Tyrannus.  He rides on his mount, which is named Rimefang.  He dismounts Rimefang at the beginning of the fight, and Rimefang adds to the damage during the battle, although you can’t target him.  Just watch out for Rimefang’s effects, but don’t worry about taking him out because you can’t.

Scourgelord Tyrannus Abilities

Scourgelord Tyrranus: 1,078,000 hit points

Forceful Smash

  • 28,275 – 52,875 damage
  • Physical damage
  • Knockback

Overlord’s Brand

  • Mirrors all the damage the target is doing onto Scourgelord Tyrannus’ target
  • Mirrors all healing from the target onto Scourgelord Tyrannus
  • Lasts 8 seconds

Unholy Power

  • Increases physical damage 75 percent (or 100 percent on heroic mode)
  • Cuts movement speed in half
  • Lasts 10 seconds


  • Mark of Rimefang: Marks a target for attack
  • Hoarfrost: 4,813 – 10,125 frost damage; stuns you for 5 seconds
  • Icy Blast: 4,813 – 8,437 frost damage; Reduces movement speed by 75 percent

Scourgelord Tyrannus Boss Strategy Guide

  1. The battle against Scourgelord Tyrannus is fairly simple.  Stay out of the ice patches created by Rimefang.  The tank may choose to use the ice patches to help slow Scourgelord Tyrannus’ movement speed, but all party members should keep moving so they’re not on the ice patches.
  2. The only other thing to watch out for is Overlord’s Brand.  Whoever gets this spell cast on them should stop what they’re doing until it’s over.  Healers will find themselves healing Scourgelord Tyrannus if they don’t, and DPS will kill the tank if they keep it up during this spell.