The War Within Nerub'ar Palace Guide

Welcome to the comprehensive guide for Nerub'ar Palace, the first raid in The War Within expansion. This endgame activity is set to challenge players with its complex mechanics and formidable bosses. In this guide, we cover everything you need to know to prepare for the raid, including an overview, boss tactics, location details, and more.

Nerub'ar Palace Overview - The War Within Season 1

Nerub'ar Palace will be the first raid of the expansion and one of the first endgame activities after The War Within launches. It not only tests players' skills but also unveils the storyline of the Nerubian Empire. The final challenge in this raid is Queen Ansurek, a powerful leader allied with Xal'atath, the Harbinger. Defeating her will be the ultimate test of your raid group's skill and coordination.

Nerub'ar Palace Location

Azj-Kahet: The City of Threads: Nerub'ar Palace is located in Azj-Kahet, a new zone added in The War Within expansion. The area is characterized by webbed structures and suspended architecture. It's built in a terrace-like structure where the wealthier Nerubians reside in the higher terraces, while the poorer ones live in The Burrows.

New Raid Difficulty: Story Mode

The War Within introduces a new raid difficulty called Story Mode, designed as a narrative experience for players who are more interested in unraveling the story of the raid and not the loot. Unlike LFR, which still requires forming raid parties, Story Mode allows private groups of one to five players to engage with the raid content without needing large groups. This mode is set to release alongside the final wing of LFR difficulty for players at the appropriate questing point. While details on loot drops and scaling are yet to be revealed, Story Mode offers a more accessible way for players to confront Queen Ansurek and experience the raid's story.

Nerub'ar Palace Bosses

Nerub'ar Palace features eight new and challenging boss fights, each featuring unique mechanics that will test your raid group's skills and coordination. After your group clears the first seven bosses of the raid, be ready for the final, climactic battle against Queen Ansurek. Understanding each boss's abilities and strategies is key to emerging victorious in this endgame raid. To help you out with this challenging instance we have prepared a small bite-sized strategy guide that will give tips for each role in the game. However, let’s first take a look at the list of all of the bosses in the raid.

The bosses appear in the following order:

  1. Ulgrax the Devourer.
  2. The Bloodbound Horror.
  3. Sikran, Captain of the Sureki.
  4. Rasha'nan.
  5. Eggtender Ovi'nax.
  6. Nexus-Princess Ky'veza.
  7. The Silken Court.
  8. Queen Ansurek.

Now, let’s take a look at the summary of strategies for each boss fight, segmented into actions required from each role. We have compressed all the strategies for each boss into small, bite-sized tactics similar to what you can find in a dungeon journal!

Boss Strategies

Ulgrax the Devourer

Damage Dealers

Avoid getting caught in Stalker Webbing and quickly take down Ravenous Spawn


Be prepared for high damage from Digestive Venom and manage the increasing damage from Insatiable Rage stacks.


Work with an off-tank to manage Tenderized debuffs and handle Disembowel from Ravenous Spawn.

The Bloodbound Horror

This fight is split into two phases.

  • Phase 1: Avoid Black Blood pools and manage Black Sepsis debuffs.
  • Phase 2: Focus on adds quickly to reduce raid-wide damage.

Sikran, Captain of the Sureki

Damage Dealers

Focus on avoiding Rain of Arrows and dealing with exposed weaknesses.


Keep an eye on players affected by Cosmic Scar and be ready for high-damage periods.


Be prepared for frequent weapon changes and manage debuffs accordingly.


Damage Dealers

Avoid Rolling Acid and quickly destroy Sticky Webs.


Manage healing during Spinneret's Strands and avoid Acid Pools.


Position Rasha'nan to minimize the impact of Rolling Acid and avoid Sticky Webs.

Eggtender Ovi'nax

Damage Dealers

Prioritize adds and avoid Unstable Web.


Manage heavy healing periods during Volatile Concoction.


Maintain health above 75% to survive Volatile Concoction.

Nexus-Princess Ky'veza

Damage Dealers

Focus on avoiding Assassination and Nether Rifts.


Keep players above low health to avoid Reaper execution.


Manage Chasmal Gash and avoid Nether Rifts.

The Silken Court

Damage Dealers

Prioritize interrupting abilities and avoid void zones.


Manage high-damage phases and dispel debuffs promptly.


Coordinate positioning to minimize damage from charges and void zones.

Queen Ansurek

Damage Dealers

Prioritize adds and manage Reaction Vapor during Venom Nova.


Focus on healing during Feast and manage Paralyzing Venom debuffs.


Manage Liquefy and Feast debuffs carefully to avoid wiping the raid.

Nerubar Palace Loot Item Levels

As usual with raiding, Nerub'ar Palace will offer a plethora of rewards to match its challenges, offering loot that scales with the raid's difficulty. Item levels in this raid range from 571-580 in Raid Finder to 610 to 619 on Mythic difficulty.

Additionally, rare drops provide even higher item levels, such as 619 in Mythic, and special questline items include the legendary hunter weapon, Bloodvenom, the Queen’s Splintered Tooth, along with cross-faction questline weapons like Shattered Edge of Baneful Futures and Splintered Twilight.

Item Levels:

  • Raid Finder Difficulty: 571-580 ilvl;
  • Normal Difficulty: Item Level 584-593 ilvl;
  • Heroic Difficulty: Item Level 597-606 ilvl;
  • Mythic Difficulty: Item Level 610-619 ilvl.

Rare Drops:

  • Raid Finder Difficulty: 580 ilvl;
  • Normal Difficulty:  593 ilvl;
  • Heroic Difficulty: 606 ilvl;
  • Mythic Difficulty: 619 ilvl.


The Nerub'ar Palace raid offers already familiar raiding experience but with new challenging mechanics and rewarding loot. Preparation, coordination, and understanding of each boss's abilities are crucial for success. We will continue to update this guide as more information becomes available to the public, so make sure to check in on this page every once in a while! If you have any questions or want to contact us directly, you can do so via Discord or the live chat feature on the website. If you want to prepare for the raid, level, or gear new characters in anticipation of The War Within, or are looking for something else – be sure to check out our WoW services here.

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