The Lich King, formerly known as Arthas Menethil, stands as the ultimate adversary and the concluding boss of Icecrown Citadel, signifying the apex of the Wrath of the Lich King expansion. This encounter is a multi-phase battle that demands unwavering teamwork, precise positioning, and adept management of various concurrent mechanics.
- Infest: Administers Shadow damage and afflicts a DoT that intensifies over time.
- Necrotic Plague: A contagious debuff that transmits to nearby targets when purified or upon expiration.
- Summon Drudge Ghouls and Shambling Horrors: Convenes undead minions to aid him.
- Remorseless Winter: Delivers Frost damage to all players while thrusting them away.
- Pain and Suffering: Imparts Shadow damage in a cone.
- Summon Ice Sphere: Designates and pursues players, detonating upon contact.
- Raging Spirit: Summons a spirit that administers formidable melee damage.
- Quake: Marks the transition between phases.
- Defile: Generates an expanding pool of shadow, inducing damage and magnifying in size upon every player impact.
- Val’kyr Shadowguard: Conjures Val’kyr entities, which snatch and endeavor to drop players off the platform.
- Soul Reaper: Strikes a player, causing immediate damage and instigating a profound DoT afterward.
- Fury of Frostmourne: Instantly annihilates all players, signifying the segue into the ultimate phase.
- Raise Dead: Resurrects all players as servants of the Lich King.
- Harvest Soul: Endeavors to ensnare a player’s soul into Frostmourne.
- The Lich King deploys Infest, Necrotic Plague, and raises undead minions. The raid should scatter to manage the plague and focus on exterminating the adds.
- The Lich King initiates Remorseless Winter, propelling players towards the platform's periphery. Players must evade Ice Spheres and neutralize Raging Spirits.
- The Lich King introduces Defile and summons Val’kyr Shadowguards. Players should disperse to curtail Defile’s expansion and concentrate on obliterating Val’kyr prior to them dropping players off the platform.
- Resembling the first transition phase but with an increased number of Raging Spirits.
- The Lich King employs Soul Reaper on the tank while maintaining the use of Defile. The raid should prioritize positioning and managing these mechanics.
- Upon reaching 10% health, the Lich King invokes Fury of Frostmourne, obliterating all players. A scripted event unfolds, culminating in players' revival, and they must ultimately vanquish the Lich King.
- Effective communication is vital, notably in managing Necrotic Plague and aligning for Defile.
- Tanks should brace themselves for the formidable damage from Soul Reaper and ensure they have cooldowns or external healing at their disposal.
- Players should concentrate on eradicating adds, particularly the Val’kyr, to forestall their overwhelming presence.