Last night I finally finished collecting Fragments of Val’anyr and completed Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings. It looks pretty cool, and I like the effect it puts on people. It’s obviously not as cool now, but back in Wrath, it was really cool to see a healer with one. Even in a battleground, when I saw enemies with that electric-looking shield, I instantly knew one of them was wielding Val’anyr. Mooglegem was nice enough to do runs with me. I don’t know how easy it is now, but at level 90, I could solo the raid with exception of Yogg-saron +0. With her, the whole raid is much more enjoyable.
Luckily for Mooglegem, she got something out of it as well. A couple weeks ago, Yogg-saron dropped Mimiron’s Head. I think it’s one of the coolest mounts in the game, and she looks great with it!
I decided to try solo’ing Ulduar. I wasn’t sure what to expect, because I don’t usually hear about healers solo’ing content. I wiped a few times on each boss, but it wasn’t actually that bad. I managed to down seven bosses, up to and including Auriaya. I couldn’t down Mimiron, and I didn’t try any other bosses yet.
Flame Leviathan should be easy in the future. The trick was placing extra demolishers into positions around the boss so I could switch when he destroys my vehicle. I had trouble with the adds overwhelming me on Razorscale on my first attempt, but one I made adds my priority, things went well. I struggled on Ignis the Furnace Master in my first pull as well, but that’s because I forgot how to deal with adds. The second pull was fine. Similarly, I wiped on the first pull of XT-002 Deconstructor but killed him on my second. I think I just needed a reminder on how each boss worked.
Next I did the Assembly of Iron. According to Wowpedia’s article, Fragment of Val’anyr, there’s a higher drop rate on the hard mode. I tried that, but it didn’t work for me. I also tried getting them all low before killing one, not realizing that they heal. Whoops! I got them down on my third attempt when I gave up on hard modes and actually understood how the fight worked.
Next up was Kologarn. There’s nothing special about him; he was very easy. Auriaya was next. Her cats killed me almost immediately on my first pull. On my second pull, I went right for the cats. It was dumb of me not to power through the first time. I killed them quickly and then took my time killed Auriaya.
I put in a few attempts on Mimiron but just couldn’t down him. I hit the enrage timer in the last phase. Maybe if I tried flasking and eating, but we’ll see. I didn’t try any of the other bosses yet either, but I did get three Fragments of Val’anyr, so I’m 10% of the way there!