Kinetic Bombs Suck
Ok so we’re working on the Blood Princes. The fight itself seems pretty easy. Avoid the bad stuff and hit whoever has a health bar until they all die. The thing is.. there’s ALOT of other stuff going on all at the same time to avoid. Some forces you to move away.. some stuff you to move towards.. you do the hokey-pokey.. just a lot of sensory overload.
My job Sunday night was to pop the beachballs up into the air.
See there are these things.. Kinetic Bombs. They spawn when one of the bosses says: My cup runith over. They each last for 60 seconds. Hitting them pops them up in the air. There can be 2-3 up at the same time throughout the fight. The harder you hit them the further up they pop. If they hit the ground they explode, do a significant amount of raid-wide damage.. and they knock everyone back 50 yards (v. annoying when you might get knocked into more bad stuff or out of heal range).
But it’s got a couple of hidden gotchas that no one bothered to mention. Here’s what I’ve found through grepping the Internet.
1. My Fel puppy can keep a single bomb up for its full duration.*** Set your puppy to passive (he really already should be in a raid anyways). Set him to attack one of the beachballs. He’ll run back to your side when his bomb despawns. I like to set him on my current beachball so I can be free to run to the next beachball.
2. Kinetic bombs sometimes randomly explode in the air. Current theory is that if there are any dots on the bomb when it despawns it causes the bomb to explode damaging the raid and knocking everyone back.
3. Kinetic bombs seem to only be vulnerable to direct damage. So if you’re a warlock.. who’s trying desperately to pop a bomb up in the air.. and you spam your instant cast dots on it as you run towards it.. it doesn’t do bubkus.. and the fucking bomb still explodes. So direct damage only. I’ve found Death Coil to be a fantastic clutch spell.. once every two minutes (sigh). Other than that.. Searing Pain, Shadow Bolt, or (shudder) wand.
Bomb #3 that spawns on the farside of the room from me.. when my pets is on Bomb #1.. and I’m on bomb#2.. make me want to cry and kick kittens.
***Some forums report that the felhunters were popping the kinetic bombs so far up in the air that they were aggroing Queen Lan’athal upstairs. Since I’ve never run into this problem I’m going to guess that they hotfixed it.