World of Warcraft Latest Hotfix Nerfs Some Bosses in New Aberrus Raid

June 7 Hotfix Blizzard

Having trouble defeating bosses in the new Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible raid in World of Warcraft? Blizzard has nerfed a few of them in the June 7 Hotfix to make things a bit easier in Normal and Heroic difficulties.

Zskarn is a new raid boss in World of Warcraft that uses traps to deal damage to those who are brave enough to face him. That said, Shrapnel Bomb may have been too effective in taking players out, so the company reduced its initial damage and damage-over-time (DOT) by a whopping 50% on Normal and Heroic. Players who accidentally trigger the bomb are now likely to survive the initial blast due to the adjustment.

Neltharion has been a bit naughty since release because he immediately hits players after casting Calamitous Strike. This will almost always eliminate non-tank players because Calamitous Strike increases physical damage taken by 200%. Apparently, this action was not intended and was actually caused by a pesky bug. Players who have been dying a lot because of this can now breathe a sigh of relief thanks to the June 7 update.

The final boss of the raid, Scalecommander Sarkareth, received some adjustments to make him a bit easier to defeat for smaller raiding teams. For instance, Sarkareth's HP has decreased by 6% in 10-player raids. Furthermore, the Oblivion debuff that players may get in this encounter has its damage per tick reduced by 50%.


Aberrus, the Shadowed Crucible

  • The Vigilant Steward, Zskarn
    • Zskarn health reduced by 10% for small group sizes on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
    • Searing Claws damage reduced by 25% on Normal and Heroic difficulties.
    • Unstable Embers damage reduced by 30% on Heroic difficulty.
  • Echo of Neltharion
    • Calamitous Strike's debuff duration reduced from 40 seconds to 37 seconds on all difficulties. This is done to remove a problematic overlap in phase one of the encounter.
    • Calamitous Strike's debuff will now be removed when the encounter enters intermission on all difficulties.
    • Added a slight delay before the same player can trigger an additional stack of Shatter after destroying Twisted Earth on all difficulties.
    • Volcanic Heart's radius reduced from 25 yards to 20 yards on Mythic difficulty.
  • Scalecommander Sarkareth
    • Duration of Astral Flare buff increased from 23 seconds to 30 seconds in 10-player raids.
    • Void Surge damage per tick reduced by 40% in 10-player raids.
    • [With June 6 resets] Dread raid wide damage reduced by 25% in 10-player raids.

Items and Rewards

  • Fixed an issue that prevented the Drakewatcher Manuscript for the Cliffside Wylderdrake - Black Hair customization option from dropping in some circumstances.
  • Zaralek Cavern
    • Fixed an issue where Cobalt Shalewing's drop rate was lower than intended. Its drop rate is now in line with other similar drops.


  • Fixed an issue where Sparks of Life were not dropping in Zaralek Caverns from various content.

World of Warcraft June 7 Hotfix is available on PC.

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