Dragon Slaying 101: How To Sindragosa 10

Sindragosa. Even the bravest amongst us shiver or spit when they say her name. There’s a lot of hatred for her but not much in the way of a definitive How You Deal With Sindy. So today I’m doing just that for raiders needing advice on Sindragosa 10. I’ll follow up in a few days with tips specific to healing here.

Though the encounter can seem easier than others in ICC Sindy will turn you and yours into foiled adventurer sandwiches. I believe some encounters can be harder on 10 man than 25: this is one of them.

You’ve just redecorated Sindy’s ledge with the trash and your group is pausing to do crucial things like buff up and get coffee. Then a giant ribcage full of blue gas lands on your tank and you’re all in combat. What to do?

Sindragosa: quick facts

– Don’t Panic! Tactically If you know any combination of Garfrost, Sapphiron and Any Other Dragon at all, you already have a good idea of the tactics for Sindragosa. The encounter’s also nicely paced – it starts off gently.
She’s a dragon. That means standing behind her will get you tail swept and standing in front of her will get you cleaved. This particular dragon also has a Frost Breath which hits anything in front of her.
– Sindy uses a lot of auras and debuffs. Most of them affect every member of the raid. Here’s what you need to know:

  • PERMEATING CHILL will stack on all meleers as they attack. They should stop attacking Sindy when it gets to 5-6 stacks, until it falls off.
  • INSTABILITY will stack on any caster who Sindy casts UNCHAINED MAGIC on. To prevent stacks of Instability simply stop casting until UNCHAINED MAGIC falls off. Really, stop casting, it’s possible to kill yourself with these stacks.
  • MYSTIC BUFFET will stack on everyone in phase 2. It increases magical damage taken per stack. More on that later.
  • FROST AURA will deal 4.5k damage to everyone every 3 seconds any time Sindy is grounded  That means healers need to be constantly healing.

In phase 1 Sindragosa has ground and air phases. The first air phase occurs at 85% health, and then every 90 seconds thereafter until 35%.

Ground phase critical info: Positioning

Threat: Sindy tests your DPSers’ ability to watch their aggro. As usual the tank will have to position an unwieldy dragon – oggle over my arty  diagram for positioning. More importantly though, the tank will also get PERMEATING CHILL and will sometimes have to stop hitting for a few seconds to let the stacks drop.
Frostie: You might want to consider some or all of your raid wearing one piece of frost resist kit to mitigate some of the frost damage which is going to get worse as the fight progresses. At the very least I’d recommend your main tank picks up a piece of frost resistance.
Hokie-kokie: Sindy will pull the group in to her. Then she casts a 25-yard AoE called BLISTERING COLD. It has a 5 second cast time. Run away in a straight line as soon as she grips you in. Anyone caught in the AoE will either be dead on the floor or near-dead on their feet.
– Your tank should be aware that Sindy seems to move forward onto the tank after Blistering Cold, whether or not the tank moved.
Tip: DBM counts the BLISTERING COLD ability cooldown. Be ready to run as it ticks down. I also find it useful to turn on the spot to face the direction I want to run as the cooldown ticks. I also remind anyone with high debuff stacks to let them drop, in case they get caught in the AoE and their debuff might finish them off. Death Knights can use Anti-Magic Shell to null the effects of Blistering Cold.

Air phase how to:

The air phase is the first that requires co-ordination. It’s like Sapphiron’s air phase: you hide behind icetombs to line of sight (that is, put something between you and it so you can’t see it) an AoE.

Unlike Sapphiron, the AoE doesn’t come from Sindy herself but ice swirls she places on the ground. Those swirls are what you need to line of sight. air phase2

1. Two raid members will get target marks. They should run to pre-arranged ‘ice tomb positions as in the picture. These positions should be the same for every air phase. Everyone else should stay away from those two people until they’re entombed in ice. 
2. As soon as they’re tombed up everyone else should gather round the tombs. You have a few seconds from the ice swirl appearing to the AoE occuring. Look for the ice swirls and line of sight them. There will be four swirls in total and they could be anywhere on the platform – including behind you.
3. As you avoid the AoE you also need to break the ice blocks to let your comrades out. Do this by slowly DPSing the iceblocks so they break just after the fourth swirl/AoE: try to avoid letting icetombs break. I’d recommend not getting below 25% health before the fourth blast.
Tip: remember I said this was a forgiving fight? We found it’s possible to live through breaking one or both icetombs early on air phases, but I recommend breaking them slowly for safety. If necessary assign your top two DPS a block each to solo and have everyone else focus on avoiding the AoE. DoTs such as DK diseases should not be used on the icetombs as they break too easily.

Phase 2 critical info:

Sindy is permanently grounded. She will still use Ice Grip and Blistering Cold and casts Ice Tomb on one player at a time. Meanwhile, MYSTIC BUFFET is a killer. It’s important not to let Buffet stack too high: hide behind an ice tomb until it drops off. Some thoughts on dealing with buffet:
– Sindy casts icetomb frequently in this phase and you really don’t want multiple tombs up at once. When someone is marked to be tombed they should run to a pre-defined space. Next to Sindy’s head is a central spot for this as everyone – including tanks – can get to it quickly.
Have a second tank. Even if it’s a kitty druid. They just need to tank for a few seconds when your tank’s stacks reach 4-5 and need to be dropped
Healers should remove stacks on a rotation basis so that at least one is not behind the ice block, so they can heal the tank. My healers and I set up some simple macros to tell each other what was going on – e.g. /p staying out – Pitil next
DPS should be split into two groups. On the first iceblock group A removes their stacks, group B nukes Sindy. Visa versa on the second iceblock.
Tip: You do need to break the icetombs. You could have all DPS do this, although it causes chaos and the potential for multiple tombs is high. I’d recommend assigning one, or even two, high DPSer to do nothing else but nuke icetombs for this phase.

That lot should be all the info you need to get through the fight – hopefully some of these tips will help it go smoothly for you. Remember she does have an enrage timer so unload the DPS as quickly as possible in phase 1. Skimp on healers or off tank if you want but be certain you can deal with phase 2 if you do. When you do take her down break out the screenshot buttons: you’ve just downed the Queen of the Frostbrood.


Now it’s your turn. What do you think? Have you got any tips to add here to All That Sindykillers Could Ever Need? Have any of these tips clinched the kill for you?  How hard do you think this fight is – or looks if you’re not there yet – and most importantly, how fun? I’d like to hear if you think this is a hard or even an easy fight – but remember everyone is of a different skill level, so please no suggesting that a team of grannies could do this over afternoon tea!

14 thoughts on “Dragon Slaying 101: How To Sindragosa 10”

  1. I like the Sindragosa encounter quite a bit. It was a challenging encounter to learn, and it’s no walk in the park! At the gear level our tanks were at when we first reached her (we do 10m strict) we found that an invaluable aid was having them pick up a few pieces of frost resist gear. Yes, 213 frost resist gear. It mitigates a ridiculous amount of her damage in P2, and her melee hits aren’t that hard.

    Having them able to soak that extra bit of frost damage gave our scrambling healers time to do the ice block dance without unfortunate consequences. The first time we had FR gear we one-shot her, whereas we’d been struggling with a series of heartbreaking 1% wipes prior to that. 😀
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  2. We have people monitor their own debuffs and move out as appropriate. This means if someone goes higher than 4 then they hide for a couple seconds.

    Personally I find the first phase too boring and the second phase a bit annoying. Its not a massively new mechanic either. Once the obvious things have been dealt with I don’t find it a massively challenging fight. Personally I’d say putricide is easier.
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  3. Now this may be incorrect, but from my experience Sindragosa’s tail swipe is actually a cast, and it hits all melee and people nearby whether or not they are behind her.

    Just a minor detail, though. Great guide otherwise 🙂

  4. Interesting. I’ve just checked our logs (the same raid that Mimetir runs) and indeed, all the melee get hit by Tail Smash, all the time. The tank doesn’t, but that’s it.

    FAIL, IMO. A tail smash should come from, you know, the tail…

  5. @Fear
    You can avoid the tail swipe if all of your melee stand at max range on the side of her hitbox.

    Still trying to figure out a good strategy to down her consistently. Though this has given me a few ideas.

  6. A tip for resetting your stacks is that the pulse always goes out when you have two seconds remaining on your mystic buffet. Depending on your timing and latency, you can nip behind at 3 seconds, nip out just after two, and have spent <2 seconds out of los from tank/melee.

    We use two tanks and have the off tank reset his stacks on each iceblock and then go and take over MT duties (tank swaps every other block). We let the raid (in 2 groups) get away with resetting every other iceblock (even on HC), with the block just before the blistering cold being the exception.

    If you do use 2 MT's though don't let the OT stand in front of Sindra, as well as eating a needless breath he'll be parry hasting her too ~).

  7. Excellent tips folks, thanks for adding!

    @Vidyala – aye, we found that pieces of frost resistance kit really helped on the final phase, too. Our MT managed to get quite a number of stacks and I suspect the FR kit is one of the reasons she survived it.

    @Fearghas and @What’s My Main Again – re: tail swipe – interesting. As Kat says, would have thought tail swipe would be from… behind. Good info on standing at the edge of the hit box to avoid it though, thanks.

    @Timmar – I’d heard that it refreshed on 2 seconds or so but hadn’t put two and two together to get that coming out of hiding <2 seconds was safe (and useful). Good tip – thanks!

  8. One note for tanks – it IS possible to prevent Sindy from taking a giant step forward toward you after Blistering Cold. It’s a total bastard, but it’s possible.

    What you need to do:

    1) When BC starts, run out to her right-front side.
    2) As soon as you reckon you’re out of range of BC, run left in an arc aiming to stay as close as possible to the edge of the BC range. You want to end up in front of her when BC casts Yes, there is no way to visualise the range at all other than guesswork. Have fun.
    3) When BC actually casts, immediately run a little way in toward Sindy. You want to cross the very edge of the graphic.

    If you do this right, she should either not move or take a tiny step. That can really give you some breathing space on Phase 3 where otherwise you end up backed up against a wall.

    It’s horribly difficult – Feral DPS rotation difficult – but if you’re just starting on Sindy now, you should get plenty of practise in…

  9. Tip for healing, change a little the way ur dps ranged and mele are and also ur halers, for third phase melee be at max range hit but a little on the back of the dragon, healers in the middle a little up in the stairs and the tanks obviously in the head off sindy, Whats the pont of this??? easy, healers will never have LoS form anyone, they will be forming a big “V” healing dps on the left and tanks on the right, and what about the Cone targets??? easy too they run to the middle at the start of the stairs, /range 10 on DBM so they dont frosty the heals, hope u can use this, it makes tons of easier and professor harder >.<

  10. I have a question for all you hybrid classes out there…okay, really, just for enhancement shaman. I want to know if you can continue to cast (earth shock, lightning bolt, etc) while your melee debuff drops off. Is it any damage that procs the debuff, or just the hitting-things type of damage?

    Great guide, sir. My raiding team have hit a bit of a wall with Sindy; I’m going to link this on our forums and see if it helps!

  11. @Girlnone – you’re welcome! I hope it helps, let us know however it goes, will be interested to hear. (one little thing btw – I’m a she! :D)

    On the enhancement shammy thing – I don’t know, as I did the fight as a resto shaman. Hopefully someone here can help you though – if not, perhaps BigHitBox.com’s enhancement guru Stoneybaby (twtitter: @Stoneybaby) can help.

  12. I’m enhance, and the answer is yes, you can cast shocks, lightning bolt, fire nova while waiting for the debuf to fall off. Lava burst too, I suppose. I suspect windfury attacks can proc the debuff, so I run FT/FT for this fight.

    No joy on this fight so far, despite… 30? 35? 40 attempts? Struggling with final phase. Keep getting multiple folks ice blocked, or blocks go down too slowly, or too quickly. Hit the enrage timer once.

  13. hey great forum a lot of handy stuff. My guild has been struggling a bit with this fight but I think that after reading this with all the helpful info we should get her down no sweat will let ya know how it goes.


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