The hardest raids in World of Warcraft! Higher tier raiding in World of Warcraft has been the most prestigious activity in the game. Unlike solo adventures, raiding, in general, requires much more focus, knowledge, preparation and above all teamwork. Requiring 20-40 people to work as a cohesive unit to achieve a certain goal is a feat in itself. The newer expansions always bring harder raids and harder boss fights in general. But is that really the case? Let’s take a look at the hardest raids in World of Warcraft
How can we measure correctly the “hardness” of the content? Well, we can use different metrics but there will never be one concise winner. Should we measure them by how long it took for the first kill? Perhaps, we should use the attempts at downing them as an example? Or maybe, we should use the number of guilds that downed it as the benchmark? Today, we will use all 3 metrics.
Which raid and which boss took the longest to defeat?
This specific raid is special as not only did it take the longest time to kill its final boss but also had the coolest raid opening ever! Of course, we are talking about the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj
(AQ40). The sheer amount of work, prestige, and lag that went into opening the gates of Ahn’Qiraj
should qualify it immediately as one of the hardest raids. However, the real raid started once someone hit the gong and opened the gates. And this raid was no joke. Temple of Ahn’Qiraj is a raid set in the Silithus desert with only 9 bosses inside. While AQ40 was not the most mechanically challenging raid, it’s final boss C’thun
holds the world record for the longest time to stand undefeated. It took the best guild, at the time, 86 days
to down C’thun once the Twin Emperors (The pre-final boss) was killed. However, you might argue that Ouro, from the same raid, with its 87
days alive is the winner here, but that is not really the case. Ouro was an optional pre-final boss. Which means, you didn’t need to kill it in order to reach C’thun. That’s the only reason it stands undefeated for 1 day longer than C’thun.
Why did C’thun last that long, if it wasn’t the most challenging fight?
Overtuning. There was a post back in the day explaining the math behind it. Even if all 40 people, did their maximum effort, it would still be impossible to down C’thun. The best guild, at the time, killed C’thun very shortly after the nerfs.
Next up, which boss took the most attempts to be defeated?
Firstly, some honorable mentions. #3 Fallen Avatar – Tomb of Sargeras
453 attempts by Method #2 Archimonde – Hellfire Citadel
472 attempts by Method
Finally, the last boss of the Tomb of Sargeras
in World of Warcraft Legion, Kil’jaeden.
Boasting at a whopping 654 attempts by Method. This fight had everything! From protecting the platform from orbs to running around with an orb, to a secret Mythic only phase, to a general overtune by Blizzard. Everything a true World of Warcraft hardcore raider a.k.a. masochist could ever wish for. In an interview
for Allcraft, leader of Method “Sco” mentioned that they had over 400 wipes at KJ until Blizzard finally understood that the fight was mathematically impossible. After the quick tuning, only 200 wipes were needed to achieve complete victory in the Tomb of Sargeras.
Having 2 of the top 3 boss attempts in it. We can safely declare the Tomb of Sargeras as the hardest boss if we count the sheer amount of wipes it took to be killed. The Method boys also agree with us that this the hardest raid ever in World of Warcraft.
Which of the World of Warcraft raids is the hardest, by its exclusivity?
We all know what is coming here… Vanilla Naxxramas
is by far one of the most exclusive raids ever in World of Warcraft. Just slightly bellow 100 guilds actually managed to kill Vanilla Naxx, before TBC. I know what you are thinking. – 100 guilds? – That’s a lot!
Not really. By the end of Vanilla, World of Warcraft had around 7 million active subscribers. That puts the total population that has seen the death of Kel’Thuzad at below 1%. That is why Naxx came back in the Wrath of The Lich King.
Was Vanilla Naxx really that hard?
The answer is yes and no. Vanilla Naxx came at a time where people were still very new to the genre. The grind, skill, and persistence is at a much higher level now than in 2006. So if you put a team of 40 skilled, veteran players in that scenario now, it would be a different story. However, there are arguments to be made that Vanilla Naxx was just not fair. One of the people who have the world first kill in Naxx gives us some clarification in this video
. It truly shows how unforgiving and overtuned Vanilla Naxxramas really was.
World of Warcraft is ever changing. It is evolving with us, the players. So, there is a general opinion that the newest raids will always be harder than their predecessors. As the players’ skill grows, so will the hardness of the raid. Do you agree with our list for World of Warcraft hardest raids?
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