How to Beat Painsmith Raznal in World of Warcraft

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The Sanctum of Domination is a raid in World of Warcraft introduced in patch 9.1.0. This raid is located in The Maw, the uppermost section of Torghast. Sanctum of Domination consists of 10 bosses, including Sylvanas Windrunner and Painsmith Raznal. 

However, in this guide, we’re going to focus on Raznal. 

You’ll find Painsmith Raznal in Screaming Anvil, his workshop in the eastern, mid-level section of Sanctum of Domination. 

His workshop consists of a platform divided into squares where spikes randomly pop out during the entire encounter. The chamber is also suspended with chains over lava and overlooked by a raised platform where Painsmith Raznal forges his weapons. 

Today, we will show you the best strategy to beat Painsmith Raznal in World of Warcraft. 

Let’s get started!

Painsmith Raznal Encounter Overview

beat Painsmith Raznal in World of Warcraft

Raznal’s workshop is built from deadly spikes that randomly occur from the floor, activated by his attacks. Upon reaching 70% and 40% HP, Painsmith Raznal will leap to his anvil to create a new weapon, allowing him to activate spikes in a shifty manner. 

Player Roles


Tanks WoW

Tanks should remember that the Cruciform Axe, Reverberating Hammer, and Dualblade Scythe deal massive damage to nearby players upon impact. Deadly spikes randomly erupt from the floor when Painsmith Raznal throws his weapon. 

When you get targeted by the Instrument of Pain, run to the corner of the platform, away from the raid. Assigned tanks should also taunt swap after each stack of Blackened Armor.

Lastly, Shadowsteel Embers are generated when Raznal is working on a new weapon in his anvil. 

Damage Dealers


For damage dealers, you should also keep in mind that spikes would erupt from the floor when Raznal starts throwing his weapon. Spiked balls also roll across the chamber and deal massive damage to any player caught in its path. 

Kill Spiked Balls to generate a gap in the wall of Spiked Balls. 

Finally, Shadowsteel Chains deal damage to nearby raid members and knock them back. 


Healers WoW

Healers also need to take note of the spikes that erupt from the floor when Raznal throws his weapon. Dualblade Scythe, Reverberating Hammer, and Cruciform Axe deal massive damage to nearby members upon impact, so be ready to heal them. 

When the boss hurls his weapon at the tank, the rest of the raid will take a large burst of fall-off DMG. The raid will also continually take damage during Phase 2.

Shadowsteel chains deal massive damage to players and knock them back. 

Painsmith Raznal Strategy Guide 

Flameclasp Traps can be placed anywhere during the first phase as long as they are not in line with the tank’s corner for the tank mechanic. You can detonate these Flameclasp Traps one by one, giving time for your healers to top the raid in between explosions. 

beat Painsmith Raznal in World of Warcraft

In the second phase, Flameclasp Trap should be placed on the opposite edge of where the tank is taking weapon hits from Raznal. There are two overlaps where the raid has to kill Spiked Balls. 

For these types of overlaps, the tank should run through the gap and go towards the designated corner, while the players affected by the traps should run on the opposite edge of the platform.

Once the Flameclasp Traps are placed, the assigned player should detonate them in close intervals, giving the Flameclasp Eruption debuff time to expire. 

Phase One: 

  • Focus on killing the middle spiked ball and run through the gap to survive. 
  • Players affected by Shadowsteel Chains should spread out and avoid running into other raid members. 
  • Tanks need to quickly run the boss’ weapon-throwing cast to the corner of the room and taun swap after each cast. 
  • The entire raid should dodge the spikes that are generated when your tanks get hit by Raznal’s weapon. 
  • On Heroic, avoid stepping into the traps. Have one person run around to intentionally step on the traps after each of their debuffs wear off. 

Phase Two: 

  • Avoid the waves of spikes coming from the front of the room. 
  • Dodge the swirlies on the ground. 

Lastly, Painsmith Raznal will change weapons after each phase, creating different spike patterns when the weapon is hurled at the tank. 

That is everything you need to know on how to beat Painsmith Raznal in World of Warcraft. If you have questions about this encounter, please leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to answer them. 

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