Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Ulduar 10 for Dummies: XT-002 Deconstructor

First, Shy's asked me to congratulate Nefernet on her custard cake... it looks delicious!

After we finish admiring the tasty cake Nefernet's won (that you're not allowed to touch... stay away! It's not yours! Wait.. it's not mine either. Darn!)

Ahem. After all that's said and done (sorry about the missing piece! I had to test it's quality... that's it. Quality testing!), let's talk about XT-002.

Going straight ahead from Flame Leviathan, you reach XT-002. He has two trash packs inside his room, to the left and right of the entrance. The most important mob to down in these packs are the two Parts Recovery Technicians. These mechanognomes shield their allies, meaning you have to move the groups out of the shield effect to keep killing them. The next most dangerous (or annoying) enemy is the Salvagebot - it throws out a spinning sawblade that bounces around the group, doing damage. The sawblade can be targeted and should be killed.

Raid Composition

2 tanks, 2 or 3 healers, 5 or 6 DPS. Ranged DPS is better for this fight due to being able to spread out for Light Bomb (Searing Light) and Gravity Bomb, as well as providing ranged AoE on the add packs during Phase 2.

Pull and Positioning

  • The MT should aggro XT-002 when he's standing at the stairs in the center of the room, then run through him and stand on those stairs so XT-002's back is to the raid
  • Ranged needs to spread out with at least 10 yards between them. (Type /range if you have DBM installed.) melee should stand in two groups on either side of him to make it easier to run out if one of them gets a bomb effect
Tantrums and Bombs - Phase 1
  • During the first phase, XT-002 can use Tympanic Tantrum, causing an earthquake affect that hits everybody for 80% of their HP over 8 seconds
  • If you get Light Bomb, stand 10 yards away from other players, as this ability does damage to everyone around you
  • If you have Gravity Bomb, run away from the raid - you need to be 12 yards away from the nearest player, because 9 seconds later you'll spawn a gravity well that pulls everyone within 12 yards into it, then deal 12k damage to them
Heart and Adds - Phase 2
  • At 75%, 50%, and 25% health, XT-002 shuts down and drops his heart on the ground for 20 seconds. This heart takes double damage, and that damage is transferred to XT-002, shortening his next phase
  • The offtank should keep track of the corners. Three types of adds spawn. These are:
  • XM-024 Pummeler - these need to be tanked slightly away from the raid, it has small-ranged AoEs, but doesn't hit for very much. No real effort needs to be made to kill them
  • XE-321 Boombot - These walk towards XT-002 and need to be killed before they move into the raid at 50% HP, they explode, dealing AoE damage around them
  • XS-013 Scrapbot - These come in packs that move towards XT-002 and need to be AoEd down. When they reach him, they heal him back for a small amount of his health
Final Thoughts and a Word of Warning...
  • At the end of Phase 2, the heart returns to XT-002 and Phase 1 resumes
  • Each time you enter Phase 2, the heart spawns with full HP
  • If you kill the heart in Phase 2, then XT-002 enters hard mode, increasing damage dealt, HP total, and gaining new abilities. Unexpected, this will wipe your raid


  1. And if you kill the heart the 3rd time it drops to enter hardmode, XT regains all his life. So if you plan on doing hardmode make sure you kill the heart the first time it spawns to be slightly easier on your healers!! LOL

  2. Thanks for the cake ! But i will never be able to eat that alone... I'd be happy to share it ! :D

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  3. If you pull XT to the left or right wall instead of on the stairs, the adds are easier to manage.

  4. Hmm..back to Ulduar this weekend, will have to give it a try. The only reason I can imagine to pull him to the wall is that the distance between the wall and the piles might be slightly longer than from the piles to the stairs.

    I have also heard of tactics that if you are low on dps to pull him on top of a pile. And yes, he will eat some scrapbots then, but instead of having many piles reaching him then, you do create optimal distance between him and 3 piles at least.

    We did the 'nerf engineering (Defeat XT-002 Deconstructor without him recovering any health from XS-013 Scrapbots on Normal Difficulty.) by having him at the stairs. So it depends a bit on your raid setup.

    Oh...if you have strong dps, and weak tanking in comparison. Keep him at the stairs. The more moving, the harder it gets on the tank.

  5. So we went back to XT002 today and pulled him to the wall like you suggested. The reason apparently to do so is that he then doesn't spawn adds in the corners that he's close to.

    Either way we got our hardmode achievement today, so no adds to worry about after the heart was dead anyway :)