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The Icecrown Gunship Battle is an encounter in Icecrown Citadel that involves an aerial battle between the gunships Skybreaker and Orgrim's Hammer. Muradin Bronzebeard and High Overlord Saurfang are the gunship commanders.

Abilites

Both sides and their mobs use the same abilites that do not change other than increased health and damage.

Alliance side

Gunship Cannon
  • Ability vehicle siegeenginecannon  [Cannon Blast] 150 yd range—Launches a cannonball at the target. Inflicts 1000 Siege damage and generates 6 to 10 Heat. Instant
  • Ability vehicle demolisherflamecatapult  [Incinerating Blast] 150 yd range—Consumes all of the cannon's Heat to launch a massive ball of fire at the target. Inflicts 1000 Siege damage plus additional damage per point of Heat. Instant
Muradin Bronzebeard
  • Ability warrior rampage  [Battle Fury]—Increases all damage done by 5%. Instant. 20 sec duration. +7% in 25-player mode
  • Ability warrior cleave  [Cleave]ω ϖ Melee range—Inflicts 120% of normal melee damage to an enemy and its nearest allies, affecting up to 3 targets. Instant (6 sec cooldown)
Skybreaker Sergeant
  • Ability warrior bladestorm  [Bladestorm]—Instantly Whirlwind up to 4 nearby targets and for the next 6 sec you will perform a whirlwind attack every 1.0 sec. While under the effects of Bladestorm, you can move but cannot perform any other abilities but you do not feel pity or remorse or fear and you cannot be stopped unless killed. Instant (7 sec cooldown)
  • Ability warrior savageblow  [Wounding Strike] Melee range—Inflicts 200% weapon damage and leaves the target wounded, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 25% for 10 sec. Instant. -40% healing in 25-player mode.
  • Achievement pvp g 01  [Experienced]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 30%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 20%. Instant
    • Achievement pvp o 02  [Veteran]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 60%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 40%. Instant
      • Achievement pvp h 03  [Elite]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 120%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 80%. Instant
  • Ability hunter rapidkilling  [Desperate Resolve]—Increases armor and attack speed by 60%. Instant. +120% Armor in 25-player mode
Skybreaker Mortar Soldier
  • Inv gizmo rocketlauncher  [Rocket Artillery]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—Launches a rocket that explodes on impact, inflicting Fire damage to nearby enemies and Siege damage to the enemy gunship. 5 sec cast
    • Spell fire selfdestruct  [Explosion] 50,000 yd range—The rocket explodes, inflicting 6300 to 7700 Fire damage to nearby enemies and Siege damage to the enemy gunship. Instant
  • Achievement pvp g 01  [Experienced]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 30%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 20%. Instant
    • Achievement pvp o 02  [Veteran]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 60%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 40%. Instant
      • Achievement pvp h 03  [Elite]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 120%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 80%. Instant
Skybreaker Marine
  • Achievement pvp g 01  [Experienced]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 30%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 20%. Instant
    • Achievement pvp o 02  [Veteran]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 60%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 40%. Instant
      • Achievement pvp h 03  [Elite]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 120%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 80%. Instant
  • Ability hunter rapidkilling  [Desperate Resolve]—Increases armor and attack speed by 60%. Instant. +120% Armor in 25-player mode
Skybreaker Sorcerer
  • Spell frost frost  [Below Zero]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—Freezes the target in a block of ice by concentrating and freezing moisture in the air. The caster must channel to maintain the ice block. Instant
Skybreaker Rifleman
  • Inv weapon halberd 03  [Hurl Axe] 50,000 yd range—Hurl an axe at the target, inflicting 3800 to 4200 Physical damage. 2 sec cast. 5700-6300 in 25-player mode
  • Achievement pvp g 01  [Experienced]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 30%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 20%. Instant
    • Achievement pvp o 02  [Veteran]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 60%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 40%. Instant
      • Achievement pvp h 03  [Elite]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 120%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 80%. Instant
  • Ability hunter rapidkilling  [Desperate Resolve]—Increases armor and attack speed by 60%. Instant. +120% Armor in 25-player mode

Horde side

Gunship Cannon
  • Ability vehicle siegeenginecannon  [Cannon Blast] 150 yd range—Launches a cannonball at the target. Inflicts 1000 Siege damage and generates 6 to 10 Heat. Instant
  • Ability vehicle demolisherflamecatapult  [Incinerating Blast] 150 yd range—Consumes all of the cannon's Heat to launch a massive ball of fire at the target. Inflicts 1000 Siege damage plus additional damage per point of Heat. Instant
High Overlord Saurfang
  • Ability warrior rampage  [Battle Fury]—Increases all damage done by 5%. Instant. 20 sec duration. +7% in 25-player mode
  • Ability warrior cleave  [Cleave]ω ϖ Melee range—Inflicts 120% of normal melee damage to an enemy and its nearest allies, affecting up to 3 targets. Instant (6 sec cooldown)
Kor'kron Sergeant
  • Ability warrior bladestorm  [Bladestorm]—Instantly Whirlwind up to 4 nearby targets and for the next 6 sec you will perform a whirlwind attack every 1.0 sec. While under the effects of Bladestorm, you can move but cannot perform any other abilities but you do not feel pity or remorse or fear and you cannot be stopped unless killed. Instant (7 sec cooldown)
  • Ability warrior savageblow  [Wounding Strike] Melee range—Inflicts 200% weapon damage and leaves the target wounded, reducing the effectiveness of any healing by 25% for 10 sec. Instant. -40% healing in 25-player mode.
  • Achievement pvp g 01  [Experienced]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 30%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 20%. Instant
    • Achievement pvp o 02  [Veteran]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 60%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 40%. Instant
      • Achievement pvp h 03  [Elite]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 120%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 80%. Instant
  • Ability hunter rapidkilling  [Desperate Resolve]—Increases armor and attack speed by 60%. Instant. +120% Armor in 25-player mode
Kor'kron Rocketeer
  • Inv gizmo rocketlauncher  [Rocket Artillery]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—Launches a rocket that explodes on impact, inflicting Fire damage to nearby enemies and Siege damage to the enemy gunship. 5 sec cast
    • Spell fire selfdestruct  [Explosion] 50,000 yd range—The rocket explodes, inflicting 6300 to 7700 Fire damage to nearby enemies and Siege damage to the enemy gunship. Instant
  • Achievement pvp g 01  [Experienced]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 30%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 20%. Instant
    • Achievement pvp o 02  [Veteran]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 60%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 40%. Instant
      • Achievement pvp h 03  [Elite]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 120%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 80%. Instant
Kor'kron Reaver
  • Achievement pvp g 01  [Experienced]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 30%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 20%. Instant
    • Achievement pvp o 02  [Veteran]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 60%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 40%. Instant
      • Achievement pvp h 03  [Elite]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 120%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 80%. Instant
  • Ability hunter rapidkilling  [Desperate Resolve]—Increases armor and attack speed by 60%. Instant. +120% Armor in 25-player mode
Kor'kron Battle-Mage
  • Spell frost frost  [Below Zero]ω ϖ 50,000 yd range—Freezes the target in a block of ice by concentrating and freezing moisture in the air. The caster must channel to maintain the ice block. Instant
Kor'kron Axethrower
  • Inv weapon halberd 03  [Hurl Axe] 50,000 yd range—Hurl an axe at the target, inflicting 3800 to 4200 Physical damage. 2 sec cast. 5700-6300 in 25-player mode
  • Achievement pvp g 01  [Experienced]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 30%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 20%. Instant
    • Achievement pvp o 02  [Veteran]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 60%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 40%. Instant
      • Achievement pvp h 03  [Elite]ω ϖ—Damage done increased by 120%. Attack and casting speeds increased by 80%. Instant
  • Ability hunter rapidkilling  [Desperate Resolve]—Increases armor and attack speed by 60%. Instant. +120% Armor in 25-player mode

IMPORTANT: All enemy NPCs except the Commanders and the Battle-Mage/Sorceror will gain experience the longer they are left alive, starting from Regular and progressing to Experienced, then Veteran, and finally Elite. At Experienced rank, opposing NPCs have damage increased by 30% and attack/cast speed increased by 20%. At Veteran rank this rises to 60% and 40% respectively, and finally at Elite rank this buff rises to 120% and 80% respectively. Thus it is important for gunners and boarding party members to pick off enemy NPCs when higher priority targets are absent, as enough Elite NPCs will stress the healers considerably.

Strategy

Overview

The objective is to deal more siege damage to the enemy gunship than it does to yours. Siege damage is done by firing the guns on your gunship. The enemy gunship will attack yours mainly using rockets and hand-held ranged weapons. The enemy will periodically attack your ship with a boarding party, which must be tanked and killed before they can do too much damage. Ranged DPS are preferred for the defensive party. The enemy will periodically deploy a mage to stand on their deck and freeze the guns of your ship preventing them from firing, and this mage must be killed to free your guns so that you can keep damaging the enemy gunship. In order to do this you should form a boarding party of your own consisting of a single tank, some healers and some damage dealers (preferably melee). The boarding party can jump to the enemy gunship and back using jetpacks provided by your gunship's engineer. The tank must tank the enemy commander while being healed. The enemy commander will gain a stacking buff over time while in combat that increases his damage, so the boarding party must kill the enemy mage before the commander gains enough buffs to kill the tank. If any time remains the boarding party can also kill the rocket teams. After this it is essential that the entire boarding party jumps back to the friendly ship in order for the enemy commander to be left alone and lose his stacking buff before the next mage comes out and freezes your guns. The enemy ranged infantry can be killed by the defending ranged DPS while they are not killing an enemy boarding party. If all of these things are done you should comfortably win the DPS race.

Tactics by Role

Defenders

Their main role is to eliminate enemy boarding parties that will teleport over. While there is no boarding party they can kill the ranged DPS on the enemy gunship, hence ranged DPS are preferred for this group. The boarding party can be tanked by a single tank, who will of course need healers. The enemy rocketeers will fire rockets at your gunship that should be avoided by looking for the (easy to spot) target markers and moving away before the rocket lands. The boarding party consists of Sergeants and Reavers/Marines. The Sergeants need to be tanked as they hit very hard and can flatten a non-tank. Reavers and Marines can also hit moderately hard but not hard enough to one-shot clothies (unless at elite rank). Any members of the enemy boarding party which have no raid members or NPCs on their aggro table will instead attack the ship with depth charges; this must be avoided at all costs, as this ability is extremely damaging and will sink your gunship in less than a minute if left unchecked.

Gunners

Their main role is to damage the enemy gunship while their guns are not frozen. While their guns are frozen they should leave their guns and help with another activity, such as defending against enemy boarding parties, or damaging the enemy's ranged DPS. They can also join the boarding party and help kill the mage, but once the mage is down they should jump back immediately to fire their guns again rather than stay and kill the rocketeers.

Guns have two different attacks: a normal shot bound to "1" which fires a shot that deals 1000 siege damage to the opposing ship, as well as some damage to any enemy NPCs caught in the blast radius. The normal shot also generates between 6 to 10 "heat", which fills up the heat gauge on the gun (begins at 0, fills at 100, will lose 1-2 heat per second if the gun is not fired). The second shot is a heated shot which immediately expels all the accumulated heat on the gun and deals 1000 damage as well as additional damage for each unit of heat, up to 5000 damage with a nearly filled bar. If the heat meter reaches or exceeds 100, the gun overheats and both shots are locked for the next five seconds until all heat has been drained. Gunners should note that both gunshots not only damage the opposing ship but also damage enemy NPCs, thus shots should be angled at rocketeers/mortar soldiers to wear them down and kill them before they stack to dangerous levels of experience.

Boarding Party

Make sure you pick up a jump pack from your gunship's engineer and equip it before the fight, as it is a clothing item and cannot be equipped once in combat. The jump pack is used by 'using' the item of clothing and selecting a destination to jump to (you can practice before the battle starts). They can defend against enemy boarding parties while not busy, but should remain ready to jump over to the enemy ship when the mage comes out (which will be announced by a raid emote by the enemy commander). A single tank is required who should jump first with his healers shortly after to keep the enemy commander busy. The commander has a ranged attack but should be tanked at melee range, as his ranged attack applies a stacking impale dot that is weak at first but will quickly become unhealable. The other enemy crew members will not bother you. The DPS should kill first the mage, then try to kill the rocketeers, and then jump back. The tank and healers should then make sure they jump back together to avoid being killed on the way out. The boarding party is on a time limit and must at least kill the mage before the enemy commander gets enough buff stacks to endanger the tank (around 20-25 stacks, though this will depend on the strength of your tank and healers and cooldowns used). The boarding party must all leave and wait for the enemy commander to lose his buff before they can return. For this reason the boarding party should only jump over when the mage freezes your guns, and not jump over early. It is not necessary or desirable to DPS the enemy commander - he is only tanked.

Be very careful about units you leave behind on the enemy gunship, namely summoned pets and totems. For example, totems left on the deck of the enemy gunship can keep the enemy boss attacking (and thereby refreshing his stacking damage buff) between two sorceror rounds. This can cause the damage buff to stack as high as 40 to 50, which is untankable. If you drop totems or summon pets on board the enemy ship, recall them as you're leaving. In addition, after jumping back, be sure to move a comfortable distance away from the edge to ensure that the enemy commander breaks combat with you and resets, as he can use his ranged attack across the gap if you are too close to the edge, which will keep him in combat and delay losing his buff.

Loot

Normal mode

10 man Type Description Slot 25 man Type Description Slot
Inv axe 113 [Frost Giant's Cleaver] One hand Melee Axe Inv axe 113 [Scourgeborne Waraxe] One hand Melee Axe
Inv weapon shortblade 103 [Midnight Sun] Main hand Healer Dagger Inv bracer 42 [Polar Bear Claw Bracers] Plate Melee Wrist
Inv shield 73 [Neverending Winter] Shield Tank Shield Inv belt 70 [Waistband of Righteous Fury] Plate Healer Waist
Inv boots plate 12 [Bone Drake's Enameled Boots] Plate Melee Feet Inv shoulder 129 [Boneguard Commander's Pauldrons] Plate Tank Shoulders
Inv bracer 42 [Bracers of Pale Illumination] Plate Healer Wrist Inv bracer 40 [Scourge Hunter's Vambraces] Mail Physical Wrist
Inv shoulder 113 [Pauldrons of Lost Hope] Mail Physical Shoulders Inv chest leather 22 [Ikfirus's Sack of Wonder] Leather Melee Chest
Inv bracer 40 [Icecrown Rampart Bracers] Mail Physical Wrist Inv boots leather 8 [Boots of Unnatural Growth] Leather Caster Feet
Inv helmet 100 [Ice-Reinforced Vrykul Helm] Mail Healer Head Inv gauntlets 90 [Gunship Captain's Mittens] Cloth Caster + hit Hands
Inv belt 59 [Cord of Dark Suffering] Leather Caster Waist Inv helmet 156 [Corp'rethar Ceremonial Crown] Cloth Caster Head
Inv misc cape 26 [Saronite Gargoyle Cloak] Cloak Melee Back Item icecrowncloak [Shadowvault Slayer's Cloak] Cloak Melee Back
Inv jewelry ring 85 [Abomination's Bloody Ring] Ring Tank Ring Inv jewelry ring 83 [Skeleton Lord's Circle] Ring Melee Ring
Inv misc spyglass 02 [Muradin's Spyglass] Trinket Caster Trinket Inv jewelry ring 86 [Ring of Rapid Ascent] Ring Caster Ring
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency Item icecrownnecklaced [Amulet of the Silent Eulogy] Necklace Caster + hit Neck
Inv jewelry trinket 02 [Althor's Abacus] Trinket Healer Trinket
Inv misc coin 18 [Corpse Tongue Coin] Trinket Tank Trinket
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient
Inv enchant shardshadowfrostlarge [Shadowfrost Shard] Quest Item

Heroic mode

10 man Type Description Slot 25 man Type Description Slot
Inv axe 113 [Frost Giant's Cleaver] One hand Melee Axe Inv axe 113 [Scourgeborne Waraxe] One hand Melee Axe
Inv weapon shortblade 103 [Midnight Sun] Main hand Healer Dagger Inv bracer 43 [Polar Bear Claw Bracers] Plate Melee Wrist
Inv shield 73 [Neverending Winter] Shield Tank Shield Inv belt 70 [Waistband of Righteous Fury] Plate Healer Waist
Inv boots plate 13 [Bone Drake's Enameled Boots] Plate Melee Feet Inv shoulder 130 [Boneguard Commander's Pauldrons] Plate Tank Shoulders
Inv bracer 43 [Bracers of Pale Illumination] Plate Healer Wrist Inv bracer 40 [Scourge Hunter's Vambraces] Mail Physical Wrist
Inv shoulder 113 [Pauldrons of Lost Hope] Mail Physical Shoulders Inv chest leather 22 [Ikfirus's Sack of Wonder] Leather Melee Chest
Inv bracer 40 [Icecrown Rampart Bracers] Mail Physical Wrist Inv boots leather 8 [Boots of Unnatural Growth] Leather Caster Feet
Inv helmet 169 [Ice-Reinforced Vrykul Helm] Mail Healer Head Inv gauntlets 88 [Gunship Captain's Mittens] Cloth Caster + hit Hands
Inv belt 59 [Cord of Dark Suffering] Leather Caster Waist Inv helmet 156 [Corp'rethar Ceremonial Crown] Cloth Caster Head
Inv misc cape 26 [Saronite Gargoyle Cloak] Cloak Melee Back Item icecrowncloak [Shadowvault Slayer's Cloak] Cloak Melee Back
Inv jewelry ring 85 [Abomination's Bloody Ring] Ring Tank Ring Inv jewelry ring 83 [Skeleton Lord's Circle] Ring Melee Ring
Inv misc spyglass 02 [Muradin's Spyglass] Trinket Caster Trinket Inv jewelry ring 86 [Ring of Rapid Ascent] Ring Caster Ring
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency Item icecrownnecklaced [Amulet of the Silent Eulogy] Necklace Caster + hit Neck
Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient Inv jewelry trinket 02 [Althor's Abacus] Trinket Healer Trinket
Inv misc coin 18 [Corpse Tongue Coin] Trinket Tank Trinket
Inv misc frostemblem 01 [Emblem of Frost] x2 Currency
Spell fire felflamebreath [Primordial Saronite] Ingredient
Inv enchant shardshadowfrostlarge [Shadowfrost Shard] Quest Item

Related achievements

Quotes

Horde

Intro

High Overlord Saurfang yells: Rise up, sons and daughters of the Horde! Today we battle a hated enemy of the Horde! LOK'TAR OGAR! Kor'kron, take us out!
High Overlord Saurfang yells: What is that?! Something approaching in the distance!
High Overlord Saurfang yells: ALLIANCE GUNSHIP! ALL HANDS ON DECK!
Muradin Bronzebeard yells: Move yer jalopy or we'll blow it out of the sky, orc! The Horde's got no business here!
High Overlord Saurfang yells: You will know our business soon! KOR'KRON, ANNIHILATE THEM!

Boarding Orgrim's Hammer

Muradin Bronzebeard yells: Marines, Sergeants, attack!
High Overlord Saurfang yells: You DARE board my ship? Your death will come swiftly.

New Riflemen Spawned

  • Muradin Bronzebeard yells: Riflemen, shoot faster!

New Mortar Team Spawned

  • Muradin Bronzebeard yells: Mortar team, reload!

Below Zero

  • Muradin Bronzebeard yells: We're taking hull damage, get a sorcerer out here to shut down those cannons!

Horde victory

  • High Overlord Saurfang yells: The Alliance falter. Onward to the Lich King!

Videos

10-player Normal encounter



25-player Normal encounter



Patch changes

  • WoW Icon 16x16 Hotfix (2009-12-16): "Muradin and Saurfang will no longer gain stacks of Battlefury from totems. Additionally, the duration of Battlefury has also been reduced."
  • Wrath-Logo-Small Patch 3.3.0 (08-Dec-2009): Added.

References

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Icecrown Citadel: The Frozen Throne Blizzard Entertainment
As they continue their ascent, the Alliance and Horde heroes ultimately end up outside of the citadel where their hatred for one another erupts into a battle for dominance over the Rampart of Skulls. Players will join in battle alongside High Overlord Saurfang on the Orgrim's Hammer gunship or Muradin Bronzebeard on The Skybreaker in a unique encounter. Each faction will protect its gunship and try to destroy the other one in a back-and-forth battle to see who is truly worthy of facing the Lich King.

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