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The
Temple of the Jade Serpent
is finally open for players to explore. The first instance available to
players from the Mists of Pandaria expansion, the Temple of the Jade
Serpent is a small instance to say the least, sporting only five bosses
for players to defeat spread out over three mini-sized wings. The
shortness of the instance, however, does not take away from the ability
to enjoy this Mists of Pandaria dungeon. The bosses inside are well
thought out and the storyline easily draws you in.

Rich in visual detail the
Temple of the Jade Serpent looks identical to the one experienced by
players in the outdoor quest version, except for the addition of the
Sha, who have taken over and corrupted the temple. Making up both
bosses and trash the Sha need to be driven from the temple so it can be
restored to its former state and once again become a sanctuary for the
Pandaren in WoW.

WoW Mists of Pandaria Temple
of the Jade Serpent Guide


href="#1">Library
Event - href="#2">
Wise Mari - href="#3">
Liu Flameheart -
Sha of Doubt

Upon entering the instance
players will find themselves able to go left or right, with the middle
wing of the instance closed for the time being. Which direction you
take is totally up to your group and has no bearing on how the instance
progresses.

Library
Event

The right wing of the Temple of
the Jade Serpent takes players into Lorewalker Stonestep’s
library. Here the Sha have taken over things and are systematically
destroying the irreplaceable documents of the Pandaren. In the center
of the library a scroll has been corrupted by the Sha and seems to be
the major source of corruption for this particular wing. To reach the
scroll players will need to make their way through a small host of
trash which seem to make reference to the Chinese New Year.

Once the scroll is reached
players will have to face off against one of two bosses taken straight
from Pandaren lore:

The
Trail of the Yongol

In the Trail of the Yongol, a
Yongol finds himself faced with his own Strife and Anger. He must find
balance between the two (with your help of course) in order to set his
soul free. Strife and Anger will take the form of red Chinese dragons.
Both Anger and Strife will be active at the same time and will cast
Pain and Strife, a Shadow damage attack, at the group. Besides Pain and
Strike players will encounter the following abilities during the fight:

  • style="font-style: italic;">Intensity
    - Focusing your attacks on either Strife or Anger will feed the entity,
    causing it to inflict Fire damage to all surrounding enemies and
    increase all damage dealt by 10% per application. Upon reaching 10
    stacks, this enemy will fain Ultimate Power - gaining immunity to all
    damaging effects for 15 seconds.
  • style="font-style: italic;">Dissipation
    - Ignoring Strife
    or Anger will starve the entity, causing it to slowly dissipate to
    nothingness. Damage dealt is reduced by 10% per application.

To defeat the boss, players
must take equal time DPS both Strife and Anger keeping a watchful eye
on the stacking Intensity buff. To help mitigate the fire damage here,
players should switch to the second entity whenever a few stacks of
this debuff are active. Continue to switch back and forth between the
entities until one is dead then move to the remaining entity who will
be relatively low on health at this
point. Simply defeat the remaining
entity to finish this encounter.

style="font-weight: bold;">The Champion of the Five
Suns

In the Champion of the Five
Suns players must defeat the five suns mentioned in this bit of
Pandaren lore. In the first phase as mentioned players will face off
against the five Suns as well as Haunting Shas which will appear from
time to time throughout the fight. Zao Sunseeker is also in the room,
however, he will stand around and generally do nothing until phase two.
These Suns will use the following abilities:

  • style="font-style: italic;">Sunfire Rays
    - The intense heat of the sun burns a random enemy target for Fire
    damage.
  • style="font-style: italic;">Extract Sha
    - Extinguishing a sun will extract the Sha from its victim.

Simply DPS down each Sun as
well as any Haunting Shas floating around and stay alive. As each Sun
is extinguished it will turn into a Sha which will hover in the air.
Once all Suns are defeated the second phase of the fight will be
triggered. The Suns (now turned into Shas) will enter Zao and corrupted
him. You will now be forced to to face off against him in order to win
this battle. Zao Sunseeker will make use of the following ability:

  • style="font-style: italic;">Hellfire Arrows
    - Zao shoots madly at his perceived enemies, inflicting Fire damage to
    random enemies.

Besides the pesky arrows, the
fight with Zao is basically a tank and spank. Just DPS him down and
heal through the damage to win this
battle.

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Once the encounter in the
library has been completed players will receive the thanks of
Lorewalker Stonestep and should now retrace their steps to the front of
the instance where they will need to take on the hallway on the left.


Wise
Mari

In the left side of the
instance players will find themselves confronted with Corrupted Water
Elementals blocking the path to the boss. These pesky trash mobs not
only create an pool on the floor that causes AoE damage when they die,
but also spawn Corrupted Droplets as well. Once you have navigated to
the end of the corridor you will find Wise Mari, who has unfortunately
been corrupted.

The Wise Mari fight inside the
Temple of the Jade Serpent takes form
in two phases:

style="font-style: italic;">Phase
1 - First and foremost
players should note that the water here should
be avoided at all costs as it will cause the Corrupted Waters debuff
which stacks Shadow damage on the player. During the first phase no
damage will be able to be done to Wise Mari who will be encased in a
Water Bubble. Mari will instead use the Call Water ability which
summons Living Water Elementals which must be defeated. Along with the
Elementals Mari will also cast Hydrolance which causes the waters
surrounding her platform to churn and bubble up and cause damage to any
nearby players. After taking down several of these Elementals phase two
of the fight will activate.

style="font-style: italic;">Phase 2
- At the start of phase two Mari will cast Bubble Burst which knocks
all players back. Be on your toes as Mari will cast Wash Away, a water
spout which rotates around the room. A nod to the Lurker Below right in
the middle of this Mists of Pandaria instance without a doubt. Mari
cannot be tanked in this
phase so players should focus on DPS and avoiding the water spray until
Mari has been defeated. 

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Once the battle with Mari
is  she
will be cleansed and players can return to take on the final wing of
the instance.

Liu Flameheart

Inside the central courtyard
players will be confronted with three groups of trash which are easily
defeated. Once this trash has been cleared Liu Flameheart will spawn in
the center of the courtyard. Liu Flameheart is a three part fight
transitioning at 70% and then again at 30%.

During Phase 1 Liu will make
use of the following abilities:

  • style="font-style: italic;">Dragon Strike
    - Liu Flameheart
    strikes her target, inflicting initial Fire damage as well as an
    additional amount of Fire damage over 8 seconds.
  • style="font-style: italic;">Dragon Kick
    - Immediately
    following a Dragon Strike Liu will perform a Dragon Kick, inflicting
    Fire damage to all players within 8 yards.
  • style="font-style: italic;">Dragon Wave
    - The force of Liu Flameheart’s Dragon Kick creates three
    waves of fire around her which move out from here. Dragon Waves cause
    Fire damage to all players they impact.

Basically a tank and spank
fight, all players need to worry about in this phase is avoiding the
waves which spawn at predictable locations from Liu. DPS Liu to 70% to
transition into Phase 2.

In Phase 2 players will find
themselves basically taking on the same fight except that Liu
has now
channeled the essence of the Jade Serpent to aid her in battle,
granting her attacks an additional affect. Liu’s attacks in
Phase 2 are:

  • style="font-style: italic;">Jade Dragon Strike
    - Liu Flameheart strikes her target, inflicting initial Fire damage, as
    well as additional Fire damage over 8 seconds. In addition, Jade Dragon
    Strike absorbs up to 40,000 healing received by the target.
  • style="font-style: italic;">Jade Dragon Kick
    - Immediately following a Jade Dragon Strike, Liu will perform a Jade
    Dragon Kick, inflicting Fire damage and knocking all players within 8
    yards back.
  • style="font-style: italic;">Jade Dragon Wave
    - The force of Liu’s Jade Dragon Kick creates three waves of
    Fire around her which move out from her. Jade Dragon Waves inflict Fire
    damage to all players they touch and leave a trail of Fire in their
    wake.

In Phase 3 Liu will put all
nonsense aside and will enter a trance which will make her immune to
attacks. She will then summon the Spirit of Yu’lon, a spirit
dragon, to defend her. Yu’lon is, like Liu, a tank and spank
fight with one exception. Yu’lon will cast Jade Fire, a ball
of flame that targets a player and leaves a pool of Jade Fire at their
location which causes large amounts of damage to any players in the
flames. Don’t stand in the fire and continue DPS on
Yu’lon and your victory will
be assured.

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Once Liu is defeated the spray
blocking the final room will vanish and the final boss of the instance
will be waiting.

Sha
of Doubt

During the fight the Sha of
Doubt will cast two rather nasty magic debuffs on players called Wither
Will and Touch of Nothingness. Both these abilities will case large
amounts of Shadow damage
to the players they are cast upon and as such should be dispelled if
possible. Besides this the Sha of Doubt has a melee attack that he will
focus on whomever is taking him.

In this final boss fight
players will find another nod to a boss in Serpentshrine; Leotheras the
Blind. Every thirty seconds or so the boss will cast Figment of Doubt
on the party. This ability will summon shadowy apparitions that must be
killed before Gathering Doubt finishes, which will allow the boss to
heal quite a large amount. Unlike the Leotheras fight, players can
assist other players in defeating their apparitions, however, these
shadowy figures are rather squishy and only the healer should find
themselves challenged at all. Survive the apparitions and the Sha of
Doubt’s magic to complete this instance.

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Temple of the Jade Serpent
Overall Opinion

While I have only completed
this instance a handful of times I have found myself enjoying it every
single time I’ve taken on the challenge. While short, the
instance bosses and design are fulfilling and leave me wanting more. To
say the least, if this new WoW instance is any indicator on what the
other Mists of Pandaria instances will look like once they become
available I believe that this expansion has the potential to become
something truly great. I for one cannot wait to get back into this
instance as well as try out the future ones to see exactly how the
storyline progresses and what new boss encounters Blizzard has in store
for us.


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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

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