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HordeNPCElite 32Nathanos Marris
Nathanos Blightcaller TCG
Title The Blightcaller, Champion of the Forsaken, Champion of the Banshee Queen
Gender Male
Race Forsaken
Level 98 - 110 Elite
Character class Dark ranger, Ranger
Health 7,428,510
Mana 2,932,094
Affiliation The Horde, the Forsaken, formerly the Alliance of Lordaeron
Position Champion of the Banshee Queen, former Ranger Lord of the Alliance
Location 0700Icon Legion 18x18 Dalaran; Cove of Nashal, Stormheim;
0400Icon Cataclysm 18x18 Undercity;
The Marris Stead (formerly), Eastern Plaguelands
Status 0700Icon Legion 18x18 Alive
Mentor(s) Sylvanas Windrunner
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Amidst our ranks, there are few with more dedication or vigor. - Lady Sylvanas Windrunner[1]

Nathanos Blightcaller was the champion of the Banshee Queen of the Forsaken. For most players

History Edit

In life, Nathanos Marris was the first and last of the human ranger lords, trained by the high elves in the ways of war. He was a disciple of Sylvanas Windrunner, formerly Ranger-General of Quel'Thalas and now the Banshee Queen of the Forsaken.

Nathanos's accomplishments were unprecedented. He was a tactical genius, responsible for Alliance victories spanning a decade of conflict.

Sensing the encroaching turmoil that overshadowed Lordaeron, he sent his younger brother Thereas to the kingdom of Stormwind, making sure no harm would befall him.

When the Scourge came, he defended himself at his house, but the mighty abomination Ramstein the Gorger slew him. Nathanos became a mindless servant of the Lich King until he was freed by the Banshee Queen. He took the name Blightcaller and was given the title Champion of the Forsaken.

Pre-Cataclysm Edit

Nathanos (a level 62 elite quest giver) resided at the Marris Stead in the Eastern Plaguelands with his pet blighthounds. There he recruited Horde soldiers to fight against corrupted animals (such as plaguebats), the Scourge, and the Scarlet Crusaders of Tyr's Hand.

His presence was discovered by the Alliance after five of the best SI:7 agents were sent to investigate the Marris farmstead. Four never returned, and the fifth made it back to Stormwind only to end up dead in his sleep three days later.

Once it was determined that Nathanos was the Blightcaller, King Varian Wrynn enlisted Alliance adventurers to gather an army and destroy him.

In Cataclysm Edit

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Nathanos is absent from the Eastern Plaguelands in Cataclysm. A quest refers to him as the "former occupant" of the Marris Stead, and many of his quests are now given by other NPCs in the zone. He was relocated to Undercity where he offered hunters the option to unlearn their talents.

In Legion Edit

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Alliance players encounter Blightcaller during the quest Alliance 15 [98] Greymane's Gambit. He is defeated, but not killed,[citation needed] on the deck of The Skyfire by Genn Greymane and an adventurer. Horde players experience the same event, but instead Genn Greymane is defeated and The Skyfire is destroyed.

In data mined audio files, Nathanos' narrative appears to indicate he will lead players on a quest to rescue the Banshee Queen, Sylvanas Windrunner.[2]

Quests Edit

Legion quests Edit

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Pre-Cataclysm Edit

Nathanos was involved in the following quests:

His death is the objective of the quest Alliance 15 [62 Raid] Order Must Be Restored.

Pre-Cataclysm strategy Edit

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One strategy for the original plaguelands version of Nathanos was to take him down as fast as possible, whilst reducing the aggro on weaker party members. This enabled the group to at least complete the quest, or gain honor under the Honor system for the kill, while all the party was (still) alive.

At least 8 people in a raid group at lower levels were required to defeat him, with a main and off-tank.

The strategy was to focus on Nathanos himself and take him down as fast as possible. He could be taken down in a minute or so, at which point no more skeletons would spawn. The Blighthounds would not do any serious damage until he was dead. Players were advised to deal with them second, and the skeletons third.

There was a need to avoid healing, as 2-4 skeletons would be attracted to the healer. This included direct heals, heal over time spells, Warlock's drain spells, bandages, potions, pet heals, and life stealing enchants. Rather than heal, players were encouraged to run; stop fighting to reduce threat (trinkets etc with Spirit bonuses are useful here) and heal normally; or let the tanks do the healing to attract aggro back.

At level 80 or higher, Blightcaller was easy to solo, especially as a tank.

Media Edit

Images Edit

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Patch changes Edit

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  • 0700Legion-Logo-Small Patch 7.0.3 (19-Jul-2016): Makes many appearances.
  • 0400Cataclysm-Logo-Small Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added back as a Hunter Trainer.

References Edit

See also Edit

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