The Return of Onyxia in Patch 3.2.2
So hot on the heels of patch 3.2 the folks at Blizzard have given us a juicy glimpse at patch 3.2.2. It would seem they are going back and reworking the old content. So Onyxia one of the very first raid encounters that gave people nightmares with the Deep Breaths, and that infamous video on YouTube of that crazy raid leader screaming “Minus 50 DKP”. So new loot sort of, but it will keep the same models as the Tier 2 loot we came to love and covet in WoW Classic except stats will be updated for level 80 gear.
How will they rework the instance though? Will they add new mechanics, if so what? I have lots of questions and concerns. Are they going to make it so difficult that newer folks won’t be able to see it? Will you need Tier 9 gear in order to even participate? Accessibility will be key for this upgraded raid. I am looking forward to it personally, but definitely am concerned they are going to make one of my favorite raids in the entire game inaccessible and not fun at all.
She has lurked in her lair and done battle with the many brave adventurers who travelled to that familiar location over the years. Now, in honor of the World of Warcraft 5-year anniversary, the dreaded brood mother Onyxia is being revamped to make a return to the forefront of Azeroth, as part of our big plans for the upcoming 3.2.2 content patch.
This permanent update to Onyxia will convert the dungeon into 10- and 25-player modes. We will be adding new items to Onyxia’s loot table that have the same model as some of the classic loot from this dungeon, like Tier 2 helms, with stats updated to match the current level of content. There will be a special new item too: a normal drake-sized 310% speed flying mount modeled after Onyxia herself called Brood of Onyxia. We will also be updating the encounter mechanics to be more fitting for modern raiding, but we can guarantee players will get to experience the frightening horror of deep breaths once again.
Then for a limited time, after the 5-year anniversary event officially begins in November, anybody who logs in will receive an Onyxia Brood Whelpling pet. We’re very excited to bring this classic encounter back to provide a fun new experience for both new and veteran players. Further details will be available in the near future, and we will be setting up the Public Test Realms soon to help test out this fight along with all the new content we have planned for the patch. Keep an eye on the forums for updates!