Hunting the Headless Horseman

Saturday night found the group back in Azeroth and full of holiday spirit.  It was the last night of Hallow’s End and we were determined to find the Headless Horseman.

The usual suspects were out, all still at level cap:

70 Warlock – Bungholio
70 Warrior – Earlthecat
70 Priest – Skronk
70 Mage – Ula
70 Paladin – Vikund

I had done some scouting with my hunter earlier in the week to find the Headless Horseman.  Thinking that, since he was in the the graveyard of the Scarlet Monastery, that he might be manageable, I summoned him and got smacked down.

He turned out to be a bit higher level than the rest of the instance, being a level 70 boss mob.  My pet and I didn’t get one-shotted, but the fight was only a couple of minutes before we were both down and the Headless Horseman was barely scratched.

I mentioned this to a friend who gave me the basics of the fight, plus the tidbit that everybody can summon the Headless Horseman once per day.  That meant if we went in as a group, we could do the fight five times and harvest five times the drops.

So the goal was set, defeat the Headless Horseman on Saturday night.

I got Vikund out the day before and parked him at the summoning stone outside of the Scarlet Monastery, thinking to facilitate the forming up of the group.  I had forgotten (or perhaps I never knew) that summoning stones not only have a minimum level for usage, they also appear to have a maximum level for usage.

At least I did not have to do any traveling myself.  While I waited for everybody else to find their way back to the instance we last ran so long ago, I hung around and played “Dance, Dance, Recursion” with the horde guys who were hanging out.

Inquisitor Whitemane Memorial Orchestra

Inquisitor Whitemane Memorial Orchestra

Once we were all assembled, we headed on in.  At level 70 the mobs in the graveyard wing are like tissue paper.  On my run in with my hunter I had a problem getting a hit in on some because my pet would kill them so quickly.  So we had no trouble getting to the pumpkin that summons the Headless Horseman and clearing the area.

While I had gotten the basics of the fight (summon him, fight, he throws his head, kill the head, he is back to 100%, fight him again, again with the head, summons some helpers, do him in at last) the actual fight was a bit challenging the first time out just because we still weren’t sure how it would play out.  We are not hard core and level 70 bosses do kill us with surprising regularity.

But we managed it this time.

Headless Horseman Down in Flames

Headless Horseman Down in Flames

That accomplished, we just needed to summon and defeat him four more times to maximize the loot potential.  So, one by one, we all got our turn to summon him.

Ula Gets A Turn

Ula Gets A Turn

Things went well on the next fight, but then, on the third round, Ula got zapped early on and we learned that if you do not kill off the Headless Horseman quick enough in that last stage, he does the head detach routine again and summons more minions.  Being short a good chunk of our DPS, we got into a loop and were slowly ground down until we wiped.

We carried on, bringing the horseman back and defeating him two more times.

The Horseman Up Close

The Horseman Up Close

We decided we wanted that fifth bite at the loot-drop apple, not having gotten that epic mount drop yet.  So I pulled Vikund out, he being the most replaceable member of the group, and brought out Tistann my hunter to summon the Headless Horseman one more time.

We did the fight one more time, brought him down, and failed to get the mount.  Oh well.

We did end up getting three Witches Bands, two Horseman’s Signet Rings, the Magic Broom (which Skronk got), a couple of Hallowed Helms, and all the Tricky Treats we could ever want.

We recalled back to Shattrath where Skronk demonstrated the flying broom and we ate Tricky Treats until we threw up.

Skronk Spews On A Passing Pirate

Skronk Spews On A Passing Pirate

There is, of course, and achievement for eating candy until you throw up.  And one for killing the Headless Horseman.

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That covered, and with a little time left on our hands, we ran off and did a few daily quests.  I had never done any of the daily quests.  Some were fun.  I’m always up for a bombing mission. Some were the same old thing, kill n of x.  They were lucrative, of course, but I’m not sure I would do them… you know… daily.

And with that we logged off for the night.  We still have to figure out what we are going to do this coming Saturday night.  The Lich King is still more than a week away.

10 thoughts on “Hunting the Headless Horseman

  1. jdjdjd

    A suggestion for next Saturday. Have you had a go at Magister’s Terrace yet? The bosses have gotten a bit easier since the patch (although it can still be challenging if it’s your first time) and it’s actually kinda fun. Nice loot drops too. Even with the boss nerf I don’t really recommend heroic mode if it’s your first time there. But it might be a good idea to give it a go with your group.

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  2. *vlad*

    jdjdjd – You can’t do the Heroic version without having done it on normal first.
    I haven’t been in there since it was nerfed, but the Heroic version of MgT would be much too difficult for this group, I imagine.

    Re: the Horseman. This is a great event; too difficult to just turn up and nuke him down on your first attempt, not hard enough to be too much of a challenge. The rewards a pretty good, too.Good fun!

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  3. whitekitten

    Great write-up as usual – and awesome pix. I actually missed the candy puking thing so I appreciate you getting that.

    One more thing, I’ve spoken with Ula, and she wants everyone to know, that she openly admits, that the one wipe on headless horseman night was, in fact, due to her own oversight. She hadn’t played for a while and (not for the first time) it slipped her mind to use a health stone, or ice block, or any number of other sure saves during that incident. She extends her apologies. :)

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  4. JdJdJd

    Vlad – I forgot about the requirement of completing it first before being able to enter the herioc version. And I meant to have a go at the normal version. Sorry if I was confusing about it. I do recommend giving it a try. It’s definitely something different to do. There are still tons of instances in BC to do though besides that one. The Instances in Tempest Keep come to mind. But you might need Sha’Tar faction to go inside. I’m afraid I really don’t remember if you still need it to enter or just for the heroic version.

    One thing I forgot to mention – if you do the quests for the Headless Horsemen then you can summon him twice each. Once for the quest and once for the daily. So a group of five going in the first time can actually summon 10 times. Much too late for this year obviously. But that’s what my friends and I did. By the time we were done with twice each plus swapping out various alts we’d all had our fill of HH. And no mount drop :(. Although I did end up with the Arcanite Ripper.

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  5. JdJdJd

    And of course..The Arcanite Ripper came from the special boss in Kara. I’m an idiot sometimes. Geez..too much work makes me forget the important stuff :P

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  6. Wilhelm2451 Post author

    @jdjdjd – Well, good information for next year. As it stood, only Vikund had the question you mentioned, so we could have pulled him one more time at most. The rings were nice, but I wish we had gotten a shot at some of the nicer loot.

    @whitekitten – Tell Ula we all understand. After 6 weeks away from WoW plus coming up to speed with all the 3.0.2 changes, I’m surprised we only wiped once with as many in-battle discoveries as were making.

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