Onyxia is a fight of three parts.
Part 1: on the ground, tank and spank. Stay out from the front (cleave/fire breathing) and behind (tail swipe) her.. and whale on her until she reaches some percent (honestly I don’t know what percent) at which point she walks across the room and takes off into the air.
Part 2: Ony flies around the ceiling of the cave and occationally shoots out little fireballs and deep breaths. At this point she seems to be out-of-reach of melee. Melee kills the big adds, Ranged dpses on Ony or on packs of whelps. Everyone avoid the deep breaths.
Part 3: Ony hits 40% and lands. Back to a tank and spank except now occasionally Ony fears everyone and the floor erupts in lava bursting out of the cracks (don’t stand on a crack, don’t pop any more whelps out of the whelp caves, kill her until she’s dead).
In a “normal” fight, as affliction, my preferred pets are the Doomguard or the Succubus. The problem is that they’re both melee pets. So really on Ony they’re only useful in phase 1 and 3. In phase two they’re just kind of following me around. Add to that, in both of those phases they can get smacked back by the tail and (I think) has the possibility of pulling whelps.
Destruction Warlocks have it easy. Their chosen pet is the Imp. He can stand right next to them, they can set him to attack, he can hit Ony in any of the three phases.. and he doesn’t try and melee so he’s not going to get smacked back by the tail. Add to that, destruction warlocks get a huge buff when the Imp Crits.
My question is.. even though, as an affliction lock, I am not getting the spiffy imp-crit buff.. should I be using the Imp too?
The pet damage is minimal.. but the “not going to pull whelps” may be big. Hrm.