Sha of Fear

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BossSha of Fear
Image of Sha of Fear
Race Sha (Elemental)
Level ?? Boss
Reaction Alliance Horde
Location Terrace of Endless Spring
Status Killable

The Sha of Fear is one of seven prime sha. It was sealed by Emperor Shaohao in ancient times. The sha primes were freed by the Alliance-Horde war arriving in Pandaria. The Sha of Fear escaped its prison in Niuzao Temple and proceeded to corrupt the mantid of the Dread Wastes. After Klaxxi-aligned adventurers killed Grand Empress Shek'zeer, the Sha prime retreated to the Terrace of Endless Spring.

The Sha of Fear is the fourth and final boss of the Terrace of Endless Spring as well as the end encounter for Tier 14. During the fight, the raid group will periodically be forced apart to battle both the Sha of Fear and its Terror Spawn adds, and the Shadows of the Golden Lotus. On heroic, the raid must contend with the Sha of Fear and even more dangerous adds as it drags the raid down into its home turf.


The Burdens of Shaohao

Sha of Fear in The Burdens of Shaohao

While traveling through the Dread Wastes, the Monkey King got stuck in the vines of a tree. Emperor Shaohao was paralyzed by fear as dangerous mantid started approaching his captured friend. Remembering the words of Niuzao, Shaohao braved his fear, and smashed the kypari tree. Giants blobs of sap fell onto the mantid and glued them to the ground, allowing him to free the Monkey King.[1]

Mists of Pandaria

Soon after rising from his prison, the Sha of Fear takes control of the mantid empress and essentially becomes the ruler of the Dread Wastes. After escaping when the empress is killed, he challenges the heroes to meet him at the Terrace of Endless Spring in the Veiled Stair, where he is the final boss.

Adventure Guide

The Sha of Fear is the physical manifestation of terror in Pandaria. Imprisoned by the legendary pandaren emperor Shaohao long ago, the entity has been newly strengthened by rising conflict across the island.


The Terrace

The Sha of Fear looms atop the terrace, attempting to consume the pure light still emanating from its center. He goes Berserk after 15 minutes. This timer resets to 10 minutes the moment the Sha retreats to the Dread Expanse.

  • Paladin holy.png Pure Light — A narrow column of uncorrupted light still projects skyward from the center of the terrace. When a player stands in this light it bends, forming a protective wall that extends back from this Champion of the Light in a 'V' shape. This attracts the attention of the Sha, who fixates on the Champion.
    • Spell holy restoration.png Wall of Light — The Champion and other players standing within the wall of light take 15% reduced damage from all sources. The wall also deflects the Sha's Breath of Fear attack.
  • Sha spell fire blueimmolation.png Thrash Tank Alert —  The Sha strikes 3 times on every fourth attack.
  • Spell shadow devouringplague.png Breath of Fear — The Sha inflicts 450,000 (LFR: 225,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 675,000) Shadow damage to all enemies over 1.5 sec. Affected enemies are feared for the duration. Players standing behind the Wall of Light are unaffected.
  • Inv misc bone humanskull 01.png Eerie Skull — The Sha throws a skull at a player's location, inflicting 82,500 (LFR: 45,375 /Heroic Difficulty: 107,500) Shadow damage to enemies within 3 yds of the impact point.
  • Ability rogue shadowdance.png Ominous Cackle — The Sha cackles ominously and teleports a group of players to one of the outer shrines to battle a former guardian of the terrace.
  • Spell shadow shadowfiend.png Reaching Attack — The Sha strikes at a distant target, inflicting 50% weapon damage as Shadow and increasing Shadow damage taken by 25% for 25 sec. This ability is used when no targets are in melee range. 1 sec cast.
  • Achievement raid terraceofendlessspring03.png Lei's Hope Heroic Difficulty —  With the Sha's recent retreat to the Dread Expanse, the light in the terrace seems to glow more brightly. Attack and casting speeds are increased by 15% within the Terrace of Endless Spring.

Terror Spawns

The Sha periodically summons a pair of Terror Spawns to attack players. Each Terror Spawn is protected by a bulwark of dark energy that deflects spells and attacks that strike the front of the creature.

    • Inv shield 07.png Dark Bulwark — Dark energy forms a shield in front of the caster, deflecting spells and attacks made from the front.
    • Inv enchant shardsha.png Penetrating Bolt — Hurls a bolt of dark magic at an enemy player's location, inflicting 89,250 (LFR: 49,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 117,600) Shadow damage to those within 4 yards of the impact point and increasing Shadow damage taken by 25% for 15 sec.

The Outer Shrines

The group of players transported by Ominous Cackle must defeat one of three Sha possessed crossbowmen. The pandaren Yang Guoshi, Cheng Kang, and Jinlun Kun are former terrace guardians.

  • Ability hunter focusfire.png Shoot — The caster shoots at the target, inflicting 75% weapon damage. 1 sec cast
  • Ability theblackarrow.png Dread Spray Magic Effect — The caster rapidly fires sprays of Dread Bolts at enemy targets for 8 sec. The caster is immune to taunt for the duration. Each spray of Dread Bolts fires in a cone in front of the caster, inflicting 75% weapon damage as Shadow and afflicting the target for 8 sec. At 2 stacks, the target is feared for 4 sec.
  • Ability hunter resistanceisfutile.png Death Blossom — The caster spins in a circle, unleashing a hail of bolts in all directions for 6 sec. Each bolt that strikes an enemy inflicts 82,000 (LFR: 46,000 /Heroic Difficulty: 168,000) Physical damage.
  • Item azereansphere.png Sha Globe —  Globes of Sha energy are knocked out of the possessed crossbowman as he loses health. Touching a globe will consume it, inflicting 30,000 (LFR: 16500 /Heroic Difficulty: 39,000) Shadow damage but refilling the player's primary resource over time. If not consumed within 8 sec the globe will return to the bowman, healing him for 5% (LFR: 2% /Heroic Difficulty: 8%) of his maximum health.
  • Ability shaman astralshift.png Fearless — Defeating any of the possessed crossbowmen returns the group to the central terrace and grants them 60% increased damage and healing along with 150% movement speed, and complete immunity to Fear effects for 30 sec.

Heroic DifficultyThe Dread Expanse

On heroic difficulty the Sha of Fear retreats to the Dread Expanse at 66% remaining health, dragging players along with him. This watery wasteland is a place of the Sha's making where he has access to a new set of abilities.

  • Spell holy pureofheart.png Fading Light —  The last glimmers of light from the terrace heal players as they are extinguished, restoring 90% health and mana over 6 sec. In addition, all player cooldowns are reset.
  • Paladin holy.png Pure Light — The uncorrupted light from the terrace binds itself to the current champion and takes on a new form. It grows stronger, granting the champion immunity to fear and horror effects and 30% reduced damage taken.
    • Spell holy searinglightpriest.png Transfer Light — The champion can use this ability to move the Pure Light to a targeted friendly player.
  • Spell fire twilightimmolation.png Dread Thrash Tank Alert Important —  The Sha strikes 6 times on every fourth Thrash.
  • Achievement dungeon icecrown pitofsaron.png Implacable Strike — The Sha unleashes an Implacable Strike in the direction of his current target that inflicts 860,000 Frost damage to enemies up to 20 yards away. 3.5 sec cast
  • Ability rogue dismantle.png Naked and Afraid — The Sha strips the gear from his current target before performing Implacable Strike, reducing the target's armor and chance to dodge and parry by 100% for 40 sec.
  • Inv elemental primal water.png Waterspout — The Sha agitates the water under several players, creating a series of waterspouts. Each waterspout takes 1.5 sec. to form and explode, inflicting 205,000 Frost damage to enemies within 2 yds. 1.5 sec cast.
  • Spell shadow psychicscream.png Huddle in Terror — The Sha terrifies several players, causing them to cower in fear and inflicting 75,000 Shadow damage every 1 sec. for 15 sec.
  • Ability shaman fortifyingwaters.png Submerge — The Sha disappears below the surface of the Dread Expanse for a short time, then emerges under a random player inflicting 768,750 Frost damage to enemies within 12 yds. The Sha summons an increasing number of Dread Spawns each time he submerges.

Dread Spawn

This creature fixates on the current champion of the light. If a new player becomes the champion the Dread Spawn will change targets.

  • Spell frost iceshard.png Sha Spine — The Dread Spawn emits Sha Spines. Each spine inflicts 61,500 Shadow damage to random players.
  • Spell fire burningspeed.png Gathering Speed Important —  The Dread Spawn periodically gains 100% movement speed. This effect can stack up to 5 times, but is reset when a new Champion of the Light is chosen.
  • Spell shadow shadowembrace.png Eternal Darkness Deadly — The Dread Spawn kills his current target if he is able to get within melee range. 1 sec cast.


The Terrace

One tank must always stand within the Pure Light to create the Wall of Light safe zone. The second tank should also stand within the Pure Light, as the boss will fixate on whoever is within the Pure Light when the current tank is sent to one of the Outer Shrines by Ominous Cackle (the second tank must always be standing within the Pure Light before Ominous Cackle goes off, otherwise Reaching Attack will quickly start wiping the raid). No other player should stand within the Pure Light, otherwise the boss may fixate on them instead.

The tank active on the boss will need to keep an eye out for when Thrash is coming up. Active mitigation abilities should be timed for Thrash, particularly on heroic.

Healers should stay within the Wall of Light at all times. Ranged will spend the majority of the fight within the Wall of Light, but will need to venture outside to help kill adds. Melee will mainly be attacking the boss from behind and helping with adds, and consequently will be outside the Wall of Light for most of the time; however, they will need to be inside whenever Breath of Fear is cast.

The adds (Terror Spawns) are shielded from the front and can therefore only be attacked from behind. DPS will need to venture outside the Wall of Light safe zone to deal with them before they overwhelm the raid by sheer numbers. However, it is critically important that DPS keep an eye on the Breath of Fear timer and make it back to the Wall of Light before Breath of Fear is cast, as anyone caught outside will likely die.

Players should spread out at least 3 yards to prevent splash damage from Eerie Skull. Penetrating Bolt from the Terror Spawns can be easily side-stepped so long as the Terror Spawn numbers are kept under control.

Ominous Cackle will always send one tank, one healer and three DPS (chosen randomly) to one of three Outer Shrines (the Outer Shine strategy is detailed below). This places the following constraints on raid composition:

  • In 10-man difficulty (both normal and heroic), this forces the raid composition to be two tanks, two healers and six DPS.
  • In 25-man difficulty (both normal and heroic), Ominous Cackle is cast every 45 seconds (it is cast every 90 seconds in 10-man and LFR). Unless DPS is powerful enough to deal with the Outer Shrine in under 45 seconds, three tanks and at least six healers are required.

The Outer Shrines

The group sent to one of the Outer Shines will be faced with a Sha-posessed pandaren, and must defeat him before Ominous Cackle removes the last remaining tank from the Terrace (failing which, Reaching Attack will start wiping the raid). In LFR and 10-man, the group will have 90 seconds. 25-man groups running with three tanks will also have 90 seconds, but will have only 45 seconds if the group decides to run with only two tanks (which requires the group to have insane DPS).

Besides the typical duties of tanking and spanking the pandaren, the group on the shrine must vacuum up the Sha Globes before they return to the pandaren and heal him up. This is less important on LFR (each globe will heal for 2%), but is significantly more important on normal (5% healing), and is pretty much mandatory on heroic (8% healing). The Sha Globes do minor damage to the player vacuuming them up, so players should be careful not to vacuum up any Sha Globes if their health is low.

Dread Spray can be avoided with practice (required for the achievement), but does not do major damage. The fear from players failing at Dread Spray can be dispelled.

Death Blossom can easily kill unprepared players, particularly on heroic. The three DPS and the healer should line of sight Death Blossom behind the pillars on the edge of the shine, while the tank pops a cooldown, eats the damage, and continues to vacuum the Sha Globes. Death Blossom damage is Physical, so the tank should be able to eat the damage without too many problems.

Once the pandaren is defeated, the group can click a portal to return them to the main fight on the Terrace. The returning group will receive a buff (Fearless) which gives them increased damage, increased movement speed, increased healing, and complete immunity to Breath of Fear for 30 seconds; consequently, the three returning DPS players should use this opportunity to mop up the Terror Spawns on the main platform (the returning healer can head straight for the Wall of Light, and the returning tank needs to head for the Pure Light puddle in time to take over tanking the boss on the following Ominous Cackle cast). They will not need to worry about running into the Wall of Light to avoid Breath of Fear while they have the Fearless buff, but it is important that they monitor how much time remains on their buff so that Breath of Fear does not catch them out after the buff duration ends.

The Dread Expanse

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Item Type
 [Chimera of Fear] Quest item
 [Sigil of Power] Quest item
 [Sigil of Wisdom] Quest item
Caster cloth leggings
Caster trinket
Armor token
Armor token
Armor token
Strength one-handed sword
Healer cloth chest
Agility mail waist
Strength two-handed axe
Agility leather chest

Related Achievements


Your lights will go out. The darkness will envelop you. And you will fear the shadows that move within it.
You will know fear!
Breath of Fear
Ominous Cackle (last 2 quotes are the same by all 3.)
  • Cheng Kang yells: The fear clouds my mind. I...cannot resist.
  • Jinlun Kun yells: No one can stand against the fear. You will perish.
  • Yang Guoshi yells: Its power is so strong. It forces me to destroy you.
  • Seek shelter, lest I strike you down as the Sha commands!
  • You face your fear. A moment's... peace.
Killing a player
Drown in terror.
Heroic mode
You think it is so easy to vanquish your fears?
Dread rises! It seeks the light. It hungers.
Huddle in Terror
Huddle in terror!


Raid Finder


Heroic Guides

10-man Heroic

10-man Normal

25-man Heroic

25-man Normal


Patch changes

  • Mists of Pandaria Hotfix (2012-11-06): The Sha of Fear's Ominous Cackle will no longer sometimes send players to the same platform twice in a row.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.0.4 (2012-08-28): Added.


  1. ^ The Burdens of Shaohao - Fear
  2. ^ Andrea Toyias on Twitter (2014-09-18).​ “Ummm.....yeah.....Steve is kinda amazingly rad!!! xx”

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