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Santa Claus (tactics)

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle, or simply “Santa”, is the legendary and mythical figure who, in many Western cultures, brings gifts to good children on Christmas Eve, December 24[1] or on his Feast Day, December 6 (Saint Nicholas Day).

1 Abilities
2 Set Up
3 Strategy Overview
4 Reputation & Loot
    4.1 Reputation
    4.2 Loot
5 Additional Notes


Santa Claus has several abilities that he uses in the fight, sometimes accompanied by yelling. They are as follows:

Kringle crash

“Ho ho ho!” Combat is initiated as soon as the group of whispering, shushing, children adventurers enters the living room on the night before Christmas. Santa will dive-bomb down the chimney, stunning anyone within 10 yards of the fireplace.

Eat all the pies

20–30s cooldown. “Om nom nom nom!” This attack targets a random child with mince pies or sherry in their backpack and drains all resources from them.

Saint Nick Nuke

“Have you been naughty or nice?!”If no one is engaged in melee with Santa he will throw a present for £4-6 of damage which will take out most non-Pocket Money Earners in 1 hit and quickly send everyone back to bed. It’s advisable to have a PME stand by at the end of Phase 2 to pick him up immediately upon reappearing from beneath the Christmas tree.

Santa’s Swinging Sack

15s cooldown. Santa swings his sack of presents in a wide arc, knocking back any children caught in the way. This sets up a target for his Saintly Stare.

Santa’s Saintly Stare

A directed attack, Santa turns his cheeky-cheery gaze on a random kid in the party and sends them to sleep with dreams of puppies, chocolate and snowmen. Other children can wake the slumbering infant, but they risk being caught by the gaze themselves. When woken the child suffers the Bleary Eyed debuff and cannot target Santa until they have rubbed their eyes uninterrupted for three seconds.

It’s Raining Dear

“Dasher, Dancer, Prancer… !” After 3 minutes of combat Santa will summon 8 flying Reindeer and disappear beneath the Christmas tree (he will still be visible though; this might be a bug). After 90 seconds or once they are defeated (whichever happens first) Santa will reappear. This process continues after a further 3 minutes until either your group is sound asleep or Santa is dead. Be aware that Santa considers Banished reindeer as defeated and can resurface prematurely. See below for a detailed flying reindeer strategy in Phase 2.

Set Up

  • All children should be in nightwear with good sleep resistance; dressing gowns, slippers, nighties and pyjamas are all suitable attire. The main tank must, at a minimum, be wearing an oversize cute-looking nightcap set at a jaunty angle such that it covers their eyes, this protects against Santa’s Saintly Stare.
  • Melee should wait until Santa has fully completed his descent of the chimney before moving from their hiding place behind the sofa. The best tactic seems to be to wait until Santa begins his patrol of the Christmas tree before engaging him.
  • Ranged classes should move to the chimney as soon as Santa is clear in order to block his escape.
  • Healing classes should remain behind the sofa and shout encouragement to the rest of the children, and boost morale by looking sweet and innocent.

This means that melee should be around Santa generally on the south, west and north parts of the Christmas tree, and the ranged is on the south and west area near the chimney. There are small patches of chimney stack that, when stood directly against will usually prevent Santa’s Swinging Sack from knocking you back.

Strategy Overview

This fight alternates between two stages – in the first, Santa is up and everybody concentrates on DPSing him, in the second Santa is immune to DPS, and the children have to deal with his reindeer instead. Santa is always up for 3 minutes (stage 1), then hides beneath the Christmas tree for 90 seconds. This alternates until either the children fall asleep or Santa is dead.

The basic idea is to get him down to 30%-40% before the first wave of reindeer, to be able to kill him before the second. If your plucky young whipper snappers are up to the task, it is possible to get him down between the second and third wave of reindeer, but there’s not much point in holding back DPS as no trade-off between survivability and doing damage is possible.

Reputation & Loot


Lose 15000 reputation with the Desperately Tired Parents faction.


Santa drops a vast array of fantastic loot. Everyone here at KiaSA hopes that you all get the drops that you desire this Christmas.

Additional Notes

Santa and his reindeer can be skinned and turned into excellent patent leather Christmas stockings for next year.