Grim Batol (instance)

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Grim Batol
GB, GBD
Grim Batol loading screen.jpg
Location
End boss
Instance info
Type

Dungeon

Advised level

85

Minimum level

84

Minimum average
item level

305 (normal)
329 (heroic)

Player limit

5

For lore and information about the complex as a whole, see Grim Batol.

Introduced in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, Grim Batol is a level 85 dungeon with normal and heroic 5-man versions. It is located in the Grim Batol complex located in the Northwestern portion of the Twilight Highlands, North of the Bastion of Twilight and South of the Vermillion Redoubt.

Background

Heroes brave enough to infiltrate the brooding depths of the stronghold must confront Deathwing's agents to thwart the mysterious evil within. With the reemergence of Deathwing into the world of Azeroth, the black dragonflight and Twilight's Hammer cult have driven the red dragons away, and converted the dwarven-forged stone halls into a training ground. Grim Batol has once again become a battlefront.The red dragonflight has begun to assault the gates of Grim Batol from the air, but their assault is jeopardized by the black dragons, who fight back with characteristic intensity and viciousness. If the red flight doesn't receive support soon, the battles raging around Grim Batol will calm at last - and the fortress will rest firmly in the grasp of evil.[1]

Dungeon Journal

Don't be fooled by Grim Batol's humble exterior; many of this mountain fortress's desecrated chambers are buried deep in the Twilight Highlands. Once the stronghold of the Wildhammer dwarves, and later seized by orcs as a prison for Alextrasza,[sic] the city is now in the clutches of the Twilight's Hammer cult. Heroes brave enough to infiltrate the brooding depths of the stronghold must confront Deathwing's agents to thwart the mysterious evil within.

Announcement

During a bloody civil war among the three dwarven factions of Ironforge, the Bronzebeards ousted the Wildhammer and the Dark Iron clans from the ancient corridors of the mountain city. In the wake of the defeat, the Wildhammers ventured north and forged a new home, Grim Batol, in the mountains of what is now the Twilight Highlands. However, although they worked tirelessly to create a better future for themselves, the Dark Irons, who established the city of Thaurissan in the Redridge Mountains, could not move beyond the memory of their defeat. Consumed by the desire for revenge and desperate to control the entire dwarven region of Khaz Modan, the Dark Irons led a two-pronged assault on the Bronzebeards in Ironforge and the Wildhammers in Grim Batol. Despite their past differences, these two embattled rivals joined forces and drove the Dark Irons out of Khaz Modan, decimating the armies of the treacherous clan's sorcerer-thane, Thaurissan. Yet victory carried grave consequences. Although Thaurissan's wife and queen, Modgud, was slain during the attack on Grim Batol, her death tainted the mountain fortress. While the Bronzebeards rebuilt their glorious city of Ironforge, the Wildhammers felt forever changed by the horrors they witnessed at Grim Batol. They fled their cursed home and never returned.

The abandoned city's defiled corridors later became home to a number of nefarious plots. When the Demon Soul was discovered by the Dragonmaw clan and used to force Alexstrasza's drakes to serve the Horde, Grim Batol acted as the red Dragon Aspect's torturous prison. The Dragonmaw held Grim Batol through the Second War, before they were driven out by Deathwing, who planned to steal Alexstrasza's eggs. Yet as Deathwing carried out his plan, the Demon Soul was destroyed, and the powers locked within were returned to Alexstrasza, Ysera, Nozdormu, and Malygos. Deathwing narrowly escaped an assault by the four re-empowered Dragon Aspects, although he did not leave empty-handed; in his grasp were the eggs of Alexstrasza. For their vile transgressions, the fleeing Dragonmaw were shown no mercy, and the struggle came to a quick end. Members of the red dragonflight were left behind to keep watch over Grim Batol, and for years they successfully guarded its desolate halls from further intrusion... until the arrival of the Twilight's Hammer, a sinister cult who worshipped Azeroth's malefic Old Gods.

The cult, seduced by Deathwing's thirst for absolute domination over Azeroth, has claimed the Twilight Highlands as its base of operations. The black dragonflight has driven off the agents of the red dragonflight who guarded Grim Batol so that it may be used as a fortress for training Deathwing's minions. The halls of Grim Batol run so deep into the highlands that it is unknown to what twisted end the Twilight's Hammer is using this doomed dwarven marvel.

Called to action by the red dragonflight in the Twilight Highlands, players will be charged with putting a decisive end to the foul machinations developing within the level-85, 5-player dungeon of Grim Batol. The ferocity of the enemies within should not be underestimated, and with the assistance of brave Red Drakes and a handful of explosives, players can thin the ranks of Grim Batol's occupiers through bombing flights into the ruined city's corridors. Regardless of how successful these attacks might be, General Umbriss will not allow his army to fall so quickly. In the end, adventurers will be left to their own devices, venturing into the darkest recesses of the dwarven fortress, where a nightmarish enemy is taking shape. Will you be able to uncover Grim Batol's secrets and emerge unscathed, or will your destiny be sealed within this tortured city, like so many brave heroes before you?[2]

Geography

The first goal when assaulting Grim Batol will be to launch a bombing run through the halls, in order to thin the massive forces deployed by the Twilight's Hammer within the fortress. To get there, a few pulls will be necessary, but the path will be obvious - specifically, five red drakes caught in nets. After clearing the groups from around the drakes, cut them free and each player should mount up. Once mounted, the bombing run will commence almost immedately. The flight path is set - players cannot deviate. The bombing run will allow the group to damage various groups of NPCs in the first (Umbriss') and third (Drahga's) sections of the dungeon. Try to focus fire as much as possible in order to minimize pulls. It should be noted that unlike all other instances, in the event the group dies, these NPCs do not regenerate health.

After killing Forgemaster Throngus or Drahga Shadowburner respectively, if you should run back in from the graveyard, mounting a drake will fly you to the area of the last boss your group has done, namely Khardros' Anvil or Scarred Terrace.

Map and subregions

WorldMap-GrimBatol1.jpg
Condemned Halls · Khardros' Anvil · Lifebinder's Cell · Scarred Terrace

Dungeon Denizens

Bosses

Encounters

Bosses Monsters NPCs
Condemned Halls
Khardros' Anvil
Scarred Terrace
Lifebinder's Cell

Loot

Boss Item Type
Normal Heroic
General Umbriss  [Modgud's Blade]  [Modgud's Blade] DPS caster dagger
 [Cursed Skardyn Vest]  [Cursed Skardyn Vest] Spirit leather chest
 [Wildhammer Riding Helm]  [Wildhammer Riding Helm] Agility mail helm
 [Umbriss Band]  [Umbriss Band] Strength ring
 [Skardyn's Grace]  [Skardyn's Grace] Agility trinket
Forgemaster Throngus  [Dark Iron Chain Boots]  [Dark Iron Chain Boots] Spirit mail boots
 [Belt of the Forgemaster]  [Belt of the Forgemaster] DPS plate belt
 [Ring of Dun Algaz]  [Ring of Dun Algaz] Agility ring
 [Throngus's Finger]  [Throngus's Finger] Tank trinket
 [Wand of Untainted Power]  [Wand of Untainted Power] Spirit wand
Drahga Shadowburner  [Azureborne Cloak]  [Azureborne Cloak] Spirit cloak
 [Crimsonborne Bracers]  [Crimsonborne Bracers] Spirit cloth bracers
 [Windwalker Blade]  [Windwalker Blade] Agility dagger
 [Red Scale Boots]  [Red Scale Boots] Agility mail boots
 [Earthshape Pauldrons]  [Earthshape Pauldrons] Tank plate shoulders
Erudax  [Crown of Enfeebled Bodies]  [Crown of Enfeebled Bodies] Caster cloth helm
 [Vest of Misshapen Hides]  [Vest of Misshapen Hides] Agility leather chest
 [Mace of Transformed Bone]  [Mace of Transformed Bone] Tank one-hand mace
 [Bracers of Umbral Mending]  [Bracers of Umbral Mending] Spirit plate bracers
 [Circle of Bone]  [Circle of Bone] Strength ring
 [Staff of Siphoned Essences]  [Staff of Siphoned Essences] Caster staff
 [Corrupted Egg Shell]  [Corrupted Egg Shell] Caster trinket
 [Gale of Shadows]  [Gale of Shadows] Caster trinket
 [Mark of Khardros]  [Mark of Khardros] Strength trinket
 [Wild Hammer]  [Wild Hammer] Strength two-hand mace
 [Chaos Orb] Trade goods
Trash mobs  [Abandoned Dark Iron Ring] Caster ring

Quests

Achievements

Trivia

  • Grim Batol seems to re-use Ironforge's design and architecture, much like Shadowforge City and Thor Modan, as they are all dwarf cities.
  • The massive molten fissure dividing the fortress in half was likely related to an idea where Deathwing would slice the entire mountain in half upon landing after his initial rampage. This idea can be seen (unclearly) on this concept map. The mountain around Grim Batol is still intact but other zones hints that the developers wanted to do more with the concept.

Gallery

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