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A world boss is a raid boss-level monster that appears in the main, shared game world rather than an instance limited to a certain number of players. They are also known as world raid bosses, outdoor bosses, or outdoor raid bosses, and the phrase raid encounter may be used in place of "raid boss". These bosses were designed to be fought by one or more raid-sized groups of max-level characters, although lower level characters may be brought along.

World bosses were phased out of Blizzard's design philosophy starting with Wrath of the Lich King. Cataclysm did introduce some small group mini-bosses, but nothing that required a serious raid. With the release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, world bosses returned in the form of new encounters on Pandaria. This page contains a short overview of all world bosses, both current and removed.

History of World Raid Bosses

Originally, Azuregos and Lord Kazzak were added early in WoW. They were two of WoW's greatest promotions of intraguild cooperation and interguild rivalry, as killing them required tracking their spawn, forming a raid, and beating the encounter AND the opposing faction (and at times same faction griefers). Their loot was also among the best at the time of their popularity.

Shortly before the Ahn'Qiraj event, the four Dragons of Nightmare were created, and added an entire new round of World Raid bosses. They were initially killed for having the best items for their slots, and later farmed for their nature resistant gear when it became apparent that some Temple of Ahn'Qiraj encounters required it. They were also involved in the Scepter of the Shifting Sands green piece questline.

As time passed, and Naxxramas came out without accompanying world raid bosses, the popularity of the world raid bosses began to fade.

With patch 2.0, Highlord Kruul began to terrorize Azeroth, in place of Lord Kazzak (and his Azeroth loot table). After the Burning Crusade came out, two new world raid bosses were introduced, Doom Lord Kazzak and Doomwalker (there were others initially shown in databases as ?? bosses, including a rare spawn from a quest in Blade's Edge in which you can spawn a raid boss who flies away, but is unaggro-able. But currently it is accepted that there are 2 BC world raid bosses). The popularity of the two was short-lived. After a couple months it became apparent that loot off of Karazhan was on par or better, while not having the additional faction vs. faction griefing factor.

In BC WoW 2.2, world bosses were often left untouched for long periods of time. There were occasional guilds that use them as either practice for raiding, or undergeared guilds trying to gear up. But with the announcement by Community Manager Bornakk that they did not plan to add additional world raid bosses[1][2], the days of a world raid boss came to an end.

Blizzard did not add any world raid bosses for Wrath of the Lich King. Cataclysm does contain some small group mini-bosses though. World bosses were reintroduced during Mists of Pandaria.

Kalimdor

Omen

Omen

Location: Moonglade
Raid 40
Omen is a demon boss summoned in the Moonglade during the Lunar Festival.

Outland

Doom Lord Kazzak

Doom Lord Kazzak

Location: Hellfire Peninsula
Raid 25
Former commander of the Burning Legion forces in the Blasted Lands, the former-Doomguard, now crowned Doom Lord Kazzak awaits with his formidable troops for the heroes of Azeroth to challenge his reign as Commander of the Burning Legion in Outland. He consumes the soul of all beings he slays to heal himself, casts a curse on players that makes their mana pools combust and if he isn't killed in 3 minutes, goes into his "supreme mode," allowing him to completely obliterate everything in his path.

Doomwalker

Doomwalker

Location: Shadowmoon Valley - In front of The Black Temple
Raid 25
Doomwalker is a powerful Fel Reaver sent by Kil'jaeden to assault the gates of the Black Temple in Shadowmoon Valley. He's a clear reminder for Illidan that Kil'jaeden hasn't forgotten about him...

Cataclysm

Cataclysm did introduce some small group mini-bosses, but nothing that requires a serious raid. One for each new zone.

Akma'hat <Dirge of the Eternal Sands>

Akma'hat

Location: Uldum
Party 5
Drops  [Belt of a Thousand Gaping Mouths]
Akma'hat is a Tol'vir style colossus located in Uldum.

Garr

Garr

Location: Mount Hyjal
Party 5
Drops  [Garr's Reinforced Girdle of Memories]
Garr is a lava elemental found to the west of Sulfuron Spire on Mount Hyjal. This guy seems to have survived our killing of him in molten core, apparently his falling apart into several chunks was merely a setback.

Julak-Doom <The Eye of Zor>

Julak-Doom

Location: Twilight Highlands
Party 5
Drops  [Vitreous Beak of Julak-Doom]
Julak-Doom is a merciless one controlling a flesh giant of the same name.

Mobus <The Crushing Tide>

Mobus

Location: Abyssal Depths
Party 5
Drops  [Mobus's Dripping Halberd]
Mobus is a whale shark found circling the Abyssal Breach.

Xariona

Xariona

Location: Deepholm
Party 5
Drops  [Xariona's Spectral Gauntlets]
Xariona is a twilight dragon roaming around the Temple of Earth.

Pandaria

True world bosses were reintroduced during Mists of Pandaria. All Mists world bosses use personal loot, rather than the traditional loot system.

Salyis's Warband

Salyis's Warband atop Galleon

Location: Valley of the Four Winds
Notable loot:  [Son of Galleon's Saddle]
The ruthless saurok roam Pandaria, stealing what they can and harassing the island's other inhabitants. The most infamous of these reptilian pillagers are Chief Salyis and his warband. For years, the saurok commander and his raiders have stormed through the Valley of the Four Winds atop Galleon, a colossal and well-armed mushan that is more a moving fortress than a simple mount.

Sha of Anger

Sha of Anger

Location: Kun-Lai Summit
Notable loot:  [Reins of the Heavenly Onyx Cloud Serpent]
The Sha of Anger, the physical manifestation of rage, has escaped from the Shado-pan Monastery in Kun-Lai Summit. Amid the brutal conflicts gripping Pandaria, the dark entity has grown ever more powerful. Recently, the sha has been seen wandering Kun-Lai, using negative energies to corrupt everything the being encounters.

Nalak

Nalak

Location: Isle of Thunder
Notable loot:  [Reins of the Thundering Cobalt Cloud Serpent]
When Lei Shen discovered a rare clutch of thundering cloud serpents, he was awed, and set to subjugating them. The largest hatchling fiercely resisted, and when Lei Shen visited the handling pens, he laughed mightily at the charred mogu that lined the walls. He took the hatchling for his own, and for its obedience, granted it power over the storms and the sky. For thousands of years following the death of the Thunder King, Nalak has guarded the walls of his hidden citadel, awaiting his return.

Oondasta

Oondasta

Location: Isle of Giants
Notable loot:  [Reins of the Cobalt Primordial Direhorn]
As the war against Lei Shen's island citadel began, Alliance and Horde scouts made an effort to intercept missives between the major Zandalari camps. One such exchange seemed to revolve around an unfamiliar Zandalari word, always surrounded by terms of conquest and power: Oondasta. Somewhere in Pandaria, the Zandalari Beast Ward raises their mighty beasts as engines of war, and is putting the finishing touches on this Loa-infused monstrosity. The exact location, however, remains unknown...

August Celestials

Chi-Ji

Chi-Ji

Location: Timeless Isle
Drops Tier 16 legs and gloves and Season 15 gear
The trial of Chi-Ji is a test of hope. Uncertain of the future of his people, Emperor Shaohao sought out the great Red Crane. The Great Crane challenged Shaohao to find the hope within himself, and cast off his uncertainty. Once the Sha of Doubt was vanquished, the Emperor became a beacon of hope for his people. To pass the trial of the Crane, warriors must believe in hope, even in the darkest of days.

Niuzao

Niuzao

Location: Timeless Isle
Drops Tier 16 legs and gloves and Season 15 gear
The trial of Niuzao is a test of bravery and fortitude. When Emperor Shaohao was overcome with fear, the Black Ox counseled him to face his fears directly. After a protacted battle with the Sha of Fear, the Emperor emerged victorious. To pass the trial of the Ox, warriors must be resolute in the face of overwhelming danger.

Xuen

Xuen

Location: Timeless Isle
Drops Tier 16 legs and gloves and Season 15 gear
The trial of Xuen is simultaneously a test of strength and a test of restraint. When Xuen gave Emperor Shaohao a 10-foot-pole and asked him to strike one of Xuen's warriors, the Emperor could not land a blow. For without restraint, anger and hatred run wild. To pass the trial of the Tiger, warriors must harness their power, while burying their thoughts of violence.

Yu'lon

Yu'lon

Location: Timeless Isle
Drops Tier 16 legs and gloves and Season 15 gear
The trial of Yu'lon is a test of wisdom and faith. With omens of a bleak future floating through his mind. Emperor Shaohao climbed to the summit of Mount Neverest to seek the council of the Jade Serpent. Yu'lon urged Shaohao to cast off the dark emotions that plagued him, and through his trials, Emperor Shaohao would becone one with the land. To pass the trial of the Serpent, warriors must be wise in their choices.

Ordos

Ordos

Location: Timeless Isle
Drops Heroic warforged gear (ilvl 559)
Ordos was once a shaman of the Yaungol who sacrificed himself to the flame, following the promises of the Fire Lords, in order to become a demigod. His flesh is eternally seared with fires, putting him in endless agony. Yaungol Fire-Keepers ritualistically set themselves ablaze to emulate the ascension of Ordos, and cast enchantments and prayers to ease his pain.

Draenor

Drov the Ruiner

Drov the Ruiner

Location: Gronn Canyon, Gorgrond
Both of these goliaths drop 550 gear, and can alternate spawning each week, neither both appearing at the same time.
Drov was called Ruiner by the Blackrock clans of old, who quickly learned to give the fearsome magnaron a wide berth. Drov carves a swath of devastation where he walks, as though the earth itself senses his arrival and parts to make way.

Tarlna the Ageless

Tarlna the Ageless

Location: Deeproot, Gorgrond
Both of these goliaths drop 550 gear, and can alternate spawning each week, neither both appearing at the same time.
It is said that before Tarlna arrived in Gorgrond, the entire region was a barren wasteland. It is said that verdant life springs up in the wake of each footstep of the ancient genesaur. It is said that the creature is immortal, renewed like a forest in the aftermath of a great blaze. Much is said of Tarlna, but little is truly known or understood.

Rukhmar

Rukhmar

Location: Flying around Skyreach, Spires of Arak
Drops 665 gear,  [Solar Spirehawk]
Rukhmar occasionally appears as a blazing firehawk soaring through the skies high above the Spires of Arak. The origins of the great bird are unknown, though Rukhmar is venerated as a deity by the Arakkoa, seen as an embodiment of the sun itself.

Supreme Lord Kazzak

Supreme Lord Kazzak

Location: Tanaan Jungle
Supreme Lord Kazzak has emerged from the Twisting Nether once again, watching over Gul'dan's efforts on behalf of the Burning Legion. He stands near the Throne of Kil'jaeden, the heart of the corruption that has befallen Tanaan Jungle.

Removed bosses

These world bosses have been removed from World of Warcraft.

Dragons of Nightmare

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft.

In recent times, Ysera's most trusted lieutenants have been warped by a dark new power within the Emerald Dream. Now these wayward sentinels have passed through the Great Trees into Azeroth, intending to spread madness and terror throughout the mortal kingdoms.

Emeriss

Emeriss

Location: The Great Trees
Raid 40
One of the Four Dragons corrupted by the Nightmare, Emeriss is a gruesome, rotting monstrosity. Along with his AoE Sleep, he also casts a disease which damages nearby allies, and turns the corpses of the dead into deadly mushrooms. And every 25%, he casts Corruption of Earth, a Shadow DoT that deals 100% damage to the players health over 8 seconds.

Lethon

Lethon

Location: The Great Trees
Raid 40
One of the Four Dragons corrupted by the Nightmare, Lethon has become exceedingly evil, enough so to darken the hue of his scales, and his eyes have also been forced open, an oddity amongst Green Dragons. He has a massive Shadowbolt Volley, and every 25% he extracts shades from his enemy that will heal him.

Ysondre

Ysondre

Location: The Great Trees
Raid 40
One of the Four Dragons corrupted by the Nightmare, Ysondre's once beneficial healing powers have given way to dark magics. Casts an AoE Lightning Wave that deals direct Nature damage, and summons fiendish Druids every 25%.

Taerar

Taerar

Location: The Great Trees
Raid 40
One of the Four Dragons corrupted by the Nightmare, Taerar was perhaps the most affected of Ysera's lieutenants. His corporeal form has been shattered and he exists as a specter. Has an AoE Fear, and creates 3 Shades of himself every 25%.

Others - Eastern Kingdoms and Kalimdor

Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft.

Azuregos

Azuregos

Location: Azshara
Raid 40
A mighty blue dragon who resides in the wilderness of Azshara, perusing over the countless magical artifacts there. He randomly teleports himself and all players within 30 feet a short distance, wiping aggro, casts a blizzard-like spell that eats mana, and occasionally puts up a magic reflection shield. Also, in order to prevent graveyard-zerging, he places a debuff on players that he kills. Any living players with this debuff will freeze whenever they go near him.

Highlord Kruul

Highlord Kruul

Location: Blasted Lands
Raid 40
Highlord Kruul is a doomguard boss who appears in various parts of Azeroth during the Dark Portal Opens event, introduced in patch 2.0.3. After the Dark Portal reopened, he officially replaced Lord Kazzak (now Doom Lord Kazzak in Outland's Hellfire Peninsula) as the Burning Legion's field commander in Azeroth, though did not remain in the game past the Burning Crusade launch event.

Teremus the Devourer

Teremus the Devourer

Location: Blasted Lands
Raid 10?
Not a true world boss so much as a very strong rare elite, Teremus was an immensely powerful black drake found in the Blasted Lands. He had an AoE Lifesteal and wiped aggro when he used a knockback attack. When he got down to 20% health, he regenerated to full health, making him one of the most difficult and prolonged fights in the game.

He used to be a popular target for the makers of machinima, most frequently being kited by a hunter and a priest from the Blasted Lands to Stormwind or Ironforge, but was eventually leashed to the Blasted Lands, causing him to reset when a player tried to kite him out of the zone.

As of Cataclysm, Teremus is no longer an elite mob; as such he is significantly weaker.

Patch changes

References

  1. ^ Bornakk; Mehrunes 2009-03-09. New world bosses please. Archived from the original on 2009-03-09. Retrieved on 2013-12-30.
  2. ^ Bornakk; Burningmist 2009-04-24. World Bosses?. Archived from the original on 2009-04-24. Retrieved on 2013-12-30.