A Most Puzzling Circumstance (Horde)

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For the original version of this quest, see H [60] Victory for the Horde.

HordeA Most Puzzling Circumstance

80 (Requires 80)

For the Alliance version of this quest, see A [80] A Most Puzzling Circumstance.


Take the Head of Onyxia to Arnak Fireblade in the Cleft of Shadow.


You have accomplished the truly impossible. The brood mother of the Black Dragonflight lies dead at your feet. Seize her head and deliver it to Arnak Fireblade.


You will be able to choose one of these rewards:
Inv jewelry ring 27.png [Polished Dragonslayer's Signet] Inv jewelry necklace 09.png [Sparkling Onyxia Tooth Pendant]
Spell shadow lifedrain.png [Purified Onyxia Blood Talisman]


What is the meaning of this?


You've brought me the head of someone who is... No, best not to think about it too hard. You'll be wanting recompense for your heroic deeds, no doubt.


The reason that this quest doesn't turn in at Thrall and does not give a city-wide buff as it did in the level 60 version is because in Patch 3.2.2 Onyxia is officially dead according to Warcraft lore. Though players still have the ability to kill Onyxia as a boss, in Warcraft lore she was killed by a party led by Varian Wrynn, Broll Bearmantle, Valeera Sanguinar and Thargas Anvilmar. This would also explain why the quest name has changed to "A Most Puzzling Circumstance" and why Neeru displays such puzzlement upon seeing the head of Onyxia.

Blizzard put in a number of rather subtle "jokes" into the quest such as stating in the quest text that "You have accomplished the truly impossible," referencing of course that although Onyxia is still a level 80 raid boss, she is officially dead according to lore.

Patch changes

Replaces H [60] Victory for the Horde.

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