Blackfathom Deeps

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For the original version of the instance, see Blackfathom Deeps (original).
Blackfathom Deeps
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End boss
Advised level


Minimum level


Player limit

5 (10)

Blackfathom Deeps (or just Blackfathom)[1] is a partially underwater dungeon in northwestern Ashenvale. It is accessed by a stair-lined shaft that requires one to swim through an underwater entrance. The deeps are comprised of a series of watery caverns leading deep to a temple devoted to the Old Gods. The Twilight's Hammer cult runs the shrine, which is one of their remaining strongholds since their defeat during the war against Deathwing. Now they intend to gather sacrifices in order to summon and appease the monstrous hydra Aku'mai the Devourer, a being associated with the Old Gods themselves, and if they are not stopped - it will devour the world.

It is one of three old-world dungeons that have been updated in Warlords of Draenor (the others being Razorfen Downs and Razorfen Kraul) in order to receive storyline progression, much like Ragefire Chasm was in Mists of Pandaria.

Ashra Valandril was present to take care of the bosses of this dungeon before its Warlords of Draenor revamp.[2]


Situated along the Zoram Strand of Ashenvale, Blackfathom Deeps was once a glorious temple of the moon dedicated to the night elves' moon goddess, Elune. However, the Great Sundering shattered the temple - sinking it beneath the waves of the Veiled Sea. There, the temple remained untouched until naga and satyr, drawn by its ancient power, emerged to plumb its secrets.

Legends hold that Aku'mai, a favored pet of the primordial Old Gods, has taken up residence within the temple's ruins. The cult known as the Twilight's Hammer has also come to bask in Aku'mai's evil presence - and members of the shamanic order known as the Earthen Ring rush to oppose them, knowing that where the Old Gods are invoked, dangers to the whole of Azeroth cannot be far behind.[3]

As an ancient temple, the Deeps housed a moonwell.[4]

Dungeon Journal

Once dedicated to the night elves' goddess Elune, Blackfathom Deeps was thought to have been destroyed during the Sundering, lost beneath the ocean. Millennia later, members of the Twilight's Hammer cult were drawn to the temple by whispers and foul dreams. After sacrificing untold numbers of innocents, the cult was rewarded with a new task: to protect one of the Old Gods' most cherished creatures, a pet that is still in need of nurturing before he can unleash his dark powers on the world.




Dungeon denizens

Bosses Creatures NPCs
Drowned Sacellum
The Pool of Ask'ar
Domina's room
Between Ask'ar and Moonshrine Ruins
Moonshrine Ruins
Moonshrine Ruins
The Forgotten Pool
Moonshrine Sanctum
Aku'mai's Lair


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In the RPG

The RPG Icon 16x36.png This section contains information from the Warcraft RPG which is considered non-canon.

Black Fathom Deeps are a series of ruins and caverns that was built into the side of a cliff directly south of Black Fathom Bay. Many dangerous creatures lurk within - including, if tales at the Fish Eye Tavern are to believed, ghosts of heroes that fell to some nastiness while within the Deeps. Others suggest that this place, once a night elf temple to Elune, is now the headquarters of the vile warlocks, known as the Shadow Council.[5] The naga here seem to be searching for something. The Twilight’s Hammer, a foul cult dedicated to the Old Gods, works with the naga in the underground ruins for an unknown purpose.[6]

Notes & trivia

  • During World of Warcraft's early development, Blackfathom Deeps was once planned to be in northern Darkshore.[7] A building identical to Blackfathom Deeps' entrance can still be found in the Ruins of Mathystra.


This article or section includes speculation, observations or opinions possibly supported by lore or by Blizzard officials. It should not be taken as representing official lore.

Blackfathom Deeps is likely the same location as Lathar'Lazal, a temple of Elune built on the northwest coast of ancient Kalimdor during the reign of Queen Azshara. The Blackfathom Deeps' appearance and layout are consistent with the description of the waterways and lakes spread throughout Lathar'Lazal.

Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.3.5 (2018-01-16): Level scaling implemented, previous instance level: 20 - 27.
  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): Updated with new lore, enemies and bosses in accordance with recent storyline developments.


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