|The Blackrock Depths|
|Blackrock Depths loading graphic|
Detention Block: 47-57
Blackrock Depths is the deepest part of Blackrock Mountain, ruled by the Dark Iron dwarves who were led by Emperor Dagran Thaurissan. Several minions of the Firelord Ragnaros also make their home in these lava-lined depths.
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Geography
- 4 Dungeon Finder Tips
- 5 Quests
- 6 Dungeon denizens
- 7 Loot
- 8 Related achievements
- 9 Professions
- 10 Brewfest
- 11 In the RPG
- 12 Notes
- 13 Gallery
- 14 Video
- 15 Patch changes
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Blackrock Depths is currently the largest 5-man instance in the game, and is likely to remain so, making it a true wonder of the World of Warcraft. The average time to complete the entire instance is 4–6 hours due to its complexity: a large amount of mobs and bosses, several scripts, and many quests. The enemy level range is 48-56, and the minimum level requirement to enter is level 40. Although the minimum requirement is level 40, it generally is not a good idea to enter BRD before around level 53, since a player's pull circle will likely be too wide for the mobs within the instance. The Anvilrage Military are not to be underestimated either, particularly the Officers (who have Divine Shield) and the Medics who can heal their troops.
BRD is not visited as often these days as it used to be, since most players choose to level to 58 as fast as possible, and then go to Outland. The rewards for Outland's initial quests also render any of BRD's gear obsolete, so the drops here are only of interest to twinks. Farming for Fiery Weapon enchanting recipe may still be useful, since it is commonly used with low level twinks. In Wrath of the Lich King, Blackrock Depths attracted more interest, mainly because of the instance clearing achievement. Also, the schematic for is wanted, since the famous 4th generation repair bot requires 2 of them.
The instance is almost entirely soloable (for Rogues or Hunters, at least, and probably most melee classes) by about tier 5 (level 70), although it is not economically efficient to do so. While there is money to be made here (especially for miners), the sheer size of the instance and the comparatively low level of the mobs mean that there are better instances for farming (notably Scholomance). By level 80, the instance is easily soloable. BRD (and the rest of the Blackrock Mountain complex) is well worth at least one visit. These instances represented the original game's endgame content, and were made with a high level of quality.
From Blizzard's Official World Dungeons site:
- Once the capital city of the Dark Iron dwarves, this volcanic labyrinth now serves as the seat of power for Ragnaros the Firelord. Ragnaros has uncovered the secret to creating life from stone and plans to build an army of unstoppable golems to aid him in conquering the whole of Blackrock Mountain. Obsessed with defeating Nefarian and his draconic minions, Ragnaros will go to any extreme to achieve final victory.
The volcanic Blackrock Depths are immense tunnels beneath Blackrock Mountain, the home of the Dark Iron dwarves, and the site of the black forge they use to smelt their namesake ore. The Dark Iron dwarves have claimed the depths under the banner of their emperor, Dagran Thaurissan. Thaurissan is the latest in a line of dwarven sorcerer-thanes to serve in the shadow of the demigod Ragnaros, foolishly summoned to Azeroth by Thaurissan's ancestors hundreds of years ago. Though the dwarves dominate Blackrock Depths, they worship and labor for Ragnaros's mighty fire elementals, who guide the already ill-tempered and maligned Dark Irons towards increasingly dangerous and apocalyptic acts.
The smoldering Blackrock Depths are home to the Dark Iron dwarves and their emperor, Dagran Thaurissan. Like his predecessors, he serves under the iron rule of Ragnaros the Firelord, a merciless being summoned into the world centuries ago. The presence of chaotic elementals has attracted Twilight's Hammer cultists to the mountain domain. Along with Ragnaros' servants, they have pushed the dwarves toward increasingly destructive ends that could soon spell doom for all of Azeroth.
Blackrock Depths is located inside the lowest part of Blackrock Mountain. To reach it, you will need to cross the chain to the central island, then follow the path downward to a ledge just above the lava. Follow the ledge into and through the Grinding Quarry to find the instance portal.
Maps and subregions
- Main article: Blackrock Depths regions
|The Black Vault • Chamber of Enchantment • Dark Iron Highway • Detention Block • The Domicile • East Garrison • The Grim Guzzler • Hall of Crafting • Halls of the Law • The Imperial Seat • The Iron Hall • The Lyceum • The Manufactory • The Molten Bridge • Mold Foundry • Ring of the Law • Shadowforge City • Shrine of Thaurissan • Summoners' Tomb • West Garrison|
Dungeon Finder Tips
If you encounter BRD when you enter it through the Dungeon Finder, you can be dropped into 2 parts: The Lower City and the Upper City. There is no sure way of knowing which you have entered but killing the end-bosses of the parts. Clues to the part you are on can be found inside the Dungeon Finder—if Blackrock Depths - Upper City shows a lock in the Specific Dungeons part, then you are definitely in the Blackrock Depths - Detention Block. Additionally, if there are no players less than level 54, then you are definitely on Blackrock Depths - Upper City.
To complete the Lower City, go straight forward from the entrance portal into the cellblocks and take to the right and kill High Interrogator Gerstahn. She is the Boss who drops the Satchel. This part is normally chosen while still at the lower level range for the dungeon.
To complete the Upper City, players must kill Emperor Dagran Thaurissan—this may be an ideal time to use the Abandoned Mole Machine near the portal entrance, to shorten the length of time clearing the dungeon.
Note: Players will not receive a Satchel for killing the "wrong" boss—it will be one or the other depending on which one the dungeon finder selected.
|Quest name||Quest giver||Zone location|
|Jalinda Sprig||Blackrock Depths entrance|
|Kevin Dawson||Detention Block, Blackrock Depths|
|Oralius||Blackrock Depths entrance|
|Prospector Seymour||Blackrock Depths|
|Mayara Brightwing||The Grim Guzzler, Blackrock Depths|
|Mountaineer Orfus||Blackrock Depths|
|Marshal Maxwell||The Lyceum, Blackrock Depths|
|High Priestess Laurena||Stormwind|
|Lord Grayson Shadowbreaker||Stormwind|
|Lord Tony Romano||Stormwind|
|Thal'trak Proudtusk||Blackrock Depths entrance|
|Lexlort||Detention Block, Blackrock Depths|
|Galamav the Marksman||Blackrock Depths entrance|
|Hierophant Theodora Mulvadania||The Grim Guzzler, Blackrock Depths|
|Warlord Goretooth||The Lyceum, Blackrock Depths|
|Quest:Twilight Scheming (Horde)||Dark Cleric Cecille||Orgrimmar|
|Quest:Weapons of Darkness (Horde)||Master Pyreanor/ Sunwalker Atohmo||Orgrimmar|
|Private Rocknot||The Grim Guzzler, Blackrock Depths|
|Tinkee Steamboil||Blackrock Depths entrance|
|Spectral Chalice||Summoners' Tomb, Blackrock Depths|
|Maxwort Uberglint||Blackrock Depths entrance|
The depths are inhabited by Dark Iron Dwarves, their demonic bloodhound pets, their golem creations, and their fire elemental allies. There is also a contingent of Twilight's Hammer ambassadors inside the city and the detention block area. The dwarves in the Depths consist primarily of warrior and priest types with a handful of paladins. Outside Shadowforge City, the dwarves are all elite. Inside the city, one can find groups of two to three elite dwarves and Twilight cultists surrounded by a cadre of non-elite citizens. Some other humanoid races appear in the city and in the Ring of Law event.
The demonic bloodhounds in the Depths are renowned for their ability to sniff out stealthed rogues and druids. They will sometimes appear as a separate pack of three, and sometimes included in a group patrolling alongside a dwarf. All of the dogs are non-elite, but their damage capability in large numbers is not to be underestimated. The golems and fire elementals in the Depths generally fit the stereotypes of their types. The golems are strong and well-armored melee attackers, though some exceptional specimens have the ability to release single-target or area-of-effect fire spells. The fire elementals dish out large amounts of fire damage with melee attacks and ranged fire spells.
- Main article: Blackrock Depths loot
Blackrock Depths is one of the two where Dark Iron ore can be mined reliably, the other location being Molten Core. Blackrock Depths is also the location of the Black Forge and the Black Anvil. The Black Forge, located at the far back of the dungeon near a portal to Molten Core, is the only place where dark iron ore can be smelted into bars. The Black Anvil can be found in the center of the dungeon, where Lord Incendius patrols. It is required for most crafting recipes that use dark iron bars. As such, a run in BRD is essential to most blacksmithing or engineering work which uses that rare metal. Since these recipes are principally armor with heavy fire resistance values, they are not frequently crafted anymore except for novelty.
Scattered around Blackrock Depths are Blacksmithing Plans which appear as scrolls that can be clicked on with a gear icon. Only a high level Blacksmith should click on these plans, if anyone without high level blacksmithing attempts to use them the plans will be destroyed. Opening the scroll will teach you one of the following BoP plans:
Places to find different plans:
- Beside Golem Lord Argelmach in a room inside the Manufactory
- In the Manufactory on a bench on the right, near the bridge to the Grim Guzzler
- In the room before The Seven, beside the stairs
- Near General Angerforge on a table
- On a wall shelf in the northwest corner of the East Garrison's upper level
Several engineering schematics are available only in the Depths.
- Schematic: : appears as a scroll on the ground near Golem Lord Argelmach.
- Schematic: : drops from the Weapon Technicians in the Manufactory.
- Schematic: : drops from the Weapon Technicians in the Manufactory.
- Schematic: : drops from the Doomforge Craftsmen in the Manufactory.
- Schematic: : drops from Plugger Spazzring.
- Main article: Brewfest
Celebrated by both the Horde and the Alliance, the Brewfest is a time to enjoy the fermented fruits of the harvest. Players can venture to Blackrock Depths and defeat Coren Direbrew to get epic loot. The is gained when defeating him the first time every day, which can contain an epic mount. The mount is not a guaranteed drop, but the mounts are not faction-specific. Players from either side stand a chance at looting the or the .
In the RPG
The area is known as Blackrock Deeps.
- The Shattering: Prelude to Cataclysm reveals that canonically, the Alliance entered Blackrock Depths and killed Emperor Thaurissan apparently rendering the Horde questline non-canon.
- Patch 4.0.1 (2010-10-12): New quests added.
- Patch 2.4.3 (2008-07-15): The Grim Guzzler underwent minor renovations and now houses several new NPCs and vendored items.
- Patch 1.10.0 (2006-03-28): Blackrock Depths now allows a maximum of five players.
- Patch 1.4.0 (2005-05-05): There is a new load screen for Blackrock Depths.
- Patch 1.3.0 (2005-03-07):
- Capped at ten players.
- The doors to the Lyceum will now re-open after Magmus has been killed.
- Mind Flay and Cripple will now work on Blackrock Depths bosses.
- Patch 0.9 (2004-08-17): Quests added.