Blackwing Lair

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Blackwing Lair
BWL, Blackwing
Blackwing Lair loading screen.jpg
Blackwing Lair loading graphic
Location
Race(s)
End boss
Instance info
Type

Raid

Advised level

60

Player limit

40

Key
Lockout timer

1 week

Blackrock Mountain

Blackwing Lair is a level 60, 40-man raid dungeon located at the top of Blackrock Mountain, home to Nefarian. It was implemented in patch 1.6.

Background

Dungeon Journal

In the dark recesses of the mountain's peak, Nefarian, the eldest son of Deathwing, conducts some of his most awful experimentation, controlling mighty beings like puppets and combining the eggs of different dragonflights with horrific results. Should he prove successful, even darker pursuits rest on the horizon.

And, yet, the Lord of Blackrock is not a mere scientist - he is a great dragon cornered in his lair. Can he truly be defeated by mortal hands?

History

Nefarian has vowed to crush Ragnaros. To this end, he has recently begun efforts to bolster his forces, much as his father Deathwing had attempted to do in ages past. However, where Deathwing failed, it now seems the scheming Nefarian may be succeeding. Nefarian's mad bid for dominance has attracted concern from the red dragonflight, which has always been the black flight's greatest foe. Though Nefarian's intentions are known, the methods he is using to achieve them remain a mystery. It is believed, however that Nefarian has been experimenting with the blood of all of the various dragonflights to produce unstoppable warriors.

Geography

Port in by using the Orb of Command located at the end of the hall to the right of the entrance to Blackrock Spire (The attunement quest N [60D] Blackhand's Command is no longer necessary and has been removed from the game).

Maps and subregions

Encounters

Blackwing Lair bosses
Bosses Monsters
Dragonmaw Garrison
Shadow Wing Lair

Mob  Vaelastrasz the Corrupt

Halls of Strife (Death Talon room)
Halls of Strife (Suppression rooms)
Crimson Laboratories
Crimson Laboratories (Chromaggus' Lair)
Nefarian's Lair

Loot

Main article: Blackwing Lair loot

With Transmogrification many players want to run Blackwing Lair for the distinctive weapons, including  [Claw of the Black Drake],  [Dragonbreath Hand Cannon], and  [Chromatically Tempered Sword].

As of Patch 5.1, three bosses drop battle pets: Razorgore the Untamed drops the  [Unscathed Egg], Broodlord Lashlayer drops the  [Blackwing Banner], and Chromaggus drops the  [Whistle of Chromatic Bone].

Resources

 [Elementium Ingot] is found as a rare drop from the Mob Blackwing Technician that inhabit the lair. This ore is used to smelt  [Enchanted Elementium Bar], needed for  [Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker]. Players can also learn  [Goblin's Guide to Elementium].

Quests

Achievements

Notes

Patches and hotfixes

  • Warlords of Draenor Patch 6.0.2 (2014-10-14): With Upper Blackrock Spire now a level 100 instance, attunement is no longer required for Blackwing Lair. Players can now use the Orb of Command in Blackrock Mountain to zone into BWL without being attuned. However, the Orb does seem to require level 60 or higher.
  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.1.0 (2012-11-27): New battle pets are added to Blackwing Lair.
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest chain removed.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.9.0 (2006-01-03): Blackwing Lair is now part of the Scepter of the Shifting Sands quest chain.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.8.0 (2005-10-10): There are now alchemy labs that are needed by alchemists to make flasks inside of Blackwing Lair.
  • WoW Icon update.png Hotfix (2005-07-19): "A hot fix was applied to the game during today's maintenance to address the increased lag players were experiencing in Blackwing Lair. The fix will reduce the lag in BWL significantly, especially in the early encounters."
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.1 (2005-08-02):
    • Several encounters in Blackwing Lair now cause the front gate to close, preventing players from zoning out or joining an in-progress battle.
    • The drakes in Blackwing Lair will no longer leave the lab.
  • WoW Icon update.png Hotfix (2005-07-14):
    • Fixed several bugs that were allowing the first two encounters to be completed with very little effort.
    • The door after the Vaelastrasz encounter has been fixed and should open under the proper circumstances, no longer posing as an impassible barrier.
  • WoW Icon update.png Patch 1.6.0 (2005-07-12): Added

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