Forgotten Crypt

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Forgotten Crypt entrance

The Forgotten Crypt lies behind the tower of Karazhan, in the cemetery at Morgan's Plot.

The purpose of the crypt is unknown - it may be a playground for developers, a testing site of sorts, an unfinished instance, or something else entirely. It is interesting to note that using WoW Map Viewer you can see that the crypt runs under Tranquil Gardens Cemetery in Duskwood. This might play a role sometime in the future, or could be a complete coincidence.

This area used to be accessed via dying close to the gate and running through it, but this was changed in Patch 2.0. In Patch 7.0.3 the Well of the Forgotten was made available, and in Patch 7.3.0, the entire crypt was opened for all who solved an extremely difficult puzzle.


Legion This section concerns content exclusive to Legion.

In Legion the Crypt is now partially accessible. It was renamed "Forgotten Crypt" and the first room is now fully accessible, with a wooden wall blocking off the rest.

Reasons for abandonment

Many players suspect that the crypt was never fully implemented because the mildly disturbing content, mainly the now infamous room of upside down sinners, would've made World of Warcraft's ESRB rating become M for Mature. On January 24th, 2014 Blizzard community manager Bashiok responded to a post inquiring to the reasons the crypt was never used and provided some insights on Blizzard's design processes back during the days of it's creation, stating the reason it was abandoned was more than likely that Blizzard simply changed their minds about using it.

Why was the crypt not opened? | 2014-01-25 03:28 | Bashiok
Oh yeah, I remember that! Haven't seen a screenshot in quite a while. Not sure I know the story on it but knowing our development processes back then there tended to be a lot more stuff made that we just didn't use. I can't imagine the game rating rumor is accurate, because if it was content we wanted to use we'd just take out the upside-down sinners or whatever the issue was and use it for whatever it was we wanted to do with that space. It's not like they're permanent fixtures. Fun rumor though! :) More likely we just changed our minds.

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Patch changes

  • Legion Patch 7.0.3 (2016-07-19): Subzone renamed from Crypt to Forgotten Crypt.