Defending the Rift (Horde)

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HordeDefending the Rift

82 (Requires 80)





Kill any 15 naga in the Abyssal Breach.

  • Kill 15 naga in the Abyssal Breach (15)


The whispers of the elements are crowding my thoughts, <name>...

The Throne of the Tides is under siege!

I cannot stand idly by while the naga threaten Neptulon's realm. We must find a way to join forces with him.

Nazgrim will escort me to the depths where I can commune directly with Neptulon.

I must ask you to take a more violent path. Keep the enemy forces distracted until I arrive safely at entrance to the Throne of Tides.

May the spirits see us through, <name>.


You will be able to choose one of these rewards:
Inv boots plate dungeonplate c 03.png [Submariner's Weighted Treads] Inv misc stonering1.png [Signet of the Lookout]
Inv misc cape cataclysm melee c 01.png [Drape of the Helmsman]

You will also receive: 24g 60s and [20,000 Leagues Under the Sea]


They may think they've won, but my axe and I have something to say about that!


There is no direct followup. At this point, players should follow Nazgrim and discover the entrance to the Throne of the Tides. Down in the maw, Wavespeaker Valoren stands just to the west of the instance entrance and offers to teleport players back to the Abyssal Depths. Inside the dungeon, Nazgrim offers Rescue the Earthspeaker! and Sins of the Sea Witch.

There is no quick teleport back to the capital city, but remember the flight paths on the surface of the Shimmering Expanse do connect to the mainland. Additionally, The War Has Many Fronts, offered on the ships, but requires level 82, also directs players that way.

Submarine event transcript (before patch 5.4.8)

Removed from game The subject of this section was removed from World of Warcraft in patch 5.4.8.
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Talk to Erunak again to start the event.

Make your preparations, <name>, but do it quickly!

Gossip I am prepared, Erunak. Let's go!

The camera cuts outside as the sub exits the cave heading toward the Abyssal Breach. Inside the sub, players are in the bridge along with the crew and Erunak.

Verne Crewmember yells: I got a clear shot here. Get me more ammo!
Nazgrim yells: You heard him! Keep that gun stocked with ammo!
Hellscream's Vanguard says: Aye Sir!

Verne Crewmember yells: Now this is what I call a target rich environment!
Erunak Stonespeaker says: Use caution when firing those shells...
Erunak Stonespeaker says: Neptulon's revenants must not consider us enemies!

Nazgrim yells: Keep those naga away from the crater!
Nazgrim yells: If they get a foothold in the plane of water, we'll never get them out!

Fiasco Sizzlegrin says: Calculating trajectory...
Fiasco Sizzlegrin says: Calibrating fuse...
Fiasco Sizzlegrin says: Munitions ready!
Verne Crewmember yells: Commence Fire!
Fiasco Sizzlegrin says: Wahoo!

Nazgrim says: Where's the mighty Neptulon, shaman?!
Nazgrim says: Why are we stuck protecting his domain?
Erunak Stonespeaker says: The lords of the elemental planes are beings of pure chaos, Nazgrim.
Erunak Stonespeaker says: No one can discern their motives...
Nazgrim says: Bah! Unless he wants his home overrun by these serpents, he'd better show himself...

Verne Crewmember says: Look at the size of those things. What ARE they?
Erunak Stonespeaker says: The naga have enlisted the aid of the Old God's minions.
Erunak Stonespeaker says: Twisted creatures bent on the destruction of all living beings.
Verne Crewmember says: <Gulp>Sorry I asked...

Nazgrim says: The elementals are grossly outnumbered.
Nazgrim says: They don't stand a chance.
Erunak Stonespeaker says: I sense desperation in them.
Erunak Stonespeaker says: Without aid, they will fail.

The sub is circling the breach, taking pot shots, but there's not much the ship can do at distance against such numbers.
Nazgrim yells: Enough of this!
Nazgrim says: We waste our time here just floating about...
Nazgrim says: If we are to defend the rift, we must do it directly!
Nazgrim says: Set us down next to the crater!
Verne Crewmember says: Th-there's no way, sir! The current... it's too strong!

The camera cuts outside as Lady Naz'jar tails the ship, ordering her naga to destroy it!
Lady Naz'jar says: What hubrisss these fools possesssss!
Lady Naz'jar says: It ssshall profit them nothing, sssave it be a ssspeedy demise...
Lady Naz'jar says: Dessstroy them!
The ship catches fire, then crashes to the southwest of the breach. The crew escapes outside, barely.

Erunak Stonespeaker says: Arise, friend. We have no time to lick our wounds!
Spotted, waves of naga start attacking!
Nazgrim yells: On your feet! Naga attack!
The party fends off the wave, but doesn't make any progress. Realizing this, Nazgrim calls for help.
Nazgrim yells: We must hurry! Do something, shaman!
Erunak blasts them to smithereens.
Nazgrim yells: That sub's gunna blow! We have to move, now!
Erunak Stonespeaker says: We must make our way to the crater!
The party moves closer, to the northeast.

Nazgrim yells: More naga... make ready!
Another wave, but Erunak quickly tires of this.
Erunak Stonespeaker yells: Enough!
Erunak Stonespeaker says: We must make haste! The elementals cannot endure this siege.
Moving onward, the next wave is Lady Sira'kess, who freezes the party in its tracks!

Nazgrim says: Thrall's balls! I'm sick of fighting naga!
Lady Sira'kess says: Ahh, visitorsss!
Lady Sira'kess says: What an unexpected sssurprise.
Lady Sira'kess says: You mussst forgive me... I have no time to ssstay and play.
Lady Sira'kess says: In my absssence, my sservantsss will... sssee to your needs.
Lady Sira'kess says: Do enjoy yourssselves!
Sira'kess summons in some tentacles, then turns and heads toward the breach, but Nazgrim charges her through and one-shots her!
Nazgrim yells: I'll day someday, sea-witch...
Nazgrim yells: ...but not today!

Erunak Stonespeaker yells: Neptulon's minions are growing desperate! We must hurry!
The party reaches the last ridge before the cliff of the Breach.
Erunak Stonespeaker yells: This is it! The entrance to Neptulon's realm...
Nazgrim yells: Naz'jar and her honor guard... Fight for your lives!

Lady Naz'jar yells: Come, children of Azshara! At last, we lay claim to the Plane of Water!
The camera cuts away as Nazjar's forces attack. Finally, Neptulon himself appears out of the Breach!
Lady Naz'jar yells: Go, my naga! Welcome the mighty Tidehunter to Azeroth!
Neptulon yells: You and your scaly worms are no match for me...
Neptulon yells: You've reached too far, serpent. You shall suffer greatly for your trespass!
Neptulon strikes, taking out a significant portion of Naz'jar's forces. The camera pulls back to show Neptulon and Naz'jar channeling beams of energy into each other, and more soldiers getting kidnapped again!
Lady Naz'jar yells: To me, my minions! Strike now!
Naz'jar unleashes her trump, Ozumat!
Lady Naz'jar yells: Now! Unleash the kraken!
Lady Naz'jar yells: You fool! This day shall be your last!
Ozumat attaches itself to Neptulon's "head" and Naz'jar celebrates her victory as the naga enter the breach.
Lady Naz'jar yells: Follow me, my pets! The realm of the mighty Neptulon is ours at last!

Afterwards, Erunak and Nazgrim talk, floating at the edge of the breach.
Nazgrim says: Well, shaman, what now?
Erunak Stonespeaker says: We have suffered a tragic defeat.
Erunak Stonespeaker says: Any hope for the future of our world has grown much bleaker.
Erunak Stonespeaker says: Thrall must be told of this day's events.
Erunak Stonespeaker says: He will guide our next steps...
A tentacle comes out of the breach and yanks Erunak down into it!
Nazgrim yells: Erunak! Behind you!

Speak to Nazgrim to conclude the quest.

On complete:

Nazgrim swims down into the breach, which leads to the Abyssal Maw.


  1. B [81] Full Circle (optional)
  2. A [81] Bio-Fuel / H [81] Environmental Awareness
  3. A [81] Fuel-ology 101 / H [81] The Perfect Fuel
  4. A [81] The Brothers Digsong / H [81] Orako
  5. A [81] Phosphora Hunting / H [81] "Glow-Juice"
  6. Complete all of:
  7. A [81] One Last Favor / H [81] Orako's Report
  8. B [82] Those Aren't Masks
  9. B [81] Put It On
  10. B [82] Promontory Point
  11. N [82] Scalding Shrooms / N [82] Into the Totem
  12. N [82] ... It Will Come
  13. N [82] Unplug L'ghorek
  14. N [82] Communing with the Ancient
  15. N [82] Runestones of Binding / N [82] Ascend No More!
  16. N [82] Twilight Extermination
  17. N [82] All that Rises
  18. A [82] Back to Darkbreak Cove / H [82] Back to the Tenebrous Cavern
  19. B [82] Defending the Rift

Back on the ships, B [82] The War Has Many Fronts will send players back to Stormwind or Orgrimmar.

Patches and hotfixes

  • Mists of Pandaria Patch 5.4.8 (2014-05-20): Submarine event removed. Objectives changed to simply killing 15 naga.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-12-13): Players should always be properly granted credit for completing the "Defending the Rift" quest event.
  • Cataclysm Hotfix (2010-12-08): "The cutscene which leads players to the submarine upon speaking with Erunak for the quest "Defending the Rift" should no longer sometimes drop players out of phase."
  • Cataclysm Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Added.

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