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Image of Emberstrife
Gender Male
Race Black drake (Dragonkin)
Level 61 Elite
Health 31,440
Affiliation(s) Black dragonflight
Location Emberstrife's Den, Dustwallow Marsh [56, 87]
Status Killable

Emberstrife is a level 61 black drake located in Emberstrife's Den in the Wyrmbog, in the contested territory of Dustwallow Marsh. He is an ancient drake and a gatekeeper of Nefarian, burdened with the duty to test those dragonspawn that would ascend to the rank of elite guard to Onyxia.

Only a few dragonspawn pass his tests and only the strongest of them are allowed entry into the lair of the brood mother. Many trials must be passed and the key to enter ceremoniously enchanted by General Drakkisath himself.


  • Cleave
  • Flame Breath
  • Frenzy


Removed from game The subject of this section has been removed from World of Warcraft in patch 4.0.3a.

Emberstrife was also required to create the key to Upper Blackrock Spire; players must battle him, weaken his will, and take control of his mind long enough for his flames to forge the unfired key.


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.

While his status is not directly mentioned, it is possible that he is dead as most of black dragons. However, as there is no quest to kill him, he may be alive and in fact he may be one of the dragons mentioned by Jaina Proudmoore prior the Destruction of Theramore.[1]


  1. ^ Tides of War, chapter 6

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